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How will you stand out in 2010? Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches


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Power Networking at Lunch

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When: Monday, January 11, 11:30 a.m. Where: Palm Beach7 Airport Hilton/Club 10 6 8 Member Money 9 10 Maker 8:30 a.m. Open House Coffee Register Online at palmbeaches.org Ambassador Committee 8:30 a.m. 6th Annual

12:00 p.m. YPOP Holiday Party Holiday Mixer Hotel Biba Omphoy Ocean Resort Members Only 5:30p.m. Invitation Only 5:30p.m.

Palm Beaches Marathon 6:00 a.m.

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4 Marathon Breakfast WPB Marriot 7:45 a.m.

5 Palm Beaches Marathon Expo @ CityPlace

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When: Wednesday, January 13, 7:30 a.m. Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center Cost: 22 Pre-pay 23Members 24$30, Non-members 25 26$40

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*All meetings are held at the Chamber unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change

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Member Money Maker Location TBA 8:30 a.m. Mixer - Hilton Singer Island 5:30 p.m.

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Tools for Success Seminar 8:30 a.m.

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*All meetings are held at the Chamber unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change

401 N Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | Phone: 561.833.3711 Fax: 561.833.5582 | www.palmbeaches.org

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BUSINESS EVENTS

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Holiday Mixer

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YPOP Holiday Hotspot

Members donate toys and announce 2010 Committee Chairs

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Breakfast

Marathon Kick Off

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COVER ARTICLE

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Get Noticed

Stand out from your competitors with these 7 business tips.

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The Real Estate Guide to the Palm Beaches & The Health Care Guide to the Palm Beaches

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Membership Helps Your Bottom Line Chamber Perks

MEMBERSHIP

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New Members & Renewals

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One-On-One 101

Breakfast Fast Pass

Buy now and save on 2010 breakfasts

Ribbon Cuttings

Members In Motion

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Officers

Board of Directors

Chair Don DeWoody WGCompass Realty Companies

Larry B. Alexander, Jr. Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A.

Chair-Elect Carey O’Donnell Carey O’Donnell PR Group

Scott Benyon CEMEX

Treasurer David D. Brooks, CPA Secretary Charles Gerardi The Palm Beach Post General Counsel Michelle Diffenderfer Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. At-Large Member Harvey E. Oyer III Shutts & Bowen, LLP Past-Chair Mark Elhilow Blue Ocean Capital

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Dennis Grady Chief Executive Officer Sandy Pullens Director of Administrative Services Kelley Burke Director of Sponsorships and Special Events Donald Burgess Operations Coordinator Alexandra Guth Communications Coordinator/ Webmaster Kelly Fanelli Membership Director Ron Walters Membership Development Jaime Crespy Membership Developement Sharon McIntosh Information Coordinator

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Jon Blunk Crocker Partners LLC Davide Carbone St. Mary’s Medical Center John Cassidy John C. Cassidy Air Conditioning, Inc. Dr. David Dorfman Mobile Chiropractic Bill Fleming Palm Beach Atlantic University Russell Greene Grand Bank & Trust of Florida Patti Webster Hamilton Southern Waste Systems LLC/ Sun Recycling Lynda Harris Carlton Fields, P.A. Robin Henderson Wachovia Bank, N.A. Beth Kigel KBS Strategies Diego Lezcano JP Morgan Chase

Trish Lowry Florida’s Blood Centers Daniel Miller Broad and Cassel Stephen Miller Regions Bank Catherine McKenzie AT&T Florida Nat Roberts Callery-Judge Grove Angel Rodriguez PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Joe Santoro Gunster Nicole Scimone Akerman Senterfitt Mike Slade Callaway & Price, Inc. John Templeton Templeton & Company Ricky Wade “B”ing The Best, Inc. dba McDonald’s Steve Wasserman WPTV NewsChannel 5 Kathy Willoughby Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Holiday Mixer

Director of Sales and Marketing Suzanne Epps, center, stands with staff in front of the Michelle Bernstein Restaurant

Omphoy Ocean Resort Hosts December Member Mixer

Chamber Member Mixers are among the most popular events on the Chamber’s calendar. They stand out from the breakfasts, committee meeting and seminars in that there is no agenda, no speaker, and no special format. They are pure networking, an opportunity to work the room and make new contacts, while enjoying a fun evening out.

enjoy the ocean views and elegant veranda. A member’s only event, the December 10th event closed the 2009 Member Mixer Series on a festive note. For information on upcoming 2010 Member Mixers, visit the Chamber website. www.palmbeaches.org or contact Kelley Burke at (561) 833-3711 ext 231 or kburke@palmbeaches.org.

