Wednesday, December 12, 2018 9:30 a.m. 8249 Parkline Blvd., Unit 300 Orlando, FL 32809
AV-AMERICA™ provides customized state-of-the-art audio, video and production management solutions for corporate events, tradeshows and conventions. With personal touch service, proven experience and powerful production expertise along with state-of-the-art equipment, the talented AV-AMERICA team creates engaging events your guests will remember.
The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for October 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.
Focal Point Business Coaching 6900 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. Suite 4900 Orlando, FL 32827 (321) 710-8595 Aida Haile Business Management (Leadership Consultants) Consultants Financial (Consultants/Planners/Services)
PACE Center for Girls 445 N. Wymore Road Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 992-0456 Rosene Johnson Organizations (Non-Profit)
The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for September 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.
Accenture 140 Fountain Parkway Suite 400 St. Petersburg, FL 33716 (727) 897-4148 Lily Wong IT Technology Consultants Technology
Equifax - Workforce Solutions 115 Central Island St. Suite 200 Charleston, SC 29492 (843) 408-8404 J. Alan Shemelya Technology
Knight Dermatology Institute 801 N. Orange Ave. Suite 520 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 992-0660 Matthew Knight Physicians (Dermatology/Cosmetic Surgery)
National Charter Bus Orlando Downtown Orlando (407) 274-9782 Marketing Manager Transportation Services
Orlando Entrepreneurs 1 S. Orange Ave. Suite 502 Orlando, FL 32801 (412) 445-8960 David Brim Marketing
SellMyTimeshareNow.com 8545 Commodity Circle Orlando, FL 32819 (877) 815-4227 Kathryn Taylor Timeshares (Resales)
ServiceSource 12200 W. Colonial Drive Suite 203 Winter Garden, FL 34787 (407) 554-0259 Samantha Cloyd Organizations (Non-Profit)
The Red Fox Network (407) 989-6098 Michael Brun Marketing
Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 3:00:00 pm
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Member of the Month - The Closing Agent
Working with various lenders and real estate companies, The Closing Agent facilitates commercial, residential, short sale, construction to permanent loans and refinances. The Closing Agent takes pride in providing the best service for its clients.
How The Closing Agent has benefited from being a member of the Orlando Regional Chamber:
"The Orlando Regional Chamber has always provided excellent opportunities for us to network with other local businesses. As the leading title company in Florida we have always prided ourselves in being part of our community. The Chamber allows us to continue to grow and present our brand to other members while also being a vocal advocate for small businesses within Orlando." —Barry Miller, CEO/President, The Closing Agent
Captivea aims to improve profitability of companies quickly and easily by deploying the best software.
Captivea implements CRM, marketing automation, ERP and custom development. It uses industry-leading software that is flexible, easy to deploy and easy to use. Captivea can customize to the needs of each client and assists through each steps of deployment by analysis, installation, settings, customization, support and maintenance. It has deployed Salesforce, SugarCRM, Odoo, Microsoft Dynamics, Zendesk and Mautic.
Captivea's clients appreciate their technical and business expertise, the relevance of our project method, and also the quality of the human relationships that we build together.
The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for August 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.
Delaney Park Health and Rehabilitation 830 W. 29th St. Orlando, FL 32805 (407) 843-3230 Terri Amitrone Healthcare Services Nursing and Personal Care Facilities Rehabilitation (Doctors/Clinics)
eyebobs 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail Suite 422 Orlando, FL 32809 (612) 230-9736 Kari Whetsel Retail/Luxury
GellerRagans 111 N. Orange Ave. Suite 1285 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 425-4636 Albert Hurtado Accountants (Agencies/Consultants)
Infinity Signs & Graphics 1887 Central Florida Parkway Orlando, FL 32837 (407) 270-6733 Sal Kalai Awnings Manufacturers Signs
New York Life 495 N. Keller Road Suite 150 Maitland, FL 32751 (407) 999-0291 C.J. Mella Insurance (Life)
Rogan Marketing and Communications 4409 Hoffner Ave. Suite 305 Orlando, FL 32812 (407) 601-0845 Pamela Rogan Marketing and Communications
Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation 4700 Millenia Blvd. Suite 175 Orlando, FL 32839 (407) 362-7859 Tom Heehler Timeshares
Sonacity Productions (561) 699-1026 Mike Fried Photographers
Theater Cabinets 6800 Edgewater Commerce Parkway Orlando, FL 32810 (407) 694-1118 Laura Knowles Cabinets Home Theaters
Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 1:00:00 pm
Monday, September 10, 2018
Looking for New Engagement Opportunities? Attend a Ribbon Cutting Celebration.
