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Wed, July 31, 2019

U.S. News & World Report names AdventHealth Orlando No. 1 hospital in Florida

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2019 – AdventHealth Orlando has been recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Florida and the top in Orlando by U.S. News & World Report, which released its 2019-20 Best Hospitals ratings today.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 30th year, are designed…

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Tue, July 23, 2019

Why did Dragonfly Robata Grill and Sushi remove Plastic straws

Why did Dragonfly Robata Grill and Sushi remove Plastic straws

by: Jennifer Ha, Dragonfly Robata Grill

While the truth of global warming and climate change issues are still controversial to some, one thing we can all agree on is that plastics pollution has become a world-wide issue. Some recent reports have found that as many as eight-million pieces…

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Tue, July 23, 2019

The Year of the Member Continues on - July 2019 Chairman’s Article

Now that we are beyond the midway point of my year as Chairman, I thought it would be a good time to review our performance in the year that our board determined as “the year of the member”.  Truly every year is about our members, yet with the focus on the building renovation in 2018, we wanted to make sure you know that providing services and programs to you is always our main…

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Tue, July 23, 2019

How to Prepare for the Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 End-of-Life

How to Prepare for the Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 End-of-Life

by: Clinton Pownall, Compuber Business Consultants

As you may have already learned, Microsoft will be discontinuing support for Windows 7 and their Server 2008 Operating Systems on January 14, 2020.  This means all product support for applications and software…

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Tue, July 09, 2019

Mon, June 24, 2019

Exclusive Offer to West Orange Chamber Members

Each week, Observer Media editors and reporters work to make sure you receive engaging and relevant content about West Orange that you can’t find anywhere else.  The Observer’s editorial coverage not only delivers news and information focused on where you live, work and play, but they also aim to surprise and delight with fresh ideas and features.   Whether it’s…

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Mon, June 24, 2019

Three Additional MetroWest Communities Celebrate Achieving Crime Free Certification

Three additional MetroWest communities have achieved Crime Free Certification and were celebrated at an event hosted by MetroWest Master Association at MetroWest Golf Club on April 24.

“Crime Free Certification is a notable accomplishment that requires great dedication…

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Mon, June 24, 2019

Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Ocoee Tops in Revenue per Available Room

At the recent Aimbridge Hospitality National Sales Conference in Dallas, TX the 80-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Hotel by Marriott Orlando Ocoee was awarded the coveted President’s Award for tops in their significant increase of Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) from 2017…

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Tue, June 11, 2019

New & Renewed Members May 2019

NEW MEMBERS

Elite

BIZCENTER

Enhanced

Ads in Motions

Harry Levine Insurance

Vitality…

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Thu, June 06, 2019

2019 Dining Deals are Here

The lazy days of summer are a great time to enjoy the food, service and atmosphere of some of our popular WOCC chamber member restaurants, bars and grills and even more.  To make it an even better experience and to drive business to these members, we have partnered with many to develop the Chamber’s “Dining Deals.”  From June 3rd through August 16th,…

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Mon, June 03, 2019

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Inclusion Incorporated in Orlando

The U.S. Chamber Foundation visited Orlando to discuss business success and growth through LGBT inclusive culture.  Community leaders, Chamber presidents and others met in Orlando to better understand the positive impact to businesses which adopt and demonstrate authenticity in LGBT inclusive policies. For more information,

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Tue, May 28, 2019

Florida Blue Foundation Recognized as 2019 Outstanding Community Partner at Florida Literacy Awards

Daytona Beach, FL, May 23, 2019 --(PR.com)-- The Florida Blue Foundation received the Outstanding Community Partner Award at the 2019 FloridaLiteracy Conference, which was held on May 1-3rd at the Daytona Beach Plaza Resort. Florida Blue has been a generous supporter and leader in promoting literacy and health literacy since it became the founding sponsor of the Florida Health Literacy Initiative…

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Tue, May 28, 2019

Disney to offer eligible employees free tuition at University of Central Florida

ORLANDO -- The Walt Disney Company is expanding its employee education program, adding the University of Central Florida to the list of institutions eligible employees can attend free of charge.


Through its Disney Aspire program first announced in 2018, the company will cover tuition costs upfront and reimburse application…

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Tue, May 28, 2019

AXIOM BANK, N.A. PROMOTES G. HUNT DAWKINS TO VP, SBA DIVISION MANAGER

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 17, 2019) – Axiom Bank, N.A., a Maitland-based community bank serving customers in Central Florida and beyond, promoted G. Hunt Dawkins to the position of VP, SBA Division Manager. In his new role, Dawkins will lead Axiom’s programs for extending government-guaranteed loans to small businesses. 

