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					L A K E L A N D                           A R E A    C H A M B E R                 O F   C O M M E R C E
                                                                                                     Vol. XVI, No. 1




   Visit us at www.lakelandchamber.com              January 2007
                                                                                   Monthly
 DON’T MISS THE 2006
 CHAMBER ANNUAL MEETING




    Featuring Special Guest Speaker:                              Come celebrate a
          DOUG LIPP                                            tremendous year for the
        Former Head Trainer,                                       Chamber and our
        Walt Disney University
      and Author, The Changing                                2,100 member businesses!
      Face of Today’s Customer

             Sponsored by:

  S U N ‘ N F U N F LY- I N , I N C .
                    and                       Tuesday, January 23, 2007
       DAY J E T C O R P O R AT I O N
       G R A Y R O B I N S O N , P. A .
                                              Reception: 6:00 p.m. / Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
             THE LEDGER                       The Lakeland Center Exhibit Hall
  PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS, INC.
    SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
       WAT S O N C L I N I C , L L P
                                              Tickets: $55 per person / $600 corporate table of 10


                                              Call today to order your tickets –
                                              Barbara at 863/688-8551 ext. 233
                                                                                                                Volume InformatIon:
             12th annual                                                                                                       January 2007
                                                                                                                              Vol. XVI, No. 1

        major league Scramble                                                                                                Paul Noris
                                                                                                                        Chairman of the Board
                                                                                                                         Kathleen L. Munson
                                                                                                                        Publisher & President
                               february 26                                                                                     Lori Martini
                                                                                                                              Managing Editor
                         the Club at eaglebrooke
                         1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start                                                                           Michelle Ledford
                                                                                                                        Project Outsource LLC
                                                                                                                            863/581-714
    Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing has teamed up with the                                                       Editor

Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians to hold the 1th Annual Major League
Scramble, presented by Mosaic. The Scramble will take place on Monday,                                     november tourism Inquiries
February 6, at The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland. This year, a morning
round consisting of 10 teams paired with Major League Alumni will be                                      During the month of November, our
added as an option. Registration for that round will begin at 7:00 am with                                Visitor Information Center assisted
the shotgun starting promptly at 8:00 am.                                                                 hundreds of individuals, answering
                                                                                                          questions pertaining to Chamber member
                                                                                                          businesses and the Lakeland community.
    The Scramble is a charitable event that allows both baseball and golf
enthusiasts alike to spend a day on the links with a member of the Detroit                                Walk-in Visitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 439
Tigers or Cleveland Indians organization. Proceeds from this year’s event                                 Relocation Response Mailings . . . . . . 5
will go to assist youth programs in Polk County. For more information,                                    Relocation Response (Walk-In) . . . . 3
                                                                                                          Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
please contact Ryan Pickles or Brendan Schloerb e at 863/534-500 or email
                                                                                                          Winter Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . 6
ryanpickles@centralfloridasports.com.                                                                     Visitor Information Mailings . . . . . . 19
                                                                                                          Visitor Center E-mail Inquiries. . . . 164




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                                                              upcoming meetings & events
                                                         All meetings are held at the Chamber unless otherwise noted.

    January 1           Chamber Closed for New Year’s Day.                                                   January 18             Economic Forecast Breakfast. 7:00 a.m.
                                                                                                                                    The Lakeland Center.
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    January 11          Leadership Lakeland Class XXIV.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                        Education Day/Mid-Year Retreat.                                                                             Business After Hours. 10 City Club.
                                                                                                                                    10 East Pine Street. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    January 15          Chamber Closed in observance of Martin
                        Luther King Day.                                                                     January 3             006 Chamber Annual Meeting.
                                                                                                                                    The Lakeland Center. Exhibit Hall. 6:00 p.m.
    January 16          Diversity Business Council. Noon.
                                                                                                             January 4             Entrepreneurial Academy. 6:00 p.m.
                        EMERGE Lakeland Steering Committee                                                                          Business Plan Development.
                        Meeting. 3:45 p.m.
                                                                                                             January 5             Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association -
    January 17          Government Affairs Committee Meeting.                                                                       Annual Meeting. The Club at Eaglebrooke.
                        City Commission Chambers. 8:00 a.m.                                                                         6:00 p.m.
                        Polk Vision – Affordable Housing Alliance                                            January 31             Hats Off. Best Western Diplomat Inn.
                        Meeting. United Way of Central Florida.                                                                     3311 US Highway 98 North. 8:00 a.m.




