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The Chamber's Legislative Position Paper

As you all well know, the West Orange Chamber is involved in a myriad of local, state and national issues that impact your businesses. Through its various committees, we generate input on pertinent legislative business issues that are important to our Members.  This input is  provided to the Economic & Governmental Advocacy Committee (EGAC) and the recommendations are developed into the 2014 Legislative Priorities.
 

These priorities are adopted by the WOCC Board of Directors and distributed to our Central Florida Legislation in Tallahassee. Next week, Stina D’Uva - Chamber CEO/President, Krista Carter - Chamber VP, and various Members of EGAC will travel to Tallahassee to meet with numerous State and Federal elected officials to enlighten them on the issues facing West Orange County. The issues that the Chamber are focused on range from infrastructure to health care and education to economic development. The Chamber still supports the closure of the internet sales tax loophole to create a level playing field for our local brick and mortar retailers. In addition, the West Orange Chamber continues to oppose the expansion of gambling/gaming in the state of Florida. To learn more about the devastating effects of gaming across the sunshine state, please visit www.lessforfla.com

By presenting these issues in face-to-face meetings with State Representatives and highly influential State Leaders, we feel that the impact is much greater. The West Orange Chamber is the voice of thousands of businessmen and women in Central Florida and the importance of that could be lost by simply mailing our Legislative Position Paper. We hope that each and every one of you will become involved with either our EGAC, Education or Small Business Development Committees. They are open to all active Members of the Chamber and truly allow you to voice your opinions on issues that matter to you and your industry.
 

Please click here to read the WOCC’s 2014 Legislative Priorities. 

Sincerely,



 
Chamber Events
Wednesday, Feb. 5th
Wednesday Networking Group at TooJay's Ocoee
10185 West Colonial Dr. 
Ocoee, FL 34761
8:00am - 9:00am

Thursday, Feb. 6th
The BIG Orange Awards presented by Orlando Health
Ocoee Lakeshore Center
125 N. Lakeshore Drive
Ocoee, FL 34761
SOLD OUT

Tuesday, Feb. 11th
Tuesday Networking Group at Mimi's Cafe
3130 Daniels Rd. 
Winter Garden, FL 34787
8:00am - 9:00am

Thursday, Feb. 13th
Lead and Feed Networking Lunch
Miller's Ale House
7379 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32808
12:00pm - 1:30pm
$15 in advance

$20 at the door

Friday, Feb. 14th
Friday Networking Group at Pammies Sammies
5907 Turkey Lake Road, #100
Orlando, FL 32819
7:30am - 9:30am


Tuesday, Feb. 18th
Chamber 411 - "Logging in & Plugging in, your Directory Listing and Events Explained"
Sponsored by LEK Technology Consultants
West Orange Chamber of Commerce
12184 W. Colonial Drive
Winter Garden, FL 34787
8:00am - 9:00am

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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

The Orlando Sentinel recently announced the winners of their 16th Foodie Awards. We were so pleased to see so many West Orange Chamber Members named among the winners. To see if your favorite Chamber Member restaurant was added to this illustrious list, view the entire story. Congratulations to all of the winners! 

In case you missed last month's Business After Hours at Health Central Hospital, Dianne Southwell of Plaudits! was named the most recent Chief Facilitator of Opportunity/Member of the Month. Diane was awarded for her contributions to the Member Appreciation Breakfast and for utilizing and partnering with numerous Chamber Member businesses in recent months. 

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, a West Orange Chamber Community Trustee and long time resident of West Orange county, was recently featured in an edition of US Builders Review. The article spoke to the strong foundation of the founder, Bill Heichel, and their overwhelming success throughout the years. Click here to read the full article


Two Chamber Member Builders recently earned national recognition. For the second year in a row, Ashton Woods Homes has been named America’s Most Trusted Builder by the Lifestory Research Most Trusted Builders in America Study. Also David Weekley Homes, received the Builder of the Year Award from ProBuilder Magazine. Congratulations to both of these fantastic companies. 
 
   
Chamber Member, AT&T, is at the leading edge of a new bold initiative by the FCC. The FCC will now oversee industry-wide geographic trials to convert legacy Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) to an all - IP broadband architecture. Read the full story here. 

