Charlotte Sun Column - September 2, 2015

September, really? Well, grab your calendar and mark down dates for what will be another very busy month in Chamberland. We start next Wed. with Networking at Noon at Buffalo Wings and Rings on the access road at Port Charlotte Town Center. Please make a reservation online or by calling 627-2222. The United Way of Charlotte County will be the sponsor and program for the Sept. 16 Third Wednesday Coffee. In addition to kicking off the annual campaign, the United Way is sponsoring the Day of Caring for businesses to have a great team building day by working at local non-profit organization to paint, clean-up, landscape and more. There is also a ”job shadow” opportunity, if you’d like to showcase your business to students. For more information on how you and your team can get involved, please contact info@unitedwayccfl.org, call 941-627-3539 or visit www.unitedwayccfl.org/dayofcaring2015.

Applications for the Chamber’s Junior Leadership Charlotte program are available in the high school guidance offices, on our website and in both offices. The program is open to high schools juniors who will spend a day a month together learning about the community. Applications are due on Sept. 14.

The Leadership Charlotte class of 2016 will be introduced at a reception, graciously sponsored by South Port Square, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sept.17. This is always a fun evening as alumni, the new class and guests get to connect and re-connect. Please RSVP by calling 627-2222.

Family Health Center of SWFL is hosting the Sept. 24 Business Card Exchange at the office in School House Square, 4300 Kings Highway. Bring plenty of business cards and a small gift to promote your business.

And, in a month we are celebrating our 90th Annual Banquet on Oct. 3. There will a lot of applause as we recognize our accomplishments and our Business and Non-Profit of the Year nominees: Animal Welfare League; Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County; Clear View Financial Services; Complete Auto Repair; Fawcett Memorial Hospital; Golisano Pediatric Specialty Clinic; John F. Guarino, M.D., P.A.; Harborwalk Scoops & Bites; Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services; Korman Relief & Wellness Center; McCrory Law Firm; Murdock Stone; Publix; Smugglers Enterprises; State Insurance Agency, Brian Chapman, Jr.; Suncoast Humane Society; Suncoast One Title & Closings, Inc.; Teets and Weatherbie Financial Planning Group; Toys for Tots and Village Fish Market. You can register for the party at www.charlottecountychamber.org. Congratulations nominees!

Business OnLine - August 31, 2015

From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce


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

Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 89 years

August 31, 2015

 

Upcoming Chamber Events:


September 9, Networking at Noon, Buffalo Rings & Wings, 1020 El Jobean, PC. Please make reservations by calling 627-2222 or visiting the Chamber Store at www.charlottecountychamber.org.

September 16, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., Third Wednesday Coffee, at the Event Center in Punta Gorda. Sponsor & Program: United Way of Charlotte County and Days of Caring.

September 17, 5:30 -7 p.m., Leadership Charlotte Reception, South Port Square. Please RSVP to 627-2222.

September 24 5-7 p.m., Business Card Exchange, Family Health Centers, 4300 Kings Highway (School House Square).

 

General Information:


You are invited to attend the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce 90th Annual Banquet on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center.  Buffet Stations and Cash Bar, Dress:  Business Casual.  Individual seating $60.00 per person ($56.07 plus $3.93 sales tax) or table sponsor for eight $500.00.  RSVP prior to September 25 – by phone 941-627-2222 or go directly to the Chamber Store – Visa, MasterCard or Discover accepted, here is the link Banquet Tickets and Sponsorships.

 

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


· Platinum: Atlas Insurance; Buffalo Graffix; Charlotte Sun/Sun Coast Media Group; Florida SouthWestern State College; Don Gasgarth’s Charlotte County Ford; Harbor Style Magazine; Koch & Company, CPA, PA; Monarch Printing & Design, Inc.; The Mosaic Company; State Insurance Agency - Brian Chapman, Jr.; Strang, Olsen & Lynch, CPAs PA; Waste Management of Charlotte County

· Diamond: Charlotte State Bank & Trust; Farr, Farr, Emerich, Hackett and Carr, PA; Fawcett Memorial Hospital; Integrity Employee Leasing; Lexington Manor; Panther Hollow Dental Lodge; Paradise Dental

· Emerald: Accurate Gas & Plumbing, LLC; Advanced Imaging of Port Charlotte; Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte; BMO Harris Bank; Freedom Boat Club; Friendly Floors; Nolan Family Insurance; Palm Auto Mall; Port Charlotte Florist Premier Photographic Events, LLC; South Port Square; Suncoast Glass & Mirror, Inc.; WhitCo Insurance Agency-Alexia Martin; The Wyvern Hotel
      

            

New Members:


 Jeff’s Furniture Repair, 14373 Shagbark, PC 33953
Jeff Campbell, Ph: 941-235-1401    jcampb8848@gmail.com
Sponsor: Peter Keating. Small Business Development Center


Sprint, 4770 Larredo Ave., FM 33950
Deborah Bilinski, Ph: 954-599-0937
www.sprint.com Deborah.bilinski@sprint.com


 

Chamber Member Events


Save the date! Fisherman’s Village Fall Festival is coming up Saturday, September 12. Family-friendly festivities including live music, juggling, face painting and vendors on the promenade. Interested in showcasing your business? Contact Kathy Burnam at mkting@fishville.com for registration form.

Whether you're a new boater, new to Charlotte Harbor boater, or an experienced boater who wants to refresh your knowledge, America's Boating Course (ABC) offered by Peace River Sail and Power Squadron will help you become a more competent boater. This 8 hour course will be held on two Saturdays, Sept 12 and 19, from 8:30 AM to 12:30PM both days at the Punta Gorda Boat Club, 802 West Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda FL. Cost is $60. For more information, or to register, call 941-637-0766

(Free) Lunch & Learn by Total Merchant Services on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Steve Marcum of Total Merchant Services will conduct a Lunch & Learn at the Charlotte Chamber’s Port Charlotte office. Firehouse Subs will provide lunch! Merchant’s can learn key aspects on how merchant pricing works, how to lower your transactional cost and the benefits of Interchange Plus pricing vs. Tier pricing & more! To register email Steve Marcum @ s.marcum@hotmail.com. LaFrance Cleaners with 13 locations Says of Total Merchant Services- "Great savings & Great service!"

September 17th, 2015 from 3:00-6:30pm Unity Medical will be featuring the WHILL at an Open House hosted by Port Charlotte Rehabilitation Center, 25325 Rampart Blvd, Port Charlotte. Come test drive the future of power mobility, while taking an opportunity to meet the staff of Unity Medical and find out what they can do for you with your insurance.  Guests will also enjoy tapas, refreshments and mini massages in the newly renovated buildings of Port Charlotte Rehab. Contact Ashley Maher for more information: (941) 979-2007, or by email amaher@unityhme.net

Support the Virginia B Andes Volunteer Community Clinic at the 2015 Giving Challenge! Your donation will be doubled by The Patterson Foundation. Visit www.volunteercare.org - click the Donate button. When: Tuesday, Sept. 1st – Sept. 2nd, Noon to Noon. The VBA Clinic & Pharmacy provides no cost medical, pharmacy and wellness services to the underserved in Charlotte County, operating on a daily basis with a very small staff and 200+ dedicated volunteers; including doctors and nurses who donate their time. We also receive funding from grants, donors, hospitals & community partners. 

The Charlotte County Hospitality Association invites you to their September 23 meeting, You Have Questions? I have Answers, with Anthony Denardis, at the LaQuinta Inn, 812 Kings Highway. RSVP at ccha@charlottecountyhospitality.com

You’re invited to the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center’s Harvest for the Harbor, a multi-course farm to table sunset diner on Fri., Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Laishley Park Pavilions. Award winning chefs, locally grown organic vegetables, florida surf & turf, wine and Florida craft beers. www.chechflorida.org, facebook.com/harvestfortheharbor.

Give at least $25 on September 1st and 2nd and your donation will be dpubled! Join us from noon to noon next Tuesday and Wednesday in support of the Homeless Coalition and give a gift for the families and children in our shelter. All donations of $25 or more will be matched 100% (up to $250 each) by the Patterson Foundation, dollar for dollar. To make your generous gift during the Giving Challenge, visit www.TheGivingPartner.org and search for Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. You can make a difference!

Punta Gorda builder Peter F. Taylor will sign copies of his recently released autobiography from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Punta Gorda office of Charlotte State Bank & Trust, 2331 Tamiami Trail. The People’s Contractor: My Life in the American Building Industry traces Taylor’s career from his youth in New York to his position as a leading builder in Charlotte County. Taylor built the county administration building, county parks, business centers, homes, churches, banks, medical centers and more. For more information, call (941) 639-2511.

Sunrise Kiwanis will be holding its annual Golf Scramble at Kingsway Country Club on October 10, 2015 - shotgun start at 8:30 AM.  Golf is $75 per person and will include lunch. Hole sponsors and other sponsors range from $75 to $300. We are also seeking goodie bag and raffle items.  For more information call Donna at 941-276-3181 or visit www.pcsunrisekiwanis.org/Page/23081.

Busey Bank will host an Innovative Mornings free networking event for small business owners and managers, at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015 at its Punta Gorda Branch, 2815 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Port Charlotte SCORE will present a talk titled "Retirement Plans for Small Businesses." The speaker will be Rich Emch, a Certified Financial Planner with Raymond James. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/InnovativeMornings. Seating is limited so registration at http://www.busey.com/home/florida/im is recommended.

The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau will be hosting two Florida Half Century Softball tournaments this fall over the weekends of Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1.  Each tournament is projected to draw 30-40 teams to the area from around the state.  Many of the participants of these tournaments bring their spouses and other family members and will be looking for places offering dining, shopping and entertainment.  If your business is interested in providing a discount to this group please call or email Sean Doherty at the VCB at 941-743-1900 or sean.doherty@charlottecountyfl.gov.

Rich Guzzi, Comedy Hypnotist Returns, September 1st - 6th; Tuesday September 8th Visani's Got Talent; Open Mic, October 15th - 16th - 17th; From "Sullivan and Son" Steve Byrne, making his first Visani appearance and November 4th - 7th, Etta May. Please call 941-629-9191 to reserve your spot!

 The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic invites you to the Cattlemen’s Boots & Shirts Gala, featuring the Ben Allen Band, on Sat., Oct. 10 at Laishley Park with catering by the Smugglers Group. Cash Bar. For more information, please contact Debbie Myers, 276-5417 or www.volunteercare.org.

During the month of September 2015 anyone that signs up for a new library card will receive a certificate good for a free sunset cruise with the King Fisher Fleet at Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda. These certificates must be used before October 30, 2015 and reservations are recommended for your sunset cruise. If you need assistance in locating your nearest library, call 941.613.3200 or check online at www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and select the library pages link. For additional information King Fisher Fleet call 941.639.0969 or check out their website at www.kingfisherfleet.com.

Business Professional Women's September 9th, 2015 meeting is a Quarter Auction and runs from 6:00 pm to about 9:30 pm at the 24/21 Event Center at 24/21 Tamiami Trail.  Paddles are $3 for 1 or $6 for 3.  Plus bring a roll or 2 of quarters.  All proceeds to benefit BPW of Charlotte County.  There will be food available for purchase.  Please join us for this fun event

United Way of Charlotte County invites your business to participate in the 2015 Day of Caring on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Our partner agencies receive the benefit of volunteers completing projects that might not otherwise be seen to fruition. Businesses who take part in the Day of Caring report the team building that occurs is very beneficial. Visit www.unitedwayccfl.org/dayofcaring2015 for all the details. Email info@unitedwayccfl.org or call 941-627-3539 with questions.

The Charlotte Harbor Rotary Club has invited C.A.R.E. to be the recipient of donations from their Charity Quiz Challenge for August and September.  This is a chance to show off your trivia knowledge prowess, and a fun event that will benefit us with a donation from the Rotary Club each of the 2 months. Please get a team together and join us September 9th at 6:15 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Teams may be up to 6 players, and the cost is $15 per person.  

The Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Let’s Eat, Englewood is scheduled for September 25th – October 8th.  This restaurant week event will give people the opportunity to experience a culinary adventure through the Englewood area without breaking the bank.  We’re pleased to announce the first six restaurants to register are:  Lock ‘ Key Restaurant & Pub, Blue Lagoon, Howard’s Restaurant, Bay Point Grill, Johnny Leverock’s Seafood House and Rum Bay Restaurant on Palm Island Resort. For additional information, please visit www.LetsEatEnglewood.com.

Business & Professional Women of Charlotte County is holding their 16th annual Whacky Whiffers Golf Tournament at St. Andrews Golf Club, 1901 Deborah St., Punta Gorda.  Open to all, best ball scramble, Saturday, October 24, 2015 with registration starting at 8:30.  $55 includes 9 holes of golf, cart & lunch.  Lunch, social, & silent auction starting at 12:00 noon, with cash bar throughout event.  Funds raised are used for the BPW scholarship fund.  Please contact Judy Smith, 235-0113.

 

Chamber Member News


Special Olympics Charlotte County is looking for some great volunteers and coaches for a wonderful group of athletes.  We are looking for coaches for swimming, golf, power lifting, softball, and bowling.  Does not have to be full time, any time you can volunteer would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact info@specialolympicscharlotte.org or 941-391-6906.

Receive a 10% discount on all Smoke and Roses’ sailing charters now thru September 23rd. Enjoy the last weeks of summer and gentle sea breezes while sailing on a sunset cruise, full day sail to an island, or on overnight charters while living on board. We offers luxury catamaran sailing with a premium on comfort and space. Our all-inclusive sailing charter means you get a private yacht, captain and first mate. You choose the time, private parties only for up to six passengers start at $45 per person. Call (605)366-7673.

The Premier Photographic Events Mobile Studio Comes To You! Premier Photographic Events, LLC provides studio quality, professional portraiture at your location. Setting up our professional photo studio at your location ensures that the photography sessions are done at your convenience, you and your staff will not lose valuable time away from work. As a local business, we are easily accessible when you need us. Our state of the art digital equipment guarantees the highest quality available. Special Discount Rates for businesses of 5 or more employees!  For more details: 941.249.4047.

Dude is a distinguished-looking 10 year old Domestic Longhair mix who loves the easy-going life. He used to live in a quiet home and really enjoyed the serene environment and hopes to find that peace again in his true forever home. Occasionally, Dude can be a little feisty, and he has a lot of youth left in his years. Can you believe that he’s a “senior” pet? Come meet Dude at Suncoast Humane Society!

