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					                             THE REPORTERThe Official Publication of The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
                                                         December 2005 • Volume XVIII, Number 12

                             CHAMBER HELPS BUSINESS COMMUNITY WITH
                                 DISASTER RECOVERY WORKSHOP
Page 9
• Leadership Boca 2006
                             J    ust two days after the Greater Boca Local business attorney, and former U.S. Small
                                  Raton Chamber of Commerce regained Business Administration Attorney/Advisor, Ian M.
                             power, it hosted a valuable FREE educational Berkowitz, moderated the workshop and provided
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                             workshop on disaster recovery for over 40 a detailed step by step program on how to access
• Small Business
                             Chamber members                                                    government contracts in the
                             and other busi-                                                    aftermath of Hurricane
                             nesses in the com-                                                 Wilma .
Plus                         munity. This work-                                                 Representatives from na-
• Anniversaries - pg 2       shop took place on                                                 tional, state, and local agen-
• New Members - pg 3         Wednesday, No-                                                     cies participated. FEMA,
• Trustee Spotlight - pg 4   vember 9 at the                                                    Federal Emergency Man-
• Business Update - pg 5     Marriott Boca Raton                                                agement Agency, touched
• Ribbon Cuttings - pg 12    at Boca Center.                                                    on issues regarding its role
• Member News - pg 14        The Chamber’s                                                      and its coordination with the
• Testimonial - pg 15        workshop provided                                                  Small Business Adminis-
                             the attendees with                                                 tration Disaster Loan Pro-
                             the knowledge and                                                  gram. The Workforce Alli-
                             skills needed to ac-                                               ance provided information
Sponsors                     cess disaster assis-                                               on disaster unemployment
                             tance and help get                 Panel from the event            assistance and the National
                             their businesses                                                   Emergency Grant for tem-
                             back on track. Through this forum partici- porary unemployment. Florida Department of Fi-
                             pants were informed of various forms of aid nancial Services discussed information regarding
                             and had the opportunity to address their filing insurance claims, Florida law affecting insur-
                             questions and concerns with experienced in- ance claims, and other insurance issues related to
                             dividuals.                                     Florida.       (article continued on page 2)

                                        HOLIDAY GIFT OPPORTUNITIES
                                           AT CHAMBER AUCTION
                             I t’s that time of year, the 24th Annual Chamber Holiday Auction / December After-Hours Net-
                               work is here. Join the festivities Wednesday, December 14 at the Marriott Boca Raton at Boca
                             Center from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. for an evening of food, fun, and excitement. Special thanks to the
                             following sponsors: “LIVE” sponsor: Muriel Siebert, Inc.,“SILENT” sponsor: CJM Communities,
                             “BIDDER” sponsor: A1A Limousine & Airport Service, . The evening will also feature both a LIVE
                             and SILENT auction and the 2005 Florida State Champion Auctioneer, Matthew Green! Avita
                             Coffee & Provision, Chipotle, David’s Chicken Carry Out & Catering, and Hooters will showcase
                             their cuisine and drinks at the auction. Do not miss this spectacular event; it is the perfect
                             opportunity to get some of your holiday shopping done in a fun and exciting environment. Tick-
                             ets are $10 for all who attend and include two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be pur-
                             chased on-line at or at the door. If you have any questions or
                             would like to make a donation, please contact Consuelo at 561.395.4433 x 235 or
The Greater Boca Raton
Chamber of Commerce                    LIVE Sponsor:                 SILENT Sponsor:                BIDDER Sponsor:
1800 North Dixie Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Phone: 561.395.4433
Fax: 561.392.3780            Hurricane Disaster Recovery Workshop          D e c e m b e r 7 , 2 0 0 5. P a g e 2
                  Happy Anniversary!                                                                           Officers
                                                                                                             Thomas E. Lynch
                                                                                                               Victoria Rixon
                                                                                                                 Sam Hosn
                                                                                                              Vice Chairman

