The Link - January 2020

Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Members! 
December & January
Chevrolet Center, Inc.
Join Date: 12/10/2019

Sertoma Camp Endeavor
Join Date:  12/10/2019

Wood & Stain DIY Wood Shop
Join Date: 12/16/2019

Smart Start Learning International, Inc. dba Smart Start Learning Center
Join Date: 12/16/2019

Golden Touch Paint and Collision Center
Join Date: 12/17/2019

Community Health Centers
Join Date: 12/19/2019

All Aired Up
Join Date: 12/23/2019

Tallulah Films & Fresh Patch
Join Date: 12/30/2019​

GFS Restaurant & Catering
Join Date: 12/30/2019

Equinox Pro Audio
Join Date: 01/12/2020

Texas Cattle Company Catering
Join Date: 01/13/2020

Associates in Dermatology - Lake Wales
Join Date: 01/13/2020

Right Path Pain & Spine Center
Join Date: 01/14/2020

Thank You Renewing Members!

Thank you Renewing Members - December & January

We appreciate your
continued support!

AAD Fine Arts Foundation, Inc.
Renewed On: 01/10/2020

Affordable Computer Geeks
Renewed On: 01/03/2020

Alfa Romeo FIAT of Winter Haven
Renewed On: 01/15/2020

Allstate Insurance Company - Barcena Insurance Group, Inc.
Renewed On: 01/16/2020

Badcock Home Furniture & More
Renewed On: 12/23/2019​

Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA
Renewed On: 01/13/2020

Charles M. Watts Air Conditioning, Inc.
Renewed On: 12/30/2019

City of Davenport
Renewed On:  12/30/2019

Col. Thomas Broadaway
Renewed On: 01/21/2020

Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM of Winter Haven
Renewed On: 01/15/2020

Ewing, Blackwelder & Duce Insurance
Renewed On: 12/09/2019​

Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida
Renewed On: 12/23/2019

Fantasy of Flight
Renewed On: 01/15/2020

Florida Polytechnic University
Renewed On: 12/30/2019

Jennings Resort, Inc.
Renewed On: 12/30/2019

Johanna Velazquez - State Farm Insurance
Renewed On: 12/16/2019​

McDonald's - Oerther Foods
Renewed On: 12/30/2019

Mentors, Music & Sports, Inc.
Renewed On: 01/21/2020

Nell Johnson
Member Since: 02/01/2010

New Direction Academy
Renewed On: 12/23/2019

Oldcastle Lawn & Garden
Renewed On: 12/30/2019

Renewed On: 12/30/2019

Posner Park Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT
Renewed On: 01/15/2020

Ridge Island Groves
Renewed On: 12/30/2019

Snyder Discount Tire, Inc./S & S Discount Tire
Renewed On: 12/23/2019

Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club
Renewed On: 01/14/2020

St. Charles Veterinary Hospital
Renewed On: 12/26/2019

Steve's Electric, Inc.
Renewed On: 12/30/2019

United Way of Central Florida
Renewed On: 01/21/2020​

Vitas Healthcare
Renewed On: 01/09/2020​

Thank You to our Chairman's Circle Sponsors!

Platinum ($10,000 and above)


Silver ($5,000)

Bronze ($2,500)

Thank you to our Billboard Sponsor:  


Sponsor a student in the Chamber’s 2019-2020 Youth Leadership Program

The Chamber's 2019-2020 Youth Leadership began in October! 

Student Sponsors enable the Chamber to present a quality leadership experience  at no cost to the students. 

In return for your generosity, a link to your website will be placed here in the newsletter and on the front page and the leadership page of the Chamber’s website along with recognition of your sponsorship. The link will remain on our website through September 2019.   Call the Chamber at  863-422-3751  to sponsor a student or for more information.  

Thank You to our 2019-2020 Youth Leadership Student Sponsors

A Special Thank You to: 
The City of Haines City, & CEMEX  - Youth Leadership Program Sponsors and to  Jarrett-Gordon Ford, Transportation Sponsor of the Chamber's Youth Leadership Program.

Events Calendar

Chamber Member Events:

For additional events, please click HERE for the Chamber's Full Event Calendar page on our website,  Click on the Titles of the events listed below for complete details. 


