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Leadership Bartow XVII
08/01/16 - 06/01/18
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2018 Engage Yearly Sponsors
01/01/18 - 12/31/18
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2018 Engage Serves Application
01/16/18 - 02/20/18

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2018 Annual Meeting
01/27/18
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2018 Barn Boogie Registration
02/22/18 - 02/22/18
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2018 Mayor's Sunrise Prayer Breakfast
03/21/18 - 03/21/18
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Leadership Bartow XVIII
08/01/18 - 06/01/20
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2018 Polk Politics Candidate Rally
08/16/18 - 08/16/18
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2018 Community Relations Committee's Diversity Luncheon
09/19/18 - 09/19/18
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2018 Chamber Golf Scramble
10/05/18
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2018 Champions Cup - Spirit of Bartow Register
10/18/18
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2018 Veterans' Hometown Heroes
11/09/18 - 11/09/18
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Events in the next 365 days...
DateEvent
01/16/18
 -02/20/18
Class of 2018 ENGAGE SERVES

Join the 2018 Class of ENGAGE Serves
 
 
ENGAGE Serves is open to young professionals who would like to participate in effective board service training at a cost of $50.00 or, if you are a member of ENGAGE, the course is considered an additional benefit of your ENGAGE membership and is FREE.
 
The 6-week program will be held at ACT Environmental & Infrastructure on Hwy. 60 in Bartow on Tuesday evenings from 4:30-6:30 p.m. beginning January 16, 2018 and running February 20, 2018. A light meal will be provided at no additional cost.  Over the span of 6 classes, the fundamentals of effective board service will be taught by some of Bartow’s own “seasoned” community leaders. Attendance to every class is required in order to graduate from the program. Participants will be asked to list their areas of interests in order to be added to a database available to local organizations seeking quality board members.


 

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01/18/18
Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation & Training

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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01/19/18
 -01/20/18
PRISM CONCERT by BHS Band

What is a Prism Concert?
A Prism Concert is an interactive concert in which the different groups rotate sets throughout the night. This allows the audi-ence to encounter each group on several differ-ent occasions and moods throughout the evening. The music is continuous and the performers are set up in different positions throughout the space during an exquisite dining experience.

January 19th Italian Dinner show 6:30pm
January 20th Dessert Matinee 2:00pm
January 20th BBQ Dinner Show 6:30 pm
Bartow Civic Center

FEATURING: Jazz Band, Brass Choir, Marching Band, Drum Line, Dance Solos, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Choir, Symphonic Band . . . and more!

For Tickets
Bartow High School Front Office (863)534-7400 Bartow
Bartow Chamber of Commerce
(863) 533-7125
BHS Band Students
Email questions to jon.eckman@polk-fl.net

You may also purchase tickets online! See below

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01/19/18
UWCF 8th annual Belt Buckle Bash

Please join United Way of Central Florida and Leadership Giving at our 8th annual 2018 Belt Buckle Bash!

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01/20/18
Central Florida Farm Tour

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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01/23/18
Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation & Training

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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01/27/18
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, 2018 Chamber Annual Meeting

Shaken, not stirred, and James Bond and all that! Don't miss the 2018 Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Bartow Civic Center. Sign up now to attend! Spath Jewelers is Presenting Sponsor. We'll be welcoming our new Chamber President, Emily Spath Clark! See you then.

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01/29/18
Options For Women Ribbon-Cutting at CSC

Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic is pleased to announce the opening of a new, free pregnancy help clinic in Bartow with a Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

Save the date for the grand opening:
Monday, January 29, 2018
8:30-9:30 a.m.
495 E. Summerlin Street, Bartow
Join us, along with special guest, Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, at Bartow’s Church Service Center as we celebrate the grand opening of the new clinic.

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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.

WANT TO SIGN UP ONLINE TO RACE? GO TO:
www.yellowjacketstomp.weebly.com

See you then!