Many people think of a chamber when they want to host a grand opening or ribbon cutting, but did you know that attending another companies' ribbon cutting celebration is an added perk of your chamber membership?
As a member of the Orlando Regional Chamber, you are invited to attend any of the upcoming ribbon cutting celebrations listed in Every Monday and on social media.
What is a ribbon cutting celebration? A ribbon cutting celebration can be a great way to mark the opening of a business or even a milestone, such as a founding anniversary. It provides business owners an opportunity to celebrate with their employees, friends, family as well as other businesses in the area.
Why should you attend?
Networking: Ribbon cutting celebrations are a great way to meet the owners of a new company, as well as others who may be doing business with them. Attending may help you build a relationship. When a new business owner needs a product or service, attending a ribbon cutting may help them think of you first.
Learn about new business and show your support: Attending allows you to experience what is new. You will be among the first to see the business first hand. This will allow you to learn what's been happening, including future trends, challenges and solutions.
Serve as a resource: Many new business owners, especially those new to the area, may have a lot of questions. Attending a ribbon cutting celebration can enable you to become an invaluable resource to other business owners.
Enjoy free refreshments and other perks: Ribbon cuttings are free to attend. Many include giveaways or product discounts. Sometimes the events feature entertainment or demonstrations, food and refreshments.
Feel good: Attending a ribbon cutting means celebrating an opening or milestone. A new business means someone is investing in our region, and in most instances, creating jobs. Expect to leave the event with good energy and excitement for the future.
Check the "Upcoming Ribbon Cutting Celebration" section of Every Monday each week for dates and locations. For more information on ribbon cuttings or to schedule your own, call your Chamber membership representative or the Chamber at 407.425.1234.
Posted by: Greg Mason @ 11:30:00 am
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - Pipeline Orlando LLC
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 5:30 - 8 p.m. 20 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 1100 Orlando, FL 32801 407.501.7756 pipelineworkspaces.com
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 4 - 4:30 p.m. 3111 E. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32803
Join Floor & Decor for a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.
Afterward the company welcomes its valued builders, contractors, architects, designers, installers and realtors to PRO INE, an industry networking event. Network with other professionals in the industry, win great prizes and learn about Floor & Decor’s products and services.
Event begins at 5 p.m. | Dinner at 6 p.m. | Raffle to follow Enter for your chance to win great prizes.
Questions? Contact Martha Perdomo, Pro Services Manager, 321.230.9760
Posted by: Greg Mason @ 10:00:00 am
Executive Connection Member Profile - eyebobs
Let everyone else look like everyone else.
eyebobs knows you’ve got that spark.That little something extra.The company is ready to help you let it out with daring, distinctive eyewear that turns up the ‘WOW.’ Because glasses should make a statement – even if yours requires a few extra exclamation points (or artfully placed swear words).
Seeing is believing for Florida frame fanatics now that eyebobs newest retail store, its third nationwide, has opened in The Florida Mall. Featuring prescription eyewear, reading glasses, sunglasses and a healthy dose of attitude.This destination retail experience will showcase the expansive eyewear offering that savvy shoppers have been finding online and in hip independent retailers for years.
eyebobs was founded on the radical notion that shopping for glasses should be fun. In 2001, Julie Allinson found herself on the other side of 40 and suddenly unable to read the fine print. With the help of her optician friend and future design collaborator, Jason Engelman, she set out to find the perfect pair of reading glasses. After carefully selecting her ideal frames, the final total left Allinson with the type of sticker shock usually associated with a luxury sports car purchase or hotel mini-bar tab. When she inquired about a more reasonably priced alternative, she was directed to the sad rack of cheaters at the local drugstore. The memory of what she saw there haunts her to this day.
There it was, her ‘a ha' moment. If what she was looking for didn’t exist, then she would just have to make it. Allinson set to work with a singular vision: to create a line of distinctive, high-quality eyewear for people like her, the irreverent and slightly jaded.
