Movin’ On Up

moving boxesGrowth is a good thing. Growth during tough economic times is a great thing. Growth sometimes brings a bit of fear and discomfort. In 2011, I have determined to embrace that fear and discomfort and use it as the impetus for expanding Lorrie Walker Communications, Inc.

I’m am happy to announce that after nearly four years in business, I made the decision a couple of weeks ago to move my office out of my home and into a space in Downtown Lakeland.

Do you ever just get the feeling that you KNOW what you’re doing is the right decision? That has been the case with this move. Within two weeks, I found a great location. As I type, I am sitting in my office that I just moved into about three hours ago. When it’s right, things just seem to fall into place.

So let me share what all of this means for this little Lakeland public relations firm. This move makes it possible for clients to come to my office to meet with me in a quiet setting- in my office or in a nearby conference room- as opposed to me always meeting them at Black & Brew. Wait…maybe that’s not such a plus. :o)

It also means that I can hire an additional writer/PR professional to help with the growing list of clients I’ve been blessed to accumulate. I’ll write more on this person soon. More help means a broader range of services that we can offer to clients, and a quicker turnaround time.

Clients no longer will hear the yapping of my dogs in the background if someone happens to knock on the door, or the dogs hear a door bell on TV while I’m on the phone.

This move makes it possible for me to hire an intern, and to give them space to work alongside me, instead of making them work as a telecommuter. I believe this will make the internship much more valuable.

I hope you’ll check back often to stay up to date on what’s going on around here. In the mean time, feel free to stop by the office the next time you’re Downtown. We are in the Tennessee Carriage Lofts building at 231 N. Tennessee Ave., Suite 100. Our phone number will remain the same: Contact Us.

4 Responses for Movin’ On Up

  1. Jim Frankowiak says:

    Lorrie —

    Good for you and best of luck. I did the reverse several years ago and continue to be happy with the decision. This was after more than 20 years in downtown Tampa and three near the fairgrounds. After 9/11 we never had a client come to either of our offices, nor prospects. So the move made sense with respect to the type of clients we serve.

    Yea, I know about the dog barking.

    If you ever need help, let me know.

  2. MeLynda Rinker says:


    Congrats on moving on up. I have a duplex and we live in one side and I work out of the other side but I completely understand about the whole dog thing. In my house it is my spastic cat, Snickers. She LOVES going into my office. If she sees me going out my door and back toward the office she bounds out ahead of me and freaks out in front of the office door until I open it up and she can burst into the office. I have no idea why she loves it there but she does. Not really professional though when she plops herself behind my laptop and in front of the customer because she likes the heat that the laptop gives off.

    Good luck in your future endeavors and may your business continue to grow.
    MeLynda Rinker

  3. Thanks, MeLynda! It’s so funny to me, the things I let my pets get away with.