It's all about Facilitating Opportunity
the Chairman of the Chamber, it thrills me to see our members embrace “Facilitating Opportunity
” which can mean something different to each member. What it means to me and of greatest importance, is when I hear the stories of Chamber Members doing business with one another. I do it when seeking out everything from A/C repair for my mother-in-law, to my own home plumbing, to the restaurants I visit with business associates and family. Even at monthly Chamber board meetings, it is wonderful to hear the stories that board members share such as Rob Maphis
utilizing the services of Jennifer Roper Photography
and enjoying a meal at That One Spot
. David Sylvester sets other great examples by hiring LEK Technologies
for his computer needs and enjoying food from alFresco’s
, The Chef’s Table
and Panera Bread
and he keeps in shape by working out at the Roper YMCA Family Center
You can find even more examples on the Chamber “Facilitating Opportunity
” webpage that have been shared by fellow Chamber members, like Fred Austin finding a much needed car part at Budget U Pull It
. To see even more stories and add your own, click here
It is easy to do business with a fellow Chamber member, so anytime you have need of any product or service for your business or personal needs, visit the Chamber Business Directory
, or call the Chamber Team and they will be happy to assist you.
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS
Please join us in welcoming our NEW members of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce! We encourage you to welcome these new members and show your support by visiting their websites, stopping by their businesses and utilizing some of their services and products.
Avex Homes - Emerging Level
Best Community Values - Community Partner - referred by Jim Densmore, Parkland International Realty
FAD Group LLC - Emerging Level - referred by Kenneth Zopeda, BMO Bank
Fancy Fruit & Produce - Emerging Level - referred by Bal Gautam, Holiday Inn Express
GNC - Emerging Level - referred by Gustavo Moronta Jr/Tom Hyatt, Bright House Networks
Grand Oaks Pet Hospital - Emerging Level
Magee, Stanford and Associates - Emerging Level - referred by Kathy Stark, Town of Oakland
Marvol Enterprises, LLC - Emerging Level
Nemours Children's Urgent Care - Dr. Phillips - Emerging Level
New York Life
NWC Construction - Emerging Level - referred by Randy June, June Engineering Consultants, Inc. & Betsy VanderLey, DRMP, Inc.
Poulos & Bennett - Emerging Level - referred by Joe Tramell, Tramell Webb Partners, Inc.
Readings by Victoria - Emerging Level
Southwest Property Management Company - Emerging Level
The IT Store - Emerging Level - referred by Richard Starcher, Safeguard
Trinity Trading Group, LLC - Emerging Level - referred by Joe Garcia, American Forklift Rental
United Stor-All - Emerging Level - referred by Bal Gautam, Holiday Inn Express
Winter Garden Squeeze - Florida Collegiate Summer League - Emerging Level - referred by Bobby Olszewski, City of Winter Garden
Duke Energy makes life better for millions of people every day by providing electric and gas services in a sustainable way – affordable, reliable and clean.
They are the largest electric power holding company in the United States, supplying and delivering energy to approximately 7.2 million U.S. customers. They have approximately 57,500 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky.
ACCOLADES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Chamber recently awarded Denise Fisher with Aflac and Kay Hill with the Florida Film Academy, the coveted Chief Facilitator of Opportunity Award. They each received the award for their overwhelming dedication in support of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and its mantra of Members supporting other Members.
SeaWorld Orlando launches Truth Team - if you share their passion for animals and want to help by sharing the truth, click here. They need your help to deliver the truth so that they can concentrate on what they do best, inspiring and strengthening the human/animal connection.
“The Legislative Road to West Orange Prosperity” will highlight how the proverbial distance between West Orange County and Tallahassee gets shorter and shorter each day. Sponsors of the luncheon include, Luncheon Series Sponsor Florida Hospital, in partnership with the University of Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resorts and CenturyLink. At the luncheon, both state legislators and local Municipal Representatives will take the stage together as a panel.
Invited Guest Panel:
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Oakland Mayor Kathy Stark, Ocoee Mayor Scott Vandergrift, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Winter Garden Mayor John Rees, Representatives Eric Eisnaugle, Antone and Bracy. Senators Kelly Stargill & Thomspon and incoming Senate President Andy Gardiner.
Chamber member earned rates:
$41 per person; $369 for a table of 9 - must be paid in advance
Non Chamber member rates:
$51 per person; $459 for a table of 9 – must be paid in advance
$1 from each ticket sold will be contributed to the West Orange Chamber/ Danniel J. Petro Scholarship Fund.
All reservations and or cancellations must be made by Friday, June 19.
