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To my fellow Members:
Isn't it amazing how quickly a year can go by! It is hard to believe my time as your Chairman of the Board has come to an end. You've given me the privilege of serving in this position, and I thank you for the opportunity. My thanks also go to the wonderful staff at the WOCC and to the Members of the Board of Directors and the various committees that make this organization so successful. Special thanks go to the 2013 Chairman of the Board, David Billsborough and our executive committee who have worked tirelessly to maintain the WOCC’s reputation as the leading business advocate in Central Florida. I would also like to acknowledge the wonderful woman who is your 2015 Chairman of the Board, Debbie Clements. Debbie’s outstanding knowledge of the business climate in Central Florida and her keen sense of leadership will surely make 2015 a banner year for the West Orange Chamber of Commerce.  These fantastic people and many more have accomplished so much.

As the saying goes, it is great to go out in style and there is no better way than to do so than by announcing some great news. I'm pleased to announce the 2014 Big Orange Award Winners!  These stellar Chamber Members will be honored at our January 30th Big Orange Awards at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
  • THE CHAIRMAN’S AWARD:  Betsy VanderLey - DRMP, Inc.
  • THE SAM HOVSEPIAN AWARD:  Mayor Gary Bruhn - Town of Windermere 
  • AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR: Jim Densmore - Parkland International Realty
  • THE MARY VANDEVENTER AWARD - THE SPIRIT OF WEST ORANGE:  Dr. Barbara Jenkins - OCPS Superintendent
  • THE GEORGE BAILEY AWARD: Dick Batchelor - Dick Batchelor Management Group, Inc.
  • THE BERT ROPER AWARD:  Matthew's Hope Ministries, Inc.
  • THE DANNIEL J. PETRO THE BRIGHT FUTURE OF WEST ORANGE AWARD:  Randy June - June Engineering Consultants
  • LIFETIME DIRECTOR: Jim Densmore - Parkland International Realty
 Thank you again for the opportunity to serve. I urge you and your employees to get more involved with this wonderful organization, just as I did over 10 years ago. It is an excellent investment in the future of your business and the success of businesses across West Orange County. Happy Holidays to all!
APPLICATIONS FOR 2014 BUSINESS MEMBER OF THE YEAR ARE NOW AVAILABLE. DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION FORM HERE!

CHAMBER EVENTS

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Valencia College offers the 'Valencia Project'. This partnership pairs a small local business owner with a class of beginning business students - READ MORE
Dr. Arthur of Sand Lake Dermatology was elected to the Orlando Medical Society - SEE THEIR FACEBOOK POST
Orlando City Soccer Club founder and president, Phil Rawlins, has been inducted into the United Soccer League's PRO Hall of Fame - READ MORE
New WOCC Member, Kona Ice of NW Orlando was recognized as one of the top eight food trucks in Central Florida - READ MORE 
Check out this terrific video from the 2014 Ocoee Founder's Day Festival! There were tons of WOCC Members participating and sponsoring this great event. 
Congratulations to the UCF Knights on their AWESOME last second victory over ECU to secure back-to-back American Athletic Conference Championships. SEE THE VIDEO
AMBASSADORS IN ACTION (click pictures to enlarge)
 
        
Your Membership gets you BIG savings at Office Depot. Contact our office to find out more about their discount program.

YOUR CHAMBER IN ACTION

If you missed our Member Appreciation Breakfast last week, click here for the article and photos from this wonderful event.  
The WOCC Leadership West Orange Class visited local government buildings, the county jail and numerous other locations this past week in order to learn more about the impact local government has on our area. READ MORE
The WOCC Ambassadors hit the street this past weekend for the Winter Garden and Ocoee Holiday Parades. See the photo of our Ambassadors in action.
The WOCC Trustees and Board of Directors had the opportunity to participate in a special private behind-the-scenes tour of the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Pictured:  Mansour Garemani, Krista Carter, Tim Keating, Commissioner Bob Buchanan, Lynetta Tipton Steed, Stina D’Uva, Jim Densmore, Jeff Milhausen, Francine Burruezo and Lynette Reynolds.  
COMMUNITY EVENTS
 
Don't miss out on some of the Special Offers from your fellow Members. Deals on Massages, Floor & Carpet Cleaning, Discount subscription to the OBJ, Storage, Logo Design and much more. 



 
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