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    Business OnLine – October 16, 2017

    October 16, 2017

    From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

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

    Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 92 years

    October 16, 2017

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    Wed., Oct. 18, 7::15 to 8: 30 a.m., Third Wednesday Coffee.  Sponsor: Gator Wilderness Camp School. Program: Jerry Mallet, director of the County’s Office of Emergency Management.

    Thurs., Oct. 26, 5 to 7 p.m., Business Card Exchange, Tony & Rhonda Gustitus Team, Keller Williams Peace River Partners, 1032 Tamiami Trail, PC

    General Information

    In November, 2018 you will have the opportunity to vote for additional funding to cover school operating expenses. Charlotte County Public Schools wants to hear what you think funding priorities should be.  Please help us gather input by clicking the link below for a short survey. Referendum Interest Survey

    The Punta Gorda Boaters Alliance, in partnership with the City of Punta Gorda announce a “Dock Matching” program for all Punta Gorda homeowners who are affected by the recent seawall failures as a result of Hurricane Irma.  Homeowners who are affected by seawall failures will need to relocate their boats either immediately or while their new seawalls are installed. Local citizens who have vacant docks can make their docks available for short or long term use by individuals who have boats that will be displaced due to seawall replacement. The Boaters Alliance assumes no liability with this program. For more information, contact John Welsh, President of the Boaters Alliance, at (941) 205-0042 or City Council Liaison, Lynne Matthews at (941) 575-3341.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to support the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at some 5,500 locations across the country, individuals can dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The service is free and anonymous—no questions asked. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, locations, and the Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tues., Oct, 17, 9:00 a.m., PicklePlex of Punta Gorda at Florida SouthWestern State College

    Thurs., Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m., Frohlich, Gordon & Beason Law Firm, 18401 Murdock Cir, PC

    Wed., Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., Parkside Assisted Living and Memory Cottage, 2595 Harbor Blvd., PC

    Mon., Oct. 30, noon, Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St., PG

    New Members

    Western Michigan University College of Aviation, 28000 Airport Road, #15, PG 33982
    James Williams, Ph: 941-676-2957
    www.Wmich.edu/aviation  james.1.williams@wmich.edu                                                 

    The Coffee Village, 2595 Tamaimi Trail, #F, PC 33952
    Feneshia Postlethwait, Ph: 941-961-9707
    www.thecoffeevillage.com  info@thecoffeevillage.com
    Sponsor: Peter Keating, SBDC       

    Time Insurance Agency, 115 W. Olympia Ave., PG 33950
    James Kubek, Stacey Law, Ph: 941-637-1106      
    www.timefl.com   staceyl@timefl.com                                                                                  

    A+ to Z Computers, 24690 Sandhill Blvd., #604-605, PG 33983
    Mark Zehr, Ph: 941-626-9798
    www.aplustoz.com   only@aplustoz.net

    Florida Dance Workshop, 3109 Tamiami Trail, #5678, PC 33952
    Holly Legare, Ph: 941-743-2115
    www.floridadanceworkshop.com  Floridadanceworkshop@gmail.com

    Scott’s Cleaning Service, 2373 Montpelier Rd., PG 33983
    Scott Srader, Ph: 941-204-6822
    Sponsor: Rev. Ed Blackwell, San Antonio Catholic Church

    San Antonio Catholic Church, 24445 Rampart Blvd., PC 33980-2702
    Rev. Edward A. Blackwell, Ph: 941-624-3799               
    www.sanantoniorcc.org   fred@sanantoniorcc.org

    Chamber Member Events

    FGCU Continuing Education Presents: The Symphony Orchestra as a Business Model. This 6-session program developed by Raffaele Ponti demonstrates how The Symphony Orchestra is a perfect Business Model that can inspire, redefine and fine-tune any business. Participants will have the opportunity to physically sit in the orchestra during a working rehearsal at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Saturdays, Nov. 11, Dec.2, 2017, Jan. 13, Feb. 24, Mar. 17, Apr. 7, 2018.  Chamber members get a 20% discount ($115).  Use code HC1636CC when you call 941-505-0130 to register.  FGCU Cont Ed Presents Ponti

    On Nov. 1, 2017, Charlotte Technical College is hosting a Job Fair for our students from 8:45-Noon. The public will also be welcome at this event. If you are interested in meeting some great candidates please fill out the attached exhibitor application. This is a free event for you and the applicants.  To apply as a vendor please click on the link, answer the questions, and click submit. Since we offer 20+ programs at Charlotte Technical College we are looking for a nice balance of opportunities for our students.  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=bxIkr2vseEK8_Wh_IJhw1gk-vmBQSjlLoYoLOneMntBUNzQxVEFJN05XUjU4U0NXU01KNFhEUFo2Wi4u

    Attention all high school students and adults returning to school. Presented by Charlotte County Community Services, FASFA Informational Presentation walks through the step-by-step process of preparing and applying for federal student aid (FASFA), October 25, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Charlotte Community Foundation, 227 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda, FL  33950, 941-637-0077.