Dawkins has more than three decades of experience…

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Tue, May 28, 2019

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS’ CEO MARGARET BRENNAN HONORED

WINTER GARDEN, FL – Community Health Centers’ President/CEO, Margaret Brennan, was recently, recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as a CEO of the Year honoree. The Orlando Business Journal recognized 19 individuals in the 2019 CEOs of the Year Awards. The program honors highest-level executives at companies, organizations or agencies based in Orange, Osceola, Seminole,…

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Tue, May 14, 2019

Associates in Dermatology Announce May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Associates in Dermatology -Your skin cancer & Skin care Specialists-, wants to remind you that soaking in the sun carries serious health risks. Younger patients and those with darker skin tones often believe they are at a lesser risk for cancer. Nonetheless, recent studies confirm that just the opposite is true… Truth is anyone…

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Tue, May 14, 2019

New & Renewed Members April 2019

NEW MEMBERS

ELITE 

CertiPay

ENHANCED

CannaCare Wellness

Melts on Main

The Listing Realty

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Fri, February 08, 2019

Goodwill Serves Record Number of People in 2018

GOODWILL SERVES RECORD NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN 2018

Local Nonprofit Helped More Than 49,800 People Across Six Counties, Placed 10,700 in Jobs.

 ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2019) – Across the board, 2018 was a stellar year for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.

The nonprofit organization…

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Thu, January 10, 2019

Protect Yourself From Scams

From our friends at Duke Energy

We all know that electricity is essential to our everyday lives. Unfortunately, so do scammers. And utility customers throughout the country are being targeted by imposter utility scams every day.

One of the most common types of utility scams involves customers receiving unsolicited telephone,…

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Wed, January 09, 2019

Mark’s Floors

Mark’s Floors becomes newest West Orange Chamber Supporting Trustee

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) announced today that Mark’s Floors LLC has taken advantage of the highly beneficial Supporting Trustee level of membership. Mark's Floors is family owned and operated by Mark Compston. It services homeowners, realtors, contractors, and builders in Winter Garden, Clermont, Minneola,…

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Fri, January 04, 2019

Make it a Souper Sunday - Help tackle hunger in Central Florida!

Make it a Souper Sunday - Help tackle hunger in Central Florida!

While millions gather around the country to watch the most anticipated sporting event of the year, there are thousands of families right here in our community who struggle from one meal to the next. To them, Super Bowl Sunday is just another day.

Starting January 1 through February 3, you can serve the less fortunate around you by helping to replenish the pantries of the…

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Tue, December 18, 2018

How to Choose the Best Bank for Your Needs

By Ron Strand-Sorrell, Axiom Bank

Whether you’re looking to open a personal or business bank account (or both), you have many options from which to choose. On any given day, your mailbox may be stuffed with promotional offers from big banks, community banks and credit unions.

So, how do you choose the one that will best meet…

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Wed, November 21, 2018

Community Based Care of Central Florida seeks food, gift donations for children and families

Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF) is seeking help in bringing the holidays to hundreds of Central Florida children and families. Donations of food and gifts are needed to support up to 1,700 children in foster care and local families in need this holiday season.

CBCCF, the lead agency responsible for child welfare services…

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Wed, October 17, 2018

Goodwill helps those affected by Hurricane Michael

In response to Hurricane Michael and the overwhelming generosity of people who want to help, the Florida Goodwill organizations have established a response plan to directly bring much needed support and aide to the communities that have been directly and critically affected by Hurricane Michael.    

Throughout the State of Florida, Goodwill is positioned to accept, sort,…

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Mon, September 24, 2018

Stratus Roofing becomes newest West Orange Chamber Supporting Trustee

Stratus Roofing becomes newest West Orange Chamber Community Trustee

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) announced today that Stratus Roofing has taken the step to become the newest Community Trustee, the WOCC’s highest level of membership.

Stratus Construction & Roofing is the combination of three families who share a passion for all aspects of real estate development and construction.…

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Wed, September 19, 2018

S&ME announces new president

The S&ME leadership team is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Ryan as the new President.

Matt joins the firm having served the engineering and construction industry for 30 years. His previous experience has afforded him vast industry knowledge and he will serve S&ME well as it continues to deliver quality work to clients.…

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Tue, September 18, 2018

Axiom Bank Cardholders Now Have Free and Unlimited ATM Access at 7-Eleven Locations Throughout the U.S.

Axiom Bank, N.A., a Florida-based national bank, and FCTI, Inc. recently launched a multi-year agreement to provide Axiom customers with no-charge unlimited access to cash at 7,934 ATMs located inside 7-Eleven stores. This partnership also includes branded marketing messages to be shared on the machine’s screens and toppers.

