The Link - June 2020

Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Members! 
May & June

BECOME Skills Acquisition Corp
Join Date: 05/18/2020

All Saints Academy
Join Date: 05/26/2020​

FP Property Restoration
Join Date:  06/01/2020

Massey Services
Join Date: 06/04/2020

Economic Development Council City of Davenport, Inc.
Join Date: 06/11/2020

United Protective Security Services
Join Date: 06/18/2020

Thank You Renewing Members!

Thank you Renewing Members - May & June

We appreciate your
continued support!

B & B Landscaping

Phone:  863-287-1106
Renewed On: 05/19/2020​

Boring Business Systems
Renewed On: 05/04/2020

Cam's Catering Company, Inc.
Renewed On: 05/07/2020

Central Florida Development Council
Renewed On: 05/19/2020

Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center
Renewed On: 05/04/2020

Cremation Services of MidFlorida, Inc.
Renewed On: 06/17/2020

Cypress Campground & RV Park
Renewed On: 06/08/2020

Cypress RV Sales
Renewed On: 06/08/2020

Dave Schmitt Engineering Inc.
Renewed On: 06/26/2020

El Zocalo Supermarket
Renewed On: 06/04/2020

Florida Dermatology
Renewed On: 06/01/2020

GiveWell Community Foundation
Renewed On:  05/28/2020

Groover Exterminating
Renewed On: 06/10/2020

GWA Food, Inc. DBA - Zaxby's
Renewed On: 05/28/2020

Haines City Economic Development Council
Renewed On: 06/17/2020

Habitat for Humanity and ReStore
Renewed On: 06/11/2020

Heartland Estates
Renewed On: 06/25/2020

Lake Hammock Village
Renewed On: 05/28/2020

Legacy Union Square
Renewed On: 05/18/2020

Martin & Vleminckx USA, LLC
Renewed On: 06/11/2020

Nancy Poe Tax Service
Renewed On: 06/19/2020

New Horizon Church, A United Methodist Congregation
Renewed On: 06/04/2020

Ozzie's Barber & Beauty Services
Renewed On: 06/03/2020

Polk County Sheriff's Office
Renewed On: 06/22/2020

Quality Petroleum
Phone:  863-422-8319
Renewed On: 06/17/2020

Spring of Blessing Church
Renewed On: 06/23/2020

Sofidel America Corp.
Renewed On: 05/06/2020

Tampa Electric Company
Renewed On: 05/07/2020

Teresa Connell - State Farm Insurance
Renewed On: 06/15/2020

The R-Place Eatery
Renewed On: 06/17/2020

Woodspring Suites Davenport
Renewed On: 05/14/2020


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!

The Chamber's 2020-2021 Youth Leadership 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 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,  Click on the Titles of the events listed below for complete details.   Due to multiple closures and cancellations, please check with the host of each event for event status.  


What's Happening in our City? - Community Event

The Epic Center's Summer 2020 Classes
06/30/2020- 07/31/2020

Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Opening - City of Davenport's Fire Station & Building Annex

Balmoral Bar and Grill's 4th of July Weekend Celebration
07/02/2020- 07/05/2020

City of Davenport's 4th of July Fireworks Display

WellMed Wednesday: Medication Adherence

Food & Nutrition Classes via the Web!

Saint Leo University Offering Free, 4-Part Webinar Series: Business Reimagined

Food & Nutrition Classes via the Web!

Saint Leo University Offering Free, 4-Part Webinar Series: Business Reimagined

Hurricane Expo 2020 at Visit Central Florida

Food & Nutrition Classes via the Web!

Food & Nutrition Classes via the Web!

Advertise with the Chamber!

Advertise on our website 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  


Chamber Office Open!

The Chamber office is now open during normal business hours.  Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Call us at 863-422-3751 for more information.  

Chamber Members - 
Please let us know if your business is open and if so, if there are any changes to your operating hours, procedures, etc.  The Chamber now features a new link on the home page of our website with updated business operating information.  Don't be left out - email us today! -

Check out this list of Chamber Member businesses and the latest info on their operating hours, etc. :
Open for Business!


