The Link - January 2019

kidsPACK - Donate items at the Chamber Office

    The Chamber office is a drop-off location for kidsPACK - kidsPACK is dedicated to feeding disadvantaged children; giving them a backpack of nutritious food each Friday to sustain them on weekends when they don't have access to school meals.  Please donate food items such as pop-tarts, fruit cups, peel lid raviolis, non-refrigerated juice/milk boxes, granola bars, nuts, snack crackers, etc.. (non-perishable items that can be easily opened and don't require preparation to consume).  Donations will benefit local school children.  Call the Chamber office for questions or additional information - 863-422-3751.

Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Members! - December & January

Hampton Inn Main Gate South
Join Date: 12/03/2018

Kids Academy Childcare
Join Date: 12/03/2018

New York Llife Insurance Company
Join Date: 12/04/2018

Crosby & Associates, Inc.
Join Date: 12/05/2018

Haines City Historical Museum
Join Date:  12/06/18

Neapolitan Italian Eatery
Join Date: 12/14/2018

Maronda Homes
Join Date: 12/17/2018

Southern Homes of Polk County
Join Date: 12/18/2018

Join Date: 01/03/2019

Jurassic Cuts
Join Date: 01/04/2019

Exit Realty Champions - Julia Montalvo
Join Date: 01/08/2019

Cazeau Adult Family Care Home
Join Date: 01/15/2019

Williams Manufacturing
Join Date: 01/16/2019

AAD Fine Arts Foundation, Inc.
Join Date: 01/16/2019

Thank You Renewing Members!

Thank you Renewing Members - December & January

We appreciate your
continued support!

Adams Homes

Alfa Romeo FIAT of Winter Haven

Allstate Insurance Company - Barcena Insurance Group, Inc.

Badcock Home Furniture & More

Balmoral Resort Florida

Campbell & Associates, P.A., C.P.A.'s

Charles M. Watts Air Conditioning, Inc.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Davita Medical Group - Haines City

Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Winter Haven

East Area Adult School

Ewing, Blackwelder & Duce Insurance

Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida

Fibrofit Wellness & Yoga Studio

Greater Vision Free Will Baptist Church


Heart of Florida Chiropractic, Inc.

Integrity First Title

Jennings Resort, Inc.

Kelly Services, Inc

Lake House Apartments

Mopped & Shiny Cleaning Services Corp

Nell Johnson
Silver Angel

New Direction Academy

Oldcastle Lawn & Garden


Posner Park Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Real Estate Brokers USA, Inc. - Debbie Bradbury

Ridge Technical College

Small World Tours & Cruises

Snyder Discount Tire, Inc./S & S Discount Tire

St. Charles Veterinary Hospital

Steve's Electric, Inc.

The Sunshine Foundation Dream Village

Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc.

Tucker Construction

Vitas Healthcare

Wal-Mart Super Center

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.

40th Annual Awards Banquet - January 31st

You are invited to the
Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce's
40th Annual Awards Banquet

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6 p.m.
Lake Eva Event Center


$40 Members; $50 non-Members - Tables of 8 Available

Semi-Formal Attire

Entertainment by George Durham & Company Band

RSVP REQUIRED to the Chamber by 
THIS Friday, January

Click HERE to register and pay on-line.

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


The Banquet will honor the 2018 Citizen of the Year, the 
Chamber's 2018 Small & Large Business of the Year, Committee Chairs, Chamber Board Members and our 

Inaugural Hall of Fame honorees.

Thank you to our Premier Banquet Sponsors:
Ameriprise Financial AdvisorsCenterState Bank, Citizens Bank & TrustCity of Haines CityHeart of Florida Regional Medical Center, and Polk State College.
Thank you to our Awards Sponsor:  Pennoni


Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Heart of Florida Physician Group - Tuesday, January 29th

You're Invited to Heart of Florida Physician Group's Ribbon Cutting Celebration.

Tuesday, January 29th,
4 p.m.

410 Lionel Way, Ste. 204
Davenport, FL 33837

Come meet Plastic Surgeon Tutu Cheng, M.D., and tour her new office and cosmetic procedure suite.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP at or call the Chamber at 863-422-3751 or email

Click HERE for the invitation.  

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for Nature's Reserve - February 8th

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for Nature's Reserve by Maronda Homes.

Friday, February 8th
11 a.m.

Nature's Reserve 
210 Flatwoods Loop
Davenport, FL  33837

Refreshments, lots of treats, a fajita bar & more!
RSVP to the Chamber by Monday, February 4th. or 863-422-3751.

Chamber Breakfast at Balmoral Resort Florida

Join us for our first breakfast of the year at
Balmoral Resort Florida!

The breakfast will feature an update from Garrett Kenny, CEO of Feltrim Developments/Balmoral Resort, on all the incredible projects that Balmoral and Feltrim are working on in the area.  Don't miss this opportunity to experience an amazing, pool-side breakfast at the beautiful Balmoral Bar & Grill.  Seating is limited and RSVP is required.  Sorry, no walk-ins will be accepted.  

