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Polk represented at National Business Leader Conference

Polk represented at National Business Leader Conference

Students from five schools represented Polk at the 2011 national leadership conference of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL). The conference was held June 28 through July 1 in Orlando.

More than 8,000 participants from all over the country attended the national conference to sharpen business skills, network with other attendees and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.  FBLA-PBL is a business education program in middle and high schools for students to develop vocational and career competencies.

Eric Konkol-Bennett, a Lake Wales resident and Bartow High’s 2011 salutatorian, received a Who’s Who in FBLA award at the national conference. Who’s Who awards are given to FBLA members making outstanding contributions at the local, state and national levels during their FBLA careers.

SBDC hosts small business seminars in July

SBDC hosts small business seminars in July

Bartow, FL -- The Central Florida Development Council’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a series of business seminars in July designed to assist individuals interested in starting a new business, develop business plans to attract financing, and help qualified businesses become minority certified with the State of Florida.  

Individuals preparing to start a business should attend “Steps to Starting a Small Business” 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12. The cost is $35.

Doing Business as a State of Florida Minority Business Enterprise on Wednesday, July 27 will help those who want to become certified discover opportunities available for women and minority firms in the government and private sectors. It will be held 10 a.m. – noon and cost $35.

Journalists and PR professionals, learn how to deal with social media

Journalists and PR professionals, learn how to deal with social media

Polk County, FL -- Residents have the opportunity to learn the challenges professional communicators, both journalists and public relations practitioners alike, face when they take to the slopes of social media when Orlando public relations agency co-founder Roger Pynn of Curley & Pynn Public Relations & Marketing Communications comes to Polk County.

Pynn’s comments will be featured at the July 20 meeting of the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.

The meeting will take place at the Lakeland Yacht Club, 929 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33807.

Registration and networking will begin at 11:30 a.m.  A buffet lunch will follow.

“Journalists and public relations people face a slippery slope when engaging in online conversation where there is little distinction between personal and professional contributions to the chatter of social media from Twitter and Facebook to company and personal blogs or message boards and blogs on websites,” Pynn said in release.

LRMC announces reorganization

LRMC announces reorganization

Lakeland, FL -- Lakeland Regional Medical Center announced Thursday, June 23 plans for a reorganization that will reduce 277 positions from its workforce of 4,636. 

This reorganization affects 133 people currently working at the hospital; the other positions are vacant and will not be filled. 

LRMC’s A2 bond rating by Moody’s Investors Service has been threatened the past two years by the challenges to financial security. The May 2011 rating report notes the hospital’s low operating margin of .3% compared to the 5% considered healthy for A2-rated healthcare organizations. The report also references Polk County’s weak demographics, including high unemployment rate (11%, above the national average); and high and increasing Medicaid exposure as the county’s safety net provider. The hospital’s aging facility was another area of concern. The report outlook states that the inability to show improvement will result in a negative rating.

New flights announced on Direct Air from Lakeland Linder

New flights announced on Direct Air from Lakeland Linder

Lakeland, FL -- Lakeland officials along with Direct Air welcomed the first day of new service from the Polk County city today, June 23.

Direct Air, based in Myrtle Beach, SC is the first to provide flights from the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport to four cities:

  • Hagerstown, MD, (Washington, DC area)
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Niagara Falls (Buffalo/Toronto area)
  • Springfield, IL (central Illinois) offering flights where service did not exist

Lakeland Electric increases fuel charge

Lakeland Electric increases fuel charge

Lakeland, FL -- The Lakeland City Commission voted to increase the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers 15 cents per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after June 30. 

The new fuel charge will be $50.65 per 1,000 kWh.  As of June 30, Lakeland Electric residential customers will pay $110.17 for 1,000 kWh of electricity.

After listening to a staff presentation at the June 20, Utility Committee Meeting, the Lakeland Electric Utility Committee recommended to increase the current fuel charge.  The City Commission reconvened and approved the recommendation. 

SBDC satellite office celebrates Grand Opening!

SBDC satellite office celebrates Grand Opening!

Polk County, FL -- The Polk County Small Business Development Center are working together to help your business succeed!

Beginning June 14, a Certified Business Analyst will be at the chamber to offer free and confidential counseling.

Please come meet Dawn Decaminada at the center's grand opening on June 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the center's new satellite location inside the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce.

You'll learn how the SBDC services can benefit your business, your clients and the your community.

The actual center is located at 330 West Church Street in Bartow.