They are also an opportunity to visit a new venue! It might be a restaurant, nightclub or event facility, newly-opened and hot on the list of places to see and be seen. Such was the case with the December Member Mixer held at the Omphoy Ocean Resort. Chamber members were anxious to see the newest hotel to open on Palm Beach, experience its ocean terrace and taste the offerings coming out of the kitchen and on the beautiful dessert buffet. Chamber members were delighted with the ambience of the hotel; many perched at the lobby bar while others headed outside to

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Chamber Perks Membership Helps Your Bottom Line!

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embership in the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches has a vast array of benefits. Among them are inclusion in the many marketing tools that the Chamber produces and networking and leadership opportunities. There are avenues for making new contacts, gaining new clients and building your business. There are other ways in which the Chamber assists its members and one of them is through affinity programs. These are discount programs that save members money. Some of the programs come to our members through the Chamber’s association with the Florida Chamber of Commerce; others come in the form of member-to-member discounts. The Florida Chamber Federation works with local chambers of commerce across Florida and develops member benefits packages with substantial cost savings. The collective negotiating and buying power of the Federation allows for discounts that can have a powerful effect on members’ businesses. Examples of these programs include insurance services dedicated to the needs of small businesses, discounts on shipping services and office supplies. The most popular of these is the Office Depot program that offers deep discounts on office supplies. Many of the Chamber’s members offer special programs for fellow members in the form of a member-to-member discount. When you are looking for products and services, remember to contact Chamber members in that business category and see if they are offering a memberto-member discount on that particular item. Whether you are buying a new fax machine or having your office painted, these discounts can have a positive impact on your bottom line.

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When promoting your business to Chamber members, don’t forget to include a member-tomember discount in your marketing plan. This is an excellent way to provide an incentive for the members to select your company’s product or service in their purchasing and budgeting process. It’s a way for them to experience what it is that makes your company unique. Incentive programs can also play an important role in your client retention efforts. Once you have created a “fan”, they will stay with you forever and your competition will have a hard time wooing them away from you. When looking at your company’s participation in the Chamber, don’t forget to take advantage of cost savings discount plans. Both sides of the coin, the selling and the purchasing side benefit from the relationship. It’s an example of the power of belonging to one of the strongest business organizations in the country and one that you don’t want to miss! For more information on the benefits of Chamber membership, contact Kelly Fanelli, Membership Director, at (561) 833-3711 ext. 235 or kfanelli@palmbeaches.org.


Members In Motion

W.M. “Murray” Hamner, CPA/PFS joins Blue Ocean Capital. Murray brings more than 40 years of extensive experience in the areas of investment management, as well as financial and estate planning, to Blue Ocean Capital. A native of West Palm Beach and active community volunteer for more than four decades, Murray will be a valuable addition to the Blue Ocean team. Harry A. Johnston Receives the R.H. Norton Award for Distinguished Service Harry A. Johnston II recently received the R.H. Norton Award for Distinguished Service. The Norton Museum of Art has presented this award only on rare occasions to individuals who go above and beyond in their dedication to the Norton Museum. Johnston has spent eighteen years on the Board of Trustees at the Norton and two of those as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Best Lawyers Names Sidney A. Stubbs “Litigator of the Year” Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Sidney A. Stubbs, Jr. as the “West Palm Beach Best Lawyers Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year” for 2010. Local residents join worldwide SHRINK-A-THON movement A SHRINK-A-Thon operates much like a “walk-a-thon”, where money is raised when pounds are lost. Each weight loss team will have 10-20 members and meet weekly for 12 weeks. To learn more about the weight loss program, readers can go to www.hls. shrinkathon.com.