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                        9:00 a.m.
                                                                                                                                    Board of Directors Meeting.
                        Executive Committee Meeting. 4:00 p.m.                                                                      Lakeland Yacht & Country Club. Noon.
                        Entrepreneurial Academy. Orientation.                                                                       Entrepreneurial Academy.
                        6:00 p.m.                                                                                                   Trends & Research. 6:00 p.m.
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    Save the
     D aT e S :
2007 economic forecast
       Breakfast
   Thursday, January 18
     7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
   The Lakeland Center
See this month’s Member-to-Member
     flyer for more information.



       2006 Chamber
       annual meeting

     Tuesday, January 23                                             Why Boring Business for
    The Lakeland Center                                              your office supplies?
        Exhibit Hall
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                                                                     • Competitive Pricing!
 61st annual tiger BBQ                                               • 36,000 products locally available.
    The 61st Annual Lakeland
                                                                     • Personalized delivery, next day.
Chamber of Commerce Tiger BBQ
will be held on Thursday, February                                   • Ordering is as easy as 4 clicks.
22, at Joker Marchant Stadium. This
is the Chamber’s annual celebration                                  • Local customer service pproviding
welcoming back our 006 American                                       easy helpful order assistance.
League Champions - The Detroit
Tigers, to their Spring Training home                                • Part of your one stop solution.
for more than 60 years! For more
information, please see the attached
flyer in this month’s edition of The
Forum for Business.



                                        w w w. b o r i n g . c o m


    The 61st Annual Tiger BBQ is
presented by the City of Lakeland,
Creative Contractors, DayJet, Geico.
com, Lakeland Electric, Lakeside
Village, Peterson & Myers, Texas
Cattle Company, and Watson Clinic                        (863) 686-3167
LLP.
                                        938 East Main Street • Lakeland, FL 33801
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                          Chamber foundation awards
                             Community Grants
    One of the greatest assets this Chamber has in serving                        BOARD OF DIRECTORS
the diverse needs of our community is the Lakeland Area               The following officers and directors will lead the
Chamber Foundation. Founded in 1973 as a 501(c) (3) not-for-       Foundation in 007:
profit organization, the Foundation serves to support needed
community and education initiatives.                               Officers:
                                                                   Chairman: Maureen Shaw (Flower Cart Florist)
    Under the leadership of Foundation Chairman Larry              Chairman of the Board: Paul Noris (Bank of Central
Durrence, the Foundation approved grants totaling $40,000 to          Florida, I.O.)
the following programs in 007:                                    Chairman-elect: Tim Campbell (Clark, Campbell &
                                                                      Mawhinney, P.A.)
        Explorations V Children’s Museum - $,500                  Treasurer: Gary Tarr (Pepperidge Farm, Inc.)
              Florida Dance Theatre - $7,500                       General Counsel: Jon Hoppe (Peterson & Myers, P.A.)
                 Lakeland Vision - $9,00                          President: Kathleen L. Munson
       Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, Inc. - $4,00
       Polk Community College Foundation - $5,000                  Directors:
        Polk Economic Education Council - $6,000                   Keith Albritton (Allen & Company)
            Polk Education Foundation - $1,500                     Janet Fansler (Lakeland Regional Medical Center)
                Polk Theatre, Inc. - $1,600                        Maggie Lazarre (Advantage Home Health Services, Inc.)
                   Polk Vision - $,500                            Dr. Jay Mulaney (Central Florida Eye Associates)
                                                                   David Touchton (The NCT Group, CPA’s, LLP)


Special thanks to the following member businesses and individuals who have contributed to the Foundation this year. Their
tax-deductible contribution will support the Foundation’s mission to improve Lakeland’s quality of life.
 Advantage Home Health Services, Inc.       Florida Lifestyle Communities              Office Furniture Depot
 Allen & Company Mortgage Corp.             Florida Mortgage Centre                    Pest Defense/Home-Tech Systems, Inc.
 Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.           Florida Mortgage Centre, Inc.              PJ’s of Lakeland, Inc.
 Allstate Insurance Company                 Flower Cart Florist                        Polk County Builders Association
 AlphaGraphics                              Gene Engle Real Estate, Inc.               Quality Petroleum Corporation
 Baron Realty                               GMF Construction, LLC                      R.R. Simmons Construction
 Hunt Berryman                              Gregco Recycling, Inc.                     Corporation
 The Brickyard Div of Custom Coatings       The Hair Shanty                            Shelter Mortgage, LLC
    & Design, Inc                           Hauger-Bunch, Inc. Realtors                Silvermoon Drive-In Theatre
 Buckner Commercial Properties              Hollingsworth Group, The                   St. Luke’s Ministries
 Claussen’s Fine Furniture                  Institute of Spanish Communication,        Straughn Trout Architects LLC
 Clear Springs Company                         Inc.                                    Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, Inc.
 Compage, Inc.                              John Locke Painting                        Tapatios Restaurante Mexicano, Inc.
 Computer Renaissance                       Joyner Lumber & Supply Co.                 United Realty of Lakeland, Inc.
 Corcoran Chiropractic                      Juice Bowl Products, Inc.                  Vision Title of Lakeland, LLC
 Davis Remodeling Contractors, Inc.         Kaylor Law Group, P.A.                     Ward’s Heating & Air Conditioning,
 Digital Office Solutions, Inc.             The Ledger                                     Inc.
 Excel Title, LLC                           Murray Equipment Sales                     Wheeler and Wheeler, Inc.

