Category Archives: Member Announcements


SBDC Seminars for June

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


  • Steps to Starting a Small Business, June 3, 9:30am– 12:00pm
  • How to Become a State of Florida Certified Business Enterprise, June 22, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan-I, June 22, 5:30pm–7:30pm
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan – II, June 29, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

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.


Lakeland Christian School Club Takes Service Learning International

This year, following a summer trip to Student Leadership University, Brice Futch and Eric Ebersole challenged themselves to become more effective leaders. Through the Care for AIDS (CFA) organization, they found a way to organize students locally, create leadership opportunities for future LCS students and minister at home and abroad all at the same time.

CFA Lakeland is a group of students from Lakeland Christian School who have organized to be the “fuel for the fire” of CFA’s work in Kenya. CFA has located resources in Africa that provide full support for a year of programs for just $18,000. This includes medication and job training as a part of CFA’s tress step process. The Lakeland students have committed to make this an everlasting project at LCS, providing service learning, fund raising and entrepreneurship opportunities for students for years to come.

Brice and Eric have set a lofty goal for themselves: four centers (one for each high school grade) opened and sustained in just five years.

Congratulations to Lakeland Christian School for providing the opportunities for their students to serve and learn at the same time! For more information on the CFA Lakeland club, it’s goals or how you can help support their efforts, visit their new Web site at


PMoA to Present Japanese Taiko Drumming Performance

On Friday, May 21, the Polk Museum of Art will host a Japanese drumming performance by Tampa Taiko, a dynamic drumming duo who combines old and new styles to create a vibrant musical experience. The performance starts at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $10 for Members and $15 for Non-Members.

Tampa Taiko makes each drum used in their performances out of discarded wine barrels, thus enabling them to produce the type and quality of sound desired. Inspired by the history and uses of traditional taiko drumming in Japan, this group incorporates both the historical and artistic significance of taiko into their performances.

This performance is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Silk and Paper: Japanese Textiles and Prints, which is on display through June 27, 2010.  The exhibition showcases various Japanese textiles and kimonos donated in 2006, along with Tsukioka Yositoshi’s master woodblock print series 32 Aspects of Women.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call (863)-688-5423.


Local Businesses are “LEEDers” in Green Buiding Awards

The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is pleased to announce the winners for the 2010 LEEDership Awards.  LEED is the acronym for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.   Nominees were recognized during the opening ceremonies of the Smart Sustainable Conference on April 22, 2010 in Tampa, Florida at the Hilton Carillon.   The USGBC acknowledged those projects, businesses, and individuals who are LEEDing the way toward a more sustainable environment through green building and design initiatives, and their commitment to the advancement of USGBC in the marketplace and community.   This year’s LEEDers were:

Outstanding Community LEEDer (tie) – Karl Nurse, St. Petersburg Councilman, and Jason Taylor, Architect

Outstanding Project, New Construction – Magnify Credit Union

Outstanding Project, Core & Shell – MetWest One

Outstanding Project, Commercial Interiors – PBS&J

Outstanding Project, Schools – New Heights Elementary

Outstanding Project, Homes – Laurel Street

Outstanding Project, Existing Building – 100 N. Tampa

Outstanding Business of the Year – St. Petersburg College

Outstanding Chapter Member – Ken Buschle

[Editor’s note: The Magnify Credit Union building at 540$ & Scott Lake Road was designed by Straughn Trout Architects and is the only building in Polk County to achieve LEED Gold certification by the USGBC]

About the Florida West Coast Chapter of USGBC

The mission of the Florida Chapter is to lead the region toward sustainability by encouraging and advancing environmental friendly knowledge and values as they pertain to the built environment and its relationship and impact on nature and human kind.  For more information on the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC, please visit

About U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a Washington, D.C. based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.  USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual GreenBuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.


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.