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Friday Facts for July 8, 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 July 5.

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Member Business of the Week

St. Andrews South Golf Club: Exceeding Expectations Of Their Members

St. Andrews South Golf Club was established as a private golf club in December 1980 and opened for golf 12 months later. In the 1990s, a number of facilities improvement programs were initiated including construction of cart paths, additional sand traps and enlargement of the clubhouse, dining room, kitchen, practice and maintenance facilities and landscaping. St. Andrews South members and staff are widely recognized as being very involved in our community through charity benefits and volunteer activities. The Club has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards, including the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Members’ Choice Award.

ADDRESS: 1901 Deborah Drive, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
PHONE: 941.639.5261
EMAIL: standrewssouth.com

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PG Chamber Radio Show
​Exclusively For PG Chamber Members

NOW BOOKING FOR AUGUST, ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT! Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander Radio Show is 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 show, simply email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only 10 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.

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Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office 2nd Quarter Awards Luncheon

Save the Date – Friday, August 5th 11:30am til 1:00 pm at Visani Italian Steakhouse

Proceeds benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

For more details or sponsorship information, email jwireman@ccsofl.net. Formal invitation to follow announcing awardees.

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Reserve Your Tickets Today!
Your Chamber’s Got Talent

Thursday, August 4, 7 PM
Gulf theater at the Military Heritage Museum
900 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda

Tickets are $25 (plus administration fee)

Join us for an evening of entertainment from more than 10 local acts sharing their talents with the community: singing, stand-up comedy, etc. and YOU can be part of the voting to select this year’s winner!

Tickets available on Gulf Theater’s website: gulftheater.org
For more information, call 941-639-3720

Our Talent

Gator Wilderness Camp School – Music

David Obermeier – Comedy

Salty Paws – Music

Kaitlyn Carey – FIlm

Rachel Struebing & Monica Babcock – Music

Marianne Lilly – Poetry

Zarita Mattox – Singer

Jackie Stover & Team – Dance

Deanna Peden – Singer

Jimmy & The Ghost Flames – Comedy

Benamin Strunk – Drummer

Whitney Grace – Singer

Isaac James – Piano

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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 tzajas@puntagorda-chamber.com or call the office (941) 639-3720 to schedule a date.

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July Networking Events

**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing reception@puntagorda-chamber.com, 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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July 13: Business Over Breakfast, 7:15-8:30 am – Join your Chamber for our Networking Breakfast at the Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. There will be a debate between the two candidates running for Charlotte Airport Authority’s District 2 seat. RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720. 

July 19: Business After Hours, 5:30-7 pm – Join your Chamber at Michael Saunders & Company, 101 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720.

July 27: Networking Lunch, Noon-1:30 pm – Join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Ice House Pub, 408 Tamiami Trail North in Punta GordaRSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com 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. 

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. $80 per person – cash bar. Seating is limited, RSVP now. Call 941.639.3720 (Monday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm) or email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com. You can also purchase tickets online HERE.

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

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2022 Annual Awards Banquet Dinner

Join us on 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. $80 per person – cash bar. Seating is limited, RSVP now. Call 941.639.3720 (Monday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm) or email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com

You can also purchase tickets online HERE.

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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) The Four Points by Sheraton and T.T.’s Tiki Bar has another exciting weekend planned! We have a comedy show scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Please click for all of the details. The Tiki Bar will feature Guilty Pleasure on Friday and Night Breakers on Saturday. Please click to find out when all your favorite bands are playing in July. Don’t forget about T.T.’s summer lunch specials for only $9.95 that include some of your favorites. The Tiki Bar … always sizzling!

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – Happy Friday! The seven-day rolling stats for PG, PC and NP show: 202 new listings, 163 new contracts, 179 new closings and 129 new price decreases.  I cannot stress enough how important properly pricing your property is to your end goal of selling for the most money. Thinking of making a move? Give me a call and put my 24 years of experience to work for you. 239.699.4493

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Punta Gorda Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 8 am-Noon (Summer Hours).

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Downtown Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. A virtual office 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 while growing your business. 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

lsles Yacht Club (Silver) – IYC’s annual fundraiser is in full swing until March 2023. Through a partnership with Charlotte Community Foundation, IYC fundraising proceeds will benefit St. Vincent de Paul, Backpack Kidz and New Operation Cooper Street.

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) – 10th Annual Comedy for a Cause is looking for cast members! The annual fundraiser where community leaders come together to entertain with side-splitting improvisational antics is taking place on September 9 and is lead by and taught by Dr. Chris Constance. Rehearsals start this month. For more information, call 941.255.1022 or email Steve Lineberry at lineberry.stephen@gmail.com or Jesse Cantwell-Shiner at Jessica_Shiner@LCCA.com.

