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Greater Bartow Chamber
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                               THRoUGH DIALoGUE
                                                              The Bartow Community Relations Committee
                                                            SEPTEMBER, TWO THOUSAND NINE  VOLUME FORTY-FOUR  ISSUE NINE

September 5-6                                            Join us for the 2009
Tour de Tow Road Tour &

Twilight Criterium
Pro Cycling Event

September 9, 9:30 a.m.
Oasis Salon & Day Spa

565 W. Main Street

September 10, 5:15 p.m.
Lilly, O’Toole & Brown, LLP
Fun Thursday
310 E. Main Street

September 22, 9:30 a.m.                                            Christopher Chell with Dr. Nate Thomas
Cookie Jar Bakeshop                                             Dr. Nate Thomas, 2006 speaker for the Diversity Luncheon
Ribbon-cutting                                                  and Director of Diversity for USF-Polytechnic, Lakeland,
305 E. Main Street                                              along with Christopher Chell, M.Ed., Adjunct Instructor
                                                                for Human Development and Learning in Educational
                                                                Psychology and Freshman University Experience at
September 29, 4:00 p.m.                                         the University of South Florida, Tampa, will introduce
Grills Plus More                                                a program designed for Bartow to encourage dialogue
Ribbon-cutting                                                  among diverse members of the city in order to promote
2175 E. Edgewood Dr.                                            positive change for our community as a whole.
Lakeland                             Christopher Chell                                                                              Dr. Nate Thomas

                               Launching a program of dialogue groups made up of diverse members
                                    of the community to move from words to positive action on

                                  Wednesday, September 23, 2009
                                            Bartow Civic Center at Noon
                                    Sponsorships Also Available!
                                               Tickets: $10, may be purchased from the
                                        Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce or from any
                                              Community Relations Committee member.
                                 Call 863-533-7125 for more information. This special luncheon to be held in

                                           conjunction with National Race Equality Week

                                                                                 Bartow Community Relations Committee Mission Statement:
                                                          Scramble Sponsorships Available
                                            Chamber Golfunderstanding and appreciating the differences among itsthrough
                                                         To enhance the quality of life for the Bartow Community
                                                                      The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble is set for
There are only two Chamber                                          October 2, 2009, at the Bartow Golf Course. The scramble features a 1:00 p.m.
website ads available.                                              shotgun start for 4-man teams participating in one of Bartow’s most fun golfing
Call today to reserve yours!                                        events! This event sells out every year. Your participation will help support
First come, first served.                                           the Chamber’s many activities and initiatives. Please fill out the form in this
Linda Holcomb, 533-7125                                             publication and fax back to (863) 533-3793. For more information, contact
                                                                    Linda Holcomb at the Chamber, (863) 533-7125.
                                                          UPDATE YOUR CALENDAR

