Mission Statement:
The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce is organized to advance the prosperity and general welfare of its business members and the community they serve.
~ 97th Year Serving Charlotte County ~

 Punta Gorda ~ Port Charlotte ~ Englewood ~ Charlotte Harbor ~ Murdock
2021-2022 Sustaining Partners
Sustaining Partner businesses provide additional financial support annually to the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce which, in turn, provides them with additional valuable membership benefits. These contributions to the chamber allow for the continued increase of promotion, advocacy, involvement, and leadership at the local, state and federal levels. This is done to always be proactive in support of our businesses and the community we serve.
Charter Sustaining Partner (no years missed)
And remember, each time you attend a chamber event, your business card goes into the drawing for a $2,000 Key West Flight donated by Air Trek Charter Jet Service. The drawing to be held at the Annual Meeting on September 30, 2022! The more events you attend, the more chances to WIN...Just look for the big gold bingo drum and add your business card!
~ Chamber Events ~
Members, Networking at Noon on August 10 will be at the Four Points by Sheraton - Dockside Grill. Cost is $15.00 per person. Please choose your meal when you register in the Member Portal.

Third Wednesday Coffee, August 17 8:00 a.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. The program will be a New Member Showcase. New members have already been invited to showcase their businesses. Kindly register your attendance in the Member Portal.

Lunch & Learn at the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce on August 23rd.
Topic:  Effective Planning for Business Growth Presented by: Brian Chapman, Chapman Insurance Group. Your registration fee includes Lunch - Either an Italian or Turkey & Cheddar sandwich, chips, cookie and a beverage. Cost is $10.00pp. Pre-registration by August 18th is necessary so that we can properly plan the event. Please RSVP in the member portal. 

Business Card Exchange, on Thursday, August 25 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. is at Integrity Employee Leasing, 128 W. Charlotte Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Kindly register for this event in the member portal.

Leadership Charlotte Hall of Fame Luncheon on Thursday, September 8th will be at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Please plan to arrive by 11:30, lunch will be served at noon and the event should conclude at 1:00 p.m. Kindly choose your meal when you register. Cost $35pp.​ Meal choices: *Grilled Chicken Waldorf Salad – mixed greens topped with celery, grapes apple & walnuts or *Beef Stroganoff – Beef medallions and gravy sauce tossed with egg noodles garnished with parsley & garlic bread. Kindly register in the Member Portal.
~ Did you see these Chamber items too? ~
Advertise in the 2023 Community Guide and Business Directory. . Your advertisement will be seen by thousands in both the printed and online guides. Members interested in advertising should return the advertising contract, Ad Copy and payment are due by August 12, 2022. The Community Guide is our showpiece for all things Charlotte County, distributed at the Punta Gorda Airport, Charlotte Harbor Event Center, County Libraries, Community Associations and to walk-ins, email and mail requests. AND on CharlotteCountyChamber.org with live links to your webpage. Please call 941-627-2222 with any questions.

Leadership Charlotte Class of 2023 applications are now available. We would encourage any chamber member who is looking to gain a greater and deeper understanding of how Charlotte County operates, to apply. In addition to getting a once-in-a-lifetime education, you will make life-long connections and friendships. Only 25 applicants are selected for each class. As you fill out the application, please provide complete and comprehensive answers to each question.  The deadline for all application submissions is on Friday, August 5, 2022. If you have any questions regarding the Leadership Charlotte Program/Schedule, please reach out to Bob White [email protected]

Business of the Year Nomination Form-2022 - Nomination forms are due back by August 22, 2022. You may nominate you own business, or nominate another business for this award. Print the form to see the criteria and answer five questions. We encourage you to blow your own horn and self-nominate.  The selection committee will be made up of past recipients, and the awards will be presented at the 97th Annual Meeting Luncheon on September 30, 2022.