          5 Years as a Chamber Member!                                                                         Al Petrangeli
                                                                                                              Vice Chairman
                                                                                                             Forrest Heathcott
                                                                                                             Troy M. McLellan
           A New Horizon Credit Counseling Services, Inc.                                                  President & Secretary

                        Adorno & Yoss, PA                                                                   Charles J. Frankel III
                                                                                                         Immediate-Past Chairman
                       Barstools & Beyond
                  Becker Consulting Group, Inc.                                                                 James Barr
                                                                                                               Celeste Beck
                       Children's Museum                                                                        Bart Bishop
                                                                                                             Michael Branigan
                   DeFalco Family Enterprises                                                                  Frank Brogan
                                                                                                                Cheryl Budd
                         Ergonomics, Inc.                                                                       Greg Cryan
                                                                                                                 John Gallo
                          Nur Realty LLC                                                                       Richard Gold
                                                                                                               Michael Gora
                The Unicorn Children's Foundation                                                            Rick Konsavage
                                                                                                               John Mulhall
                                                                                                             Richard Murdoch
                                                                                                               Randy Nobles
                                                                                                              Keith O’Donnell
                                                                                                               Sandy Parker
                                                                                                                 J.C. Perrin
                                                                                                               Joseph Pores
                                                                                                               Robert Rollins
(article continued from page 1)                  interest-free and come in terms of 90-day                    Charles Shane
                                                                                                                 Tim Snow
 A representative from Enterprise Florida (the   or 180-day maturities.
                                                                                                                Gary Strack
State Economic Development Agency) ex-           The application and closing process takes                    Wanda Thayer
plained the Bridge Loan program which is de-     a mere 72 hours and is available through the                 Kathy Trumbull
                                                 Palm Beach County Business Development                         Al Travasos
signed to “bridge the gap” between the time
                                                                                                              Roxanna Trinka
the damage occurs and the time when the          Board at                                        Joseph Veccia
company can access insurance funds and           The local participating banks for this pro-
SBA loans. Additionally, Daszkal Bolton LLP      cess are: Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust, East-      Professional Team
                                                 ern Financial Florida Credit Union, Citibank                Troy M. McLellan
& Plastridge Insurance Agency, Inc. provided
                                                                                                              President & CEO
many useful resources. Fidelity Federal Bank     FSB, 1st United Bank, and HSBC Bank USA,
                                                                                                               Linda Tumolo
& Trust and Citibank were also present at the    N.A.                                                 V.P., Administration & Finance
event and accepted Bridge Loan Applica-          Information on hurricane recovery can also                  Consuelo Inestrosa
tions.                                           be found at the Greater Boca Raton Cham-         Manager, Special Events & Communications
                                                 ber     of    Commerce’s            website,                   Kate Volman
The Bridge Loan Program provides emer-
                                                                                                     Manager, Business Development
gency, short-term loans to businesses in Additional                        Jacqueline Gianico
counties severely impacted by Hurricane          websites include, Palm Beach County Busi-                  Executive Assistant
Wilma.                                           ness Development Board,,                           Lois Niesen
The program granted $5 million to Palm           FEMA,, Enterprise Florida,               Director, Meet Me Downtown
                                       , Small Business Administration,                 Elyse Economos
Beach County small businesses and provide
                                                                                                         Director, Communications
short-term loans up to $25,000 to business, and the City of Boca Raton,                    Anthony Rousseau
affected by Hurricane Wilma. The loans are                               Director, Sales & Marketing
                                                                                                                Alisha Lewis
                                                                                                     Sales & Marketing Representative

            Disaster Recovery Workshop                                                                        Stephanie Basile
                                                                                                     Sales & Marketing Representative
                                                                                                            Josephine Scannell
                                                                                                        Customer Service Specialist
 The next hurricane disaster recovery workshop will be held on December 7, 2005 at 8:00                        Beverly Kuzma
                                                                                                          Front Office Coordinator
 a.m. in the Boca Chamber Boardroom (1800 N. Dixie Highway). For more information or to
                                                                                                              Sandy DeFelice
 participate in this workshop please contact Kate Volman, at 561.395.4433 or                                 Finance Associate

