Mission Statement:
The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce is organized to advance the prosperity and general welfare of its business members and the community they serve.
~ 97th Year Serving Charlotte County ~

 Punta Gorda ~ Port Charlotte ~ Englewood ~ Charlotte Harbor ~ Murdock


~ Monday, July 17, 2023 ~

~ Advertise in the new 2024 Community Guide and Business Directory ~

Members - this is your place to be! Advertise in the 2024 Community Guide and Business Directory.

Our annual guide is seen by thousands and your ad is linked in the digital guide on our website. It is distributed in key locations in Charlotte County. Mailed at no cost to inquiries, and available to members, residents and visitors to our Chamber office.

Consider a "Premium Paid" page position. We'll draw for that on May 18th at 4:30 p.m. at our office.

Contracts and Ad copy are due by August 11th.

Read more or register here.

New this year - Stand Out!

Stand out in the 2024 Business Directory Pages in our upcoming 2024 Community Guide with an Enhanced Business Directory Listing.

For a small investment your business listing can stand out in the new 2024 Community Guide and Business Directory.

All active members as of August 11th will be included in the printed directory.

Read more or register here.



Remember that old WYSIWYG - What you see is what you get? View your member profile to ensure it is still accurate, or login to see how you may make it better.  Make sure we have any updates before we send the business directory to the printer on August 11th.

Click on https://business.charlottecountychamber.org/list now to view your profile.

~~ 2023 Community Guide Linked Here ~~

Become a Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Sustaining Partner Today!

New This Year, the Platinum + Level - with even more benefits!

Sustaining Partner businesses provide additional financial support to the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce which, in turn, provides them with additional valuable membership benefits. The program runs from October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024. 

Additional business exposure includes website listings, verbal recognition at all of our events, space on the traveling banner at all our events, newsletter inserts, ad space in our new Fir$t Thur$day Adverti$er and much more. 

We need your commitment and payment by August 11th in order to include you on the Sustaining Partner page in the new 2024 Community Guide. 

Print the Flyer for Details

2022-2023 Sustaining Partners

Sustaining Partner businesses provide additional financial support annually to the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce which, in turn, provides them with additional valuable membership benefits. These contributions to the chamber allow for the continued increase of promotion, advocacy, involvement, and leadership at the local, state and federal levels. This is done to always be proactive in support of our businesses and the community we serve.

PLATINUM LEVEL: Adjuster Groups, LLC; Lesley Barton Coldwell Banker Sunstar; Buffalo Graffix*; Chapman Insurance Group; Charlotte County Ford; Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center; GJC Window & Door; Integrity Employee Leasing; The Daily Sun; Suncoast One Title & Closings, Inc. and Waste Management of Charlotte County

DIAMOND LEVEL: Ashley, Brown & Smith, CPAs; Charlotte State Bank & Trust; Decker Plumbing & Drains, LLC; Elite Inspections & Pest Solutions; Farr Law Firm; The Nix Team at Coldwell Banker; The Purple House Salon by Shawn Gilstad; Tommy's Express Car Wash and WhitCo Insurance-Alexia Martin Agency

EMERALD LEVEL: Centennial BankFriendly FloorsGranny Nannies Home Health AgencyNolan Family InsurancePanther Hollow Dental Lodge;  Port Charlotte Florist; Sandhill Healing Center; South Port Square; St. Andrews South Golf Club; State Farm Insurance-Mike Martin; and Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross and Young, PA.

Charter Sustaining Partner (no years missed)

Remember, each time you attend a chamber event, your business card goes into the drawing for a 5 night Bahama or Caribbean cruse for 2 on Carnival Cruise Lines sponsored by Pat Hand, Dancing Moon Travel. The more events you attend, the more chances to WIN...Just look for the big gold bingo drum and add your business card! Drawing will be at our 98th Annual Chamber Awards Luncheon on 2023.

~ Chamber Events ~

Lunch & Learn, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 18th (originally scheduled for June 20), at the Charlotte County Chamber office, 2702 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Topic: E-Verify Compliance Training for Small Business Employers Presenter: Christina Faro-Pilliteri, Charlotte County Society for Human Resource Management. Learn the rules and responsibilities associated with the new E-Verify requirement, practical methods for streamlining your hiring process and how to avoid common pitfalls and legal risks.   Link to Register

The July 19th Third Wednesday Coffee will be at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. Our Program is a New Member Showcase. New members have been invited to set up a table for their products and services. RSVP in the Member Portal so that we may plan accordingly, and take advantage of this networking opportunity while enjoying a morning snack and coffee. Please come a little early 7:30 a.m. to get settled, the Coffee will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude about 9:00 a.m.

