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Orange County Supervisor of Elections announces polling place changes in the Apopka area

On Monday, July 16, the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office began mailing new voter information cards to Orange County voters whose polling places have changed for the 2018 elections.


“We encourage everyone to check their registration information and update their voter record before election day, if needed,” said Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections. “This will save the voter time on election day and will ensure they receive important election mailings.”


All voters affected by the below polling place changes will receive a new voter information card and official sample ballot reflecting this new information. Voters can also find their sample ballot at orangcountyvotes.com. Voters can review and update their information at any time on the Orange County Supervisor of Elections website – orangecountyvotes.com – or call the office at (407) 836-VOTE (8683).


Polling place changes affect the following West Orange precincts:


  • Precinct 229 will move to Apopka Calvary Nazarene at 750 Roger Williams Road from
    Inspire Centre.
  • Precinct 232 will move to Grace Pointe Church at 2051 Lester Road from Apopka Golf
    & Tennis at Errol Estate.
  • Precinct 233 will move to Word of Life at 1853 Vick Road from Northside Baptist
  • Precinct 239 will move to Zellwood United Methodist Church at 5538 W Jones Avenue
    from St Patrick Catholic Church.
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Over 350 Attend the 2018 Apopka Area Political Hob Nob & Straw Poll

APOPKA, FL (July 10, 2018) – On Tuesday, July 10, 2018 the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce held its 2018 Apopka Area Political Hob Nob & Straw Poll at the Apopka Community Center. We had over 27 candidates who participated, along with several groups who are supporting various ballot initiatives. With over 350 people in attendance, this Hob Nob was one of the most successful events in recent history!
By utilizing a more effective, powerful, and attractive platform, we were able to bring together a diverse group of candidates running for local, statewide, and national offices, all in one dynamic event. We are grateful to each of the candidates and their willingness to share their valuable time with us. Ultimately, we achieved our primary objective of informing and bringing awareness to our community, about the candidates and the issues that we be on the ballot this fall.
On behalf of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank all of our Sponsors including Mullinax Ford of Central Florida, University of Central Florida, Orlando Health, AT&T, Alan Byrd & Associates, Vose Law Firm, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Anuvia Plant Nutrients, Waste Management – Vista Landfill, Clear Channel Outdoor Orlando, The Apopka Chief and the Salem Media Group, along with the candidates for their support and involvement.
Finally, we would like to thank the Orange County Supervisor of Elections for conducting our Straw Poll and we congratulate each of the winners of the Straw Poll. The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to continuing to our mission of serving the economic development, prosperity, and sustainability of our community and region through connectivity, leadership, education and support.
To view the event photo album, please click here.
For a complete list of the Straw Poll Results, please click here. 

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Welcome our newest Team Member!

Holly Jordan Condrey is our new Business Development and Membership Director.

We are excited to officially announce that Holly Jordan Condrey has joined our team as the new Business Development and Membership Director for the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce. She began her employment on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.


Holly will be responsible for our new membership, retention and growth, along with fostering positive relations with merchants, businesses, residents and local, county and state governmental agencies. Additionally, she will be coordinating and executing all Grand Openings and New Business/Member Ribbon Cuttings. Finally, she will be charged with the planning, promotion, and implementation of our annual events and business programming that develops volunteer leaders and enhances our community’s quality of life.


Please welcome her to the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce and offer her your best wishes, as she takes on this new important role for our organization! Holly can be reached at holly@apopkachamber.organd at our office at (407) 886-1441.




As a fifth generation Apopkan, Holly proudly shares of her deep family roots within the community and a tremendous passion for “all things Apopka.” Her ties to the Ustler family, settling here over 100 years ago, are credited for the introduction of the fern industry to the Indoor Foliage Capital of the World. Upon graduation from Apopka High School, Holly received her Associate of Arts Degree from Valencia College and went on to the University of Central Florida to study Business Management. Additionally, while she was at UCF she worked as a part-time assistant at the Apopka Area Chamber (How awesome is that!).


Over the past seven years, Holly has worked in the Marketing and Sales divisions of Ellucian, Inc., an international software company serving the technology needs of higher education. While there, her primary focus was on business development and marketing lead generation, as well as supporting the sales teams in enhancing their pipeline revenue. Prior to this role, Holly worked in project management and other distribution operations support for over a decade at then Progress Energy (now Duke) and as the Executive Assistant at the former Apopka branch of the Bank of Central Florida.


Holly remains very involved at Apopka High school and is dedicated to the sports programs, alumni and fundraising. Additionally, Holly is an advocate for children’s healthcare and as such, serves on the Family Advisory Council at Florida Hospital for Children, Orlando, and was recently named Chairman of the council. Holly is married to husband, Jack Condrey, and has two children, Victoria Burgett and Blake Burgett.
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Apopka Area Business Expo

APOPKA, FL (April 10, 2018) – Join the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce at our brand-new event, The Apopka Area Business Expo, next month on Thursday, April 26th. This after-hours event will be one of the best ways to reach hundreds of potential customers, business owners, chamber members, and employees, all in one exciting evening!


The Apopka Area Business Expo will allow our local businesses to showcase their products and services, gain unique opportunities to qualify leads, build strong business relationships and provide detailed information face-to-face about their business.


Boost your business exposure by participating in the Apopka Area’s first Business Expo in several years!




Exhibitor Fees: $150 (Chamber Members) & $350 (Non-Chamber Members)


To register for an exhibitor table, please click on the link below and download the registration form.


Food – Cash Bar – Raffle Prizes – Countless Leads



It will be an event to remember and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce Seeking Applications for the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is charged with setting the strategic vision for the organization. The Board is also the governing body and all corporate powers are exercised by and under the authority of the Board of Directors.


