OUR STARTUPS

OUR STARTUPS

Shannon Abitbol

Shannon Abitbol

GiveVisuals
Shannon Abitbol

Shannon Abitbol

GiveVisuals

I love to help people and bring my heart to everything that I do. I came to Lakeland three years ago, very reluctantly, and have since fallen in love with it and never want to leave. I am so grateful for this community and am glad to be a part of it.

Hunter Abramson

Hunter Abramson

Relic Tickets
Hunter Abramson

Hunter Abramson

Relic Tickets

I love to build businesses. That's my passion. I grew up in Lakeland since I was 7 after moving from Los Angeles. I went to Florida State University and headed back to LA for pursue marketing and funding in entertainment. Since I have come back and started a business utilizing blockchain technology for non-fraudulent ticketing that can be applied to many verticals.

Lynzee Aleese

Lynzee Aleese

Establish 37
Lynzee Aleese

Lynzee Aleese

Establish 37

Establish 37 was formed out of a difficult season in my life. Through an unfortunate strand of events, I was brought to a place where I knew God was calling me to walk away from something so He could bring me to something better. During the waiting for what was next, I was brought to Psalms 37 where it talks about if you give your plans to the Lord, He will do it. He will Establish them. The purpose of EST.37 is to be a place where others can commit their plans to Him and they will be established. Whether it be a guest who enters the doors and shares her dreams with her stylist or if it is a stylist building her business, let it be done here. This is a place where we can form a community and do life together. We believe that truly the best is yet to come and that there is gold is every piece of your story.

Jordan JD Arbuckle

Jordan JD Arbuckle

Smart Inbound Web Design & Marketing
Jordan JD Arbuckle

Jordan JD Arbuckle

Smart Inbound Web Design & Marketing

Jordan is the lead digital marketing consultant and designer at Smart Inbound Marketing. Smart Inbound primarily provides website design services for companies that understand a high quality website is one of their most important assets. Smart Inbound also offers social media, email marketing, and paid advertising services for mid-sized businesses.

Jordan received his M.B.A. at Florida Southern College, and carries Inbound Marketing and Google Analytics certifications. Jordan volunteers with Team Rubicon Disaster Response, enjoys primitive camping, and lives in the Lake Morton historic district.

Kyle Ashcraft

Kyle Ashcraft

Maxwell CPA Review, LLC
Kyle Ashcraft

Kyle Ashcraft

Maxwell CPA Review, LLC

Kyle is a bilingual CPA that loves traveling. He has been a tutor for the past 12 years, whether it be for English, math, or the CPA exams. He has combined his experience tutoring with his accounting knowledge to launch Maxwell CPA Review, LLC, an online exam prep company that helps students pass the CPA accounting exams.

Scott Audette

Scott Audette

Scott Audette Underwater
Scott Audette

Scott Audette

Scott Audette Underwater

I have been in business as Scott Audette Inc since 2001. Scott Audette Underwater works underneath that business. I love photography and design. It's all I've ever known. But I have another passion and that's being wet. Finally, last year during the height of the pandemic I decided it was time to try and combine those two things. So, it was during that period scottaudetteunderwater.com was launched. We started with products using underwater photos I had already taken and eventually that morphed into shooting under water portraits here in our Lakeland swimming pool. I'm hoping to land somewhere in between. That being to continue shooting portraits but also in designing men's board shorts with the ocean driven photos I am taking.

Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey

System Dynamix
Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey

System Dynamix

We are a SaaS company that provides personal, ongoing coaching to apply and implement our applications.

Emma Bairo

Emma Bairo

The Take Heart Project
Emma Bairo

Emma Bairo

The Take Heart Project

My name is Emma Bairo, and I am from Louisville, Kentucky. Though I was born and raised there, I am happy to now call Lakeland home. I have been here for the last three and half years attending Florida Southern College, but as I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, I wasn't ready to leave this city I had grown to love. For four months, I have interned with The Take Heart Project everywhere from workspaces in Catapult to villages in Kenya. I am grateful that in the coming weeks, we will return from Kenya, and I will continue to complete my master's degree in Business Administration, as well as continue working with this incredible organization.

Isabelle Baker

Isabelle Baker

Isabelle Media
Isabelle Baker

Isabelle Baker

Isabelle Media
Born in Plant City, Florida, my family relocated to Pasco county, north of Tampa, to live on a small farm, making a concerted effort to be self-sufficient. As a teenager, I accepted a position as a nanny in Tampa and had the opportunity to travel a lot. Ultimately, I chose to locate to Lakeland where much of my family lives. I provide support services to entrepreneurs during the launch of their product or service, including but not limited to concierge and V.A. services. Additionally, I provide personal and administrative services to C-Level executive.
Brittany Bandi

Brittany Bandi

Sow Exotic
Brittany Bandi

Brittany Bandi

Sow Exotic
Brittany is an entrepreneur and small business owner.  She co-founded Sow Exotic, digitally native rare fruiting and medicinal plant nursery, with her partner Jared in 2016.  Together, they have made it their mission to enrich life through cultural connection and community while making the world a better, greener place.
The Sow Exotic nursery specializes in growing tropical fruit trees, medicinal herbs, and rare fruiting plants from around.  Sow Exotic ships plants nationwide in plantable pots with 100% plastic-free compostable shipping materials.
Danielle Barnett

Danielle Barnett

Homes for Heroes
Danielle Barnett

Danielle Barnett

Homes for Heroes

My name is Danielle Barnett. I moved to Lakeland Back in 2005. My husband and I are Student Ministries Pastors at a local church. We have 4 beautiful children. I enjoy working with people, being with my family, and going to the beach.

