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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month!

March is Workplace 
Eye Wellness Month

Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida is pleased to provide a comprehensive vision discount program to complement company vision plans and provide employees who opt out of vision coverage or do not have access to a vision plan with a sensible solution.
Their Special Eyes Vision Discount Program is available at NO CHARGE to employers or their employees. In addition, employees can sign up their spouse and dependents, also at no cost. The program is welcome at all seven of their convenient locations.  Sign up materials are available at or contact Jennifer Olivier, Marketing Manager, at 863-294-3504 ext. 1318 or


Candidate Forum - Monday, March 19th

Join us for a Candidate Forum for City Commission Seat No. 2 hosted by the Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce

Monday, March 19th     
6 PM – 8 PM

In the Commission Chamber of City Hall
620 East Main Street, Haines City, FL  

Please contact the Chamber for any questions - 863-422-3751.

The City election for Seat No. 2 will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Click HERE for the flyer.  

Welcome New Chamber Members!

Lake House Apartments
Jamie Zwicker
Join Date: 01/04/2018

Proflex Products Inc
Timothy Abbott
Join Date: 01/11/2018

The Hotel Tea Room & Flower Corner
Samantha & Jackie Summerlin
Join Date: 01/11/2018

Cooter's-n-Smoke BBQ
Daniel Tomlinson
Join Date: 01/11/2018

EEC Solutions
Alex Morales-Hernandez
Join Date: 01/21/2018

The Mailbox Center
Anthony Grant
Join Date: 01/24/2018

Adams Homes
Misty Varner
Join Date: 01/16/2018

Thank you Renewing Members

Thank you Renewing Members - February - March:
We appreciate your
continued support!

Allstate Insurance Company - Barcena Insurance Group, Inc.

American Care, Inc.

Bruce A. Davis & Associates, Inc.

Duke Energy

Florida Blue

KBauer Financials LLC

Nancy Poe Tax Service

Ridge Community High School

Sunshine Foundation Dream Village

Sunshine Spray Service Inc.

Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc.

Tracy Mouncey and Associates

Tropic Eagle Alliance LLC - Dove Cleaning Services

WellMed at Haines City

Thank You to our Chairman's Circle Sponsors!


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

The Chamber's 2017-2018 Youth Leadership program began in October 2017.  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 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 2018.   Call the Chamber at  863-422-3751  to sponsor a student or for more information.  

Thank You to the current 2017-2018 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 - Eye Specialists of Mid Florida


Poinciana Medical Center's Physician Lecture Series


Central Florida Farm Tour


Chamber Luncheon - Rotary & Kiwanis Update


Poinciana Medical Center's Spring Health Fair


2018 Legislative Session Wrap-Up Breakfast


Economic Summit


Ridge Technical College Open House and Career Fair


Central Florida Farm Tour


Chamber Annual Education Celebration Luncheon

Advertise with us!

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 or

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

Business After Hours - Tuesday, March 13th - Eye Specialists of MidFlorida

Join us for a Business After Hours event  at 
Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida PA!

Event:  Business After Hours 
Location: 100 Patterson Rd., Haines City, FL  33844
Date: Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13th
Time: 5:00 pm -7:00 pm

Expect amazing food, door prizes, networking with friends, and tons of fun!

FREE for Chamber Members!

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

Chamber Luncheon - Thursday, March 22nd

You may know someone who is a member of Rotary or Kiwanis but do you really know what these organizations do?  Join us for a "Spring Training" themed Chamber Luncheon featuring an update from Haines City Rotary & Kiwanis of Haines City to learn about what they do, what projects they are working on and more.  

Date:  Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time:  11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location:  Lake Eva Event Center, 799 Johns Avenue, Haines City, FL  33844
*Cost:  $15 per person Members;
$20 per person Non-Members
RSVP:  REQUIRED to the Chamber by Friday, March 16th

*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.

Click HERE to register and pay online or
RSVP to or call 863-422-3751 to be invoiced.  

Sponsored by: Haines City Rotary

Catered by:  The Catering Company

Advertising Opportunity!

