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LAKELAND, FLORIDA (June 22, 2017) — Registration for vendor booth space at the BIG Event Lakeland – a free music festival on Saturday, November 11, 2017 – is open! Local businesses, food providers, artists, makers, and organizations can promote themselves and keep 100% of their proceeds!

Registration for the BIG Event is available at 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’s there to do?  Local live music, Local food & restaurant wars, Kids’ fun, Exhibitors – explore, learn, shop, R&R Tent, and much more! Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

What:                                              The 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:   

Additional information:



Gold Kids’ Area Sponsor – Publix Super Markets, Inc. | Bronze T-Shirt Sponsor – Heacock Insurance | Bronze First Aid Sponsor – Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center | Community Partner – Saddle Creek Logistics Services | Radio Partner – WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio


FB Booth Discount 7-31


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


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.

• 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.


Lakeland Chamber’s Smoke Free Business Initiative

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting worksite wellness among its investor businesses. That’s why we have partnered with Tobacco Free Polk, the proud sponsor of a new Smoke Free Business Initiative. In the coming months we would like to recognize businesses for having a strong tobacco policy that also offers employees using tobacco the tools needed to help them quit.

In order to gain recognition, Chamber businesses will need to take the following steps:

  1. Complete the attached Tobacco Free Florida Worksite Wellness Assessment (TFW_Assessment_Editable).
  2. Return the assessment to Tobacco Free Polk staff,
  3. Each assessment will be analyzed to see if your business qualifies for the Florida Cessation Alliance’s Worksite Wellness Award. If your business qualifies, simply work with Tobacco Free Polk to complete the Worksite Wellness Award application. Businesses receiving a gold or silver status will be recognized via the Chamber’s e-newsletter and in some way at the Annual Meeting in January.
  4. ALL Chamber businesses that complete the assessment, whether or not they qualify for the award, will receive the following:
    1. TWO FREE tickets to an upcoming Business After Hours event. In order to qualify for the tickets, every question on the assessment must be complete. Options “Don’t Know/Not Sure” will not count.
    2. Opportunity to receive FREE assistance from Tobacco Free Polk staff regarding options for strengthening your tobacco policy and/or your healthcare plan.

Please send your completed assessment to Juli Davis at If you have any questions, please contact Juli at (863) 578-2157.

Thank you for all you are doing to make Polk workplaces happy, productive, and healthy!

YEA! Polk Graduate Logan Soria, CEO of Stand Up!, Pitches to Investors


LAKELAND, FLORIDA (June 13, 2017) — The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is recruiting students for the Polk County chapter, only the fifth chapter in Florida, for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a 30-week program for students, ages 11-18, where students start and run their own business and form connections with community leaders. The program will feature guest speakers from businesses and five field trips.

The program has three main sections: the big idea, the pitch and the launch. In the big idea phase, students brainstorm ideas, explore their passions, and learn how to evaluate a business opportunity.

The pitch will be a five-minute presentation by the students to an investors’ panel, which is made up of sponsors. During the launch phase, students will open bank accounts and file for legal fictitious names. The students will display their products at a trade show in May 2018. LkldTV captures the magic of the program in their video from this year’s trade show

A recent graduate of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, 18-year-old Logan Soria, CEO/Owner of Stand Up!, shares his experience, “You are going to go through a part-time business boot camp. That isn’t something you should be afraid of. As an entrepreneur, you have to embrace the barriers ahead – whether it be a lack of knowledge, funds, or ability. Trust me, if you try your best, you will make it through those hard times and you will be rewarded by your success.”

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce chapter will accept up to 20 students; the early application deadline is June 30. Classes will take place 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Southeastern University beginning in October.

The tuition for the program is $595, but 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

To learn more about YEA! visit, or for information on our local chapter, please visit at, or contact Rebecca Fortier at (863) 688-8551 ext. 229 or by email at  The YEA! Polk Sponsors and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce are helping to build the next generation of business leaders in Polk County.

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

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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Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium Seeks “Best of the Ballparks” Designation

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