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EMERGE Lakeland is excited to announce that it will be participating in the Canned Tuna Wreath Contest during the Bumble Bee and VISTE Canned Tuna Concert featuring The Rogues on Friday, Dec. 11, 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the Lake Mirror Promenade. We encourage everyone to support VISTE by coming out to enjoy the Concert. All you have to do is bring a can of tuna for admission.

The wreath contest requires entrants to build a wreath using unopened cans of Bumble Bee Tuna. EMERGE members gathered this week to build and decorate the group’s wreath, which will serve as a way to promote holiday cheer, donate food and spread the word about EMERGE Lakeland. Members have come up with a great theme for the group’s submission: “E for EMERGE”. Wondering what it looks like? Stay tuned to the blog as we will give you a glimpse of the group building the wreath. “E for EMERGE” will be on display near the stage with the other contest entries beginning at 6:00pm.

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VOLUNTEER: Have fun & 10% goes to the Boys & Girls Club! - December 9, 2009

What: Work at the Lakeland Center on behalf of the kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lakeland/Mulberry Concession work & banquet work available. Age restriction of 16 and Up.

Thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity.
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009
Shift 1 7am-1pm(Wear jeans and shirt provided)
Shift 2 1pm-7pm (Wear jeans and shirt provided)
Shift 3 5pm-11pm (Black pants & white dress shirt)
Required: Ability to be on your feet for 6 hours at a time.

Address: 701 West Lime Street
Lakeland,FL 33815

Volunteers Requested 1 - 38

See Christina Smith at United Way for more information:

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Calling all Young Entrepreneurs - December 9, 2009

Posted by Amy Wiggins on December 8th, 2009
I love, love, love that I get emails and tweets and comments and more that alert me to the newest and coolest things online. Sometimes I feel like there is just so much information out there, that it would be easier to ignore than to try to sift through it all!

Somehow along the way, I signed up for an E-newsletter from some online radio show about small business trends. Each week, I graciously pull up the email in my reader pane and glance to see if anything looks like it would benefit me or the Chamber. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is never enough time for learning when it comes to small business, big business, or even life- so don’t glance too quickly! There’s a tidbit in every newsletter, but only if you’re open to finding it.

Back on track, today’s radio show features (at 1:30 p.m. Eastern):

Natalie MacNeil co-founded Garage Entrepreneurs shortly after starting her first business as a student entrepreneur. Garage Entrepreneurs is the community she says she wished she had when she started her first business. Natalie is passionate about encouraging young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career option. She shares her insights on young entrepreneurs, what it takes to build a successful business, and the impact of the recession on new businesses.

What an awesome concept! Garage Entrepreneurs offers support and sounding boards to students & young entrepreneurs. It’s a free site with tons of resources and plenty of support from peers.

I certainly don’t expect that everyone who reads this blog will run right our and join the site, but I hope that you’ll at least keep it in your memory banks to share with the next budding sticky note developer or search engine genius. But, in the mean time, keep building your business with your Chamber membership- it’s fun & it usually includes food. What more could you ask for?

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December Member Spotlight: Jared Burton Weggeland - December 8, 2009

Jared Burton Weggeland
Director, sales and marketing for Southern Homes

Q: How did you come to live/work in Lakeland?

A: I was recruited by Southern Homes

Q: What is the worst job you've ever had?

A: I worked in my cousin’s plastic factory for a summer and hated every minute of it (as I stared at the clock wishing the time went by faster!)

Q: What are your hobbies and interests?

A: My work is my hobby. I love working in new homes in Lakeland. I love it so much, it's not like working at all. When I am outside of the office I like spending time with my family. I have three children, ages 12, 11 and 7 and will be celebrating my 14th anniversary in December. I also like to travel, play golf and try different types of foods.

Q: What upcoming Lakeland event are you looking forward to attending?A: I am going to see "The Christmas Carol" at the Lakeland Center in December. That should be very good.

Q: What would you change/add regarding EMERGE to enhance your experience?

A: I like meeting and talking to new people, but I know that not everyone is the same. Maybe we could create some kind of forum within each event to help others meet new people. Maybe there could be an "ambassador" or two at each event that everyone is required to meet and greet so at least the more shy amongst us will know one or two new people each month. Just a thought.

Q: What is the oddest talent that you possess?
A: No, I cannot whistle the national anthem with my tummy button. I do speak fluent French, write poetry and draw, however.

Q: If you ever ran for public office, what would it be and why?
A: Minister of self-reliance. If we could all learn this skill, the world would be a better place.

Q: What is the dumbest thing you've ever overheard someone say?
A: I like to eat liver. Seriously. Liver. I may be missing something, but no matter how I've tried it, it just doesn't do it for me.

Q: If you could have grown up during a different decade, which would it be and why?
A: I would have liked to have grown up in the 1920's. If that were the case today I would be able to say that in my life time I had witnessed some of the most brilliant advances in human history. I would have been a part of it. I wouldn't be reading it in a history book, I would have been part of the action. The question I now have is, "How can I make the next 50 years the best history has ever seen?"

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