Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan Work-Along With Solid Waste to Launch Backyard Composting for Residents

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan will work- along with City of Orlando Solid Waste Division staff to deliver free composters to some of the more than 2,000 residents who have signed up as part of the City’s new backyard composting program.

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Hosts 9th Annual Blues B-Q Music, Barbecue and Fun

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites Central Florida residents and visitors to the 9th annual Blues B-Q in Downtown Orlando on Saturday, February 28. Presented alongside community partner Star 94.5, this free event attracts visitors from across the region thanks to performances by award-winning musicians, as well as the opportunity to purchase some of Orlando’s best barbecue.
This year’s Blues B-Q will feature Grammy Award winning R&B singer Betty Wright. Also performing will be funk/R&B group The Gerry Williams Band along with CeCe Teneal and the Silkee Smoove Band. Mouth-watering barbecue will be available for purchase from Mister BBQ, Serena’s BBQ, Smokey Jay’s BBQ, Blazin Bones BBQ, Caribbean Sunshine Bakery and Johnny Henry’s BBQ.

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Press Tour 2014 with Mayor Buddy Dyer-The Citrus Bowl

When things are supposed to be great, there are no obstacles whatsoever ! In this beautiful Friday morning, sunny skies and great breeze, me and my friend Maida Manes from Jornal B&B went to the participate on the Tour Mayor Buddy Dyer organized for the Orlando media. Continue reading


The World Cup is almost over, and so is the Chance to Save Big on 2015 Season Tickets

Special 35 Percent Savings will Expire July 15
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The HOLA office celebrated today its 10th Anniversary, valuable work and assistance to the community was celebrated by many community leaders that were present and congratulated Alicia Ramirez for her outstanding job at the HOLA command for so many years. Continue reading


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City of Orlando Multicultural Events

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City of Orlando Multicultural Events
  • Final Days for Residents to Enroll in Affordable Care Act Coverage
    • The deadline to enroll in coverage plans for Affordable Care Act coverage is Monday, March 31, 2014. In the final days of open enrollment, residents can still get one-on-one assistance from licensed navigators at the following City of Orlando locations on the following dates and times:
      • Saturday, March 29, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
        • Dover Shores Community Center (1400 Gaston Foster Road)
      • Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
        • Northwest Community Center (3955 WD Judge Road)
      • Monday, March 31, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
        • James R Smith Community Center (1723 Bruton Boulevard)
    • An appointment is not necessary. For more information about the Affordable Care Act, please call 800.318.2596 or visit healthcare.gov.
  • Celebrate the Orlando Magic 25th Anniversary Season with ‘Noche Latina’
    • This Friday, March 28 
      • 5 p.m. – Kissimmee Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hour
      • 7 p.m. – Game
      • Post game concert with the Puerto Rican tropical singer Manny Manuel
      • Information: Carlos Velez – CVelez@orlandomagic.com
  • Spring Fiesta in the Park

    • April 5 & 6 at Lake Eola Park
    • Come to this family and pet-friendly event that will feature more than 200 artists and crafters booths. Great food and huge children’s play areas.
  • Seminar for Hispanic businesses in District 1