   Officers:                                          SEPTEMBER
Ruth Trainor, President                               Thursday, September 3
               City of Bartow
Wayne Harrison, President-elect
                                                              Can-Do / Ambassadors Clubs: noon, Chamber Boardroom
               Title Research                         Saturday-Sunday, September 5-6
Debbie Burdett, Immediate Past President
                                                              Tour De Tow Road Tour & Twilight Criterium: Bike racing in Bartow
Lea Ann Thomas, Treasurer                             Wednesday, September 9
               Board of County Commissioners                  Oasis Salon & Day Spa Ribbon-cutting: 9:30 a.m., 565 W. Main St.
Sandy Dobbertean, Vice-President
               Citizens Bank & Trust
                                                      Thursday, September 10
Mike DeNeve, Vice-President                                   Lilly, O’Toole & Brown, LLP Fun Thursday: 5:15 p.m., 310 E. Main St.
                                                      Friday, September 11
Larry Madrid, Vice-President
               Madrid Engineering Group, Inc.                 Committee of 100: 8:00 a.m., BB&T Bank, 600 N. Broadway Ave., 3rd Floor
William Simpson, Vice-President                       Saturday, September 12
               United Maritime
Myrtice Young, Vice-President
                                                              Downtown Bartow Antique Fair & Community Yard Sale: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
               Florida Southern College               Tuesday, September 15
                                                              Executive Committee: 3:30 p.m., Chamber Boardroom
Bob Ambrose - Bartow Ford Company
Carol Borders - Bartow Elementary Academy                     Board of Directors: 4:00 p.m., Chamber Boardroom
Karen Boswell - Putnam for Congress                   Thursday-Friday, September 17-18
Stefan Katzaras - CF Industries, Inc.
Rob Kincart - A-C-T Environmental &
                                                              Leadership Bartow Class XIII Retreat: Clearwater Beach Resort
     Infrastructure                                   Friday, September 18
Danny Kushmer - Southwest Florida Water
                                                              Friday Fest: 6:00 p.m., Downtown Bartow
     Management District
Carole McKenzie - Clear Springs                       Tuesday, September 22
Nell Nelson - Nell Nelson Realty                              Cookie Jar Bakeshop Ribbon-cutting: 9:30 a.m., 305 E. Main St.
Father Wally Reynolds - Holy Trinity Episcopal
                                                      Wednesday, September 23
Gail Smith - Community National Bank                          CRC Diversity Luncheon: Lunch line opens11:45 a.m., Bartow Civic Center
John Marc Tamayo - Valenti Campbell Trohn             Tuesday, September 29
     Tamayo & Aranda, P.A.
Catherine Tucker - Riverside Bank                             Grills Plus More Ribbon-cutting/Open House: 4:00 p.m., 2175 E. Edgewood Dr.
Levonia Wynn - West Bartow Front Porch
Nancy Young - Badcock Home Furniture & More
  Staff:                                              Thursday, October 1
Jeff Clark - Executive Director                               Can-Do / Ambassadors Clubs: noon, Chamber Boardroom
Virginia Condello - Director of Communications
Linda Holcomb - Director of Special Events and        Friday, October 2
  Membership                                                  Bartow Chamber Golf Scramble: 1:00 p.m., Bartow Golf Course
Vanessa Hammill - Accounting / Bookkeeping
                                                      Thursday, October 8
 Website:                                                     Badcock Home Furniture & More Fun Thursday: 5:15 p.m., 1350 N. Broadway                                 Friday, October 9
                                                              Committee of 100: 8:00 a.m., BB&T Bank, 600 N. Broadway Ave., 3rd Floor
                                                      Saturday, October 10
Business Update is published each                             Downtown Bartow Antique Fair: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
month and distributed to Bartow                       Tuesday, October 20
Chamber members. Information
                                                              Executive Committee: 3:30 p.m., Chamber Boardroom
and advertising from active
                                                              Board of Directors: 4:00 p.m., Chamber Boardroom
members of the Bartow Chamber of
Commerce for publication should be
submitted no later than the 15th of                CHAMBER MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
the preceding month and emailed
                                                   Newsletter Advertising: Put your company’s information in front of more than 1000 key decision-makers each month
                                                 with an ad in the Chamber Business Update: Business Card Ad $45.00 per issue, Double Card Ad $80.00 per issue,
For advertising information and                  Half-page $150.00 per issue. Agree to run ad for 6 months or more without changes: Business Card Ad $35.00 per issue,
rates, please contact Virginia                   Double Card Ad $65.00 per issue, Half-page $120.00 per issue. Inside Half-page color ad, $250. Back page color ad, $300.
Condello, Director of                              Newsletter Inserts: Your 8-1/2 x 11” insert in the Chamber’s monthly newsletter is another great way to get exposure.
Communications and Managing                      The cost is $150.00 per insert per issue. Advertiser must provide 1,100 preprinted inserts.
Editor.                                            Mailing Labels: Have something to mail? Need it to go to local business and community leaders? We can supply you
                                                 with printed mailing labels for $100.00 plus tax.
                                                   Event Sponsorship: Our members convene regularly for networking and sharing important information. Call Linda

                                                 Holcomb at the Chamber for additional information on available sponsorship opportunities.
                                                   Committee Participation: What better way to get noticed than to get involved! The Chamber needs volunteers to
                     usiness                     serve on its various committees that enable the Chamber to carry out its mission. We’d love to have you lend us your
                     Update                                                             Call 863-533-7125 for more information.
 Committee of
  The next Committee of 100 meeting is set
for Friday morning, September 11, 2009,
at BB&T, 600 N. Broadway Ave., third
                                                   FROM THE TOP

