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. Our mission is to provide a world of business opportunities and bring the business community together to exchange goods and services and to promote interaction and communication mutually beneficial to all businesses involved.
In its thirty-plus years, the Chamber has been led by three presidents. Inaugural president David Fincher served from 1974 to 1984 followed by Dorothy Baker, who presided for twenty years, from 1984 through 2004. Current Chief Executive Bill Diggs took the helm in 2005 and already has increased Chamber membership to over 400 members. Each day, Diggs and his staff work diligently to plan strategic marketing and effective business developments for the 21st century.
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.
Each year, the Chamber holds several dynamic events which recognize small and corporate businesses and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the Chamber and the community. These events include:
Corporate Business Leaders Luncheon – recognizes the outstanding efforts of corporate leaders in the community.
Annual Awards Banquet – recognizes members for business savvy and accomplishments, presenting awards to the Corporate Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Top Five Small Businesses and Board Member of the Year.
Morning Coffee With the President– Working business meetings designed to unleash the power of networking.
Annual Golf Tournament – Sporting fundraiser which promotes positivity, sportsmanship and networking.
Membership Drive – Annual drive designed to recruit and retain new members.