The U.S. Department of Labor has released new guidelines narrowing the definition of "independent contractor", making using contractors more risky for employers.  The DOL concluded "Most workers are employees" and the IRS estimates 80% of workers classified as "independent contractors" are actually employees.  Employers should review the latest DOL guidelines ... and be as careful and thorough in checking the backgrounds of independent contractors as they would be in screening direct employees.  For the best in FCRA-compliant screening services, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks.  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net 

Nickolson’s Portrait Studio 255-1888...Update your Business Portrait today and save.  Getting ready for season?  Are you looking for ways to jump start business?  A new portrait for your website and social media would be a good way to freshen up your look. In September we are offering to update your portrait at a great saving. You’ll get a studio session with two digital files fully retouched, Special $135. Call now an mention the Chamber Special. Come and see us in our beautiful studio location 983 Tamimai Trail Port Charlotte.    Www.nickolsons.com. 

The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners. The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter provides scholarships to residents of Charlotte County.  If you are interested in learning more about the Punta Gorda Charter Chapter, please contact: Barbara Jett, 941-249-5166.The meetings are held on the fourth (4th) Wednesday evening of each month at: Hurricane Charley's, 300 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL. Networking begins at 5:30 PM, meeting starts at 6:00 PM.  Dinner is $17.00

Save the date! The 8th Annual Mistletoe Ball will be on December 12 and is themed “Santa’s Magical Workshop.” For early reservations or more information contact the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition events@cchomelesscoalition.org or call 941-627-4515 x118.

Fishermen’s Village merchants remind you . . . shop local!   Shops and Boutiques are open 10 am- 6 pm Mon-Sat and 12 Noon-6 pm Sunday.  Thank you for investing in your local economy!

Join La Quinta’s bright now small business program and save 10% off our already-great low rates when you book online at LQ.com. Special Promo Rate $59.00 is based on availability and expires September 30th 2015. Call La Quinta Inns & Suites 941-979-4200 or print the flier for more information.

 

Job Spot


Because of growth, Integrity Insurance Agency is looking for a licensed insurance agent. 4-40 or 2-20 license is required. If you are a motivated agent that wants to grow with a company that is in a growth mode, call Integrity at 941-766-1411. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Just For Fun


A couple attended marriage counseling to resolve communication problems. The fighting and bickering during the session was so bad the counselor called for a timeout and told them he was ending the session early but had an assignment for the husband.

“John,” the marriage counselor said, “you’re an athletic guy… here’s what I want you to do. I want you to jog 10 miles every day for the next 30 days. At the end of the 30 days call me and let me know how things are going.”

John agreed.

At the end of the 30 days, John called the marriage counselor very excited.

“I did just as you said and I have never felt better in my life!” he exclaimed over the phone.

“Great!” replied the counselor, “ And how’s your wife?”

John paused and then replied with agitated dismay, “How should I know, I’m 300 miles from home!”

 

 

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.
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Executive Director
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
311 West Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
941-639-2222
jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org

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Charlotte Sun Column - August 26, 2015

The Military Heritage Museum in Fishermen’s Village will host the Business Card Exchange tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. Remember to bring plenty of business cards to hand out and a small gift to promote your business. This is another great way to meet potential customers and referral sources.

We are so pleased to announce the new members of our Board of Directors who will begin serving their first term in October. They are: Justin Brand, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center and Charlotte County Young Professionals; Brian Chapman, Jr., State Insurance Agency; Jeri Ebbole, BMO Harris Bank; Jason Green, Weiler Engineering Corporation; Natalie Lashway, The Farr Law Firm; and Tony Smith, Ashley, Brown & Company, CPAs. They all have taken leadership roles in business and community activities and we look forward to having them, along with our existing Board members, share their expertise and ideas for the good of the Chamber and our community. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 3 when we welcome the Board and celebrate our 90th Annual Banquet.

Applications for the Chamber’s Junior Leadership Charlotte program are available in the high school guidance offices, on our website and in both offices. The program is open to high schools juniors who will spend a day a month together learning about the community. A goal of the program is to introduce the students to all the amenities our community offers so that they return to live, work and play here following their post- secondary education. If you have questions about the program, please call me at 639-2222.

Please visit the “Sizzlin’ Deal” section on our website -(www.charlottecountychamber.org and click on the Community Button and then tab down to the Coupon Connection button) to see the list of Sizzlin’ specials being offered by our participating member restaurants. If you’d like to make a deal, please contact Joanne Reid.

I don’t know about you, but my calendar is starting to fill up with fun-raisers and events. Remember, there used to be a slow time when there wasn’t something every weekend? Now the slow time is only one event a night! If you are planning something, make sure it gets on the Chamber’s Community Calendar so that we’re all not bumping into each other.

Business OnLine - August 24, 2015

From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce


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

Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 89 years

August 24, 2015

 

Upcoming Chamber Events:


August 25, 4-5 p.m., Leadership Charlotte Steering Committee, PC office. Join us to help plan the days for the LC class of 2016.

August 27, 5-7 p.m., Business Card Exchange, Military Heritage Museum, Fishermen’s Village, PG

 

General Information:


A Pacesetter is by definition an individual who has achieved a level of excellence within his or her community or industry that provides a new benchmark for all to follow. Please answer the questions on the nomination form when making your nominations.  2015 Pacesetter Nomination Form – deadline August 27, 2015.

You are invited to attend the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce 90th Annual Banquet on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center.  Buffet Stations and Cash Bar, Dress:  Business Casual.  Individual seating $60.00 per person ($56.07 plus $3.93 sales tax) or table sponsor for eight $500.00.  RSVP prior to September 25 – by phone 941-627-2222 or go directly to the Chamber Store – Visa, MasterCard or Discover accepted, here is the link Banquet Tickets and Sponsorships.

Paul R. Andrews, Commissioner District 3, Charlotte County Airport Authority has invited the Board to the Budget Workshop on Tuesday, August 25th at 9:00 am at Charlotte County Airport Authority, Building 313, 7375 Utilities Road (behind the Sheriff’s Office). Gary Quill will start the workshop with presentation that will give a general overview of how the airport works; after that we will be getting into the budget itself. It's really the first hour that will be of greater interest to business leaders and the general public.

The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Business-to-Business Expo, hot summer nights IV, on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the George Mullen Activity Center. Call 941-564-3040 or visit www.NorthPortAreaChamber.com.

 

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


· Platinum: Atlas Insurance; Buffalo Graffix; Charlotte Sun/Sun Coast Media Group; Florida SouthWestern State College; Don Gasgarth’s Charlotte County Ford; Harbor Style Magazine; Koch & Company, CPA, PA; Monarch Printing & Design, Inc.; The Mosaic Company; State Insurance Agency - Brian Chapman, Jr.; Strang, Olsen & Lynch, CPAs PA; Waste Management of Charlotte County

· Diamond: Charlotte State Bank & Trust; Farr, Farr, Emerich, Hackett and Carr, PA; Fawcett Memorial Hospital; Integrity Employee Leasing; Lexington Manor; Panther Hollow Dental Lodge; Paradise Dental

· Emerald: Accurate Gas & Plumbing, LLC; Advanced Imaging of Port Charlotte; Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte; BMO Harris Bank; Freedom Boat Club; Friendly Floors; Nolan Family Insurance; Palm Auto Mall; Port Charlotte Florist Premier Photographic Events, LLC; South Port Square; Suncoast Glass & Mirror, Inc.; WhitCo Insurance Agency-Alexia Martin; The Wyvern Hotel


Chamber Member Events


Charlotte Stone Crabs, tonight, 7 p.m., fans who buy a regular priced ticket receive an additional ticket for $1. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2 Tuesday, when everyone enjoys $2 ticket, parking, hot dog and fountain drink (draft through the 5th inning). Get your tickets and Playoff Tickets at 941-206-4487 or www.stonecrabsbaseball.com.

Save the date! Fisherman’s Village Fall Festival is coming up Saturday, September 12. Family-friendly festivities including live music, juggling, face painting and vendors on the promenade. Interested in showcasing your business? Contact Kathy Burnam at mkting@fishville.com for registration form.

Premier butterfly author and photographer, Dr. Marc Minno program and book signing at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. Bring your own book or buy one from the author!   This special program takes place Thursday, September 10th. Please call (941) 575-5435 or email doris@checflorida.org. A donation of $10 per person is recommended to help CHEC underwrite environmental education. The program starts at 6:30pm for the meet and greet, Fat Point Beer and Trader Joe snacks beginning at 6:30pm at the Caniff Education Center. Program will start promptly at 7:30pm.

The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau will be hosting two Florida Half Century Softball tournaments this fall over the weekends of Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1.  Each tournament is projected to draw 30-40 teams to the area from around the state.  Many of the participants of these tournaments bring their spouses and other family members and will be looking for places offering dining, shopping and entertainment.  If your business is interested in providing a discount to this group please call or email Sean Doherty at the VCB at 941-743-1900 or sean.doherty@charlottecountyfl.gov.

Rich Guzzi, Comedy Hypnotist Returns, September 1st - 6th; Tuesday September 8th Visani's Got Talent; Open Mic, October 15th - 16th - 17th; From "Sullivan and Son" Steve Byrne, making his first Visani appearance and November 4th - 7th, Etta May. Please call 941-629-9191 to reserve your spot!

During the month of September 2015 anyone that signs up for a new library card will receive a certificate good for a free sunset cruise with the King Fisher Fleet at Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda. These certificates must be used before October 30, 2015 and reservations are recommended for your sunset cruise. If you need assistance in locating your nearest library, call 941.613.3200 or check online at www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and select the library pages link. For additional information King Fisher Fleet call 941.639.0969 or check out their website at www.kingfisherfleet.com.

Business Professional Women's September 9th, 2015 meeting is a Quarter Auction and runs from 6:00 pm to about 9:30 pm at the 24/21 Event Center at 24/21 Tamiami Trail.  Paddles are $3 for 1 or $6 for 3.  Plus bring a roll or 2 of quarters.  All proceeds to benefit BPW of Charlotte County.  There will be food available for purchase.  Please join us for this fun event.

Help celebrate the grand opening of the North Port Child Development Center (CDC) located at 5930 Sam Shapos Way and the grand re-opening of the North Port YMCA facility located at 14279 Tamiami Trail. Join us for daily gym specials the week of August 24th and ending with a party on Saturday the 29th from 9 am to 1 pm. Come in to any of our branches and your joiner fee will be waived! For more information, please call us at 941-629-0909, or come on in to the Charlotte County Family YMCA.

Estate and investment planning will be explored in depth in a trio of free seminars in September at the Punta Gorda and Murdock offices of Charlotte State Bank & Trust. Christine A. Hause and Samuel A. Kiburz of the bank’s Trust and Investment Management Services division will provide important information designed to help attendees achieve their financial goals for themselves and their heirs. For a complete schedule and reservations, visit any Charlotte State Bank & Trust office or see the seminar link under Trust & Investment Management Services on the bank website, www.charlottestatebankandtrust.com.

The annual Blue Chip Award program recognizes successful, small business owners who have overcome adversity to achieve success. Charlotte, Collier and Lee County for-profit businesses that have been in operation for at least three years under the same ownership and employ five to 400 people are eligible for the Blue Chip Award. Applications must be submitted no later than Sept. 7, 2015 and independent judges will select the winning entry. For information, please contact Stacey Mercado at (239) 433-7189 or SMercado@BBandT.com/.

Tuesday August 25, Mike Imbasciani & his BluezRockerz, Summer Music Special, $10 cover. Live Classic Rock and Blues (The Way It Used To Be!); Tuesday September 15, Dwight Icenhower and the Blue Suede Review Band, A Musical Tribute To Elvis; September 22, Hall of Fame Show; Tuesday October 6, The British Invasion; Tuesday October 13, British Rock Star Tribute, Rod Stewart and Elton John; Tuesday October 20, Al Holland and Friends, "Dancing through the Decades." Visit Visani at www.visani.net or call 629-9191.

The Charlotte Idol singing competition is back. Finals night will be held on Saturday, August 29th at the Event Center in Punta Gorda. VIP tickets for the Finals are $70each and doors open at 5:00pm. VIP Tickets include a Delicious Dinner, Special Seating and Pre-Show Entertainment. General admission tickets are available for $20 and doors for general admission will open at 6:00pm with a cash bar and snacks available for purchase in the concourse. Contact Tina Figliuolo at Events@cchomelesscoalition.org or by calling 941-627-4313, extension 118.

End of August Special at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club, Ladies Golf Month Juniors Golf Month, Complimentary Golf for Ladies and Juniors after 12pm in August (Juniors must be 15 or under and accompanied by an adult); August 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 27th & 29th, $25 anytime and $99 4 player special; August 26th & 28th, $25 or $99 four player special, before 7:30 am or after 11:00 am. Must mention ad for special offers. Call the Golf Shop to reserve your tee time. 941.423.6955

Sizzling Summer Savings at Jacks on Marion! 2 for $25.00 Dinners * 7 Days a week, 4pm until Close! Steak, Seafood, Pasta! 6 Delicious Dinners Created just for you! Now Thru August 31st Thats Just $12.50 Each and includes Soup or Salad, Dinner Roll and Vegetables Make your reservation now 941-637-8800 jacksonmarion@comcast.net

United Way of Charlotte County invites your business to participate in the 2015 Day of Caring on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Our partner agencies receive the benefit of volunteers completing projects that might not otherwise be seen to fruition. Businesses who take part in the Day of Caring report the team building that occurs is very beneficial. Visit www.unitedwayccfl.org/dayofcaring2015 for all the details. Email info@unitedwayccfl.org or call 941-627-3539 with questions.

Jack’s announces - Sizzling Summer Savings! 2 for $25.00 Dinners * 7 Days a week, 4pm until close! Steak, Seafood, Pasta! Six delicious dinners created just for you! Now through August 31. That’s just $12.50 each and includes soup or salad, dinner roll and vegetables. Make your reservation now, 941-637-8800.

