Every day, the Chamber is advocating for your business interests, but we can’t do it alone. We need YOU to get involved! Here are ways to get involved in advocacy at the Chamber.
Serve on the Advocacy Committee
This committee made up of Chamber members meets at the Chamber on the second Wednesday of the month at 8:00am. Contact Cory Skeates, President, at email@example.com or (863) 688-8551 Ext. 234 for information as to available opportunities to serve on the committee.
Attend Capitol Connection in Tallahassee with the ChamberEach year during legislative session, the Chamber, along with other business leaders from across Polk County, travels to Tallahassee to share our Legislative Priorities with members of the Polk County Legislative Delegation and other influential elected officials. Contact Cory Skeates, President, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (863) 688-8551 Ext. 234, to find out more about attending with us!
Volunteer to Speak at a Commission Meeting
If you can't make our monthly Advocacy Committee meetings but still want to speak up on behalf of our local business community at a meeting before the City of Lakeland or Polk County Commission, we'll get you in the loop! We will let you know when opportunities arise. Contact Cory Skeates, President, at email@example.com or (863) 688-8551 Ext. 234 and tell him you would be willing to volunteer to speak.
Contact your Locally-Elected Official
The Chamber is always advocating on your behalf, but it’s great when elected officials can hear directly from the Chamber’s membership. Visit our Elected Officials page for links to contact information for local, state and federal elected officials.
Contact Local Media
Care about a local issue? Think something should be changed to make our community more business friendly? Write a letter to the editor.
The Ledger welcomes letters for publication in the "Voice of the People" column on the Editorial Page. Only original letters written directly to The Ledger will be considered, and preference is given to discussion of contemporary issues. Volume precludes a personal acknowledgment or return of unpublished letters. All letters are subject to editing for clarity, length, taste and libel. All letters should contain the writer's full name, address, e-mail address and telephone number. Anonymity is granted only under unusual circumstances. Letters should be kept to 300 words or less, and brevity is encouraged. Please send all letters to firstname.lastname@example.org
Serve on a City or County Board, Committee or Task Force
Apply to Participate in PLIPLI of Polk County is a program of BusinessVoice, the political arm of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Public Leadership Institute of Polk County (PLI) is a nonpartisan “pre-campaign” candidate and public leadership school with the mission of identifying and educating local business-minded leaders who are interested in exploring the possibility of one-day seeking public office and using business principles to address public issues.
Visit our PLI Page for more information.
Visit our Voter Services page for information on how to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and other pertinent voter information.