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S.T.E.A.M. FORWARD Camp in Haines City

HAINES CITY, FL –The City of Haines City in partnership with the University of South Florida, Florida Polytechnic University and Intel Corporation present S.T.E.A.M. FORWARD Camp for local middle school-aged children passionate about computer technology, engineering, gaming, programming, and robotics.
S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) camp is July 17, 2018, 9:00 am-3:30 pm at Lake Eva Event Center located at 799 Johns Ave, Haines City, FL 33844. The one day camp will include a light breakfast and a lunch sponsored by KFC Auburndale by Mr. and Mrs. George and Seretha Tinsley. Registration is FREE; however, spots are limited to 50 students/children.
The purpose of this camp is to introduce students to professionals in the S.T.E.A.M. career fields, learn about education and relevant career paths, and engage in a variety of hands-on activities and challenges to enhance collaboration and problem-solving skills.
S.T.E.A.M. professionals develop innovative, user-friendly products, such as smart home systems, face recognition, driverless vehicles, and robots, to help us live more advanced lives than ever before. This growing field needs young visionaries who are passionate and determined to create trending innovations of the future. S.T.E.A.M. FORWARD Camp is designed to ignite and explore this passion in the young leaders of tomorrow.

STEAM Forward Camp
Students will have an opportunity to experiences the excitement of drones, computer programming, and a chance to win three laptops. To register or for more information, please contact Haines City Parks & Recreation at (863) 421-3700.



Acquisition Expands Commercial Portfolio; Offers More Lending Options to Business Customers
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 10,2018) – Axiom Bank, N.A. (“Axiom”), a leading community bank headquartered in Central Florida, recently acquired Dallas-based Allied Affiliated Funding, L.P. (“Allied”). This acquisition adds a lender finance line of business, scalable factoring and an asset-based lending platform to Axiom. In addition, bringing together two companies with complementary strengths and cultures will provide a platform to extend Axiom’s business banking solutions across a larger market area.

The acquisition will also bring expanded product capabilities to each entity’s clients. Allied’s proficiency in factoring will result in new opportunities to Axiom Bank’s clients and prospects, while Axiom’s business capabilities in cash management services will provide meaningful opportunities for Allied’s current commercial clients. Allied boosts working capital for companies by financing their commercial invoices through a process known as factoring. This allows the business to receive payment up-front instead of waiting on their customers to pay 30 to 60 days or longer.
“Allied has a proven track record of success with accounts receivable lending, which fits well with Axiom’s broader business plan to diversify and expand our commercial lending operation,” said Daniel Davis, President and CEO at Axiom Bank. “Allied is also an excellent fit culturally for us. They have a strong management team with the expertise to help emerging companies and businesses that are seeking growth, as well as those that need working capital.”
Clay Tramel, Chief Executive Officer at Allied Affiliated Funding, added: “Axiom is a Florida-based nationally chartered bank with a strong entrepreneurial spirit that is focused on maximizing clients’ potential. Combining forces helps us to deliver on a shared vision with greater creativity by offering new exciting products, including asset-based lending, in the marketplace.”
Tramel will remain CEO at what will now be known as Axiom Factoring. Gen Merritt-Parikh will be in charge of the day-to-day operations as President.
Acquisition is a pillar of AxiomBank’s ongoing growth strategy, which also includes branch expansions (the most recent of which is located in Orange County’s growing Hamlin development); the launch of AxiomGO, a cutting-edge mobile banking app; and the addition of staff with specialty expertise. Axiom was also recently approved as an SBA preferred lender, a designation that allows the bank to independently approve and underwrite SBA 7(a) loans.
For more information and to find the nearest Axiom Bank location, visit
About Axiom Bank
Axiom Bank, N.A., headquartered in Central Florida, is a nationally chartered community bank that serves the financial needs of its customers through a wide range of financial products. Axiom Bank provides retail banking services, including checking, deposit, and money market accounts, through 24 branch locations, 22 of which are inside select Walmart Supercenters®. Axiom Bank also specializes in commercial loans for both real estate and business purposes, as well as treasury management and other merchant services. In addition to these services, Axiom Bank sponsors prepaid debit card programs offered by third?party program managers. As part of its commitment to exceed its customers’ expectations and deliver superior financial solutions, Axiom Bank is constantly working to expand the services and products it provides to its communities. Visit Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.
About Allied Affiliated Funding
Allied was established in 1992 as a limited partnership to provide secured working capital in the form of accounts receivable factoring (“invoice based financing” or “IBF”) to small and middle market companies serving clients primarily in the following industries: trucking, staffing, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and telecommunications. Facilities typically range from $100,000 to $10,000,000. In addition to factoring services, Allied occasionally provides loans secured by real estate, equipment, and inventory.


