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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Event Updates Due to COVID-19

On April 29th, Governor DeSantis announced that the State of Florida would commence Phase 1 of re-opening the State for business. Within our area, re-openings started 5-4-2020 but they will vary from business to business. We suggest, if you are seeking information regarding businesses in the Chamber of Punta Gorda, you search for their information in the Business Directory under Quick Links on this homepage and call them directly to see what direction they are currently heading in.

For public spaces, like parks and beaches you should research either the City of Punta Gorda or the Charlotte County Government websites for the latest information, depending on the location you are seeking information about. The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce continues to answer email enquiries to chamber@puntagorda-chamber.com  or by returning voicemail left on 941 639 3720.  Our offices have re-opened its public access (10am-2pm Monday-Friday) but we are also answering all calls and emails within 24 hours for anything outside of these hours.

Re-opening

The Saturday Farmers’ Market re-opened to the public on May 9th 2020 8am-noon  . For now, only food vendors will be present. (48+).  CDC protocols will be fully enforced and customers are respectfully asked to wear facial masks. On the corner of Taylor and Olympia in downtown Punta Gorda.

All businesses including restaurants and retail stores MAY re-open effective 5-5-20. (with conditions).  As of 5-11-2020, hair and nail salons, barbers and spas may re-open with conditions. Gyms were allowed to re-open 5-18-20 

Bars are still remain closed for now.

All Chamber networking events through 6-30-2020 are postponed.

Citywide Garage Sale – April 11th, moved to June 13th. Now taking reservations 941 639 3720

Canceled until further notice:

Mural Tours, after 3/17

Trolley & Boat Tours

Third Thursday Wine Walk

Laird’s Golf Challenge,  4/25, new date in October

All bars and nightclubs will be closed from 5pm, 3-17-20

Restaurants:  Please visit https://cm.puntagordachamber.com/list/category/restaurants-22 for list of restaurants and contact info to request their latest status.

Fishermen’s Village is  open 10-6, Mon-Sat, and noon-6pm Sunday.

Event not listed – Please call the entity hosting the event

Please continue to check this page, or our Facebook page, for further updates. Please take all necessary health precautions to stay as safe as possible.

NEW Punta Gorda Farmers Market

Great news – the Saturday Farmers Market will re-open to the public on May 9th, 2020 from 8am-noon. Only essential vendors (primarily food items) will be permitted to restart at the market, on the corner of Taylor and Olympia in downtown Punta Gorda – each Saturday.

Special conditions will be in place to meet with CDC guidelines. Please wear masks, keep social distancing, observe the directional pathways design to help keep you 6ft+ apart and do not attend if you feel unwell.

All vendors will have been fever-tested prior to the opening of the market and will administer strict protocols for money handling. No more that two people can be under/around a 10’x10′ tent at any one time. There can be no food sampling allowed. Baby steps – but your market is coming back into a new world!

We hope you will continue to support these small business vendors!

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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

How has Education Been Working in Charlotte County?

charlotte-county-schools6,000 Chromebooks distributed, 1,000 hot-spots donated to families in need, over 95% of our students are logging in every day to complete their school work! In person graduation ceremonies tentatively planned for the week of July 14. School opening in the Fall to be announced by the Governor’s office. KUDOS to our school district leadership, teachers, staff, families and students who have come together to make student success a priority this Spring. Happy Summer!

Business Inspirations

“We now have a great opportunity.
We can and need to build a better world …this is the time for true leadership to show. We need to put our own interests and preferences behind the greater good of the next generation and, finally, behind a sustainable world economy that enjoys freedom and peace.”

Business Inspirations

“Leadership is not reserved for managers.
It is first and foremost a behavioral matter. It is about acting as if it was your own company. As if it was your own money to spend and your own reputation to lose. This is a very powerful aspiration and something that will enable us to overcome this crisis. It is about the people and about their leaders to give them confidence and show them the way forward.”

Punta Gorda Chamber Re-opening

The current plan to re-open our Chamber Offices is on May 18th, with the limited hours of 10am-2pm. We respectfully request masks to be worn and social distancing to be observed.

The Farmer's Market will re-open to the public on May 9th, 2020

On Saturday, May 9th, 2020 the Farmer’s Market in downtown Punta Gorda will be open from 8am-noon. Only essential vendors (primarily food items) will be permitted to restart at the market. Located on the corner of Taylor and Olympia, Punta Gorda.

Punta Gorda Airport to receive Coronavirus relief

PGD is slated to receive $23.3 million in funding relief to replace lost revenue and save worker’s jobs. The grant is part of the $10 billion allocated to the CARES Act Airport Program. PGD has seen about an 80% reduction in revenues – affecting businesses throughout the area.

Free Lunch & Breakfast for Children

charlotte-county-schoolsChamp’s on Wheels mobile feeding bus is providing free curbside pickup lunch and next-day breakfast to all Charlotte county children at 10 Charlotte County Schools, Mid-County Regional Library, Port Charlotte Public Library and Hampton Point Apartments.  Children must be present to receive a meal, but they have to stay in the vehicle. Visit YourCharlotteSchools.net for pick-up times and locations.

2020 Florida High School Mock Trial competition

We love PG High SchoolsFor the 6th consecutive year, Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School earned a spot to compete at the State Mock Trial Competition in Orlando on March 26-28. The competition is sponsored by Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning at Florida Southern University. Hundreds of attorneys and judges volunteer each year to teach the legal process. Let’s root them on to a win at State and a trip to Nationals!

Buckley’s Pass IS NOW OPEN!

Punta Gorda FL Buckley's PassAs of Friday afternoon, April 3, 2020, Buckley’s Pass is complete! The pass is now OPEN to boaters. A City ceremony and parade of boats may still happen in May or after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Charlotte County citizens are very generous

The 11th annual “Feed The Harbor” food drive collected 31,256 pounds of food worth over $50,000 from Charlotte County residents in one day on Feb. 23rd. Churches, shoppers, volunteers, the Boy Scouts, in-kind donors, all Publix stores in Charlotte County, H.E.L.P. and food pantries all worked to make this ecumenical event such a success.

Tourism Bureau acquires new tool to better calculate economic impact of local events

A new tool from Destination International Association (largest global association of destination organizations) utilizes economic models based on type & length of event, number of attendees, vendor spending, etc. to deliver estimated expenditures across categories (lodging, transportation, retail, etc.) for both direct AND indirect/induced expenditures. Also delivers taxes generated on a local, state and federal level for an event, number of jobs supported by the event, & accounts for sponsorship/hosting costs to deliver the total ROI. This tool is free to use and available to local partners. Contact Chip.Futch@CharlotteCountyFL.gov for more information.

We Welcome Visitors in Your Language

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What Our Members Say
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Rick Tuss, Managing PartnerCharlotte Memorial Funeral Services
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 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 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 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
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

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