Category Archives: Chamber Events

Events held by or sponsored by the Lakeland Chamber

24Sep/19

Home2 Suites by Hilton Lakeland Grand Opening Celebration

The Home2 Suites by Hilton Lakeland would like to invite you to their Grand Opening Celebration on October 3, 2019 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 3610 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, Florida. Come and see for yourself what the buzz is about on the brand new extended stay Home2 Suites in the heart of Lakeside Village mall. Boasting beautiful, modern suites to please the long term stay needs of our valued guests. Ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. There will be a give-away cruise for 2 – must be present to win.

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15May/19

Leadership Lakeland Graduates 29 from Class XXXVI

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Lakeland, FL – With leadership from Class XXXVI Chair, Michelle B. Ledford (Class XXIX, MADE) and Chair-Elect Chuck McDanal (Class XXXI, StudioC Solutions), 29 participants officially graduated on Thursday, May 9, 2019. More than 130 alumni and friends attended the invitation-only Leadership Lakeland Graduation & Banquet at the RP Funding Center. Beginning in August, the class members undertook a rigorous schedule including overnight and full-day programs to immerse themselves in the community and in the development of leadership skills. Congratulations to the graduates of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXVI:

  • Steven G. Achinger, MD, FASN, Watson Clinic LLP
  • Randolph Barber, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Leon Battle, One More Child / Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
  • Sarah Bhagat, Lakeland Regional Health
  • William B. Bracken, Jr., Bracken & Bergwall, P.A.
  • Amanda Brice, Agnini Family Dental
  • Michael Paul Carey, CLA
  • Tom Collins, Saddle Creek Logistics Services
  • Erin Ferguson, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
  • Ana Vargas Gillespie, Lakeland Escape Room
  • Taher Hisham Hamid, Alltek Services
  • Kaitlin Irmscher
  • Ellen J. Katzman, PACE Center for Girls
  • Rebecca Knowles, All Saints Academy
  • Thomas C. Lloyd, Bank of Central Florida
  • John S. Lowman, IV, Avon Leasing, Inc.
  • Sara Roberts McCarley, Randy Roberts Foundation
  • Douglas W. McPherson, Citizens Bank and Trust
  • Ashley Metts Miller, VISTE
  • Holly Parrish, PH Solutions, LLC
  • Teddra Joy Porteous, Polk County Public Schools
  • Eric Powell, RightPlan Financial
  • Brenda Patricia Ramirez, Kaylor Law Group
  • Brenda C. Reddout, PhD, Talbot House Ministries
  • Douglas Edward Riley, Lakeland Fire Department
  • Bethany Tricia Thomas, Southeastern University
  • Amanda L. Walls, Peterson & Myers, P.A.
  • Jason Williams, Farm Credit of Central Florida
  • Lori A. Winstead, State Attorney’s Office

Leadership Lakeland is an annual program designed to identify leadership and enhance existing leadership in our community. The program unites leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to improve their ability to lead effectively, offering its members a broad range of experiences and insights about the community, its people, its needs, and its services.

Towards the end of the program, members of Class XXXVI presented five checks (totaling $1,400 each) to the five nonprofit organizations represented within the class: One More Child / Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, PACE Center for Girls, Randy Roberts Foundation, VISTE, and Talbot House Ministries. It took only four days for Class XXXVI to raise $7,000.

At the event, Nicole Travis (XXXIV, City of Lakeland) was announced as the Chair-Elect for Class XXXVII.

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30Jan/19
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Celebrate the Tradition: Lakeland Welcomes Back our Detroit Tigers for the 73rd Annual Tiger BBQ and their 83rd Spring Training

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (January 30, 2019) – Our 73rd Annual Tiger BBQ, presented by Rodda Construction, a Lakeland tradition to kick off Spring Training, will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Publix Filed at Joker Marchant Stadium beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Please visit www.LakelandChamber.com to purchase your tickets for this exciting event!  The menu includes an exceptional menu, complimentary beverages and a souvenir mug!

