Chamber Member News
practices are open. This includes radiation oncology, urology and surgery. We are seeing patients every day. We have taken extra precautions by putting stringent cleaning practices in place, empty waiting areas and are offering telemedicine options. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Linda Vernon at 941-961-3439 or directly to any of our offices.
As an essential service provider, the
Ball Law Firm
remains open and available to serve your legal needs. For your safety during the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, we have transitioned to a remote work environment and offer convenient teleconference consultations. We welcome the opportunity to assist you in the following practice areas: commercial litigation, business law, contracts, real estate law, construction law, and collections. You may reach us via email at
or by telephone at 941-740-2255 to schedule a confidential consultation. We’re in this together and we wish you all good health.
BrightStar Care Venice/Pt Charlotte
, keeping our clients safe during COVID-19 is our top priority. BrightStar Care’s commitment to quality care, confirmed by The Joint Commission Certification and Accreditation, follows the nation’s highest safety standards, including infection control, per the CDC. Our staff has been going through mandatory training on infection and virus prevention, hand hygiene standards, personal protective equipment, safety protocols, and Coronavirus from CDC. We work diligently monitoring patients and staff for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. For companion, personal, or skilled care services call (941) 412-4070. https://www.brightstarcare.com/blog/client-safety-covid-19-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR3QSQ-2bJH2Gczv0i-1R7Zerdp6xDjiOtxdkcBJAw-XGeO76rrT06bpMik
is designated an essential business, operating Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Several employees work remotely while limited production staff are producing the signs, printing, mailings and imprinted apparel. Please contact us is via email or phone. If you have an order to pick up, please call to make payment and advise us of a pick-up the time. We’ll have your order ready for a no contact pick-up. We can arrange shipping via UPS at your cost. We’ll continue free delivery to those on our weekly local route.
is open and here to help! The
Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies
remains open during the COVID-19 crisis as we are an essential organization. We have advocates here to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week. During this crisis we all are staying home which is not always a safe place to be. If you or someone you know is in need of help you can call 941-627-6000 or Visit:
to chat online with one of our advocates.
Families that have been reunified with their children through the child welfare system need mentors at this difficult time. If you or someone you know have a few minutes a day to mentor a family by providing support and linkage to resources from the comfort of home, please fill out an application at
. Training can be completed via email and support provided via phone, email, social media or electronic means. Working together through this crisis, families and the
team appreciate our volunteer mentors. Lend-a-hand, mentor a family today!
Chelsea Place Homecare
is open for servicing. We offer homemakers, companions, light housecleaning, meal preparation, showers and dressing, toilet and transferring, medication reminders, shopping and errands. No minimum hours and available 24/7. 941-979-5288
Coastal Expressions & Wine
is your last stop for coastal décor and wine in SW Florida. We offer a wide selection of coastal décor, casual home décor, framed art, wines, beer, gourmet foods & more. Please view our 3D Virtual walk-through tour of
Coastal Expressions & Wine
then shop online at
or call (941) 214-8599 for curbside pickup of décor, art, wine, beer or more. Coastal Expressions Home Staging also specializes in vacant and occupied real estate staging, vacation rentals and re-designs in Charlotte, Sarasota and Lee Counties.
Cody's Butcher Shop to your grill. Hand cut steaks, chops, ground sirloin, salmon etc. every day to your order. You cannot get meat fresher than that!
We our open 3-8 everyday (Sunday 12-8) with most of our full menu available for pick up, curbside hand off or can delivery locally with orders over $50. 941-629-2639 and
Real Estate is open!
Coldwell Banker Realty
is a full-service real estate company serving Charlotte County. My office is on Marion Street in Punta Gorda, but I am working from home at 941-628-9263. If you want to buy or sell a property, call me...a 36-year resident of the county. Properties are being bought and sold every day through virtual tours and virtual closings. Don't hesitate to call for a FREE comparative market analysis of your property. Carolyn Gorton
As of April 29
Complete Auto Repair
will be providing a free Ozone treatment to vehicles during mechanical repairs. This treatment has been proven to kill all viruses including the Covid-19 virus, as well as remove smoke and other odors. If you don’t need a repair, this stand-alone service is just $24.95. Give us a call at 941-623-2926 to schedule your Ozone treatment.
