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Events available for Registration...

Leadership Bartow XVII
08/01/16 - 06/01/18
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2017 Engage Yearly Sponsors
01/01/17 - 12/31/17
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2017 Business After Hours
02/02/17 - 12/07/17
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2017 Professional Development Academy: Leadership In The Workplace
03/08/17 - 11/08/17
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2017 Chamber Golf Scramble
10/06/17
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2017 Champions Cup - Business, Industry & Spirit of Bartow Awards
10/19/17
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2017 Veterans' Hometown Heroes
11/10/17
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2017 State of the City Address: George Long
11/15/17 - 11/15/17
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2017 Leadership Bartow Reunion
12/01/17
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2018 Annual Meeting
01/27/18
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Events in the next 365 days...
DateEvent
04/29/17
SPCA Florida's Walk for Animals 2017

Welcome to SPCA Florida’s Silver Anniversary Walk for Animals, Presented by the Petco Foundation!  That’s right SPCA Florida’s 25th Annual Walk for Animals is coming and in a big way.  New for this year, the Walk for Animals has an Inaugural Presenting Sponsor in the Petco Foundation and we are so appreciative of their support.  In addition, we are extremely grateful of our past support and we look forward to your involvement in our silver anniversary as a Fundraising Team Captain or as a pet loving individual!  Either way, you and your pet are welcome to attend our Walk on Saturday, April 29th!

For your convenience, we have provided you all of the necessary materials you will need to create a successful campaign.  If you have any additional needs, do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience.  One thing you should know this year is that through our partnership with Florida Southern College, we have learned that each pet that is adopted from SPCA Florida has a dramatic financial impact throughout our community.  This year, we are excited to share our appeal and message surrounding this year’s walk highlighting that every $100, or the equivalent of our average adoption fee, raised by our team captains and partners, grows to $3,000 in benefit to our for-profit veterinarian community.  As SPCA Florida animal alumni settle in to healthcare providers, those developing relationships become the catalyst for our economy to prosper and grow.

Your involvement in this year’s 25th Annual Walk for Animals therefore becomes that much more significant for you in your efforts.  Through this new information from Florida Southern College, your fundraising efforts on behalf of SPCA Florida have a more pronounced impact throughout our community.  Just imagine the number of lives you can help save along with the value meaningful value and impact of your efforts will have on lives, human and animal alike as well as our community. 

What will be your fundraising goal this year and what will be the impact you personally provide as you multiple your goal by $3,000? We look forward to seeing you, your team, and your pup at SPCA Florida's Walk for Animals this year on Saturday, April 29!


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05/10/17
2017 Professional Development Academy: Leadership In The Workplace

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE

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

CLASSES FOR 2017. More than 57 earned a Professional Development Academy certificate 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 2017 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

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.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Kelley Andrews, MS
Kelly Andrews has been working in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. Her diverse experience and educational background have provided her with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including corporate, non-profit, medical, and fitness centers, as well as within higher education. As a certified yoga teacher, wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath mentor, Ms. Andrews shares her personal journey of finding peace within through her daily interactions with various clients. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College and oversees the campus-wide Wellness and Recreation Program. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to support local businesses as a wellness consultant and assists individuals as a personal resilience coach.

J. Lenora BreslerJ. Lenora Bresler is an attorney, senior certified human resource professional, and a certified advanced speaker. She has her own leadership and motivation firm in Lakeland and is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach, and author. Her newest book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, is due out next month. She is the co-author of Mission Possible and Best of the Best, and is the editor of the motivation book Jump Starts, by Timothy Richardson. Ms. Bresler has taught the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System for eight years at Valencia College and has repeatedly won awards for 100% class pass rates. Ms. Bresler has also taught for the Polk State Corporate College since 2001. With a background in acting, singing, and piano, she brings a flavor of humor and entertainment to all her trainings.

 

2017 CLASSES:


MARCH 8, 2017
INSTANT INSIGHT TEAMBUILDING
J. Lenora Bresler

Based on the book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, this workshop explores how an effective team is like a jigsaw puzzle, where knowing the pieces and how they fit together is essential for successful interactions. Participants use a variety of interactive exercises to reveal differences in team members, as having insight about people enables individuals to persuade, motivate, teach, coach, and work with each other more effectively and harmoniously. In addition, this workshop helps participants identify their preferred learning styles, working times, pet peeves, and motivators. Mechanisms of persuasive argument are explored, including how simple adjustments in the detail-level of conversations can yield better results when providing information and instruction to others.

APRIL 12, 2017
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HANDLE TOXIC PEOPLE
Kelly Andrews

Toxic people and their behaviors affect the workplace, community, and even families. They create havoc, frustratration, drain energy, and cause unnecessary stress. This workshop focuses on mechanisms for taking back control. Through discussion and activities, participants identify toxic behaviors that sabotage success, assess the negative impact caused by toxic individuals, avoid the traps that allow them to influence and control, and learn to establish personal boundaries. This session reviews strategies for handling toxic encounters so that participants can protect themselves, leverage influence more effectively, and better apply leadership skills during these situations.

MAY 10, 2017
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
J. Lenora Bresler

This course reviews supervisory skills that enable an individual to be an effective leader, coach, counselor, listener, motivator, and role model. The workshop emphasizes Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, created by Eric Berne, which defines the three ego states: Parent, Adult, and Child, and how these states affect interactions between individuals. Using real-world situations, individuals review possible outcomes and identify optimum responses to obtain their goals. The session develops leaders as mentors by enabling them to embrace the idea that each leadership encounter is situational, and assessing the ego state of those involved while using appropriate communications can lead to a harmonious and productive work environment. 

