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Winter Garden Ranks #4 of Top 10 Cities in Florida for Young Families
What this Means for West Orange County Businesses

We have all heard over the years the stereotype describing Florida as a retirement destination.  Proudly, West Orange is leading the charge in changing that perception.  Winter Garden was recently ranked as the fourth best city in the entire state for young families to plant their roots, according to the latest report from consumer site NerdWallet. Referred to as an “ecotourism mecca,” Winter Garden offers a plethora of economic opportunity for young families, with the median household income increasing 69.88 percent since 1999 — the most in the state!

While the 65-and-older market has been a reliable money-maker for the Sunshine State, the younger generations flocking to start their adult lives in our local community mean more than just short-term revenue—it means long-term business and economic growth for West Orange County. As home values rise and the job market soars, this is where everyone wants to be! As Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said, “Everywhere you turn, you see major investment in our community.”

As more and more families, homebuyers and young professionals relocate to our community, the West Orange Chamber will continue to work diligently to facilitate opportunities within our growing ecosystem of 1,000+ members and beyond.

Member News

OCPS receives five national honors for excellence in school communications
After only its second year, the big winner was the Orange County Public Schools “Expectation: Graduation” program. It received an Award of Excellence from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Full press release

Orange Schools Humming with Summer Construction Activity
Although schools are quiet over the summer, this is the busiest season for school improvement and construction projects in Orange County Public Schools.Currently, 17 projects are underway to rebuild, replace or upgrade systems such as roofs, fire alarms, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), chillers, exterior walls and windows or lighting. Full press release

Taylor Morrison Introduces New Winter Garden Community
Taylor Morrison – a leading national builder – is now selling single-family homesites in Cypress Reserve, a new Winter Garden community. To celebrate, a grand opening event was held on Saturday, May 23. Full press release

Now Accepting 2016 West Orange Chamber Board Expression of Interest Applications

Would you like to be at the forefront of change and progress in West Orange County? If you are a Chamber Member who is passionate about our local business community, please consider applying for the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) 2016 Board of Directors. This is your opportunity to make a difference in West Orange County and contribute to an organization that works for you every day.

The Board of Directors is the policy-making panel for the WOCC. Its members include a diverse mix of 33 business professionals from large, medium and small companies that represent the entire West Orange business community. Being a part of the WOCC Board of Directors empowers you to help make decisions that will impact the future of the WOCC and West Orange County, and to build long lasting relationships with local business leaders and elected officials.

To begin your journey as a potential WOCC Board of Director, click to download the Expression of Interest Form below. Please submit your completed form to the Chamber office no later than 12 p.m. on August 21, 2015. Forms can also be faxed to 407-656-0221 or emailed to

2016 WOCC Board Expression of Interest.pdf

Enrollment Now Open for 2015/2016 Leadership West Orange

Leadership West Orange is an annual program, sponsored by Florida Hospital - Winter Garden, that brings a group of Chamber members together for a variety of monthly sessions, all designed to educate future leaders of West Orange County.  This is a hands-on, out-of-the-classroom program, with areas of study including West Orange County history, prominent businesses, economic initiatives and what to anticipate for the future. Studies are conducted one day per month, for 8 months, during which participants will take tours focusing on a specific aspect of West Orange County. Contact the Chamber about cost and enrollment.

Chamber Events

07/15 Wednesday Networking Group

07/16 Chamber Connections: New Member Orientation and Refresher

07/16 5th Anniversary for Headquarter Honda

07/16 Business After Hours at Headquarter Honda

07/17 Friday Networking Group

07/21 Tuesday networking Group

07/21 Ribbon Cutting for FMI Stem Academy

07/22 Golf Networking Group

07/23 Education & Engagement Partners for Your Business

West Orange Economic & Developmental Advocacy Committee Meeting

07/28 Tuesday Networking Group

07/28 Triage Tuesday with the FSBDC

See All Chamber Events


Community Events

07/18 Life in the Sand: Gopher Tortoise and Native Plant Habitats of Central Florida - 10 a.m. at Oakland Nature Preserve

Business Events

07/31 Eti Keys Miniature Golf Challenge

07/16 Barefoot Treasures Getaways Travel Series - 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at WOCC office

07/18 Wilson Group Hosts Free Social Security Workshop - 12 p.m. at Mall at Millennia (Go to concierge at main entrance for room location)

07/23 Disney and Out & Equal: LGBT Equality Institute Workshop - 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at Walt Disney World Resort

07/23 Understanding Frontemporal Dementia Part 1 - 5:30-8 p.m. at Serenades West Orange

Visit Orlando's Top 10 Ways to Stay Cool in Orlando

As summertime fun sizzles in Orlando, cool down with our top picks of ways to beat the heat. From theme park rides that make a splash, indoor places to chill, cool places to take a dip to tasty frozen treats, see how you can have a refreshing, #awesummer vacation in Orlando. See Full List

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2015/2016 Leadership West Orange Schedule:

Orientation: September 21, 2015
September 23, 2015
October 6, 2015
November 4, 2015
December 9, 2015
January 13, 2016
February 10, 2016
March 2, 2016
April 6, 2016
May 2016 TBD


Photo Contest Call for Entries

The City of Ocoee is sponsoring its annual Calendar Photo Contest celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of Ocoee.  Winning photographs will be published in the city’s 2016 Community Calendar.  Photographers will be given photo credit in the calendar. Click here for details

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Orange County Connect
The eNewsletter of VisitOrlando
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