    AWA Investments invites you to join them for a catered dinner on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. for a Dinner & Learn on Social Security – Everything You Didn’t Know to Ask – at their office at 21942 Edgewater Dr., Port Charlotte.   Please RSVP to 206-6200 or jenifer.wise@lpllpl.com

    Join us for our Grand Opening weekend October 27th – 29th! We will have a Kick-Off Party on Friday, October 27th with live music and food from 5-7pm.  Tour the property, see our Villas under construction, walk our 485’ fishing pier & spend time with our sales team learning about the Newest & Best-Priced Waterfront Condos & Villas in Southwest Florida.  Head to Harborside El Jobean Beach & Yacht Club, 14550 River Beach Drive in Port Charlotte, just a few miles from the Charlotte Sports Park off 776! 

    Christmas party planners: Tiki Tom & LA Daniels “eVentertainment” specialists – providing Live  Entertainment for your business function or private party. Appearing Saturday 12n-4p at “Wild Hog Wild” GOP Event 🇺🇸 at the Fair Grounds. Visit www.charlottegop.com for info. Also appearing Saturday Night @ Wyvern Rooftop 7-10p. 

    Dr. Laura Korman is a chiropractic physician, as well as a diplomate in nutrition, and has been developing a new program called GEARED2bewell, which focuses on living a ketogenic lifestyle.   This lifestyle is beneficial for so many reasons–improved brain function and memory, clarity of mind, decreased pain and inflammation, increased energy, better digestion, balanced blood sugar levels, and more. Visit www.cleanandketo.com and click on the “GEARED2bewell” tab.  Free Seminar, Saturday, October 28th, on weight loss and discussing her GEARED2bewell program. RSVP:   941-629-6700    

    The Key Club of Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School is holding a car wash from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Punta Gorda office of Charlotte State Bank & Trust, 2331 Tamiami Trail. Car wash donations will be used for the Key Club’s Murder Mystery Fundraiser, set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Charlotte campus on Airport Road in Punta Gorda. For addition information on the car wash or to order tickets for Murder Mystery Fundraiser, call Key Club Treasurer Casey Rayfield at 941 661-7968.

    Gilded Grape Winery and Wine Bar, 4069 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte,  941-235-WINE (9463). October 18,  7 – 10pm ,  “Karaoke”  with Jeannie Smyth; October 20,  7:00 to 10:00pm, Steve Widmeyer “One Voice, One Guitar;” October 20, 5:30 to 8:00pm,  J&K’s Mobile Café’ October 21,   6:00 to 8:00pm,  Gilded Grape Monthly Wine Tasting. 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 12:00noon to 10:00pm.  www.gildedgrape.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!

    Kings Gate Golf Club – 3rd Annual Indoor Craft and Direct Sales Shopping Extravaganza, Saturday October 21, 2017 10:00am-3:00pm in the Ballroom. Free Admission-Door Prizes-Holiday Shopping. Lion’s Den Restaurant open for lunch and dinner and the best Happy Hour in town daily from 3pm-6pm. Looking for a place to hold your next meeting, Christmas Party or Wedding? Look no farther than Kings Gate with banquet rooms that can accommodate 25 to 350 guests. Call Natalie at 941-444-6600 ext. 854. 24000 Rampart Blvd.- Port Charlotte.

    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.

    Upcoming Workshops for Nonprofit Organizations Strategic Planning Workshop (2 Thursdays) – November 2 and November 9 (9:00 – 11:30) Roles and Functions of the Nonprofit Board – Thursday, November 16 (9:00 – 10:30 a.m.). These workshops will be led by Dr. Robert (Bob) Peterson, a local resident and Charlotte Community Foundation Board Member with over 30 years of international consulting firm experience following a successful career in higher education and business management.  Please RSVP to ccf@charlottecf.org or call 941.637.0077 to reserve your space.

