Miami chamber going back to basics with Goals Conference
year after changing the format of its annual conference to focus on organizational
restructuring, the Greater Miami Chamber of Conference is returning to its roots
and focusing on goals.
chamber took a break from setting traditional goals at last year's conference
to discuss overall strategy with members after financial management problems
convinced new chamber leaders to redirect the organization for the first time
in 20 years.
the 2005 conference, to be held June 17-19 at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort
and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, is to return to the old goals format.
conference is to focus on bringing communities from the tri-county area together
through workshops on advocacy, international business development, leadership
programs, member services and regional business.
chamber decided to focus on the areas last year as part of the reorganizational
plan, and hired vice presidents in membership services, economic development
and government advocacy later in the year.
2005 Greater Miami Chamber Goals Conference will be packed with action from
the workshops involving members working in the five functional areas of the
chamber," said Barry Johnson, executive vice president.
workshops are to be split into separate sections to discuss the chamber's involvement
in local, federal and international issues.
business development workshops are to include initiatives to promote international
business through the chamber's Americas Linkage program, and outreach to multinational
companies and trade officials.
programs are to include setting priorities that improve the area's arts, education,
and business infrastructure to attract targeted industries and increase opportunities
for non-profit companies.
services offerings are to include discussions on how businesses fit into the
South Florida market and ways to attract and renew members.
business workshops are to focus on developing policies and initiatives to increase
cooperation between South Florida communities to improve the area's quality
of life for residents and the competitiveness of business.
officials moved the conference to Fort Lauderdale this year to work toward the
the years we have held the conference at Ocean Reef on Key Largo, the Breakers
in Palm Beach, at Naples and several locations in Miami-Dade," Mr. Johnson
said. "We are truly a regional chamber and our membership in Broward and
Palm Beach continues to grow."
highlights include a regional business award luncheon Friday that partners with
the Greater Fort Lauderdale and Greater Boca Raton chambers and the South Florida
Regional Business Alliance to recognize area businesses.
Saturday, chamber officials are to debut a new chamber website and wrap up the
2004-05 year by installing new chairman Rosa Sugrañes and present the
Bill Colson award and a business tribute to former US senator and Florida governor
Sunday morning, the five chamber group chairmen are to report results of the
conference workshops and outline goals for the year.
year's conference focused on soul searching and finding ways to improve the
chamber, outgoing chairman Allen Harper said.
this year's conference will focus on highlighting the individuals and organizations
that make South Florida great, he said, and will guide the 98-year old chamber
into its second century.
going to be a terrific weekend," Mr. Harper said. "We're to prove
to world that the chamber is back and surging forward."