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TRAVEL WITH THE CHAMBER

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Two Trips Offered By The Chamber

The Chamber is excited to present 2 upcoming trips:

 Spotlight on New York City Holiday, 

November 30 - December 4, 2015

and


Discover Tuscany, April 14- April 23, 2016
 

Please join us on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. for the Discover Tuscany travel presentation hosted by the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce. Italian food samples will be provided by Cruise Planners, Ruthelise Anderson. Reservation required. Call Barbara Adamson at the Chamber, 533-7125, to reserve your seat today!

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Diversity Luncheon To Promote Ethnic and Racial Equality

To reaffirm its commitment to racial and ethnic equality, the City of Bartow’s Community Relations Committee (CRC) will hold a Diversity Luncheon on September 16, 2015, at noon, at the Bartow Civic Center in conjunction with Bartow’s Multicultural Awareness Month in September.

The month is set aside by Bartow’s City Commission to spotlight racial and ethnic equality and justice issues that confront people every day.

“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, Co-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.”

This year’s theme, which will be presented by keynote speaker Katrina Lunsford, is, “Walking the Talk Is The Way Of Diversity.”

Katrina Lunsford received her B.S. Degree in Finance from Troy University. Katrina currently serves as Pastor of Cornerstone True Fellowship, Lake Wales. Her career began at Barnett Bank in 1983, where she grew into Commercial Mgmt. Leadership position and transitioned to SouthTrust Bank, where she obtained Sr. Management position, and is currently with Fifth Third Bank as VP, Middle Market Relationship Manager. Katrina’s community service includes: member of Omicron Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc; Early Learning Coalition of Polk County -- Chair Elect (Gubernatorial Appointment), CareerSource Polk County – Board Chair, Volunteer in Service to the Elderly (V.I.S.T.E.) Advisory Board, and Lighthouse Ministries Advisory Board. She has received various awards including Girls Inc She Knows Where She Going, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Diversity, 100 National Coalition of Black Women Momentum Award, and the Lakeland Chapter of NAACP Unsung Hero Award. Katrina is a graduate of Central Florida Leadership and aalso is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland 8t and was the Chair of Leadership Lakeland 14.

The annual Diversity Award will be presented to a business or organization and an individual at the luncheon. Nomination forms may be found on the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce website, or may be picked up at the Chamber. Nominations are being accepted for the award through September 4, 2015.

This year, a book titled, LETTERS ACROSS THE DIVIDE, a provocative and honest book written by a black minister and a white businessman who candidly discuss the obstacles, stereotypes, and sins that inhibit interracial reconciliation, will be available at the luncheon for $5 ($15 value). Friends of the Library is underwriting most of the cost for the book, which will be used in a community-wide discussion in October

Tickets for the Diversity Luncheon are $10 each and may be purchased at the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call the Chamber at (863) 533-7125.

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 ChampionsCup

 CHAMPIONS CUP CALL FOR ENTRIES

NOMINATE A BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION HERE.

The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 is proud to announce its 6th Annual Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards.

The purpose of this program is to recognize and honor 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.

Enclosed you will find a nomination/application form for you to fill out in order to enter your business/organization, or to nominate one of your fellow Bartow area businesses/organizations. All nominations are confidential to the selection committee only.

Awards will be presented on October 15 at the Committee of 100’s Champions Cup Dinner at the Bartow Civic Center. Each nominated company will receive two free tickets to the event. Businesses are eligible to win multiple times/years.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to share your su!ccesses, or those of a business/organization you admire, by participating in the program. Simply click here and fill out the online nomination form - it's easy. You may also download a pdf here and get it to the Chamber by the October 1 deadline.

The Committee of 100 is proud to offer this program that honors excellence and contributions to our local economy. If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at 863-533-7125.

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Hometown Heroes Honors Local Veterans

REGISTER TO ATTEND OR SPONSOR THE EVENT HERE.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 11:45 a.m., Bartow Civic Center

2250 Floral Avenue, Bartow 33830

The “Veteran’s Day Celebration” Committee will be holding a “Salute to Our Hometown Heroes” Appreciation Luncheon, which will honor Veterans of all military branches of service.

The luncheon will be held at the Bartow Civic Center on November 11 at noon. Veterans of the Greater Bartow area may register themselves and a guest to attend the complimentary luncheon. Others wishing to attend, depending on space available, may do so by purchasing a $25 ticket.

Sponsorships are available. Contact Jeff Clark, (Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce) at (863) 533-7125; or Freda Ridgway (Mosaic) at 813-500-6925 for more information.


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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
CITY OF BARTOW
MOSAIC
POLK STATE COLLEGE
SPATH JEWELERS
 
President Level - $5,000 Partner
 
BARTOW FORD
BARTOW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
EVOLVE PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT, LLC
SUNSHINE BANK
TOM EDWARDS CHRYSLER/DODGE/JEEP/RAM

 

Executive Level - $2,500 Partner
 

Ashland

Badcock Home Furniture & More

Bartow Community Healthcare Foundation

Bernie Little Distributors

Boswell & Dunlap, LLP

CenterState Bank

Citizens Bank & Trust

DMAR Business Centers, USA

Harmony Haven Event Venue

PalletOne, Inc.

Party People Celebration Company

The Polk County Democrat

SEMCO Construction

Spherion Staffing

Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc.

Tim Jones Barber Shop

Watson Clinic, LLP

 

Director Level - $1,000 Partner

 

Bank of Central Florida

Cross Wired Electrical Service, LLC

Cruise Planners

McGee Auto Service & Tires

Sackett Ranch

Stingray Chevrolet Bartow

Tindale Oliver

Traviss Career Center - Workforce Education

The Villages at Laurel Meadows

 
Business Level - $500 Partner

 

Linksters Tap Room - Highland City

Metalcoat, Inc. of Florida

MidFlorida Credit Union

Polk Power, LLP

State Farm Insurance - Michell Githens

Sunbelt Forest Products

Swagelok Central Florida

Whidden-McClean Funeral Home, Inc.


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.
 

SCORERoundtable

Click here to register.

Bartow Chamber SCORE Roundtable event is the second Thursday of each month, at 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Chamber boardroom. SEATING IS LIMITED. Sign up for the October 8, 2015 Roundtable here.

 

IMPORTANT LINKS:

CITY OF BARTOW
COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY 
Click here for a map of Bartow's CRA District.
MAIN STREET BARTOW, INC.
Polk County BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
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