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    Business OnLine – November 13, 2017

    November 13, 2017

    From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

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

    Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 92 years

    November 13, 2017

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    Wed., Nov. 15, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., Third Wednesday Coffee, Holiday Celebration.  Decorate a table with a holiday theme and promote your products and services.  Register online or call the Port Charlotte office.

    Thurs., Nov. 16, 5 to 7 p.m., Business Card Exchange, Busey Bank, 1490 Tamiami Trail, PC

    General Information

    21st Annual Holiday Celebration with table top displays, in conjunction with the Third Wednesday Coffee, November 15, at the Event Center.  Members may rent an uncovered eight-foot table to decorate with a holiday theme.  Special recognition will be given for the most creative, most unusual and most attractive holiday business displays.  For more information print the Holiday Celebration 2017 flier.

    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

    LaunchMyCareerFL.org, a collaborative effort between the Florida Chamber Foundation, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Strada Education Network is an online tool that helps students determine their ideal majors and jobs. This interactive website provides information on programs at public institutions and training programs in Florida.

    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

    The DeSoto-Charlotte Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers is hosting our Inaugural Run the Ranch at Camp Turner Loose in Arcadia, presented by the Denise Grimsley Campaign, on December 2nd, 2017. The 5K run/walk is a trail run through a working cattle ranch that exposes runners to Florida Agriculture. Monies raised benefit leadership development for young agriculturalists in DeSoto/Charlotte counties. Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/ArcadiaFL/DesotoCharlotteYFRRuntheRanch for details and to sign up! For more information/sponsorship opportunities contact Morgan Norris at morgan.norris@me.com.

    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., Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., H & R Block, 2150 Tamiami Trail, Suite12, PC

    Wed., Nov. 15 during the Holiday Celebration, Peace River Sail and Power Squadron

    Mon., Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m., Charlotte Community Foundation, 227 Sullivan St., PG.

    Chamber Member Events

    On Thursday, November 16th Congressman Rooney’s Punta Gorda District Office, 226 Taylor St, Ste. 230, Punta Gorda, Open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for mobile office hours.  Caseworkers from my office will be on hand to help with any trouble you may be having with federal agency. My caseworkers cannot assist with state or local issues, or problems you may be having with private companies.    You are always welcome to reach out to my office anytime at 202-225-5792. Visit my Facebook page and sign up for my e-newsletter to receive these regular updates.

    Charlotte County Society for Human Resource Management hosts its final program in 2017 this Wednesday, 11/15/2017 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Laishley Crab House. Legal Update: “Mr. Trump goes to Washington”.  Speaker:  Karen Morinelli of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Strewart.  Sponsor:  Employee Care, Inc. Members $15 Guests $20 R.S.V.P https://ccshrm.shrm.org/events/2017/11/ccshrm-monthly-meeting-legal-updates-ogletree-deakins.  Topics include labor and employment development issues during the first year of the Trump administration.  Questions – call/text (941) 626-1830 or email Kim Byrne at kimshrmfl@gmail.com.  Connect with Charlotte County SHRM on LinkedIn!

    Florida SouthWestern State College presents Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity’s 19th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Fun Walk.  Race begins at 7:30 am on Thanksgiving morning, November 23rd.  Fun for the whole family with refreshments and awards. Register by Nov. 10th and receive a complimentary Turkey Trot T-shirt! Early registration: $30 per person, $25 youth 4 – 14.   All registrations: $35 after Nov. 20th. Register online at www.charlottecountyhfh.org or call 941-639-3162.  Net proceeds go directly to helping local families in need of safe, decent affordable housing.

    Animal Welfare League presents Basket Bingo! Win baskets filled with items from $50 and up to $150 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Cultural Center, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. Proceeds benefit the homeless animals of Charlotte County. Tickets are only $25 and includes 10 games of bingo and light refreshments. Come support the animals for an afternoon of Bingo fun!  Call 941-625-6720 for tickets!

    Tiki Tom Entertainment – for your Event = “EVENTertainment.” We still have some openings for Christmas and Holiday parties. If you need live music, we are your guys. This week: Tuesday Elks PG 2 to 5 PM. Or Come see us eVentertain for Gregg’s Automotive downtown PG this Friday night/6 – 10 pm. Or, catch us at the Wyvern Perch 360 Saturday night 7 – 10 PM. www.tikitomrocks.com

    The United Way of Charlotte County presents the 4th Annual Beaujolais 2017 Celebration on Wed., November 15 from 5:39 to 8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center.  Enjoy tapas and wine tastings.  Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased by calling 627-3539 or Click this link to purchase your tickets to our 4th Annual Beaujolais Celebration!

