Sanford Art Walk

Calling all artists!
Sanford is hosting their "Art Walk" and there's nothing better than some "COOL ART" on a "Heat Wave". This Art Walk is an art gallery tour, winner of both a "Best Show" award and "People's Choice" award, that goes around Downtown Sanford occurring every third Saturday of the month from 6-9 pm. Public attendance is FREE so don't miss out on this amazing event!

This month's theme is "Anything goes". So its up to you, artists of Sanford and beyond, let's see some "COOL" art!!

Deadline for submissions is: Tuesday 16th , 2016.
Submit YOUR art here:


The Hob Nob is tomorrow!

Sanford, come join the biggest event of the political season tomorrow!

From 4-7 pm at the Sanford Civic Center in Historic Downtown Sanford, this “old-fashioned” political rally will give it's attendants an opportunity to meet the candidates, take part in a “straw Poll” and discuss campaign issues all the while enjoying the sweet deserts of fellowship and company! Don't miss out, come one, come all!

Get a FREE entry with the donation of one canned food item or a $1 donation.

Hosted by Central Florida Regional Hospital. All donations benefit the Seminole Public School Food Pantry.

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Recently the Sanford Chamber held the first of many debates in our new effort, the 2016 Great Debate Series. Sponsored by Florida Hospital, the series provides a public service for both our members and our broader community across both Seminole and Volusia Counties. The Chamber is an apolitical organization so we do not support or endorse candidates or parties. Our contribution is to provide an apolitical opportunity for business and residents to meet and hear the positions of candidates that will represent them.

Upcoming debates will feature candidates for Clerk of the Courts (Seminole County) on August 3, Seminole County School Board and State of Florida House seats on August 10, State Representatives and Judges in Volusia County on August 17 and District 6 US House of Representatives (Volusia County) on August 24.

Additional debates will be held in October. They include the races for Seminole County Commissioners on October 6 and the US House of Representatives District 7 seat on October 13. Please plan to join us and assist us to spread the word about these debates. You will find specific information on the Chamber’s website at or on the Chamber’s Facebook page.


For many years, the Sanford Chamber has been a strong supporter of education in Seminole County. Currently, the Chamber’s Education Committee, under the direction of Chairman Guss Rahal of Metrovista Printing, is planning its 2016-2017 year. Included in their overall plans are a Teacher and Staff Recognition Breakfast in October, Job Shadow Day in January and the monthly recognition of outstanding students and teachers.

Recently the Chamber sent out a mass request for our members to support their efforts by providing items for the bags each teacher and student receives during their monthly recognition. Thank you to the following companies who stepped forth to participate.

Central Florida Zoo, City of Sanford, Community Legal, Edward Jones - Leigh Ann Lyons, Florida Bank of Commerce, Firehouse Subs, Headquarter Hyundai, Higgins House Bed & Breakfast, Lake Mary Life Magazine, Momentum Marketing, Orlando Sanford Airport, PDQ, Regions Bank, Scentsy, Seminole County Cultural Arts, Seminole State College, State Farm-Gail Williams, True Health and Zoom Air. 

To support the committee, $10.00 from each member company in the Chamber goes to the programs of the Education Committee. If you or a member of your staff would like to be involved in the efforts of the Education Committee, please contact Frank at the Chamber office at 407-322-2212 or email him at

Frank's Focus - August

THANK YOU! I often tell people that those two words do not seem to be enough. That’s how I feel with business members who support our efforts.

Thank you for supporting your Chamber of Commerce, an organization working to improve both business and the greater communities in which we live, work and enjoy life. Support of the Chamber allows us to complete so many initiatives that are important to the overall success of business and the quality of life. With that support, we work hard to accomplish our mission while providing benefits that meet the needs of our membership.

Here in Sanford, just like in so many communities across the country, the Chamber is the organization that leads, facilitates, collaborates and serves in many other roles. Moreover, like in other communities, we do so only with support from our business community.

Over the past few years, the Sanford Chamber has been able to grow in strength and numbers. According to the Orlando Business Journal, your Chamber is now the seventh largest Chamber within Central Florida by total income, fifth in total members and third in numbers of volunteers involved in the Chamber. Growth in both membership and members involved is giving us the strength we need to be successful.

