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.
~ 96th Year Serving Charlotte County ~

 Punta Gorda ~ Port Charlotte ~ Englewood ~ Charlotte Harbor ~ Murdock
2020-2021 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.
Become a Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Sustaining Partner Today! Sustaining Partner businesses provide additional financial support to the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce which, in turn, provides them with additional valuable membership benefits. The program runs from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. Additional business exposure includes website listings, verbal recognition at all of our events, space on the traveling banner at all our events, newsletter inserts, ad space in our new Fir$t Thur$day Adverti$er and much more.  We need your commitment by August 13th in order to include you on the Sustaining Partner page in the new 2022 Community Guide.  Please complete the fillable 2021-2022 Sustaining Partner form to make your choice of three levels of sponsorship or call chamber staff at 941-627-2222 or email bwhite@charlottecountychamber.org for additional details. These benefits are exclusively available to members in good standing.
~ Chamber Events and Updates ~
We are now taking applications for the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2022Selection of Leadership Charlotte participants is anonymous and based solely upon the answers to the application questions, so please be thoughtful and sincere and use more paper if needed. Program participants must be members of, or employed by members of, the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, and membership dues must be current. Cost of the program is $595 and is payable at the time of acceptance. Half scholarships may be available. If needed, please advise when applying. If you have any question please contact the Chamber office 941-627-2222. The application deadline is 4 p.m., Friday, August 6, 2021. Link to fillable ApplicationLink to Schedule.
The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce 2022 Community Guide and Business Directory is Your Place to Be!. This is the "one-book-look" for visitors and residents throughout our community. The guide, which includes live links to advertisers is posted on our website, as well as published in a large 8 1/2 x 11 glossy color print version. Reserve your ad today to increase your visibility and promote your business. Download the fillable 2022 Community Guide Contract
embers Networking
Welcome a New Teacher and treat them to breakfast on Wednesday, July 28 at 7:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center.  Your $45 sponsorship includes breakfast for you and a teacher. The paring of sponsors with new teachers will be on a random first-come, first-matched basis.  Sponsors are invited to provide 100 gift/promotional items for Teacher Goodie Bags - Gifts for inclusion should be delivered to the Port Charlotte Chamber office by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 16. (Gifts/promo items only, No flyers, please.) Register for this event through the membership portal (MIC) or complete and return the digital New Teachers' Breakfast Flyer 2021.

Wed. August 11, Networking at Noon is not scheduled as staff will be at our 10th Annual Expo being held at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. We invite and encourage all members to stop in and check it out and to do some networking at the event between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Members Networking

Wed. August 18, 7:15 a.m. Third Wednesday Coffee at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. Sponsor: TBA . Non-Profit Speaker: Steve Gardiner, Englewood Beach Waterfest . Guest Speaker: TBA Members Networking

Business Card Exchange, Thurs., August 26, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Kia of Port Charlotte, 202 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Members Networking and If you like, please bring a small gift to promote your business.

2021 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM FILLABLE For a business nominating itself, or for an individual nominating another business please complete and return the nomination form. Criteria for Business of the Year 2021 Award - the business must be a member in good standing of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce with appropriate County licenses and must show one or more of the following: 1) Your business accomplishments and strengths in this economic climate; 2) Your business growth in workforce and/or company sales/revenue/profit; 3) Your business activities that illustrate a commitment to the community. Application deadline is August 23, 2021.

We have decided to go quarterly with the printed newsletter the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Business Perspective. The next issue will be delivered in October so we'll need your inserts on September 20. Provide 1,500 inserts, complete the contract and return it with your check $150 for profit/$100 nonprofit. . Here is the link to the flier with all the details.

The next issue of the FIR$T THUR$DAY ADVERTI$ER will be sent out on August 1st. Members interested in taking advantage of this new digital monthly format will save the
cost of printing a flier. We prefer a PNG file (at least 600-650 pixels wide, resolution 72PPI if possible and file size no larger than 4MG) for the "digital flyer" ad in the FIR$T THUR$DAY ADVERTI$ER, due no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the First Thursday of the month. Sustaining Partners receive free ads as part of their partnership, or cost per issue is $145.00, and $95.00 for a non-profit. This is an exclusive opportunity for members of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. (The chamber reserves the right to deny, publish and edit any submissions.) 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.

