Friday Facts for August 7th, 2020

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

PG Chamber radio show: Now Booking for September.

We are very pleased to announce that our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM will be returning to its usual monthly spot on the Bob Alexander Radio Show on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is very simple – no need to visit the studio. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted directly into the programming of this very popular show. You get the option to record two x 2.5 minute slots or else simply record one and have it aired twice during the show. Bob will be able to let you know exactly during which hour it will air. The cost is an incredible $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the July show, or any subsequent shows, simply email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only ten businesses per month, so don’t delay. Offering you a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

December 9, 2020 Business Over Breakfast – The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association have kindly booked us the room for this event. However, we are in need of someone to provide/sponsor us breakfast for the occasion. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to showcase your business on what is always a fun and festive networking event. If you are interested in providing/sponsoring this event please call the office (941) 639-3720 or email The Gator Wilderness Camp School boys will be singing for us.

For all our restaurant members – this has just been released by Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association regarding a change in protocols.

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – Covid-19 Information and Resources Update.

Charlotte County have provided a series of Support Local Biz Posters for you to use if you need them. Poster 1, Poster 2, Poster 3, Poster 4, Poster 5.

If you have anything that you would like to put into the Friday Facts please send it to  by noon each Thursday.

Your Chamber Staff,

John, Hazel, Janet and Stephanie

Chamber Calendar of Events

Members ONLY

Networking Events for August.

RSVP’s are very important, as are cancellations (limited numbers allowed, masks and social distancing a must). We are not able to take bookings through the website for these events at the moment, so please call (941) 639 3720 (during office hours 10am to 2pm) or email

August 12: Business Over Breakfast 7:15 am – 8:30 am. Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda. Our guest speaker will be Kim Amontree for Girls on the Run.

August 18: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm.

Come and join you Chamber for our Ribbon Cutting with Business after Hours at the Military Heritage Museum 900 W Marion Avenue Punta Gorda (same as July) hosted by Granny Nannies,Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business!

August 26: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon – 1:30pm.

Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Hurricane Charley’s, 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda  Reservations Required. Please be sure to RSVP to or call 941-639-3720. Cost is $15.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

Please be sure to RSVP for any of these events and if you have to subsequently cancel let us know soonest. or call 941-639-3720.

Protocols for networking events:

We are in unprecedented and complicated times, but we know that as a Chamber we are the best networkers around, yet still MUST lead the community by example.

Until further notice:

  1. To attend a PG Chamber event you will need to have a prior RSVP to either by calling 941 639 3720 or (no later than 2pm on the day prior to the event).
  2. Our events are limited to 50 people maximum and therefore NO WALK UPS can be allowed – sorry. If you show up and are not on the RSVP list (unless it’s John’s fault!), you may be turned away, if space is unavailable.
  3. The wearing of a mask is mandatory. We will continue to encourage social distancing.
  4. Food and beverages will be served individually to you at events.
  5. For our After Hours, we encourage you to bring giveaways that are in the form of a local business gift card, secured in a Ziploc bag with your business card attached, so it can be sanitized prior to being given out. Alternatively, as long as your gift can be sprayed with disinfectant, you may bring along such a gift.
  6. The microphone will be used by Chamber staff and/or guest speaker ONLY.
  7. We want to get back together and network effectively and hope that you all will respect these safety protocols, until such times as we are confident to remove them (in stages). Any questions, please call us 941-639-3720.



Join us for 2020 Celebration of Chamber Achievements’ during the year. We say Thank You to outgoing Chair Debra Trenholm and welcome incoming Chair June Amara and her new Board. Due to COVID19, this event has been scaled down from previous years and will be held in the large Tiki Bar at the Fourpoints with a maximum socially-distanced capacity of 140.

September 17, 2020 6pm to 9pm


$50 per person – cash bar


Tossed Caesar Salad

Homemade Potato Salad

Tropical Coleslaw

Grilled Corn on the Cob

BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Smoked Brisket

BBQ Chicken

Strawberry Shortcake

Please be sure to RSVP soonest. Call 941-639-3720 (Mon-Fri 10am-2pm) or email

Punta Gorda Chamber Member & Visitor’s Guide 2021

In conjunction with the SUN Newspapers we are planning to have the new Chamber Member & Visitor’s Guide ready for January 4, 2021 distribution. So, please, please review all your information on the Chamber website and make sure it is correct. Also, take a look at the attached flyer for Advertising Rates.

Any questions contact Hazel at

New Members

Mission Statement 

To promote business in Punta Gorda and all our surroundings areas, for the benefit of our entire community.

Mr. Hotdog

Bill Mulrine

(808) 753-5413

Caterer and Hot Dog Cart

Sponsored by Della Booth

Arturo Crosby – Time Realty Services, Inc

Arturo Crosby

(810) 580-2383

Real Estate

Sponsored by Della Booth

The Shipping Post

Mark Drayton

(941) 639-8883

3941 Tamiami Trail #3147

Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Pack and Ship

Sponsored by Nanette Leonard

Remember to utilize the certificates in the New Member packet. These are very valuable to your business.

Partners in Action News

Bayfront Health (Platinum) – Punta Gorda Awarded Fifth Disease-Specific Care Certification in Orthopedics.