Spring Training provides the State of Florida with an estimated economic impact of $753 million each year. In Lakeland, that translates to approximately $45 million—last year bringing 111,561 fans to the games at our newly renovated Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. The majority of these fans are from out of state—bringing new money into our area!

As a result of the stadium renovation and the new contract, Lakeland will now host Spring Training for the Detroit Tigers for more than 100 years. This new offering celebrates the Tigers relationship with the City of Lakeland dating back to 1934, the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city.  Lakeland is the only city to host a “Welcome Back BBQ!”

The Detroit Tigers spring training home, Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland will show off an array of improvements since the 2017 season. Fans will find more shade, more box seats, more concession stands, a new 1,800 square foot merchandise store and more premium and group seating including the 34 Club.  For Spring Training ticket information and special group pricing, call the Lakeland ticket office at (863) 686-8075 or visit tigers.com/springtraining.

14Dec/18
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Lakeland Chamber Announces Staff Change

LAKELAND, FL (December 14, 2018) – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the advancement of Rebecca Fortier to the Convention & Visitors Bureau as Administrative Assistant to Jackie Johnson, Senior Vice President, of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, at the Lakeland Chamber. Rebecca joined the Lakeland Chamber almost four years ago and has led the Programs & Events department as Director, proving herself to be a committed advocate for the Lakeland Chamber. Within her new role, Rebecca will support the marketing of Lakeland and Polk County as an ideal convention and tourist destination.

Her background in tourism gives Rebecca an overall understanding of the Convention & Visitors Bureau – with her experience in hotel management and sales, her strong relationships with partners including Visit Central Florida, Polk County Sports Marketing, and local chambers of commerce, and from serving as president of the Lakeland Hotel & Motel Association.

The Lakeland Chamber is excited about this change and congratulates Rebecca on her new role.

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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26Nov/18
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Central Florida’s Longest Running Economic Forecasting Event Sets Date for Mid-January

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (November 26, 2018) – Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce present Economic Forecast Breakfast 2019, for the 32nd year, on Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 7 to 9 a.m., at the RP Funding Center. With change being the only constant over the last year – including decisions on trade, taxes, and immigration – the 2019 forecast promises to be one to watch for insights into your strategic planning.

Nationally recognized Chief Economist Brian Wesbury of First Trust Advisors, L.P., returns as our guest speaker for the 32nd annual Economic Forecast Breakfast 2019 sponsored by Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. You can plan on hearing a perspective that is steadfastly germane to the economies and politics of the world we live in delivered in a dynamic and unwavering style.

Allen & Company of Florida, Inc., the oldest investment firm in Florida, will continue to provide Continuing Education Credits for Florida Certified Financial Planners™ (CFP®s) for attending the 32nd Annual Breakfast. The morning event will be held at the RP Funding Center on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Florida CFP®s interested in earning up to 2.0 credits for the event must pre-register online. At the event, they must specify their intent at the Allen & Company registration desk and receive a form that will need to be authorized at the registration desk after the event.

“This forecast breakfast originated from the idea that independent business owners needed exposure to economic intelligence.  The macro level of material that Mr. Wesbury shares translates significant concepts into easily digestable, relevant data that paints an economic landscape for businesses both small and large”, comments Ralph Allen, Chairman of Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. He further comments, “each year I feel the same way, that this year is the most critical in our countries history, and this year is no different.”

The doors will open at 6:45 a.m. for registration and breakfast at the RP Funding Center. Please register online at lakelandchamber.com under the Events tab and there you will find all the details for the event.

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Contact:  Rebecca Fortier | (863) 688-8551 Ext. 229 – office | rfortier@lakelandchamber.com

About Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Since 1932 Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. has provided financial planning and wealth management services to the communities we serve.  Headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, with operations in Winter Haven and Viera, Allen & Company is Florida’s oldest investment firm.

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:  The Lakeland Area 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; and, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.