AUGUST 9, 2017
SERVANT LEADERSHIP
J. Lenora Bresler

Servant leadership refers to a natural desire to serve others which drives the individual into to leadership. A servant-leader considers himself or herself a servant first, which strongly contrasts with the leader-first model often seen in the working environment. This workshop enables participants to identify the guiding principles of servant leadership, discuss real-life examples, and brainstorm ways in which to model this style in their own careers—as well as encourage and reward its use by others.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
HEART-LED LEADERSHIP
Kelly Andrews

In this fast-paced world, managers have to balance high productivity expectations with supportive staff coaching and mentorship. High-pressured deadlines and work overload lead to increasing stress. Heart-led leadership is based on leading from the heart, with a sense of patience, compassion, kindness, and positive energy. An individual who takes care of his or her own emotional and physical needs is more aligned and less reactive to others. This workshop provides some basic skills and techniques to begin an individual’s journey toward leading with the heart.

OCTOBER 11, 2017
DE-STRESS THE MESS: TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
J. Lenora Bresler

Most people work much harder and are far more stressed and frustrated than they have to be – simply because they are not organized. This workshop identifies some quick ways to organize one’s workspace, information access, and time investment so that work is easy – and perhaps even enjoyable! Thought-provoking questions require participants to be honest about limitations, obstacles, and priorities, allowing for true growth and productive change. During this session individuals explore how to organize the workspace and their use of it, prioritize tasks for efficiency, identify inefficient behaviors, and focus on the steps to a desired outcome.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: CREATING THE SPACE TO LEAD
Kelly Andrews

Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is an emerging trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and leaders. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their work culture and professional development practices. This workshop trains individuals in the foundations of mindfulness and explores techniques to include mindful practices into the daily routine. This enables individuals to focus on attention management, rather than time management, and leads to more responsive and productive relationships.


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05/10/17
Just Say No Parade & Rally

Dear Friends:
Committee Members are making plans again for “JUST SAY NO” Week, May 8-12, 2017.

This special week will be highlighted by Bartow’s 27th Annual March and Rally. Planned activities will begin on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 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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05/11/17
Business After Hours- A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure (Chamber Members Only)

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05/23/17
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament

Come join us!
54th Annual Youth Villa Classic
May 26-29, 2017
 
Call Chris Banks at (863) 533-9183 for more information on any
Youth Villa Classic Tournament.
Headquarters
Bartow Golf Course
Friday, May 26, Official Practice Round
Saturday, May 27, First Round of Play
Sunday, May 28, Second Round of Play
Monday, May 29, Final Round of Play
 
THE FLORIDA SHERIFFS
YOUTH VILLA CLASSIC
GOLF TOURNAMENT
is an event to benefit the
FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH VILLA IN BARTOW
Preventing Delinquency Since 1957®
Call (800) 765-3797 for
more information on any
Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
S C H E D U L E O F E V E N T S
May 23-29, 2017
Since 1963
An event to benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament
May 27-29, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Golf Scramble
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Reception
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Community Civic Luncheon
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Bartow Civic Center
Women’s Team Championship
May 24, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor, Patron and Golfer Kickoff
Low Country Boil
Friday, May 26, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Call Kayla at 386-362-9603 for more information
on any Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
 

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05/24/17
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament

Come join us!
54th Annual Youth Villa Classic
May 26-29, 2017
 
Call Chris Banks at (863) 533-9183 for more information on any
Youth Villa Classic Tournament.
Headquarters
Bartow Golf Course
Friday, May 26, Official Practice Round
Saturday, May 27, First Round of Play
Sunday, May 28, Second Round of Play
Monday, May 29, Final Round of Play
 
THE FLORIDA SHERIFFS
YOUTH VILLA CLASSIC
GOLF TOURNAMENT
is an event to benefit the
FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH VILLA IN BARTOW
Preventing Delinquency Since 1957®
Call (800) 765-3797 for
more information on any
Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
S C H E D U L E O F E V E N T S
May 23-29, 2017
Since 1963
An event to benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament
May 27-29, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Golf Scramble
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Reception
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Community Civic Luncheon
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Bartow Civic Center
Women’s Team Championship
May 24, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor, Patron and Golfer Kickoff
Low Country Boil
Friday, May 26, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Call Kayla at 386-362-9603 for more information
on any Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
 

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05/26/17
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament

Come join us!
54th Annual Youth Villa Classic
May 26-29, 2017
 
Call Chris Banks at (863) 533-9183 for more information on any
Youth Villa Classic Tournament.
Headquarters
Bartow Golf Course
Friday, May 26, Official Practice Round
Saturday, May 27, First Round of Play
Sunday, May 28, Second Round of Play
Monday, May 29, Final Round of Play
 
THE FLORIDA SHERIFFS
YOUTH VILLA CLASSIC
GOLF TOURNAMENT
is an event to benefit the
FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH VILLA IN BARTOW
Preventing Delinquency Since 1957®
Call (800) 765-3797 for
more information on any
Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
S C H E D U L E O F E V E N T S
May 23-29, 2017
Since 1963
An event to benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament
May 27-29, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Golf Scramble
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Reception
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Community Civic Luncheon
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Bartow Civic Center
Women’s Team Championship
May 24, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor, Patron and Golfer Kickoff
Low Country Boil
Friday, May 26, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Call Kayla at 386-362-9603 for more information
on any Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
 

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05/27/17
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament

Come join us!
54th Annual Youth Villa Classic
May 26-29, 2017
 
Call Chris Banks at (863) 533-9183 for more information on any
Youth Villa Classic Tournament.
Headquarters
Bartow Golf Course
Friday, May 26, Official Practice Round
Saturday, May 27, First Round of Play
Sunday, May 28, Second Round of Play
Monday, May 29, Final Round of Play
 
