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Friday Facts for June 26, 2020

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

The Chamber Office will be closed Friday July 3, 2020 in celebration of Independence Day. We will be open again Monday July 6, 2020 at 10am until 2pm.

PG Chamber radio show: Now Booking for August onwards
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 (except July when the show will air July 8th and 9th to avoid the 4th July holiday).

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 progamming 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.

A message from the Florida Chamber of Commerce – Relaunch Florida.

The Charlotte County – Punta Gorda – Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) needs your help for a June 30, 2020 Virtual Community Outreach Event.

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 an example to the community, we encourage the use of masks and social distancing. We realize this is your own personal choice and we respect your personal decisions to not wear one, but please note it is in the very best interests of the Chamber to err on the side of all cautions.
  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

TAKE-OFF to Networking – at the Isles Yacht Club on June 30, 2020 5.30pm to 7pm. RSVP required. We have a full flight – looking forward to seeing you all for boarding!

Mark you Calendars!

Here are the planned Networking Events for July and advanced notice of August, 2020

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

July 8: Business Over Breakfast 7:15 am – 8:30 am. Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at The Wyvern, 101 E Retta Esplande, Punta Gorda.

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. 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.

Aug 12: Business Over Breakfast 7:15 am – 8:30 am.Charlotte Event & Conference Center.

Aug 18: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm.Granny Nannies (to include Ribbon Cutting for new location).

Aug 26: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon – 1:30 pm.Hurricane Charley’s.

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

New Members

Mission Statement 

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

Storehouse Point Outdoor Storage
Tiffany Payne
512 E. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 (Office)
3701 Taylor Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 (Facility)
(941) 347-8176
Storage Facility
Sponsored by Debby Steele

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)

Enjoy plenty of fresh air and social distancing at T.T.’s Tiki Bar located on the water at the Four Points by Sheraton! We have a fabulous new menu that includes plenty of favorites from the past. Relax and listen to our live music. Our staff has taken extra steps to ensure that we meet the CDC guidelines for sanitizing and cleaning including everyone wearing masks. Our Dockside Grill is open inside the hotel at 25% capacity and drinks if you need a break from the sun. We are excited to serve our wonderful community again and look forward to seeing you! 941 637 6770.Staycation Information.

Bayfront Health (Platinum) – New Walk-In and Primary Care Office.

TIME Realty Services (Gold) – The local real estate market is recovering nicely. Learn more about it with our monthly newsletter https://conta.cc/3hHr1W7 You can sign up to receive it monthly with the link at the top of the newsletter.

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) – The Saturday Punta Gorda farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 to 12. We sincerely appreciate your support. As our guests we request the you practice the following: Social distancing 6 feet please. No touching the food. Thank you for wearing a mask.

Centennial Bank (Silver) – June Centennial Circular

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

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

Key West Express (Bronze)Have any plans for July 4th? Yes, it’s Island Time again in Key West.

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Charlotte Players Kids onstage is back on with a new location! The workshop will be held at the Community Life Church, 19048 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte, FL 33948. You may call in to register at (941) 255-1022. Camp runs July 13-17, 20-24. The cost is $215 before July 5th and $ 235 after July 5th. Performances will be on July 24th at 7pm and July 25th at 2pm.

Granny Nannies of Port Charlotte (Bronze) – We are open, and moved to our new location. We are an essential business. We are busier than ever given the best care to our clients, as well as taking care of our caregivers.  Professional in-home senior care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Granny NANNIES  is dedicated to ensuring you receive the home health care you or your loved one require and deserve.  https://grannynannies.com/Port-Charlotte Our new address is 2616 Tamiami Trail Unit 1 Port Charlotte, Florida 33952. Phone: 941-743-7606

Perfectly Polished Nail Boutique (Support) – We are offering restaurant employees 25% off June 30 – July 3, 2020. Call 941-889-8388 for appointment or book online on our website at puntagordanails.com.

Hessler Floor Covering (Support)Our COVID-19 Journey

Visual Arts Center (Support) – View the Member’s Showcase at The VAC and online via Virtual Tour July 2-Aug 6 (exhibits are always free). Watch the Live Facebook Awards Reception July 9 @ 2pm. Open Studios for 2D art & Pottery happening weekly- Register online at VisualArtCenter.org. Our Gift & Art Store are open! Located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery, Art Supply Store & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 10-2. Events, Classes, Memberships, Call to Artists at visualartcenter.org.

Member Information

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

Storehouse Point (our newest member) – Click here for details.

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – The name Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine just says “we have all your Gourmet needs covered.” We have craft beer, cheese, mead and can make baskets too! In a time crunch? Staying close to home? We have curbside pick-up. Give us a call to create yours-941-505-0479.

One Source Accounting & TaxLow Income – you may qualify. PPP Loan Forgiveness.

Chelsea Place Homecare Services – Remain Available.

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

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

Pomegrante and FigWe are Moving! From June 24, 2020 our new address will be 208 Tamiami Trail, #111, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 – come and see our new location.

Fishermen’s Village – June Calendar of Events. July Calendar of Events.

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.

Connect Print & Promotions – is available to assist the member businesses with regards to temporary banners & signage — please call our office at (888) 978-3437 or email: kim@connectpromo.net for further details.

Gulfshore Opera – GO Opera Break

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Registration Open for Butterfly Count at Edison Ford.

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

John Bothwell PA, Realtor, eXp Realty – Are you staying safe online?

Twin Isles Country Club – Mid-Summer Golf Special!

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 – Want to Pitch a Product Idea? Now’s Your Chance! Entries Due July 11.

1st United Methodist Church – details of opening.


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

ARCHway InstituteHOPE Celebration.

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter.

Charlotte Community FoundationGifts & Gab

Charlotte County Sheriff’s OfficeJune Newsletter

Drug Free Charlotte County – Heading into Summer

Florida Gulf Coast University – Pledges to help RESTART SWFL

FGCU Renaissance Academy Punta Gorda – Register for July classes NOW!

FGCU Renaissance Academy Ft Myers Bring Knowledge to Your Next BBQ!

Gregg’s Automotie Maintenance & Repair Center – June Newsletter

Hope 4 Communities – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural Society – June Newsletter

Punta Gorda Symphony – Good News

Sandstar Remodeling & Interior Design – Newsletter.

Suncoast Country Opry Show – News.

United Way of Charlotte County Newsletter

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic – June Newsletter

Yoga Sanctuary Mid-June 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