Welcome to the St. Cloud Chamber!The St. Cloud Chamber contributes in many ways to the total fabric of life in the City of St. Cloud and Osceola County, as well as provides many services and opportunities to its members.
Your Business is Our Business!The Chamber is a membership organization made up of businesses and acts as a community resource and voice for local business.
The Voice of Business in OsceolaIt's can be amazing to watch what happens when people get together...friendships are formed, partnerships are created and business happens naturally. We are here to help!
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St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce
It has been said that successful people always invest in themselves before others will. I believe that's the case with communities as well. It's been easy to see that St. Cloud and the Greater Osceola County region have been working hard investing and improving in a consistent manner with quality, long term growth in mind. Economic growth and quality of life must be the priority for every community, and it certainly is in St. Cloud. From the Osceola County Public Schools to the hard working Osceola County Commissioners and St. Cloud City Council, it's easy to see our community changing, growing and improving. The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce is an active part of this quality growth as advocates for businesses, organizations and individuals who have chosen the St. Cloud Greater Osceola County community to live and work in. St. Cloud has a well-earned reputation for hard working and talented individuals who quest for an unparalleled quality of life. We accept that change and growth will occur in our community, but at the same time we hold on to our small town values and way of life that includes slowing down enough to enjoy the many blessings that are so plentiful here in Central Florida.
Our year round warm weather is often the first thing people consider when they think of St. Cloud and all of Central Florida, but what resonates with me when I think of St. Cloud is the overall tenacity and perserverence that exists in the people in our community. It wasn't that long ago that when two or three people gathered together the conversation would turn immediately to the struggling economy. There is no doubt, we as a nation and as a local community have watched business and individuals struggle in recent years. We also have seen people dig down deep and work tirelessly together to improve that challenging scenario. Our community is steeped with examples of people who refused to let a challenging situation change who they are, what they believe in and what their lives were to be.
Just yesterday I had a chance to speak with a local business man who had been in business for over twenty years in the Northeast. He had earned a comfortable living, provided for his family and was enjoying his life. A day came however when he decided he needed something different. He needed something more. His burden to live in a community where people looked upon each other's countenances and saw friendliness and joy had become too great to ignore any longer.
He began looking in Central Florida and found our wonderful community of St. Cloud. When I asked him what made him settle here, he simply said, St. Cloud still has that small town feel, the kind of people I am drawn to and the quality of life I want for my family. I couldn't have agreed more with what he had said. That was the case for me 26 years ago and it still is today.
I am personally more impressed with our community now than I even was when I first arrived. I am proud that my wife and I chose to raise our son here in St. Cloud and I am excited about his future here in Central Florida. With world-class colleges and universities, a strong and flexible community college system and exceptional public, charter and private school options, this part of Central Florida is well served to prepare and provide a quality workforce for the future. The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce partners with these institutions and advocates on their behalf on issues that affect the workforce and the community.
As we all know, our world-renowned theme parks offer some of the finest entertainment in the world, but at the same time bring amazing opportunities for education that are mind boggling at times. St. Cloud is an extremely special place to live, and is an environment that is growing and changing in remarkable ways. But what continues to make me so proud of being a St. Cloud resident are the stories of those who are still looking for that quality of life... one that is filled with people who care about each other, help each other and are aware of each other's needs. It might seem hmore difficult to see sometimes as we continue to grow and change, but I say with all sincerity that St. Cloud Florida still has it. I say we're still that small town, with not only a big future, but with a big heart as well!
Keith M. Ronan
Chairman of the Board
St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce