Chamber Programs

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting celebrates the Chamber’s accomplishments from the previous year and recognizes volunteer leaders who have made the year a success. The George Jenkins Award and the Scott Linder Small Business of the Year Award will be presented. The “Passing of the Gavel” between Chamber Board Chairs is an additional highlight.

 Benefits of Sponsorship:
  • An excellent opportunity to showcase your business in front of 1,000 decision makers
  • Reserved seating at this sell-out event

Sponsorship Levels:

Title: $10,000
  • Company featured prominently on all promotional materials and event signage
  • Opportunity for CEO or company representative to introduce keynote speaker
  • Opportunity to place promotional materials on tables
  • Two (2) reserved tables for 10 in preferred location
Presenting: $5,000
  • Company featured in promotional materials and event signage
  • Company recognized from the podium
  • One (1) reserved table for 10 in preferred location


The Big Event

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is in the early planning stages of creating a new, city-wide signature event – to be held in November 2016. This fun, family-oriented one-day event will feature local musicians, food & drink, children’s area, and business showcase. Investor involvement is needed to make this event a success, and one that truly represents Lakeland and its people.  Sponsorship and vending opportunities available.  Details to follow!


 

Business After Hours & New Investor Reception

Held at Chamber business locations, this monthly networking event brings 200-250 investors together to learn more about other investor businesses and how investors can help each other promote their businesses.  In an effort to help engage new investors, the New Investor Reception will be held prior to the monthly Business After Hours, from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  New investors will be provided with an overview of programs and events available from the Chamber.  Department heads give a quick synopsis of who they are and what they can do for the new investor.

Benefits of Sponsorship:

  • 200+ business people at your location, interacting with your staff
  • Your company brand associated with one of the most popular and well respected Chamber events

Sponsorship:

Host: $1,500 (11 available)

  • Event held at company location
  • Special name badge for representative(s) highlighting sponsor designation
  • Opportunity to welcome attendees and give 60-second commercial about company
  • Opportunity to distribute company material at event
  • Company featured in promotional materials developed by the Chamber

 


Business and Breakfast

This bi-monthly event combines education with networking.  This event held at an investor business provides important topics that help our investors grow their business.

Benefits of Sponsorship:

  • 30+ business people at your location, interacting with your staff
  • Opportunity to provide professional development speaker for event

Sponsorship:

Host: $500 (six available)

  • Event held at company location (Breakfast provided by host)
  • Special name badge for representative(s) highlighting sponsor designation
  • Opportunity to welcome attendees and give 60-second commercial about company
  • Opportunity to distribute company material at event
  • Company featured in promotional materials developed by the Chamber for the event

 


Capitol Connection

Capitol Connection is an event done in collaboration with fellow Polk County chambers that allows our investors the opportunity to head to Tallahassee to speak with our legislative delegation, learn about state government, and provide visibility for our chambers. 2016 Dates: Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17. $500 per person all inclusive.

Tentative Itinerary:
Tuesday
  • Morning bus trip to Tallahassee with continental breakfast
  • Welcome luncheon in Senate Office Building featuring appearances from legislators
  • Tours of landmarks (Supreme Court, Governor's Mansion (if available), and/or the Old Capitol
  • Dinner at one of Tallahassee's legislative hot spot
Wednesday
  • Breakfast with lobbyists
  • Attend Committee Meetings
  • Tour of House of Representatives
  • Meetings with legislators and cabinet members
  • Lunch
  • Bus trip home
Sponsorship:

Presenting:  $3,000
  • Company logo on all Chamber promotional items including a website slider
  • Two (2) seats on the trip (includes transportation, accommodations, meetings, and all meals)
  • Special recognition at a Tallahassee meeting
  • Company logo on event signage
  • Company logo on event program "Thank You" page

Participating:  $1,500

  • Company name on all Chamber promotional items including a website slider
  • One (1) seat on the trip (includes transportation, accommodations, meetings, and all meals)
  • Special recognition at a Tallahassee meeting
  • Company logo on event signage
  • Company name on event program "Thank You" page

 

 


CarBQ

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, Fred’s Market Restaurant and Johnson Barbecue fire up the grill each year that is guaranteed to delight your taste buds and show your employees how valuable they are to your business!  Celebrate your employees and the upcoming festivities by ordering your completely portable CarBQ lunches for the entire office.  Then, just drive on through Tigertown and get your mouth-watering gourmet smoked pork meal with sides and dessert served right up!

