Business, professional, and workforce development – the three Ds, as we refer to them at the West Orange Chamber, are important for all businesses, large and small. Over the years, through our own programs and partners, we have been able to deliver instructional resources to employers and employees on a host of topics by various means.
The programming includes ways for businesses to grow their businesses, to train their employees with specific job-related skills, peer learning, as well as providing learning opportunities for employers and employees on the latest technologies and best practices.
Our partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida allows us to bring one-on-one consulting with a certified business consultant directly to businesses without having to drive downtown. Our “Revive and Thrive” program, every fourth Tuesday of the month at our office, brings personalized counseling to businesses. Whether a business needs help with a business plan, finding funding sources, developing a marketing plan, or any business-related issue, help is available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit wochamber.com/revive-and-thrive-with-the-florida-sbdc.
Another great resource available to businesses are the programs provided by our partner, CareerSource Central Florida. This organization not only helps employees find jobs, it provides training to current employees and new hires of businesses so that they have the skills to meet the business demands. This program, Incumbent Worker Training (IWT), is just one of the ways CareerSource helps businesses develop their employees to ultimately better their businesses and achieve their business goals. It also provides on-the-job training programs, youth summer programs and internships to assist businesses and provide valuable experience to emerging leaders. For more information, visit careersourcecentralflorida.com.
In addition to these partners that provide assistance and learning opportunities for our businesses, the Chamber facilitates virtual and in-person programs. The topics are determined by our members and provided virtually or through Lunch and Learns. Chamber members tell us what they need to know and we find the resources to satisfy their needs.
This year, the chamber is providing Tech Talks by author Beth Z in a virtual format. The final two of the six-part series will take place in September and December. This series is a fun, informational conversation on the myriad of apps, technology, social media and new trends to help businesses and people.
Our networking groups also provide members with weekly and bi-weekly presentations by fellow members. These 10-15 minute presentations are valuable in sharing information on the various industries represented in these groups. To see upcoming presentations, visit wochamber.com/Events/ChamberGroups.