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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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May 2017 Member of the Month 

Graciela Valdes, Graciela Valdes Fine Art Photography

Graciela Valdes, CPP is a professionally credentialed, published, and award-winning portrait photographer specializing in Personal Branding, Boudoir and Family portraiture. She holds a Bachelor Degree from Florida International University and a Professional Certification from Professional Photographers of America. Graciela is involved in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as Chairperson of the Lunch Bunch Leads Group and is on the Board for the Women’s Council where she serves as Co-Chair of the Community Outreach Committee.  Graciela enjoys donating much of her time and services to various local charities, including Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, PACE Center for Girls, Tomorrow’s Rainbow and VACC Camp. She and her life partner, Tim, are parents to elementary school-age twins, two adult children and have a toddler granddaughter.