Friday Facts for September 16, 2022

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Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends, here are your Friday Facts from the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce.

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Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from September 13.

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Member Business of the Week


Webb, Lorah and McMillan make it their business to know your business well enough to improve your tax position, capital position, business structure and benefit packages, acquisition potential and much more. We earn our fees but adding value to your company and to your asset base. We have learned a great deal since we began this business and we are ready to apply this knowledge to enhance your company’s growth and success. Together we can conquer all of the intricacies of doing business in today’s fast-paced economy.

ADDRESS: 1107 West Marion Ave., Suite 115, Punta Gorda 33950
PHONE: 941.637.8884

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PG Chamber Radio Show: Exclusively For PG Chamber Members


Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander Radio Show is the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is simple. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted into the programming of this very popular show. You get the option to record two slots or record one to air twice during the show. Bob will let you know during which hour it will air. The cost is $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only 10 businesses per month, so don’t delay. A great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

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Mark Your Calendar!

Blues, Brews & BBQ, Saturday October 22nd, 3-6pm

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2023 Chamber Members & Visitors Guide Advertisement Opportunities,
Reserve your ad space by September 2nd and SAVE!

Ad Space Deadline: Friday, October 21, 2022 | Final Ad Copy Deadline, Wednesday, November 2nd

Right of refusal for ad positions: Friday, Sept. 2

Reserve your ad space by September 2 and save 15%!

For more information,call or email: (941) 639-3720, or

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Where’s John Now?

Take a Tour of a Local Business and Chamber Member with John. CLICK HERE to find out where he visited this week.

This video will be shared here in Friday Facts, on our Chamber website, and on our Chamber Social Media pages. If you would like to have a visit from John please contact Tara Zajas at or call the office (941) 639-3720 to schedule a date.

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Networking Events

**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing, by calling us at 941-639-3720 or by paying for lunch online. We LOVE to see you but we appreciate knowing you’re coming to provide our host with an accurate count to better accommodate us. Thank you for your assistance!

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Sept. 20: Business After Hours, 5:30-7 pm- Join your Chamber at Four Points by Sheraton, 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to showcase your business. Please RSVP to or call 941.639.3720

Sept. 28: Networking Lunch, Noon-1:30 pm  – Join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Hurricane Charley’s, 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Buffet. Please RSVP to or call 941.639.3720. NOTE: Cancellations not accepted after 3 pm on Friday before event. Cost is $20 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and AMEX.

Oct. 12: Business Over Breakfast, 7:15-8:30 am – Join your Chamber for our Networking Breakfast at Punta Gorda Library, 401 Shreve St. The breakfast is sponsored by The Friends of the Library. Please RSVP to or call 941.639.37

2022 Annual Awards Banquet Dinner – Tomorrow at the Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda at 6:30 pm

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All the Following Information is for Our Community.

Please Support Our Local Businesses!

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Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) –

Please join us at T.T.’s Tiki Bar and the Four Points hotel for another fun-filled weekend. We have No Filter playing on Friday and Deven Starr on Saturday. VIP tickets are on sale for Friday. Both shows start at 7 pm. Please click to see when all of your favorite bands are playing this month. The following are our daily specials:

  • Join us for Happy Hour in the Dockside Grill from 4-7 pm every day of the week. We offer $3 draft beer, $4 house wine and $5 premium cocktails
  • Join us for Happy Hour at T.T.’s Tiki Bar from open to 6 pm Monday to Friday. We offer $4 drafts, $4 well cocktails and $5 house wines. 
  • The Dockside Grill serves all you can eat fish and chips every Friday for $12.95. 
  • The Dockside Grill serves Prime Rib every Saturday
  • The Dockside Grill features a different nightly special.
  • The Tiki Bar is running a summer lunch special from 12-4 pm for only $9.95. You have the choice of the Cuban Press, Grouper fish and chips, Tropical Rice Bowl, Mojo Pork Tacos, Hut Salad or Cheese Pizza. 

 Lastly, the Four Points by Sheraton would like to offer a “Staycation Rate.” Please book a room by saying Staycation and get a standard room and dinner for two in the Dockside Grill for only $129 per night. Take advantage of resort living in your back yard!

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) Open Saturdays, 8 am-Noon.

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold) – August numbers are in! Charlotte County shows 565 sales down 9% YOY, median price $361,690 up 21%, Median 12 days on market, 2.6 months of inventory, 48% of sales were in contract 0-10 days, 43% cash, 44% conventional.