    Charlotte County Community Services will host a meeting to gain feedback on our current programs, activities, events and services on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Harold Avenue Park Recreation Center. The meeting will encompass programs and services at: Ann Dever Regional Park, Charlotte Sports Park, Harold Avenue Park, J.M. Berlin/Rotary Skate Park, Port Charlotte Beach Park, South County Regional Park and Tringali Park. Childcare for ages 4 and older will be provided for anyone wishing to participate in this meeting. 941-627-1074 or Mike.Massoglia@CharlotteCountyFL.gov

    Nav-A-Gator Happenings – Live music, November 17, Don Middlebrook 6-9pm; November 18, Sunny Jim & John Patti 2-5pm; November 19, Gary & Kerri 2-5pm. Cover charge canned goods and nonperishable food items that are donated to a local food bank

    Turkey – In The – Hole – Saturday, November 18, from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm – Gator Wilderness Camp School, 44930 Farabee Road, Punta Gorda.  Please join us for our annual Turkey In The Hole Celebration Meal & Fundraiser Auction. A time to thank our Heavenly Father for his Faithfulness!  For more information print the flier turkey in the hole or contact us at 941-639-7722.

    Charlotte Symphony’s Grub Crawl is Tues., Nov. 15 from 5 to 9 pm. Enjoy food from 8 downtown restaurants for $20.  For reservations, please call the Symphony at 205-5996.  Pick up your wrist bands at FM Don’s.

    Please join us at T.T.’s Tiki Bar located on the waterfront of the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda.  On Wednesday, we have Jimmy Papas, Thursday we have Jeff Hughes, Friday we have the Freecoasters, Saturday is TBA, and Sunday we have Cape Cod Smitty.  Please make your Thanksgiving reservations by calling Stacy at 941-637-6770.  We have three seatings to choose from and a three course meal for only $23.95 per person.  We are accepting Christmas and New Year’s reservations as well.  The Tiki Bar….The Place To Be!!

    Harvest of Art & Fine Arts Festival now on display at the Visual Arts Center – exhibits are always free and open to the public. Paint like Picasso Nov. 15 at 6pm – wine, snacks, canvas and paints included for $35. Join us for tapas, sangria, entertainment, & auction at ‘A Tapas Night’ Nov. 17 at 7pm – tickets going fast, call for yours today! For details 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.

    The Charlotte Chorale is very proud to have been awarded the 2017 Hottest Performing Arts Group by the Harbor Style magazine. Under the leadership and direction of the Artistic Director, Dr. William Dederer, the 2017-18 season promises to be another successful year! December 9th, 2017:”It’s Christmas!” March 3, 2018:”Gabrieli to Gershwin” and April 21, 2018:”The Wonder of Water” To order tickets for the Chorale Concerts please call:  941-204-0033. Benefit Concert: January 14, 2018:  “Yesterday Beatles Tribute Band” To order tickets for the Benefit Concert call:  941-833-5444

    Upcoming Workshop at Charlotte Community Foundation – Roles and Functions of the Board – Thursday, November 16 (9:00 – 10:30). This workshop will provide instruction for nonprofit board members on their roles and includes fiduciary and legal responsibilities. Attendees should include the Executive Director (or equivalent) and nonprofit Board members. Topics covered will include: Relationships and responsibilities, Conflicts of Interest, Leadership and Governance and Ethics as it relates to nonprofits, $15 per participant; includes refreshments, light snacks and materials. Please RSVP to ccf@charlottecf.org or call 941.637.0077to reserve your space.

    Key events at Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association; call 941-637-1655 or go PGICA.org for more information. On November 14, from 11am – 1pm, Fawcett Memorial Hospital will have three surgeons discuss GI Disorders. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for a reservation.  Sandwich Seminar: Tuesday, November 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aging vs. The Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. Preregister.   Painting, jewelry making, fishing, photography, exercise, dance, basket weaving. Call for dates and times.

    88Keys at the Wyvern invites you to a Whiskey Dinner on Nov. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m.  Reservations are required by calling 639-7700 x7109.  www.thewyvernhotel.com.

    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

    6th Annual Twins Tot Walk on November 19, 2017 at Laishley Park, 120 Laishley Ct., Punta Gorda from 4:00pm to sunset.  Individual walkers $22.00 or sign up a team, runners and strollers welcome.  T-shirts on a first come – first served basis.   For more information print the flier http://justagainstchildrendrowning.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Big-2017.pdf or visit our website www.justagainstchildrendrowning.org or call 941-626-7106.

    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.

    Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar, 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte events: November 15:    Jeannie Smyth – Karaoke, 7 to 10pm; November 17:  Susan Derosier – Wine Glass Painting, 4:30 to 6:30pm; November 17:  Steve Widmeyer “One Voice, One Guitar” 7 to 10pm; November 18:   Tom Lloyd – Karaoke, 7 to 10pm.  Visit www.gildedgrape.com or call 235-9463.

