CHAIRMAN’S VOLUME 31 issUE 2
Be Smart. Shop Sebring.
One of the things that I found amusing when I first moved here was that many people from places
like Okeechobee and Moore Haven drove to Sebring to do their big shopping, What made it so
humorous was those of us in Sebring were buzzing off to places like Lake Wales, Lakeland, Tampa
and Orlando to buy the same things they were buying here.
I understand that for many people the joy of buying and shopping is interesting people. Sometimes if a business doesn’t have what
a full contact sport and sometimes there is that innate need to go to you want they will order it for you. Give it a try. “Be Smart. Shop
the big town coliseums. However, in the economic situations we face Sebring” – and have a little fun with it.
currently, it may benefit not only our fellow businesses but ourselves
to buy from local vendors. On another note, the chamber’s new board of directors will be
meeting in a workshop soon to focus on plans for the year which
It may surprise you to know there are a many interesting little we hope will benefit the businesses of this community. We each
businesses tucked away in the highways and byways of this area. have our own ideas of what can make the area prosperous and
Over the past few months Sarah has promoted the “Be Smart. Shop successful. What I would like is input from the membership. In
Sebring” program in an effort to make people aware of the fact we these economic times, as it is in your business, there are things
have a multitude of businesses ready to serve you. Many of these the chamber can do and not do. We want to know what you think
businesses have the capability of meeting most of our needs, and a lot would best benefit your businesses and where you think we can
of our wants without leaving Highlands County. help. We plan to hone our efforts and our resources to try to add
to the vitality of our business community. We WOULD LIKe TO
Make it an adventure. I like to occasionally cook Mexican and HeAR FROM YOU. Send us an email, a fax or just give a call and
Cajun foods. Not all stores in this area carry all the ingredients, but let us know your thoughts and your challenges. My hope is that
I have discovered over a period of time which ones carry Cajun this chamber, our sister chambers and the businesses of this area
style Andouille sausage. To add to the victory, the prices are actually can unite to maintain the vibrancy we want for this area.
cheaper when you factor in the expense of driving to Orlando to find Let’s keep in touch.
a gourmet store. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet other members
of our community and chamber who turn out to be really nice and David Noel
Monthly Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Held at: Sponsored by:
6:45 am Breakfast Will Be Served
7:15 am Program Begins Board of directors
1610 Lakeview Drive $
8 Per Person
Chair - David Noel
Chair Elect - Craig Johnson
Vice Chair - Nick Schommer
Treasurer - Kim Heintz
Past Chair - Susan Jones
After Hours Tri Chamber Mixer Cathy Albritton
Thursday, February 19, 2009 Don Elwell
Hosted by Paul McGehee
93rd Annual Susan Jacobson
Recognition & Awards Banquet Lillian Pechtel
Tuesday, February 27, 2009
“Working Together for a
6:00 ~ 9:00 pm ~ $35 per person Better Community”
Theme: “Sebring... Past, Present & Future” and the
Table Decorating Contest ~ $100 “Collective Voice of the
Featuring Dr. Holiday ~ Business Community”
The Hilarious Hypnotist
“The Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce
serves the economic, educational, governmental
and social interests of the people, organizations
and communities it represents while fostering
a prosperous and harmonious environment
in which to live, learn and work.”
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Lunch Club Wednesday Sebring
Lunch Club Wednesday, a ladies networking club, C. Mark Cox, CPA, Partner
this month honored LCW member, Vanessa Logsdon John W. Davis, CPA, Partner
with the “CeCe Courage” award with a bouquet of Sally B. Hood, CPA
Tanya E. Cannady, CPA
flowers donated from Hobby Hill Florist, owner
Ladonna Paedae Rodriguez. Everymonth a member Lake Placid
is nominated and honored with an example of strength W. Bruce Stratton, CPA, Partner
& courage. Pictured is Diana Albritton, LCW Founder Okeechobee
sharing Logsdon’s story of how these empowering Cheryl M. Williams, CPA, Partner
and educational meetings helped encourage Logsdon
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to stop smoking over a year ago. Logsdon credits the club testimonials and
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selected speakers from the medical professional at Florida Hospital with
the encouragement to have strength for a better lifestyle. (863) 382-1157
In addition, this month the club hosted a lively exchange of 30-second
announcements and personal tidbits from nearly every member as the microphone
traveled around the room as there were more than 100 in attendance to kick off
the New Year.
