Category Archives: Business News

20Nov/17

HAMIC PREVITE & STURWOLD, P.A. NAMES NEW DIRECTOR

Hamic Previte & Sturwold, P.A. has named Jim Noullet, CPA as the Director of Tax Compliance for the Firm. Jim brings with him over 19 years’ experience with concentration in the areas of construction and real estate tax compliance.
“Jim’s passion for small business and his extensive expertise and concentration in the real estate and construction industries enhances our capabilities and serves our client base well,” said HPS managing partner Steve Hamic. “And we enjoy working with him.”

Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clemson University and a Master of Accounting from Florida State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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, credit the firm’s 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.

For more information on Hamic Previte & Sturwold, P.A. and a complete list of financial services offered, visit www.hpsadvisors.com or call 863.682.5151.

17Nov/17

MAYOR HOWARD WIGGS ENDORSES SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Mayor Howard Wiggs announced his endorsement of and participation in the eighth annual Small Business Saturday. Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small, independently-owned businesses that help boost local economies across the country.

“Small business is a critically important part of a healthy, vibrant economy. Whether it be in new job creation or support for local activities, small business promotes and stimulates the well-being of a community,” Wiggs said.

Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff of the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. According to the American Express 2016 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday. The day has also been championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

In recognizing the importance of supporting independent businesses in Lakeland, Mayor Wiggs and the Commissioners

  • Will be issuing a Small Business Saturday Proclamation on November 20 at 9:00 am at City Hall and will acknowledge the City of Lakeland’s support of this city-wide effort to support the Small Businesses in Lakeland.
  • Plan to Shop Small on November 25thand have invited residents of Lakeland to shop small with them.
  • Have engagedLakeland’s small business agencies – the Downtown Lakeland Partnership, The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lakeland Business Leaders in support of their efforts in planning Small Business Saturday shopping events on November 25th  
  • Call on residents to share the small businesses in the community that they love on social media using #ShopSmallLKLD and/or #SmallBizSat

Mayor Wiggs and the Commission are joining business leaders from across the community to assist in supporting the local businesses in Lakeland that make Lakeland a great city to work, shop and play. “It’s so exciting to see collaboration among businesses, city officials and the organizations that serve the small business community,” says Chrissanne Long, who helping promote this year’s Small Business Saturday in Lakeland.

Lori Long, Executive Director of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership, says she’s excited to bring more attention to the merchants of downtown. “I am thrilled to see us reaching beyond the boundaries of Downtown Lakeland, and embracing all Lakeland’s small businesses. I believe the more we do this, the more Downtown Lakeland will flourish.”

“The Chamber believes that collaboration is key in supporting our many great small businesses in Lakeland,” says Cory Skeates, president of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. “This partnership provides us with an opportunity to again show our businesses just much we appreciate them and all they do for the success of our community.”

Lakeland merchants and consumers can learn more about local activities for Small Business Saturday and a list of the participating merchants by visiting ShopSmallLkld.com

13Nov/17

Citizens Bank & Trust Wins Philanthropic Corporation of the Year

The Greater Polk County Chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrates National Philanthropy Day by recognizing and honoring individuals and organizations who make their work in philanthropy enjoyable and allow organizations to strive toward their mission.

The AFP Greater Polk County Chapter sponsors an annual awards program to recognize the outstanding achievements of individual, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, and professional fundraising executives.

Candidates can be nominated for the following categories: Philanthropist of the Year, Philanthropic Corporation of the Year, Philanthropic Small Business of the Year, Spirit of Philanthropy, Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy, and Youth in Philanthropy.

Citizens Bank & Trust won the Philanthropic Corporation of the Year Award. This award is given to those who demonstrate high ethical standards and show the community that the spirit of giving is alive and well, and stronger than ever.

The Polk Education Foundation nominated Citizens Bank & Trust for the award for all they do to assist educational programs and services in Polk County.

Citizens Bank & Trust President Greg Littleton, in regard to the nomination and award, “Citizens Bank & Trust is humbled to receive such a wonderful recognition. Philanthropy is very important to us and we firmly believe in giving back to the community that we serve.”

The presenting sponsor of the event was GiveWell Community Foundation, a foundation that currently holds more than 280 charitable funds established by individuals, families, organizations, and private foundations and serves a variety of charitable services in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands County, Florida.

For more information on Citizens Bank & Trust visit www.citizens-bank.com; or contact Donovan Tinsley at Tinsley Creative, email: donovan@tinsleycreative.com; phone: 863-583-0081.

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13Nov/17

Polk Goes Global III: Attendees will Gain Insight on Conducting International Business

The Lakeland and Winter Haven Chambers, in collaboration with the Central Florida Development Council, is pleased to host this year’s Polk Goes Global III – A Half-Day International Exporting Conference.

This exciting and informative event highlights the economic strength of Polk County’s international trade in cattle, citrus, manufacturers, and other goods and service exports. The county is centrally located between major Florida ports, with a free trade zone in the middle of the Tampa/Orlando area, plus a CSX intermodal logistics center. Ideally situated, Polk County is a hot spot for international distribution. Over $2 billion worth of economic activity occurs through the county each year. Polk Goes Global is sure to provide a wealth of information to any businessperson or investor looking to take advantage of the worldwide reach of Polk County.

The International sponsor of the event is Saddle Creek Logistics Services; additional event sponsors include Orlando International Airport, Polk State College Lakeland Campus and SunTrust Bank. The Keynote Speaker will be Manny Mencia, SVP of International Trade and Business Development at Enterprise Florida.  For over 30 years, Mencia has acquired extensive international trade expertise while serving at the Florida Department of Commerce in various executive roles (1977-1991) and then as vice president of World Marketing at The Beacon Council (1992-1996) before joining Enterprise Florida.  His keynote address promises to offer attendees unique insight into the opportunities surrounding the global market.

There will also be a number of speakers and panelists to share their experiences on conducting international business in Polk County, including:

  • Joseph Bell, Regional Director of Enterprise Florida
  • David Befus, Associate Professor of International Business at Southeastern University
  • Sandra Campbell, Director at the U.S. Department of Commerce – Clearwater Center
  • Torrey Chambliss, Manager of Foreign Trade Zone at Port Tampa Bay
  • Mauro Costa, Managing Member of SOS Universal
  • Rick Garcia, President of Gulf Coast Avionics
  • Javier Marin, Director of Business Development and Global Trace at the Central Florida Development Council
  • Sandro Murtas, Regional Manager at the Small Business Administration
  • Eileen Rodriguez, Director of the Small Business Development Center at USF
  • Joel Sellers, International Sales Manager of Florida’s Natural Growers
  • Jennifer Simpson, Regional Director at the Eastern Region EXIM Bank
  • Dan Tapia, Manager of International Strategy and Policy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce

Polk Goes Global III will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Polk State College, LTB Auditorium, located at 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, Florida, 33801. Admission to the event is $25 for members of the CFDC, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, and the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, and $35 for non-members. The price includes breakfast.

Attendees can register online by visiting the  Lakeland or Winter Haven Chamber websites or by going to LakelandChamber.com or WinterHavenchamber.com and clicking on the events tab.

For more information please contact:
Brianna Dingess

(863) 293-2138

brianna@winterhavenchamber.com

Rebecca Fortier

(863) 688-8551 ext. 229
rfortier@lakelandchamber.com

Javier Marin

(863) 937-4430

Javier@CFDC.org

09Nov/17

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 www.hpsadvisors.com or call 863.682.5151.