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    Ribbon Cuttings:  Fri., Feb. 2, at 12noon at the Visual Arts Center, 210 Maude St., PG to open their 11th Biennial National Art Exhibit.  **** Tues., Feb. 6, at 5:30pm at Rissini Trattoria Gastronomica, 18101 Murdock Cir., PC to celebrate their grand opening.

    Business Expo2018 Thurs., Feb. 8 from 10am to 4pm at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.  Free admission, prizes, goodie bag for first 500 people.

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    Business OnLine – December 11, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

    Accredited, US Chamber of Commerce, **** Rating

    Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 92 years

    December 11, 2017

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    Wed., Dec. 13, Networking at Noon, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda

    Thurs., Dec. 14, 5 to 7 p.m., Business Card Exchange, River Commons, 2305 Aaron Street, PC

    Wed., Dec 20, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., Third Wednesday Coffee, Sponsor: Charlotte Sun.  Program:  Christmas Parade

    General Information

    Now in its 7th year, the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring Expo2018 to our members. Hundreds of serious business people from throughout Charlotte County will spend one day “heating up the business climate” at the biggest business event of the New Year.  Over 100 member businesses and organizations will be on hand at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda. Put your BUSINESS, your BRAND and your PRODUCTS in the SPOTLIGHT on the “Hottest Business Day In Paradise.” Members sign up with the EXPO2018 Participation Agreement-Dec. 1 offer and for details about booth size, pipe and drape, and about the event print the EXPO 2018 Event Brochure.BW

    This Week’s Happenings has posted. Click here for website • Click here to read online (PDF; printer-friendly). Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau

    Please patronize the Chamber’s Sustaining Partners:  (Click on the links to go to their websites.)

    · Platinum:  Bayfront Health Port Charlotte & Punta Gorda; Buffalo Graffix; Charlotte County Ford; Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center; Charlotte State Bank & Trust; Charlotte Sun/Sun Coast Media Group; Florida SouthWestern State College; Harbor Style Magazine; Integrity Employee Leasing; Monarch Direct; State Insurance Agency – Brian Chapman, Jr.; Strang, Olsen & Lynch, CPAs PA; Tampa Bay Rays/Charlotte Stone Crabs; Waste Management of Charlotte County; Worksite Employee Leasing

    ·  Diamond: Centennial Bank;  Farr Law Firm; Fawcett Memorial Hospital; Nix & Associates Real Estate; Panther Hollow Dental Lodge; St. Andrews South Golf Club; WhitCo Insurance Agency-Alexia Martin;

    ·  EmeraldFreedom Boat Club; Friendly Floors; Nolan Family Insurance; Port Charlotte Florist; Sandhill Healing Centers, Inc.; South Port Square; The Wyvern Hotel; Zaxby’s

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breakings (to which all members are invited):

    Tues., Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m., Autos for the Needy, 752 Tamiami Trail, PC

    Thurs., Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m., Conserva Irrigation of SWFL, 1897 Manzana Ave., PG

    New Members

    Bivens Animal Hospital, 223 Duncan Road, PG 33082
    Andrea Bivens, Ph: 941-621-4818
    www.bivensanimalhospital.com  info@bivensanimalhospital.com        

    Chamber Member Events

    Charlotte County Fire & EMS announced the 18th Annual 2017 Santa Firehouse Pancake Breakfast Events on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at CC Fire & EMS Station #4, located at 13600 Marathon Blvd., Gulf Cove, from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. on both days. The second breakfast is on Friday, Dec. 22, at Station #12, 2001 Luther Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33983, and Firehouse doors open at 9:00 a.m.  There is no cost to attend the Santa Breakfast events. Reservations are needed for both of these events. Call 941-833-5600, Or email: Marion.Vandermark@charlottecountyfl.gov

    Mark’s Small Business Boot Camp is pleased to announce the re-scheduled “Boot Camp III – The Championship Bout” to be held on Friday, January 19, 2017 from 8:30 to 1:00. Join us for tips and tools to transform how you market your business and attract your ideal client. Because of Hurricane Irma, I am discounting the price from $147 to just $47 for the first 47 people to sign up. To learn all the details, just go to www.marksbootcamp.com and check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/marksbootcamp/.  