“Expanding…

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Tue, September 18, 2018

“Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” program begins October 1

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Each year, more than 250,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed; an average of one woman every two minutes. Unfortunately, many women in Central Florida will forgo this important annual screening because they lack health insurance.

Shepherd’s Hope and 

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Mon, August 20, 2018

Change Maker Impact Award honorees announced by United Way

Right now there is life-changing work happening throughout the community, and United Way wants to celebrate all the Change Makers who call Central Florida home. Heart of Florida United Way announced the honorees of Change Maker Impact Awards and will be hosting an event on Monday, Sept. 24 to recognize those who set an example of going above and beyond to improve lives.

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Fri, August 17, 2018

Community Health Centers named Top 100 company for Working Families for third year in a row

Community Health Centers named Top 100 company for Working Families for third year in a row

For the third consecutive year, Community Health Centers, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations throughout Central Florida, was selected as an Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Company for Working Families. The Orlando Sentinel’s “Top 100 Companies” program is a celebration of elite employers who…

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Mon, August 13, 2018

Tue, July 31, 2018

Colleen Monday builds community relationships in her new role at Florida Hospital

Colleen Monday has been named Florida Hospital Marketing Manager for the West Orlando community. In her new position, Colleen will strive to build lasting and impactful relationships with the residents of West Orange through meaningful interactions and sponsored community events.  Her mission is to educate and inform community members…

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Mon, July 30, 2018

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida appoints Nima Hodaei as President and CEO

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida appoints Nima Hodaei as President and CEO

After a nationwide search, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has appointed a new president and CEO. Nima Hodaei took the helm of the nonprofit organization in mid-July, replacing Bill Oakley, who retired June 30 after a 44-year career with Goodwill, including eight years as CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.

Bringing more than two…

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Fri, July 13, 2018

Axiom Bank designated as SBA

Axiom Bank designated as SBA “Preferred Lender”

Axiom Bank, N.A., a leading community bank headquartered in Maitland, was recently named a “Preferred Lender” by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This designation allows it to expedite the loan-approval process for commercial customers.

Customers seeking an SBA 7(a) loan typically must wait up to several weeks for the SBA…

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Mon, June 11, 2018

SeaWorld donates 131 electric scooters to Goodwill

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida recently recognized SeaWorld Orlando for its donation of 131 electric scooters to improve mobility for local residents.

“This donation allows us to reinforce our mission of conservation and sustainability,” said Marcus VanVleet, vice president of merchandising…

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Mon, June 04, 2018

Shepherd’s Hope receives grant from Direct Relief and the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

Shepherd’s Hope was among 20 recipients to be awarded a grant from Direct Relief and the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC).  Over 1.8 Million was awarded through this grant program to support Free and Charitable Clinics in Florida and Texas that were affected last year by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. 

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Mon, June 04, 2018

Visit Florida unveils new cooperative marketing program

Last week, VISIT FLORIDA unveiled its new and improved cooperative marketing program to over 12,000 small, medium and large industry partners across the state. The new cooperative program, developed in conjunction with Miles Partnership, allows industry partners of VISIT FLORIDA to buy into a number of shared marketing opportunities that VISIT…

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Tue, May 22, 2018

Innovative new non-profit launches: Largest Heart

Innovative new non-profit launches

Guest article by Pete Cook, Largest Heart

Inspired by my late brother's remarkable life—and the lives he touched, I recently launched a non-profit to spread hope, love, and knowledge in an innovative and exciting new way.

I had just lost my brother and my parents, a son. When we went to his funeral I…

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Wed, May 09, 2018

Nemours Children’s Hospital receives accreditation for pediatric residency program

Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and will launch its first Pediatric Residency Program next summer. The Pediatric Residency Program leadership will begin recruiting residents this fall with the inaugural class beginning in July 2019.

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Mon, April 30, 2018

UCF celebrates longtime President John C. Hitt with dedication of new Partnership Complex

UCF celebrates longtime President John C. Hitt with dedication of new Partnership Complex

For several years, the WOCC advocated for state funding for the UCF Partnership complex, allowing Central Florida to maintain its status as the nation’s leading cluster in modeling, simulation and training, and continue to strengthen the partnership that exists between academia, industry and the military.

