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Published by: Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce on Dec 30, 2009
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December2009
Vol.XIX,No.12
BuyLakeland.Itmakesgood
cents! 
visitLakelandChamber.com
SmallBusinessoftheMonth:
Seewhoreceivedtheplaqueforthismonthlyaward.
Page5 Winners Announced:
Thewinnersof the19thAnnualLakelandChamber Scrambleareannounced.
Page16BoardRetreat:
FrankLloydWrightvisitsannualBoardRetreat
Page17
inside
thisissue
FORUMFORBUSINESS
monthly
LAKELANDAREACHAMBEROFCOMMERCE
 ALSO INSIDE:
UpcomingEventsChamberAccreditationRibbonCuttingsMembersontheMove
Haveweseentheend?Istheworstbehindus?Istheeconomy
really
rebounding?AndwhatwillFlorida’snew,recoveredeconomylooklikeoncethedustsettles?
MarkyourcalendarsNOWbecauseyoudon’twanttomisstheopportunitytohearthelatesteconomicpredictionsfor2010.TheLakelandChamberofCommerceandAllen&Companywillhostthe23rdAnnualEconomicForecastBreakfastattheLakelandCenteron January14th.Backbypopulardemand,BrianWesburywillofferhisperspectiveonthenationaleconomy.Mr.WesburyisoneofAmerica’sprominenteconomistsandeconomicforecasters.HeistheChiefEconomistatFirstTrustAdvisorsL.P.,afinancialservicesfirmbasedinLisle,IllinoisandservesontheBoardofAdvisorstoFirstTrustCapitalPartners,anaffiliatedprivate-equityfirm.BrianisamonthlycontributorfortheAmericanSpectatormagazineandregularlypublishedintheWallStreetJournal,andhasbeenaCNBCcontributorsince2007. Newtoourevent,Dr.RobertLangwilljoinustoofferhisperspectiveonthefuturegrowthandeconomicpotentialofPolkCountyandtheCentralFloridaregion.RobertLanghasmadeastrongmarkasoneofAmerica’spre-eminentexpertsonthemanyfaces-urban,suburbanandexurbanofphysicalandpopulationgrowthacrossNorthAmerica.Anurbanplanningandpolicyexpert,Dr.Langfocusesonsuburbanstudies;demographicandspatialanalysis;metropolitangovernance;the“builtenvironment”;andotherissuesofenvironmentalpsychology.HeisadirectoroftheMetropolitanInstituteattheVirginiaPolytechnicInstituteandStateUniversityandisresearchdirectorfortheBrookingsMountainWestInitiativewiththeUniversityofNevada,LasVegas.Toreservetickets,call(863/688-8551,x228)oremailChristineMurphyatcmurphy@lakelandchamber.com.Ticketsare$25.Youcanalsocompletetheticketorderformfoundinthismonth’sFORUMinsert.
 
DONTMISSOUT-RESERVETICKETSNOW
2010ECONOMICFORECASTBREAKFAST
Thursday,January14,20107:009:00AMTheLakelandCenter
SAVETHE
DATE
SavetheDateforthe64thAnnualTigerBBQFebruary25,2010Moreinformationtofollowonline:www.lakelandchamber.comandinyourJanuary2010
FORUM FOR BUSINESS!
 
