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Friday Facts for March 5, 2021

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends, Here are your Friday Facts

For Our Community and All Our Members.

From John Wright, President, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. Here is a copy of John’s Column printed in the newspaper on March 2

On Friday March 19th at 1pm at the First United Methodist Church, there will be a celebration of life for Jan Sidebottom, who served for six years as Treasurer of the PG Chamber from 2007-2012 before moving over to Main Street Punta Gorda as their Executive Director prior to its closure. Jan was Branch Manager of Peninsula Bank for many years (opposite the Ice House Pub that is now Campbell’s Enrolled Agents.) Hope you are able to join us.

As a Chamber we actively encourage you to engage/employ only suitably Licensed people (whether individuals or companies) when working on your home or business. Here are a couple of useful links https://cdbia.com/resources/ and https://www.charlottecountyfl.gov/core/fileparse.php/363/urlt/Licensing-Brochure.pdf

For Our Members.

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR APRIL 2021. 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 progaming 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 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.

Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club hosts a Tri-Chamber Meet and Greet, Business Membership Opportunity on March 30, 5-7pm. Click Here for details. Please RSVP directly with the Yacht Club.

For Our Community.

CCSO. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office offers a no-cost C.A.T registry for residents and businesses. The Combat Auto-Theft program is a voluntary vehicle registration program, which once registered, you receive a numbered decal that is placed into the low left corner of the rear driver’s window. By displaying this decal, the vehicle owner gives law enforcement officers permission to do an investigative stop of the vehicle, during the hours of 1am-5am for personal vehicles and 8p-5a for business vehicles to determine if the vehicle has been stolen.

In response to recent trailer thefts throughout the county, we have added registering trailers to the C.A.T program. We encourage all trailers – to include boat trailers, open style utility trailers, as well as enclosed utility trailers – to be registered. Contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit to schedule your registry 941-613-3227.

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability in Charlotte County. For Register by phone at the Florida Dept. of Health in Charlotte County call (866) 200-9160. Or, call COVID 19 Call Center +1 (866) 776-6121, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov, or text CharCoCares to 888-777.

Charlotte County Centennial Year begins. THIS SATURDAY Centennial Fishing Derby Awards Festival March 6. Click Here for details. Centennial Memories…This is OUR Charlotte! Click Here.

STARTS THIS WEEKEND. 2021 SWFL Parade of Homes March 6-14. For further information click here.

 From Fresh Jersey Tomatoes. The Chamber is partnering with FJT in a Food Drive for Charlotte County Families – Collection Box in Our Office. Please bring non-perishable items only until end of March.

THIS SATURDAY City Wide Garage Sale, Come Early for those Bargains – on March 6, 2021, 8am to 12noon at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd (Bal Harbor Plaza).

The Pirates are back! Pirates in Paradise Fun for all the Family on April 10 1pm to 6.30pm on the Great Lawn at Four Points by Sheraton.


Chamber Calendar of Events Members ONLY

Networking Events for March

RSVP’s are very important, as are cancellations. 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 9am to 4pm) or email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com

March 10: Business Over Breakfast 7:15 – 8:30 am Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at Nino’s Bakery & Restaurant, 3078 Cooper Street, Punta Gorda. Our hosts are Jan & Dan Stuckey of ARCHway Institute. Please bring non-perishable foods for the Fresh Jersey Tomatoes Food Drive for Families in Need in Charlotte County.

March 16: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm Come and join your Chamber for our Business after Hours hosted by hosted by Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens, 5800 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please bring non-perishable foods for the Fresh Jersey Tomatoes Food Drive for Families in Need in Charlotte County.

March 24: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, 4400 Lister Street, Port Charlotte. Our speaker will be Darcy Woods from The Homeless Coalition. Reservations Required. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720. MENU: BBQ Chicken Quesadilla; CHYC Blackened Fish Sandwich; Apple Walnut Cranberry Salad. NOTE: Cancellations not accepted after 3pm on Friday before event. Cost is $20.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex. Please bring non-perishable foods for the Fresh Jersey Tomatoes Food Drive for Families in Need in Charlotte County.

