August 2018 News

August 2018 News

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August 2018 Newsletter
A Word from the Director:

Don't miss our first luncheon of the year! Douglas Brewer, Training Manager at Ocean Reef Club, will be presenting an interactive luncheon with activities that stress the importance of listening effectively. Come learn how to "Become a Keynote Listener" and get to know your fellow Chamber members. Please be sure to bring extra business cards to share with your table. 

We have some exciting new events planned for this year and we can't wait to share the details with you in the upcoming months, please follow us on Facebook so your business doesn't miss out.  Have an idea for an upcoming event or luncheon topic? We want to hear your feedback regarding events and luncheon speakers, please email feedback or suggestions to Most importantly, we want to recognize your business' accomplishments, please send your press releases or any major news about your organization in as well so we can share it! 

Your Chamber Board of Directors would like to wish 
you a safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend! We hope 
to see you Wednesday at our September luncheon! 

September Luncheon
Wednesday, September 5th @ noon- The Cultural Center

Join us for our September Luncheon


Douglas Brewer,
Training Manager at Ocean Reef Club

Listen Up- How to Become 
Keynote Listener

An interactive luncheon with activities that stress the importance 
of listening effectively. 

You will learn:
  • The importance of active and effective listening
  • The importance of reflection, introspection, and acting at the right moment
  •  Tips and techniques for improving your listening skills
$30 with online Registration & Payment

$35 at the door

 Bring your business cards for distribution
Don't forget to purchase a Raffle Ticket for a chance to be featured as our Business of the Month for September. Congratulation to our June winner: JDR Designs, Inc.


Thank you to our luncheon sponsors!      
Become a Luncheon Sponsor...Promote YOUR Business 
While Supporting YOUR Chamber!

Public Safety would like to remind you:

This is a kind reminder that pursuant to Ocean Reef Community Association Rules found in the Handbook, page 53:
All commercially licensed vehicles, construction and service vehicles (trucks, vans, trailers, etc.) must have the name of the business and/or Owner operator, location and telephone number posted on the side of the vehicle in neat and readable lettering. 

Our Community Partners,
As a friendly reminder, the first school day for students at The Academy at Ocean Reef is next Tuesday;- please be mindful of traffic in the area of the school,- as well as the school bus stops for Monroe County School buses picking students up on Ocean Reef.
We have begun reminding all contractors (Chamber members) who enter our property, and therefore, in our effort to continue "setting the positive example", I ask that you please remind our fellow team members that School is Starting, and to be cognizant of the children traveling to/from school.
Deputies and Public Safety Officers will be patrolling the South Harbor area next week,- and we have placed reminder signs on South Harbor this week.
Thank you,
           Timothy M. James
Vice President & Director of Public Safety
       Ocean Reef Community Association

Meet the Candidates in October:
  • General Election: November 6, 2018
The Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce will be hosting
 a "Meet the Candidates" luncheon on Wednesday, October 3rd, please stay tuned for more details in 
our next newsletter.

A quick look at the November ballot outlines the battles ahead.

Visit for non-partisan news and information on candidates that will appear on the November ballot. In the meantime, now's the time to start talking to your employees about getting involved and voting.

Events Happening in the Community: 

1 Dockside Lane

We are now located in the blue building across from the Service 
behind Wynn's Market next to the nature center and across from Marine Max
Come check out our new digs!

Thank you Castle Services, Inc. for helping us move!

Our mailing address is still: 
Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce
31 Ocean Reef Drive, Suite C101-179
Key Largo, FL 33037


2018-2019 Luncheon Schedule:
1st Wednesday of the month September-June 


 September 5, 2018 @ The Cultural Center at Ocean Reef
October 3, 2018 @ The Cultural Center at Ocean Reef 
November 7, 2018 @ The Cultural Center at Ocean Reef
December 5, 2018 @ The Cultural Center at Ocean Reef
January 2, 2019 @ The Cultural Center at Ocean Reef 
February 6, 2019 @ Carysfort Hall 

March 6, 2019 @ The Cultural Center at Ocean Reef
April 3, 2019 @ The Cultural Center at Ocean Reef
May 1, 2019 @ The Cultural Center at Ocean Reef
June 5, 2019 @ The Cultural Center at Ocean Reef 

Purchase the 2018-2019 luncheon package today to save!  

Purchase a Luncheon Package for $270. The Chamber organizes 10 luncheons 
throughout the year at the cost of $35 per attendee. Pay for these luncheons 
in advance and save $80 for the year.
Become a Luncheon Sponsor...
Promote YOUR Business While Supporting YOUR Chamber!
For only $100, your logo will be placed in the luncheon invitation, and prominently displayed on the welcome screen at the luncheon. Have marketing material you want to distribute? Bring it in to be placed at every table for maximum exposure. You will also be given additional time during introductions to tell us about your business. Only three sponsors are allowed per luncheon.