    Gulfshore Opera presents the Gulfshore Tenors in concert performing with a jazz combo on Friday, November 17that 7:30pm at the Cultural Center Theatre in Port Charlotte.  The collaboration of these very talented young tenors creates a singing sensation unique to SW Florida. This concert will feature some of the most beautiful love songs of the last 50 years and some familiar opera favorites. Tickets are $25 per person.  Buy Tickets at www.gulfshoreopera.org or call us at 239-529-3925.

    The Fine Arts Festival inspired by Picasso is happening at the Visual Arts Center in November. Events include a Paint like Picasso Nov. 15. Find all events at visualartcenter.org. Don’t miss the Main Event: A Tapas Night with tapas, sangria, live music and more Nov. 17 at 7pm. Tickets are $50. Ask us about VIP Seating! To purchase tickets, call 639-8810 or visit us at 210 Maud St in Punta Gorda.

    St. Andrews South Golf Club, the only private golf club in Charlotte County, is hosting an Open House on Saturday, November 18th from 10am – 2pm.  Tour the course and enjoy lunch “on the house”.  Join as a full golf member at the Open House and receive special incentives including: 50% off of the initiation fee; unlimited golf for a month; one year of free bag storage; 3 private golf lessons; complimentary rounds of golf for family or friends; and reciprocals with the Isles and Charlotte Harbor Yacht Clubs and 40 other area golf courses. Please call Sue for more details—639-5261 ext. 3.

    Drug Free Punta Gorda Town Hall Meeting (Over Lunch), Tuesday, November 14, 11:30am-1:00pm. Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill, Lunches individually purchased. Join the community conversation: Preventing Teen Marijuana Abuse in Punta Gorda. Presentation Panel: Education: CC Schools, Director of School Support Services Dr. Michael Desjardins; The Academy Principal Jack Ham; PGMS Principal Tina Dionisio; State’s Attorney’s Office: Tracy Detzel; Law Enforcement:  PGPD Corp Tony Pribble; CCSO Corp Joseph Eilerman; C.A.R.E.: Karen McElhaney; and FSW Faculty- Nursing: Barbara Kilbride. RSVP –monica.babcock@yourcharlotteschools.net  941-740-4358 

    Fishermen’s Village will herald in the Holiday Season with a spectacular “Lighting of the Village” Saturday, November 18.  This celebration is the official kick off of the annual “Festival of Lights”, a display of more than one million lights.  Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting with Santa and City of Punta Gorda officials. Live music, dancing and more.  Patrons are being asked to bring toilet paper, toiletries and canned goods to be donated to “Share The Blessings Ministry”, an all-volunteer, nonprofit charity benefiting those in need in Charlotte County.

    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.

    The Punta Gorda Garden Club announces its 24th annual Holly Days Home Tour on December 1 and 2 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Punta Gorda Historic District. Using the theme “Christmas Memories” teams of club members will decorate four homes and the First United Methodist Church.  Tickets are $15 from club members or at the offices of the Charlotte County and Punta Gorda Chambers of Commerce. On tour days tickets will be sold at the church or at each of the homes. Proceeds will fund the Club’s scholarship program and community projects.

    Tringali Park will be hosting a Super Mini Tennis Program, a 4-week introduction to tennis for children ages 4 to 6 years old. The activity will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. starting Nov. 15 through Dec. 13. The Junior Youth Tennis Program for children ages 7 to 12 years old. The activity will be held every Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. starting Nov. 13 through Dec. 4. For more information contact Jill Taylor, recreation specialist, at 941-681-3742 or email Jill.Taylor@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. 

    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

    Happy days at Classic Coin Company. Ruth and Andy wish to welcome Violet, our newest grandchild.  To help celebrate her birth, we have two specials running at the store. First, Gold 20 Franc coins at $250.00, each is .1867oz of gold, some dating back to the 1850’s. Second special is 1oz silver rounds or bars at $18.00 each. These are .999 fine silver, struck with different designs. Both items are great stocking stuffers. Thank you all, and God bless you Violet.  Visit us at, 2301D Tamiami Trail. Port Charlotte 941-629-1508.

    Time is running out for enrollment with January 2018 start dates at Charlotte Technical College. We offer 20+ programs in various sectors. Our goal is to train our students to meet the needs of our area employers. We appreciate your continued support in helping us meet our mission to provide an effective, innovative technical education preparing students to enter, advance, and succeed in the workplace. (941) 255-7500 Ext. 195, mindy.hanak@yourcharlotteschools.net

    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.

    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.

    Have you heard about the rock painting craze? Murdock Stones Etc. sells all kind of rocks that can be painted on.  You can buy as little as 1 pound at a time.  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

    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.

