Caterina Fake shared insights from her career as an entrepreneur and investor. | Photo by LALtoday, Graphic via 6AM City
Catapult Lakeland hosted its 4th Annual Lakeland Entrepreneur Awards last night. With a keynote address from Caterina Fake — investor at Yes VC, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch, and one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in the world — the co-working space known for launching Lakeland’s startups honored local entrepreneurial movers and shakers.
This award goes to a Lakeland community member who has intentionally taken the time to invest in the development of entrepreneurs. They have provided mentorship, support, and guidance to entrepreneurs navigating a business start-up.
This Catapult member has already experienced significant success in their first few years of operating. They are a strategic leader in how they have started and begun to scale their business. They have demonstrated humilityand willingness to learn that is inspiring to those around them.
🏆 David Lyons’ Entrepreneur of the Year — Hunter Abramson, Relic Tickets
This award goes to a previous or present Catapult Member who successfully manages a business and exhibits strong entrepreneurialism, creativity, innovation, passion, perseverance, and risk-taking. This person is a trailblazer in their field and is committed to pouring back into the Lakeland community.
Lecture Series: Communities of the Kathleen Area | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Lakeland Public Library History Room, 100 Lake Morton Dr., Lakeland | Free | Learn about local history from Lois Sherrouse-Murphy, author, historian, and past president of the Kathleen Area Historical Association.
Chris D’Elia LIVE! | Thursday, Jan. 26 | 7-10 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland | $49-$175 | Laugh it up with comedian and podcaster Chris D’Elia, known for Netflix specials like “No Pain” (2020), “Man on Fire” (2017), and “Incorrigible” (2015).
Free Yoga for Wellness - Weekly Classes | Thursday, Jan. 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | The Cloven Hoof Farm, North Lakeland | Free | This donation-based yoga class focuses on the holistic well-being of the mind, body, and spirit.
Friday, Jan. 27
Lakeland Magic vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants | Friday, Jan. 27 | 7 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland | $12-$177 | The Magic go head-to-head against the Mad Ants at this Faith and Family Night game.
“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” | Friday, Jan. 27 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre, 121 S. Lake Ave., Lakeland | $20-$26 | Laugh along at this comedic play featuring five bridesmaids hiding out from a wedding reception.
In March, the Planning and Zoning Board will review plans for a potential 88-unit apartment complex and improvements to 7th Street Park that were proposed by Jewel Avenue neighborhood residentOrial Clarke. The workforce housing complex would accept residents earning 60-140% of the median income. 🏗 (The Ledger)
Hungry for BBQ? The new 4 Rivers Smokehouse going up on South Florida Avenue is coming along. We can already smell the brisket.
My, how you’ve grown — yes, we’re talking to you, Lakeland. With a projected population growth of 55.5% by 2060, it’s important for the healthcare industry to grow right alongside you. How is Lakeland Regional Health growing with our community? Get the deets on their six recently-opened or coming-soon locations. 🏥 *
Polk County Public Schoolsis partnering with Varsity Tutors to bring on-demand support in homework, study skills, and writing feedback to students at 43 Polk schools. The program is launching in February — learn more online. 🍎 (WFTS)
Head to Polk State College on Thursday, Feb. 2 for the first event of the school’s month-long Black History Month celebration: Promoting Unity in our Community. The free luncheon will feature a keynote address from Anthony Gordon — co-owner of Jarrett Gordon Ford — plus performances and a scholarship presentation.
$1.45 million. That’s how much Polk State Collegereceived for its nursing program via PIPELINE, a nursing education incentive program. In 2021, Polk State’s nursing graduates scored above the state and national averages on the NCLEX-RN, with a 91% pass rate compared to 64% and 82%, respectively. 🩺
583,200. That’s how many new Florida residentsmade the Sunshine State their home in 2022, according to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Check out our article to learn more about your new neighbors — including where they’re migrating from. (The Ledger)
Fall in love with locally-made goods at the Dixieland Date Night Market on Saturday, Feb. 11. Hosted by The Emporium, Union Hall, and Pink Piano, this night market will feature everything from baked goods to local art from 6-11 p.m. at 1023 S. Florida Ave. 🛍
Lakeside Village is looking for vendors to participate in its February Second Sunday Artisan Market on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 12-5 p.m. For more information on becoming a vendor, email the team.
Whether you’ve always wanted to try your hand at clay creations, making mosaics, or a wine and paint night, head to Picassoz in February. Pro tip: Stop by Tea Largo after your class and reward your hard work with a much-deserved acai bowl, smoothie, or tea. 🎨
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Don’t just eat better — eat the best.Sunbasket’smeal kit service delivers delicious, healthy meals created by award-winning chefsstraight to your front door. Bonus: LALtoday readers can get $100 off their first four deliveriesand more when they sign up. 🍽️ *
If one of your 2023 goals is to create more time for self care and relaxation, an acupressure mat is a must. The mats are designed to stimulate pressure points to relieve tension, decrease stress levels, and increase circulation. This ProsourceFit full body mat includes neck support.*
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All events take place in the Lakeland Public Library’s Lakeland History Room(100 Lake Morton Dr.)from 5:30-7 p.m.
Today’s issue was written by Rilee.
Editor’s pick: It’s always an honor to attend events like the Lakeland Entrepreneur Awards, where I get to meet and celebrate Lakeland’s influential leaders and visionaries. Tell me about your favorite start-up or entrepreneur, we might give them a shout-out.
Missed yesterday’s newsletter? We turned the page to Lakeland’s book clubs and storytimes, here.
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