Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Updates

March 18th, 2020

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

Teri Ashley, Executive Director

Major Updates




Washington, D.C. — At approximately 3:00 pm EDT today (3/18/2020)  in the Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Health Committee, will hold a press conference to unveil the Restoring Economic Security, Confidence and User Endurance (RESCUE) Businesses Act of 2020, a $300 billion small business emergency economic relief plan that will help small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic make payroll and cover expenses.

The press conference will be live streamed on the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship’s Twitter account here.

Following the press conference, Tony Wilkinson, President and CEO of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL), and Todd McCracken, President of the National Small Business Association (NSBA), will take questions from the media outside the Senate Radio/TV Gallery (S-325).


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Rubio, Collins Hold Press Conference on RESCUE Businesses Act of 2020

Approximately 3:00 pm EDT

Senate Radio/TV Gallery (S-325)

Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 19, at 11 am

Florida SBDC @ FGCU is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Bridge Loan – Pete Keating

Time: This is a recurring meeting- meet anytime


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Meeting ID: 256 937 448


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Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan, Peter Keating, FSBDC FGCU

For appointment, call Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce at 941-627-2222

Chamber Updates

The following chamber events have been canceled:

  • Chamber Day with the Rays- March 20
  • Junior Leadership Charlotte Justice Day- March 23
  • Leadership Charlotte Arts and Humanities Session- March 26
  • Business Card Exchange- March 26
  • Junior Leadership Charlotte Graduation- March 31
  • Government Affairs Committee Meeting- April 6
  • ChamberACTION Committee Meeting- April 7
  • Leadership Charlotte Media/Communications Day- April 9
  • Leadership Charlotte Easter Hop 5K and Fun Walk- April 11
  • Third Wednesday Coffee- April 15


Both Charlotte County Chamber offices remain open at this time.

2702 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte

311 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda


A list is being maintained (SEE BELOW) for dissemination and posting of all chamber member businesses that offer online ordering, delivery, or pick-up services. To be added to the list, send contact information to


A complimentary “Business Information Membership” is being offered to all

Charlotte County businesses to allow them to be updated on business activity,

information and resources. Businesses are encouraged to contact to receive this BIM offer.


Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan- Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Port Charlotte office- 941-627-2222;


Through the Charlotte Community Foundation’s Hands Up Grant (HUG), we will be providing assistance to those affected by job or income loss. Thanks to the generosity of the Founder of the Hands Up Grant, Cheryl Berlon, who has donated $25,000 in a match-up opportunity, we will be able to help our neighbors in need with emergency funds. Call 2-1-1 or 941-205-2161. 


The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce will host a blood drive on Monday, April 13th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., outside of the Port Charlotte office, 2702 Tamiami Trail.

Member Updates


Fishermen’s Village – UPDATE: Effective today, Village shops/boutiques will operate 10 am-6 pm Mon-Sat and 12 noon-6 pm on Sunday. Restaurants typically stay open later. Our dedicated staff has been diligently cleaning and sanitizing each day. Fishermen’s Village is the perfect outdoor environment to enjoy fresh air and sunshine as you shop and dine! The Village is comprised of all independently owned and operated small businesses who greatly appreciate your ongoing patronage and support. We will all get through this together!


Sandstar Remodeling and Interiors – Due to safety and health concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus outbreak, we have decided to err on the side of caution and cancel our upcoming seminar, “Art, Accessories & Lighting,” which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 24th.


The Charlotte County Utilities Department has suspended water shutoffs for utility customers due to the coronavirus outbreak.941-764-4300 or

Business Resources

(Will be updated as needed)

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

For appointment, call Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce at 941-627-2222

Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey

Center for Disease Control

Florida Department of Health

Charlotte County Department of Health

Small Business Administration

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

Visit Florida

Governor’s Office

City of Punta Gorda

Charlotte County Administration

Charlotte County Schools

Grow With Google 

Charlotte Chamber Member Restaurants Taking Phone Orders for Pick-up and/or Delivery

(Will be updated as needed)


Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar- (941) 235-9184

Bocca Lupo Coal Fired Pizza- (941) 206-9653

Buffalo Wings & Rings- (941) 235-9464

Burg’r Bar, Inc.- (941) 655-8050

Captain Crab Seafood and Sushi Inc.- (941) 625-6888

Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante- (941) 621-4091

Chick-fil-A- (941) 766-6106

Cody’s Original Roadhouse Port Charlotte LLC- (941) 629-2639

Dean’s South of the Border- (941) 575-6100

Dockside Grill at Four Points by Sheraton- (941) 637-6770

Donato’s Italian Restaurant- (941) 764-1600

FIN Sushi- (941) 666-6686

Firehouse Subs- (941) 979-8965

Harpoon Harry’s Restaurant & Bar- (941) 637-1177

Hometown Grill & Catering- (941) 629-5898

Jason’s Deli- (941) 235-3354

Laishley Crab House- (941) 205-5566

Leroy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar- (941) 505-2489

Longhorn Steakhouse- (941) 764-6463

NAV-A-GATOR Bar & Grill- (941) 625-4407

Prime Steak House- (941) 627-8325

River City Grill, Inc. Italia@ River City- (941) 639-9080

Sonny’s BBQ- (941) 613-1114

Sunny Days Ice Cream- (941) 255-1889

Taglio Cucina & Pizzeria Romana- (941) 628-7663

The BEAN on 41 Coffee Shop, Inc.- (941) 769-2398

The Captain’s Table- (941) 637-1177

The Celtic Ray Public House- (941) 916-9115

The Grill at 1951- (941) 225-0994

The Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass- (941) 828-1368

The Village Brewhouse- (941) 621-8329

Visani Entertainment, Restaurant- (941) 629-9191

Zoe’s Sweet Kitchen, LLC- (941) 743-9637


Charlotte Chamber Member Businesses Taking Phone Orders for Pick-up and/or Delivery

(Will be updated as needed)


Bacon Galleries, Inc.- (941) 625-4493

Baer’s Furniture- (941) 624-3377

Balloon Excitement- 941-787-9750

Coastal Expressions & Wine- (941) 214-8599

D’Vine’s Wine & Gift Emporium- (941) 627-9463

Friendly Floors- (941) 624-0077

Island Woman Creations- (941) 286-4144

Light Ideas, Inc.- (941) 627-5353

Miromar Outlets- (239) 948-3766

Mr. Appliance of Charlotte, DeSoto & So. Sarasota Counties- (941) 627-8788

Outdoor Republic- (941) 505-8286

Pomegranate & Fig Gift Boutique- (941) 205-2333

Pressure Games, Inc. (941) 268-4955

Sam’s Club- (941) 255-5556

Sunshine Ace Hardware- (941) 627-5558

The Lofty Fig Boutique- (941) 883-2948

Wordon Farms-