Nominations are being accepted for our prestigious Pacesetter award. A Pacesetter is by definition an individual who has achieved a level of excellence within his or her community or industry that provides a new benchmark for all to follow. Complete and return the nomination form no later than noon on August 22nd. The honoree will be announced Friday, September 30th at the 97th Annual Membership Luncheon.

The next issue of the FIR$T THUR$DAY ADVERTI$ER will be sent out on September 1. (Digital flyers are due by August 30.) Email your ad to [email protected] and include the web address we should link it to, or call us 941-627-2222 for more information.

Members, the Charlotte County Chamber Newsletter Business Perspective is a DIGITAL Quarterly publishing January/April/July/October. Members who want to include a Digital page to ride with the newsletter should complete and return the agreement and provide their digital page by the 20th of the month before publication. *Cost $100 for-profit and $50 non-profit each issue *Sustaining Partners receive free digital flyers depending on their partnership level. Send your digital flyer to [email protected] or call 941-627-2222 for information.
Showcase your business at the 12th Annual Business Expo

The 12th Annual Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo date is February 2, 2023! Remember to save the date and set aside a little of your marketing budget ($395 for a booth space) for the Hottest Business Day in Paradise, Expo2023!
Print Sponsor: Buffalo Graffix
Newspaper Sponsor: The Daily Sun
Bag Sponsor: WhitCo Insurance-Alexia Martin Agency
Refreshment Station Sponsor: The Purple House Salon
~ Welcome New Members ~
SunCoast DronePix LLC
10 Bariloche Drive
Punta Gorda, FL 33983
(941) 208-0007 Matthew LaPlume
[email protected] http://suncoastdronepix.com

TNT Auto Repair
4356 Tamiami Trail, Unit B
Port Charlotte, FL
(239) 599-9868 Steven Qualls
[email protected] http://tntautorepairportcharlotte.com

America First Home Wash, LLC
315 East Olympia Avenue, Suite 224
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 275-2829 Trey Friddle, Sydney Friddle

Priceless Inkjet Cartridge Co.
3718 Tamiami Trail, Suite D
Port Charlotte, FL 33952-8309
(941) 766-1200 Mary Callazo, Elena & Ray Slipatchuk
[email protected] http://www.pricelessink.com

Stellar Public Adjusting
1777 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
(786) 316-7683 Barbara Rodriguez
[email protected] http://www.stellaradjusting.com

Home Matchmaking Realty
701 J C Center Ct., Unit #13
Port Charlotte, FL 33952-5129
(941) 323-0020 Miki Matrullo
[email protected] http://homematchmakingrealty.com

Know of a business who would also benefit from being a Chamber member?
Businesses may join online now on our website or please recommend a business to
Jami Joannes [email protected] and she will follow up with them!
~ Join us for a Ribbon Cutting ~
Two Angels Soaps, Gallery & Gifts - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, August 11th 5:30 p.m. - 2686 Tamiami Trail, #5A, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Royal Paw Grooming & Boarding Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, August 17th at 5:45p.m. (event is from 5-6:30pm)
42091 Cypress Parkway Ste 4 (Publix Plaza) Babcock Ranch

ActivAge HomeCare Rebranding Ribbon Cutting - Dual Chamber
Thursday, August 18 at 5:30p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Dual Ribbon Cutting)
126 E. Olympia Ave. Suite 301 Punta Gorda
They will be serving food & beverages. Kindly RSVP for this Event in the Member Portal

Stellar Vision Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, August 27th 10-2pm Ribbon Cutting is at 11:00am
42041 Cypress Pkwy Suite 3 Babcock Ranch
Food, Refreshments, Raffle, Free Gift with Purchase, Frame Show

MaineLand Development Ground Breaking & Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, September 1 at 12:00 Noon, 21319 Quesada Ave, Port Charlotte, FL Attendees receive Chick Fil A boxed lunch & soft drink. (from US41, turn on Harbor Blvd. go past the Hosp. left on Quesada, lot is on left after Waterside before Winston) Please RSVP directly to Jermaine White 813-525-7695 or [email protected]

Harpers 1980 LLC Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m.
1158 Market Circle, Unit 5, Port Charlotte

Brookdale Port Charlotte - Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, September 20 at 5:30 pm., 18440 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte
Open House from 5-7pm - appetizers, refreshments and tours of the property.

