Business & Economic Development Division
Division Vice Chair – Nelson Penalver, thumbprint
This division is charged with improving and fostering services and programs that create new business and provide opportunities for expansion of existing business. Identifies and encourages emerging industries that are compatible with Coral Gables.
A) Women’s Business Network
Alexandra Salcedo, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation
Meets monthly for a luncheon featuring informative and entertaining speakers that empower women with the latest information on business, self improvement and family. Established as a platform to make business contacts.
B) AXA Advisors Businesswomen of the Year Awards
Developed to recognize women in the community who demonstrate excellence in their business or profession, as well as a commitment to serving as role models for other women. Any woman living or working in the county or is member of the Chamber is eligible to be honored.
C) Diamond Awards
Developed to recognize businesses from our community that excel in business performance, commitment to the community and in other criteria such as customer service. Categories are for Small, Medium and Large Businesses, Non-Profit, Minority-Owned Business, Ideal Workplace, Diamond in the Rough Award for emerging businesses. Participating businesses should be located in Coral Gables or be a member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.
D) Small Business Committee
Will Dukes, SalesPartners
Offers existing members educational tools and seminars that allow them to maximize their participation in the Chamber, as well as develop leadership skills to benefit their business performance.
E) Sustainability and Environmental Economics Committee
Tony Newell, Hammer Construction Corp.
Work actively to improve our community’s quality of life by promoting actions that protect our environment. We envision an environmentally responsible, healthy and prosperous community that embraces sustainable tenets in all aspects of our lives.