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Small Business of the Month award winners.


September Small Business of the Month – Classic Controls

Classic Controls, Inc. is an instrumentation, valve, and system representative, serving industrial customers in the State of Florida in the power generation, chemical, phosphate, food, pulp & paper, water, and wastewater process markets.

In 1991, Classic Controls, Inc. was founded by Ray Anderson, joined by Shawn Warren and two other employees. A year later Jim LeVine joined the team. Now in their 18th year of business, Classic Controls, Inc. has grown into one of the most respected representative firms in the State of Florida. Shawn and Jim recently completed their buyout from Ray, but Ray is still an integral part of the team. Together, Shawn, Jim, Ray and their 18 employees bring their talents and dedication together to serve their customers.

Classic Controls, Inc. started as a pure sales office, but it quickly grew to add full service Classic Controls September SBA Winnercapabilities including instrument calibration & repair, system integration, and control valve repair.

The owners and staff represent and service the highest quality products that measure such things as flow, pressure, level, temperature, pH, conductivity, etc. and monitor and control it with systems small to large, down to the final control elements of control valves. When it comes to controls, they have it covered for your plant.

What’s the company’s key to success? Its team! “We have been truly blessed in the quality of each employee that has joined our team and shares our vision of customer satisfaction” says co-owner Shawn Warren. That’s certainly not an easy undertaking- in addition to learning about each product and service, team members must also support each division equally.

The owners of Classic Controls, Inc. live by the phrase, “Do the right thing”. These simple words offer a solution to complicated challenges and have been the foundation of trust for their customers and principals. Classic Controls, Inc. is also proud to “do the right thing” by giving back to local communities, schools, youth sports and charities. They have been supporters of many charities and encourage their employees to do the same.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Classic Controls, Inc. as the September Small Business of the Month award winner.

Classic Controls, Inc.
5095 S. Lakeland Drive

PO Box 6187

Lakeland, FL 33807-6187



Stinson’s Home Design Center

2315 Commerce Point Drive, Suite 130

Lakeland, FL   33801-7603


863/665-5756 Fax

In 1981, Bill & Jean Stinson opened Stinson’s Carpets on Edgewood Drive. Their son Randy was fresh out of High School and with his mother, they sold carpet strictly to builders. When 1989 came around, Bill & Jean opened offices & warehouse space on Edenfield Place and in 1990 expanded to include wood flooring. Ceramic tile was introduced in 2001. In 2007, the Stinson’s opened their “retail” doors in a beautiful home design center on Commerce Point Drive. Continuing to expand their products and services, the Stinson’s are now proud to offer window treatments and “California Closets” to their commercial and retail customers.

Now run by the three Stinson brothers, Stinson’s Home Design Center furnishes and installs home fashion products and specializes in all types of floor coverings, window treatments, closets, and other additional home accessories

Quality products, timely service, exceptional value and professional installations are part of the Stinson experience. The family is committed to being at the forefront of changes in the industry including: using the latest measurement and design programs; attending seminars involving market directions, industry changes, and management/leadership. Stinson’s Home Design Center also conducts “green” seminars and takes pride in offering such products including carpets made from corn and plastic. Customer satisfaction is one of the core values of the company. The Stinson’s are proud to feature “full package services” with complete service and pricing- no hidden fees!

At Stinson’s you will find a beautiful meeting/conference room adjacent to the showroom- fully equipped with a fabulous espresso machine to make your experience as comfortable and inviting as one could imagine. Customers are encouraged to lay out samples or browse the internet for ideas as they shop.  Ultimately, the family and staff at Stinson’s Home Design Center strive for complete customer satisfaction and product education. Randy Stinson is a Certified Flooring Executive with the World Floor Covering Association and is very active in the community along with many others at Stinson Home Design.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Stinson’s Home Design Center as the August Small Business of the Month award winner.

SBA Winner - August - Stinson


July Small Business of The Month

Continuing with a proud family tradition, Dr. Stephen Sligh is the third generation providing exceptional chiropractic care to those in our area. In 1926, his grandparents, Dr. J. E. Sligh and Dr. Emma Sligh opened the Sligh Clinic of Chiropractic. In 1942, his father, Dr. Walter Sligh, joined the practice, and in 1977, Dr. Stephen Sligh joined the firm. Dr. David Choate has been at the clinic for 17 years. Dr. Christopher Terry, who began in December of 2006, completes today’s team of doctors. Dr. Terry happens to be Dr. Sligh’s son-in-law.

