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We Are #OrlandoUnited

By City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

June 12 was the most horrific day in the history of the City of Orlando. And yet, I stand here today even more proud of our community because they came together, united to support the families and friends of the victims.

We learned of the heroic acts of our Orlando Police Department as well as other law enforcement, as well as our citizens as hundreds of lives were saved throughout the night. And the medical personnel that saved so many lives that were transported to the hospital are heroes.

We will not be defined by the act of a cowardly hater. We will be defined by how we respond, how we treat each other. Read full letter
 

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Seven Valencia College Students Among the Victims in Pulse Shootings

Valencia College would like to express heartfelt sympathy to all of our community members who are coping with the loss or injury of a loved one due to the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. We join their families and friends in mourning the loss and celebrating the lives of: Amanda Alvear, Oscar A. Arancena-Montero, Cory James Connell, Mercedez Marisol Flores, Juan Ramon Guerrero, Jason Benjamin Josaphat and Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo. Full Story


UCF student, alumnus among 49 killed in Pulse shooting

UCF is mourning the loss of a student and an alumnus. Student Juan Ramon Guerrero and alumnus Christopher Andrew Leinonen lost their lives in the deadly massacre that was the Pulse nightclub shooting. They were among the 49 civilians killed early Sunday. Guerrero, 22, was a pre-finance major, and his boyfriend Leinonen, 32, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2007 and master's in 2009. Full Story

News You Can Use


Orlando Welcomes Record-Breaking 66 Million Visitors in 2015
Visit Orlando announced a new all-time record for the destination. In 2015, 66.1 million people visited Orlando, growing 5.5 percent from 2014 and solidifying Orlando's position as the most visited destination in the nation. Read More

Orange County Welcomes Copa America Centenario Tournament
Orange County continues to be the nation’s premier destination for soccer, as Camping World Stadium is currently playing host to the 2016 Copa America Centenario Tournament. Read More

WOCC President/CEO Stina D’Uva Appears on The Sabrina Samuels Show
Sabrina Samuels, Life Coach and Motivational Speaker sits down with President & CEO of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce Stina D'Uva as she imparts valuable information on how to get exposure and grow your business with the Chamber. Watch Video

Chamber Members Recognized as 2016 Best Places to Work
The West Orange Chamber is well represented on the Orlando Business Journal's list of 2016 Best Places to Work. Finalists include members CFO Strategic Partners, Fairwinds Credit Union, Fattmerchant, Insperity Support Services,Orlando City Soccer Club, Orlando Magic, RLF Architects, Universal Engineering Services and VHB. This year’s honorees will be recognized in the June 24 issue. Read More

Goodwill Seeks Donations for Food Drive to Benefit Second Harvest
Now through the end of June, shoppers and donors at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida can help fight hunger in Central Florida by donating nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank during the fifth annual “Fill the Need” partnership. Donations will be collected at Goodwill’s retail stores and Donation Xpress Centers throughout Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia and Lake counties. Read More

Ocoee Summer Movies in the Park
Residents can relax and spend their summer evenings watching blockbuster movies at the City of Ocoee’s Food Truck Friday and Movies in the Park. Held the third Friday of each month at Bill Breeze Park, 125 North Lakeshore Drive, the summer movie line up features the following: June 17 – Star Wars the Force Awakens; July 15 – Kung Fu Panda 3 and August 19 – Zootopia.  All movies are free and will begin at 8:30 p.m. Read More

Summit Broadband Brings 1 Gig Internet to The Vue of Lake Eola
Summit Broadband announced the introduction of industry-leading 1 gig high-speed internet service, as well as high-definition television service, to residents of The Vue, a 36-story, 375-unit high luxury condominium development located in downtown Orlando. This is the first downtown residential high rise to have 1 gig service in Orlando. Read More

West Orange Political Alliance Makes Additional Endorsements in Local Races

 
The West Orange Political Alliance (WOPA), a leading voice in seeking candidates who positively affect growth and economic development in West Orange County, announced support of incumbents in two races and other newcomers who have the understanding of what it will take to be effective local and state leaders.
 
The WOPA board endorsed Pam Gould for her re-election to the OCPS Board District 4 seat. Ms. Gould is a board member and award winner of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, as well as a recipient of numerous community awards.
   
In addition, WOPA has endorsed candidates in Florida House of Representatives 44, 45 and Senate 15. The board endorsed Representative Eric Eisnaugle, a Windermere area resident and strong champion of our community, once again for FL House Rep. 44. Joining him for the first time for an endorsement in Senate District 15 is Peter Vivaldi, another Windermere area resident. Kamia Brown, a former legislative aide to several state representatives, also earned the board’s endorsement for FL House Rep. 45. Read full press release

The Benefits of Cryotherapy

Guest article courtesy of Chill Cryosauna 
Cryotherapy provides a natural, safe, non-invasive therapeutic program to aid in performance, recovery, and health & wellness by promoting and stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Whole Body Cryotherapy enriches the blood with elevated levels of oxygen and helps deliver vital nutrients all around the body. Cryosauna treatments will oxygenate your tissues, and help your blood to circulate at top speeds. Read more
 

Chamber Events

6/15  Wednesday Networking Group

6/21  Tuesday Networking Group

6/22  Golf Networking Group

6/24  Friday Networking Group


6/24  West Orange Chamber EGAC Meeting

6/28  Tuesday Networking Group

6/30  Business After Hours


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Business After Hours June 30

WOCC VP Krista Carter Named 2015 FACP Professional of the Year

West Orange Chamber Vice President Krista Carter was recently recognized as the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) 2015 Professional of the Year. The award was announced at the conclusion of the organization's 2016 Spring Conference, held May 19-20 at the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. Read full story

Business Events

6/16  Health Markets Luncheon: The Two High Costs of Health Insurance and a Little Known Solution

6/24  Chase Business Insight: Disrupt Yourself to Grow Your Business


Community Events

6/14  The Busy Person's Guide to Hope & Health

6/18  Heroes Weekend to Benefit Homes for Our Troops

6/18  Orlando City SC vs. San Jose Quakes

6/23  Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash

6/25  Orlando City SC vs. Toronto FC

6/26  Orlando Pride vs. Portland Thorns

Small Business Survey

Small Businesses are the life blood of Florida’s economy, creating new markets, transforming communities and stimulating economic growth. As the Florida Chamber works to secure Florida's future, it is important that we know what issues are most important to small business leaders. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions and share your opinion with us in the Small Business Index Survey.
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WOCC Holds Trustee Luncheon

The West Orange Chamber held a Trustee Luncheon sponsored by Eton Bridge Insurance and Financial Solutions and hosted by The Vineyard, Wine Bar and Healthy Bistro. The private luncheon featured Special Guest Speaker UCF University Relations Assoc. Vice President Fred Kittinger. Mr. Kittinger gave an update on the upcoming UCF Downtown Campus. 
May Trustee Luncheon
Pictured: Fred Kittinger, UCF; Sherri Asadi, Eton Bridge Insurance and Financial Solutions; Deb Linden, The Vineyard, Wine Bar and Healthy Bistro; Stina D’Uva, WOCC President/CEO and Rob Maphis, WOCC Chairman of the Board

 

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