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The CommUnity Celebration is
Roasted Corn, Shrimp, BBQ Ribs, Char-Broiled Steaks, Italian Sausage a unique event that provides
and Baked Beans! you and your employees with
Adults: $50.00 Children 12 & Under: $25.00 (We host the Tiger Organization) practical knowledge that can be
incorporated into your organization

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Make your reservations now by
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Diversity:
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ALSO INSIDE: New Members • Leadership Lakeland • Ribbon Cuttings • Members on the Move
Small Business of the Month Award presented

Dreamward Travel, Inc. is a modern day travel agency and more.
Owner Maria Thomas prefers to be known as a “Travel Destination
Specialist” – not only booking flights, hotels, dinner reservations, January winner
show/theatre tickets and golf tee times, but also securing scooter Dreamward Travel, Inc.
Maria Thomas, Certified Travel Consultant
rentals for the physically-challenged customers, handling oxygen
Polk Theatre Building
requirements, special food needs and so much more.
137 South Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801-4664
Located in downtown Lakeland, at 137 S. Florida Ave, adjacent to

863/802-8409 phone
the Polk Theatre entrance, Dreamward Travel will flirt with your

877/804-8409 toll free phone
travel fantasies in a tiny street-facing office with GIGANTIC

maria@dreamwardtravel.com
personality! Painted front windows of dreamy clouds and far-off

www.dreamwardtravel.com
visions of travel have allured passers-by purely out of curiosity.
Once inside this inviting office, shaded by its green & white outside
awnings, you’ll be glad you went through the trouble to get there!

German-born Maria has lived in Germany, France, Spain, Mexico,
California, Arizona, Ohio and now Florida and her gracious opinions, Despite the country’s economic situation, Maria believes people
expertise and travel recommendations are highly valued and respected still need to relax and get away…for even a couple of days or so.
by all her clients young and old. Dreamward Travel’s corporate Many of us have to decide whether to renovate our kitchens or
philosophy is to treat every client with “honesty and integrity.” travel. Maria’s positive, pro-active response is “Do both. Stay
closer to home but do, indeed, get away for a few days to nearby
local favorite Florida destinations and spend 2-3 nights away
instead of a week.”

Having a knack for making her clients’ dreams become reality
comes with many awards and recognitions. Maria Thomas has
achieved the level of ‘Certified Travel Counselor” through ICTA
(Institute of Certified Travel Agents), ‘Accredited Cruise Counselor’
and ‘Master Cruise Counselor” through CLIA (Cruise Line Industry
Association) and is a Destination Specialist for Australia, New
Zealand, Scandinavia, Holland, Mississippi and Florida. She is
presently affiliated with NAWBO (National Association of
Women Business Owners) and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.
Maria has worked with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and as a volunteer
at the Polk Theatre for over 8 years.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate
Dreamward Travel, Inc. as the Small Business of the Month award
winner for January.

Small Business of the Month Committee Member Maureen Shaw (Flower Cart Lakeland Area
Florist) presents Maria omas, Dreamward Travel, Inc. with the January Small Chamber of Commerce
Business of the Month Award. Forum For Business Monthly

Volume Information: February 2009 ,Vol. XIX, No. 2

Anu Saxena Kathleen L. Munson
Chairman of the Board Publisher & President

Aaron Bates Kingston Partners
Managing Editor Design

No. 2
Farris & Foster’s Chocolate Factory hosts New Member Reception
It was a Chocolate Lovers Paradise! available to them to help build their businesses and get the most
out of their Chamber memberships. Each new member had the
The December New Member Reception was hosted by Farris & opportunity to present a 30-second commercial about themselves
Foster’s Chocolate Factory located in Lakeside Village. New and their business. Many thanks to Julie Cook and her staff for
Chamber members indulged themselves with hot chocolate, appetizers hosting this “sweet” event. Thanks also go along to Riverside
and most of all, “yummy” chocolate samples. Chamber staff presented National Bank for being the Presenting Sponsor for the 2008 New
the new members an overview of what Chamber programs are Member Reception series.

