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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 – January 8, 2018

    January 8, 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 8, 2018

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    Wed., Jan. 10, Networking at Noon. JDs Bistro, 19651 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.  Reservation at www.charlottecountychamber.org or by calling 627-2222

    Wed., Jan. 10, 5 to 7 p.m., joint Business Card Exchange with the Englewood Florida Chamber at Murdock Stone, 7621 Sawyer Circle, Port Charlotte, just off Gasparilla Road

    Thurs., Jan 11, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., Expo Exhibitor Party, Kingsway Country Club, 13625 SW Kingsway Circle, Lake Suzy.

    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

    The Expo2018 is coming up when over 100 member businesses and organizations will have an exhibitor booth 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

    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

    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:

    Edgewater Events, LLC, 3853 Acline Rd., #120, PG 33950
    Matt, Nick Nemec, Ph: 941-347-7061     
    www.edgewatereventsllc.com   mn@edgewatergrpllc.com
    Sponsor: Denise Dull, Integrity Employee Leasing 

    Ray Newberry Well Drilling, 2058 NE Diamond K St., Arcadia 34266
    Ray Newberry, Ph: 863-494-6548  

    Chamber Member Events

    It is with great anticipation that we look forward to celebrating our 39th Powder Puff Charity Classic Golf Tournament, 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.

    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.  

    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.

    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/.  

    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.

    Just a reminder that Heron Creek Golf & Country Club has resumed our Signature Sunday Brunch and will run every Sunday through Mother’s Day. Enjoy creating your own omelette, eggs benedict, shrimp cocktail, prime rib, carved ham and much more. Please call for your reservation at 941-240-5100. 

    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.

    Please join us at an Artist Reception, Wednesday January 10th 5:00-6:30 at Mid County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd, PC.  The Friends will host the wine & cheese event to honor artist Jill Lindsay who is displaying over 20 beautiful pieces, showing the variety of her artistic talent, she has created.  Info., please contact Dianne Munson  941.639.0760

    Port Charlotte SCORE presents the workshop Facebook and Your Business Tuesday January 9th from 11:30 until 1:00 at the Port Charlotte Branch of Busey Bank, 1490 Tamami Trail, Port Charlotte. Barbara Langdon, owner of Market Momentum, helps you create and post content that builds and engages your audience. There is no charge for the event and lunch is provided. Seating is limited, register at portcharlotte.score.org. The Busey Bank Lunch and Learn workshops are presented by Port Charlotte SCORE. For information on future workshops follow SCORE on Twitter at: @charlottecscore.

    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.

    Charlotte State Bank & Trust Vice President Christine Hause’s free “Do You Know?” seminar series resumes this week at the bank’s North Port office, 4300 Aidan Lane. 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, Contact Francine Wargo at 941-624-1944 or fwargo@csbtfl.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.

    “Yesterday Beatles Tribute Band” on January 14, 2018, 4:00PM at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. Sponsored by The Charlotte Chorale, this is a special event, especially and the Chorale will not sing. This is the first time this international acclaimed group has visited this SW Florida region.  This Las Vegas based group will make you feel that it is once again Febuary 9th, 1964, and you are in the audience of the Ed Sullivan Show.  For tickets visit:  www.ticketmaster.com, or call the Event Center:  941-833-5444.

    Charlotte County Community Services is hosting a public meeting to gain feedback on our current programs, activities, events and services on Wednesday Jan. 24, 2018 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Port Charlotte Beach Recreation Center. The meeting will encompass the recreation division, including the programs and services. Childcare for ages 4 and older will be provided on site. For information contact Marc Solomon at 941-627-1628 or marc.solomon@CharlotteCountyFL.gov .

    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!

    Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar, 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. January 10, Jeannie Smyth Karaoke, 7 to 10pm;  January 12, 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

    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.

    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, cast nets, fish identification, tides, and more. Rods, reels, lures, nets and other fishing equipment will be demonstrated.  The instructor is local fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen.  The course is open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning on Wednesday January 10. The cost is $45 and advance registration is recommended by calling 941-637-1655.

    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.

    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.

    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, FL. 33950.

    Chamber Member News

    Heritage Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care will be offering a 2 Year Rate Lock to any new residents who move in by January 15th 2018. Rooms starting at $2,995 a month. Call today to find out more information. Chris Snider at 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.

    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.

    Are you hiring?  Are you checking backgrounds?  Try our economical and FCRA-compliant Nationwide Criminal Quik-Chek!  *  Verify SSN  *  Verify prior addresses as an identity check and to target records  *  Check state-based criminal conviction records in all 50 states nationwide  *  Check federally-based criminal conviction records in all 94 federal districts nationwide  *  Check sex-offender registries in all 50 states and D.C.  *  Just $38 with same-day service available.   Contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks.  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net .  Our 24th year serving Florida employers, landlords, and governmental entities! 

    Murdock Stones Etc. is hosting the monthly Englewood Chamber business card exchange on Wednesday January 10th at 5pm.  At our 7621 Sawyer Circle location in South Gulf Cove. (off Gasparilla Rd… look for the World’s Largest Mailbox).  Members of Charlotte County Chamber, North Port Chamber and CDBIA are all invited.  Billiards and Brew is catering.

    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.

    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.


    Samuel A. Kiburz, portfolio manager with the Trust and Investment Management Services division of Charlotte State Bank & Trust, is the new Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 95 in Port Charlotte. An Eagle Scout, Samuel previously served as one of the leaders of Cub Scout Pack 13 in Punta Gorda. Troop 95, one of Charlotte County’s oldest Boy Scout troops, has been sponsored by Temple Shalom for more than 40 years. As Scoutmaster, Samuel works directly with the scouts, providing direction, coaching and support.

    Just for fun

     A man wrote an email to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote, “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?” An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too.”


    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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