The Link - October 2020

October Chamber Member Spotlight!

October Member Spotlight:  Compassionate Hearts United Foundation, Inc. - Haines City, FL - On May 11, 2019, Marielys Camacho-Reyes’s oldest daughter graduated from college. During the commencement speeches that day, Marielys was not only watching her daughter becoming an adult, but she was also listening to one of the most motivational speeches she had ever heard in her life. The guest speaker was an alumni who went on to create her own community magazine. The alumni had no idea what she was doing, but all she knew was that she wanted to run her own magazine and that nothing was going to stop her. Like the speaker, Marielys had always dreamed of starting a newspaper, one published by her own nonprofit organization.​  Read More HERE.  



October Member Spotlight: State Representative Sam Killebrew- District 41, FL - After serving in the U.S. Navy, lifelong Florida and Polk County resident, Representative Sam H. Killebrew owned and operated multiple construction and manufacturing companies including: Killebrew Manufacturing Company, Imperial Trailer Service, Killebrew Inc., and Rotational Molding Company. He is also a former partner of the Florida Strategic Group, LLC. Sam is actively involved in the progress and expansion of New Beginnings High School, which aims to help students who have dropped out  of school to earn a high school diploma.  Representative Killebrew is also an avid supporter of Hope Equine Rescue in Winter Haven, Florida.  Read more HERE.  

The Chamber is looking for one more Member Spotlight for November!  First come-first served!  Contact the Chamber now to reserve your spot.  Click HERE for more details.  

Welcome New Members!


Welcome New Members!
September & October

 

JCK Graphics Design
Website
Join Date: 09/01/2020

Orlando Health
Website
Join Date: 09/03/2020

Women Wilderness & Faith
Womenwildernessfaith@gmail.com
Join Date: 09/11/2020

Social Media Network
Website
Join Date: 09/17/2020

Noticias Generación News
Website
Join Date: 09/17/2020

Corneille Medical Training & Consulting LLC
Website
Join Date: 09/18/2020

Pinky Promises 4 Kids
Website
Join Date: 09/18/2020

Get America Clean
sales@getamericaclean.com
Join Date: 10/07/2020

TITAN AIR CONDITIONING
Website
Join Date: 10/14/2020

New York Life Insurance Company
Monica Gonzalez Roco & Joseph Olmo
Website
Join Date: 10/15/2020

Holiday Builders
Website
Join Date: 10/21/2020

RE/MAX Legacy
Erica Rocha & Tim Kramer
Website
Join Date: 10/23/2020

Thank You Renewing Members!


Thank you Renewing Members - September & October

We appreciate your
continued support!


Accounting & Tax Edge LLC
Website
Renewed On: 10/23/2020

American Institute of Dermatology, P.A.
Website
Renewed On: 09/15/2020


Arthur Weiss
awclean1@gmail.com
Renewed On: 10/12/2020


Barbara Heddon - Century 21 Myers Realty
Website
Renewed On: 09/09/2020

Beef 'O' Brady's Davenport, FL
Website
Renewed On: 10/19/2020

Bobco Construction, LLC
Website
Renewed On: 10/21/2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County
Website
Renewed On: 10/22/2020

Bridges for Heroes, Inc.
Website
Renewed On: 10/26/2020

Burris Logistics
Website
Renewed On: 09/29/2020


Comfort Keepers
Website
Renewed On: 10/22/2020


Early Learning Coalition of Polk County
Website
Renewed On: 10/22/2020


East Area Adult School
Website
Renewed On: 09/02/2020

E.N.E. Tax & Insurance
Website
Renewed On: 09/16/2020

Family Care Aesthetics
Website
Renewed On: 09/19/2020


First Presbyterian Church of Haines City
Website
Renewed On: 09/18/2020


General Federation of Women's Clubs Four Corners Jr. Woman's Club
Website
Renewed On: 10/09/2020

