Lakeland Business Guide 2019 Chamber Guide_2019 - Page 56

B usiness owners and professionals have found value in the connections they make while developing their careers. Whether it be through programs, collaborations, or networking events, the Chamber provides numerous avenues for professionals to connect and benefit from such meaningful networks. However, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce consists of a wide demographic. With over 1,400 people a part of it, the Chamber serves anyone from professionals straight out of college to those who have been business owners for 30 years. This is a wide demographic to reach with varying needs to consider. “The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce does so much good for businesses in Lakeland,” says Taher Hamid, technology consultant for Alltek Services and EMERGE marketing committee co-chair. “There’s just such a wide demographic of people [the Chamber has] to serve that they decided EMERGE would be a great niche part of their organization where we can focus on these young professionals.” In 2003, the Lakeland Chamber began to hear about how other Chambers around the EMERGE Lakeland holds multiple events to provide networking opportunities for young professionals. The EMERGE Soiree (pictured) is an elegant evening that also includes an award presentation to celebrate all of the achievements EMERGE has accomplished throughout the year. 56