Mid-State Industrial Maintenance Awarded Mosaic Service Contract

(LITHIA, Fla., July 5, 2018) – Mid-State Industrial Maintenance (Mid-State), a Polk County industrial maintenance company with over 460 Polk, Hillsborough and Hardee County employees, has been awarded a three-year general maintenance contract servicing Mosaic’s Central Florida mine sites as well as the Phosphoric Acid and Dry Products process areas at all four of Mosaic’s Florida fertilizer manufacturing facilities. Mid-State will serve as a principal partner assisting with on-going general maintenance.
In February 2018, Mosaic issued a Request for Proposals for its contract mechanical and general maintenance services in Florida. After a national search, Mosaic awarded the contract to a familiar partner, Mid-State. The company estimates tapping Mid-State for as many as 200,000 work hours a year which translates to nearly 100 jobs and an estimated spend of more than $15 million.
Chris Martus, Mosaic’s Vice President of Procurement said, “Since 1973, Mid-State has been a trusted resource for many companies in the phosphate industry, including Mosaic. As a publicly traded company, we have a responsibility to our employees and our shareholders to cast a wide net in terms of competitive contracts. When the strongest proposal comes from a locally-owned business, that’s a win-win for all.”
“We’re glad to continue this next chapter with Mosaic,” said Mid-State CEO Jeff Clyne “Our people are skilled in their crafts, know the Mosaic sites and most importantly share their commitment to safety. In addition Mosaic is proving their commitment to support our local communities and the families that live and play in them.
As part of its phosphate fertilizer production, Mosaic employs more than 3,000 directly in Florida and tens of thousands indirectly through contracted services. Mosaic encourages and supports spending activities with local suppliers. More than 80% of the Phosphate business segment’s supply chain purchases were made with local vendors.
About The Mosaic Company:
The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading combined producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. Mosaic is a single source provider of phosphate and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients for the global agriculture industry. More information on the company is available at
About Mid-State Industrial Maintenance:
Mid-State Industrial Maintenance provides design, fabrication, and installation services to the agriculture, energy, and heavy industrial markets throughout North America and the Caribbean. Mid-State responds and resolves critical complex scenarios with efficiency and value-added knowledge that minimizes operational downtime and costs. More information on the company is available at
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Southeastern University Partners with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

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LAKELAND, Fla. – Starting in the fall, freshman and sophomore students at Southeastern University who are planning to pursue a health professions career will be given a chance to secure a seat at the nation’s largest medical school. The College of Natural and Health Sciences at Southeastern University (SEU) is partnering with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) to guarantee the acceptance of 15 SEU students yearly into their medical, pharmacy and dental schools. Five students can be admitted to each of the three schools on a yearly basis.

A committee in the science department at SEU will identify high achievers who are freshmen or sophomores for consideration in the program. Students will then be interviewed by the committee before they are offered the chance to apply. The students will then go through the application process of LECOM. Those who are admitted will be guaranteed a spot at the school, even before taking the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test).

“The main thing incoming students majoring in the sciences want to know is that Southeastern University offers a quality, competitive program that will prepare them for entrance to graduate and medical school,” said Megan Wagner, assistant professor of biology at SEU. “Participation in this program will allow us to recruit, retain and advance high achievers in the sciences at SEU.”

Students are required to complete all four years at SEU prior to entering their program of their choice at LECOM. Failure to do so would forfeit their seat at the school. Students who are accepted into the program must maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

To further prepare students for medical school, SEU will introduce Problem Based Learning (PBL) courses starting in the fall of 2018. These courses give students the opportunity to use critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems. The PBL model is the pedagogy used by medical schools to apply and advance learning.

“At Southeastern, we will offer PBL and hands-on innovate research opportunities to all of our high-achieving students. When LECOM became aware of the development of our PBL program, they recognized recruiting our students would increase long-term graduate success within their own programs,” said Wagner.

The college also has a new technological addition — an Anatomage Table, a digital cadaver table. The three-dimensional table provides students with life-size images of cadaver samples often seen in medical schools.

“The 3D, interactive images available in the Anatomage will allow students to view, engage and interact with medical school-level cadavers. The table will be used in multiple courses mirroring graduate school dissections and diagnostic learning experiences,” said Wagner.

For more information on the partnership, visit or contact Megan Wagner at