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Friday Facts for January 29, 2021

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

[box type=”info”] As of FEBRUARY 1, 2021 Chamber Office Hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm [/box]

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 January 26. Click Here.

For Our Member:

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR MARCH 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.

For Our Community

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. the vaccine will also be given by select Publix stores in Charlotte County – by appointment only – www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida.

Charlotte County Centennial Year begins. A message from Brian Gleason, Communications Manager, Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.

Charlotte County Warns Public about Payment Scam. PLEASE READ THIS – ESPECIALLY CONTRACTORS.

From Fresh Jersey Tomatoes. The Chamber is partnering with FJT in a Food Drive for Charlotte County Families starting Feb 1. Please bring non-perishable items to our office.

The 7th Annual Punta Gorda Short Film Festival. Will be held at City Market Place, Punta Gorda as a Retro Drive-In, on Tuesday March 2, 2021. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT CHAMBER OFFICE (cash or check preferred).  Click Here for Event Flyer.

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 February

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

February 10: Business Over Breakfast 7:15 – 8:30 am. Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at Village Fish Market, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade #J36 Punta Gorda. Our hosts are Freddie & Kim Cinquina of Connect Print & Promo.

February 16: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Business after Hours hosted by Illusions Salon & Spa, 115 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business!

February 24: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Harbor Social LLC, 212 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda. Our speaker will be from The Loveland Center. Reservations Required. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720. 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.——-

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.

The Palms of Punta Gorda

DeShea Grimm & Maggie Mikesell

(941) 575-9390

2295 Shreve Street

Punta Gorda FL 33950




Assisted Living

Sponsored by John Wright

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 excited to roll out their new brunch menu this Sunday! Please join us for Brunch on the Harbor from 11-2 PM! Please click to see the full menu and details. Also, make dinner reservations now for you and that special someone this Valentine’s Day by calling 941-637-6770. Make a night of it and get a room at discounted price!

SUN Newspapers (Platinum Media) – The Inbox Deadline Monday Feb 1 – Big Game Special Section, check out this offer.

Bayfront Health (Gold) – Offering New Virtual Health and Wellness Series titled – “What’s for Lunch”.

Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management (Gold) – Your Donation will be Matched! Our Annual Build Campaign Continues with Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity.

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – The Gran Pacifica Beach & Golf Resort in Nicaragua combines the luxury of North American beachside living with the down-home feel of an old-fashioned community. Gran Pacifica has several types of ready-to-buy Nicaraguan properties, all nestled in a community with first-class amenities and a modern infrastructure for your convenience and peace of mind. Whether you enjoy surfing, horseback riding, golfing, exploring nearby colonial cities, or simply strolling along your own private beach, Gran Pacifica offers every amenity you expect in North America at a far lower cost of living for residents and visitors.
Video: https://bit.ly/3nbzBPa For more information contact Della Booth, Broker TIME Realty Services Cell / What’s App +1 239-699-4493

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) – Charlotte State Bank & Trust is now serving Florida businesses that are existing and new bank customers seeking Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The bank is accepting first draw, second draw and expedited second draw applications through its online application portal. Please visit https://www.charlottestatebank.com for details. As a family-owned business, Charlotte State Bank & Trust is committed to supporting small businesses in the communities it serves.

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

C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Bronze) – There will be no CARE Ball for 2021 – here is the perfect way to show your support virtually. Please check out our 2021 Fundraising page.   As you scroll down you will notice a ribbon. This is like a fundraising thermometer, and will fill with color (purple and teal) as we receive individual donations, and donors names will scroll up and down.  Sponsorship Opportunities. Donors can choose to remain anonymous when they make a donation. https://Care2021.givesmart.com

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – The Upcoming Performances. “With This Ring” Opening Night February 5th – It’s Perfect for Valentine’s!

GulfShore Opera (Bronze) – SOCIALLY DISTANCED – Concert of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music on Feb 4th at 7pm in The Gulf Theater. The World of Lloyd Webber. Music of the Night. Live Stream Option for World of Lloyd Webber Event.

One Source Accounting & Tax (Bronze) – The IRS announced that tax season will start on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns. The Feb. 12 start date for individual tax return filers allows the IRS time to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems following the recent tax law changes.

