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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 Steve Stepniewski,  Special Olympics Florida-Broward County   sstepniewski@specialolympicsbroward.org.                                         



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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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.