Print Friendly EDC Investor Directory July 6, 2007
Goodwill Industries Extends Its Hands in Lake
Access to employment services for both employees and employers
Company Establishment Announcements became a little easier with the grand opening of Goodwill Industries’
Contract Announcements/Completions sixth Self-Sufficiency Center in June. Located in The Shoppes of Lake
Village in Leesburg, the Center is designed to provide a positive,
Kudos and Company Announcements
Jul 20 OBJ East Orlando Update in looking for work
partnership with the EDC may access
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. resources and
Holiday Inn Select-UCF learn skills to
12125 High Tech Ave., Orlando 32817 conduct an
Info/Register: click here or call Kristi independent job
Pericht at 407.649.8470 search. With no
except the desire
Jul 26 EDC New Investor Reception to gain
8:30 - 9:45 a.m. employment,
EDC-Capital Plaza II, Downtown Orlando these centers
primarily serve homeless, disabled, and diverse participants who are
RSVP: Lisa McCormick chronically under-employed or unemployed.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Goodwill executives thanked the City
of Leesburg, Edd Holder & Associates, the EDC, and several social
services organizations for help in locating a site for the Center and for
welcoming them as a partner in the community.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer appeared live with SURVEY: Where Do Orlando Companies Send
Hannah Storm on the CBS Early Show, which Their Top Performers? Your Feedback Requested
broadcast from Universal City Walk this
morning. The Mayor spoke about "high tech Working closely with the Orange County
Orlando", as well as security for visitors to the Convention Center, the Society of Incentive
region. The broadcast also featured Maitland's Travel Executives (SITE) delivers a large
Electronic Arts-Tiburon, Florida Hospital, Full number of corporate travelers into the Orlando
Sail and Mighty Mojo. Orlando was the first stop market
on the Early Show's 2007 "Summer in the City" each year, many as a reward for top performance. Now SITE is
series. interested in better understanding corporate travel from Orlando to
other markets. Please take a minute to reply to the five questions
below, forwarding your responses to info@OrlandoEDC.com.
1. Does your company "reward" employees with "incentive trips”?
___ yes ___ no
• Due to popular demand, the run of the
blockbuster exhibit Our Body: The Universe
Within has been extended at the Orlando
2. Does your company organize business meetings that require travel
Science Center though October 31, 2007. This
for more than 10 people and the coordination of hotel rooms,
displays offers an unforgettable tour of the most
meeting rooms, etc.?
intimate landscape known to humankind: Our
___ yes ___ no
• According to Census data, Orange County led
the nation for percentage growth in the number 3. Are any of these incentive trips or business meetings held in
of start-ups in 2005. Orlando?
• Starting July 9th, the names of our local ONE- ___ yes ___ no
STOP CAREER CENTERS will change to
WORKFORCE CENTRAL FLORIDA. Although 4. Are any of these incentive trips and/or business meetings held in
the name on the office door will change, destinations other than Orlando?
placement services to Central Florida employers
and job seekers remain the same. ___ yes ___ no
5. If you answered yes to any question above, would you mind if we
contacted you for a short follow up interview?
___ yes ___ no
PLEASE NOTE: This information will not be used for a sales
solicitation, and no contact will be permitted without your specific
approval. SITE is a professional association seeking corporate travel
Confidentiality Extended For EDC Projects
Though not a headline grabber, an important bill was passed and
signed by Governor Crist during the legislative session that expands
confidentiality protection for private companies working with economic
development agencies in the State of Florida. Such protection is
important to the competitiveness of our state as companies looking to
expand or relocate often require complete confidentiality. The bill, HB
7201, extends the public records exemption for private business
information submitted to an economic development agency.
Specifically, the bill allows for trade secrets and other private business
information to be held exempt indefinitely, rather than for a period of
ten years, and allows for proprietary business information submitted
by businesses to economic development agencies to also be held
confidential and exempt indefinitely.
Other bills recently signed into law include legislation regarding
venture capital and the commercialization of university research, or
“tech transfer.” The total allocation is divided into two parts: $29.5
million to invest directly in seed and early-stage venture capital funds
for purposes of investing in Florida-based businesses; and $4 million
to use for the commercialization of university research. The
corresponding public records confidentiality bill was also approved by
To read more about the outcome of issues on the EDC’s 2007
Legislative Agenda, click here.
Community support for economic development is reflected through the commitment of our investors. Updated monthly, the
EDC Investor Directory is available on our website. To take a look, click here.