THE FLORIDA SHERIFFS
YOUTH VILLA CLASSIC
GOLF TOURNAMENT
is an event to benefit the
FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH VILLA IN BARTOW
Preventing Delinquency Since 1957®
Call (800) 765-3797 for
more information on any
Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
S C H E D U L E O F E V E N T S
May 23-29, 2017
Since 1963
An event to benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament
May 27-29, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Golf Scramble
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Reception
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Community Civic Luncheon
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Bartow Civic Center
Women’s Team Championship
May 24, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor, Patron and Golfer Kickoff
Low Country Boil
Friday, May 26, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Call Kayla at 386-362-9603 for more information
on any Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
 

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05/28/17
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament

Come join us!
54th Annual Youth Villa Classic
May 26-29, 2017
 
Call Chris Banks at (863) 533-9183 for more information on any
Youth Villa Classic Tournament.
Headquarters
Bartow Golf Course
Friday, May 26, Official Practice Round
Saturday, May 27, First Round of Play
Sunday, May 28, Second Round of Play
Monday, May 29, Final Round of Play
 
THE FLORIDA SHERIFFS
YOUTH VILLA CLASSIC
GOLF TOURNAMENT
is an event to benefit the
FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH VILLA IN BARTOW
Preventing Delinquency Since 1957®
Call (800) 765-3797 for
more information on any
Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
S C H E D U L E O F E V E N T S
May 23-29, 2017
Since 1963
An event to benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament
May 27-29, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Golf Scramble
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Reception
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Community Civic Luncheon
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Bartow Civic Center
Women’s Team Championship
May 24, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor, Patron and Golfer Kickoff
Low Country Boil
Friday, May 26, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Call Kayla at 386-362-9603 for more information
on any Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
 

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05/29/17
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament

Come join us!
54th Annual Youth Villa Classic
May 26-29, 2017
 
Call Chris Banks at (863) 533-9183 for more information on any
Youth Villa Classic Tournament.
Headquarters
Bartow Golf Course
Friday, May 26, Official Practice Round
Saturday, May 27, First Round of Play
Sunday, May 28, Second Round of Play
Monday, May 29, Final Round of Play
 
THE FLORIDA SHERIFFS
YOUTH VILLA CLASSIC
GOLF TOURNAMENT
is an event to benefit the
FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH VILLA IN BARTOW
Preventing Delinquency Since 1957®
Call (800) 765-3797 for
more information on any
Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
S C H E D U L E O F E V E N T S
May 23-29, 2017
Since 1963
An event to benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament
May 27-29, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Golf Scramble
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor and Patron Reception
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Community Civic Luncheon
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Bartow Civic Center
Women’s Team Championship
May 24, 2017
Bartow Golf Course
Sponsor, Contributor, Patron and Golfer Kickoff
Low Country Boil
Friday, May 26, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Bartow Golf Course
Call Kayla at 386-362-9603 for more information
on any Youth Villa Classic activity.
 
 

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06/12/17
 -06/16/17
Destination Aviation Summer Camp 1 (Ages 11-12)

Destination Aviation Summer Camps offer the option for participants to be residential or day campers. Activities are located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

Destination Aviation Camps offer a flight opportunity for all participants. Each camp offers a day or residential option. Classroom group school instruction includes aircraft familiarization, cockpit instruments, aerodynamics, and flight simulators. The flight opportunity will be in a Piper Cherokee with campers piloting a cross-country course over the east coast of Florida. Two to three campers fly a ‘leg” of the course in ‘dual instruction’ from a certified Flight Safety International instructor. The campers loggable flight experience may include approximately 20 minutes of flight time and a takeoff and landing. Camp concludes on Friday with camper presentations and an open house for families to tour the Aerospace Center for Excellence.


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06/12/17
 -06/16/17
SPCA Florida Critter Camp 2017 -Summer- Rising 4&5

SPCA Florida’s Critter Camp Program is designed to educate and inspire our youth to practice a lifestyle of compassion, respect and responsibility through the humane treatment of animals. We customize our daily camp program to include fun, hands-on experiences in a safe setting.  Activities are presented with the objective to educate participants on a variety of topics through animal interactions, crafts, games, guest speakers and service projects developing lifelong skills and knowledge while enhancing the human-animal bond.

Some of the topics covered during a typical week of camp include but are not limited to:

  • pet guardianship/responsibility
  • animal behaviors
  • breed identification
  • community/feral cat matters
  • spay/neuter importance
  • preventative veterinary care
  • building humane communities

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06/15/17
Business After Hours - Harmony Haven Event Venue

Harmony Haven Event Venue Celebrates Summer Nights!
Please join your fellow Chamber members for an evening of Food Fun and Fellowship!!

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06/19/17
 -06/23/17
Destination Aviation Summer Camp 2 (Ages 11-12)

Destination Aviation Summer Camps offer the option for participants to be residential or day campers. Activities are located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

Destination Aviation Camps offer a flight opportunity for all participants. Each camp offers a day or residential option. Classroom group school instruction includes aircraft familiarization, cockpit instruments, aerodynamics, and flight simulators. The flight opportunity will be in a Piper Cherokee with campers piloting a cross-country course over the east coast of Florida. Two to three campers fly a ‘leg” of the course in ‘dual instruction’ from a certified Flight Safety International instructor. The campers loggable flight experience may include approximately 20 minutes of flight time and a takeoff and landing. Camp concludes on Friday with camper presentations and an open house for families to tour the Aerospace Center for Excellence.