Benefits of Sponsorship:

  • Show your support of the Chamber and the 90,000 Lakeland residents that Chamber investors employ
  • Sponsorship recognition in on-site signage, communications and event materials where appropriate

Sponsorship Levels:

Title: $10,000 (one available)

  • Event will be referred to as “The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and (name of company)
  • Present the CarBQ”
  • Top billing on all event signage, collateral and lunch box insert, including sponsor’s name and logo
  • Company banner displayed at pick-up points (company to provide banner)
  • Opportunity to provide company promotional items to volunteers at event
  • Opportunity for company employees to volunteer in company shirts
  • One hundred (100) CarBQ lunches delivered to your business
  • Company featured in promotional materials developed by the Chamber for the event

Diesel: $5,000 (multiple available)

  • Company’s name listed on the event collateral, lunch box insert, and event signage
  • Opportunity to provide company promotional items to volunteers at event
  • Opportunity for company employees to volunteer in company shirts
  • Fifty (50) CarBQ lunches delivered to your business
  • Company featured in promotional materials developed by the Chamber for the event

 Premium: $2,500 (multiple available)

  • Company’s name listed on the event collateral, lunch box insert, and event signage
  • Opportunity for company employees to volunteer in company shirts
  • Thirty-five (35) CarBQ lunches delivered to your business
  • Company featured in promotional materials developed by the Chamber for the event

Super: $1,000 (multiple available)

  • Company’s name listed on the event collateral and lunch box insert
  • Opportunity for company employees to volunteer in company shirts
  • Twenty-five (25) CarBQ lunches delivered to your business
  • Company recognized in Forum 2.0 and Chamber website

Unleaded: $500 (multiple available)

  • Company’s name listed on the event collateral and lunch box insert
  • Opportunity for company employees to volunteer in company shirts
  • Fifteen (15) CarBQ lunches delivered to your business
  • Company recognized in Forum 2.0 and Chamber website

Hybrid: $250 (multiple available)

  • Ten (10) box lunches delivered to local charity in Company name or for your Company
  • Company recognized in Forum 2.0 and Chamber website

 


Chamber Scramble

The Chamber’s annual Golf Scramble offers members time to re-connect, entertain clients, and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. This popular event serves as one of the Chamber’s most important fund raisers, allowing the organization to fulfill its mission.

Benefits of Sponsorship:

  • Display your support of Lakeland’s growing economy
  • Signage on day of event
  • Reservations for players in this sell-out event

Sponsorship Levels:

Tournament: $5,000 (one available)

  • Top billing on all tournament signage and program
  • CEO or company representative to address attendees at start of day and give 60-second “commercial” about company
  • Banner placement at the Clubhouse the day of the event (company to provide banner)
  • Opportunity to give away promotional items during event
  • Display table available by registration
  • One (1) team in the tournament
  • Company featured in promotional materials developed by the Chamber for the event

Lunch or Reception: $2,000 (one each available)

  • Company’s name listed on tournament signage
  • Banner placement at lunch/reception day of event (company to provide banner)
  • Opportunity to distribute promotional items
  • Display table available at lunch/reception
  • Two (2) players in the tournament

Golf Cart: $2,000 (one available)

  • Sponsor signage at tournament
  • Company’s name on all golf carts for tournament
  • Opportunity to place promotional items in all golf carts
  • Two (2) players in the tournament

Hole Hospitality: $1,000 (two available)

  • Company’s name listed on tournament signage for reception and program
  • Banner placement at the reception day of event (company to provide banner)
  • Exclusive sponsorship on one hole (as assigned by the Chamber)
  • Opportunity to set up hospitality table on assigned hole
  • One (1) player in the tournament
  • Company featured in promotional materials developed by the Chamber for the event

Beverage Cart: $500 (two available)

  • Sponsor signage at tournament
  • Company’s name/logo on signage on beverage carts
  • Opportunity for company representative to ride in cart

Driving Range: $500 (one available)

  • Company’s name/logo on signage at the driving range
  • Display table available at driving range location

Putting Green: $500

  • Company’s name/logo on signage at the putting green
  • Display table available at driving range location

