Category Archives: Member Announcements


Webster University Wants to Train Your Employees – For FREE!

Yep, I said free! With budgets and time stretched to the absolute limit in most companies these days, training might have been bumped down on your company’s priority list.

Webster University is tackling the challenge of tight training budgets with some free offerings for businesses of all sizes. The Webster instructors offer training on:

  • Anger Management
  • Business Etiquette
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Diversity
  • EEO/AA
  • Effective Hiring
  • Multigenerational Workplace
  • Networking
  • Performance Management
  • Personalities in the Workplace
  • Stress Management
  • Team Development
  • Time Management

They’ll come to you, or you can use one of the classrooms at Webster’s Lakeside Village Campus. A convenient location to enjoy lunch and shopping with fabulous Chamber members!

Call Sheree Saulter today for more information on how your company can take advantage of team training… did we mention it was free?

(863) 687-9309 | |


Simpson Pool Will be a part of Attempt to Break World Record

The nation’s top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) Tuesday, June 14, 2011 to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 14 water parks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11 a.m. in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

The City of Lakeland’s Aquatics staff will assist in the world record attempt during a swim lesson at Simpson Pool located at 1725 Martin Luther King Ave.

Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.

Individuals interested in participating in the lesson have until June 13 to register by contacting Aquatics at (863) 834-3157. For more information on The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson or to find out how to get involved, please contact David Woodard at (863) 834-3157.


Keiser University Hosts a Carnival Open House May 14

On May 14 the Lakeland campus of Keiser University will host a Carnival Open House from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The campus is located at 2400 Interstate Drive in Lakeland.

The Keiser Carnival Open House will have campus tours, music, refreshments and prizes.  Attendees will be able to learn about the different programs offered at the Lakeland campus including Design and Multimedia, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology, Criminal Justice, Dietetics and Nutrition just to name a few.

“This Open House allows prospective students and members of the community to learn more about Keiser University and the vast program offerings, in high-demand fields, at our campus,” stated Rebecca McDonnell, Campus President.

The campus will be showcasing Keiser’s unique one class at a time schedule, which eliminates juggling several classes or multiple assignments and exams simultaneously.  This focused approach on a single class, combined with small class size, ensures easy access to faculty and hands-on education that meets students’ needs.  Other key benefits to attending Keiser which will be accentuated during the Open House are the day, evening and online classes as well as the career placement assistance.

This event is open to the public and all are welcome to come out to participate in the fun activities and to learn more about Keiser University and the program offerings at the Lakeland campus.  Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs are available on campus or online.

For more information on Keiser University, visit or call the Lakeland campus at (863) 682-6020.


Dreamward Travel Celebrates 10 Years of Making Memories

Dreamward Travel opened its’ doors Monday, 14 May, 2001 in the historic Polk Theatre building and is owned and operated by Maria Thomas who has over 22 years experience in the travel industry, as well as many specialist accreditations.

You’re invited to help them celebrate!

Dreamward Travel is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with an open house Monday, May 16, 2011.

Please stop by to join them in celebration! Maria and her team will be welcoming visitors between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

137 S Florida Ave

Lakeland, Florida 33801-4664

(863) 802-8409


Bring Europe Home! Host a Spanish Student This Summer

A local organization that facilitates intercultural experiences for Spanish students is seeking host families for students who will be in Polk County from July 2 through July 27, 2011. The students are aged 13 to 19. Housing for two adult chaperons is also being sought.

According to Teresa Martinez, President of the Institute of Spanish Communications, Inc., the host families will be asked to provide room and board for the visitors for the duration of their stay, as well as transportation to and from Polk State College’s Winter Haven campus four days a week. The students, participants in the Padre Manyanet Language Program, will be engaged in English language training and exposed to a range of cross-cultural experiences throughout central Florida.

“Over the years,” said Martinez, “We have found that the host family adds a great deal of value to the young visitors’ experience — but also that the family is enriched by the experience as well. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring a bit of Europe to your home, without even having to get a passport!”

Polk County families interested in learning more about the experience should contact the Institute of Spanish Communications, Inc. at (863) 646-5141 or by e-mail:

Inquiries should be made no later than May 31, 2011.