 

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02/03/18
13th Annual VISTEBall

The 13th Annual VISTEBall will be held February 3, 2018 from 6-10 p.m. at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland. VISTEBall is an indoor golf-themed fund-raiser where attendees may play golf-related games, enjoy a buffet dinner and drinks. In addition to the meal and games, attendees may bid on silent and live auction items. Proceeds from the evening go to support VISTE (Volunteers In Service To the Elderly). VISTE’s mission is to enable the frail elderly to remain safely and independently in their own homes. VISTE assists clients 70 and older in Lakeland, Bartow, Ft. Meade and Mulberry. VISTEBall is the organization’s largest fundraiser each year. VISTEBall tickets may be purchased from VISTE Board members, by contacting Steve Bissonnette (at either 863.683.8458 or steve@viste.org) or via the VISTE website. To purchase tickets online, go to: www.viste.org. For questions, contact Bissonnette at 863-683-8458.

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02/07/18
Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation & Training

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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02/09/18
Central Florida Health Expo

The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults.  The event will be held at International Market World Flea and Farmers Market in Auburndale. The market comes alive on Fridays as shoppers stroll through one of the area’s largest farm fresh produce markets, enjoy live entertainment and experience the market’s vibrant atmosphere.  This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome!


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02/10/18
Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation & Training

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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02/15/18
Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation & Training

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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02/17/18
LRC's For the Love of Learning 2018

For over 40 years, the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc., as a non-profit supplemental education agency, has addressed the academic needs throughout Polk County by providing one-to-one tutoring services to children and adults, small group instruction for remediation and enrichment, and the flexibility to offer quality programs to help all students maximize their learning potential.

For the Love…of Learning is an annual benefit held in February to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in LRC programs.

Preparation for the fundraiser begins each fall. We are always seeking generous sponsors, donations and volunteers for the event. If you are interested in assisting with this event, please contact LRC Executive Director Dr. Pam Craven at PamelaC@LRCPolk.com.

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02/22/18
YEEEHAWWWW! Bartow Chamber Barn Boogie

Evening dinner and dance held at Peace Valley Enterprise Barn in Alturas (Leland and Wanda Young's Barn) that features a steak dinner provided by Texas Cattle Company, entertainment, auction items, free beer & wine.

A highlight of this event is the annual Leadership XIV Cornhole Tournament. Who will win the huge Cornhole Trophy - you? This event is so much fun, be sure to mark your calendars for a great time, a great meal, a great deejay and fun fun fun 'til the cows come home! See you there.

PRESENTING SPONSOR: (exclusive) SEMCO Construction

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY LINK BELOW
Gold Sponsors: $1,500
Beverage Sponsor: (exclusive) - Evolve Contracting
Cornhole Tournament Sponsor: (exclusive) - Mosaic
Prize sponsor: (exclusive) - ASHLAND
Silver Sponsors: $500
Bronze Sponsors: $250
Contributors: $150
 

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02/22/18
Annual Tocqueville Society Celebration

United Way of Central Florida celebrates their Tocqueville Society members!

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02/24/18
 -03/12/18
2018 Polk Senior Games

Two weeks of athletic and recreational competitive events for men and women 50 and years and over.

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02/27/18
Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation & Training

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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03/03/18
Frost Van den Boom PA Bloomin' Arts Festival

The Frost Van den Boom, PA Bloomin' Arts Festival is a juried Fine Arts festival and is Bartow's premier event of the year.  It is held on the first full weekend each March.  Originally called the Spring Art Festival, it has evolved into one of the top festivals in Central Florida and features artists from all across the country.

The festival is a collaboration of the Bartow Art Guild, Bartow Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Bartow.  Event Co-Chairs, Michel Githens and Lara Fredericksen, coordinate an all volunteer staff and workers consisting of members from all areas of the community.  These are dedicated, hard working volunteers and truly the backbone of the event.

The festival events include:

  • Over 100 artists
  • Car Show (Saturday Only)
  • RV Show (Sunday)
  • Quilt show
  • Flower Show
  • Student Art Show
  • Bicycle Race
  • Huge Kids Activities Tent
  • Entertainment On the Green
  • Sunday afternoon Free Concert
  • Original Artwork Raffle (Bartow Art Guild tent)
  • Food Trucks
  • Caricature Artists

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03/04/18
Frost Van den Boom PA Bloomin' Arts Festival

The Frost Van den Boom, PA Bloomin' Arts Festival is a juried Fine Arts festival and is Bartow's premier event of the year.  It is held on the first full weekend each March.  Originally called the Spring Art Festival, it has evolved into one of the top festivals in Central Florida and features artists from all across the country.

