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Candy Ready.
Boo-lieve it or not, Halloween is just around the corner and you will find there is plenty of spooktacular events in Downtown Orlando to get the entire family excited.

The History Center and Orlando Public Library
The History Center and any OCLS location | Now through October 31 | Business Hours
Pick up Halloween treats and crafts along with special virtual Trick or Treat Safe Zone events such as Halloween Hullabaloo, Spooky History Storytellers and Creepy Artifact Showcase.

11th Annual Dia de los Muertos & Monster Event, Artist Opening Reception and Outdoor Dining Experience
CityArts Opening Reception | October 15, 2020 | 5:00 PM until 10:30 PM
Dia de los Muertos & Monster Event is a themed exhibition at CityArts Orlando and an outdoor experience with live performances, vendors, and more! Now in its 11th year, the Día de los Muertos & Monster Art Exhibitions will showcase Day of the Dead and Halloween-inspired art created by regional, national, and international artists. This unique art exhibition will be paired with an outdoor experience on opening night that will feature food, drinks, entertainment and spooky art vendors. Register for a specific time to enter or select the outdoor dining option featuring Tamale Co. Mexican Street Food.

Eola Pets Halloween Pack Walk
Lake Eola Park | October 29, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Join Eola Pets for a walk around the park. Costumes for pets and people encouraged and awards will be given! Halloween dog treats are also available, made with 100% natural ingredients and baked here in Orlando.

Monster Mask-arade
Discover Downtown | Friday, October 30 | 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM | Saturday, October 31, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Join Discover Downtown for socially distant sweet treats, a costume contest, Halloween themed bingo, arts and crafts, and photobooth. This family friendly event is a fun, safe way to celebrate Halloween Downtown. Psst! Wear a costume while you shop for a 15% off regularly priced merchandise at the Discover Downtown retail store.

Ghouls just wanna have fun.

Sharing Some DOP Love.
Sharing news about fellow DOP members is one of our greatest joys. If you have something you would like the DOP family to know, please drop us a note.

Suneera Madhani, CEO and founder of fattmerchant, has been busy on the podcast circuit. Not only does she host her own podcast along with Shannan Monson, CEO School, she was also featured in an episode of Entreprenista last week. In this episode of Entreprenista, she shares the humble beginnings of her company, fattmerchant, and what inspired her to launch the revolutionary payment platform.

The Greater Orlando Sports Commission
In sports news, the NCAA announced today that Greater Orlando will host 17 championship events (yes, 17 events!) between fall 2022 through the spring 2026. Here is the sneak peek of what to look for.

Division I
First and Second Rounds of Men’s Basketball | Amway Center | 2023
Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships | USTA National Campus | 2023

Division II
Men's and Women's Golf | Orange County National GC | 2024
Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships | USTA National Campus | 2023
Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships | Sanlando Park | 2024, 2025
Softball | Boombah-Soldiers Creek Park | 2024
Women's Lacrosse | Showalter Field | 2024

Division III
Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships | USTA National Campus | 2023
Women’s Golf Championships | Mission Inn Resort & Club | 2023
Men’s Golf Championships | Mission Inn Resort & Club | 2026

PS Greater Orlando Sports Commission hosted the 2020 SPORTYS back in August. In case you missed it, you can now view it online.

Orlando Business Journal's 2020 Golden 100 and Fast 50
Every year the OBJ puts together a list of the top local privately-held companies from a variety of industries and a list of the fastest growing private companies headquartered in Central Florida, Join us in congratulating these fellow DOP members for making this year's Golden 100 list and Fast 50 list.

Golden 100
Comprehensive Energy Services
Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, Engineers and Planners
Charlan Brock Associates (CBA)
Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects
HuntonBrady Architects
Insurance Office of America Inc.

We Just Can't Get Enough.
We hope you enjoyed the first session of This is Downtown as much as we did! Thank you again to Dr. Sean Snaith, Director of University of Central Florida Institute of Economic Competitiveness, for sharing his insights with us. For more economic forecasts from UCF, visit

Here are a few takeaways from last week's webinar:

  • According to Dr. Snaith, Florida’s economy is already progressing on a V-shaped recovery and is expected to fully recover in 2021.
  • The employment rate in Florida is decreasing rapidly, and the state GDP forecasts a sharp rebound reaching a peak in 2021.
  • A driving factor in Orlando’s economic recovery will be the high demand for housing. In turn, this high demand for housing will create a higher demand for jobs in construction.
  • Orlando can expect the most job growth in construction, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.
  • Once vaccination becomes widespread, tourists will return in high numbers to Orlando.

Watch Party.
The recording is now available for your viewing pleasure on our YouTube channel. Watch it for the first time, replay it, or feel free to share it with others who may not have been able to join us.

Up Next.
Save the date for the next session of This is Downtown when we discuss the 'suit' side of healthcare and the topic of healthcare management and informatics. More details to follow.
Zoom | December 10, 2020 | 10:00 AM


Molly is back with another playlist filled with some of her favorite podcasts and tunes to get you ready for the weekend. Enjoy!

CEO School by Suneera Madhani and Shannan Monson
24. Why It's Never Too Late to Pivot and Pursue Your Passions with Kay Rawlins
In this episode, you'll hear from Kay Rawlins, founder and owner of the Orlando City Soccer Club. Kay shares her path of getting two college degrees at age 31, moving from England to America, the challenges she faced to start the soccer club in Austin, TX and her ultimate move to Orlando. You'll learn how she built a raving fan base for the Orlando City Soccer Club and how her team used grassroot marketing techniques to create a vision the community rallies around. Kay shares how she uses the platform she has built to champion women, inclusivity and diversity in the Orlando City Soccer Club and the Orlando community.Learn more about the Orlando City Foundation

Dreams- 2004 Remaster | Fleetwood Mac
Cowboy in LA | LANY
First Time | Daya
Gold | Kiiara 
Left Hand Free | alt-J
Devil Like Me | Rainbow Kitten Surprise 

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