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Parker Street Ministries

Here at the Chamber Blog, we tend to due more “press release” type posts. I am working hard on gathering other types of content for our avid blog audience. Here is a meager attempt to chisel ice of our beautiful facade. This morning I attended the Emerge Lakeland Professional Development Breakfast and met a temporarily disabled (Leg injury of some kind) agent of change that works for Parker Street Ministries. A bright young professional who seemed to have a passion for her current engagement at Parker Street, Ms. Francine Previte. She was excited to discuss what Parker Street was doing, and trying to recruit volunteers to help join the cause.  I wouldn’t dare try to explain what they do, because it would be such an injustice to them I love to let people write about them selves because they tend to do a better job then I. So here is some info:

Parker Street Ministries is a faith-based, nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organization based in the Parker Street neighborhood of Lakeland, Florida. This area is located just north of PSM Logodowntown Lakeland and is a very broken, marginalized and forgotten part of town.  Parker Street Ministries works to reconcile and revitalize this part of town through various programs, such as the Academic Enrichment Program, Summer Camp, community dinners, the Christmas Store, holiday dinner delivery, a home-ownership initiative and more. Currently we are very much in need of volunteers to help with our Academic Enrichment Program (M-F 4:30 – 6 p.m.), as well as those interested in helping with our holiday initiatives beginning next month. If you would like to volunteer with Parker Street Ministries or receive more information, you may contact our office at (863) 682-4544, or e-mail Francine Previte at  Volunteers, in-kind donations and financial support are always needed!

Parker Street is great way to get involved if you are looking for a way. If you do contact them, please let them know you heard about it from the Chamber Blog. Have a great Friday.

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October Business & Breakfast

Update: Apparently I copied a previous months release for Business & Breakfast. I do apologies for any inconvenience, but there is a $5 charge for members and $15 for non-members. 

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and Lakeland Habitat for Humanity present the October Business and Breakfast on Thursday, October 9 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at 1317 George Jenkins Blvd. Chairman of the Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC), Bill Mutz, will be giving an update from the LEDC.

Business and Breakfast is an opportunity for Chamber members and area businesses to network with new business contacts, suppliers and customers. A different host site sponsors the event each month. There is no cost to members but reservations are required.

For reservations, click here and/or for more information call the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce at 863/688-8551, ext. 232 or e-mail by 5:00 PM the day prior to the event.


October Events

For all of you Chamberphiles out there, here is a list of our upcoming events for the month of October… all in one place for you.

October 7 Chairman’s Circle Luncheon, Noon. Lakeland Yacht and Country Club

October 8 Government Affairs, 8:00 AM

October 8 BusinessVoice, 9:00 AM

October 8 Entrepreneurial Academy, 5:45 PM

October 9 Leadership Lakeland XXVI, City Government Day.

October 9 Business & Breakfast, 7:30 AM Lakeland Habitat for Humanity, 1317 George Jenkins Blvd.

October 15 Executive Committee Meeting, 4:00 PM

October 15 Entrepreneurial Academy, 5:45 PM

October 16 Politics in the Park – FREE ADMISSION

Lake Mirror Promenade, 5:30 PM

October 21 EMERGE Lakeland Steering Committee Meeting, 3:45 PM

October 22 Board of Directors Meeting, Noon. Lakeland Yacht and Country Club

October 22 Entrepreneurial Academy, 5:45 PM

October 23 Business After Hours, 5:30 PM Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center, 1315 N Florida Ave.

October 28 Investment Committee Meeting, 4:00 PM

October 29 Entrepreneurial Academy, 5:45 PM

Enjoy, and we hope to see you there.


September Small Business of the Month – Classic Controls

Classic Controls, Inc. is an instrumentation, valve, and system representative, serving industrial customers in the State of Florida in the power generation, chemical, phosphate, food, pulp & paper, water, and wastewater process markets.

In 1991, Classic Controls, Inc. was founded by Ray Anderson, joined by Shawn Warren and two other employees. A year later Jim LeVine joined the team. Now in their 18th year of business, Classic Controls, Inc. has grown into one of the most respected representative firms in the State of Florida. Shawn and Jim recently completed their buyout from Ray, but Ray is still an integral part of the team. Together, Shawn, Jim, Ray and their 18 employees bring their talents and dedication together to serve their customers.

Classic Controls, Inc. started as a pure sales office, but it quickly grew to add full service Classic Controls September SBA Winnercapabilities including instrument calibration & repair, system integration, and control valve repair.

The owners and staff represent and service the highest quality products that measure such things as flow, pressure, level, temperature, pH, conductivity, etc. and monitor and control it with systems small to large, down to the final control elements of control valves. When it comes to controls, they have it covered for your plant.

What’s the company’s key to success? Its team! “We have been truly blessed in the quality of each employee that has joined our team and shares our vision of customer satisfaction” says co-owner Shawn Warren. That’s certainly not an easy undertaking- in addition to learning about each product and service, team members must also support each division equally.

The owners of Classic Controls, Inc. live by the phrase, “Do the right thing”. These simple words offer a solution to complicated challenges and have been the foundation of trust for their customers and principals. Classic Controls, Inc. is also proud to “do the right thing” by giving back to local communities, schools, youth sports and charities. They have been supporters of many charities and encourage their employees to do the same.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Classic Controls, Inc. as the September Small Business of the Month award winner.

Classic Controls, Inc.
5095 S. Lakeland Drive

PO Box 6187

Lakeland, FL 33807-6187



We picked this up from the Downtown Lakeland Partnership Email List. With permission from Matthew J. Antos here is some info on AIG that you might be interested in…

Good Afternoon,

If you are an AIG policyholder, I understand that you may be concerned by recent news about American International Group, holding company for AIG Annuity and AIG SunAmerica.
As you may have seen, the holding company has experienced a significant drop in stock price and has been downgraded by the rating agencies.

In light of this news, I would like to remind you that your assets are actually invested through a subsidiary of the public company. This is important because insurance policies written by the underlying AIG companies are direct obligations of those regulated insurance companies. These companies are well capitalized and meet or exceed regulatory capital requirements. These companies continue to operate in the normal course to meet obligations to policyholders.
This is a very unusual situation, which I continue to monitor carefully as it evolves. If you have questions or concerns about your policy, please contact me at 863-686-6600.

Thank You and Have a Great Day,

Matthew J. Antos

Matthew J. Antos, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor

204 East Pine Street

Lakeland, FL  33801

(863) 686-6600

(888) 652-6468

Website:  www.MJAWEALTH.COM