December 2019 Newsletter
A Word from the Director:

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and have a very Happy (and healthy) New Year! 

We hope to see you next week at our January Chamber luncheon. Our January luncheon will be held on TUESDAY, January 7th at the Cultural Center. Representative Holly Raschein will be talking about the upcoming legislative session and priorities for the legislature, Monroe County, and the Governor's recommended budget. Space is limited, PLEASE make sure you pre-register here

ORCA & Card Sound/905 Reminder: DON'T SPEED. Speeding only save you 5 minutes and puts your life and others in danger. With increased police patrols, it could also earn you a $300 fine.

Toastmasters Update:   Become a better communicator in 2020! Join us at our next Toastmasters meeting on Wednesday, January 8th from 10-11 in the ORC HR Room! 

Business of the month:

January  Luncheon
TUESDAY, January 7th @ Noon- Cultural Center 

Join us for our January Luncheon 
on TUESDAY, January 7th 

Representative Holly Raschein, District 120
Florida House of Representatives   

Representative Raschein will be talking about the upcoming legislative session and priorities for the legislature, Monroe County, and the Governor's recommended budget

$30 with online Registration & Payment

$35 at the door     

  Register Now! 

Bring your business cards for distribution  

Don't forget to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to be featured as our Business of the Month for January. Congratulations again to our December winner: 

Thank you to our luncheon sponsor!

Senior Bridge


Become a Luncheon Sponsor... Promote YOUR Business While Supporting YOUR Chamber!

Ocean Reef Toastmasters Club
Meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month

We have Toastmasters members from Fantastic EndeavorsFrank-Keys Landscaping Inc. , IBERIABANK , ORCA , MassMutual-Coastal Wealth Ocean Reef Club Sotheby's International Realty , Reef Tropical Pool & Landscape, and  TechTutorUSA.comWe learn and grow together each month, please join us at our Open House on Wednesday, December 11th, you'll be glad you did!

*Must have a valid ORCA ID card to attend*

All Charities Weekend: How Can Your Business Get Involved 


Last year, your Chamber was given a unique opportunity to promote our sponsored businesses to Ocean Reef members while giving back to those in need in the communities of Key Largo, Homestead and Florida City.  Last year's sponsors were exposed to over 400 Ocean Reef Club residents. We are being extended this valuable opportunity once more through All Charities Weekend. 

The most active, engaged and philanthropic families in Ocean Reef join together to support one highly-anticipated social event of the year, All Charities Weekend, which raises over $6 million each year for non-profit organizations. The annual auction will be held on February 7 and 8, 2019.

*Preferred Partners
Each donate $50,000/year to cover event costs. All donated monies go to non-profits and not to their operating expenses thanks to their Preferred Partners. 

*Donate a Silent Auction Item
If item is worth $5,000 or more, one team member will be invited to accompany item at auction.

*Ocean Reef Chamber Luncheon
The luncheon sponsors will be displayed on a banner at the luncheon. Additionally, sponsors will have the chance to volunteer at the Friday night wine tasting event and gain even more exposure.   
Contact Jill at (305)367-3646 or to learn more

Make It Safe on Card Sound Road
Florida SBDC at FIU Hosted Events: 


Launching a New Business: From Concept to Success (Webinar)    
Date: January 15th, 2020
Time: 9:00AM - 10:00AM 
Location: ONLINE

Presented by: Florida SBDC at FIU in association with Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center
Business Incorporation Clinic (Webinar)    
Date: January 29th, 2020
Time: 9:00AM - 10:00AM 
Location: ONLINE

Presented by: Florida SBDC at FIU in association with Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center

How to Make Your Business Bankable    
Date: January 30th, 2020
Time: 9:00AM - 11:00AM 
Location: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key | 3990 S Roosevelt Blvd, 
Key West, FL 33040

Presented by: Florida SBDC at FIU in association with Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center
State & Local Government Contracting (Webinar)    
Date: February 12th, 2020
Time: 9:00AM - 10:00AM 
Location: ONLINE

Presented by: Florida PTAC, Florida SBDC at FIU in association with Pino Global
Entrepreneurship Center

Doing Business with Miami-Dade County (Webinar)    
Date: February 26th, 2020
Time: 9:00AM - 10:00AM 
Location: ONLINE

Presented by: Florida SBDC at FIU in association with Pino Global
Entrepreneurship Center
Toys For Tots Collection

Thank you to everyone that donated toys at our December Chamber luncheon and the last two months at our various locations. Special shoutout to the businesses below for helping us collect toys! 

Collection Sites on Property:

Lily Pulitzer at Ocean Reef 

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fund raising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991.The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The History of the Toys for Tots Foundation:

Since 1775 the Marine Corps has defended freedom and democracy - A duty they have fulfilled with honor, courage, and commitment. As they have fulfilled that duty, Marines have earned a well deserved reputation for toughness.

