Category Archives: Success Stories

Groover Exterminating, Inc. Turns 50!

Recently, Amanda Jo and I got the chance to visit with the entire team at Groover Exterminating, Inc. “Team” is probably too corporate of a word as it truly seemed like we were visiting a family. Over 50 years ago, … Continue reading

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Celebration of Winter Haven 2013-2014

This past Tuesday the Chamber held the 2014 Annual Meeting and the theme was It’s a New Dawn… It’s a New Day… It’s a New Life… And We’re Feeling Good! And after taking a look back at everything that has happened … Continue reading

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Brown’s Seaplane Base – 50 Years of Splash Landings!

Excerpts from The Florida Flyer published by the Aviation and Spaceports Office of the Florida Department of Transportation: This year Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base in Winter Haven is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Jack Brown opened the seaplane base in 1963, and began … Continue reading

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Help Arabella’s Franco Basalone Win BIG!

Like $20,000 in cash and prizes! Chef Franco Basalone of Winter Haven’s Arabellas Ristorante knows his Rolletino Di Pollo Italiano, an Italian-style dish featuring thin slices of chicken combined with delicious cheeses and seasonings, is one of the best dishes … Continue reading

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Five Emerging Young Professionals Honored …

The Winter Haven Chamber Foundation honored five young professionals from throughout Polk County at the Third Annual Polk Emerging Leaders Banquet held August 26 at the Polk State College Lakeland Campus. The five were selected by a committee of judges … Continue reading

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Corbett Named Banker of the Year by FBA

  Banker of the Year The Florida Bankers Association is meeting in Palm Beach and “Celebrating 125 years of Banking Excellence.” One particular highlight of note to the Winter Haven business community was John Corbett’s selection as Banker of the … Continue reading

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Polk State Makes First-ever M-List

The Manufacturing Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think-tank affiliated with the National Association of Manufacturers, has published its first M-List. The list comprises community colleges, technical schools, high schools, four-year colleges and universities that are considered “manufacturer-endorsed.” Institutions named to the … Continue reading

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Parker Joins Citizens Bank & Trust

Bonnie Parker has accepted the position of Senior Vice President manager of Private Banking with Citizens Bank & Trust. Parker will be joined by Tiffiny Gozdur who will be a bank officer and private banker. Both will work with Georgia … Continue reading

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Polk State: Half $ Billion Annual Impact

Polk State College boosts the economy of Polk County by nearly half a billion dollars each year, a study released Monday has found. Idaho-based Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl., (EMSI), conducted the study, as part of a broader examination of the … Continue reading

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Tampa Electric Honored for Sandy Assistance

TAMPA ELECTRIC RECEIVES NATIONAL ASSISTANCE AWARD FOR HURRICANE SANDY EFFORTS Utility sent hundreds of workers to New Jersey to help other utilities; More helped from Tampa Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2013) –Tampa Electric has won the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) … Continue reading

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