Lakeland’s Entrepreneurial Scene
Established in 2010 by Chrissanne Long and Craig Hosking, Lakeland Business Leaders has been helping businesses in the Lakeland area connect to customers who are looking for local solutions – in real-time. Unlike any other business network, LBL helps people looking for referrals in an online forum, driven by the members themselves. LBL takes word of mouth to the next level by making it fun and easy for businesses to be seen by local customers, while strengthening their professional network.
“I don’t think I have ever worked so hard or so passionately at anything in my life,” she beams, “but the rewards have been incredible.”
In addition to LBL, Chrissanne remains committed to “showing up” as a part of the entrepreneurial scene in Lakeland through the Lakeland Chamber, Emerge, LEDC, Catapult, and Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association, not to mention the Polk Noles.
“Anything that might help support the entrepreneurial energy in our community is something I want to support,” she says.
The visibility from these networks “changed everything” for Chrissanne and Craig. The connections they made along the way opened the doors to an office downtown.
“Looking back, I can clearly see that the hustling, hard work and trusting in the process led me here,” Chrissanne says. “Every challenge we overcame was just one more piece of an intricate puzzle, and reinforced the idea that hard work, for the right reasons, pays off!”