Category Archives: Member Announcements


Polk State College Summer Term Registration Now Through May 13

Polk State College has announced that registration for its summer terms begins April 4, 2011. Dual enrollment registration begins April 11.

According to President Eileen Holden, the summer sessions have been designed to maximize flexibility and value for students: “Our challenge to students is for them to ‘make summer count’ — and we are giving them the capacity to do that,” she said.

Polk State offers students three summer terms from which to choose: a 12-week term and a FASTRACK 1 term beginning May 9, and a FASTRACK 2 term beginning June 22. Some classes are delivered fully online, some as hybrids (some online/some face-to-face time), and some are fully face-to face in the classroom. Returning students may register online in PASSPORT at

Polk State College requires an orientation session for all new degree-seeking students. New students applying for summer admission will be automatically scheduled for an orientation session in Lakeland or Winter Haven. All new students must attend orientation before registering for classes. Orientation sessions are offered Monday-Thursday in Lakeland and Winter Haven.

Students may visit the college website at or call 863-297-1000 for more information.


May 12 Dinner to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Polk County’s Tourism Program

Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing’s annual tourism awareness week celebration will culminate with a reunion reception and dinner on Thursday, May 12 at the Lakeland Center (Sikes Hall) to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Polk County’s tourism program.  The Polk County tourism visionaries who were instrumental in developing the tourism program will be honored as we remember the past and look toward a bright future.  The reunion reception begins at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the 25 years of success of the tourism program in Polk County and the bright future that is on the horizon.  It will also be an outstanding opportunity to reconnect with, and recognize those that paved the way and made the program what it is today,” said Mark Jackson, director of Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing.

Award-winning writer Pauline Frommer (founding editor of and creator of the “Pauline Frommer’s Travel Guide”) will be special guest speaker for the evening.  Miss Frommer, also the daughter of Arthur Frommer – the Nation’s foremost authority on travel, will offer her unique perspectives on the tourism and travel industry.

The cost to participate in the reunion reception and dinner is $25 per person or $220 for a table of ten.  RSVP deadline is May 5.  For more information or to make a reservation, please contact to Julia at Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing at (863) 551-4734.  Payment and reservations can be made on line at for $27 per person.


Krispy Kreme’s Hot Light Turns on Soon!

WHO: All media, Lakeland and Polk County residents and business neighbors

WHAT: Grand opening event: contests, ribbon cutting and official lighting of the Lakeland Krispy Kreme HOT


WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 – Countdown and Doors open at 5:30 a.m.

WHERE: 4209 S. Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33813 – Just south of the Polk Parkway

GREAT PHOTO & VIDEO OPPORTUNITY: Guests expected to arrive the night before to be among the first in line. Free doughnuts for ONE YEAR & other prizes to be awarded for:

  • Best Krispy Kreme Costume – adult, child & groups dressed as their favorite doughnut(s)
  • Best Krispy Kreme Song – adult, child & group prizes based on performances
  • Best Krispy Kreme Cheer –group prizes based on performances
  • Children’s Coloring Contest – 3 age groups
  • 1st Person in Line @ Drive Thru and Door – and 1st 50 people @ drive thru & door receive free

Krispy Kreme doughnuts and/or Krispy Kreme T-Shirts

–  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: 9:00 a.m. with Chamber Officials,  Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields

–  Color Guard Salute & Pledge of Allegiance & National Anthem Performances, 7:00 -9:00 a.m.

About Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature hot Original Glazed ® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, the company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Today, Krispy Kreme and its one-of-a-kind Hot Light can be found in approximately 500 locations around the world. Visit us at


Acentira Acquires Advanced Comp

Acentria Inc., headquartered in Destin, Florida, is proud to announce the acquisition of Advanced Comp, one of the largest workers’ compensation insurance agencies in the southeastern United States.

Fielding Dickey, President and founder of Advanced Comp, and his team will continue to operate in Lakeland and Boca Raton, Florida.  Advanced Comp provides a service that is not being offered by typical brokers and focuses on reducing employers’ work comp costs by utilizing risk management principles, claims management, medical management and extensive loss control.

“We are very excited about this acquisition and look forward to expanding Advanced Comp’s role in Acentria’s overall business model,” said Kendall McEachern, CEO of Acentria.  He also added, “Advanced Comp has a proven track record of providing superior workers’ compensation products and services to their broad spectrum of clients throughout multiple industries.  The highly specialized staff at Advanced Comp adds a new and dynamic service that will be offered to many current and prospective Acentria clients.  Their attention to detail and customer service is second to no other insurance agency in the country.”

Acentria Inc., the largest privately owned insurance agency in the Florida panhandle, combines exceptional service and years of experience to offer the broadest, most competitive insurance coverage options for your personal or business insurance needs.  For more information about Acentria Inc., please visit or call (866)374-5084.


MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Offers Unique Internship Opportunity

Do you know someone who fits the bill?

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union has a unique internship opportunity for a Polk County student age 17 – 22 to head up its new social media program. For the right student, one who is talented, responsible, and savvy with writing and video-making skills, it promises to be a great resumé builder and savings account builder – the pay is $15.50/hr!

Visit the Web site created especially for this search:

The site has official details about the internship as well as an online application form. The deadline for entries is April 30, and the internship will begin the week of June 1.