2 • The Reporter - December 2005                                                        
                               Welcome New Members
               NEW TRUSTEE                             B-Creative Marketing                        Prudential Florida WCI
                                                     ADVERTISING AGENCIES                          Realty/Valerie Decker
                Neiman Marcus
                                                          Chris Bowden                                 REAL ESTATE
                                                         Highland Beach                               Valerie Decker
                 Lynn Hover
                                                                                                        Boca Raton
                 Boca Raton
                                             Bill Hood & Sons Auctioneers & Appraisers
                                                             AUCTION                             Quandary Engineering, Inc.
                                                             Bill Hood                          COMPUTER CONSULTANTS
                    CBIZ                                   Delray Beach                                /TRAINING
           BUSINESS-CONSULTANTS                                                                        John Taylor
                Densel Raines                        Budget Blinds of Boca                             Boca Raton
                 Boca Raton                          WINDOW TREATMENTS
                                                        Steve Cvetanov                               RCC Associates
           Isreal Discount Bank of NY-                    Boca Raton                                 CONSTRUCTION
                Boca Raton Office                                                                     Darlene Murray
                      BANKS                              Central Cable                                Deerfield Beach
                  Herbert K. Fried                   TELECOMMUNICATIONS
                                                         Cynthia Beato                         Rex Nichols Architect Int'l P.A.
           Polen Capital Management                       Boca Raton                             ARCHITECTS/PLANNERS
            ASSET MANAGEMENT                                                                           Rex Nichols
                 Stanley Moss                        City Center at Royal Palm                         Boca Raton
                  Boca Raton                            EXECUTIVE SUITES
                                                            Erika Baer                           Robert D. Willix Jr. MD PA
       The Renaissance Hotel Boca Raton                     Boca Raton                          PHYSICIANS-INTEGRATIVE
                    HOTEL                                                                             /ANTI-AGING
                 Doug McLain                           CitySmart Magazine                              Robert Willix
                  Boca Raton                               MAGAZINES                                    Boca Raton
                                                           Kim Mosley
               Trans Media Group                          Coral Springs                         Rotfeld & Rotfeld Law Office
              PUBLIC RELATIONS                                                                          ATTORNEYS
                  Tom Madden                          Coral Springs Marriott                           Bruce Rotfeld
                   Boca Raton                          HOTELS & MOTELS                                Boynton Beach
                                                        Shirley McGovern
              NEW MEMBERS                                 Coral Springs                           Solomon Edwards Group
                                                                                                 EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES
       Gold Coast Laser & Skin Care Clinic
                                                       Economos Properties                             Kristen Meyer
              of Boca Raton, LLC
                                                          REAL ESTATE                                     Sunrise
                  SKIN CARE
                                                        Nick Economos, Jr
                 Lana Colonna
                                                           Boca Raton                    The Glaser Marketing Group Inc MARKETING
                  Boca Raton
                                                     Eric J. Lullove, DPM PA                          Brenda Browning
             M. Sidney Beckman
                                                     PHYSICIANS-PODIATRY                                 Boca Raton
                                                      Eric Lullove, DPM, PA
              Sidney Beckman
                                                           Boca Raton                                The Resident Chef
                 Boca Raton
                                                   First Florida Title Company                         Peter Lerman
           Magellan Management
                                                 REAL ESTATE & TITLE SERVICES                          Delray Beach
                                                            Marius Ged
             Jalane Kellough
                                                            Boca Raton                      Total Computer & Comm. Group, Inc.
               Boca Raton
                                                                                                COMPUTER CONSULTANTS
                                                  Frank's East Coast Tree Experts                      /TRAINING
           Marvana Wellness Spa, INC
                                                           TREE CARE                                  William Giffin
                                                           Frank Valerie                               Boca Raton
                Marny Combs
                 Boca Raton
                                                                                                    TriPoint Technologies
                                                           OFAM, LLC                                WEB SITE SERVICES
      P.R.O.P.E.L. People Reaching Out To
                                                         ACCOUNTANTS                                    Dan O'Keefe
         Provide Education & Leadership
                                                         Juan Maldonado                                  Boca Raton
                                                           Coral Gables
                Jennifer Gwaltney
                                                                                                Women in the Visual Arts, Inc.
                   Boca Raton
                                                        Orkin Pest Control                     NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
                                                        PEST CONTROL                                Sharon Thieman
             Pinar International Inc.
                                                            Ryan Couf                                  Boca Raton
                                                          Ft Lauderdale
                Susana Arango
                                                                                                 Your Mortgage Expert Inc.
                   Boca Raton
                                                   Out of the Blue Solutions, Inc.                MORTGAGE BROKERS
                                                 INTERNET PROVIDER/SERVICES                          Jason Cacciatore
          5-Spice Asian Street Market
                                                            John Massey                                 Wellington
                                                             Boca Raton
                   Sam Hua
                  Boca Raton
                                                     PRP Wine International
                                               WINE/PERSONAL SERVICES & GIFTS
                                                         Alison Rodda
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                                                       TRUSTEE SPOTLIGHT
                                                            Luis Mago
                               Luis Mago, Chief Strategy Officer of Network 4 Leaders (N4L), has recently
                               been named as the CEO of the Network 4 Leaders Continental US Division. N4L
                               Strategy Consulting is the largest web-based and paperless Strategy Consult-
                               ing firm servicing small to medium-sized companies. N4L offers its services
                               throughout the continental US, Europe, and Latin America. Chamber Trustee
                               member and Leadership Boca 2004 alumnus, Luis Mago is an expert in Busi-
                               ness & Marketing Strategy and operates from the N4L headquarters in Boca
                               Raton. As an active member of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce,
                               Mago has forged both professional and personal relationships with numerous
                               local business CEO’s and upper-level executives and as a result, has been able
                               to effectively bring their businesses to the next level.
                               Mago has proven that by developing strategy-based plans for executives and
                               their businesses, N4L is successful in empowering CEOs, executives and entre-
      preneurs to become leaders in their respective fields and industries. Mago is also thankful to be cel-
      ebrating his newest accomplishment with us: the completion of his book entitled Strategy: The Art of
      Mastering Strategy To Improve Business Performance While Maximizing Growth And Value. Mago
      states that he is “thrilled to be a member of this Chamber, where everyday welcomes new challenges
      and brings new accomplishments; and where businesses are consistently growing towards greater
      success.” For additional information on Network 4 Leaders, CEO Luis Mago, or his newest book re-
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  VOL. XVIII, No.12• December 2005                                                    Boca Raton, Florida 33432