    • Wednesday, April 9 – District 1 City Commissioner Jim Gray will host the seminar ‘Successful Strategies for New Businesses’ from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Valencia Community College, Lake Nona Campus. The workshop will be presented by the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF) and conducted in Spanish. Entrance is free-of-charge. 
    • RSVP: jpulido@hbifflorida.org 
  • Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s 2014 State of the City 
    • Thursday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Church Street, Downtown Orlando (outside) – The annual address gives Mayor Dyer the opportunity to share the City’s current and future plans with the community. 
  • Hispanic Business & Consumer Expo
    • April 11-13 at the Orange County Convention Center – The Expo provides an environment to strengthen the economic development and community integration between businesses and the Hispanic community in the region. The City will have a booth. 
  • Ventana Al Jazz
    • April 12 at Lake Eola Park Amphitheater from 5:30-10 p.m. – Come with your family and friends to enjoy the beautiful sunset while enjoying the best Jazz Latino. Entrance free-of-charge.  
  • HOLA 10th Anniversary Event (New Date!)
    • Wednesday, April 16 - Join Mayor Dyer at the Open House to celebrate the 10th anniversary of HOLA from 3-7 p.m. at the Primrose Community Center Gym (595 N. Primrose Drive).
      • 3-7 p.m. – HOLA Community Partners Fair
      • 5:30 p.m. – Program with the participation of Mayor Buddy Dyer and Commissioner Tony Ortiz
      • Information: Alicia Ramirez -alicia.ramirez@cityoforlando.net
  • SunRail Soft Opening Events
    • Please mark your calendars to attend one of more of the City of Orlando station’s soft openings. You will have an opportunity to tour the train and stations and learn more about SunRail’s service, schedule and prices. The City of Orlando’s soft openings are the following dates and times.
      • Florida Hospital Station (500 East Rollins Street) – April 3 – 6:30 to 9:45 a.m.
      • LYNX Central Station (101 West Livingston Street) – April 4 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      • Church Street Station (99 West South Street) – April 10 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      • Orlando Health/Amtrak Station (250 Columbia Street) – April 9 – 6:30 to 9 a.m. 
 Eventos Multiculturales de la Ciudad de Orlando
  • Últimos Días para que Residentes se Inscriban en la Cobertura de la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible
    • La fecha límite para inscribirse en uno de los planes de cobertura médica que ofrece la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible es el lunes 31 de marzo de 2014. Durante los días finales de inscripción abierta, los residentes todavía pueden recibir asistencia de persona a persona por parte de navegadores licenciados en las siguientes localidades de la ciudad de Orlando:
      • Sábado 29 de marzo, 11 a.m. a 8 p.m.
        • Centro Comunitario Dover Shoresr (1400 Gaston Foster Road)
      • Domingo, 30 de marzo, 11 a.m. a 8 p.m.
        • Centro Comunitario Northwest (3955 WD Judge Road)
      • Lunes 31 de marzo, 8 a.m. a 11 p.m.
        • Centro Comunitario James R Smith (1723 Bruton Boulevard)
    • No es necesario hacer una cita. Para más información sobre la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible, por favor llame al 800.318.2596 o visitewww.cuidadodesalud.gov.
  • Ven a celebrar el 25º Aniversario de los Orlando Magic con la ‘Noche Latina’
    • Este viernes, 28 de marzo
      • 5 p.m. – Compartir entre socios e invitados de la Cámara de Comercio de Kissimmee
      • 7 p.m. – Juego
      • Concierto luego de culminar el juego con el cantante puertorriqueño de música tropical Manny Manuel
      • Información: Carlos Vélez – CVelez@orlandomagic.com
  • Spring Fiesta in the Park
    • 5 & 6 de abril en el parque del Lago Eola
    • Asista a este evento familiar y amistoso para sus mascotas que contará con más de 200 exhibidores de artistas y manualidades. Exquisita comida y áreas de juego para niños.
  • Seminario para negocios hispanos en el Distrito 1 
    • Miércoles, 9 de abril – El comisionado del Distrito 1 Jim Gray será anfitrión del seminario ‘Estrategias Exitosas para Nuevos Negocios’ de 6-7:30 p.m. en el Valencia Community College, Lake Nona Campus. El taller será presentado por el Fondo de Iniciativa para Negocios Hispanos (HBIF, por sus siglas en inglés) y será ofrecido en español. Entrada libre de costo.
    • Reservaciones: jpulido@hbifflorida.org
  • Discurso del Estado de la Ciudad del Alcalde Buddy Dyer
    • Jueves, 10 de abril a las 10:30 a.m. en la Church Street del Downtown Orlando (exteriores). El reporte anual del alcalde Dyer le brinda la oportunidad de compartir con la comunidad los actuales y futuros planes de la ciudad.
  • Feria de Negocios y Consumidores Hispanos  
    • 11-13 de abril en el Centro de Convenciones del Condado Orange – La feria provee el mejor ambiente para fortalecer el desarrollo económico y la integración de la comunidad entre negocios y la comunidad hispana de la región. El Municipio de Orlando tendrá su exhibidor.
    • Información: http://www.hbcexpo.com.
  • Ventana Al Jazz
    • April 12 en el anfiteatro del Lago Eola de 5:30-10 p.m. – Ven con su familia y amigos para disfrutar del hermoso atardecer mientras se deleita del mejor Jazz Latino. Entrada libre de costo.
  • 10º Aniversario de la Oficina de HOLA (¡Nueva fecha!)
    • Miércoles, 16 de abril – Acompañe al alcalde Dyer a nuestra ‘Casa Abierta’ para celebrar el décimo aniversario de la Oficina de HOLA de 3-7 p.m. en la cancha bajo techo del Centro Comunitario Primrose (595 N. Primrose Drive), en donde ubican las oficinas de HOLA.
      • 3-7 p.m. – Feria con las organizaciones comunitarias que tienen alianzas con HOLA
      • 5:30 p.m. – Programa con la participación del alcalde Buddy Dyer y el comisionado Tony Ortiz
      • Información: Alicia Ramírez – alicia.ramirez@cityoforlando.net
  • SunRail Soft Opening Events
    • Por favor anote en su calendario para asistir a uno o más eventos que se llevarán a cabo en las estaciones ubicadas en la ciudad de Orlando. Usted tendrá la oportunidad de montarse en el tren y aprender más sobre el servicio, calendario y precios del SunRail. Los eventos que se llevarán a cabo en la ciudad de Orlando son los siguientes:
      • Estación Florida Hospital (500 East Rollins Street) – April 3 – 6:30 a 9:45 a.m.
      • Estación LYNX Central (101 West Livingston Street) – April 4 – 11 a.m. a 1 p.m.
      • Estación Church Street (99 West South Street) – April 10 – 10 a.m. a 1 p.m.
      • Estación Orlando Health/Amtrak (250 Columbia Street) – April 9 – 6:30 a 9 a.m.