Ribbon Cuttings in March

March 10: Ground Breaking at 9.30am. Please join us to welcome our newest member with a Ground Breaking Ceremony at Hampton Manor of Punta Gorda, 10211 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda FL 33950 (Next to Former Muscle Car Museum Plaza). PLEASE RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720.

March 11: Ribbon Cutting at 5.30pm. Welcome New Member Delta Hearing LLC, 525 E. Olympia Ave, Ste #7, Punta Gorda. PLEASE RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720.

March 18: Ribbon Cutting at 5.00pm. Celebrate the newest Mural Society offering – Historic Punta Gorda Army Air Field at Veterans Park, 100 Nesbit St, Punta Gorda. PLEASE RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720.

March 30: Ribbon Cutting at 5.30pm. Celebrate the newest property for CommunityWorks Inc at 3360 Peace River Drive, Punta Gorda 33983 (off Harborview Road). PLEASE RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720.


All the Following Information is for Our Community. Please Support Our Local Businesses!


New Members

Mission Statement

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

Hampton Manor of Punta Gorda

(facility under construction)

Dahlia Black

(954) 861-9205

1906 Skyline Blvd

Cape Coral FL 33991

hmcapecoral.ed@gmail.com

Assisted Living

Sponsored by Hazel Klossner

 

The Pool Store of Charlotte County

Christina

(941) 625-1190

24630 Sandhill Blvd, Unit 302

Punta Gorda FL 33983

pool_store@peoplepc.com

www.thepoolstoreofcharlottecounty.com

Retail Pool Store and Pool Service

Sponsored by Hazel Klossner

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


Partners in Action News

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) –  T.T.’s Tiki Bar is hosting Rodeo Night on the Harbor for the first time on March 6th! This is a must see event! The live action will include roping and goat tying dummies, stick horse barrel racing, horse rides, and so much more. Bring the family out for a night of rodeo fun and enjoy our food and drink specials from 5-7 PM! Lastly, click to see when all of your favorite live bands will be playing in March. The Tiki Bar….The Place To Be!

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte & Punta Gorda (Gold) – Offers Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Therapy.

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – Whether buying a legacy family vacation home or pursuing a real estate investment, The Residences at Secret Bay is the ultimate offering for those seeking an astute Caribbean real estate opportunity in an up-and-coming destination. Featuring generous floor plans and expansive lot sizes, each villa is thoughtfully sited within its own secluded enclave. Intrinsic to the original vision for Secret Bay, The Residences at Secret Bay presents an unrivaled opportunity to make part of the acclaimed boutique hotel your permanent slice of paradise and obtain a 2nd citizenship in the Caribbean. Register for this live webinar on March 11th @ 5pm ET to hear how: https://hubs.ly/H0Hyfzj0

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Saturday Punta Gorda farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Latest Newsletter.

Charlotte State Bank and Trust (Silver) – Becoming a Floridian. Thursday, March 18.

Presented with Dean Hanewinckel of the law office of Dean Hanewinckel, P.A. Are you considering being domiciled in Florida or have moved here from another state to benefit fully from homestead laws, no state income tax and favorable estate planning codes? Will your out-of-state documents work in Florida as you had hoped? Join us to examine the checklist you need to complete to become a Floridian, common problems with other states’ documents, and some helpful tips. To register for any or all of the seminars, visit www.englewoodbank.com<http://www.englewoodbank.com/trust-services/seminars> or contact Hunter at 941-473-3629 or khunter@ebtfl.com<mailto:khunter@ebtfl.com>. Face coverings are required, and participants are being asked to please practice social distancing. Due to limited seating, Hunter is asking attendees to let her know if they plan on bringing additional guests.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) –  is your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. Our current Hunter Douglas Promotion Energy Smart Style Saving Event runs until 3/22/21. Insulating shades can increase your comfort & help lower your energy bill. Rebates start at $100 on qualifying purchases. FREE In-Home consultations! 941-637-0015 / 941-828-0000

WENG (Silver in Kind) – Finally, the restrictions on your business are beginning to ease! WENG Radio will help you get the word out with this special advertising opportunity! :30 second spots available immediately for only $8 a spot. That’s 30% off regular pricing. Talk about special reminders, hours, sales, promotions, and of course, your website, location or phone number. Contact Sue Z at suez@fiorini.media or Evie Alexander at eviea@fiorini.media.

