September Business After Hours

You won’t want to miss the September Business After Hours this Thursday, 9/18! Hosted by Fun Bike Center Motorsports, the event promises to be a fun, energetic look into the Fun Bike Center Complex including several of the recently opened businesses.

Fun Bike CenterFeatured during the evening:
StuntWars Stunt shows
Mojo’s Appetizers & Wings
Poker Run for Prizes
Bonker’s Comedy Show to end the night!

Parking is available at Fun Bike Center, Taco Bell, the Boat ramp across Memorial Blvd and down Gary Road.

Cost to attend the September Business After Hours is $10 for Chamber members and $30 for non-Chamber members. Credit cards can not be processed at the event; reserve your space now online!

For more information , call the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce at 863/688-8551, ext. 301 or e-mail mstevenson@lakelandchamber.com by 12:00 PM the day of the event.


RC – My Pet’s Animal Hospital

The Chamber held the Ribbon Cutting for My Pet’s Animal Hospital last Thursday. The following is a press release from them:

My Pet’s Animal Hospital has received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management.


RC - My Pet (1) by you.


Only 17 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. In order to receive accredited status, My Pet’s Animal Hospital voluntarily submitted to an exhaustive evaluation process by one of the association’s trained consultants.

“My Pet’s Animal Hospital belongs to a select group of practices that are committed to meeting the highest standards in veterinary medicine,” says Michael P. Andrews, DVM, AAHA president. “AAHA hospitals pass a stringent evaluation of over 900 standards covering patient care, client service and medical protocols. By attaining accreditation, My Pet’s Animal Hospital is demonstrating its dedication to offering the best care to its patients and clients.”

The American Animal Hospital Association is an international organization of more than 36,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. Established in 1933, the association is well known among veterinarians for its high standards for hospitals and pet health care. For pet care information or a referral to an AAHA hospital, pet owners can visit the AAHA website at www.healthypet.com.

My Pet’s Animal Hospital, located at 2225 Drane Field Rd., is conveniently located near the Polk Parkway (Exit 4), Lakeside Village, and Harden Rd. My Pet’s Animal Hospital was established more than 15 years ago, and was purchased by Donna McWilliams, DVM, CCRT, in May 2007. My Pet’s Animal Hospital is a full-service facility offering laser surgery, preventive medicine, grooming and boarding with fenced, outdoor play areas. The hospital currently employs two full-time veterinarians, Dr. McWilliams and Dr. Mark Downing. To learn more about My Pet’s Animal Hospital, please visit the practice’s website at www.floridavet.com.

Special thanks to Mayor Buddy Fletcher for officiating the ceremony!!


New Benefit for Members

The Chamber is thoroughly excited to announce a new benefit to our members, in partnership with Chamber member Sam’s Club. They are offering a $10 gift card if you sign up or renew a Sam’s Club business Sam's Club logomembership by November 3, 2008.

This is a limited time offer. So hurry now to begin enjoying the benefits of Sam’s Club Membership.

All you have to do is bring this flier into any local Sam’s Club and they will do the rest.

FYI a Business Membership is only $35 for the year… and with this offer you get a $10 gift card. What a great deal.

If you or your business is interested in offering a discount or other deal, please let us know. I we will work with you to make it happen.


Polk Theatre’s Red Carpet Night


Come help the Polk Theatre Celebrate 80 years. On Saturday Sept. 13th the Theatre is hosting the Red Carpet Night. The flier for the event reads:

Vaudeville! Burlesque, Dance,Satire!

Polk TheaterDon’t Miss Your ONE Chance to See (and heckle)

Local Celebs on Stage

"Its Raining Men"


Ira Anderson, Tony Delgado, Kurt Elmhorst, Jim Ham,

Ken Keck, Zenapha Milton, Rick Nail, Cory Petcoff, Phil Wegman

Including MC

Joe Mawhinney

Choreographed and Dance by Florida Dance Theatre

also featuring

The Debut Of Opera Lakeland with special guest Daniel Rodgriguez

New York’s 9/11 Singing Policeman with our local Law Enforcement on Stage

7:00 PM Show Time

8:30-11 PM Alley Party for all! (Cash Bar)

TIckets $25

VIP Tickets $50 Prime-Seating

5:45 PM VIP Pre-Party & Premium Seating $100 (limited)

For Tickets Call



Photo courtesy of Steve/Back on Tack