   As you can see, the Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation assists many worthwhile programs in the Lakeland community. We
hope you will consider making a contribution to the Foundation to enable us to continue to fulfill the Foundation’s mission to
improve Lakeland’s quality of life. Voluntary contributions are fully awarded each year in addition to the funding available from
Foundation investments.
                           Contributions may be mailed to the Foundation at the following address:
                                           Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation, Inc.
                                                         P.O. Box 3607
                                                  Lakeland, FL 3380-3607
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   December Small Business of the month award Winner
                                                    touch of Class Dry Cleaners
                                                             3612 Harden Boulevard
                                                        lakeland, fl 33803 • 863/644-8300

                                    Touch of Class Dry Cleaners is a family owned and operated
                               dry cleaning company that has served the Lakeland area since
                              1989.
                                “Providing good quality cleaning and impeccable customer
                         service’ is our motto,” said Craig Morby, Nash Premji and Amin Mitha
who acquired the business in 1996.
     Initially, the first location at 3612 Harden Boulevard in Oakbridge Shopping Center
housed the entire operation including all cleaning and pressing. By winning customer loyalty
and repeat business, the business continued to grow. This provided an opportunity to open a
second and much larger location at 1800 Harden Boulevard. In addition to this new store, and
the original store at Oakbridge, Touch of Class started providing mobile dry cleaning service
and hired a route driver, Stu Hendrix, who has been a veteran at providing door to door valet
service in Lakeland for several years.
     Customer service and quality are THE main focus at Touch of Class. “It’s the little things
that count. Customer loyalty is unquestionably valued the most, and the quality of cleaning,
pressing, assembly and front counter service are essential as well”, stated Morby.
     Touch of Class is very proud of their staff, most of who have been with them since the
inception of the business. The management feels that its people are family, and as family         lana Swartzwelder (Sylvan
members they understand the vision of providing the best quality service.                         learning Center of lakeland)
     The goal of the business is to continue to grow, and compete, while maintaining the          and Small Business awards
overall quality and customer service. With a business strategically tailored for growth,          Committee member, presents
Touch of Class Cleaners continues to provide services such as alterations, leather and suede      the Small Business award
cleaning, wedding gown service, as well as all the usual services.                                to touch of Class Cleaners.
     The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Touch of Class              Pictured: Craig morby, nash
Cleaners as the Small Business of the Month for December.                                         Premji and amin mitha.



                          the 16th annual Chamber Scramble
                              The 16th Annual Chamber Scramble presented by Bright House Networks
                                        was a huge success at The Golf Club at Bridgewater.




                                                       from left to right:
     Chamber Scramble Chairman,                 JJ Weeks (avon leasing), Bill                 Bright House networks team
     Scott franklin (lanier upshaw,             Dorman (lanier upshaw, Inc.),                 enjoys golf competition with
     Inc.), blasts the start of the             David Boles (office furniture                 Duramed futures tour Pro.
     day’s fun.                                 Depot, Inc.) and Walker
                                                Wilkerson       (nCt     Group,
                                                C.P.a.’s, llP).

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                                                                                             emerGe
                                                                                             lakeland




                                                                                           At the November luncheon,
                                                                                      EMERGE Lakeland held a book
                                                                                      drive to benefit the United Way of
                                                                                      Central Florida’s Success by 6 pro-
                                                                                      gram. EMERGE collected approxi-
                                                                                      mately 50 new and gently used books
                                                                                      for children’s ages two to five. These
                                                                                      books will be added to the Parent
                                                                                      Lending Libraries located in child-
                                                                                      care centers servicing children at risk
                                                                                      of school failure. For more informa-
                                                                                      tion on this and other United Way
                                                                                      programs visit www.uwcf.org.




                                                                                      Kathleen High School             choir
                                                                                      performed at the lunch event.




    Hats off ! to Chamber members - January 31
                               Would your company like to be a “Secret Hat Company”?
A Secret Hat Company creates a decorative hat or basket incorporating 50 $1 bills into the design. You will present the hat
                 to the Hats Off! volunteer who delivers the 007 Membership materials to your company.
                                            How will it benefit your company?
            Your company will receive recognition in the Chamber’s newsletter which reaches 4800 members.
                                 Be sure to include your business card in the hat or basket!
     If you are interested in being a Secret Hat Company, please contact Terry Ottinger at 863/688-8551, Ext 231 or
                                          email tottinger@lakelandchamber.com.

