October Events

For all of you Chamberphiles out there, here is a list of our upcoming events for the month of October… all in one place for you.

October 7 Chairman’s Circle Luncheon, Noon. Lakeland Yacht and Country Club

October 8 Government Affairs, 8:00 AM

October 8 BusinessVoice, 9:00 AM

October 8 Entrepreneurial Academy, 5:45 PM

October 9 Leadership Lakeland XXVI, City Government Day.

October 9 Business & Breakfast, 7:30 AM Lakeland Habitat for Humanity, 1317 George Jenkins Blvd.

October 15 Executive Committee Meeting, 4:00 PM

October 15 Entrepreneurial Academy, 5:45 PM

October 16 Politics in the Park – FREE ADMISSION

Lake Mirror Promenade, 5:30 PM

October 21 EMERGE Lakeland Steering Committee Meeting, 3:45 PM

October 22 Board of Directors Meeting, Noon. Lakeland Yacht and Country Club

October 22 Entrepreneurial Academy, 5:45 PM

October 23 Business After Hours, 5:30 PM Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center, 1315 N Florida Ave.

October 28 Investment Committee Meeting, 4:00 PM

October 29 Entrepreneurial Academy, 5:45 PM

Enjoy, and we hope to see you there.


September Small Business of the Month – Classic Controls

Classic Controls, Inc. is an instrumentation, valve, and system representative, serving industrial customers in the State of Florida in the power generation, chemical, phosphate, food, pulp & paper, water, and wastewater process markets.

In 1991, Classic Controls, Inc. was founded by Ray Anderson, joined by Shawn Warren and two other employees. A year later Jim LeVine joined the team. Now in their 18th year of business, Classic Controls, Inc. has grown into one of the most respected representative firms in the State of Florida. Shawn and Jim recently completed their buyout from Ray, but Ray is still an integral part of the team. Together, Shawn, Jim, Ray and their 18 employees bring their talents and dedication together to serve their customers.

Classic Controls, Inc. started as a pure sales office, but it quickly grew to add full service Classic Controls September SBA Winnercapabilities including instrument calibration & repair, system integration, and control valve repair.

The owners and staff represent and service the highest quality products that measure such things as flow, pressure, level, temperature, pH, conductivity, etc. and monitor and control it with systems small to large, down to the final control elements of control valves. When it comes to controls, they have it covered for your plant.

What’s the company’s key to success? Its team! “We have been truly blessed in the quality of each employee that has joined our team and shares our vision of customer satisfaction” says co-owner Shawn Warren. That’s certainly not an easy undertaking- in addition to learning about each product and service, team members must also support each division equally.

The owners of Classic Controls, Inc. live by the phrase, “Do the right thing”. These simple words offer a solution to complicated challenges and have been the foundation of trust for their customers and principals. Classic Controls, Inc. is also proud to “do the right thing” by giving back to local communities, schools, youth sports and charities. They have been supporters of many charities and encourage their employees to do the same.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Classic Controls, Inc. as the September Small Business of the Month award winner.

Classic Controls, Inc.
5095 S. Lakeland Drive

PO Box 6187

Lakeland, FL 33807-6187



We picked this up from the Downtown Lakeland Partnership Email List. With permission from Matthew J. Antos here is some info on AIG that you might be interested in…

Good Afternoon,

If you are an AIG policyholder, I understand that you may be concerned by recent news about American International Group, holding company for AIG Annuity and AIG SunAmerica.
As you may have seen, the holding company has experienced a significant drop in stock price and has been downgraded by the rating agencies.

In light of this news, I would like to remind you that your assets are actually invested through a subsidiary of the public company. This is important because insurance policies written by the underlying AIG companies are direct obligations of those regulated insurance companies. These companies are well capitalized and meet or exceed regulatory capital requirements. These companies continue to operate in the normal course to meet obligations to policyholders.
This is a very unusual situation, which I continue to monitor carefully as it evolves. If you have questions or concerns about your policy, please contact me at 863-686-6600.

Thank You and Have a Great Day,

Matthew J. Antos

Matthew J. Antos, CFP®

Wealth Management Advisor

204 East Pine Street

Lakeland, FL  33801

(863) 686-6600

(888) 652-6468

Website:  www.MJAWEALTH.COM

Email:        matthewj.antos@lpl.com


Politics In The Park 2008

Are you ready for “An Old-Fashioned Political Rally” then Please join us at the Lake Mirror Promenade in Lakeland on Thursday, October 16th from 5:30 to 8PM.

For the first time in the event’s history, Politics in the Park is offering:


What’s going on PIP ’08 you ask?Politics In The Park

You will be able to:

  • hear from the candidates appearing on the November 4th ballot
  • participate in a straw poll (administered by PC Supervisor of Elections)
  • enjoy live entertainment
  • a wide variety of food and beverages from local restaurants

Here is a clip from the Ledger editorial :

Both presidential candidates have been invited as well. “Who knows?” said Roberts of the possibility that one – or both – might show up. He was hopeful, pointing out that Polk County is in the middle of the all-important Interstate 4 corridor, that Lakeland is in the middle of middle America and that the city’s skyline provides an attractive backdrop for a television sound bite.

It is rumored that a major candidate is coming, but I have no conformation yet. I will let you know if anything is confirmed. If the the Obama or McCain campaigns are listening, we are ready and waiting.

Read the full editorial for more information.



Homeownership Preservation Forum on 10/4 in Lakeland

This just in from the Office of US Senator Mel Martinez:

Dear friends,

The Office of US Senator Mel Martinez will be holding a free seminar offering homeownership opportunities and foreclosure solutions. Information and assistance will be available in both English and Spanish.  The event will be held on Saturday, October 4, from 10am-2pm at the USF Polytechnic campus in Lakeland.  Please pass this flyer along to anyone who is interested in attending. 

For more information, see the attached flyer or call 407-318-2736.