Osprey Nokomis Florida Chamber of Commerce


September-October Member News


The ONCC is looking for Hosts and Sponsors for our upcoming Fall & Winter Monthly Meetings.

Breakfast Meeting Sponsors

Sponsors are for the Breakfast meetings. Because of the recent fire at Bentley’s they will be held in the Community Room at Historic Spanish Point except for the November Breakfast Meeting. We will be looking for a different location for that meeting. The sponsor supplies the breakfast items. There are usually 35-50 people for a breakfast meeting. Breakfast meetings are now held on the morning of the 1st Thursday of the month, except for September because of Labor Day. They start at 7:30 am and end at 9 am. This meeting is structured more like an actual meeting and the sponsor has 5-10 minutes to talk and spotlight their business. There is a screen available for a PowerPoint presentation but you will need to provide the projector and lap top or contact Bryan Guenter at Re/Max Platinum Realty to see if you can borrow his.

Mix & Mingle Hosts

Hosts are for Mix & Mingles. Often times it is at a restaurant but not always. We have had them at various member business too. The host supplies appetizers, only if the host is a restaurant, and we buy our own cocktails. If the host is not a restaurant, they supply appetizers and usually beer & wine. Mix & Mingles can range from 20 to 50 people. Sometimes it depends on the time of year. Mix & Mingles are in the evening, from 5:30 pm until 8 pm, now on the 3rd Thursday of the month again except for September. This meeting is more informal, like a social gathering. Networking is done and the host has the opportunity to “showcase” their facility or business and talk more in depth about what they do on a smaller, individual basis.

If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring an event please contact Tracey Viviano at trarikk@comcast.net or call # 941-928-7236.


Breakfast Mtg. 9/8 at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey: $5 Sign up for the Breakfast Meeting here!

Mix-N-Mingle 9/22 at Norma Jean’s Sports Bar & Grill in Osprey. Sign up for the ONCC Mix-N-Mingle here!


Breakfast Mtg. 10/6 at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey: $5

Mix-N-Mingle 10/20: TBD


August 23, 2016 |

Top Rated Osprey Restaurants


osprey-fl-restaurantsTop Ten Best Rated Osprey Restaurants

According to Trip Advisor’s Recent Reviews

There are many choices for dining in Osprey, FL and here are just a few:

Casey Key Fish House – 941-966-1901
801 Blackburn Point Rd, Osprey, FL 34229

Serving Seafood & Sandwiches
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Takes Reservations
Hours: Sun – Sat 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

Rosebud’s – 941 918 8771
2215 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

lunch-dining-sandwichesServing Steak, Seafood, International and European Cuisine
Dinner, Late Night, Takes Reservations
Hours: Tue – Sun 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mad Moe’s- 941-966-970

106 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

American Cuisine, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night

Norma Jeans Sports Bar & Grill – 941-786-1834
1272 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

Serving Lunch and Dinner
Hours: Sun 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Mon – Thu 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Fri 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm


August 15, 2015 |

Oscar Scherer State Park Earth Day Festival


oscar-scherer-park-celebrationCome celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park with live music, fun-filled activities for kids, environmental and informational booths, and more!

Each year, the Friends of Oscar Scherer State Park throw a party in honor of Earth Day.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Oscar Scherer State Park and the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc. are hosting the 26th Annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

This fun and family-oriented event will feature live music, food vendors, tram tours ($5 per person and free for youth under 6 years of age), information and craft booths, demonstrations, native plants for sale, a photo exhibit featuring local photographers, as well as activities for kids including a coloring contest and a puppet show!

You can make a difference by participating in the service project, this years’ service project will be focused on Lake Osprey restoration.

Additionally, the park’s normal entrance fees will be waived on this date in celebration of Earth Day.

oscar-scherer-park-fl-5For more information or to request ADA accessibility, please contact Oscar Scherer State by phone at (941) 483-5956 or by email at Cristy.Disbrow@dep.state.fl.us.

To learn more about Oscar Scherer State Park, please visit: www.floridastateparks.org.

To learn more about the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc., please visit: www.friendsofoscarscherer.com.

