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Friday Facts for January 8, 2021

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

For Our Members

  • PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR FEBRUARY 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

  • Charlotte County Centennial Year begins. A message from Brian Gleason, Communications Manager, Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.
  • From CCSO. Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise. Consider the following protective measures to help protect your vehicle from thieves. When possible park in well-lit areas with cameras.
    If you have a garage, park inside. Have the catalytic converter welded to your frame, this may make it harder to steal. Consider engraving your VIN on the catalytic converter, this may alert a scrap dealer it was stolen. If possible, calibrate your car alarm to set off with vibration. Fence in fleet /storage yards & check fence line daily for any damage or cuts. If you have any questions, please call our Crime Prevention office at 941-613-3227.
  • From The Fresh Jersey Tomatoes regarding 2020 toy drive.
  • 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.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, the planned Mural Tours for 2021 have been cancelled until further notice.
  • The Laird’s Golf Tournament. Join us at the Paradise Golf Course on January 29, 2021 (Shotgun Start at 12.30pm). Get ready for an awesome day! Click Here for details.
  • 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 January

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 2pm) or email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com

January 13: Business Over Breakfast 7:15 – 8:30 am. Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at Bayfront Health – 4th Floor Conference Room, 809 E. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda. Our guest speaker will be from the Hospital.

January 19: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Business after Hours hosted by The Loveland Center at The Wyvern Hotel, 101 E. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business!

January 21: Ribbon Cutting at 5.30pm. Welcome new members PG Social House and Room by Room Furnishings, 258 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda.

January 22: Ribbon Cutting at 5.00pm. Welcome new member Harbor Social LLC, 212 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda.

January 27: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm. Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda for the traditional State of the City Address by the Mayor of Punta Gorda. Reservations Required. Menu Choices: Seared Filet Mignon; Pesto Roasted Artic Salmon; Montage of Vegetables. Please be sure to RSVP (with menu choice) to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720. Cost is $20.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

January 28: Ribbon Cutting at 5.30pm. Welcome new member Coastal Expressions & Wine Bar, 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Ste 1135, Punta Gorda.

All the Following Information is for Our Community.

Please Shop Local!

New Members

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


Cindy Casazza – TIME Realty Services, Inc

(914) 325-9525



Real Estate

Sponsored by Della Booth



Mark Lamb

7336 Powder Puff

Punta Gorda FL 33955

(941) 626-2073



Janitorial & Disinfecting

Sponsored by John Wright


Elizabeth Sheriff – EXP Realty, LLC

12843 Epping Way

Ft Myers FL 33913

(954) 608-5445



Real Estate

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) –  Please join us at T.T.’s Tiki Bar for the best live bands around! Please click to find out when all your favorites will be playing this month. Don’t forget that we have Comedy every other Saturday in our library. Please click for the details for January 9th. Happy New Year!

Bayfront Health (Gold) – Employees of the Year.

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – Are you watching the real estate market? Let me share the 7 day rolling residential statistics for Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and North Port. 85 New Listings – 171 SOLD (closed listings), 167 Pending (new contracts). This market is not waiting for anyone. My newest listing this past Monday sold in 6 hours at over the asking price. Curious? Have questions? Let’s talk. You can reach me directly on my cell 239-699-4493 Della Booth, Broker TIME Realty Services, Inc.

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 Vice President Christine Hause and Portfolio Manager Gregory Thomas are continuing their complimentary trust and investment management seminars next week. “Family Administering Your Estate Plan” will held on Tuesday, Jan. 12, followed by ”Annuities, REITs, and UITs – Problematic?” on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and “Estate-Planning Basics” on Thursday, Jan. 14. The free educational sessions are being held as live seminars and online webinars. Registration is available at any branch office, online at www.charlottestatebank.com, via email at rsvp@csbtfl.com, or by calling Brielle at 941-624-1943.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) –  is honored to be your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. At CWT, we also design all types of custom window treatments such as Draperies, Valances, Cornices, Bedding, Pillows, Upholstery and more. We offer free in-home consultations. Visit one of our two showrooms at 254 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Punta Gorda (941) 637-0015 or 4680 Placida Road, Suite D, Englewood (941) 828-0000. Masks are required.

C.A.R.E. of Charlotte County (Bronze) – Looking to start fresh in the New Year? C.A.R.E. ReUse has your NEW wardrobe at an affordable cost. Looking to redecorate C.A.R.E. ReUse has a great selection of furniture & household items. Visit us at 19765 Kenilworth Boulevard Port Charlotte, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Also, C.A.R.E. recognizes The Fresh Jersey Tomatoes and presents Honorarium.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Erma Bombeck – At Wit’s End

GulfShore Opera (Bronze) – Kick off 2021 with GO!

One Source Accounting & Tax (Bronze) – We are excited to announce the launch of our new website at: 1sourceaccountingfl.com Click here for more details.

Frank Desguin (Support) – A repeat of Frank’s recent column.

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support) – It’s not too late!

Member Information

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – The 9th of January is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Today and every day, we at Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine are grateful for their service. Law Enforcement Officers receive a 15% discount all year long. May God bless you and your families. Thank you for your protect and serve our community.

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.

Vision Quest Leadership LLC – Registration is Open! Best Year Ever Webinar.

SCORE – Thank You SCORE Mentors.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Learn how to Paint Without Leaving the House.

The Firm 360 Photography – The Firm 360° PhotographySeeing is believing. Click on the link and see the in-progress build of a SIPS Home in 3D that we did for DK Consultants of Florida. Their details are also listed in the tour. We can do this for your business too. Contact us today for details at 941-347-8198, or visit our website The Firm 360

Nino’s Bakery & Restaurant/Lounge – besides great pastries, breads, cakes & cookies, Nino’s is open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (except Mon nights)! They feature entertainment most evenings too! LADIES Night Out, check out Jan 23rd on our calendar!!! https://ninosbakery.us/entertainment/

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

Animal Medical Clinic of Punta Gorda – Ring in the new year, 10% off

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.

CDBIA – Announces Annual Award Winners.

USA Dance #6126 – January Calendar.

Copperfish Books – Presents the Indie Next List for January 2021.

Tidewell FoundationSignature Luncheon on Friday, February 5, 2021, 11.30am at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

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

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.

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.


Charlotte Arts – Newsletter

Copperfish Books – Newsletter

Lennore Shubel, Realtor – January 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