Category Archives: Announcements

31Dec/09

Countdown Day # 1… Take a Role in Leadership

We’re on a mission as we countdown the days to 2010… help our members create their best year of Chamber membership ever! Each day, we’ll post a success tip – be sure to read them all and make plans to join us in 2010 for a fabulous year!

Countdown To Membership Success

1: Take a Role in Leadership. The Chamber is the most respected business organization in the community.  It brings together business and civic -minded individuals who share a common goal of promoting
commerce in our community.

This doesn’t happen without the talents and abilities of our members.  Regardless of your talent, using it in a leadership capacity will reap great rewards for you and your business.

When you are a leader within the Chamber you are a leader within the community.  You and your business become recognized as leaders.

Taking a role in leadership in any organization requires an investment of time and an understanding of the organization.  Leadership in your Chamber is no different.

30Dec/09

Show your support for Polk’s 116th Field Artillery Brigade!

The 2nd Battalion of the 116 Field Artillery Brigade of the Florida Army National Guard, stationed in Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven and Dade City, is deploying to the Middle East next month. A Farewell Ceremony will be held in their honor on Friday, January 8, 2010 at The Lakeland Center Arena.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce has been asked to serve as the “Who to Call” contact for the families of the deployed servicemen and women. Initially we were asked to provide our Chamber Buyer’s Guide to each family, but we thought we would take it a step further.  Publix graciously donated 300 reusable green bags to hold the Buyer’s Guides and fillers from our members…  Now all we need are fillers!

~Calling all Chamber Member Businesses~

You and your company can support the families of the deployed servicemen and women by offering coupons, discount cards, pens, notepads, magnets, specialty products… anything that promotes your business and shows your support for our troops.

Time is short! If you and your company would like to participate, we need 325 of your bag “fillers” at the Chamber office on or before Thursday, January 7.  If you would like to participate, please contact Katie Daughtrey at kdaughtrey@lakelandchamber.com or call her at (863) 688-8551, x241.

Don’t have a bag “filler”? You can still help! On Thursday, January 7 at 3 p.m., Chamber staff and volunteers will be organized to fill the bags with all of the goodies we’ve collected. To offer your time, please contact Katie Daughtrey.

The 2nd Battalion of the 116 Field Artillery Brigade of the Florida National Guard is stationed in Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven and Dade City. This is the first time since World War II that all four divisions of the 116th have been deployed together. A “Band of Brothers” Ceremony for the soldiers, their families, and all veterans will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Park on the West side of the Lakeland Center at 9:00 am on January 8, 2010. A public farewell ceremony will be held at the Lakeland Center Arena at 10:00 am on Friday, January 8, 2010. Please come show your support for our troops!

30Dec/09

Countdown Day #2… Volunteer

We’re on a mission as we countdown the days to 2010… help our members create their best year of Chamber membership ever! Each day, we’ll post a success tip – be sure to read them all and make plans to join us in 2010 for a fabulous year!

Countdown To Membership Success

Volunteer–Offer to Help. Relationships are built on trust and familiarity with others.  Being seen often is good, but being known as someone who is always willing to help is better.

If your time permits, volunteer to help with events or programs of the Chamber.  There are numerous volunteer activities that require as little as a few minutes a month. Whether it’s volunteering for a committee or just helping move some tables around at a Chamber function, your help is needed and appreciated.

You may find that you have a special interest in one or more of the initiatives of the chamber. Working side by side with others who share your interests is a great way to meet people and build relationships while doing important work for the community.

Relationships built in a common cause are strong and valuable.  Volunteer.

29Dec/09

Countdown Day # 3… Follow Up & Follow Through

We’re on a mission as we countdown the days to 2010… help our members create their best year of Chamber membership ever! Each day, we’ll post a success tip – be sure to read them all and make plans to join us in 2010 for a fabulous year!

Countdown To Membership Success

3: Follow Up and Follow Through. Chamber membership provides you with a great opportunity to build your business so long as you follow up and follow through.

When you meet new people you must follow up with a card, call or email.  Tell them you enjoyed meeting them and look forward to seeing them again.  That’s why in your networking plan it is important to limit how many people you will meet.

When you refer someone, follow up and be certain that the referral was valuable for both parties.  Make sure you’re referring someone who is following up and that the referrals you are giving are good ones.

When you are referred by someone, make sure to follow through within 24 hours.  Give the referral a call and then let the person that referred you know that you have made contact and that you appreciate the referral.

28Dec/09

Countdown Day # 4… Give the First Referral

We’re on a mission as we countdown the days to 2010… help our members create their best year of Chamber membership ever! Each day, we’ll post a success tip – be sure to read them all and make plans to join us in 2010 for a fabulous year!

Countdown To Membership Success

Give the First Referral. You have your plan in place and you are holding one-on-one meetings with the right people. The next step is to build a relationship.  It begins with giving the first referral.

Sometimes when you meet people at events you will learn enough about them to have a prospective referral for them when you hold your one-on-one meeting.  Other times the one-on-one will spark an idea.  Either way, your task is to think of someone you know that would be a good fit for the person you are developing a relationship with.

When giving the first referral it is wise to advise the person you are referring that you will be sending someone their way. This ensures that when your new networking friend calls, he or she will be greeted warmly. 

Giving the first referral gets things going in the relationship and shows your new friend that you are thinking of them and wish for them to succeed.  They’ll do the same for you.