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Make Plans To Attend 2009 Super Bowl Breakfast

clip_image002The day before Super Bowl XLIII fans will join sports legends in Tampa for the 22nd annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl Breakfast. The NFL sanctioned Breakfast is expected to bring out nearly 7,000 guests in attendance to hear from distinguished NFL athletes and coaches and to see the awarding of the prestigious Bart Starr Award.

The Bart Starr Award is voted on by the NFL players and honors one player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. The award, bearing the name of NFL Hall of Famer Bart Starr, honors Starr’s lifelong commitment to serving as a positive role model to his family, teammates and community. Past winners include NFL Greats LaDainian Tomlinson, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, Aeneas Williams and Reggie White.

The 2009 breakfast program features NFL athletes and coaches, including Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy, NFL Hall of Famers Bart Starr and Anthony Munoz, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Derrick Brooks and former San Francisco 49er Brent Jones as emcee. There will be NFL Films highlights, interviews, humor and personal stories of success and failure, family and faith.

The Super Bowl Breakfast is Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. at the USF Sun Dome. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on or by calling 1-866-448-7849. For more information, visit


Citizens Bank & Trust Holiday Open House

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Chamber members are invited to join the Citizens Bank family as they celebrate the holidays in their new location on Lake Morton! There will be plenty of networking, holiday cheer & delicious edibles from Chef Terrie Lobb.

Thursday, December 11
5:00-7:00 pm
Citizens Bank & Trust Downtown Office
402 S Kentucky Avenue
Please RSVP by December 8 to (863) 686-1430.

Web 2.0, are you ready

I thought of a couple of friends when I saw this article. It references why companies should jump into the Web 2.0 world, and details the bad habits of some others. For those that don’t know, Web 2.0 is a general term for the interaction on the web (social media like Facebook and Linkedin as well as  blogging, and micro blogging like Twitter  among a lot of other areas). A better definition can be found here.

So if you are interested in your organization diving in or just interested into what i am talking about, make sure you at least ask these “bigger” queestions before you consider these media channels: 

- Are we willing to not just listen, but to respond and adapt based on the back and forth? 
– Are we willing to become active participants – not just in our channels but in the other channels and spaces as well? 
– Are we willing to change the focus from being about our company to being about everybody – us, them and the entire community? 
– Are we willing to be participants with just as much fervour and passion when it’s not good for us, but good for the community or the industry as a whole? 
– Are we willing to be open? 
– Are we willing to be really, really open and transparent?

I am not even sure that i can answer yes to the questions on all the projects i have worked on, but now I will.  I hope you take a look at the article and other articles on this so called new media. Media as we know it is changing, and changing fast, where will your company be?


Why Buy Lakeland?

If you ask me, I can think of an endless number of reasons to remember our Chamber’s “Buy Lakeland” campaign.

… it builds our schools!

… it paves our roads!

… it employs our neighbors!

… it makes good cents!

In fact, if we’re not careful, I may just come up with a top ten list every day! As the holiday season gears up for big sales and even bigger stress, look to your local retailers for great gift ideas and even greater service. From large “big-box” stores to local mom & pop boutiques, our retailers offer a fabulous assortment of gift options along with all the assistance you need in shopping for your loved ones and your holiday time together.

This year, with the news reporting stories of economic downturn and cautious buyers, it is more important than ever that our community bands together to keep our dollars local! Remember, that gadget you bought online might not have cost quite as much, but your computer can’t provide you with the same service or assistance that your neighbor can! Visit our Preferred Business Directory to get started on your shopping and let our local retailers know how much you appreciate their contribution to our economy!