New Members network with Chamber President Kathleen Munson. New members listen to presentations given by Chamber staff.
CommUnity Celebration ‘09
Diversity: Don’t Hide From It, Celebrate it!
The Diversity Business Council of the The CommUnity
Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is Event Information: Celebration is a
When:
pleased to announce that the CommUnity unique event that
Celebration keynote speaker will be Betty March 19, 2009 provides you and
Nguyen, the weekend anchor of CNN 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. your employees with
Newsroom. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. practical knowledge

Where:
that can be incorporated

The Lakeland Center
A charismatic, gifted speaker, Betty Nguyen into your organization
will speak on “Diversity: Don’t Hide From It, and community.
Celebrate It!” Diversity is all around us – in Cost :
our schools, in our offices, and in our Corporate Table: $500 Another reason why
communities. Often, what sets us apart is Corporate 1/2 Table: $300 you should make this
what makes us great. By pooling together our Individual Tickets: $25 event a ‘must do’ is that
diverse backgrounds and experiences, we it’s a great opportunity
increase our knowledge and find new solutions to be in a positive Betty Nguyen
anchor a national television news broadcast
to the problems we all face… as humans. environment and enjoy the company of
in the United States. She was featured in
Noted diversity speaker Betty Nguyen others in our community who believe in
the “Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon”
shares stories of how diversity has enriched the benefits of embracing diversity. Come
exhibit. Nguyen is also the cofounder of
the media and our lives. to this year’s event prepared to laugh, learn
Help the Hungry, a non-profit organization
and gain renewed respect for all of our
that provides humanitarian aid to
Since joining the network in April, 2004, differences.
poverty-stricken families.
she has provided in-depth reports on

PRESENTING SPONSORS:
Anderson Cooper 360 and other CNN
programs. Nguyen’s work with CNN has

SPONSORS
SPONSORS

taken her around the globe. In 2007, she
traveled to Africa to cover the presidential GEICO, The Ledger, Publix Super Markets, and
elections in Sierra Leone, the political and WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio
SUPPORTING SPONSOR:
economic crises in Zimbabwe, and
apartheid-era prosecutions in South Africa.
In September, 2005, Nguyen reported from Focus Magazine
the Houston Astrodome, where thousands
of Hurricane Katrina victims were seeking
shelter from the devastation. That same
month, she went on assignment in Vietnam
to cover the deadly flooding caused by
annual monsoons.

Most recently, she reported on Pope Benedict
XVI’s historic trip to the United States. She
provided live coverage as the pope celebrated
Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York,
performed a blessing at Ground Zero and
concluded his trip with a Mass at Yankee
Stadium.

In 2007, the Smithsonian Institute recognized
Nguyen as the first Vietnamese-American to

RESERVATIONS
MAKE YOUR
Make your reservations now to the
CommUnity Celebration by calling:

863/688.8551, ext. 228
For more information, please see the flyer in
this edition of the Forum for Business Monthly.

No. 4
Are you a member of Business Voice?
In these challenging economic times, it is more
Business Voice of Greater Lakeland is a Political important than ever that BusinessVoice has
the support of Chamber member businesses
Action Committee (CCE & PAC) to support to ensure that Lakeland has a viable economic
and political environment.
pro-business candidates and issues.

Through membership investment,
BusinessVoice is able to proactively support
the election of pro-business candidates to local
and state office and to represent the business
community’s interests on issues that have a
direct impact on our area’s businesses.

As we begin the new year, BusinessVoice is
already gearing up to actively represent
Lakeland’s business interests in several critically
important elections taking place in 2009. In
Lakeland alone, the Mayoral and three City
Commission seats are up for election in
November.

