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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 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.

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 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.

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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Member of the Month

April 2017 Member of the Month 

Dr. Beatriz Perez, Middle River Animal Hospital

Dr. Beatriz Perez has been a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce since 2016, and has helped a number of Chamber members by providing quality medicine and compassionate care to animals.

Middle River Animal Hospital is a locally owned animal hospital that helps maintain the bond between parent and pet. They are a cloud based hospital with the latest equipment to provide the best possible care to animals, also offering house calls and providing in-home hospice care.

As a relatively new member, Dr. Perez understands the importance of networking through the Chamber of Commerce in order to promote her own business as well as encourage other businesses to patronize in our local community. She is an active member of the GLBX Leads groups and shares her experiences with the chamber with the local community. Dr. Perez strives to be a source of information and supports fellow members in order to help maintain and enhance the economic environment in Fort Lauderdale.

Prior to owning Middle River Animal Hospital, Dr. Beatriz Perez studied as the University of Florida where she received her Bachelors in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Previous jobs include working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, after which Dr. Perez attended Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating, she completed a small animal internship and worked locally for 7 years. Middle River Animal Hospital will be having it’s 1 Year Anniversary this year, and Dr. Beatriz Perez is proud to have dedicated her hospital to her beloved pets whom have made her the veterinarian she is today.

When not connecting with other members at the Chamber and running her hospital, Dr. Perez is a supporter of animal rescue groups all over Broward County. She donates services and goods to both animal and non-animal based Non-Profits. She is also currently a partner with Beyond Nine Cat Rescue. In her free time, Dr. Perez enjoys spending time with family and friends. You can find her fishing on a boat with her dad, snorkeling with her husband or travelling the world with friends.