Make Plans Now for the Best Year of Your Chamber Membership

As we near 2010,  we’d like to offer a countdown to your best Chamber Membership Year ever. Each day as we come closer to the beginning of the new year, we’ll offer a tip for success with your Chamber membership.

Countdown To Membership Success

Today, at number 10, “Meet the Chamber Staff”:

The staff at your Chamber of Commerce is here to help you get more from your Chamber membership.  Make certain that we understand what you do and what you wish to accomplish by being a member.

Most people who join the chamber do so to meet other people.  While the Chamber serves as a meeting point for key business and community leaders, it also serves as the meeting place for business people from all walks of life. When the staff knows you and understands what you are looking for, they will be better equipped to help you in your endeavors. When you meet staff members, take a moment to understand what they do for the Chamber so that you will know the right person to go to when you have questions or needs.

Knowing the people who will be working on your behalf is a vital step in successful Chamber members.


Members Celebrate At Business After Hours

On Thursday, Fifth Third Bank & Stone Center welcomed Chamber members and guests into the newly remodeled Stone Center showroom at 2205 E Edgewood Drive. Cabinets and granite lined the walls decked with greens and reds.

Since 2005, Fifth Third Bank has hosted the December Business After Hours event, making the transition for their downtown branch in 2008. With a smaller lobby and less parking, Market President Patrick Fagan decided to share the hosting opportunity with Fifth Third customers, building on the Chamber’s encouragement of members helping members.

With plenty to eat and drink, members spent the evening networking, meeting new contacts, and dreaming of new kitchens and baths.  Linda Harkins, with Fifth Third Processing Solutions was the guest chef for the evening and prepared hot and cold appetizers and beautiful desserts for everyone to enjoy. There was a smile on every face, especially when it came time for door prizes.

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Thanks to Aflac/Les Middleton, Balloons and Beyond, bd’s Mongolian Grill, Fifth Third Bank, &  Progressive Communications for providing door prizes! If you’d like your company name listed in the Business After Hours highlights, be sure to bring a door prize to the next event!

Special thanks to Patrick, David and their supportive teams for hosting such a beautiful event!

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Patrick Fagan, Market President of Fifth Third Bank & David Beck, President of Stone Center were on hand to welcome guests.


December Business After Hours

This Thursday the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, Fifth Third Bank & Stone Center, Inc. present the December Business After Hours on Thursday, December 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 at Stone Center, 2205 E. Edgewood Dr.

Cost to attend the December Business After Hours is $10 for Chamber members and $30 for non-Chamber members. Reserve your space now!

For more information , call the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce at 863/688-8551.

We will see you there!


RC – Great Florida Insurance

Photographer Although Great Florida Insurance has been established since 1991 we just opened this office in Lakeland officially on June 1, 2009. There are about 105-110 Great Florida Agencies in  Florida.  We broker with about 15-20 different companies in all lines of insurance (Auto, Home, Life, Health). Here is an introduction of our Great Staff.
Angie Porricelli—I have been in the insurance business now for a little over 3 years.  I am fully licensed as an independent agent (property and casualty along with life, health and variable annuities).  I moved to Lakeland from Japan and have lived here 9 years.  My husband is Mike Porricelli and we have two children, Mikey 8 and Aliyah 6.
Jason Dobbs–I have been in the insurance industry for 3 years.  I am a Lakeland Native.  I graduated from USF with a business degree in finance. I am fully licensed (property and casualty along with life, health and variable annuities).   My wife Julie and I are expecting our first child, Landon in April, 2010. Glo Boyd–I have around 20 years insurance experience in sales and office management.

Located:1619 Harden Blvd   Phone: 863/683-8200


RC/Grand Opening- Mainsail Beach Inn

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Overlooking stunning turquoise waters of Anna Maria Island is the Mainsail Beach Inn offering guests a superb island experience. This ideally located resort offers 12 upscale vacation rentals, all with beachfront access, and some with a Gulf view. Our community vacation rental amenities include a heated resort-style swimming pool, hot tub, pool side grill, and beach lounge chairs & umbrellas.

A rare opportunity for ownership… Mainsail Beach Inn is offering two and three bedroom beachfront condominiums for sale along with our professional management and rental program. Each unit offers exquisite interior designs, spectacular views, access to Mainsail Lodge & Marina and many more resort amenities. Only a few units available for sale! Please contact our real estate sales office for more information.

Mainsail Beach Inn
101 66th Street
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
813.849.4104 Real Estate Sales
888.849.2642 Vacation Rental Reservations/Information