−Show Me the Money! Business Expo @ Wildwood Community Center12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Watch out landlubbers, the pirates are coming to invade Wildwood Community Center! The Annual Show Me the Money! Business Expo will be full of adventure and discovery featuring a pirate theme. Admission will be free to swashbuckling guests where they can discover local treasures, watch live demonstrations, and win their share of the booty of thousands of dollars in prizes. One lucky buccaneer will walk away with the pirate’s share of $200 in cold hard cash. Businesses who are interested in hoisting their sails and exhibiting their wares as a vendor will have the opportunity to reach hundreds of potential customers and take a stab at winning the Hughes Brothers Construction Best Booth Award!
Hughes Brothers Construction is the the Title Sponsor for Show Me the Money 2015. SECO, Tri County Landscapes, T&D Family of Companies, Tangent Media, and Heart of Florida Environmental, CEMEX, The Law Office of Merideth Nagel, and Grand Rental Station are Presenting Sponsors. Supporting Sponsors are CenterState Bank, Dan Gibson Photography, Custom Apparel, Webster University, Blue Monster Promotions, Campus USA, Audibel Hearing Center and Banks Page Theus Funerals and Cremations.+12:00 pmShow Me the Money! Business Expo @ Wildwood Community Center
−Chamber 101 (all-day) @ Wildwood Community CenterMay 19
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.
“A very creative and to the point event.”- Chantae Cook, St. Leo University
“Chamber 101 is VERY WELL DONE.”- Carol Cane, Carol’s Trips
“The entire experience was wonderful with clear and concise info! Great presentation.”- Sharon Bichard, The Sumter Shopper
Banks Page Theus Funeral Home and Cremations, Central Florida Health Alliance, and New Vision For Independence are sponsors of Chamber 101.+Chamber 101 @ Wildwood Community Center (all-day)
−Innovate Sumter Awards Dinner @ Eisenhower Recreation Center5:30 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.
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 Recreation Center
−Chamber 101 (all-day) @ Wildwood Community CenterAug 18+Chamber 101 @ Wildwood Community Center (all-day)
−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 (all-day) @ Wildwood Community CenterDec 8+Chamber 101 @ Wildwood Community Center (all-day)