MIAMI-DADE CHAMBER of COMMERCE

About The Chamber

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1974 by a group of Black businessmen out of a need for a strong organization that could objectively advocate the needs of a growing Black business community. Led by four Presidents, David Fincher 1974-1984, Dorothy Baker 1984-2004, Bill Diggs 2005-2013 and current President G. Eric Knowles 2014. Understanding that membership is the life blood of the Chamber they have focused on the needs of the membership through education, advocacy, networking, and creating opportunities in both the private and public sectors.

Over forty years the Chamber has witnessed the evolving landscape of the black business community in South Florida. In the urban core, through numerous social unrest and the destruction of the black business infrastructure a decline has been witnessed. In 2015, forty one years later a new energy is being witnessed with the emergence of young, talented and vibrant entrepreneurs blazing new trails and creating new and sustainable business platforms.

Corporations and businesses that once shunned the urban core are returning, and through the various CRA’s, an emergence of development and opportunities exist that have not been witnessed for several decades. The Chamber welcomes you to not only become a member, we welcome you to create the history of the next forty years of the black business community.

Mission

The mission of MDCC is to create opportunities for economic and social transformation in our community.

Vision

M-DCC envisions a future where the diaspora of Black businesses thrive.

The Chamber provides the following services to its members:

  • Technical assistance in business development operations;
  • Promotion of trade missions throughout the globe;
  • Networking opportunities at business related forums;
  • Leaders exchange events;
  • and Business stimulated projects and activities.

Corporate Business Symposium, Young Entrepreneurs Summit and Luncheon – The Symposium focuses on the state of the black business community. The Young Entrepreneurs Summit focuses on the challenges and opportunities of young entrepreneurs in South Florida. The symposium and summit is facilitated through morning and afternoon breakout sessions. The luncheon recognizes the Corporate Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, The Rising Star, and Board Member of the Year, with a Keynote speaker.

Annual Awards Gala – A Black Tie Affair, recognizing three outstanding individuals in the following areas. The H. T. Smith Life Time Achievement Award, The Community Service Award, and The Outstanding Citizen Award. This event is held the first Saturday in the month of December.

The Lunch and Learn Series – The Lunch and Learn Series provides the Chambers membership the opportunity to learn from public and private entities about upcoming opportunities, during the lunch hour once a month.

The Dorothy Baker Annual Golf Tournament – In recognition of the long standing President Dorothy Baker, and her love of the game, the annual event is a fundraising mechanism supporting the Chambers on going mission.

Women’s Business Council Little Black Dress & Pearls (WBC) – Supporting and recognizing women owned businesses.