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Mission Statement

THE ORGANIZATION: 

Founded in 1910, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is the oldest and largest business organization in Broward County and it is apparent that throughout our history we have transitioned to better serve the business community. Growing businesses and building our community has been a longtime passion of the GFLCC and as always the Chamber has been able to depend on its numerous volunteers to help implement our plans and define our future.

The Chamberís goal is to bring businesses, organizations and individuals together to help develop a vibrant community and we are doing that by working diligently on the resolution of affordable/workforce/attainable housing, partnering with other organizations on regional transportation initiatives, beach re-nourishment as well as other business-related issues.

In addition to being the #1 Go To Source for the Business Community, the Chamber offers unique opportunities for its members through special events, regional and international business development, community forum programs, leads groups, networking functions, leadership programs, Trustee receptions, business after hours, area council functions an annual golf tournament as well as general membership programs.

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

  • Generate solid leads and business contacts for members through increased participation in networking programs (Business Perks, Business After Hours, and Area Council Luncheons)
  • Expand potential business opportunities for members from diverse backgrounds
  • Increase participation in Chamber activities to expand the network of business owners and executives
  • Increase participation in Leadership Fort Lauderdale and create a network of business-friendly leaders for local elected positions and boards

SMALL BUSINESS

  • Provide special member incentives on important products and services through the Membership Advantage affinity program
  • Provide business-to-business marketing opportunities for members through Business After Hours and other business showcase events
  • Establish business relationships between small business members and purchasers from large corporations and state government at Meet the Purchasers events
  • Promote business and professional growth by recruiting speakers to provide timely messages for members through the Business Institute program
  • Recognize successful entrepreneurial companies

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

  • Build communication and relationships with local, county and state Legislative Delegations
  • Strengthen our community's reputation as a travel and tourism market by supporting existing travel and tourism industries and promotional programs
  • Support key legislative issues that benefit greater Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and surrounding South Florida regions

EDUCATION

  • Strengthen public trust in and support for our school system
  • Host Educational Forums to encourage community feedback on issues that directly affect education in Broward County
  • Provide more support and resources for Broward County schoolchildren and facilitate business partnerships with Broward County Public Schools

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Facilitate and improve environments for the establishment of new business opportunities
  • Assist in the creation of marketing campaigns for new industry. Increase focus on intern ational business development
  • Improve communications for relocation inquiries of individuals and businesses
  • Market our area to site consultants and inquiring companies more effectively
  • Secure new projects involving headquarters and central administrative offices projects by increasing contacts with nationally based real estate companies and site location consultants
  • Assist in the retention and expansion of existing businesses by the development of our skilled workforce
  • Expand use and availability of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber odf Commerce web site.

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

  • Provide additional financial support for member programs and services by expanding the membership base and increasing professional sales programs
  • Increase resources for department goals by providing fundraising support through affinity products, events sponsorships and joint ventures with other organizations
  • Provide members with unique networking events and increase access to new markets

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