The Link - May 2022

Chamber Member Spotlight!

May Member Spotlight : 

May 2022 Spotlight -Haines City, FL - The Haines City Northeast Revitalization Group was organized in the 1980’s. Before it was incorporated, it was a group of like-minded community leaders who wanted to keep the community informed. The leaders wanted to ensure that civil rights matters were addressed in the predominated area of Haines City known as Oakland. The leaders ensured the organization was incorporated and obtained the group’s non-profit status.   Read more HERE. 

Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Members 
April & May!


Crystalline Water Solutions, Incorporated
Website
Join Date: 04/04/2022

SaludVIP Four Corners
Website
Join Date: 04/05/2022

Amerilife of Polk County - Omeka Darville
Website
Join Date: 04/05/2022

Home 1st Lending, LLC - Jenny Pritchett
Website
Join Date: 04/06/2022

Whisk the Sweet Bake Shop
Website
Join Date: 04/11/2022

Creations Cuisine Bistro
Website
Join Date: 04/18/2022

Luna Bear LLC
Website
Join Date: 04/29/2022

Casey's Cleaning LLC
Website
Join Date: 05/02/2022

Hi-Fliers USA
Website
Join Date: 05/02/2022

The Pointe at Siena Ridge
Website
Join Date: 05/02/2022

Heart of Florida Educational Foundation, Inc.
robertedodd1955@gmail.com
Join Date: 05/03/2022

J&N Stone, Inc.
Website
Join Date:  05/09/2022

The Glades at ChampionsGate
Website

Join Date: 05/13/2022

Tropical Escape Vacation Homes Property Management - Janine Howard
Jhoward@tropicalescapevh.com
Join Date: 05/18/2022

The Total Glow Beauty and Wellness LLC
Website
Join Date: 05/19/2022

Viva Polk Magazine
Website
Join Date: 05/23/2022

Thank You Renewing Members!


Thank you Renewing Members - 
April 23rd  - May 23rd


We appreciate your
continued support!


Advance Technological Radiology
Website
Renewed On: 05/20/2022


Boring Business Systems
Website
Renewed On: 04/25/2022


Haines City Quality Cleaners, Inc.
Phone:  863-422-1735

Renewed On: 05/09/2022

Hope Callihan, Broker Associate - Stacey Towns Realty, LLC
Website
Renewed On: 04/26/2022

New Horizon Church, A United Methodist Congregation
Website
Renewed On: 05/23/2022

O & O Construction Group LLC
ooconstructiongroup@gmail.com
Renewed On: 05/10/2022


Polk County Supervisor of Elections
Website
Renewed On: 05/20/2022


The Catering Company
Website
Renewed On: 05/02/2022

GWA Food, Inc. DBA - Zaxby's
Website
Renewed On: 05/16/2022

Thank You to our Chairman's Circle Sponsors!

Contact Us



Northeast Polk 
Chamber of Commerce

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

 lana.stripling@northeastpolkchamber.com
info@northeastpolkchamber.com
edee.feliciano@northeastpolkchamber.com   

olivia.moorehead@northeastpolkchamber.com

Chamber Lunch & Learn - EEC Solutions - Tuesday, June 7th

    Lunch & Learn with EEC Solutions - Tuesday, June 7th | 12 p.m. | Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce, 35610 Hwy 27, Haines City, FL 33844

During our next Lunch & Learn, attendees will hear from Alex Morales-Hernandez, President & CEO of EEC Solutions. He will be presenting on EEC Solutions's company services, their new efforts, and opportunities in the federal marketplace. 

Lunch will be provided by Supreme Cafe Inc. 

Sponsored by: Duke Energy

Free for Members. $5 for Non-Members. Spots are limited to the first 20 attendees.

RSVP REQUIRED to info@northeastpolkchamber.com or 863-422-3751.

Morning Mix & Mingle at Bell Family Farm - Tuesday, June 14th

Can't make it to a Business After Hours?  Join us for the Chamber's first ever "Morning Mix & Mingle" hosted by Bell Family Farm and Apiary. Drop in event from 9 -11 a.m.  Start your morning on the farm with refreshments, networking & more!

Date:  Tuesday, June 14th* (*weather permitting -  weather makeup date - Friday, June 17th)
Location:  Bell Family Farm and Apiary, 6170 Stagecoach Rd., Polk City
Time:  9 - 11 a.m.

