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DEVELOPING BUSINESS ♦ BUILDING COMMUNITY NOVEMBER/DECEMBER | 2009 January/February 2009

THE 12th ANNUAL DIAMOND AWARDS ADD LUSTRE TO CORAL GABLES! LARRY M. NOLAN Coral Gables Chamber

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he Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will honor excellence in business at its 12th Annual Diamond Awards on Friday, November 13, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. Chamber Chair Sarah Artecona will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies at the annual awards luncheon. Every year the Diamond Awards are bestowed upon outstanding local busineses. It is the Chamber’s signature awards program for top companies in the Coral Gables community. The prestigious Diamond Awards will honor businesses in eight different categories this year.  These brilliant businesses will

be recognized for their outstanding performance among five criteria: business achievement, business involvement, community involvement, customer service and workplace environment.   We have one new category this year, the Restaurant/Retailer Business Award, in addition to our Small, Medium, Large, NonProfit, Go Green, MinorityOwned and Diamond-inthe-Rough Business Award categories. The annual Diamond Awards are the Chamber’s way of recognizing outstanding companies that do luminous work in our

community, as well as reward those organizations that are achieving stellar success in the workplace.  The 12th Annual Diamond Awards are presented by Montica Jewelry. Sponsors include City of Coral Gables and Turnberry Bank. Dan’s Video Creations and Photo Offset are in-kind sponsors. And the finalists for the 12th Annual Diamond Awards are: Go Green Award: American Airlines Arena - The Heat Group, Kirksey Architecture and Original Impressions; Non-Profit: Baptist Medical Plaza - Coral Gables, Dr. John Macdonald Foundation, Guardianship Program and Hands On Miami; Minority Owned Business: Business Centers International and U.S. Century Bank; Diamondin-the-Rough: Law Office of

Robert L. Parks, Trini In Private; Restaurant/Retailer: Denny’s - University of Miami, Rene Ruiz Couture, Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge; Small Business: Home Instead Senior Care and Kirksey Architecture Medium Business: Business Centers International and Original Impressions; Large Business: Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer LLP, Goldstein Schechter Koch, International Finance Bank and Zyscovich Architects. The cost of the event is $50 for Members with RSVP by noon, Monday, Nov. 9th.  Guests are $60. VIP Table Sponsors are $600. Award sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Erica Dominguez at 305.446.1657 or at edominguez@ coralgableschamber.org.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY TO FEATURE YOUR CHAMBER IN TOYLAND! LARRY M. NOLAN Coral Gables Chamber Holiday cheer and goodwill headline the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce’s 13th Annual Holiday Party on December 3rd at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

More than 400 people are expected to attend this extraordinary event, where 30+ restaurants will delight everyone’s palate and compete for the Best Display, Best Cuisine and Best Dessert Awards. With a theme like “Toyland,” this party with a

IN THIS ISSUE: • Chairman’s Remarks • President’s Perspective • Trustee Talk • Winter Solstice • Sponsor Opportunities • Gables BID Corner • Calendar of Events • Sponsor Recognition

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purpose has a goal to collect gifts for needy children, teens and seniors who would otherwise not have a very joyous holiday season. Gifts will be collected and distributed to the CHARLEE Homes for Children, His House, Home Instead Senior Care, Merrick Educational

Center, Rock Foundation and Coral Gables Police Athletic League. Representatives from these organizations will return to The Biltmore Hotel the day after the party to select the gifts that are most appropriate TURN TO PAGE 5

Chamber Print and Web Advertising Opportunities! Please take advantage of our special Chamber member pricing for your communication needs through the Chamber: - Direct Web Marketing to our membership database of over 1,400 active emails - Advertising in a Chamber-focused Newspaper pull-out section of the Coral Gables News-Tribune - Advertising in our online version of the Coral Gables Newsletter, the Chamber Connection For further information on how to take your membership and your business to a new level, please contact Director of Communications Larry Nolan at lnolan@coralgableschamber.org

