Friday Facts for August 19, 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 August 16.

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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, October 23rd, 2-6pm

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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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August 24: Networking Lunch, Noon-1:30 pm Join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Nino’s Bakery & Restaurant located at 3078 Cooper St. in Punta GordaBuffet-style meal. Speaker: Lieutenant Justin Davoult and K9 Chance from the Punta Gorda Police Department. 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. 

Sept. 14: Business Over Breakfast, 7:15-8:30 am Join your Chamber for our Networking Breakfast at Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, sponsored by WhitCo Insurance. RSVP to or call 941.639.3720.

September 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 be sure to RSVP to or call 941.639.3720

2022 Annual Awards Banquet Dinner Join us on Saturday, September 17 at the Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda at 6:30 pm to celebrate the Chamber’s year, thank our outgoing Chair Alexia Martin and welcome Cherie George and her Board to their new positions. We celebrate our Partners in Action as we always do. Entrée Choices: Cowardly Lion Beef (Sliced Roast Sirloin); No Place Like Home Chicken with Scarecrow Stuffing & Gravy or Auntie Em’s Homestyle Eggplant Lasagna.$80 per person – cash bar. Seating is limited, RSVP now. Business attire (no costumes, please!) Call 941.639.3720 (Monday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm) or email You can purchase tickets online HERE.

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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.  Online Reservations for Chamber Luncheons are available by clicking HERE. (Please include your lunch choice in the comments box)

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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 Mixed Signal playing tonight and Dave Chastain on Saturday. 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:

  1. Join us for Happy Hour in the Dockside Grill from 4-7:00 pm every day of the week. We offer $3 draft beer, $4 house wine and $5 premium cocktails
  2. 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. 
  3. The Dockside Grill serves all you can eat fish and chips every Friday for $12.95. 
  4. The Dockside Grill serves Prime Rib every Saturday
  5. The Dockside Grill features a different nightly special.
  6. Our Comedy Club has to shows next weekend. Please click for more details.
  7. 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) Punta Gorda Farmers Market open Saturdays, 8 am-Noon. (Summer hours)

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold) – The July numbers for Charlotte County are in – 528 sales down 23%, 52% cash, 37% conventional loan, 55% accepted a contract in 1-10 days on the market, Inventory is at two months, the median price is $364,945 – up 22%, and the median days on market is eight. The market made a shift in the last 30 days and it’s important that you price your property properly and watch the numbers. Della Booth, 239.699.4493.

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Downtown Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. The plan provides your company the image of a professional office without the cost of dedicated office space. Use our company address for a business mailing address and conference room access. 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 your free in-home consultation. 941.637.0015 / 941.828.0000

The Purple House Salon (Silver) – Coming out of the summer heat and sun let’s get the hair healthy for fall. All Chamber members received a free treatment upon request with a service. Also, we are now offering Lash Extensions! This offer is for September, October and November every Friday.

WENG Radio (Silver In Kind) We want to help Chamber members by broadcasting information about their business to the public. Click here for a special Chamber members-only rate.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Join us for the 10th Annual Comedy for a Cause on September 9 at The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street in Punta Gorda. Show tickets are $30. Dinner tickets are $90. To learn more about each cast member, buy tickets or donate go to To purchase tickets, click on Register. There will be an online auction September 1-9 on For more information, call 941.255.1022.

The play “Blithe Spirit” (Oct. 7-16), concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. Get ready for Halloween with the second play of the season! For tickets go to or call 941.255.1022.

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) – Coastal Expressions & Wine has been closed since August 4 on vacation. When we return on August 23, please join us for: 

  • Daily Morning Star Flatbread Breakfast Special (Tuesday-Saturday) $10 
  • Join us every day for Wine Flights. Tuesdays from 10-5, Wednesday-Saturday 10-9 (Except during WINE-O Bingo on Fridays)
  • Summer Blow Out Sale in the Boutique. Everything 40% off. 
  • Enjoy our Lunch Special from 11-4 $16.99
  • Every Wednesday for $6 Wine Wednesday. “Happy Hour” from 4-7.
  • Get your team together Thursdays for Trivia (up to 6 people). Win wine and food gift certificates. Game starts at 6:30 pm.
  • Every Friday night is WINE-O BINGO. 6-8 pm. 1 card per/person. $6 a card for three games. Win a wine bottle as your prize.
  • Saturday, August 27 is Ladies Night or Date Night. Wine special for two $30

Located in the Isles at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd in the Plaza at Suite 1135, call 941.214.8599 or visit our website

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) Announcing Season 9 / On Tour 2022-2023. Tickets on sale. For the season schedule, click here. For information about advertising in the 2022-2023 Playbill, click here.

