Category Archives: Business News

29May/09

SBDC offers free workshop on “Understanding Small Business Administration Stimulus Loans”

(Lakeland, Fla., May 29, 2009) — The Small Business Development Center at the Central Florida Development Council presents a free workshop, “Understanding SBA Stimulus Loans,” June 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center, 5204 U.S. 98 S., Lakeland. The presenter will be Jim Parrish, certified business analyst.

“Small businesses suffering financial hardship as a result of the slow economy may be eligible to receive temporary relief to keep their doors open and get their cash flow back on track through a new loan program,” said Doretha Brooks, Small Business Development Center director.

Beginning June 15, the U.S. Small Business Administration will start guaranteeing America’s Recovery Capital loans. These deferred-payment loans of up to $35,000 are available to established, viable, for-profit small businesses that need short-term help to make their principal and interest payments on existing qualifying debt. ARC loans are interest-free to the borrower, 100 percent guaranteed by the SBA, have no SBA fees associated with them, and repayment will not begin until 12 months after the final disbursement.

To register visit www.polksbdc.org or call (863) 667-7913.

The Small Business Development Center at the Central Florida Development Council is a non-profit organization that designs and delivers a collection of programs directed towards strengthening the economic benefit of Central Florida. Services include free one-to-one counseling, on-going educational entrepreneurial training workshops, and support of the activities of the Florida Small Business Development Center Network.

10Mar/09

Fun Bike Center Motorsports named a “Best Company to Work For”

In these rough times it is great to hear positive news from our local business community. I am proud to announce that Dealernews Magazine Named Fun Bike Center Motorsports a ‘Best Company to Work For’ in 2009.

 

From the Press Release on CNBC.com, Daniel Dorsch commented:

"We are delighted our work and large investment in the community and people of Lakeland, Florida has been recognized nationally as one of the top motorsports dealerships anywhere. This is really nice for the people on our team and the customers we serve." Dorsch Continued: "Our leadership style and focus on our management has produced so many winning teams over the years we just can’t help but celebrate the wonderful people who work on our teams. Everything we do is with the employee and our customer in mind."

Fun Bike was also noted as Runner Up for best Exterior, which they note was made possible by fellow Chamber members Rodda Construction and Furr & Wegman, Architects.

 

Congratulations to Fun Bike on this great success.

13Feb/09

Florida Chamber | State of Florida Business

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Did you know that the Central Florida Super Region is the 15th strongest economic power on the globe ? And in 1970 Florida was the 5th cheapest place to live and today it stands as the 14th most expensive place to live ? I didn’t know either of these facts and was pleased to learn them and much more at a workshop I recently attended inTampa termed The State of Florida Business: Recovery, Jobs, and Growth held on 10 February 2009 at the St. Pete Times Forum and organized by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Speakers at the workshop included Lakeland’s own Clayton Hollis, VP Public Affairs, Publix, and Chair of the Florida Community Development Partnership. Mark Wilson, President & CEO Florida Chamber of Commerce also spoke onFlorida’s Business Agenda which will be presented to the state legislature next week. Representing your Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce was myself as Chair and Katie Daughtrey, Vice President of Public Affairs.

The takeaway from the workshop was the clear message that the many seemingly disparate groups involved in improving Florida’s economic destiny appear to now be synchronized in their message about Florida. To read more, click the links below to access the workshop presentations from that day.

Florida Economy

Talking Points for Jeff Lyash

25Sep/08

AIG INFO

We picked this up from the Downtown Lakeland Partnership Email List. With permission from Matthew J. Antos here is some info on AIG that you might be interested in…

Good Afternoon,

If you are an AIG policyholder, I understand that you may be concerned by recent news about American International Group, holding company for AIG Annuity and AIG SunAmerica.
As you may have seen, the holding company has experienced a significant drop in stock price and has been downgraded by the rating agencies.

In light of this news, I would like to remind you that your assets are actually invested through a subsidiary of the public company. This is important because insurance policies written by the underlying AIG companies are direct obligations of those regulated insurance companies. These companies are well capitalized and meet or exceed regulatory capital requirements. These companies continue to operate in the normal course to meet obligations to policyholders.
This is a very unusual situation, which I continue to monitor carefully as it evolves. If you have questions or concerns about your policy, please contact me at 863-686-6600.

Thank You and Have a Great Day,

Matthew J. Antos

Matthew J. Antos, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor

204 East Pine Street

Lakeland, FL  33801

(863) 686-6600

(888) 652-6468

Website:  www.MJAWEALTH.COM

Email:        matthewj.antos@lpl.com