West Orange Chamber of Commerce Facilitating Opportunity
West Orange Chamber of Commerce Facilitating Opportunity
West Orange Chamber of Commerce Facilitating Opportunity


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West Orange Chamber of Commerce programs contribute to our community through local leadership, visioning and creating opportunities for our children.



Leadership West Orange, presented by Florida Hospital Winter Garden, is an annual program that brings a group of Chamber members together for a variety of sessions. These sessions are held monthly and the primary mission is to raise the awareness of the key segments of the total West Orange community. Days are a combination of lectures, tours, hands-on experience and behind-the-scenes activities. Contact the Chamber about cost and enrollment.

The West Orange Adult Leadership program began in 1994 and has been experienced by more than 400 local leaders. The mission of the Leadership West Orange program is to raise the awareness of the key segments of the local community; “To educate business leaders to better serve the West Orange community; To develop leaders and build a quality community.”  The education of our future leaders is very important in preserving our past, embracing our present and the visioning and planning of our future. Each month the class focused on a certain aspect of West Orange County.  The class examines the environment, economic development, government, media, health care and education by participating in a field trip once a month.

For more information about this West Orange Chamber program, contact Krista Compton Carter at 407-656-1304 ext. 6 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


The West Orange Chamber's Leadership West Orange program, sponsored by Florida Hospital Winter Garden, celebrated graduation on Thursday, May 25 during the West Orange Economic Update Luncheon.  The class of 2016-17, “The West Orange Crushers”, graduated after completing an interactive 8-month program.  

Congratulations to: 

Sandi Ballaron, Bright Future Electric, LLC; Allyn  Brice, R. C. Stevens Construction Company; Yilda   Casanova, Fifth Third Bank ; Ross Coapstick, Florida Hospital Winter Garden; Fran DiFede, Orlando Health - Health Central Hospital ; Trish Eakin, Apple Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.; Jenna Emerson, Cemex; Kerry-Ann Farrow, Orlando Health - Health Central Hospital; Sarah  Felt, Observer Media Group; Luisio Garcia, Florida Hospital Winter Garden; Craig Hazen, BB&T; Katie Henderson, Orlando Health - Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; Wendell  Hines, Duke Energy; Jamie June, Junebug Foundation, LLC; Melissa  Kincaid, Florida Blue; Heather  McClellan, University Of Central Florida; Massiel Negron, CenturyLink; Jon Nobles, Florida Hospital Winter Garden; Lee O'Donnell, Orlando Health; Nina Sayad, Reed Nissan Orlando; Julieta Scott, Seacoast Bank; Ryan Smith, Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center; Tyler Stover, West Orange Chamber of Commerce


An abundance of ideas were generated in the areas of transportation, quality of life, government, culture, social services, environment, business and employment, education, community and public safety. Throughout the year at other events, the ideas were ranked in order of importance. With this comprehensive list, a stakeholders group of 25 people, over the course of a year, met to develop a strategic plan for the region, including a mission and vision statement. After an environmental scan, S.W.O.T. analysis and months of discussion, the group specified goals and some key objectives. The goals are:

Visioning 2015 Goals:

  1. To establish and cultivate effective community partnerships with public and private entities
  2. To promote and support activities that enhance economic-related opportunities in West Orange County
  3. To support the development of a high quality transportation system that meets present and future demands
  4. To encourage the protection and enhancement of the natural environment in balance with planned growth
  5. To promote the development of diverse recreational and cultural facilities, programs, and activities
  6. To promote and facilitate intergovernmental coordination related to the West Orange County strategic plan
  7. To provide  diverse and superior educational opportunities for all citizens in West Orange County
  8. To ensure that high quality health care is accessible and available to all citizens of West Orange County
  9. To promote a safe environment in West Orange County



Four students will be selected from each of the following Chamber Member Public High Schools:  Dr. Phillips High School, Maynard Evans High School, Olympia High School,Ocoee High School and West Orange High School

The following criteria is required of applicants for W.O.P.T.E.: 

  • Students who demonstrate an interest in entrepreneurism
  • Students who have the potential to play a prominent role in our community’s future
  • Students who demonstrate a commitment and interest to serve our community
  • Students who represent a cross-section of the community both geographically and ethnically
  • Students must display good moral character
  • Students must have no individual grade below a “C” during their sophomore year

W.O.P.T.E. is hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Bright Future Electric. There is no tuition or other associated expense required of any participant. Additional expenses are donated by various businesses and business leaders. These groups are to be applauded for their generosity in making the vision of W.O.P.T.E. a reality. 

This program requires a serious commitment of time and energy. In order to graduate with the class, participants must not miss not more than one (1) session. (Camp Wewa team building day is mandatory)

At the conclusion of the program, students and their parents will participate in a graduation ceremony to recognize their efforts in completing the program. The graduation ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Education Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at Evans High School, 4949 Silver Star Rd, Orlando, FL 32808.