To make it as cost effective as possible
for members to continue to be involved,
BusinessVoice has reduced its annual base
membership from $250 to $150. Please call
the Lakeland Chamber’s Public Affairs
office at 863/688-8551, ext. 228 for
more information or to join.
No. 6
LEADS
JOIN THE

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
offers members the opportunity to grow their
business and create new relationships by its
BUSINESS
AND BREAKFAST
sponsorship of LEADS groups. Membership is
limited to one business of each type in order to
create the best value for members. In addition YMCA OF WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA
to the great leads and information you receive,
membership in a Chamber LEADS group THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 • 7:30 TO 9:00 A.M.
includes free admission to Business After Hours
for a year! The cost of membership in a 3620 CLEVELAND HEIGHTS BOULEVARD
LEADS group is $50/year; if you are an
active participant at Business After Hours, SPEAKER: DR. FRANK SCHULTZ FROM WEBSTER UNIVERSITY
membership will save you $70/year! TOPIC: HUMAN STRESS

Our current LEADS group meets Wednesdays
at noon at the Chamber offices on Lake
Morton. If you are interested in joining a
Chamber LEADS group, please email Matthew
Wengerd at:mwengerd@lakelandchamber.com.
We are currently creating a list of members
interested in joining a second LEADS group.
The day and time of this group has yet to be
determined. To have your name and company $5 Chamber Member ~ $15 Non-Member
added to the interest list please contact Terry Please R.S.V.P. by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the event.
You may register and pay online by using this link:
Ottinger at 863/688-8551 ext. 231. LakelandChamber.com or by E-mailing: mstevenson@lakelandchamber.com

No. 8
BEGINNING MARCH 1
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED

Nominations for Leadership
Lakeland Class XXVII will be
accepted from March 1 through
April 9, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. The
nomination form can be accessed
from the March Forum for Business
Monthly and on the Chamber’s
Web site, LakelandChamber.com,
by going to Online Forms and clicking
on Leadership Lakeland Nomination.

Established in 1983 by the Lakeland
Area Chamber of Commerce,
Leadership Lakeland is an annual
program designed to identify leadership
and enhance existing leadership in
our community. Leadership Lakeland
does not take public policy positions
or advocate any individual viewpoint.
The program unites leaders from
diverse backgrounds and perspectives
to improve their ability to lead
effectively, offering its members a
broad range of experiences and
insights about the community, its
people, its needs and its services.

Participants in the program are selected
from applicants representing business,
public and private agencies, and
civic and professional organizations
throughout the Lakeland area. The
final selection of members is made
by a selection committee. Some of
the criteria considered are as follows:

• Have the candidates reached a
responsible level in their chosen
careers?
• Have they demonstrated a
commitment to serve the
community?
• Do they have the time and
resources to give community
service?
• Do candidates represent a
cross-section of the business
community, including government,
community service volunteers and
professionals?
NEW MEMBERS
e Chamber is proud to welcome 15 new members for December 2008
Through their membership in the Chamber, businesses invest in themselves and their community. We urge to to “Buy Lakeland. It makes good
cents!” by doing business with these new Chamber members. For the most up-to-date list of members, visit our on-line Preferred Business Directory
at LakelandChamber.com!

Best Human Resource Solutions
PO Box 5445

Lakeland Publishing, LLC
Lakeland, FL 33807-5445
(863) 397-9283
Sandy Wotring PO Box 90544

Ramada Inn
Consultants/Human Resources Lakeland, FL 33804-0544
& Labor Relations (863) 670-4853
(888) 859-7779 4620 Socrum Loop Rd
Century Document Management Fax: (888) 859-7779 Lakeland, FL 33809-4203
500 S. Florida Ave., Suite 700 www.laughablenewsfl.com (863) 577-0977
Lakeland, FL 33801-5270 Tonya Lockamy Fax: (863) 577-0984
Brian Altman Publishers www.ramada.com
Debbie Godo-Turner
Leap Ahead Professional
Document Management

