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    Ribbon Cuttings:  Fri., Feb. 2, at 12noon at the Visual Arts Center, 210 Maude St., PG to open their 11th Biennial National Art Exhibit.  **** Tues., Feb. 6, at 5:30pm at Rissini Trattoria Gastronomica, 18101 Murdock Cir., PC to celebrate their grand opening.

    Business Expo2018 Thurs., Feb. 8 from 10am to 4pm at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.  Free admission, prizes, goodie bag for first 500 people.

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    Business OnLine – October 30, 2017

    October 30, 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 30, 2017

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    Wed., Nov. 8, Networking at Noon, Burg’r Bar, 317 Tamiami Trail, PG.  Please make a reservation and food selection online Chamber Store or by calling 627-2222.

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

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

    General Information

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

    Help us celebrate the holiday season at the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce’s 39th Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 9.   Our theme this year is Holiday Happiness.  The parade will step off at noon from the Charlotte Performing Arts Center 701 Carmalita Street in Punta Gorda, travel up Taylor Road to the Event Center parking lot for disbanding.  The Judging area is in front of Centennial Bank.  Print and return the Parade Flier 2017 – Holiday Happiness  and sign up your business, club, or non-profit group or pay and register through the Chamber Store.

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

    The 2017 North Port Real Estate Summit information – Here is the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-north-port-real-estate-summit-tickets-38597060848  Password: RE Summit

    SBA Loans, FEMA Aid Available for Seawall Repair – The Small Business Administration will be accepting applications for loans to property owners through Nov. 9. Loans are available for all property repairs, including seawalls. The first step of the process is to register with FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Loan applications can be found at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, or via phone 800-659-2955.

    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

    Office of Congressman Tom Rooney mobile office hours Thursday, November 2nd at the Punta Gorda District Office, 226 Taylor St, Ste. 230, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Reach out to my office anytime at 202-225-5792, visit my Facebook page and sign up for my e-newsletter to receive these regular updates. During mobile office hours, caseworkers from my office will be on hand to help with any trouble you may be having with a federal agency. My caseworkers cannot assist with state or local issues, or problems with private companies. It’s an honor to serve you in Washington, DC. 

    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):

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

    Thurs., Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m., Ashley Home Store at Bacon’s Furniture, 17701 Murdock Cir., PC 

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

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

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

    New Members

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

    Jim & Cathy Getz, 122 Berry St., PG 33950
    Ph: 239-989-5142  getzjamesr@gmail.com

    Chamber Member Events

    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

    Charlotte Community Foundation – Strategic Planning Workshop (2 Thursdays) – November 2 and November 9 (9:00 – 11:30) , $30, and Roles and Functions of the Nonprofit Board ($15) – Thursday, November 16 (9:00 – 10:30 a.m.). These workshops will be led by Dr. Robert (Bob) Peterson, a local resident and CCF Board Member, with over 30 years of international consulting firm experience following a successful career in higher education and business management. Includes refreshments, light snacks and materials. Please RSVP to ccf@charlottecf.org or call 941.637.0077 to reserve your space.

    Higher Ground Performing Arts will be presenting an Urban Dance Experience! A Hip Hop Dance Workshop with 3 hrs of non-stop, high energy, dynamic and elevating Hip Hop choreography from HG’s Rolando Cabrera, Kathleen Candales and Katrina Candales. The Event will take place November 3rd 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm. All Levels. Ages 10 and up. Only $35. Single class $15. Observers $10. Community Life Center * 19048 Edgewater Drive * Port Charlotte. Registration starts @ 4:45pm. Warm up @ 5:15pm. To register or for more information visit http://highergroundperformingarts.net/events-tickets.

    Harvest of Art now on display at the Visual Arts Center – exhibits are always free and open to the public. Help us kick off the Fine Arts Festival at the ribbon cutting Oct. 30 at 12pm, stay to have lunch at the J&K Mobile Café! Also a book discussion, Storytime for kids and movie night happening next week, all for the Fine Arts Festival! For dates & times visit www.visualartcenter.org. Located across from Fishermen’s Village @ 210 Maud St, Punta Gorda. Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: M-F, 9-4 & Sat, 10-2.

    Finding yourself in a healthcare crisis without means to afford it can be terrifying. Fortunately, in Charlotte County, we can go to the Virginia B Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, the “Free Clinic,” for excellent episodic care and pharmacy. Support for the ‘Free Clinic’ does not come from government! They rely on grants and donations. Country for a Cause, Nov 3, is a FUNdraising gala for the Clinic. You can have a little down-home fun, with live music and food, while supporting this local nonprofit. For more info & tickets: www.volunteercare.org

    Heron Creek Golf & Country Club special through November 15 – Book our $49 Golf Special after 12:30 which includes a $10 Credit with the Beverage Cart. Tee Times for this special are filling fast! Call the Pro Shop today, 941-423-6913

    Temple Shalom, 23190 Utica Ave. Port Charlotte, is delighted to offer the community the “Five Cantors in Concert” on Sunday, November 5th at 4:00 pm.  Tuesday, November 7th at 7:00 pm we will have a presentation the “Story Behind the Balfour Declaration (100th anniversary of the famous letter). From Wikipedia  “The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government during World War I announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. There is no charge to attend either event.

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

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

    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.