We are working on the new 2022 Community Guide and Business Directory...which means that members should review their online listing for content and changes as the basic information there is what we will publish. Logon and update any old, or outdated information, or call the office 941-627-2222 and we can help with it. Make sure to review your information by August 10th visit charlottecountychamber.org and view your listing in the Business Directory.

The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce at 2702 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte is a collection site for the Sunrise Kiwanis Shoes for Kids project. Your donation of a new pair tennis shoes/sneakers will be used in the Charlotte County Public School system for needy school children in the coming year. Bring in a new pair of sneakers and help us fill the box!
~ Ribbon Cuttings ~
Have you renovated your business? Consider scheduling a ribbon cutting to celebrate!
Remember, you can post your own "Hot Deals" and "Member to Member Deals!" in the MIC (Member Portal) https://business.charlottecountychamber.org/membertomember/
~ Welcome New Members ~
Parkside Assisted Living and Memory Cottage
2595 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Laura Speer, Umbreen Khalidi-Majeed
(941) 766-7444
parksideassistedlivingandmemorycottage.com

Heat and Eat
1470 Proper St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Tracy Hohan
(910) 849-8864
heatandeatfay.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
Bob White bwhite@charlottecountychamber.org and he will follow up with them!
3 Weeks Away!
Thank YOU Expo Sponsors:
(More and more and more!)

Platinum Title Sponsor- Chapman Insurance Group
Platinum Title Sponsor- Kia of Port Charlotte
Platinum Title Sponsor- Total Air Solutions
Gold Presenting Sponsor- Burnt Store Title and Escrow
Gold Presenting Sponsor- Quigley Eye Specialists
Gold Presenting Sponsor- Southwest Florida Insurance Associates
Silver Associate Sponsor- Comfort Inn & Suites
Silver Associate Sponsor- Michael Saunders and Company
Bronze Participating Sponsor- American Imaging of SW Florida
Bronze Participating Sponsor- Anderson Enclosures, LLC
Bronze Participating Sponsor- Charlotte Health Solutions
Bronze Participating Sponsor- Life Care Center of Punta Gorda
Bronze Participating Sponsor- The Mortgage Firm
Bronze Participating Sponsor- The Mosaic Company
Business After Party Sponsor- Elite Inspections and Pest Solutions
Print Sponsor- Buffalo Graffix
Newspaper Sponsor- Sun Coast Media Group
Radio Sponsor- iHeart Media
Main Stage Sponsor- Dellutri Law Group
Lanyard Sponsor- Chapman Insurance Group
Event Bag Sponsor- Whitco Insurance- Alexia Martin Agency
Passport Sponsor: Elite Inspections and Pest Solutions
Map Sponsor: Florida International Air Show
Breakfast Sponsor: Integrity Employee Leasing

There are four sponsorship levels which include the exhibitor booth space(s), lots of promotional perks, print and digital advertising, party tickets, and more than ever before. Click the EXPO EXPO EXPO button below for the ~HOT~ details! 
Over 90 booths are sold for the 10th Annual Hottest Business Day in Paradise EXPO!

Already signed up? Keep these Marketing opportunities in mind - Provide your promotional item in 500 Goodie Bags. Donate a gift for the Grand Prize Drawing. Be part of the Speed Direct Networking to connect one-on-one with other exhibitors.

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities still available (Expo Exhibitors Only)
* Refreshment Station * SPEED Direct Networking *

Make sure YOUR local business is part of this ~HOT~ August event. Click the EXPO EXPO EXPO button below for details! Please feel free to contact the chamber office with any questions - 941-627-2222.

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 ~
Donate Blood at the Hottest Business Day in Paradise Expo2021! The Big Red Bus will be in the Charlotte Harbor Event Center parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. All donors will receive a OneBlood Beach Towel, a $10 eGift Card and a Chick-fil-A free chicken sandwich card. Plus a wellness checkup, including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening! Appointments are encouraged visit www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #24551. or call 1-888-9-Donate, an ID is required.

