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Catalyst Volunteers Celebrate $200,453!

Just over 15 days into the Campaign, Chair Nancy Cattarius was proud to announce total production of $200,453! To celebrate, Foster Lanenga of Farris & Foster’s Chocolate Factory treated Catalyst volunteers to a fabulous Chocolate party! Each volunteer was able to leave with 1/2 pound of chocolate! Give them a call to schedule your own date night, party or team building event!

Catalyst Reward Session at Farris & Foster's Chocolate Factory

Current Cruise winners were also announced at the reward reception! Congratulations to:

TRIPS FOR TWO ($15,000+)

Nancy Cattarius, WONN/WPVC/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Victor Rodriguez, Lakeland Regional Medical Center

Kathryn Koch-O’Malley, Lanier Upshaw

Kathy Wallen, The NCT Group, CPA’s LLP

TRIPS FOR ONE ($10,000-$14,999)

Phil Wegman, Furr & Wegman Architects, PA

Mary McQueen, Tinsley McQueen + Ross

Tom Eleazer, Florida Lifestyle Communities

Cindy Green, Furr & Wegman Architects, PA

Catalyst Reward Session at Farris & Foster's Chocolate Factory


Free Mini Entrepreneur Training & Entrepreneurial Academy

The Small Business Development Center at the CFDC will be presenting free training on Aug. 9th. in the PCC/USF Polytechnic’s LTB Auditorium. The event will be from 9 am to 5 pm. Tom Hagerty announced that the Training will focus on starting a new business, identifying customers, conducting research, and marketing.

That training would be a great way for new businesses to get ready for the Chamber’s more in depth Entrepreneurial Academy. A start-up program using a model from St. Petersburg, Florida, this 10 week program will offer entrepreneurs a curriculum that provides essential information needed to start, run and grow a successful business. Practical real-life instruction will be taught by local business professionals. Classes beginning September 3. Click here for Registration Information


July Small Business of The Month

Continuing with a proud family tradition, Dr. Stephen Sligh is the third generation providing exceptional chiropractic care to those in our area. In 1926, his grandparents, Dr. J. E. Sligh and Dr. Emma Sligh opened the Sligh Clinic of Chiropractic. In 1942, his father, Dr. Walter Sligh, joined the practice, and in 1977, Dr. Stephen Sligh joined the firm. Dr. David Choate has been at the clinic for 17 years. Dr. Christopher Terry, who began in December of 2006, completes today’s team of doctors. Dr. Terry happens to be Dr. Sligh’s son-in-law.

At Sligh Clinic, staff turnover is not a problem. Becky Bixler has worked there for 30 years, Shirley Murray and Janet Shenefield for 17 years, and Marilynn White for 5 years.

Dr. Sligh defines his specialty as a drugless, non-invasive form of health care that actively promotes good health. When seeing a patient the root cause, of the physical problems, are always addressed. Dr. Sligh regularly delivers the news that eating less and walking the lake will do wonders. He practices what he preaches.

In March of 2008, The National Committee for Quality Assurance announced that Dr. Sligh had received Recognition from the Back Pain Recognition Program for providing superior care to his patients suffering from low back pain. The Committee judges doctors from all involved specialties.

The Sligh Clinic of Chiropractic is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Florida Chiropractic Association, Polk County Chiropractic Society, and the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.

Dr. Sligh has served on the Board of Directors for the Lakeland Christian School for over 20 years. Always “there” for them, he is also “there” for people from Lakeland Lighthouse, Talbot House and A Woman’s Choice who need care. All three of the clinic’s doctors are avid church goers and active in church leadership rolls. The clinic has been a Chamber member since 1973.

Dr. Sligh still sees a few patients who saw his grandparents. He firmly believes that “a good name is to be chosen above great riches”.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate The Sligh Clinic of Chiropractic as the Small Business of the Month for July.

Sligh - SBA July Winner

  • Dr. Stephen Sligh
  • Sligh Clinic of Chiropractic
  • 425 South Florida Avenue
  • PO Box 873
  • Lakeland, FL 33802-0873
  • 863/686-4149

RC- Chiropractic Center of Lakeland

Last Friday we held the Ribbon Cutting for the Chiropractic Center of Lakeland – Southside office. A statement about the company reads:

“The Founder is Dr. Stephen Johnson, who opened the first Chiropractic Center of Lakeland in March of 2000.

Dr. Johnson Along with Dr. Michael Stratton and Dr. Alvin Green have severed over 4,000 residents and given generously to charities such as Lighthouse Ministries, Catholic Charities, and Light the Night Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

The Chiropractic Center of Lakeland has no expanded to Highland City to better serve and to grow in a positive way with the people of South Lakeland.

Their mission is to provide the highest quality of care to the people of Lakeland and to serve the community with the latest in technology in the most efficient manner in order to assist them in achieving their highest level of health and wellness.”

Congratulations to Dr. Johnson and the entire staff at the Chiropractic Center of Lakeland.