Haines City High School/IB Candidate School
Website
Renewed On: 10/14/2020

Jack Myers - Century 21 Myers Realty
Website
Renewed On: 10/09/2020


Kids Academy Learning Center
Website
Renewed On: 10/22/2020

Lake Henry Estates
Website
Renewed On:  10/22/2020


Leighton's Honey, Inc.
Website
Renewed On: 09/21/2020


Linda Spence - Ridge Realty Group LLC
Website
Renewed On: 09/16/2020


MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
Website
Renewed On: 09/24/2020


New Beginnings High School
Website
Renewed On: 09/24/2020

New Direction Academy
Website
Renewed On: 10/07/2020


Poinciana Medical Center
Website
Renewed On: 10/05/2020


Polar Air Services, Inc.
Website
Renewed On: 10/19/2020


Ridge Island Groves
Website
Renewed On: 10/22/2020

Southern Sod Inc
Website
Renewed On: 09/21/2020

Ted A. Lasseigne, Attorney At Law
Website
Renewed On: 09/16/2020

Tom's Upholstery
863-422-8703

Renewed On: 10/20/2020

The Country Club of Winter Haven
Website
Renewed On: 09/14/2020


The Law Offices of Markeishia L. Smith, PA
Website
Renewed On: 09/14/2020


Webb's Candies
Website
Renewed On: 10/05/2020

White's ACE Hardware
Website
Renewed On: 10/20/2020


Willowbrook Golf Course
Website
Renewed On: 10/21/2020

2020 PREMIER YOUTH LEADERSHIP & SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS



THANK YOU to our Premier Youth Leadership & Scholarship Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor ($3,000):  Proflex  
Diamond Sponsors ($2,500):   Citizens Bank & Trust;  
City of Haines City 
Ruby Sponsor ($1,500):  Polk State College
Emerald Sponsors ($700): 
City of Davenport
Jarrett Gordon Ford Davenport 
Sapphire Sponsors ($600):  CenterState BankPennoni
Amethyst Sponsor ($500):  Mahalak Auto Group
Garnet Sponsor ($300):  Keyes Contracting & Consulting


Our generous sponsors enable the Chamber to continue our Youth Leadership program and provide scholarships to ​deserving students.  Contact the Chamber to sponsor and add a little sparkle in the lives of our youth!  

Sponsor a student in the Chamber’s 2020-2021 Youth Leadership Program

The Chamber's 2020 Youth Leadership class was set to graduate in May but their graduation will be rescheduled for sometime later this year or early next year.  Keep an eye on your emails!

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 2021.   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.

Thank You to our Chairman's Circle Sponsors!

Platinum ($10,000 and above)







Gold ($7,500)









Silver ($5,000)










Bronze ($2,500)







Thank you to our Billboard Sponsor:  

  

Events Calendar

Chamber Member Events:

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

 

Sonny's 5th Annual National Pulled Pork Day
10/26/2020

City of Haines City's Roundtable 2020
10/27/2020

Paint Night at The Epic Center
10/27/2020

Connecting with Citrus Connection
10/28/2020

Upcoming County Referendum Webinar
10/29/2020

New Horizon Church Free Community Trunk or Treat Experience
10/30/2020

City of Davenport presents Spooky Halloween and Trunk or Treat 
10/31/2020

Saint Leo University Presenting Free Webinar on Nov. 5 to Aid Small Businesses
11/05/2020

Operation Green Light
11/07/2020

2nd Annual Patriot Golf Day Scramble
11/07/2020

Polk County Junior Achievement Invitational
11/07/2020

Ground Breaking for the Tom Fellows Community Center
11/10/2020

Chairman's Circle Chat with the City of Haines City
11/10/2020

Foodie Fun at Home: Holiday Style!
11/10/2020

Haines City's Veterans Day Celebration
11/11/2020

Good Shepherd Hospice Caregiver Support Group Zoom Meetings
11/12/2020

Craft Beer & Wine Tasting
11/12/2020

Classroom to the Sky: STEMinar 2020
11/14/2020

Business After Hours - Piece of Mind Foundation
11/17/2020

Chamber Luncheon - State of the City Address
11/19/2020

Providence Fun Run & Walk
11/21/2020

Haines City Parks & Recreation Holiday Camp
11/23/2020- 11/25/2020

Good Shepherd Hospice Caregiver Support Group Zoom Meetings
11/26/2020

THANK YOU 38th Annual Pig Roast & Political Rally Sponsors


THE CHAMBER'S 38TH ANNUAL PIG ROAST & POLITICAL RALLY WAS HELD ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH AT THE BEAUTIFUL BALMORAL RESORT FLORIDA!

