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2018 Best Fest

The Best is Yet to Come! The 17th Annual Best Fest - "The Taste of West Orange", on April 11!

Over 1,100 West Orange food fanatics will gather along the shore of Starke Lake in Ocoee to sample all the delicious food and drink samples they could handle at Best Fest on Thursday, April 11th! Enjoy the scrumptious tastes and bites from some of the best local restaurants, caterers and breweries that West Orange County has to offer!  Click here for more information to this year's event!
 

Thank You to Our BEST FEST Sponsors!

Premier Sponsor: Healthy West Orange

Featured Venue Sponsor: City of Ocoee

Participating Sponsors: Bright Future ElectricRentaland

Media Sponsors: Clear Channel OutdoorKarst Media GroupObserver Media GroupSouthwest Orlando Bulletin

Event Sponsors: Critical Intervention ServicesReed NissanWest Oaks Mall
 

For sponsorship and / or vendor information, please email: cwilson@wochamber.com

Click Here to Purchase Tickets to the 17th Annual BEST FEST!

News You Can Use


State of the City 2019 - Ocoee, Florida 
Mayor Rusty Johnson, who has been a resident of Ocoee for 60 years, talks about the improvements being made in the State of the City 2019 - Ocoee, Florida's. Look at the many improvements that are being made to enhance the safety and quality of life for the citizens of Ocoee.  Click here to watch the State of the City 2019 - Ocoee, Florida.

Public Open House for Silver Star Road Street Study to be Held on March 14
MetroPlan Orlando in coordination with the City of Ocoee, will present a Public Open House on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Ocoee, 4 North Lakewood Drive.  MetroPlan Orlando will present information about the Silver Star Road Complete Streets Study. Citizens are invited to drop in anytime between 5:30 and 7 p.m. to find out how Silver Star Road connects to the city’s vision for Downtown Ocoee.  For more information, Click here

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings Marks Accomplishments in First 100 Days
Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings took the Oath of Office on Dec. 4, 2018 and remains committed to building a community that works for everyone. Marking his 100th day in office, Mayor Demings is prioritizing the needs of local residents through innovation, collaboration and inclusiveness. A summary of those accomplishments were released today.  Learn more

Visit Florida reports record 126.1 million visitors to state in 2018
Florida drew 126.1 million out-of-state visitors in 2018, setting a tourism record for the eighth consecutive year, Visit Florida said Wednesday. Overall, the total was a 6.2 percent jump over the previous record set in 2017, the state tourism marketing agency said. Orlando’s tourism agency, Visit Orlando, had a big year in 2017, when it set a record for the city with 72 million visitors. The organization will announce its 2018 visitor numbers in May. Full story

Disney's new 'Star Wars' Galaxy's Edge them park lands will open earlier then expected
Fans of "Star Wars" will be able to visit the planet Batuu a bit earlier than expected. The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday that its new "Star Wars" lands Galaxy's Edge will open on May 31 at its California park and on Aug. 29 in Florida. Read more
 
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How to Protect your small business from the dark web?

The dark web is all about anonymity. "Much like the internet—or clearnet—that billions of people access every day from mobile and desktop devices, the dark web is a network of websites, forums, and communication tools like email," writes Dan Patterson in his TechRepublic article Dark Web: A cheat sheet for business professionals. "What differentiates the dark web from the clearnet is that users are required to run a suite of security tools that help anonymize web traffic."

Many small business owners have no idea the dark web exists. "A report by my company, Switchfast, (an IT-service organization that focuses on small businesses) found that 26 percent of small business employees don't even know what the dark web is, let alone the role it plays in exacerbating data breaches," writes Jim Anderson, CEO of Switchfast Technologies, in Entrepreneur. "Even worse, some small businesses might not even be aware they've been compromised until after their data has been bought and used by someone else."


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Chamber Events


3/13    25th Anniversary Winter Garden Heritage Foundation

3/13    Ribbon Cutting JSI European Specialist

3/13    Horizon West Networking Group

3/18    110th Anniversary South Lake Apopka Citrus Growers Association

3/19    Tuesday Networking Group

3/20    Wednesday Networking Group

3/21    Business After Hours

3/22    Spotlight Speaker presented by WOCC Economic & Governmental Advocacy Committee

3/22    West Orange Economic & Governmental Advocacy Committee Meeting

3/22    Friday Networking Group

3/25    20th Anniversay AutoNation Collision Center

3/26    Ribbon Cutting Pathway Financial Group

3/26    Tuesday Networking Group

3/26    Revive & Thrive with the Florida SBDC

3/27    Ribbon Cutting The Attic Door

3/27    Horizon West Networking Group

3/27    Ribbon Cutting Clock Tower Realty

3/28    Celebrating Extraordinary Women: An Evening Of Cocktails and Conversation

 

Business Events


3/29    Orange County Regional Economic Summit

 

Community Events


3/29    Sideline Wine & Dine 2019

3/29    Poker at the Palace

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