This networking club is for career, non career and retired women in the community
that would like to network with others and meet new people in the community
Paul C. Valladares, Jr.
that meets the second Wednesday of the month. The club has no dues, but there
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Located at the Sebring Elks Lodge there are 23-25 business and non profit 16 Years
showcases, door & monthly grand prizes and the agenda is complete with a “Rise Serving Highlands,
and Shine” speaker from the club. Hardee, Desoto
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Liz Barber, Learning Site Coordinator
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Founded in 1990 as International College, Hodges University has established itself
as one of the premier private universities in the State of Florida. Earl and Thelma
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NO FOR GROUP, INC.
Steve Campbell, President
1111 US Hwy 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870, 863.385.3101 continued
Steve Campbell is a foreclosure specialist and a short sale expert. He began focusing on short sales about 6 years ago in Dayton,
Ohio then moved to Sebring where he established No For Group, Inc. specializing in buying and selling overleveraged properties in
A Short Sale is when a lender agrees to discount a loan balance due by a homeowner (debtor). The debtor sells the mortgaged property
for less than the outstanding balance of the loan or any additional liens and turns over the proceeds of the sale to the lender(s).
A short sale is topically a better option for the lender and the debtor. It’s in the debtor’s best interest to avoid a foreclosure sale at
courthouse and the lenders would prefer to negotiate a short sale than end up owing the property and having to sell it in the future
at an even greater loss.
Steve has closed many transactions, with as many as 4 liens, IRA liens, judgments and private loans. Also, he has negotiated as much
as 50% off the amount due on a property.
Even though Steve has helped a number of homeowners save their homes and negotiate a better loan arrangement with the bank at no
charge, No For Group, Inc. is NOT a foreclosure rescue company. Steve is not an attorney or bankruptcy expert. He is an investor
who buys property to resale at a profit. It is always his recommendation that homeowners obtain legal council.
No For Group, Inc. is a member of the Better Business Bureau. Steve is also 1 of a team of 5 coaches who coach real estate investors
and real estate agents all over the county on negotiation successful short sales, liens and judgments.
Anyone with knowledge of someone with an overleveraged property such as Real Estate agents, Attorneys, homeowners/debtors or
lenders can contact Steve at 863.385.3101 or 800.688.3101. His office is located at 1111 U.S. Hwy 27 South, Sebring.
PARADIGM GROUP CONSULTING, INC.
Phillip Van Kleeck MA, LMHC
2523 US Hwy 27 South, Avon Park FL. 33825, 863.452.0710
The Paradigm Group Counseling Services is a new Mental Health Counseling Center offering outpatient-counseling services to
the residents of Highlands County. Licensed Psychotherapists, Rene de Sol MA, LMHC and Philip Van Kleeck MA, LMHC, have
partnered together to provide radically improved mental health counseling services. At the paradigm group, we have made every
effort to provide the counseling experience you desire and deserve. Everything about our office from our color choices, aroma and
soothing music has been thoughtful designed to promote a restful calm atmosphere.
Our office windows face beautiful Lake Glenda were Egrets, Kingfishers, Storks, Sandhill Cranes and Osprey visit the lake daily.
This natural setting is therapeutic all by itself! (As I write this, a White Ibis walks the waterfront, about 30 yards away, looking for
breakfast,) On a nice day we could sit on the dock and have our counseling session there, doesn’t that sound nice?
A broad range of services includes: individual therapy, couples therapy and therapeutic groups. Ages 6 to seniors are welcome. Se
Habla Espanol! Yes, bilingual reception and counseling are available.
Our fees are very reasonable and most insurances are accepted. Your appointments will be timely. We refuse to allow lengthy gaps
between appointments. When you need help, you need it now! Sessions are, of course, completely confidential. You can even exit
from the office without passing through the waiting room for added privacy.
At Paradigm, we see your present and future through eyes that can see what you can BECOME. We see past the problems and see
longings and dreams become reality. We see what you can BECOME and know we can help you on the journey.
The Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce
is now offering an added member benefit.