RSVP to the Chamber by Friday, June 10th - info@northeastpolkchamber.com or call 863-422-3751.

FREE for Chamber Members!  

Want to host your own "Morning Mix & Mingle" Event?  Contact the Chamber for available dates & information - 863-422-3751

Chamber Luncheon - Leadership Skills in the Auto Industry presented by Miracle Toyota - Thursday, June 16th

    Join us for our Chamber Luncheon featuring a presentation from Mike Murphy of Miracle Toyota on Leadership Skills in the Automotive Industry.  

Date:  Thursday, June 16th
Time:  11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location:  Balmoral Event Center, 116 Kenny Blvd., Haines City, FL  33844
Cost:  $20 per person
RSVP:  REQUIRED to the Chamber by Friday, June 10th

Click HERE to register & pay online or email info@northeastpolkchamber.com or call 863-422-3751 to be invoiced.


*Due to catering costs and requirements, no-shows or those that RSVP and do not cancel by the Monday before the event will be charged.  

Sponsored by:  Miracle Toyota

 Catered by: Balmoral Bar & Grill

First Responder's Awards Luncheon - Tuesday, June 28th

    Join us for a special Northeast Polk First Responders Awards Luncheon presented by AdventHealth and Mahalak Auto Group.  This special luncheon will honor our local First Responders.  More details coming soon!

Date:  Tuesday, June 28th
Time:  11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location:  Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City
Cost:  $25 per person
RSVP: REQUIRED to the Chamber by Wednesday, June 22nd

Register and pay online coming soon. 

Sponsored by:  AdventHealth and Mahalak Auto Group

Chamber & Member Announcements

Chamber & Member News: Chamber Member's Employment Opportunities:  Additional information and detailed job descriptions are located on the    Employment Opportunities page       of our website.  The City of Haines City is currently hiring for positions on the linked list:     City Job Opportunities  For City of Davenport job openings please click on the following link: https://cityofdavenport.applicantpool.com/jobs/  Chamber Members are hiring!  Visit our Employment Opportunities page for detailed job descriptions.


    Welcome to Oakland Legacy Garden!  Committed to strengthening community connections and creating an equitable food system by revitalizing agricultural legacies, enhancing access to garden space, healthy food and hands-on educational experiences that are centered around environmental awareness and sustainable food production.  If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved and grow with them, please reach out via email at NERGOLG@GMAIL.COM and follow us on Facebook @OaklandLegacyGarden.




    Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida, P.A. - For the month of May, when any teachers make a complete pair (lenses and frame) optical purchase at any of Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida's 8 locations with their vision insurance or paying out of pocket, they will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into their “Teacher Ready for Summer Giveaway”. It includes a canopy tent, 2 folding chairs, beach wagon, RTIC cooler and 2 tumbler cups, JBL Flip Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, Portable fan. All they have to do is show some form of school identification at time of purchase and they will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced on June 3rd.  Click HERE for the flyer & more info.  


    The Glades at ChampionsGate - Going for Gold!  Meet Olympian John D. At 19, he bought his first small plane, which leaked when it rained. John still likes to fly gliders and try new things: “We found out bocce ball was in the Senior Olympics,” he says, “so we entered.”  The Watermark team includes a retired nurse, scientist, artist, and other fun-first athletes. Watch the video and learn more HERE.  



  Register now for one or more of the EPIC Center's "EPIC Summer Camps" or classes!  You can register in the studio, 1 Park Place, Haines City, or online using this link https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/index.php?account_id=9018



    Peace River Center Hosts Mental Health Matters Panels to Increase Awareness  – Peace River Center is partnering with Polk Vision’s Behavioral Health Committee, to host Mental Health Matters - a series of panel discussions.  The final session is Mental Health and the Workplace on May 24. All sessions begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. at The Well, 114 E Parker St, Lakeland, FL 33801 or via Zoom. Breakfast is provided for in-person attendees. Individuals can learn more and register by visiting www.PeaceRiverCenter.org/mhm2022.


     Senator Marco Rubio's staff will host Mobile Office Hours, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT, at Association of Poinciana Villages,  395 Marigold Ave. ,  Poinciana, FL 34759 .  If you cannot meet with the staff during this time but are in need of assistance, please call Senator Rubio's office at 866-630-7106 and they will be glad to assist you.  Register HERE.  



