LEADS Groups

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce offers members the opportunity to grow their business and create new relationships by its sponsorship of LEADS groups.  Membership is limited to one business of each type in order to create the best value for members.  In addition to the great leads and information you get, membership in a Chamber LEADS group includes free admission to Business After Hours for a year! The cost of membership in a LEADS group is $50/year; if you are an active participant at Business After Hours, membership will save you $70/year!

Our current LEADS group meets Wednesdays at noon at the Chamber offices on Lake Morton.  There are more than 30 members, ranging from entrepreneurs to employees of major corporations.  With a wide variety of businesses represented, there is always new information to be had and new leads to be shared.  Perhaps most importantly, the members truly care about each others’ well-being; to prove how much they care, many members dressed in costume for the September Business After Hours to help promote a fellow member.

If you are interested in joining a Chamber LEADS group, please email Matthew Wengerd.  If Wednesday lunches do not work for you or you cannot participate in the Wednesday group because it would be in competition with a current member, please note:  We are currently creating a list of members interested in joining a second LEADS goup.  The day an time of this group have yet to be determined.


RC – Americom | American Communications, Inc.


Americom, the leader in Central Florida in the cellular retail agency business was founded in October of 1995 and was initially started as an exclusive agent of GTE Wireless Products. In the successive years, Americom has evolved into an entity that now represents one of today’s most popular wireless carrier…Sprint (together with Nextel). Since its inception, Americom has focused on customer service. With its central focus of identifying and fulfilling the customer’s wireless needs on a daily basis, Americom has continued to grow through the fine efforts of an experienced and knowledgeable sales staff that collectively has over 50 years of wireless experience. This focus has allowed Americom to excel as a leading sales agent for Sprint in the Florida region. Americom currently operates eight locations in three major metro markets. Americom’s past success allows us to be positioned to continue providing a high standard of excellent customer service and the facilitation of wireless data and other related wireless applications.


RC – Ramada Inn

The new Ramada in Lakeland anxiously awaited opening and finally did so on November 21, 2008. The property is at 4620 Socrum Loop Road beside Wendy’s & Five Guys Burgers and Fries. There are 77 rooms available at this property including two room and connecting room suites. There are also rooms with Jacuzzi tubs in the bathrooms and some off of the bedroom area. All of the rooms have queen or king size beds, microwave ovens, refrigerators, iron and iron and ironing boards, coffee makers and many other amenities you would expect to find at home.

The property serves a Continental Breakfast daily and also has a fitness center and an outdoor pool. There is a computer available for guests use, and the property offers wireless capabilities all provided free of charge. The staff is readily available to help when need is required.

Congratulations to the Ramada Inn on their open.


RC – Brightway Insurance

Charlene Rodriguez has been in the insurance industry for the past 10 years and after running an office for a local SF Agent she decided that It was time to open her own insurance agency. She found Brightway Insurance in Jacksonville. The Lakeland office offers a full line of nationally-backed, premier auto, home, business and personal insurance products at competitive value. They take pride in servicing your needs with a personal touch. They will shop the best coverage’s at the lowest rates. In their office, they will bring you more choices of coverage’s from more carriers, for the best protection at the lowest rates.

Congratulations to Ms. Rodriguez and Brightway Insurance.


January Business After Hours

BAH Hosts

Join us for our January Business After Hours hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lakeland & Mulberry and Alpha Appraisal Services. So come out and network with 250 other business professionals at the James J Musson Boys & Girls Club. Located at 950 Pinewood Ave. on the corner of W. Highlands.

BAH Hosts

Cost to attend:  $10.00 Chamber members ~ $30 Non-Chamber members


Please R.S.V.P. by 5:00 PM the day prior to the event.  You may register and pay online or call (863)688-8551, Ext 301