Oscar Scherer State Park Essential Eligibility Criteria

Earth Day Festival

In order to participate in this event, one:

Oscar Scherer State Park: Florida Hiking & Biking Trails

  • Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for up to 6 hours or for the duration of your stay
  • Must have the ability to traverse uneven and unstable terrain independently or with the assistance of a companion or mobility device for at least 100 fee

Tram Tour

In order to participate in this program, one:

Oscar Scherer State Park: Big Lake in Nokomis

  • Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the tram independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment. The angle of the tram ramp is less than 30 degrees.
  • Must have the ability to withstand the exposure to the outdoors for up to 1.5 hours.
  • Must have the ability to remain seated, maneuver, and balance independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment for up to 1.5 hours


April 6, 2015 |

The Wine, Cheese, Jazz and After Expo Mingle


wine-cheese-jazz-eventThe Wine, Cheese, Jazz and After Expo Mingle at Bentley’s Boutique Hotel in Osprey will take place from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

It will follow the 2015 Consumer Business Expo Event. Admission to the Day-Time Expo is free.

The Wine, Cheese, Jazz and After Expo Mingle will feature various wine and craft beer tastings, paired with hors d’oevres from some of our best local restaurants as well as varieties of Wisconsin Cheese.

Entertainment by Jazz Pianist, Bob Teesdale

Meet and Greet Our Expo Speakers, Authors and Guests:

Former White House Chef, John Moeller-

Chef John Moeller is a member of an elite corps of chefs, those who have served in the White House preparing très soigné cuisine for Presidents, First Families, and their guests, including visiting Heads of State.

Chef Moeller will be talking about cooking at the White House, his signature style of cuisine and how to take advantage of fresh seasonal produce at 4 pm.  His Dining in the White House book will be available for purchase and autographing.

Woman’s Business Consultant, Gayle Carson-

Dr. Gayle Carson is an expert adviser to CEO’s and entrepreneurial managers around the world. She is the consultant that major media such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and in the WSJ, USA Today, Newsweek turns to on business, communication and service issues.

Dr. Gayle will be presenting a 1 hour seminar at 1 pm called “No Drama in Business” which includes a free book to attendees. She will also be doing a breakout session after the main seminar called “How to Give Your Business a Mini-Makeover”

2-Time Olympic Coach, Nicholas Romanov, Ph.D.-

2-time Olympic Coach, author, developer of the Pose Method®, and world-renowned sports scientist Nicholas Romanov, Ph.D.

The Pose Method® has been utilized at an institutional level with large organizations including the United States Military, CrossFit, and professional sports programs including the National Triathlon teams of Great Britain, United States, Mexico and Russia. Dr. Romanov also works with medical professionals including physical therapists, podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons. He travels around the world conducting research, consulting professional sports organizations, and as a motivational speaker.

Dr. Romanov will be presenting “The Running Revolution” at 12noon / 3 pm His book by the same name will be available for purchase and autographing after the presentation.

Journalist, Lynn Wadell-

Has covered major news stories for national publications and written several books. Lynn writes for National travel magazines. Lynn Waddell will be a guest speaker and book signer.

Business Consultant: Ken Countess-

Ken Countess is the award‐winning marketer and an internationally recognized, accredited expert on Email and Social Media Marketing.  He has educated audiences on successful use of email marketing and social media tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to build their business or non‐profit.  He has created successful marketing and sales growth strategies for Fortune 100 companies such as Motorola, Marriott and Caremark.
Ken will be presenting a seminar on Social Media 101 + Linkedin for Business at 2 pm.

Tickets to the Evening Wine/ Beer & Food Festival are as follows:

  • (ONCC members) $25 each. Advance Purchase Only. Tickets on Sale at Bentley’s Boutique Hotel and Dana’s Gourmet Market in Osprey until March 27th.
  • (non-members) $30 each. Available at the door or, Maryanne Bolduc @ Total Therapy Solutions in the Blackburn Point Plaza is selling tickets for the Evening Wine/Beer & Food Festival on behalf of the Venice Relay For Life. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s volunteer driven fundraiser. For every ticket sold here, the Venice Relay For Life will receive $10 towards the fight against cancer!

Tickets to the Wine/Beer & Food Festival will be available at the door for ONCC members and non-members for $30.00.

