2020 Census Information

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A better Polk starts with you. Be counted!

The 2020 Census is fast approaching. Data collected in the census will inform the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities each year for things like infrastructure, health care, and food assistance. It’s important that we all respond to shape the future of our communities.

Be sure to count everyone who lives in your home on your 2020 Census form, even if they aren’t related to you or are only staying with you temporarily. Not counting newborn babies, children, and seniors impacts support for programs such as health care services, food assistance, transportation, and schools.

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, DHS, or ICE. The U.S. Census Bureau asks about race and ethnicity in the census, but it does not collect information about religious affiliation. U.S. law prohibits the Census Bureau from requiring anyone to disclose their religious affiliation. Learn more at 2020CENSUS.GOV.

For more resources, visit Polk Counts! 






SBA Disaster Assistance Website

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

  • For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at  1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or Send an Email

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Contact your local bank to see about participation.

One-pager with additional links and information on the Paycheck Protection Program

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application (EIDL) 

U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

Paid Sick, Family & Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) Poster


Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program – For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at (866) 737-7232 or Send an Email.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Business Damage Assessment survey. Select “COVID-19” from the drop-down menu on the survey page.

Reemployment Assistance – How to claim online

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Small Business Development Center at USF (SBDC) COVID-19 Resource Center


Gift Card Incentive Program

Chamber Restaurants Takeout & Delivery Options

SHIFT – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Podcast

Advocacy Blog

Certificate of Origin Requests (Please submit via email.)


Florida Chamber COVID-19 Resource Center


U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

U.S. Chamber: Resilience in a Box – Designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience

5 Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus

Coronavirus: 8 Things Your Small Business Needs to Do

7 Things to Do When Creating an Emergency Work-From-Home Policy for COVID-19

Staying Connected With Customers Through the Coronavirus Outbreak

5 Ways to Manage Small Business Coronavirus Concerns When Employees Can’t Work From Home


City of Lakeland COVID-19 Resource Center

Lakeland Electric COVID-19 Response

Polk County Government COVID-19 Updates

Polk County Department of Health

Polk County Public Schools COVID-19 Resource Center


A Guide To Find Work During The Coronavirus Pandemic

CDC COVID-19 Resource Page

WHO COVID-19 Resource Page


Digital Boardwalk Ranks #246 on the Inc. 5000 Series List for 2020!

Pensacola, Florida: August 18, 2020 - Digital Boardwalk has been ranked #246 on the Inc. 5000 Series list.  For decades, Inc has welcomed the fastest-growing private businesses in America to the Inc. 5000, but in 2020, Digital Boardwalk and other winners truly set themselves apart as the first regional honorees.  Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Florida economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

As a three-year National Honoree, “says Tim Shoop, CEO.  “It is now truly a privilege for Digital Boardwalk to be recognized in Inc’s first regional program.  We have built an operational platform so unique; our clients rave about the operational efficiencies we deliver to them within our business IT Management programs.  We will continue to build and optimize our approach for many years to come.  But, no matter how much we improve our systems, it is our team who owns all the credit here.  They bring their dedication each day to our mission and our values.  I applaud them!”

The companies of this list show stunning rates of growth across all industries in Florida.  Between 2016 and 2018, these 250 private companies had an average growth rate of 302 percent and, in 2018 alone, they employed more than 56,000 people and added $12.6 billion to the Florida economy.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Series:  Florida, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, metro area, and other criteria, can be found at inc.com/inc5000-series-florida-2020 starting March 18, 2020.

“The companies on this list demonstrate just how much the small-business sector impacts Florida’s economy,” says Inc. editor in chief Scott Omelianuk.  “Across every single industry, these businesses have posted revenue and growth rates that are beyond impressive, further proving the tenacity of their founders and CEOS.”

About Digital Boardwalk 

Digital Boardwalk provides comprehensive technology management and consulting services for small and medium-sized businesses across the country. We help customers achieve reliability, security, and peace of mind through award-winning support, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and backup services. We know that technology is integral to your business, so we work diligently to keep your technology working for our clients. 

Our team of certified technology specialists bring their individual expertise and knowledge to each job at hand. Together, we promise to provide you with the best customer service experience, industry-leading technology, and continuous innovation, all catered to your specific needs.

Read more about Digital Boardwalk’s mission here:  https://www.digitalboardwalk.com

Contact Carol Bridges, Customer Engagement Manager, carol.bridges@digitalboardwalk.com 

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Regional Series

The 2020 Inc. 5000 Regional Series is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2018.  To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016.  They had to be U.S. -based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018.  (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.)  The minimum revenue required for 2016 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $1 million.  As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons.

