The amazing team at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce has been keeping our business community informed and connected throughout the pandemic and recovery with over 300 webinars over this past year. Slowly, we will be hosting in person events in the coming months.
Our weekly chats with Mayor Gelber have been a great success. We have garnered thousands of impressions through Facebook live and have had extraordinary guests. Recently, we welcomed County Commissioner Eileen Higgens who spoke about her “Mom and Pop” grants that she is offering small businesses and Mayor Daniella Levine Cava who spoke about the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. Past guests of the show, which I co-host with Chamber President & CEO Jerry Libbin, include Police Chief Clements, City Manager Jimmy Morales , Interim City Manager Raul Aguila, Rickelle Williams, Heather Shaw, Eric Carpenter and, of course, Mayor Dan Gelber who discussed items coming before commission such as Lincoln Road and the City’s budget. I’d like to thank Adrian Chamberlin and Michelle Burger from the Mayor’s office who helps us program these chats.
Recently, we raised thousands of dollars to support Project Upstart by partnering with Mentalist Alan Chamo and hosting a magical family friendly event. With over 30 years of experience, Alan has entertained a diverse and unique audience from all over the world. Using a mix of comedy and magic, he has been able to motivate and inspire people from all over the world in English and Spanish and continues to do so even during the ongoing pandemic. The funds raised for Project Upstart will help combat child homelessness issues in Miami Beach. I’d like to thank our Foundation Co-Chairs Alfredo Gonzalez and Bruce Gould for their support and our sponsors Lan/Info tech, Vision Movies and T/Hawke. Chamber Treasurer Steve Kreinik donated the most and was gifted a 30 minute private show with Alan.
Regarding our “Chefs Care Cookbook,” we are getting ready to send it to print, which is exciting and it should be available soon. We have over 40 fabulous from restaurants like Nobu, Azabu, Naked Taco and Juvia, to name a few. The idea behind the book is simple – we reached out to top Chefs to send in their favorite recipes, which we are compiling into a fabulous book. Anyone who makes a $50 donation or more to the Chamber’s Education Foundation will receive a copy of the book. To make things more exciting, the Miami Beach Chamber Foundation will donate $10,000 to Project Upstart in the name of the Chef that generates the highest number of unique donations and $5,000 in the name of the Chef that generates the second most.
The Miami Beach Chamber will continue to update all our members to make sure that you have the most current information with respect to grants and or loans that may be available to you for your business and your employees, and on behalf of all of us at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, I want to thank you for your continued support as we all work together!