                                                         The Chamber Board’s Nominating Committee met last
                                                      month to review possible candidates for the 2010 Board of
                                                      Directors. A total of five seats will be available due to retiring
                                                      directors, and four members are eligible to serve a second
                                                      three-year term.
floor community room. Meeting time is
8:00 a.m. If you are interested in becoming              Retiring Directors include:
a member of this prestigious group, contact                Debbie Burdett, Mosaic
Committee of 100 Chairman Brian Hinton at                  Lea Ann Thomas, Polk County Board of County Commissioners
(863) 533-4196.                                            Stefan Katzaras, CF Industries
                                                           Dr. Tim Brooks, Bartow Animal Clinic
                   MEMBERS                                 William Simpson, United Maritime Group
     A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure
                Artcraft Printers                        Candidates nominated to take seats vacated by the retiring Directors include:
                                                           Sharon Casey, Community Southern Bank
       Badcock Home Furniture & more
                                                           Linda Culpepper, City of Bartow
            Bank of Central Florida                        Damon Lawrence, CF Industries
Bartow Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc.               Freda Ridgway, Mosaic
             Bartow Ford Company
                                                           Jean Wilson, Florida Refuse
       Bartow GMC-Pontiac-Buick, Inc.
                                                         Those Board members eligible for a second term:
        Bartow Regional Medical Center                     Danny Kushmer, Southwest Florida Water Management District
            Boswell & Dunlap, LLP                          Carol Borders, Bartow Elementary Academy
                 Colonial Bank
                                                           Father Wally Reynolds, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
                                                           Bob Ambrose, Bartow Ford
               CF Industries, Inc.
             Citizens Bank & Trust                       The proposed Executive Committee would consist of:
                 City of Bartow                            President - Wayne Harrison. Pipo’s Cuban Cafe
                 Clear Springs
                                                           Immediate Past President - Ruth Trainor, City of Bartow
                                                           President Elect - Larry Madrid, Madrid Engineering Group, Inc.
           Community National Bank                         Vice President of Community Affairs - Carole McKenzie, Clear Springs
           Community Southern Bank                         Vice President of Economic Development - Larry Madrid
          Congressman Adam Putnam                          Vice President of Membership/Funding/Communications -
                   Davis Bros.
                                                                Sandy Dobbertean, Citizens Bank & Trust
                                                           Vice President of Education - Mike DeNeve, Mosaic
            Hallock Properties, LLC                        Vice President of Leadership Development -
         Hatton Insurance Agency, Inc.                          Myrtice Young, Florida Southern College
                Highland Homes                             Vice President of Public Affairs -
        Madrid Engineering Group, Inc.
                                                                Rob Kincart, ACT Environmental & Infrastructure
                                                           Treasurer - Catherine Tucker, Riverside Bank
                  Moduss, Inc.
                     Mosaic                                 The above slate was presented by the Nominating Committee to the Board as
                 PalletOne, Inc.                         their recommendations for the Board election in September. Additional names
                                                         of candidates for Directors can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine
              Peace River Center
                                                         signatures of at least twenty-five (25) qualified Chamber members. Qualified
           Pickett & Associates, Inc.                    members are defined as a “main” contact on any business or individual membership
           Pickett Engineering, Inc.                     in good standing, with only one signature per membership accepted. Such a petition
      Polk-Murphy Insurance Agency, Inc.                 shall be filed with the Nominating Committee within ten (10) days after the
                                                         notice has been given of the names of those nominated. The determination of the
               Polk State College
                                                         Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petition(s) shall be final.
                  Polk Works                                 Bartow is very fortunate to have outstanding leadership within the business
                   Renditions                            community. I am very pleased with this year’s nominees to your Board of Directors.
        Riverside Bank                                                                            My year as president is rapidly coming
                                                                                                  to a close. It is very gratifying to see new,
     SEMCO Construction
 Smith Bros. Oil Company, Inc.                Chamber Mission                                     dynamic individuals wanting to serve on the
                                                                                                  Chamber Board.
    Mr. & Mrs. Jean Terry                 The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce
                                      will promote business and economic development
  The Polk County Democrat                     for the benefit of our community.
     Till Office Equipment
Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Inc.
    University of South Florida Polytechnic
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  Bartow Celebrates First New School In Over 30 Years: Spessard L. Holland Elementary

