Chamber Blog

Monday, April 23, 2018
Executive Connection Member Profile - Topgolf Orlando

Newly open on Universal Boulevard, Topgolf Orlando is located behind the Orange County Convention Center. Topgolf Orlando guests enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots on a TV screen in their hitting bay. With Toptracer technology, Orlando players will now be able to receive additional feedback on their golf swing, including the ball's height, speed and distance.

Through the premium experience of play, food and music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Guests can enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that instantly score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots instantly on a TV screen in their hitting bay. The venues also feature an outstanding chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, big screen TVs and music in climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort. Year-round programming includes events for kids and families, social leagues, golf tournaments, golf instruction and more.

Topgolf also makes a great home for your next gathering! Our events team can coordinate all-inclusive packages that include game play, food, drinks and a dedicated staff to help make your event of twelve or more run smoothly. That means you can stay dedicated to having an awesome time with your crew or entertain corporate clients and colleagues in a very non-corporate setting.

Posted by: Joe Horan @ 2:00:00 pm 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Drive Shack

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
12 - 1 p.m.
7285 Corner Drive
Orlando, FL



The party kicks off at 12  p.m. sharp with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by the ceremonial "first swing."

We’d love for you to be a part of the festivities!

Come prepared to play its proprietary golf games, check out the amazing three-story facility and enjoy delicious bites and beverages.

Questions? Contact Nicole McElfresh, Marketing & Membership Manager,

Posted by: Greg Mason @ 1:30:00 pm 
Join the Movement - Denim Day 2018

Each year on the last Wednesday in April, the Victim Service Center of Central Florida sponsors Denim Day, an international movement aimed at spreading awareness about sexual assault. By wearing jeans this Wednesday, April 25 you can help spread awareness about the physical and emotional trauma that accompanies sexual assault and show support for survivors in the community.

What is Denim Day?

Denim Day is an international protest responding to the Italian Supreme Court's overruling of a rape conviction in 1999. Although the assailant had been found guilty at the trial, the Supreme Court argued that because jeans are difficult to remove, the assailant couldn't have done so without the help of the victim.

To honor Denim Day and victims of sexual violence, wear jeans to promote discussion of the misconceptions that surround sexual violence. Organizations and businesses in Central Florida are encouraged to collect donations from staff who participate to benefit the victims we serve.

If you and your organization would like to participate in Denim Day, simply register here. You will receive Denim Day decals to wear on Wednesday, April 25 to show your support.

Be sure to take a group photo on Denim Day! Email your pictures, share on your social media outlets using the hashtag #DenimDay, and tag @vscflorida! 

Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 1:00:00 pm 
Monday, April 16, 2018
Executive Connection Member Profile - Drive Shack

Swing by and play on at Drive Shack Orlando! 

While Orlando boasts countless entertainment options for local residents and tourists alike, a massive new golf-entertainment destination is bringing the city’s game to a whole new level. Drive Shack made its highly anticipated debut last weekend at 7285 Corner Drive in Lake Nona’s vibrant sports and performance district. The 60,000-square-foot venue featuring proprietary golf game technology and much more is Orlando’s premier golf-entertainment destination.

From scratch golfers to hackers who couldn’t hit the fairway with a putter, Drive Shack has something for everyone. The three-story, indoor/outdoor all-weather golf-entertainment complex – proudly born in Orlando, for Orlando – features 90 hitting bays, a Free Play Game Lounge with classic games like shuffleboard, skeeball and Pac-Man, a full-service restaurant and bar, an outdoor lounge with fire pits and panoramic views, plus three fully equipped meeting and event rooms.

Each hitting bay features custom seating for up to six people, complimentary custom Drive Shack golf clubs with unlimited golf balls, dual flat screens with TV on-demand, interactive games enabling guests to compete with other bays and full-service on-call food and drinks from the restaurant. Drive Shack’s team of over 400 “shackers” and service staff will be ready to ensure a fun and memorable experience for parties of all sizes.

Drive Shack’s signature technology includes new proprietary games like Shackjack, where guests can aim at playing cards that appear over each hole while trying to build a hand of 21 without busting. Or save the Drive Shack Princess by destroying all of the monsters on the range during a rousing game of Monster Hunt. Guests can also take on real courses – like Teton Pines and Linfield National – as if they’re actually there, using Drive Shack’s virtual technology.

For guests looking to step up their golf game, visit Drive Shack Academy. Drive Shack’s expert golf pro offers instruction using the latest tips and technology. Lessons are available for players of all ages and skill levels, including individuals and groups, beginner clinics, and parent-child classes! Drive Shack will also offer leagues where participants can meet, eat and compete.

Drive Shack’s elevated bar and grill provides unexpected plays on everyone’s favorite dishes, like the juicy Hole-in-One Burger, Loaded Tots, Stacked Nachos and Churros. Pair your meal with a craft cocktail, beer, wine or signature creations like our DS Sloshies. Like we said … there’s something fore everyone!

Looking for a unique setting for your next company or group gathering? Host a happy hour, corporate meeting, birthday party or other social event in one of several private spaces. For parties from 10 to 1,000, the Drive Shack team is ready to provide a turnkey, hassle-free experience customized to your needs. All of the spaces are fully equipped with the latest audio/visual technology, WiFi and other equipment necessary for a fun and seamless event.

Drive Shack Orlando is open Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 - 1 a.m. For more information, visit

Posted by: Greg Mason @ 11:30:00 am 
Monday, April 9, 2018
Executive Connection Member Profile - Liquid Capital Solutions

Liquid Capital Solutions is a commercial lender that provides trade financing to small- and medium- sized businesses giving them access to working capital quickly through accounts receivable factoring, purchase order financing, asset-based lending and others.

Ernane Iung, president and owner of Liquid Capital Solutions, brings more than 27 years of an international career in multinationals like GE, Philips, Whirlpool and Oster and has used factoring services at the international sales subsidiaries he managed.  His international career has taken him across four continents, with travels all throughout Brazil and South America, in addition to Canada, China, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. Ernane has been a C-Suite executive for over 11 years and as a result, he has become an expert on small businesses.

As part of this experience, Ernane has worked with hundreds of companies, ranging from mom and pop stores, corporations and family businesses to start-ups. It is this wealth of experience that, in addition to his work at Liquid Capital, created the groundwork for the publication of his book, “The Success Factor - Unconventional Wisdom for Small Business Success,” published in 2017 by Morgan James Publishing. The book takes you through the most important things to consider when starting your company and contrasts conventional wisdom on the topics with the latest, ground-breaking but proven, unconventional wisdom.

The popular "Success Factor" book spawned the Success Factor Podcast series available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Google Play and PlayerFM. The podcasts feature stories and wisdom from Ernane to small business owners. To learn more, visit

Posted by: Joe Horan @ 3:00:00 pm 
Member of the Month - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando builds homes, revitalizes neighborhoods, strengthens communities and changes lives as it works to provide affordable housing for families in need. “Fostering community relationships plays a vital role in raising awareness of the affordable housing crisis in Central Florida,” said Catherine Steck McManus, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando’s President and CEO. “And we consistently find value in building these relationships through our membership in the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce.”

Here are a few examples of how the Orlando Regional Chamber membership works for Habitat Greater Orlando:

Relationships and Community Connection. Chamber events serve as a conduit for developing significant relationships with fellow chamber members who care deeply about our mission and the need to help meet the need for affordable housing in our community. It has been a blessing to work with some of these organizations and individuals helping them find a meaningful community connection, and truly make Orlando a stronger, more stable place. We look forward to continuing to strengthen those relationships and make many new ones.

Visibility. Though networking hours, round tables and introductions, the Chamber has allowed Habitat Greater Orlando to raise our awareness, share the momentous need and significant impact of our work in the community.

