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Deerfield Beach Council at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce (DBCC)
Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (GFLCC)
Deerfield Beach Council (DBC)

  • All
  • About DBCC Committees
  • About DBC Events
  • About GFLCC Councils
  • About Memberships
  • About Staffing
  • About The DBC
  • About The DBCC
  • About The GFLCC
  • About The Upcoming Union
  • For DBCC Members
  • For GFLCC Members
  • What is the DBCC?

    The DBCC is the preeminent non-profit, non-partisan, independent organization focused on being the voice of the north Broward County business community. Its mission is to champion business and community growth through leadership, connectivity, and education.

    • About The DBCC
  • What is the GFLCC?

    The GFLCC is the largest and oldest business organization in Broward County. Established in 1910, the Chamber has a membership base of 1,252 companies that employ more than 500,000 employees. The Chamber is committed to serving the business community and helping promote future economic growth and development in South Florida. To that end, it provides members with a wide range of networking opportunities. In addition to weekly, monthly, and annual events, it currently works with seven "leads groups," which connect businesses and individuals with prospective clients. Through its Councils, the Chamber takes an active role in issues affecting the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, such as sea level rise and coastal resiliency, community-based real estate, regionalism, and access to capital. It also takes a delegation to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to take action on an assortment of action items every two years in its Washington Summit trip.

    Dan Lindblade, a Certified Association Executive (CAE), is the GFLCC President and CEO. He has more than 33 years of award-winning experience leading organizations throughout the United States. Mr. Lindblade has been leading the GFLCC since 2007 and with his management team, collectively have 78-years of experience producing nearly 200 annual programs, products, and services for businesses throughout South Florida.

    • About The GFLCC
  • Where is the GFLCC located?

    The GFLCC office is located at 512 NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Ph: 954-462-6000.

    • About The GFLCC
  • What is the GFLCC website?

    The GFLCC website is located at www.ftlchamber.com.

    • About The GFLCC
  • Are DBCC and GFLCC merging?

    GFLCC and DBCC are joining forces to provide members of both organizations with the greatest amount of resources available in the greater Fort Lauderdale area and north Broward County, including Deerfield Beach.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • Is GFLCC buying the DBCC?

    No, the DBCC is integrating into the GFLCC and is bringing along considerable resources like operating capital, an energized membership, brand equity, an influential group of business leaders, and outstanding relationships with Deerfield Beach city staff and elected officials. The DBCC will become the Deerfield Beach Council at the GFLCC and will join other prestigious and influential councils like the Downtown Council, the Council of Economic Advisors, and the Women’s Council.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • Why is this happening? I thought the DBCC was moving in the right direction, new branding, more people attending events…what happened?

    Every organization is always seeking opportunities to better its products and services. And chambers of commerce are moving toward regionalization to strengthen their reach. Part of DBCC’s long term strategy, as outlined in the Chamber’s 2018 brand audit, was to look for regionalization opportunities.

    The 2020 marketing plan that was developed to significantly increase revenue could not be implemented because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With no plans for in-person events like monthly meetings or large gatherings like the annual gala, it became evident that DBCC should join forces with a larger organization to ensure its future viability and ability to achieve its long-term regionalization objectives.

    The DBCC’s Board of Directors believes this is the right time to consolidate with the goal of forming a regional chamber that will truly represent the entire Broward County business community (all 31 municipalities) and beyond.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • What are the benefits of DBCC and GFLCC joining forces?

    This union will provide members of both organizations with new capabilities, a gateway to expanded business development know-how, access to more talent in new industries, and a competitive advantage through an increased scope of resources.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • Will there be any jobs lost as a result of the union?

    No, Denise Jordan, DBCC Executive Director, will be transitioning to the GFLCC as Senior Vice President. Denise is excited to continue serving Deerfield Beach businesses after the union. More information on Denise’s expanded role at the GFLCC will be forthcoming.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • Will there be any facilities closed as a result of the union?

    Yes, the DBCC office in Deerfield Beach will close on or around November 1, 2020. The DBC office will open at the GFLCC immediately thereafter. The GFLCC address is 512 NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Ph: 954-462-6000. www.ftlchamber.com. The DBC’s phone number will not change. You can reach Denise Jordan at the DBC at 954-427-1050.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • Who stands to gain from this deal? What are the benefits to my company?

