Over 150 community, governmental and business leaders gathered at Lenore's Table at the First Baptist Church yesterday as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce honored 10 outstanding members at our 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards -- Presented by TD Bank.This year there were 27 Small Businesses vying for the honor of Small Business of the Year in three categories. After careful and difficult deliberation (the applications this year were outstanding!) three recipients were selected from each category. We also selected our Small Business Person of the Year, Yamilet Strauss, who will represent the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce at the Broward County Small Business Person of the Year Awards on May 25th. -- Photos by Ron Glazer Photography
Our first breakfast event of the year. March 15th with Weston Mayor Dan Stermer and Broward County Mayor Marty Kiar. If you couldn't attend this one, SAVE THE DATE now for a Meet Your Local Candidates forum Tuesday, June 14th at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa.
Our first Food Truck event in collaboration with our GLBX council and The Pride Center at Equality Park with exquisite samplings from New York Subs and Wings, Inspir-Asian, Nacho Bizness and Fierce Finds providing the wine.
Our Oakland Park, Wilton Manors and Uptown Council hosted it's quarterly luncheon at the fantastic Funky Buddha with Congressman Ted Deutch who gave our members and update on redistricting and other pressing federal issues affecting the South Florida business community.
We celebrated our 37th Downtowner of the Year on Thursday, April 7th at the Global Event Center of the First Baptist Church where we honored past Chair, Courtney Callahan Crush. Photos by Ron Glazer Photography
Michael Reininger, President of Brightline Train Company unveiled detailed information about the high speed train ride from Miami to Orlando in less than 3 hours. Stops in Downtown Fort Lauderdale from Miami will be a short 27 min and a trip from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach will be a speedy 35 minutes, giving tourist and local commuters a quick trip to any event or meeting. Lines open in the Spring of 2017. Photos by Art Pollack Photography
Thursday ,Feb 25th was the first day of the ELO program, a program of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Broward Foundation. 20 CEO’s specifically selected for the 2016 class, focused on “The Business of the Arts and Culture in Greater Fort Lauderdale. This session explored the contributions of local arts and cultural organizations to the South Florida business economy , visiting venues such as the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, NSU Museum of Arts and FAT Village and hearing noted speakers to include: Kelley Shanley, Earl Bosworth, Robyn Vegas, Bonnie Clearwater and Doug McCraw.