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Enjoy more at Merrill Gardens at ChampionsGate!

Enjoy more at Merrill Gardens at ChampionsGate! Our community is designed to meet your individual needs and give you the freedom to be yourself. We offer the best in independent senior living, assisted living, and memory care – from a family owned company that knows connection is everything.
Luxury apartment homes with rates starting at only $1,700 for a limited time! Call us today at (863) 438-3491 to schedule your personal visit.

8400 ChampionsGate Blvd
ChampionsGate, FL 33896

Click HERE to visit the website for Merrill Gardens at ChampionsGate.  

Applications now available for Leadership Haines City Class IX!

Now accepting applications for Leadership Haines City Class IX!
Leadership Haines City Class IX will begin in January 2019.  The Leadership Haines City program brings together current and emerging leaders from Haines City and Northeast Polk, with the charge of developing a network of informed, proactive, talented and resourceful leaders to constantly improve our community’s quality of life.  Leadership participants learn about different sectors of the community (government, private, non-profit); and the issues, challenges, and opportunities that confront its current leaders and the leaders of tomorrow.
The 9-month program immerses participants in activities and discussions to increase their awareness and ability to assess current and future issues that impact or will impact Haines City, Polk County, and the State of Florida.

Click HERE for the program overview with detailed information and requirements for the Leadership Class.

Click HERE for the Application.  Applications are due back to the Chamber by Monday, November 26th.  

Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Members! - October & November 2018

Events by S & G, LLC
Join Date: 10/03/2018

Oasis Creations Bakery
Join Date: 10/03/2018

Cam's Catering Company, Inc.
Join Date: 10/16/2018

Lock Insurance
Join Date: 10/18/2018

Full Attitude Martial Arts
Join Date: 10/22/2018

Johanna Velazquez - State Farm Insurance
Join Date: 10/23/2018

American Institute of Dermatology, P.A.
Join Date: 10/24/2018

Thank you Renewing Members

Thank you Renewing Members - October - November

We appreciate your
continued support!

Accounting & Tax Edge LLC

CenterState Bank

Comfort Keepers

Cypresswood Golf & Country Club


Early Learning Coalition of Polk County

Florida Track & Turf

Haines City High School/IB Candidate School

Haines City Rotary Club

Horizons Elementary School


Intense Ink

Lake Henry Estates

Landmark Baptist Church

Performer's Edge Dance Center

Polar Air Services, Inc.

Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club

Spring Haven Retirement Community


State Representative Sam Killebrew

Webber International University

White's ACE Hardware

Willowbrook Golf Course

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 began in October! 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 current 2018-2019 Youth Leadership Student Sponsors

A Special Thank You to: 

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

Calendar of Events

Chamber Member Events:

For additional events, please click HERE for the Chamber's Full Event Calendar page on our website,  Click on the Titles of the events listed below for complete details. 

Business After Hours/Ribbon Cutting - Central Florida Health Care

Dundee Chamber Luncheon

Chamber Luncheon - State of the City Address

Farmers' Market at Cagan Crossings - Events by S & G, LLC

Coastal Acoustic Barefoot Music LIVE at Balmoral Bar & Grill

Central Florida Farm Tour

"The Butler Did It" - presented by the Haines City Community Theatre

"The Butler Did It" - presented by the Haines City Community Theatre

2018 Advocare Invitational College Basketball Tournament

Farmers' Market at Cagan Crossings - Events by S & G, LLC

2018 Advocare Invitational College Basketball Tournament

2018 Advocare Invitational College Basketball Tournament

Piano Concert with Dr. Jonathan Reed

Poinciana Medical Center Physician Lecture

Open House - American Institute of Dermatology

Farmers' Market at Cagan Crossings - Events by S & G, LLC

David Brimer Duo LIVE at Balmoral Bar & Grill

Business Shower - Full Attitude Martial Arts

City of Davenport's Festival of Trees, Tree Lighting Ceremony

City of Davenport's Sharing Christmas With You

Saint Leo University's Virtual Information Sessions

"Virtual" Information Sessions at Saint Leo University Lakeland Education Center

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Farmers' Market at Cagan Crossings - Events by S & G, LLC

