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Wed, April 19, 2017

Reed Nissan

Reed Nissan becomes newest WOCC Community Trustee

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) announced that Reed Nissan has taken the step to become the newest Community Trustee, the organization’s top level of membership.

“I’m a proud resident of West Orange and my family has operated Florida’s second-oldest Nissan dealership here,” said Raymy Reed, owner of Reed Nissan. “Over the past 66 years, …

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Tue, March 28, 2017

WOCC members honored at Onyx Women on the Move award ceremony

WOCC members honored at Onyx Women on the Move award ceremony

Dr. Falecia Williams of Valencia College, Maritza Martinez of University of Central Florida and WOCC Board Member Camille Evans of Greenberg Traurig were honored as ONYX Magazine's "Women on the Move." The ceremony was held March 16 and honored women who are "maintaining relevance in a changing society."

Founded in 2003 by co-founders Lester and Lillian …

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Tue, February 28, 2017

Universal Orlando Receives Travel Philanthropy Award

Universal Orlando Resort was chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Legacy in Travel Philanthropy Award, which honors long term impact in corporate philanthropy. Tourism Cares, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is the charitable community of the travel and tourism industry. Each year, the board of directors recognizes excellence in travel corporate social responsibility and philanthropy with …

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Tue, February 28, 2017

Goodwill celebrates record year

Goodwill celebrates record year serving Central Floridians

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida marked a record year in 2016, providing 49,670 individuals with resources and training to help them find meaningful work – a 16 percent increase from 2015. Additionally, the nonprofit placed more than 8,500 Central Floridians into jobs with local employers.

New and relocated Job Connection Centers, including locations in Apopka and Daytona …

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Tue, February 14, 2017

OCPS Hall of Fame

OCPS to induct elite class at second Hall of Fame event in March

New details are being released on the upcoming Orange County Public Schools Hall of Fame event. The gala dinner and ceremony will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Information about sponsorships and tickets to the induction ceremony and dinner are available at www.HallofFame.ocps.net.

There will be a special appearance and performance by Christian …

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Tue, February 14, 2017

Mike Armbruster

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Armbruster to Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council

Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of two and the appointment of three to the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council.

Kelly Curtis, 47, of Windermere, is the vice president and general manager of Prestige Concrete Products VCNA. He is reappointed for a term beginning January 31, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019.

Darryl Fales, 46, of Estero, is the president of …

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Tue, January 24, 2017

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando challenges rental industry with new initiative

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the go-to pet experts of Central Florida, is preparing to unveil its ground-breaking initiative for the new year at Thursday's media event.

The organization dedicated to sheltering, healing and placing pets is ready to challenge the housing community of greater Orlando with a task to better accommodate Central Florida residents and their pets. The …

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Tue, January 24, 2017

Why do you need an advertising agency?

Guest article by Gretchen Hahn, Green Grass Marketing & Advertising

The phrase “new year, new you” is thrown around a lot every January. In fact, it is one of the most overused and trite advertising phrases around. You can avoid this and many other pitfalls and rookie mistakes by hiring a professional advertising agency.

Why do you need an agency? The simple …

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Mon, January 23, 2017

Ocoee State of the City Report to be held on February 7

Citizens are invited to attend the City of Ocoee’s State of the City Report on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m., City Hall, 150 North Lakeshore Drive.

A video will highlight the city’s accomplishments of the last year and what's planned for 2017.

The 2017 State of the City Report will be broadcast live on the city’s government cable channel, Ocoee TV, at …

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Tue, January 10, 2017

President Barack Obama appoints Superintendent Barbara Jenkins to Key Administration Post

In a White House press announcement made yesterday, Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins joins 12 other leaders in their fields to be appointed to key Administration posts, by and with advice and consent of the Senate. Dr. Jenkins was tapped to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.

President Obama said, “These …

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Tue, December 20, 2016

Orlando Solar Bears host UCF vs. Florida hockey on January 29.

Solar Bears Announce UCF vs. Florida Hockey Game

The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the University of Central Florida Knights hockey team will face the University of Florida Gators on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center following Orlando's 1:30 p.m. game against the Allen Americans.

"We are very excited to see UCF and UF face off in a matchup of two of the largest universities …

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Mon, December 19, 2016

Lynn Walker Wright, P.A.

Lynn Walker Wright, P.A. Becomes Newest West Orange Chamber Supporting Trustee

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) announced today that Lynn Walker Wright, P.A. has taken advantage of the highly beneficial Supporting Trustee level of membership.

