Chamber News - the Link!

Schedule your child's back to school eye exam at Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida

Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida reminds parents to schedule their children’s back to school eye exams.

Call 800-282-EYES today!
For more information visit, or learn more about the importance of eye exams for your child at:

Member Import

Welcome New Members! - June & July 2018

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Join Date: 06/05/2018

Elite Realty Agency, LLC
Join Date: 06/06/2018

Dave Schmitt Engineering Inc.
Join Date: 06/13/2018

Afrodita Salon De Estilo
Join Date: 06/21/2018

Martin & Vleminckx USA, LLC
Join Date: 07/10/2018

Esther's School of Haines City
Join Date: 07/13/2018

Walt Lyons Trucking LLC
Join Date: 07/13/2018

Cake and Bake
Join Date: 07/16/2018

Jim Guth
Join Date:  07/16/2018

Thank you Renewing Members

Thank you Renewing Members - June - July:

We appreciate your
continued support!

Amoco c/o Quality Petroleum
Steve Weeks​

Associates in Dermatology

Barranco Clinic

Bright Smiles of Winter Haven

City of Davenport

Cremation Services of MidFlorida, Inc.

El Zocalo Supermarket

Haines City Economic Development Council

Hall Communications - WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ radio

Heartland Estates

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Lake Hammock Village

New Beginnings High School

New Horizon Church, A United Methodist Congregation

NorthRidge Christian Preschool

Polk County Sheriff's Office

Ram-Z Heating & Air, Inc.

Ridgeview Global Studies Academy

Rita Staffing

Shannon Orthodontics

St. Vincent de Paul - St. Ann Conference

Sun Orchard

Teresa Connell - State Farm Insurance

The R-Place Eatery
Jayne Keith

Thank You to our Chairman's Circle Sponsors!


Sponsor a student in the Chamber’s 2018-2019 Youth Leadership Program

The Chamber's 2018-2019 Youth Leadership program will begin in October 2018.  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 2017-2018 Youth Leadership Student Sponsors

A Special Thank You to: 

The City of Haines CityCEMEX & Kiwanis of Haines City - Youth Leadership Program Sponsors and to  Jarrett-Gordon Ford, Transportation Sponsor of the Chamber's Youth Leadership Program.

6th Annual Youth Leadership & Scholarship Golf Tournament Sponsors

Thank you to our 2018 Presenting Sponsor:  Proflex Products, Inc. and our Premium Sponsors: 
City of Haines City, Citizens Bank & Trust &
Jarrett Gordon Ford Davenport


Contact the Chamber

Haines City Area 
Chamber of Commerce
35610 Hwy. 27 / P.O. Box 986
Haines City, FL 33844 / 33845
Ph: 863-422-3751; 
Fax: 863-422-4704

Chamber Luncheon - July 19th - City of Davenport Update

Join us for an update from the City of Davenport Mayor Rob Robinson &
City Manager Kelly Callihan.

Date:  Thursday, July 19, 2018
Time:  11:45 a.m. - approx. 1 p.m.
Location:  Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Ave.,
Haines City, FL  33844
Cost:  $15 per person Members; $20 Non-Members
RSVP REQUIRED to the Chamber 
TODAY, Monday, July 16th!

Click HERE to register and pay on-line or RSVP to 
863-422-3751 or
to be invoiced.  

*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 of attendees provided in the RSVP.   No-shows will be charged.

Sponsored by: Citizens Bank & Trust

Catered by: The Catering Company


Business After Hours - Tuesday, July 17th - Amanda's Academy of Dance

Join us for a Business After Hours at
Amanda's Academy of Dance!

Tuesday, July 17th  - 5 - 7 p.m.
1 Park Place
Haines City, FL  33844

Don't miss this opportunity to network with fellow Chamber Members in a fun & relaxed atmosphere!  Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP to the Chamber TODAY! - 
863-422-3751 or

Tickets available now! - 36th Annual Pig Roast & Political Rally - August 3rd!