Charlotte County Toys for Tots is joining with the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and the Englewood Chamber of Commerce for a Backpack for Kids drive to support the children of Charlotte County with back-to-school supplies. The school supply drive will run through August 5. Drop off site for donated items: Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Englewood Chamber or Portside Tavern.

The Charlotte County Chamber is also partnering with the Kiwanis Club of Port Charlotte Sunrise in the Shoes for Kids program. They are seeking new sneakers for school children. Bring you donation to our office at 2702 Tamiami Trail and we thank you for your support.

Leadership Charlotte Endowment Fund is offering up to $2,500 Grant to support Children and Youth in Charlotte County. 501(c3) Nonprofit organizations that serve youth and are members of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce may apply for a grant beginning on July 1 2023 thru August 1, 2023 by submitting a compeled application through the Chamber Community Foundation. For more information or to apply visit www.charlottecf.org

Members, we are in need of Sponsors for the New Teacher Breakfast!

Your sponsorship of $45 buys breakfast for yourself and one teacher.

The breakfast will be at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center on Monday, July 31st starting at 7:30 a.m.

Title Sponsor:

Lake Michigan Credit Union

Read More or Register

Put your "thinking cap" on and decide how your Parade Entry will look on December 9th.

Our Theme: Tropical Christmas

Register in the Member Portal. For Profit Entry $50 or Non Profit Entry $35. Add $5.00 for each horse. All the details are on the linked flyer.

When you sign up, provide a brief bio for the MC to read, tell us the entire length of your entry, and in which category you plan to participate.

Remember, the only Santa permitted in the parade will be the official Santa Clause designated by the Charlotte County Chamber.

Fir$t Thur$day Aderti$er  The next issue of the FIR$T THUR$DAY ADVERTI$ER will be sent out on July 6th.   (Digital flyers are due by July 4th) Email your ad to  advertiser@charlottecountychamber.org 

and include the web address we should link it to, or call us 941-627-2222 for more information.   Learn More

Advertise in the Quarterly Newsletter Members, the Charlotte County Chamber Newsletter Business Perspective is a DIGITAL Quarterly publishing January/April/July/October. Members who want to include a Digital page to ride with the newsletter should complete and return the agreement and provide their digital page by the 20th of the month before publication. *Cost $100 for-profit and $50 non-profit each issue *Sustaining Partners receive free digital flyers depending on their partnership level. Send your digital flyer to Newsletter@charlottecountychamber.org or call 941-627-2222 for information, or click here to learn more.

13th Annual Business Expo

Interested in Expo2024?

It will take place on Thursday, February 8, 2024. Click here to register.

Or Print the PDF Flyer Here.

Thank You Expo2024 Sponsors:

Print Sponsor: Buffalo Graffix

Newspaper Sponsor: The Daily Sun

Radio Sponsor: iHeart Media, Inc.

Platinum Title Sponsor: Chapman Insurance Group

Silver Sponsor: Southwest Florida Insurance Associates, Inc.

Silver Sponsor: Life Care Center of Punta Gorda

Silver Sponsor: True Fence, LLC

Bronze Sponsor: MD Pressure Cleaning and Softwash

Main Stage Sponsor:

After Hours Party Sponsor: Elite Inspections & Pest Solutions

Bag Sponsor:

Refreshment Station Sponsor:

Kick off Party Sponsor:

Lanyard Sponsor:

"The Hottest Business Day in Paradise!" Over 1,000

attendees expected.

Make sure to Save the Date - February 8, 2024

For this all day event!

~ Welcome New Members ~

Ristow Roofing

North Port, FL.

(239) 295-9898



Dr. Deborah Lux - Punta Gorda City Council

130 E. Marion Ave.Unit 512484

Punta Gorda, FL

(941) 894-8800



Know of a business who would also benefit from being a Chamber member?

Businesses may join online now or please recommend a business to

Jami Joannes JJoannes@CharlotteCountyChamber.org - Thank you!

~ Join us for a Ribbon Cutting ~

Ribbon Cutting, Thursday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Suncoast Blood Centers

2150 Tamiami Trail #17,Port Charlotte. Refreshments will be served along with tours.

Please RSVP in the Member Portal.

