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The Chamber hosted our delegates and our sponsors for the Washington Summit 2013--Presented by Florida Power and Light Company--Kick-Off Reception at the beautiful Riverside Hotel in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Congressman Ted Deutch said a few words and several Chamber members voiced their reasons for attending the Summit in October. Thanks for the media coverage Eye on South Florida.

 DC Summit Focuses on Results

Tonight is the official Kick-Of Reception for the Washington Summit 2013--presented by Florida Power and Light Company and dozens of other supporting business partners as 75 Delegates, Congressman Ted Deutch and interested parties meet to focus on issues related to our region.

"This is a critical time to focus on results in Washington, DC," said Chuck Mohr, BB&T, Chairman of the Chamber's Board of Directors.  "The gridlock in our nation's Capitol is unacceptable with too much at stake to remain passive on issues like Port Everglades expansion, beach re-nourishment, and immigration reform to name but three of our top priorities."

Linda Cooke, Habilitation Center and Chair of the Washington Summit 2013 Project, has assembled a who's who team of stakeholders to address the issues from both the public and private sectors.  "We knew we needed to assemble the most influential leaders to make an impression on Congress and the Administration," Cooke said. 

Presentations during the sold-out October delegation visit will include senior level briefings directly related to energy, homeland security, military affairs, tax reform, transportation, education, and the environment.  The Chamber's strategy also includes legislative special team units that will be deployed on the Hill to have smaller face-to-face presentations allowing for greater impact.

"This is a team effort with coordination from our Steering Committee, Congressman Deutch, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Congresswoman Wasserman-Shultz and a host of other individuals creating the utmost relevancy, results and unification," Cooke said.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Broward County representing 1,297 companies and nearly 500,000 employees.


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 Chamber's Focus on Third Quarter Activity

"Summer recess" is coming to an end for us and it is time to focus on getting back to business and focusing on making 2013 a banner economic year.

Your Chamber, its investors and staff, are involved in many important programs, products and services so I wanted to take an opportunity to lay it out for you.

Leadership Fort Lauderdale Class XX remains open for registration with a few spots available.  This is our premier training program for future leaders of the organization and our community.

Marina Lofts site plan approval will be heard by the City of Fort Lauderdale Commission on August 20 beginning at 6:00 pm at City Hall.  Your Chamber Board of Directors supports this development as it will bring affordable, luxury rentals to the New River with an exciting design by one of the world's most popular architechts--Bjarke Ingles.

Our Nominating Committee will be approved by the Board of Directors in August to discuss recommendations for the 2014 Board.  The Committee, led by Chair-Elect Courtney Crush,Crush Law, will review candidates for 2016 Chair-Elect Designate, Elected Directors, and Vice Chairs.The final report will be delivered to Directors in the fourth quarter.

As Congress is on break we are hosting Congressman Ted Deutch at a luncheon on August 21 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.  The congressman will also appear at theWashington Summit Kick-Off Reception on Monday, August 26, at the Riverside Hotel.  For more information about the Washington Summit click here.

Our popular Jazz in the Hall tabletop expo will be held at the Chamber on September 19, 5:30 pm.  This is a great venue to display your business in front of several hundred potential customers.

We appreciate your patience while we take care of your Chamber Headquarters with a new roof, air conditioning, lights in the parking lot, fresh paint and a few other odds and ends.  Everything in phase one of the plan will be finished in August.  Much thanks to Doug Watt,Doug Watt, Inc., and Pete Daltner from Stiles for all their help and assistance.


Lee, Dobrikow take top honors 
at Chamber Annual Meeting

A Fort Lauderdale publisher and a hospitality leader were honored at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s 103rd annual meeting recently attended by 500 business leaders, elected officials and guests.

Ina Lee, publisher of Travelhost Media, received the Carolyn M. Michaels’ Leadership Award for nearly four decades of service within the Chamber, particularly focused on beach and hotel related expansion.  The award is named after the Chamber's executive vice president who has been at the organization for three decades.  Ms. Lee is currently the Chair of the Chamber’s Beach Council and serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.

“The wonderful honor given to me was most treasured because it is named after Carolyn Michaels,” Lee said.  “I have never met anyone in my lifetime who exemplifies service with humility like her.”

For increasing Chamber membership by 11 percent, Heiko Dobrikow, executive vice president of the Las Olas Company and general manager of the Riverside Hotel, was honored by 2012 Chairman Andreas Ioannou, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

"This was a team effort by our wonderful business development staff and our members giving strong leads," Dobrikow said.  "Being part of a Chamber that gets it makes all the difference."

Ioannou turned the gavel over to 2013 chairman, Chuck Mohr, senior vice president with BB&T.  Mohr recognized Ioannou for his leadership as he outlined his focus for 2013 on issues related to beach renourishment, expansion of Port Everglades and the Convention Center.  The Chamber will also focus on more regional consensus management to give South Florida a strong voice in Tallahassee and Washington, DC.

A keynote speech was presented by Kelly King, CEO and Chairman of BB&T Corporation, ending the meeting on a high note in motivating attendees by saying, "yesterday is in the past, tomorrow is never promised, so we must strive for excellence today."


Making a Difference, A Tribute to Veterans

Saturday November 5th 2011 Your Chamber lent it’s support to a worthy cause, Our Veterans.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce partnered up with 7 other Florida Chambers, cities, business leaders, designers & The Dania Beach Design District for the Military Room Makeover Program.
One deserving veteran, current Military Guard or Reserve member of each participating chamber/city would get a FREE professionally designed room makeover.

The event which benefited the Wounded Warriors & iReachAmerica Foundation was held on Saturday November 5th. 
Our lucky veteran is Arther Drago, and his new digs will be completed today!Several news stations will cover this heartwarming story. We encourage our members to watch on the following stations.

WPLG 10 TV, the first piece will air today with a follow up when the room is revealed to the veteran and his family.

WSVN TV 7, will also air this story on today's early news approximately 6 to 6:30 pm.


The Designer went above and beyond the scope by adding an additional room to the project and used the most elite names in the design industry.

The Dania Beach Design District is thrilled to have The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce's participation for this exciting program to honor veterans & The Chamber is proud to have been part of something special for our community and our veterans.