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06/19/17
 -06/23/17
SPCA Florida Critter Camp 2017 -Summer- Rising 6&7

SPCA Florida’s Critter Camp Program is designed to educate and inspire our youth to practice a lifestyle of compassion, respect and responsibility through the humane treatment of animals. We customize our daily camp program to include fun, hands-on experiences in a safe setting.  Activities are presented with the objective to educate participants on a variety of topics through animal interactions, crafts, games, guest speakers and service projects developing lifelong skills and knowledge while enhancing the human-animal bond.

Some of the topics covered during a typical week of camp include but are not limited to:

  • pet guardianship/responsibility
  • animal behaviors
  • breed identification
  • community/feral cat matters
  • spay/neuter importance
  • preventative veterinary care
  • building humane communities

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06/26/17
 -06/30/17
Destination Aviation Summer Camp 3 (Ages 13-14)

Destination Aviation Summer Camps offer the option for participants to be residential or day campers. Activities are located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

Destination Aviation Camps offer a flight opportunity for all participants. Each camp offers a day or residential option. Classroom group school instruction includes aircraft familiarization, cockpit instruments, aerodynamics, and flight simulators. The flight opportunity will be in a Piper Cherokee with campers piloting a cross-country course over the east coast of Florida. Two to three campers fly a ‘leg” of the course in ‘dual instruction’ from a certified Flight Safety International instructor. The campers loggable flight experience may include approximately 20 minutes of flight time and a takeoff and landing. Camp concludes on Friday with camper presentations and an open house for families to tour the Aerospace Center for Excellence.


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06/26/17
 -06/30/17
STEMtastic™ Day Camp 1 (Ages -8)

STEMtastic™ Summer Camp is located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

STEMtastic™ day camp offers daily themes incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning techniques. Topics such as robotics, airplanes, rocketry, wave forms, and nature are included. Classes are taught by certified educators from STEM-based schools. Camp concludes on Friday with presentations by the students and an open house for families to tour Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, Buehler Aerospace Skills Center, Piedmont Aerospace Lab, and Piedmont Aerospace Experience found in a Boeing 727.


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07/10/17
 -07/14/17
Destination Aviation Summer Camp 4 (Ages 13-14)

Destination Aviation Summer Camps offer the option for participants to be residential or day campers. Activities are located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

Destination Aviation Camps offer a flight opportunity for all participants. Each camp offers a day or residential option. Classroom group school instruction includes aircraft familiarization, cockpit instruments, aerodynamics, and flight simulators. The flight opportunity will be in a Piper Cherokee with campers piloting a cross-country course over the east coast of Florida. Two to three campers fly a ‘leg” of the course in ‘dual instruction’ from a certified Flight Safety International instructor. The campers loggable flight experience may include approximately 20 minutes of flight time and a takeoff and landing. Camp concludes on Friday with camper presentations and an open house for families to tour the Aerospace Center for Excellence.


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07/10/17
 -07/14/17
STEMtastic™ Day Camp 2 (Ages 9-10)

STEMtastic™ Summer Camp is located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

STEMtastic™ day camp offers daily themes incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning techniques. Topics such as robotics, airplanes, rocketry, wave forms, and nature are included. Classes are taught by certified educators from STEM-based schools. Camp concludes on Friday with presentations by the students and an open house for families to tour Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, Buehler Aerospace Skills Center, Piedmont Aerospace Lab, and Piedmont Aerospace Experience found in a Boeing 727.


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07/10/17
 -07/14/17
SPCA Florida Critter Camp 2017 -Summer- Rising 4&5

SPCA Florida’s Critter Camp Program is designed to educate and inspire our youth to practice a lifestyle of compassion, respect and responsibility through the humane treatment of animals. We customize our daily camp program to include fun, hands-on experiences in a safe setting.  Activities are presented with the objective to educate participants on a variety of topics through animal interactions, crafts, games, guest speakers and service projects developing lifelong skills and knowledge while enhancing the human-animal bond.

Some of the topics covered during a typical week of camp include but are not limited to:

  • pet guardianship/responsibility
  • animal behaviors
  • breed identification
  • community/feral cat matters
  • spay/neuter importance
  • preventative veterinary care
  • building humane communities

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07/17/17
 -07/21/17
Destination Aviation Summer Camp 5 (Ages 15-18)

Destination Aviation Summer Camps offer the option for participants to be residential or day campers. Activities are located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

Destination Aviation Camps offer a flight opportunity for all participants. Each camp offers a day or residential option. Classroom group school instruction includes aircraft familiarization, cockpit instruments, aerodynamics, and flight simulators. The flight opportunity will be in a Piper Cherokee with campers piloting a cross-country course over the east coast of Florida. Two to three campers fly a ‘leg” of the course in ‘dual instruction’ from a certified Flight Safety International instructor. The campers loggable flight experience may include approximately 20 minutes of flight time and a takeoff and landing. Camp concludes on Friday with camper presentations and an open house for families to tour the Aerospace Center for Excellence.


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07/17/17
 -07/21/17
STEMtastic™ Day Camp 2 (Ages 11-12)

STEMtastic™ Summer Camp is located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

STEMtastic™ day camp offers daily themes incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning techniques. Topics such as robotics, airplanes, rocketry, wave forms, and nature are included. Classes are taught by certified educators from STEM-based schools. Camp concludes on Friday with presentations by the students and an open house for families to tour Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, Buehler Aerospace Skills Center, Piedmont Aerospace Lab, and Piedmont Aerospace Experience found in a Boeing 727.


