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Friday, May 13, 2016


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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.

"With 60,000 small businesses in Fort Lauderdale, small businesses account for about $13 billion in payroll and 25,000 new jobs. They have been a huge reason unemployment in Broward County is at a low of 4.4%." said City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler,  highlighted the impact of small businesses and the instrumental role they play in the economic development of the city, county, region and state.

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, who will represent the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce at the Broward County Small Business Person of the Year Awards on May 25th. Tickets are now available for the Broward County Council of Chamber's event and is open to all Chamber members. For more information, contact Doug Frens at 954.462.2570 or

Congratulations to all our honorees!

New Small Business
1-3 years

Small Business
4 +years

Non Profit

Minuteman Press of Wilton Manors  Wizard Creations  The Broward Partnership 
Piccolo Ristorante  Merchant Processing Solutions  Firewall Centers 
Circles Enterprises Inc.  Lightship Media  Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
Small Business Person of the Year

Yamilet Strauss
Merchant Processing Solutions

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. ” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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!

Board of Directors/ Trustee Luncheon
Date: May 18, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 am
Business Afterhours
Date: May 19, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Biz Perks
No Biz Perks this month in lieu of the Small Business Awards on May 12th.
AN INSIDE LOOK: How Department of Homeland Security Protects Your Business
Date: May 23, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Downtown Council Breakfast
Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 7:30 am - 9:15 am
Date: June 2, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Leaders Luncheon
Date: June 2, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Weston Power Lunch Date: June 3, 2016
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Non-Profit Business Breakfast
Date: June 8, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Trustee Reception
Date: June 8, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

CEO Cafe Orientation with Dan Lindblade
Date: June 10, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am




Join Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber-security and Communications Gregory J. Touhill as he shares how DHS is acting as your national neighborhood watch system in cyberspace.

This is a first-hand look at the governmental protections in place for your business, plus discussion of the current risks and threats looming on the horizon.  Bring your questions!

Day/Time: Monday, May 23, 2016 ~ 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce,512 NE  3rd Avenue, Ft Lauderdale

COST:  $15 (includes lunch)


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