The Link - July 2019

Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Members! 
June & July

Core Rehabilitation, Inc.
Join Date: 06/03/2019

The Northeast Polk Gazette
Join Date: 06/11/2019

Margaret Weiss
Join Date: 06/17/2019

Florida Dermatology
Join Date: 06/24/2019

Smarra Cruises
Join Date: 06/24/2019

La Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant
Join Date: 06/27/2019

Haines City Tritons
Join Date: 07/01/2019

Cici's Pizza
Join Date: 07/16/2019

Thank You Renewing Members!

Thank you Renewing Members - June & July

We appreciate your
continued support!

Advanced Technological Radiology

Amanda's Academy of Dance

Amoco c/o Quality Petroleum

B & B Landscaping

Bright Smiles of Winter Haven

Calvary First Assembly of God

Cam's Catering Company, Inc.

C. C. Calhoun, Inc.

Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center

Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.

Cremation Services of MidFlorida, Inc.

Elite Realty Agency, LLC

Florida Track & Turf

GWA Food, Inc. DBA - Zaxby's

Haines City Economic Development Council

Heartland Estates

Loughman Oaks Elementary

Martin & Vleminckx USA, LLC


Nancy Poe Tax Service

New Beginnings High School

New Horizon Church, A United Methodist Congregation

Oak Ridge Funeral Care

Pallet Associates

Power Transportation, Inc./Truck It Smart

Savannah Court of Haines City

Shannon Orthodontics

Sofidel America Corp.

Teresa Connell - State Farm Insurance

The R-Place Eatery

Winter Haven Hospital

Thank You to our Chairman's Circle Sponsors!

Platinum ($10,000 and above)


Silver ($5,000)

Bronze ($2,500)

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

The Chamber's 2019-2020 Youth Leadership program will begin 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 2018-2019 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. 


Lunch & Learn with LegalShield

Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center Back-To-School Health Fair

Visit Central Florida's Summer CATS program

Business After Hours - Spring Haven Retirement Community

37th Annual Pig Roast & Political Rally

Business After Hours - Haines City Rotary at Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club

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



Thank you to our  2019 Tournament Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:  Proflex
Platinum:  City of Haines City
Gold:  Citizens Bank & Trust
Exclusive Luncheon Sponsor:  Jarrett Gordon Ford Davenport
Par 3: Dave Schmitt Engineering, Inc.Florida Caribbean DistillersMiracle Toyota, Polk State College
Golf Ball Sponsor:  Teresa Connell, State Farm Insurance
Chest of Cheer Sponsor:  State Representative Sam Killebrew
Putting Contest Sponsor: Posner Park Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Door Prize Sponsors:  Karen Bryan, State Farm Insurance and WellMed at Haines City ​

We would also like to thank all of the teams, volunteers, hole sign sponsors and door prize donators.  We couldn't do it without you! 

Contact Us

Northeast Polk 
Chamber of Commerce

35610 Hwy. 27, 
Haines City, FL 33844 
Ph: 863-422-3751; 
Fax: 863-422-4704

37th Annual Pig Roast - Friday, August 23rd

Get your tickets NOW! - The Chamber's 37th Annual Pig Roast will be held on Friday, August 23rd at the beautiful Lake Eva Event Center.  

Invitations will be sent soon!  $50 per person.  Tables of 8 and 10 and Candidate Packages available.

You don't want to miss this fun-filled event featuring entertainment, awesome food, your opportunity to speak with candidates for local, state and federal offices, door prizes & much more!

Please click HERE for Sponsorship package information and contact the Chamber to sponsor or for more information - 863-422-3751.

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

THANK YOU to our Sponsors that are already on board!

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

Congressional - Balmoral Resort FloridaCity of Davenport,CenterState BankCitizens Bank & Trust

Exclusive Printing Sponsor -Cromer Press

Gubernatorial - Florida Caribbean Distillers, Jarrett Gordon Ford Davenport, Polk State College

State Legislature - Jack Myers-Century 21 Myers Realty,MIDFLORIDA Credit Union  

Legislative Aide - Duke Energy, East Polk County Association of Realtors, Miracle ToyotaPennoni, ​Wayne T. Fellows, Inc.