Florida Chamber Foundation Names Dr. Dale Brill as President Effective January 4, 2010, Dr. Dale Brill has joined the Florida Chamber Foundation as its first full-time President. Following his service with the Crist Administration as Director of Florida’s Office of Tourism, Trade & Economic Developement (OTTED), Dr. Brill joins the Chamber Foundation with a mission to focus on a long-term vision for job creation and economic transition in Florida.

Ambassador of the Month William Brasmar KPA Promotions

William Brasmar is the owner of the awardwinning promotional products firm, KPA Promotions. Since opening in 2008, William and his team have been honored with two prestigious business awards: Top 25 Largest Promotional Products Companies, by The South Florida Business Journal in October 2009 and Top 100 Small Businesses by South Florida Business Leader in November 2009. As avid supporters of non-profits and charitable foundations, William and his staff work tirelessly to assist several of these organizations develop and implement ways of using promotional products to achieve their fundraising goals. Most recently, William has helped several of the foundations develop, set-up, and manage e-stores. E-stores allow the charities to market logoed products; these logoed products increase revenue and create brand recognition. With over 15 years of experience in the promotional products industry and a great staff, KPA Promotions is poised to make its mark on the South Florida marketplace.

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Young Professionals of the Palm Beaches YPOP Announces 2010 Committee Chairs

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POP’s goal is to provide young professionals ages 21-40 ongoing opportunities to build business relationships and to facilitate professional growth through networking and social events. During the past year, several individuals have brought great strength to YPOP. On December 10 at the Hotel Biba holiday event these outstanding members were named the 2010 Committee Chairs for the Young Professionals of the Palm Beaches. It is with these shining stars that Communications, Networking and Planning committees have formed. The two Chairmen to oversee these leadership positions in 2010 are John Haymore, with Career Management Advisors, and Kyle Martin with Florida Power and Light. The Chairmen are responsible for the growth and developement of the group as a whole. The Communications Co-Chairs are Jennifer Hampton from Superior Virtual Services and Heather O’Neal from Heather O Studio. The Communications Committee is responsible for writing articles for the Chamber newsletter & blog, assisting with the YPOP online social media and designing flyers and other creative media. The Networking Co-Chairs are Christina Dombrowsky from Career Management Advisors and Matt Munsell from Northwestern Mutal. The Networking Committee is responsible for maximizing the value that our members receive from events by recruiting new members, assisting with member networking, developing strategic alliances, gathering member feedback, and suggesting new events for the Planning Committee.

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The Planning Committee Co-Chairs are Camille Bowens from Cafe Boulud, Rachel Sawyer-Clements from Studio C and Tiffany Jackson from Tiffany and Co. The Planning Committee is responsible for planning and executing all YPOP events, including presenting ideas for future speakers, events and community outreach, suggesting venues to host gatherings, and managing the YPOP schedule. The Secretary is Trixy Walker from the Related Group. The Secretary takes minutes and reviews minutes at meetings, provides notes Communications Committee follow up articles, and interfaces with the Planning Committee. Congratulations to all the elected Chairs!


YPOP- Chic, Charitable and Celebratory

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he Young Professionals of the Palm Beaches jingled their bells and had lots of cheer at their Holiday party on Thursday, December 10. The holiday event was graciously hosted by the famous and trendy Hotel Biba in West Palm Beach. The Young Professionals enjoyed perfect weather under the stars in the very Zen, yet beautifully holiday decorated courtyard and bar area.

It was refreshing to network with others who are professionals yet are in a younger age bracket. I met many like-minded and ambitious people and was able to exchange lots of ideas for my business as well as theirs. I am happy to be a part of this organization and am looking forward to upcoming events!

