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    Business OnLine – December 4, 2017

    December 4, 2017

    From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

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    Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 92 years
    December 4, 2017

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    Thurs., Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m., Christmas Tree Lighting, County Administration building.  The tree is to the left of the Administration building, facing US 41, across from Applebee’s.  Join us for caroling and cookies.

    Sat., Dec. 9, 39th Annual Christmas Parade.  We step off at noon from Charlotte Performing Arts Center, north on Taylor and disband at the Event Center.  Judges’ stand at Centennial Bank.

    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

    Help us celebrate the holiday season at the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce’s 39th Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 9.   Our theme this year is Holiday Happiness.  The parade will step off at noon from the Charlotte Performing Arts Center 701 Carmalita Street in Punta Gorda, travel up Taylor Road to the Event Center parking lot for disbanding.  The Judging area is in front of Centennial Bank.  Print and return the Parade Flier 2017 – Holiday Happiness  and sign up your business, club, or non-profit group or pay and register through the Chamber Store.

    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, 1700 Tamiami Tr., Unit G2, Port Charlotte, FL, for more information call us 941.743.1900.

    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):

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

    New Members

    Cara Reynolds for School Board District 1, 1052 Harbour Way Place, PG 33983
    Ph: 941-313-0657 www.reynoldsforschoolboard.com carareynolds@gmail.com

    Dream Vacations, 6162 Beedla St., NP  34291
    Robin Carmichael, Ph: 941-222-0646
    www.bucketlistbuster.com  r.carmichael@dreamvacations.com
    Sponsor: Jeff Tamas, Modern Woodman of America

    Heritage Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care, 7374 San Casa, Englewood 34224
    Chris Snider, Kim Epcards, Ph: 941-698-2600
    www.heritageoaksliving.com  marketing@heritageoaksliving.com

    Chamber Member Events

    Mark your calendars for the Charlotte County Young Professionals 2nd Annual Holiday Market on Saturday, December 9th at the Burg’r Bar from 9 – 3 PM! Come check off items from your Christmas List and support local small business owners and young professionals this holiday season! And while you are at the Burg’r Bar, enjoy some delicious breakfast or a savory lunch!

    On December 7th Port Charlotte SCORE will present the seminar “Angel Investment 101.” Learn how to find an angel investor, understand what they are looking for and how to make your pitch. Learn how to apply to pitch in the April 2018 SW FL Venture Capital Pitch and potentially win an equity investment. The seminar will be held December 7, 2017 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the BMO Bank Building, 1777 Tamiami Trail, Suite 402, Port Charlotte. Please register, at Portcharlotte.score.org/ and select Helping Entrepreneurs, Dec 7.

     The Charlotte County Chamber’s Port Charlotte location is a drop off point for the Herald-Tribune’s Shoeboxes for Seniors.  They are looking for small personal items such as calendars, socks, toiletries etc. in a wrapped but not sealed shoebox that will be delivered to residents in a local nursing home.  Indicate on your shoebox if it is for a man or woman and bring them to our office on or before December 10th.  For questions about the program contact Stephanie Daniel at the Herald-Tribune Media Group stephanie.daniel@heraldtribune.com

    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.

    One Blood will be holding a community blood drive on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte.   All donors receive a voucher for a free movie ticket, a free Zaxby’s Nibbler coupon and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening. ID is required at donation time. You can make an appointment online at www.oneblooddonor.org and use sponsor code #37945. For more information, visit oneblood.org or call 1-888-9 DONATE (1-888-936-6283.)

    The United Way of Charlotte County is looking for volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  It’s not accounting, not tax lax…simply service.  The software (a partnership between Tax-Slayer and the IRS) does all of the heavy lifting. Over 85% of our volunteers have had no prior experience in tax prep!  We have an informal event scheduled for December 5th to talk about the program, its impacts and process. Join us from 6 to 8 pm at the Olive Garden in Port Charlotte to learn how you can help.  Please RSVP to 941-627-3539, admin@unitedwayccfl.org

    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.

    Tiki Tom Entertainer along with featured vocalist LAD Daniels. Appearing tonight  at Fishermen’s Village from 5-8 PM. Also appearing at Perch 360 high atop The Wyvern Hotel Wednesday night 6-9 PM and Special Saturday Night Holiday Show at Fishermen’s Village 5-9pm. Let us entertain you! Hawaiitom@me.com tikitomrocks.com

    Nav-A-Gator Happenings – Live music – December 9 – Saturday, Paul Roush 2-5pm; December 10 – Sunday, Five & Dime Boys 2-5pm. Cover charge canned goods and nonperishable food items that are donated to a local food bank. Our Christmas Lights Canal Cruises starts December 2, for individuals and groups.  The tour boat can seat 30 people comfortably. The boat departs at 6:00 and 8:00, nightly, from Laishley Marina in Punta Gorda and travels through many of the decorated canals of Punta Gorda Isles, returning at approximately 7:30pm and 9:30pm.   For more information call 941-627-3474.

    Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar, 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte events December 6:  Jeannie Smyth – Karaoke   7 – 10pm; December 8:  Sandy Forbes – Vocalist   7 to 10pm; December 9:  Tom Lloyd – Karaoke   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.

    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.

