Lakeland Chamber Presents the Entrepreneurial Academy

Enroll today for the 2008 Entrepreneurial Academy. Classes will run from September 3 through November 12, 2008. Classes are designed to offer essential information needed to start, run and grow a successful small business. The sessions are led by business professionals who are not only leaders in their industry, but also leaders in Lakeland.

The cost for the academy is $250. Upon successful graduation from the program, a $50 refund will be issued along with a $50 voucher towards a new Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce membership investment. Class members must attend eight of the 10 classes in order to be eligible for graduation and to receive the refund and the membership investment voucher. Classes will begin at 5:45 PM and end at 9:00 PM

Class members particularly appreciate the real world experience that our professionals bring to the classroom; all along recognizing that these teachers are not only successful business people but they are leaders in our community.

Class size is limited and your payment will ensure your reservation. Please call the Chamber at 688-8551 ext. 228 for more information or email cmurphy@lakelandchamber.com.


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

Regions Bank logo

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