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

Our 3rd Graders excel at reading!

We love PG High SchoolsCharlotte County Public Schools is happy to announce that the number of third graders reading proficiently for the 2018-19 school year rose from 63% to 69%.  We are 8th out of 67 school districts in the state.  Kudos to teachers, staff, students and volunteers! 3rd grade reading proficiency is an important indicator of student success through high school.

SW Florida is reality on TV

The new Discovery Channel TV show, Guardians of the Glades, features Dusty “Wildman” Crum, from Venice. The 6 episodes that started May 28th are on 10 pm Tuesdays. Python hunting to save The Glades.

A beautiful place to play

Our community children have a beautiful and safe playground facility in which to play at Gilchrist Park. A donation to the City from area Moms added $100,000 to upgrade the original plans. Take a walk on the Harborwalk at Gilchrist to see it.

PicklePlex is ready!

The PicklePlex is slated to open June 3rd with 3 courts ready. More will be coming online every day until all 32 are available for play. The final vision for the ‘Plex will include 8 indoor courts, a restaurant, a fitness center & a conference center. MUCH of the labor is volunteer!

Charlotte County home sales are Hot Hot Hot

home building us up in Punta Gorda FLIn April 2019, 701 residences sold. Median days on market was 44 days, however 21% of these accepted a contract within their first 10 days on the market.

City Council: Do you wish to run for a seat?

City of Punta Gorda, FL logoThis year, two districts will be electing candidates, District 3 and District 5. Important dates: Qualifing Period (forms/petition due) June 17 Noon to June 21 Noon. Primary election: Aug 27. General election: Nov 5. MORE INFO HERE

Congratulations Graduates!

We love PG High SchoolsMore than 900 students graduated from Charlotte County high schools recently. At 87.6%, that’s an improvement from last year and higher than the state’s average (86.1%).

We wish all of you a successful future!

2 Local Hospitals up their Stroke

hospital iconBoth Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Fawcett Memorial Hospital are now listed as “Comprehensive Stroke Centers” by the FL Agency for Health Care Administration. Both now have the equipment and doctors to handle advanced treatment here in Port Charlotte, instead of sending patients out of county.

2019 Air Show to feature the Thunderbirds

The F-16 jet team will perform their aerobatic expertise at the Nov 1-3 Florida International Air Show at the Punta Gorda Airport. Tickets and sponsorships are available now.

Volleyball Tournament Spotlights Punta Gorda

The “Dig the Sun Pro Am Volleyball Tournament” was in Punta Gorda, along with TV crews that broadcast the pro matches. In its 3rd year here, teams have come from the U.S. as well as internationally, Germany & Brazil.

The wait is over. Sunseekers has broken ground.

Sunseekers Resort logoAs of March 20th, Sunseekers Resort is officially building. Several walls went up quickly, pilings are now in the works. Phase 1 will include 3 buildings and the convention center. The project promises to offer hundreds of jobs in the local area.

Kudos to local law enforcement

Punta Gorda ranks 10th in the state of FL in the Top 20 Safest Cities. Venice and North Port also ranked in this group. Thank you to our local Charlotte County law enforcement agencies – and to law-abiding citizens!

New Chamber & Visitors Guides coming soon

Every year the PG Chamber prints a substantial magazine that includes Chamber members, along with info-articles about the area. The Chamber office sees a steady flow of vacationers throughout the year and this is the first thing they pick up. Watch for it late May.

New Punta Gorda Street Map

About every 3 years, Chamber prints a new, local-use street map of Downtown Punta Gorda, complete with featured downtown businesses. It just went to print and is due out late June.

New Punta Gorda Library, update 1

Friends of the Punta Gorda Library iconKatie Mazzi, Friends of the Punta Gorda Library president, reports that the shelving and furniture for the new library have been ordered and is expected to arrive and be installed by July. A projected grand opening is still planned for August. The Friends donated $155,000 for the furnishings for the children, youth and teen areas. 

New Punta Gorda Library, update 2

Friends of the Punta Gorda Library iconThe Friends of the Punta Gorda Library requested that the teen area of the new library be named for Mary Knowlton. The County Commissioners have approved this request.   Mary was an educator and was committed to having a space in the new library for teens.

New Punta Gorda Library, update 3

Friends of the Punta Gorda Library iconThe new library will now be open on Mondays.  This means that the Punta Gorda-Charlotte Library will be open Mondays through Saturdays.

New Charlotte County Teachers get pay raise

We love PG High SchoolsStarting salary for new teachers in Charlotte County was raised 17+% by the County Commissioners, bringing the them more in line with the state. Teachers in the system may also see a pay raise of about 6%. Says Superintendent Breiner, “[low salaries] has left our district in a less-than-competitive position in the recruitment, instructional and leadership staff.”

HGTV has its eye on Charlotte County again

TV-iconAfter airing a couple series in 2015, HGTV has been filming around Punta Gorda for three episodes on finding dream homes in Port Charlotte (beach front), North Port and Punta Gorda. VIEW HERE.

Punta Gorda benefits from Florida's growth

Florida, Punta Gorda, Charlotte County50 years ago, New York had 4-times the population of Florida, now Florida is larger than New York. Gov. DeSantis reports a $1.4B revenue surplus. In PG, home sales abound, small businesses see growth.

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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What Our Members Say
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 CruzBusey Bank
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 CallaghanFlorida Gulf Coast University
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 RandallVillage Fish Market, La Fiorentina
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 GeorgeGettel of Charlotte County
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 BrucePeace River Distributing

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Mindi Abair's Punta Gorda Wine Music Festival

Mindi Abair’s Punta Gorda Wine + Music Festival

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Wine & Jazz Festival, Punta Gorda Chamber Sale

15th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival 2020

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