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07/17/17
 -07/21/17
SPCA Florida Critter Camp 2017 -Summer- Rising 6&7

SPCA Florida’s Critter Camp Program is designed to educate and inspire our youth to practice a lifestyle of compassion, respect and responsibility through the humane treatment of animals. We customize our daily camp program to include fun, hands-on experiences in a safe setting.  Activities are presented with the objective to educate participants on a variety of topics through animal interactions, crafts, games, guest speakers and service projects developing lifelong skills and knowledge while enhancing the human-animal bond.

Some of the topics covered during a typical week of camp include but are not limited to:

  • pet guardianship/responsibility
  • animal behaviors
  • breed identification
  • community/feral cat matters
  • spay/neuter importance
  • preventative veterinary care
  • building humane communities

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07/31/17
 -08/04/17
Destination Aviation Summer Camp 6 (Ages 15-18)

Destination Aviation Summer Camps offer the option for participants to be residential or day campers. Activities are located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

Destination Aviation Camps offer a flight opportunity for all participants. Each camp offers a day or residential option. Classroom group school instruction includes aircraft familiarization, cockpit instruments, aerodynamics, and flight simulators. The flight opportunity will be in a Piper Cherokee with campers piloting a cross-country course over the east coast of Florida. Two to three campers fly a ‘leg” of the course in ‘dual instruction’ from a certified Flight Safety International instructor. The campers loggable flight experience may include approximately 20 minutes of flight time and a takeoff and landing. Camp concludes on Friday with camper presentations and an open house for families to tour the Aerospace Center for Excellence.


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08/09/17
2017 Professional Development Academy: Leadership In The Workplace

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE

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

CLASSES FOR 2017. More than 57 earned a Professional Development Academy certificate 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 2017 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

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.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Kelley Andrews, MS
Kelly Andrews has been working in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. Her diverse experience and educational background have provided her with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including corporate, non-profit, medical, and fitness centers, as well as within higher education. As a certified yoga teacher, wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath mentor, Ms. Andrews shares her personal journey of finding peace within through her daily interactions with various clients. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College and oversees the campus-wide Wellness and Recreation Program. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to support local businesses as a wellness consultant and assists individuals as a personal resilience coach.

J. Lenora BreslerJ. Lenora Bresler is an attorney, senior certified human resource professional, and a certified advanced speaker. She has her own leadership and motivation firm in Lakeland and is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach, and author. Her newest book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, is due out next month. She is the co-author of Mission Possible and Best of the Best, and is the editor of the motivation book Jump Starts, by Timothy Richardson. Ms. Bresler has taught the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System for eight years at Valencia College and has repeatedly won awards for 100% class pass rates. Ms. Bresler has also taught for the Polk State Corporate College since 2001. With a background in acting, singing, and piano, she brings a flavor of humor and entertainment to all her trainings.

 

2017 CLASSES:


MARCH 8, 2017
INSTANT INSIGHT TEAMBUILDING
J. Lenora Bresler

Based on the book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, this workshop explores how an effective team is like a jigsaw puzzle, where knowing the pieces and how they fit together is essential for successful interactions. Participants use a variety of interactive exercises to reveal differences in team members, as having insight about people enables individuals to persuade, motivate, teach, coach, and work with each other more effectively and harmoniously. In addition, this workshop helps participants identify their preferred learning styles, working times, pet peeves, and motivators. Mechanisms of persuasive argument are explored, including how simple adjustments in the detail-level of conversations can yield better results when providing information and instruction to others.

APRIL 12, 2017
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HANDLE TOXIC PEOPLE
Kelly Andrews

Toxic people and their behaviors affect the workplace, community, and even families. They create havoc, frustratration, drain energy, and cause unnecessary stress. This workshop focuses on mechanisms for taking back control. Through discussion and activities, participants identify toxic behaviors that sabotage success, assess the negative impact caused by toxic individuals, avoid the traps that allow them to influence and control, and learn to establish personal boundaries. This session reviews strategies for handling toxic encounters so that participants can protect themselves, leverage influence more effectively, and better apply leadership skills during these situations.

MAY 10, 2017
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
J. Lenora Bresler

This course reviews supervisory skills that enable an individual to be an effective leader, coach, counselor, listener, motivator, and role model. The workshop emphasizes Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, created by Eric Berne, which defines the three ego states: Parent, Adult, and Child, and how these states affect interactions between individuals. Using real-world situations, individuals review possible outcomes and identify optimum responses to obtain their goals. The session develops leaders as mentors by enabling them to embrace the idea that each leadership encounter is situational, and assessing the ego state of those involved while using appropriate communications can lead to a harmonious and productive work environment. 

AUGUST 9, 2017
SERVANT LEADERSHIP
J. Lenora Bresler

Servant leadership refers to a natural desire to serve others which drives the individual into to leadership. A servant-leader considers himself or herself a servant first, which strongly contrasts with the leader-first model often seen in the working environment. This workshop enables participants to identify the guiding principles of servant leadership, discuss real-life examples, and brainstorm ways in which to model this style in their own careers—as well as encourage and reward its use by others.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
HEART-LED LEADERSHIP
Kelly Andrews

In this fast-paced world, managers have to balance high productivity expectations with supportive staff coaching and mentorship. High-pressured deadlines and work overload lead to increasing stress. Heart-led leadership is based on leading from the heart, with a sense of patience, compassion, kindness, and positive energy. An individual who takes care of his or her own emotional and physical needs is more aligned and less reactive to others. This workshop provides some basic skills and techniques to begin an individual’s journey toward leading with the heart.