Reverse Job Fair on July 29th at 3pm at the CDBIA 17984 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33948. Bring copies of your resume. Job seekers will be able to take a seat and companies will share information about their company, benefits, openings, and advancement opportunities. Job Seekers will be able to ask questions and learn about so many new career paths. Learn more about entry level, experienced positions, and management opportunities! Refreshments available for job seekers. If you are interested reserve your seat today. Visit www.cdbia.com or call 941-625-0804.

C.A.R.E. Auxiliary presents our first annual Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday July 31st at Beef O’ Brady’s Punta Gorda location, 1105 Taylor Rd. Sign-ups begin at 12:00pm with game play beginning at 1:00pm. Cost is $20.00 per player with all proceeds benefiting Charlotte County survivors of abuse. Enjoy fun with friends, good eats & drinks, and rock your inner cornstar with C.A.R.E. Auxiliary. For more information visit www.carefl.org/events or call 941-639-5499 #SummerofFun2021

Suncoast Humane Society is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a new design of the 2022 Pet Calendar! We are now accepting ads for every calendar month. This is a great chance to support Suncoast Humane Society’s lifesaving work while advertising your company. Follow this link to secure your ad spot by July 31: www.petcalendar.givesmart.com. Your pets can also be a part of our special calendar! Submit their photo and vote at the same link above.

Attention Business Owners: Small Business assistance and advice is now available from SCORE Port Charlotte on a drop-in basis. Stop by the North Port City Hall, Suite 302 on Friday, August 6th from 9 to noon. Certified Mentors Dave Horn and Nils Weibulll will be available for a casual chat about your business and the challenges you are facing. SCORE is powered by the SBA and offers confidential one-on-one business mentoring at no cost. Stop by the City Hall on August 6th and visit portcharlotte.score.org for more information.

The newly built CoolToday Park, spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, are offering walking tours for groups. Tours are conducted the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. This tour provides fans the opportunity to see the ballpark in an exclusive way with an up close and behind the scenes look at the year round spring training facility. Tour also includes a free lunch at Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar. Group tour prices start @ $35 and must be reserved in advance by contacting us at springtraining@braves.com

C.A.R.E. Auxiliary presents our first annual Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday July 31st at Beef O’ Brady’s Punta Gorda location, 1105 Taylor Rd. Sign-ups begin at 12:00pm with game play beginning at 1:00pm. Cost is $20.00 per player with all proceeds benefiting Charlotte County survivors of abuse. Enjoy fun with friends, good eats & drinks, and rock your inner Constar with C.A.R.E. Auxiliary. For more information visit www.carefl.org/events or call 941-639-5499 #SummerofFun2021

Charlotte Idol is back! Auditions will be Friday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m.and will be streamed at www.facebook.com/CharlotteCountyHomelessCoalition ,40 singers will compete to have a chance to win cash prizes. Give back by dining and watching auditions at Beef O’Brady’s located at 1105 Taylor Street in Punta Gorda that evening. Will you be the next Charlotte Idol? Register by emailing CharlotteIdolHC@gmail.com. Singers must be 16 years old and a $20 registration fee. Finals will be at Kingsgate on August 28th! For sponsorships call Darcy Woods at (941) 627-4313, Ext. 134. 

The St. Vincent dePaul Rummage Sale will be held Saturday August 7th from 8:00am-11:00am at 25200 Airport Road and Taylor Road (RAIN DATE: Saturday August 14th). 
Household items, furniture, linens, clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, books and toys. Masks are optional. Please join our Sacred Heart Conference of the Society of St. Vincent dePaul in our continuing efforts to raise money to assist those in need in our community.  SVdP Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 9:00am-12:00 call Office (941-575-0767 Furniture: (941) 575-8544. Address: 25200 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Join Loveland Center for our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club on Friday, September 10th. Contact Becca at events@lovelandcenter.org for more information.

