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Celebrating 2015, Looking Forward to 2016

As we turn the calendar over to a new year and prepare for a year full of growth and prosperity, now is a great time to celebrate the many successes of the past year. 
What better way to crown our region's highest achievers than by joining us at the Big Orange Awards! We invite you to join us in honoring the outstanding people and businesses that facilitated opportunity in our West Orange community in 2015.
This magical evening is an opportunity to announce the Business Member(s) of the Year and celebrate our other Award winners. Nominated for the 2015 Small Business Member of the Year are: Denise Fisher of Aflac, Lek Technology Consultants, Observer Media Group, and Pammie's Sammies. Sponsorship opportunities, as well as program advertising options, are still available. Tickets and corporate tables are currently on sale, click here for more information!
We are happy to welcome two new supporting trustees on board for 2016, BB&T and Yellowstone Landscape

Building on a tradition of excellence in community banking that stretches back to 1872, BB&T continues to offer clients a complete range of financial services including banking, lending, insurance, trust and wealth management solutions. 

Yellowstone Landscape is a full service commercial landscaping company, committed to delivering professional landscape services including 
Landscape Design, Landscape Installation, Landscape Maintenance, Irrigation Installation and Repair, and Tree Care services.
The investment made by these two companies as Supporting Trustees will help to further support their integration and presence within central Florida and West Orange County.
West Orange Chamber Adds Marketing Director
The West Orange Chamber of Commerce recently added marketing and public relations specialist Tyler Stover as the Director of Marketing and Communications. Prior to joining the West Orange Chamber, Stover served as Community Outreach Director at Halifax Humane Society from 2011-2015. He also served as president of the Florida Public Relations Association’s Volusia-Flagler chapter from 2014-15.

“I am thrilled to join the outstanding team here at the West Orange Chamber,” Stover said. “Community involvement has always been a vital component of both my personal and professional life. As a new resident of this region, I cannot imagine a better opportunity to become acquainted with our area leaders and get involved.” Read more
New Year's Resolution

It's time to put your New Year’s Resolutions for your business into action. But how do you get started? You have been receiving emails from the West Orange Chamber for probably months now and haven’t found the right time or reason to move forward with your membership – until now. Your membership in the WOCC can help you check the following resolutions off your list... Read more 

News You Can Use

Ocoee Community Grant Applications Available
The City of Ocoee’s Community Grant applications are available online at  Residents may also pick up an application at City Hall located at 150 North Lakeshore Drive.  The deadline to submit applications is January 29, 2016. Read more

Governor Scott Appoints Three to West Orange Board
The West Orange Healthcare District (WOHD) confirmed that Florida Governor Rick Scott has reappointed two members and appointed one new member to the West Orange Healthcare District Board. The appointments include... Read more

Health Central President Accepts New Role with Orlando Health
A leadership change is afoot at Health Central Hospital. Current hospital president Greg Ohe has accepted a new role at Orlando Health as the senior vice president of ambulatory, and will transition to the new role within the next few weeks, according to a Jan. 8 announcement from Orlando Health. As a result, a search will begin immediately for the hospital's next president, Orlando Health spokeswoman Kena Lewis told Orlando Business Journal. The next president should be hired by early to late spring, she said. Read more

Get to Know Valencia
Recently, a team from Public Radio International came to campus to interview Valencia College students and produced a segment for “The Takeaway,” which aired on public radio stations around the nation. The Takeaway team will return to Valencia in the spring as they continue a year-long series on community colleges and how we bring opportunity to students who otherwise might have little chance to achieve the American dream. Listen here

De La Portilla Takes Oath as Ocoee District Commissioner
West Orange Chamber member Angel de la Portilla of Central FL Strategies, Inc. took the oath of office for City of Ocoee Commissioner District 3 on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.  Mr. Angel de la Portilla was appointed to fulfill the remaining term of office for former District 3 Commissioner Rusty Johnson, who was elected to serve as the Mayor in a special election. 
The West Orange Program for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs 2015/2016, sponsored by Bright Future Electric, held its first session on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  The Class consists of 15 high school juniors from local West Orange County Chamber member schools.  The class spent their first day at Camp WeWa participating in Team Building exercises.

Chamber Events

1/13 Lead and Feed Networking Lunch

1/19 Tuesday Networking Group

1/20 Wednesday Networking Group

1/21 Chamber Connections

1/21 Business After Hours

1/22 Friday Networking Group

Tuesday Networking Group

1/26 Triage Tuesday

1/29 Big Orange Awards

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Business Events

1/14 Focal Point Coaching - Small Business Group Coaching

Community Events

1/18 Ocoee Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Parade

1/20 Free Injury Screenings at Roper YMCA

Join Us January 21 for Business After Hours

Start 2016 by building new partnerships and nurturing your existing business relationships with fellow Members at Health Central Hospital's Business After Hours. This ever-growing member of Orlando Health's family of hospitals has hosted the January Business After Hours for many years, and the food, fun & festivities are always stellar. Make sure to bring your business cards for a chance to win great prizes and for new business networking opportunities.


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