  Spessard L. Holland Elementary School Principal Melody Butler cuts the gigantic ceremonial               MILESTONES
red ribbon at the school’s dedication on August 18. At right, Justice Stephen H. Grimes speaks to
a crowd of about 300, including Holland’s family members, and reminisces about working with                        5 Years
the former Florida Governor.                                                                                    Ernest Cooper
                                                                                                          Hauger-Bunch, Inc., Realtors
                                                                                                            Heartland For Children

                                                                                                                   10 Years
                                                                                                        Agner Construction Company
                                                                                                         Bartow Adult Concert Band
                                                                                                        Bartow Breakfast Rotary Club
                                                                                                       Mid-Florida Electric Service, Inc.
                                                                                                             UniFirst Corporation

                                                                                                                    15 Years
                                                                                                          Artcraft Printers of Lakeland

                                                                                                                     20 Years
                                                                                                                Bartow Lioness Club
                                                                                                                   Edward Jones

                                                                                                                      25 Years
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                                                      fax: (863) 665-0957                                                     Bartow, Florida 33830
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  The winner for top membership sales in July was
Carrie Porterfield of Riverside Bank with $810 in
                                                                                                           MEMBER NEWS
                                                                                                         Dr. Lueshen Joins
                                                                                                           Watson Clinic
                                                                                                     Watson Clinic is proud to welcome
                                                                                                   pediatrician Amanda L. Lueshen, MD to
                                                                                                   their expert team of hospitalists. Dr. Lueshen,
membership sales.                                                                                  who began with Watson Clinic on July
  Other Can-Do Sales were made by: Melissa                                                         13, 2009, will
Pittman, MidFlorida Federal Credit Union, $581;
Marie Wilmot, Florida Institute of Phosphate                                                       treat pediatric
Research, $368; Gail Murray, Bartow CRA, $321;                                                     inpatients
Debbie Barbee, Citizens Bank & Trust, $208;                                                        receiving care at
Carole McKenzie, Clear Springs, $208; Cecilia                                                      Lakeland Regional
Speight, Department of Transportation, $208;                                                       Medical Center
Kathryn Stilley, BB&T, $156; and Wayne Harrison,                                                   and South Florida
Pipo’s Cuban Cafe, $100. The Can-Do Club is the                                                    Baptist Hospital.
membership recruitment arm of the Greater Bartow                                                     Dr. Lueshen
Chamber of Commerce.                                                                               received her
       Can-Do Club luncheon was furnished by:                                                      medical degree
                                                        Carrie Porterfield
                                                                                                   from the
                                                             Riverside Bank
                                                                                                   University of            Amanda L. Lueshen
                                                    Know a good prospect for Chamber membership?
                                                       Call Linda Holcomb, (863) 533-7125
                                                                                                   Nebraska College                 MD
                                                                                                   of Medicine
                                                                                                   in Omaha, NE. She then performed her
                                                                                                   residency in pediatrics at the University of
                                                                                                   Florida in Gainesville.

                                                                                                        The Democrat Offers
                                                                                                     Chamber Member Ad Special
                                                                                                      Ms. Vicky Love, classified sales manager for
                                                                                                   The Polk County Democrat, Frostproof News,
                                                                                                   Fort Meade Leader and Lake Wales News, is
                                                                                                   offering a special ad discount for members
                                                                                                   of the Bartow Chamber. The Democrat will
                                                                                                   run a business card size ad in all four Polk
                                                                                                   County publications in the Business & Service
                                                                                                   Directory on every publication date for $125
                                                                                                   a month, which includes a free classified line
                                                                                                   ad valued at $288/month. The first month
                                                                                                   members will also get an additional two weeks
                                                                                                   free. Please call Ms. Love at (863) 676-3467,
                                                                                                   for more information.
                                  The Brightest Minds’ Academy Opens For Business

                                                      Geri Williams, owner of The Brightest Minds’ Academy, cuts the ceremonial ribbon in the
                                                    new children’s day care facility on August 27, as members of the Greater Bartow Chamber of
                                                    Commerce assist. Left, Chamber President Ruth Trainor presents Ms. Williams with a “First
                                                    Clear Dollar of Profit.” The Brightest Minds’ Academy is located at 1150 Martin Luther King Jr.
                                                    Blvd. For more information, call Ms. Williams at (863) 533-7313.