Today, Stina and Krista attended the Dedication/Naming…

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Tue, April 24, 2018

SunTrust Bank becomes newest West Orange Chamber Supporting Trustee

SunTrust Bank becomes newest West Orange Chamber Supporting Trustee

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) announced today that SunTrust Bank has taken advantage of the highly beneficial Supporting Trustee level of membership. As one of the nation's largest and strongest financial services companies, SunTrust offers a full suite of products and services designed to meet the needs of consumer, business, corporate and…

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Wed, April 11, 2018

Florida: Walmart plans estimated $200 million in new store construction, improvements and innovations in 2018

Walmart today announced it expects to spend an estimated $200 million over the next year in Florida through the opening and remodeling of 43 stores as well as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations designed to help busy customers save time and money. The spend is part of Walmart’s total capital expenditures guidance of approximately $11.0…

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Wed, April 11, 2018

Axiom Bank hires Ted Sheppe as Executive VP of Commercial Banking

Axiom Bank hires Ted Sheppe as Executive VP of Commercial Banking

Axiom Bank, a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently welcomed Ted Sheppe as Executive Vice President of its Commercial Banking Division. In this position, Sheppe will develop strategies to grow and retain commercial banking relationships across the Bank’s footprint.

Sheppe joins Axiom Bank with three decades of experience in commercial…

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Wed, April 04, 2018

Reed Nissan recognized with Cornerstone Award for Youth Empowerment

Reed Nissan recognized with Cornerstone Award for Youth Empowerment

Reed Nissan received the prestigious Cornerstone Award for Youth Empowerment given by the Central Florida Urban League.  The fun-filled event celebrated the individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the community.

The League recognized Reed Nissan for its annual “Cars for Kids Giveaway,” part of the dealership’s…

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Fri, March 30, 2018

Panera Bread to celebrate 20-year milestone at Grand Opening of their 80th Bakery Cafe in the area

Covelli Family Limited Partnership (CFLP), part of the largest franchisee of Panera, LLC, is pleased to announce they are celebrating 20 Years in Florida with the opening of their 80th bakery-café in the area. Panera Bread will open their doors at 6:30AM on April 4th at 4054 Conroy Road in Orlando. …

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Wed, March 14, 2018

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida President and CEO announces retirement

After 44 years of service to Goodwill and eight years as president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Bill Oakley has announced his plans to retire, effective June 30. The search for Oakley’s replacement will commence immediately, led by executive search firm Korn Ferry.

Oakley joined the nonprofit in 1974, serving in leadership…

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Tue, February 27, 2018

Axiom Bank opens Hamlin branch

Axiom Bank, a leading community bank headquartered in Central Florida, is expanding its presence with a new freestanding branch at 16418 New Independence Parkway, Suite 100 in Winter Garden’s Hamlin community. A ribbon-cutting took place Feb. 22.

The nearly 2,000-square-foot, open-design facility features advanced banking technology including…

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Tue, February 27, 2018

Windermere High School wins top state architectural award

Windermere High School, which opened in August, won First Place in the Architectural Showcase (High School category) at the Florida Educational Facilities Planners Association’s (FEFPA) winter conference. The conference and awards showcase was held January 31 to February 2 at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida.

The school was designed…

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Wed, January 24, 2018

GradePower Learning announces expansion plan

GradePower Learning recently announced a groundbreaking franchise sales initiative. On January 1, 2018, the organization welcomed its first Area Representative, Alexander Fernandez, to the GradePower Learning family.

Alex has committed to opening an unprecedented 12 centers in the Jacksonville, Florida area over the next five years, dramatically expanding the GradePower Learning brand

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Tue, November 28, 2017

West Orange Dental Alliance unveils “Jump Start” program

The West Orange Dental Alliance has implemented a “JUMP START” program to help residents obtain better dental health and employment.

Quick Facts About West Orange Dental Alliance

  • The WODA Dental program is for low-income, uninsured residents in the West Orange Healthcare district.
  • Currently we are only accepting patients in need of emergent dental care.

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Tue, November 28, 2017

Local Fundraising Professionals Recognize Reed Nissan for Corporate and Foundation Giving During “National Philanthropy Day”

Reed Nissan has been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Florida Chapter (AFP-FC) with the Corporate and Foundation Engagement award in observance of National Philanthropy Day.    

Reed Nissan was recognized for its local community involvement, support of human and animal welfare groups and substantial corporate…

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Tue, November 28, 2017

CenturyLink completes acquisition of Level 3

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has completed its acquisition of Level 3 Communications, Inc. The combination of CenturyLink and Level 3 creates a leading global network services company capable of providing customers a wide range of high-quality technology solutions over a secure and reliable fiber-rich network.

The combined company, with estimated…

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Tue, November 14, 2017

Should I Outsource my IT?

