CHAMBER NEWSLETTER Building Strong Community Partnerships
The Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce Of Florida, (HACCOF) was established as a catalyst for change. Our Mission: To serve as a resource for its members, partners and businesses, dedicated to serving their needs and the economic development of the broader Haitian-‐ American community.
HACCOF is the leading organization to bring businesses together and acts as an advocate for Haitian and Haitian-‐ American enterprises. We are the premier voice for the business community to the public, the media and government entities. HACCOF mobilizes concerned entrepreneurs across Florida, the U.S. and Haiti when important legislation and regulations are planned or debated that may potentially affect the broader Haitian business community. HACCOF promotes partnerships and alliances within communities throughout Florida and Haiti to build healthy business climates, foster investment opportunities, create employment growth, and encourage public and private sector collaboration.
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Mission & Objectives Chairman’s Welcome Message Welcome New Members Meet Our New Board Members Get to know your Board Members: Bios What you missed: Monthly Meet & Greets, Collaboration Events, Annual Member Meeting Become a Member Upcoming Events Thank you sponsors
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Chamber Information: 1510 NE 162nd Street North Miami Beach, FL 33162 Phone: (305) 733-9066 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.haccof.com
Officers, Board members, Founder & Executive Staff OFFICERS Pierre A. Saliba Chairman Jeff Lozama Vice-Chair Raoul Siclait Treasurer Patrick Martin Secretary BOARD MEMBERS Carl-Henry Salvant Charles Fombrun Daniels Films-Aime Jr. Donard St. Jean Henri-Claude Müller-Poitevien Lucien Barrau Mary Estime-Irvin
A Message from our Chamber Chairman… Dear Chamber Members, April, May and June were very busy months for the Chamber and our members. This quarter you, our members, helped us provide opportunities to work together, network, engage and make business connections that influence one another. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all the support we have received. If you haven’t attended one of our monthly “Meet & Greet” networking events, you should not miss the next one. Thanks to our supporters and sponsors, our monthly events have been a great success! Plenty of informative sessions and essential business opportunities that help provide support to you, your business and our community at large. As many of you may have noticed, we have increased our marketing efforts and used our member’s feedback as our guide to better serve your needs. The chamber’s goal is to continue to provide assistance towards your success. Please feel free to reach out to us for a chance to promote, connect or build new business relationships. Join me in welcoming our newly elected board members: Lucien Barrau, Daniel Fils-Aime Jr, Mary Estimé-Irvin and Donard St Jean. They add great expertise to our board. I would also like to thank our members and board members for the privilege to continue to serve as your chairman for another term.
Munir Mourra, PHD.
Thank you for continuing to support the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and providing your fellow members with invaluable information!
Philippe R. Armand, MBA EXECUTIVE OFFICE Paola Pierre, MBA, HRM
Pierre A. Saliba, Chairman
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Chamber Objectives… Our Objectives: Promoting business & economic development interest in our members. q Promoting and facilitating business, professional and social relations and cooperation among our members. q Forming alliances with members, business and civic leaders, other chambers, associations, agencies, government officials and foreign dignitaries to accomplish its goals. q Promoting educational seminars and conferences for the improvement of our members and the betterment of our community. q Hosting educational, local and international trade forums. q Organize and facilitate networking programs. q Engaging in dialogue, cooperation and understanding within Haitian communities. q In keeping with our objectives, HACCOF serves as the advocate for the Haitian-‐American community as well as a resource for consumers and businesses dedicated to serving the needs of our members and the economic development of our community. q
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The Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida would like to extend a warm welcome to all the 2013 chamber members. We are happy to have you join our chamber family! You are now part of a large network of strong business and community leaders. For a full list of our 2013 (Jan-June) new members, See Page 4. 3
Corporate & Preferred Members: Contact us for FREE advertising opportunities available to you through your membership!
* Member listed through June 2013
WELCOME OUR 2013 NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS: PREFERRED MEMBERS CORPORATE MEMBERS
Estime & Irvin Associates
Caribbean Advisory Group, LLC
Global Solutions Agency, LLC /
Guixens Food Group, Inc.