 
A HUGE THANK YOU to Balmoral Resort Florida and their incredible staff that went above & beyond to make this year's event a success!  We also want to thank all of our awesome sponsors for your continued support, our wonderful volunteers, and to everyone who attended the event!  We couldn't do it without you!    

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Presidential 
:   Balmoral Resort Florida CEMEX ,  City of Davenport ,  City of Haines City,   Proflex

CongressionalCenterState Bank,   Citizens Bank & Trust ,  Jarrett Gordon Ford Davenport

Gubernatorial:   Polk State College

Exclusive Printing Sponsor:   Cromer Press

State Legislature: Duke Energy,  Mahalak Auto Group

Legislative Aide:   Pennoni

Chest of Cheer:  State Representative Sam Killebrew

Door Prize Sponsors:  Nell Johnson  Spectrum ;  Teresa Connell, State Farm Insurance

Hand Sanitizer Sponsor:  Florida Caribbean Distillers  

Advertise with the Chamber!

Advertise on our website www.northeastpolkchamber.com. Our site received over 1 million hits in 2019 and we are on track for even more in 2020! 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.  

 

Ground Breaking - Tom Fellows Community Center - November 10th!

Ground Breaking - Tom Fellows Community Center



Join the City of Davenport and the Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce for the Ground Breaking of the Tom Fellows Community Center!  November 10th, 4 p.m., 207 North Blvd., Davenport, FL.  

RSVP to the Chamber by Monday, November 9th - 863-422-3751 or info@northeastpolkchamber.com

Chairman's Circle Chat - November 10th - City of Haines City

     Chairman's Circle Chat with the City of Haines City - Tuesday, November 10th, 10 a.m. EDT
 
Located in the heart of Central Florida is the City of Haines City, nicknamed the "City of Angels." Haines City is moving forward in an exciting direction with growth in both the business and living sectors. Join us as we hear the latest updates from the City.

Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DDKFRpSrTOSmgzqWTcqbhg  

or watch on Facebook Live:  https://www.facebook.com/northeastpolkchamber

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance to olivia.feliciano@northeastpolkchamber.com.

See the FLYER.

Business After Hours - Tuesday, November 17th

Piece of Mind Foundation to host Business After Hours at Providence Golf Club, 1518 Clubhouse Blvd., Davenport

Tuesday, November 17th

5-7 p.m.


Amazing food - menu includes Jamaican & Italian dishes!  Click HERE for the invitation and more details!


Door prizes, networking & learn about the Piece of Mind Foundation and wonderful work they are doing in the community!

FREE for Chamber Members

RSVP to the Chamber by Friday, November 13th. - 863-422-3751 or info@northeastpolkchamber.com

Chamber Luncheon - November 19th - State of the City Address

CHAMBER LUNCHEON NOVEMBER 19TH - 
STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS


Join us for the Annual State of the City Address by City of Haines City, City Manager Deric Feacher.

Date:  Thursday, November 19th
Time  :  11:45 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, November 13th or until capacity is reached.    

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


*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.

Limited capacity .  Masks are highly encouraged and will be available to anyone who needs one at the event.  Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event venue.  

Call the Chamber at 863-422-3751 or email info@northeastpolkchamber.com to RSVP. 

Thank you to our Sponsors: City of Haines City Mahalak Auto Group

Catered by:  Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Webinars & More!

