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    Monday, August 31, 2020
    Hillsborough County, Fla. (August 31, 2020) – Hillsborough County launches the fourth phase of the Rapid Response Recovery (R3) program today, with expanded criteria designed to help more businesses by providing additional recovery funding across the County.   The program aims to soften the protracted economic injury the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on the small business ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Monday, July 13, 2020
     Hillsborough County’s R3 Program for Small Businesses Now Open Countywide   Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 10, 2020) – As Hillsborough County’s small businesses redesign their spaces and even redefine their business models to confront the disruption caused by COVID-19, Hillsborough is offering financial relief to help business owners restart their ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release, General News Article
    Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    Hillsborough County's Emergency Policy Group (EPG) enacted an order requiring that face coverings be worn inside businesses open to the public. The order applies to everyone, including customers and employees, inside businesses where social distancing cannot be maintained, with some exceptions. A full list of exemptions can be found within the order, and a list of frequently asked questions is ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, General News Article
    Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    Hillsborough County Small Businesses Can Use R3 Program to Apply for Grant Funding   Hillsborough County, Fla. (June 17, 2020) –Small business owners across Hillsborough County who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic soon will be able to apply for $100 million in relief grants that aim to help get business back up and running ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    To download the Back to Business toolkit for Hillsborough County businesses to safely reopen, please Click Here
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Thursday, May 28, 2020
    Payroll Protection Program UpdatesLate last week, rulemaking on the loan forgiveness provisions were released. Initial businesses that received the Paycheck Protection Program funding can soon apply for loan forgiveness and the loan forgiveness application is now live. Also, check out the U.S. Chamber’s PPP Guide to Forgiveness by clicking here. The latest data shows that the U.S. Small Business ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connections, Press Release, General News Article
    Friday, May 15, 2020
    UPDATE: Florida’s Full Phase 1 begins Monday, May 18th as we continue to implement the Safe Smart Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery. You can view the full powerpoint slides from the Governor's presentation here.   Restaurants may go to 50% capacity with continued social distancing and/or physical partitions Retail may go to 50% capacity with continued social distancing and CDC ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release, Chamber Connections
    Friday, May 08, 2020
    For Immediate Release Media Contact: Chris Wilkerson Communications & Digital Media (813) 728-1447 (mobile)   Hillsborough County Allocates CARES Act Funding to Life Safety and Economic Development   Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 6, 2020) – The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted Wednesday to allocate about ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Monday, May 04, 2020
    SBA is now accepting #COVID19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance applications for agricultural small businesses on a limited basis.  SBA’s EIDL portal will reopen today as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act.    For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL loan application through the streamlined ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    Governor Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-112 regarding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Phase 1 will begin Monday, May 4th. A PDF copy of Executive Order 20-112 is available here​Q&A provided by the Governor's Office can be found hereWatch the full Press Conference hereView the presentation hereGovernor’s COVID-19 Resources Webpage ​Toplines for ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    For Immediate ReleaseMedia Contact:Chris WilkersonCommunications & Digital MediaPhone (813) 728-1447Hillsborough Residents Can Apply Online for Recovery Funds Applications can now be made online or by phone Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 29, 2020) – Hillsborough County is now accepting online applications for Rapid Response Recovery Program (R3) funds to assist in paying utility ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Tuesday, April 28, 2020
    For Immediate Release  Contact:  Tanya Arja                Office of Communications                813-272-4060  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEAMS UP FOR STORYTIME ONLINE  (April 27, 2020) TAMPA – Many young students enjoy listening to an adult read a book, especially when that adult immerses the listener into the pages and characters in such a way that encourages imagination, ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Tuesday, April 21, 2020
    Hillsborough County is now providing FREE COVID-19 testing in the local community through the Community Resource Center.  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.  If you are interested in being tested please contact (813) 272-5900 to register for an appointment.  Plant City Community Resource CenterHealthy Living Fitness Center307 N. Michigan Ave. Plant City, FL 33566
