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Due to the uncertainty related to COVID-19, the Lakeland Chamber is rescheduling many events through September 1, 2020 or offering a virtual alternative. We will keep you updated on any new developments. Thank you, and stay safe!

 

Business After Hours/Biz & Bews

Held at chamber business locations, this monthly networking event brings 75-125+ investors together to learn more about other investor businesses and how investors can help each other promote their business.

Central Florida SCORE

Central Florida Score hosts workshops throughout the Polk County area. For more information, please contact Becky Bywater at (863) 284-5607 or bbywater22@gmail.com

Good Day, Lakeland!

Our new networking lunch series, Good Day, Lakeland!, presented by Suncoast Credit Union will feature relevant topics including Government, Healthcare, Education, Diversity, Tourism, Economic Development and Transportation. Come to network with fellow investors, hear from experts on the topics that effect your business and enjoy a delicious lunch.

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 Jazz Lyons at (863) 688-8551 Ext. 236 or jlyons@lakelandchamber.com

Tuesday @ Noon (Sanlan Resort Banquet Hall, 2455-2599 Sanlan Golf Dr)

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 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 in to the chamber programs that will most benefit their prospective business.

Call (863) 688-8551 ext. 228 or dsechrest@lakelandchamber.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:
- Business owner
- In business for more than 1 year
- Fewer than 25 employees
- Less than $5 million in gross annual sales

 

For more information, contact Patrick Gogliardo at businessdownpat58@gmail.com

 


Additional Growth Opportunities

Catapult Lakeland

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.

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.

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