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Polk Hurricane Expo Vendor Space Available

The Polk County Emergency Management division is hosting the annual Polk County Hurricane Expo June 5 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Orange Dome in Winter Haven.  Each year, vendors are asked to participate by providing relevant disaster preparedness information to attending residents.

The expo will enable Polk County residents to educate themselves and get prepared for exposure to all potential hazards.  A $25 per table donation is asked of exhibitors to help offset the cost of the event as well as a door prize valued at $25.  County and non-profit agencies will be allotted one table at no charge.  In order to include your agency in pre-event promotions, we ask that you register using the online vendor application no later than May 14, 2010. There will also be opportunities for your business to partner with Polk County Emergency Management during this event.  There are several levels of sponsorship available.

  • Category 1: $100
  • Category 2: $200
  • Category 3: $300
  • Category 4: $400
  • Category 5: $500

Visit for Category details and vendor registration.

The Hurricane Expo is an educational event for the entire family.  In addition to your vendor booth, the event will include: guest speakers, safety demonstrations, a K.I.D. Korner (Kids In Disaster) and emergency vehicle displays.  Since the purpose of the expo is to educate, it is imperative that you participate with an educational objective in mind.  There are still available spaces.  Booths are provided on a first come first serve basis.

Bring your materials, give aways, and lots of information.  Vendors provide critical disaster preparedness and recovery information during this event.  Residents look forward to the many opportunities to gather this vital information.

We look forward to having you join us as an exhibitor at the 2010 Polk County Hurricane Expo.  Mark your calendars and fill out your application online as soon as possible.  Vendor information for the Hurricane Expo can be obtained by visiting or contact Rosa Driggs, Public Safety Public Education Officer at 863-519-FIRE(3473) or 863-534-5600.


Celebrate Your M.V.P. – Most Valuable Professional

Polk State College Office Administration Program and Corporate College will be hosting the M.V.P. – Most Valuable Professional Seminar on Friday, April 23 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to celebrate Administrative Professional’s Week.   Nancy Lemon, the President of Professional Development Group, will present on the following topics:

  • Communicate with confidence and class
  • Keys to successfully managing your time & dealing with stress
  • Presenting a powerful boss(PowerPoint creation and design)

This will be a great opportunity to send your administrative professional and show your appreciation during Administrative Professional’s Week.  The cost is $39 and includes both the workshop and boxed lunch.

For information, click here, or contact Kim Simpson at (863) 297-1010, Ext. 6493.


SBDC Small Business Seminars For May

The Small Business Development Center, at Central Florida Development Council, is offering a several business seminars in May.  These are held at SBDC-USF Polytechnic, (Lakeland Campus), 3433 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, Fl 33803-9807.


  • Steps to Starting a Small Business, May 6,  9:30am– 12:00pm
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan-I, May 13, 10:00am–12:00pm
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan – II, May 20, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Steps to Starting a Small Business, May 20, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
  • QuickBooks ($65), May 27, 10:00am – 1:00pm

All classes are $35, unless otherwise noted

To register for a seminar, please visit the website at: or for more information, please contact the Small Business Development Center at (863) 667.7913.


Florida Technical College Hosts Community Job Fair

Florida Technical College -Lakeland invites you to attend!

Community Job Fair

In the Claussen’s Plaza

4715 South Florida Avenue Suite 4, Lakeland, FL  33813

Wednesday, April 14

12:00-3:00 p.m.

Sign in begins at12:00 p.m.

OVER 30 Employers will be here…all in ONE place! Show UP to GET the JOB!

Free Blood Pressure Checks and Glucose Screenings! Raffles and Giveaways!

CAREER SERVICES DEPARTMENT: Encouraging local companies to hire local people.


Polk Businesses for WorldClass Education Host Superintendent Search Luncheon

Get on the bus!

Wednesday, April 14, join Polk Businesses for WorldClass Education as they welcome Dr. Richard Greene of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates. This “Champions for Education” Community Luncheon will help to populate the “bus” of individuals and companies that are determined to drive Polk County forward in the search for the best Superintendent of Schools candidate.

Sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities and Mosaic, this luncheon promises to be informative and hopeful. Purchase your ticket to day to be a part of Polk COunty’s educational future.

Details about the event are available from the Learning Resource Center, (863) 688-9477.