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 driveshack.com.
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 successfactormedia.com.
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 Factoring
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 Dentists
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)
Industrious 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
LiftFund 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 Marketing
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
TranSystems 200 E. Robinson St. Suite 600 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 875-8900 Mr. Kevin Thibault Construction (Management)
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 redcross.org/givingday. 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 redcross.org/centralflorida 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.
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.
CCG 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 Construction
Drive Shack Orlando 7675 Lake Nona Blvd. Orlando, FL 32827 (407) 274-3027 Mr. Robert Morris Attraction (Interactive Theme Park) Entertainment
Andy's Frozen Custard 5381 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 (417) 719-6919 Mr. Don Cuniff Restaurants
Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. 1174 S. Kirkman Road Orlando, FL 32839 Ms. Misty Montesano Restaurants
Puff 'N Stuff Caterin 250 Rio Drive Orlando, FL 32810 (407) 629-7833 Mr. Jose Mota Catering
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®.
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.
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 Apartments
Colombo & Hurd, PL 301 E. Pine St. Suite 300 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 478-1111 Mr. Rusten Hurd Attorneys (Immigration Law) Attorneys
Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar 4301 N. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32804 (407) 291-8881 Mr. Danny Cruden Restaurants
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 Attorneys
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)
Baskervill 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 Marketing 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 Marketing
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 Restaurants
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)
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 www.Orlando.org.
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 www.blackcommerce.org.
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.
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.
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
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) 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 Catering Wedding Chapels/Facilities
GiGstreem 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 Painters 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 Roofing Contractors (Building/General) Construction
Proshots Photography 191 Drennen Road Suite 507 Orlando, FL 32806 (407) 925-4880 Mr. Mark Taulbee Photographers
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 Audio/Video
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 Audio/Video
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 Mattresses
Bodhi Aesthetics & Wellness 1517 E. Robinson St. Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 697-7247 Ms. Autumn Norton Weight Loss and Nutrition Spas
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 Chiropractors
McComas CG Consulting Group 4003 San Sebastian Drive Unit 101 Kissimmee, FL 34741 (650) 704-9341 Mr. Scott McComas Consultants
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 Roofing
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 Marketing
Preferred Real Estate Brokers 6965 Piazza Grande Ave. Suite 401 Orlando, FL 32835 (407) 924-7388 Ms. Lina Herran Real Estate (Agents/Brokers/Managers)
Teak Neighborhood Grill 901 S. Orlando Ave. Maitland, FL 32751 (407) 335-4853 Mr. Jon Proechel Restaurants
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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;
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.
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.
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!
Saturday, December 9, 2017 5 - 9 p.m. 1517 E. Robinsion St. Orlando, FL 32801
GRAND PRIZE: 1 YEAR OF FREE BOTOX, PLUS 4 OTHER AMAZING RAFFLE PRIZES 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.
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
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 Technology
Jasper Roof 3203 S. Conway Road Orlando, FL 32812 (904) 510-3786 Mr. Bobby Shifteh Roofing Sales/Customer Service Consultants Marketing
uBreakiFix 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 Restaurants
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. #4317 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 Marketing
Eric Boughman 2200 Lucien Way Suite 405 Maitland, FL 32751 (407) 255-2055 Mr. Eric Boughman Individuals
FASTSIGNS - West Orlando 7154 W. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32818 (407) 770-1500 Mr. Jose Marin Signs
Global Trusted Brand, LLC 8600 Commodity Circle Suite 131 Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 624-9932 Mr. Ahmed D. El-Ghonemy Exporters Importers
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 Brewery
Resort Options International 672 N. Semoran Blvd. Orlando, FL 32807 (888) 308-9668 Member Services Department Accommodations
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 Forbes30 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 ubreakifix.com/orlando.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Posted by: Danielle Permenter @ 11:00:00 am
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Orlando serves as pilot city for the U.S. Chamber Foundation sustainability project
The Orlando Regional Chamber is proud to announce that the U.S. Chamber Foundation is bringing top-tier sustainability development initiatives to The City Beautiful. Orlando was chosen as the program’s pilot city due to its demonstration of a high degree of readiness for recycling and reuse system development. The City of Orlando’s GreenWorks initiatives, as well as its commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2050, have succeeded in putting Orlando on the map as a leader in sustainability nationwide.