HCA Fawcett Florida Hospital (Bronze) – Is pleased to announce the hospital’s new Chief Operating Officer Lisa Tzanakis joined the hospital team. Lisa comes to HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital from HCA Florida Largo Hospital where she served as the Vice President of Operations. 

Animal Welfare League (Support) – August 22-27 AWL will be participating in the Clear the Shelter Event in conjunction with NBC Universal and Telemundo. We will be featuring some very special pets that have been with us for too long! This event will conclude on our monthly Saturday on the Lawn Event where we will be having a Foam Party for our Pooches. No appointment needed! Visit our Facebook page for more updates and our Fantastic Furbabies!

C.A.R.E. (Support) – Is 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  C.A.R.E. Auxiliary Fundraiser Golf Tournament September 24 at Riverwood Golf Club. Click here.

Drug Free Punta Gorda (Support) – Annual Prevention Works. Thursday, September 22, 8 am breakfast at Punta Gorda Isles Yacht Club.

Frank Desquin (Support) – Did you know Gilchrist Park’s current seawall is its third? 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. If you are looking for volunteer hours for Bright Futures we have those opportunities. Contact Jenifer Welch at 941.627.4313 ext. 103.

Peace River Botanical and Sculptural Gardens (Support) – Save these dates:

August 23: Tail Waggin’ Tuesday in honor of National Dog Day
August 28: DIY Door Mat, 10 am
September 17: Butterfly Day, 9 am-noon
October 8: Mass wedding and vow renewal ceremony
October 28: Mums The Word! Interactive Murder Mystery Show, 4:30-6:30 pm

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Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – National Lemonade Day is tomorrow! Come down and get a refreshing glass of our House-made HHC Lemonade. This creative blend of natural honey, fresh squeezed lemons, and of course pure magic, this beverage will knock your socks off! Don’t forget to try one of our Summer Lemonade Shakers as well!

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Our Chocolatiers are getting their heads together and getting ideas ready for this fall! Make sure to follow us on our social media (Instagram and Facebook) to keep informed of all our NEW Fall Truffles, Bars, Fudge and more! 

F.M. Don’s – Will be closed September 1-8 for restroom remodeling. We will re-open on Friday, September 9.

Charlotte Technical College – Exciting news! Check out our new, interactive online job board and sign up for free. CTC students will be working hard this semester to upload their resumes and career portfolios. Post your internship and career opportunities here to access our pool of skilled and motivated students and graduates! 

Gilstad Literacy Foundation, Inc. – Assumed the management and fundraising responsibility for Charlotte County Imagination Library (Dolly Parton’s program) on July 1, 2022. We are looking for Board Members who are passionate about the importance of early literacy as a foundation for school readiness and success. Our children are the future of our community. Contact or 941.286.6931.

Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home – Special screening of “Priceless,” inspired by true stories. Sunday, August 28, 6-8:30 pm. Click here for more information.

Punta Gorda Boat Club – Sunset Social. Do you have your own boat? Interested in swapping stories with other boaters? Want to learn more about boating in Charlotte Harbor? Join us for our Sunset Social every fourth Friday from 5-7 pm at our Clubhouse 802 W Retta Esplanade in Punta Gorda. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our Club. Bring an appetizer to share and the beverage of your choice. Call Jan at 941.743.2472 for more information, or check us out at Hope to see you there!