   We are introducing a great marketing opportunity for you, our members! Those of you who attended our February luncheon were introduced to our new placemats.  If you were unable to attend, please click HERE to view the placemat.  Each month, we will have a new placemat at each setting on the tables.  These placemats will celebrate our new and renewing members, remind you of upcoming events and could be a great showplace for your business with one of the advertisements.   We are offering you the opportunity to place an ad for your business on the monthly placemats.  For only $25, your business card will be visible to everyone at the luncheon on the placemats!   A double space (size of 2 business cards) is only $50.  You can purchase an ad for one month or more, or for a whole year.  Chamber member must provide business card to the Chamber no later than TODAY, Monday, March 12th to be featured on the placemat at the March 22, 2018, luncheon.   If you would like more information about advertising on our monthly placemats, please call the Chamber.  Space is limited so don't hesitate!  Showcase your business, this is a great networking opportunity.

SAVE THE DATE - 6th Annual Youth Leadership & Scholarship Golf Tournament

    SAVE THE DATE and Mark your calendars for the Chamber's 6th Annual Youth Leadership & Scholarship Golf Tournament, Saturday, June 2nd, at Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club!

Sponsorships available!  Reserve a spot for your team today! 

Click HERE for the Application.  Click HERE for the Sponsorship form.  

 Call the Chamber for more information - 863-422-3751

2018 Legislative Session Wrap-Up Breakfast

2018 Legislative Session Wrap-Up Breakfast


Chain of Lakes Complex, Poolside Room 
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 
Winter Haven, FL 33880 

When pulling into the Chain of Lakes complex off of Cypress Gardens Blvd, take your first right and go straight through the parking lot to take a left at the dead end, then a right in front of Theatre Winter Haven, then a left at the dead end and around to the back of the building.

The 2018 Florida Legislative Session ends on March 9, 2018. Join us as members of our Polk County Delegation present an overview of the 2018 session, how they voted, what they accomplished and what they think wasn't accomplished. Over 3,000 bills have been filed so far and as we have watched over the last few weeks, it has been a dramatic time in Tallahassee in the aftermath of the Parkland tragedy. During the wrap up you'll have a chance to learn what passed, what didn't and what we can expect next legislative session. This is also an election year where every seat will be up for election. It's a great way to start getting more informed before heading to the polls for the primaries in August and the election in November.

Tickets are $20 and breakfast is included. This is a collaborative event between the Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council. 

Haines City Area Chamber Members:  Please RSVP to the Haines City Area Chamber by Thursday, March 29th to be invoiced for the event - or call 863-422-3751.  Pre-paid event only - no payments will be taken at the door.  Click HERE to Register and pay on-line.

If you are a Member of multiple Chambers, you may RSVP to the Chamber of your choi

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.

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.

   Have we got a great offer for you!  Join us for Haines City Area Chamber Night with the Lakeland Magic.  We are offering discounted tickets to our members for the Friday, March 23rd game against the Delaware 87ers.  Game time is 7 p.m. at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.  To get your tickets go to:  We have 30 tickets available for only $10 each!  So don't wait, get your tickets today!

   Poinciana Medical Center's Physician Lecture Series:  Thurs., March 15, 2:30 p.m.,  Poinciana Library, 101 N. Doverplum Avenue.  Dr. Oral James, credentialed Gastroenterologist at Poinciana Medical Center, will conduct a lecture on colorectal cancer awareness.  Q&A sessions will be held after event.  Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-253-8117. For more information about the Physician Lecture Series, call 407-530- 2013 or email 

  Relay for Life - Join us for 2018’s I-RISH FOR A CURE: Relay For Life of Haines City & Davenport Saturday, March 17th from 4:00-9:00 PM.  You can create or join a Relay Team at This year our Relay will be an Irish themed festival featuring drink vendors, live performers, and food sold by Relay Teams. We will end the event with a traditional luminaria ceremony. Fundraising began in August so think about how you can raise money for your team! Money can be dropped off at our monthly meetings or donated online via the fundraising app.

  Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with Bright Smiles of Winter Haven - New patient special offer:  $99 Includes cleaning, exam, x-rays and fluoride.  Offer expires 3/31/18 valid for new patients only.  Additional restrictions apply.  Contact Bright Smiles of Winter Haven at  863-837-3313 or visit for more information.  Click HERE for the flyer.  