A special 10% savings on Automobile insurance is
continued available through Auto-Owners Insurance Company.
This offer is for all Sebring Chamber members.
To find out how you can save on your insurance contact
Wells Insurance. 863-382-3131
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Jose O. Pomalos, Associate
3725 Palazzo St, Sebring, FL 33872
Financial services and marketing company. Please call Wells Insurance at 863-382-3131
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2708 Wallace Dr, Sebring, FL 33872
Our taxi service is reliable and always on time, we have clean cars, offer door-
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Our drivers are back ground checked, drug tested, professionally trained and
registered with the Sebring police, we are licensed and insured.
So whether you need charter bus for an airport transfer, local shuttling, bus tour,
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event, athletic team, family reunion, school event sightseeing, extended trip, or email@example.com
any other group bus charter service or ground transportation, we are your local
charter service company, Call us for a fee quote. We have a coach that transports
29 passengers. Phone (863) 528-7073
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Nadine Tedstone, Receptionist
227 US 27 North, Sebring, Fl 33870, 863.385.8448
World Financial Group is one of the few companies of its kind in the industry
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families from all walks of life. Program
WFG associates have the ability to offer products and services from a broad Voted 2008
array of financial services providers - this allows our associates to find the very
best solutions for their clients. These solutions can come in many different
forms, including insurance protection, lifestyle changes, or securities products,
offered through our affiliated Broker-Dealer, World Group Securities, Inc.
World Financial Group’s independent associates do not just work with clients in Highlands County
who have large amounts of discretionary income - they work with everyday
people to help them make critical financial decisions that help move them from Call (863) 385-4830
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Now more then ever our students need to understand our global economy and
the opportunities that are available to them. Please join us at the:
WHERE: Four Points by Sheraton Sebring,
150 Midway Drive
Sebring, FL 33870
WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Registration and breakfast at 7:30
Program begins promptly at 8:00
This is a free fundraising breakfast.
There is no cost to attend, nor any minimum contribution required.
Everyone is free to give or not give. However, your contribution helps
Junior Achievement serve the students in our community. As much as anything else,
we want guests to come and find out about the fine programs Junior Achievement offers.
Reserve your seat by calling Sebring Chamber of Commerce at: (863) 385-8448
Please plan to arrive at 7:30 a.m. to allow time for parking and seating. The program will begin at 8:00 a.m. sharp.
Please visit our website for more Junior Achievement facts at:
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to train 82 full time employees.*
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(863) 385-3672 ext. 288
Partners for Growth in Education, Economic Development, and Employment in the Heartland
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Anyone interested in learning more about the legislative
Let Coffee News make the process, making their voice heard, or having a face-to-face meeting
public aware of your business with a local state legislator is invited to ride along on a two-day
3 meals a day, 7 days a week, bus trip to Tallahassee, April 14-15. The overnight trip will mark
365 days a year! the 5th annual “Highlands County Day” event held during the
spring legislative session.
Call Mary to reserve your
exclusive spot 633-8222
The cost of the trip will be $275 (or $205 double occupancy)
for lodging and transportation on Annett Bus Lines, or $205 ($135
Everything you ever wanted double occupancy) for those arranging their own transportation.
in a bank and MORE!
This year, participants will leave from South Florida
Community College at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14. The group
will stay overnight at the Holiday Inn-Capitol East and eat dinner
at Marie Livingston’s. Following a continental breakfast the next
morning, the group will travel by bus to the Capitol.
“This activity gives every participant a much better insight
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Speakers have been scheduled to give participants an opportunity
to become more familiar with the legislative process, as well as
24 urs voice issues and questions to local legislators and other elected
Musselman officials. Participants will also have the opportunity to observe the
Legislature at work, tour the Old Capital, or explore downtown
Large - Mini - Small The trip is organized by Leadership Highlands, an SFCC
program that operates in cooperation with the Avon Park, Sebring
Industrial Buildings Area, and Lake Placid chambers of commerce. Support for the
5240 Kenilworth Blvd. Tallahassee trip is provided by Embarq, Glades Electric, Heartland
Sebring, FL 33870-4892 National Bank, Highlands County EDC, Highlands Independent
Bank, MidFlorida Credit Union, and Progress Energy.
