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Mission Statement


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 Chamber’s 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Facilitate and improve environments for the establishment of new business opportunities
  • Assist in the creation of marketing campaigns for new industry. Increase focus on international 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 of Commerce web site.


  • 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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November 2016 Member of the Month 

Andy Perrot, Lightship Entertaintment

Andy has been a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce since 2013.  Andy earned a Bachelor of Arts at Williams College in 1990 and initially worked at WCVB-TV in Boston before being hired by Lifetime Television in New York. In 1997 Andy was recruited by Disney to work as a Producer in Orlando. He left Disney in 1999 to start his own production company, Lightship Entertainment. Lightship Media is a full service production company specializing in producing television shows, commercials and promotional videos of all kinds. Under Andy’s supervision, the company has produced more than a dozen prime time shows for Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, the Science Channel and Destination America on various subjects ranging from the thrill rides at Walt Disney World to the latest innovations in concept car design. Andy is actively involved in the Chamber through the GLBX Council and the GLBX Leads Group. He serves on the GLBX Board of Directors and has been appointed Chair Elect for 2017. Andy played a crucial part in planning the very successful Artopia event; one of the Chambers’ annual events held at the NSU Museum of Art in 2016. On his free time, Andy spends time with his dog Bella and enjoys spending time with friends on his boat.