Chamber Hosted Support
Behind the Business & Biz & Brew
These after-hours events are held at local Chamber Business locations monthly and attracted 25+ Chamber Investors. At these events, you can expect to learn more about the host business and have a great time in a casual networking environment.
Central Florida SCORE
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 Jazz Lyons at (863) 688-8551 Ext. 236 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday @ Noon (Sanlan Resort Banquet Hall, 2455-2599 Sanlan Golf Dr)
Wednesday @ Noon (Chamber Building, 35 Lake Morton Dr, Downtown)
Florida SBDC at USF
The Florida SBDC at USF provides assistance to the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce members. To schedule an appointment, please contact Carl Hadden, Assistant Director, Florida SBDC at USF, Polk County at (863) 688-8551 Ext. 237
New Business 101
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will host four sessions of New Business 101 that will help businesses finalize their business plans and gain valuable information from city and county ombudsmen, bank officials, marketing professionals, and local business mentors before opening their doors. All new businesses that complete the courses will receive a complimentary 6-month chamber membership, as well as a SCORE mentor to assist them in their business venture. The course will also help new applicants by feeding them into the chamber programs that will most benefit their prospective business.
Call (863) 688-8551 ext. 228 or email@example.com
Small Business Council
The Chamber's Small Business Council features "Round Table Discussions" relating to overcoming adversity; kick-starting the economy; entrepreneurial spirit; growth and fear; and, knowing your worth.
Requirements to Participate:
- Must be a Chamber investor
- Business owners only
- Fewer than 25 employees
- Less than $5 million in Gross Annual Sales
For more information, contact Patrick Gogliardo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Growth Opportunities
Catapult Lakeland 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.
City of Lakeland Incentives
The City of Lakeland is a community that welcomes new development and supports businesses that choose to call Lakeland home. Supporting Lakeland’s quality of life goals, the City will look to utilize economic development incentives to create jobs and boost private investment. Economic development incentives can help to increase employment opportunities, diversify Lakeland’s workforce and strengthen the local economy.
“In 2017, Lakeland completed incentive agreements with 22 businesses which resulted in the creation of 222 jobs and more than $22 million in capital investment.”
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.