About Events GSA's PSHC Industry Partner Briefings are interactive webinars designed to provide contractors with a better understanding and open dialogue on various aspects of GSA's professional services and human capital program.
About OASIS and OASIS Small Business OASIS and OASIS Small Business (SB) are multiple award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts that provide the federal government with flexible and innovative solutions for complex professional services.
Span many areas of expertise and mission spaces;
Span multiple professional service disciplines;
Allow flexibility for all contract types, including hybrids and cost-reimbursement, at the task order level; and
Allow ancillary support components, commonly referred to as Other Direct Costs (ODC), at the task order level.
The core disciplines of the contract include:
Program management services;
Management consulting services;
Scientific services; and
Commercial and non-commercial services;
CONUS and OCONUS requirements;
Classified and unclassified services;
Ancillary Support necessary to deliver a total solution, such as:
Executive Connection Member Profile - CCG Analytics Consulting Services and Solutions
An award-winning data analytics consulting firm, CCG helps clients solve their operational and strategic challenges through innovative services and solutions. Its team of experts focus on understanding business and industry to develop tailored data and analytics solutions that empower you to make decisions at the speed of your data. The company's analytics solutions support digital transformation, platform modernization, data governance/quality, predictive analytics, reports/dashboards, cloud migration, data mining, data modeling and data science.
Start transforming your business today and call 407.221.9745 for a free half-day analytics or cloud discovery and design session.
The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for June 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.
Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc. 390 N. Orange Ave. Suite 1850 Orlando, FL 32801 (321) 228-8925 Mr. Doug Westfall Architects and Planners Architectural Services Engineering Services
Flexential 8350 Parkedge Drive Tampa, FL 33637 (813) 675-1072 Mr. James Macchiarola IT Technology Consultants
Four Points By Sheraton Orlando Convention Center 6435 Westwood Blvd. Orlando, FL 32822 (407) 351-6600 Ms. Josephine Bisono Hotel and Resort (Amenities) Hotels, Motels and Resorts
Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship 111 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 644-1222 Ms. Melissa Roberts Business Services
Achieve Financial Solutions, LLC 1521 Buckeye Falls Way Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 443-7954 Mr. Jim Tartisel Education Services Financial (Consultants/Planners/Services)
ASysTech 1040 Woodcock Road Suite 212 Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 647-7787 Mr. Jim Lane IT Technology Consultants
Curaleaf 12402 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32837 Ms. Catie Callahan Pharmacies and Pharmaceutical Products
Dr. Phillips House 135 N. Lucerne Circle Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 716-5627 Ms. Angie Vann Event Facility Catering
International Insulation Products 603 Central Florida Parkway Suite 108 Orlando, FL 32824 (678) 646-1251 Mr. Dermot Ennis Insulation
K1 Speed 9550 Parksouth Court Orlando, FL 32837 (407) 434-7500 Mr. Dan Radatz Entertainment
L & S Diversified, LLC 405 Lake Howell Road Suite 1001 Maitland, FL 32751 (407) 681-3836 Ms. Fabiana Pouso Surveying Services
Via Airlines 218 Jackson St. Maitland, FL 32751 (407) 374-2429 Mr. Scott Wubbena Airline (Companies)
WonderWorks 9067 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 351-8800 Ms. Natalie Thibodeau Entertainment Theaters (Dinner)
The Adeline 304 Lake Ave. Maitland, FL 32751 (407) 496-8425 Mr. Louis Alandete Apartments
Badcock Home Furniture & More 7873 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32809 (407) 501-4719 Mr. Max Matos Furniture
Choice Plumbing I, Inc. 3550 Old Winter Garden Road Orlando, FL 32805 (407) 422-7443 Mr. Nick Shif Plumbing
Curaytor 3855 E. Avalon Park Blvd. Orlando, FL 32828 (407) 497-9771 Mr. Jeremy Lowell Marketing
Extreme Influence 3810 Murrell Road Rockledge, FL 32955 (321) 757-4673 Mr. Randy Mortensen Furniture
Movement Mortgage - Downtown Orlando 189 S. Orange Ave. Suite 2000 Orlando, FL 32801 (904) 814-9513 Mr. Peter Kilsheimer Mortgage Bankers or Brokers
Orange County Comptroller's Office 201 S. Rosalind Ave. 4th Floor Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 836-5534 Mr. Phil Diamond Government
Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 9:00:00 am
Friday, June 29, 2018
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - LongHorn Steakhouse
"Lasso Cutting" Ceremony Tuesday, July 10, 2018 2:00 p.m. (Guests may begin dining at 3 p.m.) 5460 W. Oak Ridge Road Orlando, FL 32819 407.351.4682
LongHorn Steakhouse will officially open its newest location in Orlando on Tuesday, July 10. Guests may begin dining at the new restaurant at 3 p.m. for dinner, and regular hours will begin the next day at 11 a.m. Located at 5460 West Oak Ridge Road near the Orlando Premium Outlets, the restaurant will be led by 14-year LongHorn veteran Robert Pere as Managing Partner.