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                                             Southeastern University offers evening undergraduate and graduate
                                                           degree programs for working adults
                                           Classes now forming for January and August
                                           Choose from four undergraduate degree programs:
                                           Classes meet one night per week and an occasional Saturday
                                             • Church Leadership      • Business & Professional Leadership
                                             • Human Services         • Liberal Arts (for students with little or no college experience)
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                              entrepreneurial academy
                              Spring 2007 - Now Enrolling
     The next Entrepreneurial Academy will begin on January 17 and continue through March 8. Here is what a couple of
our graduates from the Fall session had to say about the program:
     “The Entrepreneurial Academy provided an excellent opportunity for me to network with a diverse group of like-minded
people. The Academy provided outstanding instruction materials and instructors who were able to share the successes and
pitfalls of starting and sustaining a business. Although, I am not pursuing a business venture at this time, I endeavor to begin
the process within a 5 year period. The knowledge I received in the EA will assist me with applying the skills necessary to
build a successful business. I recommend this program to all persons who have an entrepreneurial spirit even it they are
not currently in business for themselves. Applied Knowledge is POWER!” - Lynne Simpkins, Entrepreneurial Academy
Graduate
     “I am a recent Graduate of the Entrepreneurial Academy. By attending the Academy I have received so much insight into
running the agency more efficiently. Every instructor at the academy had a wealth of information to share. Every instructor
was unique in their own right. Within each presentation there was something that you could learn and implement in your
business to make it more profitable. The Academy helped me tremendously by allowing me to witness Lakeland’s business
community. A community that is ready, willing and committed to helping one another to become successful in business.
“This is Our Community and together we can make it Better” was the heart felt cry of the people that took time to come
and speak with the students at the Entrepreneurial Academy. They were willing to take time out of their busy schedule to
come and encourage there fellow small business owner. The Academy should be the first order of business for anyone who
is thinking about starting a business or taking their business to a higher level. Every potential small business owner needs to
participate in the type of setting that is created there with the chamber staff and the business owners who give of their time,
effort and resources to make their fellow business owners successful and their community a better place to work, live and
play. GO CHAMBER!” – Diann Westley
     It’s not too late for you to register and take advantage of this great opportunity to learn from some of Lakeland’s successful
business leaders. Teachers include:
                                        Sylvia Blackmon Roberts (Blackmon Roberts Group)
                                                  Hal Bolter (Florida Fluid Systems)
                                 Doretha Brooks (Small & Minority Business Development Center)
                                      Art Rowbotham (WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio)
                                                   Claretha Conner (SunTrust Bank)
                                                 Linda Jezard (Advantage Positioning)
                                           Tori Lehman (Carter, Belcourt & Atkinson, P.A.)
                                                 Larry Ross (Florida Southern College)
                                                    Lyle Philipson (AlphaGraphics)
                                            Greg Sale (Outsource Management Solutions)
                                                 Greg Sanoba (Sanoba & Sanoba, P.A.)

                       For more information please call the Chamber today at 863/688-8551 ext. 8.


                                                                      Graduates from the fall entrepreneurial academy

                                                                     Top left to right: Joel Bauer, Kyle Wright, Cornelius
                                                                     egwuatu, John alber, James Harrell and rob
                                                                     Hurlburt

                                                                     Middle left to right: louise Douglas, Kent Viles,
                                                                     lynne Simpkins, Christopher fry, Diann Westley,
                                                                     nancy mcKeehen and William englehart

                                                                     Bottom left to right: Julie DeGeorge, Diane eckerson
                                                                     and Deanna Parsons.


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                 the Chamber is Proud to Welcome
                22 new members for november 2006
  Through their membership in the Chamber, businesses invest in themselves and their community. We urge you to “Buy
                 Lakeland. It makes good cents!” by doing business with these new Chamber members.


