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    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
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    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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    Thursday, May 30, 2019
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    Thursday, May 30, 2019
    Neighbors across the country will soon have an exciting opportunity to help change their communities for the better through State Farm Neighborhood Assist®. Part of State Farm Neighborhood of Good® initiative, State Farm Neighborhood Assist is back for its eighth year in 2019. State Farm invites the public to submit a community cause about which they’re passionate and to rally behind that cause ...read more
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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 23, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. PROMOTES G. HUNT DAWKINS TO VP, SBA DIVISION MANAGER  ORLANDO, Fla. (May 17, 2019) – Axiom Bank, N.A., a Maitland-based community bank serving customers in Central Florida and beyond, promoted G. Hunt Dawkins to the position of VP, SBA Division Manager. In his new role, Dawkins will lead Axiom’s programs for extending government-guaranteed loans to small businesses.  Dawkins ...read more
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    Monday, May 20, 2019
    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 2019 Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Plant City Magazine is our premier promotional piece and it is the first resource that community ...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
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    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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    Wednesday, May 08, 2019
    Five Things Mom Taught Us About Money That We’ll Never ForgetBy Urjit Patel As we celebrate Mother’s Day, there’s no better time to reflect on the lessons we learned from our moms. From making the bed to writing a thank-you note, moms teach us countless skills and habits to guide us through life. And if we’re fortunate, that advice includes how to make the most of our money.Here are five pieces ...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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    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, March 20, 2019
    It is time to start thinking about summer activities for area youth!  The Plant City Recreation & Parks Department’s Youth Summer Program will kick off registration for their 2019 session with discounted registration during the week of March 25.  Anyone registering during the first week of registration will receive a $10 discount on their registration fee!  The program includes supervised ...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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    Tuesday, December 18, 2018
     12/17/2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Included are all scheduled programs for adults happening during January at Bruton Memorial Library. All programs are open to the public. For more information, please contact Angel House, Adult Services Associate, at 813-757-9215 or ahouse@plantcitygov.com  January 2019Mahjong ClassThursdays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PMJanuary 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st Whether ...read more
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    Friday, December 14, 2018
    The World Health Organization defines “social determinants” as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.”  As leaders in our community, if there is one gift we can give the children of Hillsborough County, this Holiday Season that will positively affect their social determinants, is a high-quality early learning experience.  We know that with only 46 percent of children ...read more
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    Friday, December 14, 2018
    How to Choose the Best Bank for Your NeedsBy Ron Strand-Sorrell   Whether you’re looking to open a personal or business bank account (or both), you have many options from which to choose. On any given day, your mailbox may be stuffed with promotional offers from big banks, community banks and credit unions.   So, how do you choose the one that will best meet your needs? Here are a few elements ...read more
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    Monday, December 10, 2018
    ***Media Video/Photo Opportunity***Community Invited to Ribbon-Cutting for Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road     WHAT:The Tampa Bay community is invited to join the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA as we cut the ribbon to the Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road.  Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a grand opening celebration will include a night full of fun family activities, group ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 05, 2018
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            For more information, contact:December 3, 2018                                        Peggy Garrett - 863.904.2656/ PGarrett@WatsonClinic.com  WATSON CLINIC FOUNDATION HELPS DONATE BOOKS TO UNITED WAY READINGPALS PROGRAMLakeland, FL – The Watson Clinic Foundation recently helped donate 336 copies of Lakeland author Jennifer Hazen Buss's children ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 05, 2018
    Members: Please save the date for Thursday, January 24, 2019! We will be combining our annual Passing of The Gavel event with the 2019 Best of Plant City Awards and hosting one fantastic night of Chamber networking, celebration, and community building. The Passing of the Gavel is the annual event where we welcome our new Board of Directors for the coming year and thank the Board who served the ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    11/26/2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Included are all scheduled programs for adults happening during December at Bruton Memorial Library. All programs are open to the public. For more information, please contact Angel House, Adult Services Associate, at 813-757-9215 or ahouse@plantcitygov.com  December 2018Mahjong ClassThursdays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PMDecember 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th Whether you’re a ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Conventional Loans Can Bring Savings, Opportunities for Growing BusinessesBy Ted Sheppe Millions of people can say they have achieved the “American dream” of being their own boss. However, being a small business owner brings its own set of unique challenges. One is figuring out when it’s time to graduate from your first Small Business Administration 7(a) loan to conventional financing. SBA ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
     11/27/2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Included are all scheduled programs for children happening during December 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 or apreece@plantcitygov.com  December 2018  Story Time (2 year olds)Tuesdays, Dec 4th, Dec 11th, Dec 18th, 10:30 AM      ...read more
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    Monday, November 12, 2018
    AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in Florida! Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Florida! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in January 2019! AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in ...read more
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    Thursday, November 08, 2018
    There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Tampa YMCA 4th Annual Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble All proceeds from the Thanksgiving Day run will benefit local cancer survivors & their families Tampa, FL (Nov. 8, 2018) – There’s still time to register for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA 4th Annual Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble 5K, 8K and 1 Mile Run/Walk. Starting at 7am on Thanksgiving morning, all ability ...read more
