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CENTRAL FLORIDA PARTNERSHIP ADVANCES REGIONAL INITIATIVES
A Taste of Cuba
OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT
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State of Orange County
Make plans to attend Mayor Teresa Jacob's State of the County Address on Friday, June 6th, 8:30 a.m., at the Ballroom on Church Street.
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MemberLink
MemberLink is a highly visible, prestigious and committed group of active members of Orlando, Inc., representing all business sectors, membership levels and stages of the business life cycle.
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State of the Port
You cordially are invited to attend the 2014 State of the Port Business Community Briefing and hear first-hand about the activities and plans of this major economic engine for our community.
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Business Leadership Roundtable
Join us onTuesday, June 24, 2014, from 11:45 am - 1:30 pm, as Joie Chitwood, President of Daytona International Speedway, updates us on the Daytona Rising development project.
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A Taste of Cuba Preview Reception
Please join us for a special Trip Preview Reception on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at the Orlando Chamber of Commerce Building.
FEATURE STORIES
BusinessForce Board of Directors Approves Recommendations
Florida CapitolAt its May15th meeting, the BusinessForce Board of Directors approved endorsements in two key State Senate races and seven State House of Representatives races in the region.
Orange County School Board Candidates
VoteToday, the BusinessForce School Board Committee chaired by Shannon Gravitte of the Mears Transportation Group will join with executives from the Orlando Regional Realtors Association, Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, Associated Builders and Contractors and the Greater Orlando Builders Association to interview eight candidates for Orange County School Board.
Limited Seats Available for Second Offering
Florida CapitolTravel with the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce to Cuba this coming fall on A Taste of Cuba, the Chamber's second trip to Cuba this year, from Sunday, October 19, 2014 – Thursday, October 23, 2014. This "person to person" trip will be limited to just 30 travelers. Click here to see pictures from our April trip to Cuba!
By Mark Wilson
Mark WilsonAtlanta Journal Constitution showcases Central Florida to its readers on Monday, May 19, 2014, in the following article written by Mark Wilson, President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Drawbacks Are A Concern For Taxpayer
Mark WilsonCommuter train projects in Florida have generated some economic activity and job growth in Central and South Florida, though major concerns exist for taxpayers around the state, according to the latest Economic Commentary from Florida TaxWatch. The report highlights Orlando's new SunRail project and South Florida's All Aboard Florida commuter rail line, expected to begin operating in 2016.
IDEAS TO RESULTS
Political Leadership Institute Workshops Conclude
Political Leadership Institute ConcludesOn behalf of the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute (PLI) and BusinessForce, we want to take this opportunity to thank our PLI sponsors for their personal support and corporate investment of this year's program. Their continued commitment to this unique and groundbreaking program has yielded not only 12 elected officials to public office since its inception, but has laid the foundation for a solid team of pro-business candidates throughout the seven-county region.
Leadership Orlando Showcases Brevard Assets
Leadership OrlandoThe members of Leadership Orlando Class 87 gained VIP access to the NASA-Kennedy Space Center and Port Canaveral from a perspective that few others can share. Tours included an insider's view of the Vehicle Assembly Building, an Orbiter Processing Facility under refurbishment by Space Florida in partnership with Boeing, and Launch Pad 39-A just prior to its reconstruction by SpaceX. After a luncheon at Port Canaveral's Exploration Tower, a harbor boat tour showcased the cruise channel and turning basins.
Business Success Strategies Draws Capacity Crowd
Business Success StrategiesThe second Business Success Strategies of this year, held Wednesday, May 28, 2014, featured an in-depth look at today's media. The at-capacity meeting featured Sara Brady, President of Sara Brady Public Relations; Allyson Myers, General Manager of FOX-35; LaFontaine Oliver, General Manger of WMFE-FM/90.7 News (NPR); and Josh Field, Co-Founder & President of SCB MARKETING.
FOCUSING ON WHAT MATTERS MOST
Recognition by Orlando Business Journal
Congratulations to the Investors and Members of the Central Florida Partnership and Orlando, Inc., who were named as 2014 Best Places to Work finalists by the Orlando Business Journal on Tuesday. Finalists were chosen based on the results of an anonymous online employee engagement survey with questions on topics including teamwork, job satisfaction and benefits.
Pro Image Solutions
Periodically, Every Monday will feature members at the Executive Connection level of Orlando, Inc. So that we can get to know them better and have access to the products and services that they provide, today we are featuring Pro Image Solutions.
For May 2014
We are proud to welcome new members for May 2014 to Orlando, Inc. We encourage you to review the following listings to see if there are goods and services provided by these new members that would be of value to you and your business.
Special Deals Offered by Members of Orlando, Inc.
The BIG Deal is your source for coupons and discounts from your favorite Orlando Chamber Member Businesses. Beginning this week, Every Monday will feature a weekly BIG Deal so that you take advantage of offerings for everything from facials to tennis lessons, advertising to IT solutions. This week: 50% Off Full Page Color Ad from Miss America's Outstanding Teen!
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