Help us put the “fun” in fundraising on Saturday, September 25 from 6pm-9pm. Benefiting Valerie’s House of Punta Gorda. $20 includes Food at 6pm and Bingo Games at 7pm with eight rounds. Register by September 8 to receive extra cards. Space is limited to 50, please call 941-639-1171. Affordable sponsorships are available. The mission of Valerie’s House is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved on together and go on to live fulfilling lives. Their vision is that No Child Will Grieve Alone.

Golfers who C.A.R.E. Golf Scramble registration is NOW OPEN (carefl.org/events)! This year’s scramble will be held on September 25, 2021 at the beautiful Riverwood Golf Club located at 4100 Riverwood Dr, Port Charlotte, FL 33953. Individual registration is $90.00, team registration is $360.00. Includes: green and cart fees, driving range, breakfast, lunch, 2 beverage tickets, goody bag, raffle entry, and more! Please contact Jamie at (941) 639-5499 or email golferswhocare@gmail.com with any questions. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, advertise your business at the hottest scramble of the year. 

It's Official! The Florida International Air Show will be held October 16th & October 17th at the Punta Gorda, FL Airport (PGD) featuring the F-16 Viper Demo Team.  We are looking for sponsors and volunteers. Steve Lineberry, Media & Marketing Director (833) 743-3427 Ext. 703 floridaairshow@outlook.com www.floridaairshow.com  

Cops & Goblins is back! This CCSO and Charlotte County collaborative is a safe and fun event for kids on Halloween, open to the public at the Charlotte Sports Park from 5-7pm.  Sponsors are needed to bring this fun-filled evening to life. A $200 minimum sponsorship gets your company logo on the jumbotron in center field throughout the event! Checks can be made payable to CCSO (indicate Cops and Goblins on the memo line) mail to: Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, 7474 Utilities Rd., Punta Gorda, FL 33982. Chris Hall 941-575-5227. Thank you for your support!


YOU’RE INVITED TO – The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, IncM*A*S*H Annual Appeal Kick-off Party on Friday, October 8, 2021, 6-10 PM *Emcee: Stacey Deffenbaugh * Special Guest “Pvt. Igor Straminsky” (TV series Chef) Jeff Maxwell * MASH Costume Contest * Games * Food * Cash Bar * Holy Trinity Banquet Hall (Port Charlotte). $75 /pp. RSVP by Sept. 30, 2021. More info and tickets available online: https://volunteercare.org/mash/ * Call or email Karen: 941-276-4075 – kamador@volunteercare.org

We have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! The C.A.R.E. Ball is BACK! The hottest event of the year has been officially scheduled for Saturday January 29, 2022. This year’s theme will be “Under the Big Top” and feature the traditional sit down dinner, open bar, silent auction (fan favorite), and casino tables. We encourage all of our attendees to get creative with their black tie attire. Stay tuned for ticket sales! Interested in sponsorship please email admin@carefl.org.

Public Service Announcement - Did you know that beginning April 24, 2021, callers should begin dialing 10 digits (area code + telephone number) for all local calls. If you forget and dial just 7 digits, your call will still be completed until October 2021. Beginning October 24, 2021, callers must dial 10 digits (area code + telephone number) for all local calls. This effects our 941 area code. If you have questions consult your telephone provider.
~ Member News ~
Charlotte State Bank & Trust is collecting school supplies for students who need assistance for the upcoming school year. Supplies will be distributed by the Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF), which has a drop-off site at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall community room. The school supply drive continues through Aug. 13. For more information, contact CLEF at 941-255-7500, ext. 294, or Retail Banking Officers Sara Perri at Charlotte Harbor and Peachland (941-255-5235) or Jacqueline Benjamin at Parkside (941-235-4444).

Toby Lynn helps families buy, build, or refinance their home. Let’s get the ball rolling for a family member, co-worker, or your best buddy! Toby Lynn can help get them financing for Primary Residences, Secondary Homes, Investment Properties, or Construction Loans. Specializing in Happy, Smooth, and On-Time Closings! CALL TODAY! Toby Lynn, Branch Manager, The Mortgage Firm, 941-356-6579 – www.ThePerfectMortgageSolution.com

Do you want happier and healthier employees? Learn how Gulfcoast South AHEC can offer 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.