       Rogue Wireless Routers                                  Area Company Shares Tips for
                                                                Making the Holidays Special
   Most of our residential business is in the Boca          Want to truly capture the holiday spirit for your
   Raton area and we get a majority of our calls            employees? NCCI Holdings, Inc. shares their tips
   stating “wireless issue from novice installers” to       for this season. Give employees the opportunity to
   “I can’t print to my network printer.”                   request special holiday dishes or submit family
                                                            recipes to the company’s cafeteria. Employees who
   Since alot of tech savvy owners are implementing         long for the flavor of a favorite seasonal food can
   their own wireless networks, we have been seeing         experience a “taste of home” when the cafeteria
   higher than normal unsecured wireless signals            prepares their dish.
   from neighbors coming into our customers homes           “When authentic potato knish or grandma’s
   because of no security. Most of our customers            butternut squash casserole can’t be had, someone
   don’t realize but the network they are connected         else baking it is the next best thing,” said Debbie
   to is their neighbors and that is why they can not       Barrett, cafeteria manager. “We hope to make a lot
   print or sometimes surf the web. The problem with        of employees smile when they eat that special food
   unsecured networks could be much more serious            they remember from home.” If your company
   than your neighbors browsing the web on your             doesn’t have a cafeteria, a potluck lunch or favorite
   dime. The main issue here is security.                   holiday recipe exchange party also brings traditions
   If someone driving by with a laptop can park on          Each year “Share the Spirit” collection boxes are
   the side and search for unsecured routers, once          placed on each floor for employees to fill with new
   connected, can open network neighborhood and             clothing and toys for needy families in Palm Beach
   see the name of your workgroup (network) and             County. Many departments will still do a gift
   PC’s attached. They could select the PC and if           exchange, but with a twist. You buy a gift that you
   the PC is not password protected, they could             think a co-worker would have liked as a child and
   search the PC’s hard drive. That is what a rookie        at the party you tell why. After the laughter, all the
   could do.                                                gifts are collected and placed in the collection
   Now say a person with computer knowledge does            “This annual spirit campaign is always a tremendous
   the same technique but with tools (yes there are         success. Non-perishable food and toiletries are also
   100’s of network vulnerability scanners, password        collected along with toys,” said Cheryl Budd, NCCI’s
   reveling and monitoring utilities that can do alot       Chief Corporate Communications Officer. “You can
   more financial or personally embarrassing                feel a heightened sense of the holidays as the boxes
   damage) There are ways to protect yourself and           fill to overflowing.”
   the 1st is to use strong WEP 128 bits keys to
                                                            Employees were also given the option of having the
   lockdown the routers. These are built into the
                                                            annual holiday party or donating those funds to
   routers and need to be configured properly. The
                                                            hurricane relief programs. More than 90% of 850
   last thing to remember is if your antivirus is expired   responses voted to forego the party and have NCCI
   or not installed, you are asking for more trouble        donate the party funds to hurricane recovery.
   than just this article.

