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Blog Update

Check out the blog for a few changes…

  • Added a 2nd sidebar (work on this for a while)
  • installed a few pluggins to help manage current and future content
  • Also I added a special page for Leadership Lakeland that will hopefully become a resource for Class 26.

Leave me a comment to tell me what you think.


RC- Citrus Connection

The Lakeland Chamber was thrilled to participate in the Ribbon Cutting at the Citrus Connection Bus Terminal on South Florida Ave. CC unveiled new bus ticket vending machines at the bus terminal itself. Before if you wanted to ride the bus you would have to go out to the main office to purchase your tickets or you could purchase them through the mail which would take some preplanning. Now the bus riders have the availability to purchase bus passes right at the terminal creating a convenience for riders.

RC - Citrus Connection

RC- CC Vending Machine

In this day of high gas prices, this added convenience will certainly lead to an increase in riders and hopefully fewer cars on the road. The Citrus Connection does a great job providing an superb bus system. Though how effective do you think it is. I read a interesting and a bit politically incorrect post on the CEOs for Cities blog entitled "Will it Draw Hot Chicks" , I will let you read it and find out what that’s all about. Please let me know your thoughts, and comment here.


Lakeland Chamber Presents the Entrepreneurial Academy

Enroll today for the 2008 Entrepreneurial Academy. Classes will run from September 3 through November 12, 2008. Classes are designed to offer essential information needed to start, run and grow a successful small business. The sessions are led by business professionals who are not only leaders in their industry, but also leaders in Lakeland.

The cost for the academy is $250. Upon successful graduation from the program, a $50 refund will be issued along with a $50 voucher towards a new Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce membership investment. Class members must attend eight of the 10 classes in order to be eligible for graduation and to receive the refund and the membership investment voucher. Classes will begin at 5:45 PM and end at 9:00 PM

Class members particularly appreciate the real world experience that our professionals bring to the classroom; all along recognizing that these teachers are not only successful business people but they are leaders in our community.

Class size is limited and your payment will ensure your reservation. Please call the Chamber at 688-8551 ext. 228 for more information or email


Central Florida Small Business Summit

The Lakeland Chamber is very happy to invite you to an exciting opportunity, the Central Florida Small Business Summit. The Summit is being produced by the Orlando Regional Chamber and hosted by BlueCross BlueShield of Florida and Workforce Central Florida.

The Summit’s keynote is Michael Berber, Chairman of E-Myth Worldwide, Business Visionary, Entrepreneur, and Best Selling Author. The summit is rumored to be a “hot spot to network, expand your mind, and take your business to the next level.”

Here are the details:

Friday, September 26, 2008
Registration: 7:30 am
Program: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Reception: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Orlando World Center Marriott
Resort & Convention Center
8701 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821

Includes Registration Fee, Meals, Refreshments (during scheduled events) and all Meeting Materials.



For more info you can visit the Central Florida Small Business Summit website, or you can register here.