Education. The Chamber does a great job educating the membership by providing top tier, relevant speakers and guest trainers on timely topics. They are well skilled in helping members to develop both their professional and personal capabilities. They keep members up-to-date on current trends and legislative issues that might affect our businesses. They are also incredibly willing to assist with any issues that members feel need to be addressed.

Posted by: Kellie Prevost Pinel @ 3:00:00 pm 
Welcome New Members - March 2018

The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for March 2018. Members are encouraged to review the following listings for goods and services provided by these new members that may be of value to you and your business. For a complete directory of Orlando Chamber members, click here.


The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida
50 E. Robinson St.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 246-4889
Ms. Kimberlee Riley
Organizations (Non-Profit)

Liquid Capital Solutions
5323 Millenia Lakes Blvd.
Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 734-4054
Mr. Ernane Iung


The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)
622 E. Washington St.
Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32801
(352) 244-3726
Mr. Peter R. Scott
Education Services
Veterinary Services



Corner Lake Family Dental
16731 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32820
(321) 804-5440
Ms. Kimberlie Perez


Florida IT Professionals, Inc.
121 S. Orange Ave.
Suite 1220
Orlando, FL 32801
(321) 240-4579
Mr. Daniel Lengert
Computer Technology Solutions


Action Mobile, Inc.
11052 Satellite Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 851-1800
Mr. Jim McElreath
Automobile (Service/Repair) 

Elite Life Changers
7242 Kensington High Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32818
(347) 701-6114
Mr. Solomon Richberg
Training/Development Consultants

Equality Florida
128 S. Bumby Ave.
Unit A
Orlando, FL 32803
(832) 594-1412
Ms. Nadine Smith
Organizations (Non-Profit)

G3 Business & Commercial Brokers
1420 Celebration Blvd.
Suite 106
Celebration, FL 34747
(407) 588-9181
Mr. Jerry Baier
Real Estate (Agents/Brokers/Managers)

300 S. Orange Ave.
Suite 1000
Orlando, FL 32801
(703) 786-9942
Ms. Kristen Utter
Business (Shared Office Space)

Keller Williams Realty
105 Palm Springs Drive
Longwood, FL 32750
(407) 538-7143
Ms. Jennifer Jefcoat
Real Estate (Agents/Brokers/Managers)

La Casa Que Canta
8317 Canola Bend
Austin, TX 78729
(480) 338-2428
Ms. Charles Phillips
Home and Garden Design

5401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
(504) 270-9081
Mr. Jared Woods
Financial Provider 


Monkey Marketing
1520 Edgewater Drive
Suite D
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 841-2370
Mr. Jeff L. Quattry
Advertising Specialties

Orange County Police / Athletic League (PAL)
P.O. Box 771341
Winter Garden, FL 34777
(407) 496-3428
Ms. Brenda Knowles
Organizations (Non-Profit)

Sentext Solutions
1433 Vivaldi Place
Longwood, FL 32779
(407) 257-8883
Mr. Steve Saker

Stewart Title Company
1417 N. Semoran Blvd.
Suite 108
Orlando, FL 32807
(407) 488-9662
Ms. Ashley Cox
Title Insurance Companies

T.J. Dolon - Edward Jones Investments
642 Rugby St.
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 674-7973
Mr. T.J. Dolan
Financial (Consultants/Planners/Services)

Tom James Company
151 Southhall Lane
Suite 330
Maitland, FL 32751
(512) 939-8366
Mr. Bertin Soto
Alteration and Tailoring

200 E. Robinson St.
Suite 600
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 875-8900
Mr. Kevin Thibault
Construction (Management)


Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 3:00:00 pm 
Monday, March 26, 2018
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Panera Bread, 4054 Conroy Rd.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Ribbon Cutting: 10 a.m.
4054 Conroy Rd.
Orlando, FL



Grand Opening!

Join Panera Bread on Wednesday, April 4 at its NEW Panera Bread bakery-café with a drive-thru!

Surprise giveaway every 20 minutes on opening day 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Questions? Contact Moriah Overcash, Marketing Director,

Posted by: Joe Horan @ 3:00:00 pm 
Thursday, March 15, 2018
March is Red Cross Month

For more than 70 years, March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by Presidential Proclamation, officially established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. The first proclamation read: “I request that during that month (March) our people rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.”

The same enthusiastic observance occurs today. This year, we want to inspire people across the country to be a hero by thanking a volunteer or becoming a volunteer. You can also #help1family on Giving Day  –  March 28, 2018.

The Red Cross is powered by volunteer heroes who have responded to numerous large and historic disasters in 2017. Become a hero in the Orlando community by joining with the Red Cross to give back to those in need.

  • Volunteer to help a family in need, take a first aid or CPR class, or train to be ready before hurricane season begins
  • Provide hope after a disaster and #help1family by making a financial donation at Donations can help provide urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people who need it most.

“As we recognize Red Cross Month, we are grateful to be part of this thriving business community of Orlando,” said Sherri Monroe, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Chapter. “Our membership with Orlando Inc. has opened doors to a network of partners in the private, public and independent sectors that support every aspect of our community.”

Volunteers, donors and business partners enable the Red Cross to respond to community disasters large and small, teach life-saving skills, support members of the military, their families and our veterans, and help make our communities safer and more prepared for what may happen tomorrow, and in the next 100 years.

The Greater Orlando Chapter of the American Red Cross is proud to serve Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. For more information, visit or call 407.375.2344.

Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 8:00:00 pm 
Monday, March 12, 2018
Member of the Month - REASON

REASON is a digital marketing agency that believes marketing should exist to produce sales. The team is united around their core values of integrity and honesty, exceptional customer service, quality, people and last but not least, results. 

The team is focused on taking action through sales-focused marketing strategies and campaigns with exceptional creative and well-thought execution that drives massive results. Clients have included Orlando-based companies such as Scholastic Book Fairs, Power DMS, Filutowski Cataract & Lasik to e-commerce companies striving to sell nationwide such as MasterlineUSA, PowerSportsUS and Click To Scripts.

REASON is actively growing the e-commerce side of its business, which is a primary focus, helping companies scale revenue through online sales and increasing profit margins and welcomes opportunities to invest more into the e-commerce space.

One of REASON's big wins in 2017 was in helping its client MasterlineUSA increase online sales $240,000 through digital marketing strategy and paid media campaigns. The strategy directly impacted the companies top line revenue, doubled their website traffic, increased their social media following to more than 11,000 on Instagram from 800 and turning marketing strategy into trackable sales with a 3.5 return on Facebook ad spend.

"The Orlando Chamber has been a core strategic resource for REASON and myself," according to CEO/CMO William Perry. "I have met many people who have impacted me both personally and professionally and hope to do big things with. The chamber brings more than opportunity for just getting one piece of business, but the possibility of relationships and alliances that could significantly impact the trajectory of REASON, my career and future business opportunities."

Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 11:30:00 am 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - California Tortilla

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
54 W. Church St.
Orlando, FL



California Tortilla in Orlando will offer a free burrito or burrito bowl and drink to all guests who visit the restaurant
from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.

The first 10 guests in line will win free burritos for a year (one per household and guests must be 18 years or older),
t-shirts and other various giveaways will be offered throughout the day.

Questions? Contact Annalis Walters, Area Director,

Posted by: Greg Mason @ 11:00:00 am 
Welcome New Members - February 2018

The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for February 2018. Members are encouraged to review the following listings for goods and services provided by these new members that may be of value to you and your business. For a complete directory of Orlando Chamber members, click here.