The Chamber's 36th Annual Pig Roast & Political Rally will be held Friday, August 3rd at the Lake Eva Event Center.  
Last year's event sold out so don't wait, reserve your tickets and tables early!  Mix and mingle with Incumbents and Candidates campaigning for local, county, state and federal offices at this highly anticipated event.  The evening will feature a fabulous catered dinner, numerous door prizes, straw poll,  live band Steel Horse and much more!  

Candidate packages, individual tickets and tables of 8 & 10 available.  Sponsorships available now - Sponsors receive maximum recognition at the event, on the Chamber's website, facebook, instagram, e-newsletter, on invitations and more!  Don't miss this opportunity to promote your business to thousands of potential customers.  Call the Chamber for more information - 863-422-3751.  

Click HERE to Register online for the event. 

Candidates Already Registered to attend:

Dana Cottrell - Candidate for U.S. Representative Dist. 11
Danny Kushmer - Candidate for U.S. Representative Dist. 15
Baxter Troutman - Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture
Rep. Colleen Burton - Candidate for State Representative Dist. 40
Lee Cohen - Candidate for 10th Judicial Circuit Judge, Group 10
Melissa Gravitt - Candidate for 10th Judicial Circuit Judge, Group 10
Keith Merritt - Candidate for 10th Judicial Circuit Judge, Group 10
Dana Moore - Candidate for 10th Judicial Circuit Judge, Group 11
Steve Pinckett - Candidate for 10th Judicial Circuit Judge, Group 11
Rick Wilson - Candidate for County Commission Dist. 2
Martha Santiago - Candidate for County Commission Dist. 4
Sara Fortney - Candidate for Polk County School Board Dist. 3

Scott Jones - Candidate for Polk County School Board Dist. 3
LaTrice Moore - Candidate for Polk County School Board Dist. 3
Kala Tedder - Candidate for Polk County School Board Dist. 3
David Byrd - Candidate for Polk County School Board Dist. 7
Lisa Miller - Candidate for Polk County School Board Dist. 7

Click HERE for Sponsorship options.

Thank you to our current Sponsors:

Presidential:  CEMEX;  City of Haines City;  
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center
Proflex Products, Inc.
Congressional:   Balmoral Resort Florida
CenterState Bank;  Citizens Bank & Trust;
City of DavenportJack Myers, Century 21 Myers Realty
GubernatorialJarrett Gordon Ford Davenport;  
Polk State CollegeWayne T. Fellows, Inc.  
Exclusive Printing Sponsor:   Cromer International Press
State Legislature:  Posner Park Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT
Billboard Sponsor:  Koala Outdoor 
Chest of Cheer Sponsor:    Karen & Steve Tiner, Ameriprise Financial Advisors​
Legislative Aide:  Duke EnergyEast Polk County Association of Realtors;  MIDFLORIDA Credit UnionTeresa Connell, State Farm Insurance; ​Tracy Mouncey & Associates
Door Prize Sponsors:   Karen Bryan State Farm InsurancePennoni;   Poinciana Medical Center; Tunno Groves

We want your shoes!


It's week two of our shoe drive!  How are you doing with the shoe challenge of bringing a bag of 25 shoes to the Chamber?  We can't wait to congratulate you on stepping up to the challenge!

It's hard to believe that over 600 million shoes go into landfills across the U.S. annually. The majority of these shoes can still be worn. The shoes that we collect will be kept from landfills in our country and will help others in developing nations start micro-enterprises that will create sustainable incomes for their families and at the same time, raise much needed funds for our team. Can you collect 25 pairs and help? With many people playing a small part, we can achieve great results! Remember if you can’t collect 25, every pair counts.

Thanks for your helping us reach our goal of 100 bags!