Chest of Cheer Sponsor - Debbie Bradbury - Real Estate Brokers USA and Karen & Steve Tiner - Ameriprise Financial Advisors 

Door Prize Sponsors - Florida Caribbean Distillers, ​Johanna Velazquez State Farm Insurance, Poinciana Medical CenterServiceMaster of Polk County, Teresa Connell State Farm Insurance


Ribbon Cutting & Open House - Angels for Kids On-Call - Thursday, July 25th

Ribbon Cutting & Open House
Angels for Kids On-Call

Thursday, July 25th
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

101 S Dixie Drive, Ste. 101
Haines City, FL  33844

Check out their new office and learn about their services.

Free School Supplies, Food, Music & Fun!

RSVP to the Chamber by Tuesday, July 23rd! or 863-422-3751.

Business After Hours - Spring Haven Retirement - Tuesday, August 20th

Business After Hours at Spring Haven Retirement Community 
1225 Havendale Blvd. NW, Winter Haven

Tuesday, August 20th
5 -7 p.m.

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

RSVP to the Chamber by Friday, August 16th - 863-422-3751 or

Business After Hours - Haines City Rotary at Southern Dunes - Thursday, August 29th

Join for a Business After Hours hosted by Haines City Rotary at
Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club.

Thursday, August 29th
5 -7 p.m.

Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club
2888 Southern Dunes Blvd.
Haines City, FL  33844

Expect great food, networking with friends & tons of fun!

RSVP to the Chamber by Friday, August 23rd - 863-422-3751 or

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.  Balmoral Bar & Grill is hiring servers/cooks/bartenders - contact Robb Kenyon at 1-866-584-5527​ to apply or for more information.  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.    

    TEAM REBUSA is looking to expand their office of Licensed Sales Associates! Are you a Seasoned Agent ready to experience being a part of a supportive staff boasting years of proven real estate results? They want to hear from you! Let them tell you about how their office is set apart from the competition: Competitive Commission Split, Licensed Support Staff, Team Environment, Brand New Office Space and a Professional Business Developer on staff! COME GROW WITH REBUSA!   EMAIL with your professional experience and resume!

 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.
    Northeast Polk Literacy Council needs your help - As Haines City continues to grow the Northeast Polk Literacy Council is attempting to meet the needs in adult education. The are in need of a location for a night time class to accommodate 15 adult students to justify a teacher. Their class time normally is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, from 6-9pm.  They would like to hear from the business community regarding the following questions:  Is there a need for this type of class, GED? Do you know of a venue they could use? GED's help the economy, lower crime, poverty and encourage less dependency on federal assistance. Please contact Beverly PutnamNortheast Polk Literacy Council, East Area Adult School Community Program Coordinator at 863.967.3200 Email: to provide input.  

    Haines City Community Theatre is currently accepting ads for their 2019 - 2020 playbill.  Ads run $40 for a quarter page, $75 for a half page and $125 for a full page.  The ads would appear in the playbills for all three shows during our season.  Our upcoming season is listed below.  Haines City Community Theatre - 2019/2020 Season - Squabbles” by Marshall Karp - Saturdays, November 2,9,16 @7:30pm; Sundays, November 3,10,17 @2:30pm.  “The Amorous Ambassador” by Michael Parker - Saturdays, January 11,18,25 February 1 @ 7:30pm; Sundays, January 12, 19, 26, February 2 @ 2:30pm.   "On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson - Saturday, March 7, 14,21 @7:30pm; Sundays, March 8,15,22 @2:30pm.  Please contact the Theatre at 863 421-1893 for more information or to place an ad.  

    The Northeast Polk Gazette is Hiring - Available Positions - Community Reporter (College Internship Position); Ad Sales Representative (Independent Contracting Position).  Do you have what it takes to be part of one of the fastest growing small businesses in the Polk County area?  Send your resume to and one of their representatives will contact you.  Military Veterans and College Students are encouraged to apply.  


    Check out all the fun & exciting show room events at Miracle Toyota in the month of July!  For the month of July Miracle Toyota is giving away prizes every Friday and Saturday when a customer makes a sales appointment.  Facebook Live events throughout the month, contests, giveaways & more!  Click HERE for the Miracle Toyota calendar and more details.