2502 N. Rocky Point Drive
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 968-3238
Ms. Woody Walker
IT Technology Consultants

CORE Construction Services of Florida, LLC
617 N. Magnolia Ave.
Suite 101
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 519-1390
Mr. David C. Lewis


Drive Shack Orlando
7675 Lake Nona Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32827
(407) 274-3027
Mr. Robert Morris
Attraction (Interactive Theme Park)



Andy's Frozen Custard
5381 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
(417) 719-6919
Mr. Don Cuniff

Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
1174 S. Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32839
Ms. Misty Montesano


Puff 'N Stuff Caterin
250 Rio Drive
Orlando, FL 32810
(407) 629-7833
Mr. Jose Mota


DaVita Alafaya Dialysis
12001 Science Drive
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 276-4068
Ms. Erin Deniz
Healthcare Services

Hatch Funding
390 N. Orange Ave.
Suite 2300
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 401-9145
Mr. Ben Grauer
Financial (Consultants/Planners/Services)

Keller Williams Classic Realty
7948 Summerlake Point Blvd.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
(407) 437-9937
Ms. Sheetal Thakur
Real Estate (Agents/Brokers/Managers)

(407) 802-7796
Ms. Ashley Morgan
Insurance (Life)

Northwest Orlando Self Storage
5330 N. Pine Hills Road
Orlando, FL 32808
(407) 281-2660
Ms. Crystallee Salazar


OUTBACK Steakhouse
1301 Florida Mall Ave.
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 240-6857
Ms. Angela Rivera

Reality Marketing Group
1 South Orange Ave.
Suite 502
Orlando, FL 32801
(321) 336-6908
Mr. Reginald Parks
Web Design and Development

The Institute for Sport and Social Justice
12744 Pegasus Drive
Building 45
Orlando, FL 32816
(407) 284-7781
Ms. Suzi Katz
Sports Organizations

V. Gonzalez & Co.
5819 Bear Lake Circle
Apopka, FL 32703
(407) 452-7313
Mr. Vladimir Gonzalez
Accountants (Agencies/Consultants)


Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 9:00:00 am 
Monday, March 5, 2018
Ribbon Cutting/Rebranding Launch Celebration - Three21


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

6 - 8 p.m.
121 S. Orange Ave., Unit 980N
Orlando, FL 32801


Three21 is rebranding. Come celebrate this moment. 

There will be light hors d'oerves and drinks with a special presentation at 7 p.m. to introduce the new brand.

Questions? Contact Kim Samsel, Office Manager,

Posted by: Greg Mason @ 9:00:00 am 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Chase

Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 12:00:00 am 
Monday, February 26, 2018
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.

Monday, March 5, 2018

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
1174 S. Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32839


To celebrate the Grand Opening of Orlando's newest Arby's, Arby's will be giving away free meals

for one year to the first 50 eligible guests when doors open at 10 a.m. on March 5.

For official rules, visit

Additionally, the Arby's Foundation will donate the purchase price of each kids' meal sold

during the first four weeks following opening day to Metrowest Elementary as part of its Give Back Program.

Questions? Contact Misti Montesano, Area Supervisor,

Posted by: Joe Horan @ 2:00:00 pm 
Special Invitation for Orlando Regional Chamber Members – Closing Key Note Session and Opening Night Reception of the 2018 Florida GovCon Summit

The 2018 Florida GovCon Summit with Veteran Connections Track will be held on Wednesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 1 at the Ballroom at Church Street located at 225 S. Garland Ave., Orlando, FL 32801. This two-day conference will feature a myriad of sessions led by subject matter experts including these Orlando Regional Chamber Board Members:

  • Lt. Gen. Thomas L. Baptiste, USAF Retired, President and CEO of the National Center for Simulation
    Topic: Orlando/Central the EpiCenter of the World Modeling Simulation and Training

  • Bill “Roto” Reuter, US Navy Retired, President and CEO of R-Squared Solutions, Inc.
    Topic: The Brutal Truth of Customer Engagement

  • Jeff Piersall, CEO of SCB Marketing, Freedom Thru Ethical Capitalism
    Topic: Freedom through Ethical Capitalism


Special Invitation for Orlando Chamber Members
As a member of the Orlando Regional Chamber, you are invited to attend Orlando Chamber Board Member, Jeff Piersall’s closing keynote session and opening night reception on Wednesday, February 28 from 5-7 p.m. at a special discounted rate. Click here to register for this closing session at the Orlando Chamber member rate of $25.

For more information and complete conference details or to register for the full summit, click here.

Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 1:00:00 pm 
Monday, February 12, 2018
Member of the Month - Employment Technologies

Employment Technologies helps businesses select only the best candidates for employment – offering the most real-world and immersive assessment experiences possible. Owner-operated by Orlando residents Joseph and Eugenia Sefcik, Employment Technologies was founded in 1995. An unprecedented five-time national Top HR Product of the Year Award recipient, the company provides proven solutions in all phases of the HR process, including job simulations, realistic job previews, employment branding, online interview tools and onboarding guides.

From its first days, Employment Technologies has demonstrated a commitment to the well-being of the company’s employees. For several years, the company has been named to the Orlando Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list for small companies. Service to the community is another core value of the company. More than 400 at-risk youth in our community have received scholarships to attend a transformative summer camp, and company president Joseph Sefcik serves on the board of The Jobs Partnership of Florida.

As a member of the Orlando Regional Chamber and the Orlando Economic Partnership, we know this is a wise investment – to help tell the story of Orlando's other half. Innovative programs and services give the region a competitive advantage, especially on the international stage. Employment Technologies staff that participate in signature events always report gaining a broader vision for what Orlando has to offer as well as an ever-growing appreciation for the talent in our midst. The team at Employment Technologies is proud to be recognized as the Orlando Chamber’s Member of the Month and welcomes fellow members to its office in Winter Park to discuss how new technologies can be used to create Hire Confidence®.

Posted by: Kellie Prevost Pinel @ 1:00:00 pm 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - DaVita Alafaya Dialysis

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
4 - 7 p.m. | Ribbon Cutting at 5:30 p.m.
12001 Science Drive, Suite 100
Orlando, FL


Open house of DaVita Alafaya Dialysis' new facility in Orlando!

Enjoy refreshments, tour the center and get to know the personalized care team.

Questions? Contact Erin Deniz, Outreach Development Manager,

Posted by: Joe Horan @ 12:00:00 pm 
Monday, February 5, 2018
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - OneBlood

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
10 - 11:30 a.m.
2902 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL



OneBlood is having a grand opening celebration for its Orlando, Orange Avenue Donor Center.
Stop by and see the new location, meet the wonderful staff and learn more about
how you can share your power to save lives by donating blood.

Festivities start at 10 a.m.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Contact Neasha Hodge, Marketing Administrator,

Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 12:00:00 am 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Champions Gate Café Panera Bread

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
6:30 a.m.
8190 Laura Lane
Champions Gate, FL



Grand Opening!

Join Panera Bread on Wednesday, February 14 at its NEW Panera Bread bakery-café with a drive-thru!

Questions? Contact Moriah Overcash, Marketing Director,

Posted by: Joe Horan @ 12:00:00 am 
Welcome New Members - January 2018

The Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for January 2018. Members are encouraged to review the following listings for goods and services provided by these new members that may be of value to you and your business. For a complete directory of Orlando Chamber members, click here.


