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Cort Neimark, partner, Neimark & Nadel, P.A. in Cypress Creek. “We are in the process of formulating a long-term strategic plan for the area, which covers parts of five municipalities,” he said. “By making a concerted effort to brand and promote the Uptown area, we can have a positive impact on the future.”

Following a merger with the Weston Business Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber is also facilitating business growth in that community. “Weston is no longer just a place to live and commute to bigger cities for work,” says Todd Templin, president, Boardroom Communications, and chairman, Weston Business Council. Weston has attracted national and international corporations, including Nabisco, American Express, KOS Pharmaceuticals, as well as a growing number of professional service firms. Demand remains strong for office, retail and warehouse space with two new office buildings coming online. “Weston remains a desirable place to do business because of its affluent customer base, reasonable costs and location,” says Templin.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber also promotes minority business success through a variety of vehicles, including the Midtown Business Development Council. “We hold quarterly seminars to help small and minority-owned companies learn how to do business with the public and private sectors,” said Gwen Watson, council president. Participants in recent seminars included Broward County , the North Broward Hospital District, the South Florida Water Management District and three major private construction companies. “We are definitely making progress,” says Watson. “Between 10 and 20 minority companies got business after one of our seminars as a result of getting to know the decision-makers, and following up with them afterwards.”

A Diversified Economy

Located at the center of the tri-county region, Broward County offers a wide array of business opportunities for growth-oriented service, distribution, manufacturing, retail and construction firms. For instance, Citrix Systems, Inc. has become the global leader in access infrastructure solutions and secures network access for enterprises and individuals with more than 120,000 organizations using its products every day.

“Fort Lauderdale is a wonderful place for business as well as a place to call home,” says Mark B. Templeton, president and CEO. “We have a rich, diverse population that adds vibrancy and excitement to our community. The area is enjoying a booming population growth, has great diversity and has a solid... More>>

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