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Thursday, April 16, 2020
    ***ATTENTION SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS!*** Plant City is one of the zip codes that qualifies for the Save Small Business Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Many small businesses in Plant City may qualify for this grant opportunity.TO QUALIFY YOU MUST:- Employ between 3 and 20 people- Be located in an economically vulnerable community (Plant City qualifies)- Have been harmed ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    On Thursday, April 16, 2020 the Hillsborough County EPG (Emergency Policy Group) will be voting on a motion that would require all residents of Hillsborough County to wear a mask when conducting essential business or visiting an essential business. Many businesses that are deemed essential services will be impacted by this decision. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is encouraging our ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, General News Article
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
     Hillsborough County has opened two drive-thru services at libraries offering unemployment forms for those without printer access. The locations are set up at Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library at 3910 S. Manhattan Avenue and the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library at 2902 W. Bearss Avenue. Once you fill out the form, you can drop them off at either drive-through and the library staff will mail ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Monday, April 13, 2020
    Independent contractors and self-employed workers are now able to submit applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)Learn more about how 1099 contractors can access coronavirus loans in this Small Business Town Hall webinar (recording) presented by Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
    Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    BBB COVID-19 Resources   Our office is closed to the public, but BBB services continue! ​Better Business Bureau serving West Florida (239) 334-4648 (800) 525-1447 (727) 535-5522info@bbbwestflorida.orgwww.bbb.org/westflorida Better Business Bureau has seen an increase in complaints and customer reviews that mention the virus.  As we knew would be the case, the virus is having a radical ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Thursday, April 02, 2020
    This Order is effective 12:01 am on April 3, 2020. This Order shall expire on April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order. Based on guidance provided by the Florida Surgeon General and the State Health Officer, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside their home only to those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, General News Article
    Thursday, April 02, 2020
    We would like to provide you with some information regarding the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which will provide relief to small businesses around Florida and the U.S.Click here to view a one page overview of the PPPFAQ sheet for small businesses who may be interested in participating Below is additional information from the U.S. Treasury Department and links to both Paycheck Protection ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, General News Article
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    With $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital Cleared, SBA and Treasury Begin Unprecedented Public-Private Mobilization Effort to Distribute Funds WASHINGTON – Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today announced that the SBA and Treasury ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    For Immediate Release  Contact: Tanya Arja                Office of Communications                813-272-4060  State Leaders Extend School Closures Across the State Through May 1  Tampa, Fla. – (March 30, 2020) – Following guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the CDC, state leaders announce school closures across the state are now extended through May 1. Here is what this closure ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    The US Chamber of Commerce just released a guide to available funding based on the latest bills to pass Congress. It can be found HEREAs you consider the best possible options for your business moving forward, we encourage you to make an appointment with our local SBDC. They will discuss the best possible programs available to you based on the effects of COVID-19 on your business. You can contact ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    The U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District Office will host virtual office hours to answer questions about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. In addition to the virtual office hours, the District Office will also be hosting webinars twice daily to help small businesses navigate the disaster loan application. Details about the webinars coming soon!  In the ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    Applications must be submitted via online or by mail   Due to the widespread impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the application process for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program changed this week.   