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. 


October Business After Hours

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic present the October Business After Hours on Thursday, October 23 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at 1315 North Florida Avenue.

Business After Hours 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.

Cost to attend the monthly Business After Hours is $10 for Chamber members and $30 for non-Chamber members. Please come and enjoy some great food and many opportunities for networking.

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 mstevenson@lakelandchamber.com by 5:00 PM the day prior to the event.


Parker Street Ministries

Here at the Chamber Blog, we tend to due more “press release” type posts. I am working hard on gathering other types of content for our avid blog audience. Here is a meager attempt to chisel ice of our beautiful facade. This morning I attended the Emerge Lakeland Professional Development Breakfast and met a temporarily disabled (Leg injury of some kind) agent of change that works for Parker Street Ministries. A bright young professional who seemed to have a passion for her current engagement at Parker Street, Ms. Francine Previte. She was excited to discuss what Parker Street was doing, and trying to recruit volunteers to help join the cause.  I wouldn’t dare try to explain what they do, because it would be such an injustice to them I love to let people write about them selves because they tend to do a better job then I. So here is some info:

Parker Street Ministries is a faith-based, nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organization based in the Parker Street neighborhood of Lakeland, Florida. This area is located just north of PSM Logodowntown Lakeland and is a very broken, marginalized and forgotten part of town.  Parker Street Ministries works to reconcile and revitalize this part of town through various programs, such as the Academic Enrichment Program, Summer Camp, community dinners, the Christmas Store, holiday dinner delivery, a home-ownership initiative and more. Currently we are very much in need of volunteers to help with our Academic Enrichment Program (M-F 4:30 – 6 p.m.), as well as those interested in helping with our holiday initiatives beginning next month. If you would like to volunteer with Parker Street Ministries or receive more information, you may contact our office at (863) 682-4544, or e-mail Francine Previte at francine@parkerstreetministries.org  Volunteers, in-kind donations and financial support are always needed!

Parker Street is great way to get involved if you are looking for a way. If you do contact them, please let them know you heard about it from the Chamber Blog. Have a great Friday.

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