Valerie’s House – Come join us for a fun night of Music Bingo, Dinner and Chance Auction Baskets for a fundraising event to help our Valerie’s House-Charlotte County children & families. Our mission is to help children & families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives. The event will be on Saturday, September 24 at 6 pm. Tickets are $25. Purchase tickets @ Events — Valerie’s House (

Presstige Printing – One of Florida’s premier commercial print and direct mail providers is the recipient of the 2022 Innovation Award from SWFL, Inc.

Harbor Social – All Month Long Back to School Special Free Kids Meal with an adult entree purchase. We are open Saturday and Sunday for breakfast at 10 am and Bloody Mary bar … Lunch starts at 11 am. 

Friday music is Hooch Engelking 7-10 pm 
Saturday music is J&B Acoustics 7-10 pm 
212 W. Marion Ave. in Punta Gorda.

John F. Guarino MD PA – Dr. Matthew Tufts joined our practice in September 2019 as an associate physician. Dr. Guarino and Dr. Tufts are now partners of the practice. Dr. Tufts is a dedicated physician who believes in working with patients to improve their health. His surgical expertise includes general surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, reflux surgery and weight-loss bariatric surgery. Both doctors are accepting new patients. Call 941.391.5102. The office is at 4245 Kings Hwy, Unit A, in Port Charlotte.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates – Is partnering with The Wine Room and Grazing Haus to offer visitors the opportunity to sample wine and cheese on Friday, October 7, from 5:30-7 pm in the river pavilion, along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers. Tickets are $75 for non-members and $65 for Edison Ford members. Advance online registration is required by 5 pm on Monday, October 3. Space is limited. Register at

Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association – The CDBIA invites you to join us in our 9th annual Bowling & Billiards Presented by Harbor Home Builders event to be held at 6 pm tomorrow at Bowland in Port Charlotte. For information or to register, visit or call 941.625.0804.

The Construction Cornhole Tournament presented by LTD Contracting will be on September 18 at Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante in Punta Gorda. 

Copperfish Books – Celebrate Bookstore Romance Day, tomorrow, 10 am to 4 pm. The bookstore is at 212 W. Virginia Ave. in Punta Gorda.

Sea Grape Gallery Artists of Month for August: Barbara Albin, acrylics, and Marlene Jones, horsehair and raku potter. The gallery is at 113 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Call 941.575.1718.

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC. – as the hot ☀️ summer days roll on, your print marketing solutions will be on fire 🔥 this August when you hashtag #connect, Punta Gorda!

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signs & graphics ✅
888.978.3437 📞 📧 🖥 … it’s ALWAYS about the 👊🏻 people! #connect 💚🖨💚 #fortheloveofprinting

ERTC Refund – I’m reaching out to fellow Chamber Members to let them know about the Employee Retention Tax Credit Program. If your business or non-profit operations were in any way disrupted by the Florida COVID mandates, then you probably qualify for a large cash rebate of up to $26,000 per W-2 employee.

To learn how much money you could get, go to my website: Got questions? Call or text me at 480.842.5070 or send me an email at: Robert Wenz, ERTC Tax Refund Expert

Fishermen’s Village – August Calendar of Events. Sunset Beach August Events. September Calendar of Events. Sunset Beach September Events. Mark your calendar: Fishermen’s Village will host the very popular Key Lime & Tropical Fest Saturday, September 24, Noon-9 pm.

Peace River Shopper Latest Edition. Arcadia Community Local

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Charlotte County Society for Human Resource Management

Join Charlotte County SHRM for their webinar on Wednesday, August 24, 11:45 am-1:15 pm on Inclusion in the Workplace. Speakers from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will discuss the services available to small business owners and the resources and assistance they can provide.

$10 members, $15 guests. Register here today!

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2022 Campaign / Election

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Rachel Keesling Candidate Meet & Greet

Monday, August 29, 5:30-7:30 pm at Coastal Expressions & Wine in Punta Gorda. Click here for more information.

Vote Yes 4 Success Referendum

I know what you’re thinking: “What does this have to do with me?” It’s about creating a better future for everyone by helping young people get the skills and education they need to be successful. So, why should you vote “yes?” Because when you vote yes on November 8, there are hundreds of thousands of students who will benefit. For more information 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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