    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.

     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.

    Free exhibits Color and Art with Meaning now on display at the Visual Arts Center, featuring a fantastic selection of original art for sale. Join us for Create & Paint nights (fun with wine & painting) every Wed. at 6pm in October – To purchase tickets call the PG Chamber (941) 639-3720. The Visual Arts Center is located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 9-4 & Sat, 10-2. For more info on upcoming classes, exhibits & events, visit www.visualartcenter.org.

     Please join us for our annual Young Life Golf Tournament, held at Heron Creek Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 28th. Young Life is a non-denominational, international Christian outreach for teenagers. Its purpose is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ.  So come and join us for a great day of golf, friendly competition, good food, and fun and prizes…all while supporting a great cause! Register online at www.charlotteharbor.younglife.org or contact Tom Parker (Leadership Charlotte 2017) at 941.456.5433.

    Key events at Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association; call 941-637-1655 or go to http://pgica.org for more information. The Big Red Bus: PGICA’s parking lot Friday, October 27th from 11 am -3:00 pm. Medicare Made Simple: Three identical classes at 7:00 pm in Room 1 on October 17, October 24, and November 2. Review Medicare Parts A to D, Medicare Supplement (or Medigap) Plans A to N, trade-offs between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage, and how-when-why to consider changing Plans. Contact Ralph Temple at 941-286-6047 for more information.

    Nav-A-Gator HappeningsOctober 19 – Thursday – Live Music, The JP’s 6-9pm; October 21 – Saturday, Gary & Kerri 2-5pm, October 22 – Saturday, Sunny Jim & John Frinzi 2-5pm
    Cover charge canned goods and nonperishable food items that are donated to local Hurricane Irma victims.

    Join us on Thursday, October 26th, as we celebrate the award winning artwork of Gina Battle with gin and Jazz! Make the scene dressed in your best 30’s & 40’s Billie Holiday garb! Come view the creatively limitless artwork of this locally renowned, self-taught artist while enjoying live jazz, great company, food and libations. What could be better?  The party starts at five at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, 9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda. This celebration is part of the Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County “Art in Public Places” program.

    Gulfshore Opera – Gulfshore Tenors, Cultural Center Theatre, 7:30pm, November 17. The collaboration of these very talented young tenors creates a singing sensation. With a repertoire of some of the most beautiful love songs of the last 50 years and some fun opera hits. Tickets: $25.  If you prefer to order by phone, call the Box Office (239-529-3925) to purchase tickets between 10am -2pm. 

    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.

    Charlotte Players presents the first production of its 2017-2018 Langdon Playhouse Season located at 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte.   The Second Time Around, a touching comedy, written by Henry Denker, is Co-Directed by Jerry Jones and Paula Pender. The story centers around two senior citizens, a widow and a widower, who strike up a love affair.  Performances are October 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm and October 22 and 29 at 2:00 pm. To purchase tickets: www.charlotteplayers.org or 625-4175 Ext 220.   Tickets: $18 for Adults $9.00 for Students.

    Fishermen’s Village announces the addition of a new signature event “Throwback to the 50’s!” to be held Saturday, October 28, 2017, 12 Noon-4 pm.    Live entertainment will be featured in all three sections of the Village: • “Boomers Band” –golden oldies,   rock ‘n roll, Motown, Blues and more! • Nick Dattilo and The Legends Band – tribute to Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Ritchie Valens, The Beach Boys • The “Just Us Duo” – 50’s, 60’s, light country, classic rock and Big Band. Come dressed in attire from the 50’s and 60’s and join the fun!  Admission and parking are free. 

    Bayfront Health Port Charlotte is offering a special to women for October, which is annually recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month, Bayfront Health is offering a digital mammo screening for $65. And, women are invited to attend a Pink Party Thursday, October 12 or Wednesday, October 25.  Bayfront Health’s Pink Parties will be held at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte on Thursday, October 12 or Wednesday, October 25, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. women can get their mammogram along with some well-deserved pampering. Mammo appointments and reservation is required by calling 941-766-4321.

    You’re invited to the groundbreaking of PicklePlex of Punta Gorda at Florida SouthWestern State College at 9 a., on Tuesday, October 17 at 9 a.m. on the FSW campus, 26300 Airport Toad, Punta Gorda.