Business After Hours - FFA Leadership Training Center

Healthy Living Expo

Haines City Community Theatre presents

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Unity Day

Haines City Community Theatre presents

The Chamber's 41st Annual Awards Banquet

Finally Friday Food Truck Event

Haines City Community Theatre presents

Feltrim Sports 6v6 Goal Cup

Haines City Community Theatre presents

Good Shepherd Hospice Bereavement & Support Group Programs

Good Shepherd Hospice Bereavement & Support Group Programs

Good Shepherd Hospice Bereavement & Support Group Programs

Luncheon, Fashion Show & Expo - presented by the GFWC Four Corner's Junior Woman's Club

Feltrim Sports Football Camp
02/08/2020- 02/09/2020

Annual Black History Program

Good Shepherd Hospice Bereavement & Support Group Programs

Business After Hours - Champions Vue Apartments

Chamber Luncheon - Annual Education Celebration

Good Shepherd Hospice Bereavement & Support Group Programs

Grills Gone Wild & Bay Street Classic Car Show- presented by The City of Davenport
02/14/2020- 02/15/2020

LRC's For the Love of Learning benefit

New Horizon Church-United Methodist Women

Good Shepherd Hospice Bereavement & Support Group Programs

Good Shepherd Hospice Bereavement & Support Group Programs
02/19/2020- 02/20/2020

Feltrim Sports 6v6 Shootout

Good Shepherd Hospice Bereavement & Support Group Programs

Good Shepherd Hospice Bereavement & Support Group Programs

2020 Polk Senior Games
02/29/2020- 03/16/2020

Advertise with the Chamber!

Advertise on our website Our site received over 1 million hits in 2018 and we are on track for even more in 2019! Web links and banner ads will expose your business to the world. 

Advertise on your target audience’s page for a week, month or year!*  Logo links to your website start at:  Weekly $40; Monthly $100; 6-month contract $90/per month; Annual contract $80/per month.
This weekly e-newsletter, the Link, provides the opportunity for up to 2 exclusive advertising spaces on the TOP of this newsletter each week.   The newsletter is distributed to over 600 businesses & contacts each week.  One weekly advertiser and the option for one monthly advertiser or an additional weekly advertiser. Advertisements will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.  The cost of the weekly ad with web and flyer link is $50 per weekly advertiser or $150 per monthly advertiser.  All advertisements must be reserved and pre-paid. 
Start seeing results now! For more information contact the staff at the Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce, 863-422-3751 or  


41st Annual Awards Banquet! - Thursday, January 30th



41st Annual Awards Banquet!

Join us to celebrate the Chamber's 41st Annual Banquet
Thursday, January 30, 2020
6 - 9 p.m. 
Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City
$40 per person

Semi-Formal Attire.  Fabulous buffet dinner catered by Texas Cattle Company Catering, awards ceremony, passing of the gavel & more!

Awards will be presented to the Chamber's Citizen of the Year, Small & Large Business of the Year and our 2019 Hall of Fame Honorees.

Congratulations to our 2019 Hall of Fame Honorees:  
Tom Broadaway
Rob Robinson
Frances Vandiver
Hedy Weddington​​
Betty White

RSVP REQUIRED to the Chamber by Friday, January 24th -

Click HERE to register and pay online or email or call 863-422-3751 to RSVP and be invoiced.​

Business After Hours - TODAY, January 21st - FFA Leadership Training Center

Join us for the first Business After Hours of the Year at the 
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center

TODAY, Tuesday, January 21st
5 -7 p.m.

5000 Firetower Rd.
Haines City, FL

Expect great food, networking with friends, doorprizes and tons of fun!

RSVP to the Chamber TODAY! or 863-422-3751

Finally Friday Food Truck Event - Friday, January 31st!

Finally Friday Food Truck Event -  presented by the Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce, The City of Haines City and Events by S&G.  Friday, January 31st, 6 - 9 p.m., Railroad Park, 620 E Main Street, Haines City.  Karaoke Contest. Food Trucks:  Willy T's Crabshack; Uncle Eddies BBQ; K&E Italian; Fully Loaded; Sprinkleista Coffee's; Peter John's Ice Cream.  For more info on Karaoke Contest:  Jane Waters or Julie Revell, 863-421-5572,;  For vendor or food truck information contact Gaynell,, 960-280-4473. ​

The Chamber's Annual Education Celebration Luncheon - February 13th!