To celebrate the opening, the restaurant will host a “lasso cutting” ceremony on July 10 at 2 p.m. in partnership with the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. During the event, the restaurant team will select one special guest to mark the opening moment by making the first steak cut.
Discount to Small Business Leadership Conference for Chamber Members
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, part of the College of Business at Florida State University, is hosting its Small Business Leadership Conference from Wednesday, August 1 to Friday, August 3 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando. This year’s conference theme, ‘It’s All About the Customer,’ will reflect the importance of a small business’ relationship with its customers, as well as provide the opportunity to learn innovative techniques, solutions and practices that can help improve all aspects of customer relations.
Disney imagineer, researcher and entrepreneur-in-residence at Florida State University, Mk Haley is this year’s keynote speaker. She has been with The Walt Disney Company since 1994 serving primarily with Walt Disney Imagineering roles across virtual reality teams, R&D, special FX, show quality services and the Disney research labs. Haley has also served Disney corporate initiatives related to new technology programs and collaboration tools, as well as with emerging tools and television.
John Rivers, founder of the popular BBQ restaurant 4 Rivers Smokehouse, will be serving as the conference’s closing speaker. Retiring as president of a $1.5- billion-dollar company, John Rivers left a career of 20 years in healthcare to follow a lifelong dream of running a restaurant. In 2009, John opened the first 4 Rivers, which quickly became one of the fastest growing restaurants in the southeast. With thirteen locations in Florida and one in Atlanta, the success and popularity of his 4 Rivers and his second concept, the Southern-inspired Coop, have garnered national recognition. Nation’s Restaurant News, the industry’s lead trade publication, recognized 4 Rivers as one of its top five breakout brands.
Day 2 - “Hot Mic” plenary session: in this Ted Talk style discussion, three speakers will present topics from each of their areas of expertise. Each speaker will have approximately 18 minutes to share impactful content with the audience in an immersive and focused environment. These talks are personal, simple and concise. The aim is to keep the audience more engaged for a shorter period of time in order for them to better retain the ideas and information presented.
Day 3 - “Pitch the Editor” competition: five conference participants will be selected to provide a three-minute pitch of their company story to a panel of judges. The judges are looking for stories that involve customers, and the winner of the competition will receive a cash prize and could be featured in an upcoming issue of i4 Business magazine.
A variety of workshop sessions will be held throughout the conference covering topics such as customer service, customer relations, finance, legal issues, strategic planning, leadership, and marketing. Four-time entrepreneur, best-selling author, editor and producer Ramon Ray will be featured as MC.
Orlando Chamber Member/Orlando Economic Partnership Investor Discount The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship is offering a discount to ALL members of the Orlando Regional Chamber and investors of the Orlando Economic Partnership. When registering, use code JMIFRIEND to receive $25 off.
