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    Business OnLine – January 15, 2018

    January 15, 2018

    From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

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

    Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 92 years

    January 15, 2018 

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    Wed., Jan.17, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., Third Wednesday Coffee, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.  Program:  Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik Sponsor: Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory 

    Thurs. Jan. 25. 5 to 7 p.m., Business Card Exchange, BankUnited, 4265 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 

    General Information

    Nine booth spaces are available for thee Expo2018. 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

    The Gulf Coast Partnership, in collaboration with the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and Charlotte County Office of Economic Development, is seeking your input to identify leaders in our community to be honored at the 2018 Community Leader Breakfast on February 23, 2018.  We are looking to identify employers and educational institutions who enrich the lives of low income people in Charlotte County through employment and supported employment programs such as work training, internships and apprenticeships, so they can join the local workforce.  Please take a few moments to complete three-question survey below:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7XDHN27.  If you have any questions or need assistance email angela.hogan@gulfcoastpartnership.org

    We are selling tickets to the Share the Love for the Kids Home Tour on Feb. 3 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Stop by ether office and purchase the $25 ticket ($30 at the door).  Sponsored by the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association’s Beyond Ourselves.

    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

    New Members:

    Judy Lynch Photography, 6525 Florida St., PG 33950
    Judy Lynch, Ph: 941-457-2646
    www.judylynchphotography.com  judy@judylynchphotography.com                

    Entrust Payroll Solutions, Inc.
    13213 Highland Chase Pl., FM  33913, 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., #371, FM  33907
    Steve Kowalski, Ph: 239-292-3365
    www.entrustpayrollsolutions.com   skowalski@entrustpayroll.com
    Sponsor: Paul Versnik, Unity Medical       

    LaFiorentina, LLC, 10361 Tamiami Trail, PG 33950
    Joe LeClair, Sue Randall, Ph: 941-639-6500
    www.thefiorentina.com   info@thefioretina.com

    Village Fish Market & Restaurant, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, PG 33950
    Jennifer Evans, Sue Randall, Ph: 941-639-7959
    www.village-fish-market.com  admin@village-fish-market.com  

    Kari Creekmore, Re/Max Palm Realty, 24001 Peachland Blvd., PC 33954
    Ph: 941-301-9131

    Ocean Air Conditioning of SW Florida, Inc., 4145 Whidden Blvd., #12, PC 33980-8411
    Jack Spielman, 941-625-8900
    www.oceanairfl.com   oceanair@ocean4145.net

    BNI Southwest Florida, 7282 55th Avenue East, #220, Bradenton  34203
    Andrea Stough, www.bniswfl.com andrea@bniswfl.com
    Sponsor: Patti Guerzo, Guerzo Business Consulting

    Finance of America Mortgage, LLC, 24001 Peachland Blvd., #3, PC 33954
    Jacqualine Wolcott, Ph: 863-990-6646
    Jwolcotthomeloans.com  jwolcott@financeofamerica.com

    Rossini Trattoria Gastronomica, 18101 Murdock Circle, PC 33948
    Maurice LoMonaco, Ph: 941-766-6111
    www.rossinitrattorias.com  info@rossinitrattoria.com

    Chamber Member Events

    The 10th Annual Hands Across the Harbor Half Marathon and 5K is 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.

    The Punta Gorda Airport will be presenting its Master Plan Update on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in Myakka River Room at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda. The public is invited to learn more about upcoming capital improvements proposed over the next 20 years. The draft Master Plan Update and Executive Summary reports are available for review on the airport’s website at  www.flypgd.com/masterplan/.

    Edgewater Events LLC invites you to Hops & Horns, a soulful blend of bands and beer on Sat., Feb. 10 from 1 to 8 p.m. at City Marketplace, PG.  Admission is $10 and includes 10 free craft beer or boutique wine samples.  Music by Reverend Barry & the Funk, the Black Honkeys, The Boogiemen and Mama’s Batch.  For information and reservations, please visit www.edgewatereventsllc.com. 

