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Florida SBDC Network Announces New Cybersecurity Service

jkhkjThe Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, is pleased to announce a new cybersecurity service available to small businesses.

Cyberattacks against small businesses are on the rise. According to Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, 43 percent of all attacks worldwide were targeted at small businesses with less than 250 employees.

The Florida SBDC Network’s Byte-Size Small Business Cybersecurity Program provides small business owners with a sound understanding of the risks of cyberattacks, common cybersecurity threats, and strategies to safeguard their business.

Through the program, Florida SBDCs across the state will offer no-cost workshops covering four topics: basic cybersecurity threats, security, remediation, and cybersecurity resources.

A key takeaway and the foundation for these workshops is a new in-depth resource guide, which offers user-friendly information to help businesses become more cyber-secure.

In addition to training, Florida SBDC professionally certified business consultants will work one-on-one with business owners to help address their individual needs. They can also assist business owners through the development of a comprehensive cybersecurity plan.

“While no technology or program can stop every attack, taking basic precautions can significantly reduce the risk of a business falling victim,” said Michael Myhre, CEO of the Florida SBDC Network. “We are very proud to offer this new service to help small businesses protect their business, employees, customers, and profits.”

Established in 1976, the Florida SBDC Network is a statewide service network of more than 40 centers. State designated as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance, the Florida SBDC Network provides consulting, training, and information to existing and aspiring businesses.

The Florida SBDC Network recently partnered with Ridge Global, a globally-recognized risk management cybersecurity firm, to launch the program statewide.

In December, the Florida SBDC Network partnered with Florida International University, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to host the Florida Cybersecurity Conference, which brought together cybersecurity experts both locally and nationally from government, law enforcement, and the private sector to help businesses develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs. To view pictures from the event, please click here.

To learn more about the program, and to register for a workshop, please visit



The Lakeland City Commission voted today to increase the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers effective April 1, 2018. The last increase was in July 1, 2017. Fuel costs were impacted by unusual weather patterns during this past January and February resulting in an increased load to the utility. With an increase of $2.00 for the fuel charge, the utility estimates having approximately $18 million in the reserve by the end of the fiscal year in September.

The fuel charge will increase from 3.875¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 4.075¢ per kWh. Multiplying the new fuel charge by 1,000 kWh, which is approximately the average a residential home utilizes in a month, the cost equals $40.75 per 1,000 kWh for fuel.

Even by increasing the fuel charge Lakeland Electric customers will continue to have some of the lowest electric rates in the state. As with most electric utilities that generate their own power, the cost of fuel is directly passed onto the customers. Keeping the fuel charge as low as possible, while also maintaining a financial fuel reserve to help mitigate fluctuating fuel costs, is an important part of Lakeland Electric’s ongoing effort to keep our customer’s electric costs stable.

Residential Rates Based on 1,000 kWh Current New Rates – Effective July, 2017
Base Charge* (see below for breakdown of charges) $63.02 $63.02
Fuel Charge              $38.75 $40.75
TOTAL: $101.77 $103.77


*Base Charge
Customer Charge $  9.50/month
Energy & Smart Grid Charges $50.99/1000 kWh
Environmental Charge $  2.53/1000 kWh           
Total Base Charge          $63.02/ 1000 kWh



Central Florida SCORE Workshop: “Small Business Administration Working for You”

154_photo_713Central Florida SCORE will host a Small Business Workshop on “Small Business Administration Working for You”, Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at My Office & More,122 E Main St.  Please arrive 7:45 am for refreshments, workshop 8:00 – 9:30 am. The workshop is sponsored by BB&T Bank and will be presented by: C.J. Castro, Senior Area Manager of SBA. Cost is $10 and reservations are required. To register go to  For more information, call 863 284-5607.  SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and confidential mentoring free of charge.  SCORE is a resource partner of the Small Business Administration. 


Framework Group, the Developer of the Lake Mirror Site Provide Renderings Prior to Presentation to City Commission on Feb. 19 Meeting

Image000001Once thought of as mostly quiet and part of the past, Lakeland is on the rise. With an evolving workforce, its population is growing. With Downtown offering more urban and eclectic experiences, its appeal is broadening. And with increasing demand for contemporary housing, its timing is perfect for something that’s never been seen before.

At the heart of Downtown Lakeland is Lake Mirror. Surrounded by its promenade, this historic landmark is also a cultural hub. Home to concerts and festivals, as well as art shows and holiday celebrations, Lake Mirror attracts the crowds. And it reflects not only the past and present, but also the future. Because an entirely new standard for living is just a short walk away.

Welcome to Mirrorton, a transformative development that complements and redefines Downtown.

Image000011With 305 apartments and townhomes set on 13.5 acres, Mirrorton is designed to be both nestled in and a seamless extension of its surroundings. Its urban neighborhood design and planning emphasize the street-level pedestrian experience, and the building architecture combines traditional brick and stucco materials with a contemporary massing and aesthetic. Mirrorton also unveils a welcomed mix of top-end finishes and unexpected appointments. From granite counters and wood floors, to high ceilings, abundant natural light and more, Mirrorton showcases a level of detail as thoughtful and refined as it is inviting.

Also at another level are Mirrorton’s master plan and amenities package. The layout features open green space with live oaks, wide sidewalks, an adjacent dog park, and a grand lawn next to a clubhouse. But not just any clubhouse. Because at more than 8,000 square feet, Club Mirrorton goes far beyond current perceptions when it comes to resident luxuries in Lakeland.

Club Mirrorton offers a fitness center and coffee bar, spa with sauna and massage services, resident kitchen, pet spa and speakeasy. There’s also a conference room, computer room, game room and private party room, as well as a resort style pool and patio. More than an amenity, Club Mirrorton is a destination unto itself.

Delivering a degree of scale that turns heads and quality that raises eyebrows, Mirrorton truly stands apart. It blends precedence with innovation, establishes new norms, and beckons you to drive less and stroll more. For Downtown Lakeland, Mirrorton is an unrivaled