Category Archives: Chamber News

24May/13
Leadership Polk

Leadership Polk Alumni Present Third Annual “Spirit of Leadership Polk” Awards

 

The Leadership Polk Alumni Association presented the third annual Spirit of Leadership Polk Awards yesterday at a luncheon at Eaglebrooke. Each year, one individual and one organization are recognized for their county-wide leadership development efforts. This year’s recipients were Greg Littleton (individual) and Polk State College (organization).

The individual Spirit of Leadership Polk award is given to a person who has contributed substantially to the development of regionally-focused leadership in Polk County. This award is intended to spotlight someone who has demonstrated a clear commitment to bridging the leadership gap that led to
the creation of the Leadership Polk program in the first place. The individual award recipient, Greg Littleton, has been at Citizens Bank & Trust (a Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Trustee Member) since 1997 and has been president since 2001. He currently serves as Chairman for CFDC, an Executive Committee Member and immediate past Chair for Polk Vision, District Board of Trustees and past Chair for Polk State College, Board of Director and Treasurer for Polk Museum of Art, Board of Director & Treasurer for Winter Haven Chamber, and a Board member of United Way of Central Florida. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Bankers Association, Florida Bank Pac, and the Lake Wales Arts Council. He has also served as past president for the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce, EPC 100, and was a member of the Florida Statewide Passenger Rail Commission. Greg is a graduate of Leadership Polk Class I.

More important than his list of accomplishments is Greg’s commitment to improving Polk County’seconomy, education system, and quality of life through his service and leadership.

The second Spirit of Leadership Polk Award is given to an organization (public or private) that is operating across the county and in a way that specifically enhances the leadership pools in our communities. Polk State College is continually striving to make a positive different for all of Polk County and provides a presence in multiple local communities. Under the remarkable leadership of Dr. Eileen Holden, Polk State has inspired us all to look beyond our own cities and think of ourselves as part of one big Polk County community – “We are Polk!” Polk State contributes to the economy, the educational system, the quality of life, and the level of civic engagement of our County.  Polk State College is also a Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Circle Member. Previous award recipients include Charles McPherson and Cindy Price (individual), as well as the Polk County Board of County Commissioners and United Way of Central Florida (organization).

The Leadership Polk program brings together leaders from across Polk County who have demonstrated a commitment to civic engagement within our local communities and have a desire to expand their knowledge and involvement on a county-wide level. The six classes of Leadership Polk alumni continue to build relationships with other passionate, influential and positive-thinking leaders, and have a greater understanding of Polk County as the larger community that we all share.

For more information visit www.polkvision.com.

21May/13
Social Media Icons for WL

New Chamber Web Site Feature Connects Consumers to Businesses

Social Media Integration enhances engagement, SEO

Business listings at LakelandChamber.com have gotten a facelift! Since late 2010, the Chamber’s Web site has boosted Internet search results for Lakeland’s preferred businesses by more than 100% through a partnership with Chamber-specific technology leader WebLink International.

Earlier this year, the Chamber’s directory was upgraded to include enhanced Search Engine Optimization and native search functions. The new design of the directory also left room for the newest feature, social media network integration.

Beginning today, Chamber member businesses have the ability to include social media links like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts, increasing the opportunities for consumers to not only connect to local businesses, but engage with them as well.

Member Businesses with active listings at LakelandChamber.com can request that social media links be included in their listings by logging in to the Members Area. From the home page of the Members Area, members will be directed to add social media links through the “NEW: Update Social Network(s)” hyperlink. As with all profile updates, these social media links must be approved by the Chamber before they are published. The Chamber reserves the right to refuse publication of inappropriate social media links or improper use of social media (ie. Facebook “friend” pages for businesses).

Please contact the Communications Division at the Chamber for assistance with this new and exciting feature!

Kara Butch, Administrative Assistant, Communications: (863) 688-8551, Ext. 222

Amy Wiggins, Vice President, Communications: (863) 688-8551, Ext. 229

03Jan/13

Press Release: Travel With the Chamber to Costa del Sol, Spain

For Immediate Release:                                                                                                                            

January 3, 2013                                                                                                                                           

 

Travel With the Chamber to Costa del Sol, Spain

 

Lakeland, FL – This spring, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to organize a community trip to Costa del Sol, Spain. The third such trip for the Chamber, Costa del Sol offers a cost-effective and secure group travel opportunity for business people and vacationers alike. The trip departs from Tampa International Airport on March 21 and returns March 29.

