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Kicking Off 2014 in a BIG Way

I’d like to start this new year with a warm welcome to all of my fellow Chamber Members into what I know will be an exciting year for everyone.  This award winning Chamber has been planning for the exhilarating new year for months now.  2014 will offer copious opportunities for our small and big business Members to reap the benefits of investing in a Membership with the West Orange Chamber of Commerce.  Having been a Member of this Chamber for many years, I am very excited for what we have in store for you.  I would like to personally invite you to hear us announce the 2013 Business Member of the Year at our Big Orange Awards Reception on February 6th at 6:00 pm at the new Ocoee Lakeshore Center. Join me, hundreds of fellow Members and our Presenting Sponsor Orlando Health along with Event Sponsors Duke Energy and The City of Ocoee, for a night that will inspire and enlighten you. Tickets are now available for purchase online.

This event will be an evening to honor and network with other Members and the winners of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce 2013 Big Orange Awards. You will enjoy an evening of relationship building partnered with hand crafted hors d’oeuvres and an elegant meal by TableTop Catering, a silent auction and complimentary drinks, all leading up to the announcement of the 2013 Member Business of the Year.

Below are the winners of the Chamber's individual awards for 2013. These awards will be presented to the following Members at the Big Orange Awards on February 6th. Congratulations to each and every one of you!
 
Have you gone above and beyond in your role as a Chamber member in a challenging economic year?  It’s not too late to see your name added list of nominees for the 2013 Business Member of the Year.  Members are welcome to nominate yourself or another business for this award.  The panel of Judges is waiting for your nomination.  If so, download the Nomination Form and you may end up the 2013 Business Member of the Year.

I look forward to seeing all of you on February 6th!

Sincerely,
Lynetta Tipton Steed



 
Chamber Events

Thursday, Jan. 9th
EGAC Meeting
12184 West Colonial Drive
Winter Garden
8:00am - 9:00am


Friday, Jan. 10th
Friday Networking Group at Pammies Sammies
5907 Turkey Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
7:30am - 9:00am

 

Monday, Jan. 13th
Small Business Development Team Meeting
West Orange Chamber Office
12184 West Colonial Drive
Winter Garden
8:30am - 9:30am

 

Tuesday, Jan. 14th
Tuesday Networking Group at Mimi's Cafe
3130 Daniels Rd. 
Winter Garden, FL 34787
8:00am - 9:00am


Wednesday, Jan. 15th
Wednesday Networking Group at TooJay's Ocoee
10185 West Colonial Dr. 
Ocoee, FL 34761
8:00am - 9:00am


Thursday, Jan. 16th
Chamber Connection
New Member Orientation/Refresher
West Orange Chamber Office
12184 West Colonial Drive
Winter Garden
3:30pm - 4:30pm


Thursday, Jan. 16th
Business After Hours at Health Central Hospital
Presented by CenturyLink
10000 West Colonial Drive
Ocoee, FL 34761
5:30pm - 7:30pm


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Welcome Aboard

Please join us in welcoming our NEW members of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce! We encourage you to welcome these new members and show your support by visiting their websites, stopping by their businesses and utilizing some of their services and products.

Trustee of the Month


 

Accolades & Announcements

A huge Congratulations to the University of Central Florida ( a Chamber Community Trustee) for claiming the universities first BCS Bowl Victory at the New Year's Day Fiesta Bowl against #6 Baylor. UCF, battled back and forth the entire game with a strong defensive and offensive opponent. In the end, the Knights charged on to a 52 - 42 victory!! 
 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has broadened its reach in Orlando with acquisition of Windermere-based Main Street Realty International. The transaction adds an office, more than 60 sales professionals and employees plus leasing, financing and title-services operations.

The transaction represents the next step in Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s ongoing growth strategy following last month’s acquisition of Elite Preferred Realty. Read more at wotimes.com 


Major Universal Orlando CityWalk overhaul announced with 8 new venues, expansion and new themes. Eight new venues are coming to Universal's CityWalk, including new Italian and Mexican restaurants, a Hot Dog Hall of Fame and Cowfish, which will serve burgers and sushi. Also on tap: a new 130-seat Starbucks, a Stone Cold Creamery, Menchies yogurt shop and a Bread Box, which will sell handcrafted sandwiches next to the movie theater upstairs. See their entire expansion press conference on YouTube


RURAL/METRO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING
Rural/Metro Corporation, a national provider of private ambulance and fire protection services in 21 states and nearly 700 communities, today announced its emergence from Chapter 11 as a reorganized company. Through its financial restructuring, Rural/Metro has reduced its financial indebtedness by approximately 50 percent. In addition, Rural/Metro’s bondholders will provide the Company with a new equity capital infusion of $135 million to help position the Company for renewed growth. Read more in their official press release
 

Community Events

Grand Opening of Fairfield Inn & Suites, Jan. 10th - Read More

Sandy Shugart of Valencia College to perform at Garden Theatre on Jan. 11th - Read More about this fantastic concert


Oakland Three Mile Trail Run/Walk, Jan. 18th - Read More

Orange County 2014 Economic Summit, Jan. 21st - Read More

 

 

Congratulations



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Welcome Back

A HUGE Thank You goes out to the renewing businesses below. We will continue to work diligently to promote, educate and facilitate opportunities for you.

