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Friday Facts for August 5, 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 2.

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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
EMAIL: wlmfl.com

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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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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, LCraigForda@punta-gordachamber.com or TZajas@puntagorda-chamber.com

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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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August 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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August 10: Business Over Breakfast, 7:15-8:30 am  Join your Chamber for our Networking Breakfast at Habitat for Humanity’s ReSale Store, 1750 Manzana Ave., Punta Gorda. RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720. 

August 16: Business After Hours, 5:30-7 pm Join your Chamber at F.M. Don’s, 201 W. Marion Ave., 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

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 with Baked Ziti, no meat; a variety of pizzas with different toppings; Italian Panini; Salad. Coffee, tea, water, sodas available.

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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Please RSVP 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.  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) – Join us at T.T.’s Tiki Bar and the Four Points hotel for another fun-filled weekend. 

Here are our daily specials:

  • 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
  • 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) Punta Gorda Farmers Market open Saturdays, 8 am-Noon. (Summer hours)

ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte Punta Gorda (Gold) – We are excited to announce that we have a Chief Administrative Officer joining Punta Gorda. Justin Bryant was until very recently the CEO of Gadsden Regional Medical Center in Alabama. He will bring a wealth of experience to Punta Gorda.

TIME Realty Services, Inc. (Gold) – The latest 7-day rolling stat for Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and North Port shows 196 new listings, 176 new contracts, 172 closings and 190 price reductions. It is so important to properly price your listing. Thinking of selling? Want to discuss the market or your property values? Give me a call! Della Booth, Broker, TIME Realty Services. 

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 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

The Nix Team (Silver) – Charlotte County Residential Market Weekly Update: “My mortgage is going to be what?” Need real estate help or want to catch up on the market? Click here.

The Purple House Salon (Silver) – Summer special: Get a Pure Keratin Treatment and take home shampoo and conditioner complimentary from The Purple House Salon. And, we now do eyelash extensions.

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) – The 10th Annual Comedy for a Cause, the annual fundraiser where community leaders come together to entertain with side-splitting improvisational antics, will be September 9. For information, call 941.255.1022.

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) – Coastal Expressions & Wine will be closed from August 4-22 on vacation. We look forward to seeing our customers when we reopen August 23 at 10 am.

Gulfshore Opera (Bronze) Announcing Season 9 / On Tour 2022-2023. Pre-sale tickets have started for Maestro Club members. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 8. For the season schedule, click here.

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze) – Gulf Theater tickets are flying off the shelves! Reserve your seats today! Several shows are already sold out.

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (Bronze) – Class instructors needed. PGICA will be adding new community classes to the education program this fall. If you have expertise in the arts, fitness, foreign language, history/culture, finance, technology or another area of expertise, this is your opportunity. Contact Jennifer deChiara at jennifer.dechiara@gmail.com if you’re interested in teaching a class. Classes open to the public. 

Animal Welfare League (Support) – A round of a paws: 206 adoptions in July! As our shelter fills up, please remember us in your giving and donations.

C.A.R.E. (Support) – The C.A.R.E. Auxiliary Society is hosting Bowling Night on tomorrow from 6-8 pm at Treasure Lanes in Port Charlotte to benefit C.A.R.E. Victim Services Center of Charlotte County Florida. 

We believe all individuals are capable of positive action, collectively mobilizing a force powerful enough to create lasting societal change. Join C.A.R.E. in recognizing the month of August as Bystander Awareness Month. https://carefl.org/bystander is a great resource for learning how to intervene in a difficult situation.  

Frank Desquin (Support) – Click here for Frank’s latest column. Did you know James and Josephine Lockhart were the first settlers to permanently occupy land that would one day be part of Punta Gorda?  

The Homeless Coalition/Fabulous Finds (Support) – 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. Contact Jenifer Welch at 941.627.4313 ext. 103.

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

August 14: Kids Book Signing Event, 10 am

August 23: Tail Waggin’ Tuesday in honor of National Dog Day

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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Harbor Social – All Month Long Back to School Special Free Kids Meal with an adult entree purchase. 

Entertainment this weekend:

  • Tonight: 7-10 pm Shin Dig 
  • Tomorrow: 7-10 pm Joey Gilmore Band
  • Harbor Social is at 212 W. Marion Ave. in Punta Gorda.

The Yoga Sanctuary – Introduction to Yoga: A Six-Week Series, Wednesday, August 10-September 14., 4 pm, $124 with Debbie McGlade.

September is Yoga Month and The Yoga Sanctuary is celebrating starting with a special donation-based class Yoga For a Cause: A Benefit or the Peace River Wildlife Center, Thursday, September 1, 5:30 pm. and Let’s Play Bingo, September 1-30.

Punta Gorda Airport – What’s all the BUZZ? Check out the latest at PGD.