At Sligh Clinic, staff turnover is not a problem. Becky Bixler has worked there for 30 years, Shirley Murray and Janet Shenefield for 17 years, and Marilynn White for 5 years.

Dr. Sligh defines his specialty as a drugless, non-invasive form of health care that actively promotes good health. When seeing a patient the root cause, of the physical problems, are always addressed. Dr. Sligh regularly delivers the news that eating less and walking the lake will do wonders. He practices what he preaches.

In March of 2008, The National Committee for Quality Assurance announced that Dr. Sligh had received Recognition from the Back Pain Recognition Program for providing superior care to his patients suffering from low back pain. The Committee judges doctors from all involved specialties.

The Sligh Clinic of Chiropractic is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Florida Chiropractic Association, Polk County Chiropractic Society, and the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.

Dr. Sligh has served on the Board of Directors for the Lakeland Christian School for over 20 years. Always “there” for them, he is also “there” for people from Lakeland Lighthouse, Talbot House and A Woman’s Choice who need care. All three of the clinic’s doctors are avid church goers and active in church leadership rolls. The clinic has been a Chamber member since 1973.

Dr. Sligh still sees a few patients who saw his grandparents. He firmly believes that “a good name is to be chosen above great riches”.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate The Sligh Clinic of Chiropractic as the Small Business of the Month for July.

Sligh - SBA July Winner

  • Dr. Stephen Sligh
  • Sligh Clinic of Chiropractic
  • 425 South Florida Avenue
  • PO Box 873
  • Lakeland, FL 33802-0873
  • 863/686-4149

JUNE Small Business of the Month Winner

Computer Merchandise Corporation (CMC)is a business products supplier located on Creative Drive in South Lakeland. Founded by Chuck Croswell in 1983, CMC originally retailed business data supplies and business forms. Today, CMC is solely owned by Ann Croswell. Ann took over the reigns in 1993 and has continued to build a flexible and successful business. She has worked hard to carry on the company’s proud reputation and company culture by serving customers “with the highest ethics possible”, a quote taken straight from CMC‘s Mission Statement that was originally penned by Ann.

SBA June Winner

Technology began to change the way consumers found, designed and acquired their business forms. CMC had to change with it. CMC now offer’s a diverse portfolio of products and services to their target client, the office manager. These products include printing, office supplies and furniture, promotional products, graphic design services, workspace design, computerized inventory management and check fraud prevention services. CMC’s dedicated staff continues to roll with whatever the industry can throw their way, adapting to an ever-changing competitive environment.

As with most of the past award winners, CMC has raised awareness among its staff about the importance of community involvement and giving back. CMC participates with several local charitable and civic organizations including Boys and Girls Club, Girls, Inc., The NIE Cup and SUNRIPE Migrant Scholarship Fund.

This year CMC is celebrating its 25th year serving the greater Lakeland area.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Computer Merchandise Corporation as the Small Business of the Month for June.

Computer Merchandise Corporation (CMC)

PO Box 6129

Lakeland,FL 33807-6129



May Small Business of the Month – LeMans Apartments/Suites

Carlton Hodges
LeMans Apartments/Suites
1501 Shepherd Road, Suite 5
Lakeland, FL 33811-2172

In 1987, construction began on a 15-acre site located on Shepherd Road in Lakeland. The property was built in phases and became known as LeMans Apartments/Suites. LeMans consists of 147 unfurnished, long-term rental units and 50 completely furnished, short-term rental units. The short-term rental units were developed after a voiced need from local, national and international businesses for their employees to have a homelike atmosphere while away from home on business trips. These short-term rental suites include a washer and dryer, high speed Internet and unlimited local and long distance phone service. To keep the units as impeccable as possible, housekeeping is also offered.

The philosophy at LeMans is to treat people how one wants to be treated. The staff understands the value of customer satisfaction and strives to meet the goal of repeat business. Customers are always made to feel welcome at LeMans. In addition, the property is well-maintained and continually upgraded in order to provide guests with an optimal experience.

Owner and President of LeMans, Mr. Hodges is active in the community and involved with the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, the Polk County Builders Association, HBA Association, NAHB, Dixie Youth in Mulberry and serves on the Lakeland Hotel/Motel Association Board. Moreover, LeMans donates appliances that are being upgraded to various charities. Mr. Hodges firmly believes that people need to give back to the community through involvement.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate LeMans Apartments/Suites as the Small Business of the Month for May.

Jennifer Smith (Florida Remodeling & Designs, Inc.) presents the May Small Business of the Month award to Carlton Hodges, LeMans Apartments/Suites.