33950 shows: 58 sales down 30% YOY, $432,500 median price up 23%, Median 26 days on market, 1.8 months of inventory, 36% of sales were in contract 0-10, 66% cash, 31% conventional. 

The Captain’s Table (Gold) – Wine Pairing Dinner, Tuesday, 6-9 pm, $85 per person. Click here for reservations. Seating is limited.

CAM Realty (Silver) –Virtual office available in Downtown Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. Provides your company the image of a professional office without the cost of dedicated office space. Contact CAM Realty: 941.833.0083.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) – Your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. We offer all types of custom window treatments for any business or commercial setting with two locations. Call for free in-home consultation. 941.637.0015

The Purple House Salon (Silver) – Let’s get hair healthy for fall. Chamber members receive a free treatment upon request with a service. We now offer Lash Extensions! This offer is for September, October and November every Friday.

WENG Radio (Silver In Kind)Chamber members can broadcast information about their business to the public. Click here for special rate.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) The 39 Steps opened the 2022-2023 Season September 9-18 at The Langdon Playhouse in Port Charlotte. Blithe Spirit is October 7-16. For more information, go to or call 941.255.1022.

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) –Come on into Coastal Expressions Wine Bar + Boutique located in the ISLES at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd in the Plaza at Suite #1135. If you haven’t been here before, we offer a unique experience. Breakfast flatbreads and mimosas, lunch and wine, dinner and beer. 

    Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) Back by popular demand … the GO Divas tour! We’ve also added a Fall Concert: Song and Dance.

    HCA Florida Healthcare (Bronze) Be the Match Registry Drive on Tuesday at HCA Florida Englewood Hospital and Wednesday at HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital. The drive is to help patients with blood cancers.

    Military Heritage Museum (Bronze) Click here for Gulf Theater tickets. Christmas at the Gulf Theater. .

    Animal Welfare League (Support) – Just a few more weeks to get Raffle Tickets! Click here.

    C.A.R.E. (Support) – September is Suicide Prevention Month at The Center for Abuse & Rape Emergencies of Charlotte County (C.A.R.E). Help is available! Resources to share: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 988. C.A.R.E.’s Helpline: 941-637-0404. The Crisis Text Line is 741741.

    C.A.R.E. Auxiliary Fundraiser Golf Tournament is September 24 at Riverwood Golf Club. Click here.

    C.A.R.E. co-hosting a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Training with the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence at ShorePoint Health Punta Gorda on October 17-21 from 8 am-5 pm. There is no cost to the participant. Please register at

    Drug Free Punta Gorda (Support) –Be our guest at our Annual Prevention Works Breakfast. Thursday, 8-9:30 am at Punta Gorda Isles Yacht Club. Click here to RSVP (required).

    Frank Desquin (Support) –Now that you know Gilchrist Park’s new seawall is its third, do you know how close we came to not having a beautiful bayfront park at all? Click here for Frank’s latest column.   

    The Homeless Coalition/Fabulous Finds (Support) – Seeking volunteers. We have kitchen, clerical, pantry help and the resale shop. Contact Jenifer Welch at 941.627.4313 ext. 103.

    Peace River Botanical and Sculptural Gardens (Support) – Is your business looking for a place to host your holiday party? Adorned with thousands of lights during the month of December, Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens is the perfect backdrop! Please reach out to Tanna Horner for more information on private event rentals. 

    Save these dates:

    Tomorrow: Butterfly Day, 9 am-noon.

    Friday, Oct. 28: Mums The Word! An intriguing evening of ‘whodunit.’ Kick off your fall festivities with this plot-driven puzzle filled with laughs, drinks, food and friends! Visit

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    Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – Have you had time to grab a book from our Little Library. We have some regular librarians come each week and add some NEW books to the collection. Come down and enjoy your perfect cup of coffee or tea and read a good relaxing book. Book donations are always welcome!

     Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Can you believe it’s already the middle of September? Next thing we know it will be Thanksgiving and Christmas. Make sure to pre-order all Handcrafted Baskets and Fresh House-made Charcuterie Boards, Handmade Baskets and more before the season. We take events and special orders months in advance. Leave it up to us to create the Board of the century, the Basket of their dreams or the pairing on a lifetime. We have you covered! 

     Crowned Free 2 B Free Mobile Boutique – Step Up For Humanity Walk To End Human Trafficking, Saturday, October 15, 10 am-noon. Starts and ends at Wyvern Hotel. Click here for registration details.

     Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante – Introducing our new dessert: Dolce Festa. Available to celebrate birthdays, graduations, anniversaries or any special occasion! 941.621.4091. 321 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda.

