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Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce Hosts
US SBA Office of Advocacy Regional Roundtable for Small Businesses

This event is one of three planned throughout Florida and will take place in Oviedo on June 6.

Oviedo, Fla. (May 17, 2018) – The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce (OWSRCC) has invited the United States Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) to its region to discuss federal regulatory burdens that present barriers to growth with small businesses throughout Central Florida. The Advocacy, in conjunction with the OWSRCC, will host a Regional Regulatory Roundtable on Wednesday, June 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the City of Oviedo Cultural Center.

Bridget Lake, President of OWRCC, explains: “Our chamber is very excited to bring this event, to not only the Oviedo-Winter Springs region, but to the entire Central Florida business community. It is a unique opportunity for small business owners to voice their concerns to those who advocate for businesses regarding federal regulations that may hinder their growth and success. It’s a free event and open to the public, so we hope to see representation from all industries.”

The purpose of this event is to gain valuable insight into which specific federal regulatory burdens present the biggest barriers to small business growth. With these recommendations, Advocacy can better assist federal agencies in complying with President Trump’s directives to reduce burdensome regulations. Additionally, information compiled from this roundtable and others will help Advocacy generate a report informing Congress and the public of the top regulatory issues for small businesses. Similar events will be held in Brandon, Fla. and Jacksonville, Fla. In June.

“The Office of Advocacy plays a crucial role in supporting our nation’s small businesses,” said Major L. Clark III, Acting Chief Counsel for Advocacy. “Holding these regional roundtables to hear concerns directly from small business owners is a key component in our efforts to help lessen the heavy regulatory burden on small business.”

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged at: For those unable to attend who would still like to inform Advocacy of an important regulatory issue, please visit:


About the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Created by Congress in 1976, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. Appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy directs the office. The Chief Counsel advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policy makers. Economic research, policy analyses, and small business outreach help identify issues of concern. Regional Advocates and an office in Washington, DC, support the Chief Counsel’s efforts. For more information on the Office of Advocacy, visit, or call (202) 205-6533.

About the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit business membership association. With corporate offices located at 376 N. Central Ave., near downtown Oviedo, the purpose of the chamber is to serve as an advocate for business and civic interests within our communities. For more information on the Chamber, please visit



State of Seminole Luncheon Outline

  1. Chairman of the Board Dawn Ofodile will speak
  2. Chamber President Bridget Lake will cover chamber announcements
  3. Pledge of Allegiance
  4. Guests will line up for food
  5. Speakers will start once everyone has their food
    1. Speakers will talk in this order
  • Chairman John Horan (District 2)

2017 was a difficult year for the county- terrible brush fires, Hurricane Irma, the opioid epidemic, the Zika problem- but the spirit of so many different segments of our community allowed us to thrive during this time. Great staff and great cooperation that happens on every level is the reason for this. The strength of our community comes from the resilience and creativity of our community & our business sector.

  •  Commissioner Brenda Carey (District 5)

The two sports complexes that have been renovated/created have brought in millions of dollars in economic impact. Orlando-Sanford Airport has grown drastically, looking at 3 million passengers annually for domestic flights. Working on Central Florida Expressway Authority to make travel flow more seamlessly from the coast to the Central Florida area.

  • Commissioner Lee Constantine (District 3)

Seminole County is a leader of the region, not about the quantity of life, but the quality. Amazing progress from Oviedo at the Park in the last few years since the groundbreaking of it.

  •  Commissioner Bob Dallari (District 1)

The last few years the county has moved hundreds of millions of dollars for capital improvements for the roads in the area. Next phase of the road construction will be East & West 426. Our primary issue is kids safety, so there are frequent meetings on how to get the kids safely to and from school during this huge construction project. Unemployment rates are at 3.6%, in comparison to the state of Florida have 3.9% of unemployment rates & the national unemployment rate of 4.1%. Passed one of the toughest fertilizer ordinances in the state, as well as the first bear ordinance.


  1. Q & A

When is 419 going to be completed?

Bob: It’s done in phases. We’re tackling the issues of kids going to and from school and their safety. Unfortunately, from Jackson Heights to Lockwood, no funding for it yet. However, from Oviedo High School through downtown will start next year.

What about the actual widening 434 & 417?

