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Apply for Emergency Small Business Bridge Loans Online or By Mail

Due to the widespread impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the application process for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program changed this week. Eligible small... — Updated 3/26/2020


Centers for Disease Control Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this... — Updated 3/25/2020


Low Payment Kings Sponsor St. Jude Radiothon, Donate $5,000

The Low Payment Kings were the presenting sponsor of the 17th annual St Jude Radiothon on WPCV 97.5 Country. The radiothon raised a record $214,067 dollars. WPCV has raised over... — Updated 3/18/2020


Make 2020 Your Year to See Your Estate Plan with 2020 Clear Vision

Life is full of unexpected happenings. Like all good and bad things, death is also a part of life. Florida residents should acknowledge this reality and plan in advance. It ensures... — Updated 3/11/2020


Mahalak Auto Group Names New Body Shop Manager

Mike Mahalak, president of the Mahalak Auto Group recently announced the hiring of Nick Woodrum as Body Shop Manager for the Mahalak Auto Group. The Body Shop is located on the... — Updated 3/4/2020


Rob Boggess joins Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM as new Service Manager

Mike Mahalak, president of the Mahalak Auto Group recently announced that Robert Boggess has joined Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM as Service Manager. "We are very excited to ha... — Updated 1/28/2020


CenterState Bank Announces Plans to Merge with South State Bank

CenterState Bank and South State Bank have announced plans to merge, with John Corbett of Winter Haven to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Their combination will create a leading... — Updated 1/28/2020


Legacy Real Estate Celebrates Opening of New Office

On Thursday Jan. 23 Legacy Real Estate Center, Inc. held the Grand Re-Opening of their new offices located at 218 East Park Avenue in Lake Wales. The event was attended by business... — Updated 1/28/2020


Bellies-2-Babies Adds Baby Boutique

Bellies-2-Babies LLC has recently added something new that is all a buzz in downtown Lake Wales. In addition to offering Doula services and Childbirth classes to help families... — Updated 1/22/2020

 By Drew Truitt    Business

20 Years in Lake Wales - Yesterday's Treasures a Joy to Behold

Yesterday's Treasures owners Betty and William (Bill) Schermerhorn have collected for over 50 years mostly in New York state, and many of those finds are displayed and for sale at... — Updated 1/9/2020

 By Susan Craig    Business

7 Tips for Talking Money with the Person You Love

Your relationship is about living a happy life together, not dollars and cents. A little financial planning may help you get there. There’s nothing more exciting than tying the... — Updated 1/8/2020


Wawa Credits Success to Valuing Employees, Servant Leadership

A Wawa convenience retail store manager who completes 25 years can retire a multimillionaire because of the company's lucrative profit-sharing program, according to George Wood,... — Updated 1/1/2020

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Florida Pickers: The Palomino Camaro

On the heels of a sale yesterday of a 1971 VW kit car featured in a previous Florida Pickers column in addition to the sale last week of a rare 1936 Buick Roadmaster I immediately... — Updated 12/26/2019


City Grant Helps Attract Downtown Seafood Restaurant

A City of Lake Wales incentive program to draw new restaurants to downtown has reeled in its first big catch. Melanie's Seafood Co. is scheduled to open in January at 120 Park... — Updated 12/26/2019


Polk State's Oguntola Assumes Chamber Reins at Annual Holiday Banquet

Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council Board Chairman Maryemma Bachelder celebrated a successful year at the annual holiday luncheon Dec. 6 as she... — Updated 12/14/2019

 By Susan Craig    Business

Beware of Retirement Sprawl

As we move through our career, we often accumulate a number of different retirement accounts: A traditional IRA here, a rollover IRA there, and two or three scattered 401(k)... — Updated 12/11/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Kathryn's Christian Books is a Family Affair for All Ages

Mission Statement: Lake Wales Care Center is a faith-based community service organization which demonstrates Christ's love by building bridges between people in need and people... — Updated 12/11/2019


Polk Business Groups Host International Trade Symposium

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the Central Florida Development Council recently hosted the 5th annual international trade symposium Polk Goes Global. Javier Marin, CFDC... — Updated 12/5/2019


Publix Doubles Commitment to Help Alleviate Hunger

Since 2009, Publix has donated more than $2 billion in dairy, deli, meat, produce and fresh-baked goods to people in need. The company is now pledging an additional $2 billion in... — Updated 12/5/2019


Message from Lake Wales Main Street Executive Director

Can you see it? Can you feel it? Something's in the air and although the holidays are fast approaching, I am specifically referring to the Dover Kohl "Lake Wales Connected"... — Updated 12/5/2019


Shop Local Nov. 30 for Small Business Saturday

Following on the heels of Black Friday, local businesses are encouraging shoppers to participate in Small Business Saturday Nov. 30. Lake Wales Main Street Executive Director Karen... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Polk Furniture Store Looking for New Owner

If you are are in the market for buying an existing business with plenty of goodwill and lots of potential look no further than Steve Seisel's Polk Furniture Store. A bargain at... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Sean Mallott    Business

Four Polk Colleges Training Cybersecurity Experts and Analysts

As the nation struggles to train enough cybersecurity experts and analysts to fill a shortage that has grown by 50% since 2015, four Polk County colleges are offering courses and... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Susan Craig    Business

Estate Planning Fundamentals

Plan for a long life and keep these vital documents up-to-date for your protection and the sake of those you love. The underlying goal of proper estate planning is to ensure the... — Updated 11/27/2019


Meet Florida Highwayman Artist Al Black at Pop-Up Event and Sale Nov. 21

Tilted Tiara events is hosting a Florida Highwaymen Pop-up Art Event and Sale Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Rhodesbilt Arcade in historic downtown Lake Wales. The one-day-only event,... — Updated 11/21/2019


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