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
Leadership Charlotte Endowment Fund $2,500 Grant to support Children and Youth in Charlotte County.

501(C3) Nonprofit organizations that serve youth and are members of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce May apply for a grant beginning on July 1, 2022 through August 1, 2022 by submitting a completed application through the Charlotte Community Foundation. For more information and how to apply, please visit www.charlottecf.org
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 ~
Charlotte County Chamber Young Professionals are planning a Karaoke Night on Friday, August 5th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at The Burg'r Bar in Punta Gorda. MUSIC, GIVEAWAYS, FREE APPETIZERS, CASH BAR, GRAND PRIZE. There is no cost to attend, but your pre-registration is required so that we may properly plan for a great event! Register in the Member Portal from this link.

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.

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 bwhite@charlottecountychamber.org

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 August 4. (Digital flyers are due by August 2nd.) Email your ad to advertiser@charlottecountychamber.org 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 Newsletter@charlottecountychamber.org 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 ~
Florida Senior Consulting
8130 Lakewood Main Street, Suite# 103, Box# 376
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(941) 626-6762 Stephen Hill
shill@floridaseniorconsulting.com http://floridaseniorconsulting.com

National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1477
5369 Park Blvd. N., Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 531-1477 Joseph Henschen
branch1477@tampabay.rr.com https://www.branch1477nalc.org/

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 jjoannes@charlottecountychamber.org and she will follow up with them!
~ Join us for a Ribbon Cutting ~
YMCA Punta Gorda Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, August 2nd at 5:30-6:30pm. CANCELLED - No New Date Yet

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 jwhite@mainecorp.us

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 24twentyone@gmail.com 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 BOL@charlottecountychamber.org 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 ~
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office National Night Out EXPO Event on August 2nd. Join us for a fun night Free Admission! Learn about and enroll in agency programs. Get hands-on with specialty unit vehicles. Meet deputies. Learn about employment and volunteer opportunities. A special greeting and update from Sheriff Prummell. Join us on Tuesday, August 2, 6:00pm -8:00 p.m. at 3110 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33980.

Join us as we recognize officers and staff for the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office 2nd Quarter Awards. You are invited to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office 2022 – 2nd Quarter Awards on Friday, August 5 at 11:30 at Visani Italian Steakhouse. Cost is $25pp (cash/check payable to CCSO). Lunch will be a House Salad Italiano, Chicken Parmegiana & Chocolate Mousse. Please RSVP to Jennifer Wireman before July 29 at 941-676-5211 or jwireman@ccsofl.net.  Proceeds will benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

Fishermen’s Village 6th Annual TikiFest will be held Saturday, August 6, 2022, 12 noon-9 pm! Authenic Hawaiian music, dance, vendors will be featured throughout the day! Free Admission / Free parking. Visit on line at www.fishermensvillage.com for full details!

On Saturday, August 6 BOWLING FOR A GOOD CAUSE! The C.A.R.E. Auxiliary Society is hosting Bowling Night to benefit C.A.R.E. Victim Services Center of Charlotte County Florida. Must register in teams of a 4 players up to 6. Please email team name and each player’s name to careauxiliary@gmail.com Teams are encouraged to dress up! Registration is $25/person which includes shoe rental. Team costumes are highly encouraged. Sponsorship of an Alley is available for $100. Sponsors can decorate their table, have giveaways or snacks. The Snack Bar will be open for purchases.  

"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

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  
~ Member News ~
The Florida summer heat is too hot even for our tropical birds and people who come to visit them. Our air conditioner units are beyond repair. We need your help to cover the costs of the units. Our goal is to raise $14,000. Can you chip in a few dollars? Parrot Outreach Society is a 501C3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.  To help, visit www.parrotoutreachsociety.org and click on “donate,” by check to Parrot Outreach Society, 1205 Elizabeth Street, Unit I, Punta Gorda, FL 33050 or by Go Fund Me https://gofund.me/54d94b01       

Today’s tip concerns your car’s tires:  Remember, your tires take a beating on the hot pavement, and as they wear out, their performance can suffer.  Something simple like low tire pressure can create steering and alignment issues that must be corrected.  Call Mary at Complete Auto Repair to schedule a free inspection of your tires’ condition and pressure.  We’re located at 20120 Veterans Blvd in Port Charlotte, 941-623-2926. 