Effective immediately, eligible small businesses interested in applying for the Bridge Loan program, a short-term loan designed to help business owners bridge the gap between ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    COVID-19 and Workers Compensation: What You Need to Know - Frequently Asked Questions By NCCI InsightsClick here for details March 26, 2020 NCCI has received numerous questions in the last few weeks regarding COVID-19 and the impact it may have on the workers compensation industry. These frequently asked questions (FAQs) are intended to be the start of a series of responses that will address ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   TECO COMPANIES DONATE $1 MILLION TO CHARITIES TO HELP DURING PANDEMICShare program will be able to help thousands of customers  Tampa, Fla. (March 26, 2020) – To help the community during this unprecedented time of uncertainty, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are donating $1 million to local charities that will benefit people financially affected by the pandemic.The ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    WE ARE HERE FOR YOU To serve and strengthen our community. The YMCAs of Tampa Bay are offering all-day youth relief care for essential workers at 21 Y locations to help support the children of healthcare and emergency response professionals who are playing important roles combating the coronavirus. Our Y staff will intentionally teach and encourage good hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    A MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHAMBER PRESIDENT RE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)     24 March 2020    Dear Board of Directors, Chamber Members, and Plant City Community:                    I am writing today as our community faces an unprecedented challenge. I have no doubt that you’ve been inundated with information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its affect on us on a local, state, national, and ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Press Release
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    ‼️ Updated list: 03/24/2020 ‼️ Things are rapidly changing around us, we've been in contact with our Plant City Chamber members and confirmed the following offerings as of today at 2pm.  Please share & help spread the word! 1916 Irish Pub (813) 756-6504 Closed until further notice Check Facebook for updatesABC Pizza (813) 752-5146 11am - 9pm Phone ordering available Online ordering ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Monday, March 23, 2020
    Webinar: The State of Business with COVID-19 Thursday, March 26th | 11am   Click here to register   This webinar will feature 4 panelists and a moderator to look at the impact on business from COVID-19. It will share the different ways that businesses can respond/adapt, as well as resources that are available, and things they should know about HR and employment efforts. Space is limited, ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, General News Article
    Monday, March 23, 2020
    Dear valued members, thanks to our partnership with the South Tampa Chamber, you are being invited to participate in a special virtual learning opportunity.How to Successfully Work & Lead RemotelyIn this webinar you will learn:-Strategies for set up-Habits to follow-DOs & DON’TsTime will be given for Q&A. Presenter: Debbie Lundberg, Presenting Powerfully by Debbie Lundberg  Debbie Lundberg ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, General News Article
    Monday, March 23, 2020
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    Friday, March 20, 2020
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    Categories: Education, Press Release, General News Article
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    Click here to read the latest Health Insurance Coverage Updates amid COVID-19
    Categories: General News Article
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    Dear members:  The Plant City Chamber is continuing to monitor local and national updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and the direct effect it is having on our community. We are seeking your feedback regarding the impact the pandemic is having on your business. Please take a moment (less than 5 minutes) to complete the survey below so that we will know how to best assist you during this ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    Plant City we're here to support you. Our staff have been on the phones with our restaurant members confirming those who are offering curbside/to go/take out options. Below you will find detailed information about our member restaurants and the ways they are serving our community through this uncertain time. Please share & help spread the word! This information is current as of 03/18/2020 at ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, General News Article
    Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    17 March 2020Plant City, FL  Re: COVID-19 + Resources for your Business    We have no doubt that you've received a lot of information in the past few weeks regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are a couple of resources for your business as we navigate this uncertain time. Please know that your Chamber team has been working diligently on your behalf and we will continue to share ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release, General News Article
    Saturday, March 14, 2020
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   TAMPA ELECTRIC AND TECO PEOPLES GAS PROTECTING CUSTOMERS, EMPLOYEES Health and safety are No. 1 priority; Critical electric and natural gas service will continue    Tampa, Fla. (March 14, 2020) – At Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas, the health and safety of customers, employees and the communities we serve is our top priority. The utilities are prepared for the ...read more
    Friday, March 13, 2020
