CarBQ | November 20


We are proud to present the Annual CarBQ on Friday, November 20th!  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!  Pre-orders are a must, Be sure to hurry… they’re going fast!


Individual Lunches – $10

25 Pack Lunches – $250


Schmooze a’Palooza is Back!

PrintThe last Schmooze a’Palooza of 2009 is just around the corner! Registration is open for this highly-anticipated lunch event. Schmooze a’Palooza is power networking the Lakeland Chamber Way! Each attendee should come prepared with at least 50 business cards and a 30-second commercial for their member business.

November 12, 2009 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Florida Southern College
Eleanor Searle Drawing Room

Limited Seating | Reservations Required | Chamber Members ONLY

$25, lunch included

Register today!

Location and parking details will be sent to registered attendees.

Questions? Email Amy Wiggins for additional details or information!

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Catalyst Volunteers Celebrate Victory

On Tuesday, Catalyst campaign volunteers, board members, and Growing Green Partners gathered at the Lake Mirror Complex to celebrate the close out of the 2009 Catalyst Campaign and dedicate twelve new trees in the park.

Growing Green Partners

Representatives from the following companies partnered with the Chamber’s Catalyst Campaign to share twelve new trees around Lake Mirror: 2010 Board Chair Joe L. Ruthven, EMERGE Lakeland, Florida Refuse Services, Folsom Construction, Inc, JSK Consulting, Inc, Lakeland Electric, Leadership Lakeland Class XXVII, The Ledger, Magnify Credit Union, Saddle Creek Corporation and Turner Construction Company.


Campaign Chair Nancy Cattarius (WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio) and Vice Chairs Mary McQueen (McQueen Marketing LLC), Kathy Wallen (The NCT Group CPA’s, LLP) and Phil Wegman (Furr & Wegman Architects, PA) were on hand to recognize the accomplishments of the 18 corporate teams: Allen & Company of Florida, Bank of Central Florida, CenterState Bank, CPS Investment Advisors, Florida LIfestyle Communities, Furr & Wegman Architects, GEICO, JSK Consulting, Inc, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lanier Upshaw, McQueen Marketing LLC, The NCT Group CPA’s, LLP, Publix Super Markets, Inc, Riverside Bank, SunTrust Bank, Two Men and a Truck, Watson Clinic, WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio.

With $37,205 in sales, Nancy Cattarius was presented the Platinum Producer Award. Furr & Wegman Architects was  awarded the Platinum Producer Team Award with $49,690 in total sales.



With help from Chair-Elect Joe L. Ruthven, Campaign Chair Nancy Cattarius announced a total of $291,018 to date, and more to come!

Congratulations campaign volunteers! And, thank you to all our sponsors- look for more detailed information in our Victory Edition!



Right now, over two-dozen U.S. regions are being considered to receive funding appropriated for the development of High-Speed Rail. Florida is the most “shovel-ready” project among all contenders and will be the least expensive to construct.If chosen, Florida will create new jobs faster than anywhere else in the country. We need to show the Obama Administration that Florida is ready for High-Speed Rail NOW.

We’ve created this short video explaining the National program, what routes will look like in Florida and what it means to the State’s economy and our quality of life.

Please take a few minutes as we take you on a journey of what life would be like at 128mph and then be sure to tell your friends to join us.

Watch the Video Here

Ed Turanchik, President





RC – Games2U of Central Florida

RC - Games2U of Central  FL The days of having an average, run-of-the-mill birthday party are over for Central Florida kids. Games2U, a mobile video game theater, is rolling into town and is poised to fill a major void in the multi-billion dollar party segment.
Looking for a way to combine their entrepreneurial skills with their passion for having fun, Leonard Filipkowski is launching a Games2U franchise in Lakeland, which mixes two of the most popular entertainment segments for kids – video games and laser tag – into one vehicle that’s delivered to the door step of the party child.
“Kids are tired of going to a bowling alley or roller skating for their birthdays,” said Filipkowski. “We are offering everyone the chance to have a ‘rock star’ birthday party at an affordable price.”

Each party vehicle features multiple flat screens inside and outside; with the top games for video game systems like XBox 360 and Wii systems, among others and lets 20 gamers play at one time. High tech Laser tag guns function in daylight or dark, and can be set up in front or backyards or in neighborhood parks. Games2U party participants can also roll around in a giant Hamsterball or shoot customized air cannons.
Additionally, highly-trained game coaches oversee the entire experience and personally manage each Games2U Mobile Video Game Theater throughout the entire event, allowing parents and event coordinators the chance to relax and enjoy the party.

Founded in 2007 by brothers David and Stuart Pikoff, Games2U has quickly become the hottest party scene, especially among boys ages 7 to 14.
“We know we are succeeding when our follow-up surveys include responses like, `My son said this was the best birthday party in the world,” David Pikoff said.
Although birthday parties are the most commonly booked event for Games2U franchisees, owners also book plenty of school, church and corporate functions.
The Games2U of Lakeland, which features the Sprinter Van, serves residents from throughout the Central Florida area. To book events, log on to www.floridagames2u.com and click “Book a Party.”