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) – Come join us at Coastal Expressions Wine Bar, Wine Store & Boutique for our refreshing summer wines, small bites, craft beers and summer sales in the boutique. Coastal Expressions Wine Bar is located in Punta Gorda ISLES at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd in the Plaza at Suite 1135. No need to make a reservation, just come on by. Visit our website at www.coastal-expressions.com for on-line shopping or our wine or food menu. Or call us at 941.214.8599

Please join us: 

  • Daily Special – from 10-4 Try our “Morning Star” Breakfast Flatbread & Mimosa or Coffee for $10 
  • Join us every day for Wine Flights. 4 Tastings. 2 oz. pours. Tuesdays from 10-5, Wednesday-Saturday 10-9 (Except during WINE-O Bingo on Fridays from 5-8 PM)
  • Come on in and Sip & Shop while you browse our Unique Boutique for Gifts & Summer Sales (Up to 30% off on select items)
  • Every day for Lunch and enjoy our Lunch (Flatbread Special & Free glass of wine) from 11-4 $16.99
  • Every Friday night for WINE-O BINGO. 6-8 pm. $6 a card for three games. 1 card per/person. Win a wine bottle as your prize.
  • This Saturday it’s Ladies Night or Couples Night. Bring in a copy of our AD and receive your SPECIAL. 
  • Every Wednesday from 10-4 for $6 Wine Wednesday. Plus join us for “Happy Hour” from 4-7, $30 for Two.
  • Every Thursday night for Trivia. Get your team together (up to 6 people). Win wine and food gift certificates as prizes. Game starts at 6:30 pm.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) Get Gulfshore Opera attendees to support your business. Click here for more information. Click here for playbill advertising information.  

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (Bronze) – Class instructors needed. The nonprofit Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (PGICA) will be adding new community classes to the education program in the fall of 2022. If you have expertise in the arts (music, visual, literary, culinary, etc.), fitness (dance, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, etc.), foreign language, history/culture, finance, technology, or another area of expertise, this is your opportunity. Please contact Jennifer deChiara at jennifer.dechiara@gmail.com if you are interested in teaching a class. All classes are open to the public. 

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze In Kind) – Gulf Theater Season 4 has arrived. Click here for the 2022-2023 schedule.

Animal Welfare League (Support) – It’s Summer Raffle Time! We’ve got some great items this year including a chance to win a cruise! Tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Click here for prize and ticket information.

C.A.R.E. (Support) – Throughout July, take 10% discount at both ReUse Stores. All of the proceeds provide essential needs to survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Charlotte County. Open at both locations (PC and Englewood) Tuesday –Thursday 9 am-3:30 pm. 

Drug-Free Punta Gorda (Support) – We are seeking additional members to join our team as a board member. The board serves with the coalition’s Executive Director and Project Coordinator to help keep our youth drug and alcohol free. If you or someone you know is interested, please send an email with your name and why you are interested to our nomination committee at drugfreepuntagorda@gmail.com by July 15 at 5 pm. 

Frank Desquin (Support) – Click here for Frank’s latest column. Did you know a coffee plantation owner from Bombay (Mumbai), India had a significant role in early development around Charlotte Harbor, but for a street bearing his name, is hardly remembered?  

Peace River Botanical and Sculptural Gardens (Support) – Peace River Gardens is holding it’s First Annual Photo Contest. Today is the last day to submit photos. Click here for information. Enjoy the Gardens Tuesdays-Sundays from 9-2, now through September 30.

Save the date:
July 25: Paint and Plant, 9 am -1 pm in partnership with Hammer & Stain
August 23: Tail Waggin’ Tuesday in honor or National Dog Day
October 8: Mass wedding and vow renewal ceremony. Limited to 30 couples

PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda (Support)Monday Night guided practice will start meeting again on Monday at 6 pm. $10 for non-members. No reservation or prior experience necessary. Paddles provided. Court shoes or sneakers required. It’s a great way to learn a fun game and meet new friends! 

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support) – Country for a Cause featuring Champ Jaxon, tonight, 6-10 pm Charlotte Harbor Event Center. Click here for ticket information.

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The Yoga Sanctuary – Strength & Stability from the Ground Up: Feet & Ankles, Sunday, July 10, 12:30 pm, $40 with Jennifer French. A portion of this events proceeds go to Shoes for Kids! Guru Purnima, Wednesday, July 13, 12 pm. Celebrated on July’s full moon, Guru Purnima is considered one of the highest holidays in the yogic tradition. Join us to learn a little bit more about this special day. Free and open to all!

Edison and Ford Winter Estates – Will honor Henry Ford, the automobile icon, on his 159th birthday on July 30 in Fort Myers. Historian-led guided tours and self-guided tours will be available throughout the day. Click here for more information.

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – Did you know that National Coffee Week is only two months away? Head over to our Social Media platforms (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and comment what NEW and EXCITING things you would like to see during this glorious week in September 2022.