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Lights, Camera, Action! Sarah Nesbitt Artecona University of Miami CGCC Chairwoman sartecona@miami.edu t is officially a few months into my year and the old movie phrase “lights, camera, ACTION” continues to come to mind. Your Chamber leadership is very busy putting the action into the goals I set forth for my year and we are off to a great start. As a refresher, the goals are boosting travel and tourism, the Business Improvement District’s streetscape project, City of Coral Gables permitting assistance program and the small business blue ribbon task force. During the last month, our Chamber President Mark Trowbridge and I have met with Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, Commissioners Chip Withers, Bill Kerdyk and Maria Anderson, City Manager Pat Salerno, County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen, the City of Coral Gables Economic Development Board, the publisher and editor of Miami Monthly Magazine Elena Carpenter, UM’s Executive Vice Provost Bill Green, and the leadership of the Coral Gables Community Foundation. These meetings had a specific agenda: to promote our goals for this year. These meetings have been productive on a number of levels. First, our outreach has been welcomed and our goals well-received. Our goals overlap with many of our government officials and boards. In a number of instances we will join forces to promote these

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common goals to boost the voice of the business community. Now that the groundwork is set, we are off and running. Our small business group will meet with a Blue Ribbon Panel, comprised of key stakeholders and business leaders, and held its first workshop last month on financing and access to the credit market. We want to keep an open dialogue and do everything we can to help businesses during these uncertain times. The Permitting Assistance Program will hold a day-long focus group with developers, architects and Chamber businesses so we can share common concerns getting new businesses into our Class “A” office space. City Manager Pat Salerno has agreed to join us so he can hear first-hand about these issues and work jointly with us on solutions. The Streetscape Program continues to move through the City and business owner process. Chair-Elect John O’Rourke, who is both Vice President of the BID and the Chamber representative to the City’s Economic Development Board, continues to work closely on this process and we expect more news on this front in the coming months as the City Manager turns his attention to matters other than the budget. And, lastly, travel and tourism. We are optimistic that the Super Bowl Host Committee will select Coral Gables as a locale for one of its “Super Celebration” events. It would mean a great deal to our merchants, restaurants and other businesses to host such a prestigious event. So stay tuned. I hope our lights, camera and actions will be “Oscar” worthy.

2009-2010 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chair: Sarah Nesbitt Artecona (University of Miami)

Chair-Elect: John O’Rourke (Montica Jewelry) Vice Chairman-Business & Economic Dev.: Anabella Smith (Zyscovich Architects) Vice Chairman-Community Affairs: Frank Fernandez (U.S. Century Bank) Vice Chairman-Special Events: Claire Lardner (Frameworks) Vice Chairman-Member Affairs: Luis Alvarado (AXA Advisors) Vice Chairman-Govt. & Legislative Affairs: Jim McCoy (Holly Sime Realty) Vice Chair-International Affairs: Deirdre Nero (Nero Immigration Law) Secretary/Treasurer: Raquel Hickey (Coconut Grove Bank) Past Chairman: Marc Berenfeld (Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer) Chairman’s Appointee: Manny Alvarez (International Finance Bank) President & CEO: Mark A. Trowbridge BOARD OF DIRECTORS Elected - term expires 2010 Ramon Ferrer (Florida Power & Light) Marco Ibarra (Eliptek Technology Group) Hank O. Langston (Gulliver Schools) Mark Meranda (Turner Construction) Victoria Villalba (Victoria & Associates Career Services, Inc.)

Elected - term expires 2011 Thad Adams (Allen Morris Company) Dennis Doucette (Biltmore Hotel) Linda Knudsen (Baptist Health South Florida) Martha de la Peña Rojas (BlueCross Blue Sheild of Florida)

Emilio Vazquez (Coconut Grove Bank) Elected - term expires 2012 Gabe Castrillon (Hyatt Regency Coral Gables) George Feliciano (Bay Plumbing Co.) Drew Kern (Esslinger Wooten Maxwell Realtors) Maria Llorca (Village of Merrick Park) Marti Mang (TotalBank) Chairman Appointees - term expires 2010 Perry Adair (Becker & Poliakoff) Nick Deas (Northwestern Mutual) Orlando “OJ” Mendoza (AETNA) Evan Rees (Turnberry Bank) Ari Rollnick (kabookaboo Marketing)