Haitian Culinary Alliance & Members: •
Belinda Roy, Madichon
Carline Saint, HCA
Christine Lubin, Leela’s Restaurant
Cynthia Verna, Thia’s Cuisine
Fabienne & Shawn Innocent, Bel Amour Banquet Hall
Gaelle Lissade –Au Gratin
Jean Jules, Med Life Institute
Ketina Moussignac – Au Gratin
Myriam Charles, Divine Cupcakery
Pierre B. Moise, Fritay Lakay
Raoul Ade, La Bakery
Sandro Flores, Mr. Siwichi
Vanesa Jerome, Sophisticated Delectable Treats
REGULAR MEMBERS Alix Desulme Allstar HR Consulting Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Champagne Law Firm Erigene Belony, Esq. Gang Alternative Inc. Haitian American Community Development Corp Margaret Gachelin/AFLAC MC Virtual Professionals
MOCA Café & Lounge
Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P)
Oleta Partners, LLC SunTrust Bank
United Professionals Realty, Corp
Renaud Pierre-Charles RSC Media Group
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS Aude Sicard
Carol Keys Attorney at Law
Jean Pierre / Florida Atlantic University
Elizee Hernandez Law Firm, P.A.
Martiza Mignon / Mon Papillon Events Inc.
Stacey Silvera/Office Express 4
Meet Your Newly Elected Board Members !
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Lucien Barrau, Daniel Fils-Aime Jr., Mary Estimé-Irvin and Donard St Jean. We’ve added a few more voices for you. These four new board members bring great expertise, strong values and commitment to HACCOF’s mission. They are a great addition to our existing elite group of board members. If you missed the annual chamber member’s meeting, you can get to know them a little better on Page 6 and 7. You can also meet them at one of our “Meet & Greets” events. Please stop them and introduce yourself.
Submit An Article Become a guest author for HACCOF HACCOF encourages all members to submit articles from their field of expertise for our quarterly newsletter. We are committed to being an information resource for our members and welcome all article suggestions. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Management will review all articles before publishing. 5
Lucien Barrau Lucien Barrau operates both Sign-A-Rama and Alternative Management Solutions. Sign-A-Rama is a sign franchise that has been serving the community for the past eight years. Their broad customer base serves both the USA and Haiti. Alternative Management Solutions provides distribution channel management as well as customer services for an insurance company. They have been in business and operating for over two years. Mr. Barrau works with the Haitian community in Haiti and here as an on-going part of his business management.
Mary EstimĂŠ-Irvin Mary C. Irvin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Estime & Irvin Associates. Under Maryâ€™s leadership, Estime & Irvin Associates has become a leading recruitment and staffing agency in South Florida by offering superior services to help meet business personnel temporary or permanent needs. Prior to founding Estime & Irvin Associates, Mary has worked in various leadership roles with businesses and political campaigns. Mary is a native of New York City. In the late 1980â€™s, her parents relocated to the North Miami surrounding area. She attended North Miami Senior High School and Greater Miami Academy. She studied Management and International Business at Florida International University. Mary is a member of the American Staffing Association, North Miami Chamber of Commerce, Haitian-American Chambers of Commerce and Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce. Mary serves on various community boards including North Miami Police Athletic League, North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency, North Miami Personnel Board and North Miami Senior Foundation. She also served on the North Miami Code Enforcement Board. Mary is known for her work to promote community interests of North Miami. Her dedication and leadership in various sectors including education, minority businesses, and neighborhood safety have earned much recognition from community leaders and residents. As a resident of North Miami and a minority business owner, Mary understands the urgent need to create jobs and business opportunities in our city. She is committed to improving the safety of our neighborhoods and advancing our quality of life. Mary will bring many years of experience to the City of North Miami Council. Her experience and leadership with different businesses and community organizations have provided her with the tools to run the city effectively. Mary is a fan of traveling and books. She has a son named Patrick Irvin, Jr. He currently resides in North Miami.
Daniel Fils-Aime Jr. Daniel Fils-Aime, Jr. is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He also holds an International Marketing Certification from Miami-Dade College. Mr. Fils-Aime, Jr. served as production manager at Miami Bottling and Packaging, Inc. for seven years. As a production manager he coordinated and supervised production, quality control and compliance with Federal and State food safety regulations. Today he is a brand manager for Guixens Food Group, Inc. His current role includes research, development, marketing and distribution of new products. He manages corporate accounts and the international sales and distribution division.
