Lakeland Ledger Entrepreneur Spotlights
Each week the Ledger highlights one Catapult entrepreneur.
Nate wants to be a resource for Lakeland’s innovators to create positive change.
When Nate graced the stage of his elementary school’s talent show, he knew his life’s purpose was comedy.
When Jessica was young, she spent hours on her computer honing her design skills.
Ileah helps people remove energetic barriers to success so they can move forward with their best life.
The culinary + hospitality industries have taken Grit all over, but she found a home in Lakeland.
Salena uses her expert knowledge, skills and personal experience to craft content that provokes action.
When Rob began working in software development, he didn’t know how much he would love it.
Benjamin founded Honeycomb Bread Bakers on four core principles: generosity, humility, grace, + candor.
Candace + Matt started YelloWhistle to help others through their passions for business and advertising.
While working in a large grocery chain, Dan found his life’s calling: cheese.
For nearly two decades, Angie has worked in senior positions for industrial food manufacturers.
Kendall was diagnosed with PCOS + made it her mission to help women facing the same struggles.
Paige lives + breathes real estate and believes that realtors have a duty to do right unto home-buyers.
Amy assumed that she would climb the corporate ladder, but God placed a vision on her heart.
After spending years as a musician + special effects makeup artist, Luis found the art of cake decorating.
Robert + Lisa moved to Lakeland after Hurricane Irma left them to find a new home apart from Key West.
After a dense professional career, Micheal created a fun way to teach younger generations.
After serving our country in the military, Eddie wanted to continue making a difference.
It was natural for Wayne to extend his technical + mechanical expertise into his own business.
Chris recently jumped into the Lakeland community and develops custom software for businesses.
Jeremy started his own business because of his two biggest passions: entrepreneurship + community.
Randy has always been passionate about technology + its tangible impact on our society.
Sarah has been enthralled by the world of general contracting since she was 14.
Julie speaks to educator groups, sharing the themes found in stories she has collected.
Mike is a long-time Lakeland native who had life-long aspirations of starting his own business.
Since moving back, Ian + his wife Molly have always dreamed about planting a church in Lakeland.
Roderick’s diverse + eclectic professional history led him to workforce development.
Katie worked in marketing + public relations before she made the leap into becoming a business owner.
Will and his friends started a business to create video games from scratch.
Kidane hopes to give opportunities to soccer players everywhere regardless of their socio-economic background.
Tom found commercial lending to be outdated +inefficient, but worked tirelessly to find a solution.
Mario has worked with his daughter to bring an idea she had for a product to life.
Trey is a 13-year Air Force veteran who works to help others reach their fitness goals.
Jenny runs a non-profit performing arts venue breathing new life into the artistic community in Polk County.
Wendy loves sharing her healthy, small-batch kombucha with the Lakeland community.
Anastasia left the corporate world to begin her very own boutique entertainment agency.
Inspired by her love of celebrations, Laura manages both Ashton Events + her event venue Haus820.
Lakeland was perfectly sized for Ricardo to run his full-service physical security business.
Jordan ran her photography business out of Catapult, but soon shifted to a space at the Collective.
Atenea runs a online fitness coaching enterprise whose mission is to help women reach their fitness goals.
Jason works for small businesses to help develop solutions to collect, analyze, and present their data.
Cora felt limited by the one-way avenue of media sales, so she started her own marketing agency.
Jessi Rae has dreamed of owning her own bridal salon to incorporate her love of fashion and helping others.
Noel received funding to launch is custom, thin-body acoustic guitar company, New Sound Acoustics.
Kevin just finished his first feature film with help from our funding program.
Mark thought that sharing his beer with Lakeland would be a great way to enjoy his retirement.
For Jonathan, advertising and marketing is all about telling the client’s story.
Kelly takes her traveling textile and vintage goods shop to markets all over Central Florida.
Nyrka strategically advises and supports businesses, teams, and individuals both near and far.
In October of 2015, Raney Wade took a leap of faith to start her own clothing line.
Nancye envisioned an educational system that empowered every teacher and student to succeed.
Wesley + Jestin’s app gives users the opportunity to auction off their parking space via a mini-bid system.
After spending over a decade in a vet clinic, Debi knew there had to be a better process for canine nail care.
Leah analyzes the market to provide a cross-functional strategy for product, business, and growth.
Jenario has designed a motion-tracking device to help combat-sport athletes train smarter.
Adam + Brittany provide virtual bookkeeping services to help businesses stay ahead of the curve.
Benjamin works to provide grant funding for large-scale participatory art.
Corey delivers quality craft sodas in the name of his young daughter, Sparrow.
Robyn started with a humble food cart, but now has her own flourishing space to house her three brands.
Javi fell in love with photography and at the start of 2017, he began his own business.
In 2009, Chris took a leap of faith to start his own DJ service Graingertainment.
Josh’s company, IronRock Software, turns data into actionable knowledge.
After working in the corporate marketing world for 35 years, Jim began his very own firm.
A passion for delicious, authentic Indian cuisine led Hemant and Shilpa to begin their own culinary startup.
After graduating, Charlie found himself wanting to take ministry outside the walls of a church.
Karen’s idea came from personal experience, as 3 of her kids have faced challenges with disabilities.
John works with entrepreneurs and small businesses to provoke change and accelerate business growth.
For over 20 years, Yahaira has encouraged others to live their lives to their full potential.
Josh believes that every business, big or small, deserves a good website they can afford.
Susan has always loved to bake and on the weekends, she is at the local markets selling her treats!