The EDC welcomes the following Investors:
Contact: Don Meffe, 407.455.6700
Baldwin Accounting, CPA
Contact: David Stone, 407.363.0890
Baldwin Accounting CPA is a full-service accounting firm offering traditional accounting, advisory and support services to both individuals and the corporate
business community. www.baldwinaccountingcpa.com
Bishop Realty and Development
Contact: Lawson Dann, 407.426.7702
Bishop Realty & Development is a full-service brokerage firm dedicated to providing innovative real estate solutions. We specialize in sales, leasing &
development of commercial properties in the Greater Orlando area. www.bishopdevelopment.com
Contact: Douglas Conner, 407.242.1707
Centerplate is in the business of providing catering, concessions, management, and merchandise services for some prominent venues in North America.
We concentrate specifically on the convention centers, and sports and entertainment industries. www.centerplate.com
Colombo, Hurd & Brandt, PL
Contact: Carlos M. Colombo, 407.478.1111
Full-service immigration, international & corporate law firm assisting foreign and U.S. clients with their legal needs.
Contact: Diane L. Storch, 407.841.1200
Dean Mead is a business law firm, founded in 1980 on the principle of delivering exceptional client service using the highest ethics and integrity possible.
Diane Meiller & Associates
Contact: Diane R. Meiller, 407.487.1992
DM&A is a boutique consulting firm with specialization in project management and delivery, project management office and methodology, business
analysis, process improvement, change management, relationship management, executive coaching and placement. www.dianemeillerandassociates.com
Ersi Braun, Inc.
Contact: Ersilia Braun, 866.289.1349
A dynamic and growing company, Ersi Braun represents buyers and sellers in the residential, commercial and land acquisition markets across central
Florida. Ersi Braun is distinguished by a tradition of excellence in service, integrity and professionalism. www.ersibraun.com
Gilbert Manjura Marketing
Contact: Ed Gilbert, 407.261.5700
Full-service marketing, advertising and public relations agency. Member of the AAAA's (American Association of Advertising Agencies).
Moten Tate, Inc.
Contact: Kenneth Moten, 407.843.3277
We offer a full range of staffing solutions that are created to meet the needs of our customers. www.motentate.com
Penn Florida Companies
Contact: Scott Collier, 407.240.2227
Full-service real estate company with offices throughout Florida. Currently develop and operate in all classes of real estate. (Orlando focuses on
Tews Company Inc.
Contact: Susan Howells, 407.740.8866
Tews Company provides contract, contract to hire and direct placement recruiting services in the administrative, accounting, human resource and
information technology sectors. www.tewscompany.com
Jul 10, Metro Orlando Urban League: "Diversity is Jul 24 Seminole County Poll Worker Information
17, 24 Profitable" (Brown Bag Series) Session
12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (twice a day) Learn more about the paid poll worker positions
Metro Orlando Urban League SBA Office available for the 2008 election cycle.
315 E. Robinson St., Ste. 100, Orlando 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Info: Joshua Kirven, 407.420.4846 Central Branch Library
215 N. Oxford Rd., Casselberry 32707
Jul 12, Metro Orlando Urban League: "The Psychology Info: 407.708.7760 or firstname.lastname@example.org
19 of Entrepreneurship" (Brown Bag Series)
12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (twice a day) Jul 25 MACF, NCS and IST: Manufacturing &
Metro Orlando Urban League SBA Office Simulation Exchange
315 E. Robinson St., Ste. 100, Orlando 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Info: Joshua Kirven, 407.420.4846 National Center for Simulation
3280 Progress Drive, Orlando 32826
Jul 12 NAIOP: "The Power of Strategy™: Mastering Cost: $35 members; $50 non-members
Advanced §1031 Exchange Solutions" Info: click here or 407.897.3384
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Foley & Lardner, LLP Jul 26 NAIOP: "What's Hot and What's Not in the
111 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 1800, Orlando Investment Market"
Cost: $20 members; $25 non-members Speakers: Bo Bradford, Senior Director, Advantis;
Info/RSVP: 407.774.0207 x103 Martin Forster, Director, Retail Investment Sales,
Cushman & Wakefield; and Ron Rogg, Senior Vice
Jul 14 Fairwinds Credit Union Grand Opening 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sheraton Orlando Downtown
5875 Arnold Palmer Drive, Metro West 60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd.
Cost: $35 members; $60 non-members
Info: Raquel Torres
Jul 16 "Business Opportunities with Japan" Seminar
Aug 1 Metro Orlando Urban League: "How to do
Speakers: Ken Nadler, Vice President, International
Business with Professional Athletes"
Trade Finance, Fifth Third Bank; Sam Tabuchi,
Enterprise Florida Representative-Japan; Takeshi 6:00 p.m.