Our August Coalition meeting is approaching. August 27, 2015 from 8:30-10 am School Board Chambers – 1445 Education Way, Port Charlotte, Drug Free Charlotte County Coalition Meeting. Please join us on a guided discussion of issues and concerns related to teen substance use in our community.  This discussion will help frame the role of the coalition and its partners as we update our community action plan.  We really need your input- and feel free to invite others!  

Busey Bank will host an Innovative Mornings free networking event for small business owners and managers, at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015 at its Punta Gorda Branch, 2815 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Following the networking Port Charlotte SCORE will present a talk titled "Retirement Plans for Small Businesses." The speaker will be Rich Emch, a Certified Financial Planner with Raymond James. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/InnovativeMornings. Seating is limited so registration at http://www.busey.com/home/florida/im is recommended.

Wine Dinner, August 26. Limit 20. Features food from Peru and wines from South America at the Wyvern Hotel 941.639.7700 - 1st Course, Tequenos Pulpa De Cangrejo & Wantan Mariscos, Peruvian culture meets Chinese influences. Chile Chardonnay; 2nd Course Causa Limena and Tiradito, Chile, Sauvignon Blanc; Main Course, A twist on Lomo Saltado Braised veal shank, stir fry vegetables, Quinoa Risotto. Chile Chono Carmenere; Dessert Picarones, basically a doughnut made with sweet potatoes. Argentina, Sauvignon / Semillon

The Charlotte Harbor Rotary Club has invited C.A.R.E. to be the recipient of donations from their Charity Quiz Challenge for August and September.  This is a chance to show off your trivia knowledge prowess, and a fun event that will benefit us with a donation from the Rotary Club each of the 2 months. Please get a team together and join us August 12th and September 9th at 6:15 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Teams may be up to 6 players, and the cost is $15 per person.


The Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Let’s Eat, Englewood is scheduled for September 25th – October 8th.  This restaurant week event will give people the opportunity to experience a culinary adventure through the Englewood area without breaking the bank.  We’re pleased to announce the first six restaurants to register are:  Lock ‘ Key Restaurant & Pub, Blue Lagoon, Howard’s Restaurant, Bay Point Grill, Johnny Leverock’s Seafood House and Rum Bay Restaurant on Palm Island Resort. For additional information, please visit www.LetsEatEnglewood.com.

Suncoast Living Health and Wellness Expo, open to the public.  Friday, November 6th, 10a - 4p - Fishermen's Village - Punta Gorda! Only one main sponsorship left! Free admission, screenings and prizes for everyone! Our Spring Expo in April was a sell out!  Call 941.204.2222 or email info@audiophonicpro.com for more info! 

Sunday, Sept. 13, is National Grandparents’ Day, and Charlotte State Bank & Trust is marking the occasion by giving away a grandparents’ gift basket in a drawing at each of the bank’s five local offices. Winners will be selected on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and notified by phone to come in and pick up their baskets in time for the big day. Bank lobbies are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Business & Professional Women of Charlotte County is holding their 16th annual Whacky Whiffers Golf Tournament at St. Andrews Golf Club, 1901 Deborah St., Punta Gorda.  Open to all, best ball scramble, Saturday, October 24, 2015 with registration starting at 8:30.  $55 includes 9 holes of golf, cart & lunch.  Lunch, social, & silent auction starting at 12:00 noon, with cash bar throughout event.  Funds raised are used for the BPW scholarship fund.  Please contact Judy Smith, 235-0113.

 

Chamber Member News


September is National Preparedness Month, an annual awareness event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (http://www.ready.gov/September). Paul Maggio, owner of SERVPRO® of Port Charlotte says this is a great time for business owners to review their emergency preparedness and business continuity plans. They have developed the SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Program (https://ready.servpro.com/home/mobileapp) to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for their facility, at no charge. For more information on SERVPRO® of Port Charlotte, please contact Paul Maggio at (941) 629-0966 or servpro9552@msn.com.

Are you an Influencer?  Always in the loop, helping others, out in the community?  You can have a key role in helping our local businesses and fellow Chamber members.  Stay tuned for more details, or call Patti Guerzo, of Guerzo Business Consulting, LLC, for the inside scoop.  (312) 420 – 0884.  (Fun fact:  The 312 area code was one of the original area codes in the United States).

Beautiful girls looking for companionship. Sweet, intelligent and will allow snuggling with the person of their choice. Will provide hours of entertainment, but can be demanding if ignored. Need a lifetime commitment for ample, clean home, healthy diet, and regular doctor checkups. Are you ready to find the love of your life? Visit us at our home, 1205 Elizabeth Street, Unit I in Punta Gorda, or see our photos at www.parrotoutreacsociety.org. We're waiting for you!

Special Olympics Charlotte County is looking for some great volunteers and coaches for a wonderful group of athletes.  We are looking for coaches for swimming, golf, power lifting, softball, and bowling.  Does not have to be full time, any time you can volunteer would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact info@specialolympicscharlotte.org or 941-391-6906.

With over 60 million media impressions, people are buzzing about Redefine Acute Care™* Skincare for Expression Lines, the latest breakthrough in skincare. Rodan + Fields Consultant and Chamber Member, Melissa Daniel (barefacebeautiful@gmail.com or 941-412-5989) is offering a free two week supply of Acute Care to all new Preferred Customers in August. These patches help to fill wrinkles with liquid cones that melt into your expression lines while you sleep for visibly diminished wrinkles and smoother-looking skin that lasts. Learn more about Rodan + Fields Redefine Acute Care here https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj4jXfPygd0

Receive a 10% discount on all Smoke and Roses’ sailing charters now thru September 23rd. Enjoy the last weeks of summer and gentle sea breezes while sailing on a sunset cruise, full day sail to an island, or on overnight charters while living on board. We offers luxury catamaran sailing with a premium on comfort and space. Our all-inclusive sailing charter means you get a private yacht, captain and first mate. You choose the time, private parties only for up to six passengers start at $45 per person. Call (605)366-7673.

Meet Dozer! He is a 5-year-old Labrador Retriever/Terrier who would love to be your lap dog. He is a fun-loving boy who wouldn’t mind finding a family with kids who will play fetch with him and share their beds. He’s known to be a serial cuddler and takes his snuggle time very seriously. He is well trained, well-mannered and enjoys bath time. If you think Dozer is the missing piece to your family, come visit with him at Suncoast Humane Society today!

When reviewing criminal records, arrests without convictions should not be used to deny employment.  An "arrest" means only that an individual was taken into police custody for some period of time because the police believed there was "probable cause" that the individual committed a crime.  A "conviction", on the other hand, means that there was a court-based, factual adjudication of guilt ... meaning that the court found the individual had actually committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.  For further information, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks.  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net  

The Charlotte County Community Development Department is conducting a Visual Preference Survey through August 31 for the Parkside Core area. The Parkside Core is bounded by U.S. 41, the Elkcam Waterway, Austin Avenue, and the Sunrise Waterway and consists of commercial and multi-family permitted uses. The Visual Preference Survey is a method for collecting feedback and presents photos of various building designs. The responses will be used to develop guidelines on the future appearance of commercial, office, and multifamily development and redevelopment. Stop by the Chamber’s Port Charlotte office and complete the brief survey.

Nickolson’s Portrait Studio 255-1888...Update your Business Portrait today and save.  Getting ready for season?  Are you looking for ways to jump start business?  A new portrait for your website and social media would be a good way to freshen up your look. In August and September we are offering to update your portrait at a great saving. You’ll get a studio session with two digital files fully retouched, Special $135. Call now an mention the Chamber Special. Come and see us in our beautiful studio location 983 Tamimai Trail Port Charlotte.    Www.nickolsons.com. 

Guess who is going OTB (over the bridge)?  Integrity Employee Leasing and Integrity Insurance Agency will soon be moving to our new home at 128 West Charlotte Ave. Punta Gorda. The tentative move date is August 21st.  The move will allow us to continue our growth and the remodeling is going on as we speak.  Once moved there will be a ribbon cutting and 10th anniversary celebration- dates to be announced. We want to thank our clients and our employees for making this all possible.

Did you know over five million graduation gowns end up in landfills every year?  Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida is partnering with Greener Grads to allow graduation gowns to be rented at future commencement ceremonies for a substantially lower cost than purchasing a new one.  That means, instead of sitting in the back of your closet for the next ten years, or going into a landfill, your gown will be reused at least 12 times before being recycled into lining and filler materials!  Find a Goodwill Retail & Donation Center visit www.goodwillswfl.org/retaildonations.

The Nav-A-Gator is offering Lunch/Cruise combo Boat Tour to small groups and individuals. Your lunch would be before the cruise and served in our restaurant and consists of 8 delicious choices off our special lunch cruise menu. We’re also offering a Summer Special on their Boat Slips. Prices start as low as $7.00 per foot and we can take up to 30ft boats. Boat trailers are also able to stay here at no additional charge. Take advantage of this special – one year contract receive 1 month free. Call 941-627-3474 for more information.

Stop!  Here’s what you could do with your money instead of paying $400.00 to $700.00 for Credit Card Processing Equipment. Plus with our $200.00 sign up bonus. Do the math. You’re almost an “Emerald” Sustaining Chamber Partner! Buy a “Gucci” Bag or nice watch. With Total Merchant Services, you don’t pay for equipment, shipping, or set up fees. No termination fees because our service is so good you will want to stay with us. Call Steve Marcum @ 941-417-9800 and get good local service, a $200.00 sign up bonus and a good rate too!

Groves Veterinary Clinic Teacher Appreciation Discount for the month of August! Teachers will receive 20% off services and products during the month of August when they show their teacher identification badge at check in, certain exclusions do apply.  We value our educators!

Need some caffeine for your advertising blues? Give Coffee News a call at 941-662-5522! We offer business category exclusive advertising that is both effective and affordable! Delivered free of charge, 52 weeks a year, Coffee News gives your business name top of mind awareness so your future customer will call YOU when they need your service.

The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners. The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter provides scholarships to residents of Charlotte County.  If you are interested in learning more about the Punta Gorda Charter Chapter, please contact: Barbara Jett, 941-249-5166.The meetings are held on the fourth (4th) Wednesday evening of each month at: Hurricane Charley's, 300 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL. Networking begins at 5:30 PM, meeting starts at 6:00 PM.  Dinner is $17.00

Save the date! The 8th Annual Mistletoe Ball will be on December 12 and is themed “Santa’s Magical Workshop.” For early reservations or more information contact the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition events@cchomelesscoalition.org or call 941-627-4515 x118.

Fishermen’s Village merchants remind you . . . shop local!   Shops and Boutiques are open 10 am- 6 pm Mon-Sat and 12 Noon-6 pm Sunday.  Thank you for investing in your local economy!

Join La Quinta’s bright now small business program and save 10% off our already-great low rates when you book online at LQ.com. Special Promo Rate $59.00 is based on availability and expires September 30th 2015. Call La Quinta Inns & Suites 941-979-4200 or print the flier for more information.

 

Kudos


Brian Beason, a Partner at the Frohlich, Gordon & Beason Law Firm, received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubble on August 13, 2015. An AV Rating is “a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.” Brian is also the only attorney in Charlotte County to be Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Business Litigation. Finally, Brian has been recognized as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers in each of the last three years.

Guy S. Emerich and Jack O. Hackett II, directors at Farr Law Firm, have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. This is the tenth consecutive year that Emerich has been listed.   Emerich is Florida Bar Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates. Hackett, a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate attorney, receives this honor for the first time. In addition, Emerich has been recognized as the 2016 Trust and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in the Fort Myers metro area. "Lawyer of the Year" awards are presented annually to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice area. For more information, please visit www.farr.com.

 

Job Spot


Because of growth, Integrity Insurance Agency is looking for a licensed insurance agent. 4-40 or 2-20 license is required. If you are a motivated agent that wants to grow with a company that is in a growth mode, call Integrity at 941-766-1411. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Just For Fun


It was a particularly tough football game, and nerves were on edge. The home team had been the victim of three or four close calls, and they were now trailing the visitors by a touch-down and a field goal. When the official called yet another close one in the visitors' favor, the home quarterback blew his top.

"How many times can you do this to us in a single game?" he screamed. "You were wrong on the out-of-bounds, you were wrong on that last first down, and you missed an illegal tackle in the first quarter."

The official just stared.

The quarterback seethed, but he suppressed the language that might get him tossed from the game. "What it comes down to," he bellowed, "is that you STINK!"

The official stared a few more seconds. Then he bent down, picked up the ball, paced off 15 yards, and put the ball down. He turned to face the steaming quarterback.

The official finally replied, "And how do I smell from here?"

 

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Julie Mathis
Executive Director
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
311 West Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
941-639-2222
jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org

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Charlotte Sun Column - August 19, 2015

Our Third Wednesday Coffee today is sponsored by State Insurance Agency, Brian Chapman, Jr. We’re going to be playing Business Bingo, so please join us if you’re up at ‘em at 7:15 this morning. Leadership alumni will gather at 4 p.m. on Aug. 25 in the Port Charlotte office to begin planning the days for the Leadership class of 2016. And, the Military Heritage Museum will host the Business Card Exchange on Aug. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. All are wonderful opportunities for you to promote your business and meet potential customers and referral sources.

We are accepting applications for the annual Pacesetter Award which will be given at our 90th Annual Banquet on October 3. A Pacesetter is an individual who has achieved a level of excellence within his or her community or industry that provides a new benchmark for all to follow. Questions on the nomination form include: how has this individual given unselfishly of his or her time, talent and resources? How has this individual enhanced the quality of life for residents of Charlotte County? How has this individual chosen to work or participate in something that made a difference in Charlotte County? The nomination form is on our website or in both of our offices and is due back on August 27.

Please visit the “Sizzlin’ Deal” section on our website -(www.charlottecountychamber.org and click on the Community Button and then tab down to the Coupon Connection button) to see the list of Sizzlin’ specials being offered by our participating member restaurants. If you’d like to make a deal, please contact Joanne Reid.

Congratulations to the 2015 Leadership Charlotte Alumni Hall of Fame Award inductees Mike Mansfield, Habitat for Humanity; Mark Martella, the Martella Law Firm and Steve Vito, SunTrust Bank and to nominees Wendy Atkinson, Atlas Insurance; Donna Barrett, Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association and T.J. Thornberry, Thornberry Custom Builders.   These LC alumni have distinguished themselves in leadership and service to Charlotte County, and it is a privilege and an honor to be part of this outstanding group of friends.