  • The IRS anticipates those who e-file a return claiming the earned income credit (EIC) or additional child tax credit (ACTC) will begin receiving their refund the first week of March, assuming no issues are detected.
  • Overall, the IRS anticipates 9 out of 10 taxpayers will receive their refund within 21 days of electronically filing, with direct deposit, if there are no issues with their tax return.

Frank Desguin Family (Support) – The fascinating story of Captain Fred. Frank Desguin’s Column.

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

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support) – Thank you to the over 3100 people that visited during our Gardens Aglow. The garden is a great place to relax and enjoy nature in a safe peaceful place. Won’t you help us provide more programs and experiences by checking out our Amazon wish list at https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2RPVA5P7CQC4P/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist

Virginia B. Andes volunteer Community Clinic (Support) – A letter of thanks.

Visual Arts Center (Support) – “Florida’s Best” and “The Nature of Blue” Start a New Slate of Exhibits. Click here for details.

Member Info

Punta Gorda Tea & Coffee – “ NEW HOURS! We are now open Monday through Friday 7 AM to 4 PM and Saturdays 7 AM to 2PM.”

Jersey Mike’s Subs – NEXT WEEK ONLY .99cent Breakfast Sandwich Feb 1-5, TAKE THIS COUPON. Serving breakfast from 7.30am to 10am.

The Firm 360 Photography – Just like you, The Firm 360° Photography can help businesses near and far. One of our most recent projects is Colonial Poplin Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility in New Hampshire. When they reached out to us to find an answer to showcase their facility from a distance, we had the answer! This 3D Virtual Tour  helped their facility share the resident experience virtually to potential new residents and current resident’s families. This is an ideal way to see inside from miles away! Call us for details: 941-347-8198. Visit our website: www.thefirm360.com

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – Have you found your perfect partner “pairing” for Valentine’s Day? We’d like to amp that up. Our team is ready to curate chocolate assortments, gourmet gift baskets-coffee, tea, cheese, wine, craft beer-one stop shopping with concierge-level customer service for you and your Sweetheart. We know you are busy, so take the work out of shopping! Preorder yours now at 941-505-0479. Curbside pick-up available!

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

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

Valerie’s House – Celebrates their 5th Year Anniversary this month. Please change your Facebook/Instagram profile picture to the Valerie’s House Turns 5 Logo. We are a nonprofit organization that helps grieving families in Southwest Florida. Contact Christine Carey for ways to help grieving families in Charlotte County (christine@valerieshouse.org 239-841-0382).

Covenant Business Planning & Solutions – Business Survival Guide. In event of a natural or economic disaster, is your business prepared? Your business should have a Business Strategic Contingency Plan. For any disaster plan, be sure you have written instructions and procedures in place AND communicated them to your employees…More Information: https://covenant-business.com/business-survival-guide/

USA Dance #6126 – January Calendar.

Gator Mike’s – We will now be highlighting our product offerings at Latitude 78 Bar & Grille at Gator Mike’s via a monthly calendar so that everyone can see all the great entertainment, food and drink specials we are offering. We are the best kept secret in the cape, up until now… as we crank up the marketing machine for this location.

Kiwanis Club of Punta Gorda – The Kiwanis Club of Punta Gorda was chartered December 22, 1925, to serve our community and its youth. If you believe in giving back and having a great time doing so, come check us out. We meet for lunch at 11:45, the first three Thursdays of each month, Laishley Crab House, 150 Laishley Court, in Punta Gorda. For more information, contact Frank Desguin at 941-769-1270, or frankdesguin@yahoo.com.

Suncoast Humane Society – Our Stock the Bar Chance Raffle starts NOW!

Buffalo Graffix – Are you doing everything you can?

The Cocoa Exchange – 50% off Everything!

Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – Have you taken the steps to protect you and your family if something unexpected happens to you or your spouse? To get answers to all your estate planning questions and learn how to protect your family, contact Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill at 941-206-3700 or mmartella@icardmerrill.com to schedule a complimentary one hour, no obligation consultation, and learn how to be prepared for the unexpected.

Punta Gorda Rotary Club – has been serving our community since 1925, offering business networking, fellowship, and service to our citizens. If you would like to be part of doing good for Punta Gorda and the world, please join us for one of our Thursday noon meetings at the Isles Yacht Club. For more information contact Darcy Hanley at 303-927-9437 or email darcyrhanley@gmail.com.

Rossini Trattoria Gastronomica – Special Valentine’s Day Evening Menu and Entertainment.

