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**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.

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

Join us for our complimentary women-focused event as we strengthen relationships and empower one another while hearing from a select panel of women business leaders. Connect directly from your phone or laptop while you engage in conversation and camaraderie during this event.

When: Thurday, October 22, 2020, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Where: Zoom (login credentials will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the event)

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

Iliana Ramos Jones, Co-owner and CFO for Empire Finish Systems, LLC

As one of the first women in the State of Florida to receive Certified General Constructors (CGC) license in 2001, she has seen the change and evolution within the construction industry. The most enjoyable aspect of her career and co-owner of a family business is to work alongside Frank and Sal Ramos brothers and business partners. Faith, family, resilience, and hard work are the cornerstones of Iliana’s success. Her analytical and caring character has led her to give back to the community thru several organizations, in Orlando, FL.


Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, OCPS

Dr. Jenkins is a recognized education leader, dedicated to serving the needs of students for 30 years. She was named superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in 2012. Under Dr. Jenkins’ leadership, the district won the prestigious 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. In 2017, Dr. Jenkins was named the Florida Superintendent of the Year and one of four finalists for the national title. Recognized for her commitment and influence, both the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Magazine have named her as one of the 10 most powerful people in Central Florida on multiple occasions.

Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy’s FL State President

Ms. Stempien is responsible for the financial performance of Duke Energy’s regulated utility in Florida and for managing state and local regulatory and government relations and community affairs. She also has responsibility for advancing the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives. Stempien has more than 25 years of legal and financial experience, predominantly in the energy and telecommunications fields. Before leading the corporate development function, from 2014 until June of 2018, she held numerous positions in the legal department covering virtually all areas of legal services to the company.

Omayra Mansfield, MD, MHA, FACEP, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for AdventHealth Apopka and AdventHealth Winter Garden

Dr. Mansfield is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Fellow with the American College of Emergency Physicians.  Prior to working as an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Mansfield spent five years in healthcare administration and has held several roles such as Assistant Chief of Staff, ICU renovation planner, and manager of financial analysis. Dr. Mansfield has a passion for motivating others to achieve a life of health and balance.

Cost:  Complimentary, thanks to our generous sponsors.

In lieu of a registration fee, attendees are encouraged to donate to the

West Orange Foundation Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Thank you to our Celebrating Extraordinary Women 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:

  • Thursday, January 16
  • Thursday, March 19
  • Thursday, August 20
  • Thursday, October 15

          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 150 – 200 attendees comprised of Chamber members and Community leaders.
Thank you to our 2020 Luncheon Series Sponsor Orlando Health!
Our next Luncheon is shceduled for Thursday, September 24, 2020. More details, along with topic and guest speakers, will be announced soon. Contact Carrie to learn about available sponsorships.
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 this year 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. Even with the unusual circumstances this year, WOCC was still able to honor and recognize more than 30 West Orange Chamber member schools and their nominated students.


Bay Meadows Elementary School: Jack Connelley

Citrus Elementary School: Bryanna Walters

Dillard Street Elementary School: Leslie Mosqueda-Pineda

Dr. Phillips High School: Grant Houde

Edgewood Ranch Academy: Jonathan Connors

Evans High School: Angelica Stewart

Foundation Academy: Zach Gray

Foundation Academy: Mindy Tran

Foundation Academy: Tyler Waters

Gotha Middle School: Devin Gosselin

Horizon West Middle School: Jade Le’Nayah Stephens

Lake Whitney Elementary School: Vilma Allison

Lakeview Middle School: Ciara Tewari

MetroWest Elementary School: Amna Hafeez

Oak Hill Elementary School: Emma Ranmarine

Ocoee Elementary School: Estefani Coronado

Ocoee High School: Viet Quoc Hoang Nguyen

Ocoee Middle School: Samara Singh

Olympia High School: Zericka Hopkins

Orange Technical College – West Campus: Breana Richardson

Palm Lake Elementary School: Taylor Devitt

Prairie Lake Elementary School: Cullen Sarris

Renaissance Charter at Crown Point: Thaddaeus Nguyen

Southwest Middle School: Alexis David

SunRidge Middle School: Rachel Olario

Thornebrooke Elementary School: Juan Teran

West Orange High School: Sblayda Fernandez Dominguez

Westpointe Elementary School: Miranda Barbosa

Whispering Oak Elementary School: Aubrey Winkis

Windermere Elementary School: Robert Trey Stevenson

Windermere High School: Alina Guzman Azocar

Windy Ridge School: Camille Espinos

Windy Ridge School: Noah MacInness

Get ready to chow down as you further your relationship building with fellow West Orange Chamber members during our monthly Lead and Feed. Focusing on valuable networking opportunities, food and fun, this informal event will offer everyone in attendance the chance to talk about their businesses and experiences while having a great time. Contact Carrie Wilson at for more information regarding lead and feed locations and pricing information.

2020 Lead and Feed Dates:

  • January 23 – Groovy Goat
  • February 13 – American Social Bar
  • April 2 – Virtual Event
  • May 7 – Virtual Event
  • August 5 – Virtual Event
  • October 8 – Virtual Event

Join us for a casual lunch and educational presentation at a minimal cost. Each session features a speaker that will enlighten you on topics that will be sure to benefit your business! Our next Lunch and Learn is scheduled for Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce presents the November Lunch and Learn:

“Generating Referrals During Social Distancing”

Featuring Special Guest Speaker Tiffanie Kellog

November 11, 2020 11:30am – 1pm

Join us on November 11th, to discover the secrets to referral marketing, networking, and maximizing your time during social distancing with guest speaker, Tiffanie Kellog. Tiffanie is a business coach, professional speaker, and small business owner.

Tiffanie Kellog’s goal is to continue to have referrals flowing in, regardless of if you are networking in person or online! In this program, Tiffanie will share easy and simple tips to help you get more referrals in your business, maybe before you even leave the event!

Tiffanie Kellog will share:

  • how to ask for referrals on social media to GET YOU those referrals
  • how to communicate with your referral sources so they can easily pass you referrals
  • who are the RIGHT people that can refer you all day every day
  • an easy way to generate referrals for your network (and vice versa)

This is an action-packed program that is all about REFERRALS, REFERRALS, and REFERRALS!

Chamber Member Rates:
Advance Payment: $25.00
Pay at the door: $35.00

Non Member Rates:
Advance/At the Door: $45.00

Thank you to our 2020 Lunch and Learn Sponsors

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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.

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.

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