Event Benefits: Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department, American Cancer Society, Instride Therapy and Habitat for Humanity

March 2, 2015 |

Osprey Nokomis Chamber Connects Globally


osprey-nokomis-florida-chamber-new-logoTarget Marketing Helps Osprey Nokomis Chamber Connect With a Much Larger Audience

The Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce is now “On the Global Map” so to speak.

Thanks to the help of Sue and Gus Traeder, owners of Target Marketing Promotion Services, the ONCC has a Google+ Local Business Page as well as the latest in website technology.

One of the first of it’s kind, the new mobile-responsive directory style website is designed with the Chamber’s Member businesses in mind.

The user-friendly website directory features Chamber businesses and local events with their own listing pages complete with an interactive mapping system and driving directions, all the popular social media share buttons, photo slideshow, website and other important links as well as a business description and contact information.

Unlike most websites today, the Osprey Nokomis Chamber’s new site design is search engine optimized and displays correctly on ANY mobile device including tablets and smart phones. It’s responsive design combined with a specialized search and mapping system allows visitors to quickly search for and locate a business, event or area information 24/7 whether they’re at home or on the go! (since 30-60% of local searches originate from a mobile device this allows ONCC and it’s member businesses to connect with a much larger audience)

Visitors can register on the site to add a review (which are moderated), comment on new articles or “Favorite” a local restaurant, hotel, shop or favorite business.

And, current Chamber Members can submit their business listing (or special event) for Free!

Annual membership to the Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce is only $60 but, that may be changing… With the increasing traffic to the new website and growth of the membership the Chamber will soon require additional services and possibly an office space of it’s own.

For now, the Chamber office is located inside Bentley’s Hotel in Osprey and much of the Chamber responsibilities are divided amongst a small group of volunteers.

Maintaining the new website, chamber chat radio program and print media directory are also extra costs for the ONCC. Any members that would like to help can advertise on the website or print directory and/or donate to the Chamber’s Technology Fund. (PayPal link is on the site)

Target Marketing is helping the Osprey Nokomis Chamber be found online where it never was before… with thousands of searches each month for the Osprey Nokomis Florida  attractions and business services, this extra exposure will bring more visitors to the area and new customers to the local businesses and Chamber Members.

As they say, “Build it and they will come…” but, the right marketing help makes a difference!

Look, Listen and Learn about the Osprey Nokomis Florida area by visiting www.ospreynkomischamber.com or tune into your very own local web radio http://www.radioearnetwork.com/chamber-chat.html  at 3:00PM every Thursday. (and Sundays at 10PM)

Cheers Folks!!

Have a Brilliant Week

Rod Thomas

September 12, 2013 |

Haunted Trails Event at Oscar Scherer Park


oscar-scherer-state-park-eventOscar Scherer State Park and Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department

Invite You to the 1st Annual Haunted Trails

“A Frightfully Fun Time For the Howl Family!”

When: October 25 & 26, 2013 From 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Where: Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey FL 34229

What: A Spooky Haunted Woods Trail for those who dare to be scared! And, A Trick-or-Treat Trail for the more cautious…

Plus, Lots of activities for kids, costume contests, spooky sounds, and more!

Admission: $5.00 per person donation (All donations go to the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department, Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc., and the Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call: 941-483-5956

Our Haunted Trails Event needs volunteers. If you’d like to join us as a volunteer for this event please contact Ashley Melton (Park Services Specialist) at 941-486-2155. Please fax or email your completed registration form to: FAX # 941-480-3007 OR EMAIL: Ashley.Melton@dep.state.fl.us

Volunteer Guide for the 2013 Haunted Trails Event

Individual Volunteer Registration Form   Group Volunteer Registration Form

July 16, 2013 |

Nokomis Florida Beach Party Event


Osprey Nokomis Florida Water Festival & Beach Party Event on October 12, 2013


Quack! Quack! Mark Your Calendar for the Osprey Nokomis Chamber Event of the Year!!