Call the Chamber to get them picked up or you can drop them off at these locations: 

Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce, 35610 HWY 27, Haines City; Mon. - Thurs. 9 - 4; Fri. 10-3
Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 901 Scenic Highway, Haines City; Mon - Thurs 8 -3; Sun 8 - 12
Center State Bank,   36099 US Highway 27, Haines City;
Mon - Thurs 9 - 4
Fibrofit, 42733 Hwy 27, Suite 201, Davenport; Mon, Tues, Fri  8 - 5
EPCAR, 700 Avenue B SW, Winter Haven,  Mon - Fri, 8 - 5
Haines City Library, 111 N 6th Street, Haines City, Mon - Sat. - Opens 10 a.m. closing time varies
Heart of Florida Chiropractic, 350 S 10th St., Haines City; Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 9 - 12:30
Teresa Connell, State Farm Insurance, 419 US Hwy 17-92 W, Mon-Fri 8:30 - 5
Amanda's Academy of Dance,  1 Park Place, Haines City,
Tues, Weds, Thurs.  3 - 8 p.m.
Spring of Blessing Church, 704 McLeod Ave., Haines City, Tues - Fri 9 - 3; Sun. 9 - 2
Mid-Florida Credit Union,  1006 Old Polk City Road, Haines City,
Mon - Fri, 12 - 5
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center,  40100 U.S. Hwy. 27, Davenport, Mon - Fri, 8 - 6

Can we count on you?
Call the Chamber office for more details.
PS: if you can’t collect 25, then try for 15, 10, or 5.
Remember, every pair that you collect helps.
Thank you for helping us meet our goals!

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. 

Proflex Products, Inc. has numerous employment opportunities available -   Immediate opening for Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, office staff, HR positions, Manufacturing Plant personnel and more.  Interested applicants should email resumes to:  

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.

Polk State Start Right supply giveaway to prepare K-12, college students for the school year - The Polk State College Foundation and Polk State JD Alexander Center will host the second annual Start Right Campaign School Supply Giveaway event Saturday, July 28, at 9 a.m. in Lake Wales at 152 E. Central Ave., where students from kindergarten through college will each be eligible to receive a backpack stuffed with school supplies.  The event will also include food, music, and free haircuts provided by Gifted Cuts and Faded Fresh barbershops for students between the ages of 5 and 14.  Donations and supplies are needed, and can be provided by visiting or by delivering items to the Polk State JD Alexander Center by Monday, July 23.  Click HERE for more information.  

Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center will be holding a free Back to School Fair from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, July 28th at the hospital located at 40100 US Hwy 27 in Davenport.  The event will feature CPR demonstrations and health care staff offering health tips, face painters, school supplies, a fun zone and a K9 demonstration from Haines City Police Department as well as the Public Library Bookmobile!  This event is free and open to the public.  Click HERE for more information.    

    Honor your favorite businesses by voting them Best of the Best in Polk County.   From July 15th through July 29th you can vote once per day for your favorite business in 150 different categories.  The ballot will be in The Ledger on certain days and your can vote on  Vote in a minimum of 25 categories and you will be entered to win a $500 gift card that will be awarded to one lucky voter.


The latest in minimally invasive robotic surgery recently arrived at Poinciana Medical Center. Dr. Anthony Nunez, Credentialed Thoracic Surgeon, recently completed the first procedure using the hospital’s new da Vinci Si® Surgical System. The new technology is used at Poinciana Medical Center for a wide range of procedures in urology, gynecology, general surgery and thoracic surgery.  “The da Vinci Si® Surgical System is a substantial addition to the surgical programs at our hospital,” said Dottie Ogaz, Director of Perioperative Services at Poinciana Medical Center. “Our teams are now able to use 3-D and high-definition visualization while performing minimally invasive procedures. Patients will benefit from smaller incisions, shorter recovery times, and ultimately, improved outcomes.”  “It’s a privilege for us to bring robotic procedures to this community,” said Chris Cosby, CEO of Poinciana Medical Center. “We already have four surgeons fully trained in this highly specialized robotic surgery, which benefits our patients as well as our surgical teams.”  Robotic surgery is just one example of growth at Poinciana Medical Center. The hospital is also breaking ground on a $10.1 million expansion to its emergency room this year.