Look around your neighborhood, and you’ll see a lot of projects in-progress.  It’s too hot to finish them!  Excessive heat can turn a simple project into a dangerous situation.  If your project is ‘stuck’ because you need help moving heavy items, call Gardiner & Sons Moving & Storage.  Sometimes a customer’s move is just a short distance away.  Yet the risk of moving heavy and valuable items even that small distance warrants a professional.  Call Kenny Gardiner at (941) 423-5311 to get your project moving again. 

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

Two trends have compelled more employers to conduct background checks than ever before. First, ever-increasing instances of workplace violence have made businesses more aware of the need for background checks. And, second, "negligent hiring" lawsuits have increased every year since the 1980s. Every employer has a "duty of care" to protect their workers and customers from employees the employer should know pose a risk of harm to co-workers and customers.    For FCRA-compliant employment and tenancy screening ... contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks.   941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;   nrginfo@atlantic.net   

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.

Florida Consumer Off Lease Auto Brokers has good news-Vehicle prices are finally coming down!! We have over 1,000 vehicles available for purchase weekly-all prices down 10%!! 2018-2022 with Factory Warranty, Clean Auto Check report and low mileage. Over 500 Trucks, Crew Cabs, and 4x4's also. Call for info; we are happy to email prices, specs and details; or make an appointment to visit us in the only indoor virtual showroom. NO DEALER FEES! give Justin a call at 941 350-7544 or Peggy 941 284-9617 by shopofflease@gmail.com
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 ~
“It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you don’t stop” – Confucius 
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 bwhite@charlottecountychamber.org

CPA Financial Advisor Inc is in need of the right person to anchor the front desk and maintain an efficient and well organized office. Duties are varied but traditional for an office of this type. Duties include: Answering the phones and relaying messages to the appropriate member of the company - Managing client appointments - Maintaining appropriate level of office supplies - Process completed tax returns for client pickup - Scan client tax and other documents - Monitor/track client tax and other projects - Maintain records of items mailed - Collection of payment for fees when clients receive finished product or service - Maintain and update accounts receivable. Knowledge of Excel, Word, and Outlook is important. Knowledge of QuickBooks is a plus. Paid time off and paid holiday are competitive with other employers. Eugene P Heitman II CPA CFP®, CPA Financial Advisor, Inc., 2120 Kings Hwy Suite 220, Port Charlotte FL 33980 941-743-6495 voice 941-625-9578 fax.

Lightspeed is hiring. Lightspeed Voice is now recruiting a Regional Account Manager (RAM) to drive sales activity. The RAM is responsible for prospecting, cold calling, and cultivating new customers, partners, and account relationships. In this important and exciting position, the RAM is expected to support the sales efforts of Lightspeed Voice’s products and workflow solutions. For a copy of the full job description, detailed list of benefits and income expectations, please send an email to Ed Hill at ehill@lightspeedvoice.com
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 jcaffee@charlottecountychamber.org 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/

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 ~
A mother was visiting her son on an Army base, and chatted with a colleague of his.
"What rank are you?" she asked.
"I'm relieved to say that I've just been promoted from captain to major."
"Why relieved?"
"Because," he replied, "my last name is Hook."
Send YOUR Member News/Events to BOL@charlottecountychamber.org 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.)
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
2702 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Bob White, Executive Director bwhite@charlottecountychamber.org
Jami Joannes, Dir. of Business Development jjoannes@charlottecountychamber.org
Ruth Uzonyi, Dir. of Finance ruzonyi@charlottecountychamber.org
Janet Caffee, Information & Customer Service jcaffee@charlottecountychamber.org
Submit your news/event/job for Business Online to BOL@charlottecountychamber.org

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