25Jul/17

Lakeland Investment Firm Makes Top 100 Best Companies List

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CPS Investment Advisors has been named one of Florida’s Best Companies to Work For and will be featured in the August edition of Florida Trend Magazine. This is the fourth time the investment firm has made the list, now ranking 11th in its size category. In 2016, the firm ranked 27th.

“Here at CPS, we value our employees and encourage them. We strive to provide a work environment that is conducive to achieve high productivity, which adds to the overall success of our firm,” said Jim Luffman, CPA/PFS, CFO of CPS Investment Advisors.

The investment firm underwent an evaluation of its workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

“The best companies obviously provide strong pay and benefits to their employees, but they also offer fun diversions such as ice cream socials, holiday parties and field days,” says Florida Trend Publisher Andy Corty, “And these top companies encourage employees to participate in the organization’s overall success with training and open communications.”

CPS Investment Advisors, located in downtown Lakeland, was started in 1975 by Chas P. Smith, as an independent financial advisory firm. The firm operates under a fiduciary standard and provides financial planning services, money management, 401(k) plan services and tax planning services.

21Jul/17

Information Session for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy

INFORMATION SESSION FOR THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (July, 21, 2017) — My Office & More will host two Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Information Sessions for students in grades 6-12, their families, and local business leaders about YEA!, a 30 week program that guides middle and high school students through launching and running their own real businesses or social movements!

Attendees will learn about the structure, curriculum, and student application process for the program, as well as how business leaders can get involved as a mentor, guest speaker, field trip host, or investor.

Kate Lake, Chief Connections Officer of My Office & More remarks, “In May, I had the chance to meet a number of YEA entrepreneurs at a Lakeland Chamber event. Their creativity and determination was inspiring. It’s clear this program creates possibilities for aspiring students and we welcome the opportunity to advocate for and encourage these future CEOs.”

WHEN:                       Tuesday, August 8, 2017 & Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

WHERE:                     My Office & More, 122 E Main St, Lakeland, FL  33801

WHO:                    Students grades 6-12 and their families; Business leaders and interested community volunteers; This event is free and open to the public, space is limited, so registration is strongly encouraged

Call (863) 688-8551 ext. 229 or email rfortier@lakelandchamber.com to RSVP or register online at http://bit.ly/2uGLnZX .

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy provides students in grades 6-12 with the knowledge and skills they need to start and run their own business. No business experience is needed – just creativity, enthusiasm, dedication and lots of effort.

The local chapter of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will accept up to 20 students; the application deadline is Friday, September 15. Classes will take place 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Southeastern University beginning in October. The tuition for the program is $495. There are some need-based scholarships available. The program offers the opportunity to participate in the YEA! Saunders Scholars Competition with the chance to win college scholarships. The application for the Polk County program is available at https://yeausa.wufoo.com/forms/z1s0mvgj0gb2hwv/.

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Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements:  Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(C) 3 offering groundbreaking year-long classes that teach middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures. Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders. YEA! bridges the business and educational communities to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! is made possible by The Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. For more information, visit yeausa.org.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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20Jul/17

“Foodie” Level at the BIG Event

Foodie Partner BBBS“FOODIE” LEVEL AT THE BIG EVENT

 LAKELAND, FLORIDA (July 20, 2017) — The BIG Event Lakeland announces new “foodie” features for this year’s event on Saturday, November 11, 2017 – a county-wide Restaurant Week prior to the BIG Event, the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally and a “Little Bites” Challenge at the event, organized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk since 1970.

The BIG Restaurant Week will begin October 29th for “East Polk” and run until November 4th. Restaurant Week for “West Polk” will run from November 4th to November 10th.

“We are seeking to partner with restaurants throughout the county to celebrate our local food scene and bring awareness to the impact BBBS has for youth and the community,” says J. Frinks, Polk County Regional Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

At the BIG Event, the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally will complement the restaurants selling food at the BIG Event to provide a wider variety of menu options. The “Little Bites” Challenge will be an opportunity for the Food Trucks and participating restaurants to offer their best submission of a bite-sized sample of their food with the chance to win recognition in a variety of categories. Attendees will be able to purchase tickets for the “Little Bites” Challenge and to cast their votes!

Bill Roberts, Managing Partner of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and chair of the food committee for the BIG Event, explains, “We’re excited to bring this type of food competition to the BIG Event for so many reasons – it engages people, and allows them to sample different foods from food trucks and local restaurants. I can see the competition could get pretty aggressive.”

Awards for the Best “East Polk” and “West Polk” Restaurant Week, and for the “Little Bites” Challenge will be presented at the BIG Event Lakeland – Pirates on the Promenade. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk since 1970 – is supported by a partnership of Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, and the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally.

Contact:  Frinks, Polk County Regional Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, 1231 E Orange St, Lakeland, FL  33801, Cell: 863-514-7556, Office: 863-904-6560

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 What is the BIG Event?

