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05Oct/18

Eileen Rodriguez Named 2018 Pathways Award winner

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TAMPA (October 4, 2018) – Eileen Rodriguez, Regional Director of the Florida SBDC at USF, was awarded the 2018 Pathways Award Thursday afternoon, by the University of South Florida Latin Community Advisory Committee and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity. Rodriguez was recognized for her contributions to the betterment of Latinos, specifically in regards to her work with minority business owners.

She has long been an advocate for the Latino business community, providing consulting and training to minority-owned businesses in the Tampa Bay region, and statewide. She is also an international contributor, assisting with strengthening small businesses via the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA) program and as a speaker for the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), the State Department’s foreign-facing public diplomacy communications bureau. She’s traveled on behalf of Latino businesses in Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico.

The award was given during the USF Hispanic Heritage Kick-off program Thursday, held at the Marshall Student Center on the USF campus.

The Florida SBDC at USF provides no-cost consulting, information and training to existing and emerging businesses in Desoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Highlands, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

To find out more about Florida SBDC at USF visit us online SBDCTampaBay.com.

Caption: Eileen Rodriguez (in blue), Regional Director of the Florida SBDC at USF, stands on stage after receiving her 2018 Pathways Award at the USF Hispanic Heritage Kick-off Thursday afternoon. Credit: Photo by Yanina Rosario

About the Florida SBDC Network: 

For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide emerging and established business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for the state. Since 2011, Florida SBDCs have provided 513,107 hours of consulting to 74,669 client businesses, resulting in 252,955 jobs created, retained and saved; $33.3 billion in sales growth; $2.6 billion in government contract awards; $1.4 billion in capital investments; and 4,159 new businesses started. A statewide network of over 40 centers, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s headquarters. The Florida SBDC Network is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.

13Sep/18
Outrageous Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on 9/22/18.

Outrageous Oktoberfest-style Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest

LAKELAND, FL (September 13, 2018) — Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland will feature plenty of German cheer along with a variety of exciting games and competitions on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Old favorites and new exciting challenges await competitors. There are individual games along with a partner competition in the Outrageous Olympiad at the event. Participation in all the events is more important than ever because there are bragging rights on the line. The Games are open to all Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland guests and are free to play.

The Mustache (& Beard) Competition is sponsored by three local barbers – Lakeland Barber Company, Mason Danger Beard Co, and Skully’s Mobile Barber Shop. There will be a number of categories to compete in, depending on your facial follicle preference. The pre-judging Qualification is at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Official Mustache Competition at 8:00 p.m. The categories for the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest 2018 Mustache Competition are:  Natural Mustache, Freestyle Mustache, Natural Goatee, Freestyle Goatee (whether it’s a Fu Manchu, Musketeer, or your own styled creation this category is for you), Natural Full Beard (this category is sure to draw heated competition) and, Freestyle Full Beard. Prizes include Deluxe Beard Kits, T-shirts, and barber services.

How long can you hoist? Join us at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland 2018 for your chance to become the 2018 Stein Hoisting Champion! ?Do some quick curls, then come on out and try your hardest to hold up a stein mug filled with delicious Oktoberfest beer the longest! ?The game is simple, how long can you hold a glass stein filled to the brim with liquid and held by a straight ninety degree (90°) arm in front of entrant, parallel to the floor with elbows locked. Once entrant’s elbow bends or spills or drops the stein, the entrant loses the contest. Longest time wins the contest.

Looking to partner up? Grab a friend and toss the bratwurst for the Brat Toss. Teams must complete a toss to-and-fro and catch the Brat in their bucket. Careful not to break it as you may end up tossing twice as much. The team that tosses the Brat the farthest distance wins!

The Chicken Dance is a competition for everybody and there will be plenty of opportunities to shake your tail feathers. Throughout the evening, make sure to join in the dance when you hear the song. Don’t worry about looking silly – that is the point! It is important to dance whenever you can to make sure your team has the most dancers by the songs end to win.

