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WOCC Creates Horizon West Task Business Force, Tours Region with Orlando EDC

West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) Chairman Rob Maphis has assembled a Horizon West Task Business Force to address ways in which the WOCC will continue to foster economic development in this rapidly growing community. After an initial meeting held at ScribbleSpace, a shared office space business located in the village of Summerport, a plan to involve the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) was developed. 

Duke Energy sponsored a tour comprised of business development managers from the Orlando EDC, task force members and media partners. Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd shared information regarding the history of Horizon West, from its origin as land used primarily for citrus, to becoming the third largest master planned community in the United States. Read full story

Horizon West Tour

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Matthew's Hope homeless ministry survives by moving, dividing
For six years, the Matthew's Hope homeless ministry has grown on borrowed land behind a Winter Garden church — adding a food bank, a housing program, a preschool, an organic farm and an auto-detailing business. Now, it's quickly taking all that apart. Read More
Matthew's Hope

Central Florida Super Region has the 10th largest Gross Regional Product in the nation
Representing more than 7.1 million people in 15 counties, the Central Florida “Super Region” has an estimated economic impact of $300 billion and accounts for the 10th largest gross regional product in the United States. Contributing to the super region’s growth are the public, private and philanthropic leadership of the Central Florida Partnership, Tampa Bay Partnership, as well as the regional planning councils, EDCs, chambers and business community that recognized working together offered a competitive advantage when marketing regional assets and pursuing public policy priorities. Read More

Take Advantage of UCF MBA Student Consulting Services
SBI® is a program connecting local small businesses to the resources and management expertise of UCF's College of Business Administration and the Florida SBDC at UCF. For one semester, a team of UCF MBA and qualified business students, supervised by UCF faculty, will provide management consulting services tailored to fit the needs of your business.  Apply Now

Orange County Recognizes Winners of Jefferson Awards’ Lead360 Challenge
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs recently recognized a group of young citizens in Central Florida who participated in the Jefferson Awards Lead360 Challenge. The program engages and celebrates America’s youth for their efforts in making a difference and inspires young people to coordinate and participate in public service projects in their community. Read More

Your Opinion Matters: Help Develop the 2017 Florida Business Agenda
Your opinion is important to help us in shaping Florida's best possible future. We invite you to take this survey and share your voice in creating the 2017 Florida Business Agenda - a member-driven, consensus agenda built by thousands of business leaders, partnering associations and local chamber members, just like you. Take Survey

Candidates Make Final Pitch at WOCC Hob Nob & Straw Poll

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2016 Hob Nob & Straw Poll on August 4, 2016, providing candidates with a platform to state their case to potential voters. Over 300 attendees cast their votes in the Straw Poll that utilized voting machines provided by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office. This event was the final Straw Poll held in the area before the August 30 primary election. As in years past, the results of this Straw Poll are viewed as a gauge for the primary. View results/See photos
2016 Hob Nob & Straw Poll
Business Before Hours

Business Before Hours

What better way to network AND get the latest updates on your community than over your morning cup of coffee and breakfast! Join us August 31 as we learn about  the new Central Florida Brand, “Orlando, You don't know the half of it!” from Dave Porter, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Orlando Economic Development Commission. RSVP Now

Chamber Events

8/10  Lead and Feed Networking Lunch

8/10  1st Anniversary: Ladybird Academy

8/10  Golf Networking Group

8/16  We Noticed: McDonald's Winter Garden

8/16  Tuesday Networking Group

8/17  Wednesday Networking Group

8/18  Chamber Connections - New Member Orientation & Refresher

8/18  Business After Hours

8/19  Friday Networking Group

8/23  WOCC Education Committee Meeting

8/23  Ribbon Cutting: Critics' Corner Coffee

8/23  Triage Tuesday with the FSBDC

8/23  Tuesday Networking Group

8/24  Chamber411: Mastering Social Media Marketing

See All Events
Business After Hours

Business Events

8/10  Webinar: Creating Evacuation & Shelter-In-Place Plans

Community Events

8/10  Orange County League of Women Voters' Candidate Forum

8/10  Homeland Security Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop
West Orange Chamber of Commerce

Leadership West Orange Alumni Project Adopts a Precinct

A group of Leadership West Orange Alumni participated in the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Adopt a Precinct program for the Presidential Preference Primary Election in March. The Alumni staffed the precinct and instead of receiving payment for their work, the group donated the funds to S.T.A.R.S. of West Orange and Women in the Arts.  For more information about Leadership West Orange, please contact Krista Carter at the West Orange Chamber at 407-656-1304 ext. 6.

Leadership West Orange
Pictured:  Stina D’Uva, Krista Carter, Maria Guerrero of Women In the Arts, Allisha Douglas of S.T.A.R.S. of West Orange, Inc. and Jim Densmore.  

Apply for 2016-17 Leadership West Orange 

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming class of Leadership West Orange! This is a "hands on, out of the classroom" program designed to educate future leaders of West Orange County. Click here for more information and to download your application.
Leadership West Orange

Take Your Online Presence to New Heights at Chamber411 

On August 24, Learn from other professionals on how to take your social media skills to the next level, and hear from the Chamber Team on how we can help!

Topics include:
  • Build your following and increase your marketing power on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and more
  • How to connect with the chamber and fellow members using social media
  • Other opportunities to increase your marketing reach through the Chamber's digital tools (e-publications, website)
  • Featuring guest presenter My City Social
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