Development, LLC
Hotels/Suites
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
2641 S Florida Ave 5133 S Lakeland Dr Ste 3E Senior Helpers
Lakeland, FL 33803-3860 Lakeland, FL 33813-2622 1625 S Florida Ave
(863) 686-5552 (863) 607-3090 Lakeland, FL 33803-2260
Fax: (863) 686-5553 Fax: (888) 290-7771 (863) 686-7333
Peter H. Scher www.leapaheadtoday.com Fax: (863) 686-7336
Restaurants Marsha M. Leap, Ed.D. www.seniorhelpers.com/location/1203
Employment Services Jorge Giraldo, M.B.A.
Freedom Tax Advisors, Inc.
Primo’s I Pizzeria
Home Health Care

Smith & Thomas Insurance
210 S. Florida Ave., Ste 327
Lakeland, FL 33801-4622 1031 S Combee Rd
(863) 682-6381 Lakeland, FL 33801-6319 100 S Kentucky Ave Ste 290 33801
Fax: (863) 413-1848 (863) 665-1020 PO Box 3544
www.freedomtaxadvisors.net Alberto Petrecca Lakeland, FL 33802-3544
Jonathan R. Jackson Restaurants (863) 688-1141

Primo’s II Pizzeria
Tax Services (800) 852-4872
Fax: (863) 687-9009
Julianne’s Fine Dining & Catering 3114 S Florida Ave Ste 1 www.smiththomasinsurance.com
3125 US Highway 98, S Lakeland, FL 33803-4549 Rebecca Jeffries, Jr.
Lakeland, FL 33803-7371 (863) 607-6767 Insurance
Fax: (863) 607-9096
V. I. Pet Resort
(863) 937-8032
(863) 937-8031 Nick Petrecca
Fax: (863) 937-8033 Restaurants 3927 Progress Dr Ste 108

Rainbow Coach LLC
Joanne List Lakeland, FL 33811-1260
Restaurants (863) 619-9000
PO Box 3918 (863) 619-9002
Just Joan’s Historic Barber Shop Lakeland, FL 33802-3918 Fax: (863) 619-9001
1040 Pennsylvania Ave (813) 997-6160 www.vipet.net
Lakeland, FL 33803-1350 www.myrainbowcoach.com Dani Chao
(863) 698-2242 Frank Gifford, III Lauren DeVane
www.justjoanshairdesign.com Buses - Charter, Tours & Sightseeing Pet Grooming
Joan Peterson
Barbers

No. 10
RENEWALS
The Chamber would like to recognize
and thank the following businesses for
their long-standing support and loyalty.

20+ Year Renewals
1940 - 68 Years
Mine & Mill Supply Co.
1943 - 65 Years
TECO Peoples Gas
1944 - 64 Years
Verizon
1950 - 58 Years
Cannon Buick - Cadillac - Mitsubishi
George L. Gaines, Jeweler
1954 - 54 Years
Watson Clinic LLP
1956 - 52 Years
Marshall Jewelers
1959 - 49 Years
Fletcher Printing Co., Inc.
1960 - 48 Years
Hauger-Bunch, Inc. Realtors
1961 - 47 Years
Martin & Martin, Attorneys PA
1962 - 46 Years
Farm Credit of Central Florida, ACA
1964 - 44 Years
State Farm Insurance/Buzz Tarver
1965 - 43 Years
James I. Black & Company
1966 - 42 Years
Hexion Specialty Chemicals
1969 - 39 Years
C. L. “Jimmy” Lawhon, Real Estate
1971 - 37 Years
Douglass Screen Printers Inc.
1972 - 36 Years
Sanlan RV Park
1973 - 35 Years
Sligh Clinic of Chiropractic
1977 - 31 Years
Lakeland Periodontics, Inc.
1978 - 30 Years
Howard Johnson Executive Center
Craig W. Valentine, D.M.D., P.A.
1982 - 26 Years
Springer-Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
1985 - 23 Years
Sun State Janitorial Products, Inc.
ASC geosciences, inc.
Givaudan Flavors
Thomas McClane, MD, PA
Signs & Specialties, Inc.
1986 - 22 Years
Greg’s Hallmark Shoppe
Jack’s Insurance Agency, Inc.
1987 - 21 Years
English Family Residential Properties, LLC
1988 - 20 Years
March of Dimes Foundation