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Award and the Watson Clinic Poster Contest Award, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans by Green Construction. Then enjoy nonstop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE music fest! The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

 What’s there to do?

 Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

Marketing Sponsor:

Tinsley Creative

Gold Sponsors:

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

“Foodie” Partner:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk County since 1970

Silver Sponsor:

Watson Clinic LLP

Salute to Veterans Sponsor:

Green Construction

Bronze Sponsors:

Bank of Central Florida

CPS Investment Advisors

Heacock Insurance

Highland Homes

Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center

Lanier Upshaw, Inc.

SERVPRO of Lakeland

Community Partners:

JBT Corporation

Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Print Media Sponsor:

Ledger Media Group

Radio Sponsor:
“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

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The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice.  Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

14Jul/17

American Cancer Society Tobacco Cessation Resources for Employers

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Raising awareness about the dangers of all forms of tobacco sends the message that you care about the well-being of your employees and their families. The following American Cancer Society tobacco cessation and wellness resources make it easier to do just that!

CANCER.ORG

Quitting tobacco is not easy, but it can be done. Whether you’re a smoker, someone who uses smokeless tobacco, or someone trying to help an employee, friend or loved one, you’ll find the information at https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco.html

INFOGRAPHIC: TOBACCO – THE TRUE COST OF SMOKING

This infographic illustrates the significant financial and physical harm that tobacco use has on the smoker and society at large.  Download and share on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter; PDF and text alternative versions are available.  Link: https://www.cancer.org/research/infographics-gallery/tobacco-related-healthcare-costs.html

TOBACCO USE IN THE WORKPLACE: A MODEL POLICY

Employers can use this sample policy and adapt it as needed to help establish and maintain a tobacco-free workplace – including areas outside the building and company vehicles.  Link: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/smoke-free-communities/create-smoke-free-workplace/smoking-in-the-workplace-a-model-policy.html 

HEALTHY LIVING ENEWSLETTER

Healthy Living is a monthly electronic newsletter produced by the American Cancer Society that teaches the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices.  Available in both English and Spanish, you can distribute Healthy Living by email or in a printed format, and help build a staff of dedicated, healthy, and motivated people.  To begin receiving Health Living, sign up here: http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/hl_register.asp 

GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT®

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout® event.  Promote this event to your employees and customers through posters, flyers, web and social media graphics.  *2017 Great American Smokeout® materials will be available Fall 2017. 

 

OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES

TOBACCO FREE FLORIDA

Tobacco Free Florida’s cessation, “Quit Your Way”, offers evidence-based tobacco cessation services via Phone, Group Support, Web, and other options.  Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, lozenges or gum) are also available, if medically appropriate, for adults 18+ years of age. *NRT availability may vary.

13Jul/17

Call for Artists for Poster Contest

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Watson Clinic presents the BIG Event Poster Contest

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (July 13, 2017) — Creative input needed for local poster contest! Submit original poster artwork – with 2017 theme, Pirates on the Promenade, for the 2017 BIG Event on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Prize for the winner is a $350 cash award, and recognition at the BIG Event. The winning artwork design will also be featured on the official 2017 posters for the BIG Event and will be available for purchase at the event. The entry should communicate a message of Pirates on the Promenade.

The Watson Clinic Poster Contest is open to all Polk County residents, any age. The entry must be a two-dimensional drawing, photo, painting, or digital file (.jpg or png) no larger than 11” x 17” and must be in portrait orientation.

Send entries to: Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, c/o Watson Clinic BIG Event Poster Contest, 35 Lake Morton Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801.

The deadline for submitting entries is Monday, September 25, 2017, midnight. The winner will be notified on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Award:  One (1) winner will receive a $350 cash award, and their winning image will be showcased on promotional materials for the BIG Event (Saturday, 11/11/17), and printed, signed & numbered editions will be available for purchase at the event. The poster will promote the BIG Event through 2018, until the next contest winner.

For complete rules and regulations, please visit our event listing at http://business.lakelandchamber.com/events/details/big-event-lakeland-pirates-on-the-promenade-5031, or at https://goo.gl/XjWGJ4

What is the BIG Event? Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Award and the Watson Clinic Poster Contest Award, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans by Green Construction. Then enjoy nonstop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE music fest! The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters Polk present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

What’s there to do?

Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

Gold Sponsors:

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Silver Sponsor:

Watson Clinic LLP

Salute to Veterans Sponsor:

Green Construction

Bronze Sponsors:

Bank of Central Florida

CPS Investment Advisors

Heacock Insurance

Highland Homes

Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center

Lanier Upshaw, Inc.

Marketing Sponsor:

Tinsley Creative

Media Sponsor:

Ledger Media Group

Radio Sponsor:

“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Community Partners:

JBT Corporation

Saddle Creek Logistics Services

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The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice.  Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

Contact:

Rebecca Fortier

(863) 688-8551 ext. 229 – office

(863) 221-2678 – cell

rfortier@lakelandchamber.com