C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Bronze) – Looking to save money while giving back to the community? C.A.R.E. ReUse offers a wide variety of new/gently used items at a fraction of retail cost. All proceeds provide essentials to survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Charlotte County. Open at both locations (PC & Englewood) Tuesday –Thursday 9:00am-3:30pm.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – March 11-28. This Neil Simon classic delightfully recalls the last time the Hines family gathered in the summer of 1953 in the Poconos. Tickets are $22. Temperatures are taken upon arrival. Masks are required. Social distancing will take place in the theatre. For more information call our Box Office at 941-255-1022 or online at www.charlotteplayers.org.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) – Gulfshore Opera’s Divas and Dinner, Sunday, April 18 at 5PM, Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante, Patio Courtyard. Click here for tickets! $85 (Includes Open Air Concert & Dinner) or call 239.529.3925. GO Divas will perform a variety of vocal ensembles featuring rich harmonies, while you enjoy a delightful Italian dinner at Carmelo’s in a beautiful outdoor courtyard setting. Flyer. GO Events in March & April.

One Source Accounting & Tax (Bronze) – The importance of meeting with a qualified tax professional. What to bring to the annual appointment. 

Port Charlotte Florist (Bronze in Kind) – Celebrate Anything & Everything & Save $10

Animal Welfare League (Support) – Pets of the Week. Contact us at 3519 Drance St, Port Charlotte, FL 33980. (941) 625-6720.

Fabulous Finds, Homeless Coalition (Support) – The 1st Annual “Hope for Homeless” Spring Golf Scramble event to benefit The Homeless Coalition will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Deep Creek Golf Club located at 1260 San Cristobal Avenue in Deep Creek. Check-in is at 7:30 am and shotgun is at 8:30am. The cost is $85 and includes: 25 chance auction tickets, 2 drink tickets, a continental breakfast, a delicious lunch and mulligans for your team. Please contact Darcy Woods at (941) 627-4313, Ext. 134 or email Darcy.Woods@cchomelesscoalition.org to reserve a spot.

Frank Desguin Family (Support) – Copy of Frank’s column in the newspaper, Did you know Punta Gorda had three ice plants over time in its early history?

Military Heritage Museum (Support) – Upcoming March Events You Do Not Want to Miss!

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – #VBASTRONG Challenge. Become a Monthly Donor.

Visual Arts Center (Support) – Call to Artists: ‘New Beginnings’ upcoming Juried Spring exhibit open to ALL with 1st Place Prize money at $1,000! Enter online at VisualArtCenter.org. Peace River National Art Festival is March 20-21, 9a-4p in Laishley Park, $5/person. Join us for fun Wine & Painting Socials, $40/person, register at www.VisualArtCenter.org. “The Student Show” and “Serenity” exhibits now on display. Located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Store Hours: Mon & Fri: 10a-4p, Tue-Thu: 10a-7p, Sat: 10a-2p. Events, Classes, Memberships, Call to Artists at visualartcenter.org.   Come to the Peace River National Art Festival March 20 & 21, 2021. Click Here for Details. Poster


Member Information

SCORE – THIS MORNING 9am to 12noon – Zoom meeting with Business Mentors. AMAZON FBA Selling.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – THIS SATURDAY Annual Antique Ford Car Show on March 6.

Rossman Realty Property Management – Investors wanted! Rossman Realty is interested in making deals. Offering top dollar referrals for investor accounts; interested in mergers and acquiring experience property managers; Rossman Realty Property Management manages annual, seasonal, and commercial accounts; Rossman Realty Property Management has multiple locations that are open 7 days a week and experienced in smooth management transitions. Email Corey Meldahl @ corey@rossmanrealty.com or call 239-333-7357.

Animal Medical Clinic of Punta Gorda – March into spring with 15% off.

