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Friday Facts for July 17, 2020

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

PG Chamber radio show: Now Booking for September.

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 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 July show, or any subsequent shows, 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.

Punta Gorda Airport Traffic Continues Recovery. PGD’s Commitment to Safety is Nonstop.

If you have anything that you would like to put into the Friday Facts please send it to hklossner@puntagorda-chamber.com  by noon each Thursday.

Your Chamber Staff,

John, Hazel and Janet

Chamber Calendar of Events

Members ONLY

Protocols for networking events:

We are in unprecedented and complicated times, but we know that as a Chamber we are the best networkers around, yet still MUST lead the community by example.

Until further notice:

  1. To attend a PG Chamber event you will need to have a prior RSVP to either reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or by calling 941 639 3720 (no later than 2pm on the day prior to the event).
  2. Our events will all, for now, be limited to 50 people maximum and therefore NO WALK UPS can be allowed, unless space allows – sorry. If you show up and are not on the RSVP list (unless it’s John’s fault!), you may be turned away, if space is unavailable.
  3. As per the recent decision by The City of Punta Gorda, the wearing of a mask is mandatory. We will continue to encourage social distancing.
  4. Food and beverages will be served individually to you at events, going forward, until further notice.
  5. For our After Hours, we encourage you to bring giveaways that are in the form of a local business gift card, secured in a ziploc bag with your business card attached, so it can be sanitized prior to being given out. Alternatively, as long as your gift can be sprayed with disinfectant, you may bring along such a gift.
  6. The microphone will be used by Chamber staff and/or guest speaker ONLY and will be sanitized. Others invited to speak should practice their public speaking skills and/or shout!

We want to get back together and network effectively and hope that you all will respect these safety protocols, until such times as we are confident to remove them (in stages). Any questions, please call us 941-639-3720.

Here are the planned Networking Events for July.

RSVP’s are very important (limited numbers allowed, masks and social distancing a must) so please call (941) 639 3720 or email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com

July 21: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm.

Come and join you Chamber for our Business after Hours at the Military Heritage Museum, 900 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda in conjunction with Beef O Brady’s. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business!

July 29: Networking Luncheon 12.30pm – 1.30pm with networking noon-12.30pm. FULLY BOOKED, Wait List Available.

Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Laishley Crab House, 150 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda  Reservations Required. Menu Choices: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad; Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad; Penne Noodles with Grilled Vegetables in parmesan cream sauce. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720. Cost is $15.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

Please be sure to RSVP for any of these events reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720.

Partners in Action News

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum)

The early bird gets the worm at the Dockside Grill located inside the Four Points by Sheraton! Take advantage of our new early bird menu for only $12.95! No reservations required! We look forward to serving you!

Sun Newspapers (Platinum Media)

See Job Opportunities section.

TIME Realty Services (Gold) – Thinking of a home in Belize, Costa Rica, Panama or Nicaragua? Learn the 15 questions you should ask before buying real estate overseas. Ask for your property resource kit to gain insight into the advantages and opportunities available to you.


Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) – The Saturday Punta Gorda farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 to 12. Here is the July Newsletter.

Wyvern Hotel (Gold) – 88 Keys Restaurant, Bourbon, Cigars, Beef, Cabernet Night on July 22.

The Purple House Salon by Shawn Gilstad (Silver) – Check out our newly updated website www.thepurplehousesalon.com . July Chamber Member promotion – All Retail buy 1 get one half – free conditioning treatment with service. Shawn Gilstad, 941.830.4746 – Cell, 941.205.8603 – Salon

Creative Window Treatments (Silver)We are Open for Business.

Paradise Golf (Silver)Casual Memberships 2021 for $99, then Golf Free this Summer!

Simply Sweet (Bronze) – See Job Opportunities section.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Theater camp this month.

Key West Express (Bronze) – What are your plans for the week?

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (Support) – see Job Opportunities section.

Hessler Floor Covering (Support)“Business as Usual”.

Visual Arts Center (Support) Winners of the Member’s Showcase.

Member Information

The latest WE ARE OPEN spreadsheet – provided to all those who inquiry at the Chamber.

SAM’s Club – Notice regarding mask policy.

One Source Accounting & Tax – W-2 Employers reporting guidelines.

USA Dance #6126 – Workshops for July and the Summerdance Schedule.

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – Announcement for July 18th!

