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Friday, December 7, 2018
Small Business Opportunities at Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

There's never been a better time to do business with Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA). With the completion of Phase I of Orlando International Airport’s (MCO) new South Terminal C Airport People Mover (APM) and Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF), a huge opportunity exists for small businesses in the seven-county Orlando region to benefit from the large-scale construction projects. GOAA wants small businesses to know how they can work with the airport.

The opportunity for small businesses to reach regional, national and international consumers is immense. MCO is one of the busiest airports in the country, and the busiest in Florida. The latest Airport’s Council International (ACI) rankings recognized MCO as No. 1 in Florida, No. 11 in the country and No. 39 in the world. It’s also the third fastest growing airport in the United States, with 47 million total passengers so far this year.

George I. Morning, Director of the Small Business Development Department at GOAA, cited the power of partnerships with small businesses as having the greatest impact on the Orlando region. “With your help and support we will reap dividends that will grow our community and better our economy.”

These dividends are already being realized. Of the more than half a billion dollars awarded for the large-scale construction projects at South Terminal C, an impact study found that nearly 32 percent of the total value went to small businesses. The projected total economic impact of the project for Orange, Osceola, Lake and Seminole Florida counties will be the support of 4,342 jobs, translating to more than $660 million total economic output and $20 million in state and local tax revenue.

Carolyn Fennell, Senior Director of Public Affairs and Community Relations for GOAA, reiterated the importance of partnerships for the project. “We acknowledge the importance we place on small business and how it impacts everything we do. We can only grow with relationships and participation.”

GOAA is undergoing a massive capital expansion and redevelopment campaign that may approximate over three billion dollars between FY 2015 and 2020. For those interested in learning more about doing business with GOAA, please visit

Posted by: Justin Braun @ 4:00:00 pm 
Monday, December 3, 2018
Executive Connection Member Profile - KMI International

It’s one thing to have a construction company build a project for you. It’s an entirely different ballgame when you also hire a team of experts to look out for your best interests, a team who will closely monitor every step of the project, protecting your investment.

KMI International is that team of experts. Acting as independent consultants and the project owner’s advocate throughout the entire life of a project, KMI offers non-biased and comprehensive turnkey solutions tailored specifically for your project, minimizing the risk inherent in the construction industry. 

Beginning with cost estimating, KMI’s team of certified estimators create and maintain a well-developed and realistic budget so that their clients can make well-informed financial decisions. A clear baseline of project costs is imperative for a successful project. KMI provides it, working hand-in-hand with project stakeholders to ensure the project is delivered on-budget.

Time management is critical, therefore, KMI schedulers construct the framework for an effective schedule and monitor it to ensure it is followed by the stakeholders and contractors, keeping the project on-time.  

Operating in the industry under Gold Standards set forth by the Construction Management Association of America (CCMA), KMI’s project management team leads the project from concept to completion. They coordinate with the owner, design team and contractor throughout all phases of the project, identifying and mitigating risk, while maintaining budget, schedule and quality.

If you have a distressed or delinquent project, KMI has the capability and expert troubled project turnaround services that will ensure the project is realigned and put back on track. If your project has become subject to the legal process, KMI has the expertise and resources to provide dispute resolution and/or litigation support services, effectively mediating conflicting interests.  

KMI has successfully managed projects across a broad range of industries including aviation/marine, hospitality, themed entertainment, infrastructure, government and commercial development. 

Whatever your project, whatever the size, whatever the place ... KMI can handle it for you, providing leadership, delivering success.   

On-Time, On-Budget, Exceeding Expectations.  KMI International | 888.540.4910 or |

Posted by: Joe Horan @ 11:00:00 am 
Welcome New Members - November 2018

The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for November 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.


Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
100 N. Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
(386) 947-8007
Tiler Theisen
Hotels, Motels and Resorts

KMI International
7233 Lake Ellenor Drive
Orlando, FL 32809
(888) 540-4910
Sam Curro
Construction (Management)
Management Consultants and Services
Professional Services


Orange County Clerk of Courts
425 N. Orange Ave.
Suite 2110
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 836-6335
Andrea Otero
Governmental Affairs
Travel Services

Ruth's Chris Steak House
1030 W. Canton Ave.
Suite 100
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 333-7440
Amy Nickel


8249 Parkline Blvd.
Unit 300
Orlando, FL 32809
(416) 481-8333
Rita Plaskett


R&R Industries
500 Carswell Ave.
Holly Hill, FL 32117
(386) 566-1301
Rich Wagner
Air-Conditioning and Heating
Roof Coatings


Direct Auto & Life Insurance
5314 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32807
(407) 382-0200
Tara Crary

Eco Cups International Corp.
2814 Silver Star Road
Orlando, FL 32808
(407) 308-1764
Karel Hartinger

Nathan Vanags Design
817 E. Washington St.
Orlando, FL 32801
(321) 236-7471
Nathan Vanags
Interior (Designers)

Pipeliner CRM
(407) 832-8114
Craig Mayo
Computer (Software Support)

Pollo Tropical
7255 Corporate Center Drive
Suite C
Miami, FL 33126
(813) 736-3487
Isabella Ruggeri


Relatively Speaking
(612) 242-8362
Sarah Shoulak
Seminars and Presentations

The Princeton at College Park
646 W. Smith St.
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 537-0529
Mallory Hoffmeyer

US Health Advisors
150 Villa Di Este Terrace
Unit 208
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 921-3993
Leah Mele
Insurance (Health)

Vijuvia Life Centers
3000 N. Orange Ave.
Suite DNE
Orlando, FL 32804
(800) 277-6819
Michelle Botens
Health/Nutritional (Products/Services)





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