Lynn Walker Wright is an attorney-at-law specializing in family law, general civil and trial practice, real property, and estate planning matters. Her firm is recognized throughout the State of Florida in complex …

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Mon, December 19, 2016

The Change Curve

A Nation in Change

Guest article by Daniel M. Entwistle, CEO of DME Consulting International

Post the recent US Election result, its been interesting to observe the manifestation of emotions and events as they unfold across the country. Businesses, markets and individuals have all responded in different ways. What’s clear, if nothing else is right now, is that we are a nation in change. However, …

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Tue, December 06, 2016

Election’s Impact on the Real Estate Market

Guest article by Brian Koss of Keller Williams Classic Real Estate - Team Koss

We can all agree, the 2016 Election was one for the history books. Both pollsters and financial experts alike, failed to predict the outcome of the election, as well as its impact on the economy.

Wall Street overwhelmingly supported Secretary Clinton's campaign. Some in the financial community …

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Tue, December 06, 2016

Take Advantage of UCF MBA Student Consulting Services; Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2017

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, taught by UCF faculty and supervised by FSBDC Consultants, will provide management consulting services tailored to fit the needs of your …

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Mon, November 07, 2016

SR 408 Widening Project to Improve Travel Times in West Orange County

The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) is scheduled to begin work to widen State Road 408 (Spessard L. Holland East-West Expressway) from Good Homes Road to Hiawassee Road on Monday, November 7. This project is expected to greatly improve travel times and reduce congestion along this busy section of SR 408.

The two-mile, $23.57 million project will add a travel lane in both …

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Mon, November 07, 2016

City of Ocoee

City of Ocoee to Honor Pearl Harbor Survivor at Veterans Day Ceremony

The public is invited to attend the City of Ocoee’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., Bill Breeze Park, 125 North Lakeshore Drive.

The 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor is on December 7, 2016.  The city will pay special tribute to Pearl Harbor survivor 99-year-old Donald Kaup.  Mr. Kaup, who lives in south Orlando, will …

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Tue, November 01, 2016

City of Ocoee’s Most Valuable Partnership Grants Available

Applications for the City of Ocoee’s Most Valuable Partnership Grants will be available beginning November 1. Ocoee homeowner associations and civic groups may submit projects which beautify neighborhoods, address public safety concerns, or foster cultural, recreational, or educational wants and needs of the neighborhood or organization.  There is $12,000 available and the maximum …

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Mon, October 24, 2016

Bobby Kisselback of Kisselback Ford Wins National Recognition for Community Service

The nomination of Bobby Kisselback, president of Kisselback Ford in Saint Cloud, Florida, for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced today by TIME. 

Kisselback is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 100th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in New Orleans, …

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Thu, October 20, 2016

Ocoee unveils Downtown Master Plan

The City of Ocoee revealed the Master Plan for its downtown project in front of a packed City Hall on Tuesday, October 18. The presentation walked residents and local business owners through the upcoming plans that will reshape and revitalize the city. The Downtown Master Plan is viewed as the springboard to the rediscovering of downtown Ocoee and the rallying cry for the citizens and city …

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Wed, October 19, 2016

Reed Nissan receives Business Spotlight Award

Reed Nissan Receives “Business Spotlight Award” for Work with Region’s Foster Program

The Children’s Cabinet in Orange County presented its “Business Spotlight Award” to Reed Nissan and its team members for September. 

The award is presented to a company whose primary function is not in the child welfare area, but has taken great strides in helping the community. 

“It’s an honor and privilege to present the team at Reed …

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Tue, October 11, 2016

Ocoee Haunted House

Ocoee’s 9th Annual Haunted House Coming Soon

The City of Ocoee invites Halloween revelers to three nights of frightful fun. The city’s 9th Annual Haunted House will be held on October 22, 28 & 29.   Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and close at 11:00 p.m. The event is located at 951 Ocoee Apopka Road. 

For those who like to walk on the wild side, a Haunted Walk will take them into the woods for a spooky outside …

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Fri, September 30, 2016

WOCC Ambassadors celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new SunPass customer service center at the West Oaks Mall.

WOCC Ambassadors celebrate ribbon cutting of new SunPass customer service center at West Oaks Mall

WOCC Ambassadors were on hand yesterday to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new SunPass customer service center at the West Oaks Mall. The new complex, expected to bring 500 jobs to the region, takes up the first floor of the former Sears location. Operated by Xerox, the center will handle processing more than 1 billion statewide toll transactions for the Florida Department of …

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Fri, September 30, 2016

Frozen Cow Ice Cream

Frozen Cow Ice Cream Opens Their First Store

Frozen Cow Ice Cream announced the opening of their first store in beautiful Winter Garden. Frozen Cow prides itself on offering “36” flavors of super premium hand-blended ice cream made with the best, sweetest and richest grade "A" cream sourced from local Florida cows and does not contain bovine growth hormones or high fructose corn syrup. Frozen Cow Ice Cream uses …