Copperfish Books – Open Mon – Sat 10 am – 4 pm. Shop safely in-person by private appointment, or, if we have space available, you can come in to shop! We allow up to 4 shoppers in the store at one time. Face masks are required. You can also shop online at www.copperfishbooks.com. We offer contact-free pickup, free local delivery, and shipping services. (941) 205-2560.

Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea – Cultural Coffee Week starts on Monday! Introducing hand crafted drinks from around the world right in Down Town Punta Gorda. These unique beverages ranging from Hong Kong to Vietnam are sure to change things up.

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – We feature Haley Handcrafted Chocolates Famous Fabulous Fudge in decadent flavors like Lemon and Dark Chocolate. Our Florida Citrus four pack includes Key Lime and Orange. For citrus lovers, pair with Angelica Hazy Orange IPA, Prairie Artisan Ales Rainbow Sherbet Sour Ale or Meridian Hive Lemon Mead.

The Orange House Wine Bar – OPEN for Take Out!!!

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – Virtual dedication of the 30th mural “Pages from Our Library’s Past”.

ARCHway Institute – 2020 Helicopter Golf Ball Drop 2 for 1 Promotion.

John Bothwell PA, Realtor, eXp Realty – Holding off on buying or selling?

Fishermen’s Village – July Calendar of Events.

August Calendar of Events.

The Homeless Coalition – Charlotte Idol 8.

United Way – United Way of Charlotte County is accepting applications for our highly esteemed 2020-2021 Campaign Cabinet.  Be part of this elite group of passionate volunteers working hard to bring awareness to our mission of breaking the cycle of poverty. Many United Way’s mobilize the power of their community through the Campaign Cabinet and we are proud to be part of this strategic movement.  Deadline to apply is 7/31/20. To apply, email info@unitedwayccfl.org by telling us about yourself and current involvement (if any) with UWCC or call 941-627-3539.

Gulfshore Opera – GO Opera Break

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – If you have re-opened your business but now face the prospect of pressure from your creditors, call Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill, to help you deal with them while you rebuild your business income. Having gone through four economic downturns as an attorney and small business owner, Mark can assist you in your restructuring and advise you how to avoid the fatal mistakes made by past clients in similar circumstances. For a complimentary, confidential consultation, please call 941-206-3700 or e-mail Mark at mmartella@icardmerrill.com.

SCORE – Close, Survive or Thrive – Week 1?


AAA – Attention First Responders! Please Share with those working on the FRONT LINES!

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter

Charlotte Community FoundationGifts & Gab

Charlotte Players – 2020 Summer Spotlight.

Copperfish Books – Bookstore news.

Drug Free Charlotte County – Heading into Summer

FGCU Renaissance Academy Punta Gorda – July and On Demand Webinars!

Gregg’s Auto – July Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural Society – July Newsletter & Mural Dedication

Time Realty Services, Inc – Newsletter

United Way of Charlotte County Newsletter

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – July Newsletter

Yoga Sanctuary July Newsletter


Simply Sweet

Simply Sweet is looking for the sweetness in you. Are you dedicated, motivated, customer service friendly and want to work in the sweetest environment? Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule that includes days, nights, weekends. Please apply in person only at Simply Sweet, Fishermen’s Village. No phone calls please.

Beach Bums

Beach Bums is a local Coastal Gift and Decor store located in Fishermen’s Village. We are looking for an individual willing to dedicate a few days a week (Sunday-Tuesday) and join our team. Experienced in retail customer service is a plus. Apply in person at Beach Bums, Fishermen’s Village. No phone calls please.

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association

We are looking for a Sales Relationship Builder. Someone that has had success in sales, who will become a valuable consultant to our advertisers which will result in their business growing.  We are looking for someone that loves sales work, to sell ads in our well regarded publication and website.  We need someone to work from home that lives in the greater Punta Gorda, Fl area.  This is a commission based position. Please contact

Dee Hall, Administrative Assistant, PGI Civic Association

2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. (941) 637-1655.

Sun Coast Media Group: Multi-Media Marketing Consultant

Sell print and online advertising to an established client base and develop new business in the downtown Punta Gorda area. Conduct customer needs analysis and create presentations and proposals with customized solutions to help grow local businesses. The candidate must be organized, a self-starter and have a hunter mentality and strong interpersonal skills. The candidate should have a minimum of two years of sales experience preferably in print and digital. Reliable transportation is required. We offer a strong benefit package of health, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, paid vacation and 401K.

Interested candidates should forward their resumes to Lissa Craig Ford at lissa.craigford@yoursun.com


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