Conference dates: Wednesday, August 1, 4:30 - 7 p.m.; Thursday, August 2, 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Friday, August 3, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Early registration is $195 through June 29, $250 after June 29 and $275 on site. To register, visit jmiconference.com. For more information about the conference or sponsorship opportunities, contact AK Consulting Group at 850.523.4200.
Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 11:00:00 am
Member of the Month - Tewes Mortgage
Tewes Mortgage is a mortgage brokerage firm that shops for loan programs that fit its clients' needs. With over a dozen unique lenders at its disposal, the company can complete a wider range of loans than a standard lender. Tewes Mortgage provides one-on-one service with the client every step of the way from initial contact, to closing and following up after. The competitive advantage comes from a combination of being able to shop for the lowest interest rates, support throughout the entire process and being available around the clock.
Why Tewes Mortgage joined the Orlando Regional Chamber:
"By being an active member and being genuinely proud about your business, the success will follow. Joining the Chamber has been Tewes Mortgage’s most beneficial investment in this market. Spreading the word has evolved from one person to a whole community now knowing of the company’s passion and mission." —Brian Tewes, Orlando branch manager, Tewes Mortgage
Executive Connection Member Profile - GreenMile LLC
For many companies, managing its mobile team’s last-mile route execution efforts and maintaining high levels of productivity creates a real – and expensive – challenge in logistics. Whether managing a team of delivery drivers, sales reps, merchandisers or service reps, ensuring the team is following preassigned route plans and servicing customers in the most effective way becomes paramount to a company’s bottom line. This task is made more difficult given today’s growing logistics complexity coupled with increased service expectations from the customer.
For the past eight years, GreenMile has helped companies all across the globe, including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, to improve the mobile team’s productivity through its award-winning route execution management solution. The GreenMile Suite is composed of a cloud-based platform and several mobile applications designed to track route execution performance in real time by combining route plan, stop delivery, and location data in one single cloud-based solution.
Using GreenMile, companies have real-time visibility over mobile resources, allowing them to track actual-vs-plan performance as well as identify any route plan deviations that occur which could impact the business. GreenMile’s advanced routing algorithms continuously look for ways to improve the driver’s route as it unfolds, using live traffic information to propose route changes that can reduce any negative impacts on the route.
GreenMile’s mobile platform allows mobile workers to visualize their route plans, register their hours of service, accurately record their service times and customer visits, collect proof of delivery/service data including customer signatures and pictures along with predesigned surveys.
GreenMile’s customers achieve significant reductions in mileage, overtime and overall last-mile transportation costs while increasing stop productivity and customer satisfaction. And, with the last-mile (going from the depot out to the customer to perform a delivery or service call) tending to be the most expensive portion of a distributor’s supply chain, the result is a stronger bottom line coupled with happier customers.
Visit greenmile.com for a free demonstration of how GreenMile can help improve your company’s productivity and profits.
Posted by: Greg Mason @ 3:00:00 pm
Monday, June 4, 2018
MEMBER NEWS: Swing into summer with Drive Shack’s unlimited game play pass
Close your eyes and imagine you and five of your friends soaking in the sun during five hours of unlimited golf game play on some of the top courses in the country.
Now open your eyes and head to Drive Shack because that’s exactly what Orlando’s premier golf-entertainment destination is offering this summer. Guests can swing in early and play from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for just $45, choose to day play from 2 - 7 p.m. for $55, or purchase both to play all day for up to six guests per bay with the new Swing Pass!
Each Swing Pass includes:
One fully equipped bay for up to six guests
Five hours of unlimited BayPlay, including Drive Shack’s hottest games. Play some of the top courses in the country, like Teton Pines and Linfield National, or take advantage of Drive Shack’s signature technology, which includes proprietary games like Shackjack and Monster Hunt.
This is all in addition to Drive Shack’s always-complimentary Free Play Game Lounge, featuring classic games like shuffleboard, Skee-Ball and Pac-Man.
The Swing Pass is available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is not valid on Saturday or Sunday. Offered for a limited time only, so be sure to swing into Drive Shack this summer and enjoy the unlimited Swing Pass.
