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U.S. Congressman Ross to Speak At Champions Cup

Dennis Ross, Florida’s US Congressman, District 15, is guest speaker for this year’s Champions Cup on October 16, 2014.

Congressman Ross serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and is a Senior Deputy Whip during the 113th Congress. His position on the Committee on Financial Services allows him to participate in the legislation and oversight of issues critically important to Floridians. His role as a Senior Deputy Whip is to understand the issues that are important to the district of each Member of Congress. This information helps ensure that the legislation on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives best reflects the interests and values of constituents from Polk County and across America.

Presented by the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, the fifth annual awards dinner will be held at the Bartow Civic Center. A social hour is at 6:00 p.m., with dinner and the program starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Champions Cup event has grown each year and offers business owners a chance to socialize and be recognized for their hard work and accomplishments.

Champions Cup trophies recognize businesses and organizations that use best practices and have had a positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community.

Awards are presented in nine categories including Business of the Year and Retail Business of the Year, and the naming of a new member of the Chamber’s Champions Cup Hall of Fame. Community service is also recognized.

Business sponsorships are available, which provide advertising and preferred seating. Individual tickets for the event are $40 per person, and are available at the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce.

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Leadership Bartow Class XVI Begins Program With Retreat


    Thirty-two emerging leaders have been accepted into Leadership Bartow, a program of the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce. The two-year curriculum is oriented to develop leadership skills, foster understanding of the major issues facing businesses and city, county and state government, improve the communications network among area leaders and encourage community service.
     Leadership Bartow was established in 1984 to enhance the civic participation of emerging leaders within the greater Bartow area. Since its inception, more than 390 individuals have completed the program.
     The new group will be known as Leadership XVI, representing the program’s sixteenth class. Members will meet as a group for the first time on September 25-26 at Circle B Bar Reserve. A two-day retreat will be facilitated by Howe Q. Wallace and Bridget Kennedy Hull, both of PalletOne, Inc. The event will be sponsored by Mosaic.
     Leadership XVI class members include: Barbara Adamson, Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer Baker, Watson Clinic; Yulonda Bell, Polk State College; Kathryn Bevilacqua-Ely, The Villages at Laurel Meadows; Frank Canovaca, City of Bartow; Miles Carr, Hearts & Minds Studios, Inc.; Sharon Casey, Community Southern Bank; Matt Chinault, Terracon Consultants, Inc.; Seth Claytor, Boswell & Dunlap, LLP; Sara Cooper, Spath Jewelers; Pat Copponex, Mosaic; Greg Corbin, Bartow Ford; Zeb Duval, Mosaic; Brenda Hardman, Union Academy; Nicole Hendricks, Bartow Regional Medical Center; Ken Hall, Polk County Sheriffs Office; Wendy Henderson, Cornerstone Hospice; Jeff Henry, Polk County Sheriffs Office; Tracy Kimbrough, Bayliss & Company, PA; David Little, Cross Wired Electrical Services; JC Martin, Kelley Buick GMC of Bartow; Sherry McCollough, Polk County Schools; Dan McDaniel, Mine & Mill Industrial Supply; Rusty Music, Church Service Center; Josh Newell, A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure. Tammy Patrick, Church Service Center; Jeff Roslow, Polk County Democrat; David Sandow, Spherion Staffing; Valerie Tillmon, Citizens Bank & Trust; Roxanna Tovrea, City of Bartow; Tanya Tucker, Polk County Board of County Commissioners; and Marty Wilson, Sunbelt Forest Products. For more info about the Leadership program, call (863) 533-7125.

 


 

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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Culture, Cuisine and Conversation Event is October 14, 2014

     Bartow’s Multicultural Committee, a subcommittee of the Community Relations Committee, has planned an event that will feature a panel discussion on multiculturalism and free food samplings from various cultures.
Presented by the City of Bartow and Southeastern University, “Culture, Cuisine and Conversation,” is set for Tuesday, October 14, 2014, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Bartow Public Library.
     “Everyone is invited to this special cultural food sampling and to come hear a panel discussion on multiculturalism - and audience interaction will be encouraged.” City Commissioner Leo Longworth, said. Longworth, an organizer for the event, said that the Bartow Multicultural Committee is coordinating the culturally diverse foods for the evening.
     “Not only do you get to sample foods from other cultures, but we’re honored to have a distinguished panel of professors and community leaders to help us explore ways to appreciate the differences among us.”
     Dr. Kenneth Stephens, Southeastern University’s Department of Human Services Chair, said, “We all have our own culture – but we’re all Americans. Instead of the melting pot, we’re the salad bowl. No culture can thrive if it attempts to be exclusive. We need community, culture and conversation.
Longworth said that the aim of the committee is to bring people to the table that have differences. “Differences are blessings.”
     Sponsors include the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce and Bartow’s Community Relations Committee.
     The panel will feature community leader Ken Riley of Eastside Positive Action Committee; and Southeastern’s professors.
For more information, please call the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, (863) 533-7125.

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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 Cup, 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

 

REGAL LAKELAND
Chamber Golf Scramble

 

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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