Category Archives: Chamber News

22Nov/17
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Registration Open for Annual Economic Update

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (November 21, 2017) – “The ‘human condition’ is always to push forward for the better and economics is the study of that process.” Chief Economist Brian Wesbury of First Trust Advisors, L.P., a nationally recognized economist, will return as our guest speaker for the 31st Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the RP Funding Center.  Reporting the regional perspective is Dr. Tony Villamil, a nationally recognized business economist, with over thirty-five years of successful career as a senior economist, university Dean and high-level policymaker for both federal and state governments.

“This year has certainly been showered with events that continue to impact Americans”, comments Ralph Allen, Chairman of Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.  He further comments, “from historical hurricane activity in 2017 to unrelenting violence on both foreign and homeland soil.  These events define our thoughts, our actions and sometimes our financial well being.”  How these global stories influence the economies and ultimately our day-to-day lives is important to understand.

The doors will open at 6:45am for registration and breakfast at the RP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Center). This year all ticket purchases will be online.  Please register online at lakelandchamber.com where you will find all the details for the event.  Student tickets and tables are available by contacting Rebecca Fortier at the Lakeland Chamber. The early bird pricing ends December 15th.

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

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 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 Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

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13Nov/17

Polk Goes Global III: Attendees will Gain Insight on Conducting International Business

The Lakeland and Winter Haven Chambers, in collaboration with the Central Florida Development Council, is pleased to host this year’s Polk Goes Global III – A Half-Day International Exporting Conference.

This exciting and informative event highlights the economic strength of Polk County’s international trade in cattle, citrus, manufacturers, and other goods and service exports. The county is centrally located between major Florida ports, with a free trade zone in the middle of the Tampa/Orlando area, plus a CSX intermodal logistics center. Ideally situated, Polk County is a hot spot for international distribution. Over $2 billion worth of economic activity occurs through the county each year. Polk Goes Global is sure to provide a wealth of information to any businessperson or investor looking to take advantage of the worldwide reach of Polk County.

The International sponsor of the event is Saddle Creek Logistics Services; additional event sponsors include Orlando International Airport, Polk State College Lakeland Campus and SunTrust Bank. The Keynote Speaker will be Manny Mencia, SVP of International Trade and Business Development at Enterprise Florida.  For over 30 years, Mencia has acquired extensive international trade expertise while serving at the Florida Department of Commerce in various executive roles (1977-1991) and then as vice president of World Marketing at The Beacon Council (1992-1996) before joining Enterprise Florida.  His keynote address promises to offer attendees unique insight into the opportunities surrounding the global market.

There will also be a number of speakers and panelists to share their experiences on conducting international business in Polk County, including:

  • Joseph Bell, Regional Director of Enterprise Florida
  • David Befus, Associate Professor of International Business at Southeastern University
  • Sandra Campbell, Director at the U.S. Department of Commerce – Clearwater Center
  • Torrey Chambliss, Manager of Foreign Trade Zone at Port Tampa Bay
  • Mauro Costa, Managing Member of SOS Universal
  • Rick Garcia, President of Gulf Coast Avionics
  • Javier Marin, Director of Business Development and Global Trace at the Central Florida Development Council
  • Sandro Murtas, Regional Manager at the Small Business Administration
  • Eileen Rodriguez, Director of the Small Business Development Center at USF
  • Joel Sellers, International Sales Manager of Florida’s Natural Growers
  • Jennifer Simpson, Regional Director at the Eastern Region EXIM Bank
  • Dan Tapia, Manager of International Strategy and Policy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce

Polk Goes Global III will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Polk State College, LTB Auditorium, located at 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, Florida, 33801. Admission to the event is $25 for members of the CFDC, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, and the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, and $35 for non-members. The price includes breakfast.

Attendees can register online by visiting the  Lakeland or Winter Haven Chamber websites or by going to LakelandChamber.com or WinterHavenchamber.com and clicking on the events tab.

For more information please contact:
Brianna Dingess

(863) 293-2138

brianna@winterhavenchamber.com

Rebecca Fortier

(863) 688-8551 ext. 229
rfortier@lakelandchamber.com

Javier Marin

(863) 937-4430

Javier@CFDC.org

08Nov/17

Media Alert: Special Salute to Veterans

A special SALUTE TO VETERANS will be celebrated at the BIG Event – Pirates on the Promenade on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 4:30 PM, at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre. The SALUTE TO VETERANS is underwritten by Green Construction and is a community project involving civic groups – the North Lakeland Rotary Club, the Lakeland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the City of Lakeland. The program will begin with a march performed by the Lakeland Concert Band led by Mr. Vic Larsen, and includes presentation of the colors by the Girl Scout Troop #70698, and special recognition of veterans of all conflicts, but especially the Vietnam War, as we continue to commemorate the 50th anniversary. Commissioner Don Selvage will be our master of ceremonies. The program will end with a reading of The Wall, and the Armed Forces Medley performed by the Lakeland Concert Band with special singing guest Rebecca Renfroe-Borneman.