                                                        Heather Nedley, Polk
                                                      County Farm Bureau,
                                                      and Jeff Clark, Bartow
                                                      Chamber, presented
                                                      checks for $1800 each
                                                      to the FFA and 4-H
                                                      Foundations. The
        MEMBER NEWS                                   money was raised at the
  Toni Treverton Guest Artist At                      Chamber’s Polk County
                                                      Taste of Agriculture
         Carolyn’s Gallery                            event. Left to right
  Toni Treverton is the next guest artist set for     are Nedley; David
Carolyn’s Gallery’s “Meet the Artist” series          Byrd, Polk County
on September 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.           FFA Foundation; John
Treverton is a portrait and landscape artist.         Small, Polk County
Wine and cheese will be served.                       School Board; Rita
  Carolyn’s Gallery is located at 395 E.              West, Polk County 4-H
Summerlin St. For more information, call              Foundation; and Clark.
Carolyn Scheffel, owner, at (863) 519-5215.
                                   RIBBON-CUTTING                                                     MEMBER NEWS

         ENERGY STAR® Designation Celebrated                                                       XpressCare Now
                                                                                                  Open In Highlands
                                                                                                Watson Clinic XpressCare at Lakeland
                                                                                              Highlands now offers convenient walk-in
                                                                                              medical services for residents living in South
                                                                                              Lakeland and east Polk communities. The
                                                                                              new medical clinic, located at the corner of
                                                                                              Lakeland Highlands Road and County Road
                                                                                              540A, is headed by
                                                                                              board-certified family
                                                                                              medicine physician,
                                                                                              Steven A. Tyree, MD.
                                                                                                Dr. Tyree provides
                                                                                              prompt, convenient care
                                                                                              to patients ages two and
                                                                                              up, including treatments
                                                                                              for a variety of ailments
                                                                                              such as upper respiratory
                                                                                              infections, sore throats,
                                                                                              earaches, minor injuries
                                                                                              and lacerations. New          Steven A. Tyree
                                                                                              patients are encouraged              MD
                                                                                              to use XpressCare, as well
  A ribbon-cutting to celebrate one of                                                        as patients with an established Watson Clinic
the first homes in Polk County to receive                                                     physician who need to be seen quickly, after
an energy efficient qualification was                                                         hours or on Saturday.
held on August 4, with Adams Homes’                                                             Dr. Tyree received his medical degree from
Keith Clarkson cutting the ceremonial                                                         the University of Kansas in Kansas City.
ribbon. Central Florida Gas presented                                                         He performed his internship and residency
to Adams Homes the first ENERGY                                                               in family medicine at the North Colorado
STAR Qualification for both companies.                                                        Medical Center in Greeley, CO. Prior to
ENERGY STAR is an EPA program that                                                            joining Watson Clinic, he was associated with
ensures new homes will be built 15-20%                                                        Central Kansas Family Practice in Great Bend,
more efficient than the new stringent                                                         KS. Dr. Tyree is board-certified in family
Florida Energy Code. A verification certification was presented to Keith Clarkson of Adams    medicine.
Homes from Scott Ranck, Central Florida Gas’ State Certified Energy Rater. An ENERGY            XpressCare at Lakeland Highlands will be
STAR Label was attached to the homes electrical panel. Adams was able to achieve the rating   open weekdays from Noon to 8:00 p.m. and
through numerous upgrades above Florida Code. Photo insert: Central Florida Gas efficency     Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. An
rater Scott Ranck attaches the ENERGY STAR label to the home’s electrical box.                on-site lab and X-ray services are also available
                                                                                              for added patient convenience. For more
                                                                                              information, please call (863) 393-9472.