Century 21 Carioti
609 E. Central Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 506-0098
Mr. Albert Carioti
Real Estate (Agents/Brokers/Managers)
Real Estate (Commercial/Industrial)

HB Capital Group, LLC
16701 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
(305) 602-3066
Ms. Dailyn Mizrahi
Real Estate (Developers/Builders)
Real Estate (Investment)
Real Estate (Operators/Lessors)



Olde Town Brokers
11 N. Summerlin Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 425-5069
Ms. Maria Blanchard
Real Estate (Agents/Brokers/Managers)
Real Estate (Rentals)


Broadstone Winter Park
1305 Morgan Stanley Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Ms. Kristen Miller

Colombo & Hurd, PL
301 E. Pine St.
Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 478-1111
Mr. Rusten Hurd
Attorneys (Immigration Law)

Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar
4301 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 291-8881
Mr. Danny Cruden

Nebbia Technology
130 S. Orange Ave.
Suite 204
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 930-2400
Ms. Chelsea Coster
Computer (Software Development)



Orange Seal
7345 W. Sand Lake Road
Suite 406
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 565-2207
Mr. Gordon Kolasingh
Hydraulic (Supplies/Service)

Pearson Bitman
485 N. Keller Road
Suite 401
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 647-0090
Ms. Elle Walch

Rebounderz, Inc.
474 S. Hunt Club Blvd.
Apopka, FL 32703
(407) 966-3434
Ms. Aryn Nichols
Entertainment (Variety)

Remax Downtown
845 North Garland Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 491-5847
Ms. Crystal Jenkins
Real Estate (Agents/Brokers/Managers)


All About People
4767 New Broad St.
Suite 308
Orlando, FL 32814
(407) 751-7146
Mr. Gary Staudt
Employment Agencies/Services

Amano McGann, Inc.
1101 N. Keller Road
Suite C
Orlando, FL 32810
(407) 661-1224
Mr. Jim Conway
Security (Systems/Services)

189 S. Orange Ave.
Suite 1510
Orlando, FL 32801
(321) 732-7292
Ms. Michelle Lerner-Konopatski
Architectural Services

Big Vision
189 S. Orange Ave.
Suite 1120
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 378-4620
Ms. Alyse Quinn
Advertising (Agencies/Consultants)

C.Q. Corporate Cleaning
P.O. Box 770386
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 908-1491
Mr. Eder Pichardo
Janitorial and Cleaning (Services)

EBT Advertising, LLC
100 E. Sybelia Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
(321) 413-9800
Mr. Tom Oleary

Firm Foundation Home Inspections, Inc.
2200 Sylvan Court
Kissimmee, FL 32746
(321) 624-0254
Ms. Aubrey Kahn
Home Inspection

Kirkman/Universal | Outback
4845 S. Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811
(407) 292-5111
Mr. Michael Crump


Kovar Law Group
618 E. South St.
Suite 500
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 603-6652
Mr. Wesley Dunaway
Attorneys (Probate/Estate Planning)

LaSalle Computer Learning Center
12900 Challenger Pkwy.
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 505-4097
Mr. Lucas Davis
Computer (Training)

Roque Pub
3076 Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 985-3778
Ms. Tracy Cehovin

Solstice Apartments
7511 Solstice Circle
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 218-8235
Ms. Van Dang

Toomb's Agency of Allstate Insurance
2751 S. Chickasaw Trail
Orlando, FL 32829
(407) 406-5960
Mr. Corey Toombs
Insurance (Auto/Home)

United Water Restoration Group, Inc.
7006 Stapoint Court
Suite B
Winter Park, FL 32792
(407) 235-0577
Ms. Dot Bailey
Disaster Recovery

US Storage Centers
6707 Narcoossee Road
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 990-1456
Ms. Sandra Dow

Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 12:00:00 am 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Orlando Economic Partnership names John F. Davis as new leader of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce

Orlando, Fla. – The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) announces the hiring of John F. Davis as the new Executive Vice President of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, a division of the Partnership focused on serving the growing needs of businesses and entrepreneurs. Davis will manage the strategic and operational goals of the Five-Star Chamber beginning in February.

Davis joins the Partnership after serving as the President of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida (AACCCF) since 2014. There he led the efforts to amplify AACCCF’s mission and fostered success by advocating on behalf of its members, corporate partners and the community at large. He dramatically expanded the Chamber’s membership while also focusing on training and development of business professionals.

“John Davis has a proven track record as a leader in both the public and private sector, and he will help advance the goals of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce,” said Tim Giuliani, president and CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership. “AACCCF has been a long-time partner of ours and Davis’ leadership will continue to serve as a bridge between both organizations.”

Prior to his role at AACCCF, Davis was the External Affairs Director for Florida’s Department of Children and Families. He was also among the top leadership within the Republican Party of Florida and served as the Deputy Executive Director of Operations, the highest-ranking African American in the history of the State Party, prior to starting his own business and serving as the President of JFD Consulting Group, a political consulting agency.

Early in his career, Davis co-founded ProStyle Training, a fitness company designed to give clients the experience of training like a professional athlete. This endeavor was the product of years on the football field, first as a high school All-American player, and later Florida State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science on a full scholarship.

“Davis’ rich background as an entrepreneur, business executive and community leader provides a solid foundation of skills critical to connecting and building our business community so that it can grow and thrive, ultimately generating jobs and boosting our region’s economic potential,” said Angela Alban, president and CEO of Simetri, Inc. and Chair of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“As the organization charged with leading the efforts to foster economic success for African American-owned businesses and the African American business community in Central Florida, we couldn’t be more proud of Davis’ work to further our mission and vision over the past four years,” said Joyce Odongo, vice president of senior community development at Wells Fargo Bank and Chair of the AACCCF Board of Directors. “We will continue to work with John on initiatives and programs that serve to fulfill our vision for a better future.”

Davis also lends his leadership talents to numerous organizations including CareerSource Central Florida, the Commission on Community Service and Heart of Florida United Way.  He also serves on the Chronic Homelessness Committee and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Florida State University Black Alumni Association and Southside Church of Christ.

About the Orlando Economic Partnership
The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) works to provide the Orlando region with quality jobs, economic growth, broad-based prosperity and a sustainable quality of life. It is a not-for-profit, public/private partnership representing Central Florida's seven counties – Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia – as well as the City of Orlando. The Partnership was formed from the merger of the Central Florida Partnership and the Orlando Economic Development Commission. For more information, visit

About the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida
The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida is a membership organization serving public, private, and not-for-profit African American-owned businesses and organizations in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. The chamber is the principal advocate and preeminent leader in fostering economic success for African American-owned businesses and community in Central Florida. For more information, visit

Posted by: Laureen Martinez @ 12:00:00 am 
Monday, January 29, 2018
Listening to Leaders - The Art of Turnaround Leadership

Leadership Orlando presented UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White in 2018’s first Listening to Leaders series event of the year.

Since Danny White was named Vice President and Director of Athletics at UCF in the fall of 2015, the UCF Knights have seen great success in competition, in the classroom and in the community.

Under Danny's leadership, many of UCF's sports programs experienced complete turnarounds resulting in winning seasons. Most notably is its football program that went from winless in 2015 to six victories and a bowl game appearance in 2016 to a perfect 13-0 season in 2017, including a Peach Bowl victory over the No. 7 ranked Auburn Tigers. The Knights ended the season as the only undefeated team in the nation.

Football isn’t the only success story since Danny White arrived in Orlando. Last year, based on a number of postseason appearances, 2016-17 was the most successful year in UCF’s NCAA Division I history. Eleven of UCF’s 16 programs made postseason appearances and this year is looking to be just as successful.

The women’s soccer team is ranked in the Top 10, the men’s soccer program reached the American Athletic Conference Championship match in head coach Scott Calabrese’s first season at the helm. The men’s basketball team improved by a dozen victories last year and advanced to the NIT Final Four under head coach Johnny Dawkins; the women’s basketball team advanced to the WNIT under head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson; the men’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2017 for the first time since 2005 under head coach John Roddick; the baseball team won the 2017 American Athletic Conference regular season title and played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 under head coach Greg Lovelady. Each of the aforementioned coaches were hired by Danny White.

Last year, UCF Athletics brought in $17 million in corporate sponsorships and fundraising, setting a university record. According to Danny, “We need to keep breaking that record each year to get to where we need to be.”

When asked about his top priorities, Danny replied, “We are in the business to develop student athletes as people, as students, as athletes. It starts with people first.” He went on to say, “It’s bigger than the individual. It’s bigger than the team. It’s about the UCF brand.”