    City of Haines City, City Manager Feacher is hosting a virtual roundtable discussion with updates from City Department Directors followed by a Q&A Session - Tuesday, October 27th. Participants can join via Zoom link, which will be provide by request only.  Please send your questions and link request to Communications & Marketing Manager Stephanie Lewis at slewis@hainescity.com or via City of Haines City Facebook messenger.  More Info.    Flyer.  


 


    Connecting with Citrus Connection - Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 10 a.m. EDT

Join us for an update about Citrus Connection from Erin Killebrew Kinlaw, Director of External Affairs, and Neal Ward, Field Quality Assurance Manager. 

Register in advance for Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__wGXzKxxQk-Pz5I5KG3hrA
or 
Watch on Facebook Live:  https://www.facebook.com/northeastpolkchamber

 
   Upcoming County Referendum Webinar - Thursday, October 29, 2020, 10 a.m. EDT.

Join us as Javier Marin, MBA-IB, CEcD, CGBP, Senior Director of Business Resiliency & Global Trade, of Central Florida Development Council shares why voters should vote yes to the Extension of Limited Property Tax Exemptions for Businesses Creating Jobs. Cyndi Jantomaso, President of the Haines City Economic Development Council, Inc, will also share an economic development update about the City of Haines City.  

Register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QUzlOOEvQO-0QPyxrJ7TDg 
or 
Watch on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/northeastpolkchamber

See the FLYER.

 

    AdventHealth Morning Briefing  - Tuesday, October 27th at 8:30 am – COVID-19 and other livestream updates Tuesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Watch online at AdventHealth Morning Briefing.
 
    Saint Leo University Presenting Free Webinar on Nov. 5 to Aid Small Businesses ‘Business Re-imagined: Set Your Course for Survival with the 13-Week Cash Flow Model’  Will Help Budget Tight Resources, Find Additional Funding - To register, go to Business Re-Imagined: Set Your Course for Survival  More Info.  ​
 

    Join the UF IFAS Extension, Polk County for Foodie Fun at Home:  Holiday Style! - short webinars to give you insights on fun, healthy eats!  Register at:  https://foodiefun.eventbrite.com.  Register once to attend any or all sessions.  Get a Healthy Holiday Swaps Infographic if you make a donation.  Webinars held from 1 - 1:30 p.m., November 10th:  Ideas for your holiday menu; December 2nd: Kids' Snacks & gifts to make; December 8th:  Appetizers and Mocktails.  Email andreanikolai@ufl.edu or call 863-519-1072 for questions.  Click HERE for the flyer.  ​
 

 

Chamber Member News & Events!

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.  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.com

    Balmoral Resort Florida is looking for a Payroll/Office Administrator.
  Click HERE for the job description/qualifications.  Interested applicants please email shemil@feltrimresorts.com or garrett@feltrim.com.  
  


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. 


    Paint Night at The Epic Center - Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., 1 Park Place, Haines City, FL 33844 - Join The Epic Center for 2 hours of relaxing and painting a fall scene! If you’re registered for their Adult program, it’s only $10 for supplies. If you’re not registered, it’s $10 for supplies and $15 for the class.  For more information, contact The Epic Center - theepiccenterinfo@gmail.com | 407-460-5012.  See what you'll be PAINTING.



    New Horizon Church Free Community Trunk or Treat Experience - Friday, October 30th, 5:30 - 8 p.m.,  located in the Church parking lot at 400 Orchid Drive (next to Ridge Community High School) in Haines City,Fl.  Any questions please call the church office at 863-422-1290.


    City of Davenport presents Spooky Halloween and Trunk or Treat - Saturday, October 31st - 6 - 9 p.m., Lewis Mathews Sports Complex, 400 East Palm Street, Davenport.  Costume Contest, games & more!  For more info visit www.mydavenport.org or call 863-419-3300 ext. 138.  Click HERE for the flyer.  




    HALLOWEEN PARTY AT BALMORAL - Join Balmoral for their weekend Halloween Party from Thursday, October 29 - Saturday, October 31! There will be live music, pool games, and $100 Cash Prize Costume Contests!  More Info.  


