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Connect, Learn, and Inspire at the Celebrating Extraordinary Women Event

Join us for this women-focused event as we strengthen relationships and empower one another while hearing from a select panel of women business leaders. This event series is your opportunity to meet some of West Orange County’s leading women, with plenty of time for conversation and networking. Attendees enjoy getting to know each other and our featured guest speakers at this interactive and engaging event.

When: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Where: Ocoee Lakeshore Center: 125 N. Lakeshore Dr. Ocoee, FL 34761

Who: Featured at this event, will be a panel of four extraordinary West Orange Business and Community Women leading the conversation and answering your questions.

Thank you to our generous Sponsors:

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The Chamber hosts a variety of informative member programs throughout the year. Chamber Connections typically are scheduled from 3:45 pm-5:00 pm in the Chamber’s new Dan Petro Conference Room. These sessions are attended by both new and existing members, committee chairs and board members, and provide detailed information about the various ways the Chamber facilitates opportunities for our members including benefits, programs, and events. Join us for Chamber Connections on the following dates:

          All dates subject to change

Thank you to our Chamber Connections Series Sponsor:


The Chamber hosts Economic & Governmental Advocacy Luncheons. Each luncheon has a captive audience of attendees comprised of Chamber members and Community leaders. Our next Luncheon is scheduled for September 9th, 2021. More details, along with topic and guest speakers, will be announced soon. Contact Amy Pryor to learn about available sponsorships.

To download our 2021 Chamber Luncheon Sponsorship Package in PDF format, click here!


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The Education Awards honor exemplary students throughout West Orange County. Awards are presented in the following categories:
The Danniel J. Petro Scholarship is provided through the West Orange Foundation, Inc. and administrated by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. The scholarship fund was established to make it possible for eligible students from local high schools to further their education at Valencia College (any campus), 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.
W.O.P.T.E. is a program of the West Orange Foundation sponsored by Bright Future Electric and Walmart and facilitated by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. The primary vision of the W.O.P.T.E. program is to raise the awareness of our youth regarding the West Orange County business community and all that it has to offer. With increased awareness of the area, it is hoped that the local 11th grade students will be better informed regarding career opportunities. W.O.P.T.E. partnered with Junior Achievement of Central Florida to present the JA Be Entrepreneurial and JA Job Shadow programs in which students gained a better understanding of entrepreneurship. Thank you to June Engineering for providing transportation for the students field trips.

Students of Achievement and Renown is an award of merit presented by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. Students in 5th, 8th and 11th grades are recognized for their initiative, good citizenship, commitment and personal growth in the classroom. Traditionally, SOAR award winners are recognized at the Education Awards and receive a medallion compliments of Trophies Unlimited. Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic we were unable to present these awards to the students in person in 2020 and as such the students received a S.O.A.R. award certificate in the mail. WOCC also requested that the award winners send a picture of themselves holding their award certificate so that we could announce and congratulate them on our social media. The same format of recognition will be utilized in 2021 as well.

Get ready to chow down as you further your relationship building with fellow West Orange Chamber members during our Lead and Feed Networking Lunch Series. Focusing on making connections, food and fun, this informal event will offer everyone in attendance the chance to talk about their business and experiences while having a great time.

2021 Lead and Feed Dates:

When COVID-19 hit Florida, the West Orange Chamber had to reevaluate how to supply Educational Programs to our Members.  The West Orange Chamber Team was quick to shift to Virtual Events.

Call, Listen and Learn – these virtual events featured the most up to date information on COVID-19 Resources for our Members and was offered to non-members as well.

2020 Dates:

March 23 – Business Disaster Relief featuring the FL Small Business Development Center; Sponsored by AdventHealth

March 24 – Congressional Coronavirus Action for Business Recovery featuring Florida Chamber of Commerce; Sponsred by Orlando Health and CenturyLink

March 31 – Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act  featuring the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Sponsored by AdventHealth

April 6 – Maximizing and Leveraging Federal Legislation – CARES Act featuring Scott Michael, CPA of Strombeck Consulting, Inc.; Sponsored by Orlando Health and Strombeck

April 24 – What You Need to Know about the Payment Protection Program (PPP) featuring
Adam Markowitz of Howard L Markowitz PA.; Sponosred by Computer Business Consultants

May 26 – “Orange County CARES” A Road to Reopening: Funding and Programs featuring OC Economic Task Force Member Deb Linden and OC Commissioner Betsy VanderLey; Sponsored by LaPorte Financial

Spotlight Speaker Series – this series of events was established to help members cope with the COVID-19 Crisis with a focus on overcoming adversity both personally and professionally to come out of the situation as a stronger person and business leader.

2020 Dates:

April 8 – Peaceful or Panicked in the Pandemic? featuring Monte Drenner (LMHC), MTC Counseling; Sponsored by Seacoast Bank and Strombeck

April 15 – Leading Through Crisis featuring Chris Baker of Release Your Unconscious; Sponsored by Seacoast Bank and Strombeck

April 22 – How Does Our Brain Process Uncertainty? featuring Tony Dottino of Dottino Consulting Group; Sponsored by Seacoast Bank and Strombeck

June 2 – Cooped Up but Still Connected – Networking in the New Normal featuring Annetta Wilson, President of  Media Training & Success Coaching; Sponsored by Axiom Bank

July 16 – Spark Peace – A Conversation about Race & Business Relations in West Orange County  To Watch or Rewatch to Spark Peace, please click here

September 15 – Spotlight Speaker – Career Source Central Florida Presents “Help is Here” Sponsored by Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital

October 29 – Spotlight Speaker – “Building Teams Through Better Communication” Presented by Curium Solutions US