Category Archives: Announcements


Get out and Vote


The Primary Election are being held today Tuesday, August 26th, so don’t forget to head to the polls.  For more information on polling locations, please visit

As a reminder, BusinessVoice, Inc. has endorsed the following candidates who will appear on tomorrow’s ballot:

Phillip Walker – State Representative District 64

Mike Horner – State Representative District 79

Bob English – Polk County Commission District 1

John Shamp – Polk County Commission District 3

Sam Johnson – Polk County Commission District 5

Brenda Reddout – Polk County School Board District 4

Marsha Faux – Polk County Property Appraiser

BusinessVoice, Inc. was created as an organization to support pro-business political candidates and to promote issues which impact the business community.  BusinessVoice, Inc. works to serve as an endorsement board for those individuals who personify the objectives of the business community.

For more information call the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce at 863/688-8551, ext. 241 or e-mail


Catalyst Volunteers Celebrate $200,453!

Just over 15 days into the Campaign, Chair Nancy Cattarius was proud to announce total production of $200,453! To celebrate, Foster Lanenga of Farris & Foster’s Chocolate Factory treated Catalyst volunteers to a fabulous Chocolate party! Each volunteer was able to leave with 1/2 pound of chocolate! Give them a call to schedule your own date night, party or team building event!

Catalyst Reward Session at Farris & Foster's Chocolate Factory

Current Cruise winners were also announced at the reward reception! Congratulations to:

TRIPS FOR TWO ($15,000+)

Nancy Cattarius, WONN/WPVC/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Victor Rodriguez, Lakeland Regional Medical Center

Kathryn Koch-O’Malley, Lanier Upshaw

Kathy Wallen, The NCT Group, CPA’s LLP

TRIPS FOR ONE ($10,000-$14,999)

Phil Wegman, Furr & Wegman Architects, PA

Mary McQueen, Tinsley McQueen + Ross

Tom Eleazer, Florida Lifestyle Communities

Cindy Green, Furr & Wegman Architects, PA

Catalyst Reward Session at Farris & Foster's Chocolate Factory


Free Mini Entrepreneur Training & Entrepreneurial Academy

The Small Business Development Center at the CFDC will be presenting free training on Aug. 9th. in the PCC/USF Polytechnic’s LTB Auditorium. The event will be from 9 am to 5 pm. Tom Hagerty announced that the Training will focus on starting a new business, identifying customers, conducting research, and marketing.

That training would be a great way for new businesses to get ready for the Chamber’s more in depth Entrepreneurial Academy. A start-up program using a model from St. Petersburg, Florida, this 10 week program will offer entrepreneurs a curriculum that provides essential information needed to start, run and grow a successful business. Practical real-life instruction will be taught by local business professionals. Classes beginning September 3. Click here for Registration Information


Century 21 A.H. Realty Merges with Century 21 Exchange Realty

Business is still pushing forward with the recent news that Century 21 A.H. Realty will merge with Century 21 Exchange Realty. The following is an excerpt from the press release:

“Joann Warren, Broker/Owner of CENTURY 21 Exchange Realty, and Andy Hernandez, Broker/Owner of CENTURY 21 A.H. Realty, are pleased to announce the merger of the two companies. The merged company will continue to operate under the CENTURY 21 A. H. Realty name and specialize in Residential, Commercial and Property Management services. CENTURY 21 A.H. Realty will remain operating at 2510 S. Florida Avenue, Lakeland, and 5628 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, Florida.”

Pictured above: Joann Warren & Andy Hernandez

This is just another example that we can push on toward the prize. During these so called “rough times” we CAN accomplish great things. Now is the time to do our proverbial spring cleaning: reduce inventory, make that expansion you haven’t had time for, or rearrange the showroom or office. Even the baking industry is taking the time to consolidate. We will all be very busy again, remember it’s all cyclical. I will leave you with a lasting thought: I heard about a builders view on this “downturn”, a few years back he mapped out where he wanted to be in 10 years. He ended up making his goals a reality after 6 years and said that all he needs to do is wait out the sluggish market and eventually the brighter side will begin to shine again. We all should take that view, remember we are all in it for the long haul, so let’s all stay positive.


Chamber Launches drive- Your Chance to Win!

Build the Strength of Businesses through the Chamber!

Beginning July 15, you can enter to win prizes and introduce your friends and vendors to the benefits of Chamber Membership! Remember- 63% of consumers are more likely to visit chamber-member businesses! By sending us your “warm leads”, you could be the winner of one of our fabulous prizes… it all depends on how well we do as a team!

· If the drive reaches 15-25 total memberships sold,

» $500 cash will be given away!

· If the drive reaches 26-49 total memberships sold,

» A big screen TV will be given away!

· If the drive reaches 50+ memberships sold,

» A trip for two (2) on the Catalyst Cruise will be given away!

If you’re in the market for $500 CASH, a big screen TV or a trip for two to the southern Caribbean, you’ll want to be a part of drive! For more information or to register, contact Terry Ottinger at 863/688-8551 Ext. 231 or!