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History

The Start of the Center of Business Innovation

In mid-2014, the Orange County Citizens Foundation  recognized that meeting many of the challenges affecting our quality of life were rooted in the county’s economic development and growth.  It envisioned a unified, forward-thinking, and strategic business community that could identify the needs of different business sectors and then provide solutions.

The Citizens Foundation assembled a task force comprised of the Orange County Partnership (Office of Economic Development), the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and leading members of the business community to consider the possibilities.  The task force included:

Jim Smith, Advance Testing Company, Co-Chair
Tom Weddell, Vanacore DeBenedictus DiGovanni & Weddell, Co-Chair
Dennis Barnett, Propinquity Associates
Maureen Halahan, Orange County Partnership
Michelle Koury, Crystal Run Healthcare
Alan Marks, Stanley Marks & Company
Ralph Martucci, Orange County Chamber of Commerce
Nancy Proyect, Orange County Citizens Foundation

Over a five-week period, the task force developed an exciting new model – the Orange County Center of Business Innovation – a triumvirate focused on advocacy, economic development, and better integration of the business community. Since then, the Center for Business Innovation has evolved into a strategic and agile organization, solely focused on improving the business climate in Orange County.

Members of the newly formed Steering Committee overseeing the Center of Business Innovation include:

Jim Smith, Advance Testing Company, President
Tom Weddell, Vanacore DeBenedictus DiGovanni & Weddell, Treasurer
Dennis Barnett, Propinquity Associates, Secretary
Maureen Halahan, Orange County Partnership
Alan Marks, Stanley Marks & Company
Nancy Proyect, Orange County Citizens Foundation
Brian Varley, Riemann, Scalio and Varley

The Center of Business Innovation has been formed as a 501(c)3, with its partner,  the Council of Business Innovation, forming as a 501(c)6 organization. This design will allow the Center of Business Innovation to focus on improving business integration and more expansive economic development while the Council will serve as its lobbying arm, focused solely on advocating on all levels of government for Orange County business community. Http://essay-uk.online/buy-essay/

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