About Inc. Media

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies.  Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print.  Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States.  The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent.  The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio.

For more information, visit www.inc.com



Chamber Restaurants – Takeout & Delivery Options

Abuelo’s Lakeland: 3700 Lakeside Village Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33803 (Located in Lakeside Village)  (863) 686-7500

To-Go Order – https://order.abuelos.com/menu/abuelos-lakeland?_ga=2.2350389.429909813.1584365504-1492011751.1584365504

Anthony’s Health Hut & Restaurant: 5329 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813-4913  (863) 644-5330

Website – https://anthony-s-health-hut-restaurant-fl.hub.biz/?fbclid=IwAR2y7fvcg1ttFoLqIiKH7nilsuhcjy8NM6Abnp20AkhTFGiP0ZdO-OE7zBE

To-Go Available

bd’s Mongolian Grill: 1474 Town Center Blvd. Lakeland, FL 33803  (863) 603-3544

Pickup – https://lakeland.orderbdsmongoliangrill.com/#/

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s: 4810 S Florida Ave. Lakeland, FL 33813  (863) 646-7757

Take Out Menu – https://www.beefobradys.com/menus/takeout/P.pdf

Order Now – https://www.beefobradys.com/menus/takeout/P.pdf

Black & Brew Coffee House and Bistro: 205 E. Main Street Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 682-1210

To-Go Order – https://direct.chownow.com/order/2031/locations/2661

Black & Brew – Lake Morton Location: 100 Lake Morton Dr. Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 500-9500

To-Go Order – https://direct.chownow.com/order/2031/locations

Bonefish Grill: 225 W Pipkin Ln., Lakeland, FL 33813  (863) 701-9480

Order Online – https://www.doordash.com/store/bonefish-grill-lakeland-517821/

BubbaQue’s BBQ North: 5100 US Hwy 98 N #18, Lakeland, FL 33809  (863) 937-7548

Menu – http://www.bubbaquesbbq.com/menu.html

BubbaQue’s BBQ South: 2444 US Hwy 92 E, Lakeland, FL 33801-2671  (863) 665-4049

Menu – http://www.bubbaquesbbq.com/menu.html

Burger 21: 1601 Town Center Dr., Lakeland, FL 33803  (863) 937-8002

Order Online – https://burger21.thelevelup.com/location/296912

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: 3411 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803  (863) 647-2170

Menu – https://cheddars.com/view-menus/2121/

Chop Shop: 118 South Kentucky Ave., Lakeland, FL  33801 (863)603-4040

Menu – https://www.chopshopburgers.com/menu

To-Go & Delivery Available

Cracker Barrel #189: 4343 Lakeland Park Dr., Lakeland, FL 33809  (863) 853-5405

Order Online – https://www.crackerbarrel.com/order-online

Craft + Kitchen: 3234 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803 (next to Jet’s Pizza)  (863) 455-9555

To-Go Food & Drinks Available: https://www.cklakeland.com/

Curry Mango Indian Restaurant: 6625 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813  (863) 514-7642

Order Online – https://www.bitesquad.com/food/curry-mango-indian-restaurant/37317

Dairy Queen North: 4710 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809  (863) 815-1615

Menu – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1iebWYoyEuxwTT4Z2PVF9CnOLh7aOmHO0

Drive-Thru Available

Dukes Brewhouse: 4960 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813-2129  (863) 647-6494

Website – https://dukesbrewhouse.com/locations/lakeland/

Dunkin’: 1111 US Highway 98 S, Lakeland, FL 33801-5800  (863) 683-0333

Menu – https://www.dunkindonuts.com/en/food-drinks

Federal Bar: 124 South Tennessee Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 816-3968

Order Online: https://federalbarlakeland.takeout7.com/Ourmenu

Ford’s Garage: 879 Lakeland Park Center Dr., Lakeland, FL 33809  (863) 337-3673

To-Go Order: https://www.doordash.com/business/ford-s-garage-209707/?utm_campaign=209707&utm_medium=website&utm_source=partner-link&utm_content=red-m

Fred’s Market Restaurant: 2120 Harden Blvd Lakeland FL 33803-5917  (863) 603-7080

Take Out  – https://www.fredsmarket.com/

Frescos: 132 S Kentucky Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 683-5267

Menu – https://frescoslakeland.com/

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: 3950 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813  (863) 617-6163