AmSouth Bank                    Dana Investment Advisors,              Gymboree Play & Music of    The Sea Hagg of Lakeland LLC
1310 Lakeside Village Cir       Inc.                                   Lakeland                    1470 Town Center Dr., Ste
Lakeland, FL 33803-7951         15800 W Bluemound Rd Ste               1515 Town Center Drive      N104 33803
(863) 688-6085                  50                                    Lakeland, FL 33803-7968     PO Box 6015
Fax: (863) 688-6481             PO Box 1067                            (863) 686-4100              Lakeland, FL 33807-6015
www.amsouth.com                 Brookfield, WI 53008-1067              Fax: (863) 686-4100         (863) 686-139
Erin Thornton                   (6) 78-940                         www.gymboreeclasses.com     Fax: (863) 686-137
Banks                           Fax: (6) 78-0581                    Michelle Ledford            Millard & Jill Robinson
                                www.danainvestment.com                 Child Enrichment Center     Antiques
AmSouth Bank                    Mark R. Mirsberger
6405 S. Florida Ave.            Investments                            Inspect It 1st              Sports & Orthopedic Rehab
Lakeland, FL 33813-3307                                                506 Grand Blvd             Team
(863) 646-8                  Digital Horizons                       Lakeland, FL 3381-5010     3317 US Highway 98, S
Fax: (863) 646-166             3019 Lantana Rd                        (863) 944-8459              Lakeland, FL 33803-8365
www.amsouth.com                 Auburndale, FL 3383-85              Fax: (863) 701-9154         (863) 667-309
Casey Andrews                   (863) 967-5739                         www.beadyinspects.com       Fax: (863) 667-314
Banks                           Fax: (863) 967-5739                    Bruce & Joni Eady           Aaron Brown
                                www.digitalhorizons.us                 Home Inspection Service     Rehabilitation Centers
ArithmeTech                     David Harkness
14 Hillcrest St Ste 1          Consulting - Technical Support/        Lakeland Baseball Academy   Sports and Fitness Publishing,
Lakeland, FL 33815-471         Training                               330 N Gary Rd               Inc.
(863) 683-1040                                                         Lakeland, FL 33801-171     1301 Grasslands Blvd.
Fax: (863) 683-1067             Diversicom Corporation of              (863) 680-3406              Lakeland, FL 33803-5401
www.arithmetech.com             Riverview                              Fax: (863) 686-95         (863) 60-836
Ruth McDonald                   10018 Park Place Ave                   Tracy Nolan                 www.sportsandfitnessmagazine.
Accountants                     Riverview, FL 33569-5303               Baseball Training Center    com
                                (813) 677-3311                                                     Jim Hough
Bank of Central Florida, I.O.   Fax: (813) 649-8065                    Lennar Homes                Publication/Magazine
10 S. Florida Ave.             www.diversicomcorp.com                 3969 Hampton Hills Dr.
Lakeland 33801-46             Dick Palke                             Lakeland, FL 33810-384     Sunshine Celebrations
PO Box 149                      Computers - Consulting &               (863) 859-037              Lakeland, FL 3381-6384
Lakeland, FL 3380-0149         Networking                             Fax: (863) 859-149         (863) 581-1965
(863) 68-7100                                                         www.lennar.com              Fax: (863) 701-0159
Fax: (863) 68-7111             Eventrics, Inc.                        Angel C. Mills              www.youreventconsultant.com
www.bankofcentralflorida.com    6 W Memorial Blvd                   Builders/Residential        Angela Newell
Paul Noris                      Lakeland, FL 33815-1059                                            Event Coordinator
Banks                           (863) 683-3905                         Palm Terrace of Lakeland
                                Fax: (863) 683-5888                    Rehab & Nursing Facility    Velocity Sports Performance
Budget Blinds Of Lakeland       www.eventrics.com                      1919 Lakeland Hills Blvd.   330 N Gary Rd
Highlands                       Derrick McBride                        Lakeland, FL 33805-901     Lakeland, FL 33801-171
Lakeland, FL 33813-48         Event Coordinator                      (863) 688-561              (863) 680-3406
(863) 646-0106                                                         Fax: (863) 687-8870         Fax: (863) 686-95
Fax: (863) 619-806             Exact Software North                   www.cypresshealthcare.net   www.velocitysp.com/lakeland
Terry & Gerda Zipprer           America                                Ronni Shames                Melissa Buchanan
Blinds-Vertical, Mini,          13408 Roslyn Place                     Nursing Homes               Emory Welch
Horizontal, Wood                Tampa, FL 3366-968                   Rehabilitation Centers      Health & Fitness
                                (800) 468-0834 Ext 6946
CenterState Bank                (978) 409-6946                         St. Stephen’s Episcopal
4719 S Florida Ave              Fax: (978) 474-9317                    Church
Lakeland, FL 33813-16         www.exactamerica.com/lake-             180 E County Road 540A
(863) 648-0900                  landfl                                 Lakeland, FL 33813-3737
Fax: (863) 644-984             Nicole Luer                            (863) 646-6115
www.centerstatebank.com         Software                               Fax: (863) 647-5036
Juli MacDonald                                                         www.ststephens.ws
Banks                                                                  Scott T. Holcombe
                                                                       Churches/Synagogues