    13 March 2020Plant City, FL Re: COVID-19   We know that you have no doubt received a lot of communications and information this past week regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Plant City Chamber has been in contact with local, state and federal government over the past two weeks to gather information and determine the best course of action to protect our community and assist local businesses.  The ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020
    Bank of Central Florida opens new office in Plant City LAKELAND, Fla., March 10th, 2020—Bank of Central Florida, headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, announced today that a new office is opening in Plant City. The community bank has been established for 14 years. As Central Florida continues to grow, there are many more opportunities to serve the local marketplace with financial solutions. The ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Sunday, March 01, 2020
    Members: We are officially in strawberry festival season! The festival started last week and I couldn't be more thrilled. This year is extra special for me with my daughter Emma being a court member. Seeing this piece of our community from this new perspective has been a true blessing and I am so proud of Emma and all of girls on the court for representing our Plant City community so well. As soon ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connections
    Thursday, February 27, 2020
    New Senior Living Community Coming to the Strawberry CapitalPalm Cove Living, Plant City’s Newest Assisted Living & Memory Care Community Now Leasing  PLANT CITY, Fla. February 27, 2020 – Local Plant City senior living developers partner with nationally recognized Solinity to bring world class, locally owned and operated senior housing options to the strawberry capital. Palm Cove Living is Plant ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, February 26, 2020
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ken Torisky National Inventors Hall of Fame Phone: 234-901-6085 E-mail: ktorisky@invent.org Camp Invention Summer STEM Program Coming to Arthur Boring Civic Center Nationally Recognized Program Inspires Local K-6 Students to Become Confident Problem Solvers Plant City, FL – February 25, 2020 — Camp Invention®, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    LAKELAND, Fla., February 24th, 2020— Bank of Central Florida is embarking on a new journey with an exciting growth initiative called Vision 2025. Over the next five years, we will be expanding across Central Florida into new markets. The Bank of Central Florida team is embracing Vision 2025 and the idea of propelling forward together. We care about our community and know how to build strong ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Friday, February 07, 2020
    Contact: Michael O’NeillCWI Logistics, Winter Haven, FLP: 863-967-1940F: 863-551-1620www.cwi-logistics.com.com  CWI Logistics Promotes Tony Goleno to Vice President of Transportation Management  CWI Logistics, a provider of an array of 3rd party logistics services across warehousing, cold storage, transportation and packaging, today announced the promotion of Tony Goleno to Vice President of ...read more
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    Friday, February 07, 2020
    Contact: Michael O’NeillCWI Logistics, Winter Haven, FLP: 863-967-1940F: 863-551-1620www.cwi-logistics.com.com  CWI Logistics Promotes Sarah Latimer to Vice President of Administration  CWI Logistics, a provider of an array of 3rd party logistics services across warehousing, cold storage, transportation and packaging, today announced the promotion of Sarah Latimer to Vice President of ...read more
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    Friday, February 07, 2020
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    Friday, January 31, 2020
    Members: We are less than ONE WEEK out from our annual Chamber Gala! We are so excited to share with you what has been months of planning and a true labor of love. This year's Chamber Gala is going to be bigger and better than ever before, continuing to build on the legacy of leadership here at the Chamber. You could even say that Thursday, February 6th is sure to be a "roaring 20s" great time! ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connections
    Wednesday, January 29, 2020
     01/23/2020FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEIncluded are all scheduled programs for children happening during February at Bruton Memorial Library. All programs are open to the public.For more information, please contact Amanda Preece, Youth Services Associate, at 813-757-9215 ext 4409 or apreece@plantcitygov.comFebruary 2020  Paws for Reading with Tanner the Therapy Dog!Mondays, February 3, 10 & 24 6:00 ...read more
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    Friday, January 24, 2020
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Included are all scheduled programs for adults happening during February at Bruton Memorial Library. All programs are open to the public. For more information, please contact the library’s front desk, at 813-757-9215. February 2020Mahjong ClassThursdays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PMFebruary 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Whether you’re a first-time player or a seasoned expert, join us ...read more
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    Thursday, January 16, 2020
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    WATSON CLINIC URGENT CARE SOUTH NOW OPENLakeland, FL – Watson Clinic newest facility – Watson Clinic Urgent Care South – is now open and available to serve the community with minimal to no wait times. Specializing in the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries without the need for an appointment, Watson Clinic Urgent Care South is located on the Watson Clinic South campus at 1033 North Parkway ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Friday, January 10, 2020
