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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

2015 Tiger BBQ
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.


Senior Visual Arts Studen Exhibit at the Polk Museum of Art

Harrison School for the Arts is pleased to announce the Senior Visual Arts Exhibit at the Polk Museum of Art beginning on Friday, February 20th with an opening reception at 6:00 p.m.

The Polk Museum of Art and Harrison School for the Arts have been partners for over 25 years and PMoA graciously hosts this event annually which displays the seniors’ work for an extended period of time in which the exhibit is open to the public during regular museum hours.  In addition, the PMoA also provides a “Purchase Award” for Harrison seniors. This event is free and open to the public.

Polk Museum of Art is located at 800 E. Palmetto St and the show will run from February 20 through March 8, 2015.

If you have any questions, call (863) 688-7743 or visit


Polk County Visitor Center Hosts Spring Training Day on February 21

BOGO Ticket Specials: Buy one LEGOLAND® Florida Resort or Bok Tower Gardens ticket and get one free, for tickets purchased at the event.

ACE, the Lakeland Flying Tigers mascot, pictured with visitor Terri Bradford and Visitor Information staffer Jeanie Baier at the 2014 Spring Training Day

ACE, the Lakeland Flying Tigers mascot, pictured with visitor Terri Bradford and Visitor Information staffer Jeanie Baier at the 2014 Spring Training Day

Polk County’s official visitor information center will celebrate the game of baseball with its 8th Annual Spring Training Celebration on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  This FREE, family-friendly event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., featuring prize giveaways, games (including a putting contest sponsored by Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club), a sports themed bounce house for kids, a baseball movie, free popcorn and an appearance by Ace, the mascot for the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Lakeland’s MAX 98.3 (WWRZ) Radio will broadcast live from the event. Attendees can take advantage of “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket specials for LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and Bok Tower Gardens; and will be able to register for two grand prize drawings: one for four (4) tickets to see the Tigers play a Spring Training game at Joker Marchant Stadium and the other for a game-worn Tigers jersey. In addition, visitors who bring canned goods, for donation to local food banks, will have the chance to enter a special drawing for a $50 gift card.

Fans can view baseball themed exhibits and memorabilia, which will be on display February 10 – 21, and will be able to pick up the latest information on the 2015 Spring Training season such as schedules and Spring Training guides. The Detroit Tigers are celebrating their 79th Spring Training season at TigerTown in Lakeland, extending the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city. The 2015 spring season marks the club’s 50th consecutive season of exhibition play at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Spring training fans looking for additional action will be pleased to know that Polk County will also host the RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational from February 13 through March 31; and the Central Florida Rebel Spring Games softball spring training from March 4 to March 20. For more information on these events, please visit

The Visit Central Florida Visitor Information Center is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., seven days a week (excluding holidays), and is located at 101 Adventure Court in Davenport, 1/2 mile south of I-4 (along U.S. Highway 27) at Exit 55. For more information contact Dennis Budde at (863) 420-2586.