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Warner University's Institute of Marine Technology is hosting the first annual Crooked Lake Community Yard Sale on April 21st, 2018 from 8am-2pm.
We are looking for interested vendors to take advantage of the exposure HWY 27 offers to sell your items!
There is no fee for your 10x10 or 10x20 space, we only ask for a small donation.
Help us HELP YOU by contributing to meet the demands for qualified Marine Technicians in our area.
Know of someone that could benefit from our program? Bring them along!
We look forward to seeing you there!​

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04/21/188:00am to 2:00pmKenneth Mceachin


Central Florida Farm Tour is a self-guided driving tour featuring some of the most extraordinary farms located throughout  Polk County, FL.

 


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04/21/189:00am to 5:00pmDavid Kiessling


Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent, and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.

 

The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions.


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04/24/185:30pm to 7:00pmAngie Pattison


This is our 18th year to Relay together and it takes all of us to make a difference in the Fight against Cancer. Join us for Relay For Life at Mosaic Park 4pm-11pm, where we will be Relaying through the Decades, feel free to come dressed in your favorite decade attire to Relay with us. Great food, games and live entertainment. Help us Fight Back against Cancer where we will Support the Fighters, Admire the Survivors, Honor the Taken, and Never Ever Give Up Hope.
 

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04/27/184:00pm to 11:00pmStephanie Schultz


Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County is pleased to announce the grand opening of its second ReStore, on Saturday, April 28th, located on 27985 US Highway 27 in Dundee.  They are planning to have opening ceremonies at 8:30 with a ribbon cutting at 9:00 to open this newly renovated retail store. 

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04/28/188:30am to 9:30amJulie Farish, Executive Director


Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.
 
The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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05/02/185:30pm to 7:00pmAngie Pattison


Achievement Academy’s 4th Annual Top Chef of Polk County Event has changed its format this year. There will be a tasting of signature dishes from Polk County’s leading chefs while raising much needed funds for children with special needs.
 
As many as 12 chefs will create and prepare their signature dish (tapas style) accompanied with a wine or libation that complements the flavors of the dish. All guests will have the opportunity to try all of the chef’s signature dishes.
 
Chefs are encouraged to create an ambience at their dining stations as unique as their culinary creations.
 
Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails from the cash bar with live music while they view and judge the unique table décor at each dining station.
 
Chefs are asked to donate an item for the auction which takes place that evening. Auction items will range from restaurant gift certificates and gourmet baskets, to  dinner cooked at a guest’s home by the chef.
 
Guests will judge each chef on their creation to award the title of “People’s Choice Award—Savory” and “People’s Choice Award—Sweet.” Guests will rate each dining station to award the “Top Table Décor.” The chef that raises the most funds for Achievement Academy through their donated auction item/s and online voting will earn the “Top Philanthropic Chef” award. Finally, guests will vote on the overall “Top Chef of Polk County 2018.”
 

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05/07/186:30pm to 9:00pmStacy Williams-Myers, CFRE


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE - CLEAR SPRINGS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

NEW CLASSES FOR 2018. More than 100 have earned a Professional Development Academy certificate since it began in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2018 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida 33830

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.
 


 

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05/09/187:30am to 9:30amKathryn Bevilacqua-Ely


Dear Friends:
Committee Members are making plans again for “JUST SAY NO” Week, May 7-13, 2018.

This special week will be highlighted by Bartow’s 28th Annual March and Rally. Planned activities will begin on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. with a parade in Downtown Bartow that ends with a rally at the Bartow High School Gymnasium.
ALL MAIN STREET BUSINESS PEOPLE and BARTOW COMMUNITY PEOPLE - PLEASE COME OUT TO CHEER ON THE 5th GRADERS TO JUST SAY NO!

The City of Bartow along with the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, City of Fort Meade, City of Eagle Lake, and area schools, which include Alturas, Anna Woodbury, Bartow Elementary Academy, Eagle Lake, First Methodist School, Floral Avenue, Gibbons Street, Highland City, Spessard Holland Elementary, Stephens, and Wahneta will participate in the event.

THIS IS A COMMUNITY-BASED PUBLIC EDUCATION EFFORT DESIGNED TO SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO SAY NO TO DRUGS.

