Category Archives: Community Info & Events

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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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

12Jul/17

LOCAL SUPPORT IS “BIG” FOR LAKELAND’S BIG EVENT

BIG Sponsors ThanksLAKELAND, FLORIDA (July 12, 2017) — Community support helps ensure success of the second year of the BIG Event Lakeland. The Lakeland Chamber which hosts the event on Saturday, November 11, 2017 is excited to announce strategic sponsorships for this year’s event:

The Kids’ Breezeway is sponsored by Publix Super Markets, Inc., and the “Big 4” Stage is sponsored by Hall Communications / WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio. The BIG Event is also supported by the Ledger Media Group and Tinsley Creative as Print Media Sponsor and Marketing Sponsor, respectively. Sponsorships in support of First Aid, T-Shirts, Poster Contest, Tailgate, Treasure Hunt, and Costume Contest are confirmed with Watson Clinic LLP, Bank of Central Florida, CPS Investment Advisors, Heacock Insurance, Highland Homes, Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center, and Lanier Upshaw. For the second year in a row, Green Construction is sponsoring the Salute to Veterans.

The support received for the BIG Event helps to underwrite programs and initiatives of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. Since 1921, the Lakeland Chamber has served as an advocate for business. The Chamber is a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper. It is the largest Chamber of Commerce in Polk County, and the 6th largest in the state, with over 1,400 investor businesses, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce continues to be an integral component of the Lakeland community by offering a wide variety of programs and initiatives that positively impact the economic vitality and quality of life in our region. Initiatives and Programs include:

  • Pro-Business Advocacy:  The Chamber monitors local and state issues that affect business and the quality of life through the Advocacy Committee and BusinessVoice of Greater Lakeland, Inc.
  • Professional Development:  The Chamber offers seminars and educational activities throughout the year geared to assist the business community, specifically small business.
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau:  This bureau markets Lakeland and Polk County as an ideal convention and tourist destination.
  • Relocation Inquiries:  As the experts on Lakeland, families call the Chamber and visit LakelandChamber.com before they visit or move.  Allowing member businesses to be first to promote their product or service to these new residents before they establish their buying patterns.
  • Small Business Award:  A Chamber committee is responsible for selecting and recognizing one small business each month that epitomizes entrepreneurial spirit, business excellence and community involvement.  One of the 12 will be recognized at the end of the year with the Scott Linder Small Business of the Year Award.
  • Leadership Lakeland:  To identify and enhance future leadership for Lakeland; and, increase participants’ leadership skills and develop an “esprit de corps” among the participants which will provide a common ground for working together on present and future community and Chamber projects.
  • Public Leadership Institute of Polk County (PLI):  A nonpartisan “pre-campaign” candidate and public leadership school with the mission of identifying and educating local business-minded leaders who are interested in exploring the possibility of one-day seeking public office and using business principles to address public issues.
  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!:  A groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real  businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job–not just take a job! YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom.
  • EMERGE Lakeland:  A meaningful networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ranging in age from 21-42 in Lakeland. This organization is a partnership of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Central Florida. Groundwork for such an organization began in 2003. The partnership offers a unique opportunity for collaboration between the two organizations for the continued strengthening of the community.
  • Lakeland Chamber Foundation:  Through the generous contributions of member businesses and individuals, the Foundation is able to award small grants to not-for-profit organizations in the Lakeland area to support specific community and education betterment projects.

Vendor Booth Registration for the BIG Event is available at http://goo.gl/nydmXE. The registration this year features an interactive map that allows vendors to select their booth location! Vendors are encouraged to sign up early as booth prices increase by $50 after July 31, 2017.

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 11th, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 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 Awards at the Main Stage, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans.  Then enjoy non-stop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE live music fest!

What:  BIG Event Lakeland – Pirates on the Promenade

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

Where:  Lake Mirror Amphitheatre, 121 S Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Fees:  Free admission!

Vendor registration:             http://goo.gl/nydmXE

Additional information:      https://goo.gl/K7qgew

Video:                                              https://goo.gl/GPGCkA

Contact:  Rebecca Fortier at (863) 688-8551 ext. 229  or by email at rfortier@lakelandchamber.com.

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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.

 

19Jun/17

American Cancer Society Seeks Leadership Team for Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society is looking to fill its Fund the Cure Lead position for its Lakeland Relay for Life Committee. See the job description below. Those interested should contact Danielle Harris, Community Manager, Relay For Life, at danielle.harris@cancer.org.

FUND THE CURE LEAD

LEAD ROLE:
The fund the cure lead drives the fundraising and mission education of the American Cancer
Society and the Relay For Life program within the community.
Individuals in this role are organized and dedicated to the strategic development and execution of
educating the public about the mission, advocacy, and education efforts of the American Cancer
Society that seeks to eradicate cancer and engage them in activities that promote the Society’s
value proposition to save lives and help people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back.

SPECIFIC TASKS CAN INCLUDE:
• Assist people lead and experience lead in recruiting Event Leadership Team members.
• Assist and mentor the mission lead, ACS CAN lead, registration lead, accounting lead,
fundraising lead, and sponsorship lead.
• Provide guidance and support in developing a strategic plan to educate the community on the
mission and advocacy efforts of the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life program.
• Partner with the Relay For Life specialist to create and execute development strategy to grow
the mission and advocacy connection and quality of the event.
• Meet with event lead and Relay For Life specialist monthly or bi-monthly to benchmark goals
and progress.