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 By Sean Mallott    Business 

Why Leaders Should Be Using Data to Improve Decision Making

Leaders who use data often lead companies that excel, making it one of the most critical pieces of information for those in the top spots of companies around the world. The "Global... — Updated 8/20/2019


Rumfelt and Truitt Offer Park Avenue Executive Suites, Trendy Coworking Downtown Venue

With a combined 60 years experience 1st Quality/Ramsgate Insurance mogul Tom Rumfelt and INC Inc. entrepreneur Drew Truitt have teamed up to open Park Avenue Executive Suites to... — Updated 8/20/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business 

Trendy Area Coworking Venues: A Place to Work, Make Connections and Lower Overhead

THE LODGE, Winter Haven "Right now we have two levels of office space-private office, and there's 10 of those-or you're a general coworker, and you can use any of the common areas t... — Updated 8/21/2019


Media Group Hosting Job Fair Aug. 30 in Winter Haven

The Central Florida Media Group will host the Central Florida Job Fair for area job seekers on Friday, Aug. 30 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The job fair will be held at the Winter... — Updated 8/20/2019

 By Kevin Kieft    Business

Investing in the Workforce

A significant agreement was forged in July between Polk State College and Florida Polytechnic University. The arrangement establishes the first academic pathway for students to go... — Updated 8/7/2019

 By Fawn Germer    Business

Self-Employment is a Privilege That Must be Earned

The last person on planet earth who was disciplined enough to be self-employed was, well, me. I can be easily distracted and a little undisciplined. But I learned something when I l... — Updated 8/7/2019

 By Kevin Kieft    Business

The Road to Tomorrow

A recent article in Business Facilities called Florida an "economic super-state," praising the way our state "excels at getting people, products and services anywhere." The article... — Updated 7/11/2019


LION Publishers Approves Baccus for Professional Membership Executive Editor and Publisher Chevon Baccus has been accepted for membership in LION Publishers, a national professional organization for publishers of local... — Updated 7/11/2019


Mahalak Auto Group Supports American Heart Association

Mike Mahalak, president of the Mahalak Auto Group recently announced that the four central Florida dealerships had raised $6,395 for the American Heart Association during the month... — Updated 6/26/2019

 By Sean Mallott    Business

Experts Say Polk Real Estate Market is Hot, Hot, Hot

Hot, hot, hot. That's what experts are calling the Polk County real-estate market, where inventory of existing houses remains low and homebuilders are busy. Various reports rank the... — Updated 6/26/2019


Being Married Has New Benefit on Deed Transfers Starting July 1

Last year, Florida Law was amended to provide that documentary taxes do not apply to a deed that conveys homestead property between spouses, if the only consideration for the... — Updated 6/28/2019


Leadership Lake Wales Graduates 13 from 9-month Program

Thirteen area residents completed their 9-month program June 6 and became graduates of Leadership Lake Wales Class 23. After enjoying a pasta dinner at the American Legion at Eagle... — Updated 8/1/2019


U.S. 27 Mobility Update at Chamber Power Breakfast June 19

The Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council is hosting a power breakfast Wednesday, June 19 to share information on the U.S. 27 Mobility Study currently... — Updated 6/12/2019

 By Kevin Kieft    Business

Born from the Basics

I like to think of myself as an optimist. This is especially true in this column space, where I share the progress and victories of the Lake Wales Area Economic Development... — Updated 6/12/2019


SunTrust Bank Merges with BB&T to Become Truist

SunTrust in Lake Wales is taking on a new name as it merged June 12 with BB&T to become Truist, the name for the combined company. Truist will be the sixth-largest U.S. bank... — Updated 6/12/2019


Automaker Gives Customer Service Awards to Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

FCA US LLC recently announced that Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM and Posner Park Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, FIAT has earned the Customer First Award for Excellence... — Updated 6/4/2019


A New Bad Guy is in Town and Hitting Businesses - One Free, Easy Step to Take

As a business and estate planning lawyer, I have represented Lake Wales and Polk County residents and businesses for nearly 30 years. I find that local residents have a... — Updated 6/16/2019

 By Fawn Germer    Business

Here's the Band-Aid Cure When You Hate Your Job

When work is working for you, it isn't really work. It may be a job and it may be time-consuming, but it is also a joy and a passion. I would hate for the people who hire me as a... — Updated 6/16/2019


Triple Canopy Concert Venue to Become 1,000-Site RV and Manufactured Home Resort

The Triple Canopy Ranch concert venue 20 miles east of Lake Wales will take on new life in 2020 as a resort with over 1,000 sites for manufactured homes and RVs and a full range of... — Updated 8/1/2019


Polk Legislators Earn A Grades from Florida Chamber

The Polk County Legislative Delegation earned straight A grades this year from the Florida Chamber of Commerce for being pro-business with their votes. Each year the Florida... — Updated 5/29/2019


Small Business Leadership Conference June 26-28 in Orlando

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the state's principal provider of small business assistance,... — Updated 5/22/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

They Go Long at Long's

A familiar face at Long's Dry Cleaners, a virtual Lake Wales landmark, is counter attendant Maria Garcia. Back in 2001 Garcia was walking along Central Avenue when she happened... — Updated 5/22/2019


Capo Security and Grow Healthy Receive Durso Excellence in Business Awards

The Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council at its annual awards gala May 9 presented two local companies with Carl F. Durso Excellence in Business... — Updated 5/14/2019

 By Kevin Kieft    Business

Real Estate Professionals are 'Unsung Heroes' in Economic Development

I've said it often and focused on it previously in this column space, but it bears repeating: Economic development - successful and robust economic development - really is a team... — Updated 5/8/2019

 By Susan Craig    Business

Achieving Financial Well-Being After the Loss of a Spouse

Losing a spouse is a traumatic event. It drains your emotions and makes it hard to focus on simple daily tasks, let alone financial matters. Unfortunately, financial obligations... — Updated 5/8/2019


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