LakelandAreaChamberofCommerce
Forum For Business Monthly 
No.
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VolumeInformation:December2009Vol.XIX,No.12
TheCityofLakelandmunicipalelectionwasheldTuesday,November3rd.Votersre-electedCommissionerHowardWiggsintheLakelandAtLargeSeat1raceandelectedDonSelvageasanewlyseatedCommissionerintheLakelandSouthwestDistrictCseat.TheChamberextendsourcongratulationstobothCommissionerWiggsandsoon-to-beCommissionerSelvage!ArunoffelectionisscheduledforTuesday,December8,2009todecidetheMayoralraceandtheLakeland NorthwestDistrictAseat.TheballotwillalsoincludethespecialelectionfortheLakelandSoutheastDistrictDseat.TheCityofLakelandMayoralballotincludesGowFieldsandJimVerplanck.ClarenceGrier,Sr.andPhillipWalkerwillalsocompeteinarunoffelectiontodeterminewhowillrepresenttheNWDistrictAseatontheCommission.IncumbentCommissionerEdieYatesandPatrickJoneswillfaceeachotherinaspecialelectionfortheSEDistrictDseatscheduledforDecember8th.PleaseremembertostresstheimportanceoftheDecember8thelectionstoyourfriends,familyandcolleagues.ThisisacrucialelectionthatwilldeterminethepathourCitytakesthenextseveralyears.BeheardonDecember8th,VOTE.TheentireNovember3,2009ElectionSummaryReportfortheLakelandMunicipalElectionisavailableonthePolkCountySupervisorofElectionswebsiteatwww.polkelections.com.
CityofLakelandrunoffelectionsetforTuesday,Dec.8
TheChamberwouldliketorecognizethefollowingmembersoftheexecutivecom-mitteeandboardofdirectorsastheyretirefromservice.Eachhascontributedun-selfishlyoftheirtime,leadershipandcom-mitmenttotheChamberanditsmembers.
KeithAlbritton
Allen&CompanyofFlorida,Inc.ViceChairMembershipDevelopment,2005-2006ViceChairCommunications,2008BoardofDirectors,2004-2009
TimothyF.Campbell
Clark,Campbell,Mawhin-ney&Lancaster,P.A.ViceChairPublicAffairs,2005ViceChairEducation&PublicPolicy,2006Chair-elect,2007ChairmanoftheBoard,2008ImmediatePastChair,2009BoardofDirectors,2003-2009Chairman,LakelandAreaChamberFoundation,Inc.,2009
MayorRalphL.“Buddy”Fletcher
CityofLakelandBoardofDirectors,1997-2009
Dr.MarshallGoodman
UniversityofSouthFloridaPolytechnicBoardofDirectors,2006-2009
 AndyHernandez
MIDFLORIDARealEstateSales,LLCBoardofDirectors,2007-2009
Dr.EileenHolden
PolkStateCollegeBoardofDirectors,2007-2009
MarkMiller
GrayRobinson,P.A.GeneralCounsel,2006BoardofDirectors,2006-2009
PaulNoris
BankofCentralFloridaViceChair-MembershipDevelopment,2004ViceChairInternalInfrastructure,2005Chair-elect,2006ChairmanoftheBoard,2007ImmediatePastChair,2008BoardofDirectors,2002-2009Chairman,LakelandAreaChamberFoundation,Inc.,2008
ThankYoutoRetiringOfficersandDirectors
AnuSaxena
Chairman of the Board  
KathleenL.Munson
 Publisher & President 
AaronBates
 Managing Editor 
KingstonPartners
 Design 
 
LakelandChamberAwardedPrestigious5-StarAccreditation
TheU.S.ChamberofCommercerecentlyannouncedthattheLakelandAreaChamberofCommercehasbeenawardedits40-YearAccreditationwitha5-Starrating.Lessthan1%outofmorethan7,000chambersinthecountryhaveachievedthishighestlevelof accreditationranking.“Weareextremelyproudtobeawardedour40-yearaccreditationwithFive-StarratingbytheU.S.ChamberofCommerce.AccreditationisoneofthemostprestigioushonorsbestowedbytheU.S.ChamberofCommerce,andoffersanexcellentmeasurementtoolforchambersofcommercetoachievethehigheststandardsoforganizationalexcellenceinrepresentingtheirmemberbusinessesandcommunities,saidLakelandCham-berPresidentKathleenMunson.“AchievingthehighestlevelofaccreditationisatributetotheoutstandingleadershipofourChambervolunteerleadersandprofessionalstaff,whounselfishlycontributetheirtimeandtalenttomakeLakelandsuchatremendousplacetoliveandwork.”TheAccreditationprogramwiththeU.S.ChamberofCommercedefinesorganizationalexcellenceinchamberplanningandrecognizeschambersforoutstandingcontributionstowardpositivechangeintheircommunities.Inordertoachieveaccreditationrating,chambersundergoacomprehensiveevaluationinnineareas:governance,finance,humanresources,governmentaffairs,programdevelopment,communications,technology,facilitiesandbenchmarking.Tosuccessfullycompletetheaccreditationapplication,ChairmanoftheBoardAnuSaxena(ASCgeosciences,inc.)appointedanAccredita-tionReviewTaskForcetoleadtheChamberthroughtheevaluationprocess.TheChamberwouldliketorecognizethefollowingleaderswhoworkedwithstaffformorethansixmonthstosuccessfullycompletetheapplication:Chair...................................
MelindaHarrison
(WatsonClinicLLP)Governance.......................................................
TimothyF.Campbell
(Clark,Campbell,MawhinneyandLancaster,P.A.)Finance....................................................................
 WalkerWilkerson
(TheNCTGroup,CPAs,LLP)HumanResources............................................................
DonSelvage
(SHRHumanResources,LLC)GovernmentAffairs..................................................
MarkE.Wilson
(Kimley-HornandAssociates,Inc.)ProgramDevelopment.............
MaureenShaw 
(FlowerCartFlorist)Communication................................................................
SamNimah
(SouthernWineandSpiritsofFlorida)Technology...........................
ToddBaylis
(CipherIntegrations,Inc.)Facilities............................................
 JoeL.Ruthven
(TheRuthvens)Benchmarking........................
PaulNoris
(BankofCentralFlorida)TheLakelandAreaChamberofCommercerepresentsmorethan1,800businessesintheGreaterLakelandarea.TheChamberwasfirstaccreditedbytheU.S.ChamberofCommercein1968,andhassuccessfullyachieveditsaccreditationeveryfiveyearssincethen.

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