RC – Brooke Insurance

Brooke Insurance
4648 E County Road 540-A
Lakeland, 33803

Brooke Capital Corporation has combined the concept of local ownership with the marketing and purchasing power of a franchise network. The Brooke network has grown to approximately 900 locations. Brooke was named the top franchisor in its category for the fourth consecutive year by Entrepreneur Magazine in January 2007.

Cindy Ocasio has been in the insurance industry for over 11 years. During this time she has gained experience in the sales, servicing and claims handling for policyholders.Cindy joined Brooke Insurance and bought into the Brooke franchise January 2008. Brooke is an up and coming company which still offers personal experience along with great products. Being an independent agency allows them to be a part of our local community while Brooke’s national strength gives them access to some of the top insurance company markets in the country. They have great business relationships with reputable insurance companies and offer a great experience for the customer.


Chamber Launches drive- Your Chance to Win!

Build the Strength of Businesses through the Chamber!

Beginning July 15, you can enter to win prizes and introduce your friends and vendors to the benefits of Chamber Membership! Remember- 63% of consumers are more likely to visit chamber-member businesses! By sending us your “warm leads”, you could be the winner of one of our fabulous prizes… it all depends on how well we do as a team!

· If the drive reaches 15-25 total memberships sold,

» $500 cash will be given away!

· If the drive reaches 26-49 total memberships sold,

» A big screen TV will be given away!

· If the drive reaches 50+ memberships sold,

» A trip for two (2) on the Catalyst Cruise will be given away!

If you’re in the market for $500 CASH, a big screen TV or a trip for two to the southern Caribbean, you’ll want to be a part of drive! For more information or to register, contact Terry Ottinger at 863/688-8551 Ext. 231 or tottinger@lakelandchamber.com!


Schmooze a’Palooza

You won’t want to miss the Chamber’s power networking event! Enjoy a sushi buffet or eat hibachi style while making 20 new contacts at the new Mt. Fuji Steakhouse & Sushi Buffet Thursday, July 10 @ 11:30 a.m. You must register to attend, and this is a members only event.

Schmooze a’Palooza
Mt. Fuji Steakhouse & Sushi Buffet
2607 S Florida Ave- Southgate Plaza
$20 – members only
Register Now!


JUNE Small Business of the Month Winner

Computer Merchandise Corporation (CMC)is a business products supplier located on Creative Drive in South Lakeland. Founded by Chuck Croswell in 1983, CMC originally retailed business data supplies and business forms. Today, CMC is solely owned by Ann Croswell. Ann took over the reigns in 1993 and has continued to build a flexible and successful business. She has worked hard to carry on the company’s proud reputation and company culture by serving customers “with the highest ethics possible”, a quote taken straight from CMC‘s Mission Statement that was originally penned by Ann.

SBA June Winner

Technology began to change the way consumers found, designed and acquired their business forms. CMC had to change with it. CMC now offer’s a diverse portfolio of products and services to their target client, the office manager. These products include printing, office supplies and furniture, promotional products, graphic design services, workspace design, computerized inventory management and check fraud prevention services. CMC’s dedicated staff continues to roll with whatever the industry can throw their way, adapting to an ever-changing competitive environment.

As with most of the past award winners, CMC has raised awareness among its staff about the importance of community involvement and giving back. CMC participates with several local charitable and civic organizations including Boys and Girls Club, Girls, Inc., The NIE Cup and SUNRIPE Migrant Scholarship Fund.

This year CMC is celebrating its 25th year serving the greater Lakeland area.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Computer Merchandise Corporation as the Small Business of the Month for June.

Computer Merchandise Corporation (CMC)

PO Box 6129

Lakeland,FL 33807-6129



Email in Business

An LA Times article, written June 19, 2008 and posted on OrlandoSentinel.com, reports that a federal appeals court sharply limited the ability of employers to obtain emails and text messages sent by employees on company-financed accounts.

The long and short of it is, as an employer, if you don’t host your own email server (all Google Apps, and other outsourced services), then those employee emails are now protected and cannot simply be handed over to authorities without a warrant. If you are an employer and you host your own email, then you are not limited by this ruling.

Thanks to Metro I4 News for bringing it to my attention. If you haven’t yet checked out Metro I4 News, you should; it gives out a nice summary of important articles from The Ledger, Tampa Tribune, and Orlando Sentinel.