Please email us with your business info
to be included  on the list.  

Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings - Thursday, July 2nd

Mark your calendars & save the date!  Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Ceremonies for the City of Davenport's Fire Station No. 2 & Building Annex Addition - 

Thursday, July 2nd, 3 - 5 p.m. 

Fire Station Ribbon Cutting begins at 3 p.m.
, 1461 North Blvd., Davenport. 

Building Annex Addition begins at 4 p.m., 1 South Allapaha Ave., Davenport. 

Refreshments will be provided.  RSVP to the Chamber by Monday, June 29th.  863-422-3751 or

Click HERE for the flyer.  

Webinars & More!

    AdventHealth Morning Briefing  - Tuesday, June 30th at 8:30 am – COVID-19 and other livestream updates Tuesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Watch online at AdventHealth Morning Briefing.

    SBA Small Biz Webinars and Workshops - Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Open for Business: Navigating COVID-19 (Webinar)Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M., Introduction to Starting a Non-Profit OrganizationTuesday, June 30, 2020, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Simple Steps: Ramping Your Business Up After the Crisis: It's All About MoneyWednesday, July 1, 2020, 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Hurricane Preparedness Webinar (Spanish)Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Quickbooks Desktop for Small BusinessesThursday, July 2, 2020, 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Hurricane Preparedness Webinar (English)Thursday, July 2, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Take Your Business Virtual (Webinar)

   Saint Leo University Offering Free, 4-Part Webinar Series: Business Reimagined - College of Business Faculty, Tampa-area Experts to Help Businesses Recover from COVID-19 Pandemic Economic Woes.  Businesses are navigating the re-opening of the economy following shutdowns prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist those facing challenges and looking for new opportunities, Saint Leo University will offer a free, four-part webinar series, Business Reimagined: Insights for Small Businesses in the COVID-19 Landscape, for Tampa-area businesses - The first of the 4 webinars begins at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 20.  More info & registration information.  ​

 “Polk County’s Invasive Amphibians.” Cane toads (Rhinella marina), also known locally as the Bufo toad, can cause illness or death if eaten by pets and can cause skin and eye irritation in humans. Cuban treefrogs, Osteopilus septentrionalis, can cause an allergy-like or asthmatic-like reaction in some people, harm our ecosystems by eating native treefrog species, and can damage urban electrical systems and cause economic harm. Both species are considered “invasive” in Florida and are locally abundant in some communities of Polk County.  Polk County’s Invasive Amphibians (Webinar);  Presenter:   Shannon Carnevale, Natural Resources Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County; When:   July 14, 2020  6PM – 7PM  and July 15, 2020 12PM – 1PM (Repeat class, identical material)  Where: Web-based learning via Zoom software  Registration: Required, register online at  Cost:   $5 per household  More Information: Shannon Carnevale, or on Twitter: @PolkNR  At this webinar, participants will learn:  how to identify cane toads and their native lookalikes; how to identify Cuban treefrogs and their native lookalikes; the impact of invasive reptiles to Polk County and our ecosystems; how to humanely euthanize and remove invasive amphibians from the participant’s property or neighborhood.

    The SBDC is back with their regional training opportunities in July, with three of their most popular seminars. All seminars are being offered at no-cost. Registration is required.  Starting Your Business | July 14 | 10-11am - Register HERE.   Women/Minority & Veteran Certification, July 16 | 10-11am - Register HERE.  Basic Government Contracting - July 21 | 1-2pm - Register HERE.  

DATE CHANGED! 38th Annual Pig Roast & Political Rally Friday, September 25th

Mark your calendar and save the date for the Chamber's 38th Annual Pig Roast & Political Rally!   This is the Chamber's premiere annual event that raises funds for the Chamber's program of work that includes Leadership programs, scholarships and community support.  

NEW DATE:  Friday, September 25th!
6 - 9 p.m.
Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City

​More details coming soon.  Sponsorships available!

