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FREE Bartow Political Rally To Feature Straw Ballot

Once again the Bartow Political Rally will be offered as a free event to the public. The Rally, to be held Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., will take place at the Bartow Civic Center. American Compliance Technologies Environmental & Infrastructure (A-C-T) and the Kelley Buick GMC of Bartow are sponsors. Presenters include the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, CenterState Bank, Citizens Bank & Trust, Mosaic and The Polk County Democrat.

     Local candidates from all over the county will be on hand to speak, answer questions and meet the public at the Rally.

     Candidates already signed up include:

School Board, District 3 – Hazel Sellers

School Board, District 3 – Randy Wilkinson

School Board, District 6 – Lynn Wilson

School Board, District 6 – Debra Wright

School Board, District 7 – Tim Harris

School Board, District 7 – Lisa Bone Miller

Circuit Judge, Group 2 – Christine Thornhill

Circuit Judge, Group 2 – Michelle Pincket

Circuit Judge, Group 16 – E. Taylor Davidson

Circuit Judge, Group 16 – Larry Helms

State Representative, District 39 – Neil Combee (REP)

State Representative, District 39 – Carol Castagnero (DEM)

State Representative, District 40 – Colleen Burton (REP)

State Representative, District 40 – John Hugh Shannon (REP)

State Representative, District 40 – Franklin “Ed” Shoemaker (AIP)

Commissioner of Agriculture – Thaddeus Hamilton (DEM)

United States Representative, District 15Dennis A. Ross (REP)

Governor – Joe Allen (NPA)

Governor – Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder (REP)

Governor – Farid A. Khavari (NPA)

    

     The Rally will offer voters an opportunity to participate in a straw vote with the results announced at the conclusion of the evening.

     For more information about the Political Rally or Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce’s busy year, please call 863-533-7125 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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Ragin' Cajun Low Country Boil is a new event set for Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Sackett Ranch, 4720 Hancock Lake Road in Highland City.

Full-bellied fun is what it's all about with a mouth-watering Louisiana favorite. It's all you can eat with a cash bar, while enjoying one of the best Cajun bands on the planet - the Porchdogs! Join all of your Chamber friends for an old-fashioned get-together Cajun style!

$30 per person, tickets available at the Chamber office; or you may register online to get your tickets here. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Sponsored by Tom Edwards Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Sackett Ranch. Proceeds benefit ENGAGE Chamber Young Professionals and the Leadership Bartow program.

Son of a gun, gonna have big fun!!!


 

FSBDCN-LOGO-CMYKSBDC Offers Growth Acceleration Services To Businesses

 

So, you've been in business for more than three years, and business just isn't picking up. Your goal for growth hasn't been reached and you're not sure what to do next. We have the solution!

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at University of South Florida, assists existing and emerging businesses in Polk County, through no-cost confidential business consulting, information, and low-cost training.

And now, our Chamber members can take advantage of the SBDC's special Growth Acceleration Services by setting up an appointment to meet with a SBDC consultant in the Chamber boardroom. What could be more convenient than that?

Whether starting, buying, growing or selling a business, the Florida SBDC at USF has what entrepreneurs need to grow and succeed. Consultants can assist entrepreneurs in a variety of business topics, including: marketing, business certification, capital access, market diversification, developing strategic business plans, export services, and web optimization.

To schedule an appointment with a certified business consultant today, click here.

For more information about the SBDC, visit www.SBDCTampaBay.com/polk or call 863.678.4182, ext. 227.

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Help ENGAGE 'Stuff the Bus' for homeless students at Next Friday Fest

Also, you can bring school supplies to the Chamber through August 15

 

Help “Stuff the Bus” at Bartow’s next monthly Friday Fest held on Friday, August 15, from 6:00 - 9:00 P.M., along East Main Street and Central Avenue in downtown Bartow. This street party sponsored by Zaxby’s and Stay Inn & Suites will feature a back to school theme with a variety of music presented by Clint Edwards, as well as activities for the children. Food and drink will be available for purchase from vendors on the street and from the downtown restaurants. There will also be an open Cruise-In for classic cars.