Southern Legacy Duo LIVE at Balmoral Bar & Grill

City of Davenport's Christmas Parade & Winterfest

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Chamber Luncheon - Citrus Connection Update

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Farmers' Market at Cagan Crossings - Events by S & G, LLC

LuBeck LIVE at Balmoral Bar & Grill

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Contact the Chamber

Haines City Area 
Chamber of Commerce
35610 Hwy. 27
Haines City, FL 33844 
Ph: 863-422-3751; 
Fax: 863-422-4704

Open House - American Institute of Dermatology - Thursday, November 29th

Join us for an Open House for American Institute of Dermatology.

171 Webb Drive, Davenport, FL  33837
Thursday, November 29th 
5 - 7 p.m.

Join us to welcome one of the Chamber's newest Members. 

Refreshments will be served. 
Enjoy appetizers, desserts, beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. 

Door prizes will be provided by American Institute of Dermatology. You will have the opportunity to win a free Botox treatment valued at $300 and additional exceptional prizes.

You don't want to miss this spectacular event! 

RSVP to the Chamber by Tuesday, November 27th! - email or call 863-422-3751.

Business After Hours - December 4th Cypresswood Golf & Country Club

Join us for our December Business After Hours

Tuesday, December 4th
5-7 p.m.

Cypresswood Golf & Country Club
1099 Clubhouse Rd.
Winter Haven, FL  33884

Expect fabulous food, drinks, doorprizes & more!

RSVP to the Chamber by Friday, November 30th! or call 863-422-3751

Chamber Directories to print soon!

2019 Chamber Membership Directories to print soon!
   Cromer International Press will be printing our 2019 Directories.  Cromer will be reaching out to you with advertising opportunities for the 2019 Directory.  5,000 Directories will be printed and distributed throughout Polk County and beyond!  *As a Chamber Member, your directory listing will automatically be included in the Directory.  However, if you would like even more exposure for your business and are interested in having your advertisement in front of 5,000 visitors, businesses and residents, please contact Cromer Press at 863-422-8651 for advertising options.   

Chamber Luncheon - December 13th - Citrus Connection Update

Join us for December luncheon that will feature an update from Tom Phillips, Executive Director of Citrus Connection.  Mr. Phillips will outline current and future enhancements to routes making them more efficient to serve the people of Haines City and Polk County.

Date:  Thursday, December 13th
Time:  11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location:  Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City
Cost:  $15 per person Members; $20 per person Non-Members
RSVP REQUIRED to the Chamber by Friday, December 7th!

*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.   

Come early or stay after for a special holiday photo booth opportunity before & after the luncheon.  Photo booth provided by the Haines City library.

Click HERE to register and pay online.

RSVP to the Chamber at 863-422-3751 or

Sponsor Needed! - Contact the Chamber for details!

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. Balmoral Resort has an immediate opening for a Sr. Accountant - This position reports to the Director of Operations and works closely with the employees in the accounting department. The Sr. Accountant is responsible for the monthly accounts for the Property Management companies and Owner Association companies as well as multiple accounts on our Development side of our business.  Click HERE for a detailed job description.  Contact Tamera Figueroa, Director of Operations for more information - 1-863-353-0016. McDonald's Hinson Ave. Now Hiring!  Call McDonald's at 863-422-6569 for more information or stop by to apply to work in a fun-filled environment!  

 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.

McDonald's McFamily Fun Night -  - Every Monday, 5 - 7 p.m. at 317 E Hinson Ave., Haines City; Every Tuesday, 5 - 7 p.m. at 36204 Hwy. 27, Haines City.  $1.99 Happy Meal! and tons of Fun!   

     Poinciana Hospital CEO named "40 under 40" honoree -   Chris Cosby, CEO of Poinciana Medical Center, was recently recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” honoree. The award recognizes Central Florida leaders younger than 40 years old who have played a key role in shaping their communities.  Cosby was selected from among 210 applicants, who were evaluated based on the following accomplishments:  Management of a special project or challenge; Results of launching a new product or service; Community involvement; Leadership in their industry.  Click HERE to read the press release.  