    Charlotte County Pride returns on January 20, 2018 at Laishley Park from 12 noon to 6pm. The Pride Fest is featuring Cher impersonator Steven Andrade, Spikey Van Dykey, The Cheaters, Elysian Sex Drive, Alyssa Lemay, Drag Clyo and more. We will be collecting hygiene products for Chaps. No admission, however donations are accepted. Volunteers are needed. Please contact John Lee volunteer@charlottecountypridefl.org. Sponsorships and Vendor opportunities are still available. Please check out The Homeless Coalition Booth for my information on local programs. Contact Alison Barone @ 941-627-4313 ext. 134 or by email @alison.barone@cchomelesscoalition.org for more information.

    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/.  

    Charlotte Players would like to reward the members of the Charlotte County Chamber “Noises Off” opens at the Cultural Center with performances on January 19th, 20th, 21st, 25th and 26th. Director Gary Obeldoble presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors attempt to put on a play called “Nothing On.” Tickets are normally $20 for this performance, but if you mention you are a Charlotte County Chamber Member when ordering your tickets, you can get 50% off each ticket! Call now at  941-255-1022 and take advantage of this wonderful offer.

    Who doesn’t love a good food truck rally?! Awesome trucks headed our way for a day of music, motorsports and food!!!! Destination Powersports March Food Truck Rally  on March 24 from 11-3 pm. There will be a variety of Food Trucks featured, so there will definitely be something for everyone. Local band “The Kollections” will be here for the live entertainment. Bring out the whole family! Food, Raffles, Live Music, and Fun!!  Mark your calendars!!  Join us at Destination Powersports, 1110 Tamiami Trail Punta Gorda.

    You are invited To A Gala Art Auction Hosted by Temple Shalom and The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic on Saturday Evening, February 10, 2018 at Kingsway Country Club, Lake Suzy.  Preview:   6:00 p.m.  ~ Silent Auction ~  Live Auction: 7:15 p.m.  Admission: $36.00 per person ~ $65.00 per couple  Door Prize ~ Complimentary Hors d ’Oeuvres, Wine and Beer ~ Cash Bar.  For Tickets or Information, order on line www.templeshalomfl.com or RSVP to:  Jeanette Burke  2481 Cologne Lane, Punta Gorda, FL  33983 or text Carol 941-626-3890

    Join Team Punta Gorda for its annual meeting Jan. 30 and hear what developments are in store for the city from two key community leaders, City Manager Howard Kunik and civil engineer Todd Rebol. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street.  Light refreshments at 6:30.  Program begins at 7. TEAM CEO Nancy Johnson will preside, highlighting the civic organization’s achievements in 2017. She also will introduce Punta Gorda’s new police chief Pamela Davis.

    View the Plein Air Exhibit, the Instructor Showcase and All Boxed Up, on display this month at the Visual Arts Center. Come to the Wine & Cheese reception for new exhibits Jan. 18 at 5pm. Spice up your midweek with a Wine & Painting Social, Wednesday nights at 6pm. Sessions start with a glass of wine and end with your very own work of art – fun for groups and date nights! To view the class schedule, visit www.visualartcenter.org. Located across from Fishermen’s Village @ 210 Maud St, Punta Gorda. Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 9-4 & Sat, 10-2.

    Charlotte State Bank & Trust Vice President Christine Hause is holding her free “Do You Know?” seminars this week at the bank’s Murdock office, 1100 Tamiami Trail. Held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the seminars start on Tuesday with “Do you know who best to care for you and your estate?” followed by “Do you know how interest rate increases will affect your portfolio?” on Wednesday and “Do you know the difference between corporate and individual trustees?” on Thursday. RSVP with Francine Wargo at 941-624-1944 or fwargo@csbtfl.com.

    Six time Grammy nominated folk singer John McCutcheon in concert February 10, 2018 – 7:00 pm at the Riverwood Community Center –  4250 Riverwood Drive, Port Charlotte.  The concert is a fundraising event for the Murdock Rotary Club (a 501c3 organization).  Tickets are on sale now, call 941-624-2353 or email halliepowers@msn.com.   Reserved seating $35, general seating $25.  A cash bar will be available.  Proceeds will primarily be used to benefit children in Charlotte County through scholarships, dictionary program for third grades and prevent drowning programs.

