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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

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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.

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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 orlandomainstreets.com/restaurantweek

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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.

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

  • 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.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • 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 Administrator:Pauline.Eaton@cityoforlando.net
No phone calls or information-seeking emails please

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

 

8 Things to do during Copa 100 in the Orlando Main Streets

13317084_10153437116962330_7271041097468512282_oFor the first time ever, Copa – the longest standing international continental soccer competition – is coming to America. Even more, the City of Orlando, now known as the “Soccer Capitol of the South” is one of only 10 U.S. cities to host this 100-year-old tournament. Between June 4 and June 8, the City will be canvassed with national and international soccer enthusiasts who have come from every corner of the globe to partake in the biggest sporting event Orlando has seen since the 1994 World Cup.

With three games over a five-day span, Orlando Main Streets wants to ensure that everyone – residents and visitors – enjoy their time before, between and after games to the fullest. Therefore, we’ve put together your guide of Orlando Main Streets locations to visit during Copa 100.

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Audubon Park – Great Leadership, A Great Neighborhood and A Great Story

15768677754_8ced892c9a_mWhen I started in this Main Street world, I had one goal in mind and that was to improve my hometown. It grew out of a love for my community, and knowing our downtown needed help. I had no idea HOW to do it, no training, no education to teach me how…but I knew someone had to show it some love and attention.

When I arrived in Orlando in 2007, I had no idea how this would all translate. It was a new community and a new way of translating the Main Street Approach. But I knew if it was going to work, it would take that same type of love, attention and commitment from the community to be successful.

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Audubon Park Garden District wins Great American Main Street Award

Our very own Audubon Park Garden District has received a 2016 Great American Main Street Award, a national honor that recognizes the country’s best examples of comprehensive neighborhood commercial district revitalization.

APDG was recognized for reinventing itself from a neighborhood that historically served the nearby military base into a corridor flourishing with nationally-acclaimed small businesses, an epicenter for Orlando’s farm-to-table movement and its hosting of Zombietoberfest and Bastille Day that bring thousands of visitors to the district looking to partake in these unique, free events, which truly are #alocalthing.

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Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur…the word has always sounded so romantic to me. Dictionary.com lists the definition as “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.” It is a French word that literally means to undertake. To me, it congers up notions of freedom, pride, self-assurance and achievement…but why wouldn’t it?

As today is Throw Back Thursday, allow me to reminisce a bit. You see, I am the daughter of a serial entrepreneur. My father was a dreamer…yes, that’s where I get it from. He ventured into many different entrepreneurial risks in his day. At some point in time, my parents added onto our home at 33 Main Street (yes, I was born on Main Street). It was built into a hill, so the basement was at street level, and it was located right downtown, across from all the shops. So, he put a storefront in our basement and launched his businesses, one after the other: a gun shop, an antique store and his last venture, Amy’s Restaurant…named for my mother, because she made all the pies. My parents ran the restaurant underneath our home. I grew up visiting them, playing in the restaurant, and though I don’t remember, I am told my dad put Chubby Checker’s The Twist on the jukebox and placed me on the counter while he and I twisted to entertain the customers. I was only 2 or 3 and don’t remember any of it…but that song.  Continue reading Entrepreneurs