Tag: BusinessForce

Scott PowersJune 27, 2018

BusinessForce, a political arm seeking to represent the business interests of Central Florida, is endorsing former Chamber of Commerce president Rob Panepinto for Orange County mayor and current Mayor Teresa Jacobs for the countywide post of Orange County School Board chair. Those two topped the list of endorsements released Wednesday afternoon by BusinessForce for county […]

Scott PowersMarch 28, 2018

Michelle Ertel, a political commentator and government affairs consultant, has been named committee director for BusinessForce, a group that is an independent, pro-business public voice of Central Florida. BusinessForce, originally established as the political arm of Orlando Inc., the Orlando regional chamber of commerce, then taken independent, is composed of regional business and community leaders […]

Scott PowersAugust 23, 2017

Robert Agrusa has been named the new president of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce. A Florida native and leading advocate for years for the Central Florida business community, Agrusa comes to the Apopka chamber from BusinessForce, the political arm of the Orlando Economic Partnership, where he had served as executive director for the past […]

Guest AuthorNovember 4, 2016

Like the U.S. and Florida Constitution, the Orange County Charter is intended to set forth the basic framework for county governance and it is not intended to be cluttered with the agendas of out-of-town special or partisan political interests. In recent years Orange County’s job creators have become increasingly concerned that the business climate and […]

Staff ReportsOctober 18, 2016

Following a comprehensive and deliberate selection process, BusinessForce endorsed a former member of MyRegion.org and current small business owner, Republican Sam Killebrew for Florida House District 41. BusinessForce is the political action arm of the Central Florida Partnership. Its goal is to affect positive change in Central Florida through regional public policy advocacy and by encouraging […]

Scott PowersJuly 18, 2016

BusinessForce, the political action arm of Central Florida’s chambers of commerce, has voted unanimously to support all three proposed charter amendments Orange County voters will consider in the November election. Two of the amendments are the Orange County Charter Review Commission’s reaction to a recent judge’s ruling that threw out an earlier charter amendment, approved […]

Scott PowersMay 16, 2016

BusinessForce, the political action arm of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, has endorsed incumbents Brandon Arrington and Fred Hawkins for re-election to the Osceola County Board of Commissioners. Arrington, a Democrat from Kissimmee, was first elected in 2008 and represents District 3. He has four challengers this year including two Democrats, Jamie Matos and […]


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