    Folk Music Concert February 10, 2018 – 7:00 pm at the Riverwood Community Center –  4250 Riverwood Drive, Port Charlotte.  John McCutcheon, six time Grammy nominated folk singer will perform in a fundraising concert presented by the Murdock Rotary Club (a 501c3 organization).  Proceeds will primarily be used to benefit children in Charlotte County through scholarships, dictionary program for third graders and prevent drowning programs..  Tickets on sale now. Call 941-624-2353 or email halliepowers@msn.com.   Reserved seating $35, general seating $25.  A cash bar will be available

    Higher Ground Performing Arts will be presenting an Urban Dance Experience!!! A Hip Hop Dance Workshop with 3 hours of non-stop, high energy, dynamic and elevating choreography from HG’s Rolando Cabrera, Kathleen Candales and Katrina Candales, will take place Friday, January 26 from 5:30-8:30pm. All Levels. Ages 10 and up. Only $35 for all 3 classes. Single class $15. Observers $10.  Community Life Center, 19048 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte. Sponsored by Community Life Center Youth Association. Snacks will be sold. Registration starts @ 4:45pm. To register or for more information visit http://highergroundperformingarts.net/events-tickets

    Gator Wilderness Camp Banquet, Thursday, February 22, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ The Turner Center, Arcadia. Sponsor a Table of 8 for $350. Short program from our boys and testimonies from campers’ parents. Contact Gator Camp for more details and to reserve a table, 941-639-7722 or gatorcamp@gmail.com

    Business and Professional Women of Charlotte County is hosting the 2nd Annual Fashion Show on Saturday January 20, at Visani’s Comedy Club from 12 – 3:00.  Tickets are $35 each and includes lunch, the fashion show, a silent auction and raffle.  Tickets can be purchased at bpwccfl.org, via email bpwccfl@gmail.com or call Holly 941-205-2714. Guest models include Sheriff Bill Prummel and CCSO deputies strutting their stuff.  Last year BPW raised over $6500 and distributed every dime in scholarship funds to women entering college for the first time or returning to post-secondary education.  

    A seminar for Nonprofit Administrators & Board Members will be offered by the Charlotte Community Foundation on Thursday, January 25, from 11:30-1:00 at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club ~ presented by National Motivational Speaker, Shane Westhoelter.  The topics are: Raising Funds for Nonprofits in Non-Traditional Ways, and What’s Your Why? (Branding).  Cost for the seminar and lunch is $25.  Visit www.thecepc.com to register for this event, pay on-line and make your lunch selection.

    Join Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) at this fundraising event which includes a lecture by Dr. Craig Huegel on “The Importance of Native Plants” at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood from 5 PM to 7 PM on January 23, 2018.  Included in the $12 entrance donation ($8 for Friends of CHEC) is complimentary wine, hors d’oevres, music by Gotfried Creek as well as book signing by Dr. Huegel and a silent auction. For further information and/or reservations, phone 941.475.0769.  Space is limited.

    Happy New Year! It’s a great time to make your Valentine’s Day plans & support Crossroads Hope Academy at the same time. Our 3rd Annual Sweetheart Ball is Feb 10 at the Cultural Center in PC. Be sure to get your tickets soon at: www.thesweetheartball.com.

    An introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association. Topics include fishing techniques, tackle selection, rigging, knot tying, lures, baits, tides, and fishing regulations.  Rods, reels, lures, nets and other fishing equipment will be demonstrated.  The instructor is fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen. The course is open to the public and is held on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Wednesday, February 21. The cost is $45 and advance registration is recommended by calling 941-637-1655.

    Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar, 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. January 17, Jeannie Smyth, Karaoke, 7 to 10pm; January 19, Steve Widmeyer “One Voice, One Guitar;

    January 20, Sandy Forbes, vocalist, 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

    The 39th Powder Puff Charity Classic Golf Tournament is on February 16, 17, 18, 2018 at the Port Charlotte Golf Club.  This three-day event, Charlotte County’s largest women’s golf tournament, is recognized as one of the best amateur women’s tournaments in Florida.  All proceeds from our 2018 tournament will be donated to your local Tidewell Hospice.  We need your help with sponsorship, raffle items, goodies for 130 goodie bags and playing.  Contact Stacy Jones, SJones@kays-ponger.com.

    The 30th Anniversary CARE Ball is Jan. 27 at the Event Center.   For tickets and information, please call the Center for Rape and Abuse Emergencies at 639-5499 or visit www.501auctions.com/careball2018.

    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.