Order Online – https://fuzzystacoshop.olo.com/menu/fuzzys-taco-shop-lakeland

Glory Days Grill: 3790 Lakeside Ct., Lakeland, FL 33803  (863) 255-8958

Website – https://www.glorydaysgrill.com/locations/florida/lakeland/

Grillsmith: 1569 Town Center Dr., Lakeland, FL 33803  (863) 688-8844

Menu – https://www.grillsmith.com/menus/

Hillcrest Coffee: 119 Hillcrest St., Lakeland, FL 33815  (863) 398-9155

Order Online – https://www.hillcrestcoffeefl.com/?fbclid=IwAR00eP1p2To8ovtwSeV-oAKkp8AiPjjLqJCa57FSDES-YJxk66Aw1ZQZkNI

HTeaO: 3920 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813  (863) 333-6032

Drive-Thru Menu: https://www.hteao.com/

International House of Pancakes #117: 3427 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809  (863) 858-5299

Order Online – https://www.ihop.com/en/restaurants-lakeland-fl/3427-u-s-highway-98-north-360117

International House of Pancakes: 3447 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803-4753  (863) 646-7087

Order Online – https://www.ihop.com/en/restaurants-lakeland-fl/3447-south-florida-avenue-360052

Isle of Capri: 541 S Combee Rd., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 665-6246

Menu – http://isleofcaprilakeland.com/menu-2/

J. Burns Pizza: 2306 E Edgewood Dr., Lakeland, FL 33803 (863) 450-2986

Order Takeout – https://jburnspizza.revelup.com/weborder/?establishment=1

Order Delivery – https://www.bitesquad.com/food/j-burns-pizza/27849/info

Jason’s Deli: 4006 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813  (863) 937-8730

Order Online: https://order.jasonsdeli.com/#/?restaurantId=1137

Jet’s Pizza: 3234 S Florida Ave, Ste A, Lakeland, FL 33803-4564  (863) 709-0999

Order Online – https://ordering.jetspizza.com/?uniqueStoreIdentifier=FL17#/

Jimbo’s Pit Bar B-Q: 1215 E Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33803  (863) 683-3777

Order Online – https://www.jimbospitbarbeque.com/

La Imperial Bakery: 830 E Main St., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 500-4422

Website – https://www.imperiallakeland.com/

Call Ahead Ordering – (863) 500-4411 or (863) 500-4422

Curbside Pickup Available

Longhorn Steakhouse: 3737 Lakeside Village Ct., Lakeland, FL 33803  (863) 682-8300

Order Online – https://www.longhornsteakhouse.com/menu-listing/lunch?orderOnline=init

Marco’s Pizza:  5321 S Florida Ave. Lakeland FL 33813  (863) 647-2900

Pickup & Delivery – https://www.marcos.com/locations/#

Mission BBQ: 4014 S Florida Ave. Lakeland, FL 33813  (863) 225-8433

Menu: https://www.mission-bbq.com/restaurant-menu

Mitchell’s Coffee House: 235 N Kentucky Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801-4977  (863) 680-2944

Website – http://www.mitchellscoffee.com/

Mojo’s Wings, Burgers, Beer: 1853 E Memorial Blvd., Unit 105, Lakeland FL 33801

(863) 583-9119

Delivery on DoorDash or To-Go Order – https://direct.chownow.com/order/5805/locations/7597

Nineteen Sixty-One: 215 E Main St., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 688-1961

Menu – https://www.nineteen61.com/menu

Family Meal Kit Option – https://www.nineteen61.com/family-style-menu?fbclid=IwAR2PEN-wWSCO5C6vIjC-Scm-HOcdl0ujZm47NC2tvmFKxfi5HyBNiS69Acc

Curbside Pickup & Downtown Delivery Available

Oasis Restaurant & Grill – 1330 E Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 808-7871

Website – https://oasisrestaurantandgrill.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral

Outback Steakhouse: 5255 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813-2521  (863) 648-1019

To-Go Order – https://togo.outbackonlineordering.com/?_ga=2.178191397.147651296.1584366547-1003979543.1584366547&_gac=1.217908514.1584366547.EAIaIQobChMIis_ipZGf6AIVBG6GCh0ZDwF2EAAYASAAEgKw2fD_BwE#/orderSetup/7ce30052-d177-41cd-85df-0e73d31d67b0

Outback Steakhouse: 4208 North Road 98, Lakeland, FL 33809-3835  (863) 858-9468

To-Go Order – https://togo.outbackonlineordering.com/?_ga=2.178191397.147651296.1584366547-1003979543.1584366547&_gac=1.217908514.1584366547.EAIaIQobChMIis_ipZGf6AIVBG6GCh0ZDwF2EAAYASAAEgKw2fD_BwE#/orderSetup/1363aad5-79cc-4faf-b9b1-7d57a53b1dba