    You do. With the added resources of the combined organizations, it doesn’t matter if you are a DBCC or GFLCC member, your company will have access to more capabilities than ever before.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • The GFLCC is huge. Won’t DBCC get lost in this big chamber?

    DBCC will become a GFLCC Council. GFLCC Councils are the official chamber groups and are responsible for some of the most meaningful programming within the organization. They are an integral part of the GFLCC mission and vision.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • Will anyone from the DBCC be on the GFLCC Board of Directors?

    Yes, there are two GFLCC Board of Director seats for the DBC: Audra Durham, Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, who is the incoming DBC Chair and Alice Taylor, Broward Health North, who is a DBC Director at Large.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • What is the legal name of the new organization?

    By joining the GFLCC, the DBCC will become part of the GFLCC organization. It will be known as the Deerfield Beach Council but will no longer have a legal, independent, name.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • What happens to the DBCC website?

    deerfieldchamber.com will transition to dbcouncil.org and serve site visitors who desire to learn more about the DBC and/or want to attend a Council event.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • What will happen to the DBCC office?

    The DBCC office in Deerfield Beach will close. After the union becomes official, you may still reach Denise Jordan at 954-427-1050. The DBC’s address will be 512 NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

    • About The Upcoming Union
  • Is Denise Jordan moving to the GFLCC?

    Yes, Denise Jordan, DBCC Executive Director, will be transitioning to the GFLCC as Senior Vice President. Denise is excited to continue serving Deerfield Beach businesses after the union. More information on Denise’s expanded role at the GFLCC will be forthcoming.

    • About Staffing
  • Is anyone at the GFLCC losing their job as a result of this union?

    No, there are no planned staffing changes as a result of this union.

    • About Staffing
  • What happens to my DBCC membership after the union?

    Your DBCC membership will transition to the same level membership at the GFLCC. You will have the opportunity to renew or upgrade your membership at DBCC rates through December of 2021. Starting January 1, 2022, renewals will be available at GFLCC prevailing rates.

    • About Memberships
  • I am a DBCC member, who will be my GFLCC point person for membership dues?

    Denise Jordan is joining the GFLCC staff as Senior Vice President. She will be the GFLCC’s staff member in charge of the DBC and the point person for membership dues.

    • About Memberships
  • Will my GFLCC membership change as a result of the union?

    No, your GFLCC membership will continue at the same current level. After the union you will be able to participate in DBC events available to your membership level.

    • About Memberships
  • How many councils are there at the GFLCC?

    As of December 2019, there were nine Councils at the GFLCC:

    - Beach Council
    - Council of Economic Advisors
    - Cultural Council
    - Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Uptown Council
    - Downtown Council
    - GLBX Council
    - The Greater West Broward Business Council
    - Trustee Council
    - Women’s Council

    Starting in January 2020, GFLCC committees were converted into Councils. Engagement within a Council is an excellent way to build relationships within the GFLCC. These groups are responsible for some of the most meaningful programming within the organization and are an integral part of the GFLCC’s mission and vision. If you are interested in becoming involved in one of the following Councils, please contact their chair. Their information is available here.

    - Branding & Marketing Council
    - Business F1rst Council
    - Bylaws Council
    - Coastal Resiliency Council
    - Education & Workforce Council
    - Finance Council
    - Government Affairs Council
    - Healthcare Council
    - International Trade (iConnect) Council
    - Marine Advisory Council
    - Membership Council
    - Nonprofit Council
    - Nominating Council
    - Political Affairs Council
    - Program Evaluation Council
    - Real Estate & Construction Council
    - Rising Leaders Council
    - Small Business Council
    - South Florida Business Council
    - Technology Council
    - Tourism Council
    - Transportation & Sustainability Council

    • About GFLCC Councils
  • What role do Councils play within the GFLCC structure?

    GFLCC Councils are groups within the organization dedicated to local themed education, programming, and networking for their members. Each council, compromised of volunteers and staff liaison, takes the lead in planning programs, hosting educational events, and collaborating with other associated entities.

    Each GFLCC Council is governed by its own Board of Governors. Certain Councils are open by invitation, but GFLCC members can contact the office if they would like to sit in on a specific meeting.

    GFLCC Council events are open to all members and non-members, but sometimes require a fee.

    Please contact the chair of a respective Council or Carolyn Michaels, IOM, Executive Vice President, 954-462-2396 with questions or concerns.

    • About GFLCC Councils
  • What is the DBC?