    Santa will be dropping by Zaxby’s on Monday, December 11 between 6:00 & 7:00pm. Free kid’s meal with each adult meal purchase from 6 – 7. Santa will be giving out FREE cookie cards to every child that is in attendance. Register to win a free child’s bike while you are visiting us! 19590 Cochran Blvd, Port Charlotte.

    Charlotte-DeSoto Builders for a Better Government & PGPCNP Association of Realtors, along with Host Committee Members:  Kim Amontree, Wendy Atkinson, Ken Doherty, Ken Roberson,  Joe Tiseo &  Bill Truex  invite you to a meet and greet with Denise Grimsley, Candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture- Tuesday, December 12  from  5:30 PM–7:00 PM at CDBIA, 17984 Toledo Blade Boulevard, Port Charlotte.  For information and to RSVP, contact Vance Coley vance@denisegrimsley.com, or 850-209-5308. 

    Good Grief!!  It’s a Charlie Brown reception on Thursday, December 14th from 5-7 PM, celebrating the art work of Larry Palmer.  His Coastal Beauties are painted from the wildlife and scenery we see every day.  Live holiday music, a “Charlie Brown Christmas” playing on the big screens, food and wine and holiday fun.  Please join us for this Charlotte Arts “Art in Public Places” artist reception at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, 9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Rd., Punta Gorda.  Call Rick Tuss at 941-639-1171 with questions.

    Tickets are now on sale for the Golisano Children’s Hospital Pro Tennis Classic, the premiere finale event as part of the two-day Madisen’s Match tennis experience to benefit pediatric and adult cancer patients, featuring some of the world’s top-ranked tennis players. Visit www.madisensmatch.com/ticket-purchase to get your tickets for Southwest Florida’s first-ever indoor tennis event, 6 p.m. Monday, March 19 at Suncoast Credit Union Arena at Florida SouthWestern State College, Fort Myers.

    Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar, 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte events.  December 13:  Jeannie Smyth – Karaoke   7 to 10pm; December 15:  Steve Widmeyer – “One Voice, One Guitar” 7 to 10pm; December 16:  Jeannie Smyth– “Jazz & Blues Lady” New Orleans Style 7 to 10pm. The Wine Bar offers a global selection of wines and a variety of beer and craft beers.  Hours are Tues & Thurs 12 noon-6pm, Wednesday, Friday – Saturday 12:00 noon to 10:00pm. Visit www.gildedgrape.com or call 235-9463

    Please join us as we celebrate our new location with a Ribbon Cutting Event at 752 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte at 5:30pm. The Ribbon Cutting will be immediately followed by 2 Auto Dedication Ceremonies. Autos 4 The Needy mission is to help individuals in need obtain transportation that will improve their quality of life which includes their ability to locate employment, hold employment and thrive independently.

    There’s always something happening at Fishermen’s Village, and shopping hours in January are 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 12 Noon to 6pm Sunday.  Restaurants are open later too!  Click on our January 2018 Calendar for event details.

    Community Resource Network of Florida, Inc. has a Life Skills Development Program at 525 Bowman Terrace, Port Charlotte. This program serves adults in our community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Some of the programs offered are, Culinary Arts, Work Skills, Business Training and Self Advocacy. On December 15th, from 11:00am -1:30pm, the Individuals served by CRN will be having a Christmas Bazaar to sell some of the products they have been creating. Products include Hand-Crafted Candles, Coasters, Body Lotion, Soaps, Sugar Scrubs & Dog Biscuits.

    The Mid-County Regional Library presents Cooking It Up with Chef Warren. Join award-winning cookbook author and celebrity chef Warren Caterson for great cooking demonstrations at the Mid-County Regional Library. These programs are free and open to the public. Floridian Cuisine Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m.; Celtic Cuisine, Monday, March 12 at 5 p.m. For information contact Bill MacDonald at 941-613-3192, or Bill.MacDonald@CharlotteCountyFL.gov

    Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting three Charlotte State Bank & Trust offices this season, and children and families are invited to come in for free photos before the Jolly Old Elf heads north for his big night. The couple will at the bank on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Murdock office on Dec. 8 and the North Port office on Dec. 15. Treats will be provided for the kids.

    King Fisher Fleet is celebrating New Year’s Eve with an evening cruise to watch the Fishermen’s Village fireworks display.  This special cruise will depart at 11:00 p.m. on, Sunday, December 31. After the fireworks, the boat will return to the dock at approximately 12:30 a.m. The ticket includes party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets cost $70+tax and reservations are required. For more information about this special cruise, or to make reservations, please call (941) 639-0969 or visit kingfisherfleet.com/specials.

