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New Opportunities Are Here and On the Horizon!

By Tim Haberkamp, WOCC Chairman

As 2019 marches on, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) continues to facilitate opportunities for our business community and beyond.

The Horizon Networking Group, has officially kicked off. Many of those in attendance, have already been enjoying this new business opportunity to connect with fellow members in one of the fastest growing developments in Florida, Horizon West! To learn more about this networking opportunity, please contact Viviane at

Later this week, on Thursday, March 28th, the WOCC will be hosting the first Celebrating Extraordinary Women’s Event for 2019. This event provides West Orange’s leading women the opportunity to share ideas and gain inspiration from other successful businesswomen, in a fun and casual environment. We are thrilled to welcome three of the areas most accomplished women: Marva Johnson - VP of State Government Affairs for Charter Communications South Region; Ellen Korbin - Entrepreneur & Small Business owner of Hill of Beans Coffee Company, Creative Culineers and Elli Lou’s Brews & BBQ; and Betsy VanderLey - Orange County Commissioner District 1.  Guests will enjoy hearing about the experiences of each of our guest speakers, with plenty of time for cocktails and conversation.

The West Orange Foundation is also facilitating opportunities via the Danniel J. Petro Foundation Scholarship.  Please spread the word to those you might know who can benefit from this educational scholarship opportunity. The scholarship fund, administered by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, was established to make it possible for eligible students from local high schools to further their education at Valencia College, Orange Technical College or the University of Central Florida. The West Orange Foundation is able to fund the scholarships through the generous contributions of the Petro Family Foundation.  To learn more about the scholarship including qualifications, deadline to apply and to download the application, click here.

To learn more about these events and the many additional opportunities available to you with your WOCC membership, visit



Joe AlarieSincerely,

Tim Haberkamp

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News You Can Use

The WOCC Economic Government Advocacy Committee Presents the 1st Spotlight Speaker.
The WOCC Economic Governmental Advocacy Committee presented the 1st Spotlight Speaker on Friday, March 22nd, prior to their committee meeting.  The Spotlight Speaker presentation focused on Opportunity Zones and their locations within West Orange County.  Dan Kilponen with Orange County Government, delivered a comprehensive view of this newly formed economic development incentive.  There are multiple Opportunity Zones located in Orange County, with several in the West Orange County footprint. Read full article

Orlando Ranked Worst in the Nation for Housing Affordability
The newest Affordable Housing Gap Analysis released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) places the Orlando Metropolitan Area in the top spot, with the most severe shortage of rental homes affordable to extremely low income households. At the same time, Livability recently released their “Top 100 Best Places to Live” for 2019. They analyzed data measuring economics, housing, and amenities, among other indicators to calculate a city’s ‘LivScore.’ This year, Orlando is in the top 20 coming it at number 17.  Read more

Walmart 6th Annual Open Call for U.S. Sourced Products
Walmart’s Open Call is an exciting and unique opportunity for selected American entrepreneurs to come to our Home Office in Bentonville, AR, meet face-to-face with Walmart buyers and potentially get their product in the hands of millions of our customers. Now in its sixth year, the two day event provides information to potential suppliers, offers great networking opportunities and gives businesses of all sizes from across the nation a chance at the big break they’ve been looking for.  Read more

Orlando Hotels Expect Star-Wars Related Booking Surge

Walt Disney World announced last week that the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge intergalactic playground would open its doors in Orlando on Aug. 29 Central Florida hotels expect to see an increase in bookings for August and beyond. Although hotel officials reached say it is too early to tell just how big of a jump that will be, they say bookings go up any time a new attraction debuts. Read more

5 Best Practices for Facebook Ads - From Facebook
Over the years, Facebook’s advertising platform has continued to evolve, adding more and more options to utilize in your targeting, while also becoming infinitely more complex. That can be a problem for advertisers looking to maximize their Facebook ads performance - more targeting options is better, but if you don't know how to use them, it can seem like you're drowning in possibilities, and likely missing out on more in-depth elements. Read more
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Don't Miss Out on this Great Scholarship Opportunity!

The West Orange Foundation is proud to present a new scholarship opportunity for area students, The Danniel J. Petro Scholarships! Please forward this to anyone whom you know can benefit from this generous contribution. Deadline to Apply is April 5, 2019. Click here for details and application

March Is Women's History Month - Join Us on March 28th at Lakewalk at Hamlin. (Details below)

What better way to end the month by supporting those women in our community! 

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981. Throughout the years, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President of the United States to proclaim March of each year as "Women's History Month".

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Best Fest 2019 Is Less Than 3 Weeks Away!!!

Get ready for one of 2019's premier events, Best Fest - "The Taste of West Orange!" Join us Thursday, April 11, 5:00-8:30pm along the shores of Starke Lake in beautiful, historic Ocoee, Florida for West Orange County's largest food tasting and business expo! Over the past sixteen years, the annual Best Fest has wowed thousands of guests from around Central Florida as they enjoyed the best West Orange has to offer in food, wine, spirits, and local products. Best Fest is open to the public and will take place rain or shine.
Click here to learn more and RSVP for this premier event!
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What's With All the Lingo, I Am Just Trying to Close on a House!

By Joanne Quarles , C.L.C., President - Treasure Title Insurance Agency, Inc.

Every day we have the opportunity to speak with homebuyers and home sellers who are getting ready to close on a home.  We are happy to explain to them what exactly will happen from the first day we speak with them all the way to the actual signing of the Note, Mortgage and Deed.   With all of the “clickish” words used when purchasing, no wonder our Buyers and Sellers are confused, about a lot of things related to purchasing and selling a home.
By the time they get to the Title Insurance where the real Deed of conveyance, Note and Mortgage are executed, the clients have seen things like, TILA, CD, Prelim CD, WD, Mtg, OP, TI, etc.   If you are buying or selling why not let Treasure Title help you through those questions?  Call us at 407-654-8811 or go to our website for a wealth of information

Chamber Events

3/27  Ribbon Cutting: The Attic Door

3/27  Horizon Networking Group

3/27  Ribbon Cutting Clock Tower Realty

3/28  Celebrating Extraordinary Women

4/02  Tuesday Networking Group

4/03  Wednesday Networking Group

4/04  Ribbon Cutting: The Orlando Law Group

4/05  Ribbon Cutting: Bailey Bleus LLC

4/05  Friday Networking Group

Tuesday Networking Group

4/10  Horizon West Networking Group

4/15  Ribbon Cutting: Pet Paradise

Tuesday Networking Group

4/17  Wednesday Networking Group

4/18  Chamber Connections - A New Member Orientation & Refresher

Friday Networking Group (TBA)

4/23  Tuesday Networking Group

4/24  Horizon West Networking Group

4/25  Lunch and Learn

4/30  Tuesday Networking Group

Business Events

3/29  Orange County Regional Economic Summit

4/12  OCPS High School Internship Fair Employer Registration

4/23  Revive & Thrive with the Florida SBDC

Community Events

WOCC Community Trustees

WOCC Supporting Trustees

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