West Orange Chamber of Commerce Facilitating Opportunity
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Fri, August 17, 2018

Vote YES on Orange County schools one-mill property tax renewal

Vote YES on Orange County schools one-mill property tax renewal

The 2018 Florida primary election is rapidly approaching and there are many issues for voters to research. One of the most important issues this year concerns our local schools and students. I encourage Orange County voters to vote YES on the Orange County schools one-mill property tax renewal. 

The renewal of the one-mill property tax supports our school system by allowing OCPS to retain…

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Tue, August 14, 2018

Food + Prosperity “To Strengthen Our Core”

Prepared by the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council

For five years, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council has been partnering with our local jurisdictions to conduct health impact assessments and food systems initiatives. It is through these partnerships that we have begun to explore the relationship between the built environment, health outcomes, and economic development…

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Wed, August 08, 2018

Your Opinion Matters:  Help Us Make Florida More Competitive in 2018

From the Florida Chamber of Commerce

We realize there is an important election between now and next year’s legislative session, but our full time business advocacy team is already building the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 legislative and competitiveness agenda and we are seeking your important input. 

Each year,…

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Thu, August 02, 2018

Candidates make final pitch at 2018 Hob Nob & Straw Poll

Candidates make final pitch at 2018 Hob Nob & Straw Poll

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) hosted its 2018 Hob Nob & Straw Poll on August 2, 2018, providing candidates with a platform to state their case to potential voters. Over 250 attendees cast their votes in the Straw Poll that utilized voting machines provided by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office. This event was the final Straw Poll held in the area before the August…

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Thu, August 02, 2018

Watch our first installment of #StinaSays!

We hope you enjoy the first edition of #StinaSays! This month, Stina encourages you to vote YES on the renewal of a one-mill property tax to support Orange County Public Schools, get ready for our next

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Tue, July 24, 2018

Take advantage of the 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Take advantage of the 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

The 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 3, 2018, and runs through Sunday, August 5, 2018.

During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and clothing, footwear,…

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Wed, July 18, 2018

Orange County Supervisor of Elections announces polling place changes

On Monday, July 16, the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office began mailing new voter information cards to Orange County voters whose polling places have changed for the 2018 elections.

“We encourage everyone to check their registration information and update their voter record before election day, if needed,” said Bill Cowles,…

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Tue, June 26, 2018

Prepare for Election Season with the WOCC

Prepare for Election Season with the WOCC

The Florida primaries are racing toward us and many are shifting their attention toward getting to know the candidates who will earn the right to represent our region in the coming years. On Thursday, August 2, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce presents its biennial Hob Nob and Straw Poll, presented by Orlando…

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Tue, April 24, 2018

How the WOCC is Facilitating Opportunity for your business

By Joe Alarie, WOCC Chairman

As the business world continues to evolve, the West Orange Chamber is providing a wide variety of effective opportunities for members to learn, network and build their businesses. In the coming weeks, members can take part in several great events.

The WOCC’s popular

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Fri, April 13, 2018

West Orange Chamber supports Voter Control of Gambling amendment

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) announced its support for Amendment 3, known as the Voter Control of Gambling amendment, which will appear on the November ballot. The amendment would require voter approval to authorize casino gambling in Florida.

The WOCC has aligned with Voters in Charge, sponsor of the amendment, in standing in opposition…

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Tue, April 10, 2018

Take your first steps toward elected office at the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute

Take your first steps toward elected office at the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute

Apply now for the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute (PLI), a program that was developed by business leaders in Central Florida and is managed through the Orlando Economic Partnership. This unique non-partisan, regional initiative was designed to prepare and strengthen the next generation of elected leaders before they formally…

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Wed, December 13, 2017

With support of West Orange Chamber, City of Ocoee passes Sunday alcohol sales ordinance

The City of Ocoee recently passed an ordinance allowing for the sale and service of alcohol on Sunday to begin at 7:00am for restaurants and lodging properties. Previously, sales before 11:00am were prohibited.

The ordinance that passed was spearheaded by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC), which led efforts to bring the city’s ordinances in…

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Tue, May 09, 2017

Central Florida PLI

Central Florida Political Leadership Institute announces 2017 applications now being accepted

Click here for information on the 2018 Central Florida Political Leadership Institute.

