12Jun/08

May Small Business of the Month – LeMans Apartments/Suites

Carlton Hodges
LeMans Apartments/Suites
1501 Shepherd Road, Suite 5
Lakeland, FL 33811-2172
863/647-2929
www.lemanssuites.com


In 1987, construction began on a 15-acre site located on Shepherd Road in Lakeland. The property was built in phases and became known as LeMans Apartments/Suites. LeMans consists of 147 unfurnished, long-term rental units and 50 completely furnished, short-term rental units. The short-term rental units were developed after a voiced need from local, national and international businesses for their employees to have a homelike atmosphere while away from home on business trips. These short-term rental suites include a washer and dryer, high speed Internet and unlimited local and long distance phone service. To keep the units as impeccable as possible, housekeeping is also offered.

The philosophy at LeMans is to treat people how one wants to be treated. The staff understands the value of customer satisfaction and strives to meet the goal of repeat business. Customers are always made to feel welcome at LeMans. In addition, the property is well-maintained and continually upgraded in order to provide guests with an optimal experience.

Owner and President of LeMans, Mr. Hodges is active in the community and involved with the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, the Polk County Builders Association, HBA Association, NAHB, Dixie Youth in Mulberry and serves on the Lakeland Hotel/Motel Association Board. Moreover, LeMans donates appliances that are being upgraded to various charities. Mr. Hodges firmly believes that people need to give back to the community through involvement.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate LeMans Apartments/Suites as the Small Business of the Month for May.

Jennifer Smith (Florida Remodeling & Designs, Inc.) presents the May Small Business of the Month award to Carlton Hodges, LeMans Apartments/Suites.

12Jun/08

Ribbon Cutting – Learning Resource Center

Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc.
1628 S. Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL 33803
863-688-9477

“The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. (LRC) was founded by the Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc. in 1975 to help students by providing personalized supplemental education programs and consulting services for parents. At that time it was known as the Learning Disabilities Center and its primary purpose was to serve students with specific learning disabilities and provide support for their parents. The name changed in 1977, as programs for the learning disabled grew in the public school system, and LRC expanded its services to help all students maximize their learning potential.

From its humble beginnings as a small volunteer group working in borrowed space, LRC today has over 300 certified teachers who provide county wide services to over 3,000 students ages five through adult.”

Congratulations to Executive Director Pam Craven and the entire LRC team on the beautiful new building. Thanks to Mayor Buddy Fletcher, Board Members, Hugh Autry, Andy Hernandez, and Paul Norris for attending.

11Jun/08

USF POLYTECHNIC GETS THE FUNDING!!!

What an exciting two days! Yesterday, Governor Crist signed SB 186, giving the new USF campus in Polk County autonomy and officially changing the name to USF Polytechnic. And moments ago, the Governor signed the state budget into law that allocates $15 million for the first phase of construction of the USF Polytechnic campus.

This is a major victory for our Polk County community! Please congratulate Dr. Marshall Goodman, David Steele and the entire USF team. Their vision and dedication are the reasons for this success. Our Polk delegation, especially Sen. JD Alexander and Rep. Seth McKeel, should be thanked for their tremendous support as well.

Also, thanks so much to all of you who communicated support to Governor Crist. We have been told that your emails made a substantial impact!

It’s a good day to be in Polk County! Go Bulls!

If you would like to email the Polk delegation and Governor Crist, their emails are below:

Governor Charlie Crist

governorcharliecrist@myflorida.com

Senator JD Alexander

alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Paula Dockery

dockery.paula.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Ronda Storms

storms.ronda.web@flsenate.gov

Representative Frank Attkisson

frank.attkisson@myfloridahouse.gov

Representative Marty Bowen

marty.bowen@myfloridahouse.gov

Representative Seth McKeel

seth.mckeel@myfloridahouse.gov

Representative Dennis Ross

dennis.ross@myfloridahouse.gov

Representative Baxter Troutman

baxter.troutman@myfloridahouse.gov

Thank you again and have a great day.

11Jun/08

Ribbon Cutting – Huntington Learning Center

Huntington Learning Center
4000 US HWY 98 North Lakeland, FL 33809
863-701-9200

From http://www.huntingtonlearning.com

“Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center has served America’s students and families longer than any other tutoring provider. We help students ages 5 to 17 achieve remarkable improvements in their grades, test scores and self-esteem. The success of our program lies in the one-to-one attention we devote to every child and the expertise of our caring, certified teachers.”

This is a new location that opened in April 2008. Congratulations to owner, Carol Sherron, and the entire Huntington LC Staff on the opening of a beautiful facility.

Thanks to Commissioner Glen Higgins, Board Members Nancy Cattarius, Melinda Harrison, and Chamber Champion Nick Dorsch

03Jun/08

Ribbon Cutting – MicroPath Laboratories

MicroPath Laboratories, a local anatomic pathology laboratory, has relocated their headquarter offices and laboratory to 1125 U.S. Highway 98 South in Lakeland. The move is in direct relation to the company’s consistent growth. As the local market leader in the anatomic pathology services, this move will enable MicroPath Laboratories to further enhance the level of service to their clients. MicroPath Laboratories has served local hospitals and clinics for 40 years. Congratulations to MicroPath Laboratories as they open in their new location.