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1 Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Where Meeting Good People is Good for Business

2 Mission The Mission of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is to maximize its members' success, the community's competitiveness and the area's economic prosperity.

3 Benefits of the Chamber (Overview)  Voice of Business advocacy  Chamber Councils  Events – networking, social & annual  Leads Groups  Committees & Volunteer Opportunities  Business Promotion Opportunities  Access to 1450 businesses

4 Voice of Business  Advocacy for building Broward business  Representing member employers interests  Affordable Housing  Transportation  Airport Expansion  Education  Disaster Recovery Your chamber investment supports all of these initiatives and more…

5 Chamber Councils These represent different focuses of the Chamber  Downtown Council  Uptown Council  Women’s Council  Beach Council  Weston Council  Oakland Park/Wilton Manors Council  GLBX (Group) As a member of the Chamber, you are encouraged to participate in any Council-related event

6 Events  Over 55 events per year  Includes annual events, monthly networking, workshops, issue-driven speaking meetings  Establish and develop personal and professional relationships  Exchange leads, business tips and referrals  Open to all members and their guests  Register online for all events

7 Special Events  Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting  Women’s Council of Commerce “Circle of Excellence”  Salute to Business  Golf Tournament  Taste of Weston  Downtowner of the Year  Leadership Programs  Leadership Ft. Lauderdale

8 Leads Groups  Ft. Lauderdale Leads Groups:  4 groups meeting weekly or twice per month  Weston Leads Groups:  5 groups meet weekly each day of the week

9 Committees  Small Business  Government Affairs  Economic Development  Education & Training  Membership Committee:  Concierge Service  Diplomats  Non-Profit Liaisons

10 Business Promotion  Advertising  Weekly e-newsletter & Chamber website  Sponsorships: Sponsor any event and receive  Signage or tabletop display  Recognition on website calendar of events  Logo and company description in event flyers  Mailing Labels/Lists for print  As a member you can purchase the membership database for your company mailings

11 Chamber Website Resources  Online directory of Chamber members  Searchable business database with links to member websites  Online calendar of events  List of committees and their meeting schedules  Concierge Service (under “Chamber Services”)

12 Concierge Service  Powerful tool for accelerating connections through the Chamber  Matches you to strategic partnerships, i.e., those who already do business with the people that you would like to have as clients  Made up of volunteers who are active Chamber members  Get started by submitting your “Online Profile Form” under the Concierge Service section of the Chamber website

13 Networking Exercise  The last 15 minutes: Break into groups of 3-4 people  Take 2 minutes to prepare your answers to the following three questions:  What has been your biggest accomplishment in your business this past year?  Describe what you’ve done for your favorite/best client in terms that a “layperson” could understand. What was their need when they first arrived, and how did you help them?  Whether personal or professional, what are two things that you’re really interested in, that you really love to do, to collect, to learn or read about?  Then each group member takes 2 minutes to share their answers with the rest of the break-out group

14 Wrap Up  Let’s hear from 2-3 of you: What did you learn or like best from doing this networking exercise?  Get each other’s business cards and plan to attend an upcoming Chamber event together

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