The Chamber has partnered with Central Holidays to provide this nine-day, seven-night experience including opportunities for business interests. Along the way, the group will experience historic sites including the Rock of Gibraltar and bask in the beautiful Mediterranean sun. Optional tours include sight-seeing opportunities and a two-day extension to Madrid.

This all-inclusive trip will satisfy sightseers, adventurers, history-buffs, and those exploring business exchanges. Costs begin at $2,749 for Chamber members.

A special informational meeting is planned for January 8, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. hosted by La Porta Rossa at Mario’s. A complimentary glass of wine and hors ‘d oeuvres will be served.

For more information about the trip or to RSVP for the free informational meeting, visit Spain.LakelandChamber.com or call (863) 688-8551, Ext. 228.

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The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce represents 1,700 member businesses in the Greater 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 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.

Mission Statement

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

03Jan/13

Press Release: 26th Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast January 10

For Immediate Release:

January 2, 2013                                                                                   

 

26th Annual Economic Forecast Breakfastb to Bring 2013 Outlook to Lakeland Businesses

 

Lakeland, FL – The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. will host the 26th Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast on January 10, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at The Lakeland Center.

Presenters will again be Brian Wesbury of First Trust Advisors, LP and Dr. Tony Villamil of the Washington Economic Group, Inc.

This well-respected event provides national and state forecasts and shares important economic trends with the business community. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased at LakelandChamber.com or by calling (863) 688-8551.

Media inquiries, please contact Sarah Breed at sbreed@LakelandChamber.com or (863) 688-8551, Ext. 228.

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The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce represents 1,700 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 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.

 

Mission Statement

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

05Oct/12

Chamber’s “Politics in the Bank” Event Recognizes Candidates, Encourages Voter Education

Lakeland’s Politics in the Park Express was full steam ahead, showcasing candidates and supporters and highlighting the flexibility of Lakelanders. With a steady drizzle, Thursday’s event became “Politics in the Bank” as VIP Reception sponsors BB&T, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty, and Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP opened their doors to the hob-nob.

Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields once again kicked off “Politics in the Park” with a little help from the South McKeel Academy choral group singing the rousing patriotic tune “America for Me.”  Following the introduction and song, attendees had the opportunity to meet and greet with local and state candidates and hear their platforms.

“…Thursday’s crowded bank lobby showed folks can get along, according to Neil Combee, a former county commissioner who is running for Florida House District 39.

“We are just having a great time and everybody’s happy,” he said.”

The Ledger, article by Bill Rufty, Political Editor

     

More photos from The Ledger.

The Chamber hosts this event every two years to bring candidates and citizens together, and encourages all voters to research and make informed decisions on November 6. The evening was especially meaningful for another group of folks with a similar mission. YMCA Youth in Government encourages students to learn the political process and get involved. Several YMCA YIG students were in attendance and were able to learn first-hand about campaigns, platforms, and more.

To find out more about the candidates in attendance at Politics in the Park 2012, please find links to each site below.

 

The Chamber would like to thank the Politics in the Park 2012 sponsors for helping to make this event possible.

Presidential

 

SENATORIAL SPONSORS

 

Congressional Sponsors

  • Clark, Campbell & Lancaster, P.A.
  • Florida Strategic Group
  • The Mosaic Company

 

Gubernatorial Sponsors

  • Badcock Home Furniture & more
  • Bank of Central Florida
  • BusinessVoice of Greater Lakeland, Inc.
  • CF Industries
  • Coca-Cola Refreshments
  • Community Southern Bank
  • CSX
  • DSM Technology Consultants
  • GEICO
  • Innovative Ink
  • Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
  • NuJak Companies
  • The Randy Roberts Foundation
  • The Ruthvens
  • Vecchio, Carrier & Feldman, P.A.

 

And, also the volunteers, organizations, and issues groups who participated in the event.