Saito, Japan External Trade Organization-Atlanta Metro Orlando Urban League SBA Office
(JETRO); Yoshikazu Nomura, Shizuoka Prefecture, 315 E. Robinson St., Ste. 100, Orlando
Japan Info: Joshua Kirven, 407.420.4846
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Enterprise Florida Aug 2 "The YaYa Network" Conference
800 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste. 1100, Orlando
Info/RSVP by July 12: Misty Kane or Coronado Springs Resort, Walt Disney World
407.956.5642 Info/Register: www.theyayanetwork.com
Jul 18 CREW Orlando: Seminole County Forecast
Speakers: Larry Dale, President/CEO Orlando
Sanford Int.'l Airport/Sanford Airport Authority;
Tracy Turk, Senior Director, Metro Orlando EDC;
Bill McDermott, Director, Seminole County ED
Dept.; Holly Storrs, Account Exec., Commercial
Design Services, Inc.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Citrus Club
18th floor - The Citrus Center
255 S. Orange Ave.
Cost: $40 members; $60 non-members
Info/Register by July 13: click here
Advantis Real Estate Services Company: completed the sale of a 13,590-square-foot office building in Downtown Orlando
for under $1 million. KChamberlain@gvaadvantis.com
NAI Realvest: negotiated two new lease agreements totaling nearly 3,500 square feet of office space facilities in the I-4 Lake
Mary Blvd. high tech corridor. email@example.com
Edwards Construction Services, Inc.: Food and Beverage division completed a $12.5 million, 97,000-square-foot vegetable
processing and cold storage facility in Palm Beach County. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nodarse & Associates, Inc.: renewed contract for the Continuing Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering and
Construction Testing Services with Polk County. email@example.com
R.C. Stevens Construction Co.: progressing with the renovation and expansion of Downtown Winter Garden’s historic
Garden Theatre, covering 10,600 square feet and costing more than $2,400,000. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc.: began $1.1 million of work at the new 6-story, 60-unit Westgate Lakes timeshare,
Building 100, on Turkey Lake Road in Orlando. email@example.com
Baker & Hostetler LLP: of counsel attorney Laurie J. Levin elected Chair of The Florida Bar Health Law Section.
Dean Mead: recognized for having excellence in its Tax, Real Estate, Litigation and Estate Planning/Wealth Management
practices by Chamber’s USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers. In addition, six shareholders were named as leading
attorneys in their respective fields: Darryl M. Bloodworth, Litigation; Stephen J. Bozarth, Real Estate; Lauren Y. Detzel, Wealth
Management/Estate Planning; Charles H. Egerton, Tax; Michael D. Minton, Tax; and Stephen R. Looney, Tax.
Foley & Lardner LLP: Michael Gay, managing partner, appointed chair of the 14-member Winter Park Economic Development
Advisory Board for 2007-2008. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fry/Hammond/Barr, Inc.: promoted Sandi Halo to account executive; hired Paul Korel as a copywriter in the Orlando office.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: welcomes Allison Hunt as an associate in the Real Estate practice. email@example.com
HKS Architects, Inc.: William J. Hercules, AIA, ACHE, LEED, vice president, received Board Certification by the American
College of Healthcare Architects. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kissimmee Utility Authority: honored with three awards in APEX 2007 which recognizes excellence in printed and online
publications; vice president and general counsel Arthur J. "Grant" Lacerte, Jr. appointed by the American Public Power
Association, to a one-year term as vice chairman of the association’s legal section. CGENT@kua.com
Moore Stephens Lovelace, P.A.: hosted the Ray Bolt Classic Golf Tournament. 108 golfers participated in the 5th annual Golf
Tournament at Celebration Golf organized by The Ray Bolt Foundation, Inc. whose mission is to provide financial assistance to
cancer-related causes. email@example.com
MSCW, Inc.: James Moore, project engineer, earned his registered Professional Engineer designation from the Florida Board
of Professional Engineers. firstname.lastname@example.org
NAI Realvest: appointed Darren Johnson sales associate and Eric Nyhuis broker associate in the firm’s Lake County office in
Orlando Magic: named Brendan Malone, Patrick Ewing, Steve Clifford and Bob Beyer assistant coaches; hosting the 2007
Pepsi Pro Summer League at the RDV Sportsplex July 9-13. The 15-game event will feature the Magic, Charlotte, Chicago,
Indiana, Miami and New Jersey. JGlass@orlandomagic.com
SoloDev: moved to their new location at 1352 Lake Baldwin Lane in Baldwin Park. email@example.com
University of Central Florida: Technology Incubator-based MyDocHub.com reports an average of 120,000 monthly website
visits from patients who want to tell on their doctors. LVershelCo@aol.com
Wharton-Smith Inc.: held an open house for more than 300 people in Sanford to celebrate the 21,000-square-foot expansion
of their corporate office building. firstname.lastname@example.org