August New Member Reception

This months New Members Reception was held at Stinson’s Home Design Center on Commerce Point Drive. With close to 20 new member representatives in attendance, the crowd was introduced to nearly all of what the Chamber has to offer. Special thanks to Chair Elect Anu Saxena, and Board members: Shane Glor, Andy Hernandez, and Mark Miller for coming out to show support for our new members. Also a special thanks to Mayor Buddy Fletcher for his attendance. Included are a couple pictures below, and you can check out all the pictures here.

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The ‘spill’ picture was a display that showed how the coke didn’t soak into the grout, and thus not stain it. They said it would stay there for a few days. Incredible!


August Business & Breakfast

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The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and Presenting Sponsor Regions Bank would like to invite you to start your business day on August 14th at Bridgewater located at 6200 SR 33 North. The event will be from 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM.

Business and Breakfast is an opportunity for Chamber members and area businesses to network with new business contacts, suppliers and customers. A different host site sponsors the event each month. The cost to members is $5, and guests are $10 and reservations are required.

Reserve your spot now.



August Events & Meetings

All Meeting are held at the Chamber unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, August 13

  • Government Affairs, 8:00 AM
  • BusinessVoice, 9:00 AM

Thursday, August 14

  • Business & Breakfast – 7:30 AM
    • Bridgewater, 6200 SR 33 North
  • Leadership Lakeland Class XXVI – Lakeland Yacht & Country Club
    • Orientation – 2:00 PM
    • Reception – 5:30 PM

Tuesday, August 19

  • EMERGE Lakeland Steering Committee Mtg, 3:45 PM

Wednesday, August 20

  • Executive Committee Meeting. 4:00 PM

Thursday, August 21

Wednesday, August 27

  • Board of Directors Meeting. 12:00PM
    • Lakeland Yacht and Country Club
    • 929 Lake Hollingsworth Drive

Catalyst Volunteers Celebrate $200,453!

Just over 15 days into the Campaign, Chair Nancy Cattarius was proud to announce total production of $200,453! To celebrate, Foster Lanenga of Farris & Foster’s Chocolate Factory treated Catalyst volunteers to a fabulous Chocolate party! Each volunteer was able to leave with 1/2 pound of chocolate! Give them a call to schedule your own date night, party or team building event!

Catalyst Reward Session at Farris & Foster's Chocolate Factory

Current Cruise winners were also announced at the reward reception! Congratulations to:

TRIPS FOR TWO ($15,000+)

Nancy Cattarius, WONN/WPVC/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Victor Rodriguez, Lakeland Regional Medical Center

Kathryn Koch-O’Malley, Lanier Upshaw

Kathy Wallen, The NCT Group, CPA’s LLP

TRIPS FOR ONE ($10,000-$14,999)

Phil Wegman, Furr & Wegman Architects, PA

Mary McQueen, Tinsley McQueen + Ross

Tom Eleazer, Florida Lifestyle Communities

Cindy Green, Furr & Wegman Architects, PA

Catalyst Reward Session at Farris & Foster's Chocolate Factory


Free Mini Entrepreneur Training & Entrepreneurial Academy

The Small Business Development Center at the CFDC will be presenting free training on Aug. 9th. in the PCC/USF Polytechnic’s LTB Auditorium. The event will be from 9 am to 5 pm. Tom Hagerty announced that the Training will focus on starting a new business, identifying customers, conducting research, and marketing.

That training would be a great way for new businesses to get ready for the Chamber’s more in depth Entrepreneurial Academy. A start-up program using a model from St. Petersburg, Florida, this 10 week program will offer entrepreneurs a curriculum that provides essential information needed to start, run and grow a successful business. Practical real-life instruction will be taught by local business professionals. Classes beginning September 3. Click here for Registration Information