Marco Ortiz Performance Data 561-771-1460 ext. 908 Marco@performancedata.com

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In addition to celebrating the past year, these young go-getters helped less fortunate children in Palm Beach County, ensuring that they have gifts for this holiday season. New unwrapped toys were taken at registration and given to the Salvation Army to add to their Angel Tree Program. A very big THANK YOU to Hotel Biba for hosting the Holiday Party and to the Salvation Army for organizing the YPOP toy drive.

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New Members

AK Building Services Robert Donnelly, V. P. Operations West Palm Beach (404) 502-9683 JANITOR SERVICE Albany Envelope, LLC Paul Feeney, President Albany, NY (877) 764-6993 PRINTERS

American Commercial Realty Corp. Zachary Berg, Director of Operations West Palm Beach (561) 775-1300 REAL ESTATE - COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL Attorney P.D. Services, Inc. Xavier Hawk, Vice President Delray Beach (561) 503-3699 PROPERTY DAMAGE SERVICES Baterbys Art Auction Gallery Robin Pisciotta, Executive Assistant Delray Beach (888) 682-9995 ART GALLERIES, DEALERS, CONSULTANTS Coastal Accounting & Tax John Crane (561) 632-4005 ACCOUNTANTS - CERTIFIED PUBLIC D. Tech Networking Services Sonia Canizares, Operations Director Palm City (772) 224-8618 INTERNET PRODUCTS & SERVICES Envirotech Group, Inc. Jeffrey Klein, President Palm Beach Gardens (561) 623-5327 AIR & WATER PURIFYING Essential IT Services Debbie Cazel, Computer Systems Engineer West Palm Beach (561) 227-0607 COMPUTERS - NETWORKING eWillow.com Charlene Harreveld, Founder & CEO Jupiter (561) 743-2642 E-COMMERCE Five Star Claims Adjusting Cary Kingsberg, Sales Manager Lake Worth (866) 976-5677 INSURANCE - ADJUSTER (PUBLIC)

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GL Staffing Services Stacy Lechleitner, Manager, Professional Division Lake Worth (561) 547-7022 EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES - PERM & TEMP HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Marion M. van den Berg, V.P. / Branch Manager Palm Beach Gardens (561) 803-7180 BANKS Impact Leadership Network Leo Abdella, Program Director Palm Beach Gardens (561) 799-7630 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Keyhole Concepts Kent Johnson, Lead Consultant West Palm Beach (239) 465-3651 CONSULTANTS LoJack SafetyNet Bridget Parks, S. Fla. Regional Manager Plantation (954) 308-1952 Ext:14 HEALTH CARE CONSULTING & SERVICES Loss Mitigation Professionals, LLC Carlos Campana, Director West Palm Beach (954) 732-9679 LOANS Lytal, Reiter, Clark, Fountain & Williams William S. Williams, Partner West Palm Beach (800) 654-2024 ATTORNEYS - CIVIL TRIAL LAW

Nichols College Marla Friedman, Ed.D., Director- Graduate & Professional Studies Lake Worth (561) 868-4002 SCHOOLS - ACADEMIC - COLLEGE & UNIVERSITIES OMNI Telecommunications, Inc. Bill Hazi, President West Palm Beach (561) 296-9797 TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT & SYSTEMS DEALERS Outlet World Cindy Morgan, Company Representative West Palm Beach (561) 340-6000 STORES - RETAIL Perfect 10 Caddies Katie Maguire, President Hypoluxo (561) 654-5851 GOLF - CADDY SERVICE Performance Data Marco Ortiz, Sales Riviera Beach (561) 683-1170 I.T. SERVICE PROVIDERS Quest Contracting Services - Autobuilders, Inc. Linda Barnette, Strategic Business Development Executive West Palm Beach (561) 502-8407 CONTRACTORS - GENERAL Recovery Home Care Jackie Gill, Account Manager / Sales Rep West Palm Beach (561) 317-0524 HOME HEALTH SERVICES

MCI Institute of Technology Rafael Agosto, Marketing West Palm Beach (561) 296-0838 SCHOOLS-MEDICAL & DENTAL ASSISTANTS & TECHNICIANS