15 Year Renewals
Manning Building Supplies

10 Year Renewals
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

5 Year Renewals
Keller Williams Realty of Polk
Craig Advertising, Inc.
Focus Magazine
Amscot Services
Randstad USA
Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc.
SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY’S

MARCH 11-13, 2009

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TD JAKES
PATRICK LENCIONI
DAVE RAMSEY
CRAIG GROESCHEL
MEGYN KELLY
MARK RUTLAND
ERWIN MCMANUS
TIM SANDERS
MATTHEW BARNETT
HENRY CLOUD
BILL GEORGE

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No. 12
CALENDAR
MARK YOUR

EVENTS
Tuesday, February 3
Chamber Annual Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
The Lakeland Center
Exhibit Hall

Thursday, February 12
Business and Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.
Lakeland Family YMCA
3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd.

Thursday, February 19
Tiger BBQ, 6:00 p.m.
Joker Marchant Stadium

Thursday, February 26
Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m.
Watson Clinic - Bella Vista Center
1755 N. Florida Avenue

MEETINGS
Wednesday, February 11
Government Affairs, 8:00 a.m.
BusinessVoice of Greater Lakeland,
9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 12
Leadership Lakeland XXVI
Health Care Day

Tuesday, February 17
EMERGE Lakeland,
Steering Committee Meeting
3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 18
Executive Committee Meeting
4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 25
Board of Directors Meeting,
Noon
Lakeland Yacht and Country Club
929 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Fifth Third Bank & Backyard Adventures host Business After Hours
It was a “Big Kid’s Playground” night.

Fifth Third Bank and Backyard Adventures hosted the December Business After
Hours at the Backyard Adventures facility located at 3111 US Highway 98, South,
Ste 130. Even with only a small branch office, Fifth Third Bank was excited to host
and found the perfect location for the large crowd in Backyard Adventures. Every staff
member from the bank was involved: from food preparation and set-up to door prizes
and even the event entertainment! The evening was full of fun and surprises as our
own Chair-Elect Anu Saxena, ASC geosciences, inc. and Chamber President,
Kathleen Munson, were brave enough to race down the giant slide. Thanks to Fifth
Third Bank and Backyard Adventures for kicking off the holiday season with ere is always a group ready to have their picture made.
this fun time for all.

Co-Host Jeremy Yost, Backyard Adventures, ac-
cepts Plaque of Appreciation

Co-Host Patrick Fagan, Fih ird Bank, accepts
Plaque of Appreciation

Comparing pictures of President Kathleen
Munson going down the Giant Slide.

No. 14
GLT Total Office hosts December’s Business & Breakfast
Topics include networking and new media trends
The December Business & Breakfast was hosted by GLT Total
Office, 2929 S. Combee Road. Speakers Chuck Welch & Lorrie
Delk Walker, LakelandLocal.com, presented a program covering
Social Networking & New Media Trends. Members and guests
learned all about using online social media to grow their businesses.
A variety of products were displayed by several of GLT’s vendors
and many door prizes were given out. Thanks to GLT and their
staff for such a great Business & Breakfast.

Lorrie Delk Walker, LakelandLocal.com, gave a
presentation to attendees regarding blogging and
corporate transparency.

Chuck Welch, also om LakelandLocal.com, gives
additional information on mobile media.
JANUARY MEMBERS ON THE MOVE
EXIT Realty of Lakeland annual VII 100 Study. For 2008, ASC is ranked featured as a guest columnist in the December
Carmel Smith, an agent with EXIT Realty of 90th on their list. Since 1996, ASC has been 16th edition of the Florida Real Estate Journal.
Lakeland, was recently awarded the Bronze consistently ranked on this top 100 list. The column was titled “Borrowers Need Legal
Award by the company. The award was Assistance in Spite of Rough Economic Times”.
given in recognition of achieving 25+ Clark, Campbell, Mawhinney
closed transaction sides from July 1, 2007 & Lancaster, P.A. Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.
to June 30, 2008. William T. Link, Jr., attorney with Clark, Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. honored two
Campbell, Mawhinney & Lancaster P.A., was of its own at a ceremony in Lakeland recently.
MIDFLORIDA Federal Credit Union
MIDFLORIDA Federal Credit Union proudly
announces the combination of two of the
oldest and most respected companies in central
Florida. On December 3, 2008, A.H. Realty
became part of MIDFLORIDA and will be
renamed MIDFLORIDA Real Estate Sales,
LLC. Andy Hernandez, principal of A.H.
Realty, has been named the president of
MIDFLORIDA Real Estate Sales, LLC,
which will be a wholly owned subsidiary of
MIDFLORIDA.