  March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month - Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida is pleased to provide a comprehensive vision discount program to complement company vision plans and provide employees who opt out of vision coverage or do not have access to a vision plan with a sensible solution. Their Special Eyes Vision Discount Program is available at NO CHARGE to employers or their employees. In addition, employees can sign up their spouse and dependents, also at no cost. The program is welcome at all seven of their convenient locations.  Sign up materials are available at or contact Jennifer Olivier, Marketing Manager, at 863-294-3504 ext. 1318 or


Atlanta Braves Spring Training games - Beginning in February and throughout March, the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Games will be held at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Chamber Members receive $5 off the ticket price for all games.  Visit the following link to purchase tickets: and enter Promo Code: Chamber2018.  Click HERE for the schedule.  If you need assistance with Group tickets, Mini-Plans, Suites or Catering opportunities, please contact Don Sinclair, Sports Sales Manager at Disney Sports Attractions - (407) 938-3872 or email


TheatreWorks Florida’s "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" presented by The Ledger.  TICKETS SELLING OUT FAST!!!!  Don't miss this bad boy, feel good, rock-n-roll FLORIDA musical!  Mar 9-18, 2018. Limited engagement! Limited seating!  TheatreWorks Florida's 2010 winner of 13 awards from the Orlando Fringe Festival, including “Best In Fest”, returns to the stage! SYNOPSIS: There's a new tenant at Armadillo Acres - and she's wreaking havoc all over Florida's most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband - the storms begin to brew! Tickets and Show Info: CLICK HERE Scott A. Cook, Artistic Producer/Director says, “From the moment I heard the outrageous and electrifying score in 2005 I was hooked. Every song is full of surprises, as the music slips across the dial of American radio from country to blues to rock to disco to bump and grind and R&B. The show is an all-out, fun loving comic assault on the American red-neck, dealing with spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy and other problems indigenous to life in a "mobile home community", but it is the colorful characters and lasting friendships that are the heart of this scandalous musical comedy."   Don't miss out, get your tickets today!  Get Connected:  | 

  Poinciana Medical Center is hosting its Spring Health Fair - Saturday, March 24, 9:00 am- 12:00pm. This interactive health fair is free and open to the community and will take place in Poinciana Medical Center’s main lobby, 325 Cypress Parkway Kissimmee, Florida 34758. The event will feature community physician practices, information about health resources in the community, free health screenings, healthy meal demonstrations and an on-site Zumba class (10 am start time). Attendees will also have an opportunity to tour a variety of first responder vehicles, including a medical helicopter.  For more information about Poinciana Medical Center, visit You can also follow the hospital on Facebook and Twitter.

  Registration Open for 31st Annual Government Small Business Conference - The Florida SBDC at University of South Florida, in conjunction with the Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at USF, are pleased to announce registration is now open for the 31st Annual Small Business Conference. This co-hosted conference, held on May 4th, titled Strategy & Acquisition: Success in Federal Contracting, is a unique conference for small business owners to learn how to optimize government contracting opportunities through informative workshops, panel discussions, and a Business Opportunity Expo, featuring federal agencies.  Cost is $149 per person during the early bird registration period. Early registration discounts end April 13. The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..  In addition to training and networking opportunities, the afternoon will feature a Small Business Awards Luncheon with a prominent keynote speaker.  To register for 31st Annual Government Small Business Conference, visit  

  Economic Summit -   SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday, April 10th - 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Lake Eva Center, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City, FL 33844 - Haines City's Economic Summit will provide insight into the latest on economic growth and development, infrastructure and transportation in Central Florida and our local community.  This is an opportunity for local leaders and companies to come together to discuss our growing community. We look forward to seeing you there!   *Speakers and panel experts to be announced.  For more information call (863) 421-3700 or visit

      LEGOLAND Florida Resort  Check out the latest special offers and events taking place at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.  Kids stay & play free!  Click  HERE  for details and information!   Haines City Chamber Members Special Ticket Offer - Chamber Members receive Buy one-Get one Free ticket packages at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.  Members must log-in to the Chamber website by clicking the Member Log-In button on the home page of our website or click  HERE .   Enter your Member Username and password and click the Log-in button.  On the main log-in page under the green learn button is the link to purchase discounted LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort tickets and ticket packages. Please e-mail the Chamber at   if you need to reset your Member Username and/or password.  

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