Ribbon Cutting, Saturday July 22 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Bricks & Minifigs Grand Reopening & New Location

3280 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte (Unit 54 by Bealls)

Ribbon Cutting at 10:45 a.m.

Please RSVP in the Member Portal

Dual Ribbon Cutting, Tuesday, July 25, 2023 5:00 p.m.

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity Englewood Resale Store (5:30 p.m. Ribbon cutting with the Engelwood Chamber) 3325 S. Access Road, Englewood. Food & Refreshments. Please RSVP in the Member Portal.

Ribbon Cutting, Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m.

Tile & Carpet World (New Location)

3427 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte 33952

They will have a raffle for 2 TV's and a gift basket.

Please RSVP in the Member Portal

Kindly RSVP in the MIC (Member Portal) for these events

so that we may properly plan.

Everyone is invited to attend Chamber ribbon cutting events. Come out and support your fellow members in a casual, fun, networking opportunity.

#MembershipAddsValue #OneCommunity

Members Send YOUR Member News/Events to BOL@charlottecountychamber.org and we'll share it each week. Email submissions of 90 words or fewer, in paragraph form, by noon on Friday for inclusion the following Monday. This is a free members-only benefit! (We do reserve the right to publish and edit any submissions.)

~ Member Events ~

Animal Welfare League is excited to announce we are participating in a month-long adoption event with the Bissell Pet Foundation! From July 6th - 31st all Adult and Senior Large Breed Dogs are just $50 & All Adult Cats are just $50 too!!! To view all of our adoptable pets please visit awlshelter.org/adopt

Please give us a call to set up a meet & greet, 941.625.6720

Charlotte State Bank & Trust Vice President Christine Hause and Portfolio Manager Angie Parsons have scheduled free estate-planning seminars across the bank’s five locations in August. Registration is available at any Charlotte State Bank & Trust branch office, online at www.charlottestatebank.com, via email at rsvp@csbtfl.com, or by calling Trust Operations Specialist Linda Ferrara at 941-624-1943.

DART Tournament Ready, Set, AIM for July 20th at 5:30PM at The Icehouse Pub in Punta Gorda.  Support The Homeless Coalition. Seeking skilled and competitive dart players! Individual registration is $25, 4-Player Teams are $80. Alleviate Hunger and Homelessness as a Bullseye sponsor of Cork and Darts for $750 or a Match Sponsor for $200 to fund our endowment for our Foundation! To register call Rachel Thomas at (941) 627-4313, Ext. 103 or online at cchomelesscoalition.org. more!

Kerry Hunter, Trust Development Officer at Englewood Bank & Trust, is offering two complimentary Trust and Investment Management Services seminars in July. The seminars will take place at 10 a.m. at the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 South Indiana Ave. To register for one or both of the free seminars, visit www.englewoodbank.com or contact Hunter at 941-473-3629 or khunter@ebtfl.com. Due to limited seating, Hunter is asking attendees to let her know if they plan on bringing additional guests. Estate Planning Basics on Thursday, July 13, and Becoming a Floridian, Thursday, July 20.

Is there an artist in your office? The Visual Arts Center is seeking artists to donate original works on a 5”x5” canvas. Art is for everyone; we encourage businesses to hold a call for artists and create as a team. When the canvases come together as a mosaic; images will emerge. The exhibit runs from 9/14 – 10/31 with an amazing reception fundraising party on September 21st. Save the date and support the VAC! Art due by August 30th, sponsorship, general involvement, and other support opportunities available. Contact Shawn at engage@visualartcenter.org

Peace River Shopper Drive Thru Back-to-School Fair July 29 at 8am until supplies last Held at the Turner center in Arcadia https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/b71e4355-9789-4cbb-9eb3-654ba5648e0c/downloads/23-0711%20Shopper_WEB.pdf

We invite you to Pathways to Opportunity's inaugural Fashion and Talent Showcase Fundraiser! Goodwill SWFL's Pathways to Opportunity Program is an adult training program focused on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our five-day-a-week program features classes focused on breaking limitations by teaching crucial life skills such as financial literacy, digital skills, self-advocacy, cooking, and more while having fun! Our participants are excited to share their talents with you at our Fashion and Talent Showcase. All proceeds will benefit our program and participants! Join us for cocktails, mocktails, and a night of fun by registering today!  Register Today!