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                                                                                         november
                                                                                        new member
     The Chamber would like to recognize and thank the following
        businesses for their long-standing support and loyalty:                          reception
  20+ Years renewals                          15 Year renewals                          The New Member Reception was
                                                                                    sponsored by the Art Gallery at Lakeland,
  1945 - 61 Years                             Holiday Inn Lakeland Hotel &          6935 South Carter Road, Suites 1 & .
  Lakeland Animal Nutrition                   Conference Center                     Owner Caroline York-Adams welcomed
  1950 - 56 Years                             Paul Davis Restoration Polk County    approximately 30 new members to her
  Chastain-Skillman, Inc.                                                           new studio. Chamber staff provided
  1969 - 37 Years                                                                   information on how new members can
  Lakeland Center for Oral Surgery            10 Year renewals                      promote their businesses and how they
  & Implantology                                                                    can get the most out of their Chamber
                                              Finzer Roller, Inc.                   membership. Each member had the
  1973 - 33 Years
                                              The Club at Eaglebrooke               opportunity to present a 30 second
  Sligh Clinic of Chiropractic
                                                                                    commercial about themselves and their
  1975 - 31 Years
                                                                                    business. Caroline spoke about the
  Quality Petroleum Corp.
                                              5 Year renewals                       importance of the “arts” to economic
  MARCOBAY Construction, Inc.                                                       development and her passion for
  1977 - 29 Years                             Regina’s Foto Studio, Inc.            supporting the arts, especially children’s
  Ace Air Conditioning & Electric             Global Produce Sales, Inc.            and youth art. Thanks to Caroline for her
  1978 - 28 Years                             Stepp’s Towing of Lakeland, Inc.      hospitality and the opportunity to view
  Best Western Diplomat Inn &                 Michael A. Johnson, Attorney at Law   and understand more about the arts.
  Conference Center
  1982 - 24 Years
  Robert L. Valentine, P.A.
  Dr. Alan P. Fisher, Optometrist
  1984 - 22 Years
  Avon Leasing, Inc.
  Storage & Handling Equipment
  High Shine Cleaning Service                                                         Chamber chair-elect Paul noris
  1986 - 20 Years                                                                     welcomes new members.
  Tint Masters



november Business after Hours
    The November Business After Hours
was sponsored by Fields BMW, 485
Lakeland Park Drive. New BMW’s were
showcased and a demonstration on a                                                     Chamber Champions answer
revolutionary protective finish for any car                                            questions and encourage new
was given. Chamber members, wishing                                                    members to be active.
to promote their business, got into the
holiday spirit by donating numerous door
prizes. Comedy Club tickets, a kiddy sized       Gary Gordon, General manager
BMW and a hot air balloon ride were just         of fields BmW, accepts the
a few of the door prizes provided. Thanks        Plaque of appreciation.
to Gary Gordon and his entire staff for a
beautiful venue, and a great networking                Chamber members relax and
atmosphere.                                            take a break from networking.

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                  emerGe lakeland Strategic Planning
    EMERGE Lakeland is beginning its third year of service for young professionals in Lakeland. Under the leadership of Cauney
Bamberg (Watson Clinic Foundation) and Patrick Fagan (R.G. Crown Bank), 006 was a very exciting period in the growth of
EMERGE Lakeland. As we begin 007, EMERGE Lakeland is advancing to the next step of its evolution.
    Dr. Larry Ross (Florida Southern College) led the members of the Steering Committee through a strategic planning process
to identify key issues. Members of the Steering Committee volunteered to be advocates for three initiatives. Steve Madden,
(Madden) and Punam Saxena (Punam’s Perfections) will lead the Membership initiative; Christina Moore (Waller Construction,
Inc.) and Kristin Carlson (Creative Contractors) are leading the Communications initiative: and Rachel Cassidy (Florida Southern
College) and Sam Nimah (Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida) will lead the Governance initiative. These initiatives are in
addition to ongoing committees of EMERGE Lakeland. Michael Wiener (Holland & Knight LLP) and Cauny Bamberg will
serve as co-chairs for EMERGE Lakeland in 2007. We can all look forward to benefitting from the time and expertise of these
professionals as they continue to grow their leadership skills and take on larger roles in the community.




     Cauney Bamberg                                  Patrick fagan                                 michael Wiener
  Watson Clinic foundation                          r-G Crown Bank                              Holland & Knight, llP




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800-462-6149 • www.careed.com
        Lakeland, Florida
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                                                          Chamber Board
                                                            recognizes
                                                          Small Business
                                                             members
                                                          Please join the board in recognizing
                                                             the following members, whose
                                                            names and business information
                                                              were shared at a recent board
                                                          meeting. Remember to support your
                                                               fellow Chamber members!