The highlight of the evening will be at 7:30 P.M. when “Stuff the Bus” participating businesses, civic clubs, churches and community groups will present their gifts of school supplies in the first annual “Shopping Cart Parade.” All entrants will gather the supplies into a (legally obtained) shopping cart which they will decorate. The parade will begin at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Main Street, travel one block, turn left onto South Central Avenue and disperse at Summerlin Street. Trophies will be awarded for most “stuff” collected, most original cart and best all around. All items collected will go to the “Stuff the Bus” campaign and be donated to children in need. All individuals attending Friday Fest are encouraged to bring school supplies as well.

            Friday Fest is held on the third Friday of every month and is hosted by Main Street Bartow, Inc., Bartow’s Community Redevelopment Agency, the City of Bartow, the Polk County Democrat, and Kelley Buick GMC. For more information, call 863-519-0508.

 

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Community Corporate Partners

INVESTING IN THE SUCCESS OF THEIR COMMUNITY . . . the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the following businesses for their annual pledge of support to help make our community a better place to live, work and operate businesses.
Chairmen Level - $10,000 Partner

A-C-T
Taste of the Chamber, Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

CITY OF BARTOW

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals, State of the City Address

MOSAIC

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Pig Out Bartow!, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

SPATH JEWELERS

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Chocolate Charms & Chamber Fun Thursday

 

President Level - $5,000 Partner

BARTOW FORD
 
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

 

BARTOW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow 

 

COMMUNITY SOUTHERN BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

MADRID ENGINEERING GROUP, INC.
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

 

SEMCO CONSTRUCTION
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

Executive Level - $2,500 Partner

BADCOCK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Champions Cu[p, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

BARTOW COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
Teacher of the Year Breakfast, Annual Meeting, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

BOSWELL & DUNLAP, LLP
Annual Meeting, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble,Hometown Heroes

 

CENTERSTATE BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Polk Politics, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

CITIZENS BANK & TRUST
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes

 

DMAR TECHNICAL TRAINING
Hometown Heroes

 

KELLEY BUICK GMC
Polk Politics, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow 

 

PARTY PEOPLE CELEBRATION COMPANY
Annual Meeting

 

SPHERION STAFFING
Barn Boogie, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Chamber Golf Scramble, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

TD BANK
Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

TOM EDWARDS CHRYSLER/DODGE/JEEP/RAM
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Pig Out Bartow!, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

WATSON CLINIC
Annual Meeting, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Leadership Bartow

 

Director Level - $1,000 Partner

AIR METHODS CORPORATION
Hometown Heroes

 

ASHLAND
Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

 

BANK OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Annual Meeting, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION
Annual Meeting, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble,Hometown Heroes

 

CENTERSTATE BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL OF MID FLORIDA
Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

STINGRAY CHEVROLET BARTOW
Barn Boogie, Chamber Golf Scramble, Pig Out Bartow!, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival

 

TINDALE-OLIVER & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Spirig of Bartow Awards, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

Business Level - $500 Partner

BB&T
Barn Boogie, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

BONEFISH GRILL
Chamber Golf Scramble

 

CRUISE PLANNERS
Chamber Golf Scramble, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

FLORIDA BLUE
Hometown Heroes

 

MOODY LAW
Fun Thursday

 

ORLANDO UTILITIES COMMISSION
Annual Meeting

 

MICHELL GITHENS STATE FARM INSURANCE
Barn Boogie, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

THE VILLAGES AT LAUREL MEADOWS
Barn Boogie, Spirit of Bartow Awards

 

WHIDDEN-McLEAN FUNERAL HOME
Annual Meeting

 

Interested in becoming a Community Corporate Partner? Your company can benefit, as you benefit the community. The Community Corporate Partner program offers our Community Corporate Partners valuable perks to thank them for their support. Call Barbara Adamson today at 863-533-7125 and find out how we can help you help your community.

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