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Monday, April 30, 2018
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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.

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Questions? Contact Nicole McElfresh, Marketing & Membership Manager, nmcelfresh@driveshackco.com

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

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

What is Denim Day?

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

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

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

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

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

Swing by and play on at Drive Shack Orlando! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EXECUTIVE CONNECTION

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

 

BUSINESS CONNECTION

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

CONNECTION

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)

 

Posted by: Lisa Addy @ 3:00:00 pm 
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