Tag Archives: Polk County

20Feb/18

ASPIRING TWEEN AND TEEN ENTREPRENEURS MEET WITH LOCAL CEOs

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (February 20, 2018) — Due to a scheduling conflict, R. Joseph Childs will not attend the Third Annual CEO Roundtable. In his place, Grant Nieddu, The Spark { SITES } Project, will take Mr. Childs’ spot on the panel. This event allows students of the local Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Polk (YEA! Polk) to explore issues regarding entrepreneurship – including addressing specific challenges, sharing stories of success and failure, and discussing the power of networking.

The five local CEOs providing advice and insight are:

  • Gary Claville, Retired-President, Dixie-Southern Constructors, Inc.
  • Katherine Lake, Chief Connections Officer, My Office & More
  • Marsha Leap, President, Leap Ahead Professional Development, LLC
  • Chrissanne Long, CEO and Co-Owner, Maximize Digital Media
  • Grant Nieddu, Chief Spark Instigator, The Spark { SITES } Project

The CEOs are volunteering their time to speak with the fourteen students in the 2017-18 academic year of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Polk, or YEA! Polk, in a roundtable setting, hosted by Lakeland Chamber member Kate Lake at her business My Office & More. “It is our privilege to partner with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Those students inspire us as we continue our mission to educate others about business,” says Kate.

The program will be moderated by Ken Farris, Counselor, at Central Florida SCORE, and also an instructor for the YEA! Polk program. This year, the businesses that the students are trying to launch include an irrigation system, and I.D. tag for beverages, drone services, adjustable school uniforms that “grow” with you, an app to help Boy Scouts – and several more.Copy of CEO Roundtable (1)

The CEO Roundtable for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Polk is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, in the Meeting Room at My Office & More in Downtown Lakeland. The event is free and open to the public, with registration required:  http://bit.ly/2E0HyRl or at www.lakelandchamber.com under the Events tab.

Thank you to our Investor Sponsors that make this program possible:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc., Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Suncoast Credit Union, and SunTrust Bank.

YEA! teaches kids ages 11 to 18 how to identify their passions, develop a business idea, write a business plan, pitch investors for funding, and obtain all the necessary components to create a fully, formed and functioning business or social movement by the end of the 30-week class.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(C) 3 offering groundbreaking year-long classes that teach middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures. Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders. YEA! bridges the business and educational communities to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! is made possible by The Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. For more information, visit yeausa.org.

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

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22Nov/17
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Registration Open for Annual Economic Update

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (November 21, 2017) – “The ‘human condition’ is always to push forward for the better and economics is the study of that process.” Chief Economist Brian Wesbury of First Trust Advisors, L.P., a nationally recognized economist, will return as our guest speaker for the 31st Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the RP Funding Center.  Reporting the regional perspective is Dr. Tony Villamil, a nationally recognized business economist, with over thirty-five years of successful career as a senior economist, university Dean and high-level policymaker for both federal and state governments.

“This year has certainly been showered with events that continue to impact Americans”, comments Ralph Allen, Chairman of Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.  He further comments, “from historical hurricane activity in 2017 to unrelenting violence on both foreign and homeland soil.  These events define our thoughts, our actions and sometimes our financial well being.”  How these global stories influence the economies and ultimately our day-to-day lives is important to understand.

The doors will open at 6:45am for registration and breakfast at the RP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Center). This year all ticket purchases will be online.  Please register online at lakelandchamber.com where you will find all the details for the event.  Student tickets and tables are available by contacting Rebecca Fortier at the Lakeland Chamber. The early bird pricing ends December 15th.

About Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Since 1932 Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. has provided financial planning and wealth management services to the communities we serve.  Headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, with operations in Winter Haven and Viera, Allen & Company is Florida’s oldest investment firm.

About the Lakeland Chamber

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements:  The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice; and, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

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13Jul/17

Call for Artists for Poster Contest

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Watson Clinic presents the BIG Event Poster Contest

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (July 13, 2017) — Creative input needed for local poster contest! Submit original poster artwork – with 2017 theme, Pirates on the Promenade, for the 2017 BIG Event on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Prize for the winner is a $350 cash award, and recognition at the BIG Event. The winning artwork design will also be featured on the official 2017 posters for the BIG Event and will be available for purchase at the event. The entry should communicate a message of Pirates on the Promenade.