    The USF Muma College of Business School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is offering a free certificate program to help hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the post-pandemic environment.  The program, consisting of seven classes and called the Post-Crisis Hospitality Management Certificate program, will be held online and comes with a certificate upon completion. The classes are set to run Nov. 2 through Dec. 18. Visit the M3 Center to register and learn more. Click here for the related article. 

    The Balmoral Event Center is happy to announce their official opening and they want to welcome you to join them for a Party Planning + Wedding Expo. This event will feature party and wedding vendors that will help you create the most perfect event. Their preferred photographer, florists, DJ, and many more vendors will be available to discuss their offerings and will work with you to turn your dreams into reality!  Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020;  Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm;  Ticket price: FREE!  RSVP HERE.  


    2nd Annual Patriot Golf Day Scramble - November 7th, Cypresswood Golf & Country Club, 1099 Clubhouse Rd., Winter Haven, FL  33884 - $75 Entry Fee; $65 Cypresswood Card Holder; Each player receives a Folds of Honor Gift Pack, light breakfast, boxed lunch.  Awards given to winning teams.  For payment contact Bob Schade, cypresswoodcc@gmail.com or call 863-324-6174.  Register Today!  Sponsorship Info. 


    Haines City's Veterans Day Celebration - Wednesday, November 11th, 1 p.m., Military Court of Honor, 520 E Main Street, Haines City.  Come Celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of our US Veterans.  Please bring a photo of you loved one in uniform to the ceremony to be displayed on our wll of honor for the month of November.  Nominate your Veteran of the Year.  Application available at City Hall.  More Info.  


    Haines City CRA presents Craft Beer & Wine Tasting - Thursday, November 12th, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Art Alley at Food Truck Marketplace, on 6th Street, Haines City.  Event is Free.  Tasting Bands are $20 per person.  Live Music, Food Trucks, Beer & Wine Tasting.  Volunteers Needed!  Call 863-421-5572 for more info.  Click HERE for the flyer.  ​




    Ribbon Cutting - Janet J. Smith Aquatic Facility - Saturday, November 14th, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Please join the Parks & Recreation Department in the "First Splash" at their new Aquatic Facility.  1900 N 10th Street, Haines City.  Light Refreshments will be available from 11 a.m. - 12 noon.  Swimming will be available from 11 a.m. - 12 noon.  Contact Haines City Parks & Recreation for more info.  863-421-3700.  Click HERE for the flyer.  


    Providence Fun Run & Walk - Saturday, November 21st, 9 a.m., Providence Community Clubhouse, 1512 Clubhouse Blvd., Davenport.  $30 Donation/Person.  100% of Donations benefit the Piece of Mind Foundation: Piecing together the education puzzle!  One Student, Teacher & Classroom at a time.  Register for Onsite or Virtual Run @ pomf5k.eventbrite.com or pieceofmindfoundation.org.  Contact pieceofmindfoundationinc@gmail.com or visit pieceofmindfoundation.org for more info.  Click HERE for the flyer.  

 

    Dennis Adams of Winter Haven Retires from Mahalak Auto Group - Dennis Adams, a resident of Winter Haven has retired as a Transportation Supervisor for the four Central Florida dealerships of the Mahalak Auto Group.  Read more HERE.  


    Eye Specialist of Mid-Florida, P.A. Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their newest location in Lakeland - Lakeland, FL (October 15, 2020), Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration at their newest location at 3350 Harden Boulevard in Lakeland, Florida today. This new location is their 8th location with others in Auburndale, Clermont, Haines City, Lakeland-Highlands, Lake Wales, Sebring, and Winter Haven.  More Info.  


    Check out this awesome announcement from East Area Adult School:  "Congratulations to Polk County Adult Schools and many thanks to GTE Financial and GTE Foundation!!  Thanks to GTE Financial and GTE Foundation, many more students will be able to attend classes. This $10,000 grant will provide funding for the $30 tuition fee for students needing financial assistance!  We are so grateful for their partnership and generosity. This check was presented to the Polk County Adult Schools (PCAS) virtually by Ms. Tania Pratt at the GTE offices in Lakeland."  Press Release

    The Board of Trustees at Saint Leo University
decided Friday (October 23) to no longer recognize the United Faculty of Florida Union at Saint Leo University and approved the creation of a new shared governance model.  More Info.  



