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BusinessPrep Workshop Offers Insight Into Economic Truths

Webster University instructor Arthur McKee was on hand at the September BusinessPrep workshop to provide an academic look into the realities of the economy. Focusing on the cyclical changes that economic systems face, McKee was positive about the future, but cautious.

By paying attention to global markets and the changes in American consumerism, McKee believes that the US will transition back to a manufacturing nation. As the markets stabilize, the possibility that foreign parts and products will increase in price grows. Couple that with increased transportation costs, and the necessity of US manufacturing and exports becomes apparent.

In the mean time, his advice to consumers is to pay down debt, own what you use and diversify investments internationally. For business owners, he suggests looking at suppliers and seeking a stable future with US manufacturers and export possibilities.

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Many thanks to Webster University for being a gracious host, and to Mr. McKee for some new perspectives on the economy. BusinessPrep won’t be back until 2010… see you then!


Fun! Fun! Fun Bike Center Motorsports Hosts September After Hours

You won’t want to miss this Thursday’s Business After Hours at Fun Bike Center Motorsports! With food and drinks from Mojo’s Winghouse and Papa John’s Pizza, and performances by Stunt Wars, we know we can count on the Fun BIke folks for a great time- and great networking! Plus, I’m told that there will be drink and appetizer specials at Mojo’s Winghouse for the un-official “After After Hours” party…


1845 E Memorial Blvd

Thursday, September 17, 2009

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

$10 members, $30 guests

Your R.S.V.P. is appreciated! Visit the Chamber Store to register and pay using your credit card or email to register and pay at the door.


2009 Polk County Veterans Day Celebration

Saturday, November 7, 2009

10am – 11am | Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Lakeland, FL.

11am – 12pm | Veterans Parade through Downtown Lakeland

12pm – 2pm  | Veterans Celebration at Munn Park in Downtown Lakeland.

The Ceremony guest speaker will be Admiral Norb Ryan (U.S.N. Ret.).  The Polk County Veterans Council will be dedicating a Veterans Organization Monument.  All of the great pomp and circumstance your can enjoy.

The Parade runs from Veterans Memorial Park through Downtown Lakeland and concludes at Munn Park.  Motorcycles, Fire Engines, Trikes, Segways and more are participating.

The Veterans Celebration is at the end of the Parade at Munn Park in D/T Lakeland.  Various Veterans Organizations will have displays at the park, such as, the American Legion Rides Rock Climbing Wall, the AMVETS Grill tent, the Cold War Veterans Berlin Wall Display, the U.S. Military Veterans Motorcycle Club’s Wreath Across America and much much more.

See the flier here


Thursday Breakfast to Answer Questions About Economy

Webster University professor and Financial Planner Arthur McKee will be on hand for this Thursday’s BusinessPrep Workshop. Join us to discuss the financial truths that transcend all economic environments and get the “big picture” that’s not always reported in the news.


101 W Main St, Suite 150

Thursday, September 10 | 7:30 a.m.

$15 members

Pre-register today by visiting the Chamber Store.


“Chill.” Recession 101 Campaign Offers Common Sense Reminders

This weekend, I took a day-trip to St. Augustine to visit some family. While driving down I-95 is not necessarily as entertaining as driving down South Florida Ave, Sunday proved to be a little different. Just north of Port Orange, headed south, there is a billboard that looks much like this:


So, we all know what a huge nerd I can be about simple marketing pieces- like this- that put common sense out in front of our faces. This campaign is especially interesting. An anonymous donor from the East coast contributed some $20,000 and commissioned Charlie Robb (Charchin Creative)- the guy who made all those messages from God billboards- to create a campaign that would help our country “take a deep breath”. Outdoor Advertising Association members are donating time, space and materials to bring the messages to local communities.

You can read more about the campaign here, view some more of the billboards here and follow the campaign on Twitter here.