Bob: Road projects are a long process. Right now it’s broken down into two phases, North and South, however they’ll be happening at the same time. Doing a safety project for 434 & 417 down to Magnolia is our first priority right now.

  1. BBQ Blowout announcement
  2. Member Announcements



Seminole State’s Oviedo Campus renamed in honor of the late Robert and Jane Lee


SANFORD, Fla. (March 2, 2018) – Seminole State College of Florida announced, Thursday, March 1, that it has renamed its Oviedo Campus in honor of the late Robert and Jane Lee for their financial contribution and commitment to the College. The renaming was presented to the Lee family, their guests and members of the College community at an intimate luncheon, held on what will now be known as the Robert and Jane Lee Campus at Oviedo.

In December 2016, Robert Lee signed a gift commitment to the College for approximately $4 million to establish the Robert and Jane Lee Endowed Scholarship.

Natives of Oviedo, the Lees were farmers and raised their children in Seminole County. Their son, Rick Lee, CEO of Citizens Bank of Florida, has continued the family’s great connection to Seminole State, once serving on the College’s Board of Trustees and as the current chair of the College’s president search committee.

“Robert and Jane Lee were fourth-generation Oviedoans,” said Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee. “They were humble and unassuming. They raised some great children and measured their wealth not in terms of money, but in terms of family and the good that they could do for others. During his lifetime, Mr. Lee provided scholarship assistance to students at Seminole State College and called them ‘his kids.’ Because of his belief in our students and his great generosity, Seminole County high school graduates will be able to pursue the career of their choice at Seminole State, graduating with very little, if any, student debt. Their success will be Robert and Jane Lee’s living legacy.”

In March 2017, Seminole State’s Board of Trustees approved the Foundation for Seminole State College’s request that the Oviedo Campus be renamed in honor of the Lees. The campus opened in 2001 and sits on 181 acres, which includes a 120-acre nature preserve. It features state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories and offers students small class sizes and hands-on, real-world instruction.



About Seminole State College of Florida: Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor’s degrees to high school diplomas, and offers 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.

Photo: (L-R) Dr. John Gyllin, Bob Lee, John Lee, David Lee, Pat Hendry, Rick Lee, Gerry Weldon, Robert and Jane Lee Scholarship recipients Natalia Alvarez Collazo and Esteban Feliciano, and Dr. E. Ann McGee.

Media Contacts: Tyrone Law, Communications Specialist, Seminole State College, 407.708.2543, or Laura E. Richeson, APR, Richeson Communications, 407.616.8108,




            CONTACT: Bridget Lake
Senior Sponsorships and Events




Oviedo, Fla. (February 5, 2018) – Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce (OWSRCC) and the City of Oviedo are proud to announce that the 24th Annual Taste of Oviedo will be held at Oviedo Mall on Saturday, March 10 from 10am – 6pm, and as always, there is free admission.

This year’s outdoor event, sponsored by Air Flow Designs Heating and Air Conditioning, will offer a wide array of local samples from restaurants, caterers and food trucks. Taste of Oviedo has over 30 food vendors participating and showcases many of Oviedo’s favorite local restaurants, including 9-time Best of Taste Winner TJ’s Seafood Shack and restaurant area sponsor Miller’s Oviedo Ale House to name a few.

Citrus & Celery is changing its focus to a celebrating the flavors of these crops in one harmonious meal. Visitors to the booth can try an appetizer, main course, dessert, and drink with flavors from this year’s featured country, Italy. Guests then get to vote for which country’s cooking style they would like to see featured in next year’s contest.

Live musicians and other performers will be on stage throughout the festival. An expanded Kids Taste area will feature bounce houses, fun rides and activities. Taste also includes a showcase of local businesses, non-profits and arts and craft vendors. In total, there are over 200 vendors for attendees to explore.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bridget Lake at or 407-278-4871.

For more information about Taste of Oviedo, please visit



About the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit business membership association. With corporate offices located at 376 N. Central Ave., near downtown Oviedo, the purpose of the chamber is to serve as an advocate for business and civic interests within our communities. For more information on the Chamber, please visit

2018 Taste of Oviedo Press Release – PDF



2018 Taste of Oviedo Media Alert.PDF