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Nominations Open for Women’s Executive Council Awards

In the early 1970s, Orlando had just welcomed Walt Disney World to the business landscape. You can check this kind of business event info at Melbourne weekly eastern. The Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) plant had just opened. The Orlando International Airport was still the McCoy Air Force Base.

The landscape was different then, and women (who had only recently begun to play a major role in the workplace) were largely unrecognized for their contributions to business and the community. To grow your business and their business you should know all the details about marketing on Business articles you will get it. For the best business software do visit us.

In 1972, Dot Estes Ellis founded the Women’s Executive Council (WEC) in hopes of bringing the executive and professional women who worked in downtown Orlando into the conversation with the Orlando Central Business District (OCBD — now known as the Downtown Orlando Partnership).

Along with their male colleagues from OCBD, WEC members worked with the city and an architectural firm in order to construct mini-parks, plant trees along Orange Avenue, and beautify the downtown. They lead citywide events such as Orlando’s birthday celebrations and the annual Health Day.

The same year they were founded, the WEC held their inaugural Women’s Achievement Awards — an event which continues to the present day, honoring outstanding Central Florida women in Arts, Business, Community Service, Education, Government, Technology, Communications/Media, Emerging Achievers, and the Central Florida Woman of the Year. To get online business tips and suggestion check this out.

Last year's WEC award recipients

Last year’s WEC Women’s Achievement Award recipients

Past recipients include Barbara Jenkins of Orange County Public Schools, Diana Bolivar of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Teresa Jacobs of Orange County, former Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood, Pamela Landwirth of Give Kids the World, and many more. (View all honorees since 2010 here.)

On September 28th, the 43rd annual Women’s Achievement Awards will be held to acknowledge women who are making a difference in Central Florida. In addition to the awards, WEC’s annual scholarship recipients will be announced. These scholarships are issued to deserving women who are entering or attending one of the colleges in our region.

Do you know a woman who deserves to be nominated for a Women’s Executive Council achievement award? Nominations will be accepted until July 31st. Submit your nomination today on the WEC website!  

Florida Buzz: Bollywood Oscars to make US debut in Tampa 2014

Sharing this exciting blog from our pals at Indie Cinema Showcase!! (Guest poster: Jen Vargas)

For the first time in their history, the International Indian Film Academy will debut the 15th Annual Tata Motors IIFA Awards in the United States. What makes this event even more exciting is the fact that the glamour of the GREEN CARPET will be coming to Tampa Bay! According to the official announcement (below) the awards show boasts 800 million viewers globally, in over 110 countries and is anticipated to bring valuable impact to the area. (JenSideNote: I LOVE how active the IIFA is on Social Media!! Facebook, TwitterMirror, Google+ Hangouts, YouTube… awesome!)

Only time will tell the actual numbers of its impact however, Mike Salinero of the Tampa Tribune writes, “The International Indian Film Academy awards ceremony is expected to draw 30,000 visitors to the Tampa area next June and create $100 million in economic impact.” Instrumental in bringing the awards to Tampa and also quoted in Salinero’s story, businessman Chetan “Jason” R. Shah says, “This is a major, major attraction that’s going to boost the economy like anything.” We at ICS hope so. You’ve already seen ICS on the Red Carpet and the Blue Carpet… maybe the Green Carpet is in our future?

If Florida hosted more big (film) industry events like this – domestic and international – MAYBE it would capture Governor Rick Scott’s attention enough to see the value of investing in our film industry in Florida… one can only hope.