The next Chamber Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 13th and will feature the Chamber's Annual Education Celebration.  We will honor our local school's nominees for Teacher of the Year and Student Related Employee of the Year. 

Date:  Thursday, February 13th
Time  :  11:30 a.m. - approx. 1 p.m.
Location  : Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City, FL  33844
Cost   :  $15 per person Members; $20 non-members
RSVP REQUIRED: to the Chamber by Friday, February 7th!

*Please Note:     Due to catering costs and an increasing number of RSVP's received that do not show up to Chamber Events,  luncheon RSVP's must now be pre-paid or invoiced for the number attendees provided in the RSVP.    No-shows will be charged.

Thank you to our  Luncheon Event Sponsor: 
 AdventHealth Heart of Florida

Due to their generous event sponsorship, our local Principals, Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year nominees are able to attend the luncheon at no cost.  Thank you AdventHealth Heart of Florida for all you do to support and
​give back to our community.

Tuesday, February 11th - Business After Hours at Champions Vue Apartments

Join us for a fabulous Business After Hours at Champions Vue Apartments.  Don't miss this opportunity to check out these amazing, luxury apartments and to network in a fun & relaxing atmosphere!

Tuesday, February 11th
5 -7 p.m.

​Champions Vue Apartments
101 Champions Vue Loop
Davenport, FL  33897
Haines City, FL

Expect delicious food & wine, networking with friends, great door prizes and tons of fun!

RSVP to the Chamber by Friday, February 7th- or 863-422-3751

Chamber Member News & Events!

Chamber Member News:

Chamber Member's Employment Opportunities:   Our Chamber Members have several Employment Opportunities available.  Employment opportunities, additional information and detailed job descriptions are located on the Employment Opportunities page of our website.  Click HERE  for job listings on the employment opportunities page of the Chamber's website.   The City of Haines City is currently hiring for positions on the linked list: City Job Opportunities.  If you know of anyone interested in a Job Opportunity, please share this list and encourage them to fill out an application on the City of Haines City website: www.hainescity.comQuality Cleaners is looking for pressers - experience preferred - Call them at  863-422-1735 for more information.    

Chamber Member's Specials, News & Announcements:   Visit the Members Specials, News & Announcements page of our website for special offers, discounts & exciting news from our members. 

    Feltrim Sports Turf Field Party Packages - Host your child's party at Feltrim Sports brand new Turf Field, 204 Macaulays Cove, Haines City (inside Balmoral Resort Florida) - 12 children included in packages - choose 2 games to play and which package works best for your event.  Contact Steven Perez, 863-588-2664, to book your party.  Click HERE for the flyer and more info!​

    Smarra Cruises - If the winter blues have you down, unfreeze and feel the breeze with up to $350 onboard spending on select cruise lines or a resort credit of up to $150. Contact me to book your dream vacation today!  561-232-3170  ​

Check out the latest commercial for Smart Start Learning  Center:  Smart Start Learning Center is a not for profit tutoring and college advisory program in Central Florida that will is now offering their program at the Lake Eva Community Center.  Call Smart Start for more information - 855.446.0761​.  ​

    Aesthetics by Family Care - A new Year.  A new You.  - Experience BeautiFill, the most advanced technology in liposuction and fat transfer.  Hot promo alert:  $3,000 for the entire procedure.  Call 863-201-8736 for more info.  Family Care, 2302 North Blvd Suite D, Davenport Florida 33837.  ​

    Golden Touch Paint & Collision Center - New Year's Special Truck Paint Job - $1,750; New Year's Special Car Paint Job - $1,500 - Specializing in Custom Paint, Candy & Peal Jobs, Headliners, Insurance Claims.  All work guaranteed - Free Estimates  - 4173 Crump Road, Unit #7, Winter Haven - Call 863-547-6400 for more information.  Click HERE for the flyer.  ​