Thank you to our Sponsors that are already onboard!

PresidentialCEMEXCity of DavenportCity of Haines CityProflex

CongressionalBalmoral Resort FloridaCenterState Bank
Citizens Bank & TrustJarrett Gordon Ford Davenport

Gubernatorial:  Polk State College 

State Legislature:  Mahalak Auto Group

Legislative Aide:  Pennoni

Door Prize Sponsor:  Spectrum

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

And a very special THANK YOU to our Premium Sponsors!

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

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

Exclusive Printing Sponsor -Cromer Press

Polk CARES - Funding Still Available

for Small Business Funding -

Funds Still Available!   You can now apply for the Polk Cares 2020 Grants even if you received PPP or EIDL loans. Apply  today!!

Polk County has also increased the grant levels. If you previously applied and received your grant money, no worries, they will be issuing you a check for the additional funding. Just be patient and give the county time to work through those details. 

Small businesses that can show they were impacted by COVID-19 include funding levels of $2,000 for those who are self-employed, $5,000 for businesses with 2 – 9 employees, and $10,000 for businesses with 10 – 25 employees.

Small business applicants must attest they:

  • Were negatively impacted by COVID-19
  • Have the authority to apply for this grant on behalf of the business
  • Will use the grant funds for authorized business expenses only
  • Will apply for a Polk County Business Tax Receipt if not registered with the Polk County Tax Collector
  • Plan to resume normal operations after emergency guidelines are lifted
  • Shall cooperate with Polk County or appropriate officials for grant auditing purposes

Required Business Documents

• Completed and signed W-9
• Valid state issued photo ID
• Copy of active state business registration from Florida Division of Corporations or a Polk County Business Tax Receipt or a city issued business tax receipt
For businesses with 2 to 50 employees, W3 Summary or IRS Form 941 prior to Feb. 15, 2020
• Information to estimate your company’s average monthly business expenses before Feb. 15, 2020

Polk Cares Business FAQs

Funds will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis until the allocation is gone. The county has until Dec. 30, 2020 to use this grant. The allocated funds to both small businesses do not have to be paid back.

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.comBalmoral Resort is looking for a Maintenance Supervisor preferably with A/C experience.  Interested applicants please email    Census Taker Jobs available - It’s not too late to apply for a temporary part-time position with the U.S. Census Bureau as a census taker. The pay in Polk County is $17.50 per hour.  Apply online at:

  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. 

    ​Urgent reminder! The deadline for SBA to approve Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications is Tuesday, June 30. This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.  Find a lender and apply today

    The City of Haines City - TODAY Vice Mayor Anne Huffman will host What's Happening in Our City?  The event will take place at the Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City, Monday, June 29th - 6 p.m.  Join in person or via Zoom.   It will be fun and informative. There will be recreational activities as well as learning opportunities about water conservation, code compliance, community policing and housing rehabilitation.  Please click the following link to join the webinar:  Password: 670779 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 for updates. or Website for latest updates.  ​

    AdventHealth - Read their latest Community Coronavirus Briefing that includes information on rising COVID-19 cases, safety measures they have in place, ways you can stay safe & more.  Click HERE for the Update.  

    City of Davenport - 4th of July Fireworks Display- 9:15pm.  Along Davenport Boulevard- Radio Synchronized Music.  This year’s Fourth of July event will be a scaled-back event due to the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.  More Info.  Click HERE for the flyer.  

   Balmoral Bar & Grill  - Stop by & try their new mouthwatering Bacon Fig Burger topped with delicious house-made fig jam, crispy bacon, muenster cheese, arugula & tomato on a toasted brioche bun!  Online ordering now available!  Click HERE to order online.  Now open from 12-8 pm! Check out their new menu! 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.  Live music from Mickenzie Peisher featuring two local artists!  Fun Friday, Live Music 6 - 10 p.m.;  Live Music every Saturday, 7 - 10 p.m.  Join their Mobile Club for FREE Chips & Salsa.  Text BALMORAL to 77222 to join.  Members receive a Free order of chips & salsa, exclusive offers & exciting updates.  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 Click HERE for updates.  