    GREAT NEWS!!!   JDs BISTRO AND GRILLE WILL HAVE NEW BUSINESS HOURS BEGINNING JANUARY 23, 2018. THE HOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS: TUESDAY-SATURDAY open 4:00 p.m. to 10 p.m., Closed Sunday & Monday.  We are pleased to be offering a long term “Early Dining PRE FIX $30LAST Three Course Menu”!  The cost will be $30.00 plus tax and gratuity. The menu will change monthly.  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  Overwhelm her or him with our  VALENTINE’S DAY package.. rose on the table, a gourmet meal and romantic music. 

    Please join Florida Gulf Coast University at the Charlotte Sports Park on Feb. 20 from 10 am to noon for a program, Building Bridges thru Baseball.  Speakers include: Dr. Martin, President of FGCU (Video); Ken Kavanagh, Director of FGCU Athletics; Dave Tollet, native son of Charlotte County, and current FGCU baseball coach; Mario Leon, captain of the FGCU baseball team; Steve Dionisio, Supt. of Charlotte County Schools and Jared Forma, Manager, Charlotte Sports Park.  There will also be a meet and greet and lunch, provided by Cheney Brothers.

    View the Plein Air Exhibit, the Instructor Showcase and All Boxed Up, on display this month at the Visual Arts Center. Spice up your midweek with a Wine & Painting Social, Wednesday nights at 6pm. Sessions start with a glass of wine and end with your very own work of art – fun for groups and date nights! A new season of classes begin the week of Jan. 8th – try painting, drawing, pottery, sculpting, jewelry, and more! To view the class schedule, visit www.visualartcenter.org. Located across from Fishermen’s Village @ 210 Maud St, Punta Gorda. Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 9-4 & Sat, 10-2.

    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.

    The Mid-County Regional Library and the Charlotte County Historical Center present The Girl in the Box: The Barbara Mackle Kidnapping on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mid-County Regional Library. Barbara Mackle, the daughter of Florida land developer Robert Mackle (who helped build Port Charlotte), was kidnapped and held captive inside a box for 83 hours in 1968. Mackle was eventually rescued. This story is told through a series of dramatic monologues with individuals portraying key figures in this kidnapping. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Bill MacDonald at 941-613-3192 or Bill.MacDonald@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

    5K / 10K Trail Run Under the Canopy, Gator Wilderness Camp School, 44930 Farabee Rd, Punta Gorda, Saturday, April 21, 8 AM. Register online by April 19, Https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/PuntaGorda/, GatorWildernessCampTrailRun.

    5D Barrel Race Event & Fundraiser, held at Reality Ranch for Gator Wilderness Camp School, April 13-14. To Pre-Register:  Call or Text Faye Mosley 863-304-1049

    Join Dancing Moon Travel at AWA Investment Advisors for brunch on Wed., Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at 21942 Edgewater Dr., Port Charlotte.  The program will feature Holland American & Seabourn Cruise Lines.  Space is limits, so call Pat at 404-735-5774 or pat@dancingmoontravel.com or Jeni Wise at 206-6200. Food, games, prizes!

    Dancing with the Charlotte Stars, the most fun fundraiser in Charlotte County, is gearing up for its March 9, 2018, event with 8 local celebrities and four dance studios. Since 2009, 52 celebrities have raised more than $243,000 at this signature event of Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County (Charlotte Arts). Proceeds support arts in education grants and other local arts and humanities programming. Go to www.DancingWithTheCharlotteStars.org/ to learn more and vote for your favorite dancer. Join the fun and support the arts and humanities in Charlotte County!

    The Phantoms of the Orchestra, a volunteer group which supports the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, is holding its monthly Composer’s Luncheon on Thursday, February 1, 2018 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 feature a presentation about some of the composers who will be on the orchestra’s programs this season followed by a piano performance of related selections. Make your reservation by calling the Symphony Office at 941-205- 5996 by noon on Tuesday, January 30th

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Chamber Member News

    Big Brothers Big Sisters launched its “100 Men in 100 Days” campaign to encourage men to become a Big Brother and volunteer with the organization. There are 200 boys waiting to be matched with a positive male role model.  We are calling all men to action! Call our toll free number, (855) 501-BIGS, meet your Little Brother and have fun.  They provide one-to-one mentoring relationships to children ages 6-18 years old with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  For more information visit: www.bbbssun.org.