 Phoenix on Site Repair - Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, September 21 ( Immediately following our Third Wednesday Coffee)
about 9:00 a.m. at TBA )

24 Twenty One 10 Year Anniversary Celebration & Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, October 25 from 5pm to 7pm Ribbon Cutting at 5:30 p.m.
2421 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte - Appetizers, Entertainment,
Adult Beverages, Door Prizes Please RSVP for this event directly to [email protected] or by calling them at 941-249-4059

Everyone is invited to attend Chamber ribbon cutting events. Come out and support your fellow members.
#OurFutureisNow! #OneCommunity

Members Send YOUR Member News/Events to [email protected] and we'll share it each week. Email submissions of 90 words or fewer, in paragraph form, by noon on Friday for inclusion the following Monday. This is a free members-only benefit! (We do reserve the right to publish and edit any submissions.)

~ Member Events ~
"Put A Cork in It!" Wine Tasting Event along with the Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar of Port Charlotte. Over 10 different wines to sample. $25.00 per person~ includes hors-d'oeuvres. $5.00 of each ticket sale will be donated to the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Tickets are limited- Please come out and support this great fundraising event Hosted by Parkside Assisted Living & Memory Care 2595 Harbor Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 on Thursday, August 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Contact Laura Speer @ 941-766-7444

Please join Eric Bretan, candidate for Airport Authority, at Magnolias On The Bay on August 16th at 5:30PM for a campaign event and reception. Eric will speak about his plans for the airport and answer any questions. Address is 2395 N Beach Road, Englewood, FL. Donations are welcome but not required. Please RSVP to [email protected] or print the invitation for more information.

The Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association invites you to join us in our 9th Annual Bowling & Billiards Presented by Harbor Home Builders event to be held at 6pm on Saturday, August 20th at Bowland in Port Charlotte, Florida. Registration for each bowler includes bowling, shoes, food and non-alcoholic beverages and FUN!! Pool Tournament will start at 8pm. Cash prize for 1st and 2nd place. Registration price is $45 per person for bowling, with teams up to 6 people, and $30 for pool tournament. Sponsorship is still available. For more information or to register, please visit www.cdbia.com or call 941-625-0804.

CDBIA Next Gen to host Construction Cornhole: Presented by LTD Contracting
Who will be the champion? Join us September 18th. Registration begins at 12PM, play begins at 1PM. This will be a double elimination tournament. There will be a 50/50 drawing, tickets will be on sale: $5 for 6, $10 for 13, and $20 for A BUNCH. So, don't forget to bring cash. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. A portion of the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the CDBIA Next Gen Council. To register, please click here:  https://charlottedesotobia.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/qPY801Rp?mode=Attendee  

Join us at our new location at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall! Reserve your spot now for the Fall Suncoast Living Health & Wellness Expo at Port Charlotte town center on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 10a - 4p. Get your business in front of many SW Florida full-time residents, visitors and returning snowbirds! We will have 2 different live radio broadcasts covering the event, as well as more traffic at the mall starting holiday shopping season! Different booth levels available. Call or email for more information and an application - 941.204.2222 or [email protected] Brought to you by Lincoln Marketing Group and Port Charlotte Town Center Mall!
~ Member News ~
Restoration Bar is restoring the human body inside and out! We offer vitamin shots and IVs to help you achieve your healthy lifestyle goals. We offer antiaging and detox IVs to help at the cellular level! We can help you with you aging concerns on the outside too with interventions such as Botox, Fillers, laser hair removal, skin tightening, skin care and lipolysis. Want to feel amazing? Book your free consult today! https://www.vagaro.com/gulfshoremedicalservices . Call us at 941-347-7707 for additional information or if you do not see an appointment time that works with your schedule.  