Community Events

Open House at Lake Apopka Natural Gas' Soaring Eagle Room, Feb. 7th - Read More

Upscale Vendor Market at Olympia High School, Feb 8th  - Read More


Windermere Country Club Foundation Charity Golf Event, Feb. 11th - Read More

Tasting event at The Sacred Olive & alFresco, Feb. 13th - Read More

A Valentine's night to remember at Bella Room, Feb. 14th - Read More


Walk for Peace and Job Fair, Feb. 15th - Read More

Horizon West Tour of New Homes, Feb. 15 - 23rd - Read More

Forward Florida, Taking the Pulse of Healthcare, Feb. 19th - Read More

Visit Orlando's Party at the Pointe, Feb. 20th - Read More

Winter Garden Blues and BBQ Festival, Feb. 22nd - Read More

Special Offers to Members 

JD European Tours Offers a Once in a Lifetime, Luxurious Tour through Prague and beyond. The May 2014 trip is limited to only 16 travelers. Contact Jirina today to start this stunning Bohemian adventure. Download the full travel brochure here
Stress Reduction Mini Retreat is just what the doctor ordered to soothe your tired muscles. Treat your spouse or make this a monthly indulgence. Only $30 for 30 minutes of relaxation and tranquility. Visit their special offer online now. 
Do you have family and friends visiting or travel frequently for work? Bal Gautam,General Manager at the Holiday Inn Express in Ocoee, has extended a special friends and family offer (available at all IHG Hotels - InterContinental, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites). This special is only available to current West Orange Chamber Members. Click here to fill out your friends and family discount form.

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

Best Cleaners 


Supporting Trustees
Computer Business Consultants, Inc.
First Southern Bank
Manheim Orlando


Aflac - Denise Fisher
Associates in Dermatology
Baldwin Fairchild Cemeteries & Funeral Home
Bread of Life Fellowship, Inc.
Bricks 4 Kidz
Camaraderie Foundation
Clancy & Theys Construction Co.
Classic Care Of America
Community Health Centers, Inc.
Congressman Daniel Webster
Crawford Tire Service
Currencies Direct, Inc.
Dixie Pools and Spas, Inc.
Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida
Dr. Phillips Elementary School
Expert Business Advice, LLC
Florida Center for Orthopaedics
FSI Office, Inc./Forms & Supply, Inc.
Geosam Veranda, LLC
Harbor Freight Tools
Hill Printing
Kate Oates
Lake Apopka Natural Gas District
Lek Technology Consultants
Lynn Walker Wright, P.A.
Nehrling Gardens
nth Degree Design & Visual FX, Inc.
Ocoee Middle School
Orlo Vista Elementary
Pacific Global Investment Mgmt.
Portraits by LaVerne
Robert H. Foster, D.D,S., M.A.G.D.
Rotary Club of Windermere
St. Pauls Presbyterian Church
T.J.I.S.
The Original Sign Factory
The Park Bay Group Morgan Stanley 
Town of Windermere
Tri & Run of West Orange
Westside Tech
Zion's Hope, Inc.
 

Save the date

On February 18th, the Chamber will host its first Chamber411 session of 2014. This first part in our bi-monthly series will give you a quick and easy look at how to log in and plug in to the Business Directory and at Chamber Events. This event is open to new and seasoned Members and will cover topics such as - How to create and enhance your Directory Listing - How to best utilize the Chamber's Resources - and Which events are the best fit for me. This 8:00am - 9:00am event is complimentary to all active Members. Sign up now, because seating is limited. 


On March 12th, the Chamber will hold a luncheon with Guest Speaker Phil Rawlins, Owner & President of Orlando City Soccer. Mr. Rawlins will highlight the popularity of their sport across the world and how it will immensely impact local businesses, both small and large.  More information will be forthcoming in the next week regarding times, locations and ticketing. Keep checking the wochamber.com events calendar or follow is on Facebook and Twitter.
 

Ambassadors in Action


Ribbon Cutting for The Sacred Olive 


Ribbon Cutting for Edumatics

Upcoming Ambassador Events 

Ribbon Cuttings: 

  • Harbor Freight Tool- 14011 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden - Wed. 2/12/2014 8:30 AM **Special Grand Opening Discounts and Special to attendees**
  • Casabella at Windermere -  4313 Isabella Circle, Windermere - Thurs. 2/27/2014 5:00pm
We Noticed Award:

2014 Sponsorships Available

What's the best way to market you business? By getting your name in front of as many like-minded people as possible for the best price! Right? Sponsoring a Chamber event or advertising through our media channels is one of the best values available. Download our Media Kit and see numerous ways that we can help you get the most out of your advertising dollars. 

Monthly Chamber Shopping

Search the words below in our Business Directory and shop for specific items and services from Chamber Members. Remember, you can always access our mobile business directory on your smartphone or tablet. 

Love is in Air - Valentines Day coming soon
Cards, Florist, Candy, Chocolate, Restaurant, Senior, Retail, Nursing, Shopping, Nursery, Photography, Embroidery, Jewelry, Gift, 
 
Planning a Wedding or other Event?
Event planning, Rental hall, Food, Catering, Rental, Transportation

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2014 Community Trustees

2014 Supporting Trustees


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