Contest: $500 (three available - sponsor provides prize)

  • Choose Longest Drive, Closest to Pin or Putting contest
  • Company’s logo on signage at the designated hole

Hole: $100 (multiple available)

  • Company’s name/logo on signage at your designated hole

 


Economic Forecast Breakfast

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce partners with Allen & Company of Florida, Inc., the oldest investment firm in Florida, for over 25 years, to bring Central Florida the Economic Forecast Breakfast at the beginning of each year for Chamber investors!  This long standing partnership has brought many speakers to Lakeland to discuss the future of our economy.  Breakfast begins at 7:00 am with the program starting promptly at 7:30 am and commencing by 9:00 am.

Investor early bird pricing is available through December 31st at $25 per seat. Any investor tickets purchased after the 31st or at the door, will cost $30. Non-investor tickets $35.  Tables can be purchased for this event.


Enlightened Byte

“Information in bite size chunks”
Lunch workshops held six times a year, at an investor business, with marketing topics and guest speakers that are relevant, timely, cutting edge - including social media, branding, web marketing, and promotion.  This informational marketing series will be another opportunity for members to come together, learn, and keep up on current trends. 

Benefits of Sponsorship:

Showcase your location while highlighting your support for Chamber investors and the marketing challenges that they face.

Sponsorship Levels:

Host Sponsors: $500 (six available)

  • Event held at company location (Lunch provided by host)
  • Live stream of event via Periscope
  • Company featured prominently on all promotional materials and event signage including Company’s logo
  • Advertising on TV in Chamber Lobby
  • Opportunity for CEO or company representative to introduce keynote speaker
  • Opportunity to place promotional materials on tables
  • Opportunity to welcome attendees and give 60-second commercial about company

 


Friday Forum

Breakfast Seminar Series with Power Panel – designed to educate our investors and our business community on relevant matters, and offer practical insight into the questions affecting business today. Friday Forum provides a platform to learn, engage, and network with fellow investors.  Topics include State of the City and State of the County, Diversity, Healthcare, Education, and Non-Profits.

Benefits of Sponsorship:

An excellent opportunity to showcase your business in front of a targeted audience.
 
Sponsorship Levels:

Title Sponsors: $1,500 (five available)

  • Company featured prominently on all promotional materials and event signage
  • Opportunity for CEO or company representative to introduce keynote speaker and/or panel of experts
  • Opportunity to place promotional materials on tables
  • Two (2) reserved tables for 10 in preferred location

 


HATs Off to New Investors

Held at the first of the year, volunteers deliver new investor membership materials to every investor, with a personal visit.  A great way to find out more about fellow investors, it provides a platform for forming new business relationships.

  • Deliver your information directly to over 1,400 business owners with important Chamber information
  • Align your company with the Chamber and its efforts to connect investors

Sponsorship Levels:

Bag Stuffer: $500 (three available)

  • Company recognized on event signage and in event wrap-up
  • Opportunity to put promotional items in delivery packets

 


Lakeland Area Chamber Hob Nob (formerly Politics in the Park)

The biggest event of the political season – The Hob Nob – held every two years, provides an occasion to meet & greet local, state & federal candidates to learn their views on the year’s hot topics.  The Lakeland Chamber hopes to increase awareness of and participation in the election process including opportunities to hear from candidates and speak with them at their respective booths, vote in the straw poll administered by the Polk County Supervisor of Elections (with results announced that evening at the close of the event), and, of course enjoy food, beverages, and good company!  This event is a favorite of candidates looking to connect directly with constituents.

Audience Attending:
• Elected Officials
• Candidates for Public Office and Representatives for Policy Issues
• Board of Directors
• Community Leaders

Sponsorship levels are available ranging from $500 to $7,500 with respective benefits per level.  Tickets for the event are $20 each pre-sale or $25 each at the door. Corporate “10-Packs” available for $180.