It's great to be back with our Chamber. Years of Pandemic and unexpected health issues are finally over and Priceless Inkjet Cartridge Co. is back with excellent American Made printer supplies.  These are certified TAA Compliant products take offer exceptional print quality at lower cost than OEM Brands. Many of which are made in China. Yes, China the country that promises to destroy us. Call Priceless for special August savings. 941-766-1200 www.pricelessink.com 

C.A.R.E. recognizes the month of August as Bystander Awareness Month. We believe all individuals are capable of positive action, collectively mobilizing a force powerful enough to create lasting societal change. When it comes to bystander intervention, remember the 4 D’sDirect-directly intervening in a situation ( Example: “Is everything okay here?)”, Distract-creating a distraction. (Example: “Accidently” spilling your drink), Delegate-telling another person/authority figure. (Example: telling the bartender or calling law enforcement), Delay – after the fact, you can check in by offering support and resource. For more info, click https://carefl.org/bystander/

Worden Farm Membership enrollment is opening for the 2022-23 Season, and limited memberships are available. Sign up now for fresh, local, organic produce. We have the Farm Box program delivered to sites throughout Southwest FL, the Farm Stand Membership at Worden Farm in Punta Gorda. Sign up now to secure your spot for the 2022-23 Season! >>

If “supply chain disruptions” have stranded your home improvement projects, Gardiner & Sons Moving & Storage can create a semblance of order by storing your furniture until the improvement project is complete.  We will remove your stuff from the dangers of tools and paint, opening up your work area so projects move quickly, and bring everything back and set it up right where you want it.  Call Kenny Gardiner at (941) 423-5311 to discuss your needs. 
Complete Auto Repair can make sure your tires are in good shape.  Then you hit a nail and get a flat.  Ron Morgan recommends you purchase, and store in your trunk a Cordless Impact Wrench. For $50, you will be able to unscrew your tire bolts like a NASCAR pit crew.  Still not convinced?  During the day, locate your manual lug wrench and see how hot you get after the first bolt.  It is not easy.  If you do get stranded, have your vehicle towed to us.  We’re located at 20120 Veterans Blvd in Port Charlotte, 941-623-2926. 
Enjoy the scents of Paradise-Are you ready to Sail away to a tropical getaway and be Castaway to the Caribbean, enjoying the coconut and rum, and while you are at it take a dive to the deep sea and hovering over the ocean reef. Try our new Tropical Getaway Organic Soaps 4.3oz scents *Castaway Deep-Sea *Island Spice Smooth Sailing *Tropical Teakwood *Monkey Fart and more! Two Angels Soaps, Gallery & Gifts in Sanctuary Plaza at 2686 Tamiami Trail, Unit 5A, Port Charlotte, FL. We would love to see you. (941)883-2861

You shouldn't order a background check on applicants or employees without having a procedure in place. Always have the person's written permission. Then, if you decide to reject the applicant or terminate the worker based on the background check ... you must inform the person in writing ... and provide him/her with a copy of the relevant report so he/she can dispute the information. You must also inform that person of your final decision in writing.    For FCRA-compliant employment and tenancy screening ... contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks.   941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;   [email protected]   

Vote Yes for After-School Sports! Participating in after school sports can be very expensive, and more families and students are being left out. Your voice can make a difference this November! To learn more, check out our website: www.voteyes4success.org/

Small changes can bring big results for your employees! Gulfcoast South AHEC offers FREE tobacco cessation counseling and FREE Nicotine Replacement in the form of patches, gum and/or lozenges at no cost for qualifying participants. As part of Tobacco Free Florida’s in-person/virtual Group Quit sessions, we are here to help. Call 866-534-7909 or visit gsahec.org to register today.