    Polk County residents are invited to apply to become election workers during an informational meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 23rd. “These are paid positions working at polling places on Election Day,” explained Supervisor of Elections, Lori Edwards.  The meeting will be held at 11:00 am at the Bartow Civic Center (Game Room), 2250 S. Floral Avenue, Bartow, and no reservation is required.  Voters who have served as election workers in Polk County in recent years are welcome but do not need to attend.  For more information, contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at (863) 534-5888 or visit
    Classes for a Healthy Lifestyle! presented by UF/IFAS Extension Polk County, P: 863-519-1072; W:  Classes are held in various locations throughout the county during the year.  Please click HERE for the flyer with details & more information.  Registration for classes required at  

    The Haines City Community Theatre presents "The Amorous Ambassador" - Don't miss this hilarious presentation.  Saturdays, January 25, Feb. 1@ 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, January 26 Feb. 2 @ 2:30 p.m.  The American Ambassador to Great Britain and his wife both plan to be gone all weekend, as does their daughter Debbie. But when they all secretly return for romantic engagements, it all hits the fan. Then there’s the surprising twist and turn at the end.   Call 863-421-1893 for tickets.  303 Ledwith Ave., Haines City, FL  33844.  Visit for more information.  ​

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Unity Day - Saturday, January 25th, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Haines City's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade & Unity Day Festival hosted by the Northeast Revitalization Group and Haines City Parks & Recreation.  The Parade will begin in downtown Haines City and end at Cook Field.  There will be presentations, singing, dancing, kids games and more at the Unity Day celebration immediately after the parade at Cook Field! Enjoy vendors, music and more!  Other Events:  Sunday 1/19/2020, 2nd Annual MLK Gospel Music Festival - Music, dance & food vendors, Lake Eva Event Center, 3pm;  Monday 1/20/2020, MLK Day of Service in the Community, The Haines City Police substation next to the Oakland Senior Center, 10am-12pm;  Tuesday 1/21/2020, MLK Literacy Day - Listening & Learning: different exerts of Dr. King’s preaching & teaching, The Haines City Public Library Community Room, 6pm - 9pm;  Friday 1/24/2020, 2nd Annual MLK Scholarship Brunch, The Lake Eva Event Center,  11:00am .  Call 863-421-3700 for more information.  
    Healthy Living Expo - by Events by S&G - Saturday, January 25th, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 950 7th St., Clermont - FREE Admission, Food & Craft Vendors, Door prizes, Kid zone, games, face painting, entertainment, food, demos & more!  For more information call Sandy, 352-617-8788 or Gaynell, 906-280-4473.  Click HERE for the flyer.  ​

    Feltrim Sports 6v6 Goal Cup - Saturday, February 1st, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Feltrim Sports Village, 204 Macaulays Cove, Haines City, FL  33844 (inside of Balmoral Resort Florida).  Division Teams:  U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18, 18+men, 18+women, 18+coed.  $150 per team.  Concessions will be open.  Contact Fernando Valverde for more information - 954-774-6104,  Click HERE for the flyer and more information.  ​

    Luncheon, Fashion Show & Expo - presented by the GFWC Four Corners Junior Woman's Club - Friday, February 7, 2020 - Doors open at 10:30 a.m.  Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Avenue, Haines City.  Fashions by Chico's; Catering by Carrabba's.  $30 per person.  For tickets, email  Click HERE for the flyer.  ​

    Feltrim Sports Football Camp - February 8th - 9th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 204 Macaulays Cove, Haines City, FL (inside of Balmoral Resort Florida) - all positions; ages 7 -18.  Visit to learn more.  Call Steven at 863-588-2664 or email for more info.  Click HERE for the flyer.  

    Haines City NAACP 5150 Annual Black History Program - Sunday, February 8th - New Mount Zion M.B. Church, 713 N 8th Street, Haines City, 6 - 8 p.m.- Theme: African Americans & The Vote - Guest Speaker: Rev. Eddie Lake of New Bethel AME Church Lakeland, FL.  Donation: $15.  Call Cynthia Downing for tickets - 863-651- 6776.  Tickets also available on Eventbrite.  ​

    Eastside Elementary Community Assessment Team (CAT) meeting - Thursday, February 13th, 6 - 7 p.m., Winter Haven High School Auditorium, 600 6th St. SE, Winter Haven.  Eastside Elementary is in need of business members to form a CAT team to discuss and explore viable ways in which more support can be provided to their school.  Please contact Principal Dawn Jeffords, 863-421-3254 for more information.  Click HERE for the information letter.  

