All posts by Cory Skeates


Everybody’s Schmoozin!

On Thursday, 50 Chamber members met for lunch and “power networking” at Brima. The Chamber’s famous Schmooze a’Palooza event kicked off it’s 2009 series with plenty of great food, fabulous contacts and lots of business cards! When members stood to give an overview of their businesses, nearly everyone introduced their company as “recession-proof”! We are so blessed to be in a community where our business owners and employees are positive and energetic!

Chamber board member & Trustee, Patrick Fagan (Fifth Third Bank) chose to use his 30 second introduction to share a reminder about the Chamber’s “Buy Lakeland. It makes good cents!” campaign. He let the group know about the board’s renewed focus on the campaign and their commitment to keep business and dollars in the Lakeland community.

Join us for our next event on July 9, 2009 at Mt. Fuji Steakhouse! Details & registration available in May…


Spring on the Adventures Spring Break Camps

Spring Break Adventure Camp -Sapphire From the Press Release:

Explorations V Children’s Museum, located at 109 North Kentucky Avenue in downtown Lakeland, will offer “Spring on the Adventure” Spring Break Camps March 30, 31 and April 1-3, 2009.  The camps will be open for children ages 5-13. Half-day and full day camps will be available.

Sessions will feature hands-on themed activities such as Spring into Space, Spring On the Games & Toys, April Fool!, Weather Widgets and Food Science and will also include museum exploration, afternoon snack and outdoor play. Campers will need to furnish their own lunch.

Prices run $20 per child per half day (9am-1pm) for museum members and $24 per child per half day for non-museum members.  Full day (9am-5pm) fees are $35 per child per day for museum members and $40 per child per day for non-museum members. Children can be registered for individual days or for all five days. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

Additional information regarding Spring on the Adventure Spring Break Camps can be obtained by calling Explorations V Children’s Museum at 863 687 3869 or via email to


Fun Bike Center Motorsports named a “Best Company to Work For”

In these rough times it is great to hear positive news from our local business community. I am proud to announce that Dealernews Magazine Named Fun Bike Center Motorsports a ‘Best Company to Work For’ in 2009.


From the Press Release on, Daniel Dorsch commented:

"We are delighted our work and large investment in the community and people of Lakeland, Florida has been recognized nationally as one of the top motorsports dealerships anywhere. This is really nice for the people on our team and the customers we serve." Dorsch Continued: "Our leadership style and focus on our management has produced so many winning teams over the years we just can’t help but celebrate the wonderful people who work on our teams. Everything we do is with the employee and our customer in mind."

Fun Bike was also noted as Runner Up for best Exterior, which they note was made possible by fellow Chamber members Rodda Construction and Furr & Wegman, Architects.


Congratulations to Fun Bike on this great success.