We welcome your involvement. Donations are needed to fund our programs. Funds are used toward the guest speaker at the rally, specialty items, awards, trophies, refreshments and to help offset the expense of providing T-shirts bearing the “JUST SAY NO” message to all 5th graders.

To make a donation, please send a check to:
(Make checks payable to “Just Say No”)

CenterState Bank
ATTN: Anita Stasiak
1375 N. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, Florida 33830

Thank you for your consideration to help support this struggle against drugs.
Sincerely,
W. Ernest Cooper
“Just Say No” Chairman

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05/09/189:30am to 11:00amErnie Cooper


The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults. This outdoor event will be held on North Market Street in Lake Wales. The market comes alive on Saturdays as shoppers stroll through the Downtown Lake Wales Farmers Market featuring over 35 produce, craft, and food vendors.  The downtown Lake Wales Farmers Market is a very popular shopping destination for local residents making it an ideal location for the Central Florida Health Expo.

This is a rain or shine event.
 

Click Here to Reserve Exhibitor Booth Space


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05/12/189:00am to 12:30pmDavid Kiessling


Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.
 
The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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05/12/1810:30am to 12:00pmAngie Pattison


UWCF 2018 Annual Meeting and award presentation.  

$50/pp  - Dinner Served

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05/15/186:00pm to 8:00pmTara Young


Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.
 
The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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05/17/185:30pm to 7:00pmAngie Pattison




You and your guests are cordially invited to the graduation ceremony for the 
Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bartow Class XVII
Thursday, May 17, 2018
5:30 p.m. Social
6:30 p.m. Graduation Ceremony

Polk State College Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
310 Technology Drive, Bartow, Florida

Please RSVP to 863-533-7125 or virginia@bartowchamber.com by Tuesday, May 15, 2018, or use the registration below.
 

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05/17/185:30pm to 7:45pmVirginia Condello


Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.
 
The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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05/22/185:30pm to 7:00pmAngie Pattison


Sheriff Grady Judd hosts the 2018 Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament Joint Civic Club Luncheon at the Bartow Civic Center on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at noon.

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05/23/1812:00pm to 1:30pmFreda Ridgway


St. James A.M.. Church 795 S. Fourth Ave. Bartow, Florida 33830, will be celebrating their Annual Unity Day on May 27, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.
The Preacher for the celebration is Reverend Dr. Armando Rodriguez, Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Bartow.
The theme for this auspicious occasion is: "Precious Communion and Oneness with God through Christ Jesus (John 17: 20-23).

A delicious repass will be served after Worship
 

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05/27/184:00pm to 5:30pmPastor Shirley Williams-Hayes


The Learning Resource Center's Camp READY! summer program prepares rising and repeating kindergartners for academic success over four weeks. Through hands-on, experiential learning centers, students experience learning that is FUN! With art, music and movement, cooking, and reading readiness centers, Camp READY! builds pre-reading skills while also providing a safety net to allow children more time to continue motor, social and cognitive development. On average, LRC’s Camp READY! students demonstrate growth of seven months from pre- to post-assessment.
 

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06/04/18
-06/28/18
8:15am to 12:00pmGrace Vallier


Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.
 
The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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06/06/185:30pm to 7:00pmAngie Pattison


Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.
 
The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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06/09/1810:30am to 12:00pmAngie Pattison


The Learning Resource Center's Camp READY! summer program prepares rising and repeating kindergartners for academic success over four weeks. Through hands-on, experiential learning centers, students experience learning that is FUN! With art, music and movement, cooking, and reading readiness centers, Camp READY! builds pre-reading skills while also providing a safety net to allow children more time to continue motor, social and cognitive development. On average, LRC’s Camp READY! students demonstrate growth of seven months from pre- to post-assessment. The cost of the program for the entire month is just $25.

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06/11/18
-07/03/18
8:15am to 12:00pmGrace Vallier


Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.
 
The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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06/21/185:30pm to 7:00pmAngie Pattison


Please consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister and help change the life of a child facing adversity for the better, forever. It doesn’t take a lot of time (between 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program). The real focus is on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Being a Big often means just including your Little in things you already like to do — going to a ball game, or a museum, or the beach, or a bike ride.
 