Date:  Thursday, February 21st
Time:  8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location:  Balmoral Resort Florida, Balmoral Bar & Grill, 124 Kenny Blvd., Haines City.
Cost:  $15 per person Members; $20 non-members
RSVP REQUIRED: to the Chamber by Friday, February 15th or until seating is filled.

Call the Chamber at 863-422-3751 or email for more information or to RSVP.

Click HERE to register and pay online.

*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 Sponsor:  Balmoral Resort Florida

Catered by:  Balmoral Bar & Grill

Your info requested!

Happy 2019!  

In an effort to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information for all of our members, we are asking that all members please contact us to provide the most current information for your business including:

Name of Business
Main Contact Person
Main Contact Email Address
Website Address
Mailing and Physical Address
Total Number of Employees
Category(s) you would like your business to be listed in

Members:  please email the requested information to the Chamber at
by Friday, February 1st.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support!

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.  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:!  

 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.

   Grills Gone Wild - BBQ Competition - City of Davenport, Market Street - Friday, February 15th, 5 - 9 p.m. & Saturday, February 16th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Bay Street Classic Car Show, Saturday, February 16th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the art programs at Davenport School of the Arts and Horizon Elementary.  Visit the City of Davenport's website for more information and applications: or call 863-419-3300 x 138.  Click HERE for the flyer.  

   11th Annual Ribs on the Ridge - Friday, February 22nd & Saturday, February 23rd, Lake Eva Park -sanctioned by Florida BBQ Association; February 22, 2019 from 5 PM to 9 PM and February 23, 2019 from 10 AM to 5 PM. This event is FREE to the public. This year's event will benefit KidsPACK, an organization that feeds food insecure children in and around Polk County. Musical acts include: national recording country artist Craig Cambell and local superstar Kenzie Wheeler. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the event as well as food and crafts vendors. Ribs on the Ridge also draws barbecue teams from across Florida and the nation. Professional and amateur teams compete for cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights.  The City is expecting anywhere from 5,000-7,500 people over the two day span of the event and they are looking for donations and sponsors.  Click HERE for the sponsorship package.  Contact the City of Haines City Parks & Recreation Department for more information - 863-421-3700. 

      Haines City Commission and Administration are reinstating the Citizen’s Academy - The purpose of this 8-week program is to bring about awareness to residents and business owners in Haines City regarding municipal government processes and familiarize them with our various departments, staff functions and services provided.  Two sessions, spring and fall, will be held each year. This upcoming spring class will begin February 2019 and held on Monday evenings every week from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Participants are expected to commit to at least six of the eight sessions to receive a Certificate of Completion. Application deadline is January 25, 2019. The top 20 applicants, ranked by the Commission and City Manager, will be selected as participants.  Click HERE for more information.  
     Balmoral Bar & Grill Live Bands Saturday Nights - Sit back, relax and enjoy live music from local artists at Balmoral Bar & Grill - Saturday, January 26th 7-9PM: Coastal Acoustic Barefoot (T. Mike & Duke)  

     2019 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Games - Disney Sports Attractions is offering Chamber Members a discount of $5 off of any ticket for any Atlanta Braves Spring Training game. This is the Atlanta Braves's last training season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, so this is the last chance to watch a Brave's game at Disney.  Click HERE to purchase the discounted tickets and enter the promo code:  19Chamber.  Games begin on February 25th and run through March 23rd.  Click HERE for the Atlanta Braves Spring Training games schedule.
    A Call to all Military War Veterans!  Vet Voices recruiting now! - Sessions begin Saturday, January 5, 2019!  TheatreWorks Florida's highly acclaimed TheatreCares community outreach program,Vet Voices, is seeking new recruits for 2019! Military veterans, their families and caregivers are encouraged to join this incredible group of vets who have been working together for self awareness, self discovery and healing from the effects of war through theatre since July 2018. Specifically seeking combat veterans, but all are welcome.Join TheatreWorks happy family today!  Click HERE for more information.  

    Poinciana Medical Center to host Physician Lectures - Thursday, January 24th, Poinciana Medical Center, 325 Cypress Pkwy., Kissimmee, 6 p.m. - Dr. Oral James credentialed gastroenterologist at Poinciana Medical Center, will conduct a lecture about treating and managing Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). After the lecture, Dr. James will hold an open Q&A.  A complimentary dinner will be served at the event at 5:30 p.m..  Please RSVP for either event at 1-888-253-8117.  For more information about the Physician Lecture Series, call 407-530-2013 or email   Events are open to the public.

    Lamb of God's Men's Group Annual Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Sunshine Foundation - Friday, February 8th, 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.  $9 per dinner.  Dinner includes:  Spaghetti, Meat Balls, Italian Bread, Salad, Dessert and beverage.  No Tickets will be sold at the door. of God's Annual Spaghetti Dinner

      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.

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 Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce, 863-422-3751

Contact us

Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce

35610 Hwy. 27, Haines City, FL 33844 
Ph: 863-422-3751; 
Fax: 863-422-4704
Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce - The Link - January 2019