The Watson Clinic Poster Contest is open to all Polk County residents, any age. The entry must be a two-dimensional drawing, photo, painting, or digital file (.jpg or png) no larger than 11” x 17” and must be in portrait orientation.

Send entries to: Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, c/o Watson Clinic BIG Event Poster Contest, 35 Lake Morton Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801.

The deadline for submitting entries is Monday, September 25, 2017, midnight. The winner will be notified on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Award:  One (1) winner will receive a $350 cash award, and their winning image will be showcased on promotional materials for the BIG Event (Saturday, 11/11/17), and printed, signed & numbered editions will be available for purchase at the event. The poster will promote the BIG Event through 2018, until the next contest winner.

For complete rules and regulations, please visit our event listing at http://business.lakelandchamber.com/events/details/big-event-lakeland-pirates-on-the-promenade-5031, or at https://goo.gl/XjWGJ4

What is the BIG Event? Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The BIG Event Lakeland is a free music fest featuring local businesses, makers, and delicious food! The event kicks off with the Red Ribbon Run Corporate Award and the Watson Clinic Poster Contest Award, immediately followed by a special Salute to Veterans by Green Construction. Then enjoy nonstop entertainment! Celebrate the best of Lakeland at this FREE music fest! The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with InnerAct Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters Polk present the second annual BIG Event Lakeland – and theme Pirates on the Promenade for 2017! The iconic and historical Frances Ford Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror Amphitheatre is the perfect backdrop for local fun on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

What’s there to do?

Experience live music, family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!

Gold Sponsors:

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Silver Sponsor:

Watson Clinic LLP

Salute to Veterans Sponsor:

Green Construction

Bronze Sponsors:

Bank of Central Florida

CPS Investment Advisors

Heacock Insurance

Highland Homes

Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center

Lanier Upshaw, Inc.

Marketing Sponsor:

Tinsley Creative

Media Sponsor:

Ledger Media Group

Radio Sponsor:

“Big 4” WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Community Partners:

JBT Corporation

Saddle Creek Logistics Services

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The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice.  Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

Contact:

Rebecca Fortier

(863) 688-8551 ext. 229 – office

(863) 221-2678 – cell

rfortier@lakelandchamber.com

17Sep/09

Polk BoCC Hosts First E-Town Hall Meeting

From the public notice:

Polk County Government officials invite citizens to participate in the upcoming Town Hall meeting — but they want you to stay home to do it.

The County’s innovative and cost-effective approach to the traditional forum provides citizens an opportunity to watch and interact electronically with County elected and appointed officials on a variety of topics. The Town Hall meeting takes place via computer on Thursday, September 17, starting with a variety of short videos about county services at 5:30 p.m., and the live program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

County commissioners and staff will conduct the meeting from the PGTV studio in the Neil Combee Administration Building in Bartow. Residents are encouraged to join the interactive dialogue by connecting to one of the following host sites: theledger.com/pgtv, newschief.com, max983.com, wonn.com, wpcv.com, wlkf.com, wusf.org/polk, myfoxtampabay.com. Citizens will be able to watch the proceedings and submit questions or comments via a “chat” window. Residents may also submit questions or comments anytime throughout the day on September 17 at any of the host sites.

All five county commissioners are expected to attend the meeting, as well as County Manager Mike Herr, County Attorney Michael Craig, and other members of county management, who will be prepared to address citizen questions or concerns.

“This innovative approach to the Town Hall meeting process offers residents from throughout Polk County an opportunity to express their concerns or just ask a question about county government without leaving their homes,” said County Commission Chairman Sam Johnson. “It is a convenient and cost effective way to interact with citizens and have them interact with us.”

Residents without home computers can still interact online at one of the participating local libraries, which will have dedicated Town Hall systems available for patron use. The Winter Haven Library plans to set up a viewing room where residents can watch and interact on a larger monitor. Call the Library Cooperative at (863) 519-7958 to for a current list of participating libraries.

For detailed instructions on how to participate in the e-Town Hall meeting, visit the County website at www.polk-county.net and look for the e-Town Hall button on the home page.

CONTACT: Cindy Rodriguez, Polk County Communications Director
(863) 534-6090 office; (863) 559-7542 cell