  This article was submitted by Robert Giannini, IT         NCCI Holdings, Inc. is the oldest and largest
  Director of GiaSpace. GiaSpace offers small to medium     provider of workers compensation and employee
  size businesses computer support that large fortune       injury data and statistics in the nation. For more
  500 companies have. For more information please visit     information on holiday gift ideas please contact Judy
  us at or 866-Gia-Spce.                   Joffee at 561.893.3368.                                                                 The Reporter - December 2005 • 5
         Chamber Finishes Another Successful Year!
 The Chamber would not be where it is without the remarkable help of our membership. It is because of your help and support that the Greater
 Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce is able to provide its members with such outstanding monthly networking events. Below is a quick synopsis
 of the achievements of the Chamber’s committees and Business Interest Groups (BIGs) as well as other successful programs:
 Ambassadors: Serving as the Chamber’s volunteer public relations group, the committee members acted as hosts at each of the monthly
 networking functions, membership breakfasts, ribbon cuttings, and new member orientations. The Ambassadors also volunteer at many special
 events presented by the Chamber. The committee successfully organized the 12th Annual Operation Thank You by delivering the newest edition
 of the Annual Directory to the entire membership in one day!
 Boca Festival Days: 40 events comprised Boca Festival Days 2005 raising over $180,000 for local non-profit organizations. The Chamber’s
 own Wine and All that Jazz and First Annual Splash of Gold Fashion Show were among the many memorable and successful events. The
 committee continues its strong relationships with media sponsors and looks forward to another successful year.
 BIGs: Continuing to take our membership’s time into consideration, the Chamber’s Business Interest Groups allowed members to use e-mails,
 the internet, and quarterly meetings to discuss community topics important to them. The four BIGs were: Public Policy and Governmental
 Affairs, Membership Services, Business and Workforce Development and Small Business Development. The Chamber is looking forward to
 continuing the e-mails and quarterly meetings in an effort to allow more of the membership to get involved and stay informed on issues directly
 affecting our community.
 Leadership Boca: Leadership Boca continued its success by graduating 40 highly dynamic business professionals who participated in eight
 sessions focusing on issues and concerns facing the Boca Raton community. The Class of 2005 met with experts in the fields of government,
 health care, environment, education, social services, public safety, the arts, and the media in order to prepare them for all that Boca Raton has
 to offer.
 The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Bell Education Foundation: Through the efforts of Meet Me Downtown, and
 private contributors, the Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation was able to grant nearly $50,000 dollars to local public schools and one
 scholarship fund, bringing the cumulative grant awards to over $765,000.
 Leads Groups: The four leads groups had an outstanding year with over 100 Chamber members participating. The groups provided the setting
 and opportunity for members to strengthen their own businesses while expanding their individual networks. Aside from meeting twice a
 month, the leads groups planned several outside socials that were very popular with all the participants.
 Successful Women in Business: We are proud to announce that over the course of the Successful Women in Business’s three year reign, our
 average luncheons consist of over a 100 women. The program has been featured in the Sun-Sentinel, Boca Raton News, Our Town News, and
 Boca Raton Times, and its success helped to inspire the creation of
 the Chamber’s Young Business Professionals program.
Young Business Professionals: This two year old program is making
excellent strides! Over 200 have attended at least one meeting. Young
Professionals have been entertained and informed by influential
speakers such as the Publisher of the Boca Raton News, Craig Swill
and Partner of Daszkal Bolton LLP, Jeff Bolton.
Latin Business Professionals: This is the newest monthly program
which was created after the success of the Successful Women in
Business and Young Business Professionals programs. The inaugural
meeting was held in May and over 75 members & non-members
attended. Since then we have had two very well attended lunches and
two successful networks. This program is intended to help our members
engage in our diverse community through monthly events and we look
forward to its continued success.