    Balmoral Bar and Grill's 4th of July Weekend Celebration - Join Balmoral Bar and Grill for their 4th of July Weekend Celebration!  Entertainment Schedule: Thursday, July 2 - The Line Up hosted by Mickenzie Peisher 6-9 PM (Live Music); Friday, July 3 - Balmoral Laughs Comedy Show 8-10 PM, Mike Lee | Opener, Devin Siebold | Headliner; Saturday, July 4, 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION, Micah Madore + Chase Dixon 3-6 PM, Kat and the Dawgs 7-9:30 PM; Sunday, July 5, Family Dance Party with DJ Andy 12-4 PM; Drink Specials: $6 Titos; $6 Cherry Bombsl; $15 16oz Buckets (Cans); Food Special, $14 Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pulled Pork topped with crispy onions and served with house-made Potato salad.  124 Kenny Blvd., Haines City.  

    Poinciana Medical Center announces the launch of the HEALTHIER TOMORROWS Initiative. The Initiative is designed to provide an enhanced patient safety experience in the emergency department (ED) and further emphasize Poinciana Medical Center’s enhanced safety precautions, including designated care areas for patients. Visual elements have been added to the ED waiting and care areas which are coordinated with implemented safety measures and protocols, which have been in place to protect patients, visitors and colleagues.   Read more HERE.   As Florida continues to experience a high unemployment rate amid the coronavirus pandemic, the loss of health insurance coverage is also a major concern of those who are unemployed. HCA Healthcare hospitals in Central Florida have made available a free insurance hotline to help individuals and families who have lost health insurance coverage find temporary coverage while they are unemployed. The Health Coverage Hotline is available to anyone needing assistance and is live Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (833) 867-8771.  More Info.  

    More food and nutrition classes are now available!   One is a two-part series called Hacking Meal Planning in 20 Minutes (let's make it simple-yay!) and then two others offered are a diabetes and an Alzheimer's class in Spanish if you or someone you know might be interested!  Check out for all classes and links to register, OR you can click on the following to see flyers and register!  English -Hacking Meal Planning in 20 minutes!  Two-part series (so okay 40 minutes);  Spanish-Eat to Beat DiabetesSpanish-Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's

    SBA Disaster Recovery Q&A Sessions 6/29 - 7/02  10:00 A.M – 11:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (Spanish) 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.  Was your small business affected by Covid-19? Are you looking for small business funding? You have questions, SBA has answers! Join them during their virtual hours and have your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) questions answered by a live person. Participants may call at anytime and are welcome to enter and exit at will.   Click HERE for more info.  

    Parkview Housing Food Pantry needs donations - Ravioli (all types), spaghetti and meat balls, Mac and Cheese (bowls), Vienna sausage, peanut butter, sandwich crackers, fruit cups, Jello, breakfast bars, juices (packs/pouches).  Donations can be dropped off at the Chamber office during normal business hours.
    Community Census Challenge!  Have you filled our your Census yet? Go to to complete your Census today and please remind all of your business partners, friends, family, clients & everyone to take the Community Census Challenge! The top municipalities for this week's Census Community Challenge are as follows: the City of Polk City with a self-response rate of 63.0%, the City of Davenport with a self-response rate of 62.2%, and the City of Bartow with a self-response rate of 62.0%. The current self-response rate for Polk County is 57.4%, for the State of Florida 58.9%, and for the nation 61.7%. This data was last updated on June 29th. (responses as of June 29th): Congratulations to the City of Davenport that moved up to #3 in the County!  EnglishSpanish

    Donations Needed!  There are several organizations in our community that are in need of donations and help.  Please click HERE for a list of needs and more information.  ​

Tampa Bay Rays!

A special thank you to our Chamber Partner the Tampa Bay Rays!  Visit their website: to purchase tickets and check the exciting schedule for 2020! 

Contact Us

Northeast Polk 
Chamber of Commerce

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