    Join us at F.M. Don’s for Wine Dinner Wednesday.  Three courses, $40.  Reservations required by calling 637-8800.

    Fishermen’s Village merchants remind you—Shop Local!  Village merchants are open extended seasonal hours of 10 am-8 pm Mon-Sat and 12 Noon-6 pm Sunday (restaurants stay open later).   There is always something happening at Fishermen’s Village!  Check out on line calendar at www.fishville.com for weekly entertainment and activities!

    Know the 10 Signs – Early Detection MattersHeritage Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care will be along with the Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting a Lunch N Learn on January 23rd from 11am to 12:30pm at Heritage Oaks – 7374 San Casa Blvd, Englewood. Call Today to RSVP 941-698-2600.

    The application process for the Charlotte Community Foundation’s 2018-2019 higher education scholarships will be open January 2, 2018.  High school students and adults beginning or returning to college are eligible for many of the Foundation’s more than $112,000 available scholarships. The deadline for all scholarship applications is March 15, 2018. For more information or to submit an application, visit our website or call 941.637.0077.

    Along with providing the best and most economical and professional employment and tenancy background screening services available, NRG Background Checks is also a state-authorized provider of personal and business credit reports as required for state, county, and municipal contractor licensing … as well as for all other Florida occupational and professional licensing requiring credit reports.  (State-authorized digital fingerprinting service is also available.)  Contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks at 941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net .  Our 24th year serving Florida employers, landlords, and governmental entities! 

    Suncoast Humane Society – Autumn is a lovely 1 yr. old Shepherd Mix. She sports a short tan coat and has a lean, athletic body. She is open to meeting new people. Autumn needs a fenced in yard. She is a very playful dog, a very happy dog except when in the company of other dogs – she absolutely doesn’t like them and must be the solitary pet in the home. But she will give someone all the love & loyalty needed from a canine companion.

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

    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.

    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.

    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

    The Charlotte County Airport Authority announced that Kaley R. Miller has joined the Punta Gorda Airport as its Marketing & Communications Manager. Kaley will assist the Chief Executive Officer in a variety of airport marketing initiatives, public outreach and communications functions in support of the airport’s master plan.  Kaley has lived in Punta Gorda for nearly 15 years, where she has managed public relations strategies and activities for The Mosaic Company.  Kaley is also a graduate of Leadership Charlotte and has served in leadership roles on various community boards. For more information, visit www.flypgd.com, kmiller@flypgd.com

    The Charlotte Harbor and Parkside offices of Charlotte State Bank & Trust have new personal bankers on staff: Janet Moore at Charlotte Harbor and Gabrielle Lambert and Samantha Paolella at Parkside. Janet previously was the Charlotte Harbor head teller, Gabriella was promoted from teller specialist and receptionist, while Samantha returned to the bank after serving as a teller at the Charlotte Harbor office in 2014-15. A personal banker’s primary focus is on customer service, opening and maintaining accounts and providing timely, professional and efficient help and support to all customers.


    The Charlotte County Airport Authority announced the Punta Gorda Airport passenger count for 2017 was 1,293,337, a 15.65% increase in passenger traffic for 2017 compared with 2016.  For December 2017 the total passenger count had a 19.3% increase from December 2016. The passenger count has continued to increase each year, furthering the airport’s status as an important transportation and economic asset for Charlotte County.  A 2017 economic impact study by Volaire Aviation Consulting estimated that in the Southwest Florida region PGD is responsible for 3,618 full-time jobs with $353.2 million in economic output. 

    Bayfront Health Port Charlotte has earned Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission. The certification program recognizes Joint Commission accredited hospitals committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

    Job Spot

    Exit 170 Storage located at 24751 Sandhill Blvd.in Punta Gorda has an opening for part-time office help, 4 hours on Saturday and weekday flexibility.  Must be computer literate, take incoming calls, and relation with tenants. Contact (941) 623-0031 or email  info@exit170-storage.com

    Just for fun

    A friend of mine had resisted efforts to get him to run with our jogging group until his doctor told him he had to exercise. Soon thereafter, he reluctantly joined us for our 5:30 am jogs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

    After a month of running, we decided that my friend might be hooked, especially when he said he had discovered what “runner’s euphoria” was.

    “Runner’s euphoria,” he explained, “is what I feel at 5:30 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.”


    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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