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New Benefit for Members

The Chamber is thoroughly excited to announce a new benefit to our members, in partnership with Chamber member Sam’s Club. They are offering a $10 gift card if you sign up or renew a Sam’s Club business Sam's Club logomembership by November 3, 2008.

This is a limited time offer. So hurry now to begin enjoying the benefits of Sam’s Club Membership.

All you have to do is bring this flier into any local Sam’s Club and they will do the rest.

FYI a Business Membership is only $35 for the year… and with this offer you get a $10 gift card. What a great deal.

If you or your business is interested in offering a discount or other deal, please let us know. I we will work with you to make it happen.


Polk Theatre’s Red Carpet Night


Come help the Polk Theatre Celebrate 80 years. On Saturday Sept. 13th the Theatre is hosting the Red Carpet Night. The flier for the event reads:

Vaudeville! Burlesque, Dance,Satire!

Polk TheaterDon’t Miss Your ONE Chance to See (and heckle)

Local Celebs on Stage

"Its Raining Men"


Ira Anderson, Tony Delgado, Kurt Elmhorst, Jim Ham,

Ken Keck, Zenapha Milton, Rick Nail, Cory Petcoff, Phil Wegman

Including MC

Joe Mawhinney

Choreographed and Dance by Florida Dance Theatre

also featuring

The Debut Of Opera Lakeland with special guest Daniel Rodgriguez

New York’s 9/11 Singing Policeman with our local Law Enforcement on Stage

7:00 PM Show Time

8:30-11 PM Alley Party for all! (Cash Bar)

TIckets $25

VIP Tickets $50 Prime-Seating

5:45 PM VIP Pre-Party & Premium Seating $100 (limited)

For Tickets Call


Photo courtesy of Steve/Back on Tack



Blog Update

Check out the blog for a few changes…

  • Added a 2nd sidebar (work on this for a while)
  • installed a few pluggins to help manage current and future content
  • Also I added a special page for Leadership Lakeland that will hopefully become a resource for Class 26.

Leave me a comment to tell me what you think.


Opening Session Bring Entrepreneurs Together

Last night, 20 of our community’s dreamers and doers embarked on a new journey in their careers. Some had business plans, some entrepreneurial dreams; some veteran business owners, others looking for an opportunity to work for themselves. The launch of the 2008 Entrepreneurial Academy was at hand.

Academy Sponsor WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio was represented by Nancy Cattarius who shared how proud the radio stations are to have committed to the program from the beginning. A huge “thank you” goes out to our local stations and their employees for exemplifying corporate citizenship and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit in our community!

Chairman of the Chamber board of directors, Tim Campbell (Clark, Campbell & Mawhinney, PA) was also eager to welcome class members and congratulate them on taking this first step. The large number and great success of small businesses in our community is one quality of life benefit that the Chamber is proud to boast!

For the majority of the opening session, Carolyn Jackson, VP of Member Relations, introduced the group to the syllabus for the Academy and reviewed “house rules”. Questions were answered and attendees formulated expectations and goals for their participation.

Finally, everyone was asked to share a 10-second commercial about his or her idea or dream. As each person spoke, the room followed- making mental notes about questions and suggestions to share. At the end of class, no one stayed in seats; every person was up networking, sharing dreams and looking forward to what the Academy could offer to see their business succeed.

For the next 9 weeks, these 20 opportunity-seekers will learn the ins and outs of business ownership from leaders in our community who have lived the challenges and celebrated the successes. There’s no text book here, just real-life experiences and hard-earned lessons!


Polk Growth Speakers

Another post from a press release, again I thought it was important. Just not enough time to summarize it for you.

Polk Growth Matters is a community forum sponsored by the Polk Growth Management Department and Polk Vision.  Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for citizen education and constructive discussion on growth management issues.  It is intended to further a general and common understanding of current issues in Polk County.  Consistent with its focus on community education and dialogue, the forum is not used to advocate a position on issues.
Polk Growth Matters Speaker Series
Food for Thought …
Polk Growth Matters is pleased to announce the 2008-09 Speaker Series.  Join us for dinner meetings that include “food for thought.”  Meetings will include an educational presentation on growth-related topics and a time for questions and answers, as well as, group discussion.  Meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a dinner served at cost and proceed with speaker presentations at 6:30 p.m.  Guests who are unable to attend the dinner may come for the meeting at this time.  There is no charge for people attending only the meeting.
The 2008-09 Speaker Series will include the following topics:

  • Water Star Program
  • Green Building Practices
  • Best Practices for Sustainability
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • Brownfield Redevelopment

    Our first two sessions are scheduled as follows:
    Topic:  Green Building Practices              Topic:  Water Star Program
    Date:   Tuesday, September 30                Date:   Thursday, November 6
    Venue: Magnolia Building                        Venue: Jim Miles Training Center
    702 E. Orange Street, Lakeland               5204 US Hwy 98 South, Lakeland
    RSVP by: September 19                          RSVP by: October 28

The cost of dinner is $10.00.  Reservations may be made by e-mail at or (863) by telephone at (863) 534-6005. Please indicate whether you will be attending for the dinner portion of the program ($10.00 cost) or just for the speaker’s presentation (no cost).

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