The Link - May 2019

Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Members! - April & May

Family Care Aesthetics
Join Date: 04/02/2019

Labor Solutions, Inc.
Join Date: 04/17/2019

All Veterans Center, Inc.
Join Date: 04/15/2019

Florida Signs & Graphics, Inc.
Join Date: 04/17/2019

Keyes Contracting & Consulting, LLC
Join Date: 04/18/2019

Hope Equine Rescue
Join Date: 04/25/2019

Manaswi's Orthopedic and Joint Replacement Institute, PLLC
Join Date: 04/30/2019

Marjorie D's Boutique
Join Date: 05/17/2019

Thank You Renewing Members!

Thank you Renewing Members - April & May

We appreciate your
continued support!

Boring Business Systems

Central Florida Development Council

Col. Thomas Broadaway

Culvers of Haines City

Dundee Elementary Academy

East Polk County Association of Realtors

E.N.E. Tax & Insurance

Groover Exterminating

Habitat for Humanity and ReStore

Haines City Health Care Center

Hope Callihan, Broker Associate - Stacey Towns Realty, LLC

Kids Academy Learning Center

Legacy Union Square

Merrill Gardens at Championsgate

Ozzie's Barber & Beauty Services

Pilot Travel Center

Polk County Supervisor of Elections

Southern Tractor Service & Salvage, Inc.

State Farm Insurance - Garry Walker

Susie Peterson - Century 21 Myers Realty

Tampa Electric Company

Webb's Realty

WellMed at Haines City

Thank You to our Chairman's Circle Sponsors!

Platinum ($10,000 and above)

Gold ($7,500)

Silver ($5,000)

Bronze ($2,500)

Sponsor a student in the Chamber’s 2018-2019 Youth Leadership Program

The Chamber's 2018-2019 Youth Leadership program 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 current 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. 


Access Center of Haines City - Edilberto Davila Marin Ribbon Cutting

Cypresswood Resident's Memorial Weekend Family Pool Party

Haines City Community Theatre's Annual Public Meeting

Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast

Chamber Breakfast - Polk State College Update by Dr. Angela Falconetti

Central Florida Job Fair

I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference 2019

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

Business After Hours - Tuesday, June 11th

Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center
Business After Hours

Join us for our June Business After Hours at
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center

Tuesday, June 11th
5 - 7 p.m.

40100 U.S. Hwy. 27
Davenport, FL

The event will highlight the hospital's Women’s Services on the 5th Floor.

Libations, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways & more!

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


Legislative Wrap-up Breakfast - Thursday, June 13th

Join the Winter Haven, Lake Wales and Northeast Polk Chambers of Commerce as they once again host a collaborative Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast featuring our local state representatives and senators to discuss what happened during this legislative session and their thoughts on the direction of Florida under new state leadership. Tickets are $20 and include breakfast. 

Date:  Thursday, June 13 
Time:  8:00 a.m. doors open and breakfast. No later than 8:30 a.m for the program start.  Adjourn approx. 9:45 a.m. 
Location:  Cypresswood Golf and Country Club, 1099 Clubhouse Rd, Winter Haven, FL 33884
Cost:  Tickets are $20 per person.
RSVP REQUIRED to the Chamber by Friday, June 7th.

Registration and pre-payment required.  No payments will be accepted at the door.

Click HERE to register and pay online. 

Contact the Chamber for additional information or to RSVP and be invoiced - 863-422-3751

Chamber Breakfast - Thursday, June 20th - Polk State College Update

Join us for a Chamber Breakfast featuring an update from
Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti, President of Polk State College.

 Date:  Thursday, June 20th
Time  :  8:30 a.m. - approx. 10 a.m.
Location  : Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Ave.,Haines City, FL  33844
Cost  :  $15 per person Members and honorees; $20 non-members
RSVP REQUIRED: to the Chamber by 
Wednesday, June 12th!

Click HERE to register and pay online or

Call the Chamber at 863-422-3751 or email  to RSVP and 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. 

Thank you to our Sponsors: Polk State College and 
American Institute of Dermatology

Catered by: The Catering Company of Central Florida

IMPORTANT: Polk State JD Alexander Center

  Assist Polk State College with a concern related to the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) approved by the Legislature on May 4.  A portion of Polk State’s long standing base operating budget, Polk State College Access to Academic and Workforce Programs (JDA), made it to the end of the budgetary process as a separate line rather than incorporated into the College’s base operating budget. It is one of 14 Florida College System items which were listed in this way and as such, it is vulnerable to veto by the Governor. These recurring funds were originally allocated to the College in 2011-12 and were successfully defended and subsequently restored during the 2017 Special Legislative Session.
Polk State College Access to Academic and Workforce Programs supports the staffing and operations of the Polk State JD Alexander Center, our Lake Wales Campus. If vetoed, the College would be facing the closure of the Lake Wales Campus. It is very important that the Governor understands that this is a campus.
If  you or your business is willing to send letter to the Governor’s Office via postal mail and e-mail, the letter should be sent to:

The Honorable Ron DeSantis
Governor of Florida
400 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
email can be accessed here:

Click HERE for a return on investment piece created to explain the impact of this rural campus on the citizens of Polk County. 

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 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.    

 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.

City of Davenport FY  2018-2019 Community Grant Criteria - The purpose of the City of Davenport Community Grant is to provide opportunities for community-based programs, groups and projects within the City of Davenport. The City of Davenport (“City”) believes that supporting community activities enhances the community as a whole. The City will provide grants to fund programs and activities that promote enhanced community opportunities for its residents. The maximum community services grant award per organization for fiscal year 2018-2019 is $1,000. Community services grants are only awarded to organizations, not to individuals.  Click HERE for more information on the criteria.  Click HERE for the application.  Applications must be received no later than Monday, June 17th at 4 p.m.