    Suncoast Humane Society – Meet Happy, a 2 yr. old Domestic Medium Hair weighing 9 lbs. He has a soft, lush grey coat and beautiful golden eyes. Happy enjoys spending time in the lanai watching squirrels scurry about in the yard. And he loves to be scratched, especially underneath his chin. Happy will be happiest in a quiet, peaceful home as loud noises frighten him. His calm demeanor will bring comfort to his new human. http://www.petango.com/Adopt/Cat-Domestic-Medium-Hair-29484268

    Florida Power & Light is committed to enriching Florida students’ experiences in STEM education programs. These programs help break down barriers, provide more opportunities to reach traditionally underserved populations, provide candidates with skills FPL needs in the future and prepare today’s students for exciting, well-paying jobs . Among its education initiatives, FPL sponsors a traveling science show across the state as well as 70 robotics teams across its service area over the past three years, including Tarpon Robotics and Robo Mojo from Charlotte County, as well as several robotics competitions.

    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.

    The Gulf Coast Partnership is a community-wide initiative to understand homelessness, identify best practices to meet the needs of the homeless and those at risk of homelessness, and to forge a community consensus. By applying for grants, we bring operational support funding to organizations in Charlotte County. These grants assist in providing emergency shelter to homeless persons; engage persons living on the street through outreach activities; provide homeless prevention and re-housing services to help those who are homeless become stably housed. For more information, visit www.gulfcoastpartnership.org

    Take a break from shopping and stop by ZAXBY’s on Black Friday, November 24. Enjoy half price Zappetizers with purchase of any adult meal and half price boneless wings all day on November 24! 19590 Cochran Blvd. www.Zaxbys.com.

    Should you check social media for background information on job applicants?  Social media checks may provide important information, but social media is also likely to be unreliable.  Traditional background checks are generally reliable because they’re based on independent third-party information provided by the court, schools, and past employers.  By contrast, social media information is self-reported and may contain biased, false, or doctored information, plus information that’s unlawful for an employer to be checking!  For FCRA-compliant employment and tenancy screening, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks!  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net

    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.


    Melissa Hays, the new personal banker at the Punta Gorda office of Charlotte State Bank & Trust, has nearly 16 years of banking experience. She has worked as a teller, teller supervisor and customer service representative and was rewarded for excellence in customer service and teller operations. In addition to her banking experience, Melissa managed the Children’s Closet retail store in Port Charlotte and worked for a family practice physician. The North Port mother of two also spent four years in missionary work and remains a church volunteer.

    Job Spot

    Florida SouthWestern State College has a need to hire an Adjunct Professor to teach Biology for the Spring, 2018 semester at the Charlotte Campus. The position requires a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with at least 18 graduate semester credit hours in Biology.  If you are interested in this part time, temporary opportunity, click here to apply:   https://fswsc-careers.silkroad.com/.  Join our team of adjunct faculty and inspire our students to “Dedicate to Graduate”.   FSW is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    As a successful Sponsorship Sales Representative for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, you will produce corporate sponsorship sales revenues by setting appointments with regional business leaders and selling new corporate sponsorship’s for the club, as well as servicing / maintaining existing sponsorship accounts.  You will report directly to the General Manager and complete in or assist in the following tasks during the Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training and Charlotte Stone Crabs regular season.  Full time position.  Salary + Commission. Submit your resumé to: jcook@stonecrabsbaseball.com

    Roger D. Eaton, Charlotte County, Clerk & Comptroller is recruiting for a Court Services Manager.  This is a highly responsible position overseeing the Criminal Court Services County/Circuit Felony, Misdemeanor and Civil Traffic departments which include E-filing, recording, indexing, redaction, fees and fines, collections, and records retention rules for these services.  This is a full-time Exempt position offering a full benefits package.  Experience/knowledge in Florida criminal statute laws is required.  Min pay is $22.94/hour.  For more details or to apply go to: www.Co.Charlotte.FL.US click on Employee Relations Menu, Job Listings link or email employee.relations@charlotteclerk.com

    Just for fun

    The Bagpiper…
    As a bagpiper, he played many gigs. Recently he was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the back country.

    As he was not familiar with the backwoods, he got lost, and being a typical man, he didn’t stop to ask for directions. 

    He finally arrived an hour late and saw the undertaker had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. He felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.

    He went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. He didn’t know what else to do, so he started to play.

    The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. He played out his heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. He played like he never played before for this homeless man.

    And as he played “Amazing Grace”, the workers began to weep. When he finished, he packed up his bagpipes and started for his car. Though his head was hung low, his heart was full.

    As he opened the door to his car, he heard one of the workers say, “I never seen anything like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”

    Apparently, he is still lost… it’s a man thing.


    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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