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Networking & Development 2017

Networking and Development

Boost Your Business With Chamber Resources

Leads Groups

Leads groups are made up of individuals from different categories of businesses. The object of each group is to build personal contacts throughout the community and to assist each other in finding new prospects and avenues for business.

Membership in the group is restricted to one person per profession or specialty. Each chamber leads group is facilitated by an elected leads group chairperson who conducts meetings, maintains the group’s membership, and helps promote the group’s objectives.

Being a member of a leads group requires a commitment to attend the group on a consistent basis.  Missing two months in a row or 3 meetings in a quarter without notifying the chair may be grounds for replacing you with another member who wishes to join.

Please note, leads groups are currently meeting via Zoom in order to maintain social distancing. Each leads group Chairperson will make a decision on when to resume in-person meetings.

Please contact the leads group chair before visiting as a guest to ensure your professional category is available in that group! To inquire about all leads groups, please fill out this form.

Biz to Biz

The Biz to Biz Lead Group is comprised of all types of businesses who sell to both end customers and other businesses. Each meeting includes a brief networking session, self-introductions and a presentation by one or two members as well as a light breakfast. Membership in this group requires consistent attendance and a commitment to contribute to the best of your ability.

Meetings are held at 8:00 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month in the Chamber Board Room. Once per quarter, there is a month with five Thursday’s therefore we also meet on that fifth Thursday when this happens.

For more information, contact Chair Eric Irwin.

Downtown Networking Partners

This group is for small business owners generally located in the downtown Fort Lauderdale area. These members are an excellent source of referrals and are dedicated to the group's success.  

Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month.

For more information, contact Chair Serge Mallat or co-chair Kathy Schklair Mims.

GLBX Referral Advantage Leads Group

The GLBX Referral Advantage Leads Group was started by the Chamber's Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange Council. The group has a diverse membership and is open to anyone interested in doing business with the gay community. Each member is asked to produce at least one lead or bring one guest per calendar month, and active attendance is required. In addition to larger networking, members are broken down into sub groups called "power teams" which work together to promote others businesses.

Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month in the Chamber Board room.

For more information, contact Chair Matthew Gil or co-chair Juana Drago.

Greater West Broward Business Leads Group

This group is dedicated to companies located in and interested in doing business in western Broward County. Members are generally based in Weston, Davie, Plantation, Sunrise, Miramar, Pembroke Pines and Cooper City.

Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays at the Executive Suites in Weston. Please note the location is subject to change. 

For more information, contact Chair Cathy Elmquist.

Lunch Bunch Leads Group

Spend your lunch hour strengthening relationships with this group. Members are small business professionals who work together to build a strong referral network. A bi-monthly commitment is required, and participants must provide at least three leads per quarter.

Meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Chamber.

For more information, contact Chair Tiffany Doner.

Power Partners

This group aims to empower and generate business for its members. We are a dedicated group of entrepreneurs providing consistent referrals, support and business development. Monthly attendance is required.

Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Chamber at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast are provided by our presenter.

For more information, or to see if a spot is available in your category, contact chair Barbora Kassdikian or Co-Chair Daniella Paez.

Working Women Win Leads Group

This group aims to empower and generate business for female entrepreneurs in the Chamber. An offshoot of the Women's Council, the Working Women Win provide consistent referrals, support and dedicated business development to members. The group focuses on companies that are owned and operated by women, or by those who wish to do business with women. Bi-monthly attendance is required. 

Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Chamber at 11:30 a.m. 

For more information, contact Chair Co-Chairs Dr. Elaine Cruz or Vanessa Seltzer.

Networking Opportunities


BizPerks is a free networking and business card exchange breakfast held at a different location each month. This event is always held on a Friday and draws dozens of people. This is an easy way to create connections early in the workday. With a $300 sponsorship, members can set up their own exhibit table and give a five minute presentation to the group.

For more information, contact Theresa Sebastian.

Business Afterhours

Business Afterhours is a monthly happy hour held at a different location each month. This event generally draws 80 people and features hors d'oeuvres, wine or cocktails and raffle prizes. This is a high-energy event and an easy way to make and build on business relationships.

Chamber Breakfast

The Chamber Breakfast is a monthly program hosted by the Downtown Council at the Tower Club Fort Lauderdale. Thirty minutes of open networking is followed by breakfast and a program. A panel or keynote speaker discuss a different topic of interest to the business community each month. Past breakfasts have included state legislators, scientists researching sea level rise and the CEO of the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Sponsors are given time to introduce and pitch their company once all guests are seated.

Leaders Luncheon

Enjoy a delicious meal and fantastic networking during your lunch hour. The Leaders Luncheon is a monthly event at Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard. This event generally draws several dozen people. 

For more information, contact Paul Sorensen.

Nonprofit Breakfast

The Nonprofit Breakfast is geared to all businesses, not just nonprofits. This complimentary event features a free breakfast and open networking. Participants have the opportunity to announce any current job openings at their organizations before several speakers give presentations on their organizations. A prize is always raffled at the end of the breakfast.  

For more information, contact Robert Boo.

Board of Directors/ Trustee Luncheons*

These monthly luncheons feature open networking for the Chamber's Board of Directors, Trustee and Chairman's Circle members followed by a seated lunch. A panel gives a presentation and takes questions on a topic relevant to the business community. Past topics include marijuana in the workplace, augmented reality platforms and the proposed WAVE Streetcar.

For more information, contact Kristy Favata.

Trustee Receptions*

Monthly happy hour networking sessions are the perfect opportunity for Trustee and Chairman's Circle members to build relationships in a fun environment. A different Trustee member hosts each event at a venue of their choosing. Cocktails or wine and hors d'oeuvres are served at this complimentary gathering.

For more information, contact Kristy Favata.
 *exclusive to Trustee and Chairman's Circle members