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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 23, 2017

    October 23, 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 23, 2017

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    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

    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.

    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

    Enjoy the 2nd Annual Palate Pleasures Restaurant Week.  Visit the following for details. https://puntagordachamber.com/palate-pleasures-restaurant-week/

    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):

    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

    Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida, Inc.
    PO Box 494186, PC 33949-4186, 200 Harbor Walk Drive, PG 33950
    General Dick Carr, Stacy Jones, Ph: 941-763-9235

    www.vietnamwallofsouthwestflorida.org  dickc59@embarqmail.com

    Alan T. Lane, 11025 Bristol Bay Drive, #711, Bradenton  34209
    Ph: 804-334-7922 www.1031strategies.com  protaxincentives@gmail.com      
    Sponsor: Sue Howell, Mom CEO

    Tammy Hayes, RE/MAX Palm Realty, 1808 Tamiami Trail #D2, PC 33948
    Ph: 941-276-6185  www.tammyhayes.remaxagent.com  tammyhayesre@gmail.com
    Sponsor: Peter Rivera, RE/MAX Palm Realty

    Chamber Member Events

    Scotty’s Brewhouse proudly presents “Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Saturday October 28, starting at 10pm.  Interactive ADULT Show. Costume Contest and Drink Specials, Draft Beer “Dark o’ the Moon” Elysian Brewing. Vampire Shots. Pumpkin Pie Martinis, Come out and participate and have a great time. Let’s Do The Time Warp again.

     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

    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.

    Please join us at T.T.’s Tiki Bar located on the waterfront of the Four Points by Sheraton.  On Wednesday from 6-9 PM, we have Andy G Duo, Thursday will feature Score Duo, on Friday we have Tropical Avenue, Saturday we bring back local favorite Jukebox Prophet, and on Sunday we have Cap’n Rick.  Also, please stop inside the hotel at our Dockside Grill to meet our new chef and try his new menu that is getting rave reviews.  The Tiki Bar…..The Place To Be!

    Try your hand at creating unique designs to keep or share. Sign up for our Wine and Design class.  Register online for a daytime or an evening class.  Spooky Halloween BOO-quet on Tuesday, October 24, 6 to 8p.m. or Thursday, October 26, 10a.m. to noon.  All classes are held at Port Charlotte Florist, 900 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Call 941-627-2236 if you have any questions and to sign up.   Glass of wine, light snacks, and all design supplies are included. Class size is limited and payment is non-refundable

    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.

    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.

    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

    BB&T- Oswald Trippe and Company announces the five finalists for the annual Blue Chip Community Business Award. The final five businesses, who are chosen by an independent panel of judges, will be recognized at the award ceremony luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 2 at a new location, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa (5001 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs), and one will be designated as the Blue Chip Award winner. The five businesses are: Adventures in Paradise, Davidson Irrigation, Misty’s Sunshine Cleaning Service, Siesta Pebble, and Sunshine Workforce.

    The Phantoms of the Orchestra, a volunteer group which supports the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, is holding its Composer’s Luncheon on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. The luncheon will be held 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. The cost is $15.00 which includes a complimentary glass of wine. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Symphony Office at 941-205-9743 by Tuesday noon, October 31st.

    Tiki Tom Entertainment for your Holiday Event. Call for dates and availability- 239-314-6808. Appearing this week Wednesday 6-9p at Wyvern Hotel and Fishermen’s Village Saturday 5-9p www.tikitom.com

    The Annual Paycheck for Patriots event will be held Thursday, November 9 at CareerSource Southwest Florida, 3745 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, 9:00 am to 11:00am – Veterans only, 11:00am to 1:00pm – Open to the general public. Over 20 employers and schools will be on-site. Come dressed for an interview. Bring plenty of resumes.

    Join Kate Borduas, Florida Master Naturalist and World Traveler, at a lecture, “The Maori & Aborigine Cultures – Life at the Bottom of the World”, at Bayshore Live Oak Park on November 1 at 10:00 am.  Kate will explore the differences between the historic Maori and Aborigine societies and the possible implications once the modern world descends upon them.  This free program is made available in cooperation with Charlotte County Parks & Natural Resources, and is coordinated by the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC).  For information and/registration, call 941-475-0769.

