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Facilitating Opportunity

During the past few weeks, I have been reminded of the vast sphere of influence and connections that the West Orange Chamber of Commerce  (WOCC) encapsulates. Earlier this summer, each Board Member was tasked (by Chamber President/CEO, Stina D'Uva)  to note each time we dined at a Chamber Member restaurant. Just like you, I often enjoy a scrumptious meal or quick bite at many of the local Chamber Member restaurants in West Orange. However, it wasn't until Stina shared with me the other Board Members submissions, did I realize just how many of our 33 person Board of Directors facilitates opportunity. It further resonated the dramatic impact that the West Orange Chamber of Commerce has on our local economy.  I encourage each of you to do the same task, not only for restaurants, but for all of your business and consumer transactions with a fellow Chamber Member. Make a simple note when you send or receive a referral, form a partnership or conduct business with a WOCC business. Afterwards, visit the Facilitating Opportunity page and share your story of how you influenced opportunity and contributed towards each other's success. 

Lastly, as a reminder, the fun-filled days of summer are leading us to an action packed, Fall calendar of events and programs.  Each and every activity on our calendar is created with the Chamber’s purpose at the core of its inception and planning; facilitating opportunity.  This is to ensure that we are in keeping with our purpose and providing you many different ways to help and support your business.  From our upcoming Business BEFORE Hours, Small Business and Wellness Expo, Education Luncheon, September Lunch & Learn or the annual Golf Classic, there is always a way for you to connect and grow your business. These events are designed to encourage working with other Chamber businesses to help one another reach a milestone; a higher fruit. Whether it be with ways to network and build relationshipsadvertise and promote your business or expand your knowledge base; we are here for you and so are your fellow Chamber Members.


Chamber Events
Wednesday, Aug. 20th
Wednesday Networking Group
TooJays Original Deli
8:00am - 9:00am 
Email Linda O. for Info

Thursday, Aug. 21st
New Member Orientation & Refresher
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Chamber Office

Click here to RSVP 
Thursday, Aug. 21st
Business After Hours
5:30pm - 7:00pm
American Momentum Bank
in conjunction w/
Bonefish Grill, UNO Chicago Grill & Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves
Click here to RSVP 

Thursday, Aug. 21st
Economic & Governmental Advocacy Committee (EGAC) Meeting
Guest Speaker: Congressman Daniel Webster
8:00am - 9:00am

Chamber Office
Please Register to Attend
Friday, Aug. 22nd
Friday Networking Group
Pammie's Sammies
7:30am - 8:30am

Email Leslie Skillman for Info
Tuesday, Aug. 26th
Tuesday Networking Group
Windermere Country Club
8:00am - 9:00am

Email Jon White for Info
Wednesday, Aug. 27th
Golf Networking Group
Orange County National
Tee off at 5:00pm
Email Dan Lewis to RSVP

View all events online


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.

Allstar Enterprises & Cleaning LLC

Costco Wholesale #184

Costco Wholesale #185

Dillard Street Dental


Hungry Howies

Kona Ice of Northwest Orlando

Ladybird Academy of Winter Garden

Learning Rx - Orlando Windermere - referred by Michael Barry of GNC

Mimi's Boutique & Intimates

Ocoee Tire & Auto Service - referred by SouthWest Property Management

Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge

Premier Laser Spa Of Orlando

RE/MAX 200 Realty

Shaw's Flowers & Gifts

St. Luke's UMC Community Initiative in East Winter Garden

The Cake Studio

Total Travel and Events


Walt Disney World Resort is the world's most-visited entertainment resort, located right in our backyard. Covering 30,080 acres, it is home to four theme parks, two water parks, twenty-four themed resorts (excluding eight more that are on-site but not owned by the Walt Disney Company), two spas and fitness centers, five golf courses, and other recreational and entertainment venues. Visit them online at for more information on pricing, season passes and job opportunities. 


Board Expression of Interest Forms are due on the 21st of this month! If you have  always wanted to serve on the West Orange Chamber's Board of Directors and make an impact on the future of the West Orange business community, now is the time to act.  Expression of Interest forms are available on our website.


Betsy VanderLey, pictured left with District 1 Aide Diana Garcia, was recently awarded the District 1 Citizen of the Year Award. Betsy is the Business Development Director for DRMP, Inc., a civil engineering firm headquartered in Orange County. In addition to her role at DRMP, VanderLey is the Vice Chair of the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission/Local Planning Agency and is the P&Z representative on Orange County's Affordable Housing Board. Read more about her award and other local news in Commissioner Scott Boyd's August newsletter.