The Central Florida Political Leadership Institute (PLI) announced applications are now being accepted for the 2017 PLI Class through Friday, June 30, 2017. PLI is an innovative,…

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Tue, February 14, 2017

Sand Lake Study

Sand Lake Road Study: An Alternative Advanced

Orange County is developing potential strategies along the Sand Lake Road Corridor between Apopka Vineland Road and Turkey Lake Road. After having received feedback from the community, a preferred alternative is being advanced and refined. Referred to in the project as "Alternative 2", this strategy offers the following elements:

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Tue, February 14, 2017

Orange County leaders gather for Economic Summit

The 2017 Orange County Economic Summit, held on January 19, was the fifth annual gathering initiated by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to report on  the region's economy, business sectors, expanding industries and growth opportunities. The morning included an economic outlook and forecast (

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Tue, January 10, 2017

OCPA Hosting Satellite Offices to Assist Filing for Homestead Exemption

The Orange County Property Appraiser's office will be hosting a series of temporary satellite offices throughout Orange County to assist property owners with filing for homestead exemption and all other property tax based exemptions. 

What is Homestead? If you own a home in Orange County and the property is your permanent…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Mon, December 05, 2016

Overtime Rule FAQ

Information provided by the Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Many employers have questions regarding the implications of the recent preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s overtime rule. Below is more information on the most frequent questions we’re receiving:

What is the immediate effect of the court’s injunction?

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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…

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Mon, September 26, 2016

Employee Voter Registration Week: Urge Your Employees to Vote This Week

Employee Voter Registration Week is here — do you know if your employees are registered to vote? Take time this week to encourage your employees to visit the free, non-partisan website, FloridaWins.org. Once there, they can click on the “Register to Vote” icon on…

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Tue, April 26, 2016

West Orange Chamber Supports The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors made the decision to support the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S.2707/H.R. 4773) introduced on March 17 by Senators Scott and Alexander, and Representatives Walberg and Kline. The bill would prevent the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime regulation from taking effect and directs the Secretary of Labor to conduct…

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Tue, April 26, 2016

Florida Chamber Announces Speaker Steve Crisafulli as 2016 Most Valuable Legislator

Article courtesy of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently released its annual publication How They Voted, and announced House Speaker Steve Crisafulli as the 2016 Most Valuable Legislator.

“While others talk about Florida’s long-term future, Speaker Crisafulli…

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Mon, December 14, 2015

Colonial West Moves Forward for Positive Impact

The West Orange Chamber in partnership with Orange County government met with stakeholders along West Colonial in between Apopka Vineland Road and Pine Hills Road to talk next steps for the possible creation of a Neighborhood Improvement District.  A tool that could be used by property owners to make improvements that will continue to emphasize economic development opportunities along this…

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Mon, November 30, 2015

WOCC 2016 Legislative Position Paper

The West Orange Chamber (WOCC) is involved in various local, state and national issues that impact your business. Through the Chamber’s various committees, including the Legislative Task Force, we generate input on pertinent legislative business issues that are important to our Members.  This input is provided to the Economic & Governmental Advocacy Committee (EGAC) and the recommendations…

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Sun, November 29, 2015

Orange County School Siting - A Top Priority

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners and the Orange County School Board met on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

This joint meeting was a requirement of the Orange County Comprehensive Plan and provides that the Board of County Commissioners and the School Board are to "meet annually and publicly review and discuss the Public Schools Facilities Element…

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Tue, April 21, 2015

WOCC Votes in Favor of Renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

The WOCC Signs Joint U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers Letter urging congressional leadership to vote in favor of renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Read full press release here

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Tue, February 24, 2015

West Orange Chamber YOUR Business Advocate

As you know, the West Orange Chamber has involved itself in a myriad of local, state and national issues that impact your business. Through the Chamber’s various committees, including the Legislative Task Force, we generate input on pertinent legislative business issues that are important to our Members.  This input is provided to the Economic & Governmental Advocacy Committee (EGAC)…

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Fri, October 03, 2014

Results of the Talent Gap Survey & an overview on the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

At the Chamber's recent "Courses to Careers" Luncheon at Valencia College West Campus, Pam Nabors, President/CEO of CareerSource Central Florida, along with moderator by Pam Gould, (OCPS School…

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Fri, April 18, 2014

West Orange Chamber Supports half-penny sales tax renewal

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce has been monitoring the status of the West Orange High Relief School. Just last week, Chamber Board Members, Orange County Public School District 4 Board Member Pam Gould and Orange County District 1 Commissioner S. Scott Boyd shared this press release and

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