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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 9, 2017

    October 9, 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 9, 2017

    Upcoming Chamber Events:

    Wed., Oct. 11, Networking at Noon, Leroy’s Southern Kitchen, 201 W. Marion Ave., PG.  Please RSVP online or by calling 627-2222 to select your food choice.

    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

    Small businesses create two out of every three jobs in Florida, and are the backbone of our state’s economy. The Florida Chamber would like to know what issues are impacting your chamber and member businesses. Please share your feedback by completing our Small Business Index Survey by October 13.

    The Punta Gorda Boaters Alliance, in partnership with the City of Punta Gorda announce a “Dock Matching” program for all Punta Gorda homeowners who are affected by the recent seawall failures as a result of Hurricane Irma. Over 925 properties have incurred seawall failures which will all need to be replaced, extending over 15 miles. For a detailed list, go to the City website at www.pgorda.us and click on the link for Storm Related Seawall Failures.

    Homeowners who are affected by seawall failures will need to relocate their boats either immediately or while their new seawalls are installed. Local citizens who have vacant docks can make their docks available for short or long term use by individuals who have boats that will be displaced due to seawall replacement. The Boaters Alliance assumes no liability with this program. For more information, you may contact John Welsh, President of the Boaters Alliance, at (941) 205-0042 or City Council Liaison, Lynne Matthews at (941) 575-3341.

    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):

    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

    Harvard Risk Management Corp., PO Box 512278, PG  33951-2278
    Michael Jackson, Ph: 941-202-2260
    Sponsor: Eddie Webb. Webb, Lorah & McMillan, PLLC      

    Patterson Group, 230 Bal Harbor Blvd., #111, PG 33950
    Matthew Patterson, Ph: 941-375-1312
    www.pattersongroupkw.com  matthew@matthewpatterson.com
    Sponsor: Jim Cull, Freedom Boat Club        

    Chamber Member Events

    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!

     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.

     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. 

    Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Cultural Center Theater, the Jukebox Duo will perform a wide variety of musical styles spanning the last 50 years.  Angie Saunders and Gary Johnson, a singing due from Sebring, celebrate hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s from artists like The Patsy Cline, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. For tickets, please call (941) 625-4175

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

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

    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.

    Auditions for the Charlotte Players’ production of “Chick Soup” will take place on Sunday, Oct. 8, and Monday, Oct. 9, at the Charlotte Players Community Theater Center, 1182 Market Street, Port Charlotte, and will begin at 7 p.m. both nights. The play will be presented Feb. 1-11, 2018, at the Langdon Playhouse. The play uses music and dialog to tell the story of four women who meet in an OB/GYN waiting room and become friends. The songs touch on the shared elements of their lives.

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

    Please join us at T.T.’s Tiki Bar located on the waterfront of the Four Points by Sheraton. On Wednesday, we have Kenny Rose from 6-9 PM, Kerri and Gary on Thursday, The Kollections on Friday from 7-11 PM, the Freecoasters on Saturday, and Paul Roush on Sunday from 6-9 PM.  Come check our brand new menu and chef in the Dockside Grill and enjoy Karaoke Wednesday and Comedy on Saturdays.  Please call Stacy for reservations at 941-637-6770.  The Tiki Bar….The Place To Be!!

    Live at the Charlotte Player’s Langdon Presents a night of comedy and laughter! Join us and our very funny guests of the night; Cris Machado along with the Funny Fellas, Larry Venturino & Chris Cowles. Hosted by: Tyler Colfer. Tickets: $20.00. Saturday October 14th 2017. 7:30pm-9:30pm Located at The Langdon Playhouse 1182 Market Circle Port Charlotte, FL 33953. For tickets call (941) 255-1022 or visit www.charlotteplayers.org

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    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. 20th.  Register online at www.charlottecountyhfh.org or call 941-639-3162.  Net proceeds go directly to helping local families in need of safe, decent affordable housing.

    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 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.

    Nav-A-Gator Happenings: October 9– Monday Restaurant Open 11am daily October 11– Wednesday Lunch Feature-Gourmet Fried Bologna Sandwich thick sliced bologna, grilled onions & peppers on a buttered and toasted bun served with fries. October 12– Thursday
    Appetizer Feature-Gator Bites served with our Famous Nav-A-Gator Sauce. October 14– Saturday John Reno 2-5pm Cover charge canned goods and nonperishable food items that are donated to local food banks. October 15– Saturday Five & Dime 2-5pm Cover charge canned goods and nonperishable food items that are donated to a local food bank.

    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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 the Punta Gorda Chamber to Reserve your seats 941-639-3720.

    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.  Discover this unique concept of a TEAM. 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

    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 Applying-for-FAFSA-20170823-CCF 

    Chamber Member News

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

    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). 

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

    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. 

    Do you want to be sure to avoid a catastrophe when closing on your new home? Get my free quick report of the 10 Commandments For Home Buyers available at The Mortgage Firm, www.ThePerfectMortgageSolution.com/10CommandmentsHomeBuyers

    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.

    Gilded Grape Winery and Wine Bar located at 4069 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, FL 33952,  941-235-WINE (9463).  “The New Jazz Bar in Charlotte Harbor!” Wednesday, October 11,  7–9pm,  Wine and Jazz with Mark Dupuy. Friday, Friday, October 13, 5:30 to 8:00pm, J&K’s  Mobile Café  will be parked directly across from The Gilded Grape serving “Tasty Café Style Food”.  Friday, October 13, 7-10pm, Mark Dupuy, “Music You Remember”.  Saturday, October 14,   7-10pm,   Rita Beach, “All That Jazz Favorites of Yesteryear & Today”  www.gildedgrape.com,  like us on facebook.

    Murdock Stones Etc. has 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

    Meet Zada! She is a 2 yr. old Domestic Shorthair weighing just 8 lbs. with distinctive markings on her face and big golden eyes, a beautiful cat! She is an active & playful cat and very affectionate. Zada can be a love biter. She really loves the company of people but she definitely does not want to be around other furry critters. Zada will provide all the pet love anyone could wish for – she just wants to be the only love of your life! http://www.petango.com/Adopt/Cat-Domestic-Shorthair-35201406

    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.

    FYI:  Beginning September 15th, the three major credit bureaus…Equifax, Experian, TransUnion …began waiting 180 days from the time a medical bill becomes delinquent before actually adding it to a patient’s credit report.  The change is designed to give consumers and insurance companies time to resolve billing disputes.  Plus, the credit bureaus will now also remove any delinquencies or defaults on a patient’s credit report if an insurer later pays the medical debt.  For professional and economical employment and tenancy screening, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks!  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net

    Job Spot

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

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

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

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

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

    Just for fun


    (written by kids)

    You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. – Alan, age 10

    No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry.  God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with. – Kristen, age 10


    You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. – Derrick, age 8


    Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other.  Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. – Lynnette, age 8

    On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. – Martin, age 10


    When they’re rich. – Pam, age 7

    The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that. – Curt, age 7

    The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do. – Howard, age 8


    It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. – Anita, age 9 (bless you child)


    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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