Copperfish Books – is holding a Food Drive, collecting food and hygiene items through February 14. Donations of non-perishable food (no glass, please) and hygiene products will go to the United Way of Charlotte County and be distributed to families that participate in their Charlotte County Reads program. Over the years, our amazing community has helped feed young minds through our Book Drives. Now we hope to help nourish our neighbors in need. Copperfish Books is located at 212 W. Virginia Avenue, Suite 112, Punta Gorda. We are open for safe shopping Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4, and Sun 11-3.

Sea Grape Gallery – Guest Artists for February 2021

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Celebrate Thomas Edison’s Birthday all Month.

Fishermen’s Village – Please Click Here for our February calendar. Retail space for lease: We are seeking a savvy business entrepreneur to join our family of successful, independently owned shops and boutiques at Fishermen’s Village! Space size: 1,584 sq. ft. in prime location. Please forward interested inquiries to GM, Patti Allen via email: mall@fishville.com.

Tidewell FoundationNow a Virtual Event. Friday February 5, 2021 – Signature Luncheon featuring Lorna Luft. 11.30am to 1.30pm. For Tickets Click Here. A link to watch the program will be emailed along with detailed instructions several days prior to the event. Virtual experience tickets are $200. Also running now to Feb 14 – a Linen Drive.

Punta Gorda Symphony – Symphony on the Lawn, February 6, 2021.

Drug Free Punta Gorda – Coalition Meeting February 9, 2021 at 11.30am, Virtual Zoom Meeting. Will You Join Us?

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – The Charlotte County district society of St Vincent de Paul will hold its 12th annual Walk for the Poor in Laishley Park on February 13, 2021. Save the date and watch for more information! This year perhaps more than ever this fundraiser is needed to continue to help those so devastated by COVID-19.

King Fisher Fleet & Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association – Let’s Go Fishing! An introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association on Shreve Street in Punta Gorda. Topics to be covered include fishing techniques, tackle selection, rigging, knot tying, lures, baits, cast nets, fish identification, tides, and fishing regulations for fishing in fresh and salt waters of Southwest Florida. Rods, reels, lures, nets and other fishing equipment will be demonstrated during the class and there will be a number of useful handouts issued to students. The class is geared towards beginning anglers, but more experienced fishermen may pick up helpful tips as well. The instructor is long time local fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen who might even reveal the locations of a few local hotspots! The course is open to all members of the public and is held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Wednesday February 24, 2021. The cost for the class is $45 and advance registration is recommended by calling 941-637-1655.

YMCA – Join us for Harbor Nights on Mar 6, 5pm at Gilchrist Park, an exclusive charity event filled with dinner, open bar, dancing, live and silent auction. Awesome local band, The Kollections will be our live entertainment thought the night! It is a beach casual event so dress accordingly. This charity event is key to the YMCA’s ability to open our doors to all in our community as proceeds from this benefit go directly to the Children and Families Scholarship Funds and programs in Charlotte County served by The SKY Family YMCA. Individual tickets – $125, Table Host available for $1,500. For more information contact Kristen Szych at kszych@skyymca.org or Liz Nason at lnason@skyymca.org

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

Job Opportunities

Part Time Job – Coastal Expressions & Wine Bar 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd #1135 Punta Gorda is looking for a combination bar back, appetizer prep (NO Cooking) light dishwashing. Weekend days & evenings as well as special events, approx. 20 hours available immediately. This position will include above duties and closing duties. $11/hr. plus

FGCU Part Time Administrative Specialist. Please Click Here for further details.


ARCHway Institute – National Newsletter

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter

Charlotte Players – Jan-Feb Newsletter 2021

Copperfish Books – Newsletter

Drug Free Punta Gorda – January-February Newsletter

Hope4Communities – Newsletter

Lennore Shubel, Realtor – January Newsletter

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – January Newsletter

TIME Realty – Newsletter


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

Charlotte Community Foundation

Charlotte Players

Denise Henry –ReMax Anchor Realty

Farr, Farr, Emerich,Hackett, Carr, and Holmes Law Firm

HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital

Granny Nannies Home Care

Gulfshore Opera

Hoff’s Air Authority

Pickleplex of Punta Gorda

State Farm Agency -Mike Martin

Superior Carpet & Upholestry Cleaning

Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross, & Young, PA

Port Charlotte Florist (In Kind)

Support Partners