    Central Florida Health Care is hoping to help a family in need - If you or your business is able to help a family with 1 child with housing/rent needs in Haines City, please contact Tonya Akwetey, MPH, Community Liaison/FIMR Coordinator, Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands & Polk Counties Inc.  Phone:  (863) 534-9224; Work Cell: (863) 221-2635;

Poinciana Medical Center CEO Chris Cosby and hospital staff recently welcomed Sen. Victor Torres to discuss healthcare. During the visit, Cosby and his team thanked Sen. Torres for his continued commitment to serving the community. 

    Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center Matching funds donation - More children will be helped! Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center is humbled and honored to announce that an anonymous donor will provide matching funds up to $45,000. With 200 children on their speech & language waiting list, the purpose of this generous match is to secure a speech-language pathologist position and provide care for more children.  Click HERE to donate.  

    Webber International University has announced its intention to compete in Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse. While the first competitive match won’t occur until next season, the University is currently performing a nationwide search for head coaches for each team and is enrolling athletes interested in building the team from a development team to a competitive powerhouse.  Click HERE for the press release.  

    The Heart of Florida Swim Team, Haines City Tritons needs sponsors and supporters! - Help swimmers in need of financial assistance.  Purchase equipment.  Travel expenses.  Help pay for swim meet expenses.  All monetary donations appreciated!  Click HERE for the sponsorship flyer and more information.

   EEC Solutions Webinar 2019 is the Year of Data - Wednesday, July 24th at 2pm EDT.  Register at the following link :  2019 is the Year of Data: Understanding How Data is Impacting Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Business Intelligence  
The number 1 question EEC Solutions is asked is what's the next big thing in training????  Thankfully, that has an easy answer: Anything involving data.  EEC Solutions understands that is a broad answer, so to help break it down, they are hosting a webinar that will cover the three key areas of growth they have seen in 2019:  Data Science??? - The Sexiest Job in the 21st Century (Harvard Business Review) with over 700,000 open positions expected by 2020 (IBM) Cybersecurity??? - The average breach costs $1.7 million to remediate (Ponemon Institute), and 75% of organizations will experience visible disruptions to their operations due to the IT skills gap by 2020 (Gartner).  Data Privacy???- British Airways is facing a $230 million dollar GDPR fine over a data breach, while Facebook is facing a $4 Billion dollar fine from SEC for Cambridge Analytica.  A
ll three of these topics have timely calls to action.  Whether you are mainly B2B, or are growing your B2C business, EEC Solutions can help you with courseware/certifications in these areas.   They look forward to seeing you at the webinar, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!  Click HERE for the flyer.  

    Good health is the best back-to-school supply your child can have. So don’t miss Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center's free Back-to-School Health Fair that combines health and safety education with fun for the whole family! - Saturday, July 27th - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  40100 Hwy. 27, Davenport.  Safety presentations by police and EMS; Health presentations by local pediatricians and other physicians; Fun Zone with crafts, face painting and activities; Back-to-school supplies; Teddy Bear Clinic; LEGOLAND Florida Resort character greetings;  Come enjoy the Teddy Bear Clinic, where little ones can learn about staying healthy with the help of some cozy teddy bears.  *All events and activities are subject to weather and while supplies last.

     Poinciana Medical Center to host a free community celebration in honor of its newly-completed ER expansion. CEO Chris Cosby will spotlight the hospital’s growth over the last six years and continuous plans to meet the area’s healthcare needs. The event includes a ribbon cutting ceremony for the ER.  Complimentary light refreshments and appetizers will be served.  Poinciana Medical Center,  325 Cypress Parkway,  Kissimmee, Fla. 34758.  Tuesday, July 23, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Please RSVP at 1-888-253-8117.  For more information, email  This event is open to the public.

    "Check out New Beginnings High School - Polk County's Summer Palooza 2019 on Saturday, August 3rd, at the RP Funding Center.  You don't want to miss this fun FREE Community Wide Event.  To reserve your spot and save check-in time on day of event Pre-Register at  For more info, visit"

    Fourth Annual Economic Summit​ - Haines City Economic Development Council and the City of Haines City are bringing together key leaders to discuss how to strengthen this region's economy, champion regional priorities, and help in empowering community leaders.​  Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, 7:30 am - 11:30 am, Lake Eva Center, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City, FL 33844.  Register Today!  RSVP to Margie Wells or call 863.421.5560.   Click HERE for the flyer.  