Business OnLine - August 17, 2015

From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce


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

Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 89 years


August 17, 2015

 

Upcoming Chamber Events:


August 19, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., Third Wednesday Coffee, Sponsor: State Insurance Agency, Brian Chapman, Jr., Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.

August 25, 4-5 p.m., Leadership Charlotte Steering Committee, PC office. Join us to help plan the days for the LC class of 2016.

August 27, 5-7 p.m., Business Card Exchange, Military Heritage Museum, Fishermen’s Village, PG

 

General Information:


Nominate a Business (or your Business) for Business of the Year 2015.  Small, large and non or not-for-profit businesses who are members in good standing and must show one or more of the following: Your business accomplishments and strengths in the economic climate; growth in workforce and/or company sales/revenue/profit; and activities that illustrate a commitment to the community.  Applications must be returned 4:00 p.m. on August 20.  2015 Business of the Year Nomination Form.

A Pacesetter is by definition an individual who has achieved a level of excellence within his or her community or industry that provides a new benchmark for all to follow. Please answer the questions on the nomination form when making your nominations.  2015 Pacesetter Nomination Form – deadline August 27, 2015.

The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Business-to-Business Expo, hot summer nights IV, on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the George Mullen Activity Center. Call 941-564-3040 or visit www.NorthPortAreaChamber.com.

 

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


· Platinum: Atlas Insurance; Buffalo Graffix; Charlotte Sun/Sun Coast Media Group; Florida SouthWestern State College; Don Gasgarth’s Charlotte County Ford; Harbor Style Magazine; Koch & Company, CPA, PA; Monarch Printing & Design, Inc.; The Mosaic Company; State Insurance Agency - Brian Chapman, Jr.; Strang, Olsen & Lynch, CPAs PA; Waste Management of Charlotte County

· Diamond: Charlotte State Bank & Trust; Farr, Farr, Emerich, Hackett and Carr, PA; Fawcett Memorial Hospital; Integrity Employee Leasing; Lexington Manor; Panther Hollow Dental Lodge; Paradise Dental

· Emerald: Accurate Gas & Plumbing, LLC; Advanced Imaging of Port Charlotte; Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte; BMO Harris Bank; Freedom Boat Club; Friendly Floors; Nolan Family Insurance; Palm Auto Mall; Port Charlotte Florist Premier Photographic Events, LLC; South Port Square; Suncoast Glass & Mirror, Inc.; WhitCo Insurance Agency-Alexia Martin; The Wyvern Hotel

 

Ribbon Cuttings (to which all members are invited):


Tues., Aug. 18, noon for Sunny Days Ice Cream’s new truck at Palm Auto Mall, Dodge Ram

Tues., Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m., A & E Paints (Benjamin Moore and Pittsburgh and Porter Paints), 4760 Tamiami Trail, PC

 

New Members:


Big Summer Golf Card Holdings, LLP, 5812 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Sarasota 34240
Catherine Casey, Ph: 941-923-2232
www.bigsummergolf.com   golf@bigsummergolf.com


 Wicket Gate Photography, LLC, 4975 City Hall Blvd., NP 34286
Chris Reckahn, Ph: 941-809-7940
www.wgphotos.com   cmr@wgphotos.com
Sponsor: Mike Burton, Riverwood Golf & Country Club                       

Interior Resources
Miranda Fields, Ph: 941-979-7839, mlfields3@comcast.net        


 

Chamber Member Events


Firehouse Subs, Port Charlotte and the Charlotte Stone Crabs present Public Safety Appreciation Night on Sat, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy a game as we honor local public safety employees for their continued dedication to keep our communities safe. Post game fireworks and 2-for-1 specials on 16 oz fountain drinks and drafts. Call 206-3513 or email jcook@stonecrabsbaseball.com.

Premier butterfly author and photographer, Dr. Marc Minno program and book signing at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. Bring your own book or buy one from the author!   This special program takes place Thursday, September 10th. Please call (941) 575-5435 or email doris@checflorida.org. A donation of $10 per person is recommended to help CHEC underwrite environmental education. The program starts at 6:30pm for the meet and greet, Fat Point Beer and Trader Joe snacks beginning at 6:30pm at the Caniff Education Center. Program will start promptly at 7:30pm.

Murder Mystery Show at the Cultural Center November 14 at 7:30.  Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Cultural Center or www.charlottecountypridefl.org and selecting the Donate button.  And a Cast call: love acting or always wanted to be on stage? Here is your chance. Open auditions for a Murder Mystery Comedy. Looking for 4-6 males and 5-7 females and one announcer. Auditions August 15 from 1-4pm and August 16 from 1-4pm at 8210 West Price Blvd., North Port. Fundraiser for Charlotte County Pride. More information text 941-204-3505.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals invites you to Building the Pipelines, How to prospect, get the appointment follow the rules of engagement and make the ask, by Kelly Dowling, MBA, CFRE, Senior Director of Development, University of Central Florida, College of Business Administration, Wednesday, August 19th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Bring your thoughts, questions, business cards and appetite! $20/members or $30/non-members. Pay at the door, cash or check (payable to AFP Charlotte Harbor).

The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau will be hosting two Florida Half Century Softball tournaments this fall over the weekends of Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1.  Each tournament is projected to draw 30-40 teams to the area from around the state.  Many of the participants of these tournaments bring their spouses and other family members and will be looking for places offering dining, shopping and entertainment.  If your business is interested in providing a discount to this group please call or email Sean Doherty at the VCB at 941-743-1900 or sean.doherty@charlottecountyfl.gov.

Please join Tidewell Hospice at H2U at Fawcett Memorial Hospital on Tues., Aug. 18 at noon for a seminar, The Financial Impact of Aging in Place. Learn about long term care versus acute medical cate, payer sources for long-term care, long-term care insurance and more. Lunch provided by Fawcett H2U. RSVP tmoore@tidewell.org.

During the month of September 2015 anyone that signs up for a new library card will receive a certificate good for a free sunset cruise with the King Fisher Fleet at Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda. These certificates must be used before October 30, 2015 and reservations are recommended for your sunset cruise. If you need assistance in locating your nearest library, call 941.613.3200 or check online at www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and select the library pages link. For additional information King Fisher Fleet call 941.639.0969 or check out their website at www.kingfisherfleet.com.

Business Professional Women's September 9th, 2015 meeting is a Quarter Auction and runs from 6:00 pm to about 9:30 pm at the 24/21 Event Center at 24/21 Tamiami Trail.  Paddles are $3 for 1 or $6 for 3.  Plus bring a roll or 2 of quarters.  All proceeds to benefit BPW of Charlotte County.  There will be food available for purchase.  Please join us for this fun event.

Busey Bank will host Innovative Mornings, a free networking event for small business owners and managers, at 7:30 a.m., Friday, August 21, 2015 at its Port Charlotte Branch, 1490 Tamiami Trail. Coffee and light breakfast snacks are provided. Port Charlotte SCORE will present a talk titled "Creating a Value Proposition-The Core of a Marketing Program." The speaker will be Bill McCabe, a SCORE mentor and Sun-Herald Newspapers columnist. Innovative Mornings, held twice monthly, are organized by Busey Bank; Funnls and Port Charlotte SCORE Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/InnovativeMornings. Register at http://www.busey.com/home/florida/im.

The annual Blue Chip Award program recognizes successful, small business owners who have overcome adversity to achieve success. Charlotte, Collier and Lee County for-profit businesses that have been in operation for at least three years under the same ownership and employ five to 400 people are eligible for the Blue Chip Award. Applications must be submitted no later than Sept. 7, 2015 and independent judges will select the winning entry. For information, please contact Stacey Mercado at (239) 433-7189 or SMercado@BBandT.com

The Charlotte Idol singing competition is back. Finals night will be held on Saturday, August 29th at the Event Center in Punta Gorda. VIP tickets for the Finals are $70each and doors open at 5:00pm. VIP Tickets include a Delicious Dinner, Special Seating and Pre-Show Entertainment. General admission tickets are available for $20 and doors for general admission will open at 6:00pm with a cash bar and snacks available for purchase in the concourse. Contact Tina Figliuolo at Events@cchomelesscoalition.org or by calling 941-627-4313, extension 118.

Looking to start or improve your business? Florida Small Business Development Center consultant Peter Keating invites you to sign up for Best Practices of Customer Service workshop on Friday, August 21st from 9am to 12noon or the How Do I Start My Business workshop on Friday, September 18th from 9am to 12noon. Both workshops are happening at the FGCU offices at Herald Ct., Punta Gorda   Print this flier to find out more and register online at www.fsbdcswfl.org cost for each workshop is $10.00.

Enjoy 18 Holes of Golf on the Creek and Oaks Courses at Heron Creek. Plus, Ladies Golf Month and Juniors Golf Month. Complimentary Golf for Ladies and Juniors after 12pm in the Month of August (Juniors must be 15 or under and accompanied by an adult). "Back to School" Special, $99 4 player special anytime. Must Mention Ad for Special Offers.  Call the Golf Shop to reserve your tee time, 941.423.6955

The Nav-A-Gator Grill & Marina is offering a Summer Special on their Boat Slips.
Located on the Beautiful Peace River, convenient to Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Deep Creek, and many more areas. Dock slips include water and electric conveniently located near the slips. Prices start as low as $7.00 per foot and we can take up to 30ft boats. Boat trailers are also able to stay here at no additional charge. Take advantage of this special – one year contract receive 1 month free. Call 941-627-3474 for more information.

Sizzling Summer Savings at Jacks on Marion! 2 for $25.00 Dinners * 7 Days a week, 4pm until Close! Steak, Seafood, Pasta! 6 Delicious Dinners Created just for you! Now Thru August 31st Thats Just $12.50 Each and includes Soup or Salad, Dinner Roll and Vegetables Make your reservation now 941-637-8800 jacksonmarion@comcast.net

United Way of Charlotte County invites your business to participate in the 2015 Day of Caring on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Our partner agencies receive the benefit of volunteers completing projects that might not otherwise be seen to fruition. Businesses who take part in the Day of Caring report the team building that occurs is very beneficial. Visit www.unitedwayccfl.org/dayofcaring2015 for all the details. Email info@unitedwayccfl.org or call 941-627-3539 with questions.

Wine Dinner, August 26. Limit 20. Features food from Peru and wines from South America  at the Wyvern Hotel 941.639.7700 - 1st Course, Tequenos Pulpa De Cangrejo & Wantan Mariscos, Peruvian culture meets Chinese influences. Chile Chardonnay; 2nd Course Causa Limena and Tiradito, Chile, Sauvignon Blanc; Main Course, A twist on Lomo Saltado Braised veal shank, stir fry vegetables, Quinoa Risotto. Chile Chono Carmenere; Dessert Picarones, basically a doughnut made with sweet potatoes. Argentina, Sauvignon / Semillon

The Charlotte Harbor Rotary Club has invited C.A.R.E. to be the recipient of donations from their Charity Quiz Challenge for August and September.  This is a chance to show off your trivia knowledge prowess, and a fun event that will benefit us with a donation from the Rotary Club each of the 2 months. Please get a team together and join us August 12th and September 9th at 6:15 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Teams may be up to 6 players, and the cost is $15 per person.  

Help is coming for high school juniors and seniors looking for a boost on the ACT college entrance exam.  USF Sarasota-Manatee will hold ACT preparatory classes at the main campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and at the North Port Instructional Site, 5920 Pan American Blvd. The first round of classes, set for Aug. 27-29 from 5 to 8 p.m., will be held at the main campus. Register at: https://secure.touchnet.com/C20235_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=5309.  Another round of classes are set for Oct. 3, 10 and 17 at the North Port Instructional Site. Register at: https://secure.touchnet.com/C20235_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=5310

The Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Let’s Eat, Englewood is scheduled for September 25th – October 8th.  This restaurant week event will give people the opportunity to experience a culinary adventure through the Englewood area without breaking the bank.  We’re pleased to announce the first six restaurants to register are:  Lock ‘ Key Restaurant & Pub, Blue Lagoon, Howard’s Restaurant, Bay Point Grill, Johnny Leverock’s Seafood House and Rum Bay Restaurant on Palm Island Resort. For additional information, please visit www.LetsEatEnglewood.com.

Business & Professional Women of Charlotte County is holding their 16th annual Whacky Whiffers Golf Tournament at St. Andrews Golf Club, 1901 Deborah St., Punta Gorda.  Open to all, best ball scramble, Saturday, October 24, 2015 with registration starting at 8:30.  $55 includes 9 holes of golf, cart & lunch.  Lunch, social, & silent auction starting at 12:00 noon, with cash bar throughout event.  Funds raised are used for the BPW scholarship fund.  Please contact Judy Smith, 235-0113.

 

Chamber Member News


The Charlotte County Community Development Department is conducting a Visual Preference Survey through August 31 for the Parkside Core area. The Parkside Core is bounded by U.S. 41, the Elkcam Waterway, Austin Avenue, and the Sunrise Waterway and consists of commercial and multi-family permitted uses. The Visual Preference Survey is a method for collecting feedback and presents photos of various building designs. The responses will be used to develop guidelines on the future appearance of commercial, office, and multifamily development and redevelopment. Stop by the Chamber’s Port Charlotte office and complete the brief survey.

Nickolson’s Portrait Studio 255-1888...Update your Business Portrait today and save.  Getting ready for season?  Are you looking for ways to jump start business?  A new portrait for your website and social media would be a good way to freshen up your look. In August and September we are offering to update your portrait at a great saving. You’ll get a studio session with two digital files fully retouched, Special $135. Call now an mention the Chamber Special. Come and see us in our beautiful studio location 983 Tamimai Trail Port Charlotte.    Www.nickolsons.com. 

Guess who is going OTB (over the bridge)?  Integrity Employee Leasing and Integrity Insurance Agency will soon be moving to our new home at 128 West Charlotte Ave. Punta Gorda. The tentative move date is August 21st.  The move will allow us to continue our growth and the remodeling is going on as we speak.  Once moved there will be a ribbon cutting and 10th anniversary celebration- dates to be announced. We want to thank our clients and our employees for making this all possible.