    Key November events at Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association.  Call 941-637-1655 or go to http://pgica.org for more information. Sandwich Seminar: Medicare Made Simple –Thursday, November 2, 7 p.m. Review all parts and options of Medicare from Part A to Part D, Medicare Supplement (or Medigap) Plans A through N. Preregister.  GI Health Symposium: Tuesday, November 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  with guest speaker John Rioux, MD, General Surgeon. Sponsored by Fawcett Memorial Hospital. Preregister.  Tuesday, November 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aging vs. The Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. Preregister. 

    Gilded Grape Winery and Wine Bar, 4069 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, 941-235-WINE (9463).   November 1, 7 to 10:00 pm ,  “Karaoke”  with Jeannie Smyth; November 3, 5:30 to 8:00pm, J&K’s Mobile Café and 7:00 to 10:00pm  “Walk Down Memory Lane”  with Sandy Forbes; November 4, 7:00 to 10:00pm,  Karaoke with Tom Lloyd; November 17, 4:30 to 6:30pm, “Wine Glass Painting”. The Wine Bar offers a global selection of wines and a variety of beer and craft beers.  Hours are Tues & Thurs 12 noon-6pm, Wednesday, Friday – Saturday 12:00 noon to 10:00pm.  www.gildedgrape.com

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

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

    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.

    Fishermen’s Village announces a plethora of events during November!  Save these dates:  Nov 4 – Coldwell Banker Sunstar Adopt-A-Pet Day 9 am -1 pm; Nov 11 – Peace River Car Club Car Show 10 am-2 pm; Nov 12 – Mustang Car Club Car Show 10 am-3 pm; and Nov 18 – Lighting of the Village, 5:30-9 pm

    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.

    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.\

    Nav-A-Gator HappeningsNovember 4 – Saturday, John Whiteleather Band 2-5pm; November 5 – Saturday , Charlie Imes 2-5pm. Cover charge canned goods and nonperishable food items that are donated to local Hurricane Irma victims

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Chamber Member News

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

    CeJay Associates, LLC website spotlight is www.puntagordaha.org  – An updated look for the Housing Authority with more accessible information and announcements that are automatically scheduled to show/hide. Let CeJay Associates update your online presence with an easy-to-manage WordPress site. We can also manage your social media, newsletters, branding and business graphics.  Together, we can make your Internet marketing strategy WORK for you, taking your business or organization to the next level of success! Contact CeJay Associates at 941-204-0007 * www.CeJayAssoc.com  * Design@CeJay.com

    We are having a special for Halloween – 50% off Tealight Special online only through Oct 30 Enter code Halloween. www.Partylite.biz/nadiascandles, 312-286-2885. Nadia Mamczij, Independent Consultant.

    Even with low 4.3% unemployment, CareerBuilder says most American workers still struggle financially. More than three out of four workers say they live paycheck-to-paycheck.  Three out of four say they are in debt and half think they always will be.  More than one out of four workers say they are unable to set aside savings each month.  And more than half of minimum wage workers have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.   **For FCRA-compliant employment and tenancy screening, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks!  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net

    Rays spring training at Charlotte Sports Park will begin on Friday, February 23 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The full home schedule is available now at www.raysbaseball.com/spring. Place a deposit now to reserve your priority for the best seating locations. Season tickets start at just $258 and provide access to the best seats at the best prices, and other great benefits. Visit raysbaseball.com/spring or call 888-FAN-RAYS. Single Game Tickets go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10 a.m. at raysbaseball.com/spring, and at the Charlotte Sports Park box office on Saturday, January 13 at 10 a.m.

    Suncoast Humane Society meet Zeus, a 2 yr. old Lab/Aussie Shepherd Mix weighing 55 lbs. Zeus walks very well on a leash and rides well in a car (once he’s loaded in!). He is comfortable in the company of adults and children. Though he’s not lived with children, he has been with them during Dog About Town outings and he was very receptive towards their attention. He also enjoys going to a dog park and playing with other large breed dogs. Zeus is a great companion dog and handsome as well! http://www.petango.com/Adopt/Dog-Retriever-Labrador-36180939

    The Nav-A-Gator Grill & Marina Christmas Lights Canal Cruises start December 2. This year we are offering a 2 for 1 special for groups and clubs and your group would also receive a sunset cruise during January 2018 at no additional charge. The tour boat can seat 30 people and you may bring your own beverages. The boat departs at 5:30 and 7:30 nightly from Laishley Marina and travels through the decorated canals of Punta Gorda Isles, returning at approximately 7pm and 9pm.  Advanced reservations are required. Call 941-627-3474.

    The Gilded Grape Winery and Wine Bar is making our venue available on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings to members to Host private meetings and functions, after 5pm week days, Deposit to Hold.   Call Paul Malcolm at 941-235-9463 to discuss.

    Job Spot

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

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

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

    Just for fun

    I just want to thank all of you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery

    I no longer open a public bathroom door without using a paper towel or have them put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

    I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking ones nose.

    Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of Trans fats I have consumed over the years

    I must send special thanks to whoever sent me the one about poop in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing. Also, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

    I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa’s Novena has granted my every wish.

    I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

    Thanks to you I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

    I no longer can buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car so a serial killer won’t crawl in my back seat when I’m pumping gas.

    I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica , Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan

    And, thanks to your advice, I can’t ever pick up $5.00 dropped in the parking lot because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

    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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