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Lakeland Medical Community Welcomes Rapha Vascular Specialists

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Rapha Vascular is a resource for patients in need of information regarding all types of vascular conditions. Our highly trained and qualified staff is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of vascular disease. We consider all options for the most up-to-date treatment types available, including surgical, nonsurgical, or minimally invasive endovascular options.
Vascular disease includes aneurysms, peripheral artery disease, stroke, renal failure, and venous disease. While they all affect the body in different ways, they are all linked by a common set of risk factors, including obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, and high blood pressure.
Unfortunately, Central Florida has an extremely high rate of these risk factors among the population. Our staff strives to not only treat patients with existing condition, but also educate them on preventive health with an overall goal of helping reduce the high mortality rates from vascular disease in our region.

Rapha Vascular is headed by Dr. Obinna Nwobi, who chose to practice in an underserved area in Florida. In a field that graduates only 100 new vascular surgeons a year, Dr. Nwobi is an exemplary vascular surgeon who worked for the Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs Hospital, and large private and public hospitals.

Rapha Vascular Specilaists
1619 Harden Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 577-8346


Lighthouse Ministries makes a Positive Impact

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The opening of the sixth Lighthouse Ministries Thrift & Family Store continues to provide jobs to the formerly homeless residents of Lighthouse Ministries. In a two-year period, Lighthouse Ministries has employed 55 residents through our internship program, all of whom were formerly homeless. 23 remain employed at Lighthouse Ministries, while nine are employed outside of the ministry. Four are presently enrolled in college or a vocational school.

Lighthouse Ministries has been serving the community needs of Lakeland for over 34 years. Lighthouse Ministries celebrates the positive impact the ministry is making in the community as they completed the ribbon cutting of its newest store.

Lighthouse Ministries Thrift & Family Store
711 N. Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 687-4073   


Congratulations John Locke Painting – July Small Business of the Month

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate John Locke Painting Inc. as the Small Business of the Month for July.

Located in an historic building on South Florida Avenue, John Locke Painting Inc. has been providing quality work and craftsmanship tailored to the needs of the residents of Lakeland for over 10 years.

Customer Satisfaction is a priority for the team at John Locke Painting because most of their business is repeat business through generations of customers and word of mouth. They go the distance to get the job done on the customer’s schedule, which includes working a lot of nights, weekends and holidays. Usually they will complete a job in one day, particularly if the business cannot afford to shut down while they paint. They believe in focusing on the customer’s wants and needs rather than what they think the customer should have. They provide consistent bidding processes that don’t skip any steps because they sell a 10 year paint job!

Not only does John Locke Painting believe in honorable and quality workmanship on every job, but owner John Locke is generous in his views toward charitable organizations. John Lock Painting has been involved with many local organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Salvation Army, March of Dimes, Florida Sheriffs Association, SPCA, local schools and churches, homeless shelters, Lakeland Police Department, Fraternal Order of Police, Youth Sports, Breast Cancer Foundation, Sheriffs Youth Ranch, VISTE, Shriners, FDLE, and the American Heart Association.

They work about 300 jobs a year and donate 10 – 15 full jobs per year. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lakeland & Mulberry recognized John Locke Painting’s service with the James Musso Sr. Award. Not only do they apply this charitable view to established groups and organizations, but also extend discounted rates to single mothers, Police, Fire and Safety personnel, veterans, retirees and teachers. In response to the challenging housing industry, they expanded their list of services to include pressure cleaning, cleaning and painting of cement floors, pool decks, stucco and rotten wood repair and drywall repair.

John Locke Painting Inc. is an outstanding example of a community-minded, entrepreneurial small business.

John Locke Painting Inc.

5410 S Florida Ave, Ste 1

Lakeland, FL 33813

(863) 647-7000 Phone

(863) 644-9996 Fax


College & Career Campaign Meet & Greet August 4

You may have seen information on our blog about the College & Career Campaign. This group of Public School boosters has set out to save the College & Career services provided to students in many Polk County high schools.

With just weeks to go before the start of the school year, these counseling services are still at risk of discontinuation. The College & Career Campaign Committee has organized an event to put us all face-to-face with the counselors and learn more about the benefits and services they provide to local students.

Everyone is invited to attend!

Thursday, August 4 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Garden Club Building (corner of Lake Avenue & Orange Street in Downtown Lakeland)

Appetizers, wine & more

For more information about the Campaign, visit


Save A Life Thrift Store Makes A Difference

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Mother-daughter team Lauren and Wendy Pegg wanted to have a business together but also wanted to help the community. With Save a Life Thrift Store, the family is committed to donating a percentage of monthly revenues to cancer charities, donating clothing to children twice a year, and occasionally contributing to local foundations.

With a successful family business already in the Pegg’s history, Save a Life Thrift Store is sure to succeed! Stop in for a visit and take a look around…

Save A Life Thrift Store
1923 S Combee Rd
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 665-3322