−Stock the Racks – New Chamber Office Grand Opening @ Chamber Office Ribbon Cutting4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Chamber office has moved and we need your help to make our new office a home! Join us for a Grand Opening celebration, featuring refreshments, door prizes and ribbon cutting event. Our new lobby is full of historical photos and memorabilia from Sumter County’s past. This exciting new location lends a visitor’s area for residents and visitors to stop by and gather information about local happenings and local businesses. Members are invited to bring their business cards, promotional items and brochures to stock our lobby racks.!+4:00 pmStock the Racks – New Chamber Office Grand Opening @ Chamber Office Ribbon Cutting
−Innovate Sumter Awards Dinner @ Eisenhower Center, The Villages5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The inaugural Innovate Sumter Awards Dinner will celebrate businesses in prominent industries in Sumter County that have been nominated by their peers as innovaters in their respective fields.
There are innovators all around us. They lead, they make our lives easier, they discover new ways of doing old things. Innovation doesn’t have to be a ground-breaking, world-changing invention .It doesn’t have to be restricted to scientific or technology-based companies. Innovation can be found in every day businesses offering every day products and services.
Innovation covers every aspect of your business – you can be innovative with your products, your services, employee procedures, extraordinary customer service, or your business processes.
Featuring Clay Clark
America’s #1 Business Coach | Educator. Entrepreneur. Entertainer.
Clay Clark, America’s number one business coach, will deliver the evening’s keynote address. An innovator in his own right, Clay is a “US Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year,” writer for Entrepreneur Magazine, and the founder of Thrive15.com. He and his companies have been featured in PandoDaily, Forbes, FastCompany, Yahoo Finance, and countless publications. He started his first business out of his Oral Roberts University college dorm room at the age of 18. He was named the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year at age 20. Over the years he has been the “Entertainer,” “Educator” or “Consultant” of choice for America’s leading companies including: Bama Companies, Boeing, Farmers Insurance, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Maytag University, Oral Roberts University, O’Reilly Auto Parts, OxiFresh, QuikTrip, Southwest Airlines, Valspar Paint, and countless other companies and organizations that were looking to grow.
Help us identify and recognize innovators in Sumter County’s most prevalent industries. Nominate a business or individual to be recognized at the Inaugural Innovate Sumter Awards Dinner.
The following awards will be given to a deserving recipient:
Real Estate Innovator Award presented by Merideth Nagle, PA
Construction Innovator Award presented by Hughes Brothers Construction
Public Service Innovator Award presented by Banks Page Theus Funeral Home
Financial Services Innovator Award by Smith and Smith Realty
Medical and Healthcare Services Innovator Award presented by CenterState Bank
Agribusiness Innovator Award presented by CEMEX
Beauty Industry Innovator Award
Restaurant and Catering Innovator Award
Retail Services Innovator Award
Professional Services Innovator Award by Mulberry Integrative Medicine
The Villages Insurance Job Creators Award presented by The Villages Insurance
The Villages Insurance is the Title Sponsor of The Innovate Sumter Awards Dinner
Presenting Sponsors are SECO, T&D Family of Companies, Heart of Florida Environmental, Tangent Media, Tri County Landscapes, and Events By Miss Daisy’s.
Supporting Sponsors are Blue Monster Promotions and Dan Gibson Photography
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Samantha Merritt at Samantha@sumterchamber.org for more information.+5:30 pmInnovate Sumter Awards Dinner @ Eisenhower Center, The Villages
−Chamber 101 @ Wildwood Community Center12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
You joined the chamber, now what? Chamber 101 is a comprehensive orientation where you can meet some of your fellow members and learn how to maximize your membership investment. The Sumter County Chamber offers a variety of services, opportunities, committees and more. Whether you’re new to the chamber or a veteran member looking for more ways to get involved, Chamber 101 is for you. Immediately following every orientation session is a speed networking event. Make direct contact and exchange business cards with up to 40 businesses- it’s the most high impact hour you’ll spend all week! Members who attend Chamber 101 will receive FREE admission to the speed networking event.+12:00 pmChamber 101 @ Wildwood Community Center
−A Taste of Simply Sumter Food and Spirits Festival @ Sumter Place5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrate the pleasures of the palette at the Fifth Annual Taste of Simply Sumter Food and Spirits Festival. Guests will enjoy a journey of the senses while they enjoy samples and cocktails from the local favorites that give Sumter County its unique character. Tables of delicious food and drink will be displayed while guests mingle and enjoy entertainment, a Chinese auction, and make their selection for the Taster’s Choice Award. There is no charge for businesses to participate as a vendor, but an auction prize valued at $50 or more is required.+5:00 pmA Taste of Simply Sumter Food and Spirits Festival @ Sumter Place
−Chamber 101 @ Wildwood Community Center12:00 pm – 2:00 pm+12:00 pmChamber 101 @ Wildwood Community Center