However, there is another side to the Marine Corps - The side that springs from a genuine concern for the communities in which they live, and a deep compassion for the under- privileged children of America. That's the side that exemplifies the spirit of the Marine Corps.  That side is found in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

In 1947, a group of Marines recognized that there were children in the community could benefit from the generosity of local citizens. The Marines Toys for Tots program was established then and has been going strong ever since. The Marines took this mission into their hands and have given all of their efforts for many years. The purpose of this program is to send a message of hope to the children of the community. 
Space for Rent in the Plaza Building
Events Happening in the Community: 

Looking for a Job? These Chamber Members are Hiring...

Contact Delle Cleaveland

Office: (305) 451-0007


Looking for a full time experienced technician
Interested? Reach out to Al Garcia at or 305-257-9434




Job Title:              Client Account Manager
Department:           Personal Lines
Location:              Homestead - 566
Provide a high level of customer service by developing a positive relationship with each client. Must demonstrate clear knowledge of personal insurance coverage and remain current with industry offerings. Manage the day-to-day account activity as well as renewal marketing efforts & account rounding opportunities.
Essential Duties and Functions:
  •          Manage daily account activity such as answering client questions, providing coverage analysis, submitting change requests, invoicing, providing claims assistance, & maintaining timely follow-up procedures.
  •          Follow procedures as presented in the Personal Lines Procedure Manual with accuracy and attention to detail.
  •          Manage the monthly renewal process to include market selection and submission, quote analysis/comparison, & company rewrites when necessary.
  •          Participate in cross-selling opportunities and cross-department referrals, as well as proactively striving to increase client retention
  • Once approved/reviewed and if needed, work with Producers to prepare renewal proposal indicating summary of current and renewal/re-write options. 
  • Attend meetings, seminars, and programs to stay up-to-date on new commercial lines products and services and to learn new skills
  • Establish strong relationship with clients and insurance carriers
  • Issue Certificates of Insurance


Contact Yaritza Morris
Private Client Leader
Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc. dba. TR Jones & Co.
at (305) 246-7528 or

Full time help in office.

To apply, please contact Eileen Plasky at  or 305.735.4589



To apply, please contact Katya Andrade at or 305-852-4246 x235 or fax at 305-852-6902.

Youth Mentor

Would you or someone you know enjoy a career inspiring young people?
The Florida Keys Children's Shelter seeks individuals to work directly with preteens and teens at its Children's Center in the Upper Florida Keys. Starting pay is $15-16 an hour. Some evenings and weekends are required. You must be at least 21 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid Florida driver's license, and be able to pass a comprehensive background check and drug screening. Experience working with youth and a bachelor's degree are preferred. Send your resume to or 73 High Point Rd., Tavernier, FL 33070, or fax to 305-852-6902.

Job Opportunity Submitted
Contact Name
Lorenzo Giles
Contact Phone
Contact Email
Job Title
A/V Technician, Programmer, Field Manager
Job Description
Please Email: for application and inquiries about these positions.

Please review our website for more information on our services.


The Ocean Reef Community Association (ORCA) in North Key Largo is hiring! 
Interested in joining our team? Check out our website at:
Positions are available in the following areas:
(click on the job title for more details)

ORCA Accounting:

Full-Time Staff Accountant 
Ocean Reef Public Safety Department:
Full-Time Access Control Officer (Welcome Center)
Part-Time/ON-Call Communications Officer/Dispatcher
ORCAT and The Grayvik Animal Care Center:
Part-Time Animal Care Assistant

Ocean Reef Volunteer Fire Department:
Volunteer Firefighter
For consideration, please apply online at and send your resume to:
Talent Acquisition Division


$10-11.00 per hour depending on experience
Call Nicole at 305-367-2036 or email
Experience Preferred, Must Pass Background

The UPS Store at Ocean Reef- Now Hiring!


Apply via email attention Michele Beach: 


Job Opportunity Submitted
Contact Name
Christina Watson
Contact Phone
Contact Email

Job Title
Part time receptionist
Job Description
Please call or email Christina if you're interested in applying.  


Zero Dress Code in Islamorada is looking for a 
Full-time or Part-time Sales Position  

The Dress Code in Ocean Reef is looking for a 
Part-time Sales or Seasonal Position
Send Resume to Inquire in person at either location or Call Suzi 305-393-4445
Thank you!

Did you Know? 

Let us help you promote your next event, post your job openings, or sh are your member member deals.  The Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce is happy to:

Complimentary (on our website):
-Post job openings
-Share member to member specials
-Post current coupons being offered

Minimal fee:
-Send e-blast to our contact list on your behalf
-Feature your story on our newsletter
-Post flyers on our social networks 

Contact us at 305-367-3646 to find out more!