    Habitat for Humanity East Polk - Changing Lives One Home at a Time - in Partnership with Coca Cola Beverages of Florida - Welcomes New Homeowner!  Lake Wales, Florida On Thursday, May 26, at 6:00 PM, Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County will dedicate house #175 for brand new homeowner Mercede Simmons.  Click HERE to download the Press Release.  


    Balmoral Water Park Foam Party with Mermaid Emily - Sunday, May 29th, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., 124 Kenny Blvd., Haines City.  Adult tickets $30; Children tickets $25- Tickets on sale at centralfloridatix.com.  Click HERE for the flyer.  



    The Low Payment Kings, powered by the Mahalak Auto Group, are offering an Opportunity to Win a Guitar signed by Keith Urban, Four tickets to a Keith Urban Concert and $777 in Cash!  Enter before May 31st by visiting LowPaymentKings.com and completing the form.  Click HERE to download the Press Release for more info.  



   Apply for CareerSource Polk's Best Places to work award!  Applications are being accepted Through May 31st.  Click HERE for the flyer and more info.  




    Build Your Bones - Online classes to learn about Osteoporosis and improving your bone health.  Tuesday's through May 31st.  12 p.m. - 1 p.m.  Register at: https://go.ufl.edu/224buildyourbones.  



    Mr. & Mrs. Juneteenth Pageant - Applications available at Oakland Neighborhood Center, 915 Ave. E, Haines City.  Deadline June 3rd.  Conact Cynthia Downing for more information, 863-651-6776.  Winner will be announced at the Juneteenth Gala at the Lake Eva Event Center, June 17th.  Click HERE for the flyer.  


    Celebrate 100 Years of Water Skiing - Friday, June 3rd - 6 - 9 p.m., Munn Park in Dowtown Lakeland, 117 N Kentucky Ave., Lakeland.  FREE - performances by Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel, LEGOLAND Florida Ticket Giveaway, vendors, artists & more!  Click HERE for the flyer and more info.  



    Balmoral Bar & Grill Events - Monday Nights - Jukebox Bingo with Kenny Zail - Tuesday Nights - Trivia with Mike Lee - Wednesday Nights - Karaoke with Rockin' Robin; Thursday Ladies Night; Balmoral Bar & Grill, 124 Kenny Blvd., Haines City - Click HERE for more info.  

 

    Balmoral Bar & Grill Karaoke Night every Wednesday with Rockin' Robin - 6 -9 p.m., 124 Kenny Blvd., Haines City.  Click HERE for the flyer.  



 

   Latin Nights with DJ Miguel - Every Friday at Balmoral Bar & Grill, 124 Kenny Blvd., Haines City - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Turn up the heat with Latin Nights at Balmoral. Dj Miguel will be spinning the best Latin tunes from 6-9 pm and extended Happy Hour until 10pm!  Pool Passes starting at $15.  Click HERE for more info.  



    Cypresswood Golf & Country Club - Live Music every Friday & Saturday 6 - 9 p.m.  Daily Specials, Event Booking, Catering & More.  Click HERE for the flyer & more info.  




    Check out all the events and specials at the Cigar Quarters!  344 E Main Street, Haines City (Click on the links for flyers and more info) - Hours and more info;  Quarter Discount Days, Buy 1 cigar $8 or more, receive 2 for 1 drinks 2 - 7 p.m.;  Professional Networking Venue, Wide Selection of Cigars, Meeting Spaces with Outdoor Seating!  Call 863-438-4761 for more info;   Quarters Barbershop , Hot Towel Razor Shave, Haircuts, Kids, Designs, Packages & More!  




     Check out the Grand Opening celebration at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union's new Davenport branch, located at 300 Ambersweet Way, held on Friday, May 13th.  Attendees enjoyed free food, giveaways, games & more!  Learn more about MIDFLORIDA's banking services, branch and atm locations at https://www.midflorida.com/.



    Check out the latest Community Update from Orlando Health - Including information on the new Orlando Health Emergency Room and Medical Pavilion - Reunion Village and more.  Click HERE.  


    Ridge Community High School Cheerleading needs your support - Donations will go towards equipment, uniforms, travel expenses, & more. Donations are vital for the success of this program. Any amount will help!  Click HERE to donate.  