    Bright Smiles of Winter Haven "School's Out for Summer" Ice Cream Social - Thursday, May 30th, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., 1550 1st Street S, Winter Haven.  FREE for kids ages 1 to 18.  Bright Smiles patients welcome to arrive at noon.  General public at 1 p.m.  Ice Cream Truck, Raffles, Fun!  Click HERE for the flyer.  

    Chris Cosby, CEO of Poinciana Medical Center, was recently named one of the Orlando Business Journal's CEOs of the Year. Cosby was one of 19 individuals recognized in 2019. The program honors highest-level executives at companies, organizations or agencies based in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia or Brevard counties who have had significant achievements in their careers in the past year, have a strong record of innovation, outstanding performance in their work and are actively involved in the community. Cosby's wife, Margaret (pictured), accepted the award on his behalf.

    Amanda's Academy of Dance presents Game On 2019!  
June 8th at 5:00pm at Davenport School of the Arts.  Dance and Circus students will be performing.  Tickets can be purchased at the following  link:  Tickets may also be purchased by  calling 863-866-9965 or emailing:

   Summer Reading with the Books Bridge Bus Program Overview:  The Summer Reading with the Books Bridge Bus Program serves to offer summer reading that is fun and that introduces children (and their families) to the joy of reading. The Polk County Library Cooperative (PCLC) and Polk County Schools' Books Bridge Bus have partnered to host engaging story time programs (20-30 min) at select stops throughout the county. Sites were chosen based on lowest performing schools and locations with transportation issues, making public library accessibility challenging.  For questions or more information, contact Pauline Simmonds-Brown, Education and Talent Alignment Coordinator with Polk Vision,, or Stacy Davis, Senior Coordinator of Library Media Services with Polk County Schools,  Click HERE for the program flyer, which includes program dates, times, and locations.  

    The Haines City High School Athletic Department offers athletic passes to ALL HOME games at a discounted price.  Go from one sport season to another for the price of one.  Different types of passes are available so it's easy to pick the one that fits your needs.  Click HERE for the flyer and more information. 

    Check out the inspirational new book, Cleaning Out My Closet - by Chamber Member Marielys Camacho-Reyes of EEC Solutions.  The book is a Memoir-In-Essays and Poems and is available on amazon.  Click HERE for more information.  

    Chamber Member Mentors, Music & Sports is launching a brand new flag football league this fall and it will take place at Balmoral Resort in Haines City. Click HERE for the flyer for registration.  The goal of Mentors, Music & Sports is to garner enough sponsors so that they don't have to charge a registration fee or they will be able to greatly decrease the fee.  Click HERE for sponsorship information.  

    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.  

    Webber International University has announced its intention, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), to introduce the Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration degree.  Click HERE for the press release for more information.  

    Associates in Dermatology and Dr. Steppie are celebrating 30 years of dedicated dermatologic care to central Floridians across 15 convenient locations including Davenport. Most health plans are accepted.  Dr. Michael Steppie and his team of providers at Associates in Dermatology proudly continue to deliver an unrivaled level of care to patients across 15 Central Florida locations including Davenport. This leading dermatology practice delivers a full range of general, surgical and cosmetic procedures. Most health plans are accepted. To learn more, visit

    Balmoral Resort Florida - Teacher Appreciation Month Savings!  - Teachers, educators or administrators, save 35% in the month of May on Balmoral's nightly rate.  *Proof of school board issued-ID required at check-in.  Book or call today!  - 866-584-5527, (Special Rate:  Teachers Save 35%).  Click HERE for the flyer.

    In honor of Teacher Appreciation month, Elements Rejuvenating Med Spa, 141 Webb Drive, Ste. 100, Davenport. is offering specials to Teachers:  $10.50 a unit Botox (Friday's only); $90 customized Facials (90 minutes).  10% off any facial sunscreen.  Call/text to pre-book your summer jump start appointment, 863-588-8648.  Click HERE for the flyer.  


    Mobile Office Hours - The Office of Senator Marco Rubio, Thursday, May 30, 2019, Polk County - 1:00pm — 3:30pm - Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce, 35610 US-27, Haines City, Florida 33844.  Meet your local staff and learn about the services Senator Rubio’s Office can offer his constituents, including in areas such as: Immigration, Military/Va, Social Security, Medicare, IRS/Banking, Legislative Issues.  Click HERE for the flyer.

    Poinciana Medical Center presentation on robotic surgery and gynecology -   Monday, June 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Poinciana Library, 101 N. Doverplum Avenue, Kissimmee, FL.  Dr. Joseph Stewart, board-certified gynecologist at Poinciana Medical Center, will provide a free presentation on how robotic surgery has evolved gynecologic procedures. After the lecture, Dr. Stewart will host a Q&A.  A complimentary meal will be served at the event.  Please RSVP at 1-888-253-8117.  For more information, email This event is open to the public.

    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! June 12th, The Polk County Historical Museum; July 17th, Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture tour; 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.  ​

    Central Florida Job Fair - Tuesday, June 25th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Haines City Library, 111 N 6th Street, Haines City.  Meet with some of the area's top employers looking to fill positions.  Attention Employers!  Visit, to reserve booth space.  For more information call 863-248-7537 or email  ​

    The UF/IFAS Extension presents Classes for a Healthy Lifestyle!  To Register:  Next class:  June 11th -  10:00-11:00 am - Eat to Beat Diabetes - Talbot House Medical Clinic, 814 N. Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801  

    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.  

     Let Nesco work for you - For over 60 years, Nesco Resource has been helping companies grow business through smart staffing.  Find the right people to grow your business today.  For an assessment of your staffing needs visit

      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 - May 2019