Palace Pizza Downtown: 114 S Kentucky Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 688-0045

Menu – http://palacepizzadowntown.com/palace-pizza-menu/

Papa John’s:

1853 E Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801-2226  (863) 680-4000

6747 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809-6226  (863) 858-9090

3608 Harden Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33803-4907  (863) 619-7272

2105 E County Rd 540 A Lakeland FL 33813-3794  (863) 619-8700

To Go or Delivery – https://www.papajohns.com/order/stores-near-me

Pita Pit: 127 S Kentucky Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 603-7482

Order Online – https://order.pitapitusa.com/menu/lakeland-pita-pit

Publix Chinese Kitchen: Lake Miriam Square Shopping Center, 4730 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813

(863) 797-1281

Shells Seafood of Lakeland: 5125 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813  (863) 213-4889

Menu – https://www.shellsseafood.com/lakeland

Smokey Bones: 3901 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809  (863) 815-8870

Order Online – https://smokeybones.alohaorderonline.com/

Smokin’ Aces BBQ: 2509 N Park Rd., Plant City, FL 33563  (813) 704-1374

Order Online – https://www.bitesquad.com/food/smokin-aces-bbq-steakhouse/15385

Sonic Drive-In: 5030 Dave Robbins Way, Lakeland, FL 33812  (863) 815-7537

Delivery, Pickup & Drive-Thru Available – https://locations.sonicdrivein.com/fl/lakeland/5030-dave-robbins-way.html

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q – 3611 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809-3808  (863) 853-8283

Order Online – https://order.sonnysbbq.com/menu/lakeland-north

Now offering 10% off all deliveries! 

Subway at Village Plaza: 4296 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809  (863) 853-1166

Order Online – https://order.subway.com/en-us/restaurant/6190/menu/?utm_source=yxt-goog&utm_medium=local&utm_term=acquisition&utm_content=6190&utm_campaign=yxt-restaurant-listing-allyear-2020&cid=0:tx:0:swy-web:0:0&segment_code=0

Swan Brewing: 115 W Pine St., Lakeland, FL 33815  (863) 703-0472

Gift Cards & Curbside Pickup – https://www.swanbrewing.com/?fbclid=IwAR1Q2XUmpOpDEj7qNUNfjB6IwLW4Yl_b19cao1firfdEXFnyCIImV7ag3H4 

Tapatio’s Restaurante Mexicano – South: 6645 S. Florida Ave. Lakeland, FL 33813  (863) 646-2199

To-Go Order – https://tapatiostogo.com/

Tapatio’s Restaurante Mexicano – Memorial: 734 E Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 686-6958

To-Go Order: https://www.tapatiosmemorial.com/order

Teriyaki Madness: 304 N Kentucky Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 500-8623

Order Online – https://order.teriyakimadness.com/vendor/search?StreetAddress=33801&mode=Order

Texas Cattle Company: 735 E Main St., Lakeland, FL 33801-5038  (863) 686-1434

Menu – https://www.texascattlecompany.net/menu/

The Brunch Box: 735 East Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 686-9786

Order Online – https://www.thebrunchboxfl.com/order

The Juice Box: 4295 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813  (863) 225-5961

Menu – http://www.juiceboxcafe.com/south-lakeland-menu.html

To-Go Available

The Terrace Hotel & Grille: 329 E Main St., Lakeland, FL 33801  (863) 688-0800

Website – https://www.terracehotel.com/lakeland-terrace-grille.htm


1910 W Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815  (863) 686-5328

280 Lakeland Park Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33809-8216  (863) 816-7600

3695 Innovation Dr., Lakeland, FL 33812  (863) 619-2989

1405 US Hwy 98 S, Lakeland, FL 33801-6550  (863) 686-5329

3929 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813-1117  (863) 646-0844

3545 Lakeland Highlands Rd Lakeland FL 33803  (863) 644-5777

Delivery, Pickup & Drive-Thru Available – https://www.wendys.com/?utm_source=paid-search&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=always-on&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7YujodGf6AIVBGKGCh1pNgymEAAYASAAEgLVsfD_BwE

WingHouse: 4515 S Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813  (863) 646-0303

Order Online – https://winghouse.alohaorderonline.com/Time.aspx

WingStop of Lakeland: 3115 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809  (863) 606-6267

Order Online – https://www.wingstop.com/location/wingstop-1322-lakeland-fl-33805/menu

Zaxby’s: 4510 US Hwy 98 N Lakeland FL 33809-3601  (863) 816-9900

Online Ordering Available – https://www.zaxbys.com/locations/fl/lakeland/4510-us-highway-98-n/