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March 2009 Forum

March 2009 Forum

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Published by: Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce on Sep 14, 2009
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March2009
Vol.XIX,No.3
BuyLakeland.Itmakesgood
cents! 
visitLakelandChamber.com
 AnnualMeeting:
AuthorAndyAndrewsspeakstoChamber members.
Page 4Hats Off:
Volunteersheadoutintothecoldtodeliverinfotonewmembers.
Page 10 After Hours:
NetworkingattheGirls&BoysClubof Lakeland.
Page 14
 ALSO INSIDE:
NewMembersEMERGELakelandRibbonCuttingsMembersontheMove
Statesportingeventsonceagaincreate
slamdunk
forLakeland’sEconomy!
Eachyearhighschoolvolleyball,wrestlingandbasketballteamsfromacrossthestatebattlefortheirrespectivestatetitlesattheLakelandCenterbringingthousandsoffansandsupporterstotheareawiththem.Lakelandwaspleasedtohostonceagainthe2009FloridaHighSchoolChampionshipsduringFebruaryandMarch.The2009tournamentseasonwasnoexceptionmakingareamerchantstherealwinnersbycreatingmorethan:throughoutPolkCounty!
inside
this issue
FORUMFORBUSINESS
monthly
LAKELANDAREACHAMBEROFCOMMERCE
$6MILLION
IN SPENDING
DIVERSITY:DONTHIDEFROMIT,CELEBRATEIT!
CommUnityCelebration09
FeaturingKeynoteSpeaker:BarrierBreakingCNNAnchorBettyNguyen
Thursday,March19,200911:30a.m.–1:30p.m.TheLakelandCenterExhibitHallPurchaseYourTicketsOnline!Visit
www.LakelandChamber.com
AndclickonCommUnityCelebrationDoorsopenat11:15a.m.
TicketPrice:
$25.00-IndividualTickets
CorporateTableSponsorAvailable:
$500
1/2CorporateTableSponsor:
$300(allticketsincludeparking)
presentingsponsors:
WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ
supportingsponsor:
FOCUS MAGAZINE
 
