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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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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!
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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.

18Oct/17
Allen & Company's team PHAT Assets, 2016 Champions

CORPORATE CHALLENGE 5K SUPPORTS COMMUNITY YOUTH

Allen and Co Phat AssetsCORPORATE CHALLENGE 5K SUPPORTS COMMUNITY YOUTH

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (October 18, 2017) — On Saturday, November 11, ten of your employees can run/walk the 5k event and compete against other organizations your size (small, medium or large) for bragging rights and possession of the traveling trophy for a year! Other employees can participate by making pledges to the existing runners which supports bullying and drug prevention in Polk County.

Our 2016 Corporate Challenge Champions, Allen & Company’s PHAT Assets team, dares other corporate teams to participate. Robin Chaddick, PHAT Assets team member and Director of Marketing at Allen of Company, says, “Bring your best game, Lakeland! We plan to keep the trophy!”

The trophies for the Corporate Challenge will be presented at the BIG Event by the Lakeland Chamber, at Lake Mirror that evening. Call the InnerAct Alliance if you need help setting up team!

Registration online:  http://www.redribbonhalf.com/

Fees:  $400 – by October 30; $500 – from October 31 – November 11

For questions & information:  InnerAct Alliance, 621 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL  33801 – TeamRedRibbon@inneractalliance.org – Tel: (863) 802-0777

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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!

What’s there to do?

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

Exclusive Marketing Sponsor:

Tinsley Creative

Exclusive Beer Sponsor:

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:

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.

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.

13Jun/17
YEA! Polk Graduate Logan Soria, CEO of Stand Up!, Pitches to Investors

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY RECRUITING STUDENTS

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (June 13, 2017) — The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is recruiting students for the Polk County chapter, only the fifth chapter in Florida, for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a 30-week program for students, ages 11-18, where students start and run their own business and form connections with community leaders. The program will feature guest speakers from businesses and five field trips.

The program has three main sections: the big idea, the pitch and the launch. In the big idea phase, students brainstorm ideas, explore their passions, and learn how to evaluate a business opportunity.

The pitch will be a five-minute presentation by the students to an investors’ panel, which is made up of sponsors. During the launch phase, students will open bank accounts and file for legal fictitious names. The students will display their products at a trade show in May 2018. LkldTV captures the magic of the program in their video from this year’s trade show http://lkldtv.com/2017/05/24/young-entrepreneurs-academy/.

A recent graduate of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, 18-year-old Logan Soria, CEO/Owner of Stand Up!, shares his experience, “You are going to go through a part-time business boot camp. That isn’t something you should be afraid of. As an entrepreneur, you have to embrace the barriers ahead – whether it be a lack of knowledge, funds, or ability. Trust me, if you try your best, you will make it through those hard times and you will be rewarded by your success.”

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce chapter will accept up to 20 students; the early application deadline is June 30. Classes will take place 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Southeastern University beginning in October.

The tuition for the program is $595, but there are some need-based scholarships available. The program offers the opportunity to participate in the YEA! Saunders Scholars Competition with the chance to win college scholarships.

The application for the Polk County program is available at https://yeausa.wufoo.com/forms/z1s0mvgj0gb2hwv/.

To learn more about YEA! visit yeausa.org, or for information on our local chapter, please visit at http://www.lakelandchamber.com/pages/YEA, or contact Rebecca Fortier at (863) 688-8551 ext. 229 or by email at rfortier@lakelandchamber.com.  The YEA! Polk Sponsors and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce are helping to build the next generation of business leaders in Polk County.

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.

 The Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(C) 3 offering groundbreaking year-long classes that teach middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures. Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders. YEA! bridges the business and educational communities to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! is made possible by The Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. For more information, visit yeausa.org.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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13Jun/17
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Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium Seeks “Best of the Ballparks” Designation

The Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium needs your vote! Only one day left! Please show your community pride and vote for Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium as the BEST Ballpark! Our Lakeland stadium has made it to the final four and needs your vote to win! You can make a difference with a daily vote.

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