WHAT IS BUSINESSFORCE? BusinessForceis Florida's largest regional political action committee. It operates in total compliance with all election laws and is governed by the Board of Directors composed of regional business and community leaders. It represents thousands of businesses and their tens of thousands of employees who are interested in promoting a pro-business environment and, on a non-partisan basis, supporting candidates and elected officials in our state and region who endorse the free enterprise system and sound, responsible business practices in government.
WHY JOIN BUSINESSFORCE? Until now, each business person has had to "go it alone" in conducting time-consuming independent research to properly evaluate state and local candidates or issues in our region. There has been no real way of sharing information or goals with others before making decisions of support while also understanding and complying with often-complicated election laws. Now, with BusinessForce, businesses large and small will have a unified voice speaking out for good candidates and good government. Together, we will make "the voice of business" a stronger force or good government in our region!
HOW SUCCESSFUL IS BUSINESSFORCE? Since its creation in 1998, over 80% of BusinessForce-endorsed candidates have won elections. Each election year, candidates and elected officials from throughout our region eagerly seek the coveted BusinessForce endorsement. BusinessForce is working to provide you with the political clout it takes to improve the business climate that affects whether you can do business successfully. BusinessForce can only be successful and truly effective with your financial commitment and support. Your contribution will assist in electing candidates to the legislature, county commissions and school boards in our region who are responsive to, and supportive of, our business community.
Michael L. Ketchum
Mike Ketchum is the Vice President for Public Policy for the Central Florida Partnership and Orlando, Inc. (formerly the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce) responsible for advocacy of the Chamber's public policy program and also serves as President of BusinessForce, the political action committee of the Central Florida Partnership. He is a native of Orlando, was educated in the Orange County public schools and holds a Batchelor's degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University and a Master's degree in History from Rollins College.
Prior to returning home to Orlando and joining the Chamber staff in l999, Mike's professional career included spending eight years in Tallahassee where he served as a Staff Director for the Florida Senate and a Legislative Liaison within the administrations of former Florida Governors Reuben Askew and Bob Graham. After concluding his public service career in Tallahassee, he left Florida to enter the corporate world and lived and worked during the next 18 years in Baton Rouge, St. Louis and Atlanta as the Regional Governmental Affairs Manager for a major chemical manufacturing and healthcare company. His responsibilities included the management of a broad range of governmental relations, community and public affairs activities within a 14 state region and the Caribbean.
BusinessForce Board of Directors
The BusinessForce Board of Directors establishes aims and purposes of BusinessForce and provides general oversight and supervision of its operation. Evaluates and makes recommendations for endorsement and support of political candidates.
Click here for BusinessForce Bylaws.
Click here for a BusinessForce Board of Directors Directory.
Click here for BusinessForce Board of Directors Meeting Dates.
Affecting positive change in the Central Florida Region requires strong "Regional Public Policy Advocacy" - an important line of business for the Central Florida Partnership. BusinessForce, our "Political-Action-Arm," is making a positive difference by sharing important regional conversations, encouraging and supporting candidates for public office, and helping to guide civic, political and business leaders about the future. Working together with Orlando, Inc. focused on Regional Entrepreneurship, Leadership Orlando (Regional Leadership), and myregion.org (Regional Research & Resolves), the Central Florida Partnership is moving "Ideas to Results."