Bowling with C.A.R.E. Saturday August 5, 2023 6-8pm Treasure Lanes 1059 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte $25 per person 4-6 person teams 24 teams. Sponsorships are available at $100 per alley 12 alleys. To register https://bit.ly/42UkH3P

~ Member News ~

Whoops, Murdock Stones's supplier made a big mistake...they sent us White Salt & Pepper Rip Rap....in our opinion it looks A LOT BETTER than Florida Rip Rap....this material should go for $325 per cubic yard...we're selling it for $75 per yard. Material is located at our South Gulf Cove location:  7621 Sawyer Circle (off Gasparilla Rd)  941-629-6651.

Charlotte County Public Schools is pre-qualifying Architects for continuing contracts for projects under $4M. For more information, go to www.PublicPurchase.com and register, at no charge, with Charlotte County Public Schools (FL). If you are registered, go to https://www.publicpurchase.com/gems/bid/bidView?bidId=175263 for all of the details. This Request for Qualifications (RFQual) closes on 8/4/23.

The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (PGICA) has a rewarding favor request. In exchange for massive promotion to 3,500+ PGICA members, would you consider donating a gift for our upcoming new member incentive? The PGICA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, serves Charlotte County with educational classes, fitness programs, a variety of entertainment, and a lovely venue for both small and large private events … ALL available to the public. Our local dues-paying members help make this possible. To donate a member incentive gift item (gift, goody bag, gift card, etc.) please contact Teri Ashley- teriashley@pgica.org - 941-637-1655

For all those activity enthusiasts looking for a fun way to enjoy time with your friends or family. Look no further, we offer indoor simulators with 100's of the world's best golf courses as well as fun mini games that everyone can enjoy. Here at Go4Golf you can do all those things and more in a climate controlled and laid-back environment. So come in and check us out, we are certain you will love our Indoor Golf Simulators. Also offering League’s, Kid’s Clinics and Lessons. Check out our website. https://www.go4golf.org/

Did you know Buffalo Graffix produces signs of various substrates and sizes to accommodate customizations for all your signage needs? Our sign department can produce printed and cut vinyl, yard and realty signs, vehicle graphics and wraps, banners and banner stands, magnetic signs, window lettering and perforated window vinyl that you can see through! With all these options to choose from we can personalize a project for your needs! For more information you can check out our website or give us a call at 941.625.2833! 

The Landings at Westport offer brand new two and three bedroom townhomes for rent! 7-12 month lease terms available. Currently offering $3500 off select homes on a 12 month lease! We are located directly across from The Twisted Fork. Come check us out!

 941-277-9812!  www.landingsatwestport.com

The Charlotte County Jazz Society is looking for Community Partners! We will be presenting seven concerts and various other musical events next season and your support will help promote more live jazz and assist more music students throughout Charlotte County. By partnering with one of the area’s most active arts organizations, you can obtain positive publicity, increased community involvement, and pride in helping to bring a major source of musical artistry to the area. There are many benefit levels of commitment! For more information contact Jordan@buffalograffix.com.

Step right up to the Charlotte County Chamber Trivial Pursuit Game! Prepare to flex your intellect, revel in enjoyment, and showcase your abilities with our captivating queries. Unveil the solutions below to unveil the extent of your triumph. Without further ado, let the games commence! 1. What is the name of the district in Punta Gorda? 2. What is the name of the brewery in Punta Gorda that hosts trivia nights? 3.What is the name of the Irish pub in Punta Gorda that hosts trivia nights? 4. What River runs through Punta Gorda Fl?  Click here to find the answers from last week https://www.dellutrilawgroup.com/articles/trivia/trivia/charlotte-county-chamber-trivial-pursuit-answers4/.


To read what is new on The Arcadia Community Local - https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/b71e4355-9789-4cbb-9eb3-654ba5648e0c/downloads/23-0713_Community%20Local_WEB.pdf

Better choices = a healthier and happier lifestyle, give your employees that option! Gulfcoast South AHEC offers FREE tobacco cessation counseling and FREE Nicotine Replacement in the form of patches, gum and/or lozenges at no cost for qualifying participants. As part of Tobacco Free Florida’s in-person/virtual Group Quit sessions, we are here to help. Call 866-534-7909 or visit gsahec.org to register today

True Fence Florida: Introducing our new Fence Maintenance Blog. Discover essential tips, DIY techniques, and product recommendations to keep your fence stunning and durable. Stay ahead of common issues and join our community of fence enthusiasts. Unlock the secrets to a beautiful and long-lasting fence today! https://www.truefenceflorida.com