Community Trustees

ACE Hardware
BankFIRST
Duke Energy
Florida Blue
Walt Disney World Company


Supporting Trustees
Alarie Design Associates
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing LLC

Abney Insurance Agency
Action Air Of Florida
All Aspects Dental
Apostolic Worship Center Child Development
Bioceutica
Central Florida Lifestyle Publications
City Homes - US
City of Winter Garden
Country Gardens
Cracker Barrel
Crescent Communities
Custom Metal Designs, Inc.
Dillard Street Elementary School
Dorcas Dillard - Gosselin Realty
Dr. Phillips High School
Edgewood Children's Ranch
Edward Jones - Bill Winslow
Evans High School
Florida Metal Craft, Inc.
Florida State Representative Bryan Nelson
Foundation Academy - North Campus
Frangus Elementary School
Friends Of Lake Apopka
Gotha Middle School
Graham Family Law Firm, PA
Grand Rental Station -  Party Plus
Holland Properties, Inc.
Hyde Park Manufactured Housing
Inland Seas Apartments
Jose A. Cantero, P.A.
Joseph J. McClellan Insurance Agency, Inc.
L. A. Grimes Agency
Lake Gem Elementary
MetroWest Elementary School
Ocoee Elementary School
Orange Buick GMC
Orange County Supervisor of Elections
Orlando Business Journal
Proforma Albrecht & CO.
Quest Diagnostics
Roper YMCA Family Center
Rose Healthcare Centre
S.T.A.R.S. of West Orange, Inc.
Safeguard Business Printing and Promotional Products
Send Out Cards
Southwest Middle School
SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.
Taylor Morrison - Reserve at Carriage Point
Territo Electric, Inc.
The Bond Foundation
The RabCo Corporation
Theodore H. VanDeventer
Town of Oakland
Trophies Unlimited
Trustco Bank - John Young Parkway
Trustco Bank - Winter Garden Area
United Legacy Bank
UNO Chicago Grill
UpScale Thrift Store
Valencia College
Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers
Wealth Management Strategies of Central Florida
West Oaks Mall
West Orange High School
Westbrooke Elementary School
Windy Ridge School
Winter Garden Animal Hospital

 

Big Upcoming Events

 Don't forget to RSVP for this month's Business After Hours at Health Central Hospital. This always popular Business After Hours is a great way to kick off 2014. Click here to RSVP online or with your smartphone. This event is a terrific way to jump start your new year and resolve to capitalize on the opportunities that the Chamber Facilitates. 
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The Chamber's Annual Big Orange Awards Gala is coming up on February 6th at the new Ocoee Lakeshore Center. This premiere event, presented by Orlando Health and sponsored by Duke Energy and the City of Ocoee, will be an evening of honoring those Members that have contributed to the betterment of West Orange Business Community. If you are looking for a way to gain exposure for your business, sponsorship opportunities (both financial and in-kind) are still available. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online or click the image below for more information. 
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New Trustees Added


On January 1st, the West Orange Chamber made some transitions within its prestigious Trustee levels. Apple Air Conditioning and Heating, a full service multi-discipline HVAC and refrigeration company, founded in 1997 by owners Pete Lattner, Jr. and Kevin Butler, chose to elevate their membership to the Community Trustee levelBlue Cord Design and Construction, LLC recently transitioned to the Supporting Trustee level within the West Orange Chamber. Blue Cord is a service disabled Veteran owned business providing quality construction workmanship at an exceptional value. 

The Community and Supporting Trustee levels are the bedrock of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and are limited to only twenty businesses per year. Each level offers increased brand exposure, access to key business and political leaders, and a much defined, highly valuable list of benefits. Learn more about Trustee level membership and all the ways that the West Orange Chamber, the 2012 Florida Chamber of the Year, can facilitate opportunities for your business at wochamber.com.

 

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings 

Ribbon Cuttings: 

2014 Sponsorships Available

The Chamber's 2014 Sponsorship Menu is now available for download. There are numerous opportunities for you to gain exposure for your business and enhance your advertising campaigns. There are sponsorships to fit every budget and even some that offer in-kind options. Download the packet today and put in your name before the opportunity passes by. For more information on custom sponsorship, contact Krista Carter at kcarter@wochamber.com 

Monthly Chamber Shopping

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. 

A New You Resolution!
Health, Wealth, Life Coach, Wellness, Exercise, Fitness, Physical, Gym, Trainer, Spa, Massage, Beauty, Hair, Vitamins, Education, Etiquette, Skin care 

2014 Community Trustees

2014 Supporting Trustees


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