Hear what our members have to say about Chamber South!
Allison Bhagwandat: “Since joining Chamber South as a small business owner of The Collection Shop, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be part of an organization that truly prides its self with ensuring that all members have the opportunity to get involved and make a difference within the Small Business community. As a Board Member, Small Business Committee Chair and Ambassador of Chamber South, I have been privileged to witness many members increase the growth of their company through the power of referrals and networking, and their company’s visibility through participating in the numerous community activities Chamber South offers throughout the year. Simply put, being involved with Chamber South allows members to get connected, have their voices heard, increased company visibility within the community and helps build client databases. I am so delighted to be involved with Chamber South, as my experiences have helped me to grow as an individual, which in turn I have been able to implement within my own business while making great friendships along the way.”
Adam Brand: “I am the owner of Frames USA & Art Gallery and a Chamber South member for four years. This year, retail business is up from Chamber South members to my picture frame shop. Increasing my involvement in chamber functions allows me to network with lots of people. I do business with chamber members and they in turn do business with me. If I was a framing rock star, I would probably be the David Lee Roth of the framing world, quoted one of my customers on Yelp. I have positive energy in my store as well as Chamber South functions, and it shows. So where do I get so much energy to help guide my customers with amazing frames for their pictures and photos? It all stems back to my love for art and photography and running my 20-year-old picture frame shop. I take my customer’s images and art, turn them into masterpieces and do this in affordable costs for the picture frame industry. From framing diplomas to wedding photos, to mirrors and posters to sport jerseys, there’s nothing I can’t put a picture frame on if you want it on the wall. Frames USA & Art Gallery has won is the 2013 Angie’s List recipient award for Dade County, 2014 Nominee for the High Growth Award of Chamber South’s Business Excellence Awards, and receiving a 5 star rating for Yelp.”
Veronica Flores: “Building relationships! It is what our bank prides itself on, and I have found there is no better organization than Chamber South to do just that. I have developed many long-lasting business and personal relationships through our work at Chamber South. The key is active participation. Most of the vendors that we use at our bank are as a direct result of relations developed at Chamber South. It has also proven to be an excellent place for the development of our bank officers.”
Zac Hall: “I could write a book about the benefits of membership in Chamber South. As an active participant in the Small Business Committee and its Business EXPO since joining Chamber South 12 years ago, I believe in being involved. It’s a rare thing that I miss a luncheon or breakfast meeting, and I’m at many of the monthly after-hours networkers and special events held throughout the year. The key is that I participate and develop relationships with other members who get to know and trust me as a professional with integrity and expertise in my field. These individual relationships have brought business directly to Minuteman Press – The Falls. More importantly, they have become some of my best sales people because they know that they can confidently refer their contacts to me. Because of these connections, I have developed a wealth of resources that I can draw upon. I recommend Chamber South! It will be good for you and your business.”
Mark Soldevilla: “Being an active member of Chamber South is creating connections for my business that are invaluable to my company’s growth and stability. Over the last two years, I have been approached by coveted business and civic leaders with opportunities previously beyond the reach of my small firm. Open doors, new business and real growth is what happens to Chamber South members every day!”
Claudia Cancio: “Being a Board and Trustee member of Chamber South, I have been able to meet many business owners with whom I have established strong and lasting relationships. As Senior Vice President and Regional Branch Manager at First National Bank of South Miami, many of these relationships have turned into excellent referral sources. In addition, the wonderful friendships that have developed are simply priceless. Chamber South is unique in nature; it is truly a chamber that promotes camaraderie among its members and allows for everyone to be involved in numerous active committees. My personal participation has allowed me to obtain new clients; as well as, has made me identify businesses with whom I have had the pleasure of dealing with when the need has risen. ”