Alliance for Independence
Joan Eby, Director of Development for Alliance
for Independence has been elected President of
the Greater Polk County chapter of the
Association of Fundraising Professionals
(AFP). AFP was formed over 40 years ago and
has been the industry leader in promoting
philanthropy through advocacy, research,
education and certification programs.
Crown
ASC geosciences, inc.
News India Times, a national publication
covering the Asian Indian American business
community in North America, has named
ASC geosciences, inc. as one of the Top
100 Asian Indian American
businesses for 2008 in their

No. 16
The Lakeland Chamber prints business announcements each month as space permits. Please mail your
announcements to the Chamber or e-mail: membersonthemove@LakelandChamber.com

Named as this year’s 2008 Allen & Company of has been employed with Allen & Company Riggs/Lopez/Marotz Team of Financial Advisors
Florida, Inc. ‘Employee of the Year’ recipients since 2004, was chosen as the 2008 Support whose offices are located in the Lakeland office
were Valerie Travis and Ron Riggs. Both indi- Staff Employee of the Year. of Allen & Company.
viduals were recognized for their outstanding
work ethic and achievement in the financial Ron Riggs, who joined the team of Financial Hal Paul Enterprizes, Inc.
services industry. Advisors at Allen & Company in 1994, was Hal Paul Enterprizes, Inc. has acquired
awarded the title of 2008 Financial Advisor of Logoland, Inc., a Bartow based business. All
Valerie Travis, a Client Service Associate who the Year. Ron is a member of the inquiries and business already placed will
transfer to the Operations Center of Hal Paul
Enterprizes Promotional Advertising in Lakeland.

Country Inn and Suites
After months of planning and construction
Country Inn and Suites is pleased to announce
the opening of their beautiful new location at
4500 Lakeland Park Drive at exit 33 off of I-4.
This new upscale property offers a truly unique
design new to Lakeland. The new Country Inn
and Suites of Lakeland features traditional
architecture and a sophisticated residential
interior design with the brand’s iconic plank
lobby flooring, lobby fireplace, and front porch.
The new Country Inn and Suites brings an
exciting new fresh hotel experience for visitors
coming to Lakeland that is beyond compare.

Peace River Center
At the beginning of their 60th year, the
Board of Directors was pleased to announce
the selection of the new Chief Executive
Officer, Mr. J. Gilbert Sierra. Mr. Sierra has
an extensive background as a CEO, COO,
consultant, and strategic advisor.

Southeastern University
Southeastern University’s Leadership
Forum will be held March 11 – 13 at
Southeastern University’s Lakeland campus.
The Forum is an innovative and creative
approach to teaching the servant leadership
concept not only in the academic community
but in business and church communities,
as well. Sponsorships and lunch with the
speakers are available. For more information
or to register, please call 866/966-9119 or
visit www.seuleadershipforum.com.

Polk Community College
Two members of Polk Community College’s
District Board of Trustees (DBOT) have been
appointed to the Association of Community
College Trustees (ACCT) Associate
Committees. DBOT Chair Twyla G. Ely has
been appointed to the ACCT Public Policy
Committee and Trustee Cindy Hartley Ross
has been appointed to serve on the ACCT
Communications and Education Committee.
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RIBBON CUTTINGS
The following companies recently celebrated their ribbon cuttings in the month of December.
See the photos on our Web site at LaklandChamber.com.