Owners & Operators:
Bill & Mary Musselman The registration deadline is March 20. For registration
information, contact the SFCC Community Education office at
(863) 655-1575 784-7392 (Becky Rousch ) or 784-7388 (Lauren Redick).
Launches Multi-Media Campaign
Drug Free Highlands, our county community coalition for the reduction of substance abuse, is launching a multi-
media campaign intended to encourage and support parents, retailers, and community members in their efforts to keep
teens from drinking.
Over the next year, the Drug Free Highlands in partnership with Avon Park High School, the Board of County
Commissioners, Department of Juvenile Justice, Florida Hospital - Heartland Division, Heartland Education Consortium
(S.A.D.D. chapters in all three high schools), Heartland Workforce, Highlands County Health Department, Highlands
County School Board, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, YMCA, and
Youth for Christ and others will ask the community to “Be the Wall” between teens and alcohol. The simply stated
campaign is designed on the premise that while alcohol may be the primary substance of choice for teens across the
state and country, underage drinking should be the single most preventable at risk behavior among our teenagers.
In Highlands County the 2008 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey reports that most teens are not drinking.
However, of the 34% that report drinking in the past 30 days, 20% are self-reported binge drinkers. Current research
indicates that the teen brain is still developing until the mid-20s. The introduction of alcohol, particularly in large
quantities, may impair brain development. The developing teen brain also makes teens more impulsive and less likely
to consider consequences of their behavior – for this reason; the campaign encourages all adults to be clear, firm and
consistent when talking with teens about alcohol.
The multi-media campaign is part of a partnership between Highlands County and the Department of Children and
Families and Florida Office of Drug Control. Its components include an interactive web site where parents can
text their teen, humorous posters about natural communication gaps
between teens and parents, community displays, guerilla marketing
strategies and more. The focus will be on the developing adolescent
brain and the behaviors that accompany its development. Using
humor, adults will be educated regarding how, at times, teens are
illogical, impulsive, rebellious, take risks, and test boundaries. To
address this behavior, we ask parents to be clear, be firm and to be
Local agencies and businesses wishing to participate in the campaign
by displaying images should contact Andre Centonzio, Department
Chamber of Commerce
of Health at (863) 273-0491. Questions about the county wide Business Book Exchange
campaign should contact Debbie Lees, SARG Coordinator at 863-
385-0024. Need to catch up on some current
business trends or advice? Stop by
Be The Wall is a statewide social marketing campaign sponsored by the Chamber and check out the new
the Florida Governor’s Office of Drug Control, Florida Department business book library. Borrow a book,
of Children and Families, and the Strategic Prevention Framework exchange a book, or just donate to
State Incentive Grant. the cause. Everything from human
resources, sales & marketing, leadership,
To help us with the campaign, please take just a few minutes to business inspiration, and more!
answer our 10 question on-line anonymous survey: http://www.
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book list – coming soon!
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SHERIFF SUSAN BENTON
HIgHlANdS COUNTy SHERIFF’S OFFICE
434 Fer nleaf Ave Sebring, Fl 33870
FOR IMMEdIATE RElEASE
date: 19 January 2009
Contact: Nell Hays
Everywhere you look there is reference to the tough economic times that are upon us, and Highlands
County is no exception. With the large number of senior citizens on fixed incomes in our population, rising
costs of living do not keep up with increases in Medicare and other retirement income sources. In addition,
young people with families are encountering a slim job market and low paying positions. Historically this
combination will give rise to increases in frauds and scams as well as unscrupulous business practices.
It is very important that everyone be aware of “get rich quick” schemes that surface at times like these.
Frauds and scams are frequently targeted at senior citizens who are seen as unsuspecting and trusting.
The Crime Prevention Unit is committed to educating the public about current frauds and scams that can
rob people of not only their money but their identities and their good credit ratings. One of the most
recent scams involves a caller saying that your checking account number has been posted on the internet.
The caller goes on to request you give your account number over the phone so that it can be verified. Of
course this is just a scam to get your account number. If you have genuine concerns about your banking
information, call your bank and check on the status of your account(s). Please remember NOT to give out
any personal information over the phone unless you have initiated the call and you are certain how this
information is going to be used.
