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Leadership Bartow XVIII
05/03/18 - 06/01/20

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2019 Professional Development Academy: Navigating the Five Generations in the Workplace
02/13/19 - 11/06/19
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Events in the month of October 2018
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10/19/18
ENGAGE Lunch & Learn: Serving Your Community

     FREE EVENT, not just for ENGAGE members! Engage/Bartow Chamber Young Professionals presents an up-close and personal chat with one of the area’s most accomplished community leaders. These sessions will give participants a chance to reflect on new and creative ways to achieve professional leadership goals based on the best practices from the area’s most respected business professionals. After a short presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in a round-table format. Don’t miss this great opportunity for professional growth.
     The next ENGAGE LUNCH AND LEARN is set for Friday, October 19, 11:45 a.m., at Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute. Guest speaker is community engagement director for VISTE, ASHLEY MILLER.

 

Location: Florida Industrial & Phosphate Research Institute, 1855 W. Main Street, Bartow, FL 33830. REGISTER TODAY!


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10/04/18
Mr. Central Florida

Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center holds a major fundraiser with a friendly, competitive spirit titled Mr. Central Florida. Gentlemen in the community give of themselves for the well-being of others to help raise money for the Center and the patients we serve. The contestant that raises the most… wins the title of Mr. Central Florida and official bragging rights! This year’s event focuses on “Celebrating Manly Men” and will take place on Thursday, October 4th at 6:00pm at Haus 820 in Lakeland, Florida.

Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center is a beacon for those struggling to communicate with the world. When patients first come to the Center, they often feel isolated, embarrassed, and desperate for help. Through the support of the community, the Center has provided hearing aids to a 4 month old baby, taught a young man to speak with the use of an iPad, rehabilitated stroke victims, regaining their speech and language, assisted people with employability, and helped seniors regain their independence. The Center is here for all, but we need community support!

Don't miss this fun-filled, entertaining, and sometimes hilarious fundraiser! Tickets are $65 and include admission to all the fun and a sit-down dinner. Table sponsorships are also available. Visit www.mrcentralflorida.com for more information!
 

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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!

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

 

10/06/18
 -10/28/18
Fox Squirrel Corn Maze (Weekends ONLY)

It’s time for the 7th Annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, presented by Futch Entertainment!

 
Weekends Only October 6 – October 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
This fun, annual tradition features an awesome corn maze, pumpkins for sale, a hayride, exciting games, and the chance to enjoy the great outdoors! Mouth-watering BBQ, Cuban sandwiches, and tons of fun festival food will be available – including strawberry shortcake, roasted corn, kettle corn, boiled peanuts, shaved ice, honey, and more. Talented independent vendors will be on hand with crafts, jewelry, pumpkin painting, balloon art, and more.
MOST VENDORS ARE CASH ONLY. NO ATM ON SITE.
 
We are happy to announce that 2018 marks the seventh year of this wonderful, family-friendly event. Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is open October 6 – October 28, Saturdays and Sundays only. The gates open at 10:00 a.m. and we welcome guests until 5:00 p.m. Everyone is asked to exit the venue by 6:00 p.m.
 
Hosted by the Futch family, the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze agritourism event is quickly becoming one of Central Florida’s most popular autumn attractions. Escape the city for a beautiful day out on the ranch! There’s something for everyone at this fun fall festival: ride the tractor-pulled hayride, play some family games, browse the arts and crafts of local vendors, grab a bite to eat, or just relax to the sounds of some good ol’ country music!
 
Looking for pumpkins? We’ve got ‘em! Our pumpkin patch has been named one of the top five patches in the Tampa Bay area (2014). Come pick your favorite pumpkin from our impressive line-up of fall favorites.
 
And last but not least, don’t forget to check out the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze! Test your problem-solving skills while working your way out of one of the best and most fun corn mazes around. Bring your friends and race to see who can make it out first!
 

Ticket Prices

 
$11 + tax 18 and older
$10 + tax 3 to 17
2 and under Free
Admission booth accepts Cash, Visa, Master Card and Discover
Card Carrying heroes--$2 off admission
 
Visit our website for more details:  www.FoxSquirrelCornMaze.com
 
Like us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/fscornmaze
 
 

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10/09/18
Mid-Florida SHRM Membership Social

Are you a Human Resources professional/student? If so, come out and network with other HR professionals and learn more about Mid-Florida SHRM Chapter. 