     Sponsorships now available for the City of Haines City's Annual Glitter, Glisten & Snow event!  The Haines City Parks & Recreation Department will host one of their most popular community events, Glitter Glisten & Snow on December 1st. New this year, to kick off the night will be the 1st Annual “Dashing through the Ridge 5K” which will start at 5pm followed by the Glitter Glisten & Snow event  at 6 p.m.  This popular event allows families and children of all ages to participate in many activities, including visits with Santa, a snow slide, flakes falling from the sky, performances from local school children and community groups, along with a host of free activities for families to participate in!  The City is once again looking for individuals and businesses to provide support for this free community event. Donations of all sizes are needed and appreciated to help with this event.  Click HERE for the Sponsorship Form.  Click HERE for more information.

    City of Davenport's Sharing Christmas with You - now through December 3rd.  Share your generosity with families in need!  Please donate a new, unwrapped gift suitable for a girl or boy, 3 months to 16 years old.  Donations will benefit children of 13 local schools.    Drop off locations:  City of Davenport City Hall, 1 South Allapaha Ave., Davenport or Jarrett Gordon Ford of Davenport, 2600 Access Rd., Davenport.  For more information please call City Hall, 863-419-3300 ext. 138 or Jarrett Gordon Ford, 863-422-1167.  Click HERE for the flyer.  


       Virtual Information Sessions at Saint Leo University - Saint Leo University’s Lakeland Education Center, 315 Granada Street, Lakeland, will hold a series of “virtual” information sessions in the coming weeks. The information sessions will take place at noon and at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5.  Those interested in finding out more about Saint Leo, what degrees are offered, courses, and more are invited.  Click HERE for the press release and more information.  

Live Music Events at Balmoral Bar & Grill - Balmoral's Bar & Grill is hosting a series of live music events - Free Entry.  124 Kenny Blvd., Haines City - 7 - 9 p.m.  November 16th - Coastal Acoustic Barefoot Music; November 30th - David Brimer Duo; December 7th - Southern Legacy Duo; December 14th - LuBeck.  For more information contact Balmoral Resort Florida at 863-588-3097.

    The Butler Did It is a "classic whodunit?" in which all the characters are either butlers by trade or by name.  There are plenty of twists and turns attempting to figure out what is real and what is make believe.  The surprise ending sets matters straight in a most bizarre and ironic way.  Pay attention to details throughout the show. The play is directed by David Smith.   Shows will be performed Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:30   Nov. 17,18 at the Haines City Community Theater located at 303 Ledwith Ave. in Haines City.   Tickets are $18.  Please call 863-421-1893 for reservations.  Pictured actors are (top row )  Regan Krause, Nikki Buron, Ian Elliot,(bottom row) Sally O'Quinn, Rachel Siter and Ken Higgins

    You are invited to attend the Dundee Area Chamber of Commerce's - The Future of the Automotive Industry Luncheon, Tuesday, November 13th, 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Presented by Mark Graham, Marketing Director for Mahalak Auto Group and Anthony Walters, Senior Product Specialist at Alfa Romeo FIAT of Winter Haven.  $12 for Dundee Chamber Members; $15 non-members.  RSVP to the Dundee Chamber by Friday, November 9th at 863-439-3261 or  Sponsor needed!  Sponsor gets to choose the caterer!  Call the Dundee Chamber for details!  Click HERE for the flyer.  

    Polk State College will inaugurate Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti as the institution’s fifth President on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, with an investiture ceremony at 4 p.m. in the Winter Haven Campus Health Center, 999 Ave. H N.E. The public is invited and encouraged to RSVP to Kristie Tapley at 863.297.1071 or  Click HERE for the press release.  

2018 Advocare Invitational College Basketball Tournament    - November 22, 23 & 25 - HP Field House (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.) - PDF Bracket - The AdvoCare Invitational is headlined by reigning national champion Villanova. Elite Eight squad Florida State and CAA champion Charleston highlight the bottom half of the bracket along with LSU’s top-five recruiting class. New Memphis coach Penny Hardaway will return to the Orlando area after playing for the Orlando Magic for six seasons.  - Chamber Members can receive a $5 discount on single session (2 games per session) tickets starting on 11/25.  Click HERE to purchase tickets.  Use the code: ADVOCHAMBER to receive your discount.  Click HERE for the stadium seating chart.  Click HERE for the tournament bracket.  For more information on the event, click HERE.