So, thank you! Thank you for support of the Sanford Chamber and for your involvement in our organization.  

Preparing For a Storm: A Guide for Your Business

Preparing For a Storm: A Guide for Your Business

At FPL, we know the impact that a major storm can have on your business. We have a plan and urge you to prepare as well so you and your employees can get back to business safely and as quickly as possible.


FPL has been recognized for building a stronger and smarter electric grid, most recently receiving an Award of Excellence from the International Smart Grid Action Network and the Governor’s Sterling Award for its innovative smart grid technology. These tools are helping FPL improve system reliability year round, and below is a guide that provides more tips to help you prepare for hurricane season:


Plan ahead:

·         Ensure your employees’ contact information is up-to-date and that you have a plan in place to communicate after the storm passes.

·         Determine if your business is in a flood and/or evacuation zone and review evacuation routes; identify an emergency temporary site.

·         Identify what you need to secure your building or office.

·         Review your insurance coverage; photograph or videotape your building or office – inside and out.


Before a storm:

·         Gather supplies to secure the exterior of your office and protect interior furniture.

·         Fully charge all portable electronics.

·         Make multiple back-ups of computer files and data, and store records off premises.

·         Record a special voice message informing employees and customers the status of company operations.

·         Close your offices with sufficient time to allow employees to secure their own homes; inform clients that you’re closing early and when you plan to reopen.


After a storm:

·         Watch for downed power lines. Call 911 or FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE to report fallen power lines that present a clear and imminent danger to you or others. Do not attempt to touch any power lines. Always assume that every power line is energized.

·         Stay connected with us, report an outage and get updates at , which is also accessible on mobile devices.

·         In case of interior water damage, immediately turn off your circuit breakers, disconnect all electrical appliances and turn off all wall switches. Remember, never stand in water while operating switches or unplugging any electrical device.

·         If you use a portable generator, read and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines.


For more storm and safety tips, visit us at


Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving more than 4.8 million customer accounts or more than 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2015, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the sixth year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company was recognized in 2015 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,800 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2016 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information, visit these,,

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Contact: Mary Tindall

Office: (407) 657-4818

Cell: (407) 431-6430



Program for Homeless Veterans Expands to Lake County


ORLANDO, Fla. (July 26, 2016) – Goodwill Industries of Central Florida recently received a grant of nearly $280,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor to continue to provide employment and supportive services for local homeless veterans.


Goodwill is the only nonprofit in Central Florida to receive this grant, which is part of a $36 million grant package awarded to nonprofits across the country through the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program. The program aims to help an estimated 17,000 service-members nationwide transition to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs.


In the past year, Goodwill’s Operation GoodJobs for Homeless Veterans served more than 120 veterans in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Due to the success of the program in its pilot year, Operation GoodJobs is now expanding to Lake County.


Through Operation GoodJobs, Goodwill delivers employability skills training and specialized job placement. Veterans are placed in various positions with local employers. After placement, Goodwill provides follow-along services for nine months to ensure that participants are stably employed and housed. The grant also includes funds for training, clothing, tools, identification and transportation assistance. 


“Goodwill has a long legacy of serving veterans in our community as they reintegrate into civilian life,” said Bill Oakley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. “We are incredibly proud of every veteran who has pursued a stable career with the support of Operation GoodJobs, and we look forward to expanding this program into Lake County to assist even more people in the coming year.”


For more information, visit


Orlando Sanford Announces Nonstop Service to San Juan, Puerto Rico & Trenton, New Jersey on Allegiant

CONTACT: Sanford Airport Authority Airports Worldwide @ SFB Diane Crews Michael Caires Phone: 407-585-4000 Phone: 407-585-4500 Email: Email:

Orlando Sanford Announces Nonstop Service to San Juan, Puerto Rico & Trenton, New Jersey on Allegiant

Sanford, FL, July 28, 2016 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Allegiant announce scheduled, nonstop, low-fare service to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, Puerto Rico and to Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) in Trenton, New Jersey. The total number of nonstop destinations offered by Allegiant from Orlando Sanford now stands at 71. Service to Trenton begins Thursday, November 3 and will initially operate three days per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Service to San Juan begins Wednesday, December 14 and will initially operate four days per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Travelers can book their trip for less at or by calling Allegiant’s travel experts at 702-505-8888.