Trustee Council - term expires 2010 Alan Randolph (Bank of Miami)

Ex-Officio Members Coral Gables Community Foundation: Andria Hanley City of Coral Gables: Commissioner Ralph Cabrera VISION Coral Gables: Carolina Rendeiro Business Improvement District: Mari Molina

PHOTO BY LARRY M. NOLAN | CORAL GABLES CHAMBER

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

WOMEN’S BUSINESS NETWORK LUNCHEON: Sponsor George Feliciano, Chamber Chair-Elect John O’Rourke, Emily Marquez-Dulin, Chamber Chair Sarah Nesbitt Artecona and Chamber President Mark A. Trowbridge. 2

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PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE - CELEBRATE EDUCATION! Mark A. Trowbridge, President & CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce mtrowbridge@coralgableschamber.org

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ach year, as part of my CEO Workday experience, I participate in our school system’s countywide program, Principal for a Day. This year, I was paired with Adolfo Costa, the new principal at Coral Gables Senior High School, and we had a terrific day at one of the finest high schools in our county. In my years of serving as a Principal for a Day, no school leader has spent as much time with me over the course of a day as Adolfo did, and for this, I am most grateful. The purpose of Principal for a Day is to engage our civic and business leaders in our public schools and offer them an intimate, first-hand account of the incredible things going on at the elementary, middle and senior high levels. It is then our job as leaders to go out and share our experiences with colleagues and friends, whipping up support for the tremendous work our educators are doing each and every day. The Cavaliers have had a tough start to the year with a student death in September, but I found the energy at the school to be amazing, the students engaging, and the leadership outstanding! While there may be painful memories, I was reminded that young people are resilient and that time does heal all wounds, no matter how deep. And the educators at CGHS, along with the leadership of the school system, have made every resource available to the school and its students to aid in this recovery. We began our day at 7:15am with a quick briefing and were quickly off for a tour of various classes, including a thoughtful lesson on the history of jazz/swing by new band director Daniel Ibarra-Scurr. Many of you know I was a total band geek in high school, playing in the symphonic, jazz and marching bands, including a stint my senior season as drum major of the marching Commodores! Needless to say, I was in bliss (more on this later!).

We also got a chance to chat with the leadership of the ROTC program, which had two direct appointees to our military service academies last year – impressive. While many students were engaged in FCAT re-takes, laughter filled the hallways between classes, students hung out with their friends, and yet, there was a strong sense of order and discipline as students moved around the large campus. Lunch was a highlight as the students in the culinary program (perennial award winners at our annual Chamber Holiday Party) prepared a roasted chicken with rice, accompanied by a delicious arugula salad. I would have been content to enjoy the carbohydrate smorgasbord offered up in the school cafeteria, but Adolfo would have none of that. Thank goodness! The afternoon was spent visiting more classrooms, a webcast from the central administration, meeting with the Activities Director, and talking with students from the National Honor Society (I was the president of NHS my senior year of high school). After school, I had a chance to direct the marching band during their rehearsal and fulfill a dream of recapturing my youth. Of course, they chose to have me lead them in the ESPN theme song – a network that did not even exist when I was in high school. All in all, I can tell you that I continue to be amazed at what our schools (and students) accomplish on limited resources and under intense pressure from FCAT and other high expectations. These are challenging times for education and yet our students are thriving – they are more than our future, they are our greatest hope. Join us as we celebrate education this month at our Good Morning Coral Gables breakfast on November 19th. Our students will “run the show” that day and our keynote speaker will be Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Schools. As the son, grandson, brother, nephew and uncle of teachers, my love of public education courses through my veins and permeates my DNA. Hats off to Coral Gables High School, their principal Adolfo Costa, and the entire student body. Thanks for the warm hospitality. Go Cavaliers!

OUR PRESIDENT HARD AT WORK!

PHOTOGRAPHS BY LARRY M. NOLAN | CORAL GABLES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

EVERYDAY ITALIAN: Chamber President & CEO Mark A Trowbridge enjoys a delicious meatball with Randazzos Little Italy’s Brigette Vichot at the GMCVB Mixer. 3

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GET FIT: Chamber President & CEO Mark A Trowbridge and Scott Bauman of Fitness Together prepare for a high-powered workout!

