Florida Chamber Member News

  • Aug- 2022 -
    17 August

    Beacon College’s “A World of Difference” Picked up by WUCF, Central Florida’s PBS Station

    Beacon College, the first accredited baccalaureate institution in the nation for neurodivergent students, and WUCF TV, a PBS member station, have partnered to air the third season of the college’s award-winning television program, “A World of Difference.” Created in 2020, “A World of Difference” examines neurodiversity issues related to learning disabilities experienced from birth to adult years, using compelling storytelling, conversations with experts, viewer Q&As and interviews with successful individuals with learning differences of their…

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  • 16 August

    Healthcare Partnership Spotlight: Brandon Harvath, Christian Care Ministry/Medi-Share

    Tell us about your company/organization: Christian Care Ministry (CCM) is a non-profit that administers Medi-Share, a Christian community that comes together to share each other’s medical bills. CCM’s mission is “Connecting people to a Christ-centered community wellness experience based on faith, prayer, and personal responsibility.” The Medi-Share program operates on a cost-sharing model, enabling our 400,000 members to share agreed-upon medical expenses with each other. We deliver an innovative and affordable health care funding solution…

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  • 15 August

    Meet Marcus Williams: An Orlando 8th Grader Fighting For Our Planet

    Marcus Williams, an eighth-grader at Westridge Middle School, is a founding member of Eco Club, a project started in 2016 with the mission of educating students about marine life, agriculture, conservation and the natural world. Since its inception, Eco Club has been partnering with SeaWorld Orlando in various ways including growing more than 1,000 heads of lettuce for our manatee recovery program and maintaining an on-campus apiary to raise honeybees and produce honey for our…

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  • 10 August

    Sachs Media Partner and COO Lisa Garcia Named Among Nation’s Top Women in PR for Mentoring

    Sachs Media Partner and Chief Operating Officer Lisa Garcia has been named one of the 2022 Top Women in PR nationally by PR News for excellence as a Mentor, reflecting her role as a major contributor to the firm’s success by recruiting and cultivating young professionals. Among her work as a leader at Sachs Media, Florida’s foremost independent communications firm, Garcia spearheads the firm’s recruitment and retention efforts. She was one of just 15 women…

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  • 10 August

    Polk State FallFest returns for 36th year, first time since 2019

    A seasonal staple will return to Polk State College this fall. The College will hold its annual FallFest on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Upwards of 100 locals, businesses, and College clubs will set up booths all throughout the Winter Haven Campus with exciting, seasonal, and innovative homemade arts, crafts, and products. After a two-year hiatus related to COVID-19, FallFest will be held for the 36th year. The event is free and…

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  • 10 August

    EVP Ryan Cohn Joins Community Foundation of North Florida Board of Directors

    The Community Foundation of North Florida (CFNF) announced the appointment of Ryan Cohn, Partner and Executive Vice President of Sachs Media, to its Board of Directors. As a member of the public relations firm’s executive management team, Cohn serves as a senior communications advisor and media strategist for some of the nation’s most-respected companies, nonprofits, and thought leaders, while simultaneously leading its health care and digital media practice groups. CFNF enhances the quality of life in…

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  • Jul- 2022 -
    29 July

    Half-Ton Pound of Love Returned to Local Waters

    After several months of rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando, Gnocchi, an 8-foot manatee has been returned to the waters off Anchorage Park. Originally rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials, Gnocchi was only 620 pounds and severely malnourished. After being transported to our facility in Orlando, our team provided him with proper nourishment and care, helping him reach a healthy weight of 1,000 pounds! As one of only five federally permitted rescue facilities, SeaWorld…

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  • 29 July

    Governor DeSantis appoints Polk State President Falconetti to Education Commission of the States

    Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Friday Polk State College President Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti’s appointment to the Education Commission of the States alongside Florida Department of Education Senior Chancellor Dr. Henry Mack. Falconetti and Mack will represent Governor DeSantis and Florida Department of Education Commissioner Manny Diaz as an extension of the state’s education policy team. “I am honored and humbled to be appointed by Governor DeSantis to serve in this national capacity. I am…

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  • 26 July

    Small Business Council Spotlight: Jayson Meyer, Synergy Billing

    What does your business do? Synergy Billing is one of several companies that I own. The others include Fountainhead Developers and WorkSmartMD. Synergy Billing was founded in 2006 to provide complete revenue cycle management for non-profit Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs.) We have clients across the nation. In 2021, we returned more than $74 million to our clients through our services. What’s your biggest concern as a small business owner? Certainly, finding talent. We have found that “growing our own”…

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  • 22 July

    The Lake City Columbia County Chamber of Commerce announces the Gateway City Craft Beer & Wine Festival For Saturday October 22, 2022

    LAKE CITY, FL., July 22, 2022 – The Lake City – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce announces the return of the Gateway City Craft Beer & Wine Festival on Saturday October 22, 2022. “With over 600 ticket holders and thousands in attendance, we had a record breaking year in 2021. We look to build on that as we continue to present the premier beer and wine festival in our area,” stated Joey O’Hern, the Chamber…

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