Rent-A-Bookkeeper, Inc. Bo Wolfand, Marketing Director Palm Beach Gardens (561) 228-1289 BOOKKEEPING SERVICE

Mercedes Benz of Fort Pierce LeAnn Longo, Executive Sales Consultant Ft. Pierce (772) 579-8008 AUTOMOBILE LUXURY

Ryan William’s Agency Mel Montes, Director of Account Services West Palm Beach (561) 588-6336 ADVERTISING - AGENCIES & COUNSELORS

NancyERyan.com Nancy Ryan, Owner West Palm Beach (561) 833-7961 ADVERTISING - MARKETING AGENCIES

Scott Roberts and Associates, LLC Andrew Scott, Vice President West Palm Beach (561) 253-6380 EMPLOYMENT & TENANT SCREENING

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Southeast Battery & Printer Cartridges Matt Lucas, Owner Owensboro, KY (270) 993-4960 BATTERIES Steele the Show Public Relations, Inc. Laurie V. Steele, President West Palm Beach (561) 396-6626 PUBLIC RELATIONS COUNSELORS Stephanie Johnson, D.V.M. Stephanie Johnson, President Lake Worth (561) 439-7600 VETERINARIANS-DVM Total Design In Cabinetry Debbie Sullivan, President Jupiter (561) 214-2241 CABINETS & CABINETRY Tree of Life Foundation International Amanda Schumacher, Founder / President Palm Beach (561) 833-1533 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Turtle Town Transfer Company Kelly R. Dobbs, President Palm Beach Gardens (561) 310-3585 TRANSPORTATION Wedding Elegance by JW Joanna Wittstock, Certified Wedding & Event Planner Boca Raton (561) 213-7795 EVENTS PLANNING Weekes & Callaway, Inc. Rose McEwen, CIC, Senior V. P. / Producer Delray Beach (561) 278-0448 INSURANCE Wesoloski Carlson, P.A. Ed Solomon, Director of Business Development Boca Raton (561) 361-8866 ATTORNEYS Woodlake Apartments Bobby Starnes, Property Manager West Palm Beach (561) 471-5889 APARTMENTS


Renewals

Achilles International South Florida Advanced Eyecare Specialists BBS Industries, Inc. BH Condominium Services, L.L.C. Bohren’s Moving & Storage Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Inc. Burlington Self Storage of WPB, LLC Caldwell Pacetti Edwards Schoech & Viator LLP Callaway & Price Inc. Cantina Laredo Carey O’Donnell PR Group Carlton Fields P.A. Chariots of Palm Beach Inc. City of West Palm Beach Cochrane & Company Commerce Consulting, Inc. Conley Design Studio Critical Care Management, LLC Doubletree Palm Beach Gardens Eagle Shipping Center Palm Beach, Inc. Executive Coffee Service Inc. FASTSIGNS of West Palm Beach on Okeechobee Blvd. Financial Planning Investment Group Inc. FRI Investors Fritz Landscape Services Inc. Fritz Stein Farms Glidden-Spina & Partners, Architecture- Interior Design, Inc, Gordon & Doner, P.A. Grease Burger Bar H F Borders, Co. REALTORS Hamilton Realty Hanson Professional Services Inc. Hedrick Brothers Construction Hi-Tech Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. Holyfield & Thomas LLC Honey Baked Ham Hyatt Place West Palm Beach / Downtown Illustrated Properties Real Estate John C. Cassidy Air Conditioning, Inc. Jordan, Jones & Goulding Joseph D. Farish Jr. LLC Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches, Inc. Keiser University Marcello’s La Sirena Max Planck Florida Institute Metro Self Storage MWH Northwood University Oakwood Center of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

Ribbon Cutting

Photo Id: Alberto Duhau & Alberto Siblesz cut the ceremonial ribbon while their many guests look on.

Keycorp Executive Suites 801 Northpoint Parkway West Palm Beach, FL 33407 561-721-2700 www.keycorpexecutive.com Located in prestigious Northpoint Parkway (just off I-95), in the middle of West Palm Beach, Keycorp has WiFi, 90 office suites, virtual suites and 3 meeting & conference rooms, all at street level with ample parking and multiple entrances to this 24/7 facility.