John F. Guarino MD PA – General Surgery & Endoscopy – Everyone should consider being screened for colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society recently recommended that adults without a family history should begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45. Dr. Guarino is committed to provide comprehensive health care in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. He also specializes in General Surgery which includes Breast, Abdominal, Hernia, Gallbladder, Thyroid, Colon Surgery, Cyst and Mass removal, Cancer Surgery and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Colonoscopy and EGD. He is accepting new patients. Call 941.391.5102. The office is at: 4245 Kings Hwy, Unit A, Port Charlotte, 33980.

Pomegranate & Fig – Trend Alert: Think Pink! Remi is a new Vegan Leather Hobo-style bag available in pink (and black.) Summer hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-5:30; Saturdays 10-4.

Women United – United Way of Charlotte County – Women United is hosting their 2nd Annual Clothing Drive for the Kids Thrive Circle of moms. Last year was a huge success which resulted in Fashionista Friday, a personal shopping event for the moms filled with styling tips, lunch and playtime for the kids.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates – Edison and Ford Winter Estates is partnering with The Wine Room and Grazing Haus to offer visitors the opportunity to sample wine and cheese at the historic site. The event will take place 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 EdisonFord.org. 

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 on Saturday, August 20 at Bowland in Port Charlotte. For more information or to register, please visit www.cdbia.com 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. 

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – We are excited to introduce our Frappe of the Month, starting this Monday! Come down and try a mouth-watering HHC blended Frappe, with or without espresso, with our new House-made HHC Sauce … Caramel Apple! Come down and give this sweet and tasty sauce a try before the end of the month! 

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Have you heard of the Punta Gorda Downtown Experience? This exciting night out on the town is perfect for everyone. There is wine to drink, prizes to win, wheels to spin and more at all the local PODS. Starting at 5:30 pm, we will have Steph giving a mouth-watering tour with a Wine Tasting all night! Reservations are filling up quick! Give us a call at 941.505.0479. Hope to see you there!

Senior Friendship Center – You’re invited to attend Powerful Tools, a free, six-week series of valuable tips and techniques that help caregivers navigate caring for a loved one. August 23-September 27.

Copperfish Books – Children’s books are tax-free through August 14 during the 2022 Children’s Book Sales Tax Exemption, both in-store and online. Come celebrate Bookstore Romance Day, Saturday, August 20, 10 am to 4 pm. The bookstore is located at 212 W. Virginia Ave. in Punta Gorda.

Sea Grape Gallery Artists of Month for August 2022: 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!

commercial printing
logo/graphic design
next-level promotional swag
branded apparel
signs & graphics

888.978.3437 | info@connectpromo.net  | www.connectpromo.netwww.Facebook.com/connectpromo | Instagram.com/connectprintpromotions

… it’s ALWAYS about the people
hashtag #fortheloveofprinting

ARCHway Institute – Laughter is the Best Medicine. ARCHway will host Sober Stand Up Comedy on Friday, August 12 at the Alliance for the Arts on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. Tickets are $20. Help us save lives by sponsoring today. Click here for sponsorship and ticket information.

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: www.florida-ertc-tax-refund.com.
Got questions? Call or text me at 480.842.5070 or send me an email at: florida.ertc.tax.refund@gmail.com.
Robert Wenz, ERTC Tax Refund Expert

Fishermen’s Village – Fishermen’s Village 6th Annual TikiFest will be held tomorrow, Noon-9 pm! Authentic Hawaiian music, dance, vendors will be featured throughout the day! Free admission. Free parking. www.fishermensvillage.com. August Calendar of Events. Sunset Beach August Events.

Peace River Shopper Latest Edition. Arcadia Community Local

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Charlotte County Sheriff Alert

Sheriff Bill Prummell wants to make you aware of a recent crime trend: Theft of cartons of cigarettes. Click here for recommended security measures.

Charlotte County Small Business Class Begins In October

Individuals who are thinking about starting their own business but need some mentoring are invited to apply to the Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute, scheduled for October 3 – November 10, 2022.

The MicroEnterprise Institute is a six-week training program to help emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses. Graduates complete a comprehensive training course and prepare a solid plan to guide their start-up. They work with mentors who are successful businesspeople. Click here for more information.

“Hot Summer Nights X” Business-to-Business Expo

The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the “Hot Summer Nights X” Business-to-Business Expo, presented by Decker Plumbing & Drains, on Tuesday, August 9 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the George Mullen Activity Center at 1602 Kramer Way in North Port.

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Eric Breton Fundraising Reception Tuesday, August 16, 5:30-7 pm at Magnolias on the Bay in Englewood. Click here for more information.

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 Help keep after-school sports accessible for students who otherwise would not have the chance to experience the fun. Benefits of the referendum. For information check out www.voteyes4success.org

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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 –August Pawsitive Press

C.A.R.E. – July Newsletter

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – June Newsletter

Copperfish BooksAugust Newsletter

Downtown Farmers Market – August Newsletter

Florida WeeklyJuly Newsletter

Gulfshore Opera – Newsletter

Loveland Center – July Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum – July 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/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau – July Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyJuly Newsletter

TIME-Realty – June Newsletter

SandStarJuly Newsletter

SCOREJuly Newsletter

Senior Friendship Center – July Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – August Newsletter


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