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Events available for Registration...

2018 Engage Yearly Sponsors
01/01/18 - 12/31/18
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2018 Professional Development Academy: Leadership In The Workplace
02/28/18 - 10/10/18
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Leadership Bartow XVIII
05/03/18 - 06/01/20

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2018 Polk Politics Candidate Rally
08/16/18 - 08/16/18
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ENGAGE Lunch & Learn: Shelly Wilkes
08/17/18 - 08/17/18
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2018 Community Relations Committee's Diversity Luncheon
09/19/18 - 09/19/18
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2018 Chamber Golf Scramble
10/05/18
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Leadercast Women Central Florida
10/12/18 - 10/12/18
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2018 Champions Cup - Spirit of Bartow Register
10/18/18
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2018 Veterans' Hometown Heroes
11/09/18 - 11/09/18
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2018 Leadership Bartow Reunion
11/29/18
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Events in the next 365 days...
DateEvent
08/16/18
2018 Polk Politics Candidate Rally

Held in even numbered years at the Bartow Civic Center, this event features candidates running for local, state and national elections. The spirit of the event is that of an old-fashioned political rally, where those attending have an opporutnity to get up-front and personal with each candidate. Approved political groups and organizations lobbying for and against local issues before the Legislature are also welcome to attend. The atmosphere is fun, festive and patriotic! This event is free to the public and usually features a straw ballot.

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08/16/18
Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation & Training

Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.
 
The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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08/17/18
ENGAGE Lunch & Learn: Shelly Wilkes

When Orlando Magic announced the formation of Lakeland Magic, they announced that Shelly Wilkes would be serving as the team's president. She became the first woman to be president of a G-League team and only woman in charge of an entire team in the League.

August 17, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Lunch provided
in the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute community room.

FREE EVENT, not just for ENGAGE members! Engage/Bartow Chamber Young Professionals presents an up-close and personal chat with one of the area’s most accomplished community leaders. These sessions will give participants a chance to reflect on new and creative ways to achieve professional leadership goals based on the best practices from the area’s most respected business professionals. After a short presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in a round-table format. Don’t miss this great opportunity for professional growth.

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08/23/18
Central Florida Job Fair

Please Join Us for the Central Florida Job Fair
Meet with some the area’s top employers looking to fill positions at the Central Florida Job Fair.
Date and Time:   Thursday, August 23rd from 10 AM to 2 PM
Location: Ramada by Wyndham Lakeland, 3260 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33805

If you are a dedicated individual seeking a fulfilling career we urge you to attend this event.
  
Career opportunities:
•    Agribusiness
•    Tourism
•    Logistics, Supply Chain & Distribution
•    Medical Services
•    Light Manufacturing
•    Education
  
Several representatives from area technical and trade schools will also be available to discuss education and career opportunities
 
Free Attendance 
No Attendee Registration
Required
Free Parking 
 

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08/28/18
Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation & Training

Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.
 
The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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08/30/18
Emerging Leaders Awards

This evening awards the best of the best in young Leadership. Held at the Bartow Civic Center, 6:00 p.m. on August 30, 2018.

09/08/18
Central Florida Health Expo

The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults. This outdoor event will be held on North Market Street in Lake Wales. The market comes alive on Saturdays as shoppers stroll through the Downtown Lake Wales Farmers Market featuring over 40 produce, craft, and food vendors. The downtown Lake Wales Farmers Market is a very popular shopping destination for local residents making it an ideal location for the Central Florida Health Expo. 
 

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09/12/18
2018 Professional Development Academy

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE - CLEAR SPRINGS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

NEW CLASSES FOR 2018. More than 100 have earned a Professional Development Academy certificate since it began in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2018 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida 33830

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.
 


 

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09/19/18
2018 Community Relations Committee's Diversity Luncheon

     To reaffirm its commitment to racial and ethnic equality, the City of Bartow’s Community Relations Committee (CRC) will hold a Diversity Luncheon on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at noon.

      “There are daily reminders to us all of how important this issue still is in America, and that promoting racial and ethnic equality and ending racism and discrimination requires awareness, commitment, and action,” said Gloria Washington, Chairman of the CRC. “This is an opportunity for Bartow to stand up and be counted in an ongoing effort to make sure our community fosters racial and ethnic equality and harmony.”

     Special speaker for the luncheon to be announced.

     The annual Diversity Award will be presented to a business or organization and an individual at the luncheon. Nominations are being accepted for the award.

     Tickets for the Diversity Luncheon are $12 each and may be purchased at the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. For more information, please call the Chamber at (863) 533-7125.


Location: Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow, FL 33830
 

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09/20/18
BARTOW FORD FUN THURSDAY

ATTENTION ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS!
Don't miss the September 20, 2018 Fun Thursday hosted by Bartow Ford, starting at 5:00 p.m. Lots of food, fellowship and of course FUN! See you there.

