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#5: The Danniel J. Petro-WOCC Scholarship

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce developed the West Orange Chamber Scholarship in 2003. The Scholarship was established to make it possible for eligible students from Chamber member high schools in good standing to further their education at Valencia College (any campus), Orange Technical College - Westside Campus or the University of Central Florida. The West Orange Chamber is proud to contribute $1 from most Chamber event ticket sales as well as a generous annual $5000 contribution by the Petro Family Foundation to the Scholarship Fund. Click to download 2017 application

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Florida Chamber CEO delivers unexpected message
On Wednesday, Florida Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Wilson delivered a somewhat unexpected message to a room of 75 businesses leaders and government officials. “I’m positive that when some of you got the invite for today you asked, ‘What’s the chamber doing looking at poverty?’” he said. Wilson took attendees through a presentation showing how business leaders and their attitudes need to adjust to solve the problems associated with generational poverty. Full story

Sixth annual Jazz in the Park recognizes outstanding community organizations
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs hosted the sixth annual Jazz in The Park on March 4 at the majestic Cypress Grove Park. The event brought together hundreds of Orange County citizens to listen to the cool sounds of jazz music and enjoy free entertainment in a family-friendly environment. Read more

UCF wins awards at National Small Business Institute Conference
The Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, is pleased to announce that three of its regional offices won top honors at the 41st annual National Small Business Institute® (SBI®) academic conference for their work with students. The Florida SBDC at the University of Central Florida (UCF) won two Student Consulting Project of the Year awards: second place in the Graduate Specialized category for consulting work with USA Shoe Company and third place in the Feasibility/Business Plan category for work with The Farm at Rockledge Gardens. Full story

New-home construction spikes in Metro Orlando
New-home construction in Metro Orlando spiked 25 percent from a year earlier with the biggest boost in The Villages and communities near theme parks (including Horizon West), a new report shows. Orlando’s home-building industry has benefited from job creation in the region and a short supply of existing homes listed on the market has not hurt. Read more

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#6: Discover Community Profile & Business Directory

Discover magazine is the exclusive resource for visitors and residents to West Orange County. Published annually, it includes a business directory of all WOCC members, along with useful information on West Orange communities, shopping and dining, real estate, education, healthcare and much more. The 2017 edition was produced by Observer Media Group and is being to delivered to members and throughout the area now!
Social Media Spotlight

Social Media Spotlight

By Heather Papoulis, Director of Membership
The world around you is going digital. Perhaps you already have as well, but what does that mean for business? Businesses are taking on a life previously only dreamed of through social media channels. These channels have allowed them to connect, promote and identify with consumers, as well as gather and review analytics to see what is working and what is not. As a WOCC member of the Enhanced level of membership or above, you have the included benefit of a social media write-up posted by the Chamber. This allows you a third-person spotlight platform, which is more attractive than the traditional first-person endorsement.

The Chamber is now also offering the opportunity for all members to boost their post using the Chamber platform, so that it will expand your marketing reach even further (approximately double, sometimes triple) and supply you with after-the-fact feedback of the analytics of who was paying attention and from where! If you would like to learn more about your social media benefits, please email us at or call us at 407-656-1304 ext. 1.

Duke Energy

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#7: Duke Energy

Duke Energy is one of the West Orange Chamber's original members, joining during the formation of the Chamber in 1972 as Florida Power. The company is a prominent community leader, and played a major role in bringing the WOCC to its current home in a visible location on SR 50. In addition to being a longtime Community Trustee, Duke Energy is a sponsor and partner on numerous Chamber events, and Government & Community Relations Manager Debbie Clements served as the 2015 WOCC Chairman. 

U.S. EDA Presentation

At the most recent meeting of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) discussed its role within our region.  The U.S. EDA is charged with leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the world wide economy. Investments made by the EDA range from projects for infrastructure, capacity building and business development that attract private capital investments and high-quality jobs to regions experiencing  substantial and persistent economic distress.  For the full presentation made at the February 9th at their new offices located at the downtown Orlando Lynx offices, click here.
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Leadership West Orange Healthcare Day

The 2016-17 Leadership West Orange class, the "West Orange Crushers," recently participated in Healthcare Day. The group visited Florida Hospital Winter Garden, took a tour of the new Orlando City Soccer Stadium and enjoyed an up close look at the Florida Hospital Apopka construction. Thank you to series sponsor Florida Hospital Winter Garden for making this program possible!
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