Posted by: Message from Drive Shack @ 9:00:00 am
Welcome New Members - May 2018
The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for May 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.
Sonny's BBQ 6649 Amory Court Suite 11 Winter Park, FL 32792 (866) 697-2972 Kennon Adkinson Catering, Restaurants
The Ken Pozek Group at Keller Williams International 6900 Turkey Lake Road Suite 1-3 Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 717-0197 Ken Pozek Real Estate (Agents/Brokers/Managers)
Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar 227 S. Semoran Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32792 (407) 986-9464 John Eland Restaurants
Days Inn Orlando Downtown 3300 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32839 (407) 720-3732 Steve Walker Hotels
Luxury Mattress Gallery 520 W. State Road 436 Suite 1172 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 (407) 865-6737 Roger Dukes Furniture Mattresses
OptiView 360 VirtualTours & Marketing 7309 E. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32807 (407) 731-0767 Joseph Andrew Marketing
Stone-Mart 3815 Silver Star Road Orlando, FL 32808 (407) 307-0000 Ana Zamora Floor Covering
AlliedPRA 8810 Commodity Circle Suite 28 Orlando, FL 32819 (954) 817-0740 Jane Scaletta Travel Agencies
ELEVUX, LLC 2474 E. Michigan St. Orlando, FL 32806 (407) 704-6636 JC Aranda Technology
Florida Capital Bank 1000 Legion Place Suite 1250 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 637-3740 Elizabeth Fechtel Banks
One Oak Realty Corp. 510 Jennie Jewel Drive Orlando, FL 32806 (407) 222-2421 Michael Chiorando Real Estate
Orlando Food Truck Catering 51 E. Jefferson St. Suite 2081 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 900-6481 Michael Blasco Catering
Parke East Apartments 7721 Silver Pointe Blvd. Orlando, FL 32822 (407) 281-4566 Mary Worthy Apartments
Silver Star Enterprise 505 Clark St. Oviedo, FL 32765 (407) 625-8845 Anissa Chan Investment (Advisors/Services)
UPTOWN Selfies 12397 S. Orange Blossom Trail Suite 211 Orlando, FL 32837 (407) 415-2771 Craig Coderre Photography (Production)
Wilson Group Financial 121 S. Orange Ave. Suite 1500 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 377-6622 Sam Wilson Financial (Consultants/Planners/Services)
Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 12:00:00 am
Monday, May 21, 2018
Welcome New Members - April 2018
The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for April 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.
262 Strategy LLC 494 Treviso Drive Kissimmee, FL 34759 (571) 383-8289 Mr. Jim Fraser Consultants
Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc. 707 Mendham Blvd. Suite 104 Orlando, FL 32825 (407) 645-2577 Ms. Lisa Barr Organizations (Non-Profit) Education/Fundraising
Macy's at Florida Mall 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32809 (407) 854-2300 Ms. Keyuna Barber Retail/Luxury Retail and Variety Stores
Poston Communications 1515 International Parkway Suite 2001 Lake Mary, FL 32746 (404) 875-3400 Ms. Monica Smith Public Relations Services Professional Services
The Club at Bella Collina 16355 Vetta Drive Bella Collina, FL 34756 (407) 469-4999 Ms. Dana Acevedo Golf Courses and Country Clubs Event Facility Catering
TopGolf 9295 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 218-7714 Ms. Kim Chute Golf Courses and Country Clubs Entertainment Sports Bar/Restaurants
Cryos International 2200 N. Alafaya Trail Suite 550 Orlando, FL 32826 (407) 203-1175 Ms. Roksan Aydelman Medical Laboratories and Blood Banks
Rhodes + Brito Architects Inc. 605 E. Robinson St. Suite 750 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 648-7288 Ms. Michelle Tatom Architects and Planners Architectural Services
Staples 2774 E. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 894-7226 Mr. Jose Ortiz Office Supplies
Waterford Lake Town Center and West Town Corners 413 N. Alafaya Trail Orlando, FL 32828 (407) 737-2866 Ms. Taylor Bennett Real Estate (Property Management)