    Tringali Park will be offering Winter Break Camp for campers in VPK through 8 grade for Dec. 26 – 29 and Jan. 2 from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tringali Park Recreation Center.The cost of the program is only $60 for December 26 – 29 and $15 for Jan. 2. There are limited spaces available for all dates, so register early. Visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov  and click Get Active – Online Registration on the Playing page or stop into Tringali Park Recreation Center.  For more information call 941-681-3742 or email Dennis.Andrews@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

    In conjunction with Punta Gorda Founders’ Week, the annual Punta Gorda History Center Southern Supper will honor 10 new entrants to the Punta Gorda History Center Hall of Honor.  A full traditional Punta Gorda style southern supper will be served at Hurricane Charley’s in Punta Gorda at 5 p.m.  For more information or tickets ($55) call (941)258-2080 or email puntagordahistorycenter@gmail.com.

    You are invited to Country for a Cause 2017, hosted by Virginia B Andes Volunteer Community Clinic on Friday, November 3, 6-10 pm, at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds Expo Hall (2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte). Enjoy the Ben Allen Band, country cookin’, cash bar and a live auction. VIP and General Admission tickets available online www.volunteercare.org/country or call Robin at 941-276-1668. Proceeds benefits the patients at the Clinic and Pharmacy.

    The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) is pleased to offer the program “Mysteries of Migration” by Florida Master Naturalist Kate Borduas at 10 AM on Wednesday, October 18 at Bayshore Live Oak Part in Port Charlotte.  Kate will focus on the fall and spring migration of birds that we see here in Florida and she will explain how and why birds are able to make these epic journeys.  For information and/registration for this FREE program, call 941-475-0769.

    The Charlotte Harbor and Punta Gorda Community Redevelopment Agencies and title sponsor Waste Management invite residents to participate in the 10th Annual Hands Across the Harbor Half Marathon Bridge Run, Ride, and Roll. The event will be on January 27, 2018 and features a half marathon, 5k competitive run, 13.1 mile competitive IDSA sanctions longboard race as well as 5k fun walk, 13.1, 20 and 30 mile bike rides.  Early bird registration is now open online at www.HandsAcrosstheHarbor.org..

    Postponed by Hurricane Irma, the fifth annual Comedy for a Cause fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, Punta Gorda. All previously distributed sponsor, VIP and show-only tickets will be honored on the new date, when eight area business leaders will perform improvisation comedy under the direction of Charlotte County Commissioner Dr. Chris Constance. Tickets may be purchased at www.comedy4acause.net. Donations in cast members’ names may also be made that site as well as www.crowdrise.com/fifthAnnualComedyforaCause. Call 941-255-1022 for more information.

    Country for a Cause 2017, Friday, November 3rd, 6-10 pm at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds Expo Hall. Music by the Ben Allen Band, Loving You Right Now. A “Good Ole Down Home Country” Meal, Cash Bar, Live Auction & Paddle Auction. Proceeds to benefit the patients at the Virginia B Andes Volunteer Clinic and Pharmacy. VIP Tickets – $100pp – includes 2 drink tickets, VIP seating, tableside appetizers General  Admission – $75pp. For additional information, call Robin at 941-276-1668

    An introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association. Topics to be covered 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 during the class.  The instructor is long time local fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen.  The course is held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Wednesday October 25. The cost for the class is $45 and advance registration is recommended by calling 941-637-1655.

    Thursday, October 19, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., Bayfront Health Punta Gorda Medical Office Plaza, 713 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Bayfront Health invites you to join the voices for recovery in honor of National Recovery Month. Every September, this national observance focuses on raising awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrating individuals in long-term recovery. This year, Bayfront Health wants to show how Our Community Rocks. Rocks, painting supplies, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided Free. Seats are limited. RSVP required. Register at www.BayfrontHealthEvents.com.

    CARE Auxiliary’s Basket Luncheon is Tuesday, October 17th at River City Grill.  We have a new event on October 11th from 5-7:30pm at the Captain’s Table.  This will be a happy hour event where we will sell tickets good for one well wine/well drink or appetizer for $10.  The entire $10 goes to C.A.R.E.  We will have live piano and singing as well as items to raffle off.  Kristie Lawson, careauxiliary@gmail.com

    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. 20thRegister 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.

    Save the date:  October 27, 8:30 a.m. at Hurricane Charley’s for Drug Free Charlotte County’s 2017 Annual Prevention Breakfast and Awards.  We’ll be honoring those who have “Sowed the Seeds of Prevention” and sharing how we can keep moving forward.  For information visit, www.drugfreecharlottecounty.org.