Nokomis Florida Beach Event Details:

Who : Everyone is welcome

Where : The Pavilion @ Osprey Nokomis Beach (Access from Albee Road)

When : October 12th 2013 from 11:00AM — 3:00PM

Schedule of Events :

  • 11:00 AM The Great Rubber Duck Race—1st Prize $1,000.00
  • 12 Noon : Orange Maze Find 12 hidden oranges buried in the sand, each orange holds the key to your prize. Win $25 gift vouchers to local Osprey Nokomis Businesses
  • 1 PM—3:00PM : Children’s Sand Castle Competition (Prizes for all children competitors)

Plus, Live Music with local musicians including George DeJong from Hermans Hermits.

Food available from 11:30 until food has been eaten: Hamburgers $2:00, Hot Dogs $1:00, Sides $1:00.

Chamber Members are welcomed to run their own booths/tents, to sell, giveaway or simply promote their
own businesses. Must be by prior arrangement. Contact Osprey Nokomis Chamber for details.

Volunteers required to help sell Rubber Ducks, flip burgers, catch ducks as they come ashore and cleanup/

Please note that no store is necessary to sell duck sponsorship, every duck sold will help the Chamber in many ways and also provide funding for Habitat for Humanity.

Duck Race sheets are available from Chris Stevens and Dana Chase.

For Information on all of the above please check our website www.ospreynokomischamber.com or contact:

Dana Chase of Butchers Gourmet 978-590-6234 or Chris Stevens of Bentley’s Ice Cream 941-525-3439

Quack! Quack! Mark Your Calendar!!
October 12th 2013
Let’s Get Ready To Party
On “Nokomis Florida Beach”

July 12, 2013 |

Osprey Nokomis Chamber New President


osprey-nokomis-florida-chamber-new-logoOsprey Nokomis Chamber: The BIGGEST little Chamber in the USA

Well folks it looks like you are all stuck with me for the next 12 months. Ven has stepped down as President in order to pursue and concentrate on his business interests as well as opening the position for others like myself.

Ven has become a very close friend and we continue to talk and debate the chamber on a daily basis. It only feels like weeks ago that we all stood in First America Bank and discussed the process required to start a local Chamber. Little did we know or understand about the efforts it would take to get it off the ground, nor did we know at the time how enthusiastic so many of you would be in ensuring it worked.

I am extremely proud to have been invited to play a part in the resurrection of this fabulous local enterprise and hope that it continues to grow and that our friendships also continue to strengthen.

The grass roots have been sown and now it is time to nurture and grow. In order to do this I have committed to various areas which, include but are not restricted to: The website, accounting methodology, communication, advertising and area marketing, community awareness and charitable functionality. Along the way we will be organizing the Osprey Nokomis Water Festival and perhaps some other smaller intimate events to get us all in front of the local community.

Osprey and Nokomis Chamber with the help of various partners that include the Venice Sun (God Bless Them) thanks Tim, encourage local businesses to do business with one another. I do not believe for one minute that this is a business life-line however with a little effort from each member all of our businesses have a sales-force of nearly 200 Chamber associates.

Very soon we will have our first edition of the Osprey Nokomis Business Directory, I am going to make sure that this issue is not only informative about the businesses within our fabulous area but this issue will indeed be an historic one that will become a keepsake for all those coming to our area and even those of us who are lucky enough to live here. Look out for the opportunity to advertise in it as it will be a first come first serve until the pages and spaces are filled. We are going to ensure that the costs are kept to a minimum so that even the smallest businesses can afford entry. We will also be holding an open forum for all members who are interested. Bryan Guentner and my good-self will ensure that you are all invited closer to the time.

Today I am meeting with Sam Gold and Ven Konuru to start work on the Osprey Nokomis Chamber video that will include interviews with various local business members/personalities and highlight the breathtaking scenery that we sometimes so easily take for granted. The purpose of this video is to showcase the beautiful area of Osprey and Nokomis, the businesses that are situated within it’s boundaries, the history of the whole area with the help of Historic Spanish Point not forgetting Oscar Scherer Park. The video will be an ever evolving showcase and we will be looking to show it in various locations across the USA and indeed abroad in “Good Old Blighty” (Britain).

These are simply insights as to what we have planned moving forward in the hope that you will be encouraged to continue and support the vision by renewing your membership of this fabulous and unique Chamber of Friendship and Commerce that we know as ONCC.


Thank you Shipmates

Rod Thomas


June 17, 2013 |
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