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2nd Annual 2019 Phoenix Business EXPO on Wednesday, February 27th

In the spirit of collaboration and building a healthy and whole community, Florida Polytechnic University has planned a community resource fair— 2nd Annual 2019 Phoenix Business EXPO on Wednesday, February 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Florida Polytechnic University, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805.

We invite you or representatives from your organization to join us in providing information, screenings, access to your services, or whatever you believe is appropriate.

Our hope is that by bringing together a wide variety of organizations in one space, we can provide a large array of community information to the students of Florida Poly.

This event is an opportunity to connect and develop a deeper relationship with your organization that will help us all accomplish our missions and serve our community more fully.

Here are some details about the event:

Date: 2/27/19

Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

Set up time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: IST Building—Common area

Venue: Indoor activity

Request: Seeking donation items as raffle prizes for students—i.e. gift cards, company marketing items etc….

If you are able to join us in serving the Florida Poly students by participating in the fair, please email

Please also let us know if you require additional equipment for your set-up.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you at our 2nd Annual 2019 Phoenix Business EXPO!


SEU to Host Christian Conference

LAKELAND, Fla. – Southeastern University (SEU) will host its eighth annual Christian conference from February 11 to 13 at Family Worship Center in Lakeland. The three-day event, known as SEU Conference, will feature leading pastors from across the country.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Here and Now.” The university expects to fill Family Worship Center with an anticipated 3,000 guests coming from all over the country.

This year’s speaker lineup includes Benny Perez, Julia Veach, Jentezen Franklin, Micahn Carter and Alex Seeley.


Author and well-known speaker Benny Perez will be returning to SEU Conference this year. He and his wife, Wendy, co-founded The Church LV in Las Vegas, Nev., where he currently serves as the lead pastor. His ministry extends both nationally and internationally as he ministers at hundreds of conferences and churches every year.


Julia Veach co-pastors Zoe Church in Los Angeles, Calif., with her husband, Chad. She passionately shares her inspiring story as the mother of a child living with a brain disorder and serves as a role model for young Hollywood celebrities.


Jentezen Franklin is the senior pastor of Free Chapel, a multi-campus church based in Gainesville, Ga. He is also a New York Times best-selling author and a televangelist. His weekly television program, Kingdom Connection, is broadcasted across major networks all over the world expanding his ministry internationally.


Micahn Carter is the lead pastor of Together Church in Yakima, Wash., which consists of three locations and draws thousands of people to their services each week.

Alex Seeley is a pastor and the author of “Tailor Made.” She and her husband, Henry, currently pastor The Belonging Co. in Nashville, Tenn., reaching over 3,000 attendees weekly as well as online viewers. Seeley previously served as an executive pastor of Planetshaker Ministries.


General admission to the event is free. VIP tickets are being sold at $25 and include reserved parking, early entrance, reserved seating and refreshments served at every session. Groups of more than 10 people must register for the event in advance to receive seating accommodations.


The first session will be held at 7 p.m. on February 11; the second and third sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on February 12; and the fourth and fifth sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on February 13.


To register a group or purchase VIP tickets, visit For further questions or information, email Victoria Hammer at


Polk County Visitor Center Celebrates Spring Training With Event on Saturday, Feb. 16

BOGO Ticket Specials: Buy one LEGOLAND® Florida Resort or Bok Tower Gardens ticket and get one free, for tickets purchased at the event.

Davenport, FL (Feb. 4, 2019) – Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center (CFVIC) will celebrate baseball by hosting its 12th Annual Spring Training Celebration day on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.  This free, family-friendly event will take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., featuring prize giveaways, a batting cage game and a pitching booth with speed timer. CFVIC will be giving away commemorative event T-shirts to the first 300 visitors, once the event begins at 8 a.m. (one per person, while supplies last). Attendees will have the chance to register for a grand prize: four tickets to see the Tigers play a Spring Training game at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. In addition, visitors who bring canned goods (for donation to local food banks) will have the chance to enter a special drawing for attractions tickets.  Attendees will receive one free LEGOLAND® Florida Resort or Bok Tower Gardens ticket for each one (of the same) purchased at CFVIC on the day of the event. Note: the “buy one, get one” special on tickets is limited to the first 200 tickets sold. CFVIC attraction ticket prices are already discounted, making this an especially attractive offer.

Spring training fans can pick up the latest information on the 2019 Spring Training season such as schedules and Spring Training guides. The Detroit Tigers are celebrating their 83rd Spring Training season at TigerTown in Lakeland, extending the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city. The 2019 spring season marks the club’s 54th consecutive season of exhibition play at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Baseball fans looking for additional action will be pleased to know that Polk County will also host the RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational from mid-February through late March. For more information on the invitational, please visit For more information on the Spring Training Celebration day, call 863-420-2586.

