Schmooze with Chamber Members on July 9

It’s time again for the Chamber’s lunch-time Schmooze a’Palooza event!

It’s power networking the Chamber way! Meet and greet with 50 fellow Chamber members over a fabulous lunch. Each attendee has the opportunity to share his or her 30-second commercial with the group!


July 9 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mt Fuji Steakhouse & Sushi Buffet

2607 South Florida Avenue | Southgate Shopping Plaza

$25 | Chamber members only

Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required. Click here to reserve your space.

Questions? Call Amy at 863/688-8551 Ext. 229!


Hot! Hot! Hot! – Chamber to Launch the Summer Sizzle

The Chamber wants to light a fire under your summer sales with the Summer Sizzle discount program!


The Summer Sizzle program offers a great opportunity for members to advertise summer discounts directly to other Chamber  employers and their employees, without any fee.  All you need to do is come up with a value-added discount and then create a web quality image (.jpg, .png or .gif not to exceed 575px wide by 235px) that features the discount or benefit.  Be sure to include the timeframe that the discount will be honored by your business.  (Note that full size versions of advertisements will not be used in the E-newsletter distribution, but will be linked to for printing purposes.)

Then, e-mail the coupon artwork to the Chamber by July 15th and we will post all the member discount offers on the Chamber’s Web site.  Members can then print copies to take advantage of the advertised offer.

The Summer Sizzle program was the brainchild of our Board of Directors Vice Chair for Communications, Sam Nimah, who wanted to provide  his employees with discount coupons from Chamber member businesses, which in turn would support the Chamber’s “Buy Lakeland” campaign.  With this idea, the Chamber’s Communications strategy group brainstormed ideas and came up with the Summer Sizzle discount program.

Help us promote the “Buy Lakeland” campaign AND take advantage of this great opportunity to promote your business.  Questions?  Email our  Communications Vice President, Aaron Bates, or call him at the Chamber:  863/688-8551, ext. 237.


“Buy Lakeland” patron cards are in!

Help us spread this important message by prominently displaying the “Buy Lakeland” logo in your business, and by spending your dollars locally before getting on-line or I-4 to shop.  For a quick reference on quality products and services offered by Chamber members, visit our Web site at: www.lakelandchamber.com and click on the “Preferred Business Directory” on the home page.

Remember, by doing business in Lakeland, you’re:

· Protecting the jobs of family, friends and fellow Chamber members.

· Directing dollars to local schools, roads and parks.

· Helping sustain the long-standing economic growth and quality of life in our community.

Special thanks to our partners at Bright House Networks for producing several “Buy Lakeland” commercials promoting the benefits of doing business locally. Watch for the commercials airing on Bright House cable channels over the next few months.

If you need a “Buy Lakeland” window cling to display, just e-mail mstevenson@lakelandchamber.com and we’ll get one to you! The Chamber has also produced “Buy Lakeland” business cards for members to leave when patronizing local businesses. Stop by the Chamber if you’d like a supply of these cards to give out.

By supporting our local businesses in Lakeland, we all win!


Grow Green With Us!

This year, the Chamber’s Catalyst Resource Development Campaign will be “growing green”!

The Catalyst Campaign is the resource development arm of the Lakeland Chamber. During the summer-long effort, companies pledge support for the Chamber’s programs and events in order to build sound and secure budgets for the upcoming year.

Throughout the 10 week campaign, we will be reducing paper use, learning more about reducing our carbon footprint and celebrating green spaces in Lakeland. The most exciting endeavor of the Catalyst Campaign will be on October 6 when the Chamber comes together to recognize the planting of healthy, Florida-friendly maples around Lake Mirror.

Your company can be a part of this celebration by sponsoring one of the twelve trees we will plant! Here’s how…

Florida Flame

Catalyst Campaign "Growing Green" Partner at $500Twelve (12) Growing Green Partnerships are available.

Benefits for "Growing Green" Partners:
- Company recognized in Chamber Publications including blog, magazine and e-newsletter.
- Company name and logo on signage at Catalyst Victory Celebration.
- Company recognized on plaque in Chamber lobby for one year.
- Open invitation for company representatives to attend October 6 Victory Celebration and participate in the dedication of trees.

For more information on this partnership, please contact your Catalyst volunteer or the Campaign office.


June Business After Hours Inspires Dreams of Flight

Chamber members and guests took to the road as Fantasy of Flight, located just outside Polk City, hosted the June Business After Hours. Those dedicated members that braved the rain and some traffic issues, were rewarded with a tremendous venue, with hands on activities, and delicious food.


Members were greeted at the entrance with beverages and a period costumed tour guide that welcomed and facilitated the experiential exhibit that begins with a night parachute jump. Members tried their hand at hang gliding, aircraft and balloon simulators among all the vintage and model planes.


Mildred’s Florals, Panache Event Specialists, and Party People Celebration Co. all assisted with the wonderful decorations.


Fantasy of Flight employees are very proud of their company, and made everyone feel welcome and comfortable.  Be sure to visit the Chamber’s “member to member discounts” page for a special offer on facility rentals from Fantasy of Flight!Thanks to everyone for a memorable event!