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THE CHAMBER NEWS This Bulletin was created with our members in mind. We are proud to have you, and look forward to hear from you. Here we will welcome new members, upcoming events, and also news about Orange County and the City of Orlando. We hope you enjoy our Bulletin THE CHAMBER NEWS and feel free to send any suggestions you may have. The CFBACC is a non profit Organization and we are proud to serve the Brazilian American Community in Central Florida. We welcome everyone to join us and help to make Orlando a better place to live and raise our children and grandchildren Visit our website at:

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We know that growing your business is not easy. That’s the reason why we’re here. Our goal is to help your business grow and prosper. We can make our community an even better place to live, work and have fun. If your organization isn’t current listing bellow as Chamber member we invite you now. It’s easy to see why hundreds of businesses large and small are now members of the CFBACC Chamber. The Chamber is organized by business people for business people, so we can help each other grow and prosper. Our Mission The Central Florida Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce mission is to facilitate business relations and partnerships in order to create or increase trade, commerce and investments among its members. Networking It is well known that businesses like to do business with people they know. Chambers offer businesses in their area the opportunity to meet one another in both formal and informal environments such as information briefings, business breakfasts, business lunches and ‘business after hours’. What We Do The CFBACC promotes monthly meetings which enables our members to network and generate more business opportunities to all parties involved. If you are interested in receiving invitations to events promoted by CFBACC, join our mailing list sending your email to info@cfbacc. net. To become a member of our Chamber of Commerce, fill out the “ Membership Form”, and mail it to 4630 South Kirkman Rd. Suite #183 – Orlando, Florida 32811 along with a with a check, made out to CFBACC, in the amount established for your chosen category.

Our Executive Board

President Amy Litter Alpha Plus International Legal Services Vice-President Internal Affairs Lis Rejane Oliveira-Sommerville The Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal Vice-President External Affairs Laiz Rodrigues The Hotspotorlando Treasurer Eraldo Manes Jornal B&B Secretary Attorney Ana C. Francolin Callandrino Law Firm

Lourdes Mola Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts Gaby Ortigony OUC The Reliable One Monica Correa Bright House Network Claudia Johnson New York Life Simone Kuska The Florida Hotel

Luiz Piquet The Piquet Group Celestino DeCicco CFL Realty LLC. Brian Paul The Orlando City Soccer Dahlia Hayles LegalShield LLC. Ademar Rodrigues Executive Assistant

TO OUR NEW MEMBERS WELCOME ! Trustee 03/16/2014

Coldwell Banker West Realty SMALL BUSINESS 02/12/2014

BKFG CAFÉ Corporate 01/30/2014

Fortress Group SMALL BUSINESS 01/30/2014

Objective USA SMALL BUSINESS 03/24/2014

De Paula Realty USA SMALL BUSINESS 03/26/2014

Nespresso For Business SMALL BUSINESS 04/04/2014‎

RADIX Engineering and Software SMALL BUSINESS 04/05/2014

Your Title Connection, LLC SMALL BUSINESS 04/07/2014

Regus CORPORATE 02/02/2014

MP USA Connect SMALL BUSINESS 04/05/2014

Studio Dora Masini SMALL BUSINESS 01/27/2014

BrightWay Insurance SMALL BUSINESS 04/08/2014

Barry Williams Individual 01/30/2014 HBIF Institutional Member 02/14/2014

Arthur’s Group Co. SMALL BUSINESS 03/24/2014

DAVNA Enterprises LLC SMALL BUSINESS 04/08/2014

Solterra Resort SMALL BUSINESS 04/17/2014

Hello! Thank you for your membership! At CFBACC we are always working hard to promote your business, and to give our members the opportunity to achieve theirs goals, and excel. All the members are special to us, they are the reason for us to always try harder, do our best and show we care, we are very happy you are now a part of our organization Please make sure you always read our Newsletters, and our Membership Directory is always being updated. Our Publications are on-line, Digital and we can share them with friends and in your social media. Also we have a Facebook Fan Page, LinkedIn and a website in Portuguese and English We are glad you are here with us, we are here for you and you can reach out at any time, and share your concerns. The following e-mail addresses were designed to facilitate your communication with CFBACC. Thank you for your trust and support, we hope to see you really soon! Laiz Rodrigues Vice President External Affairs CFBACC Member Since 2011

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Dear Friend, Last week, I delivered my annual State of the City address on Church Street. I took the address “on the road” to showcase the exciting era of transportation beginning in Central Florida, starting with the launch of SunRail in just a few days. SunRail is Central Florida’s first commuter rail line and will provide an alternative to congested roadways and rising gas prices. The first phase opens May 1 and you will have the opportunity to ride for free from May 1 through May 16. Thanks to our community’s determination and willingness to work together, SunRail is now a reality. Already, we are creating jobs, spurring development and paving the way for enhanced public transit throughout our community. On April 10, Lynx launched its new Grapefruit LYMMO line, which will provide SunRail riders with another way to easily connect with destinations throughout our Downtown. Parking enhancements are also on the way and by the end of 2014, we will install more than 1,000 smart meters that accept debit and credit cards at all on-street public parking spaces throughout Downtown. The carshare program, which launched this past fall, provides SunRail riders with a connection to hourly car rental service. A bikeshare program, which is expected to begin service by the end of 2014, will connect to existing transit like LYMMO and SunRail and provide another affordable transportation option. SunRail is part of a whole new era of transit for the region. I encourage you to take advantage of SunRail and the other new transportation options and experience their comfort, ease and cost savings. Sincerely,

