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Small Business of the Month award winners.



The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) recognized Florida’s top chambers of commerce throughout the state for their outstanding achievement and dedication to the industry. The awards were presented at the organization’s Annual Conference, held November 14-16, 2017, at the beautiful One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach.

Among the recognition given were the Certified Plus Designations. In, 2003, FACP implemented the distinction of Florida Certified Chamber to recognize standards of professional excellence in Florida. In 2012, the association enhanced its certification program to include a Certified Plus designation, for chambers of commerce that score an 86 or above during the judging process or are an Accredited Chamber through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Both the Certified and Certified Plus designations recognize chambers that have met high standards and strengthened free enterprise by protecting the business environment.

This year, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce and South Tampa Chamber of Commerce received the Certified Plus Chamber status. The Lakeland, Putnam County, Daytona Regional and Winter Haven Chambers of Commerce are Accredited Chambers of Commerce through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the South Tampa Chamber is a newly-Certified Plus chamber.

This year’s inductees join a long list of Certified and Certified Plus Chambers in Florida, representing the pinnacle standards of excellence in Organization Management, Service Intent and Capacity, Professional Administration, Financial Management, and Marketing/Public Relations. For a complete list, please visit and search under the Member Directory tab.

“The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals congratulates the recipients of this prestigious distinction,” said Tammy C. Bracewell, President of FACP.  “We are proud of each Chamber’s dedication and commitment to excellence within the business community.  The Certified Chamber of Commerce program sets standards within the industry and recognizes chambers that have met those standards while offering guidelines for those to improve their effectiveness.  In many ways, it is like the good housekeeping seal of approval for a chamber of commerce.”

The Certified Chamber of Commerce program is designed to promote the public awareness of the intent of the Chamber of Commerce brand as a not for profit community development based business membership organization.

FACP is a statewide organization whose mission is “Advancing excellence in chamber management” and whose vision is “Enhancing Florida’s business communities by cultivating successful chamber professionals.”

For more information, contact Tammy Bracewell, President, FACP, at 1-800-226-3269 or via email


Hamic Previte & Sturwold P.A. Selected to Seminole 100 List

Hamic Previte & Sturwold, P.A. was named to Florida State University’s inaugural Seminole 100 and will be formally recognized at a ceremony on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at FSU’s University Center Club.

Presented by Florida State University, the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, the FSU Alumni Association and Inc. magazine, the Seminole 100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned by FSU alumni. Inc. magazine, using the criteria they developed for their annual Inc. 5000 list, calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past three years to generate the ranking.

Hamic Previte & Sturwold, P.A. is a tax, accounting, and advisory firm that has provided personalized service in a wide range of financial environments for more than five decades. Both Steve Hamic, managing partner, and James Previte, vice president and shareholder, are proud FSU alumni. The partners credit recent firm growth to providing comprehensive compliance strategies tailored to meet their clients’ financial needs. “Tax Compliance is more than preparing filings and meeting deadlines,” said James Previte. “We continually strive to provide our clients with proactive planning and customized approaches that maximize their ability to achieve their intended goals.” Hamic Previte & Sturwold, P.A. has offices located in Lakeland and Dade City, Florida.

“We consider this recognition a great honor that showcases our growth and achievement among a field of outstanding businesses across the country,” said Steve Hamic. “As alumni, this distinction is particularly significant to us.”

“The Seminole 100 is an important initiative that recognizes entrepreneurial excellence,” said Randy Blass, executive director of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. “It is open to all companies owned by FSU alumni that meet eligibility criteria and recognizes those that are achieving growth, innovating, and making a difference in their communities.”

For more information on Hamic Previte & Sturwold, P.A. and a full list of services offered, visit or call 863.682.5151.


Lakeland Regional Health’s School of Radiologic Technology Re-Accredited Through 2022

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology has been awarded re-accreditation through 2022 for its certificate radiography program by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). This peer evaluation promotes excellence in education and enhances the quality and safety of patient care at Lakeland Regional Health.

“Students at our School of Radiologic Technology interact on a one-on-one basis with their instructors and are exposed to many radiologic disciplines they wouldn’t necessarily experience elsewhere,” said Janet Fansler, DNP, RN, CENP, Lakeland Regional Health Executive Vice President and Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse Executive. “We are proud that our school and our dedicated team members have earned this well-deserved re-accreditation.”

The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for accreditation of traditional and distance educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry.

Students at Lakeland Regional Health’s School of Radiologic Technology, founded in 1965, acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for professional competence through a blend of classroom and clinical education. Students complete didactic and clinical components for Radiography and Computed Tomography (CT). The education received at Lakeland Regional Health allows students to complete The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists requirements for national certification exams in both Radiography and CT in the traditional two-year timeframe.

Criteria for accreditation include adequate talent, physical and financial resources; sufficient assessment system; proper student preparation for professional practice.

“We are so pleased that our School of Radiologic Technology is being recognized with re-accreditation,” said Mack Reavis, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center President and Lakeland Regional Health Chief Medical Officer. “Our graduates are wonderful examples of how Lakeland Regional Health is advancing the future of healthcare.”

Information about the Lakeland Regional Health School of Radiologic Technology can be found at


Four From Polk State to Compete at National Phi Beta Lambda Conference

Four members of Polk State College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda will compete at the national conference in Chicago in June.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is the nation’s oldest and largest education association, with 250,000 student members preparing for careers in business or business-related fields. FBLA-PBL has four divisions; PBL is the division for postsecondary institutions.

The Polk State students qualified for FBLA-PBL’s National Leadership Conference by finishing in the top three in their respective categories at the state competition in March.

Polk State’s representatives at the national level are listed here with their finishes at the state competition:

  •  Jamie Butler, Winter Haven, first place in computer applications, first place in impromptu speaking, second place in information management
  •  Kyle Cox, Lakeland resident, first place in human resources management, fourth place in contemporary sports issues,
  •  Jim Harmon, Lakeland, third place in statistical analysis, fifth place in financial concepts, fifth place in microeconomics
  •  Hector Santa, Lakeland, second place in help desk

At the National Leadership Conference, Polk State students will compete against students from colleges and universities from across the country.

Also placing at the state level but not advancing to the national competition were:

  •  Khushboo Bhatia, Bartow, fourth place in sales presentation
  •  Sasha Syboodeen, Winter Haven, fourth place in forensic accounting
  •  Diane Thomas, fifth place in client services

Polk State offers the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, which offers concentrations in Business Administration, Business Information Technology, Healthcare Administration, Public Safety Administration and Public Safety Management. Polk State’s Business Administration associate’s degrees offers specializations in Healthcare Administration, Insurance, Management and Marketing.

Phi Beta Lambda is one of more than 50 clubs and organizations offered through the College’s SALO (Student Activities and Leadership Office).

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Lakeland Electric Receives National Recognition For Reliable Electric Operations

Lakeland Electric is one of 191 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)1 designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department of Braintree, Mass., and executive committee member of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on May 18 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Sacramento, CA.

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. The RP3 designation now lasts for three years (up from two), so the 97 utilities that earned the designation this year join the 94 that received it last year for a total of 191.

“Utilities that have earned APPA’s RP3 designation are implementing best practices for the industry, and are a testament to public power’s commitment to serving their community,” said Stone.

“We’re honored to receive the RP3 designation,” said Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric. “Our utility staff puts in a lot of hard work to serve this community. RP3 represents a much appreciated recognition of this hard work.”

Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida serving 126,000 customers with production capability of over 1100 Megawatts. The utility is also one of the first utilities established in Florida having started operation in 1889.

This is the tenth year that RP3 recognition has been offered. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities. It is located in Arlington, VA.

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