Stop!  Here’s what you could do with your money instead of paying $400.00 to $700.00 for Credit Card Processing Equipment. Plus with our $200.00 sign up bonus. Do the math. You’re almost an “Emerald” Sustaining Chamber Partner! Buy a “Gucci” Bag or nice watch. With Total Merchant Services, you don’t pay for equipment, shipping, or set up fees. No termination fees because our service is so good you will want to stay with us. Call Steve Marcum @ 941-417-9800 and get good local service, a $200.00 sign up bonus and a good rate too!

Get your breast cancer support gear at Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida’s Office/Boutique! Community Manager, Cami Pierre, is available to assist with breast health services & resources. Volunteers are always needed so if you are interested in utilizing your skills at Komen, please contact Cami at cami@komenswfl.org. New - The Komen Closet, New/gently used wigs are available. Donations are welcome

Patti Guerzo, of Guerzo Business Consulting, LLC, thanks Bob Massey, writer of the popular Florida Weekly column, Minding Your Business.  Last week, he featured us!  Having gotten to know Bob, I heartily recommend his company, Action Words, for businesses needing writing that gets results.  Call Bob at 941-447-0030.

Should you check social media for background information on job applicants?  Social media checks may provide important information ... but ... social media information is also likely to be very unreliable.  Traditional background checks are generally reliable because they're based on independent third-party information provided by the courts, schools and past employers.  By contrast, social media information is self-reported and may contain biased, false, or doctored information ... plus ... information that's unlawful for an employer to be checking!  For further information, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno at NRG Background Checks.  941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net 

Parrot Outreach Society is a one-of-kind parrot rescue in Punta Gorda, currently caring for 130 homeless birds. We have a very small staff of volunteers and are seeking folks of all ages to donate just three hours a week to change paper and clean birdcages, sweep or mop up, and fix breakfast for our beautiful flock. Please come by to meet our birds and fill out a Volunteer Application. We are located at 1208 Elizabeth Street, Unit I, in the Sunshine Plaza, or call 941-347-8876. We need your help today!

Meet Titus! He is a 6-year-old Domestic Shorthair mix who loves to look out the window and admire the world around him. He’s a bit confused because he had the same home for six years and is now in a new place at the Suncoast Humane Society. He’s okay but would really love to find his new forever home. He’s shared the company of adults and children and liked being with everyone. So if you’ve got an empty window seat, Titus would love to fill that spot!

Groves Veterinary Clinic Teacher Appreciation Discount for the month of August! Teachers will receive 20% off services and products during the month of August when they show their teacher identification badge at check in, certain exclusions do apply.  We value our educators!

Total Merchants Services customers get a Free EMV Terminal for Life with; No Shipping Fees! No Monthly terminal fees! Guaranteed low rates! Free Set up on Virtual Terminal with Easy QuickBooks Sync at no additional cost! Why pay for (or) lease a New EMV terminal? Good business sense says NO! Get a $200.00 sign up bonus that goes right into your checking account too! Great Rates! Call Steve Marcum at 941-417-9800.

Need some caffeine for your advertising blues? Give Coffee News a call at 941-662-5522! We offer business category exclusive advertising that is both effective and affordable! Delivered free of charge, 52 weeks a year, Coffee News gives your business name top of mind awareness so your future customer will call YOU when they need your service.

The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners. The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter provides scholarships to residents of Charlotte County.  If you are interested in learning more about the Punta Gorda Charter Chapter, please contact: Barbara Jett, 941-249-5166.The meetings are held on the fourth (4th) Wednesday evening of each month at: Hurricane Charley's, 300 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL. Networking begins at 5:30 PM, meeting starts at 6:00 PM.  Dinner is $17.00

Save the date! The 8th Annual Mistletoe Ball will be on December 12 and is themed “Santa’s Magical Workshop.” For early reservations or more information contact the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition events@cchomelesscoalition.org or call 941-627-4515 x118.

Fishermen’s Village merchants remind you . . . shop local!   Shops and Boutiques are open 10 am- 6 pm Mon-Sat and 12 Noon-6 pm Sunday.  Thank you for investing in your local economy!

Join La Quinta’s bright now small business program and save 10% off our already-great low rates when you book online at LQ.com. Special Promo Rate $59.00 is based on availability and expires September 30th 2015. Call La Quinta Inns & Suites 941-979-4200 or print the flier for more information.

 

Kudos


Adriane McCourry and Amanda Losada were named Head Tellers at the Peachand and Charlotte Harbor offices of Charlotte State Bank & Trust, respectively. Both are longtime bank employees who have filled a variety of positions within the bank. Adriane has been with the bank 13 years, and Amanda is in her eighth year. Both grew up in the area. Amanda is a North Port High School graduate who worked as a veterinarian’s assistant before joining the bank. Adriane graduated from Charlotte High School.

 

Job Spot


Help wanted: Our business keeps growing so we need more team players! We are looking for Skilled Carpenters, Cleaning Technicians and Laborers. Please call our office to set up an appointment. AADisaster Restoration24/7, Inc. 941-205-3421.

Because of growth, Integrity Insurance Agency is looking for a licensed insurance agent. 4-40 or 2-20 license is required. If you are a motivated agent that wants to grow with a company that is in a growth mode, call Integrity at 941-766-1411. You’ll be glad you did.


 

Just For Fun


Joe, a notoriously bad golfer, hits his ball off the first tee and watches as it slices to the right and disappears through an open window.

Figuring that's the end of it, he gets another ball out of his bag and plays on.

On the eighth hole, a police officer walks up to Joe on the course and says, "Did you hit a golf ball through a window back there?"

Joe says, "Yes I did."

"Well," says the police officer, "it knocked a lamp over, scaring the dog, which raced out of the house onto the highway. A driver rammed into a brick wall to avoid the dog, sending three people to hospital. And it's all because you sliced the ball."

"Oh my goodness," says Joe, "is there anything I can do?"

"Yes there is," the cop says.

"Try keeping your head down and close up your stance a bit."

 

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.
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Julie Mathis
Executive Director
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
311 West Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
941-639-2222
jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org

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Charlotte Sun Column - August 12, 2015

Today’s Networking at Noon at the Four Points by Sheraton is sold out. Remember to register early for this great monthly meet and greet. You can still make a reservation for Friday’s Leadership Charlotte Alumni Hall of Fame Award luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda. The Fourth Annual lunch will recognize: Wendy Atkinson, Donna Barrett, Mike Mansfield, Mark Martella, T.J. Thornberry and Steve Vito, alumni who have distinguished themselves in leadership and service to Charlotte County.

Our Third Wednesday Coffee next week will be sponsored by State Insurance Agency, Brian Chapman, Jr. Leadership alumni will gather at 4 p.m. on Aug. 25 in the Port Charlotte office to begin planning the days for the Leadership class of 2016. Alumni please join us if you’d like to get involved. And, the Military Heritage Museum will host the Business Card Exchange on Aug. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. All are wonderful opportunities for you to promote your business and meet potential customers and referral sources.

Next week is the deadline to nominate your business (or a colleague’s business) for the annual Business of the Year Awards. This is a great opportunity for additional exposure for your company and it’s free promotion that keeps on giving. Businesses with 19 employees and fewer compete in the “small/medium” category, and businesses with twenty or more employees compete in the “large” category. Nominations are also open to not-for-profit organizations. Award criteria include showing your business accomplishments and strengths in this economic climate, growth in workforce and/or company sales/revenue/profit, as well as activities that illustrate a commitment to the community. Non-profit groups are asked to highlight their history, structure and priorities for the community. Past recipients review the nominations and select the winners. The application deadline is August 20. The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet on October 3. If you have questions, please call 639-2222.

Please visit the “Sizzlin’ Deal” section on our website -(www.charlottecountychamber.org and click on the Community Button and then tab down to the Coupon Connection button) to see the list of Sizzlin’ specials being offered by our participating member restaurants. If you’d like to make a deal, please contact Joanne Reid.

I just returned from another beautiful niece’s fabulous wedding, followed by a week at the Jersey shore with my family. Re-entry is tough.

Business OnLine - August 10, 2015

From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce


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

Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 89 years

August 10, 2015

 

Upcoming Chamber Events:


August 12, Networking at Noon, Four Points By Sheraton Harborside, 33 Tamiami Trail, PG. Please make a reservation online or by calling 627-2222.

August 14, 11:30 to 1 p.m., Leadership Charlotte Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon, Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave., PG. Please make a reservation online or by calling 627-2222.

August 19, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., Third Wednesday Coffee, Sponsor: State Insurance Agency, Brian Chapman, Jr., Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.

August 25, 4-5 p.m., Leadership Charlotte Steering Committee, PC office. Join us to help plan the days for the LC class of 2016.

August 27, 5-7 p.m., Business Card Exchange, Military Heritage Museum, Fishermen’s Village, PG

 

General Information:


Nominate a Business (or your Business) for Business of the Year 2015.  Small, large and non or not-for-profit businesses who are members in good standing and must show one or more of the following: Your business accomplishments and strengths in the economic climate; growth in workforce and/or company sales/revenue/profit; and activities that illustrate a commitment to the community.  Applications must be returned 4:00 p.m. on August 14.  2015 Business of the Year Nomination Form.

The Florida Chamber invites you to take this survey and share your voice in creating Florida’s Business Agenda- a member-driven, consensus agenda built by thousands of partnering associations, local chambers, and chamber members. Please help us set Florida’s Business Agenda by taking a few minutes to complete this short survey.  It’s your opportunity to speak to your elected officials in Tallahassee with one united business community voice. Help us protect your business and make Florida more competitive.  If you have any questions, please contact me at (850) 521-1288 or dhart@flchamber.com

The State of Florida, Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation offers free seminars and webinars for Florida employers regarding Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety.  In addition, the Division of Workers’ Compensation has partnered with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the University of South Florida’s “Safety Florida Consultation Program” to bring valuable safety information to Florida employers. Visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/wc/Employers in the section for Education and Resources. 

 

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


· Platinum: Atlas Insurance; Buffalo Graffix; Charlotte Sun/Sun Coast Media Group; Florida SouthWestern State College; Don Gasgarth’s Charlotte County Ford; Harbor Style Magazine; Koch & Company, CPA, PA; Monarch Printing & Design, Inc.; The Mosaic Company; State Insurance Agency - Brian Chapman, Jr.; Strang, Olsen & Lynch, CPAs PA; Waste Management of Charlotte County

· Diamond: Charlotte State Bank & Trust; Farr, Farr, Emerich, Hackett and Carr, PA; Fawcett Memorial Hospital; Integrity Employee Leasing; Lexington Manor; Panther Hollow Dental Lodge; Paradise Dental

· Emerald: Accurate Gas & Plumbing, LLC; Advanced Imaging of Port Charlotte; Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte; BMO Harris Bank; Freedom Boat Club; Friendly Floors; Nolan Family Insurance; Palm Auto Mall; Port Charlotte Florist Premier Photographic Events, LLC; South Port Square; Suncoast Glass & Mirror, Inc.; WhitCo Insurance Agency-Alexia Martin; The Wyvern Hotel

 

Ribbon Cuttings (to which all members are invited):


Thurs., Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m., PC’s Fish House, 3821 Tamiami Trail, PC

Tues., Aug. 18, noon for Sunny Days Ice Cream’s new truck at Palm Auto Mall, Dodge Ram

Tues., Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m., A & E Paints (Benjamin Moore and Pittsburgh and Porter Paints), 4760 Tamiami Trail, PC

 

New Members:


Art by the Glass, LLC, 1700 Tamiami Trail, #F4, PC 33948
Gail Gursky, Ph: (941) 780-1743
www.artbytheglassllc.com artbytheglassllc@gmail.com
Sponsor: Bill McCabe, SCORE                                                        


Stone Insurance Specialist, 3949 Evans Ave., Ste. 103, FM 33916
Chad Nunez, Ph: (941) 257-3516
www.stonehealthins.com, chad@stonehealthins.com                                                                                                      

Chamber Member Events


Charlotte County Community Services’ Libraries & History Division announces the opening of the Charlotte County Historical Center’s latest exhibit, Honoring Florida’s Greatest Generation: Punta Gorda Army Air Field 1942-1945. The exhibit will be on display Aug. 10 through Nov. 12 at the Mid-County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Boulevard in Port Charlotte. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. Admission is free.

Murder Mystery Show at the Cultural Center November 14 at 7:30.  Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Cultural Center or www.charlottecountypridefl.org and selecting the Donate button.  And a Cast call: love acting or always wanted to be on stage? Here is your chance. Open auditions for a Murder Mystery Comedy. Looking for 4-6 males and 5-7 females and one announcer. Auditions August 15 from 1-4pm and August 16 from 1-4pm at 8210 West Price Blvd., North Port. Fundraiser for Charlotte County Pride. More information text 941-204-3505.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals invites you to Building the Pipelines, How to prospect, get the appointment follow the rules of engagement and make the ask, by Kelly Dowling, MBA, CFRE, Senior Director of Development, University of Central Florida, College of Business Administration, Wednesday, August 19th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Bring your thoughts, questions, business cards and appetite! $20/members or $30/non-members. Pay at the door, cash or check (payable to AFP Charlotte Harbor).

Groves Veterinary Clinic reminds pet owners to verify their pet’s microchip and update their registration information. Stop by Groves Veterinary Clinic on Saturday, August 15th for a free microchip scan, educational material on microchipping and $29.00 microchip placement including registration.  Event runs from 8:00am until 2:00pm and appointments are encouraged for microchip placement.  Call 941-391-5251 for more details.

The Charlotte Idol singing competition is back with Audition Night 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 14 at the Cultural Center Theatre. Auditions are free for performers. Spectator tickets are just $10. Singers must pre-register by email to CharlotteIdolHC@gmail.com. Finals night will be held on Saturday, August 29 at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center. VIP tickets for the Finals are $70 each and doors open at 5 p.m. for VIPs only. General admission tickets are available for $20, with doors open at 5:45 p.m. For information, contact Tina Figliuolo at events@cchomelesscoalition.org or (941) 627-4313, extension 118.

During the month of September 2015 anyone that signs up for a new library card will receive a certificate good for a free sunset cruise with the King Fisher Fleet at Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda. These certificates must be used before October 30, 2015 and reservations are recommended for your sunset cruise. If you need assistance in locating your nearest library, call 941.613.3200 or check online at www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and select the library pages link. For additional information King Fisher Fleet call 941.639.0969 or check out their website at www.kingfisherfleet.com.

