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    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 – October 2, 2017

    October 2, 2017

    From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

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

    Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 91 years

    October 2, 2017

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    Wed., Oct. 11, Networking at Noon, Leroy’s Southern Kitchen, 201 W. Marion Ave., PG

    Wed., Oct. 18, 7::15 to 8: 30 a.m., Third Wednesday Coffee.  Sponsor: Gator Wilderness Camp School. Program:

    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

    Congratulations to the 22 nominees for Business of the Year: Bayfront Health Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte; Centennial Bank; Charlotte County Sheriff; Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center; Charlotte Local Education Foundation; Charlotte Players, Inc.; Jaimela Dulaney, MD, PA; Essential Puree; Florida SouthWestern State College; Four Points by Sheraton Punta Gorda; Friendly Floors; Golisano Pediatric Clinic; Homeless Coalition; Integrity Employee Leasing; Nolan Family Insurance; Paulson Centre Executive Office Suites; Port Charlotte Florist; Scotty’s Brewhouse; Security Alarm Corp.; Small Business Development Center; Suncoast One Title & Closings, Inc. and the Stone Crabs & Tampa Bay Rays.  Recipients for 2017 are:  Friendly Floors (small), Security Alarm Corporation (medium), Charlotte Stone Crabs/Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training (large) and Charlotte Local Education Foundation (non-profit).

    The Ambassador of the Year is Kim Maddy, Charlotte State Bank & Trust. Harvey Goldberg was named as Pacesetter of the Year. 4 Under 40 Award was created to acknowledge young professionals in Charlotte County who are blazing a path to success and making a notable impact on the community and the recipients are: Justin Brand, Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center; Eric DeYoung, Charlotte State Bank and Trust; Erin Galley, Nolan Family Insurance and Bevin Holzschuk, Bayfront Health.

    A Charlotte County Location has opened for Operation Blue Roof. Operation Blue Roof provides no-cost temporary repairs for roofs damaged by Hurricane Irma. The U.S. Army Corps. To get assistance, you must sign a “Right of Entry” (ROE) form to allow Corps staff and contractors to access your private property and assess roof damage. Complete an ROE form at the Operation Blue Roof Port Charlotte location, Look for the tent in front of Lowe’s Home Improvement store Murdock Carrousel Shopping Center, 2000 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. For more information call 888-ROOF-BLU (888-766-3258).

    Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by mobile device at m.fema.gov

    Let’s Eat Englewood through October 6.  www.LetsEatEnglewood.com

    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 (to which all members are invited):

    Mon., Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m., Baby Inside Me 3D Ultrasound, 12687 SW County Road 769, Lake Suzy

    Tues., Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m., Medsol Clinical Research Center, 3390 Tamiami Trail, #205, PC

    Thurs., Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m., RE/MAX Palm, 24001 Peachland, PC

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

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

    New Members

    Baer’s Furniture, 4200 Tamiami Trail, PC 33952
    Frank Waller. Ph: 941-624-3377           
    www.baers.com  cfwaller24@gmail.com
    Tina Mays, Mizelll Law Firm

    Senior Bridge, 1751 Mound St., #G100, Sarasota 34236
    Shana Willis, Jennifer Grottkau, Janice Lindmar. Ph: 941-366-0866     
    www.seniorbridge.com   swillis11@seniorbridge.com

    Chamber Member Events

    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 Road, Punta Gorda.

    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.

    Temple Shalom and Florida SouthWestern College in Punta Gorda invite you to hear Max Weisglass,  He will be speaking about his Holocaust experience at FSW campus on Tuesday, October 3rd at 2:00pm in the auditorium.  His personal story is riveting and so alive.  This is sponsored by the Political Club of FSW and there is no charge for attending.

    The One Life Organization is helping with the 2nd Annual Caribbean Jerk and Cultural Festival on Oct. 7 at Four Points by Sheraton. Come check out a variety of live performances. Tickets: Presold $10 | At the gate $15 | VIP Pre-Sold Only $30 Children under 13 Free, Food and Art/Craft Vendors *Jerk Cook-Off *Quick-Fire Competition* Domino Tournament* Kid’s Zone. Tickets on line: www.caribtix.com/caribbeanjerk,

    Charlotte County Emergency Management is offering the CERT, Citizen’s Emergency Response Team training course. This free course emphasizes training of needed lifesaving medical skills, proper use of a fire extinguisher, disaster psychology, and other disaster recovery skills. The 3-day course will be held at the Charlotte County Public Safety Complex in Punta Gorda from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5-7. To register or for more information call 813.702.3785.

    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.

    CareerSource Southwest Florida is conducting a workshop on “Training Grants” that assist businesses with their workforce and employment needs at no cost on Wednesday October 11th, 2017 from 8:30am to 10:00am.  Please open the Flyer_10-11-17_Workforce_Training_Grants_Workshop_Invitation for more detailed information.

    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.