Teresa Baxter

Teresa Baxter

We Jammin’
Teresa Baxter

Teresa Baxter

We Jammin’
I am from NY and I moved to Lakeland to go to Florida Southern College. I received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, and I have been teaching for 14 years now. Cooking is my other great passion in life. Coming from an Italian family, food has always been the center of EVERYTHING! I want to spend my talent and passion with anyone willing to taste!
I have been making and perfecting my jams and Candied Jalapeños for about 8 years. I’ve done Fancy Flea and other markets over the years. After I had my daughter, I took a small break, but my heart has always been in it. Cooking has always been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. My business actually started as a hobby, but then I realized that I really could begin to profit off it. FYI, most teachers have side gigs. Lol! I just started trying out different off the wall flavors. I would only sell the ones that I absolutely loved. If I was not in love with my product, I would give it away. Currently, my Candied Jalapeños and Carrot Cake Jam are my best sellers! I want to share my craft with the world, one bite at a time!
Larry Becker

Larry Becker

Great On Camera
Larry Becker

Larry Becker

Great On Camera

Even though he works on both sides of the camera, Larry Becker is mostly known for his on-camera presentations for Fortune 100 companies, as a spokesman and a camera reviewer. Larry hosts conventions annually, he has hosted countless web based photography shows, live webcasts, authored camera and software tutorials, and served as an official NAB Show Live anchor as well as an on-camera trainer for Canon USA.

Larry spent years managing a video production team in the KelbyOne studios, with clients including Canon, B&H Photo, and others. Larry's latest book "Great On Camera" is the foundation of much of Larry's current coaching work.

When Larry isn’t on camera as a spokesperson, he coaches still shooters who want to learn video, and coaches on-camera talent to be great on camera.

Griffin Benson

Griffin Benson

Voyager industries
Griffin Benson

Griffin Benson

Voyager industries

I am currently a senior in college studying to receive a degree in Marketing with a minor in Public Relations. I attend Southeastern University and plan to use my degree to make a difference in people's lives.

Robert Berganza

Robert Berganza

Berganza Furniture
Robert Berganza

Robert Berganza

Berganza Furniture

Berganza Furniture produces high-end handcrafted furniture and architectural features for the design industry. The pieces are created with a modern organic aesthetic. Each piece is designed to tell a story that compliments the space it will occupy. Each piece is handcrafted to order. The business grew from a therapeutic hobby to an artistic passion, and became a full-time business in mid-2018. The business has continually worked to build a presence in the design community, and is working to expand production ability. The business is actively recruiting to grow the team.

Gregory Bicknell

Gregory Bicknell

Camaraderie Rescue Mission Inc and Camaraderie
Gregory Bicknell

Gregory Bicknell

Camaraderie Rescue Mission Inc and Camaraderie
Camaraderie Rescue Mission Inc. (TCRMI) was approved on January 18, 2021 as a Florida Nonprofit, with paperwork submitted to become an IRS approved 501(c)(3) federal nonprofit no later than July 4, 2021. Our mission is to directly engage with local and national agencies to connect, support, and sustain nonprofits and agencies that benefit veterans and first responders. Utilizing this vast network, it is our intent to end isolationism and suicide one life at a time.
Chris Blackwell

Chris Blackwell

Brasfield and Gorrie
Chris Blackwell

Chris Blackwell

Brasfield and Gorrie

My name is Chris Blackwell. I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Construction Management. I started working with Brasfield and Gorrie (B&G) soon after graduating and have been with them for the last 12 years. My current position within the company is Senior Project Manager. I am in Lakeland because B&G recently won a bid to construct a new commercial office space in Lakeland, FL, and I have been assigned primary Project Manager.

Corey Bouillez

Corey Bouillez

Dippidi
Corey Bouillez

Corey Bouillez

Dippidi
My name is Corey and I was born and raised in Lakeland, Fl. I went to school at UCF and made my way back after graduation. I started a Digitial marketing agency named Dippidi a few short years after. I love to play golf on my days off and spend time with my family and friends.
Nicole Bradham

Nicole Bradham

HotMod Agency
Nicole Bradham

Nicole Bradham

HotMod Agency

Nicole Bradham owns an influencer management agency called HotMod Agency.