    Grills Gone Wild - presented by The City of Davenport - Friday, February 14th, 5 -9 p.m. & Saturday, February 15th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Market Street, Davenport; Bay Street Classic Car Show, Saturday, February 15th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. -  Entertainment to be announced soon.  Check for updates.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the City of Davenport businesses.  Visit or call 863-419-3300, ext 138 for applications.  Click HERE for the Grills Gone Willd flyer.  Click HERE for the Bay Street Classic Car Show flyer. 

    The Learning Resource Center’s spectacular annual fundraiser and benefit will be held on February 15, 2020 to raise LRC scholarships and program aid for deserving students. Please mark this date on your calendar and visit  More information to come at  http://


    Haines City’s 12th annual Ribs on the Ridge BBQ competition presented by Haines City Parks and Recreation & Miracle Toyota will be February 21, 2020, from 5 PM to 9 PM, and February 22, 2020, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Lake Eva Park, Haines City.  Ribs on the Ridge draws barbecue teams from across Florida and the nation where professional and amateur teams compete for cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights.  BBQ, crafts vendors, and live entertainment.  FREE and open to the public. Musical acts featured on main stage throughout the day and include national recording artists Sister Hazel and other local bands. This year's event will also benefit KidsPACK, an organization that feeds food insecure children in Polk County. ​  Check out their FACEBOOK page for more info.  

 Feltrim Sports 6v6 Shootout - Saturday, February 22nd, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Feltrim Sports Village, 204 Macaulays Cove, Haines City, FL  33844 (inside of Balmoral Resort Florida).  Division Teams:  U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18, 18+men, 18+women, 18+coed.  $150 per team.  Concessions will be open.  Contact Fernando Valverde for more information - 954-774-6104,  Click HERE for the flyer and more information.  ​

    Balmoral Bar & Grill Weekly Specials - Balmoral now has an enclosed patio! That means outdoor seating even when the weather doesn't cooperate. Don't let rain or cold keep you away!  Friends Tuesday - Fiesta Bowl & 2 Margaritas - $10.95;  Senior Fun Wednesday - 20% off for Seniors!  PLUS, GAME OF THE WEEK at 1 PM!  Thirsty Thursday - Happy Hour all day!  ​Live Music on the Patio - Friday Nights 7 -9 pm.  Book your party at Balmoral Bar & Grill.  From small gatherings to larger corporate events.  Their team will not only host your event but can plan it for you as well!  Call Balmoral, 863-588-3097 or email​ for more info or to book your event!  

Florida Supervisors of Elections to Offer Scholarship Opportunities - the Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE) will award three $1,200 scholarships to Florida students in 2020. Applicants must be:  - Registered to vote in the State of Florida; - Be a Citizen of the United States; - Enrolled as a full-time student in a senior college or university in Florida - Majoring in Political Science/Public or Business Administration or Journalism/Mass Communications.  Applicants must also possess at least a “C” average for the previous year, demonstrate financial need and be available for an interview in the county where they are registered to vote.  “Interested students should contact the Supervisor of Elections in their county of residence to request an application packet,” said Ms. Edwards. Polk County residents may contact Lori Edwards at 863-534-5888, or by email at  The deadline to return the scholarship application, which includes two letters of recommendation, is February 28, 2020.  

   Smarra Cruises English Castles & Palaces Tour - July 23-31, 2020 - With Downton Abbey Filming locations.  Contact Smarra Cruises for more information - (561) 935-4001​

Thank YOU 37th Annual Pig Roast Sponsors!

The Chamber's 37th Annual Pig Roast was held on Friday, August 23rd at the beautiful Lake Eva Event Center.  

And a very special THANK YOU to our Premium Sponsors!

Presidential - CEMEX, City of Haines City,Heart of Florida Regional Medical CenterProflex 

Congressional - Balmoral Resort FloridaCity of Davenport,CenterState BankCitizens Bank & Trust, John Michael Exquisite Weddings & Catering

Exclusive Printing Sponsor -Cromer Press

Contact Us

Northeast Polk 
Chamber of Commerce

35610 Hwy. 27, 
Haines City, FL 33844 
Ph: 863-422-3751; 
Fax: 863-422-4704
Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce - The Link - January 2020