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The four-decade-old Central Palm Beach County Chamber traditionally focused on the geographical region, but the merger makes the new organization truly county wide. “We were already overlapping, but now we mesh as a single organization that creates a further synergy — a perfect storm of resources, current and future — of what were two separate

“We are really excited to now serve a broader and more diverse group of some 600 businesses and growing all throughout Palm Beach County.” — Mary Lou Bedford

groups before,” Antuña said. “With 30 percent of Palm Beach County of Hispanic background, now is the time to join the group which has even stronger opportunities.” Antuña believes the merger is a winwin for both organizations. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a trend around the nation for chambers to become more innovative and sustainable by aligning with other chambers and business organizations,” she explained. “Strategically, this agreement makes sense and will bring more success to our membership.” Antuña added that the chamber has been working closely as its member businesses deal with the problems brought by the pandemic. “The chamber has earned and has already been operating a COVID-19 Technical Assistance Center from a MBDA [Minority Business Development Agen-

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“With 30 percent of Palm Beach County of Hispanic background, now is the time to join the group which has even stronger opportunities” — Maria Antuña cy] CARES Act grant project,” she said. “It is a year-long partnership to help current and future Hispanic and minority owned business members navigate this economic crisis with leadership from the chamber.” The united chamber serves members throughout the county with a goal to continuously improve the business climate and safeguard the economy by

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