    Charlotte State Bank & Trust Vice President Christine Hause is holding her free “Do You Know?” seminars from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. this week at the bank’s Murdock office, 1100 Tamiami Trail. “Do you know how and when power of attorney is used?” is on Tuesday, followed on Wednesday by “Do you know how investment costs and risks are calculated?” and on Thursday by “Do you know how your estate can avoid probate?” For answers from a Trust Officer’s perspective, reserve at any bank office or contact Francine Wargo at 941-624-1944 or fwargo@csbtfl.com.

    Saturday, January 13th 2018 Heron Creek Golf & Country Club will be hosting the NPHS NJROTC Future Defenders of Our Freedom Charity Golf Event. The event will be held at 5301 Heron Creek Blvd, North Port Heron Creek Golf and Country Club.  Sponsorship and other information, contact christopher@heron-creek.com

    The Military Heritage Museum will induct Roger E. Tetrault, Capt. (Ret), US Navy Reserve, into the Wall of Warriors on Feb. 28 at Twin issue Yacht Club. Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 941-769-5319.

    Key events at Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association; call 941-637-1655 or go PGICA.org for more information. Sandwich Seminar: Tuesday, December 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteering = Better Health. Come enjoy a holiday luncheon and learn how staying active through volunteering can keep you healthier longer. RSVP is needed; provided by Bayfront Health. Classes on oil painting, jewelry making, fishing, language, guitar, dance, choir, basket weaving. Call for dates and times or go to the website at PGICA.org.

    The Charlotte Chorale is proud to introduce its new accompanist, Mr. Adam Patrick Moore. Moore earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Ministry from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois.  He has an extensive resume from his career as a solo pianist with orchestras and jazz bands, accompanist with performance choirs and recording artists, music educator, musical director for stage musicals, and more.  He will debut with The Charlotte Chorale at their December 9 concert:  “It’s Christmas!” at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda at 4:00PM. For tickets, please call:  941-204-0033

    Daily Viewing of more than one million lights and holiday themed decorations during Fishermen’s Village Festival of Lights, now through December 31st!
    Extended holiday hours of 10 am-8 pm Mon-Sat, 12 Noon-6 pm Sunday!  New Year’s Eve Celebration begins at 5 pm with family friendly free festivities including a Fireworks Display at 12 midnight presented by Keesling Construction and Tow Boat US!  Best viewing for fireworks display is from the west dock at Fishermen’s Village.  Thank  you for shopping locally this holiday season!

    Jesus Loves You Ministry, Mobile Outreach to the Homeless, announces: First Annual Christmas Fundraiser Dinner, Friday, December 15th at First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda “Life Center” 507 West Marion.  Door opens at 5:30 with Dinner at 6:30. Buffet style with desert served at the table.  The evening promises be a fun-filled night with auction items, door prizes and Christmas carols,  To purchase your tickets call Leslie 941-661-8117.

    Bayfront Health announced that the Pantyhose-Free Zone Women’s Expo will be held Saturday, February 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Cultural Center. This will be a great day to reconnect during a day of shopping, demonstrations, pampering, makeovers, educational opportunities and giveaways.  Admission is free with over 100 professionals specializing in the areas of fashion and beauty, health and fitness, finance, travel, education, art and more.  If you are interested in showcasing your products and services as a vendor, please call 941-637-2534, or email bevin.gallo@bayfronthealth.com

    King Fisher Fleet at Fishermen’s Village is accepting reservations for Christmas Light Canal Cruises. These family-oriented cruises tour residential canals to view Christmas lights, displays, and decorations on homes, boats, seawalls and docks. Canal Cruises run every evening from December 2nd to December 31st with three departures each night: 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. and each cruise lasts one hour.  Reservations are a must! Private boat Christmas Light Canal Cruises are available for up to 6 passengers.  For reservations or more information, call (941) 639-0969, or visit http://www.kingfisherfleet.com/cruises-christmas.

    Gregg’s Automotive’s Christmas Light Tour fundraiser for Relay for Life is Tuesday, December 12 at 7 p.m.   The tour will depart the Herald Court Parking Garage and last about 2-1/2 hours.  Christmas trivia and carols as you tour the community, $20 pp or $35 per couple.  Reservations at 639-3730 or greenhibiscustransport@gmail.com.

