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Green Business Expo 2010 – Exhibitor Discounts for Chamber Members

The GreenHome Wamalama event will be held at The Lakeland Center in Lakeland Florida on Saturday, February 27, 2010 and offer residents throughout central and southwest Florida’s an opportunity to learn about the many local companies offering green, eco-friendly and other sustainable solutions for consumers, homes and business.

Exhibitor Discounts for Chamber Members
The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is a participating sponsor in the expo and Chamber member businesses who wish to be involved will receive a 20% discount off exhibitor fees.  Visit for exhibitor details.

A Showcase of Local Green Businesses
In an effort to promote educational programs on energy conservation, water conservation and recycling the GreenHome Wamalama Green Business Expo will feature an array of ecologically responsible products and services. The event will feature ‘Green Earth Presentation Sponsors’ like Magnify Credit Union, boasting the areas first net-zero energy, green commercial building project in the state to achieve a Gold level LEED certification; new Hybrid vehicle offerings from local dealers; solar energy technology solutions from various providers and sponsors like QuikBeam Energy of Winter Haven, FL; and many other vendors of alternative energy and sustainability solutions.  This event will provide informative and actionable content for both consumers and business owners on how they can save energy, save money and “green up” their homes and facilities.

Fun and Informative for the Whole Family
As in previous events, the expo will feature a CFL recycling drive, an Eco-Kids zone with fun, learning activities and plans to showcase green initiatives offered through local city and county programs.  Throughout the event will be a series of free sustainability presentations by the expo sponsors and other local experts that include informative topics on green job opportunities, energy and water conservation and new innovative green technologies.

Green Business Expo

Saturday, February 27, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Lakeland Center
(941) 704-6835 for Exhibitor Info


Podcast Available of 2010 Economic Forecast Breakfast

Thursday’s 2010 Economic Forecast Breakfast, presented by Allen & Company of Florida, is now available for download in three parts on the Allen & Company Web site.

Together, Allen & Company of Florida and The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Chief Economist for First Trust Advisors, Brian Wesbury, and Executive Director of Brookings Mountain West, Dr. Robert Lang to share insights on the past year and theories on what may come in 2010 on both the local and national scope.


Keith Albritton (Allen & Company of Florida), LEDC Chair Scott Franklin (Lanier Upshaw), Kathleen Munson (Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce), LACC Chair Joe L. Ruthven (The Ruthvens), Dr. Robert Lang, Brian Wesbury, Laura Hawley (Allen & Company of Florida)

Photo credit: Gil Williams Photography


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

M.S.E.A. Solutions |

(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!


64th Tiger BBQ

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


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!


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. 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.
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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