The Bartow Economic Development Council (BEDC) is a non-profit organization with the goal of developing a strong and competitive economy through fostering and encouraging new business development and business retention, while embracing Bartow’s quality of life offered to its citizens.
Doing business during COVID-19?
You don’t need to go it alone. BayCare Employer Services, backed by the clinical guidance of the region’s largest healthcare provider, can help. BayCare offers one-on-one consultations to businesses to help identify risk levels in their workplace and to determine appropriate control measures to put in place, including how to respond when an employee tests positive.
For more information call BayCare Employer Solutions at (844)420-8364 or learn more at www.BayCareEmployerSolutions.org
Peace River Citrus Expansion
The Peace River Citrus Products, Inc.’s $98 million expansion is set to be completed the beginning of 2022 and promises 175 new high paying jobs to Polk County.
One of the largest development projects to come to Bartow in years, the manufacturing facility is a major investment in Bartow with the 320,000 square foot facility and promises to pay its employees an average annual wage of at least $47,204. Peace River, also one of the state’s largest citrus growers, has partnered with Coca Cola on several projects to enhance Florida’s citrus industry.
Schedule an Appointment with a GrowFL Expert
GrowFL is dedicated to providing you integral information on how to navigate COVID-19. Our corporate partners, spanning statewide and across all industries, are equipped and ready to support you along the way. See what they’re saying on various topics and schedule a time to chat with an expert.
Schedule an Appointment with an Expert: GrowFL COVID-19 Expert Connect
SBA Webinars: How to Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery.
SBA Virtual Office Hours
For additional information, feel free to contact the staff during our Virtual Office Hours: Monday,
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. AND 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.
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HISTORY AND FUNDING:
Start up funding of the BEDC began in 2015, when the City of Bartow and Bartow’s Community Redevelopment Agency each earmarked 45,000 for the organization, with the understanding that eventually, the non-profit organization will become self-sufficient with private sector funds. Membership is offered at several levels of investment – General members, Executive Council members, and Highly Skilled Investors. The BEDC’s Board of Directors is made up of volunteer community leaders.
510 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830
Phone (at the Chamber) 863-533-7125, Cell 863-899-3406