August 15 Charlotte County Pride is a sponsor of Draganza, it will be held at Englewood Event Center Doors open at 5:30 Dinner at 6:30 and Show at 7:30. Dinner and show tickets are $32 and show only are $15. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1438799013111900/ for more information.

The play, “A Century in Motion" written by Ken Larkin in 1987 for the centennial celebrations held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the town of Punta Gorda will be presented at the Punta Gorda Woman's Club Building, 118 Sullivan Street on August 14 at 7:30, August 15 at 7:00, and, August 16 at 3:30p.m. Purchase tickets at the Punta Gorda Historical Society, 118 Sullivan Street; Copperfish books or the Gallery in the History Park on Sunday.  Tickets $20.00 adults and $10.00 students.  For information call 639-1887. 

The Punta Gorda office of Charlotte State Bank & Trust is holding a bake sale on Wednesday, Aug. 12, on behalf of the Charlotte Warriors Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading program. Baked goods will be available for purchase from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the bank lobby at 2331 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Head Teller Devon A. Weatherhead is coordinating the bake sale and may be reached at (941) 639-2511. For more information on the Warriors, visit www.charlottewarriors.com.

August 15–Saturday-Live Music, Gary & Kerri 2-5pm. Never a cover charge; request canned goods and nonperishable food items for a local food bank. The Nav-A-Gator Grill & Marina Summer Special on Boat Slips. Dock slips include water and electric, prices start as low as $7.00per foot. Boat trailers no additional charge. Take advantage of this special–one year contract receive 1-month free. Now booking our Waterfront Chiki Hut for birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, fundraisers, weddings, private functions of all kinds!! For more information call 941-627-3474.

Busey Bank will host Innovative Mornings, a free networking event for small business owners and managers, at 7:30 a.m., Friday, August 21, 2015 at its Port Charlotte Branch, 1490 Tamiami Trail. Coffee and light breakfast snacks are provided. Port Charlotte SCORE will present a talk titled "Creating a Value Proposition-The Core of a Marketing Program." The speaker will be Bill McCabe, a SCORE mentor and Sun-Herald Newspapers columnist. Innovative Mornings, held twice monthly, are organized by Busey Bank; Funnls and Port Charlotte SCORE Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/InnovativeMornings. Register at http://www.busey.com/home/florida/im.

Join La Quinta’s bright now small business program and save 10% off our already-great low rates when you book online at LQ.com. Special Promo Rate $59.00 is based on availability and expires September 30th 2015. Call La Quinta Inns & Suites 941-979-4200 or print the flier for more information.

Looking to start or improve your business? Florida Small Business Development Center consultant Peter Keating invites you to sign up for Best Practices of Customer Service workshop on Friday, August 21st from 9am to 12noon or the How Do I Start My Business workshop on Friday, September 18th from 9am to 12noon. Both workshops are happening at the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, 2702 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.   Print this flier to find out more and register online at www.fsbdcswfl.org cost for each workshop is $10.00.

Sizzling Summer Savings at Jacks on Marion! 2 for $25.00 Dinners * 7 Days a week, 4pm until Close! Steak, Seafood, Pasta! 6 Delicious Dinners Created just for you! Now Thru August 31st Thats Just $12.50 Each and includes Soup or Salad, Dinner Roll and Vegetables Make your reservation now 941-637-8800 jacksonmarion@comcast.net

The Higher Ground Performing Arts Studio would like to invite you to register for their 2015-16 Season. We offer Education and Enrichment in Dance techniques: Ballet, Pointe, Acrobatic Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, Break Dance, Tap, Contemporary, Dancin’ Babes, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Theatre, Voice, Private Music lessons, Barre Fitness and Zumba for all ages.

Family Discounts & Never any Recital Fees!!! Registration August 10th, 12th, 14th, and 15th 2015. Classes start on Monday, August 17th.  After that, Registration will continue during HG office hours, call (941)625-3622 or visit us at highergroundperformingarts.net.

United Way of Charlotte County invites your business to participate in the 2015 Day of Caring on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Our partner agencies receive the benefit of volunteers completing projects that might not otherwise be seen to fruition. Businesses who take part in the Day of Caring report the team building that occurs is very beneficial. Visit www.unitedwayccfl.org/dayofcaring2015 for all the details. Email info@unitedwayccfl.org or call 941-627-3539 with questions.

Sign up now for a one-day “Make It & Take It” Workshop! Make your own Sun Catcher or Rustic Faux Jewels, all skill levels welcome. Date: September 9, 10am-3pm. Visit our website to view our schedule of fine art & crafts classes that begin September 14. Look for some exciting new classes and all your old favorites. Register now at the Visual Arts Center: 210 Maud St in Punta Gorda (Across from Fishermen's Village) (941) 639-8810| www.VisualArtCenter.org.  Closed August 17 - September 7, returning September 8, 9am - 4pm.

 Wine Dinner, August 26. Limit 20. Features food from Peru and wines from South America at the Wyvern Hotel 941.639.7700 - 1st Course, Tequenos Pulpa De Cangrejo & Wantan Mariscos, Peruvian culture meets Chinese influences. Chile Chardonnay; 2nd Course Causa Limena and Tiradito, Chile, Sauvignon Blanc; Main Course, A twist on Lomo Saltado Braised veal shank, stir fry vegetables, Quinoa Risotto. Chile Chono Carmenere; Dessert Picarones, basically a doughnut made with sweet potatoes. Argentina, Sauvignon / Semillon

USF Sarasota-Manatee will host “Instant Decision Days” for prospective freshmen for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students can obtain instant decisions from admissions counselors. For three days next week, Aug. 10-12, university admissions’ staff will be on hand to meet prospective freshmen to determine eligibility for “on-the-spot” admission decisions. To participate, students must visit www.usfsm.edu to apply for admission then contact the Admissions office to make an appointment, email admissions@sar.usf.edu or call (941) 359-4330 and ask to speak with a counselor. Classes begin Aug. 24.

Country Western Dance, Karaoke & Covered Wagon Buffet on August 14 from 5pm-8pm at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club. Do you know how to 2 step? Can you belt out a tune?  Maybe you just like a good southern buffet...Put on your boots, grab some friends and join us! $18.95 per person, Reservations 941-240-5100.

The merchants of Fishermen’s Village have planned a family friendly event “Construction Madness: Open for Business,” on Saturday, August 15, 11 am-5 pm. The event is being held in conjunction with Fishermen’s Village $8,000,000 renovation project.  The day will feature fun, “construction” themed crafts and games, free giveaways (while supplies last),  Metamasque Face painting, Jeff the Juggler, Singer/Guitarists Michael Hirst and Paul Cottrell,  special sales for shopping/dining and more. The event and parking are free. For more information, visit www.fishville .com or call Kathy Burnam at 941 639-8721. 

The Visual Arts Center is off to the Beach! Visit our newest exhibit Surf, Sand & Shells on display until August 13 during our summer hours:  M-F from 10am to 2pm. Exhibits are always FREE and open to the public. Visit our website to view our schedule of fine art & crafts classes that begin September 14. Look for some exciting new classes and all your old favorites. Register now at the Visual Arts Center: 210 Maud St in Punta Gorda (Across from Fishermen's Village) (941) 639-8810| www.VisualArtCenter.org.

 The Charlotte Harbor Rotary Club has invited C.A.R.E. to be the recipient of donations from their Charity Quiz Challenge for August and September.  This is a chance to show off your trivia knowledge prowess, and a fun event that will benefit us with a donation from the Rotary Club each of the 2 months. Please get a team together and join us August 12th and September 9th at 6:15 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Teams may be up to 6 players, and the cost is $15 per person.  

The Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Let’s Eat, Englewood is scheduled for September 25th – October 8th.  This restaurant week event will give people the opportunity to experience a culinary adventure through the Englewood area without breaking the bank.  We’re pleased to announce the first six restaurants to register are:  Lock ‘ Key Restaurant & Pub, Blue Lagoon, Howard’s Restaurant, Bay Point Grill, Johnny Leverock’s Seafood House and Rum Bay Restaurant on Palm Island Resort. For additional information, please visit www.LetsEatEnglewood.com.

A model of the proposed Charlotte County Vietnam Wall replica will be on display at Charlotte State Bank & Trust through mid-September. Supporters are currently raising funds to build the wall, and the model represents what the memorial will look like at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. The model is currently at the bank‘s Punta Gorda office, where it will remain through Aug. 6. It then will be moved to the Charlotte Harbor office from Aug. 7-20, Peachland office from Aug. 21 through Sept. 3 and Murdock office from Sept. 4 through 17.

Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida, recognizing that families appreciate a financial break while preparing for the new school year, is offering 10 days of complimentary meals for children 12 and under at the restaurant’s five Southwest Florida locations. From Aug. 7 through 16, diners will receive up to two complimentary kid’s meals with each adult entree and drink purchase. Children must be present, and the Kids Eat Free special may not be combined with other offers. For additional information, visit www.JasonsDeli.com.

Business & Professional Women of Charlotte County is holding their 16th annual Whacky Whiffers Golf Tournament at St. Andrews Golf Club, 1901 Deborah St., Punta Gorda.  Open to all, best ball scramble, Saturday, October 24, 2015 with registration starting at 8:30.  $55 includes 9 holes of golf, cart & lunch.  Lunch, social, & silent auction starting at 12:00 noon, with cash bar throughout event.  Funds raised are used for the BPW scholarship fund.  Please contact Judy Smith, 235-0113.

 

Chamber Member News


Guess who is going OTB (over the bridge)?  Integrity Employee Leasing and Integrity Insurance Agency will soon be moving to our new home at 128 West Charlotte Ave. Punta Gorda. The tentative move date is August 21st.  The move will allow us to continue our growth and the remodeling is going on as we speak.  Once moved there will be a ribbon cutting and 10th anniversary celebration- dates to be announced. We want to thank our clients and our employees for making this all possible.

Parrot Outreach Society is a one-of-kind parrot rescue in Punta Gorda, currently caring for 130 homeless birds. We have a very small staff of volunteers and are seeking folks of all ages to donate just three hours a week to change paper and clean birdcages, sweep or mop up, and fix breakfast for our beautiful flock. Please come by to meet our birds and fill out a Volunteer Application. We are located at 1208 Elizabeth Street, Unit I, in the Sunshine Plaza, or call 941-347-8876. We need your help today!

Are you a teacher? Know a teacher? Please tell a teacher about the Groves Veterinary Clinic Teacher Appreciation Discount for the month of August! Teachers will receive 20% off services and products during the month of August when they show their teacher identification badge at check in, certain exclusions do apply.  We value our educators!

Total Merchants Services customers get a Free EMV Terminal for Life with; No Shipping Fees! No Monthly terminal fees! Guaranteed low rates! Free Set up on Virtual Terminal with Easy QuickBooks Sync at no additional cost! Why pay for (or) lease a New EMV terminal? Good business sense says NO! Get a $200.00 sign up bonus that goes right into your checking account too! Great Rates! Call Steve Marcum at 941-417-9800.

Need some caffeine for your advertising blues? Give Coffee News a call at 941-662-5522! We offer business category exclusive advertising that is both effective and affordable! Delivered free of charge, 52 weeks a year, Coffee News gives your business name top of mind awareness so your future customer will call YOU when they need your service.

Meet Ed! He is a 5-year-old Parson Russell Terrier mix who is looking for that furr-ever kind of love. This handsome boy is 19 lbs of pure fun and would enjoy a special person or family that likes staying active. He loves long walks on the beach and joyful car rides to the park. If you are looking for a dog that you can shower with love and affection, come meet with Ed at Suncoast Humane Society today!

Smoke and Roses gets some great press both locally and worldwide. Featured in the current issue of Florida Weekly read the story “Local couple sets sail to live the dream” here: http://charlotte.floridaweekly.com/news/2015-08-06/Arts_%28and%29_Entertainment_News/Local_couple_sets_sail_to_live_the_dream.html. Smoke and Roses joined a worldwide celebration of sailing during the Summer Sailtice Event read their stories and others here: http://www.summersailstice.com/article/smoke-and-roses-sails-beneath-spectacular-sunsets-charlotte-harbor-fl. For information call 605-366-7673 or visit www.smokeandroses.com

The Charlotte County Airport Authority announces the Punta Gorda Airport passenger count for July of this year was 85,468. This is a 58% increase in passenger traffic for July, 2015 compared with July, 2014 (53,826 passengers). This is the second highest month in the airport’s history. A total of 741,297 passengers have utilized Punta Gorda Airport during the past 12 months. The Charlotte County Airport Authority owns/operates the Punta Gorda Airport located at 28000 Airport Road in Punta Gorda. For more information contact Mr. Gary Quill at 941-639-1101 ext. 101.

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 with 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 further information, contact Doris Hebert-Ferrigno NRG Background Checks.   941-488-8500;  800-531-6522;  nrginfo@atlantic.net 

The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners. The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter provides scholarships to residents of Charlotte County.  If you are interested in learning more about the Punta Gorda Charter Chapter, please contact: Barbara Jett, 941-249-5166.The meetings are held on the fourth (4th) Wednesday evening of each month at: Hurricane Charley's, 300 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL. Networking begins at 5:30 PM, meeting starts at 6:00 PM.  Dinner is $17.00

Save the date! The 8th Annual Mistletoe Ball will be on December 12 and is themed “Santa’s Magical Workshop.” For early reservations or more information contact the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition events@cchomelesscoalition.org or call 941-627-4515 x118.

Need Money? Who doesn't??  Premier Photographic Events, LLC is offering a Portrait Fund raising Program for non-profits, churches, clubs, organizations, schools...anyone looking to raise funds.  Our Portrait Fund raising program is unique. Here is how it works! Your members, their families or friends purchase a 10x13 portrait gift certificate for $15.00  (A $45.00 Value) and your organization keeps the $15.00!!  50 certificates sold = $750.00! The more you sell; the more you make! Participating families can also purchase additional portraits at reduced prices! Don't delay!  Call Steve Lineberry 941-249-4047 for details! 

