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12Jul/17

LOCAL SUPPORT IS “BIG” FOR LAKELAND’S BIG EVENT

BIG Sponsors ThanksLAKELAND, FLORIDA (July 12, 2017) — Community support helps ensure success of the second year of the BIG Event Lakeland. The Lakeland Chamber which hosts the event on Saturday, November 11, 2017 is excited to announce strategic sponsorships for this year’s event:

The Kids’ Breezeway is sponsored by Publix Super Markets, Inc., and the “Big 4” Stage is sponsored by Hall Communications / WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio. The BIG Event is also supported by the Ledger Media Group and Tinsley Creative as Print Media Sponsor and Marketing Sponsor, respectively. Sponsorships in support of First Aid, T-Shirts, Poster Contest, Tailgate, Treasure Hunt, and Costume Contest are confirmed with Watson Clinic LLP, Bank of Central Florida, CPS Investment Advisors, Heacock Insurance, Highland Homes, Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center, and Lanier Upshaw. For the second year in a row, Green Construction is sponsoring the Salute to Veterans.

The support received for the BIG Event helps to underwrite programs and initiatives of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. Since 1921, the Lakeland Chamber has served as an advocate for business. The Chamber is a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper. It is the largest Chamber of Commerce in Polk County, and the 6th largest in the state, with over 1,400 investor businesses, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce continues to be an integral component of the Lakeland community by offering a wide variety of programs and initiatives that positively impact the economic vitality and quality of life in our region. Initiatives and Programs include:

  • Pro-Business Advocacy:  The Chamber monitors local and state issues that affect business and the quality of life through the Advocacy Committee and BusinessVoice of Greater Lakeland, Inc.
  • Professional Development:  The Chamber offers seminars and educational activities throughout the year geared to assist the business community, specifically small business.
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau:  This bureau markets Lakeland and Polk County as an ideal convention and tourist destination.
  • Relocation Inquiries:  As the experts on Lakeland, families call the Chamber and visit LakelandChamber.com before they visit or move.  Allowing member businesses to be first to promote their product or service to these new residents before they establish their buying patterns.
  • Small Business Award:  A Chamber committee is responsible for selecting and recognizing one small business each month that epitomizes entrepreneurial spirit, business excellence and community involvement.  One of the 12 will be recognized at the end of the year with the Scott Linder Small Business of the Year Award.
  • Leadership Lakeland:  To identify and enhance future leadership for Lakeland; and, increase participants’ leadership skills and develop an “esprit de corps” among the participants which will provide a common ground for working together on present and future community and Chamber projects.
  • Public Leadership Institute of Polk County (PLI):  A nonpartisan “pre-campaign” candidate and public leadership school with the mission of identifying and educating local business-minded leaders who are interested in exploring the possibility of one-day seeking public office and using business principles to address public issues.
  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!:  A groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real  businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job–not just take a job! YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom.
  • EMERGE Lakeland:  A meaningful networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ranging in age from 21-42 in Lakeland. This organization is a partnership of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Central Florida. Groundwork for such an organization began in 2003. The partnership offers a unique opportunity for collaboration between the two organizations for the continued strengthening of the community.
  • Lakeland Chamber Foundation:  Through the generous contributions of member businesses and individuals, the Foundation is able to award small grants to not-for-profit organizations in the Lakeland area to support specific community and education betterment projects.

Vendor Booth Registration for the BIG Event is available at http://goo.gl/nydmXE. The registration this year features an interactive map that allows vendors to select their booth location! Vendors are encouraged to sign up early as booth prices increase by $50 after July 31, 2017.

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters Polk present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11th, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm! The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Awards at the Main Stage, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans.  Then enjoy non-stop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE live music fest!

What:  BIG Event Lakeland – Pirates on the Promenade

When:  Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where:  Lake Mirror Amphitheatre, 121 S Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Fees:  Free admission!

Vendor registration:             http://goo.gl/nydmXE

Additional information:      https://goo.gl/K7qgew

Video:                                              https://goo.gl/GPGCkA

Contact:  Rebecca Fortier at (863) 688-8551 ext. 229  or by email at rfortier@lakelandchamber.com.

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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.

 

28Jun/17

Lakeland Regional Health Team Member News

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Lakeland Regional Health has the following good news to share:

  • Rene Cajuste, MD, has joined Lakeland Regional Health as a Hospitalist at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Cajuste earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his Residency and Internship at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. Dr. Cajuste most recently served as an Internal Medicine physician with Delta Internal Medicine Center, an inpatient and outpatient practice in Orlando. Dr. Cajuste is fluent in English and French.
  • Maureen Leckie, MSN, HACP, Associate Vice President of Operations and Growth for Lakeland Regional Health, and Tim Allen, MBA, Lakeland Regional Health Lead Security Supervisor and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency operates the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and government officials. Mrs. Leckie attended the Healthcare Executive Incident Command training, and Mr. Allen attended Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents. Mr. Allen also attended a conference on Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents – Train the Trainer.
  • Xavier Román, MD, has joined Lakeland Regional Health as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Dr. Román sees patients at the Grasslands Campus, 3030 Harden Blvd #200, Lakeland. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando. Dr. Román most recently served as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Orrego Center for Women’s Health in Ocoee, Florida. Dr. Román is fluent in English and Spanish.