             Construction Management Specialists
                                                                 Art Dimensions, Inc.
          Commercial: New, Remodeling & Build-Outs                  ArtWerks, Inc.
                                                          Beef O’Brady’s Family Sports Pub
              Residential Remodeling & Additions           Bramble Ridge Golf Course, Inc.
                  Kitchen & Bath Remodeling                         Bridges Optical
                                                                  Ivy House Designs
                        Custom Homes                          Kelley’s Tree Service, Inc.
                                                             Lakeland Lock & Safe, Inc.
       Insurance Restoration (Water, Fire, Wind & Mold)   Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen
                                                             Macro Stones Granite, LLC
                                                                Masseys Painting, Inc.
                                                               Pilka & Associates, P.A.
                                                                Rick Strawbridge, Inc.
                                                                   Stille Real Estate
                                                                 Stinson Carpets, Inc.
                                                             Strickland Construction, Inc.
                                                             Touch of Class Dry Cleaners
                                                               W. A. Magarino, MD, PA




                                                           Vision Statement
                                                           The Lakeland Area Chamber
                                                             of Commerce will be the
                                                              premier catalyst for the
Lakeland Chamber Forum newsletter                           advancement of Lakeland’s
Half Page Vertical 5.25” x 8”                                  economic growth and
January 2007                                                  enhancement of quality
Sent by email 12/8/06
                                                             of life – creating Florida’s
                                                               community of choice.




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                                                                   • Close to Polk Parkway
                                                                     and I-4 access
                                                                   • Close to major shopping centers,
                                                                     medical facilities and
                                                                     entertainment complexes
                                                                   • Minutes from Downtown
                                                                     Lakeland
                                                                   • Priced from $230’s
                                                                   • Models now open!
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                                                                     Pat Jones (cell)     Dane Werk (cell)
                                                                     863-581-4699          863-838-5871
                                                                             Drummond Company
                                                                         3604 Harden Blvd. • Lakeland
                                                                       (Located in the Oakbridge Centre)




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     200 Providers • 38 Specialties • 12 Locations • www.WatsonClinic.com
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                          January members on the move
                          The Lakeland Chamber prints business announcements each month as space permits.
                      Please submit your announcement in writing to the Chamber - Attn: Members on the Move.
Citrus & Chemical Bank                        Compass Mortgage, LLC                       University of South Florida -
Robert L. Krieger has been elected to         Compass Mortgage, LLC, currently a          Lakeland
Citrus & Chemical Bank’s Board of             Mortgage Broker Business, is proud          In a cover story, the current issue of
Directors.                                    to announce its status change to            Campus Technology focuses on five
                                              Correspondent Lender.                       “tech visionary” chief academic officers,
David H. Wulff, Architect, Inc.                                                           and USF Lakeland’s own Marshall
David H. Wulff, Architect, Inc. is pleased    Tube-Lite of Lakeland                       Goodman, VP/CEO, is at the very top of
to announce the recent additions of Alicia    Tube-Lite of Lakeland opened its second     the list.
Saucedo, Architect and Joseph Castro,         branch in Downtown Lakeland in early
Architect to the firm.                        November. The new location is at 115        Saddle Creek Corporation
                                              South Kentucky Avenue.                      Saddle Creek Corporation has
Statewide Building Maintenance                                                            announced the expanding of its
Lisa Davis has been promoted to the           Gallagher Promotional Advertising           management teams in Atlanta, GA
regional manager of West Polk County          Gallagher Promotional Advertising has
                                                                                          and Lakeland. Robert Pericht has
and Carrie Finley has been promoted to        relocated their company office to 306
                                                                                          been named senior vice president
assistant manager of West Polk County.        East Main Street.
                                                                                          of warehouse operations and Doug
Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.              Polk Community College                      Johnston has been named vice
Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. is proud     Polk Community College’s Radiographic       president and general manager of
to welcome Nick Stevens to their team of      Technology       program      has    been   the company’s Eagle campus. In
professionals as a financial advisor.         reaccredited to issue associate degrees.    Lakeland, Tom Patterson has been
                                                                                          promoted to senior vice president
Watson Clinic, LLP                            Peterson & Myers, P.A.                      of warehouse operations and Butch
Lisa M. Castellano-Howard, M.D., has          Jack P. Brandon and Robert E. Puterbaugh    Riggleman is the new vice president
joined Watson Clinic as a dermatologist       have been selected for inclusion into the   and general manager of campus
at the main location.                         publication The Best Lawyers in America
                                                                                          operations.
                                              – 2007. M. David Alexander, III, Jack
Mammographer Kristina Craft, AA, AS,          P. Brandon, E. Blake Paul and Robert
RT (R)(M), has recently been awarded          E. Puterbaugh have all been named to        Bright House Networks
certification by MammaCare, which             Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.                Don Koehler has been named Director
is sponsored by the National Cancer                                                       of Ad Sales and Strategic Initiatives
Institute.                                    Lilly, O’Toole & Brown, LLP                 for Bright House Networks Polk,
                                              Lilly, O’Toole & Brown, LLP recently        Pasco, Citrus and Hernando counties.
Ross, Vecchio & Stanton, PA                   teamed up with the Polk County Chapter
Tina R. Balentine has joined Ross, Vecchio    of Safe Kids to publish and distribute a    Gaynelle Henderson received the
& Stanton as an associate attorney working    brochure entitled Kids-n-Cars. These
                                                                                          Top Sales Achievement Award at the
in workers’ compensation defense and          brochures will be displayed in offices/
                                                                                          Cable Advertising Bureau banquet
general insurance defense/civil litigation.   agencies all over Polk County including
                                              local Pediatrician offices and Retail       for her entry created for Heartland for
Barbi L. Feldman has joined the firm as
                                              Stores. Gabrielle O’Toole has become a      Children.
an associate attorney working in general
insurance defense/civil litigation and        member of their board of directors and
workers’ compensation defense.                will be serving as the firm’s liaison.      ASC geosciences, inc.
                                                                                          News India Times, a national
Citrus Connection/Lakeland Area               Polk     County     Association     for     publication covering the Asian Indian
Mass Transit District                         Handicapped Citizens, Inc.                  American business community in
The Florida Public Transportation             PCAHA is pleased to welcome three new
                                                                                          North America, has named ASC
Association recently awarded the Citrus       members to their Board of Directors.
                                                                                          geosciences, inc. as one of the Top 100
Connection in the category of Bus             Ron Losch (Publix Super Markets, Inc.),
                                              Jennifer Adams (AmSouth Bank) ,and          Asian Indian American Businesses
Exterior, Self Promotion.                                                                 for 006.
                                              Teri Crace (Polk County School District)
                                              have joined the 19 member board this
                                              year.
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      Champions
       Corner
    Chamber     Champions       are
commissioned with mentoring new
members for a three month period.
Champions earn points as they
make phone calls, send e-mails and
attend Chamber functions to support
newcomers to the Chamber.