Palm Beach Media Group Palm Beach National Golf & Country Club Palm Beach Staffing Inc. Palm Beach Tours & Transportation Inc. Palm Beach Yacht Club & Marina Palm Harbor Marina PBC Board of County Commissioner District #3 PBS&J Philip D. Lewis Real Estate Pioneer Linens Plumbing & Air Conditioning Contractors Industry Fund Poinciana Day School Port of Palm Beach Preferred Printing & Graphics Raindancer Steak House Randstad USA Rapids Water Park Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches

Roger Dean Stadium Rooney’s All-In Bar & Grille Schwarzberg & Associates South Florida Dreamcatchers South Florida Fair & P.B.C. Expositions Inc. South University Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. Suddath Relocation Systems Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida The Colony Hotel The PGA of America Timothy M. Deckert P.A. Tomasello Pest Control, Inc. Touchstone Webb Realty Company Tropical Cleaners & Laundry, Inc. Trucane Sugar Wedgworth Farms West Palm Beach Golf Course

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2009 Palm Beach Marathon Festival Kick-off Breakfast T

he 6th Annual Palm Beaches Marathon Festival kick-off breakfast was held on Friday, December 4th at the West Palm Beach Marriott. The breakfast, sponsored by WPBF TV 25, included Meredith McDonough, WPBF News Anchor, who spoke about her personal experiences covering the marathon. Mayor Frankel then took the stage to speak about how important the marathon is to the city and expressed her appreciation to its organizers. Iva Grady and Eric Stern presented checks to area schools with the highest percentages of students participating in the Read, Run and Recycle Program. Congratulations were extended to The Weiss Presented by

Mayor Lois Frankel, Mark Nosacka, Guest Speaker Sonja Friend-Uhl and Chamber Chair Don DeWoody

School, who had the highest percentage of participants, Frontier Elementary, who had the second most participants, and South Olive Park Elementary, who had the most participants. The Read, Run, and Recycle Program encouraged students to run a full, 26.2-mile marathon - 2 miles per week leading up to the Marathon of the Palm Beaches Festival race weekend, where they completed the final mile during the Kids Marathon Mile on Saturday. Included in this program is a requirement that the students read an additional 15 minutes each day on topics including health and fitness.

Guest speaker Sonja Friend-Uhl, sponsored by Good Samaritan Medical Center, was introduced following a brief video about her career. Sonja, who won the 2007 Palm Beaches Marathon and the 2008 5K, spoke about life, running and the overall process of taking each mile and each day one step at a time. Sonja placed 2nd in the female division in Sunday’s half marathon.

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Jeffrey Rosenfeld CBIZ Human Capital Services

Jeffrey Rosenfeld has more than 15 years of Business Development and Sales expertise, as well as extensive experience in client relationship management and strategic business communications. Jeff joined CBIZ in January 2007 as the East Coast Market Leader and now, in addition to handling the East Coast Market ,he is the VP of Sales and Marketing, nationwide.

Linda Barnette

Quest Contracting Services Linda Barnette has joined Quest Contracting Services, a Division of Autobuilders, Inc. as a Strategic Business Development Executive. Linda’s recent experience includes her position with ProActive Training and Consulting, where she trained business owners and non sales professionals about how to generate new business through effective networking. 

Introducing: One-On-One 101

he Chamber is always looking for ways to add value to membership and engage members in a productive and profitable way. The Open House Coffees offer a complete overview of the Chamber’s programs and services and are recommended for new members and those interested in learning about what the Chamber offers. Member Money Makers are a mini-seminar in networking skills, preparing members to participate in the many events the Chamber provides. What’s the next step? One On One 101 is a new event to the Chamber calendar in response to members requesting more direction in developing relationships within the Chamber, forming strategic alliances for referrals and making the most of their Chamber investment. It’s a step by step approach to establishing a plan for setting meetings, following an agenda and tracking success. It takes networking contacts generated from events and directs them into productive one-on-one meetings. Whether you’re new to the Chamber, not yet a member or a member of long standing, this event will get you on the track to starting 2010 with a plan of action and a tracking system to ensure your success. RSVP to join us for the first session of OneOn-One 101, scheduled for Thursday, January 28th at 8:30 a.m. in the Chamber boardroom. For more information on this event and Chamber benefits, contact Kelly Fanelli at (561) 833-3711 ext. 235 or kfanelli@palmbeaches.org.