                                                                                   For more info visit:
                                                                                   9955 W. Glades Rd.
                                                                                    Boca Raton, FL 33434
                                                                                   (561) 488-5142

6 • The Reporter - December 2005                                                                          
                                           Chamber Society Page
               Membership Breakfast                                                     Young Business Professionals

     Harry Roisman                                            Mike Bell and        Johan Proulx and                                       Stanley Zale and
   and Charlene Reiff                                        John Schneyer           Victoria Lloyd                                      Dr. Lawrence Levy

                                   Richard                                                                            Eric
                                     Lapin                                                                           Lullove
                                   and Ron                                                                            and
                                    Snyder                                                                           Andres

     Richard Murdoch, Kathy                    Jay Brandt, Tom Lynch, Dr. Jon          Craig Swill, Kate                          Kathleen Puglisi and
    Trumbull, and Al Travasos                  Roberston, Kevin Ross, John           Volman, and Anthony                            Alissa Robinson
                                               Gallo, and Troy M. McLellan                 Ableson

       Successful Women in Business                                                           After-Hours Network

  Ellise Joy Roberts,                                      Susan Liebe and         Cory Wallach and                                    Shanna Sgrignuoli
      Peggy Price,                                          Kathy Freytag           Clive Cholerton                                    and Cary Roman
   and Nicole Kelly

                                     Viji                                                                             Paul
                                    Kumar                                                                           Goldberg
                                     and                                                                            and Lana
                                   Charlene                                                                         Colonna

  Tracy Mitchell and Lori Murray               Kate Volman, Kim Griffin Hunter   Erin Urburtis and Micheal Aiello              Alan“Jay” & Linda Weisberg,
                                                 and Katherine Van Brocklin                                                         and Daniel Epstein                                                                                                 The Reporter - December 2005 • 7
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8 • The Reporter - December 2005                                                         
                                  Leadership Boca 2006
                  “Leadership Boca is a phenomenal program that        “The relationships I have made with
                  mixes enhanced community awareness with              community leaders continues to grow
                  great professional networking! For anyone            stronger as my involvement in the community
                  looking to professionally grow in Boca Raton and     grows. Participating as part of last year’s
                  to learn how to give back to a prosperous            class helped me become a part of Boca in a
                  community, it is the best starting point around!”-   way I never imagined.-Eleanor Powers,
                  Derrick Martin, Leadership Boca 2006, Chair          Leadership Boca 2006, Co-Chair

