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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.


Chairman’s Circle hosts Fortune’s Most Admired & Attorney General

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman’s Circle Fall Business Luncheon played host to a special clip_image001awards ceremony today. The Hay Group was on hand to recognize Publix Super Markets, Inc. on being named one of Fortune Magazine’s “Most Admired Companies in America”.

Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw was there to accept the award, along with President Todd Jones, Vice President of Human Resources John Hrabusa and Public Affairs Vice President Clayton Hollis.  clip_image002

The HayGroup is the global management consultancy that has worked for ten years with Fortune Magazine to produce the annual World’s Most Admired List.

clip_image003The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Florida’s Attorney General Bill McCollum, introduced by Clayton Hollis of Publix. McCollum spoke on what the Attorney General of the State of Florida does. From sitting on the Florida Cabinet to being Florida’s “Top Cop”, McCollum serves on the board of directors of several state entities. Check out an overview on his web site.

Led this year by the Chamber’s Past Chair Paul Noris (Bank of Central Florida), the Chairman’s Circle is a special group of senior level executives who participate in strategic marketing and membership events to enhance their own business and the overall Lakeland business community. Through the leadership and support of the Chairman’s Circle, the Lakeland Chamber has the resources to better assist its members. 

The Chamber would like to extend congratulations to Publix Super Markets and all of its associates who are being honored with this well-deserved award.  Thanks for all you do to make Lakeland a great place to live, work…and buy groceries!


RC – Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Light the Night Walk

The 7th Annual Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Lakeland was this past Saturday. At Munn Park.

From the Light the Night Website: 

The Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s nationwide evening walk. Walkers carry illuminated balloons to celebrate and commemorate the lives touched by cancer. Funds raised will support our mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

It was a pleasure to see all the participants and enjoy some great food, thanks to Executive Director Carroll Franklin.



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.