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A Journey in Honesty, Success, and Diesel Repairs

“We were raised the old school way; we treat people how we would want to be treated.” David Goodwald states this on behalf of himself and his brother Daniel Goodwald. David and Daniel are co-owners and operators of Twin Diesel Performance, a local diesel engine repair shop in Lakeland, FL. 

Being honest and keeping your word true are both standards that these brothers hold themselves to, along with those they do business with. With this mentality and passion, they’ve been able to grow their business each year and connect with different people across the community. 

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Keychains, Mugs, and More: How an Orlando Business Has Grown to Reach the World

Starting a business from scratch can indeed be a complex and challenging endeavor, particularly when aspiring to expand internationally. As the business's growth progresses, laying a strong financial foundation becomes increasingly vital. Now, let's explore the remarkable and inspiring journey of Mary Neaf, the founder, owner, and president of Florida State Distributors, as she fearlessly pushes the boundaries of her enterprise and embarks on a courageous journey to conquer global markets.

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Stan Weaver and Company: A Story of People Helping People

In the world of business, the saying "success is all about people helping people" holds truer than ever. Derrick Roberts, the owner of Stan Weaver and Company, knows this firsthand. Stan Weaver and Company is a manufacturers rep for heating and air conditioning for the HVAC industry.

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From Hobby to Passion: How a Local Baker Crafted his Niche

Creating a name for yourself in your community can be daunting, but with passion and quality products you can win the communities heart… through their stomach. Meet Benjamin Vickers, owner and founder of Honeycomb Bread Bakers, who took his passion and spread it through the community. Read more on how he got to where he is today.

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How Bank of Central Florida got the Tire Rolling for This Local Business

Matt Wade owns Day and Night Tires, a family business that services tire retreading. Located in Lakeland, Florida, Matt works with distributors across the nation to retread and sell new tires for major truck fleets. Since Matt joined their team, Day and Night has expanded substantially. Read more on how Matt grew their company and how Bank of Central Florida helped.

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How We Helped a Local Business Owner Exceed Their Financial Goals

Owning a business can make banking complex. Hiring, managing payroll, obtaining credit; business owners need access to guidance. On top of that, they’ve still got personal banking needs like everyone else. From equipment and boat financing, read about how Bank of Central Florida helped business-owner John Bragg navigate his business and personal financial journey.

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Building a Quality Life, and a Quality Business: How a Lakeland Local Grew into Being a Business Owner.

Tiger Concrete & Screed has seen rapid growth and success over the past decade. Read the story of how its Owner and President, Willie Aceves got started – and how he’s worked with Bank of Central Florida to finance his business’ success on our blog.

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From Teacher to Business Owner: How We Helped a Lakeland Local Bring Her Business to Life

"When the opportunity presented itself, it just seemed like the next piece to the puzzle," stated Margaret Krause, local Lakeland business owner of the recently opened Monkee's boutique. Monkee's is a nationally franchised boutique that sells high-quality clothing and accessories. 

From teacher to entrepreneur, read more about Margaret’s journey into becoming a local business owner.

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Pivoting with Business Owner Drew Barthle

Entrepreneurs often face a variety of challenges and pivots in their journey building a business. Drew Barthle, owner of A1 CDL, has kept a growth mindset when facing all his new business challenges.

More than ten years ago, Drew Barthle was running a mortgage firm. When the recession hit, he decided to pivot.

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Q&A with Christin Strawbridge, President of Catapult Lakeland

Catapult opened an account with Bank of Central Florida in 2013. Since then, they’ve grown from a small business in a basement to a 40,000 square foot entrepreneurial center in the heart of Lakeland. Hear from Catapult president Christin Strawbridge on the business' experience at Bank of Central Florida.

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