    The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association is having a yard sale on October 21st from 8:30 AM-2:30 PM to be held at Gregg’s Automotive Repair Center at 236 S. Tamiami Trail in Punta Gorda. This is to benefit the Virginia Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Annually scholarships are awarded to deserving candidates in our area to further their education.  Please support this very worthwhile event. For more information please call 941-637-8017.

    CCSHRM will present a 4-hour management training program on October 17, 2016 at the CareerSource Office only costing $25 per participant.   Topics of training include Hiring, Coaching and Progressive Discipline, Termination, What Leadership Expects from Management and laws that are applicable based on company size. Managers will walk away with professional advice designed to protect them and the company they work for and the session will end with a round table discussion answering any question that arises in the room.  Contact Kim Hansen for more information at 239-770-2601.CCSHRM 2017 Management Flyer

    Free exhibits Color and Art with Meaning now on display at the Visual Arts Center, featuring a fantastic selection of original art for sale. Join us for Create & Paint nights (fun with wine & painting) every Wed. at 6pm in October – To purchase tickets call (941) 639-8810. The Visual Arts Center is located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 9-4 & Sat, 10-2. For more info on upcoming classes, exhibits & events, visit www.visualartcenter.org.

    Peace River Tours at the Nav-A-Gator is offering their Wilderness River Cruise at half price when you bring in a donation of canned goods/nonperishable food items that will be donated to local Hurricane IRMA victims.   Enjoy a 90 minute ride, fully narrated Eco-Tour where you will see the landscape changes brought about by Hurricane IRMA, and learn about the history, vegetation & wildlife along the river. Daily cruises, reserve your seat 941-627-3474, boat departs from Nav-A-Gator Grill & Marina 9700 SW Riverview Cir Lake Suzy, offer good until October 31, 2017.

    Country for a Cause 2017, hosted by Virginia B Andes Volunteer Community Clinic on Friday, November 3rd, 6-10 pm, at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds Expo Hall (2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte). Enjoy the Ben Allen Band, country cookin’, cash bar and a live auction. VIP and General Admission tickets available online www.volunteercare.org/country or call Robin at 941-276-1668. Proceeds benefits the patients at the Clinic and Pharmacy.

    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies/C.A.R.E. is promoting awareness of this important issue in a variety of ways including Purple Pinwheels and yard signs. Please see our website www.carefl.org for more information.  On October 30th, C.A.R.E. is collaborating with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center to present to the public a free Digital Advocacy Workshop on the dangers of social media and location apps, various technologies being used for stalking, and more!

    Fabulous Finds Resale Shop, 4265 Tamiami Trail, Unit N in Port Charlotte, Town & Country Plaza (Charlotte Harbor Publix) (941) 979-8230 BIG SALE! Discover your Fabulous Find on COLUMBUS DAY! Monday October 9, 2017Hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm
    50% off of non-boutique clothing and non-boutique shoes PLUS An additional 5% on all sales over $14.92!

    Chamber Member News

    The United Way of CC will be accepting funding applications for its 2018-2019 grant cycle. Application also covers funds administered by United Way on behalf of the BOCC and the City of Punta Gorda.  Guidelines and application package are available on the United Way of Charlotte County website www.unitedwayccfl.org/2018grants . Completed applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017 at the United Way office, 17831 Murdock Circle, Suite A, Port Charlotte, FL 33948.   For more information please contact Aimee Coley at aimee.coley@unitedwayccfl.org, or call 941.627.3539. 

    Fishermen’s Village merchants are partnering with The Salvation Army to assist with relief efforts by collecting financial contributions. 100% of collected funds will be designated for Charlotte and Desoto relief efforts.   Cash and checks are being accepted. (Make checks payable to Salvation Army, Memo Charlotte and Desoto Counties). The need is critical. Please help us to help our neighbors!  All donations can be dropped off at any Fishermen’s Village merchant. Your Donation Is Appreciated!