By Carlos Perez
Principal, Perez Technology Group

Small business owners by nature wear many hats to run and manage their businesses. In many cases those responsibilities, while crucial to the operation of the business, are not the primary focus of the businesses.  One of these functions is running the technology…

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Tue, October 10, 2017

Coming together after the storm

Hurricane Irma was difficult on Orlando. However, despite the wind and rain, West Orange Chamber members came together to help and support each other before, during and after the hurricane. Before the storm, the Chamber referred all members in their respective categories, connected members offering services to anyone asking for services;  facilitating water, generators, assistance in clearing…

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Tue, October 10, 2017

45 Pillars of the West Orange Chamber - #32: Bright House Networks/Spectrum

Bright House Networks/Spectrum is one of the Chamber's original members, joining in 1972. The company is one of the area's leading television and internet providers, and has been a partner on many Chamber events over the years. The organization also holds naming rights at the UCF

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Tue, August 22, 2017

OCPS wins first-ever official SAT Practice All In Challenge for advancing student achievement

Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is a winner of the 2017 Official SAT Practice All In Challenge, the first-ever award from the College Board, the Council of the Great City Schools, and Khan Academy. The award recognizes Council districts for encouraging and supporting students as they practice for the SAT and college-level courses using the free online SAT practice…

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Tue, August 22, 2017

Record number of uninsured children in Central Florida receive free back-to-school physicals

From July 31 through August 10, Shepherd’s Hope, in partnership with Nemours Children’s Health System, hosted clinics on six dates for 18 hours with 40 clinicians providing 445 local uninsured and underinsured children free back-to-school physicals, an increase of 30% over…

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Mon, August 21, 2017

Tue, August 08, 2017

Winter Garden Heritage Foundation designated as a Visit Florida Certified Travel Information Center

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation houses a wealth of West Orange County history and was recently designated as a Visit Florida Certified Travel Information Center (CTIC). The West Orange Chamber of Commerce facilitated the partnership between the Foundation and Visit Florida, the state’s public-private tourism agency.

The Winter Garden Heritage…

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Tue, July 25, 2017

Universal Orlando volunteers build playground to support Canine Companions for Independence

Universal Orlando volunteers build playground to support Canine Companions for Independence

Recently, more than 25 Universal Orlando volunteers took part in constructing a unique playground for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). The playground was funded by the Universal Orlando Foundation and built to provide children with a fun activity while they are staying at CCI. This playground…

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Tue, July 25, 2017

Shepherd’s Hope to provide free back-to-school physicals for uninsured children

Back-to- school physicals are a summertime ritual for school-aged children and their families. But, for the estimated 27,000 children in Orange and Seminole counties who are uninsured, this annual rite of passage can be out of reach. For the fourth consecutive year, Shepherd’s Hope, in partnership with Nemours Children’s…

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Tue, July 25, 2017

Nao Tsurumaki Named Executive Director of Garden Theatre

Nao Tsurumaki, who launched his theater career in Central Florida 16 years ago, will lead Winter Garden’s historic Garden Theatre into the next decade as executive director, the theater’s board of directors announced today.

A former general manager of the Orlando Repertory Theatre and executive director of Children’s Chorus of Washington…

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Thu, July 13, 2017

Ocoee Before and After School Registration

Ocoee Before and After School Registration Set to Begin

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 24 – 28.  Open enrollment for residents and non-residents will be held on July 31.  Registration will be held at the Jim Beech Recreation Center on Monday –…

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Tue, April 25, 2017

Ocoee summer camp registration set to begin

The City of Ocoee’s summer camp program gives children an adventurous, active and unforgettable summer.  With field trips, arts and crafts, games and swimming there’s something for everyone.

The Ocoee Parks and Recreation Department will begin accepting summer camp registrations at the Jim Beech Recreation Center located at 1820 A.D. Mims…

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Tue, April 25, 2017

Children’s Lighthouse People of Faith in Winter Garden achieves national honor

Children's Lighthouse Learning Center People of Faith in Winter Garden joined more than 60 franchisees and business partners at the 2017 Children’s Lighthouse National Franchise Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

During the three-day event held from Thursday, February 16 through Saturday, February 18, franchisees participated in training…

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Mon, April 24, 2017

Golf Giveaways

Hole-in-One Branded Golf Giveaways

Guest article by Woody Kaye of Proforma Covedata

Golf is a quintessential way to establish and solidify business relationships, and this strategy-laden sport offers compelling marketing opportunities in kind. Don’t just hit the green to socialize with prospects and customers with the mere hope of making headway. Integrate branded…

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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, we’re…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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 Preferred…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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 Transportation,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. 

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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…

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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…

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