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Partnership offers female entrepreneurs resources

The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre is partnering with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce to provide free business coaching, training, networking, workshops, access to financial resources and mentorship programs for female entrepreneurs in Lakeland and Polk County both before, and upon establishment, of The Works Business Resource Center. Bilingual coaches can help entrepreneurs in Spanish as well as English. The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce has made supporting women business leaders in our community a centerpiece of its mission through the adoption of the ATHENA International Awards program. The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre opened in 2013 as part of The Centre for Women’s mission to help women achieve economic prosperity. Since it opened, more than 6,000 women have been served. Funding will support plans to expand engagement and outreach to female entrepreneurs Hillsborough, Hernando, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk and Pasco counties. For more information, contact Chelsea Coombes at, call 813-210-9719 or visit

Winter Haven facilities receive FRPA honors

The DiamondPlex Softball Complex and AdventHealth Fieldhouse & Conference Center, two City of Winter Haven facilities, have received the Florida Recreation & Park Association’s Excellence in Sports Tourism Award. Each year, the FRPA highlights facilities that serve residents while bringing innovative designs and opportunities to their communities. Thanks to the city’s partnership with Polk County Sports Marketing and Senior Sales & Events Manager Neal Duncan, these facilities have been recognized for being #ExceptionallyLocal. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Winter Haven parks and recreation professionals continued to provide programs and services. While following all CDC guidelines, these facilities and dedicated staff members were able to host summer camps, provide a clean space for tournaments, recruit more sporting events, host seasonal softball leagues, professionally respond to unforeseen circumstances, and provide outstanding customer service. These acts generated more than $13 million of economic impact. The AdventHealth Fieldhouse & Conference Center is home to many community partners, including the Lakeland Magic G-League Team, Theatre Winter Haven, Ridge Art Association and Pipeline Swim Team. The DiamondPlex Softball Complex is home to Polk State College Women’s Softball Team.

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