    The DBCC will become the DBC after the union becomes official. GFLCC Councils are groups within the GFLCC dedicated to local themed education, programming, and networking for their members. Each council, compromised of volunteers and staff liaison, takes the lead in planning programs, hosting educational events, and collaborating with other associated entities. Please see the About GFLCC Councils section for more information.

    • About The DBC
  • How do I join the DBC?

    If you are a member of the DBCC, you will automatically become a member of the GFLCC at your current DBCC membership level. You will also automatically become a member of the DBC.

    If you are a member of the GFLCC or not a member of either organization, please contact Denise Jordan at 954-427-1050 or click here to join.

    • About The DBC
  • Will the DBC mission, vision, and core values be the same as the DBCC?

    The DBC will adopt the GFLCC mission, vision, and core values.

    • About The DBC
  • Will the DBC have its own events like the Monthly Breakfast Meeting and Coffee & Connections?

    Yes! GFLCC Councils operate much like independent sub-organizations or branch offices and have the ability to have their own events. While all DBC events will continue to be virtual for the time being, the plan is to resume Monthly Breakfast Meetings and other signature events when we are able to meet again in person.

    • About DBC Events
  • Will the DBC have annual events like the State of the City, Community Heroes, and Annual Gala?

    Annual events have been postponed for the 2020 calendar year. Our plan is to resume them in 2021.

    • About DBC Events
  • Will DBC still need to have events to raise money? Do we still need to get sponsors?

    GFLCC Councils operate as independent groups and all Council events run their own financials, including fundraising and sponsorships. Once in-person events resume, the DBC will develop a strategy for raising money and securing event sponsors.

    • About DBC Events
  • What will happen to DBCC committees?

    All DBCC committees will be dissolved as a result of the union. Once the DBC appoints its Board of Governors, they will decide which new committees to form. Information regarding new committees and ways to get involved will be forthcoming.

    • About DBCC Committees
  • Can I attend GFLCC events?

    Yes! Your DBCC membership transfers to the GFLCC at your current membership level. You are welcome to attend all events open to your membership level.

    GFLCC upper level memberships are a great way to have access to the expanded number of organizations that will become available to you. Please contact Denise Jordan at 954-427-1050 or click here if you would like to inquire about upgrading your membership.

    • For DBCC Members
  • Where can I find information on GFLCC events?

    Click here to visit the events calendar on the GFLCC website.

    • About DBC Events
  • Can I join GFLCC committees?

    Yes! Please click here to visit the GFLCC website page that lists all Councils (formerly called committees) and their leadership. Contact the Council chair to join.

    • For DBCC Members
  • I am a DBCC Trustee. Will I be a GFLCC Trustee? And will my logo stay on DBC marketing materials?

    All DBCC Trustees will become GFLCC Trustees. Your company and logo will be marketed according to the GFLCC benefits of the Trustee membership level. Click here to learn more about GFLCC Trustee benefits.

    The GFLCC President’s Circle is the most prestigious group of the organization, boasting the top companies in the region as its elite members. President’s Circle members enjoy unparalleled opportunities for marketing their business. Please contact Denise Jordan at 954-427-1050 or click here if you would like to inquire about upgrading your membership.

    • For DBCC Members
  • Who do I call if I have a problem or concern?

    You can contact Denise Jordan at 954-427-1050. We are ready to assist you in any way we can.

    • For DBCC Members
  • I’m very unhappy with this union, who can I talk to?

    You can contact Denise Jordan at 954-427-1050 or click here to complete our online contact form.

    • For DBCC Members
  • How do I meet DBC members?

    Please contact Denise Jordan at 954-427-1050 for a personal introduction.

    • For GFLCC Members
  • Can I attend DBC events?

    DBC events are open to all members and non-members, but sometimes require a fee. Please contact Denise Jordan at 954-427-1050 or click here for more information about attending a DBC event.

    • For GFLCC Members
  • Can I join the DBC?

    Each GFLCC Council is governed by its own Board of Governors. Once the DBC is officially formed, the Council will elect its Board of Governors which will open the Council’s doors for GFLCC members to join. Please click here to stay informed about upcoming opportunities to join the DBC.

    • For GFLCC Members
  • Who do I call if I have a problem or concern?

    You can contact Dan Lindblade at 954-462-6000. We are ready to assist you in any way we can.

    • For GFLCC Members
  • I’m very unhappy with this union, who can I talk to?

    Please contact Dan Lindblade at 954-462-6000.

    • For GFLCC Members