27Oct/17
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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS “RESTAURANT WEEK” KICKS OFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Rebecca Fortier
(863) 688-8551 ext. 229 – office
(863) 221-2678 – cell
rfortier@lakelandchamber.com

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS “RESTAURANT WEEK” KICKS OFF BIG EVENT
“Little Bites” Food Truck Challenge on Nov. 11

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (October 27, 2017) — The Big Brothers Big Sisters “Restaurant Week” kicks off on Saturday, November 4, runs until Friday, November 9, and wraps up at the BIG Event – Pirates on the Promenade on Saturday, November 11, with the “Restaurant Week” Awards, and the “Little Bites” Food Truck Challenge.

Garden Bistro, Ninteen61, and Lennys Grill and Subs are a few of the places helping to make a difference one meal at a time during “Restaurant Week” from Nov. 4-10. The “Little Bites” Food Truck Challenge on Saturday, November 11, at the BIG Event offers attendees an opportunity to taste the delicious wares of local food trucks – including Boom Boom Box, Chick’s Coop, Manolito’s, Sawadee Thai, Tacos Mazatlan, Tallulah’s by the Sea, and Twisted Plates.

To see a complete list of participating restaurants for “Restaurant Week,” and to buy online discounted tickets for the “Little Bites” Challenge, go to https://www.bigrestaurantslittlebites.org/. Tickets for “Little Bites” will also be sold at the BIG Event in the Big Brothers Big Sisters “Foodie” Headquarters in the Magnolia Building.

When you dine at a “Restaurant Week” location, or purchase tickets to the “Little Bites” Challenge, you ensure that Big Brothers Big Sisters can continue to do meaningful work.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is America’s oldest and largest youth mentoring organization and has been serving Polk County since its founding by a local teacher in 1970. Each year high school and adult mentors, “Bigs,” are paired with children, “Littles,” and visit them at school or take them on outings in the community. We provide background checks for volunteers, activities for Big/Little Matches, and ongoing professional support from our amazing staff at no cost to the volunteers or the families served.

For more information call J. Frinks, Polk County Regional Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, at 863-514-7556 or email JF@BBBSTampabay.org.

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What is the BIG Event?
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Award and the Watson Clinic Poster Contest Award, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans by Green Construction. Then enjoy nonstop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE music fest! The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!
http://bigeventlakeland.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/BIGEventLakeland/ | https://twitter.com/BIGEventLkld | https://www.instagram.com/thebigeventlakeland
What’s there to do?
• Honor our Veterans at our Salute to Veterans by Green Construction!
• Red Ribbon Corporate & CEO Run & Awards – compete against last year’s winner Allen & Company of Florida, and their team “Phat Assets,” for the coveted traveling trophy!
• Enter the Watson Clinic BIG Event Poster Contest with theme Pirates on the Promenade – open to all ages!
• Enjoy live local music until 8pm, then a DJ dance party wraps it up!
• Relax at the R&R Tent and catch your favorite college football team courtesy of Bank of Central Florida’s Tailgate!
• Explore, learn, shop & eat at the Expo with Food, Business, Makers, and Non-Profits!
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay take food to the next level with Restaurant Week, Tampa Food Truck Rally and “Little Bites” Challenge!
• Kids’ Breezeway! courtesy of Publix Super Markets, Inc.
• Grab a map at the Highland Homes Tent and seek the treasure in our Treasure Hunt!
• Marvel at the exhibition-style thrills & spills at Water Ski Shows by the Lakeland Water Ski Club!
• Compete in the Pirates on the Promenade Costume Contest by CPS Investment Advisors!

Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

Exclusive Marketing Sponsor:
Tinsley Creative
Exclusive Beer Sponsor:
Bernie Little Distributing Budweiser
Exclusive Wine Sponsor:
Tuckers’ Southside Package & Lounge
Gold Sponsors:
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio
“Foodie” Partner:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk County since 1970
Silver Sponsor:
Danielle Fence
Lanier Upshaw
Watson Clinic LLP
Salute to Veterans Sponsor:
Green Construction Services Inc.
Bronze Sponsors:
Bank of Central Florida
CPS Investment Advisors
City of Lakeland
GEICO
Heacock Insurance
Highland Homes
Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center
The Ruthvens
SERVPRO of Lakeland
Community Partners:
JBT Corporation
Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Print Media Sponsor:
Ledger Media Group
Radio Sponsor:
“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio
Bottled Water Sponsor:
Crystal Springs

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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.