  Champion of the month




         Gina Monaghan
 (Perpetual Technology Solutions)




  When you want to say
 “thanks,” send a bunch.


      When you really want to let your
      business associates or employees
   know how much you appreciate them…
          only a thoughtful “bunch”
              of flowers will do!




    1125 Lakeland Hills Blvd.   Across from LRMC
                LAKELAND 687-1783
  Chamber member 25 yrs…your special touch florist.

                                                      
                                                      ribbon Cuttings
                       The following companies recently celebrated their ribbon cuttings in the month of November:




             Word alive ministries                    laBdoc/univ. of fl & Cognescenti Health Inst.             tube-lite of lakeland
   1022 Lakeland Hills Boulevard • 863/683-3846         3017 Lakeland Highlands Road • 863/430-9132    115 South Kentucky Avenue • 863/665-8402
          www.wordaliveministries.com                                 www.labdoc.com                              www.tube-lite.com




      Vintners Cellar Winery of lakeland               national telecom and Broadband Services                   Crossroads School
3615 South Florida Avenue, Suite 450 • 863/698-0316    4205 Edgewater Drive, Suite B • 407/209-1013   2001 North Crystal Lake Drive • 863/665-5730
              www.vintnerscellar.com                               www.national-tel.com                       www.crossroadsschools.com




        easy Stor at Cleveland Heights                         mario’s Italian restaurant                            metroPCS
         624 Robin Road • 863/644-9242                   1831 East Edgewood Drive • 863/688-9616        3137 US Highway 98 North • 813/830-5545
          www.tampabaysolutions.com                                                                               www.metropcs.com




                                                          Special thanks to Mayor Buddy Fletcher, City Commissioner Glenn Higgins
                                                      and the following board members: Keith Albritton (Allen & Company of Florida,
                                                      Inc.), Brian Altman (SunTrust Bank), John Burton (Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, Inc.), Larry
                                                      Durrence, Art Erickson (Florida Lifestyle Communities), Sharon Haeusler (Visual
                                                      Concepts), Lisa Kaiser Hickey (Douglass Screen Printers, Inc.), Frank Kendrick
                                                      (NuJak Development, Inc.), Teresa Martinez (Institute of Spanish Communication,
                                                      Inc.), Paul Noris (Bank of Central Florida, I.O.), Lyle Philipson (AlphaGraphics),
                                                      Maureen Shaw (Flower Cart Florist), Gary Tarr (Pepperidge Farm, Inc.) and Sunny
                    rinnai                            Zimmermann (Zimmermann Associates, Inc.).
 1476 Town Center Drive, Suite 223 • 863/682-3284
                 www.rinnai.us

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