The Lakeland Chamber’s Annual Meeting brought together hundreds of business professionals for a night of networking, arts, and recognition.
For networking, the Chamber provided over an hour before the opening ceremonies for the guests to mingle, enjoy the cash bar, and make connections. Old friends reunited and new connections were made. There is no doubt, this was an important component of the night.
For arts, students from the Harrison School for the Arts performed an original musical production entitled “When You Dream: A Legacy of Giving.” This fantastic musical pays tribute to Mr. George Jenkins and the philanthropic legacy he inspired in Lakeland. A roaring applause filled the room when the musical concluded. The Publix founder holds a special place in the heart of many Lakeland residents.
For recognition, the Chamber identified businesses in the community that are making a difference. There were small business awards and the American Cancer Society’s Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance’s Gold Level Worksite Wellness Award. This award was given to Lakeland Regional Health for having a strong tobacco policy that includes E-cigarettes, and for providing all available tobacco cessation options to their employees through their Health Insurance Benefits. They are the first to receive the Gold Award in Polk County and the 12th in all of Florida!
This award recognizes LRH commitment to a smoke-free culture. Of course, there is a moral benefit to helping employees quit. There is also a significant cost savings when your staff is smoke-free. However, an additional benefit to this award is the publicity it creates. LRH was recognized at an event with hundreds of attendees. They were posted on the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce site and Lakeland Regional Health can send it out on their own social media and website. Not to mention the media potential this creates. And now you are reading this, weeks after the event. This is a recruitment tool, public relations, recognition, and a symbol of commitment to their employees and patients. Well done Lakeland Regional Health, Lakeland is very proud of what you are doing for our community.
To see a full list of local businesses committing to a smoke-free culture, check out the previous blog post at: http://blog.lakelandchamber.com/2018/01/lakeland-chamber-members-receive-recognition-for-strong-tobacco-policies/
Do you currently have a strong policy, or would like to move in that direction? Fill out our assessment so we can know exactly how to help. If your business would like to fill out the form in 2018, please contact Juli Davis at Juli.Davis@FLHealth.gov or (863) 578-2157. All Chamber businesses that complete the assessment, whether they qualify for the award or not, will receive two free tickets to an upcoming Lakeland Chamber Business After Hours event.