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Winter Haven creates council to help create jobs

Winter Haven creates council to help create jobs

Winter Haven, FL -- Winter Haven business leaders and city officials have announced the formation of an Economic Development Council.

Angeleu Economics, economic development consultants, recommended an EDC for the City of Winter Haven to help create jobs, expand the city's tax base, attract new businesses and promote the expansion of existing businesses within the Winter Haven area.

"We've identified target industries best suited for recruitment to and expansion in the Winter Haven area, such as medical services; software and information technology; and logistics and distribution facilities," Ingram Leedy, President/CEO of Elephant Outlook and Chairman of the Transition Team heading up the EDC effort said in a release. "General business and professional services would be on that list, as well as agribusiness. Those are niches we will be directing our development efforts towards."

Senior Garden Pass now available for LEGOLAND Florida

Senior Garden Pass now available for LEGOLAND Florida

Winter Haven, FL -- LEGOLAND Florida has announced it is now offering a Senior Garden Pass for guests 60 years of age and older.

Guests can enjoy the botanical gardens at LEGOLAND with the pass for $60 plus tax, which is less than a single-day admission ticket.

The weekday annual pass includes parking and access to the park Monday - Friday for an entire year.

The Senior Garden Pass is available online at www.LEGOLAND.com. Passes can also be purchased at the park's front gate once it opens on Oct. 15.

Polk County seeks vendors for Outdoors Expo

Polk County seeks vendors for Outdoors Expo

Polk County, FL -- Polk County Parks and Recreation is lookng for vendors for an Outdoors Expo in September.

Vendors should sell or demonstrate products or services related to off-road vehicles, boating, camping, fishing, hunting, outdoor recreation, or any similar business or product.

You must complete a registration form and submit a $25 vendor fee for approval. Vendors are expected to provide their own set-up supplies, including: tables, chairs, tents and generators.

Program helps 5th graders develop financial literacy

Program helps 5th graders develop financial literacy

More than 80 Polk County Public Schools 5th grade teachers participated in a professional development program to assist their students in learning about financial literacy.

“trueWealth”  is the title of a financial literacy program provided through school district partner Magnify Credit Union. 

Magnify provided the teachers with learning materials and a carry bag in their program sponsorship.  More than 1,400 5th grade students learned more about making good financial decisions now and in the future through the program.

Know of a great business? Nominate them!

Know of a great business? Nominate them!

Bartow, FL -- The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 has announced it is now accepting nominations and applications for its 2nd Annual Champions Cup Business & Industry Awards.

The purpose of the program is to recognize and honor businesses and organizations that have championed exemplary practices and have a positive influence on the economic well-being of the Bartow area business community.

What's even better is the nomination process is even easier and according to the committee shouldn't take more than 10 or 15 minutes to complete.

Ex-Cypress Gardens workers hope for Legoland jobs

Ex-Cypress Gardens workers hope for Legoland jobs

Winter Haven, Fla. (AP) -- Former Cypress Gardens employees are among the thousands of people applying for jobs at the new Legoland Florida.

The tourist attraction that opened in the 1930s abruptly closed in 2009, leaving 200 people unemployed. It will reopen as Legoland Florida in October.

Gallery: A look inside Legoland, Florida

Many former Cypress Gardens employees say they're applying to be "Model Citizens," which is what Legoland employees are called. Legoland spokeswoman Jackie Wallace says the park has received more than 6,000 online applications for 800 positions.

SBDC hosts Small Business Seminars in August

SBDC hosts Small Business Seminars in August

Bartow, FL -- The Central Florida Development Council’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host two seminars in August designed to help budding entrepreneurs complete a thorough business plan and start a new business. 

Both seminars will be held at the Neil Combee County Administration Building, Room 139 (first floor), 330 West Church Street in Bartow.

Building the Ultimate Business Plan will be held from 1 – 5 p.m. on August 10. This seminar teaches participants how to research a target market and write a business plan.  The $70 fee for this class includes software.