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Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Breaks Ground for New Shelter
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando began a new chapter on Tuesday, April 25th at the ground breaking of their new shelter on South John Young Parkway. The new $14 million, 25,000-square-foot-facility will feature air conditioning for all dogs, individualized cat condos, indoor/outdoor “catios” and one of the largest shelter medical spaces in Florida. The 8.2-acre property backs up to Lake Catherine, allowing space for outdoor walking trails. Pet Alliance leaders anticipate the new shelter, which sits across from Orange County Public Works and near Interstate 4, will open in March 2025 and will help the organization place 7,000 animals into new homes annually. Click here to read the full story!


Team Market Group's New Project, Primrose Lanes
Congratulations to DOP Member, Team Market Group (TMG), on your newest project; Primrose Lanes! The Mawardi brothers of TMG have teamed up with chef and history buff Jason Campbell to restore the former Colonial Lanes into a vintage bowling alley, coffee shop, restaurant, and bar. The idea is to preserve many of the already-existing design elements, which they have done in many of their other venues already. We can't wait to see the results of this TMG project! Read the full article here.


Orlando Business Journal Announces New Publisher, Anne-Marie Hayward
This week, Anne-Marie Hayward became the new publisher and market president of the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ), replacing Donna Dyson. Hayward joined OBJ as advertising director in January 2020. Before that, she had spent close to 20 years in real estate sales, marketing and management. Hayward is a graduate of both Penn State University and the University of Central Florida, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology at Penn State and bachelor’s in business administration at UCF. Click here for the full article.


Dean Mead Welcomes Attorney Steve Pullum to the Firm
Dean Mead announced J. Stephen Pullum has been hired as an Attorney in the firm's Estate Planning Department. Steve joins the firm following his position as Managing Partner of Pullum & Pullum, P.A., a law firm he and his wife, fellow attorney Marybeth L. Pullum, founded in 1977. An attorney and Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Steve received his BBA, MBA, and JD degrees from stetson University, and his LL. M. in Taxation from the University of Florida. His areas of specialization include Estate Planning, Taxation, and Corporate Law. To learn more about Steve, click here.

Mix & Mingle for National Small Business Week
The City of Orlando and Downtown Development Board (DDB) are celebrating small businesses in downtown Orlando for National Small Business week, which takes place April 30 - May 6, with a Mix & Mingle event on Thursday, May 4th. For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners. Enjoy mingling with other small business owners and staff from the DDB and City of Orlando over hors d'oeuvres at Ember on 42 W. Central Blvd. Click here to RSVP for free!


2023 State of the Village
Join Ivanhoe Village Main Street for a night of achievements, networking, refreshments, and fundraising while celebrating 15 successful years on Wednesday, May 3rd from 7-9:30pm! Business owners, residents and stakeholders will gather in the beautiful The Hall on the Yard to learn Ivanhoe Village's accomplishments of the last year and projects in the making while mingling and enjoying a silent auction. Click here to RSVP for free.


The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
Orlando Fringe is hosting the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, a 14-day arts festival and the longest-running Fringe Theatre Festival in the United States, from May 16 - May 29 at Loch Haven Park. The festival will celebrate 32 years as "Orlando's Most Unique Cultural Experience". See the full festival schedule here.

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