Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of South Florida
"South Florida & Puerto Rico, two markets that work for you!"
Exciting news! After many years, the South Florida Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce has been successful in securing a new home to be built in the heart of our heritage neighborhood and current economic development hotbed--Wynwood. The new chamber headquarters, scheduled for occupancy in Fall 2023, will be located at 2900 NW 5th Avenue, and will house the Chamber office as well as conference, educational, and retail spaces available for lease. Look for further news as we seek to expand the Chamber’s impact both locally and internationally and provide additional services to our growing list of members.
Special Discovery Day Event: Solving Puerto Rico's Political Dilemma - Viable Alternatives
November 19th at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom Presentation: Featuring Young Entrepreneurs Matthew and Michael Vega-Sanz - Founders of LULA, "The Stripe for Insurance"
January 27, 2022 at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Artistic Spotlight Happy Hour: Featuring Meme Ferre and Adrian Avila.
May 19, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
**POSTPONED DUE TO COVID**
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Miami Marlin's Puerto Rican Heritage Day
The Puerto Rican heritage celebration at Marlins stadium where Marlins beat Chicago Cubs & where Gulf hall of fame Puerto Rican professional player Chichi Rodriquez threw out first ball in honor of south Florida’s Boricua community was greeted by Hector Rivera, Esq. Chair, BOD, Puerto Rican Chamber & Luis DeRosa, President, in appreciation 4 his professional career. The celebration also recognized the event in support of Wynwood Miami’s Roberto Clemente Park youth baseball program. Special thx 2 Paul Vélez, President, Boriquen Medical Centers, Rafael Acosta, owner, lsla Del Encanto Restaurant, Puerto Rican Cuisine, the Puerto Rican leadership Council of South Florida, the Miami Marlins, Dynamic CDC, & Plena Es for the after game fest "música Boricua”
Chamber President Instrumental in Wheels to Work Program
L-R: Hon. Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Miami Dade County District 3; Carmelo Pacheco, title recipient; Pamela Ndah, title recipient; Christine King, MLK Foundation; Luis DeRosa, Puerto Rican Chamber
On June 18, 2021 South Florida Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce President Luis DeRosa was delighted to join the Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation (MLKEDC) and Miami Dade County District 3 Commissioner Keon Hardemon in awarding recipients of the Wheels to Work program the titles to their cars after the successful completion of the program's requirements. First funded by Commissioner Keon Hardemon when he was the District 5 City of Miami Commissioner as part of an anti-poverty initiative, the Wheels to Work program assists low-income persons with obtaining a vehicle for school and job preparedness. Participants must complete training workshops and community service over a period of 36 months to receive full ownership of the cars. “The Wheels to Work program has assisted many Hispanic and Puerto Rican families realize their dream of a car ownership,” explained President DeRosa, who has been successful in identifying numerous worthy candidates for the program since its inception.
Thank you to all who came out for our groundbreaking and everyone who has supported our chamber!
On September 15, 2020 history was made for Puerto Ricans in the Wynwood community of Miami. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce facility (Puerto Rican Community Center) was held on the first day of Hispanic Heritage month. According to Luis DeRosa, President, Puerto Rican Chamber, it has taken 10 years from the conception of this project to groundbreaking.
The speakers representing Government were: Hon. Carlos Gimenez, Mayor of Miami Dade County; Hon. Francis Suarez, Mayor of the City of Miami; and Hon. Audrey Edmonson, Chairwomen of the Miami Dade County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Edmonson has been the prime sponsor and mover in County government for the creation of the Puerto Rican Community Center and helped push the project forward. We are forever grateful for her contribution. Also speaking was Moishe Mana, the prime private sector participant whose contribution to the Puerto Rican Community Center made the project possible. We are grateful as well for his commitment to the project. Miami Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle spoke about the importance of collaboration among community groups and David Efron, Esq.. Honorary Israeli Consulate to Puerto Rico mentioned the support from Puerto Rico and Israel for the project.
Representing the Puerto Rican Chamber was Hector Rivera, Esq. Chairman of the Board who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony on behalf of the membership. Paul Velez, President of Borinquen Medical Centers and Eva Perez, Borinquen Chairwomen, spoke about the many contribution the “Boricua” community has made to Miami starting with its first Mayor of Hispanic heritage, fellow Puerto Rican Former Mayor Maurice Ferre . Also attending were Puerto Rican Chamber board members Victor Gutierrez, Esq.; Rosie Hernandez, & Juan Bracete, Esq. . The groundbreaking was attended by local community leaders and residents of the Wynwood community among whom were Maria Rodriquez, President , Puerto Rican Leadership Council; Rafi Gonzalez, President, PROFESA, Manuel Mejia, President, PROOF, Maribel Camacho, Arts Instructor, Roberto Clemente Park, and Maruxa Cardenas, La Mesa Boricua.