All posts by Cory Skeates

23Mar/11

USF Polytechnic offers Advanced AutoCAD Training

The University of South Florida Polytechnic’s Extended University offers an Advanced AutoCAD Training course on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning April 5 and ending May 10.

This course focuses on using advanced annotation, drawing with complex objects (including Polylines, Regions, and advanced Text Objects), defining Blocks and Attributes, using External Reference files and image files, using Layouts and advanced plotting features, creating sheet sets, and enhancing productivity with simple custom­ization. This course is delivered by an AutoCAD 2010 certified Autodesk Authorized Instructor.

Early registration (before March 30) is $500. Regular registration is $550.   Register at poly.usf.edu/ManEng. For more information contact 863.667.7059 or ksebeny@poly.usf.edu

22Mar/11

Forum 2.0 | The Lakeland Chamber e-Newsletter




Forum 2.0 | The Chamber’s Bi-Weekly e-Newsletter

March 22, 2011  

 

CommUnity Celebration to Welcome the NFL’s Ray Lewis

Join the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce as we welcome one of the National Football League’s greatest defensive players of all time. Ray Lewis will be this year’s CommUnity Celebration Keynote Speaker. With roots in Lakeland as a graduate of Kathleen High School, Ray has seen success and failure in his career and has a remarkable story of triumph to share. The CommUnity Celebration is a commemoration of diversity and triumph over adversity. Sports enthusiasts, students and
business leaders will want to attend to hear this message of success and encouragement!

Click here to register today!

Leadership Lakeland Class XXIX: 

Nominations are being accepted through April 8 for the 2011-2012 Leadership Lakeland program. For details, and a downloadable Nomination Form, please visit LL29.LakelandChamber.com.

Upcoming Events:

3/22 – Ribbon Cutting, 4:00 p.m.: Pace Center for Girls

3/24 – SCORE Business Roundtable, 7:30 a.m.: Chamber Building

3/29 – Ribbon Cutting, 8:30 a.m.: Sun ‘n Fun, Inc.

3/31 – CommUnity Celebration with Keynote Ray Lewis, 11:30 a.m.

4/5 – Ribbon Cutting, 9:00 a.m.: Solyd Solutions, LLC

4/7 – Ribbon Cutting, 4:30 p.m.: Smokey Bones BBQ & Grill

4/12 – Ribbon Cutting, 4:00 p.m.: White Dove Releases by A Touch Above

4/14 – Business & Breakfast hosted by CPS Investment Advisors

Your City. Your Budget.

As the Lakeland City Commissioners were working their way through the current city budget a year ago, they asked for citizen input on the decisions they were making. This year, citizens will have a new way to “weigh in” on their city’s budget.

In preparation for the 2012 budget discussions, Lakeland Vision has collaborated with the City of Lakeland to create an online tool at www.LakelandBudget.com to collect that input, beginning March 21, 2011.

Bruce Lyon, Lakeland Vision board member, explained that the site features a two-part survey. The first part highlights a number of long-range goals identified in the Lakeland community’s Vision of its future. Participants will be asked to identify how important those goals are to them. The second part of the survey includes a section of the City of Lakeland’s budget broken down into six service areas. Each section of the budget indicates the relative amount of money the city invests in that category.
Citizens are then able to use the site to adjust investment levels to reflect how s/he believes dollars should be allocated.

Lyon also noted that, “for those who want to dig a little deeper,” the site features links to provide citizens with a better understanding of programs working to address the community’s long term goals, as well as the city budget and specific programs affected by shifts in allocations. In announcing the site launch, Shannon Lanier, executive director of Lakeland Vision, credited her Board’s commitment to facilitating dialogue between the City and its stakeholders.

Board chair, Weymon Snuggs, said that, “Lakeland is not immune to the economic challenges we hear about on a daily basis, so tough decisions may have to be made for the 2012 budget year. LakelandBudget.com will give the community an avenue to provide their opinions on the city’s future and its financial priorities.”

The deadline to provide input via LakelandBudget.com is March 31, 2011. Lakeland Vision will then take the feedback and deliver it to the city commission, who can use it as another tool to help them make the decisions they were elected to make. Lakeland Vision is a not-for-profit agency focused in community development. Lakeland Vision works to implement the strategies laid out in a publicly generated Vision for Lakeland’s future. For more information, please contact Shannon Lanier at (863)
682-9660 or SLanier@LakelandVision.org.

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Florida Regional Economic Symposium, April 8/strong>  

Supported by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Florida Southern College will present its first Florida Regional Economic Symposium on April 8. Expert panelists representing the University of Tampa, Florida Southern College, and Jacksonville University will present, discuss, and analyze economic indicators that will impact local businesses, job seekers, and residents in coming months. Attendees will have the opportunity to present questions to the panelists, ensuring
that they leave the Symposium with a better understanding of the economy in Central and Northeast Florida. This information will help attendees understand how economic data is collected and measured, and will give them a valuable new perspective when making personal and professional financial decisions.

This is a must attend event for anyone who wants to better understand the local economy, its driving forces, and the direction it is taking. RSVP today »

22Mar/11

Florida Regional Economic Symposium, April 8

Supported by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Florida Southern College will present its first Florida Regional Economic Symposium on April 8.

Expert panelists representing the University of Tampa, Florida Southern College, and Jacksonville University will present, discuss, and analyze economic indicators that will impact local businesses, job seekers, and residents in coming months.

Attendees will have the opportunity to present questions to the panelists, ensuring that they leave the Symposium with a better understanding of the economy in Central and Northeast Florida. This information will help attendees understand how economic data is collected and measured, and will give them a valuable new perspective when making personal and professional financial decisions.

Panelists

Dr. Carl Brown
Professor of Economics
Florida Southern CollegeDr. Hassan Pordeli
Hugh Culverhouse Professor of Economics
Jacksonville University

Brian T. Kench
Chairman/Associate Professor of Economics
University of Tampa

David Odahowski
President, CEO &
Board Member
Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation


This is a must attend event for anyone who wants to better understand the local economy, its driving forces, and the direction it is taking. RSVP today »

21Mar/11

SEU’s Conversations with Successful Christian Women Continues 3/25

The second installment in the Conversations with Successful Christian Women series welcomes author and CEO Nancy Duarte.

Presentations are the lingua franca of business and those who master communicating with them rise faster than their peers, reach more customers than their competitors, and turn causes into a groundswell.

Persuasion expert Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design, will demonstrate how to apply the methods in her book Resonate: Presenting Visual Stories That Transform Audiences, to build meaningful connections with audiences that compel them to action. Her groundbreaking work details a new way of structuring a presentation and connecting with an audience.

Friday , March 25 @ 9 a.m.

Southeastern University – College of Business & Education

Room A115

There is no charge for this event. Registration is not required.

18Mar/11

Something Cellular Offers More Than 40 Years Experience to Meet Your Needs

Established in March of 2010, this Verizon Wireless location operates under The Cellular Connection Premium Retailer which supports over 200 privately owned and over 400 direct locations. The Cellular Connection is the largest privately owned organization for Verizon Wireless. We currently own two of these locations, one in Lakeland, FL and one in Valrico, FL, both of which are family owned and operated. We base our day to day operations on family values and strive for customer service excellence. With combined experience of over 40 years in business and communications industry we try to offer the best experience to our customers. We deal with all Verizon Wireless products and services on the consumer and business sides. We do our best to provide options where there are none. We also provide new service for Verizon FIOS if available in your area. If we can’t help you for any reason, we will get you to someone who can.