Treating patients virtually anywhere,
Response Team is prepared to utilize telehealth to address patients’ needs when clinic visits may not be an option. Under expanded guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis, CORA clinicians are treating patients remotely using any private platform that has both video and audio to insure continuity of care. Telehealth continues CORA’s commitment to lead the industry using innovation to deliver robust, quality care to all. See the latest at
. The list of insurances participating with telehealth is
. Schedule a virtual appointment at
Curry Moving & Storage, Inc.
is open for business, but our office is closed. You may reach us by phone: 941-625-4191 or by email:
. We also have mini-warehouses for rent at the best price in town. In light of the challenge we all are facing, Curry is taking several hygienic precautions to keep our customers and employees safe. Remember...he is the light in the darkness!
Dancing Moon Travel
is open our regular hours to assist, not only with bookings but also with travel questions and advice. While travel plans are on hold for the present, the world will soon be on sale ... we anticipate unprecedented sales and promotional offers to be generated in the next few weeks. Professional travel advisors have proved our value during the corona epidemic ... we have your back from point of first inspiration until you are safely home again. Inquiries welcome during these challenging times.
We Have Your Back
We are with
David Allen Capital
and we provide capital for business owners. We currently have 12 lenders that are putting together funding packages for small business owners that are still doing business in our community. Our process is very fast and simple. Even though we are receiving a lot of applications right now, we are able to get an approval in two days and funds into the business owner's account in one week. We are working with local business owners, but we would like others to be aware of the opportunity to receive funding for their businesses.
Extended Stay America-
During this unprecedented time, many colleges and universities are temporarily closing student housing to help keep their student body and community healthy. If you or your students are looking for alternate housing, we can help. With over 600 locations nationwide, we are likely right around the corner. In addition to flexible stay lengths and all the amenities of home, we also have exclusive discounts for your students. If your students are booking themselves and you would like to share these deals, please forward this email or
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Eye Centers of Florida’
s locations, including the Port Charlotte office at 1940 Tamiami Trail #103 (in front of Lowe’s), are open for urgent and emergency eye care and optical needs. We are taking every precaution to protect our patients and dedicated staff. Call 888.EYE.APPT (888-393-2778) for an appointment. Walk-ins and outside prescriptions welcome. Free shipping on contact orders to your home or office through May 31, 2020. Office hours have been modified at several locations, so please call before stopping in.
has spent the last several weeks watching COVID-19 impact the world and our lives. For us, it has inspired a renewed focus on our employees, customers, and community, and we made adjustments to our everyday work and operations. As we focus on doing business once our county has been cleared to open, please know that our sales and installation teams will continue to follow all recommended sanitizing practices. We continue to be open by appointment, call 941-624-0077.
Gardiner & Sons Moving & Storage
can move pianos, organs, and other large instruments such as harps. We give these items the care and delicacy they deserve. You don’t have to worry if it’s grandma’s antique baby grand. Gardiner & Sons Moving & Storage has earned a reputation of being a trusted source in the community to move heirlooms of all sizes and value. We are excited to see what we may move next, and tackle each job with can-do but cautious planning. Call Kenny at 941-423-5311.
Good News Pest Solutions
- Sharing God's Good News while solving pest problems with Green solutions. Family owned and operated since 1989. Servicing the Suncoast throughout Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee Counties from North Ft. Myers to the Skyway Bridge. Recognized as the Green leader in pest control for ants, roaches, termites, mosquitos, fleas, rodents, and more. Offering residential and commercial services, $40 Wood-Destroying Organism (WDO) inspections for Real Estate transactions, T.A.P. insulation and soiled insulation removal, and tent fumigation for drywood termites, bed bugs, and German roach infestations. Call or text us at 941-412-9610."