Checking relevant original source criminal records (vs. privately-owned, databased records) at the time of hiring strengthens an employer's defense against negligent hiring claims if the employee later harms someone while on the job. In such cases, courts are more likely to rule in favor of the employer, asserting the employer met due diligence requirements by properly checking if an individual's past behavior might negatively impact job performance or cause harm to others.    For the best FCRA-compliant employment and tenancy screening, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks.  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;   nrginfo@atlantic.net


Did you know that Murdock Stones Etc. offers special pricing if you shovel your own rock? We offer the prices on 5 gallon buckets and the old green or blue recycling bins. Check us out at: 7621 Sawyer Circle (off Gasparilla Rd. …look for the World’s Largest Mailbox).  590 Prineville St. in Port Charlotte (by the Sun Flea Market) www.murdockstonesetc.com. 941-629-6651.

BUSINESS FOR SALE. Unique concrete crack repair business located in Charlotte County. High profit margins, no competition, huge niche market that’s growing fast. Will train on using our proprietary system to fix cracks on pool decks, driveways, any concrete surface with follow-up option to paint. Have Nat'l dealer program in-place with huge [potential. Owner retiring. Asking $99k. Reply P.O. Box 511662, Punta Gorda, FL 33951.

Busy students can now enroll in Fast Flex classes at FSW this fall. Fast Flex scheduling splits the semester into two mini terms, allowing students to take two classes during the mini A term and two classes during the mini B term. These classes are fully online, providing additional flexibility for students to work around their schedules. Fast Flex classes go toward A.A. degree completion to prepare students for a university degree with guaranteed transfer, a career change or enhancement, or FSW health program prerequisites. To learn more, visit www.fsw.edu/explore/adult2#fast.

Complete Auto Repair is growing again!  We are hiring a full-time Lube Technician.  This is the “foot in the door” position toward a stable and well-paying career at our shop.  Here’s a link to the job for you to send to your friends! https://tinyurl.com/865ct6jz  For your vehicle’s repairs and maintenance, call Mary at 941-623-2926 to schedule an appointment.  We want to EARN your business. 
 
Gardiner & Sons Moving & Storage trucks have been on some long trips lately.  We love local moves and make time for those. If you are moving from an apartment, house, office, or warehouse, we can pack it, move everything out then move it into your new location.  We place your furnishings and other oversized items where you want them.  We love helping you move and then get settled.  Call Kenny Gardiner for an estimate at (941) 423-5311. 
 
Facebook is where the job-seekers are looking.  What do you do if you don’t want your staff to know you’re hiring?  It’s simple:  Hire Guerzo Business Consulting to place a company-confidential ad for your ideal employee on her page.  The ad goes to the same marketplace, but your company name won’t be seen.  If you want to see what’s out there without worrying about staff questions, call Patti Guerzo at 312-420-0884 to discuss your goals. 
 
As consumers navigate the emerging economy, inflation is on the front page.  Certain products are in short supply or high demand, causing price spikes that may or may not be temporary.  This situation calls for:  A budget!  By projecting cost increases on your household expenses, you can see income shortfalls in advance, and rebalance spending accordingly.  Done in advance, this exercise is much less stressful than finding a surprise deficit at the end of the month.  Call Sue Craig of Independent Financial Coaching, (941-916-5324) if you want to take the negative emotions out of your spending. 
 
The Sunrise Kiwanis Shoes for Kids project collects new tennis shoes for children (pre-K, elementary, middle, and high) in the Charlotte County Public School System. The need for the 2021-2022 school year is 4500 new pairs of sneakers. So please consider helping this worthwhile project! Donations accepted: For more information on the project or on making a monetary donation, visit our website at www.shoesforkidsproject.org or call 941-769-0864. All monetary donations should be made payable to the clubs 501c3: Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte Sunrise Foundation Inc.

