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Let’s Hear it for the 2015 FL Chamber of the Year!!!


In case you haven’t already heard, THAT’S US!!!! As a member, I am proud, and as Chairman of the Board, I am honored to be a part of this award-winning organization. During the 11 years I have been involved with the West Orange Chamber, I have had the pleasure of sharing in the joy and excitement of winning this award THREE times—in 2009, 2012 and of course 2015! Which is basically three wins in a row, because each chamber must wait three years after winning Chamber of the Year to re-submit.
 
This award is more than just a glass trophy to display in the lobby.  It represents unsurpassed success. While this year’s award was based on the Chamber’s accomplishments within the past three years, our success has been built on more than 40 years of service and dedication to the West Orange community. I want to officially share my congratulations to the team, my gratitude to the organization, and my appreciation to our members—Together, we are the Florida Chamber of the Year!!!!
 

News You Can Use


Music Fest 2015 Schedule Announced
Over 20 Musical Genres Represented in 10 Locations Over 3 Days. The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation is announceS the full music schedule for the 10th Annual MusicFest, taking place in historic downtown Winter Garden October 9-11, 2015. There are two outdoor main stages: The BrightHouse Networks Stage, located at the intersection of Lakeview & Plant Streets, and The Ace Hardware stage, located at the intersection of Main & Plant Streets.  View Schedule

A Win for No Casinos!
Just yesterday, the First District Court of Appeal granted a rehearing of the Gretna slot machine case. First DCA also released a reversal of its earlier decision on this case, with a new judge taking the place of one of judges on the case who recently retired. Read more

Two Orange Schools Win National "Blue Ribbon" Awards
Whispering Oak Elementary School in Winter Garden and Legacy Charter High School in Ocoee are the two local winners. Both won because of "of "overall academic excellence" as demonstrated on Florida's state tests, according to the U.S. Department of Education, which hands outs the annual awards. Read more

Cars for Kids: Reed Nissan Donates Two New Cars to Young Adults Served by Community Based Care of Central FL
Reed Nissan and the newly opened Reed Nissan Clermont teamed up to donate two cars to young adults served by Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF) in the dealership’s first-ever Cars For Kids giveaway. Jasmine, 19, and Bernard, 24, were surprised by the gift of 2015 Nissan Sentras. Read more

Orange County Launches Heroin Task Force
“As our nation continues to battle the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, including drug abusers seeking an alternative to illegally-dispensed pain medications, the skyrocketing use of heroin is emerging as a deadly and violent threat,” Mayor Jacobs said. “To tackle this problem locally, I have asked Sheriff Demings to join in forming a collaborative and multi-jurisdictional Task Force.” Read more

 
Leadership West Orange 2015/2016
 
The Leadership West Orange 2015/2016, sponsored by Florida Hospital, held its first session on Wednesday, September 23.  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. Pictured: Jimmy Dunn, Stacy Williams, Hart Donovan, Mark Candell, Cat DeCecco, Brad Hillmon, Crystal Davidson, Bo Herrington, Andrew Heintzelman, Jennifer Stoeke, Cyndi Gustafson, Brenda LaBattaglia, Kim Hardy, Irma Cuadra, Joey Alarie, Rachel Saunders, Marc Lillis, Celena Orr, Glenn Landry, Julie Robinson, Fred Stein and Chanda Horne

Chamber Events

10/06 15th Anniversary for Hope Charter School

10/07 Wednesday Networking Group

10/08 Chamber 411

10/09 Friday Networking Group

10/13 Tuesday Networking Group

10/13 We Noticed for Roper YMCA Family Center

10/14
Coffee and Connections (SOLD OUT)

10/15 Ribbon Cutting for Century 21 Blue Sky Realty Group

10/20 Ribbon Cutting for Wells Fargo

10/21
Wednesday Networking Group

10/21 One-Year Anniversary for Fidelity Bank

10/22 Chamber Connections

10/22 Business After Hours

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Business Events

10/17 Navigating the Journey to Caregiving FREE Workshop
 

Community Events

10/09 - 10/11 Winter Garden Music Fest

10/11 Into the Light – Help & Hope for Mental Illness

10/16 Orlando City Soccer Club vs New York City Football Club


10/24 Windermere Craft Beer Fest

 
Is Your Business Secure?
by Clinton Pownall of Computer Business Consultants

The recent string of security breaches has allowed hackers to gain unprecedented access to your personal information, your healthcare records, and your credit card numbers.  In the aftermath of each security breach it was determined the companies hacked were fully prepared and well protected when it comes to technology defenses.  However, investing in only technology is no longer enough.
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