Category Archives: Business News


SBDC Small Business Seminars For May

The Small Business Development Center, at Central Florida Development Council, is offering a several business seminars in May.  These are held at SBDC-USF Polytechnic, (Lakeland Campus), 3433 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, Fl 33803-9807.


  • Steps to Starting a Small Business, May 6,  9:30am– 12:00pm
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan-I, May 13, 10:00am–12:00pm
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan – II, May 20, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Steps to Starting a Small Business, May 20, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
  • QuickBooks ($65), May 27, 10:00am – 1:00pm

All classes are $35, unless otherwise noted

To register for a seminar, please visit the website at: or for more information, please contact the Small Business Development Center at (863) 667.7913.


Florida Technical College Hosts Community Job Fair

Florida Technical College -Lakeland invites you to attend!

Community Job Fair

In the Claussen’s Plaza

4715 South Florida Avenue Suite 4, Lakeland, FL  33813

Wednesday, April 14

12:00-3:00 p.m.

Sign in begins at12:00 p.m.

OVER 30 Employers will be here…all in ONE place! Show UP to GET the JOB!

Free Blood Pressure Checks and Glucose Screenings! Raffles and Giveaways!

CAREER SERVICES DEPARTMENT: Encouraging local companies to hire local people.


Polk Businesses for WorldClass Education Host Superintendent Search Luncheon

Get on the bus!

Wednesday, April 14, join Polk Businesses for WorldClass Education as they welcome Dr. Richard Greene of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates. This “Champions for Education” Community Luncheon will help to populate the “bus” of individuals and companies that are determined to drive Polk County forward in the search for the best Superintendent of Schools candidate.

Sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities and Mosaic, this luncheon promises to be informative and hopeful. Purchase your ticket to day to be a part of Polk COunty’s educational future.

Details about the event are available from the Learning Resource Center, (863) 688-9477.


The Google Race Begins – Vote for Lakeland Today!

If you’re a regular reader – I know, I know, as if someone isn’t a regular – then you are aware of the Google Fiber movement taking place as a part of the ConnectLakeland inniative. If you’re confused, check these posts:

ConnectLakeland – Who is That on the Tricycle?

US Internet Speeds Lag at #18 Internationally

How High-Speed is Ultra-High Speed

At the end of March, the City of Lakeland submitted an application to be considered as a test site for ultra-high speed borabdband fiber access for our ENTIRE community. The possibilities for Lakeland are endless, especially as we sit on the edge of a major Polytechnic University, tourism destination and commuter rail line. Think epicenter.

Now, we need to show the community’s support. With your help, we can show Google that Lakeland understands the impact this project will have on the area chosen, and we are ready to move forward- everyone, together.

Click here to be taken to Google’s Fiber Blog.

You’ll have an opportunity to vote (of course, we have to ask you to type in Lakeland, FL for “other”). Then, Google is asking for comments to add additional “umph” to our votes. As you’re pondering your comment submission, think ConnectLakeland. What could crazy fast Internet and connectivity make possible in your school, your home, your neighborhood? How can we as a community ensure that everyone, regardless of income, can enjoy access to knowledge?

Each person can vote once a day… please do!

06Apr/10 Who is That on the Tricycle?

At one point, it was  Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields- that footage still exists somewhere, by the way. Thankfully, Steven Goodman of Neo Net Media volunteered to fill in.  Joining him are Shannon Lanier, Executive Director of Lakeland Vision on the scooter and Chuck Welch’s daughter Juliette (sort of) in one of Ford Heacock’s fastest cars. Why?

Great question!

The County’s School Video Awards are coming up on April 20. ConnectLakeland has offered a prize to the school that can best describe what students would do with 1 gigabit-  that’s ultra-high speed, folks. This video, and others like it  are something we hope will encourage students to get on board with the effort!

ConnectLakeland is a group of community leaders who have banded together with the purpose of- connecting Lakeland… seems simple, right? It all started with the City’s application to Google to be a beta site for crazy-fast Internet (our words, not Google’s). With the application period behind us, we’re on to educating our community about the benefits and opportunities that an ultra-high speed fiber network would bring to Lakeland homes, schools, businesses and more.

Over the next few months, you’ll be seeing a lot more of the ConnectLakeland crew- at events, ballgames, online, in print, on the radio – everywhere.

Short-term, we want Google.

We want Google to notice us; to recognize that Lakeland is the epicenter of everything that’s happening in Florida; and to bring ultra-high speed fiber to our community.

Long term, we want you.

We want you to love Lakeland like we do; to see Lakeland as the best place to live, work and play; and to feel connected -no- to be connected to your community.

Do you have questions about the ConnectLakeland movement? You can visit the Web site, or email me here at the Chamber.