Thursday Networking Group - West Orange Chamber
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West Orange Chamber of Commerce Facilitating Opportunity
West Orange Chamber of Commerce Facilitating Opportunity
West Orange Chamber of Commerce Facilitating Opportunity

Thursday Networking Group

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Let’s network!

In these ever-changing times, due to the pandemic, it is even more important to keep our businesses connected and in communication with one another.  Our Networking Groups have been and will remain virtual until May 2021.

When not virtual, our Networking Groups have been set up to meet in key areas of the chamber’s overall footprint within West Orange. The Tuesday Group meets in Winter Garden, one of the Wednesday Groups meets in Ocoee, the newest group meets in Horizon West, and our Thursday Group meets in Dr. Phillips. Even though the groups meet within those areas, Enhanced Level members and above from any area may join one of these groups, if a spot is open.

This Group allows for one business per industry or specific segments within each industry. To find out if there is an opening for your business or to be added to the waitlist, please contact Jim Zeitschel at

Our mission is to learn all about our members and their respective businesses and to help ‘Facilitate Opportunities’ to increase their businesses through referrals.

In light of all that has happened in regard to COVID-19, the networking group meetings are Virtual until May 27, 2021.

This group has meetings the second and fourth Thursday of the month (except for holidays) from 8:00 am – 9:00 am.


Starting May 27, hybrid meetings will be held at

The Town Square at the Rosen JCC

11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd.

Orlando, FL 32836

For Specific Dates, please visit the WOCC Calendar.

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Group Benefits

The West Orange Chamber is proud of its purpose of “facilitating opportunities” for all our members.  The purpose means different things for each business. However, some of our members prefer the smaller groups that our Networking Groups provide for relationship building.  If you prefer that as well, the group may be perfect for you.  They do require commitment to not only attending the weekly or bi-weekly meetings, yet also your willingness to not only receive referrals, yet also give.

The groups also allow for opportunities to present information about your products, services and industry knowledge.  In addition to referrals, you also will be able to able to demonstrate what you know to help other businesses and learn from others.

The Chamber Team also shares worthwhile information at each of these meetings in order to keep you up to date on opportunities to grow your business.

Let us help you expand your business by connecting you with other Chamber Member businesses who learn about you, your business and/or your product or service and share the information with others who need your product(s) or service(s).

We are limited to one (1) per industry, if you see your category is filled, let the Chamber Team identify other opportunities within the Chamber programming that will satisfy your business needs.  With multiple committees and events, you are sure to find many ways to participate and get the ROI out of your investment which keeps you coming back every year!

Group Members

  • Allstate - Cedric El-Amin

    Cedric El-Amin
    Agency Owner
    Email | Website

  • Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

    Adrianna Alejandro
    Marketing Specialist
    Email | Website

  • C-Solutions

    Ron Cervantes
    Email | Website

  • Community Health Centers

    Ebony Davis-Martin
    Email | Website

  • Florida Center for Hormones and Wellness

    Dr. John Carrozzella
    (407) 507-3837
    Email | Website

  • Folio Real Estate and Property Management

    Julie Grinder
    Email | Website

  • HR in Jeans

    Robert Howland
    Email | Website

  • Harry Levine Insurance

    Aleesia Pattie
    Commercial Insurance
    Email | Website

  • Rosen JCC

    Dara Shapiro
    Director of Community and Business Development
    Email | Website

  • Karst Media

    Lyndsay Fogarty
    Email | Website

  • Roof Bids

    Joe Casalese
    Chief Connections Officer
    Email | Website

  • Sandler Training – Orlando

    Sam Mancuso
    Executive Consultant
    Email | Website

  • Stockworth Realty

    Rob Rahter
    Email | Website

  • Wells Fargo Bank N.A

    Warren F. Brown
    Senior Business Banking Specialist
    Email | Website

Rules of the Group

Policies and Procedures for Tuesday, Wednesday, Horizon West and Thursday Groups

  • To be a member of a West Orange Chamber Networking Group, all members must in good-standing and at the Enhanced level membership and above.
  • A member who misses three consecutive Networking Group meetings may be asked to leave the group whether or not there is a waiting list for that particular industry.
  • Non-Chamber member attendees may attend three meetings within a consecutive two-month period.  If they do not join the Chamber after attending three meetings, they will not be invited to attend future meetings.
  • Members may only belong to one weekly or bi-weekly Chamber networking group at a time.
  • If a Chamber member wants to join a networking group that a visiting non-Chamber member wants to join, the Chamber member will have the right to that spot. The non-Chamber member attendee will not be able to hold that spot nor attend future meetings in that networking group. This rule applies even if the non-Chamber member visitor has not yet attended the three allotted meetings within the consecutive two-month period.
  • Only Chamber members will be permitted to make presentations at a Networking Group function.
  • Only Chamber members may introduce themselves in Networking Group and are restricted to talking exclusively about their company or companies they represent.
  • Shout outs can be made to Chamber, non-group members.

West Orange Chamber Staff Support

  • Chamber staff will provide non-members & prospective members with Chamber investment and membership information.
  • Issues that arise in the networking groups, which are not quickly resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, will be turned over to the Chamber staff for resolution.

An Emerging Level member may speak about the one-member business as part of this level of membership and within the designated industry provided to the Chamber. An Enhanced Level member may speak about their business in their second industry provided to the Chamber, as long as the second industry has been approved by the group administrator. (See additional guidelines below for speaking on a second industry).

An Elite Level member may speak about the two member\ businesses as part of this level of membership and within both of the designated industries (per business), provided by the Chamber, as long as the second industry has been approved by the group administrator.

Exclusive Level members may speak about up to four member businesses as part of this level of membership and within both designated industries (per business), provided by the Chamber, as long as the second industries have been approved by the group administrator.  The right to attend two different Networking Groups is only the right of the Elite or Exclusive level or Trustee level of membership as part of their additional membership(s) under different business names.

Additional Guidelines for Speaking on Second Industry

  • The group administrator will verify that the industry is official, available and that the member is an Enhanced, Elite, Exclusive or a Trustee member
  • If the industry is available and an official industry, then the group administrator will update the website to reflect two industries. At that point, the member will be able to speak on both industries during their 30 second elevator speech
  • The member may also opt to rotate their industries from session to session, rather than speaking about both in one session
  • The same rules will apply in the member’s group presentation in regard to their ability to speak on two industries, but not at two presentations unless they are Elite, Exclusive or Trustee members since they have more than one membership

The Tuesday, Wednesday and Horizon West groups allow for one business per industry or specific segments within each industry.  The Thursday group allows for two businesses per industry.  To find out if there is an opening for you or to be added to a waiting list, please contact

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