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Community Shows Strength in Wake of Tragedy, Downtown South Needs Continued Support

By Stina D'Uva, WOCC President/CEO

Stina D'Uva, President/CEOFollowing the tragedy at Pulse nightclub, our community has shown unbelievable strength and unity. Residents responded to the need for blood donations. We have come together across the region for vigils in remembrance of the victims and all those affected. The contributions to the many charitable efforts have been nothing short of amazing.   

Click here to read special messages from Mayor Dyer and Mayor Jacobs.

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) Board of Directors voted to donate $1000 to both the Orlando Health Trauma Center and to the OneOrlando Fund. Orlando Regional Medical Center is the home of Central Florida's only Level One Trauma Center. Doctors, nurses and technicians worked around the clock, saving the lives of dozens of injured victims. In total, they received 44 victims, and have performed 57 surgeries.  Their efforts would not have been possible without support from the greater Orlando community and beyond. Thanks to a generous Foundation, all gifts to ORMC’s Trauma Center before October 31 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $250,000. Click here to support the Orlando Health Trauma Center.

Click here to contribute to the OneOrlando Fund.

Many businesses in the Downtown South area were closed for days. Others were greatly impacted by road closures, losing a significant number of customers during this time. The area businesses that were able to stay open have been tremendously helpful in providing food, water, supplies and other forms of support. Of course, we always encourage Chamber members to do business with fellow chamber members. However, in this special time, if you happen to be in the area, show your support for Downtown South businesses. 


Stina D'Uva




Business Before Hours
What better way to network AND get the facts you need than over your morning cup of coffee! West Orange Chamber's next installment of the ever popular Business Before Hours series is just around the corner! We're serving up hot breakfast with a side of valuable business connections! 

The new overtime law has raised many concerns, and the West Orange Chamber is here to steer you and your business in the right direction! Join us as we hear from local expert David Billsborough of DRB Benefits Group, who will lead a lively discussion on the effects of this new law and how best to prepare for December 1. Click here to RSVP!

Apply to the WOCC Board to Make a Difference and Contribute to the Business Community

Would you like to be at the forefront of change and progress in West Orange County? If you are a Chamber Member who is passionate about our local business community, please consider applying for the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) 2017 Board of Directors. This is your opportunity to make a difference in West Orange County and contribute to an organization that works for you every day.

The Board of Directors is the policy-making panel for the WOCC. Its members include a diverse mix of 33 business professionals from large, medium and small companies that represent the entire West Orange business community. Being a part of the WOCC Board of Directors empowers you to help make decisions that will impact the future of the WOCC and West Orange County, and to build long lasting relationships with local business leaders and elected officials.

To begin your journey as a potential WOCC Board of Director, download the Expression of Interest Form. Completed forms can be faxed to 407-656-0221 or emailed to The deadline for application is August 19, 2016 by 12 p.m. 
WOCC Board of Directors
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Return on Investment: Who is Looking at your Profile? 

By Heather Papoulis, Manager of Membership Development

With the continuous rise of social media, it may be common knowledge that people are checking in to see what others are doing from time to time. However, did you know you can see when people are checking out your business? A little different than “hash-tagging” your lunch or sharing the recent cute cat video; as a part of your membership, you are able to see how many people are looking at your business profile, when they are looking and if they are choosing to interact with your website! Continue Reading
Return on Investment: Who is Looking at your Profile?
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Consultant unveils first draft of Ocoee’s new downtown
After months of planning and preparation, Ocoee city officials and GAI Consultants, Inc. finally unveiled the first draft of the concept plan for Ocoee’s Downtown Redevelopment Project at a June 13 workshop. Full story

Florida Hospital names new VP of Public Affairs
Florida Hospital leaders are pleased to announce Shannon Gravitte has joined the organization as its new vice president for Public Affairs in the Central Region, where she will lead communications, government relations and community impact throughout the Orlando area. In this new role, Shannon will work with Florida Hospital CEO Daryl Tol and the leadership team in the Central Region, in addition to Mike Griffin, Vice President of Public Affairs with Adventist Health System’s Florida Division. Read more

POPS seeking professional clothing
The Professional Opportunities Program for Students (POPS) is looking for donations of new and gently-used clothing that young adults (high school students) can wear in an office or business setting. The POPS Consignment Store will be opened this summer at West Oaks Mall (on specific days) to allow young people to shop for FREE for items that they will need in the workplace. Read more

Construction starts on $15M Horizon West retail center
Dirt is moving on a new $15 million shopping center coming to west Orange County.
Orlando-based Keator Construction LLC is moving forward with work on Westside Shoppes, a 70,700-square-foot retail complex being developed on Winter Garden Vineland Road in Horizon West by Unicorp National Developments Inc. and Project Finance & Development LLC. Full story

Florida Chamber of Commerce analysis on the impact of Brexit
The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently released a statement from Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist for the Florida Chamber Foundation, regarding the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union. “Brexit will cause volatility in financial markets, will likely slow down the number of U.K. visitors to Florida and reduce foreign direct investment in our state…but there is good news for Florida’s imports.” Read more

"Meet a Mayor with Wisdom & Vision" on the Sabrina Samuels Show
Sabrina Samuels, Success & Life Coach, sits down with the Mayor of Windermere, Mayor Gary Bruhn. Sabrina had a question for the Mayor and his reply was a stroke of genius as he shared his vision about his town. Watch video

Community Grant Applications Available Soon
The City of Ocoee’s Community Grant applications will be available beginning on July 1.  Residents may download an application at or pick up an application at Ocoee City Hall located at 150 North Lakeshore Drive.  The deadline to submit applications is July 29, 2016. Read more

Orlando police honors neighborhood watch volunteers
George Lee Hill said someone has to "take charge" to ensure his or her neighborhood is a safe place to live. Hill, 69, was one of several Orlando Neighborhood watch captains who were honored Thursday at a ceremony at Henry P. Leu Gardens. The Carter Street Neighborhood Association was named the neighborhood watch of the year and the MetroWest Master Association earned the crime prevention leadership award. Full story
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