JP Home Services is happy to offer 10% off to any new customers (no exclusions) thru the end of August, mention the "Charlotte County Chamber”. Just as a quick reminder of our services… We offer general home maintenance, re-screening, pressure washing, dryer vent cleaning, appliance repair & install, and much more! Call us today! 941-875-5255

Fishermen’s Village merchants remind you . . . shop local!   Shops and Boutiques are open 10 am- 6 pm Mon-Sat and 12 Noon-6 pm Sunday.  Thank you for investing in your local economy!

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida system, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in Manatee County, North Port and online. Separately accredited, USFSM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of over 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu

The Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) application deadline for Fall 2015 classes is Friday, August 14, 2015 and students will begin classes for the fall semester on Monday, August 24. Individuals interested in pursuing Associate degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, or certificates in workforce programs have until August 14 to apply for admissions.  To apply visit www.fsw.edu/admissions

The Charlotte County RESTORE (Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies) Act Multiyear Implementation Plan (MYIP) identifies the proposed plan for spending the initial $726,453 in Direct Component funds under the RESTORE Act. The MYIP is available for review and public comment online - visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and click "RESTORE Act MYIP" in the Hot Topics list. Paper copies are available by calling 941.764.4996. Comments should be submitted to Mindy.Collier@CharlotteCountyFL.gov by August 22, 2015.

Yelp Secret #4:  Yelp is free for consumers, but it wants businesses to pay.  Yelp advertising is expensive ($700/month!), and is limited in its impact.  The secret:  You can craft a winning Yelp strategy, without paying Yelp a dime.  Email Patti at Patti@Guerzo.com to set up a free consultation.  Guerzo Business Consulting, LLC, is your local resource for innovative and low-cost marketing strategies.  

 

Kudos


Farr Law Firm announced that attorney Forrest J. Bass is now Florida Bar Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates. Mr. Bass joined the firm in 2009 and focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and related tax matters. He received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from Boston University School of Law in 2015, was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2009 and received his Juris Doctor in 2009 from Stetson University College of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts from Flagler College in 2006.

Southern Business and Development magazine convenes an annual, invitation only, roundtable event consisting of 50 top economic developers, educators, economists, site consultants and CEOs.  At this year’s event, the group was asked to vote on 30 “Best of” categories in Economic Development.  In the category of “Florida’s Best Local Economic Development Agencies”, Charlotte County was collectively voted as one of the Top 3 in the State along with the Bradenton Area EDC, EDC of Florida’s Space Coast and JAXUSA.  We are very proud and pleased to be considered among the best by the lead economic developers in the South.

 

Job Spot


Help wanted: Our business keeps growing so we need more team players! We are looking for Skilled Carpenters, Cleaning Technicians and Laborers. Please call our office to set up an appointment. AADisaster Restoration24/7, Inc. 941-205-3421.

Because of growth, Integrity Insurance Agency is looking for a licensed insurance agent. 4-40 or 2-20 license is required. If you are a motivated agent that wants to grow with a company that is in a growth mode, call Integrity at 941-766-1411. You’ll be glad you did.


Law firm looking for experienced legal secretary. Applicant must possess the following skills: typing, filing, scanning, scheduling, transcription, and extensive phone use. Candidate must have legal background; personal injury preferably. The right candidate must have pleasant phone mannerism and able to interact well with public. Candidate must be energetic, punctual, organized, multi-task and a team player. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Spanish speaking is a plus, but not a requirement. Excellent benefits package which includes 401k. Background check will be administered.  Resumes may be submitted to thelton@gbclaw.com.

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish and School is seeking a full-time Development Director to serve both the parish and its fully accredited, co-educational pre-K through 8 parish school of approximately 200 students. This position is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive plan with annual fundraising events, grant requests, bequest/legacy programs, marketing initiatives, as well as cultivating individual and philanthropic support. Qualified candidates are invited to send a resume, cover letter with salary requirement, as well as references to: Fr. John Fitch, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 21505 Augusta Avenue, Port Charlotte, FL 33952, or email at frjohnf@stcbc.org.

 St. Charles Borromeo Church is seeking a full-time bookkeeper. The successful candidate must be a team player, able to work independently, be detail oriented, and have at least three (3) years of full charge bookkeeping experience in Quick Books, ADP Payroll, A/P, A/R, and GL postings and account reconciliations.  Candidates must also have excellent communication and technical skills, including MS Excel and other MS Office applications. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications, accomplishments, salary requirements, along with an attached resume to susanr@stcbc.org.

Olmsted & Wilson, P.A. is seeking a full time paralegal. Practice areas include real estate, estate planning, corporate formation, and guardianship.  Experience in one of these areas is required. Applicants must have a minimum of three years experience as a paralegal, and be able to draft documents, correspondence and pleadings with minimal supervision, schedule hearings, calendar appointments and work with billing software.  Strong computer proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong time management and organizational skills a must.  Please email resumes to kathy@owpa.com.

BestPro Team is now hiring part time Residential Cleaners. Previous experience is a plus, but not required. Flexible hours available. Must be able to pass a background check and have a clean driving record. Apply in person at 2208 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte or call 941-726-1216 for more information.

 

Just For Fun


Isn't it strange how drivers who go slower than you are idiots and those that go faster are maniacs?

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A husband asks: Why do you weep and sniffle over a TV program and the imaginary sadness of people you have never met?

Wife: For the same reason you scream and yell when a man you don’t know makes a touchdown.

 

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.
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Julie Mathis
Executive Director
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
311 West Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
941-639-2222
jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org

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Charlotte Sun Column - August 5, 2015

There is no column for this week, but stay tuned and check back here on August 12th for the next column.

Business OnLine - August 3, 2015

From the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce


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

Serving all of Charlotte County for more than 89 years


August 3, 2015

 

Upcoming Chamber Events:


August 12, Networking at Noon, Four Points By Sheraton Harborside, 33 Tamiami Trail, PG. Please make a reservation online or by calling 627-2222.

August 14, 11:30 to 1 p.m., Leadership Charlotte Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon, Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave., PG. Please make a reservation online or by calling 627-2222.

August 19, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., Third Wednesday Coffee, Sponsor: State Insurance Agency, Brian Chapman, Jr., Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.

August 25, 4-5 p.m., Leadership Charlotte Steering Committee, PC office. Join us to help plan the days for the LC class of 2016.

August 27, 5-7 p.m., Business Card Exchange, Military Heritage Museum, Fishermen’s Village, PG

 

General Information:


Nominate a Business (or your Business) for Business of the Year 2015.  Small, large and non or not-for-profit businesses who are members in good standing and must show one or more of the following: Your business accomplishments and strengths in the economic climate; growth in workforce and/or company sales/revenue/profit; and activities that illustrate a commitment to the community.  Applications must be returned 4:00 p.m. on August 14.  2015 Business of the Year Nomination Form.

The Florida Chamber invites you to take this survey and share your voice in creating Florida’s Business Agenda- a member-driven, consensus agenda built by thousands of partnering associations, local chambers, and chamber members. Please help us set Florida’s Business Agenda by taking a few minutes to complete this short survey.  It’s your opportunity to speak to your elected officials in Tallahassee with one united business community voice. Help us protect your business and make Florida more competitive.  If you have any questions, please contact me at (850) 521-1288 or dhart@flchamber.com

The State of Florida, Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation offers free seminars and webinars for Florida employers regarding Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety.  In addition, the Division of Workers’ Compensation has partnered with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the University of South Florida’s “Safety Florida Consultation Program” to bring valuable safety information to Florida employers. Visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/wc/Employers in the section for Education and Resources.  The registration form and the flyer announcing the locations of all of the classes are also on our website.

 

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


· Platinum:  Atlas Insurance; Buffalo Graffix; Charlotte Sun/Sun Coast Media Group; Florida SouthWestern State College; Don Gasgarth’s Charlotte County Ford; Harbor Style Magazine; Koch & Company, CPA, PA; Monarch Printing & Design, Inc.; The Mosaic Company; State Insurance Agency - Brian Chapman, Jr.; Strang, Olsen & Lynch, CPAs PA; Waste Management of Charlotte County

· Diamond: Charlotte State Bank & Trust; Farr, Farr, Emerich, Hackett and Carr, PA; Fawcett Memorial Hospital; Integrity Employee Leasing; Lexington Manor;  Panther Hollow Dental Lodge; Paradise Dental

· Emerald: Accurate Gas & Plumbing, LLC; Advanced Imaging of Port Charlotte; Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte; BMO Harris Bank; Freedom Boat Club; Friendly Floors; Nolan Family Insurance; Palm Auto Mall; Port Charlotte Florist  Premier Photographic Events, LLC; South Port Square; Suncoast Glass & Mirror, Inc.; WhitCo Insurance Agency-Alexia Martin; The Wyvern Hotel

 

Ribbon Cuttings (to which all members are invited):


Thurs., Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m., PC’s Fish House, 3821 Tamiami Trail, PC

Tues., Aug. 18, noon for Sunny Days Ice Cream’s new truck at Palm Auto Mall, Dodge Ram

Tues., Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m., A & E Paints (Benjamin Moore and Pittsburgh and Porter Paints), 4760 Tamiami Trail, PC

 

New Members:


Port Charlotte Bandits, PO Box 381210, PC 33938-1210, 19385 Quesada Blvd., PC 33948
Shea Davis, Ph: 941-661-9368
www.portcharlottebandits.com
Sponsor: Dona Barrett, Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association                                                                    

Florida Premier Contractors, 1801 Shreve St., PG 33950
Rob Humpel, Ph: 941-205-1440
www.fpcbuilds.com   admin@fpcbuilds.com
Sponsor: Alyson Burch, Charlotte State Bank & Trust                         

ADT, LLC, 244256 Sandhill Blvd., #201, PC 33983
Brian Romano, Bridgett Lake, Ph: 941-623-1352
www.adr.com   bromano@adt.com                                                          

 

Chamber Member Events:


The Charlotte Idol singing competition is back with Audition Night 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 14 at the Cultural Center Theatre. Auditions are free for performers. Spectator tickets are just $10. Singers must pre-register by email to CharlotteIdolHC@gmail.com. Finals night will be held on Saturday, August 29 at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center. VIP tickets for the Finals are $70 each and doors open at 5 p.m. for VIPs only. General admission tickets are available for $20, with doors open at 5:45 p.m. For information, contact Tina Figliuolo at events@cchomelesscoalition.org or (941) 627-4313, extension 118.

Patrice Weston State Farm 4th annual Back to School Bash open to the public and everything is free. It’s our way to give back to the community that supports our business and celebrate the importance of education.  Event – Friday, August 7, 2015 from 10-2 pm.  School supplies, popcorn, drinks, hotdogs, games and prizes at 1946 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte, 627-5626.

The merchants of Fishermen’s Village have planned a family friendly event “Construction Madness: Open for Business,” on Saturday, August 15, 11 am-5 pm. The event is being held in conjunction with Fishermen’s Village $8,000,000 renovation project.  The day will feature fun, “construction” themed crafts and games, free giveaways (while supplies last),  Metamasque Face painting, Jeff the Juggler, Singer/Guitarists Michael Hirst and Paul Cottrell,  special sales for shopping/dining and more. The event and parking are free. For more information, visit www.fishville .com or call Kathy Burnam at 941 639-8721. 

During the month of September 2015 anyone that signs up for a new library card will receive a certificate good for a free sunset cruise with the King Fisher Fleet at Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda. These certificates must be used before October 30, 2015 and reservations are recommended for your sunset cruise. If you need assistance in locating your nearest library, call 941.613.3200 or check online at www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and select the library pages link. For additional information King Fisher Fleet call 941.639.0969 or check out their website at www.kingfisherfleet.com.

At Visani - Tuesday August 4, Glenn Leonard (Former Lead Singer of "The Temptations") presents Hitsville Live; Tuesday August 18, Dwight Icenhower and the Blue Suede Review Band, A Musical Tribute to Elvis. Call 629-9191 or visit www.visani.net.

The Visual Arts Center is off to the Beach! Visit our newest exhibit Surf, Sand & Shells on display until August 13 during our summer hours:  M-F from 10am to 2pm. Exhibits are always FREE and open to the public. Visit our website to view our schedule of fine art & crafts classes that begin September 14. Look for some exciting new classes and all your old favorites. Register now at the Visual Arts Center: 210 Maud St in Punta Gorda (Across from Fishermen's Village) (941) 639-8810| www.VisualArtCenter.org.

The Charlotte Harbor Rotary Club has invited C.A.R.E. to be the recipient of donations from their Charity Quiz Challenge for August and September.  This is a chance to show off your trivia knowledge prowess, and a fun event that will benefit us with a donation from the Rotary Club each of the 2 months. Please get a team together and join us August 12th and September 9th at 6:15 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Teams may be up to 6 players, and the cost is $15 per person.  

Charlotte Players: Saturday August 15th “Looking Back, Moving Forward” Celebrating 55 Years at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. We will be starting in the 1960’s and celebrating the decades with music, food & fun. It’s a casual event, so grab those dancin’ shoes and your favorite thing from the past and join us in a night of celebration. Tickets are $55.00 per person and sponsorships start at $100. For more information please visit our website at www.CharlottePlayers.org, call our office at (941)255-1022 or co-chair Rick Ilmberger at (941)624-4040. 

The Charlotte County Family YMCA will be hosting a Job Fair at the North Port Child Development Center, located at 5930 Sam Shapos Way. North Port, on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Background assessments will be conducted during that time. We are seeking to recruit, full-time/part-time/substitute and volunteer positions at our various branch locations. Applicants unable to attend the Job Fair should submit their resumes to: Kathy Robinson, Human Resources Director at krobinson@charlottecountyymca.com (no phone calls please).

Busey Bank will host Innovative Mornings, a free networking event for small business owners and managers, at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, August 7, 2015 at its Punta Gorda branch, 2815 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Port Charlotte SCORE will present a talk titled "Lightening the Load: Using Virtual Assistants." Attendees have an opportunity to network before and after an educational program. The programs are 45 minute presentations on marketing and management topics. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/InnovativeMornings. Seating is limited so registration at http://www.busey.com/home/florida/im is recommended.

Business Professional Women's August 4th, 2015 meeting runs from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Visani's, 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte.  There is lunch and our guest speaker is Dr. Michelle Gordon of Tidewell Hospice.  Please contact Peggy Wilbur, 941-889-7283.  Cost is $10 for first time guests, $16 for members.