VolumeInformation:March2009,Vol.XIX,No.3AnuSaxena
Chairman of the Board  
AaronBates
 Managing Editor 
KathleenL.Munson
 Publisher & President 
KingstonPartners
 Design 
Lakeland AreaChamber of Commerce
Forum For Business Monthly 
No.
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Whatdoyoucallsomeonewhoisknownforbeinganexttoperfectspouse,parentandgrandparent,isconsideredtheconsummate,responsibleprofessionalintheirbusiness,hasvolunteeredandservedtheircommunityinsomanywaysthereisnottimetomentionthemall,andisfullofsomuchenergytheyworkonlittlesleepinordertoaccomplishalloftheabove.Youcallthatpersonthisyear’sJereAnnisAwardwinner.Thisyearsawardwinnerhasalonglistoftalents,enviablepersonaltraits,andcareerachievements.Theonlytimethissocalled“EnergizerBunny”canrelaxiswhentheyarepulledtothebeachforlongweekendswiththeirfamily.Otherwise,theyaregettingbyon3to4hoursof sleepanight.Theyhavebeenknown,though,tonodoffatwork.Thisyearswinnercouldalsoqualifyforanimalloveroftheyearaward.They’vebeenknowntosleepontheflooroftheirclosetonanairmattressfortwoweeksnursingtheirdyingcat.Whenthecircuscametotowntheysomehowweregivenresponsibilityforatigercubwhichtheykeptintheirofficeatwork.Thispersonisconsideredtobeagourmetcookbutduetoallthepersonal,businessandcommunityobligationstheyhavetakenon,rarelyhavetimeforahomecookedmeal.Christmasgiftshavesometimesbeenhiddenintheunusedoven.Theyareashrewdshopperwhocouldeasilytakeonasecondcareerasoneofthose“professionalshoppers”.Stretchingadollarisnotanewphenomenonforthisperson.Interiordesigningisanothertalentofthisperson.Theyhavebeenaskedbytheirbusinessclientstomoonlightinthatcapacityattheirhomes.ThisyearswinnerhasmorethanoncetakenonaninteriordesignprojectfortheParadeof Homes.Accordingtoherequallylovelydaughter,sheissuchashoefanshecouldmakeImeldaMarcoslooklikeafirst-timeshoeshopper.Thequotewassomethinglike“shecouldwearadifferentpaireverydayforthreeyearsandnotwearthesamepairtwice.ThisyearsJereAnnisAwardwinnerisourown
NancyCattarius
. Nancyhasbeenintheradiobusinessforover30yearsandwithWONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZRADIOfor26ofthoseyears.Shehasrisentotheveryimportantpositionof stationmanager.Herachievements,recognitionsandleadershiprolesshehasachievedoverhercareerarewaytoolengthytomention.Whatdistinguishes Nancy,though,andwhatbroughtherthisawardishercommunityinvolvement.SheisservingasthePresidentoftheFloridaSouthernCollegeAlumniAssociation.SheisPastPresidentofourownLeadershipLakelandAlumniandaproudgraduateofClassII,PastAdvisoryBoardChairmanoftheImperialSymphonyOrchestra,PastPresidentoftheAmericanCancerSocietyfortheWestPolkUnit,PastChairmanofthePartnershipforaDrugFreeFloridaforthePolkCountychapter,PastChairmanoftheSmallBusinessAwardsCommitteefortheLakelandChamberand,finallyhasservedoriscurrentlyservingontheboardsofFloridaSouthernsBoardofTrustees,PeaceRiverCenter,theSPCA,TheLakelandPigfest,CentralFloridaSpeechandHearingCenter,HabitatforHumanityAdvisoryBoard,theJuniorLeagueofGreaterLakeland’sCommunityAdvisoryBoard,theLakelandChamberandtheLakelandChamberFoundation.Thisisacondensedlistofhermuchlongerlistofefforts.Therearemanyothers.Andfinally,sheistheproudmotherofElisa,andshe’salsoanequallyproudgrandmothertothreebeautifulgrandchildren.Andtheguywhoistheretocheerheroninallthatshedoesisherlovinghusband,BobCattarius.CongratulationstoNancyCattarius,theverydeservingrecipientof thisyear’sJereAnnisAward.LakelandretailerswereatworkwellbeforetheirshopsopenedonJanuary12,meetingatBrambleRidgeGolfCoursefortheinauguraleventoftheLakelandChamber’sRetailaCCessprogram.AfterindulginginChePaulie’ssuperbomeletbar,attendeesweretreatedtoaninformativeandinspiringpresentationfromMaryKayNationalSalesDirector,BettVernon.Betts24yearsasanentrepreneurprovidedherinsightsintocreatingcustomercommunitiesandpersevering.ShelikenedourcurrenteconomicsituationtoadeepwinterstormbackhomeinSouthDakota.Evenonthedarkestofdays,sheknewthat,earlyorlate,Springwouldcome.Sheencouragedustouseexceptionalcustomerservicetosetusapartfromourcompetitionandturnourcustomersintoasalesforce.Withoutundueoptimism,Bettpaintedahopefulpictureforthosewillingtoputtheircustomers’needsabovetheirown.MatthewWengerdspokeonusingsocialmediatogrowandenhancecustomercommunities.Intendedtoshowthattheinternetcanbeusedtodeepenpersonalinteractionswithcustomersinsteadofsubstitutingforthem,thepresentationshowedhowcompaniescanuseblogs,Twitter,Facebook,andothersocialnetworkingapplicationstoenhancetheircustomersexperience.ChefPaulieandBettevenmadeguestappearancesonTwitter!ManythankstotheVerizonWirelessstoreat4120S.FloridaAve.forprovidingtheChamberwithinternetaccessforthepresentation.YoucanfindlinkstotheChamber’spagesonFacebook,Twitter,andLinkedInatLakelandChamber.com
Chamberholdsinaugural
RetailaCCessprogram
LEADERSHIPLAKELANDPRESENTS
 JEREANNISAWARD
 NancyCattarius MaryKayNationalSalesDirectorBettVernonsharesherbestpracticesforkeeping customersengagedwithbusiness. MatthewWengerd,LCOCStaff,presentsthepowerofnewmediathroughsocialnetworkingsiteslikeTwitter.comand  Facebook.comandthroughbloggingsiteslikeWordPress.com.
 
“Our Reput
 
at
 
ion i
 
s Buildi
 
ng,”
is a slogan that describes MilcoConstruction’ssuccessful growth through satisfied customers thatprovide repeat business and referrals.George Miller established Milco Construction Inc. in 1962. With abackground in residential building, Mr. Miller made a transition intocommercial construction and steel erection.More than four decades later Jeff Miller and Janey Miller Futchown and operate Milco Construction. The company specializes inpre-engineered buildingsystems. They offerclients design to buildservices that allowsthem to control and beresponsible for a projectfrom plans to deliveringthe keys to the owner.Additionally they re-roof and retrofit existingmetal buildings.Milco’s mission state-ment is to thoroughly understand your building goals and objectives, totransform architectural plans into reality, on time and within budget.And, if possible, in time to allow early occupancy. Jeff Miller believes that delivering on their mission is responsible forthe high percentage of repeat business they enjoy.Looking to the future, Milco Construction will deliver commercialconstruction services that build on the firm foundation that Mr.George Miller started almost 50 years ago.The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulateMilco Construction, Inc. of Florida as the February Small Business of the Month Award winner.
 
February winner
Milco Construction, Inc. of Florida4310 Wallace RoadLakeland, FL 33813863/709-0293 Phone863/709-0384 Faxmilcoconst@aol.comwww.milcoconstruction.com
 
Small Business of the Month Award Committee Member, Don Pickard (Pickard & Pickard Realtors, Inc.) presents the February Small Business of the Month Award to Janey Miller Futch and Jeffrey E. Miller, Milco Construction, Inc. of Florida.
Small Business of the Month Award presented

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