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Get Noticed UP 01 SHOW As a member your comany

will now appear in our online membership directory, but how will people find you? You have the ability to enter up to 25 keywords/ phrases. Update them often to ensure maximum results.

OUT 02 STAND So you’ve entered your

keywords, now what? Stand out in a membership directory search with an enhanced listing which includes the addition of your logo and a bright background. For a low annual cost your listing is sure to stand out!

OUT 03 REACH Do you have something to

offer other Chamber members? Build relationships within the Chamber by offering a special Member-to-Member discount to fellow Chamber members. Be sure to include Member-to-Member discount as one of your keywords/ phrases. Learn more at the free One-on-One 101 seminar on Thursday, January 28

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04 GET VOCAL

How will people get to know you? The best way to make new business contacts is through networking events. The Chamber offers at least 5 networking events every month. Morning, noon and night these affordable (and often times free) events will get you heard.

SOCIAL 05 GET So you’ve made a lot of connections

at a networking event, now what? Connect with them through social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Keeping in touch with your contacts helps you stay on their mind and at the top of their referral list.

VISABLE 06 BE Want to be visibable to a lot of

people all at once, instead of meeting them one at a time? The Chamber offers a number of opportunities for event sponsorships and advertising. Don’t forget to keep an updated supply of business cards and brochures in the Chamber lobby.

OFF 07 SHOW Recently renovate? New menu

items? Show off your business by hosting a Chamber event. From smaller committee events to a full Chamber Mixer of 200 people, as the host with the most you’re sure to GET NOTICED!.


2010 Breakfast Fast Pass • Raincheck for breakfasts you cannot attend

• Designate an attendee each month

• Priority seating for all breakfasts including the Mayor’s Breakfast

• Advance seat assignments means no waiting in line

No more monthly on-line reservations or monthly expense reports. Individual and Corporate tables of 10 available through February 1. Contact Kelley Burke for more information (561) 833-3711 ext. 231 or kburke@palmbeaches.org

Top 10 Reasons to Belong to the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches 10. 9. 8.

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Build your business! From educational seminars to cost saving programs, the Chamber is uniquely positioned to help you take your business to the next level. Gain more visibility! Ribbon cuttings, press releases, new member and renewal highlights are all available to you. Enhance Your Credibility! Chamber members receive Chamber logos for their website, plaques and door stickers for their locations and recognition as a serious member of our business community. Appear in Chamber publications! Our award-winning directories ensure that your business is represented in the most professional ways available! Expand your internet presence! The Chamber’s website averages 40,000 hits a month; give your business every advantage you can; get those hits coming to you! Referrals! The Chamber receives requests for every product and service imaginable; make sure that your business is available to take advantage of every referral possible! Get involved! From young professional groups to executive level networking, there is something for everyone. Network! Morning, noon and night, the Chamber offers networking opportunities galore - everything from structured meetings to mixing and mingling and business card exchanges. Unique Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities! Tell members about your business, from newsletter ads to major event sponsorships, the Chamber has advertising opportunities for every budget. Find new customers and clients! We are the largest and most active Chamber in Palm Beach County with members from all business categories and new members coming in every day. It’s a never-ending stream of prospects! To learn more about the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, call (561) 833-3711 and ask to speak with a Membership Consultant. Visit us online at www.palmbeaches.org

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Stand out from your competitors Advertise with the Chamber

Discounted pages are now available for 2010, contact Alexandra Guth, Communications Coordinator, for rates and availability. (561) 833-3711 ext. 234 Banners • Enhanced Online Listings • Full Color Ads Discount packages available!

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