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West Orange dodges worst of Hurricane Matthew; Impact still felt throughout region

Hurricane Matthew narrowly avoided a direct impact on Florida's shores Friday, but its impact was widespread throughout Central Florida. Hundreds of thousands of Floridians were without power in the hours and days following the storm, with many suffering property damage, particularly in coastal counties.

While the worst of the storm stayed clear of West Orange, the area still received several hours of tropical storm force winds, forcing residents to take cover. Many area businesses closed for all or parts of Thursday and Friday, including tourist destinations Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando. The Winter Garden Music Festival was forced to cancel its Friday lineup, but the show went on as planned Saturday and Sunday.

Governor Rick Scott announced Monday that Florida will offer small emergency loans to businesses that had to shut down or were damaged during Hurricane Matthew. The Florida Small Business Development Center Network is taking the applications through Nov. 11. Those affected can get loans up to $25,000. Businesses must have between 2 and 100 employees. Apply here
Florida's voter registration deadline, originally scheduled for today, has been extended to Wednesday due to the storm. Details
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VISIT FLORIDA hurricane recovery support
VISIT FLORIDA wants to make sure your business receives additional support in the aftermath of recent hurricanes. The following programs are available immediately to core tourism businesses located in impacted areas... Read More

Orlando area would rank 58th among the world's nations in economic power
The Orlando area generated more than $121 billion of goods and services last year. That local output would have ranked 58th among the world's nations, putting Orlando just ahead of Hungary. Read More

Orange County engages with emerging young professionals
Dozens of young professionals learned about Orange County’s new code and how it will impact future developments in the region during the Young Professionals Advisory Council meeting held on Aug. 17 at Harry P. Leu Gardens. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orange County Planning Manager Alberto Vargas highlighted the new Orange Code, and how the change will positively affect International Drive. Read More
Orange County Engages with Young Professionals

WOPA announces endorsements for general election
The West Orange Political Alliance (WOPA) has announced its endorsements for the November 8 general election. WOPA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that focuses on issues, and primarily seeking out and endorsing candidates in county, school board and state offices that will further the business interests of West Orange County.  View endorsements

Dr. Michael Armbruster on the value of technical education
Dr. Mike Armbruster of Orange Technical College on the value of technical education:
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Ocoee’s 9th Annual Haunted House coming soon
The City of Ocoee invites Halloween revelers to three nights of frightful fun. The city’s 9th Annual Haunted House will be held on October 22, 28 & 29. For those who like to walk on the wild side, a Haunted Walk will take them into the woods for a spooky outside adventure. Younger children will have fun activities including a bounce house, hayride, prizes, candy and refreshments. Read More

Chamber Events

10/12  West Orange Mayoral Update Luncheon

10/12  5th Anniversary: Rocky's Retreat

10/13  Ribbon Cutting: Fuzzy Therapy Miniature Horses Inc.

10/14  Ribbon Cutting: Southern Outdoor Lighting

10/17  Small Business Development Team Meeting

10/17  Ribbon Cutting: Sprint

10/18  Tuesday Networking Group

10/19  Ribbon Cutting: Frozen Cow Ice Cream

10/19  Wednesday Networking Group

10/25  1st Anniversary: Anne's Art and Design

10/25  Tuesday Networking Group

10/25  Triage Tuesday with the FSBDC

10/27  Business After Hours

11/3    WOCC Golf Classic

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Business Events

10/15  Sprint Grand Opening

10/20  Goodwill Industries of Central Florida Job Fair Day

Community Events

10/18  Downtown Ocoee Master Plan Final Presentation

10/21  Edgewood Children's Ranch 34th Annual Country Round-Up Dinner and Auction

10/22  3rd Annual Windermere Craft Beer Festival

10/24  POPS Golf Tournament

10/26  Sand Lake Road Study Community Meeting
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West Orange's Leading Women enjoy "Meeting at the Market"

Dozens of West Orange businesswomen joined us Sept. 27 at Plant Street Market for our latest women's business event, Meeting at the Market! Attendees enjoyed a presentation by Miss Universe Michelle McLean-Bailey on the 5 GREAT Principles of "Success Under Pressure." They also received delightful desserts from David Ramirez Chocolates and food and drinks from Crooked Can Brewing Company and other Plant Street Market vendors, with plenty of time for sharing business-building ideas with other leading women of West Orange!
Meeting at the Market

Leadership West Orange kicks off 2016-17 session 

Leadership West Orange 2016-17, sponsored by Florida Hospital, held its first session on September 28.  The Class consists of 24 future leaders working and living in the West Orange area.  The class spent their first day at Camp WeWa participating in Team Building exercises.

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On October 4, the group completed their second session that highlighted the Economic Drivers in the West Orange area.  The field trip started with a history lesson of our area at the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation.  The group continued on with stops at Knox Nursery, Thermo King of the Southeast and Cemex.  

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This year's class includes: Sandy Ballaron, Allyn Brice, Yilda Casanova, Ross Coapstick, Fran DiFede, Trish Eakin, Jenna Emerson, Kerry-Ann Farrow, Sarah Felt, Luisio Garcia, Craig Hazen, Katie Henderson, Wendell Hines, Jamie June, Melissa Kincaid, Heather McClellan, Massiel Negron, Jon Nobles, Lee O'Donnell, Nina Sayad, Julieta Scott, Ryan Smith and Tyler Stover.
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