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TRUSTEE TALK Alan Randolph The Bank of Miami CGCC Trustee Council Chairman alan.randolph@tbomiami.com

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he Trustee Council is off to great start this Chamber year with 14 of our newest Trustee members joining since the end of August. In addition, September’s Trustee Luncheon was a great, soldout success with guest speaker Leonard Abess, Jr., CEO of City National Bank. Thank you also to Bay Plumbing and Fleming’s Steakhouse for the fascinating and engaging Trustee Reception on October 13th. The Coral Gables City Manager Patrick G. Salerno spoke about “Vision” at October’s Good Morning Coral Gables breakfast. The Trustee Council’s vision for 2010 is reaching

out, connecting Trustees and building relationships for all of our members. You won’t want to miss our annual reception at Montica Jewelry on Tuesday, November 10th! This month, we are partnering with the Toppel Career Center at UM and announcing our brilliant Diamond Award finalists at the reception. Another great event will be our Trustee Luncheon at the airport on December 1st (note date change) as we tour the new South Terminal and Concourse J. Odebrecht Construction is our sponsor – see what is happening at MIA, the leading economic engine in our community. Keep in mind that by attending our monthly events, you will receive great exposure to your fellow members and find great ways to connect and create business relationships that will help build on your business’ success! Enjoy Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays. Look for inspiration that will help you build your business in 2010.

TRUSTEE RECEPTION AT FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE

FUN NETWORKING!: TOP L-R, Dr. Sokoloff with his team; Karyl Argamasilla, Mercedes Sellek and Claribeth Valencia; Laura Galbraith and Monique Graciotti, MIDDLE L-R, Marco Ibarra, Luis Alvarado, Vivian Miller and Sarah Nesbitt Artecona; Emile DeBoyrie and George Feliciano, BOTTOM L-R, Marc Berenfeld, Artie Faren, Thad Adams and David Stiefel; Jose Felix Rivas and Alan Randolph; Luis DeSouza and our sponsor Robert Beans of Bay Plumbing.

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CONTINUED FROM FRONT - ALL YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO MAKE OUR HOLIDAY PARTY SHINE! for their organizations. The Holiday Party is made possible with the support of our sponsors. Our presenting sponsor is Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer LLP. Children from George Washington Carver Middle School competed in an art competition to be showcased as the signature art piece for the promotion of the event. This Holiday Party is always a fun way to show your

support for this community’s youth. The holidays are a critical time to spread cheer. Now, more than ever, it is important for our entire community to join together and accomplish this great cause of helping those in need. For more information, visit www.coralgableschamber.org. or call events manager Natalie Leon at 305-446-1657.

FLAGS ON PONCE RETURNS TO THE BOULEVARD LARRY M. NOLAN Coral Gables Chamber

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n 1993, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce envisioned a boulevard of flags set ablaze with color as a tribute to businesses engaged in international trade, travel and commerce vital to the economic and cultural life of our community. The Flags on Ponce program is a stunning visual display of Coral Gables’ rich diversity and the focal point of our international business community. Each year, flags from over 120 countries are flown along Ponce de Leon Boulevard during the months of December through June. The International Affairs Committee of the Coral

Gables Chamber of Commerce supports the Flags on Ponce program, which for many years was maintained by the City of Coral Gables. The Chamber created the program back in 1993 as an initiative to showcase our community’s international

character and to recognize the significant number of consulates and multinational businesses that call Coral Gables home. Shortly thereafter, the City of Coral Gables took over the program and expanded it to what we see today. In an

effort to sustain this program, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce manages this program, heralding our Chamber’s commitment to doing business in a global marketplace. Judge Thomas Snook and Becker & Polikoff are the sponsors so far for This years initiative. Thanks to the generous support of numerous sponsors from the City of Coral Gables, the International Affairs Coordinating Council and local residents, the program once again is flying high and will continue to do so. For more information or to sponsor a flag, please call 305-446-1657 or visit www. coralgableschamber.org.