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    Monday, October 15, 2018
    Plant City Christmas Parade Inc. announces that Plant City’s Home-town Christmas Parade, “Celebrate the Season – 2018”, will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Major Sponsors for this year’s parade are Unity in the Community and Stingray Chevrolet. Thanks to the help of Unity and Stingray, the Christmas parade promises to be even better than ever as we expect to include ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses in Florida Affected by Red Tide Algal Bloom WASHINGTON – Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)s from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to Florida small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by the red tide algal bloom beginning ...read more
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    Friday, September 14, 2018
    Axiom Bank Cardholders Now Have Free and Unlimited ATM Access at 7-Eleven Locations Throughout the U.S.ATM participation and marketing relationship with FCTI, Inc. delivers surcharge-free account access for Axiom Bank cardholders at nearly 8,000 7-Eleven stores.  ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2018) – Axiom Bank, N.A., a Florida-based national bank, and FCTI, Inc. recently launched a multi-year ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 28, 2018
    Plant City Chamber Hosts ''Super'' Membership Campaign The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2nd annual Membership Campaign during the month of September 2018. 2017's campaign welcomed over twenty new members to the organization and featured a carnival theme. This year's goal is to welcome 26 new members, businesses who join during the month of September receive special ...read more
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    Monday, August 27, 2018
    PLANT CITY AND THE AGRICULTURE, FOOD PROCESSING, AND SUPERMARKET REVOLUTION 1939-1975 In 1939 the Plant City State Farmers Market was built and was the largest in Florida. It promoted agriculture marketing and distribution, assisting the farmers deep in the depression years. Florida constructed a series of large state farm markets under the supervision of Commissioner of Agriculture Nathan Mayo. ...read more
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    Monday, August 27, 2018
    TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2018) –Axiom Bank, N.A., a community bank headquartered in Central Florida, recently promoted Scott Amatuccio to Vice President, SBA Manager. In his new role, he will oversee all Small Business Administration (SBA) loans from the initial review to underwriting an approved loan and monitoring the portfolio for its duration.  “Scott has been an integral part of building our ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 22, 2018
    Plant City Chamber of Commerce Announces 2018 Plant City Candidate Forum Straw Poll Results Click to read
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    2018 Candidate Forum; Plant City’s Premier Political EventCandidates from across the state line up for inaugural political forum    Plant City, FL: The Government Advisory Committee of The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is excited to host a candidate forum on August 21st at the Hillsborough Community College Trinkle Center beginning at 5:30pm. More than 35 candidates have already ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. ACQUIRES ALLIED AFFILIATED FUNDING, L.P.Acquisition Expands Commercial Portfolio; Offers More Lending Options to Business Customers ORLANDO, Fla. (July 10, 2018) – Axiom Bank, N.A. (“Axiom”), a leading community bank headquartered in Central Florida, recently acquired Dallas-based Allied Affiliated Funding, L.P. (“Allied”). This acquisition adds a lender finance line of business, ...read more
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    Thursday, July 05, 2018
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. DESIGNATED AS SBA “PREFERRED LENDER”Distinction Accelerates SBA 7(A) Loan Process for Commercial Customers  ORLANDO, Fla. (July 5, 2018) – Axiom Bank, N.A., a leading community bank headquartered in Maitland, was recently named a “Preferred Lender” by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This designation allows it to expedite the loan-approval process for commercial ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 03, 2018
    Tara Hayes, Makensie McAvoy & Leah Turner earn new Designations   LAKELAND, FLORIDA 7/3/18 We are thrilled to announce the accomplishments of Leah Turner, Senior Administrator and Makensie McAvoy, Staffing Consultant/Recruiter in the Light Industrial Division. They recently passed the CSP exam (Certified Staffing Professional).  The ASA (America Staffing Association) Certified Staffing ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    THE FRIENDS OF THE BRUTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY ANNOUNCES THE 2018 MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE SHOW – One Performance Only!   The Friends of the Bruton Memorial Library, Inc., a non-profit organization, will present the Nineteenth Mystery Dinner Theatre fund-raising event.                When:              Friday, August 17, 2018             Where:             Hillsborough Community College – Trinkle ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    This week we grieve the loss of a wonderful man who made a tremendous impact in Plant City. Not only was Al Berry the voice of local radio for decades, the 1998 Citizen of the Year and an Associate Director for the Florida Strawberry Festival; he also was a past board member, vice president and interim president of The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce. Al stepped in as interim president ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. INTRODUCES THREE NEW CREDIT CARDS Cards Mark Community Bank’s Second Product Debut in 2018   ORLANDO, Fla. (June 14, 2018) – Axiom Bank, N.A. is listening to its customers’ requests for expanded services and products and is now offering three new credit card options to meet those needs. This is the second product debut this year by the Maitland-based community bank, which ...read more
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    Thursday, June 14, 2018
    The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Announces Support of the Tampa Bay Rays 2020 To Whom It May Concern: As Chairman of The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, I am pleased to announce our support of the Tampa Bay Rays 2020 effort to keep Major League baseball in Tampa Bay. As a member organization of over 630 businesses in the Plant City area we firmly believe that the Tampa Bay Rays ...read more
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    Thursday, May 31, 2018
    New membership options are coming to the Plant City Chamber of Commerce beginning June 1, 2018.     This new structure focuses on providing increased member value for Chamber members so that the Chamber can continue to foster an environment that is pro-business here in Plant City. On each member's renewal date, a letter will be sent explaining the new investment structure in detail and the new ...read more
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    Thursday, May 31, 2018
    June 1st, 2018 has been declared Lightning Appreciation Day by six area Chambers. The community is asked to wear their best "Bolts Blue" and post their favorite fan pictures to social media Friday using the hashtag #AppreciateBolts.  The Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team ended their season after winning the Atlantic Division, earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference and advancing to the ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    Please give a big Chamber welcome to the newest addition to our team - our summer intern, Clay!   Meet the intern: Clay Joyner is a junior at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida where he is pursuing a double major in Business Administration and Political Science. Clay is excited to hit the ground running at the Chamber, "the most thrilling part about this internship is that I am ...read more
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