Category Archives: Chamber Events

Events held by or sponsored by the Lakeland Chamber

13Jun/17
YEA! Polk Graduate Logan Soria, CEO of Stand Up!, Pitches to Investors

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY RECRUITING STUDENTS

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (June 13, 2017) — The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is recruiting students for the Polk County chapter, only the fifth chapter in Florida, for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a 30-week program for students, ages 11-18, where students start and run their own business and form connections with community leaders. The program will feature guest speakers from businesses and five field trips.

The program has three main sections: the big idea, the pitch and the launch. In the big idea phase, students brainstorm ideas, explore their passions, and learn how to evaluate a business opportunity.

The pitch will be a five-minute presentation by the students to an investors’ panel, which is made up of sponsors. During the launch phase, students will open bank accounts and file for legal fictitious names. The students will display their products at a trade show in May 2018. LkldTV captures the magic of the program in their video from this year’s trade show http://lkldtv.com/2017/05/24/young-entrepreneurs-academy/.

A recent graduate of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, 18-year-old Logan Soria, CEO/Owner of Stand Up!, shares his experience, “You are going to go through a part-time business boot camp. That isn’t something you should be afraid of. As an entrepreneur, you have to embrace the barriers ahead – whether it be a lack of knowledge, funds, or ability. Trust me, if you try your best, you will make it through those hard times and you will be rewarded by your success.”

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce chapter will accept up to 20 students; the early application deadline is June 30. Classes will take place 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Southeastern University beginning in October.

The tuition for the program is $595, but there are some need-based scholarships available. The program offers the opportunity to participate in the YEA! Saunders Scholars Competition with the chance to win college scholarships.

The application for the Polk County program is available at https://yeausa.wufoo.com/forms/z1s0mvgj0gb2hwv/.

To learn more about YEA! visit yeausa.org, or for information on our local chapter, please visit at http://www.lakelandchamber.com/pages/YEA, or contact Rebecca Fortier at (863) 688-8551 ext. 229 or by email at rfortier@lakelandchamber.com.  The YEA! Polk Sponsors and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce are helping to build the next generation of business leaders in Polk County.

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.

 The Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(C) 3 offering groundbreaking year-long classes that teach middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures. Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders. YEA! bridges the business and educational communities to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! is made possible by The Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. For more information, visit yeausa.org.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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27Apr/15

Future of Innovation Economy the Focus of Caucus Meeting

The Florida Chamber Foundation is in the process of planning the next quarterly Innovation Caucus meeting. The summer meeting will be held in Central Florida and we will highlight other components of Florida’s innovation economy. We welcome your suggestions on topics for the next meeting or for the upcoming Blueprint for Florida’s Innovation Economy research report.

During our recent Innovation Caucus meeting, we discussed how strategic investment, talent supply and research collaboration will propel Florida’s innovation and entrepreneurial economy.

Dan Holladay, Executive Director, International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research (ICAMR) opened the caucus meeting with a presentation on how the advanced materials manufacturing development center in Osceola County will create R&D partnership opportunities and the next generation of high-wage jobs in Florida.

The event also included conversations with Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg), Rep. Eric Eisnaugle (R-Orlando), and Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate) as well as discussions led by industry experts in the fields of university research, technology transfer, innovation funding, workforce and research parks.

If you would like to participate in the next Innovation Caucus meeting or would like to get involved with the Blueprint for Florida’s Innovation Economy research report, please contact Dr. Jerry D. Parrish at JParrish@FLFoundation.org.

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16Feb/15

2015 Detroit Tiger BBQ Tickets On Sale

Join us in welcoming back our Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium during the Lakeland Chamber’s 69th Annual Tiger BBQ on Thursday, February 26th starting at 6 PM.

This Lakeland tradition kicks off the Detroit Tiger’s 79th Spring Training season and celebrates the 50th year of Tiger baseball at Joker Marchant Stadium—which translates each year into approximately $45 million in economic impact to our area!

Ticket holders will enjoy traditional southern BBQ, a commemorative 2015 souvenir mug and the opportunity support the longest standing Major League Baseball relationship in Spring Training history.   Please join us and fellow Tiger’s supporters in supporting the Chamber’s 69th Annual Tiger BBQ event by clicking here to order tickets.

Click here to order your ticket(s) or call Patty Smith at (863) 688-8551 Ext. 224

2015 Tiger BBQ
For more information on Spring Training, please go to Tigers.com or call 866-668.4437.

16Jan/15

Ribbon Cutting for Vitas Healthcare

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Ribbon Cutting for Vitas Healthcare on Thursday, January 8.

History of Vitas Healthcare

Due to the growing demand for hospice services in Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties, VITAS Healthcare is now serving the community of Lakeland with innovative end-of-life care and experienced professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and many others during a crucial time in our patients’ lives. VITAS has deep roots in the State of Florida where it has been providing high-quality hospice services since 1978. VITAS serves more than 6,000 patients a day in nine major Florida cities and employs more than 4,500 employees. Nationwide, VITAS is a leader in the hospice movement with more than 50 programs across 17 states and Washington, D.C. The company’s growth over the past three decades is based on referrals from patients, their families and the medical community, which overwhelmingly chooses VITAS for its exceptional care.

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18Jul/14

Trinity Medical Group, Owl Now Urgent Care and Lakeland Spine Center Unveil Rennovation to Chamber Members

Trinity Medical Group (5)RayPar Medical is a unique group of specialty medical facilities owned by Dr. Dane Parker and Dr. Dorothy Ray.  Our offices include Trinity Medical Group, Owl Now Urgent Care, Lakeland Spine Center, Pediatric Partners of Winter Haven and Pediatric Associates with two locations in Lakeland.  These offices encompass adult primary care, urgent care, pediatrics, chiropractic are and physical therapy.

With Lakeland being our flagship location we have currently expanded our building with a new addition and renovated space totaling 17,000 square feet to meet the growing needs of our community.  In 2012, we expanded to Winter Haven with the completion of a 22,800 square foot facility which houses Trinity Adult Medical Center, Owl Now Urgent Care and Pediatric Partners of Winter Haven.   We also have an additional location in Bartow which serves the adult primary care needs of that community.

We are proud to say that these locations are state of the art medical facilities utilizing the most advanced state of the art protocols and equipment to serve your primary healthcare needs..  We are excited about our next project which is a Concierge Medical Service which will offer unique and advanced medical technology and procedures including platelet rich plasma, stem cell therapy and the latest in anti-aging medicine and hormone replacement, which we will be implementing soon in our Lakeland location.  In order to meet the expanding needs of our medical community we continue to recruit the highest caliber medical physicians to join our RayPar medical family.  With continued plans for the growth of our community and our practices, RayPar Medical is actively hiring more physicians to meet the needs of this community we serve.