When Kimberly Wyant read in the morning paper about plans to expand Catapult Lakeland into her neighborhood (my story | The Ledger’s story | The Ledger’s editorial), her reaction was something like this: “Why does my fledgling startup focused on creativity have to suffer so that other fledgling startups can flourish?”
Less than two years old, the Catapult program to develop Lakeland’s next generation of entrepreneurs has shown so much promise that community leaders have pledged $13 million to more than triple its size by moving it into the now-vacant Cash Feed building on Lake Mirror.
There’s an irony about My Office and More, a new business in the center of downtown Lakeland. The purpose of My Office and More is to offer emerging businesses big-office amenities without big-office costs. But the costs have been anything but small for Kate Lake, the 57-year-old entrepreneur who spent more than a year conceiving of a co-working space for Lakeland businesses and finding the right place for it.
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Instagram serves us lots of photos of sunsets and happy couples. A photo @kraplady posted at 1:11 a.m today reveals a different side of #lkld.