    Please join us at T.T.’s Tiki Bar on the waterfront of the Four Points by Sheraton.  We are taking reservations for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s, so please call Stacy at 941-637-6770 for details!

    Join us for some holiday fun where there will be lights, games, and crafts all while listening to holiday music. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to visit, so bring your camera for lots of seasonal photo opportunities. This free event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tringali Park Community Center, 3460 N. Access Rd. in Englewood. For information contact Padmini Sooknanan, recreation specialist, Charlotte Community Services at 941-681-3742, or Padmini.Sooknanan@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

    Green Hibiscus Christmas Light Tour’s beginning December 13 through December 21.  Join us for a Christmas Light Tour of Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, tours will depart from Herald Court parking Garage and last approximately 2 ½ hours.  Enjoy Christmas Trivia and Christmas Carols, $20pp or $35per couple. Seating is limited call to reserve your seats 941-639-3720.

    Chamber Member News

    Visit http://careersourcesouthwestflorida.com/ we have an Employers Tab Hire Top Talent | CareerSource Southwest Florida that list a variety of services.  Under the Grow Your Team (http://careersourcesouthwestflorida.com/grow-your-team-2/) has Customized Training, On-the-Job Training (OJT), Internships and Quick Response Training (QRT) information available.  We also can provide Tuition assistance for occupational skills upgrade Job Seekers Educational Opportunities | CareerSource Southwest Florida.   Funding assistance could be up to $6500.00 for a Diploma/Certificate, $8,000.00 for an Associate’s Degree or $10,000.00 for a Bachelors.  Robin Roleson CareerSource Southwest Florida, 3745Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, 941-235-5900 x 3252.

    CeJay Associates, LLC website spotlight is www.seagrapegallery.com  – A refreshed, mobile friendly look for the Sea Grape Gallery. Updates are easy and new articles are automatically shared with Facebook and Google+. Let CeJay Associates update your online presence with an easy-to-manage WordPress site. We can also manage your social media, newsletters, branding and business graphics.  Together, we can make your Internet marketing strategy WORK for you, taking your business or organization to the next level of success! Contact CeJay Associates at 941-204-0007 * www.CeJayAssoc.com * Design@CeJay.com

    Looking for a Christmas gift for somebody that is hard to buy for? Murdock Stones Etc. has just received their annual lawn ornament shipment.  Check them out at 7621 Sawyer Circle (off Gasparilla Rd. / 771… look for the World’s Largest Mailbox) or at 590 Prineville St in Port Charlotte by the Sun Flea Market. We have a great variety of mulch, boulders, stones, shell, stepping stones, pavers, & more! We offer discounts on bulk products to Charlotte County Chamber members. www.murdockstonesetc.com

    Save the date:  Pedal and Play in Paradise, March 9 & 10, 2018, A Cycling Celebration in Punta Gorda, pedalandplayinparadise.comTEAM Punta Gorda.

    The Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association will present the 2018 SWFL Parade of HomesTM from March 3 through the 11 and area home builders can register now to take part.  Builders and sponsors interested in participation information should contact the CDBIA at (941) 625-0804. The Deadline to enter is January 15.  A reduced entry fee is being offered to builders who enter before November 30.

    Save the date:  Wed., Jan. 17 Drug Free Punta Gorda Prevention Luncheon, Isles Yacht Club, with nationally acclaimed speaker, Ray Lozano.  Information, please call Monica Babcock, 941-740-4358.

    Did you know that you could save up to $9,600 for every employee you hire? There are billions in tax credits that many small and medium-sized companies are not aware that they qualify for. It has always been a tedious process to get these credits until now. Please click the link below to find out how much your business could save. It could mean tens of thousands for some, and would make for a nice Christmas gift. https://gmg.me/225634, Alan T. Lane, GMG, 804-334-7922

    J.D.’s Bistro and Grille will be open on Christmas Eve for Brunch!  Please be on the lookout next week for details!!!  New Year’s Eve is getting close and we have big and exciting plans to Jazz up your New Year!    Enjoy the Musical Styling of Mickey and his band while you savor the delectable delicacies prepared by Chef Cortes and toast the New Year. JDNEWYEARS Make your reservations now while seating is available. E JD’s Bistro & Grill, 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948 call (941) 255-0994.

