Welcome to the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

The Punta Gorda Chamber invites you to explore our city and discover why Punta Gorda, FL has continuously been chosen as one of the best places to vacation, live and work!

“A friendly community with a remarkable past and an exciting future.”

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Welcome to Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is an historic small town, a hidden treasure on Charlotte Harbor.

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The Punta Gorda Chamber is committed to improving the local business climate.

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Welcome to Punta Gorda

The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce invites you to explore our city and discover why Punta Gorda has continuously been chosen as one of the best places to live!

“A friendly community with a remarkable past and an exciting future.”

We invite you to share with us a little of the incredible charm of this historic, yet thriving, small city. Nestled on the shores of Charlotte Harbor in sunny Southwest Florida, it is rapidly becoming the IN destination for visitors, residences and businesses alike. You will also find an abundance of local information in our Friday Facts newsletter, where you will find all of our members’ events and promotions. <click here for a Calendar of Events>

“A small city with a very big heart welcomes you! IT’S HAPPENING ON THE HARBOR!”

Punta Gorda on the Rise

Kindness, Acceptance, Inclusion

Let’s make Unity Day a forever thing – Remember, a united community is a solid one.

Hurr. Michael Assistance from the City of Punta Gorda & SWFL

City of Punta Gorda, FL logoThe Punta Gorda City Utility Department is in Springfield, FL, fixing leaking/broken water and wastewater lines. PG Fire Fighters are assisting in Marianna, delivering supplies, conducting disaster cleanup, removing debris, securing homes. Our City Water Treatment Plant donated several thousand bottles of water. In total, Southwest FL has sent 3 Ambulance Strike Teams with 15 ambulances, 4 Engine Strike Teams with 20 fire engines, 2 Tender Strike Teams with 10 water tenders, an Emergency Vehicle Team and a Swift Water Rescue Taskforce. What better way to say Thank You for the help we got after Hurr. Irma than to be able to give back!

More studies now possible at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

The Red Tide Institute at Mote will now be able to expand its research of Florida red tide, thanks to an endowment by the Andrew & Judith Edonomos Charitable Foundation. Based now in Sarasota, the marine research institution got its start in 1955 studying our Charlotte Harbor estuary. Note: The Aquarium is a great place to visit!

Newton's Laws & Bernoulli's Principle of Fluid Dynamics

We love PG High SchoolsA recent STEM workshop taught local 8th & 9th grade students these principles of flight. Partnered with Western Michigan Univ. College of Aviation, local chapter of AAUM (American Association of University Women)hosts 4 STEM workshops a year. Contact Janice Kearns for upcoming topics and dates, 941-235-0151.

Help to storm victims from Charlotte County

CDBIA (Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association) reports there are 8 very full truckloads of necessities going to victims of Hurricane Michael in the FL Panhandle from the Charlotte Country area. What a great community – thanks everyone!

Punta Gorda has a great "senior scene"

According to a study by SmartAsset, Punta Gorda is among the best places in Florida to enjoy retirement. The study ranked areas by opportunities to meet new people and create new experiences. View it here

Local university ranks high recently by US News & World Report

We love PG High SchoolsFGCU ranks 29th among area public institutions, 78th among all regional schools. Bringing students to the area helps create a more highly educated work force, which is good for business in Punta Gorda.

A good growing Summer good for area Agribusiness

After Hurr. Irma decimated the local citrus crop and sod farms last year, both have benefited from good growing conditions in 2018, especially this summer. Growers are “cautiously optimistic” about this year’s crops.

Third Thursday Wine Walk

Alive After Five is now the Wine Walk – complete with wine tastings and specials at local merchants. Purchase a wine “passport” for a samplings map, then go enjoy! 5PM – 8PM, the first is Sept 20. Next is Oct 18!

PGD Surpasses One Million Passengers

In the first 7 months of 2018, Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) has surpassed the one millionth passenger, as well as the six millionth passenger since commercial service commenced in 2007. This July 2018 saw a 24.5% increase in passenger traffic over July 2017.  “This is another milestone for PGD, and it demonstrates the success of our low-cost airport model,” said PGD’s CEO James W. Parish. PGD is Allegiant’s 4th largest operation.

Growing the Workforce in Punta Gorda

Cheney Brothers, in partnership with Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW), has been awarded a $524,000 grant, which will be used to hire and train onsite up to 330 new employees. Working closely with the State of Florida Economic Development Office, FSW has been successful in securing $2.6M in Quick Response Training funds to train over 1,400 new hires since July 1, 2017.

The fast-growing field of aviation starts right here in Punta Gorda.

Thanks to the partnership with highly regarded Aviation College at Western Michigan University, advanced degrees in flight training, airport operations and management, and aviation mechanics (Airframe and Powerplant, or A&P) will soon be offered at the local campus of Florida SouthWestern State College and the newly renovated Punta Gorda Airport. (Approval from the Higher Learning Commission is in the works.)

We Welcome Visitors in Your Language

Willkommen in deutcher Sprache    Bienvenido en Espanol    Bienvenue en francais    Добро пожаловать в Россию    Ласкаво просимо на українській мові    flag-uk

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In relocating any business, crime statistics are incredibly important to consider, Click here to see just how safe Punta Gorda is!

DINING: Did you know Punta Gorda has over 50 varied culinary destinations for you to explore and almost ALL are independently owned and operated? Click here to visit those that are proud supporters of the Chamber of Commerce.

For all the latest “What’s On In Punta Gorda” news, simply click on the Friday Facts link on the right and you’ll never again be without something to do!

What Our Members Say
As a funeral home director, I received a death call the other night. A man had died at his home and had not designated a funeral home prior to his death.His friend was on the scene and had the deputy ...
Rick Tuss, Managing PartnerCharlotte Memorial Funeral Services
The Chamber is a family of business oriented people that strive to look out for the best interests of small businesses in the area. I am so glad to be part of the family!!
Sue Randall, Village Fish Market
The Chamber is important to our business for a number of reasons. It actively markets our community, attracting visitors, some of which become residents, to our area. They work at joining the business community as well. We only grow through ...

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Claudia Bruce, Peace River Distributing
The Punta Gorda Chamber, to me, is like family ...both business family, as well as social family. Not only have I met people through the chamber who have supported the work that I do, but I have also given business ...

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Keith Callaghan, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation
The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is a tremendous resource to Gettel of Charlotte County.  The Chamber provides awareness, credibility and knowledge about our business to the other businesses in our community. Our continued success and growth depends on the Punta ...

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Cherie George, Palm Auto Mall
The Punta Gorda Chamber plays an important role in my business.
When I transferred to our Punta Gorda banking center, I didn't know a soul. My involvement in the Chamber has made me a part of this community. I have made ...

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Stacy Cruz, Busey Bank

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Mindi Abair's Punta Gorda Wine + Music Festival

Mindi Abair’s Punta Gorda Wine + Music Festival

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Gourmet Dinner with Mindi Abair

Gourmet Dinner with Mindi Abair

Join Mindi for a Gourmet Dinner November 16th at La Fiorentina ...
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Sunday Brunch with Mindi

Join Mindi Abair for Brunch Sunday, Nov. 18th 11am - 1pm ...
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Wine & Jazz Festival, Punta Gorda Chamber Sale

14th Annual Wine and Jazz Festival 2019

14th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival will be held on February ...
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