OCTOBER 11, 2017
DE-STRESS THE MESS: TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
J. Lenora Bresler

Most people work much harder and are far more stressed and frustrated than they have to be – simply because they are not organized. This workshop identifies some quick ways to organize one’s workspace, information access, and time investment so that work is easy – and perhaps even enjoyable! Thought-provoking questions require participants to be honest about limitations, obstacles, and priorities, allowing for true growth and productive change. During this session individuals explore how to organize the workspace and their use of it, prioritize tasks for efficiency, identify inefficient behaviors, and focus on the steps to a desired outcome.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: CREATING THE SPACE TO LEAD
Kelly Andrews

Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is an emerging trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and leaders. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their work culture and professional development practices. This workshop trains individuals in the foundations of mindfulness and explores techniques to include mindful practices into the daily routine. This enables individuals to focus on attention management, rather than time management, and leads to more responsive and productive relationships.


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08/10/17
Business After Hours - Thunder Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram (Chamber Members Only)

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09/13/17
2017 Professional Development Academy: Leadership In The Workplace

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE

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

CLASSES FOR 2017. More than 57 earned a Professional Development Academy certificate 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 2017 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

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.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Kelley Andrews, MS
Kelly Andrews has been working in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. Her diverse experience and educational background have provided her with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including corporate, non-profit, medical, and fitness centers, as well as within higher education. As a certified yoga teacher, wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath mentor, Ms. Andrews shares her personal journey of finding peace within through her daily interactions with various clients. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College and oversees the campus-wide Wellness and Recreation Program. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to support local businesses as a wellness consultant and assists individuals as a personal resilience coach.

J. Lenora BreslerJ. Lenora Bresler is an attorney, senior certified human resource professional, and a certified advanced speaker. She has her own leadership and motivation firm in Lakeland and is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach, and author. Her newest book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, is due out next month. She is the co-author of Mission Possible and Best of the Best, and is the editor of the motivation book Jump Starts, by Timothy Richardson. Ms. Bresler has taught the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System for eight years at Valencia College and has repeatedly won awards for 100% class pass rates. Ms. Bresler has also taught for the Polk State Corporate College since 2001. With a background in acting, singing, and piano, she brings a flavor of humor and entertainment to all her trainings.

 

2017 CLASSES:


MARCH 8, 2017
INSTANT INSIGHT TEAMBUILDING
J. Lenora Bresler

Based on the book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, this workshop explores how an effective team is like a jigsaw puzzle, where knowing the pieces and how they fit together is essential for successful interactions. Participants use a variety of interactive exercises to reveal differences in team members, as having insight about people enables individuals to persuade, motivate, teach, coach, and work with each other more effectively and harmoniously. In addition, this workshop helps participants identify their preferred learning styles, working times, pet peeves, and motivators. Mechanisms of persuasive argument are explored, including how simple adjustments in the detail-level of conversations can yield better results when providing information and instruction to others.

APRIL 12, 2017
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HANDLE TOXIC PEOPLE
Kelly Andrews

Toxic people and their behaviors affect the workplace, community, and even families. They create havoc, frustratration, drain energy, and cause unnecessary stress. This workshop focuses on mechanisms for taking back control. Through discussion and activities, participants identify toxic behaviors that sabotage success, assess the negative impact caused by toxic individuals, avoid the traps that allow them to influence and control, and learn to establish personal boundaries. This session reviews strategies for handling toxic encounters so that participants can protect themselves, leverage influence more effectively, and better apply leadership skills during these situations.

MAY 10, 2017
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
J. Lenora Bresler

This course reviews supervisory skills that enable an individual to be an effective leader, coach, counselor, listener, motivator, and role model. The workshop emphasizes Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, created by Eric Berne, which defines the three ego states: Parent, Adult, and Child, and how these states affect interactions between individuals. Using real-world situations, individuals review possible outcomes and identify optimum responses to obtain their goals. The session develops leaders as mentors by enabling them to embrace the idea that each leadership encounter is situational, and assessing the ego state of those involved while using appropriate communications can lead to a harmonious and productive work environment. 

AUGUST 9, 2017
SERVANT LEADERSHIP
J. Lenora Bresler

Servant leadership refers to a natural desire to serve others which drives the individual into to leadership. A servant-leader considers himself or herself a servant first, which strongly contrasts with the leader-first model often seen in the working environment. This workshop enables participants to identify the guiding principles of servant leadership, discuss real-life examples, and brainstorm ways in which to model this style in their own careers—as well as encourage and reward its use by others.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
HEART-LED LEADERSHIP
Kelly Andrews

In this fast-paced world, managers have to balance high productivity expectations with supportive staff coaching and mentorship. High-pressured deadlines and work overload lead to increasing stress. Heart-led leadership is based on leading from the heart, with a sense of patience, compassion, kindness, and positive energy. An individual who takes care of his or her own emotional and physical needs is more aligned and less reactive to others. This workshop provides some basic skills and techniques to begin an individual’s journey toward leading with the heart.

OCTOBER 11, 2017
DE-STRESS THE MESS: TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
J. Lenora Bresler

Most people work much harder and are far more stressed and frustrated than they have to be – simply because they are not organized. This workshop identifies some quick ways to organize one’s workspace, information access, and time investment so that work is easy – and perhaps even enjoyable! Thought-provoking questions require participants to be honest about limitations, obstacles, and priorities, allowing for true growth and productive change. During this session individuals explore how to organize the workspace and their use of it, prioritize tasks for efficiency, identify inefficient behaviors, and focus on the steps to a desired outcome.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: CREATING THE SPACE TO LEAD
Kelly Andrews

Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is an emerging trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and leaders. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their work culture and professional development practices. This workshop trains individuals in the foundations of mindfulness and explores techniques to include mindful practices into the daily routine. This enables individuals to focus on attention management, rather than time management, and leads to more responsive and productive relationships.