The children will not be left out! At Kinder Platz on Kentucky Avenue, competitions include Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! – also called the “Number Game” – is similar to “Red Light, Green Light.” The Koffer Packen game in English is “Packing a Suitcase” and is similar to a memory game. Finally, a Root Beer Stein Obstacle Race is a test of speed versus patience. How fast can you run around the obstacle course, both hands full of root beer, without spilling any precious root beer? Each racer will run the course holding two Steins full of root beer, one in each hand! Be careful not to spill any root beer because each ounce lost adds one second to your time!

Outrageous Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on 9/22/18.

Outrageous Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on 9/22/18.

Registration for all games is on the event website: www.SwantoberFest.com under the “More” tab, and then select “Game-Rules.”

The complete event schedule is listed below:

?Event Schedule:

Main Stage, Outrageous Olympiad & Family Cool Garten by Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

5:00 PM – Official SwantoberFest Willkommen by Suncoast Credit Union & Beer Tapping by Swan Brewing

5:30 PM – Pre-judging qualification for Official Mustache Competition

6:00 PM – The Europa Band performs!

6:30 PM – Chicken Dance Competition

6:45 PM – Stein Hoisting Competition for Adults

7:30 PM – Brat Toss

7:45 PM – Champion Olympiad for Top 10 Winner

8:00 PM – Official Mustache Competition & Treasure Hunt Winner Announcement

Business Expo (Ausstellers)

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Exhibitors and vendors display their goods & services for the community

Autobahn by Fields Auto Group / Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) / Fields BMW Lakeland

5:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Open (Tennessee Ave)

Kinder Platz by 2Infinity Entertainment Center (Kentucky Ave)

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Open with Got Candy Root Beer Garden, Bungee-Run, and more!

5:15 PM – Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! Game

6:15 PM – Koffer Packen Game

7:15 pm – Root Beer Stein Obstacle Race

German Feast Tent hosted & operated by the North Lakeland Rotary Club and the Christina Lakeland Rotary Club

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Traditional Bratwursts & Pretzels available for purchase

Beverage Tent by Budweiser & Beck’s

5:00 PM – Bottled Water, Beer, and Cider for purchase

9:30 PM – Last call for beer and cider

Lakeland Chamber Tent

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Purchase beverage tickets, bottled water, information, and media credentials

Official T-Shirts available for purchase at the Boondock Studios tent

VIP Experience Tent by Swan Brewing

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Open for VIP pass-holders to relax

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – VIP Experience at Explorations V Children’s Museum

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Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Media Sponsor:  WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Beverage Sponsor:  Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s

German Feast Tent Sponsors:  Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club

Food Sponsors:  Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Autobahn Sponsor:  Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland

Family Cool Garten Sponsor:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Kinder Platz Sponsor:  2Infinity Entertainment Center

VIP Experience Sponsor:  Swan Brewing

Patron Sponsor:  Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers and Premier Party Rentals

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More Food Truck

Media Partners:  LkldNow.com, LKLD Haven Magazine, and The Ledger

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION SWANTOBERFEST

The Lakeland Chamber is proud to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor of Lakeland’s only Oktoberfest-themed celebration! Like a traditional Oktoberfest, our event will offer sights, sounds, and tastes that are Bavarian-inspired. Lakeland residents will have a chance to celebrate Octoberfest-style in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs. Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! This community-wide event in Munn Park will be free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. Activities include German-style competitions, treasure hunt, and live music by The Europa Band.  VIP passes will be available for an extra-special experience, including a Child’s VIP pass – think Root Beer Garden! To register as vendor-exhibitor at the event, please click here or at https://bit.ly/2JlSL0m. To learn more about the event, visit the website at SwantoberFest.com.