    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. Stress Free Holiday Cooking, Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m.; 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

    On Tuesday Dec. 5 from 7-8 Rabbi Agin is providing a special program on the meaning and traditions of Hanukah. Rabbi Agin is providing an Introduction to Judaism class every Tuesday from 7-8 for the next few months.   It is open to the community and all with an interest are encouraged to attend.  This is complimentary for everyone. On Sunday Dec 17th, Temple Shalom is hosting a community outdoor Menorah lighting and Hanukah celebration with all the wonderful traditional foods.    The entire community is invited to join us.

    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., starting at the Peachland office on Dec. 1, followed by 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 a trio of free seminars this month to answer estate and investment planning questions from a Trust Officer’s perspective. The series starts this week at the North Port office with “Do you know how and when power of attorney is used?” 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?” Reserve at any bank office or contact Francine Wargo at 941-624-1944 or fwargo@csbtfl.com.

    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!

    Join Florida Master Naturalist, Kate Borduas, at 10 AM on Wednesday, December 6 as she discusses, “The Florida Scrub Jay: Bird in Peril” and learn what you can do about protecting it at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Pt. Charlotte. Call 941-475-0769 for further information and/or directions to this free program, coordinated by the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center.

    Come make new friends and enjoy the holiday festivities including Christmas lights and decorations, music, games, activities, and visit with Santa Claus. This free event will be held Saturday Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Port Charlotte Beach Recreation Center. An early session is offered from 4 to 5 p.m. for children who move, learn, communicate or behave differently and their families who may benefit from a quieter atmosphere. Free parking and admission.  For information contact Marc Solomon at 941-627-1628, ext. 103 or marc.solomon@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

    On the 130th anniversary of the City, to salute the Founders of Punta Gorda and those who followed in making Punta Gorda a continually better community, Punta Gorda Founders’ Week will be celebrated December 1 through December 7 with lots of fun and educational events that encompass both historic and holiday themes.  Visit www.puntagordafoundersweek.com for a complete schedule of events. 

    The Phantoms of the Orchestra, a volunteer group which supports the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, is holding its Composer’s Luncheon of this concert season on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm at the Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan Street, and is open to the public. The luncheon program will be a Holiday Sing-A-Long. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Symphony Office at 941-205-5996 by noon on Tuesday, December 5th.

    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.

    PicklePlex of Punta Gorda at Florida Southwestern State College invites you to the Pickleball VIP Open House on Wed., December 6 from 6 to 8 pm at South County Regional Park, main gyn.  Join us and learn to play.  Please wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes.  Questions, email info@pickleplex.org. Equipment and water provided.

    Come join us at Life Care Center of Punta Gorda on December 9th at 8:30-10:30 a.m. for Breakfast With Santa Flyer and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as holiday crafts and a gingerbread house contest!  (Please design and complete your gingerbread house at home and bring it in for judging.)  Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 5th to 639-8771.  We are located at 450 Shreve St. in Punta Gorda.

    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

    Key events at Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association; call 941-637-1655 or go PGICA.org for more information. Beyond Punta Gorda: Tuesday, December 5, 7 to 9 p.m. Nancy Johnson will share the 34-day trip to Scandinavia and Iceland she and her husband Steve took this past summer. Hear about Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. No charge. Don’t forget to check out PGICA for classes in painting, fishing, exercise, dance and much more. Watch the PGICA.org calendar for the activity that interests you.

    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.  Wednesday, we have Captain Rick, Thursday we have Score Duo both from 5-8PM.  Friday, we have the popular Kollections from 7-11PM.  Saturday night is last concert series called Kixmas!  We have a Beatles Tribute band playing and ask everyone to bring an unwrapped toy that will go to a wonderful charity called Heroes Unmasked.  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

    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.

    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

    Suncoast Humane Society, Meet Taio, a 7 yr. old Domestic Shorthair weighing 14 lbs. She has a coat of both torti & calico coloring and bright golden eyes.  She has happily lived with another cat and both large & small breed dogs. Taio is comfortable around children who are respectful rather than rowdy. She is free roaming in our Cattery and is friendly & outgoing towards visitors. In her new home Taio will be happy to share her owner’s bed.  http://www.petango.com/Adopt/Cat-Domestic-Shorthair-36042584

    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

    FCRA-Compliant Nationwide Criminal Quik-Chek-Just $38.   Verify SSN (identity check);  verify prior addresses (identity double-check and target records);  check state-based criminal records nationwide;  check federally-based criminal records in all 94 federal criminal districts;  and, check sex offender registration nationwide.  Property managers can add a statewide eviction check for $8 additional and/or a personal credit report with credit score for $16 additional.  *** For the best employment and tenancy screening, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks!  941-488-8500; 800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net .  24 years of service to Florida employers, landlords, and governmental entities. 

    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.

    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

    Punta Gorda CPA office in search of full time administrative assistant.  Must be accurate, computer savvy, have good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, ability to multi-task effectively, and answer multi-line telephone. Canine friendly. Smoke Free Workplace.  Email resume to rex@kochcpas.com

    Just for fun

    A company, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.

    On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall and idly picking his teeth. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy,

    “How much money do you make a week?”

    A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, “I make a little over $400 dollars a week, why?

    The CEO said, “Wait right here.”

    He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and said, “Here’s four weeks’ pay. Now GET OUT and don’t come back.”

    Feeling pretty good about himself the CEO looked around the room and asked,

    “Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?”

    From across the room a voice said, “Sure – he was the Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s and was just waiting to collect the money!”


    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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