ADT 6830 Shadowridge Drive Suite 211 Orlando, FL 32812 (407) 902-3526 Mr. William Zielinski Security (Systems/Services)
Center for Diagnostic Imaging 3847 Oakwater Circle Orlando, FL 32806 (407) 741-5400 Ms. Deanna Vigliotta Medical Diagnostic Imaging(Nuclear Medicine)
GD Janitorial Services, Inc. 4737 Maple Park St. Orlando, FL 32811 (321) 279-5374 Mr. Daniel Castaneda Janitorial and Cleaning (Services)
Innovative Support Systems, Inc. 1030 Sunshine Lane Suite 1000 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 (407) 682-7570 Mr. Sean DeVaney IT Technology Consultants
International Vacation Resorts 7200 Lake Eleanor Drive Suite 245 Orlando, FL 32809 (866) 664-7128 Mr. Desmond Newman Vacation (Rentals/Ownership)
Kathy Till & Associates, Inc. 2791 Upper Park Road Orlando, FL 32814 (407) 484-3597 Ms. Kathy Till Government (Relations/Consultants)
KnockerBall 9125 Center Way Unit 208 Orlando, FL 32810 (407) 252-2611 Mr. Angel Cuevas Sporting (Events)
Pipeline Workspaces 20 N. Orange Ave. Suite 1100 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 501-7756 Mr. Greg A. Stott Office (Buildings/Centers/Suites)
Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 2:00:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar
Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:30 a.m. 227 S. Semoran Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32792
Celebrate the Grand Opening of Arrooga's Grille House & Sports Bar!
TaylorWorks has been providing professional IT support for the legal, medical and business community in and around Central Florida for over 19 years. The company specializes in assisting companies that range from 10 employees to over 200 employees providing enterprise-level services and solutions at prices that work for all types of businesses. Time and experience has helped TaylorWorks develop best practices and workflow procedures around a proactive philosophy designed to keep your focus on your business, not your technology.
From network support to managed services, server & PC maintenance, hosted exchange, and more, TaylorWorks experience has allowed it to build and develop the infrastructure needed to keep prices affordable and clients up and running.
TaylorWorks partners with many types of businesses and strives to eliminate IT issues before they cause expensive downtime, so you can continue to drive your business forward. The company's dedicated staff loves seeing their clients succeed.
TaylorWorks is in this business to help other small businesses grow and move forward. It's as simple as that. The company is driven by the philosophy that if it helps local businesses solve their IT issues so they can become more profitable and successful, then it will inherently grow along with them.
B Resort & Spa, an official Walt Disney World Hotel, is part of the national lifestyle hotel brand B Hotels & Resorts. Along with a contemporary design and desirable location, B Resort & Spa provides a lifestyle experience inspired by the destination, with distinctive opportunities for engagement among leisure and business travelers alike.
With 394 stylish guest rooms and suites, B Resort & Spa, situated in the Disney Springs area, is an ideal destination for experience-driven couples, families, large groups, and business travelers. Guest rooms and suites feature striking blue and white décor and floor-to-ceiling windows, many offering views of the area's lakes, theme parks, and evening fireworks celebrations. Meeting and event attendees are well-served at B Resort & Spa with more than 25,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space equipped for business meetings and gatherings, social events, and weddings.
For additional rejuvenation after a fun-filled day at the theme parks, the full-service B Indulged® AVEDA lifestyle spa, is a serene environment that offers a customizable menu of services. Onsite dining outlets include American Kitchen Bar & Grill, Pool Bar & Grill, and The Pickup, a casual one-stop shop located just off the lobby for a quick breakfast, snacks, and a full-service ice cream shop.