 

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION 

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 785,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU 

ABOUT THE LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

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13Sep/18
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Barks, Roots, Berries and Flowers: Local Food Truck Owner Brings Homemade Root Beer to Festival

LAKELAND, FL (September 13, 2018) – It is not often that you get to taste real root beer. We’re not talking about the root beer currently for sale on store shelves – those are fine root beers, but have you ever tasted the real stuff? When we were planning the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest – Lakeland’s inaugural Oktoberfest celebration – we wanted something unique and fun for our young guests. So, we approached Lea Williams, owner of Got Candy & More Food Truck, and presented her with the challenge. Immediately, Williams was on a mission to find the best recipe, ingredients, and carbonation. She tested and tweaked several recipes to find the perfect one. A month later, she had perfected her root beer recipe and we sampled it. Talk about flavor! This root beer was creamy with a little bit of kick, and super refreshing – Sody-licious Root Beer was born!

Williams is keeping her recipe close to the vest, but acknowledges that her root beer is brewed with organic barks, roots, berries, and flowers. Today, most of the root beers commercially produced use artificial flavors. The original ingredients are often hard to source, or are expensive.

William’s hand-crafted, small batch Sody-licious Root Beer will be available for purchase from her food truck at the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Admission to the event is free. In addition to her Root Beer, savory and sweet items will also be available for purchase. Visit Got Candy & More Food Truck between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the event.

This community-wide event in Munn Park is free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. This event will include German-style competitions, German food & drink, an Autobahn, Kinder Platz (for the young at heart), a Family Cool Garten, and live music by The Europa Band.

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Root Beer ingredients:  hop flowers, birch bark, sarsaparilla root, juniper berries

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Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Media Sponsor:  WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Beverage Sponsor:  Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s

German Feast Tent Sponsors:  Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club

Food Sponsors:  Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Autobahn Sponsor:  Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland

Family Cool Garten Sponsor:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Kinder Platz Sponsor:  2Infinity Entertainment Center

VIP Experience Sponsor:  Swan Brewing

Patron Sponsor:  Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers and Premier Party Rentals

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More Food Truck

Media Partners:  LkldNow.com, LKLD Haven Magazine, and The Lakelander

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION SWANTOBERFEST

The Lakeland Chamber is proud to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor of Lakeland’s only Oktoberfest-themed celebration! Like a traditional Oktoberfest, our event will offer sights, sounds, and tastes that are Bavarian-inspired. Lakeland residents will have a chance to celebrate Octoberfest-style in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs. Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! This community-wide event in Munn Park will be free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. Activities include German-style competitions, treasure hunt, and live music by The Europa Band.  VIP passes will be available for an extra-special experience, including a Child’s VIP pass – think Root Beer Garden! To register as vendor-exhibitor at the event, please click here or at https://bit.ly/2JlSL0m. To learn more about the event, visit the website at SwantoberFest.com.

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION 

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 785,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU 

ABOUT THE LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

13Sep/18
Europa Band

Inaugural Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Offerings

On the First Day of Fall on September 22, 2018, Lakeland area residents and visitors will commemorate the inaugural Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest in downtown Lakeland at Munn Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs.

The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. with a  warm welcome from Mary McDonald of Suncoast Credit Union and the official tapping of the keg courtesy of Swan Brewing. At 6 p.m., The Europa Band performs a wide variety of music and songs, from old German Polkas and sing-alongs, to popular country. With accordion, trumpet, guitar, violin, drums and plenty of vocal harmonies, The Europa Band delivers a strong groove and passion for what they do. “Polka Lives” is the band’s motto, and those w ho love polkas, young or old, will love the sound of The Europa Band’s eclectic collection of over 350 songs.

Europa Band

Europa Band

This community-wide event in Munn Park is free to attend and features a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. This event will include German-style competitions, German food and drink, an Autobahn, Kinder Platz (for the young at heart), a Family Cool Garten and live music by The Europa Band.

Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland will feature plenty of German cheer along with a variety of exciting games and competitions. Old favorites and new exciting challenges await competitors. There are individual games along with team competitions in the Outrageous Olympiad. Participation in all the events is more important than ever before because there are bragging rights on the line. The Games are open to all Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland guests and are free to play.

The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest German Feast Tent will serve up smoked bratwurst and buns, sauerkraut and pretzels hosted and operated by the North Lakeland Rotary Club and the Christina Rotary Club. The Food Tent is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Event Schedule

Main Stage, Outrageous Olympiad & Family Cool Garten by Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

5:00 PM – Official SwantoberFest Willkommen by Suncoast Credit Union & Beer Tapping by Swan Brewing

5:30 PM – Pre-judging qualification for Official Mustache Competition

6:00 PM – The Europa Band performs

6:30 PM – Chicken Dance Competition

6:45 PM – Stein Hoisting Competition for Adults

7:30 PM – Brat Toss

7:45 PM – Champion Olympiad for Top 10 Winner

8:00 PM – Official Mustache Competition & Treasure Hunt Winner Announcement

Business Expo (Ausstellers)

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Exhibitors and vendors display their goods & services for the community:

All American Gutter Protection, American Cancer Society, Bath Fitter, Bee-Haven Honey Co, Inc, BioLife Plasma Services, Boondock Studios, Central Florida Show Ski Team, City of Lakeland Solid Waste Recycling, CruiseOne/Traveling Fedoras, Dee’s Hot Dogs, Fields Auto Group / Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) / Fields BMW, Florida Tropics Soccer Club, German Club of Haines City High School / IB East, Got Candy & More Food Truck, Gulf Coast Gourmet Foods, Humana, Kona-Ice of Lakeland, La Imperial Bakery, Lakeland Barber Company, Lakeland Magic, Lakeland Modern Dentistry, Ledger Media Group, LKLD Haven Magazine / Sun Central Media Group, Mason Danger Beard Co, OneBlood, PACE Center for Girls Polk, Paparazzi-Queen B’Dazzled $5 Bling, Skully’s Mobile Barber Shop, Southern Homes, SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc., Suncoast Credit Union, Swan Brewing, and, Well-Done Events.

Autobahn by Fields Auto Group / Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) / Fields BMW Lakeland

5:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Open on Tennessee Ave with a variety of German vehicles to explore

Kinder Platz by 2Infinity Entertainment Center (Kentucky Ave)

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Open with Got Candy Root Beer Garden, Bungee-Run, and more

5:15 PM – Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! Game

6:15 PM – Koffer Packen Game

7:15 PM – Root Beer Stein Obstacle Race

German Feast Tent hosted & operated by the North Lakeland Rotary Club and the Christina Lakeland Rotary Club

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Traditional Bratwursts & Pretzels available for purchase

Beverage Tent by Budweiser & Beck’s

5:00 PM – Bottled Water, Beer, and Cider for purchase

9:30 PM – Last call for beer and cider

Lakeland Chamber Tent

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Purchase beverage tickets, bottled water, information, and media credentials

Official T-Shirts available for purchase at the Boondock Studios tent

VIP Experience Tent by Swan Brewing

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Open for VIP pass-holders to relax

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – VIP Experience at Explorations V Children’s Museum

FAQ

How much is it to get in?
General Admission is FREE for everyone! VIP Experience passes are available also.
Where do I park?
Parking in Downtown Lakeland is FREE after 5 p.m. and all weekend long, including city owned permit spaces and metered lots. Download the Parkmobile app for a parking map, detailed Parkmobile instructions, and more.

Still want more information on parking? Please see the LDDA Parking Brochure here:
http://ldda.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/parking_inside.pdf
http://ldda.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/parking_outside.pdf

What can I bring to Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland?

  • Small bags and backpacks (smaller than 17?x12?x10?, subject to search)
  • Water (factory sealed, up to 1 liter)
  • Wheelchairs and medical scooters
  • Strollers for children
  • Hand-held still cameras

OK, so what items are NOT permitted?