     Celebrate National Pulled Pork Day with Sonny's.  Feed yourself and hungry kids too.  Celebrate National Pulled Pork Day with a Sonny's Cuban (back for a limited time), Whole Hog, Sweet Carolina or Pulled Pork Sandwich and you can help to provide up to 10 meals to kids in need through No Kids Hungry.   Starting October 12, and every Monday after in October, Sonny's will help No Kids Hungry provide up to 10 meals for kids for every Pulled Pork, Sweet Carolina, Whole Hog or Cuban sandwich sold. ​

    Enrollment for the Spring 2021 Semester at Polk State College will begin on Monday, October 26, with priority registration for students who have completed at least 50 percent of their program requirements. Open enrollment will begin on Monday, November 2. Classes start January 6. Students can check the status of their program requirements and whether they qualify for priority registration on PassportMore Info.  



    Superintendent Search - Polk County Public Schools and the Florida School Boards Association are conducting a survey to better understand the qualities and qualifications that are needed in the next superintendent of schools.  A community survey is currently open through November 12th and can be accessed at this link:  Superintendent Search Community Survey  For additional information visit:  polkschoolsfl.com/supersearch


    Operation Green Light – Saturday, November 7th - During the special initiative, customers with suspended driver licenses have an opportunity to pay overdue court fees, including traffic tickets, while saving up to 40 percent in additional fees. Once the fine is paid in full, customers can proceed with having their driver’s license reinstated.  Click HERE for more info. 
 

      Read the latest Community Coronavirus briefing from AdventHealth - Click HERE for the latest updates.  


    Stop by Balmoral Bar & Grill and experience their outdoor dining with a relaxing pool view or skip the wait and order online.  Munchkin Monday - Every Monday Night family fun from 6-9 PM!  Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Twilight pool passes available for $15.  Bingo & Mule Monday: $5 mules; Bingo 1 - 3 p.m.; Taco Tuesday + Trivia every Tuesday;  Trivia 5-8 PM - $2 Tacos | $3 Margaritas;  Wing Wednesday; Thirsty Thursday & The Line Up Every Thursday, 6-9 p.m. with $2 draft beers during event -  Live music hosted by Mickenzie Peisher featuring two local artists!  Click HERE for their September Entertainment Schedule.  Balmoral Resort Florida also reminds everyone that Private Vacation homes are one of the safest travel options and they are designating a number of homes for longer term rentals. Their objective is to provide accommodation to professionals and workers being sent to the area for projects, moving for a job or to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. Click HERE  for more info or https://www.facebook.com/Feltrimhomeservices/. Click HERE for updates.


    Balmoral Resort Florida - WATER PARK DAY PASSES - Want to come and play, but can’t stay overnight? Balmoral has you covered! You can now purchase passes for the Water Park at Balmoral Bar & Grill. You can even add a cabana rental to your day to truly make your visit feel like a vacation. Between the water park, games arcade, and bar & grill, there is something fun for everyone. Pack a bag with sunscreen and towels, and enjoy a fun-filled day!  Click HERE


     Check out the awesome ways that the Piece of Mind Foundation is helping "One Student, Teacher & Classroom at Time," by donating supplies provided by the Foundation and the generous donations of their sponsors!  Click HERE for more info and to find out how you can help! 


   11th Annual Stepping Out for Education - Polk Education Foundation -  This year, Stepping Out For Education is going VIRTUAL! Same amazing dance competition, MORE FUN!  They're asking everyone in the community to participate in the fun, from solo dancers, TikTok lovers, couples, kids from kindergarten through high school, expert "Cupid Shufflers" and everyone in between.   Shoot a fun dance video, upload it, and when voting begins, share your video with friends, family, and others in the community to earn votes. The fun part? Each vote "costs" $1. Your friends and family will donate any dollar amount to cast their vote(s) to help you win, and all dollars raised go to the Polk Education Foundation!  More Info!  