Photo captions: Headshots of Dr. Cajuste (left) and Dr. Roman (right). 

28Jun/17

Mahoney Elected President of the French-American Business Council of West Florida, Inc.

Maria-PictureMaria Mahoney, founder of The Mahoney Group, Inc., a Lakeland based commercial real estate brokerage company, was elected President of the French-American Business Council of West Florida, Inc. (FRAMCO), an Associate Member of the French-American Chambers of Commerce France International Network in the United States of America (FACC) and Chambers of Commerce & Industry-France International (CCIFI).

FRAMCO, a 19-year non-profit organization’s mission is to foster development and improvement of economic, commercial and educational relationships between France and West Florida – Create business added-value services and support its members keen on developing their activities and network between France and West Florida. In addition, FRAMCO gathers Francophiles for social and cultural events while providing international networking opportunities.

Maria Mahoney, who hails from Paris, France, brings leadership and business knowledge with an international background.

26Jun/17

First Class of Doctors Graduates from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program

 Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital marks an academic milestone as it celebrates its first class of doctors graduating from the Johns Hopkins All Children’s pediatric residency program. A group of 10 graduates completed their three-year training program, gaining the knowledge and skills to diagnose, prevent and treat childhood diseases, and ultimately become leaders in children’s health.

In addition to clinical rotations, the residency program offers pediatricians-in-training an innovative curriculum focused on patients and family-centered care, leadership, the business of medicine, ethics of care, cultural competence, research as well as patient safety and quality care. With a nationwide physician shortage growing in pediatrics and other sub-specialty areas, teaching hospitals such as Johns Hopkins All Children’s are playing a vital role in training the physicians of the future.

“This educational milestone pushes us to the next level, as we continue our transformation to become a leading academic health system in Florida,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “This next generation of pediatricians will now make their mark in children’s health as they go on to practice medicine at the bedside, expand their skills through fellowship opportunities and continue their focus on researching childhood disease.”

This group of residents came to the hospital as pioneers in one of the first new pediatric residency programs in the United States since the 1970s. As they carry on the vision and mission of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, they’ve also helped the hospital solidify a program focused on education, leadership and individualized learning paths and have developed a deeper knowledge and responsibility toward patient-centered care.

“Our inaugural graduation symbolizes the culmination of the efforts our graduates, our faculty and our institution toward getting these trainees to their next career steps and to completing our goal of training the next generation of leaders,” explains Raquel Hernandez, M.D., director of medical education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Hernandez was instrumental in designing the residency program which launched in 2014 and has worked closely with existing residents and continues to lead recruitment efforts for new pediatric residents.

As this inaugural class graduates, Johns Hopkins All Children’s will welcome its fourth class of pediatric residents who begin training in July.

Read more and view photos  

About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit HopkinsAllChildrens.org.

23Jun/17

BIG EVENT GOES LIVE WITH INTERACTIVE MAP

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (June 22, 2017) — Registration for vendor booth space at the BIG Event Lakeland – a free music festival on Saturday, November 11, 2017 – is open! Local businesses, food providers, artists, makers, and organizations can promote themselves and keep 100% of their proceeds!

Registration for the BIG Event is available at http://goo.gl/nydmXE. The registration this year features an interactive map that allows vendors to select their booth location! Vendors are encouraged to sign up early as booth prices increase by $50 after July 31, 2017.

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters Polk present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11th, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Awards at the Main Stage, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans.  Then enjoy non-stop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE live music fest!

What’s there to do?  Local live music, Local food & restaurant wars, Kids’ fun, Exhibitors – explore, learn, shop, R&R Tent, and much more! Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

What:                                              The BIG Event Lakeland – Pirates on the Promenade

When:                                              Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where:                                            Lake Mirror Amphitheatre, 121 S Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Fees:                                                Free admission!

Vendor registration:             http://goo.gl/nydmXE

Additional information:      https://goo.gl/K7qgew

Video:                                              https://goo.gl/GPGCkA

Sponsors

Gold Kids’ Area Sponsor – Publix Super Markets, Inc. | Bronze T-Shirt Sponsor – Heacock Insurance | Bronze First Aid Sponsor – Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center | Community Partner – Saddle Creek Logistics Services | Radio Partner – WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

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