    Tiki Tom Entertainer – hire an “eVentertainment” specialist! Appearing with LA Daniels Friday Night Opening of Florida International Air Show 5-8pm plus This Saturday night Wyvern Perch 360.  We specialize in corporate events, fundraisers, private functions, ALF’s, weddings & banquets. For Booking visit www.tikitomrocks.com or call Tom @ 239-314-6808

    Gilded Grape Winery and Wine Bar, 4069 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte,  941-235-WINE (9463).  Wednesday,  October 4,  7 – 10pm ,  “Karaoke”;  Friday, October 6, 5:30 – 7pm,  “Paint a Wine Glass”    and 7:00 to 10:00pm, “Walk Down Memory Lane”  with Sandy Forbes; Saturday,  October 7,   7:00 to 10:00pm,  . “Karaoke”  The Wine Bar offers a global selection of wines by the glass or by the bottle, made on-site, 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,  like us on facebook.

    Career Source is offering an Employer Workforce Training Grants Workshop on Wed., Oct. 11 at their office at 3745 Tamiami Trail (Conway and 41) from 8:30 to 10 a.m.  Learn about grants that are available for training new and existing employees.  RSVP 239-931-8282 x1806 or ttofini@careersourcesouthwestflorida.com.

    Heron Creek Golf & Country Club has a video concert on Oct. 6 featuring Rod Stewart and Fleetwood Mac recorded at the Royal Albert Hall.  Reservation required by calling 941-240-5100. Doors open at 5, concert beings at 7 p.m.  No cover charge, cash bar and pub style menu. 

    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

    You’re invited to the Beach Bash on October 14 at the Englewood Event Center.  The Bash will feature The Shindigs and benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County.  For more information, contact www.bgcofcc.org  or englewoodboardofrealtors.com.

    Zaxby’s will be hosting a blood drive on the Big Red Bus on Saturday, October 14 from 11:30am to 3:00pm. All donors will receive a coupon for a free Zaxby’s Nibbler and a free movie ticket. 19590 Cochran Blvd. www.Zaxbys.com.  

    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.

    Tringali Park will be hosting the Walking with Ease – Walking Club starting Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Join us on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. for a 5-week program that can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life.  This program is only $10 for the 5-week program, pre-registration is required, but spots are limited so register today. To register visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and click Get Active – Online Registration on the Playing page.

    Free October CHEC programs. Call 941-475-0769 for directions/information. October 3, 16:  Guided walks through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Preserve in Port Charlotte. 9 am. October 8, 17, 31:  Guided walks through Oyster Creek/Ann Dever Regional Park in Englewood. 9 am. October 18:  The “Mysteries of Migration” lecture at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Port Charlotte. 10 am.  Reservations advised. October 19:  A guided walk through Bill Coy/Buck Creek Preserve in Englewood. 9 am. October 24:  A birding walk through Tippecanoe Environmental Park in Port Charlotte.  8 AM. October 25:  A guided walk through Amberjack Environmental Park in Cape Haze. 9 am.

    Everyone is invited to celebrate Punta Gorda’s original 10th Annual OKTOBERFEST 2017. Join the Party Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 4pm to 9 pm, in front of the Old Courthouse, the corner of Taylor Street & Olympia Avenue. Live Music by Germany’s Dynamic Duo. A variety of authentic German food and much more. German and domestic Beer, Wine & Schnapps. Mercedes Vintage Car Show, Pony Rides, Dirndl/Lederhosen contest with prizes. Oktoberfest 50/50 raffles. Free admission, No coolers.

    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

    Wilson Realty Warriors American Cancer Relay for Life team’s biggest Fund Raiser is Thursday, October 12th from 6pm to 9pm, at Hurricane Charley’s with Celebrity Waiters from both the City’s Fire Department and the Police Department.  Buy a signature “Purple” Drink, take Line Dancing lessons at 7:00 from Charles and Bill, bid on the Silent Auction, buy dinner (we get a % of the proceeds) and help us raise funds to assist Cancer patients with daily needs and fund the necessary Research to Cure this Disease. Have questions? Call Linda Wilson at (941) 629-6624

    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 Phantoms of the Orchestra, a volunteer group which supports the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, is holding its first monthly Composer’s Luncheon of this concert season on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan Street, and is open to the public.  The luncheon program will focus on composer John Williams, one of the composers featured in the October 5th CSO concert: “A Salute to our Armed Forces.” Reservations are required and may be made by calling 941-205-9743 by Tuesday noon, October 3rd.

    The SKY Family YMCA invites you to join us for our Inaugural Harbor Nights, an exclusive 21 and older charity event filled with dining, dancing, live and silent auction. This charity event on October 14 at 5 p.m. is key to the YMCA’s ability to open our doors to all in our community as proceeds from this benefit go directly to the Children and Families Scholarship Fund and programs in Charlotte County. Individual Tickets are $125 and includes; admission, dinner, open bar and auction fun! For tickets or sponsorship visit, www.swflymca.org/harbornights.

    Key events at Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association – call 941-637-1655 or go to http://pgica.org for more information. Flu vaccinations on October 3 and November 7; 11 am -12:30 pm; bring insurance cards. Beyond PGI: Become a real traveler, learn about the Friendship Force on Tuesday, October 3; 7 pm.

