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Small Business Saturday Deals in the Orlando Main Streets


Shop Small in the Orlando Main Streets!

Holiday shopping season is upon us! What better way to find a unique and one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on your shopping list than to shop small? In honor of Small Business Saturday, Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando invite all residents on Saturday, November 26 to make a conscious decision to patronize the small, locally-owned businesses in our community – many of which are located in our Downtown and Orlando Main Streets Districts.

Shopping small not only helps you check off your holiday gift list, but it is also a way to give the gift of opportunity to our City. The City’s thriving small business community provides much-needed goods and services and drive our local economy by creating new jobs and opportunities, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for residents.

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The Milk District Story

This Monday, The Milk District became the 10th district to join the Orlando Main Streets program after being approved for funding by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council. Tommy Barger, the owner of Space Bar and president of The Milk District Board, and Falon Quillen, owner of Etoile Boutique and the district’s promotion committee chair, offer insight into the Milk District’s history and how it will benefit from participating in the Orlando Main Streets program.

The Milk District

In 1925, a local Rollins College graduate by the name of Thomas Gilbert Lee decided to go into the dairy business. He purchased some land on the corner of Bumby Avenue and Colonial Drive to build his pasture.

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24 Representations of Pride in the Orlando Main Streets

This weekend our City welcomes thousands of visitors for the 2016 Come Out With Pride Parade and Festival. This year, the parade holds an even greater significance for our City, serving as a celebration of life and remembrance for the 49 victims of the Pulse tragedy.

To further celebrate our City’s pride and inclusion, we’ve collected a number of art pieces, items and locations that represent pride in our Orlando Main Streets.


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10 Local Coffee Shops Every Coffee Lover Should Know About

When you’re a coffee enthusiast, there are few things more exciting than the opportunity to sip on a good cup of locally brewed coffee. In honor of National Coffee Day, we’ve  put together a list of the 10 places in our Main Street Districts that every coffee lover should know about.

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10 Popular Local Places to Enjoy Football Season


Football season, arguably the best time of the year, is finally upon us! Orlando is home to football fans from around the country, rooting for teams from coast to coast, from college teams in every division all the way up to the NFL.

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Main Streets Restaurant Week 2016

Pauline Eaton, the Orlando Main Streets coordinator, offers  reasons why you should experience the second annual Main Streets Restaurant Week.


Orlando continues to be recognized as the home of a burgeoning local food movement. In fact, some of Orlando’s most noted and popular restaurants are locally owned small businesses that made their start in one of our eight unique Main Street districts.

List of restaurants and menus are available at

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Orlando Main Streets Awards Celebrates Volunteerism, Community

Another year has come and gone. I awoke today realizing it is our Orlando Main Streets Annual Awards Ceremony Day; the day we celebrate all the wonderful work our Main Streets and their amazing volunteers have accomplished.

It’s always good to look back and see where you started and how far you’ve come. Retrospect can be a wonderful exercise. It makes me smile when I remember the thought process of creating individual Main Street districts in Orlando and dreaming of what they could become. All the wonderful people I have had the distinct pleasure of working with and getting to know. The passion that people have developed for the program, and how proud they are to be associated with it…amazing!

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7 Ways to celebrate Father’s Day in the Orlando Main Streets

Every dad is different. You’ve got your outdoorsmen, your sports fanatics, gamers and craft beer connoisseurs. Does he love a cold brew coffee in the morning or a cold craft beer in the evening? Is he a cheeseburger and fries kind of guy, or a five-star gourmet? Whatever type of man your dad is, we’ve got something for him to enjoy this Father’s Day in the Orlando Main Streets.

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Ivanhoe Village Executive Director

Executive Director Position Summary:

Ivanhoe Village Main Street is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, energetic, creative, and organized person to serve as the full-time Executive Director of the Ivanhoe Village Main Street Program. The successful candidate will be the central figure in assisting with the development and revitalization efforts in the Ivanhoe Village Main Street District and will manage all aspects of the operations of the program. This includes community outreach, event planning, marketing, fundraising, business/membership development and day to day activities.  The Executive Director will further the Board of Director’s strategic goals for the program and will coordinate with the City of Orlando Main Street Administrator and other Orlando Main Street districts.  The Executive Director will report to the Ivanhoe Village Board of Directors. This is a full-time position with some after hour events and meetings required. Salary range is $32,000-$36,000.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate, develop and maintain business relationships with all Ivanhoe Village businesses within the district.
  • Maintain relationships and communication with City Commissioner and Main Street Administrator.
  • Attend all Ivanhoe Village meetings, including committee meetings, board meetings, and other scheduled events and/or programs.
  • Coordinate committee activities with committee chairs.
  • Promote program involvement and membership to merchants, residents, property owners, and other stakeholders/interested parties within the district.
  • Make suggestions to the Board based on feedback from program constituents on program content and benefits.
  • Maintain and track memberships, sponsorships, donations, all receivables and budgeted/approved expenditures through QuickBooks.
  • Prepare monthly program reports.
  • Coordinate all Ivanhoe Village program activities.
  • Oversee daily operations and administration, and provide needed hands-on involvement.
  • Coordinate projects, promotional activities, and collecting local market information.
  • Full-time advocate for Ivanhoe Village.
  • Become an authority on information, resources, and programs related to the district.
  • Work cooperatively with the local community to develop and implement action plans and timetables which include public and private activities and events.
  • Implement local objectives through the development of revitalization tools, such as rehabilitation programs; existing state and federal funding sources and grant opportunities, administrative procedures; political mechanisms; and legal processes, as appropriate.
  • Develop, monitor, and assess economic strategies to attract new users into existing facilities and expand current market opportunities.
  • Developing and maintain contacts with media sources to disseminate project information within the local community.
  • Coordinate all social media marketing/accounts
  • Develop and direct a strong volunteer base.
  • Oversee and manage volunteers and interns as applicable.
  • Other duties as directed by the Ivanhoe Village Main Street Board of Directors and the City of Orlando Administrator.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Public Administration, related field, or; relevant entrepreneurial and management experience
  • Minimum of 1 year related experience in economic development, downtown development, organizational development, non-profit management, or small business management.
  • Must possess professionalism, confidence, strong people and organizational skills, efficiency, initiative, resourcefulness, and an ability to work in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Must be able to work independently and be accountable.
  • Must be able to set and achieve short and long term goals.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently both written and verbally.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Google and QuickBooks. Experience in WordPress is preferred.


  • Ability to manage websites and social media content such as Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Yelp, and Blogs.
  • Experience with event planning and organizational/membership/community meetings.
  • Experience with fundraising, including corporate membership campaigns, sponsor solicitations, institutional supporters, and individual donors.
  • Proficient in conflict resolution and problem solving.
  • Outstanding customer service and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.

Desired Attributes:

  • Ability to maintain a creative work environment.
  • Possess a philanthropic and entrepreneur spirit.
  • Display a strong ability to lead, motivate and delegate.
  • Excel in developing customer loyalty.
  • Flexibility with hours.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Pauline Eaton, City of Orlando Main Streets
No phone calls or information-seeking emails please

Resumes will be received until Thursday, June 23, 2016.