Category Archives: Member Announcements


Donations for Haiti Relief Fund Accepted at Riverside Bank Locations

Riv Logo Hoz Process In an effort to help the victims of the recent earthquakes in Haiti, a relief fund has been set up at Riverside National Bank

If you would like to make a monetary donation, visit any Riverside National Bank location.  Make checks payable to the Treasure Coast Haiti Relief Fund.  All funds will be turned over to the American Red Cross International Fund designated for Haiti relief.

Editor’s Note: Riverside Bank has three locations as Lakeland Chamber members: 6108 US Highway 98 N; 2100 Harden Blvd; & 4400 S Florida Avenue.


Florida Back to Work Program Grants Wage Assistance to Employers

Need to Hire Workers?

Apply for Florida Back to Work

Polk Works Pay 95%, Employer Pays 5%

Important and Time Sensitive Notice:

The Florida Back to Work program has just been announced. It will provide up to a 95 percent reimbursement to Florida’s businesses to cover the costs of employee wages and benefits.  All available jobs listed under the Florida Back to Work program will be posted on the Employ Florida Marketplace –  The initial Florida Back to Work grants will be awarded on February 1, 2010. The Florida Back to Work Program can provide up to $200 million in federal funding for jobs for Floridians who receive, or are eligible to receive, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and can create nearly 25,500 jobs based on a $12 per hour salary.  Please contact Polk Works for more information at 863-508-1600 or go to .

  • What is the benefit to employers?

The Florida Back to Work program will provide up to a 95 percent reimbursement to cover the costs of employee wages and benefits.  Employers will need to contribute the in-kind cost of the employee supervision and training and a cash contribution to cover the remaining 5 percent cost.

  • Are all employers eligible?

Public, private for-profit businesses and not-for-profit entities can participate.

  • Who is operating Florida Back to Work?

The Florida Back to Work program is a partnership between AWI, WFI and DCF and will be administered through the state’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards.

  • How can I find out about job listings? 

Participating employers will post job openings on the Employ Florida Marketplace –

  • When will the jobs be available?

The initial round of proposals will be due from the RWBs on January 15, 2010
The initial Florida Back to Work grants will be awarded on February 1, 2010


Macy’s Cosmetic/Fragrance Friends and Family Event

Be Merry

We’re Sharing Something Special for the Holidays!

Friends & Family Cosmetic Event

Macy’s Lakeland Square Mall

Friday, December 4th

6 to 9pm*

*Store open until 11pm for your convenience

Let us make your Gift Giving a little easier—we have many great gift giving ideas including our Beauty Boxes, Brush sets, Fragrance sets, “Stocking Stuffers,” and much more!

Join us for this invitation only event R.S.V.P. 863-853-7223, 863-853-7222, or 863-853-7227 and receive a special 3-piece gift with any $39.50 purchase from Estee Lauder, Lancôme, or Clinique

Also, be registered for a Door Prize—one for each counter, your purchase is your entry!

You can download a Friends & Family pass,for you and a friend—this is our special discount card forour friends, family, and most special customers and clients—an extra 25% discount off regular, sale, and clearance prices, with very few exclusions!


Liberty National Insurance to hold “We’re Hiring” Event

Liberty National Life Insurance Company, announced it will hold a “We’re Hiring” event on Wednesday, August 19 in Lakeland. Liberty National is in the most aggressive growth mode in the Company’s 109-year history and plans to hire more than 100 Agents in the Tampa area. These events are part of 125 events as Liberty National seeks to hire more than 2,500 Agents across the U.S. in one day.
When: Wednesday, August 19
Time: Interviews at 9 a.m., Noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m.
Why: Liberty National is seeking to appoint 100+ Sales Agents and Sales Management positions initially, with the possibility of additional growth in the future. The Company provides complete training and the opportunity for rapid advancement at every level.

More information:

Hiring events will be held at:

Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland,
3839 Don Emerson Drive
Lakeland, FL 33811
Location number: 863-647-0066


Additional hiring events will be held at:

Quorum Hotel
700 N. Westshore Blvd.
Tampa FL 33609
Location number: 813-289-8200

St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater
12600 Roosevelt Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Location number: 727-572-7800


Natalie’s Sports Bar & Grill and Commissioner Justin Troller Team Up to Give Back

Local City Commissioner Justin Troller and restaurant entrepreneurs Kenny Baldwin and Natalie Oldenkamp of Natalie&Justin-SideNatalie’s Sports Bar & Grill have joined forces to raise money for school supplies benefitting the students of 10 area elementary and middle schools. The idea surfaced when Kenny’s daughter was assigned a school project that ultimately cost the family over $100. Kenny was shocked and couldn’t imagine that every family in his daughter’s school would be capable of affording such an expense. He expressed these concerns to Commissioner Troller one night at the restaurant, and the idea took off. Natalie’s would hire him as a server, and Justin would donate his wages and tips to the cause. The group is in the process of forming a 501(c)3 and looking for matching donations from local businesses. Commissioner Troller’s goal is to raise $1,500 by the 24th of August.

Giving back is nothing new to Commissioner Troller. He promised during Natalies Signhis campaign that he would donate his commission earnings to charity- and he has kept his promise, donating $12,000 to various Lakeland charities in 2008!

You can help Justin reach his goal and support a fellow Chamber business at the same time! Drop by Natalie’s every Monday and Thursday from 4:30 to closing, and request Justin as your server. Don’t worry if you don’t get Justin you can still enjoy a great dinner and support the cause by handing him $10 on the way out!

Natalie’s is located at 3120 South Florida Avenue. For more information on how you can help, call Kenny  Baldwin at 863-644-6000.