Category Archives: Community Info & Events


Prizes & Refreshments at Suncoast Credit Union South Lakeland Service Center Nov. 1 – 7!

Join Suncoast Credit Union South Lakeland Service Center throughout the week (Nov. 1 – 7) for refreshments, plus a ribbon cutting ceremony and special entertainment on Wednesday, November. 7!

Win big!  Suncoast Credit Union South Lakeland Service Center is giving away $50 Visa gift cards!* Starting November 1, stop in and enter to win before Wednesday, November 7 at noon.

Say hello!  Meet the friendly staff and see how Suncoast can help you save more for life!

Enjoy!  Activities on Wednesday, November 7, begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.

*Prizes will be drawn on November 7, 2018 between 12 noon and 1 pm. Limit one prize per member. Need not be present to win. Must be 18 years or older to be eligible to win. Deadline to enter raffle is Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at noon.

Location:  Suncoast Credit Union South Lakeland Service Center, 6405 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL   33813



Cornerstone Hospice Invites the Public to “Evening Beneath the Tuscan Stars Fundraiser”


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Lakeland, Fla. – Gregory Fancelli and Cornerstone Hospice invite the public to the Evening Beneath the Tuscan Stars Fundraiser. Polk County resident Bill Tinsley will be honored for his years of community service.





WHEN:                        Thursday, November 8, 2018  6 – 9 pm

WHERE:           The Lake Hollingsworth home of Gregory Fancelli in Lakeland

WHAT:            The Evening Beneath the Tuscan Stars, honoring Bill Tinsley, will benefit programs and services for Cornerstone Hospice patients in Polk County. Tickets are $100 per person and includes heavy hors d’ouevres, open bar and a silent auction. Suggested attire for the event is business casual.

HOW:              For information and to purchase tickets, please contact Susan Sartain at 863-291-5562 or email

About Cornerstone Hospice

Cornerstone Hospice is a leading community-owned provider of end-of-life care in Central Florida. For 34 years Cornerstone has set the standard for hospice care as we serve more than 7,000 people in Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties each year. For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, call 866-742-6655 or visit


Dalton R. Allen & Travis J. Foels Join Hill Ward Henderson

TAMPA – Hill Ward Henderson is pleased to announce the addition of two associates to the firm’s Litigation Group, Dalton R. Allen and Travis J. Foels.

Mr. Allen’s practice involves the defense of product liability and mass tort claims. He primarily represents a major tobacco company in individual smoking and health litigation. Mr. Allen graduated magna cum laude from Stetson University College and upon graduation received the Suzanne Armstrong Memorial Award and the National Order of Scribes Award in the area of legal writing, and the Victor O. Wehle Award for excellence in trial advocacy.  During law school, Mr. Allen served as Assistant Research Editor of the Stetson Law Review where he was awarded Stetson Law Review’s Leadership Award, competed as an advocate on Stetson’s #1 nationally ranked Trial Team, and earned Highest Grade Designations in many courses, including Contracts, Civil Procedure, Research & Writing, and Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Foels’ practice focuses on medical malpractice, hospital liability, products liability, and premises liability, along with a diverse array of personal injury claims. Mr. Foels graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Foels served as an Articles Editor for the Florida Law Review. His Note was selected for publication by the Florida Law Review, and won the Gertrude Brick Award for Best Note of 2017. He earned book awards in Appellate Advocacy, Legal Research, Electronic Discovery, Land Use Planning and Control, and Medical Malpractice.

Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm with multi-disciplinary practices. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, with over 100 attorneys, the firm has a wide range of local, regional and national clients. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at

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Florida Gators vs. USF Bulls Coming to Tiger Town October 28th




What a treat to have a college baseball game in October.


Alumni, this is a great opportunity to show your school spirit by coming down to Tiger Town and supporting your alma mater.

October 28th @ 2:00 PM

Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium

2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd

Lakeland, FL 33805

Luxury Seating will be available in the ’34 Club for only $35.00

Ticket prices ranging from $5.00 – $35.00

Call: 863.413.4173 to purchase tickets.

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Impact of Tariffs in the Global Trade Economy

LAKELAND, FL (October 15, 2018) – Former Caterpillar executive and current Executive Director at Trade for America, Bill Lane, and Alice Ancona, Director – Global Outreach at the Florida Chamber of Commerce, will be featured keynote speakers at the fourth annual Central Florida international trade event.  In collaboration with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Central Florida Development Council presents a half-day symposium to discuss tariffs and their impact on global trade and local businesses at Polk Goes Global IV:  International Trade Symposium.  The event will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.

Bill Lane, Executive Director, Trade For America; Board Member, Global Communities; President Emeritus, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; Board Member, Washington International Trade Association.

Bill Lane, Executive Director, Trade For America; Board Member, Global Communities; President Emeritus, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; Board Member, Washington International Trade Association.

Alice Ancona, Global Outreach, Florida Chamber of Commerce; Lead Advocate, Florida Trade & Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2) through the newly created Florida Trade and Logistics Institute

Alice Ancona, Global Outreach, Florida Chamber of Commerce; Lead Advocate, Florida Trade & Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2) through the newly created Florida Trade and Logistics Institute

In addition to Mr. Lane and Ms. Ancona, several other speakers will participate in discussions on tariffs and their impact, including two different panels – one panel will offer a close-up look at the local trade atmosphere featuring Central Florida business owners.  Consular representatives comprise the second panel for a broader view of the international marketplace.  Speakers will be posted on the event website as they are confirmed – or at

Event Sponsors:

Global Leadership Sponsor:  Trade For America

International Sponsor:  Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Location:  Lakeland Linder International Airport, 3900 Don Emerson Drive, Lakeland, FL 33811

Date/Time Information:  Friday, November 9, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Contact Information:  Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551, Ext. 229,


Admission includes breakfast
$25 each for members of Central Florida Development Council (CFDC), Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
$15 each for students (required to show student ID at door)
$35 each for non-members

Sponsorships available


The Central Florida Development Council is Polk County’s economic development partnership responsible for recruiting new businesses to Polk County and helping existing businesses expand.

The Polk Global Trade Alliance (PGTA) aspires to be the prime catalyst for the growth of international trade in Central Florida and to make global initiatives an intrinsic part of Polk County’s broader regional economic development strategy.


The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization focused on improving and preserving Winter Haven’s business climate and quality of life.  Our Vision is advance commerce and community.  Our mission is serving, representing and enhancing business growth.  We have a long history of doing this in Winter Haven, from our founding in 1910 as a Board of Trade and then later our incorporation as a Chamber of Commerce in 1923.  The Chamber of Commerce serves as the hub for all information relating to Winter Haven – both for business and community. If we don’t have the answer, we will strive to connect you with the right people to help you grow your business or expand your network. We have more than 750 businesses with nearly 2,000 designated representatives that represent our member investors. The Chamber is administered by a Board of Directors who set policy and strategic goals.


The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

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