Business scams are also prevalent this time of year. Neighboring counties have reported bands of “gypsies”
targeting their residents. These people usually travel in groups and go door-to-door offering to perform
(most often) home repair services. Payment is usually required before any services are rendered, with the
excuse that the workers need the money to purchase the materials needed for the work. Unfortunately the
workers do not return to do the job, or if they do return, the workmanship is poor and the materials are
substandard. It has also been reported that the workers become agitated if their services are not used. If
you have been approached by individuals fitting this description, or if you have fallen victim to this type
of business practice, please call your local law enforcement agency and file a report. By notifying law
enforcement of these occurrences, we can be more vigilant for this type of activity and hopefully can keep
someone else from harm.
If you have work to be done around your home, please use bona fide contractors or home improvement
firms. For more information on these businesses you may contact your local Chamber of Commerce, the
Highlands County Builders Association or the Better Business Bureau.
Sebring City Council OKs Good Shepherd Hospice House
Good Shepherd Hospice releases artist’s rendering of future facility
SEBRING, FLA. – In a 4-to-1 vote, the Sebring City Council has approved a request to amend a
development agreement for property at 1110 Hammock Road in Sebring. The approval paves the
way for Good Shepherd Hospice to construct a 16-bed hospice house and adjacent community
resource center on the property.
The council took up the issue at its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 20.
“Good Shepherd Hospice is extremely grateful for the council’s approval on this matter,” said
Becky McIntyre, RN, Good Shepherd Hospice regional director. “We are now one step closer to
being able to provide compassionate and comprehensive hospice house care for Good Shepherd
Hospice patients in Highlands and Hardee counties.”
In August, the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration approved Good Shepherd Hospice’s certificate of need application to build the
hospice house in Highlands County. A hospice house is an acute care, inpatient facility specifically designed to address the requirements
and requests of patients facing the end of life. In a hospice house, healthcare professionals provide pain management, symptom control and
medical procedures in a safe, homelike setting where families and friends are encouraged to visit.
Currently, Good Shepherd Hospice operates the George C. Forsythe Hospice House in Auburndale and a hospice unit at Palm Terrace of
Lakeland. The Highlands County Hospice House will be only the second freestanding facility of this type within the Good Shepherd Hospice
service area of Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.
Good Shepherd Hospice also used the city council meeting to present a proposed artist’s rendering of the future hospice house and community
resource center. Good Shepherd Hospice plans to construct both facilities in Florida Cracker-style architecture that features wide porches
and metal roofs. The hospice house will offer a homelike environment with comfortable private rooms and baths, a dining area, family laundry
facilities and children’s play area. The community resource center will be the home base for Good Shepherd Hospice care teams and offer
additional space to conduct volunteer training sessions, community education and bereavement programs.
“Good Shepherd Hospice is very excited to be able to offer, in the very near future, hospice house care in our own community,” added McIntyre.
“Currently patients must travel approximately 50 miles to Auburndale to receive this type of inpatient care. And many times family members
don’t want their fragile loved ones to travel such a distance or to be so far away. The Highlands County Hospice House will be a tremendous
end-of-life care resource for Good Shepherd Hospice patients and their families.”
Good Shepherd Hospice plans to schedule a groundbreaking ceremony later this year.
About Good Shepherd Hospice
Good Shepherd Hospice is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that supports and serves more than 700 patients each day in Polk,
Highlands and Hardee County as they face the challenges of life-limiting illnesses. Healthcare professionals and trained volunteers embrace
the Good Shepherd Hospice mission to make the most of life by relieving the suffering of patients and their families affected by end-of-life
issues. The organization has been a part of the community since 1979 and is a 2008 recipient of a Circle of Life Citation of Honor Award. Good
Shepherd Hospice is the only local agency offering hospice programs accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s premier healthcare
accrediting body. The United Way of Central Florida partially funds the community programs offered by Good Shepherd Hospice. For more
information, please visit the website at http://www.goodshepherdhospice.org
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The Greater Sebring Chamber
of Commerce Ambassador Committee
is embarking on a community cookbook
project. This cookbook will showcase favorite
recipes from local restaurants, business owners
and the community-at-large.
The Ambassadors are conducting two contests:
the first, to name the cookbook; and the second, to
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