Category Archives: Announcements

13Jan/10

RC – M.S.E.A. Solutions Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

M.S.E.A. Solutions | www.mseasolutions.com

(863) 965-4621

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Michael and Susan Wasnorowicz had been searching for several years for a business that we could be passionate about and one that we could spend as much or as little time as we chose. Last spring we discovered Profiles International. Profiles International is a company that has been in business since 1991 providing tools to help companies “gain a competitive advantage by selecting, hiring, retaining and developing great talent”. They have over 40,000 clients in more than 118 countries. They are the fastest growing employee assessment company in the world, and in my opinion, they are the best

Having been in retail management for over 35 years I knew a lot about the issues confronting businesses, especially today. Many of those issues today are employee related. I have always enjoyed people and I love a good challenge so becoming an authorized business partner with Profiles seemed like a worthwhile consideration. Last June we flew out to meet with the company’s principals at their headquarters in Waco, Texas. A couple of weeks later, in July 2009, M.S.E.A. Solutions was born.

Our mission is to help businesses improve their work forces one employee at a time. We know that we can significantly add to a company’s bottom line by doing so. We are looking forward to a long and rewarding presence in the Lakeland business community. Thank you!

11Jan/10

64th Tiger BBQ

Join us in welcoming our Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium, Florida’s most magnificent spring training facility!

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Thursday, February 25, 2010 | Gates Open at 6 PM
Steaks Served 7:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m. ONLY
No Take Out Orders | One Steak Per Person
Adults: $50.00 Children 12 & Under: $25.00

Joker Marchant Stadium

(We host the Tiger Organization)

Enjoy “The Famous Menu” which begins serving from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Roast Corn, Shrimp, BBQ Ribs, Char-Broiled Steaks, Italian Sausage and Baked Beans!

Purchase Your Tickets Online Now!

09Jan/10

Chamber Members Support 116th Army National Guard Families

On Friday, January 8, the Army National Guard based in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Dade City & Bartow deployed for the middle east. The Chamber was asked by the Polk County Veterans Council to serve as a “who to call” resource for the families of the soldiers – but our members helped us take that request to the next level! Thanks to support from the following member businesses, we were able to provide 325 soldiers and their families with goodie bags full of coupons, discount cards and more!

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Badcock Home Furniture & more Lakeland Surgical and Diagnostic Center
bds Mongolian Grill Learning Resource Center
BrightHouse Networks MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
Brooke Pottery Monarch School
Citizens Bank Platinum Bank
Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Winter Haven Publix Super Markets, Inc.
DSM.net Republican Women’s Club of Lakeland Federated
Explorations V Children’s Museum Rita’s Ice.Custard.Happiness
Family Martial Arts Center Riverside Bank
Games2U of Central Florida Royalty Advertising
Gem Supply Co. SendOutCards.com
Genie Publishing Sew & Sew Alterations
Goodwill Human Services Shelter Mortgage
Holiday Inn Lakeland – South Sign-A-Rama
Home Inventory Specialists Tri-county Human Services
Huntington Learning Center WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio
Lakeland OB-GYN

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08Jan/10

23rd Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and Allen & Company will host the 23rd Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast at the Lakeland Center on Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 AM to hear the 2010 economic projections.

It’s not too late! Call us today at (863) 688-8551, x228 to reserve your ticket!

Back by popular demand, Brian Wesbury will offer his perspective on the national economy.  Mr. Wesbury is one of America’s prominent economists and economic forecasters. He is the Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors L.P., a financial services firm based in Lisle, Illinois and serves on the Board of Advisors to First Trust Capital Partners, an affiliated private-equity firm. Brian is a monthly contributor for the American Spectator magazine and regularly published in the Wall Street Journal, and has been a CNBC Contributor since 2007.

New to our event, Dr. Robert Lang will join us to offer his perspective on the future growth and economic potential of Polk County and the Central Florida region.  Robert Lang has made a strong mark as one of America’s pre-eminent experts on the many faces- urban, suburban and exurban – of physical and population growth across North America.  An urban planning and policy expert, Dr. Lang focuses on suburban studies; demographic and spatial analysis; metropolitan governance; the “built environment”; and other issues of environmental psychology. He is a director of the Metropolitan Institute at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is research director for the Brookings Mountain West Initiative with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Remember…there is still time to reserve your ticket. Call Christine at (863) 688-8551, x241 today!

08Jan/10

Florida Back to Work Program Grants Wage Assistance to Employers

Need to Hire Workers?

Apply for Florida Back to Work

Polk Works Pay 95%, Employer Pays 5%

Important and Time Sensitive Notice:

The Florida Back to Work program has just been announced. It will provide up to a 95 percent reimbursement to Florida’s businesses to cover the costs of employee wages and benefits.  All available jobs listed under the Florida Back to Work program will be posted on the Employ Florida Marketplace – employflorida.com.  The initial Florida Back to Work grants will be awarded on February 1, 2010. The Florida Back to Work Program can provide up to $200 million in federal funding for jobs for Floridians who receive, or are eligible to receive, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and can create nearly 25,500 jobs based on a $12 per hour salary.  Please contact Polk Works for more information at 863-508-1600 or go to www.floridajobs.org/workforce/backtowork/ .

  • What is the benefit to employers?

The Florida Back to Work program will provide up to a 95 percent reimbursement to cover the costs of employee wages and benefits.  Employers will need to contribute the in-kind cost of the employee supervision and training and a cash contribution to cover the remaining 5 percent cost.

  • Are all employers eligible?

Public, private for-profit businesses and not-for-profit entities can participate.

  • Who is operating Florida Back to Work?

The Florida Back to Work program is a partnership between AWI, WFI and DCF and will be administered through the state’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards.

  • How can I find out about job listings? 

Participating employers will post job openings on the Employ Florida Marketplace – employflorida.com.

  • When will the jobs be available?

The initial round of proposals will be due from the RWBs on January 15, 2010
The initial Florida Back to Work grants will be awarded on February 1, 2010