There are a number of Committees that manage the work of the Chamber. Getting involved is a rewarding and purposeful endeavor. Read more about what drives the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce! Click on the Committee links below to see a description.
Membership Services Committee
- Works with the Chamber staff to execute business seminars that benefit the wider PGCC membership.
- Proposes programs to increase membership. To attend and present to local and county groups, with a view to explaining the benefits of PGCC membership. To mentor new members. To act as introducer to new members at BAHs, BOBs and networking luncheons. To propose and assist in implementation of membership drives.
- Suggests relevant topics of interest that effect Chamber members which can be addressed by seminars or other similar programs.
- Provides guest speakers at BAHs , BOBs and seminars that can address members issues.
- Puts together a membership assistance pack – showing the expertise that the Chamber has already within its members.
- Provides referral assistance to new businesses looking at Punta Gorda as a destination.
- Prepares relevant information for the PGCC website.
Government Affairs Committee
- Works with the Chamber Staff to invite political candidates to meet the PGCCmembership at BOBs and lunches.
- Recommends and organize profitable events that bring local, state and federal issues to the attention of our membership i.e. Hob Nob
- Encourages participation of local politicians in our Chamber.
- Writes Chamber policy on local and state issues for Board approval.
- Represents the Chamber in conjunction with the Chamber President at relevant Government affairs meetings i.e. City Council meetings
Business Development for Punta Gorda Committee
- Works in conjunction with the Charlotte County Economic Development Office to provide assistance to prospective new businesses to Punta Gorda.
- Acts as leader in showing Punta Gorda off to new business investors by conducting market tours of Punta Gorda and offering these entities the opportunity to discuss current market information with those already doing business in Punta Gorda.
- Promotes Punta Gorda business opportunities, whenever possible at trade shows etc.
- Prepares information that can be entered onto the PGCC website that can assist prospective newcomers, such as an up-to-date demographic analysis. (See US Census 2000)
- Punta Gorda is a very low crime city. See you yourself! (Low Crime Report)
- Economic Profile for Punta Gorda
November 2020 regional economic indicator report and the numbers for our area:
- PGD’s passenger activity dipped to 53,355 in September 2020, a decrease of 7 percent from September 2019, and 12 percent below August 2020
- Seasonally-adjusted tourist tax revenues in Charlotte County rose to $593 thousand in August 2020, an increase of 43 percent over August 2019 and 21 percent higher than July 2020. Charlotte County was the only coastal county to show an improvement in year-to-date figures, collecting $3.07 million so far in 2020
- Taxable sales in Charlotte County slipped to $262.6 million in July 2020, a 3-percent decrease compared to July 2019, and 6 percent below June 2020.
- Charlotte County’s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in September 2020, unchanged from the previous month, but up from 3.4 percent reported in September 2019
- Charlotte County recorded 218 permits issued in September 2020, an increase of 57 over September 2019, and 7 fewer than August 2020
- Charlotte County reported 520 single-family home sales for September 2020, up 41 percent from 369 units in September 2019. The median price in Charlotte County was $250,000 in September 2020, up $22,140 (10 percent) from the same month last year
Interested in finding out what space and/or land is on the market currently in our area: click here
Resource Development Task Force
Resource Development Task Force
Downtown Merchants Association
Mission: To advance the revitalization of downtown by supporting and promoting existing businesses and new businesses. Working for development that is pedestrian friendly and presents an overall image of quality.
Where: The area of Punta Gorda covered by the Downtown Merchants Association is from the Peace River south to Charlotte Avenue, MLK Boulevard on the east to Harvey Street on the west.
Why: Our aim is to be pro-active with our City Fathers in helping them make the right choices in getting us moving more quickly and in the right direction.
Third Thursday Wine Walk (currently on hiatus due to COVID)
It’s a downtown tradition! Third Thursday Wine Walk. To participate in the Wine Walk, purchase a $10 ticket prior to the event from the Punta Gorda Chamber. Tickets are also available in front of the Chamber on the night of the events. This “passport” is accompanied by a map of all participating merchants offering wine sampling. Also, visit non-profit groups attending the evening.
The fun runs 5pm – 8pm every Third Thursday, weather permitting! If you are a non-profit and want to participate in future Third Thursday Wine Walks, please contact us A.S.A.P at (941) 639-3720 to get an application.
Award winning Farmers Market, over 25 vendors, held every Saturday in front of our Historic Courthouse. Click here for more info
Opened Fall of 2010 in the Herald Court Centre. Different artisans are in-house, working right before your eyes. These artisans are available to answer your questions as well as sell their works. The Atelier operates from 11 am – 5 pm, Monday – Saturday, and is open on Third Thursdays until 8 pm.