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Tue, September 27, 2016

Healthy West Orange Initiative Breakfast

(VIDEO) New Branding Revealed at Healthy West Orange Initiative Breakfast

At Tuesday's second Community Leaders Initiative Breakfast, Healthy West Orange unveiled its new brand identity and vision for making West Orange the healthiest community in the nation. Visit healthywestorange.org to get a first glimpse of the new branding and friendly mascot, Westly! While you're there, learn more about the Healthy West Orange initiative and take …

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Tue, September 27, 2016

2016 Winter Garden MusicFest

(VIDEO) Winter Garden Heritage Foundation Presents Eleventh Annual Musicfest

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the eleventh annual Winter Garden MusicFest, taking place in historic downtown Winter Garden October 7-9, 2016. MusicFest is a free three-day musical event showcasing a diverse collection of Florida’s finest musicians and over 20 various musical genres. Highlights this year include Mt. Dora native and American Idol alum David …

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Mon, September 26, 2016

City of Ocoee Awarded Recreational Grant

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presented the City of Ocoee with a ceremonial grant check for $50,000 at the Ocoee City Commission meeting held on August 16. The city will use the grant money to develop new multi-use ball fields, picnic and parking facilities on a 4.5 acre city-owned site located between Montgomery Road and California Avenue. Future improvements planned for …

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Tue, September 13, 2016

Applied Contracting Services: Another FSBDC at UCF Client Success Story

Applied Contracting Services: Another FSBDC at UCF Client Success Story

Access to capital – any kind of capital – is one the greatest, if not THE greatest, challenges faced by small businesses today. Even successful, established businesses can have trouble finding the money they need to grow, especially money that comes with favorable terms and an attractive interest rate. The challenge facing Wes Stapp, one of the three partners that own …

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Fri, August 05, 2016

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 …

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Thu, August 04, 2016

Take Advantage of UCF MBA Student Consulting Services

Take Advantage of UCF MBA Student Consulting Services. Put their Expertise to Work for Your Business. Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2016.

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 …

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Tue, July 26, 2016

WOCC President/CEO Stina D’Uva named to Equality Means Business Advisory Board

West Orange Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Stina D'Uva recently accepted a position on the Equality Means Business Advisory Board. Equality Means Business is a project of Equality Florida & the Equality Florida Institute. It is the largest civil rights organization in Florida dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender …

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Tue, July 26, 2016

Community Grant Applications Deadline is Friday

Ocoee, Florida – The deadline to submit applications for the City of Ocoee’s Community Grant program is on Friday, July 29.  Residents may download an application at www.ocoee.org or pick up an application at Ocoee City Hall located at 150 North Lakeshore Drive. 

The Community Grant program provides financial grants of up to $500. There is $6,000 available for …

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Tue, July 26, 2016

Plant Street Market Coming Together in the Community

For those of us that have walked into the incredible Plant Street Market and truly explored, it is unlike any other experience in all of West Orange. Possibilities include networking with business professionals, a fun day activity with family, getting the perfect cut of meat, delicious smoothie, wings and pizza or even sushi! You can find it all at the captivating Plant Street Market.

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Fri, July 15, 2016

AT&T Launches Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds in Ocoee

AT&T today launched ultra-fast internet service in parts of Ocoee and surrounding communities. Customers in the area will be able to get speeds up to 1 gigabit per secon (Gbps) in homes, apartments and small businesses.

AT&T GigaPower is now available in single-family homes, more than 25 apartment complexes and small businesses in the Orlando area. Today, in …

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Thu, July 14, 2016

Orange County Clerk of Courts May Have Money For You

The Orange County Clerk’s Office may have money for you in the form of a check. Check out our unclaimed checks list at www.myorangeclerk.com. If you see your name on the list, you have until Sept. 1, 2016 to claim the money.

The checks listed are those that were mailed, but never cashed. Perhaps because the intended recipient moved away and did not leave a forwarding address, or …

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Wed, July 13, 2016

Ocoee Before and After School Program Registration

The City of Ocoee’s Before and After School Program provides a safe, fun and engaging environment for children.  Residents may register for the Before and After School program on July 18 – 22.  Open enrollment for residents and non-residents will be held on July 25.  Registration will be held at the Jim Beech Recreation Center on Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. …

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Mon, July 11, 2016

Pegasus and Disney’s Awaken Summer!

Pegasus Transportation proudly announced that it will be carrying the newest Walt Disney World message throughout the four corners of Florida.

The “Awaken Summer” campaign summarizes the new attractions that are being launched this summer in the four major theme parks and the complex.

There are four wrapped buses that began circulation in June, transformed in a …

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Thu, July 07, 2016

Goodwill of Central Florida Hosts Summer Program for Local Students

Students from six local high schools recently participated in Goodwill’s Community Service Summer Program. The week-long session highlighted the importance of nonprofits in our community and allowed students to experience two volunteer work settings each day. 