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09/14/17
Business After Hours-Bartow Ford (Chamber Members Only)

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10/11/17
2017 Professional Development Academy: Leadership In The Workplace

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE

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

CLASSES FOR 2017. More than 57 earned a Professional Development Academy certificate 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 2017 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

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.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Kelley Andrews, MS
Kelly Andrews has been working in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. Her diverse experience and educational background have provided her with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including corporate, non-profit, medical, and fitness centers, as well as within higher education. As a certified yoga teacher, wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath mentor, Ms. Andrews shares her personal journey of finding peace within through her daily interactions with various clients. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College and oversees the campus-wide Wellness and Recreation Program. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to support local businesses as a wellness consultant and assists individuals as a personal resilience coach.

J. Lenora BreslerJ. Lenora Bresler is an attorney, senior certified human resource professional, and a certified advanced speaker. She has her own leadership and motivation firm in Lakeland and is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach, and author. Her newest book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, is due out next month. She is the co-author of Mission Possible and Best of the Best, and is the editor of the motivation book Jump Starts, by Timothy Richardson. Ms. Bresler has taught the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System for eight years at Valencia College and has repeatedly won awards for 100% class pass rates. Ms. Bresler has also taught for the Polk State Corporate College since 2001. With a background in acting, singing, and piano, she brings a flavor of humor and entertainment to all her trainings.

 

2017 CLASSES:


MARCH 8, 2017
INSTANT INSIGHT TEAMBUILDING
J. Lenora Bresler

Based on the book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, this workshop explores how an effective team is like a jigsaw puzzle, where knowing the pieces and how they fit together is essential for successful interactions. Participants use a variety of interactive exercises to reveal differences in team members, as having insight about people enables individuals to persuade, motivate, teach, coach, and work with each other more effectively and harmoniously. In addition, this workshop helps participants identify their preferred learning styles, working times, pet peeves, and motivators. Mechanisms of persuasive argument are explored, including how simple adjustments in the detail-level of conversations can yield better results when providing information and instruction to others.

APRIL 12, 2017
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HANDLE TOXIC PEOPLE
Kelly Andrews

Toxic people and their behaviors affect the workplace, community, and even families. They create havoc, frustratration, drain energy, and cause unnecessary stress. This workshop focuses on mechanisms for taking back control. Through discussion and activities, participants identify toxic behaviors that sabotage success, assess the negative impact caused by toxic individuals, avoid the traps that allow them to influence and control, and learn to establish personal boundaries. This session reviews strategies for handling toxic encounters so that participants can protect themselves, leverage influence more effectively, and better apply leadership skills during these situations.

MAY 10, 2017
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
J. Lenora Bresler

This course reviews supervisory skills that enable an individual to be an effective leader, coach, counselor, listener, motivator, and role model. The workshop emphasizes Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, created by Eric Berne, which defines the three ego states: Parent, Adult, and Child, and how these states affect interactions between individuals. Using real-world situations, individuals review possible outcomes and identify optimum responses to obtain their goals. The session develops leaders as mentors by enabling them to embrace the idea that each leadership encounter is situational, and assessing the ego state of those involved while using appropriate communications can lead to a harmonious and productive work environment. 

AUGUST 9, 2017
SERVANT LEADERSHIP
J. Lenora Bresler

Servant leadership refers to a natural desire to serve others which drives the individual into to leadership. A servant-leader considers himself or herself a servant first, which strongly contrasts with the leader-first model often seen in the working environment. This workshop enables participants to identify the guiding principles of servant leadership, discuss real-life examples, and brainstorm ways in which to model this style in their own careers—as well as encourage and reward its use by others.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
HEART-LED LEADERSHIP
Kelly Andrews

In this fast-paced world, managers have to balance high productivity expectations with supportive staff coaching and mentorship. High-pressured deadlines and work overload lead to increasing stress. Heart-led leadership is based on leading from the heart, with a sense of patience, compassion, kindness, and positive energy. An individual who takes care of his or her own emotional and physical needs is more aligned and less reactive to others. This workshop provides some basic skills and techniques to begin an individual’s journey toward leading with the heart.

OCTOBER 11, 2017
DE-STRESS THE MESS: TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
J. Lenora Bresler

Most people work much harder and are far more stressed and frustrated than they have to be – simply because they are not organized. This workshop identifies some quick ways to organize one’s workspace, information access, and time investment so that work is easy – and perhaps even enjoyable! Thought-provoking questions require participants to be honest about limitations, obstacles, and priorities, allowing for true growth and productive change. During this session individuals explore how to organize the workspace and their use of it, prioritize tasks for efficiency, identify inefficient behaviors, and focus on the steps to a desired outcome.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: CREATING THE SPACE TO LEAD
Kelly Andrews

Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is an emerging trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and leaders. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their work culture and professional development practices. This workshop trains individuals in the foundations of mindfulness and explores techniques to include mindful practices into the daily routine. This enables individuals to focus on attention management, rather than time management, and leads to more responsive and productive relationships.


more info...
10/12/17
Business After Hours- Moody Law (Chamber Members Only)

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10/19/17
Champions Cup - Business, Industry & Spirit of Bartow Awards

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 NOMINATION FORM HERE - Available August 1, 2017. 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. Awards are presented in eight categories and a community leader is inducted into the Champions Cup Hall of Fame, representing his/her impact on the community's economy. The event is a program of the Chamber's Committee of 100.

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. SPIRIT OF BARTOW NOMINATION FORM HERE - Available August 1, 2017
 

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10/21/17
Stepping Out for Education

Stepping Out for Education is a Dancing with the Starts type event featuring community celebrities who learn ballroom dances and perform for judges, “stepping out” of their dance comfort zone to raise money for education services of the Polk Education Foundation.  Dinner with dance competition.
 