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SunRail announces free service for also be available on May 19, and for passengers starting May 1 several weeks thereafter, to assist customers with pass purchases at Ticket Sanford - SunRail, Central Florida’s Vending Machines located on each new commuter rail system, will pro- platform, and to remind riders to “Tap vide free rides for passengers for two On” at ticket validators before boardweeks beginning the first day of ser- ing SunRail, and to “Tap Off ” at their vice on May 1st. final destination. The SunRail Ambassadors will be easy to spot in black poThe free service will last through May los with the bright SunRail logo, and 16, with regular revenue service for black pants. paying passengers scheduled to begin on May 19. The free service is designed As a reminder, motorists and pedestrito allow passengers to experience the ans are urged to use caution, obey all comfort and ease of commuting on railroad and traffic signals, and look SunRail, and become familiar with both ways before approaching a railSunRail schedules and cost-savings road crossing and accessing SunRail prior to purchasing or activating more platforms. The Florida Department of than 12,000 pre-sold passes on May 19. Transportation cares about your safety. Around railroad tracks, please be During the free trial period, SunRail smart, and stay safe. ambassadors will be available at each station and on board trains to an- swer any questions that SunRail riders might have. The Ambassadors will Consistent, Predictable, Repeatable

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) at the 21st Source Orange County

Mayor Jacobs provided the opening remarks at the Hispanic Business Conference and acknowledged the small business community for their invaluable contributions to the growth and expansion of Orange County’s diverse economy.

More than 200 local businesses and approximately 12,000 attendees participated in the Expo. Orange County Government had a large presence at the event with 18 divisions represented at the County’s pavilion.

Conference attendees participated in breakout sessions featuring distinguished business speakers, economic development experts and a luncheon with business leaders from Central Florida.

Annual Hispanic Business Conference and Consumer Expo.

“The success of our Hispanic Business Conference and Consumer Expo is due in great part to the support we receive from our elected officials,” said Diana Bolivar, HCCMO President. “We thank Mayor Jacobs and Mayor Dyer for being co-honorary chairs of our conference and for participating in the Expo’s grand opening ribbon cutting celebration.”

“Our goal at the Expo was to promote our firm and the services we offer,” said Julio L. Rocha, founder of Rocha Financial Group—a local investment and insurance firm who has participated in the Expo since 2006. “We were able to secure over 200 leads of prospective clients and accomplish the growth we wanted with the support of the Hispanic Chamber.”

Volunteers shared information about available services and civic engagement opportunities. Orange County has supported the Hispanic Business and Consumer Expo for several years.

Exhibitors interacted with potential customers and many said that the event enabled them to expand their consumer base in Central Florida. “Distributors interested in our products visited our booth and we were able to sign two new distribution deals,” said Rafael Julia, DiLater that afternoon, rector of International Trade for Suiza Fruits Mayor Jacobs, City of Puerto Rico. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, HCCMO Presi- “This will allow us to expand our reach across dent Diana Bolivar, and the state to cafeterias, bakeries and other other noted communi- businesses.” ty leaders celebrated the opening of the Expo during a commemora- Other small business owners echoed those tive ribbon cutting ceremony. sentiments.





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The Month in Review This month was a great month for CFBACC, we had The Hispanic Business Consumer’s Expo by HCCMO, HOLA’s Anniversary, the visit of our Vice - Consul Fernando M. Arruda, and the Brazilian Counsel of Florida’s Citizens came to Orlando for a Board meeting with Community leaders.

It has been a month of great excitement, with lots of networking, that started with our Business After Hours at Gilson’s Restaurant in Lake Buena Vista and it is now closing with more great occasions, such as our First Annual Feijoada on April 26 at 12 Pm - Gilson’s Restaurant and we are extremely excited about it. Check a few of our images!


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HOLA 10th Anniversary

We were happy to be a part of HOLA 10th Anniversary celebration. We thank HOLA for all the help and support to the Community. Congratulations Mayor Dyer, Alicia Ramirez and Luiz Martinez. HOKA has provided a great service all these years and we appreciate the effort and dedication!

In the pictures, top left Mayor Dyer and City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings. In the middle Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh.

Bottom Picture, in the middle HOLA Director Alicia Ramirez, Luiz Martinez Director of Multicultural Affairs and Marcia Goodwin Director of Community Affairs

Hispanic Business & Consumer Expo 2014

At the end we are all ONE, looking to promote Business, Commerce, our Community our people, one effort to make everyone thrive and succeed. Chambers are more successful united, we become stronger, efficient and no barriers can stop our reason to excel what we do better, which is always support good business. The Hispanic Business Conference and the Hispanic Consumer Business Expo are a great initiative from HCCMO that happens every year. CFBACC was happy to have participated and achieved the success we did. HCCMO has been a great friend and supporter of CFBACC for many years, and we are grateful for the support, we hope to keep it for many years to come. Now CFBACC is working in develop our Second Brazilian Business Expo, and we hope to achieve the same success we had in 2013. In the pictures to the right, Our President Amy Litter, OCPA Rick Singh, Monica Correa-Bright House Networks, CFBACC Member Alexandre Law, Attorney Felipe Alexandre, our Supporter in Business HBIF. Our workers at the Hispanic Expo Lis Sommerville-Crowne Plaza Orlando International, Dahlia Hayles, Legal Shield, Simone Kuska-The Florida Hotel, Laiz Rodrigues-TheHotspotorlando, Eraldo Manes-Jornal BB. On the far right, Our Member Night Light Pediatrics, and on top The City of Orlando HOLA Office.

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