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CFBACC First Happy Hour of the Year

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking,

‘What’s in it for me?’ Brian Tracy 

When you start a chain reaction you have no idea what will change, or how. But if you start to spread an idea, a change of minds, then you are planning for success. Today we look behind and it it is amazing to gaze at our vision of tomorrow!

CFBACC starts its calendar year with the First happy hour of 2014, hosted by The Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal, one of their trstees. With many honorable guests, newly elected Board Members, new and old friends, the night was an absolute success, showing how hard work and supportive members pay back.

CFBACC recognized Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange CountyProperty Appraiser Rick Singh, for the great support given to the organization in 2013, with plaques designed by SUNDAX, one of the winners of HBIF Success Stories in 2012 owned by Mr.Daxel. Director of Multicultural Affairs  for the City of Orlando, Luis Martinez-Alicea represented Mayor Dyer and Rick Singh was present with members of his office.

Networking is a powerful tool, a tool that gives not only a way to spread your business, but also the opportunity to grow more, a little at a time. Many  people have the impression that a Chamber has the obligation to bring business to your door, and that is the wrong idea. A chamber creates opportunities to promote business, to get you the orientation you need to make your business better, and more effective, you must achieve success, look for ways to excel, and to get your image and your work. Today with many people ready to network we have contemplated at a Chamber event  with an enormous potential, and that is what we love to see.

CFBACC would like to thank all Board Directors present,  all members that came to share this great moment, and also  all the new friends that came. To The Crowne Plaza our eternal gratitude for all the great events that they have prepared for CFBACC, honoring us with such a wonderful setting.

The next Chamber event will be at The Florida Hotel on Friday February 7th – The Monthly Breakfast at 8AM with a presentation made by the Authors of They Don’t Speak Spanish in Brazil, Joseph Low and Claudia Brito Low, with book signing and opportunities to ask questions. Now, check the pictures.

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the SEE ART ORLANDO Board of Directors invited the Central Florida community to “Sculpting the Future of Downtown,” the official unveiling event of Orlando’s permanent, contemporary sculpture collection on Monday, November 18, 2013. The eight iconic sculptures that are part of the SEE ART ORLANDO collection are designed to enhance the aesthetic experience and cultural image of Downtown Orlando.

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The Orlando chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women raised more than $52,000 to fund public sculpture’s renovation

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was joined by a dozen city leaders and more than 100 members of the community during the well-known “Tower of Light” sculpture’s illumination ceremony. Continue reading