Topics this year include updates from ORCA and Ocean Reef Club, meet the candidates    for the 2018 election, and Cyber security. Have an idea for a speaker or luncheon topic? Email Jill at 

Interested in placing a business ad in the Ocean Reef Press?

Contact the new Ocean Reef Press Advertising Sales Manager:
Derek Bodchon 

Greetings from your new Ocean Reef Press Advertising Sales Manager. After receiving my Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida in 2012, I moved to Key Largo to work for Ocean Reef Club, where I spent the last four years as the Marina Concierge. A Florida native at heart, when I'm not working I enjoy all the Keys has to offer including fishing, diving and bike riding. I look forward to meeting everyone who is a part of this wonderful community and am very excited about this new opportunity.

Contact Info:
Phone 305-367-5806
Cell 305-783-7673

Member to Member Specials:

Have a promotion or summer special you'd like to share with your fellow chamber members? Email them to 
Volunteer Opportunity:


How often have you thought you would like to 'make a difference' in your 
community?Well now is the perfect time! Habitat for Humanity of the Upper 
Keys could use a little of your time volunteering at the ReStore. 

Can you spare 3.5 hours a week for a good cause? Store hours are 10am-5pm 
Tuesday-Friday, and 9am-4pm on Saturdays. If you can volunteer for a morning 
or afternoon shift please give us a call at 305-453-7855 or stop in to say hi!

All operating profits from ReStore sales go into Habitat's building program, and 
help provide adequate housing for hard working Upper Keys families. 

Perks? First look at all of the cool furniture we get in! 20% discount! Fund environment- sometimes we have cookies!


The ReStore is located at 98970 Overseas Hwy 
MM 98.9 * In the median.

Looking for a Job? These Chamber Members are Hiring...


Office Manager

We are seeking a highly competent individual to provide administrative, accounting, and HR support in a professional, well-organized, and timely manner. This role involves a variety of tasks related to but not limited to working with the Dept. of Child Family Services and the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, as well as many professional business individuals and companies. This position requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) and computer proficiency including Internet, MS Office365, Outlook, and QuickBooks preferred. This position requires a great degree of confidentially and will collaborate with senior management, board members, and staff.

SNAP Counseling Coordinator

This position is responsible for the overall supervision of all employees and program requirements of SNAP. The SNAP Coordinator provides direct supervision for the SNAP Facilitators and SNAP Case Managers. In addition, this position will have on call responsibilities agency wide for any and all counseling issues. This position works in conjunction with the other Program Coordinators to ensure smooth intra-agency program coordination.
Qualifications:  This is a management position for a person possessing a related Master's level degree with a minimum of three years related experience; previous supervisory experience; keyboarding skills at a minimum of 35 w.p.m.; familiarity with cognitive behavior modification; structured groups and parent education groups is required; previous research and community/agency liaison experience is desired.

House Parents

We have an immediate opening in Key West, Florida for the position of House Parents. We are seeking couples who do not currently have children of their own at home, but have a dedication to helping children. House parents are responsible for the care and day to day activities of up to 6 children. Position includes housing, stipend, and we offer dental and vision. Salary depends upon experience.

Job Opportunity Submitted
Contact Name Lorenzo Giles
Contact Phone 3056001411
Contact Email
Job Title A/V Technician, Programmer, Field Manager
Job Description
Please Email: for application and inquiries about these positions. 

Please review our website for more information on our services.


The Ocean Reef Community Association (ORCA) in North Key Largo is hiring! 
Interested in joining our team? Check out our website at:
Positions are available in the following areas:
Senior Staff Accountant
Volunteer Firefighter
For consideration, please apply online at and send your resume to:
Talent Acquisition Division


The UPS Store at Ocean Reef- Now Hiring!


Apply via email attention Michele Beach: 


Job Opportunity Submitted
Contact Name Christina Watson
Contact Phone
Contact Email
Job Title Part time receptionist
Job Description
Please call or email Christina if you're interested in applying.  

Did you Know? 

Let us help you promote your next event, post your job openings, or share your member member deals.  The Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce is happy to:

Complimentary (on our website):
-Post job openings
-Share member to member specials
-Post current coupons being offered

Minimal fee:
-Send e-blast to our contact list on your behalf
-Feature your story on our newsletter
-Post flyers on our social networks 

Contact us at 305-367-3646 to find out more!



Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce

1 Dockside Lane

Key Largo, FL 33037 

Phone: 305.367.3646
Fax: 305.367.2799

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Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce
31 Ocean Reef Dr.
Suite C101 PMB 179
Key Largo, FL 33037


To promote the highest standard of professionalism and service to the Ocean Reef Community, to be an advocate for our members, to promote business alliances, to provide valuable benefits and services to our members and to foster economic development within the Ocean Reef Community.
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