As a veteran owned company we are sadden by the recent attack in Chattanooga, TN. Brokenhearted and at a loss for how we can help Hoover Pressure Cleaning has decided to donated a portion of each job scheduled in the month of August to the Wounded Warrior Project. If you would like to join us in supporting this program together we will hopefully give the brave men and women some solace from the sacrifice they make for our freedom hooverpressure@gmail.com

Cast call:  love acting or always wanted to be on stage? Here is your chance.  Open auditions for a Murder Mystery Comedy. Looking for 4-6 males and 5-7 females. Also one announcer with a good speaking voice. Dates for auditions August 15 from 1-4 pm and August 16 from 1-4 pm at 8210 West Price Blvd., North Port, Florida. This production is a fundraiser for Charlotte County Pride. For more information please text 941-204-3505.

The Florida SBDC is hosting its annual Access to Capital Fair 2015 on Friday, August 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn| Fort Myers Airport.  This is no cost event with a special guest speaker, Kabeer Arora of Kabaccha Shoes, who raised over $400,000 in 4-Months via Kickstarter for his company. Register at www.fsbdcswfl.org.

The Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Let’s Eat, Englewood is scheduled for September 25th – October 8th.  This restaurant week event will give people the opportunity to experience a culinary adventure through the Englewood area without breaking the bank.  We’re pleased to announce the first six restaurants to register are:  Lock ‘ Key Restaurant & Pub, Blue Lagoon, Howard’s Restaurant, Bay Point Grill, Johnny Leverock’s Seafood House and Rum Bay Restaurant on Palm Island Resort. For additional information, please visit www.LetsEatEnglewood.com.

A model of the proposed Charlotte County Vietnam Wall replica will be on display at Charlotte State Bank & Trust through mid-September. Supporters are currently raising funds to build the wall, and the model represents what the memorial will look like at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. The model is currently at the bank‘s Punta Gorda office, where it will remain through Aug. 6. It then will be moved to the Charlotte Harbor office from Aug. 7-20, Peachland office from Aug. 21 through Sept. 3 and Murdock office from Sept. 4 through 17.

Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida, recognizing that families appreciate a financial break while preparing for the new school year, is offering 10 days of complimentary meals for children 12 and under at the restaurant’s five Southwest Florida locations. From Aug. 7 through 16, diners will receive up to two complimentary kid’s meals with each adult entree and drink purchase. Children must be present, and the Kids Eat Free special may not be combined with other offers. For additional information, visit www.JasonsDeli.com.

Business & Professional Women of Charlotte County is holding their 16th annual Whacky Whiffers Golf Tournament at St. Andrews Golf Club, 1901 Deborah St., Punta Gorda.  Open to all, best ball scramble, Saturday, October 24, 2015 with registration starting at 8:30.  $55 includes 9 holes of golf, cart & lunch.  Lunch, social, & silent auction starting at 12:00 noon, with cash bar throughout event.  Funds raised are used for the BPW scholarship fund.  Please contact Judy Smith, 235-0113.

August 15 Charlotte County Pride is a sponsor of Draganza It will be held at Englewood Event Center Doors open at 5:30 Dinner at 6:30 and Show at 7:30. Dinner and show tickets are $32 and show only are $15. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1438799013111900/ for more information.

OneBlood Inc. is holding a blood drive from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, at the Murdock office of Charlotte State Bank & Trust, 1100 Tamiami Trail. Donors will receive a free OneBlood T-shirt and a card for a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich or eight-count order of chicken nuggets. Donors will also receive a wellness checkup that includes blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening. Donors should be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and bring a photo ID.

 

Chamber Member News


Bayfront Baby Place at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte recently expanded its offering of educational resources for new parents. During their stay at Bayfront Baby Place, new moms (and dads) have been able to enjoy educational programming in their room on the television network The Newborn Channel. The Newborn Channel offers several informative programs on topics such as newborn, infant, and mom care, siblings and family life, and work-life balance, to name a few. For more information on how to access The Newborn Channel online programming, call 941-637-2497.

Guess who is going OTB (over the bridge)? Integrity Employee Leasing and Integrity Insurance Agency will soon be moving to our new home at 128 West Charlotte Ave. Punta Gorda. The tentative move date is August 21st. The move will allow us to continue our growth and the remodeling is going on as we speak. Once moved there will be a ribbon cutting and 10th anniversary celebration- dates to be announced. We want to thank our clients and our employees for making this all possible.

Be the business in your category in your local Coffee News! We offer highly visible advertising with a limited number of business category exclusive advertising spaces. Your ad will always be on the front or back with Coffee News … never lost in the middle of the pages. Call Deneen at 941-662-5522 for information on exclusive, effective and affordable local advertising.

Did you know that one of the Chamber's newest members, Parrot Outreach Society, is home to more than 130 beautiful and intelligent feathered friends looking for a new person to love? If you already share our love of parrots, perhaps you'd consider volunteering some of your time to keep our flock clean, happy and healthy. We also carry a full complement of bird supplies, including food, toys, cages and play stands for your feathered friends in our retail shop. Visit us Tuesday through Saturday at 1205 Elizabeth Street, Unit I, in Punta Gorda.

Comcast Spotlight is recognizing local and regional advertisers who use our TV and digital platforms in new, innovative ways to grow and drive business in our LAMP Awards. To submit your entry for the third annual LAMP Awards, view last year’s winners, or for contest information, please visit TheLAMPAwards.com. We’ll be accepting submissions through August 31, 2015. Each winner will receive three nights in New York City for two, which includes round trip airfare, complimentary hotel stay, a $750 gift card, a behind-the-scenes tour of 30 Rock and dinner at the Food Network Studios.

November is the deadline for All Merchants to be PCI Compliant by having an EMV terminal! With Total Merchant Services, you get a state-of-the-art, multi-application credit card processing terminal — absolutely free. We offer a free credit card processing terminal that can process transactions through your phone line or the Internet, a free wireless terminal, a mobile phone card swipe reader so you can make sales just about anywhere, or a free virtual terminal which lets you process transactions via a website. We guarantee that you’ll get rates at or below your current rates. Call Steve Marcum @ 941-417-9800

Need Money? Who doesn't??  Premier Photographic Events, LLC is offering a Portrait Fund raising Program for non-profits, churches, clubs, organizations, schools...anyone looking to raise funds.  Our Portrait Fund raising program is unique. Here is how it works! Your members, their families or friends purchase a 10x13 portrait gift certificate for $15.00  (A $45.00 Value) and your organization keeps the $15.00!!  50 certificates sold = $750.00! The more you sell; the more you make! Participating families can also purchase additional portraits at reduced prices! Don't delay!  Call Steve Lineberry 941-249-4047 for details! 

JP Home Services is happy to offer 10% off to any new customers (no exclusions) thru the end of August, mention the "Charlotte County Chamber”. Just as a quick reminder of our services… We offer general home maintenance, re-screening, pressure washing, dryer vent cleaning, appliance repair & install, and much more! Call us today! 941-875-5255

Anytime Fitness - Join Our Family! *State of the art facility & equipment*Open 24 hours a day *Private Restrooms & Showers*Fitness classes (Included in your membership!) *Virtual Workout Program *Private Restrooms & Showers*Wifi*Access to Anytime Fitness clubs around the world. *Certified Personal Trainers. 24001 Peachland Blvd., 941.764.7227, Portcharlottefl@anytimefitness.com.

Charlotte State Bank & Trust is participating in the Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF) “Pack a Back Pack and Stock the Shelves” school supply drive benefiting Charlotte County students and teachers. Focal point of this year’s drive are the bank’s Parkside office, 3002 Tamiami Trail, and Peachland office, 24163 Peachland Blvd., although supplies will be accepted at all five area offices. Lists of needed supplies are posted at the Parkside and Peachland branch offices and on the CLEF website at www.charlotteschoolfoundation.org. You can also call (941) 255-7500, ext. 294, for information.

The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners. The Punta Gorda Charter Chapter provides scholarships to residents of Charlotte County.  If you are interested in learning more about the Punta Gorda Charter Chapter, please contact:  Andrea Carroll: 941-235-1770. The meetings are held on the fourth (4th) Wednesday evening of each month at:  Hurricane Charley's, 300 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Networking begins at 5:30 pm meeting starts at 6:00 pm  Dinner $17.00

Fishermen’s Village merchants remind you . . . shop local!   Shops and Boutiques are open 10 am- 6 pm Mon-Sat and 12 Noon-6 pm Sunday.  Thank you for investing in your local economy!

Life's too Short for Average Food! Jack’s on Marion announces Sizzling Summer Savings!  Two for $25.00 Dinners, 7 Days a week, 4pm until close! Steak, Seafood, Pasta! Six delicious dinners created just for you, now through August 31st. That’s just $12.50 each and includes soup or salad, dinner roll and vegetables. Make your reservation now 941-637-8800, jacksonmarion@comcast.net

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida system, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in Manatee County, North Port and online. Separately accredited, USFSM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of over 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu

The Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) application deadline for Fall 2015 classes is Friday, August 14, 2015 and students will begin classes for the fall semester on Monday, August 24. Individuals interested in pursuing Associate degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, or certificates in workforce programs have until August 14 to apply for admissions.  To apply visit www.fsw.edu/admissions.

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

The Charlotte County RESTORE (Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies) Act Multiyear Implementation Plan (MYIP) identifies the proposed plan for spending the initial $726,453 in Direct Component funds under the RESTORE Act. The MYIP is available for review and public comment online - visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and click "RESTORE Act MYIP" in the Hot Topics list. Paper copies are available by calling 941.764.4996. Comments should be submitted to Mindy.Collier@CharlotteCountyFL.gov by August 22, 2015.

Meet Miss Kitty! She is a beautiful 7-year-old Domestic Shorthair who loves to be close to people. Whether it is in your arms or in your bed, she will cuddle and kiss you. This lovely lady has been waiting at Suncoast Humane Society for more than 6 months, so her adoption fee is just $10 plus $12 rabies vaccine fee. Miss Kitty is an absolute joy to have around and promises to make just the right human very happy!

Yelp Secret #4:  Yelp is free for consumers, but it wants businesses to pay.  Yelp advertising is expensive ($700/month!), and is limited in its impact.  The secret:  You can craft a winning Yelp strategy, without paying Yelp a dime.  Email Patti at Patti@Guerzo.com to set up a free consultation.  Guerzo Business Consulting, LLC, is your local resource for innovative and low-cost marketing strategies. 

 

Kudos


Charlotte State Bank & Trust collected 260 new pairs of sneakers and $210 in cash donations for the Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte’s annual Shoes for Kids drive. Bank President Craig DeYoung, treasurer of the Sunrise Kiwanis, said his staff and customers “did an awesome job” this year. Sunrise Kiwanis will gather sneakers from all collection sites and take them to Charlotte County schools for students in need. The organization will continue to accept monetary contributions toward the purchase of new sneakers all year. Call (941)637-5611 or visit www.shoesforkidsproject.org.

Sunrise Kiwanis Shoes for Kids raised more monetary donations than in any year past; we reached our goal of 5,000 new pairs of sneakers, as per the requests of local schools; actually we collected over the goal (5300 pairs), all shoes have been delivered to the local school sites -thank you everyone in Charlotte County for your support. For questions or more information contact Christy Smith christyksmith@embarqmail.com

 

Job Spot


Because of growth, Integrity Insurance Agency is looking for a licensed insurance agent. 4-40 or 2-20 license is required. If you are a motivated agent that wants to grow with a company that is in a growth mode, call Integrity at 941-766-1411. You’ll be glad you did.

Law firm looking for experienced legal secretary. Applicant must possess the following skills: typing, filing, scanning, scheduling, transcription, and extensive phone use. Candidate must have legal background; personal injury preferably. The right candidate must have pleasant phone mannerism and able to interact well with public. Candidate must be energetic, punctual, organized, multi-task and a team player. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Spanish speaking is a plus, but not a requirement. Excellent benefits package which includes 401k. Background check will be administered.  Resumes may be submitted to thelton@gbclaw.com.

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish and School is seeking a full-time Development Director to serve both the parish and its fully accredited, co-educational pre-K through 8 parish school of approximately 200 students. This position is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive plan with annual fundraising events, grant requests, bequest/legacy programs, marketing initiatives, as well as cultivating individual and philanthropic support. Qualified candidates are invited to send a resume, cover letter with salary requirement, as well as references to: Fr. John Fitch, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 21505 Augusta Avenue, Port Charlotte, FL 33952, or email at frjohnf@stcbc.org.

St. Charles Borromeo Church is seeking a full-time bookkeeper. The successful candidate must be a team player, able to work independently, be detail oriented, and have at least three (3) years of full charge bookkeeping experience in Quick Books, ADP Payroll, A/P, A/R, and GL postings and account reconciliations.  Candidates must also have excellent communication and technical skills, including MS Excel and other MS Office applications. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications, accomplishments, salary requirements, along with an attached resume to susanr@stcbc.org.

Olmsted & Wilson, P.A. is seeking a full time paralegal. Practice areas include real estate, estate planning, corporate formation, and guardianship.  Experience in one of these areas is required. Applicants must have a minimum of three years experience as a paralegal, and be able to draft documents, correspondence and pleadings with minimal supervision, schedule hearings, calendar appointments and work with billing software.  Strong computer proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong time management and organizational skills a must.  Please email resumes to kathy@owpa.com.

BestPro Team is now hiring part time Residential Cleaners. Previous experience is a plus, but not required. Flexible hours available. Must be able to pass a background check and have a clean driving record. Apply in person at 2208 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte or call 941-726-1216 for more information.

 

Just For Fun


A minister was asked to dinner by one of his parishioners who was known for being a poor housekeeper.

When he sat down at the table, he noticed that the dishes were the dirtiest that he had ever seen in his life. "Have these dishes ever been washed?" he asked his hostess, running his fingers over the grit and grime.

She replied, "They're as clean as soap and water could get them."

He felt a bit apprehensive, but blessed the food anyway and started eating.

It was really delicious and he said so, despite the dirty dishes.

When dinner was over, the hostess took the dishes outside, whistled and yelled, "Here, Soap! Here, Water!"

 

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.
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Julie Mathis Executive Director
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
311 West Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda, Florida 33950 941-639-2222
jmathis@charlottecountychamber.org


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