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09/29/18
Florida Dance Theatre & Imperial Symphony Orchestra present

Escape to Neverland as Florida Dance Theatre, Polk County’s professional dance
company & The Imperial Symphony Orchestra brings Peter Pan to the city of Lakeland.
With original choreography and live music, be prepared for a magical evening for the
entire family. This whirlwind adventure of epic proportion will be the first full-length
collaboration of both Lakeland’s professional performing arts organizations.
For one night only, come and experience the magic, mischief and wonder of Peter Pan at
the Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College on Saturday, September 29th at 7pm.
 

The family-friendly performance is one night only, with tickets beginning at $25; $15 for students. Funding for the collaboration is provided by Publix Super Markets Charities and Visit Central Florida.

 

Tickets are available at LkldPerformingArts.com or (863) 688-3743.


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10/04/18
Mr. Central Florida

Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center holds a major fundraiser with a friendly, competitive spirit titled Mr. Central Florida. Gentlemen in the community give of themselves for the well-being of others to help raise money for the Center and the patients we serve. The contestant that raises the most… wins the title of Mr. Central Florida and official bragging rights! This year’s event focuses on “Celebrating Manly Men” and will take place on Thursday, October 4th at 6:00pm at Haus 820 in Lakeland, Florida.

Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center is a beacon for those struggling to communicate with the world. When patients first come to the Center, they often feel isolated, embarrassed, and desperate for help. Through the support of the community, the Center has provided hearing aids to a 4 month old baby, taught a young man to speak with the use of an iPad, rehabilitated stroke victims, regaining their speech and language, assisted people with employability, and helped seniors regain their independence. The Center is here for all, but we need community support!

Don't miss this fun-filled, entertaining, and sometimes hilarious fundraiser! Tickets are $65 and include admission to all the fun and a sit-down dinner. Table sponsorships are also available. Visit www.mrcentralflorida.com for more information!
 

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10/05/18
2018 Bartow Chamber Golf Scramble

What's more fun than a golf tournament? A Chamber Scramble Golf Tournament!! The scramble, presented by BARTOW FORD, is one of the most fun events we offer, so sign up today and come spend a day out on the course with your Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce.

4 person scramble
shotgun start
Bartow golf course
1:00 p.m.
Awards Barbecue
Door prizes and Beverages

You'll have a blast!
Title Sponsor - Bartow Ford
Platinum Sponsor - Evolve Contracting
Awards Dinner Giveaway Sponsor - ASHLAND
On-Course Food Sponsor - CenterState Bank

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (Register at link below)
GOLD - $1,000
SILVER - $750
BRONZE - $500
Prize Contributor - $200
Courtesy Tent - $150

 

10/06/18
 -10/28/18
Fox Squirrel Corn Maze (Weekends ONLY)

It’s time for the 7th Annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, presented by Futch Entertainment!

 
Weekends Only October 6 – October 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
This fun, annual tradition features an awesome corn maze, pumpkins for sale, a hayride, exciting games, and the chance to enjoy the great outdoors! Mouth-watering BBQ, Cuban sandwiches, and tons of fun festival food will be available – including strawberry shortcake, roasted corn, kettle corn, boiled peanuts, shaved ice, honey, and more. Talented independent vendors will be on hand with crafts, jewelry, pumpkin painting, balloon art, and more.
MOST VENDORS ARE CASH ONLY. NO ATM ON SITE.
 
We are happy to announce that 2018 marks the seventh year of this wonderful, family-friendly event. Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is open October 6 – October 28, Saturdays and Sundays only. The gates open at 10:00 a.m. and we welcome guests until 5:00 p.m. Everyone is asked to exit the venue by 6:00 p.m.
 
Hosted by the Futch family, the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze agritourism event is quickly becoming one of Central Florida’s most popular autumn attractions. Escape the city for a beautiful day out on the ranch! There’s something for everyone at this fun fall festival: ride the tractor-pulled hayride, play some family games, browse the arts and crafts of local vendors, grab a bite to eat, or just relax to the sounds of some good ol’ country music!
 
Looking for pumpkins? We’ve got ‘em! Our pumpkin patch has been named one of the top five patches in the Tampa Bay area (2014). Come pick your favorite pumpkin from our impressive line-up of fall favorites.
 
And last but not least, don’t forget to check out the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze! Test your problem-solving skills while working your way out of one of the best and most fun corn mazes around. Bring your friends and race to see who can make it out first!
 

