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ADVANCING REGIONAL INITIATIVES
OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT
May
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June
14
The 49 Portraits Project
The City of Orlando's Public Arts exhibition, The 49 Portraits Project, was born as a way to respond in a meaningful, respectful and loving way to the tragic events at the LGBTQ Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016. The 49 Portraits Project in the Terrace Gallery at Orlando City Hall, features the work of 49 artists from across the country who created portraits to honor the innocent victims and give as gifts to their families.

May
17
2017 State of Orange County Public Schools
Presented by the School Board of Orange County and the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association..

May
24
Business Success Strategies – Opportunity for All
Embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workforce will be the topic for our panel discussion. Business Success Strategies is designed for members to discover business intelligence from business leaders who share their skills, experience, and best practices that lead to success.

June
6
Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion – Dr. Tony Byers, Starbucks
Chamber members will gather in the SunTrust Auditorium as we honor City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer with the John Young Spotlight Award for his leadership in uniting our community during the Pulse tragedy. We will also hear a very special presentation by Dr. Tony Byers, Former Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Starbucks, who develops and leads the company’s strategic direction to drive engagement, innovation and business growth.

June
8
Chamber Connect
Maximize Your Membership! Whether you are new to the Chamber or have been a faithful member for many years, attending Chamber Connect will provide you the opportunity to make new connections and learn how to best leverage your membership with Orlando, Inc.

June
14
MemberLink – The Life of an Entrepreneur
Hear from Carlos Carbonell, a tech and business leader and advocate for the LGBTQ and Latinx communities, local entrepreneur and owner of the best mobile app development company in Orlando, Echo Interaction Group. Carlos is the founding board president of the Orlando Tech Association and has started numerous meetup groups.

FEATURE STORIES
iGRO: Educating and Engaging 2017 Summer Interns
The Central Florida Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC) understands the importance of attracting, cultivating and retaining talent in Central Florida, and is proud to announce the launch of iGRO - attract. cultivate. retain. Read more ...
Leadership Orlando Team Heading to Phoenix
Our Leadership Orlando Team will attend the National Conference of the Association of Leadership Programs (ALP) being hosted by Valley Leadership (AZ) in Phoenix, June 22-24, 2017. Community leadership program professionals are invited to participate in this truly inspiring and educational event – Together We Rise! Read more ...
Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards
The countdown is on to find the best small businesses in America! The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations and applications for the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by MetLife. The 2017 winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize and national recognition at the Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, September 12, 2017! Read more ...
IDEAS TO RESULTS
Orlando’s Fastest Growing Startup Shares Perspective
Another successful MemberLink was presented by Orlando, Inc., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, when guest speaker Jacques Fu, CTO/Tech Co-Founder, Fattmerchant, spoke to a full room on the topic: Five Business Lessons Learned Launching Orlando’s Fastest Growing Startup. Read more ...
Economic Development Professional of the Year
The Orlando Economic Partnership’s Chief Operating Officer, Crystal Sircy, was honored with the Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year Award last week at the 2017 Florida Economic Development Conference. The prestigious award is given annually in recognition of the achievements of an outstanding economic developer within the state of Florida. Read more ...
UCF and Valencia College Break Ground
Hundreds were on hand as the University of Central Florida and Valencia College broke ground for a new campus located in the Creative Village in Downtown Orlando, setting the standard for the future of higher education. The campus is expected to serve 7,700 students from both institutions when it opens in 2019. Read more ...
FOCUSING ON WHAT MATTERS MOST
Member of the Month
At Orlando, Inc., our members are the foundation to everything we do. Chamber Members that have exemplified their commitment, engagement and outstanding support of Orlando, Inc., and the community we serve, are nominated by the team at Orlando, Inc., for special recognition as our Member of the Month at Chamber Connect, MemberLink and in EveryMonday. Today we are proud to honor T-Mobile. Read more ...
The Big Machines of I-4 Ultimate
The attenuator truck – with its large, collapsible, impact-absorbing device – is an unusual looking, yet very effective tool for safe work on the I-4 Ultimate Project. The large, retractable shock absorber mounted on the back of traffic-maintenance trucks comes from a product line called Scorpion. However, unlike the frightening, venomous insect, this scorpion can extend 13 feet, weigh nearly 2,000 pounds and save lives. Read more ...
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