October Small Business of the Month

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to Announce that the November October Small Business of the Month is Verplanck Plumbing.

Bill and Holly Verplanck have owned Verplanck Plumbing, Inc. for 29 years. Specializing in residential new construction, renovation, and repair work, they design and install functional plumbing systems that effectively meet the needs of homeowners today. Even though they generally work for the building contractor, at Verplanck Plumbing, Inc. the customer’s satisfaction always comes first. They personally meet with their customers and assist them in their choice of fixtures appropriate for the job. They encourage their customers to communicate directly with them before, during and after the project. Always available to their customers, they quickly respond to the

October SBA Winner - Verplanck

ir needs as well as any complaints they may receive.

At Verplanck Plumbing, Inc. efficiency is the rule. Their 4,000 square foot facility houses their office, their material warehouse and their fleet of immaculate work trucks. At the end of the day, anything not used for a job MUST be put back in its place. Quality workmanship is so much easier when you can find the right part.

The Verplancks belong to the local and the national PHCC (Plumbing Heating & Cooling Contractors), the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Polk County Builders Association. They have worked on several Habitat for Humanity homes and have provided free labor and all plumbing materials for several group homes for Noah’s Ark. Local high schools, baseball teams, the United Way, the SPCA, the Polk Museum of Art and others have all received financial support from Verplanck Plumbing.

At Verplanck Plumbing, the employees receive fully paid health insurance, life insurance, company matched IRA, and bonuses. Employee turnover is not a problem here. All of their plumbers are graduates of the PHCC Apprenticeship Program, and all graduated at the top of their class. In addition, all employees are trained in customer relations.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Verplanck Plumbing, Inc. as the October Small Business of the Month award winner.




Please have your CarBQ orders in by Friday, November 14th.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2nd Annual CarBQ on Friday, November 21st!  Fred’s Southern Kitchen and the Rib Crib will be cooking up a great lunch for you and your employees that will include a mouth-watering pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, corn on the cob, pickle and cookies for only $10!  Then, just drive through our car-side pick up at TigerTown between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to pick up your lunches.  

And if you order 25 or more, we will deliver them for FREE!  

You can celebrate your employees by ordering them appreciation lunches, collect orders throughout the office or order lunches for your clients! Or Pre-orders are a must, so order now online or call today 863/688-8551 ext. 228 or 302.  You can also fax the completed form found at the link below to 863/688-7454.  Be sure to hurry… they’re going fast!




Networking is the buzz word for Chamber Events

It’s the answer to growing your business.
Join us for:
Hosted by:
Commercial Design Services

Thursday, November 20
5:30 ~ 7:30 p.m.
4343 Frontage Road North
(Take the Polk Parkway West.  Exit onto Clark Road.  Continue straight
Ahead crossing over I-4. Your first right after I-4 is Frontage Road, N.
Turn right and Commercial Design Services is on your left)
$10 Chamber Member/$30 Non-Member
Please R.S.V.P. online at our Chamber Store!

Get Ready to Schmooze!

The Chamber’s newest networking opportunity is filling up fast!

November 13, you have the opportunity to meet up to 20 new contacts over lunch! Schmooze a’Palooza is power networking the Chamber way. Different from a Business After Hours event, Schmooze (as it’s affectionately known) features limited seating, one-on-one networking opportunities and 30-second commercial time for each attendee.

Schmooze a’Palooza is held only for Chamber member businesses and enforces a limit of two (2) persons per company to ensure participants maximize connections.

November 13, 2008 – 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

GrillSmith at Lakeside Village (1569 Town Center Drive)

$20 per person, includes lunch

Reservations are required for this event. Visit the Chamber’s online store today to reserve your space!


Events for November

Tuesday, November 4

Election Day.  Polls open 7 AM – 7 PM

Wednesday, November 5

Government Affairs, 8:00 AM

BusinessVoice of Greater Lakeland, Inc. 9:00 AM

Executive Committee Meeting. 4:00 PM

Entrepreneurial Academy, 5:45 PM 

All in the Chamber Briefing Room

Thursday, November 6

18th Annual Chamber Scramble, 11 AM

The Club at Eaglebrooke, 1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd.

Wednesday, November 12

Entrepreneurial Academy Graduation, 5:45 PM

Mitchell’s Coffee House, 235 N. Kentucky Ave.

Thursday, November 13

Leadership Lakeland XXVI

Law Enforcement/Judicial System Day

Thursday, November 13

Schmooze a‘Palooza, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

GrillSmith, 1569 Town Center Drive

Wednesday, November 19

Board of Directors Meeting. Noon.

Lakeland Yacht and Country Club. 929 Lake Hollingsworth Drive

Thursday, November 20

Business After Hours, 5:30 – 7:30 PM,

Commercial Design Services, 4343 Frontage Rd N.

Friday, November 21

2nd Annual CarBQ, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

TigerTown, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

November 27 & 28 Chamber closed in observance of Thanksgiving Holidays