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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2018 1:00 am

he sold-out crowd at the Hampton Inn for the South Dade Chamber of Commerce Installation Luncheon had plenty to applaud about Thursday September 27, 2018. Corey Gold, outgoing Chairman, expressed his appreciation to board members and the Chamber staff for a year that brought several changes, to include relocation of the Chamber back to Krome Avenue in the heart of the downtown revitalization effort.

Of the almost thirty board members, seven new individuals joined those whose terms have not yet expired. Mayor Peggy Bell of Cutler Bay was the honored guest and she spoke of the partnerships that have grown among Deep South Dade communities. As a small business owner herself, she’s served on council or as the mayor since Cutler Bay was incorporated in 2006. Prior to that, she was a founding member of the Cutler Ridge Area Steering Committee, the organization that worked to incorporate the municipality. She spoke of the expansion of businesses, community, and commitment to quality of life programs as well as the important role the Chamber of Commerce plays. She then conducted the installation ceremony for the board.

Joe Webb, who moved from being treasurer to Chair-Elect, introduced Dr. George Marakas for his first official remarks as the new Chairman. Marakas, with an extensive background in banking, business and information systems, is a full professor of Information Systems and the Graduate Program Director for the Florida International University (FIU) College of Business Doctoral Programs. He is better known locally as the founder and owner of K&G Cycles, LLC in Florida City. 

His remarks focused on the strength of outgoing and incoming board members and the dedication of Chief Executive Officer Kerry Black and the Chamber staff. He highlighted the increase of new Chamber members and higher number of retention of existing members as clear signs of the bright future of the Chamber. There is an active year planned with a variety of events and programs to promote businesses, and to nurture entrepreneurs who have recently started businesses or hope to soon do so.

To learn more: southdadechamber.org or stop by 47 N Krome Avenue, Homestead; Telephone 305.247.2332.

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