    Senior Living Management's 25th Birthday! - Please join Savannah Court of Haines City, 301 Peninsular Drive, in celebrating their company's 25 years of success and service.  Thursday, July 26th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Stop by for some refreshments and cupcakes, meet the staff and tour the facility.  

         A Call to all Military War Veterans "Vet Voices" Recruiting Now!  Sessions Begin July 2018!  Have you ever been curious about Acting? Song writing? Art design? Being on stage or behind the scenes? Well, be curious no more because "Arts Got Your 6" has an all-new, inspiring program from TheatreCares. Now is YOUR time to discover the world of Theatre Arts with Vet Voices!  Vet Voices will provide disabled military war veterans an opportunity for positive self-awareness and self-discovery in a creative “safe space” environment. The program will consist of interactive workshops and events that allow veterans affected by war to explore the theatre arts and ultimately find healing through creativity.  TheatreCares Wants You!  Click the Media Release to learn more & begin your journey with "Vet Voices" Today!  Vet Voices Recruitment Media Release: VIEW | DOWNLOAD  Click HERE for more information.  

    Poinciana Medical Center Physician Lecture - Monday, July 16th, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Poinciana medical Center, 325 Cypress Parkway, Kissimmee, Fl  34758.  Dr. Nam Dinh, credentialed orthopedic surgeon at Poinciana Medical Center, will conduct a lecture about understanding hip pain. After the lecture, Dr. Dinh will hold an open Q&A.  A complimentary dinner will be served at the event.  (dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.; lecture will begin at 5:45 p.m.)  Please RSVP at 1-888-253-8117.  For more information about the Physician Lecture Series, call  407-530-2013 or email This event is open to the public.  Poinciana Medical Center's Five-Year Anniversary Celebration - Thursday, July 26, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Poinciana Medical Center will host a celebration for its fifth anniversary, and the community is invited.  Attendees will enjoy light refreshments, reminisce about the hospital’s past and learn about its exciting future with the hospital’s CEO, Chris Cosby and other members of the hospital’s leadership team.  Please RSVP at 1-888-253-8117

Rita Staffing Job Fair at Cooper Memorial Library - Friday, July 20th, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, 2525 Oakley Seavor Dr., Clermont, FL 34711.  Openings for a Fulfillment Center in Davenport. Long Term, Possible Temp to Hire, and Seasonal positions.  Weekday, Weekend, and Night Shift positions available!  $12.00-$13.35 /hr.

Staples Computer Tune up event - Saturday, July 28th - 11:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Members can bring their computers to Staples, 3500 Posner Blvd., Davenport and they will tune them up for better performance.  Only $10 for Chamber Members.  Contact Staples for more information - 863-420-7064.

    Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus​ Vacation Bible School - Coming to New Horizon Church, 400 Orchid Drive, Haines City Monday, July 30 - Friday August 3, 2018, 6 -8 pm where children will learn that Jesus Christ rescues us from the storms of life. Please call the church to learn more about registering children from preschool - 12 years of age by calling 863-422-1290.  This is a free event that includes a snack each night.  The VBS will host a celebration at it's completion on Saturday, August 4th with Bounce Houses, Games, crafts, food, and more.

   SAVE THE DATE - 8th Annual Curing Cancer Charity Challenge, September, 22, 2018, Providence Golf Club, 1518 Clubhouse Blvd., Davenport, FL  33837.  Prizes & trophies, contests, raffles, silent auctions & more!  Tournament to benefit Relay for Life, American Cancer Society.  Register early to reserve your team's spot!  To register or sponsor, contact Kristina Drexler at 863-422-8752, ext. 258 or or online at  

the Link - Chamber News - the Link!