Danny White was one of Sports Business Journal's 2017 40 Under 40 award winners and was also recognized as one of 2017’s 50 most powerful people in Orlando by Orlando Magazine.

Click here to view photos from this event.

About Listening to Leaders
Listening to Leaders is a series of forums designed to continue the learning experience that started with Leadership Orlando. Speakers will offer insights into the practices that have helped them achieve success in their fields, define the leadership lessons taught in their segments of the community, and offer suggestions on strategies that attendees can use to become better leaders.

About Leadership Orlando
Developing regional leaders is important to the future success of the Central Florida region. That is why regional leadership is a primary line of business for the Orlando Economic Partnership. With proven success since 1975, Leadership Orlando, America's largest community leadership program, continues to recruit, cultivate and encourage emerging and established leaders to better serve the Central Florida Region.

Learn more about Leadership Orlando here, or contact Lisa Winkelbauer for more information.

Posted by: Lisa Winkelbauer @ 12:00:00 pm 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Century 21 Carioti

Friday, February 23, 2018
4 - 7 p.m.
609 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL



Century 21 Carioti is officially in downtown Orlando!
Join them in celebrating the grand opening of its downtown location on February 23rd. at 4 p.m.

Tour the new location, meet their agents, have a chance to win a raffle and enjoy entertainment.

Questions? Contact Monica Phu,

Posted by: Greg Mason @ 12:00:00 am 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Axiom Bank

Thursday, February 22, 2018
8:30 a.m.
16418 New Independence Pkwy., Suite 100
Winter Garden, FL




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. The grand opening is scheduled for Feb. 22 at 8:30 a.m.

The nearly 2,000-square-foot, open-design facility features advanced banking technology including teller pods, instant-issue debit cards and tablet software.
In addition, the branch features a community lounge with complimentary Wi-Fi, local premium coffee and a community table available for meet-ups or work space.


“Winter Garden’s tremendous growth in recent years presents an ideal opportunity to reach residents who are seeking new banking options.
We look forward to serving our neighbors with a community-focused, values-oriented approach.”
-- Daniel Davis, President and CEO

“As a Winter Garden resident, I’ve seen our area gain momentum with new commercial and residential
developments and corresponding job growth. We’re eager for Axiom to join this vibrant community.”
-- Jessica V. Ludvigsen, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking 


To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kate Quinones,

Posted by: Joe Horan @ 12:00:00 am 
Friday, January 19, 2018
Member of the Month - Beacon College

Beacon College, a nonprofit liberal arts college in Leesburg, is America’s first college or university accredited to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences.

The college will officially open a newly constructed dormitory this year. It is also in the thick of its inaugural season of the Beacon Salon Speaker Series. And, soon Beacon College will bid arrivederci to its second class of students headed to Prato, Italy for what is believed to be the first semester-long global education program for students who learn differently.

Chamber membership has allowed Beacon to share the motivational success stories of its students who struggle with learning differences and educate the region about the school’s unique mission.

Moreover, Beacon College has vigorously leveraged membership to develop relationships and lay foundations for partnerships with a string of regional businesses and organizations.


Orlando Regional Chamber members are the foundation of everything the Chamber does. Members that have exemplified commitment, engagement and outstanding support of the chamber and the community are nominated by the Chamber team for special recognition as our Member of the Month.

Posted by: Kellie Prevost Pinel @ 12:00:00 am 
Welcome New Orlando Chamber Members - November and December 2017

The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for November and December 2017. Members are encouraged to review the following listings for goods and services provided by these new members that may be of value to you and your business. For a complete directory of Orlando Chamber members, click here.


BottomLine Clarity
127 W. Fairbanks Ave.
Suite 365
Winter Park, FL 32789
(844) 422-5327
Mr. Cameron Marsh
Accountants (Agencies/Consultants)
Payroll Services

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
1958 Summit Park Drive
Orlando, FL 32810
(407) 806-6338
Ms. Lisa Mihelich
Financial Provider
Financial (Consultants/Planners/Services)

Events by John Michael
627 Virginia Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 894-6671
Mr. Michael Thomas
Wedding Chapels/Facilities

121 S. Orange Ave.
Suite 1500
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 476-0667
Mr. Keith Walter
Telecommunications (Products/Services)
Internet Services

Holiday Inn Orlando East UCF Area
1724 N. Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 658-9008
Mr. Craig Leysen
Hotels, Motels and Resorts

InstaPhix II, LLC
7777 N. Wickham Road
Suite 20
Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 300-1475
Mr. Cody Pierson
Cellular Communications and Service

Lion Contracting, LLC
13506 Summerport Village Parkway
Unit 357
Windermere, FL 34786
(407) 630-1212
Mr. Frankie Mitlo
Contractor (Demolition)
Concrete Work



Losey PLLC
450 S. Orange Ave.
Suite 500
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 906-1605
Mr. Adam Losey
Attorneys (Corporations and Business Law)

MEI Civil
964 Lake Baldwin Lane
Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32814
(407) 893-6894
Ms. Glena Morris
Civil Engineering

MSR Holdings, Inc.
234 N. Westmonte Drive
Suite 1040
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
(866) 995-2929
Mr. Pradeep Matharoo
Real Estate (Investment)

Nardella & Nardella PLLC
250 E. Colonial Drive
Suite 102
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 966-2680
Mr. Michael Nardella
Attorneys (Probate/Estate Planning)

Nationwide Roofing
5515 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 773-1323
Mr. Tim Fickes
Contractors (Building/General)

Proshots Photography
191 Drennen Road
Suite 507
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 925-4880
Mr. Mark Taulbee

Westminster Towers
70 W. Lucerne Circle
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 841-1310
Mr. Kevin Miller
Retirement Homes/Assisted Living
Nursing and Personal Care Facilities
Senior Services


American Audio Visual
9484 American Eagle Way
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 888-8300
Ms. Linda Bruns

American Sign Language Services, Inc.
3700 Commerce Blvd.
Suite 216
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 518-7900
Ms. Gabrielle Joseph
Translators and Interpreters

Atrium Management Company
3256 W. Lake Mary Blvd.
Suite 1110
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 585-2721
Mr. Alec Touris
Real Estate (Property Management)

AV Matters
7701 Southland Blvd.
Suite 303
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 240-0694
Mr. Rob O'Brien

BlackRain Partners
121 S. Orange Ave.
Suite 1500
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 493-1582
Ms. Wendy Sellers
Business Management (Leadership Consultants)
Training/Development Consultants

Blackstone Security Agency
2501 W. Main St.
Suite 109
Leesburg, FL 34748
(352) 787-1103
Mr. Trini Thomas
Security Guard and Patrol Service

BMC Mattress
1255 La Quinta Drive
Suite 230
Orlando, FL 32809
(321) 319-7569
Mr. Michael Hibbert

Bodhi Aesthetics & Wellness
1517 E. Robinson St.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 697-7247
Ms. Autumn Norton
Weight Loss and Nutrition



Encore Creations
5132 Oak Island Road
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 812-8753
Mr. Eddie Diaz
Event Planning and Production

Harbor America
6285 Miramonte Drive
Unit 105
Orlando, FL 32835
(321) 200-2850
Ms. Jennifer Menendez
Human Resources (Employee Benefits)

Legacy Chiropractic
230 E. Marks St.
Orlando, FL 32803
(786) 760-2816
Ms. Michelle Chambers

McComas CG Consulting Group
4003 San Sebastian Drive
Unit 101
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(650) 704-9341
Mr. Scott McComas

Orlando Corporate Media, Inc.
7380 W. Sand Lake Road
Suite 500
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 362-9490
Mr. Mike Forrester
Video (Production)
Video Conferencing/Exchange Solutions

Orlando Regional Realty
13538 Village Park Drive
Suite 125
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 751-2111
Ms. Kristi Rujano
Real Estate
Real Estate (Agents/Brokers/Managers)