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new county website feature called My Neighborhood. My Neighborhood allows residents to look up their addresses to find information about their: property, elected officials, voting precincts and polling locations, evacuation zones, county services and facilities, schools, garbage pick-up schedules & public safety. Please spread the word about My Neighborhood to your customers as a one-stop shop for their county information. To use My Neighborhood, visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and click My Neighborhood in the top menu. Type an address in the search field and scroll through the page to see property information and county and/or city services and public facilities in the property’s neighborhood.
Members may create both Member-to-Member deals and Hot-Deals using the MIC (Member Portal). There is no additional cost to do so, and we recommend that you check these links each week to see what special deals are going on.
~ Tip of the Week ~
“The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.” — Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy
We encourage members to shop with other members to keep our community and local economy strong. If you do business with one or more of our renewing members please congratulate them for their Chamber Anniversary. These are members who renewed between June 16, 2022 and July 15, 2022... Take a look!
~ Job Spot ~
New exciting opportunity to work for the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. We are looking for a seasoned Digital/Social Media Marketing Specialist. This is a full-time position. The right candidate will have successful sales experience, thorough understanding to navigate social media platforms, excellent organization skills and attention to detail, ability to prioritize tasks, and able to develop innovated and creative marketing strategies for all chamber initiatives. If this is the right opportunity for you, please email your cover letter and resume to Bob White at [email protected]

VIRGINIA B. ANDES VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY CLINIC SEEKS: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Job Classification: Full time, Limited Benefits, Clinical Services
Direct tasks of APRN’s include coordination of all aspects of patient care, including diagnosis, treatment, and consultation, and serving as leaders within the clinical setting. JOB QUALIFICATIONS: • Commitment to the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, Inc. philosophy of care and understanding of the non-profit mission and experience. • Current State of Florida License as a Nurse Practitioner. • New APRN graduates are encouraged to apply. • 1-year experience in a clinical setting preferred. • Ability to practice independently while functioning as a leader within the healthcare team. • Excellent oral and written communication skills required. CONTACT BY EMAIL ONLY, ATTACH RESUME: Suzanne Roberts, M. ED Chief Executive Officer, [email protected]
Showcase your business through sponsorship!
Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your business? A great opportunity would be sponsoring one of our Third Wednesday Coffees. Sponsors receive recognition in Business Online, on Facebook and in the Chamber calendar.  Sponsors may place marketing materials on the tables at the event and will have 4-5 minutes to introduce yourself/staff/business. Available slots are limited. Please contact Janet Caffee [email protected] or call 941-627-2222 for details. Cost to sponsor is $300.
~ Resources ~
Please call 2-1-1 for any resource needs.
Charlotte County Economic Development Office- www.cleared4takeoff.com
Community Organizations Active in a Disaster- https://coadfl.org/
Career Source of Southwest Florida online resources include available jobs- https://careersourcesouthwestflorida.com/immediate-southwest-florida-job-openings/
Charlotte County Department of Health- www.Charlotte.FloridaHealth.gov
City of Punta Gorda- http://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/
Charlotte County Public Schools- https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/
NEW My Neighborhood, visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and click My Neighborhood in the top menu. Type an address in the search field and scroll through the page to see property information and county and/or city services and public facilities in the property’s neighborhood.

Florida Chamber of Commerce- www.floridachamber.com/coronavirus
U.S. Department of Labor- https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
Small Business Administration- www.sba.gov/disaster
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association- https://frla.org/covid-19/
Florida Retail Federation- http://www.frf.org/index.php/news/covid-19
Visit Florida- www.visitflorida.org
Governor's Office- www.flgov.com
~ Just for Fun ~
Bobby: My big brother got a six week coffee break.
Billy: How does that work?
Bobby: He tripped over a fifty pound bag off coffee at work and broke his arm.
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
2702 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Bob White, Executive Director [email protected]
Jami Joannes, Dir. of Business Development [email protected]
Ruth Uzonyi, Dir. of Finance [email protected]
Janet Caffee, Information & Customer Service [email protected]
Submit your news/event/job for Business Online to [email protected]

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