Thursday, March 23, 2017

Business Recognition


The Highlands County IDA/EDC would like to thank the local businesses for their innovation and leadership, which will help to make a difference in the lives of others and promote a healthier community for all!

Featured Business of the Month - April 2016


January 2016 - Chen Dental

Chen Dental has recently wowed the community with their stunning new state of the art facility that just opened in Sebring in November.  They consistently give back to the community with things like Dentistry from the Heart, where they provide a choice of a FREE cleaning, filling, or extraction to those over 18 on a first come, first serve basis.  They also hold a charity golf tournament for Lindsey’s Wish, Inc., a not-for-profit initiative fully dedicated to assisting children in our community who are fighting cancer.

Photo taken: 1/13/2016

From left to right:  Commissioner James Brooks (BOCC), Dr. William Chen (Chen Dental)

November 2015 - Ridge Florist

Ridge Florist is owned by Steve and Nell Roberts and is an original Avon Park business.  They opened in 1963 on Main Street and have since branched out into Sebring and Lake Placid.  Jo Barnes has been in the Avon Park location for 18 years and loves her job and all of the people that she interacts with on a daily basis.

Photo taken: 11/12/2015

From left to right:  Former Economic Development Coordinator, Michelle Boylan (IDA/EDC); Buzzie Roberts and Jo Barnes (Ridge Florist)

Florida Hospital - February 2016


Since 1948, Florida Hospital has been caring for our Heartland neighbors with a mission to “Extend the Healing Ministry of Christ.”   Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center and Florida Hospital Wauchula are member of a network of 24 Adventist Health Care System hospitals located throughout Florida.

Built in 1998, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Sebring offers 149 private rooms nestled on 86-acres inside the Sun ’n Lake Community.  Included on this campus is the County’s only certified Heart & Vascular Center and outfitted with three cath labs, it is the area’s only Certified Stroke Center and Certified Chest Pain Center.  The Sebring hospital also offers an all-suite Blessed Beginnings Birthing Center, accredited Breast Care Center staffed with an on-site board-certified radiologists and certified Patient Care Navigator, the Bone, Joint & Spine Center offering a variety of minimally invasion procedures through board-certified surgeons, wound care with hyperbaric services, robotic surgical services, sleep center and a wide array of diagnostic imaging like PET CT, MRI and digital mammograms. Already the county’s busiest ER, the newly-expanded Emergency Care Center now has 24 private rooms.

Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Lake Placid on US Highway 27 was built in 1981 and features 50 private rooms. It contains the county’s only senior behavioral health unit, as well as emergency care, surgical services, fitness center and diagnostic imaging, all with electronic medical record capabilities.

Photo taken: 2/10/2016

From left to right:  Bruce Bergherm (Florida Hospital), Commissioner James Brooks (BOCC)

December 2015 - Bagwell Lumber


The story of Bagwell Lumber finds its origins in Fletcher, North Carolina.  W.C. Bagwell first arrived in Frostproof while

vacationing in Florida.  During his stay he observed a need for the people of the area to acquire building materials at a

much higher demand than was currently available. The decision was made to create an establishment in which this could be done. 

As the area began to grow, the neighboring community of Avon Park began to see a need for more commercial and

residential building materials. It was at this time, Tommy Bagwell opened the Avon Park lumber yard in August of 1957. Three generations later Gary Bagwell now helms the operation working side by side with his son Dusty (fourth generation) to continue one of the area’s oldest family businesses. 

Tragedy struck during 1998 in the form of a large fire and our main building was completely destroyed. Determined not to allow any slowdown in our efforts we immediately moved into our warehouse.  We are proud to have been able to rise above this incident due to the support of our customers, employees, and friends.

October 2015 - Howard Fertilizer

Howard Fertilizer has deep roots in agriculture.  They started their business in 1932, providing fertilizers to Florida citrus growers.  From there, they branched out to serve vegetable growers and continue to develop new products to meet the industry's latest needs and demands.  In 2002, they began offering chemicals to complement their fertilizer products; and in 2012 they opened a state-of-the-art production facility in Lake Placid, FL.
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