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Thank You, Members--It Was with Your Help that the WOCC Won
2015 Florida Chamber of the Year!!!!!!!!!

With 1,000+ members and 200,000+ employees in 11 Florida territories, we believe this is a huge win for our West Orange business community, and give the biggest thanks to YOU, our members. Without your commitment, involvement and leadership, we would not be in a position to win this honor. As you may know, we also won this award in 2009 and 2012.

“We are thrilled! In a way, this is three wins in a row, since each chamber must wait three years after winning Chamber of the Year to re-submit,” said Stina D’Uva, President/CEO of the West Orange Chamber. “The most rewarding aspect of this win is the message it sends to our members, that they have invested their funds and commitments to an established, award-winning organization that is recognized as the industry leader in all of Florida.” Read press release

We are proud to be your 2015 State of Florida Chamber of the Year!!!!



Sept 22   National Voter Registration Day at the Elections Office
Oct 9-11  10th Annual MusicFest on the streets of historic downtown Winter Garden
Oct 14     Into the Light – Help & Hope for Mental Illness at Windermere Union Church


Sept 23     WOAA Meeting at Apopka City Hall
Sept 24     Redistricting Town Hall at Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center
Sept 30     WOSLTED Task Force Meeting at City of Winter Garden Chambers
Oct 11       Thanks Giving Soulcial Fundraiser at I-Drive NASCAR Kart Racing Track
Get HUGE savings at Office Depot Office Max just for being a West Orange Chamber Member. Email us to get your loyalty card.


Winter Garden Welcomes 10 Guitars
Presenting #10Guitars: an exhibit of ten uniquely designed guitar sculptures placed around historic downtown Winter Garden, FL in celebration of the 10th anniversary of MusicFest on October 9 -11. Just a few days before the start of MusicFest, each guitar sculpture will be auctioned, with the proceeds divided equally among the Winter Garden Art Association, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and the artist. See all the guitars and learn more

Emmy Winner Thanks Valencia Professor
Director David Nutter won an Emmy at Sunday night's award ceremony, and during his acceptance speech he thanked the late Ralph Clemente, head of Valencia's film program, for teaching him about film making. Watch acceptance speech
Gov. Scott Recognizes CareerSource Florida Network Patners for Outstanding Service to Veterans
Governor Rick Scott announced the presentation of Veterans Performance Incentive Awards to three partners within the state’s CareerSource Florida network for the outstanding service to veterans provided by their employees. Governor Scott made the announcement yesterday at the 2015 Workforce Professional Development Summit. Learn more
Air Force rewards UCF for laser focus
The U.S. Air Force has awarded one of its largest contracts ever to the University of Central Florida to let the school innovate in fiber lasers. A $5.87 million contract has been awarded by the Air Force to optics researcher Martin Richardson and his University of Central Florida team to develop new concepts for the high-power lasers. The five-year contract was awarded to promote collaborative research on fiber lasers and optical fiber development at UCF’s Townes Laser Institute with similar programs at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. Learn more
Orlando a ‘Leading Location’ in Florida
Area Development, a leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection and location decisions, has honored the Orlando region by giving the community its highest ranking in the state of Florida in its recent ‘Leading Locations for 2015’ study on economic development. Area Development studied economic and workforce data for 373 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) to establish which U.S. metros are growing and sustaining economic development. Learn more




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Guest Article
How Much are Your Employee Smokers Costing You?
By Jennifer S. Wolowitz, Central Florida Area Health Education Center

Smokers cost the U.S. approximately $193 billion per year. New research estimates that each smoker costs their employer roughly $5800 per year; surprisingly, the largest component of this expense is due to lost productivity from smoking breaks at a whopping $3077 annually and not due to healthcare expenses. 
So, what's the solution for a company with smokers in its workforce? One method is a smoking surcharge implemented in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. Employers are now allowed to impart a $50 smoking surcharge to their smoking workforce, saving the company thousands per employee and creating an incentive for smokers to quit (for additional information on this surcharge click here). It is strongly recommended, however, that employers provide a grace period before implementing the surcharge and providing ample opportunity and resources to help their employees smokers quit smoking. Read full article



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