    A great socking suffer idea, or treat yourself to the 10th Annual Hands Across the Harbor Half Marathon and 5K on January 27th where you can run, walk, ride or roll over the Gilchrist Bridge. All events kick off in Bayshore Live Oak Park along the beautiful Charlotte Harbor. The half marathon course extends to Ponce De Leon Park.  Registration includes door prizes, family friendly entertainment, a long-sleeved tech shirt and complimentary breakfast for all participants on their return to Bayshore Live Oak Park. For information and to register:  www.HandsAcrosstheHarbor.org

    Looking for a Christmas gift for somebody that is hard to buy for? Murdock Stones Etc. has just received their annual lawn ornament shipment.  Check them out at 7621 Sawyer Circle (off Gasparilla Rd. / 771… look for the World’s Largest Mailbox) or at 590 Prineville St in Port Charlotte by the Sun Flea Market. We have a great variety of mulch, boulders, stones, shell, stepping stones, pavers, & more! We offer discounts on bulk products to Charlotte County Chamber members. www.murdockstonesetc.com

    Suncoast Humane Society  Meet Gigi, a 2 1/2 yr. old Pit Bull/Ridgeback Mix weighing 72 lbs. with a mostly white coat with brown patches and floppy ears. Gigi is a people dog who loves the company of kids. She does not want to share a home with other animals. And share she will, including a bed if she’s allowed. Gigi loves her belly rubs. She’s not a big fan of water however. We recommend a healthy diet and frequent walks on a short lead for Gigi. She needs to trim down a bit. http://www.petango.com/Adopt/Dog-Terrier-American-Pit-Bull-30723433

    Do you require background checks on job applicants?  If so, do you check SNNs, DOBs, prior addresses and, most importantly, ‘Federal’ criminal records, along with the state-based criminal records you’re checking?  Convictions for Federal crimes are not included in state criminal records … and embezzlement, forgery, money-laudering, credit card fraud, drug-trafficking, healthcare fraud, crimes against children, and many others, are prosecuted at the Federal level.  Be sure to check Federal criminal records!  *** For the best FCRA-compliant screening services, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks!  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net

    Charlotte County Pride, Inc hosts the annual event Charlotte County Pride Fest at Laishley Park on January 20, 2018. This year the event will host Steven Andrade as Cher, Spikey Van Dykey, the Cheaters, Elysian Sex Drive and others. This event is for the entire family and free, all we ask is a donation at the gate. Chaps will be collecting hygiene products. Bring your chairs, leave your coolers and pets at home and come enjoy the afternoon. Vendor booths will be selling food and more. For more information visit http://www.charlottecountypridefl.org or call 941-204-3505.

    The Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham and the La Quinta Inn & Suites are official drop off locations for the Charlotte County Marines Toys for Tots program. Please consider dropping off a new, unwrapped toy to either hotel location to be distributed to children in need this Christmas season. Drop off locations: 4056 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, FL 33948 or 812 Kings Hwy Port Charlotte.

    C.A.R.E. is busy making holiday plans for the victims, survivors, and their families who have sought shelter or are receiving services from our agency. We depend on our very generous Charlotte County community donors to help us provide a fun-filled and bountiful holiday season for our families.  If you want to be a Santa-behind-the-scenes, please contact Jamie Hufford at 941-639-5499 to let her know what gift commitment you will be making to benefit our C.A.R.E. families.

    Charlotte State Bank & Trust is again serving as a collection point for holiday donations to help brighten the season for area children in need. Customers and visitors are invited to select one or more of the “wish list” cards displayed at bank offices, purchase appropriate gifts for the children, then return the unwrapped gifts and wish lists to the bank. Florida Guardian ad Litem lists are available at the Murdock, North Port, Parkside and Peachland offices, while Salvation Army lists are at the Charlotte Harbor and Punta Gorda offices.

    Rays spring training at Charlotte Sports Park will begin on Friday, February 23 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The full home schedule is available now at www.raysbaseball.com/spring. Place a deposit now to reserve your priority for the best seating locations. Season tickets start at just $258 and provide access to the best seats at the best prices, and other great benefits. Visit raysbaseball.com/spring or call 888-FAN-RAYS. Single Game Tickets go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10 a.m. at raysbaseball.com/spring, and at the Charlotte Sports Park box office on Saturday, January 13 at 10 a.m.