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                       Chamber Diplomats Enjoy End Of Summer Luncheon
  An end-of-summer luncheon
was held at the home of Gary
and Barbara Newell, Central
Florida Truss, and hosted by
Mrs. Newell and Chamber
President Ruth Trainor
to honor the Chamber’s
volunteers, the Diplomats.
Special guest also included
Debbie Burdett, Mosaic.
  The Diplomats are in charge
of the front office, and work
on special projects, including
preparing the newsletter for
  Chamber Diplomats are
Kay Blocker, Ortelle Bowden,
Evelyn Brown, Marylee
Conley, Jack Davis, Fred and
Molly Egli, Ginger Fortner,
Carolyn Gorman, Mary
Henderson, Ilene Hinds, Nell
Hollingsworth, Kitty Hunt,
Bill and Issie Jencowski,
Tommie Jenkins, John King,
Marietta King, Helen Knight,
Sherry MacBlane, Laurie
McCraney, Dot McCroan,
Sally Miller, Pete Parker, Aida
Peraza, Shirley Pittenger,
Cheryl Reeder, Teresa Rouse,
Jeanne Scott, Billy Strickland,
Saralyn White, Rhoda
Whitten and Frances Williams.

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                  with Two Options for Walk-in Medical Care.
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       Watson Clinic XpressCare at Lakeland Highlands is located
       on the corner of Lakeland Highlands Road and County Road
       540A. This new walk-in medical clinic will is headed by
                              board-certified family medicine
                              physician, Steven A. Tyree, MD and    2250 Osprey Boulevard • Suite 100 • Bartow, Florida
                               offers prompt, convenient care for         (Located Adjacent to Bartow Regional Medical Center)
                               patients ages 2 and up for minor
                               illness and injuries.                  Our Bartow location offers a team of board-certified physicians
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                                          WEEKDAYS:                  Call us today to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins welcome!
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                 office: 863-393-9472                                                 office: 863-533-7151
                                                      MEMBER NEWS

                      FSU Art Department Chair Exhibits At PSC This Month
   William Otremsky, Associate Professor of        He has received multiple honors and awards     referring back through centuries of figurative
Art and Chair of the Department of Art and       for his work in solo and group exhibitions       work, my paintings pull from history the
Art History at Florida Southern College, will    throughout the nation, including shows in        empathy, the drama and the timelessness of
exhibit his work throughout September at         Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.             epic painting, while pronouncing my personal
Polk State College’s Fine Art Gallery on the       “I am interested in the ways in which the      vision in contemporary terms.”
Winter Haven campus. The exhibition will be      human figure influences critical thought,”         The PSC Fine Arts Gallery is open free of
on view Sept. 1- 25, weekdays from 10 am to      Otremsky said. “It is capable of expressing an   charge weekdays from 10 am to noon. For
noon.                                            infinite variety of emotions. Throughout the     additional information, contact Sharon Bevis
   Otremsky received his Master of Fine Arts     history of art, the figure has been a channel    at (863) 297-1050, or send an e-mail to
from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.     for thoughts and ideas. Rather than simply
He has been working in the classical style of
figure painting for over 15 years.
   Otremsky says his creations are a “visual                   Ms. Anna Coco Joins The Mahoney Group
statement that promotes a dialogue with the
                                                   Ms. Anna Coco has joined The Mahoney       loan portfolio which included transactions
viewer. The undercurrent of shared experiences
                                                 Group, Inc. as a Commercial                                covering all facets of commercial
and emotions - the human condition -
                                                 Sales Associate.                                           real estate. In addition to her
encourages this dialogue. Through painting,
                                                   Ms. Coco brings 17 years of                              banking knowledge, Ms. Coco
I interpret universal meanings, truths and
                                                 commercial lending experience                              brings a wide range of real
experiences that span societal barriers.”
                                                 including commercial real                                  estate management experience,
                                                 estate. She started her career                             including apartment complexes,
     NEW MEMBERS                                 with Barnett Bank in Orlando                               storage centers as well as the
                                                 in 1991 as a small business                                acquisition and development of
         XO Communications                       lender and credit analyst and                              subdivisions and citrus groves
          Ms. Renee Cabera                       moved to Polk County in 1995,                              operations in central Florida.
    5904-A Hampton Oaks Parkway                  joining Citrus & Chemical                                    A native of Louisiana, Anna
          Tampa, FL 33610                        Bank in Winter Haven. She                                  graduated from Louisiana
           (813) 301-4091                        was a commercial lender for                                State University in 1991 with a
                                                 12 years managing a large                                  Finance Degree.
                                                                                     Ms. Anna Coco
         Oasis Salon & Day Spa
         Ms. Renee Rakestraw
            565 W. Main St.
           Bartow, FL 33830
            (863) 533-9415