That vision quickly became an all-consuming passion. As time went by, the smart, sarcastic and style-conscious got hooked on eyebobs. They loved the luxurious materials, outstanding craftsmanship and unique style paired with clever, often hilarious, branding. Frame names include such hits as Not Tonight, Cheap Therapy and Board Stiff (as well as some racier picks we won’t name here). Savvy fans even started to “hack their bobs” by putting prescription lenses in eyebobs frames. In response to this growing demand, eyebobs launched their first ever prescription line in 2017.
This full offering of eyewear is ready and waiting for you in eyebobs’ new location at The Florida Mall. Your shopping experience is guided by their Bobtender℠ Stylists who employ a fresh, fun, “no b.s.” approach to personal styling. They feel more like a trusted confidant than a sales person, so you’ll leave feeling utterly amazing and 100 percent confident you’re putting your best frame forward.
Thursday, September 13, 2018 6 - 9 p.m. 7309 E. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32807 407.690.0025
OptiView 360 is celebrating its Online Marketing and Entertainment division and announcing this new addition to OptiView's brand Reflections Show.
OptiView 360 is a one-stop shop for online needs. The company's main focus is optimizing its customers online presence and customizing recommend products to reach their full potential with their businesses.
Healthy bites an drinks will be served. And, Google prizes and other promotions will be given out at the event.
OptiView 360 is also offering 15 percent off any services enrolled into within a month of the event.
Executive Connection Member Profile - Solstice Apartments
Orlando has the ultimate experience in Solstice – the latest in luxury lifestyle living. Perfectly located in the heart of all that Orlando has to offer, Solstice is minutes from downtown Orlando, a short drive to exciting entertainment and next door to the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.
Your oasis begins with a fully equipped clubroom that’s much more than just a place to relax. A private resident lounge with café kitchen, two-way fireplace and huge entertainment area is just part of your experience. Discover a new level of flexible work space with our open concept business center, two conference rooms and private offices to get it all done. Make our 24-7 health club your own in our expansive fitness center, private yoga studio, hot and cold plunge pools and men’s & women’s sauna. Top off your experience with a visit to our on-site golf simulator lounge and wet bar.
Venture outside to the landscaped courtyard ready to welcome you with a zero entry lap pool and abundant lounge seating. The outdoor fitness area, loop path around the central lake for walking or jogging and the convenient dog park are all part of the purposeful design with an emphasis on a balanced lifestyle.
Solstice offers a new generation of apartments- from the luxury plank flooring to the quartz-topped counters and stainless steel Energy-Star appliances, no detail was overlooked. Your comfort is our number one priority with digitally programmable thermostats, ceiling fans in each bedroom, rain showerheads and Roman soaking tubs with mosaic tile surrounds.
Discover what Orlando has been missing. Now open, experience the ultimate with Solstice.
Member of the Month - Proforma Denali Marketing, Inc.
Proforma Denali Marketing builds company brands from concept to product through printing, custom branded merchandise and unique campaigns. As branding experts, it not only helps clients make a powerful first impression, but will help with name recall. One source.Infinite resources.
Why Proforma Denali Marketing joined the Orlando Regional Chamber:
"The Chamber has been a tremendous growth engine for our business. Not only that, it has been a fantastic resource for us personally. The Chamber has allowed us to connect with so many wonderful people that we may not have met otherwise." —Hadley Winslow, Owner, Proforma Denali Marketing, Inc.
The Orlando Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome the following new members for July 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.
