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SCORE/Paychex Offer Free Seminar

SCOREEmployee Life Cycle: Interviewing, Hiring & What Comes Next, helps entrepreneurs select and develop productive and engaged employees.

We will cover:

  • Federal laws impacting hiring decisions
  • Progressive discipline for performance issues and policy violations
  • Legal matters with employee termination
  • Costs that come from poor hiring practices
  • How to implement an effective recruiting and hiring process

To register, click here.

SCORE also offers free and confidential mentoring sessions in addition to the seminar.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

35 Lake Morton Dr, Lakeland, FL

Registration Required


Lakeland Regional Health Team Member News

Pagani_VirginiaVirginia Pagani, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Dr. Pagani earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She completed her Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando. Dr. Pagani most recently served as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist for Health Central Hospital in Orlando. Certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Pagani sees patients at the Grasslands Campus, 3030 Harden Blvd, and also will see patients at the soon-to-open Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.



The Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series at Florida Southern College continues next week with a conversation with one of America’s most experienced political journalists.

Domenico Montanaro, lead editor for politics and digital audience at National Public Radio in Washington, will explore the current media landscape and invite questions from the audience in a program, “Stand with the Facts,” at 7 p.m. on March 15 in the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at FSC. The program is free and open to the public.

Montanaro directs political coverage across National Public Radio’s broadcast and digital platforms. Before joining NPR in 2015, he was political director and senior producer for politics and law at PBS NewsHour. There, he led domestic political and legal coverage, which included the 2014 midterm elections, the Supreme Court, and the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. He also has worked at all three major broadcast networks, including NBC News, where as deputy political editor, he covered two presidential elections and reported and edited for the network’s political blog, “First Read.”

The theme of the 2018 Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series is “A Matter of Facts: Navigating a Post-Truth Era.” The series explores the murky waters of a “post-truth” era in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.


Wauchula State Bank Announces Leadership Changes for 2018

Donna McKownThe Wauchula State Bank Board of Directors recently confirmed the following changes in senior leadership:

  • W. “Jake” Crews IV – CEO and Chairman of the Board
  • W. “Bill” Crews Jr. – Vice Chairman
  • Donna McKown – President

A fourth generation Crews family member, Jake Crews moves from president to lead the bank as CEO. “We make banking easy by listening to our clients and offering flexible solutions and creative options based on our experience,” he said.

A graduate of Washington State University with a degree in finance, Crews worked for three years as a bank examiner for the state of Florida prior to formally joining the bank in 2010.

Bill Crews assumes the Vice Chairman role and continues his distinguished career that has included service with professional and community organizations. One of only three people to have served as president of both the Florida Bankers Association and the Community Bankers of Florida, he received the FBA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

As a seasoned banker, McKown has been in senior management at Wauchula State Bank for more than 20 years during her 35-year career with the bank. Her dedication to the organization and passion for helping customers reinforces the culture of Wauchula State Bank in providing service excellence with trust and integrity.

McKown was instrumental in expanding the branch network of the bank. A graduate of the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida, she has leadership experience in all areas and functions of retail banking.

ABOUT WAUCHULA STATE BANK – Based in Wauchula, Fla., Wauchula State Bank has served the Florida Heartland since 1929 as a family owned, locally managed community bank. The late J.W. Crews Sr. (father of the current vice chairman) purchased controlling interest in the bank in 1932, and the bank is still owned and operated by the Crews family. With over $660 million in assets and seven branches located in Hardee, Polk and Highlands counties, Wauchula State Bank is the largest among the family of banks under Crews Bank Corp., the others including Charlotte State Bank & Trust, Englewood Bank & Trust and First State Bank of Arcadia. To learn more, visit Member FDIC / Equal Housing Lender


United Healthcare Medicare Store will host the Lakeland Fire Dept. in “Retire the Fire”.

March 21st United Healthcare Medicare Store (1547 Lakeland Hills Blvd.) will host the Lakeland Fire Dept. in “Retire the Fire”.  This will be an informational event for Seniors to attend on how to prevent fires in their homes and staying safe in their environment.   There will be (2) sessions:  Morning session begins at 10:30am-12pm and the afternoon session begins at 1pm-2:30pm.  All seniors are invited to attend and bring a friend.  Seating is limited and those who wish to attend can RSVP by calling The United Healthcare Medicare Store @ 863-284-3688.