    Gilded Grape Winery and Wine Bar, 4069 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, 941-235-WINE (9463).  Wednesday,  October 25,  7 – 10pm ,  “Karaoke”  with Tom Lloyd; Friday, October 27,  7:00 to 10:00pm, Mark Dupuy, playing various instruments and vocals and Saturday,  October 28,  7:00 to 10:00pm,  Jeannie Smyth, 

    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.

    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! 

    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 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!

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Free November CHEC programs. Call 941-475-0769 for information. November 13, 22 Guided walks through Tippecanoe II, 9 am.; November 5, 16:  Guided walks through Oyster Creek Park, 9 am; November 1:  The “Maori and Aborigine Cultures – Life at the Bottom of the World” lecture at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 10 am.; November 7, 12, 20, 28:   Guided walks through Amberjack Environmental Park, 9 am.; November10, 15, 21:  A guided walk through Bill Coy/Buck Creek Preserve, 9 am; November 14:  A birding walk through Tippecanoe Environmental Park,  8 am; November 18:  Guided walks during the Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival. 10:30 am, noon, 1:30 pm; November 25:  A birding walk through Amberjack,  8 am.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    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.

    It’s that time of year again, Tringali Park will be hosting the Trick or Treat Down Spooky Street event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Break out your best Halloween costume and bags to collect goodies from community vendors along with games and activities. Don’t forget your camera to take in some incredible photo ops. This event is totally free and will take place at the Tringali Park Community Center, 3460 North Access Road, Englewood.  For more information contact Dennis Andrews, senior program coordinator at 941-681-3742 or email Dennis.Andrews@CharlotteCountyFL.gov .

    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.

    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!

    Chamber Member News

    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.

    Suncoast Humane Society, Meet Bobbi, a 1 yr. old Domestic Shorthair weighing just 8 lbs. with a grey & white coat. Bobbi is a very frisky, friendly & playful cat. She has a lot of energy and easily entertains herself. And she will sit on a windowsill and stare at a lizard without batting an eye – she is transfixed. Bobbi roams freely in our Cattery and quickly introduces herself to visitors. She will make a great feline companion for someone who appreciates personality plus in a cat!  http://www.petango.com/Adopt/Cat-Domestic-Shorthair-35410551

    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. 

    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). 

    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 a 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. Check out our website http://www.harborsidecopiers.com/  and our face book page  https://www.facebook.com/harborsidecopiers/.

    In the course of employment screening, if you decide to reject an applicant based on information generated in a background check, make sure the applicant first receives a “pre-adverse action notice” … to provide the applicant the opportunity to dispute the background information you’ve developed.  Following that, if you do proceed to the rejection, be sure to provide a “final adverse action notice” to the applicant containing the specific language required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  For FCRA-compliant screening, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks!  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net

    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 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

    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

    Business Development Specialist – Port Charlotte territory. Join the BrightStar Care Administrative Team. The Business Development Specialist is responsible for developing an existing territory to increase sales.  They will do this by establishing and maintaining contacts that will develop into sales leads.   Professional sales experience, preferably outside sales experience, is required, but it does not have to have been in home care or health care in general.  Having strong community ties and established relationships is a plus. BrightStar Care of Venice and Port Charlotte, 425 Commercial Court, Unit F, Venice, FL 34292 941-412-4070 www.BrightStarCare.com/Venice

    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.

    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

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

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

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


    Do you have exciting information about YOUR business?  Send it to the Chamber and we’ll share it with our other members! Email news about your business to Julie Mathis at jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org.  Please keep it to 90 words or fewer. We reserve the right to publish as well as edit any posting. BOL goes out weekly on Mondays; please email your news by the preceding Friday. 

    Julie Mathis
    Executive Director
    Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
    311 West Retta Esplanade
    Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

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