Advocate Radiation Oncology: Sarcomas, bone cancers are difficult to detect  

July is Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month. Both diseases are rare – experts predict 13,400 sarcoma cases and 3,970 bone and joint cancer cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. Sarcomas can form in cartilage, muscles, tendons, nerves, fat and blood vessels. Meanwhile. bone cancer can develop throughout the body. Because these types of cancers are deep within the body, they’re often difficult to detect. Symptoms may be small bumps or lumps, and any discomfort or pain may be tolerable at first. As always, consult a doctor if something just doesn’t feel quite right. Advocate Radiation Oncology: AdvocateRO.com

Recent news articles talk about how difficult it is to get your car repaired this summer.  Parts and technician shortages, new technology and more older cars still on the road are creating a perfect storm.  Across the country, average repair time is 17 days, up 65% from 2019.  At Complete Auto Repair, we know how to navigate industry challenges and our technicians’ skill has kept our repair times well below this US average.  Call Mary for an appointment at (941) 623-2926.   

Gardiner & Sons Moving & Storage works hard for its customers. Here is our most recent review. Thanks Patricia! Gardiner & Sons absolutely exceed expectations. Having been the recipient of a past, nightmarish moving experience, I can truly say that this company has renewed my faith in movers. They were respectful, pleasant, fun, efficient and way more careful with our belongings than my daughter and I could ever have anticipated.  We will never consider calling anyone other than Gardiner & Sons for future moving and storage needs... and will recommend them to everyone we know. 

~ Job Spot ~

The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce is seeking a highly motivated, creative, outgoing, organized, and professional individual to serve as our Director of Business Development. This position covers a wide-range of responsibilities while working in a collaborative and pleasant environment. Medical and vacation benefits provided. For all serious inquiries, please email cover letter and resume to bwhite@charlottecountychamber.org

     Click here to view

Hot Deals

Members may create Member-to-Member deals, Hot-Deals, post Jobs and News Releases using the MIC (Member Portal). There is no additional cost to to create these items! We recommend that you check these links each week to see what members are offering.

Click here for

Job Postings

  Click here to view

News Releases

~ Tip of the Week ~

“To uncover your true potential, you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street

Showcase your business through sponsorship!

Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase your business? A great opportunity would be sponsoring one of our Third Wednesday Coffees. Sponsors receive recognition in Business Online, on Facebook and in the Chamber calendar.  Sponsors may place marketing materials on the tables at the event and will have 4-5 minutes to introduce yourself/staff/business. Available slots are limited. Please contact Jami Joannes jjoannes@charlottecountychamber.org or call 941-627-2222 for details. Cost to sponsor is $300.

~ Resources ~


Please call 2-1-1 for any resource needs.

Charlotte County Economic Development Office- www.cleared4takeoff.com

Community Organizations Active in a Disaster- https://coadfl.org/

Career Source of Southwest Florida online resources include available jobs- https://careersourcesouthwestflorida.com/immediate-southwest-florida-job-openings/

Charlotte County Department of Health- www.Charlotte.FloridaHealth.gov

City of Punta Gorda- http://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/

Charlotte County Administration - https://www.charlottecountyfl.gov/dept/admin/Pages/default.aspx

Charlotte County Public Schools- https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/

My Neighborhood, visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and click My Neighborhood in the top menu. See property information and county and/or city services and public facilities in the property’s neighborhood.

United Way of Charlotte County Disaster Relief page at www.unitedwayccfl.org/ian


Florida Chamber of Commerce- www.floridachamber.com/coronavirus

U.S. Department of Labor- https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic


Small Business Administration- www.sba.gov/disaster

Federal Emergency Management Association - www.FEMA.gov or 1-800-621-3362

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association- https://frla.org/covid-19/

Florida Retail Federation- http://www.frf.org/index.php/news/covid-19

Florida Dept. of Health- http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/

Visit Florida- www.visitflorida.org

Governor's Office- www.flgov.com

Center for Disease Control- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Small Business Development Center - www.fsbdcswfl.org

~ Just for Fun ~

If money doesn't Grow on Trees, then why do banks have branches?

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

2702 Tamiami Trail

Port Charlotte, FL 33952


Bob White, Executive Director bwhite@charlottecountychamber.org
Jami Joannes, Dir. of Business Development jjoannes@charlottecountychamber.org
Ruth Uzonyi, Dir. of Finance ruzonyi@charlottecountychamber.org
Janet Caffee, Information & Customer Service jcaffee@charlottecountychamber.org
Submit your news/event/job for Business Online to BOL@charlottecountychamber.org

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce charlottecountychamber.org