Our core B Signature Elements ignite a genuine emotional connection to the hotel and the brand. We invite guests to revel in Self-Expression Hospitality™ and tailor experiences how they desire them to be, as our motto is Lifestyle Without Attitude. B Resort & Spa offers guests a warm and approachable sense of hospitality in the heart of Central Florida. Click here to visit www.bresortlbv.com
"Since rejoining the Chamber in September 2017, our ROI has been infinite! Not only for the referrals, but for the pure exposure that only the Orlando Regional Chamber has given us. It is true what every member says to new members as well as those considering membership, you get what you put in! The more events you attend, the more you learn, grow and, most importantly, make true friendships, you get back double. I have not only been referred business for the hotel and American Kitchen Restaurant, but also help with finding vendors for our property. From marketing, carpet installation, air conditioning, kitchen vents, and the list goes on. A membership with the Orlando Regional Chamber is one of the best investments for every size company or organization in Central Florida. B Magic!"
Orlando Regional Chamber and U.S. Small Business Administration Enter Strategic Partnership
Organizations sign Memorandum to continue to strengthen Central Florida’s economy
Orlando, Fla. – The Orlando Regional Chamber signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today during a reception hosted by the Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) as it welcomed the newly appointed Region IV Administrator of the SBA, Ashley D. Bell, on his first official visit to the area. The purpose of the SAM is to foster small business development and expansion among Central Florida’s small business network.
“We are entering a new stage of our collaboration to further develop a working relationship between the SBA and the Orlando Regional Chamber,” said John F. Davis, executive vice president of the Chamber. “The signing of the SAM will solidify our mutual commitment to help start, maintain and expand small businesses in our seven-county Orlando region.”
The Orlando Regional Chamber, established in 1913, supports its 1,000+ members with education, programming, networking opportunities and business credibility. The new partnership outlines resources and programs available to members and assigns the Chamber to the role of facilitator.
“We are honored to enter into a strategic partnership with the Orlando Regional Chamber. Through our alliance, Central Florida entrepreneurs will have greater access to capital, small business counseling and access to government contracting opportunities so they can reach global markets, expand their businesses, and create more jobs,” said Ashley D. Bell, SBA Regional Administrator.
Bell serves nine districts located in the eight Southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The mission of the SBA is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business by providing financial, contractual and business development assistance and advocating on behalf of business owners. Bell also has oversight of over $5 billion in SBA-backed lending, the counseling arm of the SBA, which counseled over 225,000 entrepreneurs last year in Region IV. SBA contracting programs for small business account for over 23 percent of all federal contracts awarded.
The SAM was signed by the SBA, the Orlando Regional Chamber and Orlando Economic Partnership President and CEO Tim Giuliani. The SAM is the first between the Orlando Chamber and the SBA. The memorandum does not authorize the expenditure of any funds and is not a legally binding contract.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
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 seven counties – Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia – as well as the City of Orlando. To learn more, visit www.orlando.org.
Posted by: Laureen Martinez @ 2:00:00 pm
Monday, May 7, 2018
Executive Connection Member Profile - 262 Strategy LLC
262 Strategy LLC is a corporate government relations consulting firm based in Kissimmee that supports federal, state and local engagement for their clients. With a focus on economic growth, technology development and programmatic/policy advocacy at all levels of government, the firm’s background is in diverse market segments like aerospace, defense, transportation, space,and cyber.
The rules of the game have changed. Faced with 24-hour media cycles where everything seems to be “breaking news” and the growth of non-traditional means of communicating like Facebook and Twitter, it’s absolutely essential that companies have the ability to adapt their messaging and advocacy efforts to this new norm. It’s also true that the old saying “all politics is local” has never been more relevant. An understanding of the intersection of federal, state and local politics is a must.
262 Strategy LLC has a broad base of experience across a spectrum of issues and capabilities, to include program and policy advocacy; economic development and strategic growth initiatives; smart and safe cities technology development; budgetary and regulatory processes; state and local “grassroots” advocacy; brand management and media engagement; and management of a Political Action Committee (PAC).
Small Business Export Resources Roundtable | May 30, 2018
Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 9:00:00 am
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.
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
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