   Ambassadors Christian Academy is a 501c3 in need of laptops and tablets.  If you are able to help please contact Pastor Eryk Anglin at 863-852-4031.



  Boo Yard Cards for Halloween by All Aired Up - Send your neighbors and friends a Boo Yard Card for a sweet treat for Halloween and then have them pass along the sweet wishes to their neighbors and friends!  Contact Colleen Smith at All Aired Up for pricing and more information at 863-712-2714.  Click HERE for pics.  Ideal for neighborhood groups, sports team friends, church groups and more!


    Central Florida Health Care will be providing drive-up and walk through COVID-19 screening and testing, at no charge, throughout the month of October. For those who qualify*, screening and testing will be from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., while supplies last. Please see calendar for dates and locations for the fourth week of October. Click HERE for a calendar including all dates for the month of October or, you can visit the Resources page on the CFHC website to access the calendar. *based on CDC criteria

 

    United Way of Central Florida Grant Program for Nonprofits During the COVID-19 pandemic, Polk County nonprofit organizations are struggling to serve the community. United Way of Central Florida, through direction from the Board of County Commissioners, is providing economic support to local nonprofits with a 501c3 designation that have experienced business interruption due to COVID-19.   More Info and Apply HERE.  
 

    The EPIC Center After School Program - Open for 2020 Registration.  Grades k - 8.  Transportation, Homework Assistance, Library Time, Dance & Circus Classes, Excellent Teachers, Art Classes!  Enroll Today!  Call 863-866-9965, email theepiccenterinfo@gmail.com, www.theepiccenterarts.com.  1 Park Place, Haines City, FL  33844.  Click HERE for the flyer.  


    New Direction Academy, 711 East Main Street, Haines City, FL 33844, (863) 438-7493 -  An accredited private school for grades K–12, students benefit from: Individualized Learning Plans; Outlining Academic Goals; Dedicated Teachers Trained to Teach; Rolling Start Dates Every Semester; Accredited by FDOE and AdvancED; Full Scholarship Opportunities.  New Direction Academy offers a personalized program for students to experience engaging curriculum, a dedicated support team, and a dynamic school community. K-12 Private Academy, students from anywhere in the world leverage K-12's quality curriculum and instruction to receive a great education. They will offer the best of in-person, online mobile classrooms, and will continue to put Students First in every decision they make. They cannot wait to see you!  Visit www.newdirectionacademy.com for more info.  

   

      East Area Adult School - A Polk County Public School serving the adults of Eastern Polk County  - Do you know a student 16 or older who is not enrolled in any other Polk County Public School and is interested in finishing their high school diploma or GED? Or maybe someone who wants to learn English, or improve his or her English skills? East Area Adult School can fill that need.  East Area Adult School offers both morning and evening classes on the main campus in Auburndale, but also at various locations in Eastern Polk County including Haines City, Winter Haven, and Lake Wales. Days and times vary.  East Area Adult School is a Polk County Public School located at 300 E. Bridgers Avenue, Auburndale, Florida. Day classes are offered Monday through Friday and evening classes are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6-9 p.m. More Info.     Class Schedule  Farmworker Program

    Haines City Economic Development Council - If you’re eager to get your new operation up and running, choose Haines City, Florida. This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY, 109.5 acres, divisible industrial land, ready to develop. The Lorenz site is located on Detour Road in Haines City Industrial Park with electric service provided by Duke Energy. The property is 2.0 miles from US Highway 27 (four-lane highway) providing access to Interstate 4, 38 miles from the Orlando International Airport and 67.9 miles from the Tampa International Airport. It also has nearby access at Port Tampa Bay (65 miles) to the west and Port Canaveral (85.7 miles) to the east.  Learn more HERE.  ​    


      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.  



 

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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.feliciano@northeastpolkchamber.com
Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce - The Link - October 2020