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 By Drew Truitt    Business 

Florida Pickers #2 - Zooming Around Sebring

On a recent trip to Sebring I already knew that the city that hosts the world famous "Twelve Hours of Sebring" races each Spring would be the perfect hunting ground for classic and... — Updated 10/10/2019


Sun 'n Fun Announces New Corporate Structure

The annual SUN 'n FUN Fly-In has been an iconic mainstay in Lakeland, FL for over four decades, and in that time, millions have attended the annual gathering of aviation... — Updated 10/2/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Business

Florida Pickers: Check Out Classic Cars and Other Cool Stuff

Welcome everyone to Florida Pickers (FP)! This is my first submission to appear in this publication as a weekly column. What is FP? Well, let's just say up to now it has been a... — Updated 10/2/2019


Your Child is Age 18 - Should This New Adult Draft Estate Planning Documents?

Many people think wills and estate planning are only for seniors! Not true! Every student who just graduated from Lake Wales High in 2019 needs to think about estate planning. In... — Updated 9/17/2019


Leadership Lake Wales Kicks Off 24th Year with Class Retreat

Leadership Lake Wales Class 24 kicked off its 10-month program Wednesday, Sept. 18 with a class retreat at Bok Tower. The program is coordinated by the Lake Wales Area Chamber of... — Updated 9/18/2019


Polk State Corporate College Earns International Certification for Quality and Efficiency

Polk State Corporate College recently achieved international ISO 9001 certification that recognizes the quality of its programming and efficiency in providing services to its... — Updated 9/12/2019

 By Kevin Kieft    Business

Primed for the Future

If you've been keeping an eye on economic trends lately, you may have noticed that Florida has been shining bright on the national and international stage. Our state's profile has... — Updated 9/17/2019

 By Sean Mallott    Business

Nucor Steel Empowers Employees to Solve Problems

When the company was having difficulty finding qualified electricians, their maintenance managers decided to work together to find a solution. Six years later, one of those solution... — Updated 9/5/2019


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 8/27/2019

 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 8/27/2019

 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 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


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