Ticket Prices

 
$11 + tax 18 and older
$10 + tax 3 to 17
2 and under Free
Admission booth accepts Cash, Visa, Master Card and Discover
Card Carrying heroes--$2 off admission
 
Visit our website for more details:  www.FoxSquirrelCornMaze.com
 
Like us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/fscornmaze
 
 

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10/10/18
2018 Professional Development Academy

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE - CLEAR SPRINGS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

NEW CLASSES FOR 2018. More than 100 have earned a Professional Development Academy certificate since it began in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2018 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida 33830

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.
 


 

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10/11/18
MOODY LAW FUN THURSDAY

ATTENTION ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS!
Don't miss the October 11, 2018 Fun Thursday hosted by Moody Law, starting at 5:00 p.m. Lots of food, fellowship and of course FUN! See you there.

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10/18/18
Champions Cup - Business, Industry & Spirit of Bartow Awards

Champions Cup recognizes and honors businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices and have had a positive influence on the economic well being of the Bartow area business community. CHAMPIONS CUP AND SPIRIT OF BARTOW NOMINATION FORM HERE. Nominated businesses/organizations are judged by an anonymous random panel of more than 20 community leaders who review the applicants based upon strict criteria reguarding community and economic impact. The prestigious awards are presented at the evening event held at the Bartow Civic Center featuring a prominent keynote speaker.

Spirit of Bartow Awards: The evening is also a time of recognizing those who give back to the community. The Spirit of Bartow award is presented to area citizens who have contributed to the community in a significant way.

All awards will be judged by a blue-ribbon committee of
Chamber members based upon the following criteria:

Business & Industry Awards
The mission of the Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards is to recognize businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices in the areas of customer service, sustainability, employee retention and opportunity, reputation and positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community.

Spirit of Bartow Awards
Nominees for this award should be individuals or groups that have
 significantly contributed to the Bartow community and their individual accomplishments/contributions made a positive impact on the area’s quality of life.

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11/09/18
2018 Veterans' Hometown Heroes Luncheon

Hometown Heroes honors Bartow area Veterans on Veterans Day. This event is a luncheon that involves the local American Legion organization. Sponsor funds are used to pay for Veterans and a guest.

 

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11/14/18
STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

George Long gives you a chance to hear how the City of Bartow is doing. This is a free event, open to the community. If you'd like, lunch is available for $10. You may purchase your ticket online, or pick up at the Chamber. Doors open at 11:30; program begins at noon.

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11/15/18
BAYCARE FUN THURSDAY

ATTENTION ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS!
Don't miss the November 15, 2018 Fun Thursday hosted by Baycare Bartow Regional, starting at 5:00 p.m. Lots of food, fellowship and of course FUN! See you there.

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11/16/18
MAGIC ON MAIN: Friday Fest Downtown Bartow

Experience the Magic of Bartow for the holidays with these two upcoming events!

Magic on Main
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bartow’s Main Street

Join us as we switch on the holiday lights along Bartow’s Main Street with entertainment, food and holiday festivities.

Bartow’s Magical Illumination Christmas Parade
Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Main Street/Broadway

Get in the spirit with one of Polk County’s best holiday parades as it winds down Broadway Avenue and Main Street. Get there early and claim your seat! You won’t
want to miss a single float!

FOR MORE INFO, CALL 863-519-0508 OR
VISIT WWW.MAINSTREETBARTOWFL.COM

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12/06/18
BOSWELL & DUNLAP FUN THURSDAY

ATTENTION ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS!
Don't miss the December 6, 2018 Fun Thursday hosted by Boswell & Dunlap, starting at 5:00 p.m. Lots of food, fellowship and of course FUN! See you there.

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12/07/18
Main Street Bartow's Light Up Bartow Parade

One of the County's favorite Christmas parades! Bartow's Christmas parade features lots of floats, Bartow High School Band and . . . SANTA! Be sure to stake out your spot early and join us for one of Bartow's most popular events. See you at 6:00 p.m. The parade begins at Mosaic Park and ends at First Avenue in Bartow.

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02/02/19
VISTEBall 2019

Please join us for the 14th Annual VISTEBall on Saturday, February 2, 2019! VISTEBall is an indoor golf blowout where you can chip, putt, and play your way to great prizes. Attendees may participate in silent, live, and ticket auctions as well. Event tickets include a buffet dinner, open bar (stocked with beer, wine & margaritas), and dessert. 
It's a fun time for the hacker, or the person who has never held a club a day in their life! You'll have a blast and all proceeds help VISTE continue to serve the elderly.

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02/16/19
LRC's For the Love of Learning

The Learning Resource Center’s spectacular annual fundraiser and benefit will be held on February 16, 2019 to raise scholarships and program aid for deserving students in the community. Please mark this date on your calendar and stay tuned for event details.

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03/09/19
Florida Poly's PIVOT

Florida Polytechnic University's premier philanthropic event supporting student scholarships and the University's mission.

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