Resource Employment Solutions
5900 Lake Ellenor Drive
Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32809
(321) 234-9359
Mr. Eddy Dominguez
Employment Agencies/Services


Crane Roofing and Exteriors
1404 Hamlin Ave.
Suite M
St. Cloud, FL 34771
(407) 957-7663
Mr. Aaron Anders

Maple St. Realty, LLC
542 Mayfair Circle
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 212-0613
Mr. Raul Rodriguez
Real Estate (Agents/Brokers/Managers)

Monegro Productions
5915 Lee Vista Blvd.
Suite 101
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 925-7597
Mr. Jonathan Monegro
Video (Production)

MyCity Social
7065 Westpointe Blvd.
Suite 314
Orlando, FL 32835
(407) 414-9044
Mr. Jeremy Honis

Preferred Real Estate Brokers
6965 Piazza Grande Ave.
Suite 401
Orlando, FL 32835
(407) 924-7388
Ms. Lina Herran
Real Estate (Agents/Brokers/Managers)

121 Festive Court
Chuluota, FL 32766
(408) 905-0036
Mr. Santh Sathya



Teak Neighborhood Grill
901 S. Orlando Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 335-4853
Mr. Jon Proechel

Tewes Mortgage
860 N. Orange Ave.
Suite 353
Orlando, FL 32801
(786) 473-5398
Mr. Brian Tewes
Mortgage Bankers or Brokers

Traka USA, LLC
448 Commerce Way
Suite 100
Longwood, FL 32750
(407) 681-4001
Mr. Brian Davidson
Security (Systems/Services)

VJ Publications
1551 W. Marvin St.
Longwood, FL 32750
(321) 439-9722
Mr. Chris Hoffman
Advertising (Direct Mail)

Ygrene Energy Fund
3390 Mary St.
Suite 124
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 796-8730
Mr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Energy Savings Services


Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 12:00:00 am 
Monday, January 8, 2018
How to Network at a Chamber Event - 6 Tips from a Chamber Professional

As a Chamber professional for over 10 years, I’ve hosted and attended countless networking events. These events can be a great way to make meaningful connections that if managed appropriately can lead to building quality relationships with potential customers, or at the very least gain you credibility and trust.

Here are a few tips to make your next networking event a more impactful experience.

  1. Have the right mind-set
    It’s frustrating when we hear people say, “I went to that event, but I didn’t get any business from it.” People do business with people that they trust and it’s not likely that you will build that trust in your first interaction. Networking events should be seen as opportunities to make valuable connections – not necessarily sales.
  1. Go in with a plan
    Networking events are generally anywhere from an hour to an hour and half with sometimes over 100 people in attendance. It is unrealistic to assume that you’ll be able to meet and talk with everyone in the room so make a plan and set realistic goals that you want to accomplish while you’re there.
  1. Be a resource
    A great way to establish trust and credibility is to position yourself as a resource. Ask questions to determine how you might be able to help someone you meet. Whether it’s offering business advice or providing them with a referral, if they see you as a trusted advisor, they’re more likely to return the favor.
  1. Don’t be afraid to end a conversation
    It happens all the time. You strike up a conversation and the next thing you know its 20 minutes into the event and you’ve only talked to one person. Everyone is there for the same reason - to meet people, so don’t be afraid to let the person know you enjoyed speaking with them and politely excuse yourself from the conversation.
  1. Follow up!
    There is no point in making new connections if you aren’t going to follow up afterwards. Make sure you do so in a timely manner while your interaction with the person is still fresh in their mind.
  1. Show up and be consistent
    Networking and your Chamber membership is just like anything else: you get out of it what you put into it. Determine which programs and opportunities work best for you and make it a priority to attend on a consistent basis.

Put these tips to use and join us on January 16, 2018 for our Member Mixer. We’re kicking off the new year with an open networking reception. Enjoy hors’deovures and beverages while building relationships with your fellow Orlando Regional Chamber members.

Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 8:00:00 am 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - The Commons Rapid Rehab at Windsor Place


Thursday, February 8, 2018
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
404 Mariposa Ave., 7th floor
Orlando, FL 32801




To RSVP or for more information, please contact Ordell Reid at 407.467.3230.


Posted by: Greg Mason @ 12:00:00 am 
Discounted Pro Bowl 2018 tickets available for Orlando Chamber Members

Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 12:00:00 am 
Remembering John Young (September 24, 1930 – January 5, 2018)

Of the billions of people who have walked the Earth, only 12 have left their footprints on the moon. Of those few was astronaut John Young, a longtime Orlando resident. It is with a sad heart that the Orlando region says goodbye to a pioneer and hero whose leadership has been the inspiration for the John Young Spotlight Award.

To honor the man, his achievements and the acclaim to the community, the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce created the John Young Spotlight Award in 1965. The award is given to a person or group that has directed national or international attention to Central Florida. Some of the past recipients of the John Young Spotlight Award include: Arnold Palmer, Joe Kittinger, Shaquille O'Neal, Doc Rivers, Michael Eisner, Roy Disney, Joanie Schirm, Henry Landwirth, Davis Gaines, The Honorable Mel Martinez, George O’Leary and most recently in 2017, The Honorable Buddy Dyer.

A true “hometown hero,” Young flew a record six space missions piloting the first manned Gemini mission in March 1965. He set an altitude record one year later; made two trips to the moon, one on Apollo 10 and the other on Apollo 16; and commanded the very first and the ninth Space Shuttle Missions, in 1981 and 1983. Young’s legacy will continue to inspire future leaders to always reach higher and accomplish more than their dreams could ever imagine.

Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 12:00:00 am 
Monday, December 11, 2017
Join the 2018 A-Team - Leadership Orlando Alumni Association

Leadership Orlando, America's largest community leadership program, announces the launch of the 2018 A-Team.

As a division of the Orlando Economic Partnership, new opportunities will be introduced for its valued alumni to engage and stay connected like never before. With more than 40 years of proven success and over 5,000 alumni, Leadership Orlando continues to recruit, cultivate and engage emerging and established leaders to better serve the Central Florida Region.

Leadership Orlando wants alumni to stay connected and be a part of the conversation. Some of the new opportunities will include:

  • A-Team Connections - new and improved networking opportunities for our alumni;
  • Invitations to select Leadership Orlando 2.0 events - more details coming soon;
  • Complimentary Invitations to Leadership Orlando orientation and graduation receptions;
  • Complimentary access to the 2018 Listening to Leaders Series;
  • and more!

Click here to learn more and join the 2018 A-Team Today!

Date and time for the first 2018 A-Team event, Listening to Leaders, will be announced soon.

Questions? or call 407.835.2444.

Posted by: Danielle Permenter @ 8:00:00 am 
Friday, December 8, 2017
Member of the Month - SAK Comedy Lab

A 40-year-old company, SAK helps launch the careers of hundreds of actors, comedians, writers and producers (including Wayne Brady) with more than 50,000 coming through its doors every year. However, most Orlando businesses have no idea about the top-notch intangibles and team-based training it offers for organizations and working professionals. Even many SAK Comedy Lab regulars often forget that its flagship comedy improv show, which is recognized by Orlando Weekly voters every year, is something customizable and can be taken off-site for private events. 

SAK Marketing Director Dale Smith works hard to raise the company's profile to remind locals about the wonderful entertainment and training services. "The Orlando Regional Chamber has been an instrumental ally in helping us to achieve our goals of a broader connection and an expanded outreach," remarked Smith. "We look forward to partnering with the Chamber in future events as we provide additional networking opportunities in our Downtown venue. We hope all members have a happy holiday with even more success in the new year!"

Orlando Regional Chamber members are the foundation of everything we do. Chamber Members that have exemplified their commitment, engagement and outstanding support of the chamber and the community we serve are nominated by our team for special recognition as our Member of the Month.

