Grow Your Business

Chamber Hosted Support

Business After Hours
Held at chamber business locations, this monthly networking event brings 200-250 members together to learn more about other member businesses and how members can help each other promote their business.

Business and Breakfast
This bi-monthly events combines education with networking. This event held at a member business provides important topics that help members grow their business.

Leads Groups
Leads Groups exist to offer business networking opportunities to non-competing business owners and key managers. These small groups of Chamber leaders meet weekly to exchange sales leads and learn more about fellow member businesses. Participation in a Leads Group is voluntary, and each group has developed its own set of guidelines for participation and membership. Members are encouraged to visit each group to find their best fit! To schedule your visit to a Leads Group, or to learn more about the Leads Group opportunity, contact Terry Ottinger at (863) 688-8551 Ext. 231 or tottinger@lakelandchamber.com

Tuesday @ Noon (Chamber Building, 35 Lake Morton Dr, Downtown)

Wednesday @ Noon (Chamber Building, 35 Lake Morton Dr, Downtown)

Thursday @ Noon (Valencia Hills Health & Rehabilitation Center, 1350 Sleepy Hill Rd, North Lakeland)

Florida SBDC at USF
The Florida SBDC at USF holds office hours at the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please contact Javier Marin at (863) 688-8551 Ext. 237 or javiermarin@usf.edu

SCORE
Central Florida SCORE hosts a Roundtable on the 4th Thursday of each month, except November & December, from 7:30 to 8:30 AM and also workshops at various time at the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce. Call (863) 688-8551 ext. 231 or tottinger@lakelandchamber.com

Find a Chamber Member Business Coach
We have Chamber members that specialize in one-on-one coaching and can work with you to help you grow your business. Check out our Coaching and Consulting category in our business directory.

Additional Growth Opportunities

Catapult
Catapult is a place where entrepreneurs can flourish in the heart of downtown Lakeland. They provide a one-of-a-kind space, educational programs, workshops, and mentoring opportunities to launch businesses and take start-ups to the next level.

Lakeland Economic Development Council
Lakeland Economic Development Council is a private non-profit organization with more than 175 member companies. With staff dedicated to growing high-skill, high-wage jobs for the area, the LEDC’s primary role is to help create jobs and capital investment by attracting new companies as well as facilitating the expansion of existing companies.

Small Business Loan Funding & Incentives

Your Local Commercial Lender
We have a great group of member commercial lenders willing to talk to you about your options. You can find commercial lenders in our Business Directory.

Lakeland CRA
The City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency have a number of wonderful incentives to assist in real estate and business development. While many of the incentives are based on geographical location we also have incentives which are based on employment and job creation. We hope that you will take advantage of all that Lakeland has to offer.

Enterprise Zone Incentives
Lakeland's Enterprise Zone promotes economic revitalization. The Florida Enterprise Zone program offers financial incentives to businesses located in designated areas found in urban and rural communities. These incentives are offered to encourage private investment in the zone as well as employment opportunities for the area's residents.