30Jun/08

Guns at Work

As you may know, the Lakeland and Florida Chambers have and continue to oppose guns at work. However, you might not know that our own Tim Rice was interviewed on the issue and quoted in Fortune. And on Friday, he was interviewed again by Rebecca Gomez and featured on Fox Business Happy Hour. You can view the Fox interview here or below. Tim did a great job in highlighting the business owners’ private property rights and concern for the safety of employees and customers.

EDITORS NOTE:

Ashley Link, VP of Public Affairs, is the first of our staff to agree to publish, let her know your thoughts by commenting back.

30Jun/08

Thank You’s

I wanted to say thank you to Lakeland Local for his post. We are still trying to feel out what exactly the blog will “look like”. My hope is that it will be ever evolving. In regards to other staff posting, I think that its a great idea. Now I must convince them.

I also wanted to thank Roy Lawson for our sole comment. He engaged in some very interesting commentary on blogging and what he would like to see happen here.

If you have ideas please let us know. Also, for those of you out there who have questions about blogging, or about implementing a blog, the Chamber is happy to be hosting the informal Polk County Bloggers for a meeting July 21st. The hope is to engage our businesses bloggers and hopefuls at a time that works well for them, lunch. Let me know if you will be coming with a comment or email and I will pass it on to the coordinators.

30Jun/08

BusinessVoice, Inc. of Greater Lakeland Announces Political Endorsements

BusinessVoice

BusinessVoice of Greater Lakeland, the political arm of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce their most recent endorsements.

BusinessVoice, Inc. members interviewed candidates on June 10th. Along with the endorsements, BusinessVoice, Inc. contributed $500 to the following campaigns and encourages community members to support these candidates.

Bob English – Polk County Commission District 1
John Shamp – Polk County Commission District 3
Sam Johnson – Polk County Commission District 5
Brenda Reddout – Polk County School Board District 4
Grady Judd – Polk County Sheriff
Marsha Faux – Polk County Property Appraiser
Richard Weiss – Polk County Clerk of Courts

BusinessVoice, Inc. was created as an organization to support pro-business political candidates and to promote issues which impact the business community. BusinessVoice, Inc. works to serve as an endorsement board for those individuals who personify the objectives of the business community.

26Jun/08

We Held off the Rain!!

Last Thursday the Chamber held its June Business After Hours, at Tiger Town. We had a ‘Flying’ good time, thanks to our host the Lakeland Flying Tigers and their co-sponsor Lakeland Electric. Plenty of food, drink, networking, and baseball for all. Attendees enjoyed it enough to say that the Flying Tigers should host this every year. We couldn’t have agreed more. A few pictures are shown below as a testament to the fun had. To view the entire gallery of pictures, please click here.



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19Jun/08

Chamber’s Forum 2.0

Yesterday the Chamber launched its new e-newsletter, Forum 2.0. Now, I have heard that there has been some concerns about the name . I would like to educate everyone on how the name was derived. The e-newsletter was originally going to be named “ACCESS Lakeland” until I did some research and found this and this. So we decided that a new name was needed. I tried to generate a new name, and didn’t come up with anything. A co-worker threw out the name Forum 2.0, and we all laughed; until we thought about it. You see our formal printed newsletter is called the Forum for Business Monthly. So as a play on that, and the fact that the e-newsletter is coming out twice a month. It worked. Is it fancy and impressive? That depends on who you ask. The Chamber employees would like to think that our collective efforts are impressive to every reader who ventures on to the site. So it is what it is… a twice a month newsletter that summarizes our blog and keeps our members posted.

In other news our QGIV site is doing well. We have had more transactions in the last day than the last 2 months combined.

… and the blog, well not one person has commented online. I have received a few comments via email, but that’s been the extent of our online
interaction. Please lets hear from you.