Sponsorship Levels:

Presenting: $7,500 (one available)
  • Event referred to as “The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and (name of Company) present The Hob Nob 2016”
  • Opportunity for CEO or company representative to provide a welcome greeting
  • Top billing on all event signage and collateral including logo
  • Recognition at event with mention from emcee
  • Thirty (30) tickets to event 
Red: $5,000 (one available)
  • Prominent billing on all event signage and collateral including logo
  • Recognition at event with mention from emcee
  • Twenty (20) tickets to event 
White: $3,000 (multiple available)
  • Company’s name listed on event signage and collateral
  • Recognition at event with mention from emcee
  • Ten (10) tickets to event 
Blue: $1,000 (multiple available)
  • Company’s name listed on event signage and collateral
  • Six (6) tickets to event

 


Legislative Wrap Up Breakfast

The Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast provides investors an opportunity to hear a firsthand "wrap-up" of session and engage with elected legislators on the outcomes of the past 60 days in Tallahassee.  As decisions are being made related to economic development, education, healthcare, unemployment compensation, and insurance, this opportunity to meet with Polk's Legislative Delegation becomes increasingly more important each year.
 
Benefits of Sponsorship:

  • Feature your company as one that supports good public policy in front of Polk County’s elected delegation and decision makers
  • Reserved seating at this sell-out event


Sponsorship Levels:

Presenting Sponsor: $2,500

  • Top billing on event flyer and agenda
  • Opportunity for display table near registration
  • CEO or company representative recognized at event
  • One (1) reserved table for 10 in preferred location
  • Company featured in promotional materials developed by the Chamber for the event

Gold Sponsor: $1,000

  • Company name listed on the invitation and agenda
  • CEO or company representative recognized at event
  • Six (6) tickets to event
  • Company featured in promotional materials developed by the Chamber for the event

Silver Sponsor: $500

  • Company name listed on the invitation and agenda
  • Four (4) tickets to event
  • Company featured in promotional materials developed by the Chamber for the event

Bronze Sponsor: $250

  • Company name listed on the invitation and agenda
  • Two (2) tickets to event
  • Company featured in promotional materials developed by the Chamber for the event

Luau

This event held every April at an investor business is a celebration and thank you to loyal investors.  A party atmosphere, with restaurants providing food samples keep the 500 attendees happy as they enjoy live music and complimentary beverages.  The highlight of this event is the crowning of the “King of the Wings” in two categories, “Judges Choice,” and “Most Popular.” Winners display trophies at their location until the next Luau event.
 
Sponsorship:

Host: $5,000 (one available)


Tiger BBQ

Each year, the Detroit Tigers organization helps boost Lakeland’s economy with an estimated $25 million impact. Through the Chamber’s Convention & Visitor’s Division, the Tigers players, families, staff and fans are all treated to a warm homecoming and thank you each spring. 300 Tigers and their guests attend this event with 700 Lakeland fans.

Benefits of Sponsorship:

  • Show your company’s support of one of Lakeland’s biggest economic drivers
  • Sponsor recognition to business leaders, tourism industry leaders and the general public
  • Title Sponsor’s logo included on the drink mug giveaway!

Sponsorship Levels:

Title: $5,000 (one available)

  • Top billing on all event signage including sponsor’s name and logo
  • Opportunity for display table near registration
  • 10 VIP tickets to event/early VIP entry
  • Top billing in promotional materials developed by the Chamber for the event

Presenting: $2,000 (multiple available)

  • Event signage including sponsor’s name and logo
  • Six (6) VIP tickets to event/early VIP entry

Grand Slam: $1,000 (multiple available)

  • Company’s Name listed on event signage
  • Four (4) tickets to event

Home Run: $500 (multiple available)

  • Company’s Name listed on event signage
  • Two (2)VIP tickets to event/early VIP entry

Line Drive: $250 (multiple available)

  • Company’s Name listed on event signage
  • One (1) VIP ticket to event/early VIP entry

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA! Polk) Signature Events

The Young Entrepreneur Academy offers annual opportunities to sponsor YEA! Polk signature events – such as the CEO Roundtable, Investor Panel Presentation, Media Meet & Greet, and Graduation.

Benefits of Sponsorship:

Show your company’s support of Polk County’s middle and high school students as they learn the foundations of business, master key skills, and graduate with their own real, legal business or social movement

Sponsorship Levels:

Event Partner: $1,000 (multiple available)
  • Premium recognition at event
  • Opportunity to participate as Guest Speaker at YEA! event
  • Invitation to YEA! Investor Panel Presentation and Graduation
  • Business name in font on our website
  • Social media recognition