Category Archives: Member Announcements


Florida Regional Economic Symposium, April 8

Supported by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Florida Southern College will present its first Florida Regional Economic Symposium on April 8.

Expert panelists representing the University of Tampa, Florida Southern College, and Jacksonville University will present, discuss, and analyze economic indicators that will impact local businesses, job seekers, and residents in coming months.

Attendees will have the opportunity to present questions to the panelists, ensuring that they leave the Symposium with a better understanding of the economy in Central and Northeast Florida. This information will help attendees understand how economic data is collected and measured, and will give them a valuable new perspective when making personal and professional financial decisions.


Dr. Carl Brown
Professor of Economics
Florida Southern CollegeDr. Hassan Pordeli
Hugh Culverhouse Professor of Economics
Jacksonville University

Brian T. Kench
Chairman/Associate Professor of Economics
University of Tampa

David Odahowski
President, CEO &
Board Member
Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation

This is a must attend event for anyone who wants to better understand the local economy, its driving forces, and the direction it is taking. RSVP today »


SEU’s Conversations with Successful Christian Women Continues 3/25

The second installment in the Conversations with Successful Christian Women series welcomes author and CEO Nancy Duarte.

Presentations are the lingua franca of business and those who master communicating with them rise faster than their peers, reach more customers than their competitors, and turn causes into a groundswell.

Persuasion expert Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design, will demonstrate how to apply the methods in her book Resonate: Presenting Visual Stories That Transform Audiences, to build meaningful connections with audiences that compel them to action. Her groundbreaking work details a new way of structuring a presentation and connecting with an audience.

Friday , March 25 @ 9 a.m.

Southeastern University – College of Business & Education

Room A115

There is no charge for this event. Registration is not required.


Four Paws Only Helps Save Homeless Pets in Polk County

On Saturday April 9, Four Paws Only will be participating in a fundraiser for Save Our Homeless Pets, the official volunteer adoption arm for the Polk Sheriff’s Animal Control.

The mission of Save Our Homeless Pets is to connect homeless pets to loving, forever homes and to provide low/no cost spay and neuter programs to prevent unwanted pet births. This all volunteer 501(c)3 is in need of

  • Dog and Cat Food
  • Bowls
  • Blankets
  • Newspapers and Kitty Litter
  • Collars and Leads

In partnership with Four Paws Only, Whiskey Bent BBQ, Grills Plus More, SOHP will be holding a fundraiser on April 9. Stop by Grills Plus More at 2175 E Edgewood Dr in Lakeland between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for pulled pork lunches, music, children’s entertainment, a silent auction and pet adoptions from Heidi’s Legacy. Whole apple-smoked pork butts are available for pre-order by calling Grills Plus More at (863) 644-0032.


Your City. Your Budget. Lakeland Vision Seeks Input From Citizens

As the Lakeland City Commissioners were working their way through the current city budget a year ago, they asked for citizen input on the decisions they were making. This year, citizens will have a new way to “weigh in” on their city’s budget.

In preparation for the 2012 budget discussions, Lakeland Vision has collaborated with the City of Lakeland to create an online tool at to collect that input, beginning March 21, 2011.

Bruce Lyon, Lakeland Vision board member, explained that the site features a two-part survey. The first part highlights a number of long-range goals identified in the Lakeland community’s Vision of its future. Participants will be asked to identify how important those goals are to them.

The second part of the survey includes a section of the City of Lakeland’s budget broken down into six service areas.  Each section of the budget indicates the relative amount of money the city invests in that category. Citizens are then able to use the site to adjust investment levels to reflect how s/he believes dollars should be allocated.

Lyon also noted that, “for those who want to dig a little deeper,” the site features links to provide citizens with a better understanding of programs working to address the community’s long term goals, as well as the city budget and specific programs affected by shifts in allocations.

In announcing the site launch, Shannon Lanier, executive director of Lakeland Vision, credited her Board’s commitment to facilitating dialogue between the City and its stakeholders. Board chair, Weymon Snuggs, said that, “Lakeland is not immune to the economic challenges we hear about on a daily basis, so tough decisions may have to be made for the 2012 budget year. will give the community an avenue to provide their opinions on the city’s future and its financial priorities.”

The deadline to provide input via is March 31, 2011. Lakeland Vision will then take the feedback and deliver it to the city commission, who can use it as another tool to help them make the decisions they were elected to make.

Lakeland Vision is a not-for-profit agency focused in community development. Lakeland Vision works to implement the strategies laid out in a publicly generated Vision for Lakeland’s future. For more information, please contact Shannon Lanier at (863) 682-9660 or


Coca-Cola Refreshments Job Fair 3/21

Spherion and PolkWorks are hosting a Job Fair for immediate openings in the Coca-Cola Refreshments Packaging Department in Auburndale. These positions are temporary or seasonal with potential.

Interested individuals should register online with Spherion at and bring a resume the day of the fair.

Available positions include forklift operators, applicants must complete testing and safety checks.

The Open House will be held at the PolkWorks Winter Haven Location:

500 E Lake Howard Drive

Winter Haven, FL 33881

Monday, March 21

9:30 a.m.

For more information, please call (863) 508-1100.