24Oct/17
Costume Contest CPS

Local Pirate Costume Contest Offers Cash Prizes

PIRATES ON THE PROMENADE COSTUME CONTEST BY CPS INVESTMENT ADVISORS

Costume Contest CPS

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (October 24, 2017) — This year at the BIG Event Lakeland – Pirates on the Promenade – we invite you to don your finest pirate attire and enter our Costume Contest presented by CPS Investment Advisors! Here be a little information on times, locations, and rules for this year’s Costume Contest.

This is a family friendly costume event; costumes should not be too risqué! No pilfering, plundering, looting, brawling, or lewd behavior during registration or contest. Come dressed to register!

Awards: Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 6:30pm – Magnolia Building
Registration: Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 4-6pm – Magnolia Building
Cost to register: FREE

Come claim ye awards for donning your finest pirate attire. The Finest Attired – in each category – will receive a Treasure Chest Prize! Categories / Award:
Best Rogue (18+ years) / $100
Best Lady Marauder (18+ years) / $100
Best Youth (0 – 12 years) / $50
Best Teen (13 – 17 years) / $50

Field may be narrowed to less than 10 contestants in each category. Please report to the Stage at the Magnolia Building for contest at 6:15pm for line-up. Everyone will receive a prize for entering.

Judging Criteria: Contestants will be judged on Costume Authenticity, Originality, Creativity, & Effort. Scoring will be from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score.
Authenticity – How accurate and thorough is the costume?
Originality – Does the costume stand out from the rest?
Creativity – Was the costume made creatively, colorfully, and does it show personality?
Effort – Did the costume take time and effort?

For additional information, click here: https://joom.ag/ezyL
Good luck t’ all ye dirty sea dogs!

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What is the BIG Event?
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Award and the Watson Clinic Poster Contest Award, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans by Green Construction. Then enjoy nonstop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE music fest! The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

http://bigeventlakeland.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BIGEventLakeland/

https://twitter.com/BIGEventLkld

https://www.instagram.com/thebigeventlakeland

What’s there to do?
• Honor our Veterans at our Salute to Veterans by Green Construction!
• Red Ribbon Corporate & CEO Run & Awards – compete against last year’s winner Allen & Company of Florida, and their team “Phat Assets,” for the coveted traveling trophy!
• Enter the Watson Clinic BIG Event Poster Contest with theme Pirates on the Promenade – open to all ages!
• Enjoy live local music including Jazza-Nova Brazilian Jazz, Patricia Kenoly, FOUNT, Brian Sutherland, and Bully for You at the “Big 4” Radio Stage, and DJ Silencer dance party in the Magnolia Building!
• Relax at the Danielle Fence R&R Tent and catch your favorite college football team courtesy of Bank of Central Florida’s Tailgate!
• Explore, learn, shop & eat at the Expo with Food, Business, Makers, and Non-Profits!
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay take food to the next level with Restaurant Week, Tampa Food Truck Rally and “Little Bites” Challenge!
• Kids’ Breezeway! courtesy of Publix Super Markets, Inc.
• Grab a map at the Highland Homes Tent and seek the treasure in our Treasure Hunt!
• Marvel at the exhibition-style thrills & spills at Water Ski Shows by the Lakeland Water Ski Club!
• Compete in the Pirates on the Promenade Costume Contest by CPS Investment Advisors!
• And much more…

Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

Exclusive Marketing Sponsor:
Tinsley Creative
Exclusive Beer Sponsor:
Budweiser / Bernie Little Distributing, LLC
Exclusive Wine Sponsor:
Tucker’s Southside Package & Lounge
Gold Sponsors:
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio
“Foodie” Partner:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay – serving Polk County since 1970
Silver Sponsor:
Danielle Fence
Watson Clinic LLP
Salute to Veterans Sponsor:
Green Construction
Bronze Sponsors:
Bank of Central Florida
CPS Investment Advisors
City of Lakeland
GEICO
Heacock Insurance
Highland Homes
Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center
Lanier Upshaw, Inc.
The Ruthvens
SERVPRO of Lakeland
Community Partners:
JBT Corporation
Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Print Media Sponsor:
Ledger Media Group
Radio Sponsor:
“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio
Bottled Water Sponsor:
Crystal Springs
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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.