    The Punta Gorda Airport and the Florida International Air Show are giving away two general admission tickets per month in August, September and October to any Chamber Member willing to promote the Air Show in their business by hanging a poster, displaying rack cards or event business cards.  Keep the passes for yourself or use them in your own summer promos as giveaways.  (http://floridaairshow.com/sponsor/).  To view all the sponsorship opportunities available for the Air Show, please visit: http://floridaairshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Chamber-of-Commerce-FIAS-August-Promo.jpg  

    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

    Chamber Member News

    The Sun Coast Media Group, the parent company of Sun Newspapers, announced a million dollar disaster relief program for local businesses.  For any business closed due to storm damage beyond Monday, 9/18/17, Sun Coast Media Group is offering a “Get Back on Your Feet Program.”  Sun Coast Media Group – Hurricane Irma Recovery Program 2017  For more information call 941-205-6406 for the full details and conditions.

    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.

    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. 

    Suncoast Humane Society  Meet Lola, a 4 yr. old Pit Bull Terrier weighing 51 lbs. She sports a white & brown short coat. Lola is great with people of all ages – she’s very good with children. And though she’s not lived with other dogs or cats, her encounters with them have been just fine. Lola loves the great outdoors and going for walks. And she enjoys sleeping in a crate with the door open. It’s her comfort zone. Lola has a great disposition & will brighten your life! http://www.petango.com/Adopt/Dog-Terrier-American-Pit-Bull-36201294

    Harborside Copier Services of Charlotte County is owned and operated by   Walter Stawarski. Walter is a former service manager of Copiers Sales and Service and has over 20 years 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. Contact Harborside Copier Services at 941-626-4556 or email us at harborsidecopiers@gmail.com http://www.harborsidecopiers.com/  https://www.facebook.com/harborsidecopiers/

    If businesses or organizations choose to do their own background checks internally, they should first take steps to insure consistency in the process.  Then, they should make certain they’re familiar with the many different laws governing applicant and employee screening, including federal and state anti-discrimination laws, the U.S. Fair Credit Reporting Act, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rules on background checks, federal and state personal data privacy laws, and any other specific state requirements in play.  For further info, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks!  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net

    Murdock Stones Etchas Clean Fill Dirt, Sand, Shell Marl and Rip Rap for your Irma repairs.  Get $5 off per cubic yard on any order of fill dirt (delivery or pick-up) between now and October 31st.  Just mention “Charlotte Chamber E-Mail” when you call (941-629-6651) or come in. We are located at 7621 Sawyer Circle (off Gasparilla Rd…. look for the World’s Largest Mailbox) or at 590 Prineville St. in Port Charlotte by the Sun Flea Market. www.murdockstonesetc.com

    Every year during the holidays, Friendship Centers strives to provide gifts to those who visit our Friendship Cafés or receive our home-delivered meals.  Our clients rely on Friendship Centers for daily hot meals as well as invaluable social activities.  For some, our “Healthy At Home” initiative will be the only gift they receive.   Please consider providing some extra cheer by donating a practical, thoughtful item that will be gifted to our clients.  Donations can be dropped off at the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce between September 5th and October 31st. 

    The Nav-A-Gator Grill & Marina, 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy, announces its Christmas Lights Canal Cruises starting December 2, 2017. This custom cruise is designed for individuals and groups such as churches, clubs and organizations with an affordable price.  The tour boat can seat 30 people comfortably. The boat departs at 5:30 and 7:30, nightly, from Laishley Marina in Punta Gorda and travels through many of the decorated canals of Punta Gorda Isles, returning at approximately 7pm and 9pm.   For more information 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 5 pm week days. Deposit to hold. Call Paul Malcolm at 941-235-9463 to discuss.


    The Charlotte County Community Services Department earned national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. The accreditation caps nearly two years of work to comply with 151 benchmarks that measure the department’s level of quality in delivering services to and managing amenities for the public. Charlotte County is now one of only seven Florida counties to have received CAPRA accreditation. For more information, contact Maureen Broderick at 941-235-5012 or email Maureen.Broderick@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

    A huge thank you to Chamber members for supporting Friendship Centers’ Healthy At Home holiday gift initiative. Right now, it may seem like there are bigger things to worry about, and something such as donating gifts for the holidays might not seem significant.  But every donation no matter how small is a meaningful way to be there for our older neighbors who are facing the prospect of not celebrating the holidays.   Thank you for your support in helping bring holiday joy to the families of Friendship Centers of Charlotte County.

    Job Spot

    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


    NUMBER 5: ‘They told me at the Blood Bank this might happen.’

    NUMBER 4: ‘This is just a 15 minute power nap they raved about in the time-management course you sent me to.’

    NUMBER 3: ‘Whew!? Guess I left the top off the White-out. You probably got here just in time!’

    NUMBER 2: ‘Did you ever notice sound coming out of these keyboards when you put your ear down real close?’

    And the NUMBER ONE best thing to say if you get caught sleeping at your desk:

    (Raising your head slowly) ‘… in Jesus’ name, Amen.’


    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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