No Shows will still be charged
To purchase tickets, visit wochamber.com or call 407-656-1304
Certificates will be presented to the 2014 Leadership West Orange Graduates, sponsored by Florida Hospital.
Valencia College Special Events Center West Campus
1800 S. Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL
To register for this luncheon, please click here.
Ribbon Cutting for Le Cafe de Paris, May 27th...Read More
The Medicine Shoppe 30th Anniversary..Read More
Red Carpet premiere of Malificent at West Oaks Mall, May 30th...Read More
Golf Tournament Benefiting West Orange High School, May 31st...Read More
Free public event at Zander Park, May 31st..Read More
Lean Six Sigma White Belt Training, June 5th...Read More
2014 State of the County, June 6th...Read More
OUT AND ABOUT
Maria Triscari - President of the International Drive Chamber, Donna Wolk - President/Publisher VS Media Group, Bonnie Dulgar - Director of Sales, Stina and Krista at SeaWorld's Waterpark - Aquatica for Ihu's Breakaway Falls Grand Opening on May 8th.
SPECIAL OFFERS FOR MEMBERS
50% off a pair of prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses from SouthWest Orlando Eye Care...See Offer
Save $400 off an early cruise booking from Dreamz2Go Travel...See Offer
50% off of Furniture from FSI Office Supply...See Offer
LEAD AND FEED - CAFE MURANO
On Thursday, May 22nd Chamber members met at Café Murano at Veranda Park in MetroWest for the monthly Lead and Feed Networking Lunch. Members shared numerous leads and heard from guest speaker, Pamela J. Helton, P.A. on "Economic Success in Today’s Economy" while enjoying a delicious lunch!
RENEWING CHAMBER MEMBERS
A HUGE Thank You goes out to the renewing businesses below. We will continue to work diligently to promote, educate and facilitate opportunities for you.
Accelerate - Emerging
Austin Insurance - Emerging
Auto Sales of Winter Garden - Emerging
Bonefish Grill - Emerging
Boy Scouts of America - Comm Partner I
Boyette, Cummins & Nailos, PLLC - Emerging
Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que - Emerging
Charles Schwab - Emerging
Chernoff Newman - Emerging
CWSEAPA, LLP Emerging
DAVE School - Schools K-12/VOC
David Weekley Homes - Emerging
Ford Avalon Grove - Emerging
Fravel, W. K., D.M.D., P.A. - Elite
Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.
Keiser University - Schools Colleges
Mears Transportation Group - Emerging
Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd - Emerging
Popular Bank - Emerging
Publicall Telecommunications - Emerging
Smiles for a Lifetime - Elite Affiliate
Stockworth Realty Group - a division of The Tavistock Group - Emerging
Stonewood Grill & Tavern - Elite
Talbot Asset Management - Emerging
The New Academy Inc. - Schools K-12/VOC
The Real Estate Collection, LLC - Emerging
Tierra Engineering - Emerging
Universal Engineering Sciences - Elite
West Orange Boys & Girls Club - Comm Partner I
West Orange Habitat For Humanity - Comm Partner I
West Orange Junior Service League - Comm Partner I
Windermere Fine Art & Custom Framing - Emerging
Windermere Union Church, UCC - Comm Partner I
UPCOMING EVENTS TO ATTEND
We know everyone’s schedule doesn't allow them to attend Business After Hours, so the West Orange Chamber now offers a way to 'kick' start your morning prior to the workday with Business Before Hours. It is designed to offer an innovative approach with 50% networking and 50% educating our Members. Join us, as we hear from George Aguel, President/CEO of Visit Orlando. Mr. Aguel will highlight the role of VisitOrlando,the official tourism association for Orange county, the most visited destination in the United States., and how local businesses can benefit from the Tourism industry.
Series Sponsor: Florida Hospital
Event Sponsor: Insperity Support Services, LP
7:30am - 9:00am
Location: Bella Room
12100 W. Colonial Drive
Winter Garden, FL
FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF CHAMBER PROFESSIONALS
Stina D’Uva and Leslie Skillman attended a professional development conference with over 60 Chamber professionals from around the state hosted by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals(FACP) held on 5/22 – 5/23 in Maitland. As the Treasurer and Regional Chairman for FACP, Stina facilitated a breakout session on big business member recruitment with panelists which included Jay Barrett Sabol of Lockheed Martin, Tricia Setzer of Duke Energy, Deborah Rios-Barnes of CenturyLink and Joe Kefauver of Parquet Public Affairs. FACP is the only organization in the state of Florida focused on providing Chamber professionals with the knowledge and resources to excel in Chamber management.