WINTER SOLSTICE LIGHTS UP DECEMBER LARRY M. NOLAN Coral Gables Chamber

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n most other parts of the country, the winter solstice is recognized by its bleak, dormant atmosphere, but not in Coral Gables! This December 8th at 6:00 p.m., our Chamber member shops at the Village of Merrick Park will be showcased in a winter version of our Chamber’s Summer Stroll, called the Winter Solstice. This event will take our members around the Village of Merrick Park for a sample of what our select member stores have to offer, just in time for the 5

holidays. The participating stores this year are Tiffany & Co., Via Quadronno and new Trustee Neiman Marcus. The Village of Merrick Park is Coral Gables’ premier world-class shopping experience and plays host to many events and festivals throughout the year. The price to attend this event is $30 for members with RSVP by Friday, December 4th. $40 for onsite registration. To join in on the warm winter fun on December 8th, contact Erica Dominguez at 305-446-1657 or edominguez@coralgableschamber. org

COURTESY OF THE VILLAGE OF MERRICK PARK | FILE 2008

A holiday portrait of the Village of Merrick Park lit up in festive splendor

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Downtown Gables BID INSIDER

SAVE THE DATES! NOV. 4 Wind Down Wednesday Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge 5:30 p.m.

NOV. 13 GET YOUR GABLES ON THURSDAYS!! Looking to start the weekend off early? Every Thursday, head downtown to Get Your Gables On Thursdays for Miami’s hottest after-work scene and fantastic deals. From free wine and chocolate tastings to $5 appetizers, there’s something for every taste. Celebrate Thursday nights in style in the neighborhood where you can see and be seen without breaking the bank. Participating restaurants and bars include Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge, Da Vittorio, Ortanique on the Mile, Novecento, Red Koi Thai & Sushi lounge, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Caffe Abbracci, The Bar and more! For more information, please visit www.shopcoralgables.com.

The 12th Annual Diamond Awards Presented by Montica Jewelry Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 11:30 a.m.

NOV. 19 Good Morning Coral Gables - Education Breakfast Alhambra Ballroom, Biltmore Hotel, 7:30 a.m.

DEC. 3

Annual Holiday Party Country Club Ballroom, Biltmore Hotel 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 8

Winter Solstice Village of Merrick Park, 6:00 p.m.

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Eco Expo Hyatt Regency, Coral Gables

MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS WELCOME OUR NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!

• 401K trainers.com • Alzheimer’s Association • BAC/Credomatic Network • Boston Market • Charlotte Bistro • City National Bank of Florida • Claudia Lujan Interiors • Cleber Lopes Institute • Colbert, Boue and Juncadella, C.P.A.’s • The Diabetic Food Store • Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors • Galloway Office Supply • Home FX South Florida LLC • HSBC Bank USA, N.A. • Jackie Matos & Associates, LLC • Joffe & Joffe, LLC • Land Shark Stadium • Mallah Furman • Marill Security Services • The Miami Herald • Moss & Associates • National Kidney Foundation • Neiman Marcus OceanAir Logistics •Peabody Real Estate LLC • Rosillo & Associates, P.A. • Seraphic Fire • Sharp Business Systems • SourceCorp Professional Services • Standard Parking • Turnberry Bank • Universal Patient Care • Valshire, LLC • Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company • YMCA of Greater Miami

SPONSORSHIP/INVESTOR HALL OF FAME through 010/30/09

$5,000 and above The Allen Morris Company AXA Advisors, LLC Baptist Health South Florida Bay Plumbing Company Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer LLP The Biltmore Hotel City of Coral Gables Coconut Grove Bank Colliers Abood Wood-Fay Gulliver Schools Hyatt Regency Coral Gables International Finance Bank Montica Jewelry TotalBank University of Miami $2,500 - $4,999 Aetna, Inc. AT&T

Becker & Poliakoff BlueCross Blueshield of Florida Business Centers International Business Improvement District of Coral Gables Florida Power & Light Gables Financial Group, Inc. Junior Orange Bowl Committee Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A. Mercantil Commercebank, N.A. Miami Christian School New England Financial Turner Contruction Company Victoria & Associates Career Services Walmart