Miracle of Love, Inc. 741 W. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32804 (407) 843-1760 Mr. Angus Bradshaw Healthcare Services Organizations (Non-Profit)
SimonMed Imaging 279 Douglas Ave. Suite 1112 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 (407) 206-2159 Ms. Jeimi Bare Medical Diagnostic Imaging (Nuclear Medicine)
Surterra Wellness Center 1743 Orange Ave. Unit 102 Orlando, FL 32806 (407) 523-3721 Mr. James Birch Pharmacies and Pharmaceutical Products
AA Metals, Inc. 11616 Landstar Blvd. Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 377-0246 Ms. Empe Mallory Buildings – Metal Distributors
Drury Inn & Suites Orlando 7301 W. Sand Lake Road Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 354-1101 Ms. Ashli Hawthorne Hotels
Frances Rios International 155 S. Court Ave. Suite 2202 Orlando, FL 32801 (787) 231-7347 Ms. Frances Rios Business Management (Leadership Consultants) Training/Development Consultants
Longhorn Steakhouse - Grand National 5460 W. Oakridge Road Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 351-4679 Mr. Robert Pere Restaurants
Related Development 4767 New Broad St. Orlando, FL 32814 (407) 514-2636 Mr. Jeff Robbins Developments and Developers
The Able Trust 3320 Thomasville Road Suite 200 Tallahassee, FL 32308 (850) 879-3212 Mr. Hans Kairies Organizations (Non-Profit)
Blezoo, LLC 3107 Edgewater Drive Suite 4 Orlando, FL 32804 (407) 841-8844 Mr. Dean Caravelis Advertising Specialties
Cherry Bekaert LLP 800 N. Magnolia Ave. Suite 1300 Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 423-7911 Mr. Ron Conrad Accounting
Global Hope Network International 934 N. Magnolia Ave. Suite 310 Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 207-3256 Ms. Daphne Keys Organizations (Non-Profit)
Licensing Team LLC\ 924 W. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32804 (407) 373-7479 Ms. Kayla Brown Business Services
Manny's Original Chophouse 4979 New Broad St. Orlando, FL 32814 (407) 755-4110 Ms. Paulina Lu Restaurants
Minuteman Press 653 Maguire Blvd. Suite 900 Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 895-8448 Mr. Bill Salinsky Printing and Publishing
Olympia Compounding Pharmacy 6700 Conroy Road Suite 140 Orlando, FL 32835 (407) 808-3396 Mr. Kirk Calvert Pharmacies and Pharmaceutical Products
Orlando Fashion Square 3201 E. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 896-1132 Ms. Tonya Hernandez Retail and Variety Stores
Valley National Bank Residential Lending Department 450 S. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 567-2960 Mr. David Parker Mortgage Bankers or Brokers
Wink Eye Care 4192 Conroy Road Orlando, FL 32839 (407) 209-3695 Mr. William Roberts Optometrists (Offices/Clinics)
World Housing Solutions, Inc. 104 Challenger Court Sanford, FL 32771 (407) 545-3030 Mr. Ron Ben-Zeev Manufacturers
Posted by: Amanda O'Brien @ 5:00:00 pm
Monday, August 6, 2018
Grand Opening - eyebobs
Saturday, August 25, 2018 1 - 5 p.m. 12402 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32837
eyebobs® is celebrating its new new store in The Florida Mall with fabulous frames, an in-store portrait artist, a photographer on-deck and a “Living Museum.” Living Museum? You heard it right. Visit the store to see live versions of classic paintings (rocking eyebobs, of course) provided by Central Florida Community Arts. Because you know you’ve always wanted a selfie with the Mona Lisa!
Mark your calendars – it’s all happening on Saturday, August 25th from 1 - 5 p.m. See you there!
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 3 - 7 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 5:50 p.m.) 12402 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32837
Curaleaf is celebrating its grand opening.
Led by a team of physicians, pharmacists, medical experts and industry visionaries, Curaleaf develops safe, effective, and innovative cannabis-based therapeutic products. Curaleaf combines the industry’s most medically precise and technologically advanced production techniques with decades of horticultural experience, to ensure consistently exceptional quality that patients and health care professionals can trust. Based on a foundation of compassion, professionalism and respect, Curaleaf strives to empower physicians and patients by providing product expertise and guidance to help them make the right choices. Curaleaf is committed to being Florida’s leading resource in education and advancement through research and advocacy.
Executive Connection Member Profile - Olde Town Brokers
Founded in 1994, no other name is more identified with greater Orlando real estate than Olde Town Brokers. The company is recognized as one of the only true boutique brokerages in Central Florida, providing a full range of real estate brokerage services including single-family home and condo sales, commercial, investment properties, relocation, rentals and full-service property management. Whether you are looking at Downtown Orlando real estate, luxury Winter Park condos or desirable Thornton Park, Baldwin Park, College Park, Windermere or surrounding neighborhoods, Olde Town Brokers has the expertise to assist in Central Florida from the Gulf to Atlantic coasts.
Looking for a commercial property instead? No problem, its Winter Park and Orlando realtors do that as well.
Buy, Sell, Rent and Property Management… we do it all! Let Olde Town Brokers take care of your next real estate transaction so that you can, “Get Busy Living!”
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!