Lakeland businesses will have the opportunity to “speak out” in the near future as part of a program to personally meet with all existing Lakeland businesses to develop a local database of problems or challenges involved in doing business in Lakeland, and to provide information on programs available to assist businesses.
Lakeland businesses will receive a letter to schedule an appointment over the next several months. To provide for a quality visit, letters are being sent to approximately ten businesses at a time, so the program will actually continue over a period of about six months. If you own or manage a business and wish a visit sooner, please advise us!
Persons making appointments will identify themselves as either with the City of Lakeland, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Lakeland Economic Development Commission or the Memphis Regional Chamber and will have a letter on City of Lakeland letterhead identifying them as being appointed and authorized to conduct the questionnaire.
The program is completely voluntary, and no solicitations will be made during the visit or as a result of the visit. Our primary concern is to determine how Lakeland can assist Lakeland businesses by either resolving problems or providing information on expansion or otherwise providing for a successful business. The City of Lakeland, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the Lakeland Economic Development Commission will review the problems, issues and needs and take action to resolve the problems and provide information and assistance on other needs.
This program was discussed at the August Lakeland Chamber of Commerce meeting when a Memphis Regional Chamber representative presented the basic objectives of the program.
Lakeland is being assisted by the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce in administering the program. The Memphis Chamber is providing materials, a data base, and technical assistance for the program.
The Memphis Regional Chamber is truly a “regional” Chamber (actually covering three states) and is a wealth of information and assistance for regional businesses, including local Lakeland businesses (not just the City of Memphis).
The Memphis Regional Chamber developed this program for industrial type of businesses, but recognized the need for a similar program in the retail sector. We appreciate the substantial assistance of the Memphis Regional Chamber in Lakeland participating in this program. Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) also are major participants in providing technical and other assistance for the program