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Vendors register now for Bartow Health Fair

Vendors register now for Bartow Health Fair

Bartow, FL -- The Bartow Community Health Fair, sponsored by Leo E. Longworth State Farm Insurance Company, is set for Saturday, April 30.

The fair will include a variety of vendors, a silent auction and door prizes and is presented by St. James AME Church and Upsilon Xi Chapter, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Carver Recreational Center, 520 S. Idlewood Ave. in Bartow.

Bartow goes hi-tech to sell city surplus

Bartow goes hi-tech to sell city surplus

Bartow, FL -- City officials say Bartow residents are getting more bang for their buck when it comes to the way they're selling-off the city's surplus.

Bartow is using a website liquidator called govdeals.com.

So far, the city's director of fleet maintenance, Larry Lunsford, says it's made Bartow more money than it had in the past by holding traditional public auctions, or by trying to sell surplus supplies and vehicles locally.

Call for entries for Florida Public Relations Association awards!

Call for entries for Florida Public Relations Association awards!

Polk County, FL --Are you proud of that big project or perhaps it was a fundraiser or event? Well, here’s your opportunity to share that pride with others. 

The Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association has issued a call for entries for its 2011 Local Image Awards. 

Deadline for entries is no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 to Sheree Saulter, Local Image Awards Chair, and Community Relations Coordinator for Webster University's Lakeland Campus, 1479 Town Center Drive, Suite 202, Lakeland.

Submissions for awards must be presented in a detailed and specific format. 

Criteria for submissions can be found by visiting the DP/PC FPRA website at www.fprapolk.org

Polk leaders to schedule summit to bring more competitive grants to county

Polk leaders to schedule summit to bring more competitive grants to county

Winter Haven, Florida -- A collection of prominent speakers will gather in Winter Haven next month to help local grant developers draw more competitive funding to Polk County, according to a press release from Polk officials.

Former U.S. Congressional aide Alan Suskey of St. Petersburg, who staffed the federal House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee chairman on Defense, will keynote the Polk Grants Summit on March 25.  Suskey is a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq invasion, civic activist in Pinellas County, and “boutique” lobbyist with Three Bridges Advisors.

Summit registrations opened to the public this week, according to Veronica Chesbrough.  She is president of the sponsoring Polk Grants Alliance and longstanding grants coordinator for the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, which operates in Winter Haven.  Chesbrough  said the conference is priced to accommodate nonprofit budgets.

Businesses can register for new hazardous waste collection program

Businesses can register for new hazardous waste collection program

Polk County, FL -- Polk County businesses that produce less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month can properly dispose/recycle it the 3rd Wednesday of each month by appointment-only at the North Central Landfill’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

The first collection day will take place Feb. 16.

Quotes will be based on the quantity and types of waste materials to be disposed/recycled. Participants must complete a registration form and inventory sheet and may need an onsite inspection prior to participating. 

Small Business of the Month announced

Small Business of the Month announced

Lakeland, FL -- The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce congratulates The Institute for Spanish Communication, Inc. as the January Small Business of the Month winner.


The program is designed to keep the Hispanic Community informed on current events and cultural awareness.


The Institute of Spanish Communication was established in 1999 by Teresa Martinez, who moved as a teenager from Cuba to the United States. The Institute began providing Spanish instruction for local corporations, as well as translation and interpretation services.

Publix honored as a 'Best Company to Work For'

Publix honored as a 'Best Company to Work For'

Lakeland, Fla--For the 13th consecutive year, Publix has been honored as one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For."


The grocery retailer ranked 86th on the list and one of only 13 companies to have made the list since its inception in 1998.


According to FORTUNE, a driving factor for the companies on this year's list were hiring and the ways in which companies are helping their employees weather the recession.