Buyer’s Guide Needs Your Help

Its that time of year again. We are once again in development of our Annual Buyer’s Guide. We are excited to announce that we will be bringing back the alphabetical section of the Guide, but we need your help to do it.

Even the smallest contribution, like increasing your exposure to local businesses and visitors with as little as $100 for a bold member listing  or upgrade to the Super member listing for $200, will add to our ability to produce a quality publication.

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This year, in coordination with our “Growing Green” Catalyst Campaign we have added two new sponsorship levels. Our goal is to print your Buyer’s Guide on 100% recycled paper, championing outstanding environmental savings.  However, this is only possible with the support of members.

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If you are interested in our Quality of Life section we have reduced those rates by 10- 25 %. The Buyer’s Guide is Lakeland’s premier quality of life piece, and we hope to provide it for many years to come.

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If you are interested in advertising in the Buyer’s Guide or simply have a couple of questions, please contact me at abates@lakelandchamber.com.  Here is the full contract with the details and availability on our select advertising.  Please act quickly. We need confirmation of placement by November 1st in order to ensure production time and a release date of January 29, 2010.


RC – Broadway Real Estate Services

RC Broadway Real Estate Services is a new player to Lakeland’s office real estate market, making its presence immediately known with a portfolio of over 400,000 square feet of prime office space.  Ron Clark started the company together with his son, Matt Clark, and son-in-law, Tom Anderson.  Broadway also includes a commercial real estate brokerage business, Broadway Brokerage, LLC, which is headed by one of Lakeland’s best commercial brokers, Patricia Hendler.  Together, the Broadway team has over 60 years of commercial real estate experience in owning, leasing and managing office properties.

Broadway leases and manages the largest portfolio of Class “A” office buildings in the greater Lakeland area.  The office buildings include many of Lakeland’s prominent addresses in and around the downtown area.

Broadway brings with it a new style of proactive property management, which it intends to use to its advantage in today’s unique real estate market by building long lasting landlord/tenant relationships.

Broadway plans to aggressively expand its portfolio and acquire more prime office space in and around the Lakeland area, with a focus on the finest Class “A” office buildings available.

Broadway Real Estate Services 
500 S. Florida Ave, Suite 420
Lakeland, Florida  33801
T: 863-683-3425



Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist will address members of the Republican Club of Lakeland on Monday, October 12th at the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club. The event will run from 12:00-2:00pm. Attendance is open to the public.

To make a lunch reservation, please contact Ron Parks at (863)521-5469 or email him at larks_33803@yahoo.com, or Gene Roberts at (863)616-9595 or email him at robertsgop@hotmail.com. The cost for lunch is $16.00. There will be seating provided for those whishing not to eat lunch and will be provided as available.


RC – Grills Plus More

Ribbon Cutting Grills Plus More (formerly All About Grills II) first opened its doors in early October 2005.  Originally specializing in Custom Outdoor Kitchens, the product lines have grown to include wood pellet grills/smokers including the Fast Eddy’s Pellet Cooker, Fire  Magic and Luxor stainless steel outdoor kitchen grills and components.  In addition, they carry a number of sauces and rubs featuring local Polk County and Florida entrepreneurs as well as a large selection of grilling tools and accessories.  Check out the Pete’s Choice Prime Rib Rub as this is their first entry into the dry rub market place with their own line of products.
Grills Plus More is owned and operated by Nancy and Ron McKeehen.  They retired from corporate America in New England in 2003, traveled the country in their motor home and arrived in Florida in 2005.  The store concept was developed as a direct result of Ron’s passion for cooking and the fact that they wanted to be outside as much as possible at their new FL home.  After their search failed to find a source for building an outdoor kitchen that would withstand the FL elements and enhance their backyard experience, they decided to open their own store rather than go back to corporate jobs.
Grills Plus More is one of the largest dealers for wood pellet grills in the Southeast and was recently name as a Regional Distributor by Green Mountain Grills. Located at 2175 E. Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, FL  33803 – www.grills2.com


RC – St Joseph’s Academy

RC St Joseph Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, Msgr. John Caulfield, Principal Lana Swartzwelder along with St. Joseph’s students, parishioners, alumni, local dignitaries and the Lakeland community celebrated the ribbon cutting and the school dedication on Tuesday, September 22, 2009.

St. Joseph’s Academy began its 71st year of providing quality Catholic education in a new location.  The school is now located at 310 McDonald Street in the Lake Morton Historic District.  The newly renovated campus sits on 4.5 acres and has more than 66,000 square feet.  SJA has SmartBoards in every classroom.  The campus also has a new soccer field.

St. Joseph’s Academy serves students from preschool through eighth grade.  To learn more about St. Joseph’s Academy, please visit www.stjoelakeland.org.