Category Archives: Member Announcements


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.


Lakeland Square Mall – Open House


Check Out The Available Spaces at Lakeland Square Mall

The Lakeland Square Mall has several spacious locations available that are ideal for Game Rooms, Electronics, Jewelry, Car Dealerships and Home Furnishings concepts.

The spaces will be open to view on June 17, 2009 from 11am-7pm.

We welcome you to stop by and take a look at your next business location!

For more information or to set an appointment, please call the Lakeland Square Mall at 863-859-5414.


Discover Saltimbanco

From the Producers of Saltimbanco:

Coming to Lakeland in April for 5 days only!

Saltimbanco is an intense, colorful celebration of diversity, joy and creativity. In an imaginary city, a crowd of colorful, nomadic characters gather to take you on a senses-defying acrobatic journey. Between the hustle and bustle of the street and the poetic heights of skyscrapers, the thrilling world of Saltimbanco awaits you.


Junior League of Greater Lakeland’s 4th Annual World of Reading Festival



The Junior League of Greater Lakeland (JLGL) will hold its Fourth Annual World of Reading Festival at Barnett Park by the Lake Mirror Promenade in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free to the general public and provides an opportunity for children to learn through participation.

Upon arrival, each child will receive a passport. The attendees will then visit five countries and take part in an arts and crafts activity related to that particular region of the world. As the children exit each country, their passports will be stamped. After receiving all five stamps, the children will select a free Scholastic book to take home.

Last year, more than 650 children attended, and the JLGL anticipates a crowd of 800 children this year. In addition, the JLGL is excited to announce a guest performance by popular children’s singer/songwriter Jack Hartmann who will take the stage at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

“We are thrilled to have children’s musical sensation Jack Hartmann join us this year,” JLGL President Stacey McLaughlin said. “His music is educational and research-based, and equally important, kids love him!”

Other participants include the Lakeland Police Department, Lakeland Fire Department, Boys & Girls Club, Learning Resource Center, Huntington Learning Center, Success by Six and Parkland Puppets. Throughout the day, attendees will experience guest readers and performances, as well as inflatable activities for entertainment.

Families and children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Kimberly Cassidy at 863-370-0054 or visit the JLGL Web site at