First Thing Monday Morning - April 27, 2020
This week promises some exciting news on what the next steps in our journey through the COVID-19 crisis will look like, with State, County and City officials all working diligently to build strategies to ensure the safest possible ways to boost our economy, reopen our facilities and restart our businesses.

While we are all eager to move on from this tough time we understand the need to do this in the safest way possible, embracing the necessary steps to incorporate the relevant safety measures and ensure our team's and customers' well-being is protected.

In the interim period, we are using this time to explore what our “new normal” will look like. We will host a number of online events in the coming weeks to open those discussions, gather ideas, have our questions answered by experts in their fields and collaborate on strategies to ensure we’re as prepared as we can be. Please scroll down to sign up for the virtual events we will be hosting this week.

Join the City of Winter Haven today (Monday, April 27) at 6:00 pm for a virtual City Commission meeting, potential plans of re-opening city facilities will be discussed. Click here for information on how you can view and participate in this meeting.
This Week at the Chamber
It's Happenin' In the Haven: Episode 15 -    Conquering Adversity
On Episode 15 - Conquering Adversity Brandon Giles, Head Basketball Coach at Polk State College joins us to discuss the path he followed that landed him in his coaching career today. In our next political segment, we hear from Ed Smith, Polk State College Government adjunct professor about the impeachment process and the history of impeachment in the United States.

*This podcast was recorded before COVID-19. We hope these episodes continue to uplift you throughout this trying time.

Listen now on   Spotify Apple Google Podcasts  and more.   Learn more about the podcast here !
What's Next? Thing’s to Consider When Re-Hiring Following the COVID Crisis
Thursday, April 30th
2:00 pm

In this webinar, we'll hear from the experts at CertiPay , who will discuss points we need to consider when hiring staff back to reopen & restart our businesses.

Topics we’ll cover:
  • Hiring practices
  • Employee Benefits
  • Small business grant and loan program overview – Where are we now?
  • Plus time for Q&A.

If you have specific topics or questions you want us to address, please email them to

Click here to register for this webinar.
Virtual Coffee & Conversation "Corona Style"
Each Friday morning....grab your morning coffee and join us for an informal chat, we want to hear from you, share ideas, talk about the positive things happening out there...and talk through the challenges! Sign in anytime between 10am and 11am.

On this week’s call, we'll open the conversation with "Coping with COVID - Ways to Manage Stress".

To register in advance for this meeting Click here .

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have specific topics or questions you want us to address on Friday, please email them to .
Free Staff Wellness Survey for all Chamber Members
During these testing times, keeping in contact with your staff is more important now than it’s ever been. Chamber member, Avius has created a free online Staff Wellness survey. The survey can be emailed to your teams to check-in on their physical, financial and mental health. Again, there’s no cost and Avius is ready to help. 

They’ve also made a short video which can be viewed by clicking the image above; If you want more information email  or call 863-207-1641.
Thank You to our Chamber Member's for your continued support
Market Place
"Hey, Did You Know..."
Have you seen our new 15-second video series "Hey, Did You Know..."?

Record a 15-second video of you or your business with a message you'd like to share with the public and we will share it on our social media channels!

Please follow the below guidelines:

  • Must be a Chamber Member
  • Refrain from using other businesses names in your video
  • Keep the video at or around 15 seconds
  • Don't be afraid to be creative
  • Videos will be under review and posted on social media at the Chamber's discretion.
  • Send the videos to

See the video below for an example from our Chamber Board Chair, Artie Renee Pobjecky of Pobjecky & Pobjecky LLP !

Click here to see some of the video submissions we've received!
Thank You To Our
Community Investor Level Members