    CareerSource Tampa Bay kicks-off Summer Job Connection 2020 ~Online applications are now being accepted~ ~More than 1,500 paid summer internships are available~ TAMPA, FL – CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) is inviting Hillsborough County youth ages 16 to 24 to participate in a summer youth employment program. The 2020 Summer Job Connection program will provide part-time paid work-experience for more ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Friday, January 10, 2020
    CareerSource Tampa Bay Announces Business and Education Summit ~Vision 2020 to understand business and education demands for the Tampa Bay job market~ TAMPA, FL – CareerSource Tampa Bay will hold a business and education summit on Friday, February 28, 2020. Vision 2020: Business and Education Summit will be held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. with business networking ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Monday, January 06, 2020
    Members: The new year brings a lot of exciting changes. First, I would like to thank our 2019 Board Chair, Karen Kerr, for her dedication to leading the Chamber this past year. Under her leadership, we launched several new Chamber events (including the high-energy Schmoozapalooza) and created our comprehensive strategic plan to guide the organization for years to come. Courtney Paat has taken the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connections
    Friday, December 20, 2019
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently hired Mercedis Couillard as VP, Payment Solutions Relationship Manager. In this role, Couillard will work with Axiom Bank’s clients to provide adaptable payment solutions that further their business and financial goals.  Couillard has over three decades of experience in financial management, ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Monday, December 16, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. HIRES AMY CARLSON AS VP, COMMERCIAL TEAM LEAD  ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently hired Amy Carlson as VP, Commercial Team Lead. In this role, Carlson will work with Axiom’s commercial clients throughout Central Florida to help them achieve their business goals.  Carlson has over two decades of experience in ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    NEWS RELEASE Disaster Field Operations Center East Release Date: Dec. 10, 2019 Contact: Michael Lampton (404) 331-0333 Michael.Lampton@sba.gov Release Number: 20-120, FL 16181SBA Disaster Assistance Deadline Reminder for Florida Businesses and Residents Affected by Tornadoes as a Result of Tropical Storm Nestor ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages businesses of all ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, December 04, 2019
    That's a wrap: planning for the new yearMembers: Thank you to each of you that came out to the Plant City Pig Jam! Aside from being a whole lot of fun, Pig Jam is the largest fundraiser for the Plant City Chamber of Commerce and helps us raise funds to continue to serve you. With thousands of attendees, BBQ as far as the eye could see, and fireworks on Friday night sponsored by Poppell ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connections
    Wednesday, December 04, 2019
    Three Big Advantages of Local BanksUrjit PatelWhen it’s time to choose a bank, you have plenty of options. From the industry giants you see on TV commercials to the community bank down the street, they all have a different set of perks for the consumer. So, which do you choose?Community banks are locally owned and operated across just a few cities and neighborhoods – which means they have a unique ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 08, 2019
    Summiting Debt Mountain By Urjit Patel Saving money is the path to financial security: It gives you the ability to recover from large expenses, to invest in a better quality of life and to sleep peacefully at night. You can pay for what you need, when you need it, without sacrificing your comfort and happiness. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to make that ideal a reality. According to a CNN ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 01, 2019
    A Message From The President Do I smell BBQ? Plant City Pig Jam set for Nov. 22 & 23 Members: I hope you're ready for some BBQ! Planning is well under way for this year's Plant City Pig Jam and we're excited to open up the gates on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd. While the competition teams' grills will be busy cooking for most of the two days there will also be live music, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connections
    Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. HIRES JOE DEAR AS SVP, COMMERCIAL TEAM LEAD  ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently hired Joe Dear as SVP, Commercial Team Lead. In this role, Dear is responsible for helping the bank’s commercial clients in Central Florida grow their businesses.  Dear has nearly three decades of experience in asset management, ...read more
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    Friday, September 20, 2019
