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Ribbon Cuttings of the Lakeland Chamber


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
07.09.14 - DanJo Managed Executive Properties (7)

Visit Danjo Managed Executive Properties & Exclusively Yours by Jeri Thom in their Newly Renovated Location

07.09.14 - DanJo Managed Executive Properties (7)Danjo Managed Executive Properties is the new name for Danjo of Central Florida, Inc. which has served the Lakeland area for 23 years.   Our new name better describes our purpose of property management in addition to all listing and sales services that our customers may need.  Our Broker, Exclusively Yours by Jeri Thom, Inc.  is also located on property.  Dan Kiehl, Mary Jo Kiehl and Pat Hobaugh provide the customer service mindset that was developed from each person’s many years of service with Publix Supermarkets from the age of 16. The crossover of that legendary Publix culture into the real estate business has helped to create many wonderful and satisfying relationships.  We look forward to serving all your real estate opportunities in our new location at 931 & 933 South Florida Avenue in Dixieland.  Come visit our recently completed offices tastefully renovated inside and out by John Cox with Quality MidState Construction.

DanJo Managed Executive Properties
933 S Florida Ave
(863) 646-3040
Exclusively Yours by Jeri Thom
931 S Florida Ave
(863) 646-6688


Ed Morse Mazda BAH (4)

Ed Morse Mazda Celebrates Over 65 Years of Automotive Excellence

Ed Morse Mazda BAH (4)

Since 1946, when Ed Morse founded Morse Motors with his father, the Morse name has stood for strength, integrity and trust.

More than 65 years later, Ed’s son, President/CEO Edward (Ted) Morse, Jr., has continued to build the family owned and operated Ed Morse Automotive Group into one of the nation’s most respected automotive dealer groups.

“When you put your family name on the businesses throughout the state all these years,” said Ted Morse, “you have given yourself and your family a standard to live up to, and that is exactly what we do with every customer who walks through our doors.”

The group consists of 15 dealerships that house 17 automotive franchises and 10 different brands – both domestic and import – throughout Florida.

Ted Morse sees great promise in the Lakeland market, and when General Motors closed the Saturn brand, he chose to continue as a Lakeland dealer when he purchased the Mazda franchise and renovated the facility as it is today.

The legacy that Ed Morse leaves behind is not just a successful business but also a strong commitment to the communities that the Ed Morse Automotive Group supports through is philanthropic activities.

Each year, the Ed Morse Automotive Group is an official sponsor for Toys-for-Tots and Feeding America, with each dealership serving as a drop off location. The annual Ed Morse Automotive Group MDA golf tournament raises money to help children attend the MDA camp each year, and has raised more than $2 million since the first tournament in 1994.

The Ed Morse Automotive Group also supports the American Red Cross, the Humane Society, the American Heart Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Dan Marino Foundation, and the American Diabetes Association.

“The value of the trust others have in you,” said Ted, “is far beyond anything that can be measured. Building a reputation of integrity takes years; and, as a family, we continue my father’s commitment to our communities and to maintaining the reputation he worked so hard to build.”


Ed Morse Mazda Lakeland
1250 W Memorial Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33815
(863) 274-7240