Nicole is passionate about working with small businesses and promoting Lakeland. On a normal day, you will find her working at her desk at Catapult Lakeland, meeting with clients and filming videos for social media. As a board member for the Junior League of Greater Lakeland, she takes serving the community to heart. To keep up with all things social media, follow Nicole on Instagram @hotmodagency.

Jonathan Bucklew

Jonathan Bucklew

Seventeen20
Jonathan Bucklew

Jonathan Bucklew

Seventeen20

I grew up in Lakeland and have a strong desire to be a part of cultivating craftsmanship and vibrant entrepreneurial ventures locally.

We've been in business since 2012, steadily growing a honing in our craft. We design and fabricate hand crafted, made to-order furniture.
Emily Burke

Emily Burke

Dippidi
Emily Burke

Emily Burke

Dippidi

Dippidi Employee

Prima Burney

Prima Burney

Open Door Apothecary
Prima Burney

Prima Burney

Open Door Apothecary

I have lived in Lakeland nearly 50 years, and was raised in the restaurant business. I co-owned 2 restaurants in Lakeland for 8 years, and would like to start one of my very own. My passion has always been cooking, and after being in the mortgage business for the last 6 years, I want to go back to doing what I love, and that is feeding people.

Charlene Campbell

Charlene Campbell

Global Virtual Academy
Charlene Campbell

Charlene Campbell

Global Virtual Academy

Global Virtual Academy was officially founded on July 9, 2020. After much research, deliberation, and planning, it was determined that a safe, engaging, interactive, small school experience is what is needed in this current, and the future, virtual schooling environment.

Systems put into place were based on collective school administration experience, professional virtual school startup advice, and peer-reviewed research. Our determinations for the future of virtual schooling were confirmed in a 2019 report made by the National Education Policy Center: Reduce the number of student-to-teacher ratios, high-quality curricula aligned with state standards, a focus on student mastery of curricular objectives, and teacher license requirements. In this wake, Global Virtual Academy was founded.

With the aid of a venture capitalist and the time of a former British colleague based in the UK, Global Virtual Academy started building, virtually. We are now able to accommodate up to 350 virtual students and teachers. We have the ability to quickly source experienced, high-quality teachers, register students on a secure platform, and provide live classes in a safe, virtual environment. We can provide educational services using our high-quality, engaging grades 6-12 accredited curriculum, as well as provide educational services for any other course or curriculum as needed.

We are in partnership negotiations with the Get a Board Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to providing at-risk youth opportunities through action sports, the arts, and education.

Clay Canning

Clay Canning

Screen Skinz
Clay Canning

Clay Canning

Screen Skinz
James Clemens

James Clemens

Loud Life Productions
James Clemens

James Clemens

Loud Life Productions

Loud Life Productions helps businesses be seen and heard through the power of strong messaging and engaging video visuals.

Josephine Colorina

Josephine Colorina

Pinoy Cravings LLC
Josephine Colorina

Josephine Colorina

Pinoy Cravings LLC

I've been cooking since I was 10. Studied, pursue a degree in nursing, started selling sandwiches in school. I continue experimenting and exploring Filipino dishes particularly when I moved to US in 2011 when I started craving home-cooked meals. I've been cooking in my kitchen, bringing food to work, and entertaining friends at home to let them try my new creations.

Mona Cranor

Mona Cranor

Light Up Digital Marketing
Mona Cranor

Mona Cranor

Light Up Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing services, SSM, Social Ads, Website, Coaching, etc.

Jeremy Cranor

Jeremy Cranor

Light Up Digital Marketing
Jeremy Cranor

Jeremy Cranor

Light Up Digital Marketing

I love creating and helping people. I love solving difficult problems that always create amazing benefits for our community. Creative problem solving is a beautiful form of art.

Jarrett Benavides and Michelle Crawford

Jarrett Benavides and Michelle Crawford

Cult Legume

Jarrett and Michelle are the owners of Cult Legume, a vegan food company that aims to eliminate the obstacles to healthy eating that are so common these days: confusion about what constitutes healthy ingredients, lack of time to prepare quality meals, and the myth of high costs associated with plant ingredients. They believe that health-promoting plant foods can be familiar, tasty, and easy to prepare.

Dorcas Crumbley

Dorcas Crumbley

Essential Catering Solutions
Dorcas Crumbley

Dorcas Crumbley

Essential Catering Solutions

A full-service catering company, dedicated to creating your best experience, offering personalized event services with soulful cuisine.

~ CARE MEAL DELIVERY

Rather than flowers, send a meal.

Full meal delivery to your funeral repast or family gathering

~ OUR FOOD

Picture perfect memories and complete satisfaction

Herbs and spices & mouth-watering flavors.

Culturally & ethnic cuisine offerings

~ OUR VAST NETWORK

An experienced team of chefs, bakers, event planners, publicists, designers, media specialists, travel agents, entertainment artists & more.

~ HOW WE DO IT

NO COOKIE CUTTER MENUS OR PRICING. IT'S ALL PERSONALIZED JUST FOR YOU.

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