Munson, Vining & Midyette, LLLP Farnsworth & Mullins, P.A., CPA’s
1611 Harden Blvd, Lakeland, 33803 • 863/687-8320 1623 Harden Blvd, Lakeland, 33803 • 863/802-8291

4404 S. Florida Ave, Ste 9, Lakeland, 33813 • 863/816-5866
Home Solution Title, Inc.
4233 S. Florida Ave, Lakeland, 33813 • 863/853-2214
The Salvation Army – Christmas Center
www.homesolutiontitle.com www.uss.salvationarmy.org

RIBBON CUTTING THANK YOU
Special thanks to Mayor Buddy Fletcher, City Commissioner Glenn Higgins and all of the board members and
chamber champions who truly make these ceremonies a special event.

No. 18
On the Move
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Polk Community College The Commission on Colleges of the
Polk Community College held its 99th Southern Association of Colleges and
Commencement on Dec 12 and 440 students Schools (SACS) announced in December
graduated during the ceremonies held at the that it has reaffirmed, unconditionally, the
Lakeland Center’s Youkey Theater. They accreditation of Florida Southern College.
ranged in age from 18 to 57 years old. Polk An unconditional reaffirmation is the
Community College has awarded over 30,000 highest form of reaccreditation that a college
diplomas since the first graduates marched in can attain.
1964. About 70 percent of PCC’s graduates
received Associate in Arts (AA) degrees, Florida Southern College and the Division
which are parallel and transferrable to state of Education are pleased to announce the
universities. The remaining 30 percent of the expansion of classes for its Master of Education
students received Associate in Science (AS) in Collaborative Teaching and Learning (MEd)
and Associate in Applied Science degrees degree. The program is designed to appeal to
(AAS), which lead directly to employment. undergraduates who are completing their
bachelor’s degrees in education and wish to
For the second year in a row, Polk Community move directly into the MEd program. For
College Chapter of the Florida Nursing more information on this program, please
Students Association (FNSA) received the contact Dr. Tedder at 863/680-4177 or
Chapter of the Year Award at the FNSA state ttedder@flsouthern.edu.
convention. The award was only one of the
honors collected by PCC nursing students and Amedisys Home Health
faculty at the 2008 FNSA Annual Convention. Caroline C. Henderson was recently promoted
to the Sales Performance Coach position for
Florida Southern College Florida and Puerto Rico with Amedisys Home
Florida Southern College’s Roberts Center for Health Care. Her responsibilities will be
Learning and Literacy has been awarded a teaching, training and mentoring the sales
$20,000 grant from Verizon to enhance reading team throughout the region.
instruction for Polk County elementary school
students struggling with reading. The grant will Jocelyn Bulger has been hired as Account
fund two reading clinics at Lakeland elementary Executive in the Lakeland office. Her
schools for third-grade students with reading responsibilities include building and
challenges. maintaining business relationships.

The Florida Southern College Board of Trustees Paige Singletary, RN, has changed positions
and president Dr. Anne B. Kerr announced in from a Clinical Manager to Account
December the establishment of three “Yellow Manager and will be coordinating
Ribbon” scholarships for students who are war home health care services to clients
veterans of the U.S. armed forces. The discharged from skilled nursing
scholarships provide tuition for students at- facilities and area
tending the College who qualify under the hospitals.
Post-911 Veterans educational Assistance Act
of 2008, also known as the “New GI Bill.”
PERMIT # 31
US POSTAGE
PRSRT STD

LAKELAND
FLORIDA
PAID
Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 3607 • Lakeland, FL 33802-3607

WATSON CLINIC
BELLA VISTA CENTER

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26 • 5:30 TO 7:30 P.M.

1755 N. FLORIDA AVENUE
(CORNER OF NORTH FLORIDA & BELLA VISTA)

$10 Chamber Member ~ $30 Non-Member
Please R.S.V.P. by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the event. You may register and pay online by using this link:
LakelandChamber.com or by E-mailing: mstevenson@lakelandchamber.com