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – L.J.’s Cheese Corner was posted on our Facebook page this week. This month we are featuring our Grilling Halloumi. Make sure to take a look at our recipe using this delicious cheese, try it for yourself and comment how it turned out! 

Punta Gorda Airport – Sun Country Airlines resumes flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul in December. Rosati’s Pizza is coming to the new PGD Air Center in Spring 2023. Click here for more PGD Buzz. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Southern Region Airports Division named James W. Parish, P.E., CEO of the Charlotte County Airport Authority (CCAA) and Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), the 2021 Air Carrier Airport Manager of the Year.

The Homeless Coalition – The Homeless Coalition and Fabulous Finds Resale Shop and Unique Boutique are seeking volunteers. Flexible schedules are available. We have kitchen, clerical, pantry help and the resale shop. If you are looking for volunteer hours for Bright Futures we have those opportunities as well. Contact Meghan Himelein at Meghan.himelein@cchomeless coalition or call 941.627.4313 ext. 134

Copperfish Books – Find Waldo in Punta Gorda. Kids are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt for Waldo and win prizes the month of July. Participants can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Punta Gorda” stamp card with the names of the 25 participating businesses, including the Punta Gorda Chamber office. The grand prize drawing will be Saturday, July 30 from 4-5 pm at Copperfish Books, 212 West Virginia Ave., Punta Gorda. Please RSVP to 941.205.2560. Visit CopperfishBooks.com.

Pomegranate & Fig Gift Boutique – Semi-Annual Clearance Sale! 208 Tamiami Trail, #111, Punta Gorda.

Sea Grape Gallery Artists of Months for July-August 2022: Barbara Albin, acrylics, and Marlene Jones, horsehair and raku potter. The Gallery’s summer hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. The artwork of all Sea Grape Gallery artists can be viewed at www.seagrapegallery.com. The gallery is at 113 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda and can be reached at 941.575.1718.

ERTC Refund – Do you have 5-500 W-2 employees? If you do, you probably qualify for ERTC funding that could get you $150,000 or more of free money. Click here for more details.

Dellutri Law Group – Medicaid planning is done in two ways: in a crisis situation or, proactive planning. In either case, if you get that call that a family member needs to go into a nursing home and you have no idea how you are going to pay the $10,000+ fees a month, the Dellutri Law Group can help. Contact Mark Martella, Esq., at 941.206.3700 or mmartella@dellutrilawgroup.com to request your Free Special Report on “Will Medicaid Pay for Your Nursing Home?”

Sandstar – As we go full swing into the summer season, click here to take a look at the top trends emerging that will ensure your home feels as inviting as a slice of cool watermelon on a hot day.

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC. – your July print marketing & branding will explode like a firecracker 🧨 when you hashtag #connect, Punta Gorda!

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Meals on Wheels of Charlotte County – Presents Tacos, Tequila & Trivia, Tuesday, July 19, 6-9 pm at 24 TwentyOne Event Center, 2421 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.

Archway Institute – Laughter is the Best Medicine. ARCHway will host the first sober recovery comedy night in Fort Myers on August 12. Mark your calendars.

Valerie’s House – Save the Date for our Celebrating Charlotte Fundraising Event on Saturday, July 30 (1-5 pm) at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. All proceeds will benefit Valerie’s House-Charlotte County. Contact Christine Carey for vendor and sponsorship opportunities: 239.841.0382.

Sunrise Kiwanis – The Kiwanis Shoes for Project is in the third week of the five-week shoe drive. Click here for Christy Smith’s heart-warming story. The Punta Gorda Chamber office is a drop-off location.

Fishermen’s Village – www.fishermensvillage.com.
July Calendar of Events. Sunset Beach July Events.

Peace River Shopper Latest Edition. Arcadia Community Local

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Sunseeker Resort To Open Aileron Golf Club

Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor plans to open Aileron Golf Club, a guest-exclusive 18-hole championship level golf course in 2023. Stay in vacation-mode knowing the only other players on the course are other resort guests as well as our skilled team members who are there to enhance your experience and exceed expectations. Read all about the planned Aileron Golf Club amenities and opening in our official Press Release.

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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 www.careersourcesouthwestflorida.com

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 www.charlottecountyfl.gov/departments/human-resources. For all jobs available at Charlotte County, visit www.charlottecountyfl.gov/jobs.
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ARCHway Institute – July Newsletter

Animal Welfare League –July Pawsitive Press

C.A.R.E. – June Newsletter

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – June Newsletter

Copperfish BooksJuly Newsletter

Loveland Center – July Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum – June Newsletter

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

Pedelec SQB Electric Bikes – July Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyJune Newsletter

TIME-Realty – Newsletter

SandStarJune Newsletter

Senior Friendship Center – Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – Newsletter

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Florida Premier Contractors

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Gulfshore Opera

Hoff’s Air Authority

PicklePlex of Punta Gorda

State Farm Insurance Agency – Mike Martin

Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

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