    2019 Christmas Parade Grand Marshals Announced Plant City Christmas Parade, Inc. announces the 2019 Christmas Parade Grand Marshals will be David and Diane Brewington. The Brewington’s are mainstays in Plant City and they have supported the community and our youth for decades. Plant City’s Home-town Christmas Parade, “Celebrate the Season – 2019”, will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019, ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 17, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. HIRES LISA JOHANNING AS VP, CONSUMER LOAN PROGRAM MANAGER  ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently welcomed Lisa Johanning as VP, Consumer Loan Program Manager. In this role, Johanning will oversee the development and introduction of new credit lines for retail customers.  Johanning has more than 15 years of direct and ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    Saint Leo University Ranked as Best Value in South for 2020 by U.S. News Earns Top Rankings in Best Regional University, Best for Veterans, Campus Ethnic Diversity ST. LEO, FL – Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) was ranked as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the South in 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, which was released ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. PROMOTES JOSHUA OCAMPO AS DIGITAL BANKING RELATIONSHIP MANAGER   ORLANDO, Fla. (August 14, 2019) – Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently promoted Joshua Ocampo to Digital Banking Relationship Manager. In this role, Ocampo will oversee the continued growth of Axiom Bank’s digital services and products.   “Josh has been instrumental in identifying ...read more
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    Friday, July 12, 2019
    Crack the Code to Building a Solid Credit ScoreBy Urjit Patel  When it comes to big financial moves like buying a car or home, renting an apartment or taking out a personal loan, your credit score carries a lot of weight. The higher your score, the better your chances of getting good interest rates and loan terms.  And rates and terms aren’t the only thing that your score can impact.  According ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Tuesday, July 09, 2019
    Members: Happy July! I hope you're enjoying your summer so far - many of you have scheduled some wonderful vacations and I hope that you come back refreshed, ready to tackle the second half of this year. The annual July 4th Celebration will be held at the stadium on the 4th from 6pm-9:30pm with fireworks, vendors, and more for the whole family to enjoy! The annual New Teacher Coffee will be held ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connections
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    ORLANDO, Fla. (June 18, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently named Scott Leitner as VP, Commercial Relationship Manager. In this role, Leitner will develop commercial relationships and drive revenue growth.  “Scott’s diverse background in law and business brings a wealth of knowledge to our team,” said Ted Sheppe, Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, June 06, 2019
    PLANT CITY, FLA. (PRWEB) APRIL 12, 2019. The Hampton Inn by Hilton Plant City has been recognized by Hilton with a Lighthouse Award. The award signifies the hotel as one of the top performing properties within the brand and is only presented to those hotels that have excelled in service and growing customer loyalty. Naples Hotel Group has been managing the hotel since it opened in March of ...read more
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    Thursday, June 06, 2019
    Vacationing on a budgetBy Urjit Patel   With summer right around the corner, many of us are thinking about vacations we want to take. But the cost of booking a getaway can be intimidating – and for some, not feasible. According to CreditDonkey, the average vacation costs $1,145 per person, or $4,580 for a family of four.   But it is possible to save money while enjoying a nice vacation. Check ...read more
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    Monday, June 03, 2019
    The Cows Are Coming Home ... Well, Sort Of.We are happy to announce our new partnership with Lunar Cow Publishing, a firm specializing in destination marketing, for the production of our annual Plant City Magazine. We are excited about the opportunities this new publication will offer you. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Plant City Magazine is our premier promotional piece and it is the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connections
    Thursday, May 30, 2019
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    Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Clearwater, FL., May 14, 2019 – An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau (BBB) finds that fraudulent consumer goods are ubiquitous, difficult to tell apart from the legitimate products they are counterfeiting, and stem from a large network of organized criminals and credit card processing mechanisms that are willing to support them.  Research shows that eight in 10 Americans ...read more
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    Thursday, May 16, 2019
    ORLANDO, Fla. (May 15, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently named Van Firios as VP, Commercial Relationship Manager. In this role, Firios will develop commercial relationships and drive revenue growth.  “Van is results-focused and relationship-oriented, with a long track record of serving commercial customers,” said Ted Sheppe, Executive Vice President, ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    AXIOM BANK DONATES $200,000 TO EMORY UNIVERSITY TO HELP DEVELOP NEW TREATMENTS FOR BRAIN DISEASESORLANDO, Fla. (May 15, 2019) – Axiom Bank, N.A., a leading community bank headquartered in Central Florida, has donated $200,000 to the Emory Brain Health Center. This gift will help fund further research aimed at developing new treatments for brain diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s and depression ...read more