Please leave the following items at home:

  • Alcohol (we will provide on-site) and other beverages (except sealed water up to 1 liter)
    Glass containers or outside Steins
  • Coolers and thermoses
  • Umbrellas and tents (anything that can obstruct the view of others)
  • Large chairs
  • Video and audio recording equipment
  • Skateboards and Segways
  • Weapons, illicit drugs and other contraband

Can I bring a mug or stein from other festivals or from my home?
No, steins from other events are not allowed. We will sell official commemorative acrylic steins (14 oz.) this year and you will be able to bring that to next year’s event! Be sure to get your new mug at the fest.

?Is this a kid-friendly event?
Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland is a family-friendly event! We have a kids’ area with kid-friendly games until 8 p.m. and lots of activities at the Kinder Platz on Kentucky Avenue!

?Is this a dog-friendly event?
Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland is a dog friendly event. Please make sure your dog is leashed, has plenty of water, and that you bring enough “pick-up” bags.

?Is photographic or recording equipment permitted at the festival?
Hand held still cameras are permitted. Tripods are not advisable. Audio and video recording devices are NOT permitted.

How can I gain credentials for a press pass?
Please send your contact information to rfortier@lakelandchamber.com  along with link to your publication and related media.

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Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Media Sponsor:  WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Beverage Sponsor:  Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s

German Feast Tent Sponsors:  Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club

Food Sponsors:  Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Autobahn Sponsor:  Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland

Family Cool Garten Sponsor:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Kinder Platz Sponsor:  2Infinity Entertainment Center

VIP Experience Sponsor:  Swan Brewing

Patron Sponsor:  Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers and Premier Party Rentals

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More Food Truck

Media Partners:  LkldNow.com, and LKLD Haven Magazine

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION SWANTOBERFEST

The Lakeland Chamber is proud to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor of Lakeland’s only Oktoberfest-themed celebration! Like a traditional Oktoberfest, our event will offer sights, sounds, and tastes that are Bavarian-inspired. Lakeland residents will have a chance to celebrate Octoberfest-style in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs. Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! This community-wide event in Munn Park will be free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. Activities include German-style competitions, treasure hunt, and live music by The Europa Band.  VIP passes will be available for an extra-special experience, including a Child’s VIP pass – think Root Beer Garden! To register as vendor-exhibitor at the event, please click here or at https://bit.ly/2JlSL0m. To learn more about the event, visit the website at SwantoberFest.com.

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION 

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 785,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU 

ABOUT THE LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

13Sep/18

Bonnet Springs Park Announces Major Gift

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LAKELAND, FL The Board of Directors of Bonnet Springs Park, Inc. a 501C3 corporation in Lakeland, Florida announced a major financial gift and establishment of a perpetual care fund at Givewell Community Foundation today. Allen and Company, a premier financial advisory firm with a long-standing reputation for community involvement, made a significant step in the enablement of Bonnet Springs Park today.

The associates at Allen and Company have once again demonstrated their commitment to the quality of life in the Lakeland/Winter Haven area through the establishment of a fund to support the sustainability of this new urban park that is going to change the way citizens and visitors see and live in Lakeland. The 180 acre park, being designed by world class landscape designers Sasaki and constructed on the former CSX rail yard site, will expand the very footprint of downtown Lakeland and connect the northwest quadrant of the City.

“A privately funded public park is a new paradigm to central Florida and will require significant community support to sustain.” Said Ralph Allen, Chairman of Allen and Company. “We want to continue the company tradition of supporting quality of life in our community and through this gift we are hoping to lead others in support of this incredible undertaking.”

The Bonnet Springs enablement team understands that the vision for Bonnet Springs Park received a major boost today.  Thinking beyond the park construction to operational expenses is a sound business strategy for future success of the park and the seeds are now in the ground.

We encourage you to learn more about this exciting new park by visiting us at BonnetSpringsPark.com.