The first step is to attend one of our Big Orientation & Training sessions. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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06/26/185:30pm to 7:00pmAngie Pattison


The Learning Resource Center's Camp READY! summer program prepares rising and repeating kindergartners for academic success over four weeks. Through hands-on, experiential learning centers, students experience learning that is FUN! With art, music and movement, cooking, and reading readiness centers, Camp READY! builds pre-reading skills while also providing a safety net to allow children more time to continue motor, social and cognitive development. On average, LRC’s Camp READY! students demonstrate growth of seven months from pre- to post-assessment.
 

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07/02/18
-07/27/18
8:30am to 11:45amGrace Vallier


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE - CLEAR SPRINGS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

NEW CLASSES FOR 2018. More than 100 have earned a Professional Development Academy certificate since it began in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2018 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida 33830

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.
 


 

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08/08/187:30am to 9:30amKathryn Bevilacqua-Ely


Trek Ten Trails Announcement

GRAND OPENING OF

SE7EN WETLANDS PARK

 
 

WHAT:        SE7EN WETLANDS PARK GRAND OPENING

WHEN:           SATURDAY, April 14, 2018 - 10:00AM – 12:00PM

NO PETS, NO BICYCLES

WHERE:  ENTER THROUGH LOYCE HARPE PARK
                        500 W. CARTER ROAD, MULBERRY, FL 33860

 PARK HOURS ARE:
MONDAY – SUNDAY

7:00AM TILL 5:30PM

GPS COORDINATES FOR PARK ENTRANCE:

N 27° 56.08 W 081°57.891”
Follow signs to Se7en Wetlands parking area   
 
TREK TEN CACHE COORDINATES:

N 27° 55.386 W 081° 56.466” 
 
FIND THE CACHE WITHOUT GPS:

From the parking area, head to the Gopher Tortoise Gate and educational kiosk at the trailhead. Take a photo of the trail map or load it to your phone with the QR Code on the kiosk. Follow the trail signs: 2A, 2B, 2D, 1A, 1B to the Influent at 1C.  You will see a large pine tree across the trail from the boardwalk.  The cache is at the base of the pine tree. HIKE IS APPROXIMATELY 3.0 MILES ROUND TRIP
 
THINGS TO SEE:

The park was once a portion of the Bonny Lake Mine, a phosphate mining operation that began in 1947. The mine closed in 1984 and a few years later was purchased by the City of Lakeland for use as a Wetland Treatment System.  Changes and upgrades to the site included changes to clay settling area berm elevations and slopes, installation of water control structures and pipes and the planting of wetland and upland vegetation.  The wetland treatment system became operational in 1987. The new park is part of a 1,600-acre area comprised of marshes, swamps, and open water lakes designed to help naturally clean already treated wastewater as it meanders through the retention areas. Once completely treated in the wetlands, the water is either released to the Alafia River or used by Tampa Electric’s Polk Power Station as a cooling agent. In addition to the treatment provided, the Wetland offers outstanding habitat for a diverse community of plant and animal species including birds, alligators, turtles, otters, bobcats, gopher tortoises and other animals.
 
BE PREPARED:

The trails have no shade, so wear a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing.  Carry plenty of water.  Drinking water is only available near the Gopher Tortoise and Wood Stork gates. Maintain a safe distance from alligators and other wildlife.
 
VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT JOINING FRIENDS OF THE PARKS, MAKING A DONATION, TREK TEN TRAILS AND DIRT DAY PROGRAMS: www.friendsoftheparks.net
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Marian Ryan at 863-207-5206 or marianryan@gmail.com

Copyright ©  2017  Friends of the Parks Foundation, All rights reserved.
* Grand Opening - Se7en Wetlands and Geocache 8/14/2018
  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
*

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08/14/1810:00am to 12:00pm


Held in even numbered years at the Bartow Civic Center, this event features candidates running for local, state and national elections. The spirit of the event is that of an old-fashioned political rally, where those attending have an opporutnity to get up-front and personal with each candidate. Approved political groups and organizations lobbying for and against local issues before the Legislature are also welcome to attend. The atmosphere is fun, festive and patriotic! This event is free to the public and usually features a straw ballot.

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08/16/185:00pm to 8:00pmVirginia Condello


This evening awards the best of the best in young Leadership. Held at the Bartow Civic Center, 6:00 p.m. on August 30, 2018.