 Plans for Leadership Boca 2006 are underway! The Chamber is proud to announce that it is currently accepting
 applications for the popular program. Leadership Boca represents the Chamber’s effort to ensure that our commu-
 nity leaders will be able to meet the challenges of the future. The eight-session program is designed to educate civic-
 minded individuals in the greater Boca Raton area regarding the issues and concerns facing the community. The
 program develops a pool of leaders available to become involved in creating, maintaining and enhancing the quality
 of life in Boca Raton. They will be given the opportunity to learn about civic issues, question situations, and formulate
 solutions by looking at the big picture. Participants will become a more valuable asset to their employer by providing
 face-to-face contacts with current community leaders, identifying concerns and issues, and prepare themselves to
 assume future leadership roles. Tuition for the program is $675, which covers the cost of all program content, trans-
 portation, meals, and materials. Submit your application TODAY!
 Deadline for preliminary applications is Friday, January 13, 2006. For more information or to request an appli-
 cation, please contact Consuelo Inestrosa at or call 561.395.4433.                                                                              The Reporter - December 2005 • 9
          Small Business Roundtable 2006
 A   ttention Small Business Owners! Are you
     looking for exciting new ways to bring your
 business to the next level? Would you like the
                                                     opportunity to ask questions and receive helpful
                                                     advice from other business owners who may have
                                                     some great suggestions for you! The program is
 opportunity to exchange ideas with other            only $100 (includes lunch). It may just be the
 business owners in the greater Boca Raton           smartest investment you make all year! Space is
 area? Well, look no further because the Greater     limited - sign up today!
 Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Small              Sponsorship Opportunities are still available! Each
 Business Roundtable is just what you need!          event is at the Boca Chamber’s Boardroom from
 Each session consists of a 15-20 minute             12:00 - 1:30 p.m. To register or to request
 professional briefing followed by an interactive,   additional information about the Small Business
 problem-solving question and answer                 Roundtable program, please contact Kate at
 roundtable discussion. You will have the   or 561.395.4433.

                                                                 DATES & TOPICS:
                                         January 11th – Communications & Public Relations
                                         January 25th - Business Financing Sources/ Accounting & Taxes
                                         February 8th – Sales & Marketing
                                         February 22nd - Human Resources & Labor Laws
                                         March 8th - Internet Business
                                         March 15th - Business Insurance
                                         March 29th - Debriefing

10 • The Reporter - December 2005                                            
                   Do you have what it takes to win the
                 2006 Meet Me Downtown poster contest ?

                           Get your work noticed! Enter the 2006 Meet Me Downtown
                           poster contest and have your winning piece of art represent
                           the 2006 festival. All you have to do is submit an entry!

                Please submit all material to the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
                 ATTN: Lois Niesen (1800 N. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton, FL, 33432)
                        THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 15, 2005
                  Format must be 16 x 20 in. or 18 x 24 in (EPS format if possible)
                        For more information about the contest, please call
                Lois Niesen at 561.395.4433 or e-mail to

   The winner will have their work displayed throughout
     the greater Boca Raton area during the event!!!

                                                    2005 poster contest winner                                                         The Reporter - December 2005 • 11
                           Member Ribbon Cuttings

             Chipotle                      Silvana          Talia’s Tuscan Table
         2301 Glades Road           21073 Powerline Road   4070 N. Dixie Highway
          Boca Raton, FL               Boca Raton, FL         Boca Raton, FL