Donard St Jean Donard St. Jean is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Masters in Business Administration, specializing in International Business and Finance. His education also includes: • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a minor in business administration from Barry University. • Certifications in A+ and Network+ MCSE and CISCO from BorderCom International • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from ESIH (Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haiti) • Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from Faculté des Sciences Appliquées Donard St. Jean is the President & CEO for Compu-Design USA (d.b.a Dade Institute of Technology). His experience and expertise were utilized in the past as: • Systems Engineer, Knight Ridder • Contractual Network Engineer, Kaplan University • IT Director, Katz Barron Squitero Faust PA • Network Administrator/System Engineer/IT Trainer, DF Technology, Inc. • Computer Quality Control, Helpdesk Technician, Alienware PC systems 7
Want to become a member of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida? Learn more about our Membership benefits at: WWW.HACCOF.COM
Ready to Join? Fill out our member application (included in this newsletter) and submit TODAY!
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Our “Meet & Greet” Events
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A Special “Thank You” to our sponsor:
Our “Strength in Unity” Event
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MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS Corporate Membership - $750.00
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Business card size advertisement on the Chamber’s Website Link from the Chamber’s website to the corporation’s website A Technical Assistance visit per year (per request) Free listing in the Chamber’s annual publication Advertisement in the Chamber’s Newsletter Listing in Chamber’s Directory Membership certificate Chamber-to-Chamber discount programs Invitation to the chamber’s Functions Quarterly newsletter
Preferred Membership - $450.00 • A free referral /visit to a specialized firm (i.e. CPA/Attorney / IT, HR - per request or availability) • Free listing in chamber’s annual publication • Advertisement in Chamber’s newsletter • Listing in Chamber’s directory • Membership Certificate • Chamber-to- Chamber Discount Program. • Invitation to the Chamber’s functions. • Quarterly newsletter
Regular Membership - $200.00
Professional Membership - $100.00 (Only for individuals)
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A one-on-one consultation a year (per request) Listing in Chamber’s Directory Membership Certificate Chamber-to-Chamber Discount Program Invitation to the chamber’s functions Quarterly newsletter
• Listing in Chamber’s Directory • Membership Certificate • Invitation to the Chamber’s functions
JOIN THE CHAMBER TODAY! Please send your completed application and membership dues to: Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida 1510 NE 162nd Street North Miami Beach, FL 33162 Company Name President/Owner Contact Person
State / Zip
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Business References (Business Name, Contact Person, Telephone and E-mail) 1. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I hereby make application for membership in the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida. When accepted, I will abide by the Chamber’s by-laws, support the Chamber’s objectives and pay the prescribed annual membership dues until such time as I may desire to terminate by formal written notification. All Applications are subject to Board approval. Signature ____________________________________________________
Membership Investment Amount:
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Name on Card: __________________________________ Credit Card # _______________________________________ Exp. Date _________ Security Code __________ Your cancelled check is your receipt. Please complete and sign the application form and attach your check made payable to: Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida. Tax ID 20-2373322
Membership Levels: Corporate: $750.00
* New Members please add a first year, one-time $50.00 administrative fee. 17
Upcoming Events: Job Fair: Medical Expo C-Sponsored by: HACCOF Date: Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 Time: 11:00 am -2:00 pm Location: Clinton Brown Hall 18501 NW 7th Avenue Miami Gardens, FL 33169
Grand Re-Opening : Haitian Historical Museum & Archives Art Exhibit: Thursday, Aug 22nd, 2013 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Friday, Aug 23rd, 2013 Times: 7pm (both events) Location: 645 NE 127th Street North Miami, FL 33161
Women In Production: Business Development Seminars Sponsored by: HACCOF & Miami-Dade County Save the Date: Thursday, August 29th, 2013 Location: Azure College 1525 NW 167th St Miami Gardens, FL 33169
2013 Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge Date: Labor Day Weekend, Aug 29th – Sept 1st Time: 11:00-1:30 PM Location: PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Leaders and Professionals Fun Day - Picnic Date: Saturday, August 31st, 2013 Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Location: Oleta Park, 3400 NE 163rd St. North Miami, FL 33160
Doing Business in Haiti Hosted by: PADF, USAID, HACCOF & Consulate of Haiti in Miami Save the Date: Thursday, September 12th, 2013 Location: Little Haiti Cultural Center Working the Maze of Certification 2 Hosted by: Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce Date: Thursday, September 26th, 2013 Time: 11:00-1:30 PM Location: Carrie Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center 6300 NW 7th Ave Miami, FL
The 6th Annual DAC Awards Gala & Fundraiser Proceeds to benefit: The Chief Sandrell Rivers Arts & Education Scholarship Fund & the Diaspora Arts Coalition
Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2013 @ 6:30 pm Location: Miami Shores Country Club 10000 Biscayne Blvd Miami Shores, FL 33138 18
A special Thank You to our sponsors and supporters:
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