23Jul/08

Join Us on LinkedIn

That’s right; the Lakeland Chamber is taking another step forward by joining in the social networking rage. LinkedIn is a professional business networking site that allows individuals to keep and make business contacts. It allows you to post a pseudo-resume, and check out your “connections” business histories. It even allows you to make introductions so one business contact can meet another. I believe it is a great tool for those of us here in Lakeland to get out of our boxes and find new ways to network. By joining the Lakeland Chamber group you don’t even have to wait for an introduction, you will be able to contact others in the group directly. So come join our Group on LinkedIn.

You may have noticed, the Lakeland Chamber Tweets on the right. We would love to see you there, so come follow us on Twitter.

Also we added the sociable plugin for wordpress so that you can post information on your favorite social networking sites. The sites that we have added are ones that are familiar to us at the Chamber. If you have suggestions for other sites you would like to see featured let us know. If I get multiple responses for the same site I will add it.

21Jul/08

Event Marketing Provides Highest ROI

The largest and longest-running annual survey of corporate sales and marketing executives, EventView 2008: North America, reveals that events generate the highest ROI of any marketing channel. This is just one of the top-line findings of a study produced by a unique collaboration between The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation, the Event Marketing Institute (EMI) and George P. Johnson (GPJ).

WHY EVENT MARKETING PROVIDES THE HIGHEST ROI (multiple answers allowed)

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The Chamber’s annual Catalyst Campaign provides member businesses high-quality opportunities for business to business event marketing as well as business to consumer event marketing. With marketing dollars stretched to the limit, the trends are seeing event marketing dollars increase in percentage compared to total marketing budgets nationwide- 27% in 2007.

Put your marketing dollars to work for you! Contact a Catalyst Campaign volunteer today to map out a plan for your brand!

Visit the Catalyst Campaign Web site!

17Jul/08

Catalyst Kick off

Tuesday we Kicked off the Catalyst Campaign. Take a look at a few of the pictures…Trying the new Flickr Badge. What do you think?

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16Jul/08

July Business After Hours

This Business After Hours was a big hit. We saw faces there we haven’t seen in a while. There were even a few Chairman Circle Members milling about. Thanks everyone for coming out. Here a few pictures you can check out.

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The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and Florida Presbyterian Homes, Inc. present the July Business After Hours on Thursday, July 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 at 16 Lake Hunter Drive. Parking will be in the grass along the lake. Event will be held in the main dining room.

Cost to attend the July Business After Hours is $10 for Chamber members and $30 for non-Chamber members. Reserve your space now!

For more information , call the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce at 863/688-8551, ext. 301 or e-mail mstevenson@lakelandchamber.com by 12:00 p.m. the day of the event.

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10Jul/08

Century 21 A.H. Realty Merges with Century 21 Exchange Realty

Business is still pushing forward with the recent news that Century 21 A.H. Realty will merge with Century 21 Exchange Realty. The following is an excerpt from the press release:

“Joann Warren, Broker/Owner of CENTURY 21 Exchange Realty, and Andy Hernandez, Broker/Owner of CENTURY 21 A.H. Realty, are pleased to announce the merger of the two companies. The merged company will continue to operate under the CENTURY 21 A. H. Realty name and specialize in Residential, Commercial and Property Management services. CENTURY 21 A.H. Realty will remain operating at 2510 S. Florida Avenue, Lakeland, and 5628 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, Florida.”

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Pictured above: Joann Warren & Andy Hernandez

This is just another example that we can push on toward the prize. During these so called “rough times” we CAN accomplish great things. Now is the time to do our proverbial spring cleaning: reduce inventory, make that expansion you haven’t had time for, or rearrange the showroom or office. Even the baking industry is taking the time to consolidate. We will all be very busy again, remember it’s all cyclical. I will leave you with a lasting thought: I heard about a builders view on this “downturn”, a few years back he mapped out where he wanted to be in 10 years. He ended up making his goals a reality after 6 years and said that all he needs to do is wait out the sluggish market and eventually the brighter side will begin to shine again. We all should take that view, remember we are all in it for the long haul, so let’s all stay positive.