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    Wednesday, March 17, 2021
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Bank of Central Florida Announces New Business Opportunities with SBA Loans and Welcomes J. Kevin Riffey as the SBA ExecutiveLakeland, Fla. (March 16, 2021)—Bank of Central Florida, headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, welcomes J. Kevin Riffey as Executive Vice President and Small Business Administration Executive. As part of their recent expansion efforts, Bank of ...read more
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    To download the Back to Business toolkit for Hillsborough County businesses to safely reopen, please Click Here
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Monday, March 23, 2020
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    Friday, March 20, 2020
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    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
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    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
    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
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    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
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    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
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    Friday, February 07, 2020
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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
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    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
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    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
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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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    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
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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 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
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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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    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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