VISION INVESTORS

Bank of New York Mellon BankUnited, F.S.B. Baptist Health South Florida Bay Plumbing Company* Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer LLP The Biltmore Hotel Business Centers International Coconut Grove Bank Coral Gables Trust Co. EWM Realtors Express Travel Gulliver Schools HollySime Realty Hotel St. Michel Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Intelligent Office International Finance Bank Mercantil Commercebank, N.A. Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Metrobank Montica Jewelry Nordstrom at The Village of Merrick Park Photo Offset Robert J. Shafer & Associates Sharff, Wittmer, Kurtz & Jackson Trusted Alliance, LLC* University of Miami Victoria & Associates Career Services Waste Management Westin Colonnade Coral Gables Hotel Williamson Cadillac - HUMMER * Commitment Paid In Full

*BOLD Denotes TRUSTEE

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EVENTS CALENDAR MON

NOVEMBER 2009

TUE 2

WED 3

4 8:00 AM Go Green Task Force Mtg. 9:00 AM Cultural Affairs Mtg. 12:15 PM RE-Connect 5:30 PM Wind Down Wednesday

8:00 AM International Affairs Mtg. 9:00 AM Holiday Party Mtg

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10

11

5:30 PM Trustee Reception

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THU

CHAMBER OFFICE CLOSED FOR VETERANS DAY

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8:00 AM 12 Ambassador Mtg. 8:00 AM Business & Education Committee 9:00 AM 20/30 Group Mtg. 19

7:30 AM Good Morning Coral Gables 25

SAT/SUN 6

7/8

11:30 AM 13 12th Annual Diamond Awards Luncheon

14/15

20

21/22

5 8:00 AM M-Team Committee Mtg. 9:00 AM WBN Steering Committee Mtg.

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12:15 PM RE-Connect 23

FRI

THANKSGIVING 26 DAY CHAMBER OFFICES ARE CLOSED

8:00 AM Business & Government Affairs Committee Mtg.

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28/29

DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING CHAMBER OFFICES ARE CLOSED

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DECEMBER 2009 MON

TUE

WED 2

1

8:00 AM International Affairs 9:00 AM Holiday Party Meeting 11:30 PM Trustee Luncheon

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THU

8

6:00 PM Winter Solstice

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15 11:30 AM Women’s Business Network Luncheon

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22

8:00 AM Go Green Task Force Mtg. 9:00 AM Cultural Affairs Mtg. 12:15 PM RE-Connect 4:00 PM Trustee Council

8:00 a.m. 9 Small Business Seminar 9:00 AM Cultural Affairs 4:00 PM Trustee Council

12:15 PM RE-Connect

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23

FRI

3 8:00 AM M-Team Committee Mtg. 9:00 AM WBN Steering Committee Mtg.

SAT/SUN 4

5/6

11

12/13

18

19/20

5:30 PM Annual Holiday Party

8:00 AM 10 Ambassador Mtg. 8:00 AM Business & Education 9:00 AM 20/30 Group Mtg.

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7:30 AM Good Morning Coral Gables

8:00 AM Business & Government Affairs Comm. Mtg.

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28 25

26/27

CHAMBER OFFICES CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS 12/24/09 - 1/3/10 29 30 28 31 CHAMBER OFFICES CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS 12/24/09 - 1/3/10

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MERRICK SOCIETY MEMBERS Marc Berenfeld - Honorary Chair Berenfeld Spritzer Shechter & Sheer, LLP Mario Angulo - Republic Title Services Sergio L. Barrera - Business Travel Advisors, Inc. Nancy Barreto Hogan - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Robin V. Burr - Great Gables Guide/Quantum Carol Ellis-Cutler - Colliers Abood Wood-Fay John O’Rourke - Montica Jewelry Jeffrey Stay - RRA Victoria Villalba - Victoria & Associates Career Services, Inc.

THANK YOU!!: CORAL GABLES CHAMBER SPONSOR RECOGNITION SEPT./OCT. September Sponsors

Good Morning Coral Gables

Women’s Business Network Luncheon Women’s Business Network Luncheon

Wind Down Wednesday

da vittorio

Trustee Luncheon

Good Morning Coral Gables

Trustee Reception Trustee Luncheon

October Sponsors

Wind Down Wednesday

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Residential Real Estate Luncheon

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