According to SFB Airport President Diane Crews, “We are thrilled to offer these two new exciting travel opportunities via Allegiant Air to the Central Florida community. San Juan has long been a popular destination for local residents, and Trenton will no doubt meet with great success as a gateway to the Northeast.”

Orlando Sanford International Airport is SFB: Simpler. Faster. Better. - Simpler airport design, Faster airport processing and a Better airport experience. Visitors enjoy the “Best of Both Worlds,” with the Airport located midway between Orlando’s World Class attractions and the World’s Most Famous Beach - Daytona Beach; both are 50 minutes or less. For more information about SFB, visit the airport’s website at

Sign up for the Citizens Academy

News From City Hall
For Immediate Release, July 12, 2016
For Further Information Contact: Lisa Holder, Communications Officer
407.688-5019 •
Get to know the City of Sanford
Sign up for the Citizens Academy
Join the City of Sanford Citizens Academy.  The Citizens Academy will be held each Wednesday evening September 7 – November 9, 2016, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. We are accepting applications now. 
The free 10-week class is a great way to provide an opportunity for you to learn about local government through first-hand experience and gain exposure to the wide range of City functions, services and activities.  The only requirement is that you are at least 18 years old.
The application and class schedule are available at or call 407-688-5019. The application deadline is August 18, 2016. 





Please plan to join us as The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce presents two election year events over the upcoming weeks. They are Chamber’s 2016 Great Debate Series and the Chamber’s Last Hoorah Hob Nob.

The Chamber’s Great Debate Series will feature candidates for local, state and national offices in both Seminole and Volusia Counties over the next several weeks. All debates are free and open to the public. They include:

Seminole County Debates

July 28, 2016--6PM Tax Collector, Chamber Event Center, 400 West First Street, Sanford, FL

August 3, 2016--6PM Clerk/Comptroller, Chamber Event Center, 400 West First Street, Sanford, FL

August 10, 2016--6PM School Board, Wayne Densch Performing Arts, 201 Magnolia Ave, Sanford, FL 

October 6, 2016--6PM Seminole County Commissioners, Chamber Event Center, 400 West First Street, Sanford, FL

October 13, 2016-- 6PM US House District 7, Chamber Event Center, 400 West First Street, Sanford, FL

tbd 6PM Florida State Senate and House, Chamber Event Center, 400 West First Street, Sanford, FL


Volusia County Debates

July 13, 2016--6:30 PM Volusia County Sheriff, Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 US-17, DeBary, FL

July 20, 2016--6:30 PM Volusia County Commission, Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 US-17, DeBary, FL

August 17, 2016--6:30 PM Florida State Senate and House at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 US-17, DeBary, FL 

Aug 24 6:30 PM US House at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 US-17, DeBary, FL

On Thursday, August 4, 2016 the Chamber will host the 2016 Last Hoorah Hob Nob, presented by Central Florida Regional Hospital. The Chamber’s Hob Nob, Central Florida’s Sweetest Meet and Greet, will feature candidates for local, state and national office and a wide variety of sweet confections. Sanford’s Hob Nob will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Sanford Civic Center, 401 Seminole Boulevard in Historic Downtown Sanford.

The Hob Nob is a free event. Candidates and other attendees at the Chamber’s 2014 Hob Nob were so impressed with the event and commented that it was the BEST Hob Nob that they had attended.

We ask that attendees bring a non-perishable food item to the Hob Nob or donate $1.00 at the door that will go towards a food donation drive. Contributions will support Seminole County Public Schools Food Pantry.

I look forward to seeing you at these key events.

The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce was established in 1920 to create and foster a dynamic business climate that provides a higher quality of life for community members. The Chamber serves Central Florida in Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Brevard, and Lake counties, providing leadership on business growth, education, transportation, health, public safety, cultural and issues that affect business and the overall community.

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