          Cookie Jar Bakeshop
          Ms. Maura Galbraith
            305 E. Main St.
           Bartow, FL 33830
            (863) 519-3333

            Mr. Adam Hicks
         2842 Mine & Mill Road
          Lakeland, FL 33803
            (863) 665-4999
                                                                  MEMBER NEWS

              Polk Senior Games Begin February 27, 2010                                                            USF Polytechnic Now
  Two weeks of athletic and recreational                     Table Tennis, Track and Walking. Gold,                     Accepting
competitive events for men and women 50                      silver and bronze medals are awarded by age
years and over. Individual, partner and team                 divisions. Registration begins January 1 and         Incubator Applications
events include: Badminton, Basketball 3                      the deadline to enter is February 12. For more      The University of South Florida
on 3, Basketball Shooting, Billiards Eight                   information call (863) 533-0055, or email         Polytechnic’s Blue Sky business incubation
and Nine Ball, Bocce, Party and Duplicate           or visit the          program is now accepting applications
Bridge, Checkers, Chess, Cribbage, Ballroom                  website at               for space in its two facilities - a business
and Social Dancing, Square Dancing, Darts,
                                                                                                               accelerator, Blue Sky East in Winter Haven,
Euchre, Field Events, Fishing, 18 Hole Golf,
Putt & Chip, Horseshoes, Kayak, Lawn                                Polk State College                         and an entry-level incubator, Blue Sky West in
Bowling, Pepper, Pickleball, Punt Pass & Kick,                     Issues Scholarships                           “We want a diverse group of entrepreneurs
Powerlifting, Racquetball, 5K Road Race,
                                                                                                               with the potential to create a significant
Scrabble, Senior Smarts, Trap Shooting, Skeet                  Polk State College has issued 13 scholarships
                                                                                                               economic impact in central Florida,” says
Shooting, Shuffleboard, Softball, Swimming,                  to students entering its Honors Program.
                                                                                                               Marshall Goodman, VP and CEO of
                                                             These scholarships are awarded based on the
                                                                                                               USF Polytechnic. “These facilities provide
                                                             student’s submitting an essay and having either
                                                                                                               opportunities for a wide range of enterprises.
                                                             a 3.5 or higher college GPA or a 3.7 or higher
                                                                                                               Some will be raw start-ups, and some will be
                                                             high school GPA.
                                                                                                               more advanced. Regardless of the stage, Blue
                                                               Four of these students (denoted by *)
                                                                                                               Sky represents an opportunity to thrive.”
                                                             are receiving the Ray and Anna Martin
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                                                             Scholarships from the PSC Foundation. They
                                                             are each worth $500. The others are receiving
                                                                                                                 Applicants must be for-profit technology
                                                             Honors Program Scholarships, which cover
                                                                                                               corporations, with proprietary technologies
                                                             the cost of 12 credits at PSC (approximately
                                                                                                               preferred. Applicants can be a start-up
                                                                                                               company, an existing small business in a growth
                                                               The Honors Program scholarships recipients
                                                                                                               phase, an existing business launching a new
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                                                               Jeffrey Blake Birdwell* of Lakeland
                                                                                                               looking for a soft-landing site.
                                                               John Dixon of Lakeland
                                                                                                                  The Blue Sky facilities are the first public
                                                               Linda Folsom of Winter Haven
                                                                                                               business technology incubators in Polk
                                                               LaDonna Gleason of Auburndale
                                                                                                               County. They will focus on attracting and
                                                               Jason Gould of Haines City
                                                                                                               nurturing entrepreneurial businesses by
                                                               Thomas Griffis* of Winter Haven
                                                                                                               creating a place where USF Poly faculty, staff
                                                               Jonathan Hamm* of Homeland
                                                                                                               and students can work with businesses to
                                                               Ruth Ann Hendrickson of Lakeland
                                                                                                               develop innovative technology.
                                                               John Lazarz of Hudson
                                                                                                                 Incubated companies will benefit from
                                                               Marisa Loya of Auburndale
                                                                                                               the proximity to and resources of a national
                                                               Danielle Odri* of Kissimmee
                                                                                                               research university as well as the assets of
                                                               Stuart Pounds of Lakeland
                                                                                                               economic development networks.
                                                               Kenneth Whitehead of Winter Haven

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