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08/30/186:00pm to 9:00pm


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE - CLEAR SPRINGS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

NEW CLASSES FOR 2018. More than 100 have earned a Professional Development Academy certificate since it began in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2018 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida 33830

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.
 


 

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09/12/187:30am to 9:30amKathryn Bevilacqua-Ely


     To reaffirm its commitment to racial and ethnic equality, the City of Bartow’s Community Relations Committee (CRC) will hold a Diversity Luncheon on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at noon.

      “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, 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.”

     Special speaker for the luncheon to be announced.

     The annual Diversity Award will be presented to a business or organization and an individual at the luncheon. Nominations are being accepted for the award.

     Tickets for the Diversity Luncheon are $12 each and may be purchased at the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. For more information, please call the Chamber at (863) 533-7125.


Location: Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow, FL 33830
 

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09/19/1812:00pm to 1:00pmGloria Washington


What's more fun than a golf tournament? A Chamber Scramble Golf Tournament!! The scramble, presented by BARTOW FORD, is one of the most fun events we offer, so sign up today and come spend a day out on the course with your Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce.

4 person scramble
shotgun start
Bartow golf course
1:00 p.m.
Awards Barbecue
Door prizes and Beverages

You'll have a blast!
Title Sponsor - Bartow Ford
Platinum Sponsor - Evolve Contracting
Awards Dinner Giveaway Sponsor - ASHLAND
On-Course Food Sponsor - CenterState Bank

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (Register at link below)
GOLD - $1,000
SILVER - $750
BRONZE - $500
Prize Contributor - $200
Courtesy Tent - $150

 

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10/05/181:00pm to 7:00pmJeff Clark


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE - CLEAR SPRINGS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

NEW CLASSES FOR 2018. More than 100 have earned a Professional Development Academy certificate since it began in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2018 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida 33830

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.
 


 

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10/10/187:30am to 9:30amKathryn Bevilacqua-Ely


Champions Cup recognizes and honors 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. CHAMPIONS CUP AND SPIRIT OF BARTOW NOMINATION FORM HERE. Nominated businesses/organizations are judged by an anonymous random panel of more than 20 community leaders who review the applicants based upon strict criteria reguarding community and economic impact. The prestigious awards are presented at the evening event held at the Bartow Civic Center featuring a prominent keynote speaker.

Spirit of Bartow Awards: The evening is also a time of recognizing those who give back to the community. The Spirit of Bartow award is presented to area citizens who have contributed to the community in a significant way.

All awards will be judged by a blue-ribbon committee of
Chamber members based upon the following criteria:

Business & Industry Awards
The mission of the Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards is to recognize businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices in the areas of customer service, sustainability, employee retention and opportunity, reputation and positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community.

Spirit of Bartow Awards
Nominees for this award should be individuals or groups that have
 significantly contributed to the Bartow community and their individual accomplishments/contributions made a positive impact on the area’s quality of life.

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10/18/186:00pm to 9:00pmJeff Clark


Hometown Heroes honors Bartow area Veterans on Veterans Day. This event is a luncheon that involves the local American Legion organization. Sponsor funds are used to pay for Veterans and a guest.

 

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11/09/1811:00am to 1:00pmKathryn Bevilacqua-Ely


George Long gives you a chance to hear how the City of Bartow is doing. This is a free event, open to the community. If you'd like, lunch is available for $10. You may purchase your ticket online, or pick up at the Chamber. Doors open at 11:30; program begins at noon.

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11/14/1811:30am to 1:00pm


Please join us for the 14th Annual VISTEBall on Saturday, February 2, 2019! VISTEBall is an indoor golf blowout where you can chip, putt, and play your way to great prizes. Attendees may participate in silent, live, and ticket auctions as well. Event tickets include a buffet dinner, open bar (stocked with beer, wine & margaritas), and dessert. 
It's a fun time for the hacker, or the person who has never held a club a day in their life! You'll have a blast and all proceeds help VISTE continue to serve the elderly.

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02/02/196:00pm to 10:00pmSteve Bissonnette


The Learning Resource Center’s spectacular annual fundraiser and benefit will be held on February 16, 2019 to raise scholarships and program aid for deserving students in the community. Please mark this date on your calendar and stay tuned for event details.

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02/16/197:00pm to 10:00pmPamela Craven


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