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Before the Floridian city of Orlando was known as Orlando, it was called Jernigan.  The town was named after its first permanent settler, a cattleman called Aaron Jernigan.

There are a few prevailing theories concerning how Orlando came to be known as Orlando.  A local legend claims it comes from a soldier called Orlando Reeves, who died in 1835 during the Second Seminole War.  However, there is considerable doubt by many historians as to whether this person ever even existed.

Historians’ preferred theory is that the city was named after a South Carolinian cattle rancher who settled in the area, Orlando Savage Rees.

A third theory, put forth by a separate historian, and one time chairman of the county historical commission, Judge Donald A. Cheney, in an Orlando Sentinel article in 1975, claims that James Speer, a major figure in the early development of the city, proposed the name ‘Orlando’.  Speer was an admirer of English playwright William Shakespeare, and Orlando is a character in one of Shakespeare’s plays, ‘As You Like It.’ To Speer, the area, which would eventually become Orlando, “was a veritable Forest of Arden, the locale” of the play.

The 2010 U.S. Census estimated the present day population of Orlando to be 238,300, which would make it the 77th largest city in the country.  The Greater Orlando metropolitan area has a population of 2,134,411 people, making it the 26th largest metro area in the United States.

Orlando is known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World,” bringing in 59 million tourists a year.  According to a 2013 report by the Orlando Tourism department, these tourists spend over $33 billion annually.  Orlando boasts 7 of the 10 most visited theme parks in North America (5 of the top 10 in the world) as well as the 4 most visited water parks in the U.S.

The largest and most famous resort in the area is undoubtedly the Walt Disney World Resort, which includes ‘facets’ such as the Magic Kingdom (where the iconic Cinderella’s Castle serves as an inspiration for American imagination), Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Downtown Disney.

Other world-famous resorts in and around the Orlando area include SeaWorld Orlando, alongside Aquatica, Discovery Cove, Wet ‘n Wild Water Park, and Universal Orlando.  As with Disney World, Universal Orlando features multiple resorts such as Universal Studios Florida, CityWalk, and Islands of Adventure.

Orlando is also a huge player in the convention industry.  The Orange County Convention Center, which was expanded in 2004, is now the second-largest convention complex in terms of space in the United States.  In fact, the city of Orlando competes with Chicago and Las Vegas as three of the top cities in America when it comes to hosting the most convention attendees.

Along with the Tourist and Convention Industries, Orlando is also known for its Golf Industries.  The area is home to several world famous golf courses such as Bay Hill Club and Lodge, which hosts the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Isleworth Golf & Country Club, site of the Hero World Challenge, and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.

By 2015, Orlando will have three major professional sports teams.  During that year, MLS’ expansion Orlando City SC will begin playing their home matches in Orlando City Stadium.  The NBA’s Orlando Magic play in the Amway Center, while the AFL’s Orlando Predators, winners of 2 Arena Bowls, play in the CFE Arena.

Are you considering starting a small business in the Greater Orlando metropolitan area?  Do you own one already?  You may find these resources helpful:

Apply for a Business License in Orlando

Business Development in Orlando

Orlando, Inc. (Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce)

In need of Orlando business signs?

Get the word out there about your small business!  Contact one of our authorized Sign.com members:

Dino Rentos Studios
6863 Hanging Moss Road
Orlando, Florida 32807

Born too Wrap Tint & Protect Inc.
360 Chaucher Ct.
Lake Mary, FL. 32746