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Local CPA Recognized as One of the Top Financial Planners in the Nation

Matthew A. Treskovich, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CMA, MBA, with CPS Investment Advisors, has received the Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Standing Ovation from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). He is one of 16 CPAs to receive this award, which will be presented at the AICPA’s Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference in Las Vegas.

“The AICPA is pleased to recognize each of these honorees for their contributions to personal financial planning,” said Andrea Millar, CPA/PFS, AICPA’s Director of Personal Financial Planning. “Each of these young PFS credential holders has gone beyond providing excellent client services to earn this honor. Their work underscores the contribution CPAs are able to make in the field of financial planning at an early age.” The Standing Ovation program recognizes young CPAs who exhibit outstanding professional achievement in specialization areas.

Treskovich joined CPS Investment Advisors in 2016 after spending 18 years in the insurance industry, and 12 as CFO of an insurance brokerage. Matt has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Central Florida, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Certified Management Accountant.

“Matt is a valuable asset to our firm and to our clients. He is exemplary when it comes to financial planning and goes beyond all elements to help our team every day. He is well deserving of this distinguished honor,” said Peter Golotko, CPA/PFS, MBA, President of CPS Investment Advisors.

“We are very proud of Matt’s accomplishments and his financial planning and this expertise fits well at CPS,” said Jim Luffman, CPA/PFS, CFO of CPS Investment Advisors.

CPS Investment Advisors, located in downtown Lakeland, was started in 1975 by Chas P. Smith, as an independent financial advisory firm. The firm operates under a fiduciary standard and provides financial planning services, money management, 401(k) plan services and tax services.

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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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Florida Lifestyle Communities, LLC is March Small Business of the Month

SBA - Florida Lifestyle CommunitiesFlorida Lifestyle Communities, LLC
Arthur H. Erickson

(863) 646 2699
146 Horizon Ct
Lakeland, FL 33813




By Curt Wheeler, Florida Lifestyle Communities

Florida Lifestyle Communities, LLC, and its affiliate companies plan, develop, and construct lifestyle communities throughout Central Florida, and have succeeded at this for more than 30 years.  The company’s mission is to give each of its customers not only a well-built and well-designed home, but also an attractive, engaging neighborhood environment in a community that fosters friendships, health, and long-term enjoyment of life.   That goal has been achieved by building 4,500 homes throughout the state, including more than 1,800 in the greater Lakeland area.  Local communities include Silver Lakes, Highland Fairways, The Colonnades, and Carillion Lakes.  “Excellence is our way of living” is the company motto and it is fulfilled by FLC’s commitment to offering its owners a high level of personal service, along with homes individually customized to their family’s specific needs and desires.  The company’s nimble management style and careful attention to market shifts have helped FLC successfully weather numerous economic cycles, competitive challenges and changes to national and local government policies.  The firm operates out of a professional two-story building in south Lakeland, and currently markets and builds communities in Lakeland, Ocala, and Leesburg.  Principals Art Erickson, Tom Eleazer, and Robbie Salzman have been active in Lakeland civic activities, including Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Board member, Chairman’s Circle, Leadership Lakeland, Central Florida Development Council, Polk Businesses for World Class Education, Polk County Builders Association, Leadership Polk, and The Lakeland Rotary Club.  The firm provides a flexible work environment and employees are encouraged to give back to the community in their own venues.   The Chamber is proud to have Florida Lifestyle Communities, LLC in our community and proud to recognize the firm as the February 2015 Small Business of the Month.


2015 Detroit Tiger BBQ Tickets On Sale

Join us in welcoming back our Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium during the Lakeland Chamber’s 69th Annual Tiger BBQ on Thursday, February 26th starting at 6 PM.

This Lakeland tradition kicks off the Detroit Tiger’s 79th Spring Training season and celebrates the 50th year of Tiger baseball at Joker Marchant Stadium—which translates each year into approximately $45 million in economic impact to our area!

Ticket holders will enjoy traditional southern BBQ, a commemorative 2015 souvenir mug and the opportunity support the longest standing Major League Baseball relationship in Spring Training history.   Please join us and fellow Tiger’s supporters in supporting the Chamber’s 69th Annual Tiger BBQ event by clicking here to order tickets.

Click here to order your ticket(s) or call Patty Smith at (863) 688-8551 Ext. 224

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For more information on Spring Training, please go to or call 866-668.4437.


“First-Step” Workshop Designed to Attract Entrepreneurs

Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA), City of Lakeland Building Department and Central Florida SCORE are teaming up to advise potential new business owners and small developers on the first steps of starting a business and opening a location in Lakeland though the “First-Step” Workshop.  This free workshop will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Lakeland City Hall in the Building Department conference room.

The workshop is designed to provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. Local SCORE mentors will discuss how they can help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services.

Any successful venture begins with and is based on a plan.  An economic business case must be made for a market, for a product or service, a business location, a business style, cash investment, cash flow projection, planned growth and all other aspects of business. SCORE counseling and continued mentoring seeks to improve chances of success, said Pat Dooley, Central Florida SCORE Mentor.

Dan Gargas, Chief Building Official with the City of Lakeland plans to discuss the permitting process and pitfalls to avoid when planning and completing a construction project.

Starting a new business takes diligence. We want entrepreneurs to be familiar with City Hall and the Building Department so that they can better understand what types of building renovations and improvements need or do not need building permits,” said Jason Willey, Economic Development Coordinator for City of Lakeland.

The LDDA is sponsoring this workshop in hopes of connecting new businesses with vacant space Downtown.  “We want all businesses in Lakeland to be successful and feel that this workshop can provide resources and contacts to make that possible,” said Julie Townsend, Executive Director of the LDDA. “We also want to promote Downtown and all that it has to offer a new business.”

“This is just a first step for us as well.  If the workshop goes well, we’ll add more dates and expand on the topics,” adds Townsend.

If you’d like to participate in the workshop, please contact SCORE Mentor Becky Bywater at 863 284-5607 or 863 838-1079; e-mail For more information about SCORE visit www.