Jared + Katie help businesses thrive by connecting with their deeper “why?”
Sara’s passion for photography was not realized until six years ago when her family started showing cattle.
Gina quit her corporate job to pursue pet-sitting and dog-walking full time with the Pet Nanny Lakeland.
Denzel learned everything he could about economics to help businesses all over the world.
For the past 14 years, Dave has provided creative direction for a wide range of organizations.
David Young is an accountant who found a new career opportunity in the growing industry of drones.
Kristina worked in all different kinds of industries until she found her calling in digital marketing.
Brock’s journey of entrepreneurship as a software engineer brought him back to his hometown, Lakeland.
Stephen’s love for writing and people collided to create a blog called Thoughtful Growth.
Daniel and Stacy share a diverse artistic history that led to the ideation and creation of their business.
Maegan is driven by the entrepreneurial buzz in Lakeland and her passion to create.
Janira was inspired to start her own business to help others live out their purpose and fully experience life.
Chrissanne discovered that digital marketing could leave a significant impact on the Lakeland community.
Chase + Shannon are passionate to see families grow strengthened together.
Ruben has worked with computers his whole life and now focuses on web design and marketing.
Candy loves training the canine community to see them become a reliable member of the family.
Cindy + David found that there are no shortcuts in marriage, which led them to teach others the same.
Shannon loves helping others grow their business through search engine optimization.
ISO Par Consulting helps businesses develop & document processes to provide structure for growth.
Love Beets offers a variety of beet products including powders, juices, and packaged + peeled beets.
Trimit Consulting, LLC is a business process improvement driven by a focus on quality + consistency.
TBYG are a non-profit community garden where members can rent a plot of land to grow their own food.
The Honest Worm provides natural feed supplements for backyard chicken enthusiasts.
After she became her mother-in-law’s caregiver, Barbara knew there was a need for more Aging Life Care.
Chelsea has a desire to make a snack that tasted great and was good for you through her business.
Laura began Ashton Events to allow the art of storytelling to work with planning and logistics.
Naomi is a fun-loving photographer that builds a connection with her clients through smiles and stories.
After opening Black & Brew, Chris attended roasting school, purchased a roaster, and started Patriot Coffee.
Ricardo’s business, Dynamic Security, offers hardware technology, and surveillance + intrusion detection.
Mayra is passionate about the educational impact she is offering to future generations.
Barry is passionate about exploring effective ways to keep people informed and engaged.
Renee has coached for 17 years and started RL Academy to focus on leadership and sports consulting.
Collins combined her love of dogs + passion for sewing and creating things to create Donzimade.
Tom has been in the timber industry for 25 years and works to promote sustainable forestry.
Strings in Need is dedicated to providing students with expert training in the art of strings.
Glenda uses her expertise for theatre to connect with at-risk youth in Lakeland.
LOGS provides a guide and all the gear to make Lakeland’s scenic nature more accessible.
Matthew combines the best that philosophy, counseling, coaching, and consulting has to offer.
James is committed to finding better ways for small businesses to connect with their customers.
Dion truly believes that cotton candy is a nostalgic treat that creates and triggers sweet memories.
Ben is dedicated to seeing his community be active in a really fun way!
Dan is a third generation entrepreneur who loves all things beer-related.
Chris believes that there should be an ongoing relationship between business and clients.
Jason is passionate about serving those that struggle with mental health issues.
As a New Year’s Resolution, friends Katrina and Tara decided to tackle new baking adventures together.
Through A Fine Press, Matthew is dedicated to telling stories and creating something meaningful.
Adrian is dedicated to helping people and organizations solve their greatest challenges.
Brian first became hooked on playing music after his parents bought him a harmonica from Cracker Barrel.
It is Anthony’s goal and passion to use sports to develop people for success on and off the field.
Jamie’s mission is to ensure that his clients at Loud Life Productions are seen and heard.
Brannen, of Redemption Church, believes that without love, you’ll miss everything.
JD uses his knowledge of business strategy to help individuals reach their maximum potential.
Journey Box Media produces films that move people to live better stories.
Hurta Solutions is a powerhouse couple and trusted resource for business improvement.
Grant & Marissa focus on your website so you can focus on your world-changing business.
Alison has been practicing immigration and nationality law for over 11 years.
Joel and Stephanie love creating unique ways to tell clients’ stories using emerging social media tools.
Dustin is passionate about creating imagery which is authentic, emotional, and timeless.
This duo makes the best ice cream sandwich, using organic pasture-raised dairy & local ingredients.
Sarah is deeply moved by the intimate relationship between parents and their children.
Brian is passionate about both business and caring for those in need.
Jon is an independent art director and graphic designer with over 10 years of experience.
Brian believes that aWhiSpa can be the leader of healing clinics in this community.
Jordan believes that capturing real moments is better than recreating poses.
Caleb has the passion to create an experience with his films while telling stories that make an impact.
Dena has spent the last 25 years working in the food, supplement, and body care industry.
Before launching PH Solutions, Holly spent 15 years working as a full-time fundraising professional.
Jason was born with a love for design and entrepreneurship. He loves the idea of crafting his own future.
Josh and his former partner left their jobs at a large firm to start their own company in 2011.
Corey traded in his day job to start a speciality coffee company that specializes in Coffee Pop.
Jenna’s passion for photography began in middle-school when she received the gift of her first camera.
A lifelong entrepreneur and artist, Fred built his agency as a way to tell the stories of his clients.
Jarrid and Robyn moved from Los Angeles, California to Lakeland 5 years ago with $300 dollars.