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Polk Goes Global IV: International Trade Symposium


Date: November 9, 2018


Time: 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST


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Event Description:



Polk Goes Global IV: International Trade Symposium


Former Caterpillar executive and current Executive Director at Trade for America, Bill Lane, and Alice Ancona, Director – Global Outreach at the Florida Chamber of Commerce, will be featured keynote speakers at the fourth annual Central Florida international trade event. In collaboration with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Central Florida Development Council presents a half-day symposium to discuss tariffs and their impact on global trade and local businesses at Polk Goes Global IV: International Trade Symposium. The event will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.

In addition to Mr. Lane and Ms. Ancona, several other speakers will participate in discussions on tariffs and their impact, including two different panels – one panel will offer a close-up look at the local trade atmosphere featuring Central Florida business owners. Consular representatives comprise the second panel for a broader view of the international marketplace. Speakers will be posted on the event website as they are confirmed – https://bit.ly/2ycNqpg or at http://business.lakelandchamber.com/events/details/polk-goes-global-iv-international-trade-symposium-10119.

Sponsorships available.


The Central Florida Development Council is Polk County’s economic development partnership responsible for recruiting new businesses to Polk County and helping existing businesses expand.

The Polk Global Trade Alliance (PGTA) aspires to be the prime catalyst for the growth of international trade in Central Florida and to make global initiatives an intrinsic part of Polk County’s broader regional economic development strategy.



The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization focused on improving and preserving Winter Haven’s business climate and quality of life. Our Vision is advance commerce and community. Our mission is serving, representing and enhancing business growth. We have a long history of doing this in Winter Haven, from our founding in 1910 as a Board of Trade and then later our incorporation as a Chamber of Commerce in 1923. The Chamber of Commerce serves as the hub for all information relating to Winter Haven – both for business and community. If we don’t have the answer, we will strive to connect you with the right people to help you grow your business or expand your network. We have more than 750 businesses with nearly 2,000 designated representatives that represent our member investors. The Chamber is administered by a Board of Directors who set policy and strategic goals.



The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.




Lakeland Linder International Airport
3900 Don Emerson Drive
Lakeland, FL 33811


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Date/Time Information:


Friday, November 9, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Contact Information:


Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551 Ext 229


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Admission includes breakfast
$25 each for members of Central Florida Development Council (CFDC), Lakeland Chamber, Greater Winter Haven Chamber
$15 each for students (may be required to show ID at door)
$35 each for non-members