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Chamber Councils

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce offers several opportunities to become involved through any of our Councils. Get involved sign up for a Councils today! Contact Carolyn Michaels, IOM, to find out more about getting involved, carolyn@ftlchamber.com.

 

Chamber Councils

Each Council is governed by its own Board of Governors whose businesses reside within the specific zip code areas. In order to serve on any of the Council boards, your business must be located within those boundaries. Council events are open to all Chamber members. Check our online calendar for Council hosted networking functions.

Beach Council
The mission of the Beach Council is to "Champion the Beach through collaborative relationships to encourage responsible growth and to actively pursue achievable common goals."

This idea came to fruition in the relighting of the Fort Lauderdale Beach Wave Wall where the Beach Council became the conduit between the Public and Private sector. This year we are focused on continuing this trend by beginning the dialogue on BID's or Business Improvement Districts. This vehicle allows business owners of the Beach to band together to better their demographic area by such activities as Landscaping, security, tourist information, cleaning, etc. F
or more information about the Beach Council, please contact Chair, Bill Walker, Water Taxi, bwalker@watertaxi.com.   

 


Downtown Council
The mission of the Downtown Council is to bring together businesses that are located in the downtown geographic area for the purpose of providing business development networking events and to provide the leadership on issues affecting area business issues.

The council organizes monthly breakfasts held the fourth Thursday of each month with interesting speakers that have a business focus important to our downtown business owners. Typically between 75 and 100 people attend providing for a very effective networking event.

The council supports the Broward Partnership for the Homeless Center located at 920 N.W. 7th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. The support is through organizing a breakfast which raises thousands of dollars each year. For more information about the Downtown Council, contact Chair Diane D'Angelo, Las Olas Company, ddangelo@riversidehotel.com.                        


Gay & Lesbian Business Exchange
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce recognizes the positive contributions of the Gay and Lesbian Community within our city and surrounding area as being a major driver to our local economy. As the mission of the Chamber is to drive economic growth for the greater community, it was recognized that the Gay and Lesbian Community needed to be included in a manner to unite and connect, giving an inclusive voice to continue to attract new Gay and Lesbian businesses.  For more information about the committee contact Chair Andy Perrott, of Lightship Media at andy@lightshiptv.com.     


Greater Weston Business Council
The Greater Weston Business Council serves the interests of the Weston and West Broward Business Community. The council organizes monthly networking events and breakfast meetings; weekly business leads groups, educational programs and seminars that focus on issues important to the local business community. 
The Greater Weston Business Council is also the Voice of Business in Western Broward County. For more information contact Chair Barrett Goldman,  Sheridan Technical College   barrett.goldman@browardschools.com                                      



Oakland Park Wilton Manors Uptown Council 

The mission of the Oakland Park / Wilton Manors Uptown Council is to bring together businesses that are located in this geographic area for the purpose of driving business development through networking events and leadership on common goals for the area.
The council supports local OP/WM/U charities. Support is through organizing an annual event which raises thousands of dollars each year.
For more information about the Oakland Park / Wilton Manors and Uptown Council,contact Chair Joe Akin, Oriental Rug Care, joe@orientalrugcare.com.   


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July 2017 Member of the Month 

Marty Elberg, Circle of Life Legal Services

Circle of Life Legal Services is an estate planning practice that focuses on helping families enhance their lives today and secure their futures for tomorrow.  Attorney Marty Elberg helps guide clients through the often confusing maze of financial and legal decisions to create plans that ensure the well-being of families and the accomplishments of cherished family goals. 

Marty Elberg graduated from California Western School of Law in 2006. After graduation, Marty moved back to his hometown of Eagle Grove, Iowa to be closer to his and his wife’s family where they could raise their boys with the same Midwestern values they learned.  Soon after he was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2007, he opened his own practice to serve the small town.  After several years of growing his business and transitioning their boys into responsible young men, Marty and his wife moved to Florida. He now resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, Susie. Their children live in Iowa and Virginia. One is in the Army National Guard and the other is in the US Navy. 

Community involvement has always been a top priority for Marty. In April of 2015 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Voices for Children of Broward County. This organization helps bring normalcy to neglected and abused children under the care of the state in Broward County.  He was also selected as one of three finalists for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.