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                                                        Member News
The 2006 Delray Beach International Tennis                 HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is offering Hurricane          LF Stores at Mizner Park will be having a
Championships commence on January 30-                      Wilma disaster relief loans. Loans range from      holiday event on Sunday December 11th spon-
February 5 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center               $1,000 - $25,000. For more information contact     sored by Toys for Tots. For every toy that is
& Stadium. To purchase tickets, please call                Joshua G. Herschberg at HSBC at Boca               donated customers receive a raffle ticket to win
561.330.6000 or order on-line at                           Woodfield, 561.251.9642                            a $100 LF gift certificate. For more informa-                                                                                      tion contact Sara at 561.416.9101.
                                                           This years 16th Annual Santa Toy Drop is
DigiEra is offering a 25% discount to all                  sponsored by The Firefighters of Boca Raton.       Bank of Florida in Palm Beach County an-
companies that are Chamber members and                     To register, bring your donation to Fire Station   nounced that its Advisory Board of Directors
were affected by the Hurricane to help with                #2 located at 903 West Palmetto Park Road          has selected Jorge Garcia, AIA, as Vice Chair-
their IT Networks. To redeem this offer, please            on Monday, December 12 from 6-9 p.m. For           man. For further information please call Sandy
contact Sunil at 561.843.4551.                             more information please call the “Santa            Richards at 954.564.3474.
                                                           Hotline” at 561.339.9244. Or contact Brett Lea
The Waters Pelton Organization (WPO) was                   via email,           The law firm of Rutherford Mulhall, P.A. is
chosen to provide Public Relations for the                                                                    pleased to announce that Chairman Charles
Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA). For                 Kids In New Directions (KIND) announces the        E. Rutherford has recently been appointed to
more information on this please contact                    appointment of Natalie Cwick as Executive          serve as 2005-2006 Chair of the Business De-
Jennifer Abbott at 561.626.0026, ext. 19.                  Director. Cwick, who served from three years       velopment Board of Palm Beach County. For
                                                           as a KIND board member, previously was a           more information on this law firm, please con-
Tarnowski Gallery is pleased to announce the               Private Banking Officer with Comerica Wealth       tact Andrea L. Klavon at 561.912.0148 or
opening of their gallery at 777 E. Atlantic Ave.           Management in Boca Raton. For more infor-
C3 in Delray Beach. Please call 561.278.1387               mation, contact KIND at 561.655.3085.
or    visit  their     website      at    www. for more information.


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                              Chamber Testimonial
                           Rob Marshall
                           Commercial Florida Realty Advisors, Inc.
                           It has been three years since I moved to the City of Boca Raton and became involved with
                           the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. In that time I have been involved with the
                           Ambassadors group, gave an invocation at the Membership Breakfast, graduated from the
                           Leadership Boca program, facilitated a Business Interest Group, volunteered for the Boca
                           Bacchanal wine festival, volunteered for Meet Me Downtown, and attended many of the
                           Chamber’s numerous networking events and workshops. The reason I was able to get all of
                           this exposure, and learn about our community was because the greater Boca Raton Chamber
                           of Commerce has stayed true to their Mission, “To represent, serve, and stimulate the health
                           and growth of the greater Boca Raton community in order to preserve and enhance the
                           quality of life in the entire area.” This Chamber is the # 1 resource for local and regional
                           business. From the Chamber’s Professional Team to its Officers and Directors, there is an
                           abundance of talent that is waiting to assist you. Please enjoy the Holidays, and have a safe
                           and healthy New Year!!

   Remember…if it’s Good For’s Good for Boca!
      To submit your own Testimonial, call Elyse Economos at 561.395.4433 or email                                                                  The Reporter - December 2005 • 15
                                                       Coming Up
                               PRESORTED                       DECEMBER 6
                                STANDARD            Latin Business Professionals Network
                            U.S.POSTAGE PAID                   5:30-7:30 p.m.
 1800 North Dixie Highway      Permit No. 4
                                                         Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Boca Raton, FL 33432-1892     Boca Raton, FL
                                                               DECEMBER 8
                                                           Membership Breakfast
                                                               7:45-9:00 a.m.
                                                         Country Club at Boca Raton
                                                              DECEMBER 13
                                                    Young Business Professionals Network
                                                               5:30-7:30 p.m
                                                               DECEMBER 14
                                               24th Annual Holiday Auction/After-Hours Network
                                                                5:30-8:30 p.m
                                                     Marriott Boca Raton at Boca Center
                                                              DECEMBER 15
                                                  Successful Women in Business Luncheon
                                                              12:00-1:15 p.m.
                                                             Boca Country Club
                                                        Contact Us At: 561.395.4433

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