    AdventHealth reminds everyone that May is Women's Health Month.  Click HERE for 5 tips to take control of your health; Click HERE for information on Women's Health Screenings at every age and more!


    In order to help ease the burden that the COVID-19 pandemic has created in our community members, the Compassionate Hearts United Foundation, Inc. (CHUF) has created the “Helping Squad” initiative. As part of this compassionate initiative, every month, one of CHUF’s representatives will visit a local grocery store in Polk County and select a family to help pay (up to $100.00) for the items in their shopping cart. Families are selected randomly and the items in their cart should only include food items.  Click HERE for more info.  



    Check out the May CATS newsletter HERE.  For more info, check out the What's Happening Handout HERE.  



    Check out the latest SBDC news and webinars through May 31st.  Click HERE for more info.  



    Compassionate Hearts United Foundation, Inc. "Give a Heart" Initiative - As part of their commitment to the community, and as a way to bring awareness to the mental health crisis, during the month of May, CHUF will be distributing "Give a Heart about Mental Health" candy bags around the community.  Click HERE for more info.


    The City of Davenport has franchise use of their commercial landuse. Most of their land along the 17-92 State Hwy. and County Hwy. 547 are designated for Community business service Commercial 1 and Downtown Business Use. Please contact Raymond Perez, City Planner at 863-419-3300 ext. 127 or 120 for more information, rperez@mydavenport.org.  Click HERE for a list of available properties.  
 

      Early Learning Coalition of Polk County's CEO Dr. Marc Hutek in Need of Kidney to Live  - Throughout his life Marc Hutek has always served his country and community. The former United States Army veteran has a resume that spans over 30 years in public education serving as a high school principal, adult education director, a deputy superintendent, and now as CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County, a non-profit organization that serves over 12,000 children ages birth to 5 years of age. In all of his posts, he remained committed to making sure thousands of students and children have a better life.  Earlier this year his world turned upside down when he was told that he was in complete renal failure and he would need daily dialysis to continue to live. In spite of the grim news he continues to come to work as usual, remaining optimistic even after surviving COVID-19. His commitment to bringing goodness to the world is a constant driving force.  Read more how you  can help HERE .  


        In partnership with the George Jenkins End Hunger Initiative and United Way of Central Florida, Central Florida Health Care is providing FREE food distributions for families in Polk County.  No qualifications are necessary, and each family will receive a week's worth of free food.  Visit the Resources page on the CFHC website to access the dates and times.  CFHC is also looking for volunteers to help at the sites.  Call 863-216-2816 for more information.   *Available on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.  


        Hands of Hope America - 4 Corners Resource Center & Food Pantry -  Assistance for those with food insecurity & resources for those in need withing the Four Corners of Lake, Polk, Osceola & Orange County.  9230 Hwy. 192, Clermont, FL  34714 - 352-432-3353 - Monday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Click  HERE for the flyer.  



     Balmoral Event Center   offers premier amenities and state of the art features create the ideal setting for your next meeting or celebration. Whether you’re looking to host a business luncheon, an elegant wedding, holiday party, or any other gathering, our customizable space provides exactly what you’re looking for.    Book Now



    

     Haines City Office Plaza -   212 S Dixie Drive   - 2,700 SF of Office Space available in Haines City, FL - Affordable office or retail space    - PROPERTY OVERVIEW - Conveniently located right off Highway 27, Haines City Office Plaza offers flexible office space from 900-2,700 sq ft. Building features ample parking and elevator. Easy access to Interstate 4 and other major highways as well as Downtown. CAM not included.  Office space available on the 2nd floor of the Haines City Office Plaza.      More Info.     Contact 863-353-0011 for additional information.  


            The City of Haines City    -  ​Visit the City's     Facebook      page for the latest updates and City Department Phone Numbers.​  Additional Questions? Call 863 421-3600.




        City of Davenport  - Visit the City's     Facebook     page or     Website  for latest updates.  

Advertise with the Chamber!

Advertise on our website www.northeastpolkchamber.com. Our site received over 1 million hits in 2020 and we are on track for even more in 2021! 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 info@northeastpolkchamber.com.  

 

Sponsor a student in the Chamber’s 2023 Youth Leadership Program


The Chamber's 2022-2023 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 2023.   Call the Chamber at  863-422-3751  to sponsor a student or for more information.  

Thank You to our 2021-2022 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.
Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce - The Link - May 2022