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January Forum 2009

January Forum 2009

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Published by: Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce on Sep 14, 2009
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Classof2008 
EntrepreneurialAcademyGrads
EighteenclassmembersoftheEntrepreneurialAcademygraduatedon Nov.12,2008,atMitchell’sCoffeehouse.MaggieLazarrewasthewonderfulkeynotespeaker.InadditiontothankingMaggie,wehavemanyotherbusinessleaderstoshowappreciationtowhotaughtthevariousclasses:
SylviaBlackmon-Roberts
BlackmonRobertsGroup,Inc.
HalBolter
FloridaFluidSystemTechnologies
DorethaBrooks
SmallBusinessDevelopmentCenter,CFDC
BeckyBywate
rNAWBO
SpikeBywater
SCORE
 NancyCattarius
WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZRadio
KevinChambers
InfoMedTechnologies
LizCraven
ProAdMedia
ClarethaConner
SunTrustBank
MayorBuddyFletcher
-CityofLakeland
DrewGillan
-BrightHouseNetworks
RayGunder
Gunder’sAutoCenter,Inc.
MitchHarve
Mitchell’sCoffeehouse
GaynelleHenderson
BrightHouseNetworks
LindaJezard
AdvantagePositioning
RoyLawson
SoftwareDevelopmentServices,LLC
ToriLehman
Consultant
SteveMadden
Madden
CarolynneMather
KidsWorldEnrichmentCenter
SuzanneMerritt
Benson’sCanineCookies
 JeffMiles
OMSInsurance
TerryOttinger
LakelandChamberofCommerce
LarryRoss
FloridaSouthernCollege
GregSanoba 
Sanoba&Sanoba,P.A.
BillScisciani
LanierUpshaw,Inc.
 ArtRowbotham
WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZRadio
 AmyWiggins
LakelandChamberofCommerce
TroyYount
SunTrustBank
 JimmyWaller
WallerConstruction,Inc.
CongratulationsFall2008EntrepreneurialAcademyGraduates!WewouldliketothankoursponsorsfortheircontinuingsupportoftheEntrepreneurialAcademy: BrightHouseNetworks,LakelandAreaChamberFoundation,Inc.and WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZRadio. Pictured(seated):PattyNievas Picturedfirstrowletoright:Judyompson,BryanDunn,LisaGarcia,Ann McKee,ShaunGursky,andDaveomas. Picturedbackrowletoright:IlnerMesidor,SherryAllen,JustinHarris,Jennell Wallace,BlakeMcQueen,andRobRice. Notpictured:AshleyBray,DonDavis,JohnMcGee,KevinMcGee,andScottWilson.
VolumeInformation:January2009,Vol.XIX,No.1AnuSaxena
Chairman of the Board  
AaronBates
 Managing Editor 
KathleenL.Munson
 Publisher & President 
KingstonPartners
 Design 
LakelandAreaChamberofCommerceForumForBusinessMonthly
TheNovemberNewMemberReceptionwashostedbyTexasCattleCompany,735E.MainSt.Approximately30newmembersandstaff enjoyedoutstandinghorsd’oeuvresandnetworking.Chamberstaff introducedthenewmemberstochamberprogramsandservicesavailabletohelpthempromoteandbuildtheirbusiness.Eachnewmemberpresenthadtheopportunitytogivea30-second“commercialabouttheirbusiness.ThankstoGrant,DeidreandtheentirestaffofTexasCattleCompanyfortheirhospitalityinmakingtheeveningagreatsuccess.RiversideBankisthePresentingSponsorforthe2008NewMemberReceptionSeries.
TexasCattleCompanyhosts
NewMemberReception
 Newmembers,staandguestsnetworkduringtheNoemberNewMemberReception. Newmembersenjoyedtheopportunitytocontinuetonetworkaerthepresentationsweremade.
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Claussen’sFineFurniturebeganwhenbrothersJimandByronClaussenboughtanexistingfurniturebusiness,HavenFurniture,inWinterHaven,in1975.JimhadexperiencerunningasmallbusinessandByronhadthefurnitureknowledge,havingbeenafurnituredepartmentmanagerforMontgomeryWard.ByronstayedwithMontgomeryWardthatfirstyearbeforejoininghisbrotherinmanagement.Asaresult,Jimapproachedthingsfromthecustomer’spointofview.“Isimplyaskedmyself,whatwouldIexpectifIwerethecustomerinthissituation?Thatcustomerfocusedattitudeformedthebasisforthecompany’ssuccessandsteadygrowth.ThatgrowthallowedJimssons:JimJr.,Mark,andJoetojointhebusinessaftergraduatingfromcollege.ItalsoresultedinasecondlocationinLakeland,whichopenedin1991.At45,000squarefeet,itisalmostthreetimesthesizeoftheWinterHavenlocation.“Weliketoboastthatwe’rethestorewiththemostchoicesandthelargestselection,eveniftherearesomestoresintheareawithalittlemoresquarefootage,explainsJim Jr.“Weencouragecustomerstospecialordertheperfectfabricorpiecefortheirroom,unlikesomeofourchainstorecompetitors.Customerslovethattheycanchoosefromover1,000fabricsorbrowsethroughmanufacturerscatalogstofindtheperfectpiece.”PersonalserviceandcustomersatisfactionisapriorityfortheClaussenbrothers.ClaussensFineFurnitureisamemberoftheNationalHomeFurnishingsAssociation,aretailaffiliateoftheInteriorDesignSocietyandJimhasservedontheboardoftheFloridaFurnitureDealersAssociation.Claussensoftenfacilitatesdonationsanddeliveriesofcustomer’soldfurnituretothriftstoresandlocalcharities.Thecompanysupportsvariouslocalcharitiesandfamilymembersareinvolvedinareaserviceclubsandchurches.TheLakelandAreaChamberofCommercewouldliketocongratulateClaussensFineFurnitureastheDecemberSmallBusinessoftheMonthawardwinner.
Decemberwinner
Claussen’s Fine Furniture4715 South Florida AvenueLakeland, FL 33813-2126863/647-1000863/648-1900 Faxinfo@claussensfurniture.comwww.claussensfurniture.com
 
 Lana Swartzwelder, principal, St. Joseph Catholic School and Small Business Award Committee Member, presents the December Small Business of the Month Award to Jim and Mark Claussen, Claussen’s Fine Furniture.
Small Business of the Month Award presented
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