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Coffee Club – Free Networking the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month

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Coffee Club is the number one informal networking group in Central Florida designed to help small businesses and entrepreneurs. The group began in January 2007 and has consistently attracted 50 – 70+ local business owners weekly to network and learn from expert presenters.

Guest Speaker: Chase Smith, Orange County Ombudsman & Aide to Mayor Teresa Jacobs

Topic: Getting Citizens Involved in Local Government



Chase Smith is a 4th generation Floridian, born and raised in Wauchula, located an hour and a half southwest of Orlando. Chase served on the Wauchula City Council for three, four-year terms helping to build his hometown into a better place. In 2004, Chase moved to Orlando and took the position as Aide to an Orlando City Commissioner. During his seven years at City Hall, Chase quickly developed the reputation as being the "go to guy" in the Office of the City Commissioners. He was known as the person who could get constituents’ issues resolved efficiently and effectively.

In August 2011, Mayor Jacobs named him to be Orange County's first Ombudsman. Mayor Jacobs chose Chase for this role due to his thorough understanding of Orange County’s government, departments and divisions and for his compassionate, patient and objective ability to address difficult matters with, at times, citizens who are frustrated with their government. As the Ombudsman, it is Chase's role to hear complaints and allegations of fraud and abuse in the County government and assist them through the appropriate process.

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Fairwinds Credit Union Corporate Office (corner of Alafaya Trail & Science), 3087 N Alafaya Trl, Orlando, FL 32826.  For more information, please visit our website at


This event is open to all and always FREE to attend thanks to our sponsors. Bagels provided by Paychex.


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  • Kerry K.

    Always enjoy the coffee club - and the coffee and bages are a plus too!

    1 · March 29, 2013

  • Natalie H.

    Schdule conflct. Will attend April 18, 2013 meet-up.

    April 3, 2013

  • Doug B.

    This was a great way to start the morning, thanks to all the sponsors and organizers.

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Doug B.

    It was a great way to start the day

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Nancy Hoehn, D.

    Unexpected work deadline yesterday!! Missed everyone!

    April 5, 2013

  • Joanne M.

    Fantastic - Gege always attracts a great crowd!

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Toni C.

    Great as always! Love all the new people!

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Scott D.

    Sorry. See you next time

    April 4, 2013

  • Tarik El M.

    It will be my first coffer club. See you guys there

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Doug B.

    Hello, I am looking forward to meeting this group and networking, enjoy.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Latoya T.

    Looking forward to this, Very excited!!!!

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to my first Coffee Club Meetup.

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • Destiny Q.

    Be there or be square!

    1 · February 18, 2013

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