Our membership in the MBA and RED Groups has been a game changer for our agency. We have made fantastic business connections that have allowed us to grow and expand our business. A bonus has been the wonderful MBA members that are now our friends.
- Lori Williams
CEO J Meyers Insurance Agency
Sponsoring and participating in MBA Orlando Chamber of Commerce programs and events provides Orlando Health teams the opportunity to meet key professionals and businesses that add value to our purchasing and supplier diversity efforts.
- Marisol Romany
Director, Diversity & Minority Business Development - Orlando Health
We benefit from MBA Orlando Membership in many ways. The opportunity to network with like-minded business owners in the Orlando community is rewarding. MBA membership resulted in Falk Research Associates, Inc. becoming certified LGBT-owned Business Enterprise with the NGLCC and that has led to business opportunities. Most importantly and on a personal note, the friendships with other MBA LGBT business owners and Allied business owners are what I value most of all.
- Thor Falk
Falk Research Associates, Inc.
I've attended two of the Business Essentials Workshops presented by the MBA. I have found both to have been excellent and informative. Both were professionally done with amazing speakers. The workshop on Interns really clarified the requirements for hiring an intern as well as the pluses and minuses for your business. The workshop on Google Ad Words was great with lots of new ideas on how to maximize the value of what Google has to offer.
- James Llewellyn
Joie de Vivre Health & Chiropractic
I have been a Member of the MBA for several years. Initially I joined as Business Consultant working for Resource Management, Inc. which is a Professional Employer Organization. The relationships I’ve built and the encouragement I received from networking at the Business Connect meetings and from when I was part of the RED Groups helped to give me the courage to start my own business a year and half ago. Merritt Business Solutions, a PEO Brokerage is now thriving and I could not have done it without the MBA! Joining this Chamber has been one of the best investments I have ever made. I recommend anyone who wants to grow their business to attend the Business Connect events; there are numerous ways to network, advertise and build your business.
- Denise Merritt
Merritt Business Solutions
Being the longest standing member of MBA is a true testament of my feeling about the benefits of MBA membership. Over the years I have made numerous great business connections, landed many new accounts and made some amazing friends. I can’t more strongly recommend the benefits of joining MBA.
- Michael Thomas
John Michael Events
Being a member of MBA orlando has been nothing but a completely rewarding experience. Joining the RED group has also challenged us to rethink our business model based on feedback from the group, it has required our management team to think outside the box and act outside our comfort zone allowing us to hone presentation and sales techniques. There is a benefit to marginalized groups banding together with allies to support and nurture talent within that group and that is the focus of MBA. The standard of the organization is higher because we are expected to be better so the commitment to furthering LGBTQ+ owner/operated is primary but you have to put in the work.
- Alfred Hernandez
Owner/Partner - Structured Accounting Solutions
At Castle & Cottage Realty, we understand clearly the importance of engaging in actions that support our community of businesses. When we come together in support and advocacy, we thrive together. RED Group Downtown has played an important role in the growth and health of our business. From the warm welcome we have received, to the heartfelt shout outs on social media, to the kind business opportunities, we have felt the support and strive to give it in return as we go about our business and our lives. As we have come to know the people and the businesses of RED Group Downtown, we wholeheartedly seek to make connections for this dynamic business community.
- Katherine Bordelon
Owner/Broker - Castle & Cottage Realty