Category Archives: Chamber Events

Events held by or sponsored by the Lakeland Chamber


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

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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 or call 866-668.4437.


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.



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.

07.10.14 - Hallback's Bar & Grill (7)

Hallback’s Bar & Grill brings Style to Lakeland Airport Restaurant

07.10.14 - Hallback's Bar & Grill (7)Hallback’s is a family owned establishment that offers American flare mixed with a touch of southern staples. We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service. our restaurant offers amazing airplane runway views, infused with great food. We’re a family who enjoys preparing amazing dishes, and look forward to meeting and serving your family soon. A former Florida State Football player, No. 84 Robert Hallback introduces his mother and grandmother Linda and Minnie Hallback whose known for their famous household dishes, His father Robert Hallback Jr., a well-known bail bondsman and caterer, and his sister Tinisha Hallback a former Tampa bay Buccaneer Cheerleader. The family presents to the community the gridiron of their best and delectable dishes and services offered at the newly open eatery at the Lakeland Airport.   “Family and community is what building a dream is all about”…says Robert. Come out and meet the Hallback’s!

Hallback’s Bar & Grill
3900 Don Emerson Dr, Ste 201
(863) 937-8900