Posted by: Kellie Prevost Pinel @ 3:00:00 pm 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Ability Housing, Inc.

Thursday, December 14, 2017
10 a.m.
Wayne Densch Center, 100 Kingston Ct.
Orlando, FL 32810


Ability Housing, Inc., in collaboration with Orange County, Florida Hospital and Wayne Densch Center,
invite you to join them as they break ground and celebrate their first affordable and supportive housing in Central Florida.
The ceremony will include a special message from Orange County Vice-Mayor Victoria Siplin.

RSVP: or call 904.359.9650 x102

Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 1:00:00 pm 
Monday, December 4, 2017
Discounted Citrus Bowl tickets available for Orlando Chamber Members

Enjoy BIGTIME college football at a discounted price by purchasing tickets to the Citrus Bowl!

Notre Dame meets LSU in exciting game action telecast live on ABC. You, your friends and family can enjoy in-person the pageantry and excitement that only the college postseason can offer.

Once you've purchased, share the event with your friends and family via text, email and social media. Not only will you sit with other chamber members, but anyone who buys from your link will sit with you at the game!

Call Jared Eller with any questions, 407.513.1615 or

Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 10:30:00 am 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Bodhi Aesthetics & Wellness


Saturday, December 9, 2017
5 - 9 p.m.
1517 E. Robinsion St.
Orlando, FL 32801



Games and trivia. Plan to win free services and products.
"Check-in" on Facebook and/or use # to enter photo contest.
Check out the Snapchat filter to step up your photo game.
Live demos of Hydrafacial and dermal filer injections. Plus, all membership sign-up fees waived today only.

For more information, please contact Autumn Norton, President & CEO, at


Posted by: Greg Mason @ 12:00:00 am 
Monday, November 13, 2017
Member of the Month - Beaux-Arts Group

Orlando Regional Chamber members are the foundation of everything we do. Chamber Members that have exemplified their commitment, engagement and outstanding support of the chamber and the community we serve are nominated for special recognition as our Member of the Month at MemberLink and in Every Monday. Today we are proud to honor Beaux-Arts Group.

Beaux-Arts Group is committed to offering clients an architecturally integrated design approach to interior furniture workplace solutions. The company follows Knoll’s philosophy of "Good design is good business," furthering commitment to total client satisfaction and superior results in all that it does. In this effort, the company exceeds customer expectations by providing leading-edge strategic planning and implementation processes, reliable and competitive quality products, superior design, installation and unsurpassed customer service. In pursuit of its mission, Beaux-Arts Group works hard, takes pride in its work and has fun in the process.

Beaux-Arts Group incorporates intelligent design, research, superior products and innovative thinking to create distinctive, high-performance workplace interiors that address the dynamic needs of our clients. Created by architects, the company's integrated approach to furnishings creates a productive synergy between the building and the areas within. Expect personalized service and 100% accountability in every phase.

"As an Orlando resident for only 3 years, the Chamber has been a valuable platform for me to expand my reach in meeting and accessing great professionals and business owners. I love the Chamber’s energy and Orlando’s business energy and I’m glad to be part of its economic growth." – Ileana Fajardo, Senior Project Designer, Beaux-Arts Group



Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 1:00:00 pm 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Outback and Carrabba's Express


**NEW DATE** Wednesday, December 20, 2017
12 - 1 p.m.
4400A Curry Ford Rd.
Orlando, FL 32812

Ciao, Mate!
Please join us for the Grand Opening of Outback and Carrabba’s Express – two iconic brands, now under one roof!
Be sure to stay for food sampling and refreshments

For more information, please contact Dawn Otremsky, Marketing Manager, at


Posted by: Joe Horan @ 12:00:00 am 
Monday, November 6, 2017
Welcome New Members - September and October 2017

The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for September and October. Members are encouraged to review the following listings for goods and services provided by these new members that may be of value to you and your business. For a complete directory of Orlando Chamber members, click here.


B Resort & Spa
1905 Hotel Blaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-3145
Ms. Molly Meeker
Hotels, Motels and Resorts

Green Mile LLC
5736 S. Semoran Blvd
Building D
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 278-5058
Mr. Ronald Barcellos



Jasper Roof
3203 S. Conway Road
Orlando, FL 32812
(904) 510-3786
Mr. Bobby Shifteh
Sales/Customer Service Consultants

200 S. Orange Ave.
Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32801
(770) 876-0236
Mr. Alexander Evans
Cellular Communications and Service


Boot Barn
5716 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 563-1063
Ms. Denise Roth
Shoe Stores

California Tortilla
6375 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 961-6164
Ms. Nandita Gandhi
Restaurants (Mexican)

Carpe Diem Sales & Marketing
4560 36th St.
Orlando, FL 32811
(407) 682-1400
Mr. Phillip D. Fry
Advertising Specialties

Outback and Carrabba's Express
4400 Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32812
(813) 830-4834
Ms. Jamie Correia


Suddath Relocation Systems of Orlando, Inc.
4850 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32811
(407) 843-6683
Donna Caldwell, CRP
Moving and Storage
Relocation Services

Take 5 Oil Change
1950 Lee Road
Orlando, FL 32810
(407) 295-7742
Mr. Derick Sanders
Automobile (Service/Repair)

Troy University Orlando
220 E. Central Parkway
Suite 1020
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
(407) 830-2530
Mr. Jordan Henrickson
Colleges and Universities


Aces Wild Casino Parties
1835 Palm Lane
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 346-7688
Mr. Edgar Comellas
Casino Games/ Entertainment

Black Gauge, LLC
750 North Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
(616) 813-5533
Mr. Tim Sporte
Advertising (Agencies/Consultants)

Bright Rain Collaborative
733 W. Smith St.
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 440-3017
Mr. Dave Garsh
Advertising (Agencies/Consultants)

Brown, Brown & Associates, P.A.
7380 W. Sand Lake Road
Suite 500
Orlando, FL 32819
(863) 299-1500
Mr. Hunter Brown
Accountants (Agencies/Consultants)

Dancing for Diabetes
P.O. Box 951750
Lake Mary, FL 32795
(407) 687-3341
Ms. Kelly Simbolick
Organizations (Non-Profit)

eJenn Solutions
3208 E. Colonial Drive
Suite 405
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 990-1892
Ms. Jennifer Stinnett

Eric Boughman
2200 Lucien Way
Suite 405
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 255-2055
Mr. Eric Boughman

FASTSIGNS - West Orlando
7154 W. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32818
(407) 770-1500
Mr. Jose Marin


Global Trusted Brand, LLC
8600 Commodity Circle
Suite 131
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 624-9932
Mr. Ahmed D. El-Ghonemy

Homevest Realty - Kathy Williams
1300 E. Michigan St.
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 203-7305
Ms. Kathy Williams
Real Estate

Local Focus Central Florida
(407) 383-1961
Ms. Bridgette Taylor
Advertising (Indoor)

Orange County Brewers
131 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 914-2831
Mr. Jeremy Roberts

Resort Options International
672 N. Semoran Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32807
(888) 308-9668
Member Services Department

Universal Contracting
6901 TPC Drive
Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32822
(888) 830-2951
Ms. Nicole Kinsworthy

Zentech Consulting
2604 W. Azeele St.
Tampa, FL 33609
(941) 928-5152
Mr. Brandon Geers
Employment Agencies/Services



Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 11:00:00 am 
Executive Connection Member Profile - uBreakiFix

Headquartered in the heart of downtown Orlando, uBreakiFix specializes in same-day repair service of electronic devices, ranging from smartphones, game consoles, tablets, computers and everything in between. Cracked screens, water damage, software issues, camera issues and most other technical problems can be repaired by visiting uBreakiFix stores.

