Category Archives: Emerge Lakeland


EMERGE Lakeland Introduces 3rd P2P Class

EMERGE Lakeland is proud to announce the members of the 3rd class for the Peer-to-Peer program:

Michelle Crawford, American Compliance Technologies, Inc

Cindy Dykes, Madden Corporation

Laura Helm, Woodmen of the World

Ryan Edrington, Ryan’s Pressure Washing

John Evans, Saunders Real Estate

Erin Geiger, Lighthouse Ministries

Adam Justice, Polk Museum of Art

Michael Kincart, Clark, Campbell, Mawhinney & Lancaster, P.A.

Shaun Miller, CPS Group CPA’s, PA

Derek Oxford, CPS Group CPA’s, PA

Michael Tucker, Florida Southern College

Bradley Wright, Wall Foss Financial, LLC

P2P aims to enrich the professional development of Lakeland’s young professionals by partnering them with existing EMERGE Lakeland members.


These 12 P2P members (non-EMERGE Lakeland or existing EMERGE Lakeland members) and 7 current EMERGE Lakeland advisors will participate in the program. The Program year will be August 24, 2010 – May 4, 2011.

All newly engaged young professionals will participate in two EMERGE Lakeland membership programs and in four specifically designed P2P events or activities.

P2P Schedule

Orientation August 24,2010 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Parks & Recreation Event September 2, 2010 7:00pm – 9:00pm Flying Tigers Game
Non-Profit Event November 9, 2010 10:00am – 12:00pm United Way
Industry & Development January 27, 2011 10:00am – 12:00pm TBD
Education April 20, 2011 9:00am – 11:00am Polk State College
Graduation May 4, 2011 5:30pm – 7:30pm

LLAA hosts Coffee & Conversation for EMERGE Members

Come for the coffee…stay for the conversation.

The Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association invites EMERGE Lakeland Members to “Coffee and Conversation” (Come anytime between 7:30 and 9:00 AM). No reservations necessary! No advance payment! Enjoy Mitchell’s Coffee and danish for $3.00. “Coffee and Conversation” is a way to support our downtown businesses, help a local charity or organization and enjoy networking time with LLAA and fellow EMERGE Members. “Coffee and Conversation” is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Mitchell’s.

How to support a local charity?
Write your favorite local charity/nonprofit organization on the back of your business card. Bring the card and your spare change/cash to Mitchell’s. While you are waiting for your order, drop your card and change (or cash) in the “Change for Charity” bowl located on the counter. At the end of our “Coffee and Conversation”, one business card will be drawn from the bowl. The name of the charity on the back of the card will receive all of the money in the bowl.

Still have questions about this coffee and danish power social. Contact Judy Cline at (863) 646-3184 or go to

EMERGE Lakeland is a meaningful networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ranging in age from 21-42 in Lakeland. This organization is a partnership of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Central Florida. Groundwork for such an organization began in 2003. The partnership offers a unique opportunity for collaboration between the two organizations for the continued strengthening of the community.


Parker Street Ministries

Here at the Chamber Blog, we tend to due more “press release” type posts. I am working hard on gathering other types of content for our avid blog audience. Here is a meager attempt to chisel ice of our beautiful facade. This morning I attended the Emerge Lakeland Professional Development Breakfast and met a temporarily disabled (Leg injury of some kind) agent of change that works for Parker Street Ministries. A bright young professional who seemed to have a passion for her current engagement at Parker Street, Ms. Francine Previte. She was excited to discuss what Parker Street was doing, and trying to recruit volunteers to help join the cause.  I wouldn’t dare try to explain what they do, because it would be such an injustice to them I love to let people write about them selves because they tend to do a better job then I. So here is some info:

Parker Street Ministries is a faith-based, nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organization based in the Parker Street neighborhood of Lakeland, Florida. This area is located just north of PSM Logodowntown Lakeland and is a very broken, marginalized and forgotten part of town.  Parker Street Ministries works to reconcile and revitalize this part of town through various programs, such as the Academic Enrichment Program, Summer Camp, community dinners, the Christmas Store, holiday dinner delivery, a home-ownership initiative and more. Currently we are very much in need of volunteers to help with our Academic Enrichment Program (M-F 4:30 – 6 p.m.), as well as those interested in helping with our holiday initiatives beginning next month. If you would like to volunteer with Parker Street Ministries or receive more information, you may contact our office at (863) 682-4544, or e-mail Francine Previte at  Volunteers, in-kind donations and financial support are always needed!

Parker Street is great way to get involved if you are looking for a way. If you do contact them, please let them know you heard about it from the Chamber Blog. Have a great Friday.

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