As we look to open up our economy soon, here is another activity you can do to help your business, compliments of
Guerzo Business Consulting
. Google your company name, and review the results to see where you might have an old logo, incorrect phone number or email. Search engines hate these inconsistencies, so use this time to eliminate them. We believe the Internet should be there to serve you, not the other way around. To learn more, call Patti Guerzo at 312-420-0884.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,
Gulfcoast South AHEC
is now providing free Group Quit tobacco cessation programs
virtually! Programs are led by Tobacco Cessation Specialists who are trained to provide evidence-based tobacco cessation education and resources. As part of Tobacco Free Florida, all Group Quit services, including nicotine replacement therapy, are free. Pre-registration is required. Call 866-534-7909 to register. You will be emailed a link to join by ZOOM conference via video or audio.
Do you need groceries, prescriptions, banking, or other errands done?
Helping Hands SW FL
offers this service for anyone not wanting to go out of their home right now. Whether you are self-isolating or just want to practice social distancing. Call us and let us help take care of your essential needs. You don’t need to be a senior to take advantage of this service. Call 941-347-8886 for more info.
is offering Chamber members the opportunity to be on News Radio 1580/100.9 at no cost! We are offering complimentary interviews with Bob Alexander Mon-Fri from 7am-9am. Members can reserve a time by emailing Robin Craig at
. These interviews are a great way to reach our local listeners.
During this crisis, it’s more important than ever to protect your assets. Your credit score is an asset that can be taken without your knowledge, and destroyed in days. Don’t let this happen to you! At
Independent Financial Coaching
, we recommend freezing your credit reports at each credit bureau. This quick and free step will prevent anyone who obtains your social security number from being able to obtain credit. Call Sue Craig, 941-916-5324,
, and she can walk you through the steps to protect your financial future.
Looking for a way to support
King Fisher Fleet
while they are temporarily closed while benefiting from a great bargain for yourself? King Fisher Fleet created a Gift Certificate Bonus program that rewards you for your purchase of gift certificates. Receive 1 Free Sunset Cruise pass (Value: $24) for every $50 spent on gift certificates. Purchase in any combination of amounts you like. Each Sunset Cruise pass is valid for 1 adult or child admission on any public Sunset Cruise, valid through November 30, 2021.
Attention First Responders and Essential Workers! You’re always here for us… so we are “here for you!”
La Quinta Inn & Suites Port Charlotte
is located right off I-75, exit 170.
We have reserved our entire top floor for those who need a quiet space to rest, self-isolate, or just be closer to their work. We are following all CDC guidelines for your continued safety.
Call us direct and ask for our “Essential Discount” beginning at $69: 941.979.4200
COVID-19 has created unprecedented health, financial and legal challenges. To help with the legal challenges for both personal and business issues,
has created a COVID-19 Resource Center based on intakes to our nationwide network of Provider Law Firms. This resource is for members or nonmembers and is updated daily. Check it out here:
Lennar at Babcock National Golf & Country Club
& Heritage Landing Golf & Country Club (bundled golf communities) as well as Trail’s Edge at Babcock Ranch and Harbor West in Port Charlotte (South Cove area) are open for new home sales. These communities offer a variety of home styles and contemporary floor-plans to meet every lifestyle. Appointments can be scheduled for in-person, virtual or self-guided tours. Call 877-45-LENNAR or visit LennarSWFL.com for more information.
in Port Charlotte remains open. Now is a great time to repair dings and dents, or refresh the look of your car with our MAACOVER - complete paint job. We take every step to keep our office, shop and car sanitized to protect our customers and employees. Charlotte Chamber Members Special Offer- $200 off Paint Service, Maaco National Four-Year Warranty included. Free Headlight Restoration with paint service. Plus 10% off Prep Services and Body Labor. We aren’t that busy right now so we can get you in and out! 941-391-6196 -
Murdock Stones Etc.
knows many of you are stuck at home and would like to work outside ... so we are giving all Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce members $5 off per cubic yard on ANY of our bulk materials through the month of April. We open for zero contact deliveries (driveway drops only) to residential customers and phone ahead ordering for landsca
pers and contractors. 590 Prineville St. in Port Charlotte (by the Sun Flea Market). 7621 Sawyer Circle (off Gasparilla Rd. …look for the World’s Largest Mailbox).
