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Message from the President & Chair

The Many Ways of Connecting Business

As we head into our new fiscal year, it's important to look back at the progress we've made - to learn from our past and to build on our strengths. After serving for 20 years (12 as your President and CEO) at an organization that has been helping businesses succeed since 1952, I can proudly say that one of our Chamber's greatest strengths lies in forming strategic connections with and for our members.

In order to advance the Chamber's mission -- to Promote and Sustain Economic Prosperity in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County -- the concept of connecting members must go beyond traditional methods.

Of course, our Chamber is proud to offer hundreds of ways to connect, through our annual events, membership breakfasts, after-hours events, leads groups and committee meetings each year, but it doesn't end there. We're working for you whether you engage with us or are unable to. We're fighting for you as we help to elect candidates that will make operating your business easier. We're referring you when we receive inquiries about what products or services to use. We're bringing new business to you when we implement programs like Boca Restaurant Month. Finally, we're paving the way for more people to connect with your business through new channels like Boca Chamber Radio and our growing social networks. We're connecting you to our members, but we're ultimately connecting you to opportunities for success.

In August, we celebrated Boca Chamber Festival Days (BCFD). We facilitated 25 events that connected our for-profit members with the nonprofit community to raise funds and awareness for their charitable causes. We are extremely pleased to announce that a record-setting total of over $750K was raised in just 31 days. For more information about BCFD, turn to page 8.

We're excited to be recognizing business excellence at the 2017 Annual Gala. Join us as we present the coveted M.J. "Mike" Arts Award of Excellence to Jerry Fedele and his Executive Leadership Team at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Jerry has made a lasting mark not only on the Chamber, but also on an institution that is deeply embedded in the fabric of our community. As you know, the Annual Gala is also where we honor the outstanding leadership of The Boca Chamber. We are excited and fortunate to have Ethel Isaacs Williams remain as Chair of the Board for another year. Don't miss this special night on Saturday, Oct. 28th at the Boca Raton Resort & Club! Read more about Jerry Fedele on page 5.

From Connecting Members, to Advancing Commerce, to Protecting Business and Enhancing Community, the Boca Chamber could not continue to foster strategic connections without the support of you, our members! Whether we are working to provide opportunities for you to get involved, connect locally or develop professionally, we are working toward the end goal of enhancing our community so that your business may continue to prosper.


Let’s keep moving forward!

Troy M. McLellan, CCE, FCCP, President & CEO
Ethel Isaacs Williams, Chair of the Board, 2018
Boca Chamber