Why Support the BIG Event & Lakeland Chamber?

Since 1921, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce has served as an advocate for business. The Chamber is a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper. The Lakeland Chamber is the largest Chamber of Commerce in Polk County, and the 6th largest in the state, with over 1,400 investor businesses, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce continues to be an integral component of the Lakeland community by offering a wide variety of programs and initiatives that positively impact the economic vitality and quality of life in our region. Initiatives and Programs include:

Pro-Business Advocacy

The Chamber monitors local and state issues that affect business and the quality of life through the Advocacy Committee and BusinessVoice of Greater Lakeland, Inc.

Professional Development:

The Chamber offers seminars and educational activities throughout the year geared to assist the business community, specifically small business.

Convention & Visitors Bureau

This bureau markets Lakeland and Polk County as an ideal convention and tourist destination.

Relocation Inquiries

As the experts on Lakeland, families call the Chamber and visit LakelandChamber.com before they visit or move. Allowing member businesses to be first to promote their product or service to these new residents before they establish their buying patterns.

Small Business Award

A Chamber committee is responsible for selecting and recognizing one small business each month that epitomizes entrepreneurial spirit, business excellence and community involvement. One of the 12 will be recognized at the end of the year with the Scott Linder Small Business of the Year Award.

Leadership Lakeland

To identify and enhance future leadership for Lakeland; and, increase participants’ leadership skills and develop an “esprit de corps” among the participants which will provide a common ground for working together on present and future community and Chamber projects.

Public Leadership Institute of Polk County (PLI)

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.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!

A groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job–not just take a job! YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom.

EMERGE Lakeland

A meaningful networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ranging in age from 21-42 in Lakeland. This organization is a partnership of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Central Florida. Groundwork for such an organization began in 2003. The partnership offers a unique opportunity for collaboration between the two organizations for the continued strengthening of the community.

Lakeland Chamber Foundation

Through the generous contributions of member businesses and individuals, the Foundation is able to award small grants to not-for-profit organizations in the Lakeland area to support specific community and education betterment projects.


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Clean and Green

Keep the area clean and remember to recycle.

No Weapons

Weapons are prohibited unless registered with permit to carry.

No Alcoholic Beverages

No alcoholic beverages can be brought into the event. Beer & wine may be purchased at the event and must be consumed within the event footprint. Proper ID required.

Advertising Opportunities

To advertise in our Official Program, please contact Rebecca by email or by phone at (863) 688-8551 x 229

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