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Chamber Members Honored at Regional Business Awards Ceremony

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce was well represented earlier this month at the Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards ceremony, held at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. Several  members were recognized for their excellency at the gala. Through a partnership with 24 area Chambers of Commerce, the competition sought to identify the top business success stories of the past year in the Greater Orlando region.
Taking home the coveted Innovator of the Year Award was WO Chamber Member Pegasus Transportation. From the Pegasus website: “Pegasus is honored to receive the Brighthouse Networks Regional Business Awards 2016 Innovator of the Year! Our advances in technology and adaptations of useful programs and devices have earned us recognition from our peers in the Orlando business market. Thank you to all our employees, clients, and friends that made this award possible.”
Fattmerchant received the honor of Startup of the Year, chosen from businesses formed in the past one to three years. They aim to save businesses money by eliminating costly markups and hidden fees.
Arthur’s Creative Events and Catering was also honored at the event as the Third Place Winner in the Large Business category, and SouthWest Aquatics was chosen as a Small Business Finalist.

The West Orange Chamber is proud that several of our talented members received this recognition for their unique talents, and continued to shine a positive light on the West Orange business community!




10 Reasons to Golf Network!

Whether you are closing a business deal on the course, laughing about how your friend just sent his last ball into the lake to swim with the fishes or one of your coworkers just sunk her first birdie; golf networking is a great way to make deeper connections in an outside of the box way and create a business edge while having fun outside. Here are the top 10 reasons you should get on the greens!

1. Enjoy the Great Outdoors: Getting outside and spending a few hours in the fresh air does the body good and can get some endorphins pumping in the work week.
2. Develop Deeper Connections: The people you meet on a golf course and the unique networking interaction with them allows you to really get to know each other and each other’s businesses better.
Click here to read the full list...
Our first event of the season this Wednesday, March 23 at MetroWest Golf Course, and we will hit the links every fourth Wednesday at a rotation of courses. Tee time, as always, is 5:00 sharp, so please be checked in and ready to go by 4:45. Cost is $20+tax per person paid directly to the golf course. The rate includes 9 holes of golf with a cart and also pre-round range balls.
Closest to the Pin sponsors are: Bob Gentile of Natural Solutions, LLC and Gisela Laurent. Post round networking will be held at Crafted Block and Brew.
To attend, please send an email to Dan Lewis to RSVP. Guests are welcome! We look forward to seeing everyone on the course this season!
The West Orange Chamber’s Leadership West Orange Program, sponsored by Florida Hospital Winter Garden, completed their seventh session focused on Healthcare.  The class visited the newly opened Florida Hospital Winter Garden, Health Central Hospital, Orlando Health - Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and Florida Hospital for Women.
Congratulations to our January CFO, Yellowstone Landscape! They were honored at the February Business After Hours event.
Click here to see this month's new and renewed members!

Best Fest admission wristbands courtesy of Imagine That Promo
Get HUGE savings at Office Depot/Office Max just for being a West Orange Chamber Member. Email us to get your loyalty card.


Dave's House Welcomes Pam Gould as President/CEO
With much excitement, the Dave’s House Board of Directors is proud to welcome Pam Gould as President and CEO, effective January 2016. Pam’s professional achievements and personal connection to the mission of Dave’s House complement the non-profit’s efforts to provide individuals living with severe mental illness permanent and affordable supportive housing. Full Story

Which Issues Affect Your Business?
Your opinion matters and we want to hear from you and your members! The Florida Chamber's Small Business Survey is open and we need your feedback to measure the health of Florida's small businesses. This survey will close on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Take Survey

Get Cooking with Florida Hospital and The Food Network's Robert Irvine
Mark your calendar for Florida Hospital’s Gourmet Soiree at Rosen Shingle Creek on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Hosted by The Food Network’s Chef Robert Irvine, this evening of interactive dining features a reception, live and silent auctions, and a healthy meal prepared by local chefs with the assistance of the guests at each table.  Learn More
Residents offer input on downtown Ocoee
The City of Ocoee held a public meeting March 14 to discuss the highly anticipated plans for the future of Downtown Ocoee. Most residents agreed that Starke Lake and the waterfront area of downtown is a desirable location upon which the city should capitalize. Many expressed support for the West Orange Trail running through downtown Ocoee and offered suggestions such as splash pads, dog parks, playgrounds, more locally owned restaurants and stores and wide, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. Full Story
Sonata West Breaks Ground in Winter Garden
Sonata Senior Living, an Orlando based owner, developer and operator of senior living communities, officially broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art resort style community in Winter Garden, Florida. Sonata West will be a $30 million, 139,000 square foot, resort-style rental community, which upon completion will employ 50 people and include 113 spacious apartments with state-of-the-art amenities. Read More

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