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum)

Need some R&R? Book a room at the Four Points by Sheraton under the Staycation rate and it includes food and beverage throughout your stay. Please click for more details. T.T.’s Tiki Bar is rolling out our new lunch specials for only $7.95 each day! TT’s Specials. Join us at The Library Comedy Club August 8th.

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Saturday Punta Gorda farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 to 12. Here is the August Newsletter.

The Purple House Salon by Shawn Gilstad (Silver) – Check out our newly updated website . August Chamber Member promotion – 20% Off Any Chemical Service (New Clients Only). Buy 1 Get 1 Half All Professional Hair Care Product. Shawn Gilstad, 941.830.4746 – Cell, 941.205.8603 – Salon

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – We Continue to Perform…..

Key West Express (Bronze) – Can we interest you in a Key West Getaway?

Hessler Floor Covering (Support) Get More with Mohawk

Perfectly Polished Nail Boutique (Support) – Cindy and Stan Grigiski welcome chamber members to get the nails on fingers and toes perfectly polished and relax with an essential oil pedicure. Our summer essential oil is vanilla. All chamber members will receive 15% off services totaling $30 or more. Cannot be combined with other discount. Mention that you are a Chamber member when booking. Book by calling 941-889-8388 or online at

Visual Arts Center (Support) Join us for the Virtual Open House Sept 9-11 at The VAC is closed until Sept 8. Open Studio, Online and Onsite classes begin after we reopen- for more info visit us at Located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery, Art Supply Store & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 10-2. Events, Classes, Memberships, Call to Artists at


The latest WE ARE OPEN spreadsheet – provided to all those who inquiry at the Chamber.

Drug Free Punta Gorda – Virtual Coalition Meeting August 11.

C.A.R.E. Virtual Event August 13.

Cocoa Exchange – Did someone say cookies?

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – The Winebow Group just launched AMBLE + CHASE Rosé, a premium can wine sourced from sustainable growers in Provence, the spiritual homeland of pink wine. Singles or in four packs, this wine is portable AND delicious. Light, invigorating and easy-to-enjoy anywhere! Cherry blossom and white raspberry aromas with juicy peach and ripe red grapefruit with refreshing acidity. Curbside pick-up available! -941-505-0479.

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – Hotdog Days of Summer August 29.


Sea Grape Gallery – is excited to finally be opening after this pandemic forced us to close for several months. We will be opening 3 days a week (Thursday-Saturday), beginning Thursday, August 6. Our hours will be 11:00-5:00 each day.  Check it out!


Animal Welfare League – Together, let’s Clear The Shelters!


Animal Medical Clinic of Punta Gorda – Cool off and save up to 30% with AutoShip


Fishermen’s Village – August Calendar of Events.


Copperfish Books – Open Mon – Sat 10 am – 4 pm. Shop safely in-person by private appointment, or, if we have space available, you can come in to shop! We allow up to 4 shoppers in the store at one time. Face masks are required. You can also shop online at We offer contact-free pickup, free local delivery, and shipping services. (941) 205-2560. Indie Book List.


The Homeless Coalition – Charlotte Idol Finals Night.


Hope 4 CommunitiesUpdate.


Punta Gorda Symphony – Virtual Music Camp Ends on a High Note!


Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – COVID-19 has served as a reminder that we never know what life may bring us and why we need to be prepared when the unexpected happens. If you have been thinking about an estate plan and would like to sit down for a complimentary consultation, please contact Mark Martella, Esq. with ICARD MERRILL. He will explain the BIG SIX documents everyone needs, five of which you may need to use while you are alive. Please call 941-206-3700 to schedule a confidential complimentary consultation.

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

Gulfshore Opera – On the GO: Charlotte Board Members.

FGCU – $99 Workshop in Dynamic Workplace Communications & Interpersonal Skills.

Suncoast Human Society – WOW! Monthly Donations Matched in August.

SCORE – Week 4 – Putting It Together in an Action Plan – The Business Model Canvas.

Punta Gorda Airport – PGD Buzz


Charlotte Arts – Newsletter

Copperfish Books – Bookstore news, info and events for August

Drug Free Charlotte County – Heading into Summer

FGCU Renaissance Academy Punta Gorda – August Classes…Space, The Pepper Craze, Churchill, and more…

SandStar Remodeling & Interior Design – The SandStar Insider

United Way of Charlotte County Newsletter



Trust Officer Angie Misner is now in her 10th year at Charlotte State Bank & Trust. She has been a member of the bank’s Trust and Investment Management Services division for over five years. “Angie plays a key role in helping our clients achieve their desired estate and financial objectives,” said Executive Vice President Lory Weisensee, who manages Trust and Investment Management Services. “She is a valued member of our team, and we’re delighted to be celebrating her 10th anniversary.”

“Finding a home in Trust has been very rewarding,” Misner said. “I enjoy working with our new and existing clients to ensure that their trust and investment management documentation is properly administered and their wishes are carried out.” Misner has completed all three years of trust school through the American Bankers Association and is pursuing accreditation as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. She has worked in the real estate industry and also has experience in retail operations.

Misner volunteers on behalf of many community organizations, including Give Kids the World through the Make a Wish Foundation. Based at the bank’s Murdock office, 1100 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, she may be reached at 941-235-5181 or by email at


John Wright, President
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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