All posts by Cory Skeates

08Dec/08

Make Plans To Attend 2009 Super Bowl Breakfast

clip_image002The day before Super Bowl XLIII fans will join sports legends in Tampa for the 22nd annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl Breakfast. The NFL sanctioned Breakfast is expected to bring out nearly 7,000 guests in attendance to hear from distinguished NFL athletes and coaches and to see the awarding of the prestigious Bart Starr Award.

The Bart Starr Award is voted on by the NFL players and honors one player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. The award, bearing the name of NFL Hall of Famer Bart Starr, honors Starr’s lifelong commitment to serving as a positive role model to his family, teammates and community. Past winners include NFL Greats LaDainian Tomlinson, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, Aeneas Williams and Reggie White.

The 2009 breakfast program features NFL athletes and coaches, including Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy, NFL Hall of Famers Bart Starr and Anthony Munoz, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Derrick Brooks and former San Francisco 49er Brent Jones as emcee. There will be NFL Films highlights, interviews, humor and personal stories of success and failure, family and faith.

The Super Bowl Breakfast is Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. at the USF Sun Dome. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-866-448-7849. For more information, visit www.superbowlbreakfast.com.

08Dec/08

Citizens Bank & Trust Holiday Open House

Citizens Bank Logo
Chamber members are invited to join the Citizens Bank family as they celebrate the holidays in their new location on Lake Morton! There will be plenty of networking, holiday cheer & delicious edibles from Chef Terrie Lobb.

Thursday, December 11
5:00-7:00 pm
Citizens Bank & Trust Downtown Office
402 S Kentucky Avenue
Please RSVP by December 8 to (863) 686-1430.
26Nov/08

Why Buy Lakeland?

If you ask me, I can think of an endless number of reasons to remember our Chamber’s “Buy Lakeland” campaign.

… it builds our schools!

… it paves our roads!

… it employs our neighbors!

… it makes good cents!

In fact, if we’re not careful, I may just come up with a top ten list every day! As the holiday season gears up for big sales and even bigger stress, look to your local retailers for great gift ideas and even greater service. From large “big-box” stores to local mom & pop boutiques, our retailers offer a fabulous assortment of gift options along with all the assistance you need in shopping for your loved ones and your holiday time together.

This year, with the news reporting stories of economic downturn and cautious buyers, it is more important than ever that our community bands together to keep our dollars local! Remember, that gadget you bought online might not have cost quite as much, but your computer can’t provide you with the same service or assistance that your neighbor can! Visit our Preferred Business Directory to get started on your shopping and let our local retailers know how much you appreciate their contribution to our economy!

10Nov/08

Get Ready to Schmooze!

The Chamber’s newest networking opportunity is filling up fast!

November 13, you have the opportunity to meet up to 20 new contacts over lunch! Schmooze a’Palooza is power networking the Chamber way. Different from a Business After Hours event, Schmooze (as it’s affectionately known) features limited seating, one-on-one networking opportunities and 30-second commercial time for each attendee.

Schmooze a’Palooza is held only for Chamber member businesses and enforces a limit of two (2) persons per company to ensure participants maximize connections.

November 13, 2008 – 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

GrillSmith at Lakeside Village (1569 Town Center Drive)

$20 per person, includes lunch

Reservations are required for this event. Visit the Chamber’s online store today to reserve your space!

07Oct/08

RC – Rita’s Water Ice

Rita’s Water Ice made its official debut in the Lakeland area this Saturday with a grand opening celebration – a true family affair.  The newest business venture of the Joseph family, Rita’s is managed by partners James Joseph and Victor Cuellar.

Rita's Italian Ice by you.Rita’s signature product is their Italian Ice, which is much smoother than a snow cone and combines ice with real fresh fruit; made daily on-site and served within 36-hours of mixing.  Also offered are Cream Ice (including the limited engagement “Pumpkin Pie” flavor) and Frozen Custard, offered plain or in combination with Italian Ice or Cream Ice. 

This latest location of the Rita’s franchise is located in Joseph Town Center at 2405 EF Griffin Road.  Many members of the Joseph family were joined by friends and customers to celebrate the grand opening, officiated by Lakeland’s mayor, the Honorable Buddy Fletcher.