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Week of August 4th, 2014
Are you looking for an inexpensive way to showcase your products and services to the general public? MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW - THIS YEAR'S EXPO WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 18TH AT WEST OAKS MALL. This expo will be open to the public, which will dramatically increase your company's exposure to West Orange Residents.  This one-of-a-kind Expo, will allow you to eat, drink and network together while learning about local small businesses and wellness experts including: doctors, dentists, massage therapists, chiropractors, health food distributors, lifestyle coaches, personal trainers and more. This unique event, which runs concurrent with our Business After Hours,  is specifically designed for our Members that have less than 20 full-time employees. If you register before August 7th, you will save $20 on the already low table rental price. For sponsorship information on this event, download our sponsorship package.  

If your business has more than 20 employees, there is still an opportunity for you to participate. Our Participating Sponsorship level gives you added exposure and a complimentary table at the event. Download the Participating Sponsorship Form here or Download our entire Sponsorship Packet.



2014 WOCC Board of Directors Pictured Above
If you're a Member who is passionate about the West Orange business community, please consider applying for Board leadership.  It's a great way to give back to an organization that works for you every day.  August 21st at noon, will mark the end of our Board Expression of Interest submission window. The Board of Directors is the policy making board for the West Orange Chamber of Commerce.  Its members include a diverse mix of 33 business professionals from large, medium and small companies throughout the community. Being a part of the West Orange Chamber Board of Directors is your opportunity to make decisions that will impact the future of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) and build long lasting relationships with local business leaders and elected officials. To begin your journey to increased involvement and a more robust Chamber experience, download the application here. Completed forms can be faxed to 407-656-0221 or emailed to

Chamber Events
August 6th
TooJay's Deli - Ocoee
10185 W. Colonial Drive
Ocoee, FL
8:00am - 9:00am
Contact Linda O. for info

August 7th
The Must-haves of Social Media
City of Winter Garden Commission Chambers
300 W. Plant St.
Winter Garden, FL
8:00am - 9:00am

August 8th
Pammie's Sammies
5907 Turkey Lake Road
7:30am - 9:00am
Contact Leslie Skillman for info

August 12th
Windermere Country Club
2710 Butler Bay Dr North, Windermere FL 
8:00am - 9:00am
Contact Jon White for info

August 13th
Course TBD
4:45pm Tee off
Contact Dan Lewis for info

August 14th
Logan's Roadhouse
7840 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL

12:00pm - 1:30m
Advanced Payment: $15.00 pp includes lunch, drink, dessert, tax and tip. Payment at the Door: $20.00 pp includes lunch, drink, dessert, tax and tip.

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Read the latest edition of Orange County Connect from Orange County  Mayor Teresa Jacobs. 

CenturyLink launches Central Florida's first gigabit network, delivering speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Thousands of residential and business customers now have access to some of the fastest broadband speeds in the United States. Read the full press release for all the details.
Florida Legislature to hold special session for congressional map redrawing - Read the full story in the Orlando Business Journal 


Are you a Member that actively seeks out other West Orange Chamber Members when shopping for goods and services. That pro-active, Chamber-minded mentality could land you the title of Chief Facilitator of Opportunity. Each time you do business with or send a referral to a fellow Member, visit our CFO page and tell us about it. We love to hear your stories! Here just a few of our past CFO's - Kay Hill of Florida Film Academy; Denise Fisher of Aflac; Randy June of June Engineering Consultants; Bal Gautam of Holiday Inn Express; Dianne Southwell of Plaudits!


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Series Sponsor: 
Session Sponsor: Denise Fisher of Aflac
Presentation by: Chamber Member, Michelle Bergstein, BEATCreative Marketing & McLean Alley, WOCC Director of MarComm

8:00am - 9:00am on August 7th
City of Winter Garden Commission Chambers
300 W. Plant Street Winter Garden, FL 

Free to Current Chamber Members
Coffee and Pastries courtesy of Dixie Cream Cafe

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Series Sponsor - Florida Hospital - Winter Garden
Event Sponsor: CFE Federal Credit Union
Guest Speaker: Lisa Reineck, Small Business Resource Network Program Manager with the Small Business Development Center at UCF.

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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Anniversary Celebration for Barfield Insurance

Ribbon Cutting for Grand Oaks Pet Hospital

Ribbon Cutting for Jo Barsh Insurance

If you have an anniversary, grand opening or recent renovation you would like the Ambassadors to attend and publicize, contact Kelly Carney


Every month throughout 2014, we will feature a list of specific keywords that you can search in our Business Directory to help shop for specific items and services. The keywords will change each month and will be geared specifically towards that month's holidays, events or season. Just copy and paste any of the following keywords into our Business Directory to see a list of Member businesses that can fill that need. Remember, you can always access our mobile business directory on your smartphone or tablet. 

It's Back to School Time
Mall, Children, Education, Physicals, Pediatrics, Books, Computers, Childcare, Tutoring, Clothing, Schools, Academies, Private Schools


In case you missed last week's HOB NOB and Straw Poll, presented by Orlando Health and Walt Disney World Resorts, the turnout was fantastic. Some of the area races were very close and the candidates were all very supportive of one another. This was the area’s last political Hob Nob & Straw Poll using the Supervisor of Elections voting machines before the 2014 general primary this August. As in years past, the results of this Straw Poll are viewed as a gauge for the primary. To view the straw poll results - visit the News section of our website. 


Month after month, the Chamber has noticed an upward trend in our Networking Groups and our Networking Lunches. At a recent Lead and Feed at Stefano's Grill, there were over 60 attendees! In its sophomore year at the Chamber, The Golf Networking Group, is continuing to add new players each month. The weekly and bi-weekly Networking Groups also continue to expand. This type of trend shows that our Members are active, involved and dedicated. We are proud to facilitate so many opportunities for your businesses.  Visit for more information on our Networking Groups or our event Calendar for a list of events where YOU can build relationships with other Members. 

Pictured above, The Tuesday Networking Group fills Cracker Barrel in Winter Garden


The West Orange County BackPack giveaway is this Saturday, August 9th from 10am - 1pm. Click here for more information on this fantastic event. 

The Garden Theatre's Summer Movie Series is in its final month. They have provided a plethora of nostalgic, entertaining and "oh, I love that Movie" screenings all summer long. To view the remaining films, visit their calendar. 

West Oaks Mall, 9401 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee, will host a food truck event on August 8th from 4-8 p.m. Admission and parking are free; Food is $3-$18. For more information, visit

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