 

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Tue, June 28, 2016

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. 

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Fri, June 10, 2016

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, …

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Fri, June 10, 2016

Ocoee Summer Movies in the Park

Ocoee, Florida –  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 …

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Mon, June 06, 2016

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. Visitation to Orlando more than doubled over the past 20 years, growing from 32.4 million in 1995.

"Reaching more than 66 million visitors to Orlando is an …

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Thu, June 02, 2016

Summit Broadband Brings 1 Gig Internet to The Vue of Lake Eola

Summit Broadband, a premier provider of high-speed internet, telephone, and television service to select communities in central and Southwest Florida, is pleased to announce the introduction of industry-leading 1 gig (1,000 X 1,000 megabits per second) high-speed internet service, as well as high-definition television service, to residents of The Vue, a 36-story, 375-unit high luxury …

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Tue, May 24, 2016

Tuskegee Airman to Speak at Memorial Day Ceremony

Ocoee, Florida – The City of Ocoee will honor fallen troops at its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Friday, May 27, at 11:00 am.  The ceremony will take place at the Ocoee Lakeshore Center, 125 North Lakeshore Drive.  The public is invited to attend.  

The city is deeply honored to welcome former Tuskegee Airman Daniel Keel as its keynote speaker. The …

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Wed, May 11, 2016

Insight Credit Union

Insight Credit Union partners with Orlando Predators Arena Football Team

ORLANDO, FL (May 10, 2016) – Insight Credit Union announced that it has partnered with the Orlando Predators Arena Football Team as the presenting sponsor for all networking and business-to-business events during the 2016 season.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Orlando Predators and look forward to an exciting season cheering on the team,” said George Davis, …

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Tue, May 10, 2016

New Orange County Clerk of Courts Service Center in South Orange County

ORLANDO – The Orange County Clerk of Courts has a new location in South Orange County. Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell and Tax Collector Scott Randolph hosted a grand opening for the Sand Lake Service Center on February 9, 2016.

The new Clerk’s Office location, which is co-located at an existing Tax Collector’s Office in South Orange County, provides increased …

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Tue, May 10, 2016

Orlando Business Journal honors Pegasus Transportation’s Claudia Menezes

The Orlando Business Journal recognized Vice President of Pegasus Transportation, Claudia Menezes as one of their “Women Executives of the Year” award recipients for 2016. Claudia was saluted during the 18th annual “Women Who Mean Business” awards luncheon held at the Hilton Orlando along with twenty-six other high-profile awardees, including Kay Rollins, President …

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Fri, May 06, 2016

Ocoee Pool Opens for the Summer Season

Ocoee, Florida – The City of Ocoee Parks and Recreation Department will open its Family Aquatic Center just in time to beat the summer heat.  Residents can make a splash in the pool beginning on Saturday, May 7.  The Family Aquatic Center is located at the Jim Beech Recreation Center at 1820 A.D. Mims Road.

The pool features a safe, zero-depth entry and a maximum depth …

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Tue, April 26, 2016

Oakland Nature Preserve Summer Camp Registration Now Open

OAKLAND, FL – Does your child love exploring the outdoors? Join us at Oakland Nature Preserve this summer for nature adventures! Summer camp is now open to incoming 1st-6th graders, each week will be a different theme; classes are from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. June 20-24 will be our Survival Camp, June 27-July 1 are the Wildlife Warriors, July 11-15 will adventure on a Water Journey, July …

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Tue, April 26, 2016

City of Ocoee Summer Camp Registration Begins

Ocoee, Florida – The City of Ocoee’s summer camp program gives children an opportunity to explore new places and create memories that last a lifetime.  Action-packed summer camp days are filled with adventures including field trips, arts and crafts, swimming, games and sports.

The Ocoee Parks and Recreation Department will begin accepting summer camp registrations at …

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Fri, April 22, 2016

Orange Schools to Offer First Vendor Training Course for Small Businesses

For the first time, the district’s Office of Business Opportunity will be teaming up with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to offer a training class for Orange County Public Schools’ small vendors. The purpose of the class is to enhance the technical and business management skills of these vendors, increasing their preparedness to compete for work with both …

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Thu, April 21, 2016

Bank of America Increases Funding for Women Entrepreneurs

Orlando, FL - Bank of America announced that it is doubling its investment in the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program (formerly Elizabeth Street Capital) to connect more women small business owners to affordable capital through community development financial institutions (CDFIs), including Accion East. Since the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program was announced in January 2014, $10 million …

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Tue, April 19, 2016

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions Named InfiniSys Service Provider of the Year

Orlando, FL – Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions announced today that it has been named the 2015 Service Provider of the Year by InfiniSys, the multifamily industry’s leader for independent, innovative technology expertise. Infinisys’ Service Provider of the Year award recognizes the top service provider in the nation who has gone above and beyond to meet customer …

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Mon, April 11, 2016

Superintendent named as a new member of “Chiefs for Change”

Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins is one of six new members named to “Chiefs for Change.”

