Chamber Blog

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



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.

Questions? Contact Robert Pere, Managing Partner, at

Posted by: Greg Mason @ 4:00:00 pm 
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Surterra Wellness


Wednesday, July 25, 2018
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
3665 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Port Orange, FL 32129



Come celebrate Suttera's newest location.

Tour the space, meet the team and enjoy light beverages and locally made pastries.

If that's not enough, receive 25% off ALL in-store purchases all day!

Questions? Contact James Birch, Regional Community Relations,

Posted by: Joe Horan @ 3:00:00 pm 
Monday, June 25, 2018
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 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

For more information, visit

Posted by: Kellie Prevost Pinel @ 8:00:00 am 
Monday, June 18, 2018
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - DaVita Metrowest

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
4 - 7 p.m. | Ribbon Cutting at 5:30 p.m.
4578 S. Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811




Better care can mean better quality of life!

Come tour Davita's newest dialysis clinic, meet the team and enjoy refreshments.

Questions? Contact Erin Deniz, Outreach Development Manager,

Posted by: Joe Horan @ 4:00:00 pm 
Open House - Legacy Chiropractic

Thursday, June 21, 2018
6 - 9 p.m. 
230 E. Marks St.
Orlando, FL 32803




Join Legacy Chiropractic for a night of networking, food and drinks!

FREE spinal screenings will be available as well as new patient specials.

Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. 

Questions? Contact Michelle Chambers, Owner/Chiropractor,

Posted by: Joe Horan @ 3:00:00 pm 
Monday, June 11, 2018
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 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

Days Inn Orlando Downtown
3300 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 720-3732
Steve Walker

Luxury Mattress Gallery
520 W. State Road 436
Suite 1172
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
(407) 865-6737
Roger Dukes


OptiView 360 VirtualTours & Marketing
7309 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32807
(407) 731-0767
Joseph Andrew

3815 Silver Star Road
Orlando, FL 32808
(407) 307-0000
Ana Zamora
Floor Covering


8810 Commodity Circle
Suite 28
Orlando, FL 32819
(954) 817-0740
Jane Scaletta
Travel Agencies

2474 E. Michigan St.
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 704-6636
JC Aranda

Florida Capital Bank
1000 Legion Place
Suite 1250
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 637-3740
Elizabeth Fechtel

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


Parke East Apartments
7721 Silver Pointe Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 281-4566
Mary Worthy

PR Designs LLC
14737 Eagles Crossing Drive
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 782-1822
Pey-Rong Garcia
Interior (Designers)

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 
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