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


RC & Open House for Allure Salon & Day Spa

Thursday October 30, from 4 – 7 PM Allure Salon & Day Spa will be opening their doors for you. There will be food, fun, drinks & door prizes. Come by to congratulate them on their expanded 4,800 square foot facility. They are located at 5668 South Florida Avenue, phone is 863-644-8663, they are asking for RSVPs to be sent to lisa@allurebeautysalon.com. For more info and a complimentary gift card:Click Here


RC – Dutch Ireland Insurance

Dutch Ireland, CIC and Ricky Lee, CWCA combined their talents in June 2008 to form Dutch Ireland Insurance, an independent agency that specializes in employee benefits and workers compensation. Dutch has over 23 years in the insurance industry, 15 of which were with Summit


Consulting. Ricky has over 4 years of experience as an agent in the Lakeland area with an emphasis on workers comp and employee benefits. In order to best meet the needs of their clients and to offer an optimum level of service, Dutch Ireland Insurance has partnered with WorkComp Partners and The Stoner Organization. Through these affiliations, Dutch and Ricky have a service staff of 13 highly qualified individuals who have an average experience of 14 years.

WorkComp Partners is an agency that has specialized in workers compensation for the past 14 years. Frank Pennachio, president, a 20 year veteran in the insurance industry, is a co-founder of the Institute of WorkComp Professionals, an organization that tests and certifies insurance professionals from around the country with the skills and knowledge necessary to alert employers RC - Dutch Ireland Insuranceabout the hidden costs and overcharges in the workers’ compensation insurance system.

John Stoner, of The Stoner Organization, has been an employee benefits industry leader for more than 40 years. John is a board member of the Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council and is a member of United Benefit Advisors, the premier employee benefits affinity group in the country.

Special thanks to Mayor Fletcher for officiating and congratulations to Dutch Ireland Insurance. Good Luck.