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11/08/17
2017 Professional Development Academy: Leadership In The Workplace

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE

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

CLASSES FOR 2017. More than 57 earned a Professional Development Academy certificate 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 2017 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

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.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Kelley Andrews, MS
Kelly Andrews has been working in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. Her diverse experience and educational background have provided her with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including corporate, non-profit, medical, and fitness centers, as well as within higher education. As a certified yoga teacher, wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath mentor, Ms. Andrews shares her personal journey of finding peace within through her daily interactions with various clients. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College and oversees the campus-wide Wellness and Recreation Program. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to support local businesses as a wellness consultant and assists individuals as a personal resilience coach.

J. Lenora BreslerJ. Lenora Bresler is an attorney, senior certified human resource professional, and a certified advanced speaker. She has her own leadership and motivation firm in Lakeland and is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach, and author. Her newest book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, is due out next month. She is the co-author of Mission Possible and Best of the Best, and is the editor of the motivation book Jump Starts, by Timothy Richardson. Ms. Bresler has taught the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System for eight years at Valencia College and has repeatedly won awards for 100% class pass rates. Ms. Bresler has also taught for the Polk State Corporate College since 2001. With a background in acting, singing, and piano, she brings a flavor of humor and entertainment to all her trainings.

 

2017 CLASSES:


MARCH 8, 2017
INSTANT INSIGHT TEAMBUILDING
J. Lenora Bresler

Based on the book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, this workshop explores how an effective team is like a jigsaw puzzle, where knowing the pieces and how they fit together is essential for successful interactions. Participants use a variety of interactive exercises to reveal differences in team members, as having insight about people enables individuals to persuade, motivate, teach, coach, and work with each other more effectively and harmoniously. In addition, this workshop helps participants identify their preferred learning styles, working times, pet peeves, and motivators. Mechanisms of persuasive argument are explored, including how simple adjustments in the detail-level of conversations can yield better results when providing information and instruction to others.

APRIL 12, 2017
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HANDLE TOXIC PEOPLE
Kelly Andrews

Toxic people and their behaviors affect the workplace, community, and even families. They create havoc, frustratration, drain energy, and cause unnecessary stress. This workshop focuses on mechanisms for taking back control. Through discussion and activities, participants identify toxic behaviors that sabotage success, assess the negative impact caused by toxic individuals, avoid the traps that allow them to influence and control, and learn to establish personal boundaries. This session reviews strategies for handling toxic encounters so that participants can protect themselves, leverage influence more effectively, and better apply leadership skills during these situations.

MAY 10, 2017
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
J. Lenora Bresler

This course reviews supervisory skills that enable an individual to be an effective leader, coach, counselor, listener, motivator, and role model. The workshop emphasizes Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, created by Eric Berne, which defines the three ego states: Parent, Adult, and Child, and how these states affect interactions between individuals. Using real-world situations, individuals review possible outcomes and identify optimum responses to obtain their goals. The session develops leaders as mentors by enabling them to embrace the idea that each leadership encounter is situational, and assessing the ego state of those involved while using appropriate communications can lead to a harmonious and productive work environment. 

AUGUST 9, 2017
SERVANT LEADERSHIP
J. Lenora Bresler

Servant leadership refers to a natural desire to serve others which drives the individual into to leadership. A servant-leader considers himself or herself a servant first, which strongly contrasts with the leader-first model often seen in the working environment. This workshop enables participants to identify the guiding principles of servant leadership, discuss real-life examples, and brainstorm ways in which to model this style in their own careers—as well as encourage and reward its use by others.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
HEART-LED LEADERSHIP
Kelly Andrews

In this fast-paced world, managers have to balance high productivity expectations with supportive staff coaching and mentorship. High-pressured deadlines and work overload lead to increasing stress. Heart-led leadership is based on leading from the heart, with a sense of patience, compassion, kindness, and positive energy. An individual who takes care of his or her own emotional and physical needs is more aligned and less reactive to others. This workshop provides some basic skills and techniques to begin an individual’s journey toward leading with the heart.

OCTOBER 11, 2017
DE-STRESS THE MESS: TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
J. Lenora Bresler

Most people work much harder and are far more stressed and frustrated than they have to be – simply because they are not organized. This workshop identifies some quick ways to organize one’s workspace, information access, and time investment so that work is easy – and perhaps even enjoyable! Thought-provoking questions require participants to be honest about limitations, obstacles, and priorities, allowing for true growth and productive change. During this session individuals explore how to organize the workspace and their use of it, prioritize tasks for efficiency, identify inefficient behaviors, and focus on the steps to a desired outcome.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: CREATING THE SPACE TO LEAD
Kelly Andrews

Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is an emerging trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and leaders. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their work culture and professional development practices. This workshop trains individuals in the foundations of mindfulness and explores techniques to include mindful practices into the daily routine. This enables individuals to focus on attention management, rather than time management, and leads to more responsive and productive relationships.


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11/09/17
Business After Hours- BayCare Bartow Regional Medical Center (Chamber Members Only)

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11/15/17
STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

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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12/07/17
Business After Hours- Boswell & Dunlap, LLP (Chamber Members Only)

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02/03/18
Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run VI

Bartow Rotary Clubs present Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run VI

The 6th annual Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run will be held in Mosaic and Mary Holland Parks at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  The course is run over a combination of grass, paved streets and walking paths.  Various obstacles will be arranged to challenge the runners on their way around the course.
The registration, start, finish and awards ceremony will be held in Mosaic Park at 2250 South Floral Avenue in Bartow, one block north of the Bartow Civic Center. 
The fees are $20 for runners ages 16 and up/ and $15 for runners ages 15 and under.
Anyone who has any questions may contact Steve Githens at 863-529-8679.

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