Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

2022 Members and Visitors Guide for the Punta Gorda Area

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Page 114 2022 Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Members & Visitors Guide Punta Gorda offers businesses a year- round clientele which includes local, domestic and international customers. As Southwest Florida con- tinues to boom and grow, the city is responding to industry and the impor- tance of our location. Although we offer a diverse commercial arena, our largest industry sec- tors include distribution services, construction, design, retail, hospital- ity and tourism, health services, life sciences and real estate. Join YOUR Chamber of Commerce and realize your dreams of living in paradise! Membership doesn't COST — it PAYS! ABOUT THE CHAMBER The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is committed to improving the local business climate, because we believe that, when your business suc- ceeds, our community also prospers. Our mission statement is short and succinct: To Promote Commerce in Punta Gorda and surrounding areas, for the benefi t of the entire community. The true value of the Chamber lies with its diverse membership made up of both large and small businesses. There's a lot to discover about YOUR Chamber and the many opportunities available to enhance your business. We invite you to come and join us and to learn how the Chamber operates to assist you. We have three major events per month — each attract a large crowd for network- ing, so reserve your spot early. Friday Facts: As a member, you will receive a weekly e-news bulletin, titled "Friday Facts," which keeps you up to date on everything we are doing to assist you in your business as well as everything our members are doing individually. This is YOUR opportunity to market yourself to an estimated group of 6,000 local people. "Friday Facts" is a great tool for visitors as well. You can have the e-newsletter delivered to your in-box every week, by adding your name to the subscription list on the homepage of our website www.puntagordachamber.com Business over Breakfast (affection- ately called BOB): For early risers, this gathering on the second Wednesday of the month starts at 7:15 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour which allows you to get to the offi ce on time. These BOBs take place on the second Wednesday of each month (check Chamber Events for full schedule). Networking Luncheons: These are on the fourth Wednesday of each month and are sellouts. Each luncheon has a busi- ness-related theme with a guest speaker who addresses the issue. The meetings begin at 12:30 p.m. and conclude around 2 p.m. and allow time for networking and business promotion. Locations are rotated to local restaurants — check the Chamber's events schedule for the next one. Business After Hours (BAH): The BAHs take place 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Attendance is fi lled with potential clients for you, allows more networking and is a very popular and enjoyable evening. The Chamber runs many special semi- nars for its membership. Each seminar is designed to assist in running a business more effi ciently. Again, check out our Chamber events section. From January to April every Friday, we run a Discover Punta Gorda Trolley tour. This tour takes visitors on a 60-minute trolley trip and also includes a one-hour river boat cruise (weather permitting). A great way for both residents and visitors to see our great city from both land and water! Call our offi ce during offi ce hours at 941-639-3720 for times and dates for the each tour, or visit our website at www.puntagordachamber.com. Click the Discovery Punta Gorda link from the home page. CHAMBER OPPORTUNITIES Joining the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is a sound business decision that offers you opportunities to assist in your own business's success. Here are reasons why: 1. Improve your bottom line The more you get involved with your Chamber, the more opportunities you'll get to network and prosper. We actively encourage our members to use other members' services. Everyone needs a plumber, a banker, a landscaper, etc. 2. Find them in your Chamber Member Directory By attending our seminars and events, you'll learn fi rst-hand that others have experienced the same issues and they can share their knowledge. A problem shared is a cost cut in half! We encourage all offi ce visitors to utilize the services of our Chamber members. After all, that is why we are here! Our centrally located offi ces in downtown Punta Gorda are on the corner of Marion and Sullivan and we are the true informational hub of our entire city. 3. Expand your network Each September, attendance to our Annual Dinner and Dance at which the incoming Board of Directors is installed has an attendance of around 300 people. We conduct Business Showcases during the year — to expand our network and encourage new customers to Punta Gorda. Chamber membership has many benefi ts Sun fi le photo The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, 252 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda. CHAMBER INFORMATION JOHN WRIGHT Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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