    Kays Ponger & Uselton and Lemon Bay Funeral Homes and Cremation Services and Gulf Pines Memorial Park have teamed up with Toys for Tots to bring hope to disadvantaged children.   Please drop off new, unwrapped toys to one of our locations by December 10th 2017.  2405 Harbor Blvd. Port Charlotte / 635 E. Marion Ave. Punta Gorda / 1935 S. Tamiami Trail Venice / 2 Buchans Landing Englewood / 2401 Englewood Rd. Englewood.  For more information please visit our website www.kays-ponger.com or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/kaysponger

    Heron Creek Golf & Country Club invites you to take advantage of our Practice Facility Membership Special. These special offers make wonderful Holiday Gifts! Hurry, offer ends soon. Call Richelle at 941-240-5100

    The Nav-A-Gator Grill & Marina Christmas Lights Canal Cruises start December 2. This year we are offering a 2 for 1 special for groups and clubs and your group would also receive a sunset cruise during January 2018 at no additional charge. The tour boat can seat 30 people and you may bring your own beverages. The boat departs at 5:30 and 7:30 nightly from Laishley Marina and travels through the decorated canals of Punta Gorda Isles, returning at approximately 7pm and 9pm.  Advanced reservations are required. Call 941-627-3474.

    The Gilded Grape Winery and Wine Bar is making our venue available on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings to members to Host private meetings and functions, after 5pm week days, Deposit to Hold.   Call Paul Malcolm at 941-235-9463 to discuss.

    New Kids on the Block

    Help us welcome Sheena Ogden Booze (941) 639-7700 shb@edgewatergrpllc.com, the new Catering Manager at The Wyvern Hotel!  “Our property was recently renovated. We have our 88 Keys Restaurant & Bar, Peach 360 Rooftop venue and our River Room for special or private meetings and events.  With a new Management Team & Executive Chef, we continue to offer exceptional food and service. Hopefully you will join me for a tour of our beautiful hotel when convenient for you. I hope to have the privilege to work with you.”


    Bayfront Health Port Charlotte today announced that it is the first hospital in Charlotte County to offer a wireless, pill-sized pacemaker to correct heart rhythm for patients with bradycardia. The new heart device, approved for Medicare reimbursement, provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. The first procedure at the Southwest Florida Heart Center – located on the campus of Bayfront Health Port Charlotte – was performed November 3, 2017 and a second on November 16, 2017, both by Jeffrey Brumfield, M.D.

    Job Spot

    Harborwalk Scoops & Bites at Laishley Park is looking for a manager. The ideal candidate will be hard working, strong, energetic, have excellent customer service skills, be reliable and available to work weekdays & weekends. A big plus would be some experience with social media and although previous supervisory experience would be helpful it is not a requirement. Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Please send us your resume to icecream@scoopsandbites.com

    Just for fun

    Need a break from shopping – here are some things to do:

    Race a display bike (preferably small and pink) down a busy aisle at maximum speed while yelling “No Brakes!”

    Look at the jewelry. No, that’s it. Just go to the jewelry section. It’s hilarious!

    Fill an entire shopping cart with only rash cream.

    Introduce yourself to at least 5 strangers, then have their names called on the loud-speaker at customer service.

    Lay on the display furniture while covering yourself with a blanket and eating Doritos.

    Get a full workout in the sporting goods section. This is preferably done with short shorts and a sweaty headband.

    Hug the “greeter” upon entering and leaving the store.

    Make up nonsense products and ask employees if there are any in stock. (i.e.: Shnerples)

    Move “Caution: Wet Floor” signs to carpeted areas.

    Try to purchase a lawnmower in the self check-out line. The funny part is when the automated voice says “Please place the item on the conveyor belt.”

    Set up a tent in the camping department; tell others you will only invite them in if they bring pillows from Bed and Bath.

    Hide in a clothing rack and when people browse through, say “PICK ME! PICK ME!”

    Walk up to complete strangers and say, “Hi. I haven’t seen you in so long.” etc. See if they play along. 

    Walk up to an employee and tell him/her in an official tone, ‘Code 3’ in Housewares and see what happens


    Do you have exciting information about YOUR business?  Send it to the Chamber and we’ll share it with our other members! Email news about your business to Julie Mathis at jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org.  Please keep it to 90 words or fewer. We reserve the right to publish as well as edit any posting. BOL goes out weekly on Mondays; please email your news by the preceding Friday. 

    Julie Mathis
    Executive Director
    Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
    311 West Retta Esplanade
    Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

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