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Posted by: Website Admin on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The Florida Association of Nonprofits will host its 25thAnniversary Gala on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce ballroom located at ...

October 2015 Hero

Posted by: Website Admin on Monday, October 26, 2015

Melissa Milroy
Galleria at Fort Lauderdale

Henderson Behavioral Health proudly nominates Melissa Milroy, Senior Marketing Manager for The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, as the October Chamber Not for Profit Hero of the Month.  Melissa has served on Henderson’s gala committee for the last two years and hosted Henderson for the Spring for Mental Health Event at Truluck’s at The Galleria in May (Mental Health Awareness Month). Melissa has generously provided gift cards and gift baskets for many special events and auctions, and is always willing to partner and collaborate with not only Henderson, but many of the Chamber’s Not for Profit organizations.

Melissa and her PR team created The Galleria Men of Style event held each December at The Galleria that benefits 12 of Broward County’s charities.  Melissa currently serves on the board of The Heart Gallery of Broward, and is a former member of the Artserve Board.  She also served for six years on the Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board until she termed off earlier this year and is a member of the CVB Marketing Advisory Committee. Melissa has also collaborated with many charities on numerous events and awareness-raising campaigns and is always willing to go above and beyond to help our community.

Henderson is grateful to Melissa Milroy and her Galleria colleagues who work collectively to make Broward County and Ft. Lauderdale a great place to live, work and shop!

October 2015

Posted by: Website Admin on Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sharyn Bey
Sharyn Bey Productions

I am a video journalist working and breathing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. My specialty is micro-documentaries of businesses for the web. If it moves, I can film it (even if it doesn't)...You name it, I'm ready to make it come alive. I have filmed everything from a pet resort to a surgical procedure in the O.R.  Restaurants are a fave because I love to eat! The textures, the colors and the plating of food really get me. I just plain get excited when I capture a visual that speaks. That could be anything from a metal bar to a chattering monkey. Did I say I'm a little unusual?????

I have been in business here in Fort Lauderdale for 8 years. Prior to that I was a spec home builder and prior to that a commercial designer, so cumulatively I have been in visual arts since early man. On the side, I am working on a new documentary (details to follow), love coming to my leads group meetings and most of all, I enjoy the camaraderie of the the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber!

September 2015 Hero

Posted by: Website Admin on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jessica Rosales
Red Chair Catering

The entire non-profit committee and Chamber is delighted to honor Jessica Rosales who has stepped up to the plate to provide the catering for our Non Profit Business Breakfasts.

Jessica is the owner of Red Chair Catering which is a thriving business in the North Miami Beach area.  Red  Chair Catering is unique as it provides not only food but an “event”.  The brand Jessica has created  is based on each customer’s individuality .

Jessica has partnered with many non-profits such as 211 Broward, Children’s Services Council and numerous schools in the area.

Working with the YMCA of South Florida she taught parents and their children ways to shop and eat healthy on a budget.

Jessica was just awarded the “Entrepreneur  of the  Year” by the Jaycees

Plan to Succeed - Incredible Events Coming To The Chamber

Posted by: Website Admin on Friday, August 14, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015 Plan to Succeed - Incredible Events Coming To The Chamber Upcoming Events Summer's almost over and many of you are coming ...

Plan To Succeed

Posted by: Website Admin on Friday, July 24, 2015


Friday, July 24, 2015


Plan to Succeed -    Upcoming Events

I will share this secret with you: joining the Chamber is just the first step... Indeed, Chambers of Commerce can be one of the best friends your business can have, but you need to beINvolved.

At your local Chamber, you will find a plethora of programs and resources intended to make your life easier and your business more profitable. And considering that most small businesses are out there all alone, having a network of like-minded entrepreneurs on your side can really be nice.

Let’s consider the various ways your Chamber can help you:

  1. Programming: The Chamber programming designed to help members grow their businesses. We bring in speakers, offer educational seminars/workshops, create informational newsletters, host luncheons, spotlight successful members, facilitate small business counseling, supply relevant demographic materials, and offer a variety of other programs intended to help grow members’ businesses.

  2. Networking: One issue many business owners have is that they are out there on their own, without a whole lot of support from anyone else. But once you joined, that changed in two significant ways.
  • First, you will be mixing with a host of like-minded people – small business owners who, like you, are juggling payroll, taxes, a tough economy, and home life. There are people to bounce ideas off of, and ideas from others that can be applied to your business as well.