“Chiefs for Change” is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization led by bold and innovative district and state education Chiefs serving in bipartisan administrations. The vision of “Chiefs for Change” is that every public school …

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Tue, April 05, 2016

Reed Nissan Joins West Orange Chamber of Commerce as Supporting Trustee

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) announced today that Reed Nissan has taken advantage of the highly beneficial Supporting Trustee level of membership.

“As the 19th oldest Nissan dealership in operation and the 2nd oldest in the state of Florida, Reed Nissan and Reed Nissan Clermont are proud of the success we have been able to achieve over the past 65 years, not only …

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Fri, April 01, 2016

ESPN Wide World of Sports hosts the 2016 Invictus Games

ESPN Wide World of Sports has proudly been selected to be the host venue for the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 presented by Jaguar Land Rover.  The Invictus Games, the vision of Prince Harry, made its debut in 2014 in London. The Invictus Games are the only international adaptive sporting event for injured active duty and veteran service members. The Games use the power of sport to inspire …

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Tue, March 22, 2016

Sonata West Breaks Ground on New Retirement Community in Winter Garden

Sonata Senior Living, an Orlando based owner, developer and operator of senior living communities, officially broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art resort style community in Winter Garden, Florida.

Sonata West will be a $30 million, 139,000 square foot, resort-style rental community, which upon completion will employ 50 people and include 113 spacious apartments with state-of-the-art …

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Tue, March 22, 2016

New & Renewed Members

NEW MEMBERS EMERGING

Campaign to elect Betsy VanderLey OC District 1 CFO Strategic Partners Chen Law Firm, PA Custom Drapery HealthMarkets Agency Kirby Rentals Merchant Pro Express RLD Outdoors Shaggy She'k Salon The Learning Center Tim's Wine Market

ENHANCED

Constant Processing Crossfit Iron Shamrock Future Home Integration Hale, Hale & Jacobson Merrill Lynch  …

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Tue, March 22, 2016

Dave’s House Welcomes Pam Gould as President/CEO

With much excitement, the Dave’s House Board of Directors is proud to welcome Pam Gould as President and CEO, effective January 2016. Pam’s professional achievements and personal connection to the mission of Dave’s House complement the non-profit’s efforts to provide individuals living with severe mental illness permanent and affordable supportive housing.

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Tue, March 08, 2016

CR 545 Scheduled to be Closed for 10 Days during Spring Break

County Road 545 (Avalon Road) will be closed March 18 - March 27, 2016 between Egret Hammock Drive and 940 Avalon Road (Knox Nursery). This closure is needed to install a temporary bypass necessary to complete a pipe replacement project beneath the section of the road where Johns Lake and Black Lake connect.

The Orange County Highway Construction Division is in the process of …

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Tue, March 08, 2016

Visit Orlando Announces Charitable Partners

Through the generosity of its team and member partners, Visit Orlando has provided more than a half a million dollars to organizations that work to make our community a better place to live, work and play. Three locally based organizations have been selected to receive proceeds from Visit Orlando's 2016 events and programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, which provides …

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Tue, February 23, 2016

Common Marketing Mistakes of the Independent Agent

Guest Column by Marc Jablon, Imagine That Promo

You are a proud independent agent. Perhaps you bought a franchise, or you were hired to work for one of the major brokerage firms, real estate agencies, or premier insurance companies. There are major benefits of being an independent agent for a big name firm such as Century 21 or State Farm. Regardless of your actual experience, you get …

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Fri, February 19, 2016

Spring Fling to be Held on March 12

Ocoee, Florida –   Mark your calendars for the City of Ocoee’s 11th Annual Spring Fling on Saturday, March 12, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Bill Breeze Park, 125 North Lakeshore Drive. Admission is free.

Dozens of vendors will showcase community services available throughout the area. The free event will offer food, door prizes and fun activities for …

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Wed, February 17, 2016

Ocoee Celebrates Black History Month

OCOEE – In observance of Black History Month, now on its 40th anniversary, a proclamation was read at the February 2 Ocoee City Commission meeting.  The proclamation recognized the significance of black history throughout the American experience and encouraged the citizens of Ocoee to commemorate Black History Month.  

The city pays tribute to Black History Month …

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Mon, February 15, 2016

Greenberg Traurig Names WOCC Board Member Camille Evans Shareholder in Orlando Office

ORLANDO – International law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. has elevated Camille M. Evans to Shareholder in the Orlando office.