We are currently seeking applications from our members who are interested in serving on our Board of Directors. If you are interested, you must must be a current member of the Chamber at the time of application. Additionally, all candidates should possess a willingness to contribute a combination of “time, talent and treasure” to ensure future Chamber membership growth and event success.


To assist the nominating committee in learning more about your background, your service to the Chamber and to the community and the region, please take a few moments to answer the following application and questions below.


The deadline to submit the completed application and questionnaire for consideration is Friday, April 20th  (at the close of business – 5:00 p.m.).


Please Click Below to Fill Out the 2018-2019 Board of Directors Application & Questionnaire.

Completed applications should be submitted to Robert Agrusa, at robert@apopkachamber.org.

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12th Annual Taste of Apopka Attracts Over 800 Guests

More than $1,000 Raised for Local Restaurants Affected by Hurricane Irma


APOPKA, FL (November 21, 2017) – The 12th Annual Taste of Apopka, a signature event of The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, was held at Highland Manor last Thursday, November 16th. With nearly 50 restaurants and business vendors participating in this year’s event, the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed more than 800 guests who came to sample food and beverage selections and to raise funds in support of the community’s local restaurants and vendors that were affected by Hurricane Irma.


Nestled under the trees and starlight at the beautiful Highland Manor, guests were able to savor all that the area has to offer. Unlike previous years, the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce will also be generously donating more than $1,000 in total – from our prize raffles and ticket sales – to the restaurants that won in each of the four “Best Of” award categories.


“Unfortunately, many of our restaurants in the Apopka area were hit hard and several of them are still struggling to get things back to normal. Therefore, we are grateful that the entire community joined us in support of our local restaurants, in order to make this a successful night,” said Robert Agrusa, President of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce.


With the help of several esteemed judges, the following restaurants were awarded the “Best Of” Awards at the 12th Annual Taste of Apopka:


  • Best of Sit Down: Charlie Graingers
  • Best of Quick Service: McDonald’s – Smoothie Truck
  • Best of Sweets and Desserts: Topper’s Creamery
  • Best of Catering: Sam’s Club of Apopka


We extend our most sincere appreciation to our generous sponsors for their commitment in this successful event, including Duke Energy, Orlando Health, Taurus – Apopka City Center, The Apopka Chief & The Planter, Clear Channel Outdoor, Florida Hospital, UCF Business Incubator, Waste Management, AccuTech Construction, Inc., A&C Printing, Dignity Memorial, FINFROCK, Florida Door Solutions, Insight Credit Union, Nelson’s Insurance Services, Inc., The Apopka Voice, and Wal-Mart.


The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to be a catalyst of success for the entrepreneurs and leaders in business development, relationship building, community enrichment and local, regional and statewide issue advocacy by providing the tools and resources to help members be successful. Chamber membership offers business credibility, referrals, networking, marketing and advertising opportunities and professional development.


For more information on the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.ApopkaChamber.org.

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Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New President

agrusa headshot8/22/2017 – Robert Agrusa has been named the new President of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce.  Agrusa will begin his employment with the chamber on Monday, September 25.


A Florida native and leading advocate for the Central Florida business community, Mr. Agrusa comes to the Chamber from BusinessForce, the political action arm of the Orlando Economic Partnership (formerly the Central Florida Partnership), where he has served as Executive Director for the past two years.  In that role, Agrusa represented thousands of businesses and their tens of thousands of employees and was directly responsible for advancing the business community’s agenda through public policy advocacy and supporting business-friendly candidates for Florida’s largest regional PAC.


“I am very excited and humbled by this opportunity,” said Agrusa.  “Apopka is a wonderful place for business and I look forward to sharing my skills and vision with the Board of Directors and membership to meet the expanding business needs of this rapidly growing community.”


As the lead administrator and spokesman for BusinessForce, Agrusa led community conversations, built diverse coalitions, and engaged the Central Florida’s businesses by facilitating positive, proactive participation.  He also provided a strong voice on behalf of the business community to create more balanced media coverage in the process.


“Robert is a well-known and well-respected business advocate whose background and extensive experience in the Central Florida community will enable him to hit the ground running as we focus on bringing increased and measurable value to our members,” said Debbie Perez, Chairman of the Board.  “We are confident his skills and experience will enable us to meet the continued growth of our community head-on.”  The chamber’s executive search included nearly 200 applicants.


Agrusa moved to Central Florida in 2011 to serve as the chief political liaison between Senator Andy Gardiner’s legislative office and his responsibilities as Florida Senate President Designate. In this role, Agrusa was immersed in Gardiner’s political, fundraising and campaign-related activities – including his 2014 re-election campaign and his state Political Action Committee – and built quality and key relationships between members of the business community, elected officials, and organizations from across the State of Florida


Agrusa’s community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida, the Government Affairs Council at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, and the Central Florida Young Professionals Advisory Council. Additionally, Agrusa is a graduate of Leadership Orlando, Class 91, and the 2013 Central Florida Political Leadership Institute.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida.

The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to be a catalyst of success for the entrepreneurs and leaders in business development, relationship building, community enrichment and local, regional and statewide issue advocacy by providing the tools and resources to help members be successful. Chamber membership offers business credibility, referrals, networking, marketing and advertising opportunities and professional development.

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James B Greene Award – 4/13/2017



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Kaboom! – 4/8/2017



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City Council Candidate Forum

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Executive Trustees

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Supporting Trustees

GrayRobinson (Attorneys at Law) |  McLeod Law Firm |  Sam's Club, Apopka |  University of Central Florida |  The Coca-Cola Company

A&C Printing |  IBERIABANK, Apopka |  CenturyLink |  Highland Manor and Dubsdread Catering |  FAST SIGNS, Apopka/Altamonte |  Anuvia Plant Nutrients