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    Monday, May 06, 2019
    Local High School Seniors Awarded ScholarshipsThe Plant City Chamber Foundation honored six graduating seniors this month.   Plant City, FL: The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Foundation is the philanthropic branch of the Chamber. Its main function is ensuring our community’s bright future via supporting education initiatives locally. Each year, applications are extended to area high ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 01, 2019
    A Message From The President:Members:  May always marks the start of graduation season and then subsequently summer vacation. My oldest is graduating from Plant City High School this year and is going on to pursue his dreams at the University of Florida - my how time flies! My youngest also graduates from VPK this year. It's hard to believe that all three of my children have grown up so quickly! ...read more
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    Friday, April 05, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. PROMOTES PETE LONGO TO VP, DIGITAL BANKING  ORLANDO, Fla. (April 3, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently promoted Pete Longo to VP, Digital Banking. In this role, Longo will further enhance and grow the bank’s digital service line.  “Pete has demonstrated his expertise in the field of emerging banking technology, which aligns with the shift ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    5 Essential Things Every Parent Needs to Teach Their Teens about Saving MoneyBy Urjit Patel   If there’s one huge gift we as parents can give our kids, it’s the knowledge they need to grow up to be financially stable adults.   As National Teach Your Child to Save Day rolls around this month (April 12), now is the perfect time to start teaching best practices for savings. And with the ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    Spring Cleaning: New Chamber Event Launching Next Month Members: As a team we are always working to bring relevant, impactful programming to you, our members. We're excited to announce that on Tuesday, May 21st we will be launching a new Chamber event - the annual Chamber Seminar. This year our featured speaker at the Chamber Seminar will be author Dillon Kalkhurst. With over two decades ...read more
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    Monday, February 04, 2019
    Members: Can you believe that it's already February? The time has been flying by here at the Chamber as we usher in the new year. On Thursday, January 24th we held the inaugural Chamber Gala where we celebrated the 2019 Best of Plant City Awards, thanked our 2018 Directors, and held the official swearing in of the 2019 Directors. Thank you to all who attended and helped us celebrate this memorable ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    You may have seen the red bucket that has started showing up at chamber networking events, you may have even seen the sign requesting you drop your business card in the bucket. But if you've been wondering what the deal with this mysterious bucket is - you are not alone.  Beginning in January 2019, the Plant City Chamber launched a new initiative to recognize members who are involved, regularly ...read more
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    Monday, January 28, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. APPOINTS TWO NEW AREA MANAGERS FOR TAMPA AND ORLANDO MARKETS  ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently hired Jennifer Waddell as Vice President, Area Manager in Orlando and promoted Dwayne Haugabrook as Vice President, Area Manager in Tampa. In their new roles, Waddell and Haugabrook will oversee day-to-day operations and ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Saint Leo University today was named as providing two of the best online programs in the United States, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs edition. While Saint Leo’s main campus is north of Tampa, FL, the university teaches students online around the world and at more than 30 campuses in seven states including in Lakeland. The university’s Flexible Learning ...read more
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    Friday, January 04, 2019
    Members: I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday. There is a lot to be excited about in the coming year - including the 2019 Chamber Gala! On Thursday, January 24th we will host the Chamber Gala at the HCC Trinkle Center. This year the event will combine the annual Best of Plant City Awards and our traditional Passing of the Gavel ceremony. Invitations and RSVP cards have been sent out, ...read more
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    Monday, October 01, 2018
    A Message From The President Members: The Leadership Plant City Class of 2019 just returned from the opening retreat and let me just tell you - this is a fabulous class of future leaders! It was such a pleasure to get to know each out them and I look forward to watching them grow and develop over the course of the next year.Leadership Plant City Class of 2019 participants include: Josiah Colon ...read more
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    Saturday, September 01, 2018
    Chamber Connections eNewsletter - September 2018A Message From the President   Members: Busy season is officially upon us! The start of school marks our annual ramp up for events season and we're excited to bring you your fall programming for the year . Be sure to join us at this fall's special Chamber events which include the annual bowling tournament, Suncoast Credit Union Plant City Pig Jam, ...read more
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