    Suncoast Humane Society Meet Gloria, an 8 year old Catahoula Leopard dog mix who weighs about 35 pounds. We think Gloria is quite a beautiful dog. Gloria has lived with children and was friendly, playful and tolerant of them. She is better with humans than she is with other pets and will be best in a home as the only one.  http://www.petango.com/Adopt/Dog-Catahoula-Leopard-dog-33060091

    As we will be departing soon for our cruise around the world, I wanted to update you with our new blog site. Smoke and Roses’ website has now been changed to a blog site and we invite you to follow our adventure. It is still a work in progress as our tracker is not yet activated, but I’d like to know what you think. If you get this more than once I apologize as I now have 3 email boxes (too many to manage well).  New blog site: www.smokeandroses.com.

    Harborside Copier Services of Charlotte County is locally owned and operated by Walter Stawarski. Walter has over 20 years of experience in the industry. We sell and service new and used commercial grade copy machines, printers, wide format plotters, and scanners. We also have lease options available to fit your needs. We have special on B&W printers low metered for $149.95 while supplies last.  Contact Harborside Copier Services at 941-626-4556 or email us at harborsidecopiers@gmail.com.

    Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar is featuring $1 house margaritas all month long – all of October.  Visit our locations at 24467 Sandhill Blvd. in Deep Creek (941) 235-9184  or 19010 Murdock Cir. In Port Charlotte (941) 766-0666, and remember from appetizer to desert we have a great menu for you to choose from.   Visit www.applebees.com (this offer does not include 2 for 1 drinks). 

    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.

    Be sure to provide notice and obtain a signed consent from the employee or applicant before initiating a background check.  Make sure the notification form (or, more commonly, the “release”) complies with the requirements set forth in the Fair Credit Reporting Act by making it a separate document (not part of your application form) designed solely to notify the employee or applicant that you’re going to do a background check and need their consent in advance.  For FCRA-compliant screening, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks!  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net

    We Support the Chamber! Total Merchant Services of Florida wants to support our chamber. Any member that is renewing their membership or has renewed in the last 6 months can receive $150.00 from us when they sign up with our company for credit card processing. And, we will give you a free cost comparison too.  Call Steve Marcum 941-417-9800 to learn more.

    Buy a Practice Facility Membership at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club for yourself or the golfer in your life! They make great gifts for the Holidays. Call Richelle for details 941-240-5100.

    J.D.’s Bistro and Grille wants returning and new guests to sample our Pre-fix Menu, available for a limited time.  Please call for a reservation or just come in and enjoy the musical styling of our jazz entertainers, as the delectable food, prepared by Chef Daniel Cortez melts in your mouth. There is also a private room available for meetings and parties! Now is the perfect time to book your Holiday Events.  Please contact Lori Laughridge for additional information at 941-456-9436. 

    The Gilded Grape Winery and Wine Bar is making our Venue available on Sunday Day, 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

    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

    Best Pro Team Cleaning is looking for a few good women and/or men who are not afraid of work. Can you pass a background check?  Do you have a clean driving record?  Can you start immediately?  Then we are looking for you. We are also looking for an occasional window washer, able to do an occasional power washing and want flexible hours, no weekends unless you want the hours.  Jobs start at 8:30 a.m. and the end time varies. Call us and stop in @:1435 Collingswood Blvd Ste. F, Port Charlotte, (941)726-1216.

    Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training takes place each year at Charlotte Sports Park.  The Rays seek a Spring Training_Charlotte County Ambassador to lead spring season ticket sales efforts, assist in coordinating event appearances and grassroots marketing activities, and assist in community outreach activities in the Charlotte County area. It is estimated the seasonal position will run for approximately 6 months from October 2017 through March 2018. The position will be located at the Rays spring training offices at Charlotte Sports Park. Please submit applications to Robbie Artz at rartz@raysbaseball.com.   

    Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens is seeking part-time retail sales persons to staff the Admission Booth and the Garden Community Center snack and gift area. Dependability, positive personality, and desire to join an exciting new opportunity is required. Experience is preferred but not essential. Submit resumes to peacerivergardensmembers@gmail.com or call 941-621-8299 between 9 and 12, M-F. Leave message if there is no answer.

    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

    If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate
    and Sarah.

    If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat
    Boy, Godzilla and Four-eyes.
    When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only
    for $32.50.  None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.

    When the girls get their bill, the pocket calculators come out.
    A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. 

    A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.

    A man has six items in his bathroom:  toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.

    The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337.  A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.


    The judge reviews the divorce case very carefully and issues his judgement.

    “Mr. Smith, I am going to give your wife $750 a month.”

    Mr. Smith’s replies, “That’s very nice of you, judge. And every once in a while I will send her a little extra 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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