We have temporarily suspended our digital LiveScan fingerprinting and in-person notary services. However, all of our other employment and tenancy background screening services, as well as credit reports for county and state licensure, are available by fax, email, or phone. Level 1 screening services, in accordance with AHCA requirements, are available to all health care facilities and agencies. We are currently in the office daily from 11 am to 4 pm. Contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at
NRG Background Checks
. Call: 941-488-8500; Toll-Free: 800-531-6522; Fax: 941-488-8505; Email:
Dear First Responders, thank you for helping our community stay safe. Now it’s our time to help you. We are here to aid in easing additional stress put forth by COVID-19 within your professional or personal lives. Let us provide a safe rest area and self-isolating space where you can be in the confines of pure comfort. Cozy beds, private baths, Wi-Fi and TV. Rate is $69 plus tax, valid through May 31, 2020. Please contact
PG Waterfront Hotel and Suites
directly at 941-639-1165, 300 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda.
is launching a COVID-19 response program, “Together We Stand Apart.” The purpose is to bring awareness and support to collective social distancing measures to slow the sprea
d of the virus. We have made “Together We Stand Apart” bracelets that can be purchased for $2.50 with free shipping. Proceeds (at least $1.25 per bracelet) will be donated to charities supporting families and children suffering from the health and economic effects of the pandemic. Please support this program and visit:
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau-
asks you to visit
for local business offers and information. Order a new
Greetings from Pure Florida
limited edition retro t-shirt with all profits going to the
Community Organizations Active in a Disaster
) Florida fund
COAD is providing financial support for tourism industry employees and businesses in Charlotte County impacted by recent shutdowns. Show your support of Charlotte County hospitality businesses by posting a photo wearing the t-shirt and noting one local business or thing you love most within Charlotte County with the hashtag #BestSideYourSide. Tag @RealPureFlorida to spread your love.
continues serving Charlotte County! The diagnostic imaging services provided remain vital components of healthcare in the community. We are committed to keeping the health and safety of our patients and staff our top priority. The following measures are in place for safety: Staff members elevated their infection control procedures; Increased disinfection of surfaces; Hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting spray available for general use; Non-essential guests accompanying patients must wait outside; Patients with a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath are to reschedule. For questions, contact 239-936-2316.
Rotary Club of Punta Gorda
is supporting local restaurants and businesses in Charlotte County with a program called
Stand By Charlotte County.
By going to our website,
you have the opportunity to purchase gift cards to your favorite restaurant.
Support now and enjoy later.
This is our way of showing support and providing an opportunity for restaurants to stay open. You buy the gift cards directly from the re
staurant. Thank you for supporting our local economy.
Do you know a Charlotte County healthcare hero? In honor of the dedication and sacrifice of those currently working in the health industry to help support the COVID-19 fight,
SandStar Remodeling and Interior Design
would like to announce a special contest where one Healthcare Hero in Charlotte County will receive a bathroom renovation up to $10,000 in retail value! Nominate a deserving Healthcare Hero you know by going to
and clicking on the contest button. Nominations are open now through May 4th, 2020. Please read all contest rules and restrictions before entering.
Security Alarm Corporation
Remains Open- Port Charlotte, FL (April 2, 2020) – Security Alarm Corporation, announces that pursuant to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-91 and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, the Company will remain fully operational during Florida’s Safer At Home Order. Services which will remain operational include and are not limited to Port Charlotte Answering Service, our fire and security monitoring services, system installation and system repair services.