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10/10/18
2018 Professional Development Academy

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE - CLEAR SPRINGS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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10/10/18
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. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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10/12/18
Leadercast Women Central Florida

LEADERCAST WOMEN
Bringing world-class leadership experts to one stage in a single day, Leadercast Women provides attendees with a transformative leadership experience. Leaders from all walks of life attend this event in October in personal and at Host Sites across the globe to hone their leadership skills and styles.

WANT TO LEARN ABOUT BEING A SPONSOR FOR THIS EVENT? HERE'S A DOWNLOADABLE PDF FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Leadercast Women highlights remarkable women who have made significant achievements in businesses and communities and share their stories and insights. Leadercast Women inspires and motivates attendees and provides them with tools and insights they can use at their workplace.

BUILDING ON THE THEME: LEAD YOURSELF
What does it look like to lead yourself? How can you intentionally develop your own leadership skills and style? What qualities do hope to embody as a leader? In 2018, the Leadercast Women stage will highlight leaders who will answer these questions and explain the power and importance of leading yourself first so you can lead others well.

General Admission: $75
Bartow Chamber Member: $65

FOR GROUPS OF 5 OR MORE, PLEASE CONTACT KATHRYN BEVILACQUA-ELY AT 863-533-7125 OR KATHRYN@BARTOWCHAMBER.COM


Location: Polk State College - Center for Public Safety, 1251 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33880


Registration ends on Friday, October 5, 2018

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10/13/18
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. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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10/17/18
JOINT CIVIC CLUB LUNCHEON: Celebrating Diversity Through Poetry

The City of Bartow's Community Relations Committee will sponsor a joint civic club meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2018: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY THROUGH POETRY. Six poets from Southeastern University and Polk State College will be reading their works at this multicultural city event at the Bartow Civic Center. Doors open at 11:30, the program begins at noon, and is expected to last one hour. All Civic Club members are asked to please participate in this event.

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10/18/18
BEDC Champions Cup - Business, Industry & Spirit of Bartow Awards

Bartow Economic Development Council's 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 regarding community and economic impact. The prestigious awards are presented at the evening event held at the Bartow Civic Center featuring a prominent keynote speaker.

SIGN UP TO ATTEND CHAMPIONS CUP OR BECOME A SPONSOR HERE.

Spirit of Bartow Awards: The evening is also a time of recognizing those who give back to the community. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce 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 BEDC Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards is to recognize businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices in the areas of customer service, sustainability, employee retention and opportunity, reputation and positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community.

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

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10/18/18
 -11/15/18
Get REAL! with LRC

Get REAL! with the Learning Resource Center!
 
When you join LRC, you’ll get…
 
Ready for College and High School Success
Energized for Career Planning
Active with Team Building
Leaderly with Community Service

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10/20/18
FallFest

Polk State College's 2018 FallFest will take place Saturday, Oct. 20, continuing the community tradition that is more than 30 years strong.  From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Winter Haven Campus at 999 Ave. H N.E. will transform into the highly anticipated craft fair featuring a variety of activities and crafters selling items from artwork, to jewelry and clothes, woodwork, baked goods, and more.  Thousands trek to the campus every third Saturday in October to enjoy the event, which also features a kids zone, pumpkin patch, haunted house, music, food, and educational demonstrations.  

The festival is free, with vendor fees and proceeds from activities supporting the Polk State College Foundation to benefit students.

For mor details about the event, visit polk.edu/fallfest or email fallfest@polk.edu.
 

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10/21/18
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Bible Baptist Church of Bartow is hosting Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Sunday, October 21 at 10:30 am with guest speaker Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. We will be honoring our local law enforcement officers and support services for their dedication and service to our community. The church is located at 1355 East Pinehurst Street in Bartow. For more information call 863-797-5308.

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10/23/18
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. Get more details about volunteering » https://bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big/
 

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10/25/18
Crickette Club Fall Parade & Carnival

Crickette Club's 76 Annual Parade and Carnival is coming up and is one of the biggest events of the year in Bartow! You won't want to miss the fun parade that travels from First Avenue to Main Street to Broadway Avenue and then to Mosaic Park! At the park, you'll enjoy the Crickette Club Fall Carnival with fun, games, prizes and excitement. If you'd like to find out more, visit www.crickettes.org. You may even sign up to have a float in the parade at the Crickette site. See you then!

10/31/18
Trick or Treating at Hawthorne Inn of Lakeland

Bring your little ones to trick or treat with our residents !! Refreshments will be served to children.

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