Orange County Public Schools started this week. Here are some fast facts about the district that you may not know.

LEADERSHIP WEST ORANGE IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! If you have ever wanted to know more about everything in West Orange County, from History to Healthcare and Government to growth in the area, this program is for you. This interactive, behind the scenes program is only available for registration for a limited time. Visit our website for more information and to apply. Don't miss this great opportunity. 

Please be advised that the next WOSLTED Task Force Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 (the third Wednesday of the month) at 7:30 a.m. in the City of Winter Garden Commissioner Chambers, 300 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787. An agenda for the meeting can be found here. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the District 1 Office at 407-836-7312.


Discount LEGOLAND tickets from S.T.A.R.S of West Orange.  Tickets are available now, but quantities are limited. Download their flyer for more information. 

Join us on Sept. 6th at 7:30pm for West Orange Chamber Night at Orlando City Soccer! Tickets are discounted for WO Chamber Members and their families. Download their flyer for more information. 

Orlando Sentinel has begun casting votes for the Best Bets survey. Make sure to go online and vote for your favorite Chamber Member

Magical Dining Starts August 25th!. Make sure to choose your favorite Chamber Restaurants and indulge in this yearly event. Read More


15th Anniversary for Stonewood Grill

Ribbon Cutting for Grand Oaks Pet Hospital

Ribbon Cutting for Colonial Drive Family Dentistry

Ribbon Cutting for Kona Ice of NW Orlando



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.

Boyd Development Corporation
University of Central Florida 


Orlando Magic
Shutts & Bowen, LLP

A Zing Zap Cleaning Service
Bella Room, LLC
Bridgewater Middle School
Central FL Strategies, Inc.
Florida Film Academy
Godley's Tree Service
Harry & Larry's Bar-B-Que
High Line Car Sales, Inc.
LaPorte Financial, LLC
Law Offices of Ginger R. Lore, P.A.
Luck Realty Group Inc.
Madden, Moorhead, & Glunt, Inc.
Miller Seal Coating
Molly Maid of West Orange and South Lake Counties
Nancy Brown - Shaklee
Office Depot #511
Orange County Property Appraiser
Sangoma LLC
Tildenville Elementary School
Treasure Title Insurance Agency, Inc.
Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
Welch Creative Lighting
Wellcare Health Plans
West Orange Airport Authority
Whispering Oak Elementary
Windermere Allergy & Asthma


Business After Hours Series Sponsor: CenturyLink
Sponsored by: American Momentum Bank | Winter Garden Village and Fowler Groves | Bonefish Grill | Uno Chicago Grill 

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Series Sponsor - Florida Hospital - Winter Garden
Event Sponsor: CFE Federal Credit Union
Guest Speaker: Lisa Reineck and Hunt Dawkins of the  Small Business Resource Network with the 
Small Business Development Center at UCF will share how their vast resources can help your business (for free) and our exciting new partnership with 

7:30am - 9:00am on August 28th
 Bella Room
12100 W. Colonial Drive
Winter Garden, FL 34787

$15.00 for Current WOCC Members
$25.00 for Non-Members

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Registration is now open for our
Small Business and Wellness Expo


Take the afternoon off and join us on October 30th at Windermere Country Club for our annual Golf Classic! It's a terrific way to relax and build relationships with fellow Members, clients, friends or your office staff. Call 407-656-1304 or email the Events Department and mention this post to receive $25 off the price of a golf foursome now through Wednesday August 20th. Visit our website for more information on our annual Golf Classic and all of the prizes, games, food and good times that are in store for our players. 

Also, if you would like to participate as a hole sponsor, spaces are limited, so contact the Events Department today


Chamber President/CEO Stina D'Uva recently attended the ACCE (Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) national conference, where they celebrated their 100th anniversary year of providing professional development and support services for Chamber executives and staff. Featured with Stina D’Uva is Rex Richards, President of the Valpo Chamber in Valparaiso, Indiana. 

Chamber President Stina D'Uva and VP Krista Carter, joined WOCC Members Francine Burruezo, MetroWest Golf Club and Julie Sanchez, MetroWest Master Association, Inc. at the Crafted Block & Brew. A terrific addition to MetroWest!

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