Polk County Farm Bureau Going Strong, Serving the Agricultural Community 

February 7, 2023 News

The theme of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in 2022 was “Rooted in Resilience”, and Polk County Farm Bureau’s 3,800-plus members are just that.   “Farmers are by nature and by necessity, resilient and tenacious people,” said Polk County Farm Bureau Executive Director Carole McKenzie. “You have to be, when you have so many […]

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Local Financial Services Companies Help Clients Plan for the Future, Grow Their Money

February 6, 2023 News

As with most things, people have options when it comes to investing their money, setting up estates, planning for their kids’ college educations and having their taxes prepared. And there is no shortage of businesses that are willing to work with you to help you achieve your financial goals.  Like banking, most financial companies in […]

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Florida’s Opportunity as a Space Port is limitless and Polk County is in the Middle of it All

January 30, 2023 News

As efforts to expand the aerospace industry beyond the Space Coast ramp up, the Central Florida Development Council is taking a leadership role in educating local businesses on how they – and Polk County – can benefit.  Part of that process included a leadership mission with investors to the Space Coast. There they visited with […]

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Barney Barnett School of Business at FSC Prepares Students for a Global Marketplace

January 19, 2023 News

Faculty at the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College are committed to excellence. This is one of the main reasons it’s been recognized on so many lists and is known as one of the best business schools in the nation.   “I believe that the faculty are focused on student […]

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Florida Affected by Hurricane Nicole

January 18, 2023 News

WASHINGTON – Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to businesses and residents in Florida following the announcement of a Presidential disaster declaration due to damages that occurred Nov. 7-30 from Hurricane Nicole. “SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help Florida small businesses and residents impacted by this disaster in […]

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Organizations Help Prepare People who Want to Start a New Business

January 18, 2023 News

Starting your own business can be daunting, but budding entrepreneurs don’t have to do it alone – a variety of organizations offer free or low-cost help.  Three such organizations are:   Learn more about each below.  SCORE  Mentors are a critical part of the process “to secure a successful start and growth plan,” said Becky Bywater, […]

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Polk County’s Growth Brings Need for Diverse Housing Inventory

December 19, 2022 News

Polk County ranks No. 10 in net migration. Along with that growth comes the need for increased housing inventory and a diverse selection of housing options. Lightcast (formerly Emsi Burning Glass) has been developing its Talent Attraction Scorecard “to help communities understand how they were doing at attracting and developing talent to help meet this […]

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Polk State College President Talks About Growth, a New Campus and the Hispanic Population

December 16, 2022 News

Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti has been in her job five years now, and she’s using her experience there and as a former chair of the Central Florida Development Council to Polk State’s advantage – in this case, championing the need for a new campus to serve the burgeoning northeast portion of Polk County.   […]

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FSC’s Physical Therapy Program Helps Fill Needs Among Growing Populations

December 15, 2022 News

With an aging and more diverse population in Polk County, the need for more physical therapists is increasing, and Florida Southern College’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) is working to close the gap.   The Lakeland college started its program in 2019 following a needs assessment. Nationally, about 15,000 openings for physical therapists will exist […]

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Polk Ranks Top 10 in Talent Attraction

December 8, 2022 News

The need for talent ranks high in many markets, and Polk County is no different. Ranked Top 10 in talent attraction by Lightcast – showcased its retention of a skilled workforce and diversification of opportunity. In Lightcast’s (formerly Emsi Burning Glass) 2022 Talent Attraction Scorecard, which the company produces “to help communities understand how they […]

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