Evans, a member of the Public Finance Practice Group at the firm’s Orlando office, focuses her practice on public finance, serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel, bank’s counsel and trustee’s counsel for …

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Tue, January 12, 2016

Put Your New Year’s Resolution for Your Business into Action

It's time to put your New Year’s Resolutions for your business into action.  But how do you get started?

You have been receiving emails from the West Orange Chamber for probably months now and haven’t found the right time or reason to move forward with your membership – until now. 

Membership in the WOCC can help you check the following …

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Tue, January 12, 2016

Ocoee Community Grant Applications Available

The City of Ocoee’s Community Grant applications are available online at www.ocoee.org.  Residents may also pick up an application at City Hall located at 150 North Lakeshore Drive.  The deadline to submit applications is January 29, 2016.

The Community Grant program provides financial grants of up to $500. There is $5,000 available for this grant cycle.

Groups …

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Mon, December 21, 2015

Governor Scott Appoints Three to West Orange Healthcare District Board

ORLANDO, Fla.; December 21, 2015 – The West Orange Healthcare District (WOHD) confirmed today, that Florida Governor Rick Scott has reappointed two members and appointed one new member to the West Orange Healthcare District Board.

The appointments include:

Jaclyn Whiddon, 35, of Oakland, is an orthodontic marketing consultant as well as the owner of The Whiddon Group, LLC. …

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Tue, December 15, 2015

New & Renewed Members

 

 

NEW MEMBERS EMERGING

Black Rain Partners

Bob's Balloon Charters, LLC

Ego Med Spa - opening in January 2016!

El Inka Grill Peruvian Restaurant

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa of Dr. Phillips

Paladin Healthcare

Premier Senior Consultants

Shred-it 

ENHANCED

My Direct MD

Winter …

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Tue, December 15, 2015

WOCC Leadership West Orange

The West Orange Chamber’s Leadership West Orange Program, sponsored by Florida Hospital, completed their fourth session focused on different levels of Government.  The group participated in UCF’s Focus on Excellence Breakfast and visited with Lex Veech Manager of Community & Government Relations at the Orange County Convention Center.  In addition, they met with …

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Mon, December 14, 2015

INCREASE YOUR VISIBILITY AMONG OUR MEMBERS AND COMMUNITIES

UPDATE YOUR WOCHAMBER.COM PROFILE TODAY!

Did you know that WOCC Members and potential customers visited the West Orange Chamber website over 86,000 times last year?  This is the perfect month to update your Profile Page to ensure that your company description, location, key words, contact information and other information is correct. 

Your Profile Page should …

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Mon, December 14, 2015

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS ANNOUNCES CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

WINTER GARDEN, FL – Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC) has announced the promotion of Debra Andree, MD as Vice President/Chief Medical Officer.  Dr. Andree received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Florida and obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Miami.  Andree joined CHC as a Pediatrician in 2002, was promoted to Chief of …

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Tue, December 08, 2015

Larry Cappleman Announces Retirement from Hillcrest Insurance Agency

Winter Garden, Florida - December 7th, 2015 - After over forty years of serving clients in the Winter Garden community, Larry Cappleman will retire effective January 1st, 2016. Mr. Cappleman has handled local insurance coverage through Hillcrest Insurance Agency and his family’s business before that for over 42 years. He will continue to act as Chief Financial Officer of …

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Tue, December 01, 2015

OCPS Receives Honor from the Florida Green School Network

BOYNTON BEACH—Orange County Public Schools has been named a Silver Level District by the Florida Green School Network in recognition of systemic changes that promote environmental sustainability. The award was one of six presented at the 7th Annual Learn Green: Florida’s Green Schools Conference, which was held in Boynton Beach on Nov. 16.

The award recognizes …

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Tue, December 01, 2015

Not Your Grandmother’s Audubon with James Currie

OAKLAND, FL –Birding Adventures TV producer and host, James Currie will be visiting Oakland Nature Preserve on Saturday, December 19th at 10am for a video journal from around the world, “Not Your Grandmother’s Audubon.” Discover the expeditions James has endured— traveling around the world in search for unique and rare birds. Afterwards- stay to meet James and grab …

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Tue, November 17, 2015

Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh Presents Free Website Training Classes

Learn how to navigate the Orange County Property Appraiser's website like a pro. Sign up for one of the training classes listed below:

 

Orange County Public Library/Albertson Room

  101. E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801

  Date: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Hunter's Creek Community …

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Tue, November 17, 2015

Operation Santa Set to Begin

Ocoee, Florida – The Ocoee Fire Department will host its 15th Annual Operation Santa event on December 1, 3, 7, 9, 15 and 17.  Over the course of six days, Santa Claus and his helpers will visit 64 Ocoee neighborhoods tossing candy and spreading holiday cheer to hundreds of children and families. 