Right At Home – Helping Area Seniors When Needed! An award winning and exceptionally busy in-home care assistance agency is looking for caregivers to join our fantastic team. We are looking for anyone with the heart of caring for someone, service clients in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Englewood and Surrounding Areas. Please apply here today: https://right-at-home-englewood.careerplug.com/jobs/1122081/apps/new

SAM’s Club – Membership Offer.

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – This week’s “celebration day” may include the “National” day to drink wine, but for us, Every Day is a great day to enjoy a great glass. Happy National Drink Wine Day to all! It’s always a good time to find a new favorite, whether it’s a new terroir with your favorite grape, or an undiscovered “gem.” Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. We have an International Wine Tasting of Dry & Sweet Wines, Craft Beer, Meads, & Ciders. Cameo appearances of Fortified, Dessert, & Ice Wines. Call 941-505-0479 or stop in Saturday to check availability. Cheers!

ClenzOzone – Looking for a safe and effective cleaning product to keep you and your customers safe? Chamber members can get our entire 2-step package for a discounted rate of $399, check out www.clenzozone.com for more information on our products. To purchase our products call 888-CLENZO2.

Gregg’s Automotive Maintenance Repair Center – Brakes for Kids – click here for details.

Copperfish – March News and Events – Read to Know! March 2021 Indie List.

PattiVanTonder.com – The Collagen Elixir.

Animal Medical Clinic of Punta Gorda – Snuggle up with savings!

The Firm 360 Photography – Get ready Southwest Florida! The Firm 360° Photography is proud to be a part of the SWFL Parade of Homes™ through the CDBIA again this year. It begins March 6th and runs through the 14th. See some of the most innovative and progressive homes entered this year by local and national builders. If you can’t get out and see them all in person, click https://www.swflparadeofhomes.com/ go to their website and click the “Virtual Tour” links. Let us know how we can help you with a Virtual Tour. Call us. 941-347-8198

Drug Free Punta Gorda – Change of date for March 2021 Coalition Meeting – now March 23 at 11.30am

Valerie’s House – is a nonprofit organization that helps grieving families who have lost a loved one in Charlotte, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County. Contact Christine Carey to find out ways to volunteer, mentor, and donate (christine@valerieshouse.org or 239-841-0382). We can also schedule Valerie’s House Tours. Valerie’s House’s website: Valerie’s House

Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – Have your creditors stopped working with you during COVID-19? Are you worried about a possible foreclosure? Are you confused about your options and the CARES Act? Is debt consolidation, debt negotiation or bankruptcy best for you? To get answers to all your questions, contact Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill at 941-206-3700 or mmartella@icardmerrill.com to schedule a confidential, complimentary one hour, no obligation consultation to come up with a plan to eliminate your debt and enjoy a stress free, debt free life.

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

The Wyvern Hotel – Mid-Week Exclusive – reduced rates available.

Covenant Business Planning & Solutions – Hiring Employees. Who dreads job interviews the most? It’s not prospective candidates — it’s the owners. The hiring process can take several days of your time: reviewing resumes, sitting through interviews, sifting through so many unqualified candidates to find the diamonds in the rough. More information: https://covenant-business.com/?p=1314&preview=true

ARCHway Institute – ‘Funding Recovery’ Concert Series.

Sea Grape Gallery – Guest Artists for March 2021. March Courtyard Sale on March 12 & 13 – supporting Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Punta Gorda Symphony – Strings in the Garden: Baroque + Beatles + Wine at Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens on March 14, and Harborside Brass at Four Points by Sheraton on April 11. Click Here for details.

AMH Community Outreach – FREE Concert in the Park on now March 14, 1pm to 5pm in Laishley Park. Click Here for more details.

Fishermen’s Village – St Patrick’s Day at the Village on March 17. March Events Calendar.

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – Mural Ribbon Cutting & Dedication – Historic Punta Gorda Army Air Field Mural, March 18 at 5pm, Veterans Park.

TEAM Punta Gorda – Build a Bike, Win a Bike cycling event on March 18. Annual TEAM Golf Scramble on March 20.