The festival is a collaboration of the Bartow Art Guild, Bartow Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Bartow.  Event Co-Chairs, Michel Githens and Lara Fredericksen, coordinate an all volunteer staff and workers consisting of members from all areas of the community.  These are dedicated, hard working volunteers and truly the backbone of the event.

The festival events include:

  • Over 100 artists
  • Car Show (Saturday Only)
  • RV Show (Sunday)
  • Quilt show
  • Flower Show
  • Student Art Show
  • Bicycle Race
  • Huge Kids Activities Tent
  • Entertainment On the Green
  • Sunday afternoon Free Concert
  • Original Artwork Raffle (Bartow Art Guild tent)
  • Food Trucks
  • Caricature Artists

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03/06/18
UWCF Leadership Legacy Garden Party

United Way of Central Florida celebrates Tocqueville and Democratie members at our Leadership Legacy Garden Party at Bok Tower Gardens!

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03/14/18
Third Annual Women in STEM Summit

Florida Polytechnic University celebrates Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The Women in STEM Summit is an insightful, carefully crafted and forward-thinking forum designed to raise awareness about opportunities for women in STEM and to provide those currently engaged in STEM industries the opportunity to be in inspired, empowered and enlightened.
 
Sponsorship opportunities available
Contact Lidia Vigil: lvigil@floridapoly.edu 863.874.8732
 

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03/15/18
 -03/16/18
Forum at SEU

The Forum at SEU, a two-day leadership event, will be held on March 15 & 16 at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. The two-day conference will provide actionable leadership training from premier thought leaders in order to raise the leadership bar in individuals, organizations and communities. 

In addition to main stage speakers, several special breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day on Friday, enabling participants to customize their Forum experience and choose sessions that align with their interests. 

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03/17/18
Blarney Triathlon and 5K Event

City of Bartow Parks and Rec pulls out all the stops for this around the town race. Choose the Triathlon with your team, or run the 5K yourself - the categories and age groups are many including the Clydesdales and Athenas, Overall and Masters Male/Female, Costumed individual and Group! You won't want to miss this - it's a LOT of fun. Application on line now on the Blarney FB page or visit www.bartowprograms.net and sign up today!

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03/17/18
Central Florida Farm Tour

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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03/17/18
Bartow Rotary Wild Game Dinner

Annual Wild Game Dinner
Good food with open bar
Chinese auction & door prizes
Music by live band

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03/21/18
2018 Mayor's Sunrise Prayer Breakfast

When the Mayor’s Sunrise Prayer Breakfast was first conceived, it was agreed it would be a time of early morning prayer to begin the day.

The City of Bartow Mayor James F. Clements, cordially invites you to the 33rd Annual Mayor’s Sunrise Prayer Breakfast, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Bartow Civic Center beginning at 7:00 a.m. Doors open at 6:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 a.m.
Bartow Civic Center
Speaker to be announced.

Tickets are $12 per person

Reserved table of 8 Sponsorship is also available.

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04/19/18
United Way of Central FL Cocktails & Conversation

Join United Way of Central Florida for Cocktails & Conversation!

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04/20/18
EXCELERATE - Florida Poly

Friends of Florida Polytechnic University will come together to celebrate all that has been accomplished in just over three years, to honor the changemakers who make Florida Poly possible and to launch the next chapter of the University.
 

 

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04/21/18
Central Florida Farm Tour

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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05/09/18
2018 Just Say No Parade & Rally

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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08/16/18
2018 Polk Politics Candidate Rally

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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09/19/18
2018 Community Relations Committee's Diversity Luncheon

     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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10/05/18
2018 Bartow Chamber Golf Scramble

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

 

10/18/18
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 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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11/09/18
2018 Veterans' Hometown Heroes Luncheon

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 their guest.

 

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11/14/18
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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