  • Second, we regularly host morning and evening networking events, which offer you the chance to meet and do business with your fellow Chamber members at a time that is convenient for you.
  1. Lobbying: Legislation of all sorts on the state and federal level have profound impacts on our local businesses. However, most businesses have neither the time, nor resources to lobby on a particular bill. That’s where the Chamber under the direction of the Board of Directors represents our members’ best interests on issues affecting our local economic development.

According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, “We’re the loud voice you need to be heard in the political arena, to represent the important issues that affect small businesses. With your input, we can make a difference and provide tangible results.”

  1. beINvolved: We have a variety of councils and committees that allow you to participate in your community on issues of importance to you. By joining one of these committees, you can make a difference and have your voice heard.

  2. Discounts: Through strategic partnerships, the Chamber offers members discounts and deals on everything from health insurance to office supplies to education, and on.

“A good networker has two ears and one mouth and should use each proportionately." ~ Dr. Ivan Miller

Our monthly networking events are yet another way to EXPERIENCE. BETTER. BUSINESS. Pick one from one of the upcoming events  or visit us at and Plan to SUCCEED!


August 6, 11:30pm - 1:00pm
Leaders Luncheon

August 7, 11:30pm - 1:00pm
Weston Power Lunch

August 12, 9:30am - 10:30am
Non-Profit Business Breakfast

August 12, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Washington Summit 2015
Kick-Off Reception

August 13, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

GLBX Afterhours

August 14, 8:00am - 9:00am
Member Orientation

August 19, 11:30am - 1:00am
Board of Directors
Trustee Luncheon

August 20, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Business Afterhours

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July 2015

Posted by: Website Admin on Friday, July 17, 2015

Golden Johanssen
Legacy Bank

The Chamber is proud to recognize Golden Johansson as the “Member of the Month” and applauds her for her outstanding and consistent support of the Fort Lauderdale business community.

Winner of the 2015 Small Business of The Year award, Golden is the Vice President/Office Executive for Legacy Bank of Florida located at 12 SE 7th Street. With over a decade of banking experience, she is known as Fort Lauderdale’s “Premier Banker”. Golden prides herself in demonstrating exceptional service. She is genuinely committed to the community through financial support and civic involvement.

Golden Johansson is the founder and chair of the Lunch Bunch Leads Group. This highly sought after group’s objective is for small businesses to cultivate a professional and consistent referral network for business growth. Her group has over 45 members and continues to grow.

In the Fall, Golden will join class XXII in Leadership Fort Lauderdale.

Golden moved to South Florida with her husband and two children in 2009. This Chicago native has lived and traveled all over the world. Speaking several languages including Turkish and Swedish, Golden enjoys travelling abroad and spending quality time with her family.  

President's Corner

Posted by: Website Admin on Friday, June 26, 2015
Port Everglades Gets Go Ahead for Expansion Expansion of Port Everglades has been approved by the US Army Corps of Engineers after 19 years and countless hours of ...

June 2015 Hero

Posted by: Website Admin on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Marina Pavlov
Florida Association Of
NonProfits Organizations

Marina Pavlov, CEO of the Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations has always been there for our nonprofit community. Whether through their certification classes or connecting nonprofit organizations, Marina has been a invaluable resource for us. A few examples of how this amazing organization steps up is their providing Wi-Fi access to all the nonprofits in the Chamber building which alleviated strain on the guest network and being the breakfast sponsor for the July 10th Non Profit Business Breakfast..

This honor is typically given to a for profit helping out a non profit, but fostering collaboration between our organizations makes Marina the definition of Chamber Hero.

About Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations:

Florida Nonprofits is a leader in Nonprofit Education and Training. Our Mission: Florida Nonprofits is a state-wide center and professional network of 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Florida. It was founded by a nonprofit leaders in 1989 to enhance the well being of all people in the communities in Florida by building the capacity of the nonprofit sector. Florida Nonprofits assists 52,000 nonprofits to reach their mission by strengthening their leadership, management, financial, and public policy capacity. to volunteer or participate in our programs and services.

Plan to Succeed - Membership Updates

Posted by: Website Admin on Friday, May 8, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015 Plan to Succeed Upcoming Events Updates from the Membership Department at the Chamber We are so excited in the membership ...