The project, known as “Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for A New Economy,” is focused on breaking through the current 34 percent recycling barrier in the U.S. This unique, multi-stakeholder project will provide a scalable model for improving recycling and recovery rates to help communities, cities, and businesses achieve their sustainability and recycling goals.
“As the fastest growing region in the country, Orlando has a unique opportunity to show the world how large-scale sustainable growth can be achieved,” said Jim Thomas, executive director of the Orlando Regional Chamber. “Orlando is already paving the way in sustainability initiatives on a number of fronts including infrastructure, neighborhoods, recreation, transportation and energy. Business and community leaders here are committed to planning for a sustainable future; we are excited to support the Beyond 34 project in order to equip these business leaders with the tools and resources they need to achieve their sustainability goals.”
The U.S. Chamber Foundation, in collaboration with Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) and with funding from the Walmart Foundation, Target, Republic Services, The Dow Chemical Company, and Walgreens, will identify opportunities to improve recycling efficiencies within the region and construct a business plan that quantifies the economic and environmental benefits of recycling. The Foundation will use this project here in Orlando to develop a case study and toolkit for other communities nationwide to emulate.
“Orlando is an ideal city to begin the Beyond 34 project,” said Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “Its strong private sector engagement, innovative culture, and robust sustainability goals were all factors that contributed to their selection. We look forward to engaging with local leaders throughout the project, and we are confident that Beyond 34 will help support the Orlando area’s mission to advance sustainability and economic growth.”
The Orlando Regional Chamber is excited to work with B34 to demonstrate its commitment to a sustainable future in the Orlando region. Find out more about the project here.
Posted by: Amanda Roche @ 3:00:00 pm
Friday, September 22, 2017
Executive Connection Member Profile - Gravitational Marketing
Gravitational Marketing is a full-service advertising agency located in UCF’s Research Park. The company believes that life and business should be ESP–Enjoyable, Simple, Prosperous®. Our goal is to help businesses naturally attract more customers who buy, refer and return repeatedly.
Founders Jimmy Vee and Travis Miller are UCF alumni, and the authors of the best-selling books Gravitational Marketing: The Science of Attracting Customers, Invasion of the Profit Snatchers and The Last Up: A Curious Tale About The Future Of Sales.
At Gravitational Marketing, its team spends days toying, tinkering and testing – tweaking their way to cutting-edge successes and matchless results. They strive to create formulas that help businesses achieve explosive growth. Since 2004, the company has spent more than hundreds of millions in advertising, generating over $20 billion in revenue for its clients.
The company's roots are in traditional media, like radio, TV, mail and print, but recently, Gravitational Marketing has partnered with Facebook. With 98 percent account optimization in Facebook advertising campaigns, Gravitational Marketing has now cracked the code of effective online marketing. Additionally, it has a suite of proven digital marketing strategies that leverage Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and email.
Not only does the company drive results for its clients, but Gravitational Marketing has also cultivated an office culture that is second to none within the Orlando community. Gravitational Marketing was voted one of “Orlando’s Coolest Office Spaces” this past year. Plus, the Orlando Business Journal has ranked Gravitational Marketing one of "Central Florida’s Best Places To Work" the past four years in a row. It has also received the distinguished "National Best Places To Work" certification.
Gravitational Marketing's mission is to inspire and encourage people and companies through creativity to think differently, to be better, to achieve more than they ever thought possible by breaking norms and making life and business ESP–Enjoyable, Simple and Prosperous®.
Gravitational Marketing is the proud founder of the Same Is Lame® Foundation. Based on the children’s book Little Jimmy Says, “Same Is Lame” by founder Jimmy Vee, the Same Is Lame® organization believes exceptional people create extraordinary impact in the world. The foundation, its projects and its volunteers help outstanding children foster their unique talent through financial support, emotional encouragement and mentorship.