   Corporate Golf Membership at The Country Club of Winter Haven - Where else can you gain extended time with a customer, supplier or client than during a great round of golf or business dining experience? Corporate Golf memberships are now available and are custom designed to fit your company’s needs.  Employees will have individual accounts, guaranteed by their named company, billed monthly. Annual pre-pay available.  Please contact the Membership Director for a custom proposal for your company or business.  Dyal Randall, Membership Director, • 863.324.6666 ext.1559,  Click HERE for the flyer.  

    Cypresswood Golf & Country Club $1 per hole through the month of July - Cypresswood celebrates America this month with special pricing through July 31st.  Click HERE to book your tee time!

    Check out the summer fun at Balmoral Bar & Grill, 124 Kenny Blvd., Haines City Thursdays at BB&G HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY! - Happy Hour All Day on Well Liquor, House Wine & Drafts.  Fridays at BB&GLive DJ - 6-10 PM Come join the fun on the patio, dancing and singing the night away with their live DJ! FREE ENTRY.  LIVE MUSIC EVERY SATURDAY 7 - 9PM!  Daily Specials - Every day is a special day at Balmoral Bar & Grill! Check out their daily specials and dining events HERE.  Dine with Balmoral Bar & Grill 5 times and receive FREE 6th meal! You have a chance to win $50 dining certificate in their monthly drawing.  Call 863-588-3097 for more information.

    The American Institute of Dermatology is working with the American Academy of Dermatology this Spring on a campaign called SPOT. The focus of this is the identification, treatment, and prevention of skin cancer.  As part of the SPOT program the American Institute of Dermatology offers free skin checks in their office every Thursday from 4 - 5pm, 171 Webb Drive, Davenport, FL 33837 - Phone: 863-386-0786.  Click HERE for the Spot Skin Cancer Fact sheet.  Click HERE for more information on reasons to see a dermatologist.  

    Visit Central Florida's Summer CATS program - Certified Ambassador of Tourism and Sports - Invites you to join them for their next training sessions and guided tours this summer!   August 14th, Aerospace Center for Excellence, Sun'n Fun.  Each tour has a small fee of only $10.  Refreshments are provided. Registration is required and spaces are limited.  Call 863-420-2586 or email to register or for more information.  Visit: for more information.  ​

    CareerSource Polk’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Best Places to Work Awards BreakfastTHURSDAY, AUGUST 22nd | 8AM to 9:30AM | THE RP FUNDING CENTER - SEATING LIMITED - REGISTER HERE NOW!  Pre-registration is required and will close when we reach capacity for this event.  Tickets will be mailed!  
Individual Tickets are Free  - Corporate Tables (for 8) are $150 - This Year, Over $30,000 in Workforce Incentives will be awarded to Polk County residents!  Click Here to See Criteria for these awards

    EPCAR Benefit Gala Masquerade Ball - September 28, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City.  Live Band, Dancing, Photo Booth, Hors D'oeuvres, Raffle Drawings, Casino.  General Admission $50.  General Admission plus drink package $99.  Mask included with ticket purchase (while supplies last).  Contact EPCAR at 863-294-3163 for tickets or information.  Click HERE for the flyer.  

    The Sunshine Foundation's 10th Annual Gala - October 19, 2019, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate - 6 - 11 p.m.  Tickets available now, $175 per person.  Sponsorships and tables available.  Visit to purchase tickets or for more information.  
       The Ridge Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity (CME), responsible for the preservation and beautification of the historic Scenic Highway, is hosting the 11th Annual 39-MILE Yard Sale on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 8 AM – 3 PM. The event committee is looking for new sponsors and those interested in being an official yard sale location for the event.   Click HERE for the flyer and more information. 

      Lakeland Tarpons 2019 Schedule - Season Tickets are now on sale and start at just $50 for all 5 games at RP Funding Center.  Click HERE to get your season tickets!  Home Schedule:  5/11 vs Sarasota BigCats 7:05p; 5/18 vs Gulf Coast Fire 7:05p (Double Header Sarasota vs Manatee at 4:05p); 6/1 vs Manatee Neptunes 7:05p; 6/8 vs Gulf Coast Fire 7:05p; 7/20 A-League Playoff Double Header (4:05p & 7:05p); Click HERE to visit the Tarpons's website for more information on the team.

Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce - The Link - July 2019