Rut Patel, the 26-year-old Lakelander who founded Voyager Industries Inc., is innovating in the use of drone technology for engineering inspections. He built a drone from scratch that uses artificial intelligence for navigation, and he’s working on one that can can go 250 mph and one that uses solar energy, Business Observer reports.
Stryker, a company that manufactures medical devices, is closing its Lakeland facility near the I-4/County Line Road interchange and is eliminating more than 500 positions by the end of 2023, Fox 13 News reports.
A contemplated expansion of The Joinery food hall and a planned city dog park a block away are the newest projects to enliven a once-dormant strip northeast of Lake Mirror. More
Cory Skeates has resigned as president and CEO of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, a post he has held since January 2015, the organization announced today. The resignation takes effect immediately. More
Lakeland entrepreneur Rich Wills has sold his three FITNiche stores to North Carolina-based Fleet Feet, which has 190 running-store stores in 37 states, The Ledger reports. Wills is retaining FITNiche Events Inc., which times races, and he is working to bring a line of barefoot-style running shoes to market.
Lakeland city commissioners today approved the use of shipping containers as tiny homes on property zoned for mobile homes or multi-family dwellings. In addition, shipping containers are now available for certain commercial uses. More
Dissent Craft Brewing, known for its “outspoken ales,” plans to open its downtown Lakeland location on Oct. 15 in a 2,000-square-foot storefront at 125 S. Kentucky Ave. next to Pita Pit. It is Dissent’s first expansion beyond its St. Petersburg base. More
Food vendors and retail businesses in Lakeland may soon be able to operate from shipping containers similar to the ones seen in Tampa’s Sparkman Wharf, The Ledger reports. The city Planning and Zoning board has approved changes in regulations that would allow the containers, and the City Commission will consider them soon. The containers would have to be on property zoned for commercial use and comply with certain regulations. | View the proposal
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre to offer free business coaching to female entrepreneurs. More