The Operation Santa dates and times are as follows:  

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Tue, November 17, 2015

Best Cleaners Partners with Edgewood Children’s Ranch

At Best Cleaners we are grateful for the trust and patronage bestowed upon us and are proud to be a partner in the communities in which we serve. This time of year we enjoy helping the Edgewood Children’s Ranch. Edgewood Children’s Ranch has been around for nearly 50 years. They provide discipline, education, athletics, guidance, counseling and most importantly, a strong sense of …

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Tue, November 17, 2015

Best Cleaners Partners with Edgewood Children’s Ranch

At Best Cleaners we are grateful for the trust and patronage bestowed upon us and are proud to be a partner in the communities in which we serve. This time of year we enjoy helping the Edgewood Children’s Ranch. Edgewood Children’s Ranch has been around for nearly 50 years. They provide discipline, education, athletics, guidance, counseling and most importantly, a strong sense of …

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Tue, November 03, 2015

Sharing the Feast: Thanksgiving Basket Project

Once again, the West Orange Chamber and Membership has the privilege of providing food for Thanksgiving to needy families in this area. Funds and gift cards are being collected to shop/prepare baskets with non-perishable food items. In addition to the non-perishable items, gift cards to Wal-Mart or Publix are provided for the families to purchase their turkey or ham, etc. We are proud to …

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Tue, November 03, 2015

Free Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety Seminars & Webinars for Florida Employers

The State of Florida, Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation offers Free Seminars and Webinars for Florida employers regarding Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety. 

For more information contact:

Sheryle Birdsong Compliance Bureau Division of Workers’ Compensation Dept. of Financial Services

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Tue, October 20, 2015

Orlando Health Receives Highest Quality Rating for Heart Care and Cancer Care

Orlando Health received an Overall 3 Star Rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for quality care provided to patients undergoing bypass surgery and lobectomy for lung cancer.

The 3 Star Rating, the highest mark, is a quality score based on hospital statistics and outcomes in the Society’s National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database and the Society’s General Thoracic …

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Tue, October 06, 2015

Reed Nissan Kicks Off Annual Pet Rescue Project 90-Day Adopt-a-Thon

The “Reed Nissan Pet Rescue Project 90-Day Adopt-a-Thon” officially kicked off its second year with the goal once again to help find 2,000 cats and dogs FURever homes.    

Reed Nissan, Reed Nissan Clermont and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO) have come together for the second time to host the 90-Day Adopt-a-Thon in hopes of exceeding their success in …

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Tue, October 06, 2015

Cars for Kids: Reed Nissan Donates 2 Cars to Adults Served by Community Based Care of Central FL

Reed Nissan and the newly opened Reed Nissan Clermont teamed up to donate two cars to young adults served by Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF) in the dealership’s first-ever Cars For Kids giveaway. Jasmine, 19, and Bernard, 24, were surprised by the gift of 2015 Nissan Sentras.

“We’re extremely grateful to Reed Nissan and Reed Nissan Clermont for this …

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Tue, October 06, 2015

First DCA Reverses Gretna Ruling

Yesterday morning we reported that the First District Court of Appeal granted a rehearing of the Gretna slot machine case.  Based on this motion being granted, we assumed there would be a re-hearing en banc before all of the First DCA judges.

But the First DCA today also released a reversal of its earlier decision on this case, with a new judge taking the …

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Tue, September 22, 2015

Guest Article: How Much are Your Employee Smokers Costing You?

By Jennifer S. Wolowitz, Central Florida Area Health Education Center

Smokers cost the U.S. approximately $193 billion per year. New research estimates that each smoker costs their employer roughly $5800 per year; surprisingly, the largest component of this expense is due to lost productivity from smoking breaks at a whopping $3077 annually and not due to healthcare …

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Mon, August 24, 2015

New and Renewed Members

NEW MEMBERS

All Geek Media Anne's Art and Design Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza Better Speaking Skills Brown Law, P.L. Century 21 Blue Sky Realty Group CertaPro Painters of Lake Apopka Chutneys Orlando Cruise Planners Dexter's in Windermere Embroidery Plus Promotional Inc. Energy Wellness Center Europa Designs LLC Florida Center for Hormones and Wellness Gisela Laurent, Candidate for …

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Mon, August 24, 2015

GUEST BLOG: The Perfect Elevator Pitch

By Marc Jablon

So you want to have “The Perfect Elevator Pitch." Well, achieving the perfect elevator pitch is easier than you thought. First, forget what you’ve heard from everyone else, because it’s important that your elevator pitch is memorable. Therefore, copying other people’s pitches is not going to help you stand out. Second, you need to remember …

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Fri, August 21, 2015

MusicFest Celebrates 10th Anniversary, October 9 -11

MUSICFEST CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY, OCTOBER 9-11

Performers Bring Sounds to Street Corners, Alleyways, and Indoors with a New Twist on MusicFest 2015