     Punta Gorda Boat Club – Boating in Charlotte Harbor Seminar, Saturday, October 15 from 9 am-noon.

     Habitat for Humanity – 24th Annual Turkey Trot, Thursday, November 24, 7:30 am. Sign up now.

     Punta Gorda Rotary Club – Is holding a digital fundraising campaign for Ukraine Relief.

    Click on the QR code, or on the donation button at

     Harbor Social PG – Saturday and Sunday football specials 10 wings and 2 draft beers $16. Open Saturday and Sunday at 10 am for breakfast and Bloody Mary bar.

    Tonight: Jacob Engelking, 7-10 pm 

    Saturday: Steven Amato, 7-10 pm 

    212 West Marion Ave., Punta Gorda

     The Captain’s Table – Coastal Wine Dinner, September 20, 6-9 pm. Click here for menu and reservations.

    1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Second Floor.

     Chabad of Charlotte County – To hold High Holiday Services at it’s new location: The Punta Gorda Jewish Center at 424 W. Henry St., Punta Gorda. 941.258.0177. For more info click

     The Grill at 1951Meet new friends. Enjoy dinner. enjoy music. Tonight: Bill Fredricks, 6-9 pm

    Saturday: Tony Boffa Solo, 6-9 pm

     United Way of Charlotte County – You’re invited! Days of Caring and H.O.P.E. Block Party, Thursday, October 20, 3-6 pm. Join our celebration to support local non-profits. Click here to RSVP.

     Charlotte Behavioral Health Care – Substance use disorders and overdoses are a critical challenge in Charlotte County. To draw attention to the issue, CBHC will lead a Candlelight Recovery Vigil, today at Laishley Park. Click here. Fred Lang Foundation Front Nine will be October 1. Click here for details.

     Mural Society – “The Marvelous Murals of Punta Gorda” are featured in Allegiant Airline magazine.

     Kingdom Center For Hope – Harvest Moon Dance, Saturday, October 1, 6:30-9 pm, Women’s Club in Punta Gorda. Click here for details. Lunch Box Series Lunch and Learn: Monday, Sept. 19 and 26 at 1 pm, Laishley Park Community Room. Would you like to write a book? If so, this program is for you.

     Punta Gorda Airport Save on Allegiant fares by buying tickets at the Bailey Terminal, Monday and Friday from 9:30-11:30 am.

     Boys and Girls Clubs – Boo Ball, October 22, 6-10 pm, Holy Trinity Event Center. Click here for tickets.  

     GMAN Home Watch – Results of the 2022 winners of Neighborhood Favorite Businesses were announced and GMAN Home Watch of Punta Gorda named Best Professional & Home Service Provider. 

     ARCHway – Between September 1 – November 30, 2022, ARCHway has been chosen as a myWalgreens partner in South Florida. 

     ERTC RefundClick here to see a sample of recent payroll tax refunds and/or cash rebates.

     Pinch A Penny – Extend swim season with a pool heater or get a $500 rebate on renovations! Click here

     YMCA – Your gift will provide the opportunity for a child to learn new skills, develop meaningful friendships and nurture their potential. To make your gift, click here.

     Pomegranate & Fig – Flash Sale … Pass it on! Up to 50% off Spartina 449. 208 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.

     Charlotte Technical College – Check out our new, interactive online job board and sign up for free. Post your internship and career opportunities.

     Valerie’s House – Join us for a fun night of Music Bingo, Dinner and Chance Raffle Baskets for a fundraising event to help Valerie’s House-Charlotte County children and families. Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6 pm. Tickets are $25. Raffle basket tickets are 3 for $10 or 7 for $20. Purchase tickets at

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     Edison and Ford Winter Estates – October 1 & 2: Annual Orchid Sale and Symposium from 9-4.

    Friday, October 7: Sample wine and cheese from 5:30-7 pm. Tickets are $75 for non-members and $65 for Edison Ford members. Register at

    October 29: First Fall Festival from 9 am to 4 pm

    October 29: Accepting reservations for first VIP Tour of the season: Dade City

    November 11: Acoustic ensemble, Appalachian Road Show for first Rhythm on the River concert of season. 

    Registration open for Children’s Camps. Spooky Science is October 14.

     Punta Gorda History Center – Southern Supper Fundraiser, Saturday, November 19 at Hurricane Charley’s. Click here for sponsorship details. Click here for dinner details.

     Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association

    The Construction Cornhole Tournament presented by LTD Contracting will be Sept. 18 at Carmelo’s. 