SunCoast Blood Centers is facing a critical blood supply shortage and you, your friends, family, and neighbors are at severe risk! Your blood donation with SunCoast Blood Centers will help ensure we have the blood products needed to save local lives. Just 45 minutes of your time will make a world of difference. Schedule your donation at one of the six locations or bloodmobiles at https://donor.suncoastblood.org/donor/schedules/zip.
Help us by Encouraging others on social media or by email or Host a Blood Drive. Contact Chris Durkin 941-954-1600 EXT133 or email hostablooddrive@suncoastblood.org

Punta Gorda Airport is seeking proposals for a full-service public restaurant, bar and caterer at the Punta Gorda Airport General Aviation Center (GAC). It will be located in the area currently under development off Challenger Boulevard. This is an exciting opportunity for a restauranteur looking to build out 2,500 square feet and capitalize on amazing runway-front event space and private flight catering! Bids are due July 30. Request the RFP at www.flypgd.com/bids-proposals-qualifications/

The Dellutri Law Group- COVID-19 has served as a reminder that we never know what life may bring us and why we need to be prepared for when the unexpected happens. If you have been thinking about an estate plan and would like to sit down for a complimentary consultation, please contact Mark Martella, Esq. He will explain the BIG SIX documents everyone needs, five of which you may need to use while you are alive. Please call 941-206-3700 to schedule a confidential, complimentary consultation. 

Registration for the RRF opens Friday, April, 30th at 9 am EDT and the application period will start Monday, May 3rd at 12pm EDT - The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. Florida SBDC at FGCU Learn More
~ Tip of the Week ~
“Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” Meg Whitman, CEO of Quibi
July 14, July 21 and July 22 are all opportunities for you
to network with your fellow members!
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. Take a look!
~ Member-to-Member Testimonials ~
Thanks to a member suggestion, we are enthusiastically sharing testimonials from our members about their positive business experiences with other members of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. Submit a paragraph of 90 words or less describing your experience. Include your name and business name, and email your Member-to-Member Testimonial to Janet at jcaffee@charlottecountychamber.org before noon on Friday to be included the following week. We are proud of our members and this is an excellent way to let them shine even more! 
Tell us about your good experience with a fellow member and we'll share it here.
~ Job Spot ~
Complete Auto Repair is growing again!  We are hiring a full-time Lube Technician.  This is the “foot in the door” position toward a stable and well-paying career at our shop.  Here’s a link to the job for you to send to your friends! https://tinyurl.com/865ct6jz  For your vehicle’s repairs and maintenance, call Mary at 941-623-2926 to schedule an appointment.  We want to EARN your business. 

Charlotte County Employer Hiring for Assembler's - Manufacturing Pool Heat Pumps $15.15-$20.00 per hour. Company offers Full Benefits. Apply in person at CareerSource Southwest Florida, 3745 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, 33952 Job Order #11454027 or contact mtiseo@careersourcesouthwestflorida.com - employer conducts background and drug screening.

Customer Service and Sales Representative for ABS Fairings in Port Charlotte, Fl. Looking for a pro-active team member to answer customer questions and process orders through email, answer phones, and assist with clerical work. Full time position Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:00. Please email your resume or questions to carmichaelrob@yahoo.com or contact Robin at 941-249-1253.

Charlotte County Public Works is having a job fair on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. Punta Gorda. Public Works staff help preserve and sustain Charlotte County's infrastructure while protecting precious natural resources for future generations. We offer rewarding careers with great benefits and pay. Charlotte County Public Works is accredited by the American Public Works Association. or information, contact Public Works at 941.575.3600 or visit CharlotteCountyFL.gov/publicworks
Career Source of Southwest Florida online resources include available jobs

Your "Help Wanted" information could be here! Please submit 90 words or less to BOL@charlottecountychamber.org. AND REMEMBER you can login and post your job in the MIC (Member Portal) and it will be visible to all on our website https://business.charlottecountychamber.org/jobs/  
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 ~
LOCAL-
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/

STATE AND FEDERAL-
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 ~

My mother and father were driving when she was pulled over by the police. Mom was in a hurry and told the officer so.
“I understand ma’am,” he said. “But I have to ticket anyone over 55.”
Mom was beside herself. “That’s discrimination!” she shouted.
The officer explained calmly, “Ma'am, I meant the speed limit.”
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