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Sponsor needed for banner pulling plane, skywriter, and/or blimp

April 20, 2020

Sponsor needed for banner pulling plane, skywriter, and/or blimp [Charlotte Sun Column 4-20-2020]


Scheduled Event

See that up there? I threw those two words up to the top because it’s been awhile since they have been typed together. We have done everything in our power to keep chamber members (and the general business community) informed but not inundated with repetitive data or news. It has been a cognizant effort to listen the needs of our local businesses and then act, and not do anything just for the sake of … doing something.

At noon on Thursday we will be hosting a LIVE “Lunch & Learn” virtual webinar for our members. There will hopefully be new decisions made in the next few days at the purse-strings level, and this meeting will provide the most up-to-the-minute information about emergency funding options. The guest presenter will be our long-time expert consultant … the one … the only, Peter Keating.  Keating is with the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University and truly is as up to speed as anyone can be on this confusing and whirling carousel. Registration and participation instructions will be available on our Facebook page and website, and will be included in our daily update emails.

We highly encourage you to order lunch for pick-up from a chamber member restaurant in time for Thursday’s “Lunch & Learn” meeting!

Businesses in focus

If there was a way to splash all of our still operating business members in and on every promotional surface and site possible, it would have already be done. Anyone who would like to sponsor a banner pulling plane, skywriter, or blimp, can kindly give me a jingle.

Meanwhile, here is a little bit of information about a few of our operating businesses, which were selected completely at random:

Radiology Regional continues serving Charlotte County! The diagnostic imaging services provided remain vital components of healthcare in the community. We are committed to keeping the health and safety of our patients and staff our top priority. The following measures are in place for safety: Staff members elevated their infection control procedures; Increased disinfection of surfaces; Hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting spray available for general use; Non-essential guests accompanying patients must wait outside; Patients with a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath are to reschedule. For questions, contact 239-936-2316.

Yes! Buying a home is still an option right now. Toby Lynn helps get the right mortgage program for your sister, parents, or best buddy! Toby makes the process easy from pre-qualifying to closing. Specializing in happy, smooth, and on-time closings! Call today! Toby Lynn, Branch Manager, The Mortgage Firm, 941-356-6579 –

Chelsea Place Homecare is open for servicing. We offer homemakers, companions, light housecleaning, meal preparation, showers and dressing, toilet and transferring, medication reminders, shopping and errands. No minimum hours and available 24/7. 941-979-5288

Murdock Stones Etc. knows many of you are stuck at home and would like to work outside ... so we are giving all Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce members $5 off per cubic yard on ANY of our bulk materials through the month of April. We open for zero contact deliveries (driveway drops only) to residential customers and phone ahead ordering for landscapers and contractors. 590 Prineville St. in Port Charlotte (by the Sun Flea Market). 7621 Sawyer Circle (off Gasparilla Rd. …look for the World’s Largest Mailbox). 941-629-6651

Live webinar ideas

   The live webinar phenom has now take the world by germy storm. As mentioned above, we plan to keep our chamber virtual meetings pertinent and professional. Howeeeeeever, lots of options are available and lots of fun can be had. We will plan a few stress-relievers in the near future for those who want to participate.

In the meantime, please check your Monday edition of the emailed Business Online newsletter to save your official Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Virtual Meeting BINGO Card. And hope we don’t get Zoom bombed.


Teri Ashley is the executive director of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, now in its 95th year, with offices in both Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. She can be reached at 941-639-2222 or at