The company also offers free diagnostic services. With more than 335 stores in operation across North America, uBreakiFix continues to grow and expects to have more than 360 locations by the end of 2017.

uBreakiFix was founded in 2009 by a savvy millennial duo, Justin Wetherill (2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree) and David Reiff, who married their skill sets with Eddie Trujillo to offer a brick and mortar alternative tech repair option that was quick, affordable and provided a quality customer experience. By filling a gap in the repair marketplace, the company has grown organically without debt, investors or consultants.

There are currently more than 10 uBreakiFix stores in Orlando and the surrounding area, including Ocoee, Winter Park and Winter Springs. For more information and to find a store near you, visit

Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 10:00:00 am 
Monday, October 23, 2017
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Boot Barn


Friday, November 10, 2017
12:00 p.m.

5716 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Boot Barn has moved!
Come visit its new location on November 10-12 for special grand opening offers the whole family will love.
Boot Barn - America's largest western and work store.

For more information, please contact Holly Wilson, Marketing Coordinator, at


Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 1:30:00 pm 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - The Addison on Millenia, ContraVest Management


Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
4673 Gardens Park Bldvd.
Orlando, FL 32839

For more information, please contact Gretchen Angeli, Property Manager, at


Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 1:00:00 pm 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Take 5 Oil Change


Thursday, November 9, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1950 Lee Road
Orlando, FL 32810

Take 5 Oil Change is celebrating the grand opening of its fifth Orlando location.
Join the fun and stop by for your chance to win a free oil change. Light lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Eldreth, District Manager, at


Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 12:00:00 am 
Monday, October 16, 2017
Member of the Month - Cubix, Inc.

In 2017, Cubix, Inc. shifted its focus from simply protecting the flooring assets in a customer’s building to now managing that asset, cradle-to-grave, with the expansion of its installation team. With a new focus on all aspects of flooring, the company has been better able to serve its customers with the knowledge and experience to not only clean, but troubleshoot problem installations or assess where a floor is in its life cycle and guide partners through the planning of eventual replacement.

"While showcasing Cubix, Inc. through the Orlando Regional Chamber has its obvious benefits, the real value has been learning about the other incredible organizations and the evolution of the region," stated Anthony Koscielecki, Cubix Orlando market manager. "As a business development professional, it is important for me to know what Orlando is focused on now and what the strategic initiatives are to move us forward into the future. The Chamber continues to deliver the important topics and insights that keep myself and Cubix, Inc. at the forefront of our industry."

Orlando Regional Chamber members are the foundation of everything we do. Chamber Members that have exemplified their commitment, engagement and outstanding support of the chamber and the community we serve are nominated by our team for special recognition as our Member of the Month at MemberLink and in Every Monday. Today we are proud to honor Cubix, Inc.


Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 8:30:00 am 
Executive Connection Member Profile - Acme Truck Stop

Acme Truck Stop is the only full service truck stop in Orlando since 1984.

Acme's goal is to build a relationship with the local business community while nurturing the relationships it already has with owner/operator truckers and logistics companies. The company has special promotions and discounts on diesel fuel for local fleets and logistics companies. Promotions will also be extended to small businesses who utilize diesel fuel in their day to day operations. This will include moving companies, bus and RV companies, construction companies, paving companies, landscapers, event planners and truck rental companies. Weekend specials are also available.

Acme also provides destination service for truckers which include parking facilities, CATScale for weighing loads, showers, food service, truck repair, a convenience store for your grab and go items or just relax and play a game of pool or watch a movie in the driver’s lounge.

View flyers for more details:


Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 8:00:00 am 
Friday, September 29, 2017
Ribbon Cutting Celebrations - All Uniform Wear

Saturday, November 4, 2017
12:00 p.m.
1563 Florida Mall Ave.
Orlando, FL 32809

Celebrate the grand opening of All Uniform Wear in Orlando!
The store will be offering up to 40 percent off merchandise, door busters, raffles, prizes, music and much more.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Mancipe, Marketing Director, at


Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 4:00:00 pm 
Innovation Academy Sponsor Spotlight - Webster University Metro Orlando

Webster University is one of only five percent of the world’s business schools to have earned specialized accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The University offers graduate degree programs for working professionals in Orlando, Central Florida and across the world. Programs are focused on student success and taught by faculty with professional experience in their academic fields. Evening programs offered include the MBA, MHA, Cybersecurity, ITM, Management and Leadership, Human Resources, Human Services, Finance and Counseling. No GRE or GMAT is required and financial aid is available for qualified.

This global university has a new Orlando campus at 501 W. Church St., across from the Amway, one block from the new Orlando City Stadium, within walking distance from many major downtown corporations and only blocks away from the proposed Creative Village educational hub.

 For more information, call 407.869.8111 or visit

Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 12:00:00 pm 
Innovation Academy Sponsor Spotlight - FAIRWINDS Credit Union

FAIRWINDS Credit Union is the largest locally owned and operated financial institution in central Florida. With 77,385 members, FAIRWINDS works tirelessly to ensure it is offering the smartest financial solutions to place financial freedom within reach and the latest in banking technology to keep it connected wherever you are.

With locations in Orlando and the greater Central Florida area, you can find the nearest FAIRWINDS Credit Union branch or ATM with the company's online locator. 

For more information, visit

Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 12:00:00 pm 
Innovation Academy Sponsor Spotlight - Orange Technical College

For more than 80 years, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) has been making history and changing lives through education by providing career and technical training for tens of thousands of students in central Florida. Orange Technical College prepares students for various careers and provides programs of study ranging in length from a couple of months to a year or more. 

Graduates can earn future college credits in most OCPS career certificate programs of study, as well as valuable work-related experience in their field of study. Industry certification(s)/licensure may be available upon successful completion of many of the career certificate programs.

For more information, visit

Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 12:00:00 pm 
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Veteran Entrepreneurship Highlighted at Innovation Academy

All veterans receive a unique set of skills that make them highly qualified employees – especially in fields specific to engineering, high tech, energy, sustainability and more. However, there can often be a disconnect on how to best market these skills within the civilian workforce and the resources available to the business community as it pertains to hiring local veterans and working with veteran-owned businesses.

At the 2017 Innovation Academy on October 6, Vetrepreneurship and the key role veterans play in Central Florida’s talent pipeline will be discussed with featured Vetrepreneur, Matthew Hogan, CEO of Megatonn3D.

Mr. Hogan served in the United States Navy, where he was honorably medically discharged in 2005. He went on to create Captive Digital Records, a multimedia studio located in downtown Orlando. Over the last 10 years, Mr. Hogan studied at Full Sail University with concentrations in Entertainment Business as well as media communications. After graduating Full Sail University, he went on to study at the DAVE school (Digital Animation & Visual Effects) where he learned the pipeline on creating 3D models, 3D animation shorts and console games. Mr. Hogan also has an extensive background in Final cut pro, Pro-Tools 7.0 and up, Adobe Photoshop, Aftereffects and Motion. He has worked on projects for the Discovery Channel, ESPN, WE (Women Entertainment) and “ET” (Entertainment Tonight).

To learn more about Megatonn3D and their unique work in our community, click here.

The Vetrepreneurship Panel at the 2017 Innovation Academy is made possible through the support of the:

For more information on the Duke Energy Foundation’s Hiring our Local Heroes program, please visit our resource page or contact Danielle Permenter at

Duke Energy Foundation
Community and service are integrated into everything our company does. Through the Duke Energy Foundation, we provide philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of our communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development and community impact.

Education and workforce development are central to our charitable investments. Reading proficiency is the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation. By supporting childhood literacy programs, we help bridge the achievement gap and seek to end the cycle of poverty. Our investment in education and workforce development programs spans K-to-career to help ensure local businesses have a pipeline of talent and a diverse workforce. We will continue to build upon the legacy of our founders, whose dedication to community development and education has continued to enhance the regions where Duke Energy serves.

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