Chelsea Place – Senior Resources Open House on March 19. Any questions, please call Amie Conti (941)787-0687

ARCHway Institute – Annual Tennis (March 26) & Golf (March 27) Tournaments.

Englewood Beach Waterfest – Poker Run around Charlotte Harbor March 27.

Loveland Center – Come run with us at the beautiful Florida Southwestern State College Charlotte Campus on April 11th, 2021. All proceeds will benefit Loveland Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that provides support services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Charlotte County. Loveland offers the opportunity for individuals with I/DD to be seen as equals in their community through the acquisition of independent life skills and visibility in their community. They deserve “Equality through Opportunity” to reach personal goals, just like you and me! Sign up by March 23rd, 2021 and receive a FREE race t-shirt! Space is limited, so sign up early and help support the children and adults we serve at Loveland Center Charlotte County! https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/PuntaGorda/LovelandCenterIncAbility5KRunFamilyWalk


Applause

Florida Skin Center named Best and Brightest Companies to Work For


Job Opportunities

PGICA – Looking for an Executive Director. Click Here for more details. Please send resumes to Sharon Gordon at gordonassc@aol.com

Part Time Job – Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bar) 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd #1135, Punta Gorda is looking for a Kitchen Assistant (Prep, no Cooking). Days, Evenings & Weekends as well as private wine events, approx. 20 hours available immediately. $10/Hour. Send resume to loris@coastal-expressions.com or call 941-214-8599.

Part Time Job – Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bar) 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd #1135, Punta Gorda is looking for a Wine Bar Tender. Days / Weekends as well as private wine events, approx. 20-40 hours available immediately. Hourly Wage + Tips. Send resume to loris@coastal-expressions.com or call 941-214-8599

Part Time Job – Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bar) 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd #1135, Punta Gorda is looking for a Server. Days, Evenings & Weekends as well as private wine events, approx. 20-40 hours available immediately. Hourly Wage + Tips. Send resume to loris@coastal-expressions.com or call 941-214-8599

Part Time Job – Coastal Expressions & Wine (Boutique)1133 Bal Harbor Blvd #1135, Punta Gorda is looking for a Retail Clerk. Tuesday – Saturday (Days) 10-5. Days and Hours vary. Approximately 20 hours. Available immediately. Send resume to loris@coastal-expressions.com or call 941-214-8599.

Beach Bums – Are you looking for a great part-time position? We are located on the beautiful Charlotte Harbor in Fishermen’s Village is hiring. Currently looking for a smiling face (yes you can see under the mask), have superior customer service skills and a strong work ethic then we want you! Please apply in person only. No phone calls. Position is for Sunday, Monday and Thursdays.

Simply Sweet  – We are looking for the sweet in you! Simply Sweet needs additional staff to join our fun team. We are located on the beautiful Charlotte Harbor in Fishermen’s Village. If you like candy, this is the place to work. A flexible schedule is necessary. Days, evening, and weekend hours available. Apply in person only.


Newsletters

ARCHway Institute – Newsletter

Animal Welfare League – Pawsitive News

C.A.R.E. – Newsletter

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter

Charlotte Players – Jan-Feb Newsletter 2021

Copperfish Books – Newsletter

Hope4Communities – Newsletter

PGD Buzz – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – February Newsletter

Sandstar Remodeling – February Newsletter

TIME Realty – Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – Newsletter


Community Events

Punta Gorda Garden Club’s THIS SATURDAY new event, HOP’N INTO SPRING, which will take place on March 6, 2021. Like many other non-profits our club has had to greatly alter our plans during the pandemic. This will be our only fund raiser of the fiscal year and, as always, the proceeds will fund our scholarship program and community beautification and environmental projects.


Sincerely,

John Wright, President
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Animal Welfare League

Calenda Real Estate Group

Centennial Bank

Chapman Insurance Group

Charlotte Players

Denise Henry,

ReMax Anchor Realty

Farr Law Firm 

Florida Premier Contractors

Granny Nannies

Gulfshore Opera

Hoff’s Air Authority

PicklePlex of Punta Gorda

State Farm Insurance Agency – Mike Martin

Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross & Young, PA

 

Support Partners