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation is proud to present the 10th Annual MusicFest, which will take place Friday-Sunday, October 9-11, 2015 on the streets of historic downtown Winter Garden. Celebrating its 10th year, MusicFest …

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Fri, August 21, 2015

Christy’s Bug Bits—September’s Insect Safari at Oakland Nature Preserve

OAKLAND, FL - Discover the six-legged friends that call Florida home and try to find some of your own at the Oakland Nature Preserve on Saturday, September 5th at 10 am.  Join Entomologist, Christy LeDuc, for September’s Insect Safari as she explores the fascinating world of insects. Did you know there are over 12,500 species of insects JUST in Florida? Christy will be going over all …

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Wed, August 19, 2015

Two Orlando colleges have the most innovative presidents in America, according to Washington Monthly

Two Orlando colleges have the most innovative presidents in America, according to Washington Monthly's annual college guide

They are John Hitt of the University of Central Florida and Sandy Shugart of Valencia College. The DirectConnect Program at UCF, created in 2005, is still putting these two universities and its presidents in the spotlight 10 years later. That's because more …

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Tue, August 18, 2015

Special Visit

Yesterday was a special day at the West Orange Chamber.  We were visited by 5 Past Chairmen of the Board.  

Pictured left to right:  Lynetta Tipton Steed, Regions Bank - Chairman 2014; Stina D'Uva Chamber President; Julie Kleffel, Seacoast National Bank - Chairman 2008; Jim Neumayer, Neumayer Productions, Chairman 2005; Diane Trees, UCF - Chairman 2009; Krista Carter …

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Tue, August 11, 2015

10th Annual Florida Film Festival (CENFLO) Set for September 4-6

Ocoee, Florida - The 10th Annual Central Florida Film Festival (CENFLO), billed as “Florida’s answer to the Cannes Film Festival,” has set this year’s Festival dates for September 4 -6, 2015. The Film Festival will utilize a state-of-the-art theater at the West Orange Cinema, 1575 Maguire Road, Ocoee, Florida.   Winner of prestigious international and …

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Tue, August 11, 2015

Food Trucks and Movie in the Park on August 21

Ocoee, Florida –   Bring a lawn chair and blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy Ocoee’s Food Truck Friday and Movie in the Park.

Held the third Friday of each month at Bill Breeze Park, 125 North Lakeshore Drive, the August 21 event includes the following: food trucks from 6:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m; free tours of the historic Withers-Maguire House, 16 East Oakland …

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Fri, July 31, 2015

Orlando City Launches Public On-Sale for 2016 Season Tickets; Provides Update on Downtown Stadium

ORLANDO – July 31, 2015 – Orlando City SC has launched the public on-sale of its 2016 season tickets.  As previously announced, the Club raised season ticket capacity for next year to 18,000 seats to meet the heightened demand for the coming season. Following the fulfillment of 2015 renewals and the 2016 waitlist, less than two thousand seats remain. To purchase season …

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Tue, July 28, 2015

Retirement Party for Mayor Vandergrift on July 31

Ocoee, Florida –   The public is invited to attend a retirement party for Mayor Scott Vandergrift on Friday, July 31, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Ocoee Lakeshore Center, 125 North Lakeshore Drive. See attached invitation.

The retirement party will celebrate Mayor Vandergrift’s 23 years as mayor and give residents, elected officials, friends and …

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Tue, July 28, 2015

SunTrust Donates $25,000 to First Star Central Florida Academy

SunTrust recently awarded $25,000 to Community Based Care’s First Star Central Florida Academy for the purchase of new laptops. The Academy provides select students in foster care with workshops and mentoring services focused on improving their academic success, personal and social development, and self-sufficiency skills.

 

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Tue, July 28, 2015

Registration Now Open for Ocoee Before and After School Program

The City of Ocoee will hold registration for its Before and After School Program on July 27 – 31, for residents only.  Open enrollment for residents and non-residents will be held on August 3.  The program, open to children ages 5 –14, is held at the Jim Beech Recreation Center. Fun activities for the program include sports, crafts, homework time and movies.

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Tue, July 28, 2015

City of Ocoee Community Grant Applications Available

Ocoee, Florida – The deadline to submit Community Grant applications is July 30.  The City of Ocoee’s Community Grant applications are available online at www.ocoee.org.  Residents may also pick up an application at City Hall located at 150 North Lakeshore Drive. 

 

The Community Grant program is held twice yearly and provides financial grants of …

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Fri, July 10, 2015

Photo Contest Call for Entries

Ocoee, Florida – The City of Ocoee is sponsoring its annual Calendar Photo Contest celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of Ocoee.  Winning photographs will be published in the city’s 2016 Community Calendar.  Photographers will be given photo credit in the calendar.

Amateur and professional shutterbugs are invited to submit color pictures of people at work or play …

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