     Sea Grape Gallery -The Florida Watercolor Society will host its 2022 Convention and Trade Show at the Charlotte Harbor Convention and Event Center September 22-24. September 19-22, we will be conducting one four-day workshop with our judge and juror, Mark Mehaffey, a two-day workshop on the 21st and 22nd with Lynn Ferris (wait list only), and a one-day workshop with Jim Beech on the 22nd. From September 1 to October 6, Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, Anne Tuttle, colored pencil artist, and Jan Pronko, hand-built clay artist. The gallery is at 113 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Call 941.575.1718.

     Connect Print & Promotions, LLC.

    September means back to school, football 🏈 & brand marketing when you hashtag connect, Punta Gorda!

     we officially launch our Holiday season post Labor Day — our custom greeting cards website 👉🏻

     commercial printing ✅

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    next-level promotional swag ✅

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     888.978.3437 📧

     … it’s ALWAYS about the people!

    hashtag # 💚🖨💚

     Fishermen’s Village – September Calendar of Events. Sunset Beach September Events. Fishermen’s Village annual Key Lime & Tropical Fest, Saturday, September 24! Key Lime Specialties, trop rock/island music, fun activities, shopping and dining! Event kicks off at noon (vendor displays noon-6 pm), music continues until 9 pm in center court and at Sunset Club Dry Beach Tiki Bar. 

    Full details at

    October Calendar of Events. Sunset Beach October.

    Saturday, October 15: 4th Annual International Culture Fest, Noon-6 pm.

     Peace River Shopper Latest Edition. Arcadia Community Local

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    Punta Gorda Historic District

    Halloween Celebration

    Punta Gorda’s biggest and most pedestrian-friendly annual Halloween celebration is coming back! Monday, October 31, 5-9 pm, New Life Church, 507 Marion Ave.

     American Pickers To Film In Florida

    The American Pickers are returning to Florida! They plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series throughout our state in December 2022.

     Updated COVID-19 Boosters:

    What Employers Need to Know

    Click here for booster checklist for employers

     Charlotte County Hiring Event: Sept. 22

    9 am-1 pm at the Public Works Department office,

    7000 Florida St., Punta Gorda. Click here.

     ELECTION 2022

    VoteYes! For Success

    Click here to see why the referendum

    is so important.

    Yard signs are available at the Chamber office.

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    Vote Yes 4 Success Referendum

    It’s about creating a better future for everyone by helping young people get the skills and education they need to be successful. When you vote yes on November 8, there are hundreds of thousands of students who will benefit. Check out:

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    Looking for a new position or changing careers? Starting/finishing a degree or obtaining certifications? The 2022 Southwest Florida Regional Career Fair is for YOU, Tuesday, April 5 from 9 am-3 pm at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena at SouthWestern Florida State College in Fort Myers. In partnership with CareerSource of Southwest Florida, there will 100+ employers and educational/career specialists. Admission is free. Register at

    Job Fair – Monday, April 11

    The Charlotte County Human Resources Department in partnership with CareerSource Southwest Florida has scheduled a job fair from 3-7 pm, Monday, April 11 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. in Punta Gorda. This is a multi-agency event with employers from Charlotte County Public Works, Utilities, Building Construction Services, Recreation and Pools, Information Technology, Public Safety, Fire & EMS as well as the Tax Collector, schools and more. Potential on-site interviews and resume assistance will be available.

    For information contact Charlotte County Human Resources For all jobs available at Charlotte County, visit
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    ARCHway Institute – July Newsletter

    Animal Welfare League –August Pawsitive Press

    C.A.R.E. – August Newsletter

    Copperfish BooksAugust Newsletter

    Downtown Farmers Market – August Newsletter

    Florida WeeklyJuly Newsletter

    Gulfshore Opera – Newsletter

    Habitat For Humanity – July and August Newsletter

    Lifestyles After 50 – August Newsletter

    Loveland Center – July Newsletter

    Military Heritage Museum – August Newsletter

    Meals On Wheels of Charlotte County – Summer newsletter

    Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – Gardens at a Glance News

    Pedelec SQB Electric Bikes – August Newsletter

    Punta Gorda Airport – Newsletter

    Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – July Newsletter

    Punta Gorda Mural SocietyAugust Newsletter

    SandStarFall Newsletter

    SCOREJuly Newsletter

    Senior Friendship Center – July Newsletter

    TIME Realty Services Inc. – July Newsletter

    The Yoga Sanctuary – August Newsletter

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