Piano Concert at Lamb of God Lutheran Church - Come enjoy an afternoon of Christmas hymns & sacred piano pieces by Dr. Jonathan Reed on Sunday November 25th, 4:00 pm at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 901 Scenic Hwy, Haines City, Fl.  Dr. Reed is Assistant Professor of Music at Warner University in Lake Wales.  Dr. Reed has achieved professional success despite a disability that would discourage most people from pursuing a career in music: as a result of medical treatment as a young child, Dr. Reed has serious hearing loss and a slight speech defect.  His story is inspirational.  Free will offering accepted. Call 863-421-2811 for more information.  

    Poinciana Medical Center Physician Lecture - Wed., Nov. 28, from 12–1 p.m., Poinciana Medical Center, 325 Cypress Parkway, Kissimmee.  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 lunch will be served at the event.  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.


   Get ready to "Wreck-The-Halls" with TheatreWorks Florida’s "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical!"  Dec 7-16, 2018 • Limited engagement (7 shows) • Limited seating - Synopsis:  It’s holiday time down in Armadillo Acres and everyone’s filled with warmth and beer. But when a freak bout of amnesia strikes the trailer park Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test. Jingle all the way with some new neighbors in an all-new, all-trailer-park musical! This outrageous companion sequel to the original The Great American Trailer Park Musical is just as much of a cat-fightin’, chair-throwin’ good time – but with Tinsel and Keg Nog!  Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested; strong language, adult situations and alien abductions).  Chamber Members now receive 15% OFF show tickets! Purchase tickets online and apply discount code: TWFCHAMBER15. Offer expires Oct 30, 2018. Tickets and Show Info: CLICK HERE. [LINK TO:]  Group Rates Available! Contact Abel Gonzales at: or 407.340.0473.  Presented by: Wayne T. Fellows, Inc. [link to]  TWF 2018-19 Season Sponsor: Ledger Media Group [link to:]  Get Connected:  |

Lakeland Tarpons 2019 Schedule - Season Tickets are now on sale and start at just $50 for all 5 games at RP Funding Center.  Click HERE to get your season tickets!  Home Schedule:  5/11 vs Sarasota BigCats 7:05p; 5/18 vs Gulf Coast Fire 7:05p (Double Header Sarasota vs Manatee at 4:05p); 6/1 vs Manatee Neptunes 7:05p; 6/8 vs Gulf Coast Fire 7:05p; 7/20 A-League Playoff Double Header (4:05p & 7:05p); Click HERE to visit the Tarpons's website for more information on the team.

    American Pickers to Film in Florida!  Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Florida! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in January 2019!  AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History.  AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send them your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.

36th Annual Pig Roast & Political Rally Presidential Sponsors

Thank you to our 36th Annual Pig Roast & Political Rally Presidential Sponsors: 
CEMEX, City of Haines City,  Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center and Proflex Products, Inc.


Advertise with our Chamber!

Advertise on our website Our site received over 1 million hits in 2016 and we are on track for even more in 2017! Web links and banner ads will expose your business to the world. 
Advertise on your target audience’s page for a week, month or year!*  Logo links to your website start at:  Weekly $40; Monthly $100; 6-month contract $90/per month; Annual contract $80/per month.
This weekly e-newsletter, the Link, provides the opportunity for up to 2 exclusive advertising spaces on the TOP of this newsletter each week.   The newsletter is distributed to almost 600 businesses & contacts each week.  One weekly advertiser and the option for one monthly advertiser or an additional weekly advertiser. Advertisements will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.  The cost of the weekly ad with web and flyer link is $50 per weekly advertiser or $150 per monthly advertiser.  All advertisements must be reserved and pre-paid. 
Start seeing results now! For more information contact the staff at the Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce, 863-422-3751
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