Something else for CFVIC visitors to enjoy is the Florida Sports Hall of Fame (FSHOF) Preview Center. The FSHOF Preview Center showcases many of the notable sports figures that have excelled as an athlete, coach, broadcaster or sports executive. The FSHOF has inducted 260 Hall of Fame members since its founding in 1961. Such sports legends as George Steinbrenner, Fred McGriff, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Chris Evert, Rowdy Gaines, Curt Gowdy, Otis Birdsong, Michael Irvin and Tim Tebow are among those that have been inducted. For more information on the FSHOF please visit:

In addition to assisting visitors, and residents (by providing tourism information about Polk County), CFVIC also sells discounted attraction tickets for many Central Florida attractions (including LEGOLAND Florida Resort) and hosts a seasonal Farmers Market on Thursdays, through the end of April. The information center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week (excluding major holidays), and is located at 101 Adventure Court, Davenport, FL 33837 (along U.S. Highway 27), a half-mile south of I-4 at Exit 55.


Perspectives in Chemistry and Health to be Presented at Florida Southern’s 9th Annual Spencer Symposium

LAKELAND (Feb. 4, 2019) – The roles of biology and chemistry in urgent care will be among the topics presented Friday at the annual Dr. John L. Spencer Symposium at Florida Southern College. The symposium will take place from 2 to 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel on the FSC campus. The four symposium presentations are free and open to the public.

Dr. Eugene Grimley, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry at Elon University, will discuss the chemotherapy medication cisplatin in his 2 p.m. talk, “Serendipity and Cisplatin.”

At 3 p.m., FSC graduate Lauryn Wolfe Gazzia ’09, a Critical Care Pharmacist at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, will lecture on “Understanding the Roles of Biology and Chemistry in the Art and Science of Critical Care.”

FSC graduate Rubens Petit Homme ’16, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kentucky in Louisville, Ky., will deliver the presentation “Modulation of Inflammation via Inflammatory Inhibitor (JSH-23) Mitigates Diabetic Retinopathy” beginning at 3:45 p.m.

The day’s final talk, “Benign by Design from the Nanoscale to the Human Scale,” will be presented at 4:45 p.m. by Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez, Ph.D., the Gompf Family Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

This annual symposium is named in honor of the late Dr. Jack Spencer, a Florida Southern College professor of chemistry who is credited with making major advances in the research and development of antibiotics. The symposium draws together the FSC community and interested members of the public to highlight the application of chemistry in healthcare. The event is organized by Dr. Carmen Gauthier, Jessie Ball duPont Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics at Florida Southern College.

For more information about the symposium, call 863-680-4316 or email

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society.  FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.


The Results Companies Grand Opening

LAKELAND, FL– The Results Companies, one of the world’s leading customer experience providers, is hosting the official grand opening of their site in Lakeland, FL on February 26, 2019. This official opening has led Results to provide a wider array of services and allows for even greater growth opportunities for employees.  Results will continue to accommodate current and future growth needs for its largely Fortune 500 Partner base, and the Lakeland site will only help in that pursuit. Lakeland will largely focus on Results’ Partnership with a leading streaming provider, as well as expand business with other Partners.

“We opened our newest location in Lakeland in August 2018 and have hired over 400 employees within the past 5 months,” says VP of Operations, Daniel Fisher. “We plan to grow the site over the next year to as many as 1,000 employees working in both full time and part time schedules.  We are proud to be part of the Lakeland Community and look forward to partnering with other business and community leaders in Lakeland in a wide range of community service initiatives.  We strive to be a great company to work for and a place to build a successful career.   Equally we strive to be a great neighbor in the local community and are very excited about our future in Lakeland.”

About The Results Companies

For more than 10 years, The Results Companies has served as a premier global customer experience provider for Fortune 500 companies and has uniquely designed, built and operated award-winning call centers that have set the standard for innovative, customer-focused contact solutions. Results offers a full range of services that include customer service, acquisition, enrollment, retention, membership support services and transaction processing to outbound sales and retention campaigns. Results’ success and proven ability to respond to our Partners’ growth has enabled the expansion of our global footprint to 22,000 employees in 27 locations in the United States, the Philippines and Latin America. The Results Companies’ expertise extends beyond call centers. Results is an expert in people, analytical technologies, brand fulfillment and creating strategic advantages for its Partners. Visit to learn more.