We’re here for you: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for
Suncoast Credit Union
members- If you need to perform a transaction that isn’t available at the drive-thru or online, our teams will be available, if possible. To access service, visit the branch and call the phone number and extension listed on the lobby door. The following transactions will be provided in-branch for emergency situations (not available in Pinellas County): Instant issue debit card; cashier’s check; money order; wire transfers; notary services; safe deposit boxes; and mortgage and home equity loan closing, by appointment.
The Firm 360 Photography
- Offering Virtual Open Houses- Attention Realtors! Hold safe distance open houses with a Virtual Tour. Keep in contact with your potential clients. Send them the link to your Virtual Tours and they can tour your listings from the comfort of their home. This will get them excited to come in and look in person when this crisis is over. Call us to get your Virtual Tours scheduled. We can produce these in less than 24 hours.
Thom. Proffer, Director of Photography C: 941-258-2988 O: 941-347-8198
The Grill at 1951,
#1 Winner of ‘A Taste of Punta Gorda’ is reopening for curb-side and take-out services 7 days a week, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Our new To Go menu is posted on our website (
) and social media sites. You can call our main number at 914-255-0994 to place an order. We are currently only taking orders from the To Go menu at this time.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the virus and hope you all stay safe and well.
When choosing the perfect mortgage plan, prioritizing needs and wants can lead in different directions. With 30 years in the business, Toby Lynn is a pro at helping your family, co-workers, or best buddy see advantages and disadvantages in options available. Specializing in happy, smooth, and on-time closings! Call today! Toby Lynn, Branch Manager,
The Mortgage Firm
, 941-356-6579 –
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart Conference
at 25200 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 a.m. until noon providing food and limited financial assistance during this crisis. We would welcome your food donations, or check made payable to St Vincent de Paul for food purchases to help those most in need during this terrible crisis.
The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic
is open during this COVID-19 crisis. Qualified Charlotte County residents who need healthcare and pharmacy can make an appointment by calling 941-766-9570. We will participate in the 2020 Giving Challenge, starting Tues April 28
at Noon for 24 hours. Please consider us with your donations! For more info and a link to our giving page, see:
or call Karen at 941-276-4075.
Health Insurance options are available to those who lose coverage but there are short time frames that must be met. Call
at 941-769-1163 to compare alternatives to COBRA. Evenings and Saturdays available by appointment.
, a local company, would like to ask you if you would like your IT system to be as simple and dependable as electrical power. Zypha provides that kind of magic, transforming old outdated server based systems to a streamlined, dependable, high availability and secure system where you can conduct all business online and cares of yesterday, such as virus programs, ransomware and unwanted intrusions. become a thing of the past. Zypha serves small and medium sized organizations in many business sectors including three semi-government agencies. Contact Dave Powell, Managing Partner, 941-204-1958.
Charlotte County Realty
is looking for licensed Buyers’/Sellers’ Agents that have a passion for showing properties and client satisfaction! We have a surplus of business that translates into better than average financial compensation for you. Newer licensees and veteran agents are being considered. You must love calling and enthusiastically speaking with interested buyers and sellers from the motivated, ready-to-act leads provided. Please forward your resume to:
Career Source of Southwest Florida online resources include available jobs
information could be here! Please submit 90 words or less to email@example.com.
Just for Fun
A store manager overheard a clerk tell a customer, "No, ma'am, we haven't had any for quite some time, and it doesn't look like we'll be getting any soon."
Alarmed by what was said, the manager rushed over to the customer who was walking out the door and said, "That isn't true, ma'am. Of course, we'll have some soon. In fact, we placed an order a couple of weeks ago. Have a nice day and please come back."
The manager then took the clerk aside and reprimanded, "Never, never, never, never say we don't have something. If we don't have it, say we ordered it and it's on the way. Now, what was it she wanted?"
The clerk smiled and said ... "Rain."