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Press Release: Now accepting applications and nominations for its 2018 YOPRO Awards

 

The Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida is now accepting applications and nominations for its 2018 YOPRO Awards which recognize the “Top 20 under 40” Young Haitian-Americans Professionals and Leaders within their respective fields.

Miami, FL, 
March 20, 2018
Young Haitian American Professionals are a vital asset to the South Florida Region and our State.  It is important to recognize and acknowledge those who have made a mark in their field while shaping the future of our community.
The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce (HACCOF) is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting nominations and applications for its 2018 “Top 20 Under 40” Haitian American Young Professionals (YOPROs) Award for Leadership, Professional Excellence, and Community Involvement.
Candidates in any industry or field of expertise can apply.
Candidates must be 39 years or younger as of June 16, 2018 and be based in the State of Florida.  An Advisory Panel will meet to review all applications and select our 2018 “Top 20 Under 40” YoPros honorees.  Advisory Panel decisions are final.
Applications must be submitted by April 22, 2018.  You can apply online at:  www.haccof.com/yopro
Our 2 nd a nnual HACCOF “Top 20 Under 40” YoPros award event held last year was attended by over 350 attendees at the JW Marriott in Miami.  It was a wonderful community celebration of our very best young professional leaders coupled with some well-deserved acknowledgment of gratitude for our elders who have paved the way.
Honorees will be notified of their status as a Top 20 under 40 Honoree by the end of April. HACCOF looks forward to beginning to announce honorees online starting May 1st thru May 15th, 2018. Our “Top 20 under 40” YoPros 2018 class will be recognized at our award event ceremony on June 16, 2018. All Honorees “Top 20 under 40” YoPros are fully expected to attend the award ceremony.
For additional information, please contact The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce  at 305-733-9066 Ext. 3 or ppierre@haccof.com
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About HACCOF
Established in February 2005, the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF) serves as a resource for its members, partners and businesses, dedicated to serving their needs and the economic development of the broader Haitian-American community. The Chamber p romotes partnerships and alliances within communities throughout Florida and Haiti to build healthy business climates, foster investment opportunities, create employment growth, and encourage public and private sector collaboration.
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Press Release: HACCOF introduces its new Board Officers and Renewed Board Members slate.

Miami, FL, March 16, 2018
The Haitian-Am erican Chamber of Florida held its annual membership meeting on March 15, 2018 and also held its board elections.
The Chambe r’s new board officers and board members promote the organization’s mission, provide financial oversight, ensure ethical and legal governance for the organization.
New board members officers include: 
 
Delle Joseph, CPA of TD Bank, who will serve as Board Chairman, succeeding Jeff Lozama of CMS International Group Corp., who will serve as Immediate Past Chair.
Patricia Elizee, Esq. of Elizee Law Firm, P.A., who will serve as Board Vice-Chairman.
Dr. Lumana Joseph, PT, DPT of Lumana Physical Therapy & Wellness Center, who will serve as Board Treasurer.
Patrick F. Martin, Esq. of Greenberg Traurig, who will serve as Board Secretary.
“We are excited and fortunate to have these successful business leaders and community servants as our newly elected Board Officers. ” – Jeff Lozama
About HACCOF: 
   
The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida was established in 2005. Its mission is to serve as an advocate for its communities as well as a resource for consumers and businesses dedicated to serving both the needs of its members and the economic development needs of the broader Haitian American Community. The Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce also promotes investment and trade with the Haitian private and public sectors.

 

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Post Hurricane Irma Resources

The Florida Bar

HURRICANE IRMA: FEMA DESIGNATES COUNTIES; LEGAL HOTLINE CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

The Florida Bar | Article | September 14, 2017

As of Thursday [Sept. 14], 37 Florida counties had been designated for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and under-insured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. For a complete listing of recent hurricane-related news as well as resources for Florida Bar members and the public, go to The Florida Bar’s 2017 Hurricane Information page.

 

The Florida Bar

FREE HOTLINE WILL GIVE LEGAL ADVICE ON HURRICANE RECOVERY

Orlando Sentinel | Article | September 13, 2017

A hotline for free legal advice on Hurricane Irma recovery went live Wednesday [Sept. 13], for anyone dealing with the storm, but especially for those who can’t afford an attorney. The Federal Emergency Management Agency set up the hotline along with the Young Lawyers Divisions of the Florida Bar and American Bar Association. The number is (866) 550-2929.

 

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FLORIDA LEGAL AID AGENCIES READYING FOR CALLS AND QUESTIONS FROM HURRICANE IRMA VICTIMS

Daily Business Review | Article | September 14, 2017

 

HOTLINE OPEN FOR LEGAL HELP WITH HURRICANE IRMA-RELATED PROBLEMS

Sun Sentinel | Article | September 13, 2017

 

NEED BATTERIES, ICE AND AC, AND FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE AFTER IRMA? HERE’S HELP.

Miami Herald | Article | September 12, 2017

 

FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR IRMA VICTIMS

Tampa Bay Times | Article | September 13, 2017

 

FREE LEGAL ADVICE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Gainesville Sun | Article | September 13, 2017

 

HURRICANE IRMA UPDATES: WEDNESDAY

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Article | September 13, 2017

 

Legal Profession

10 WAYS SOUTH FLORIDA LAWYERS CAN HELP AFTER HURRICANE IRMA

Daily Business Review | Article | September 12, 2017

Here are a few ways South Florida lawyers can put their skills and knowledge to work over the coming weeks, helping people affected by Hurricane Irma. They include answering questions through the online legal clinic Florida Free Legal Answers and signing up to respond to FEMA hotline questions. The hotline at (866) 550-2929 went live Wednesday, and the Young Lawyers Divisions of the Florida Bar and the ABA are looking for volunteers.

 

Judiciary

HURRICANE IRMA: PALM BEACH COUNTY COURTS REOPEN AFTER CASE, JUDGE SELECTION DELAYS

Palm Beach Post | Article | September 13, 2017

Several sentencings in high-profile cases and the selection process to replace two circuit judges have all been postponed by Hurricane Irma, even as business resumed Wednesday [Sept. 13] at a Palm Beach County satellite courthouse. Nonjury cases will resume today [Sept. 14] at the main county courthouse in West Palm Beach and the branch courthouses in Delray Beach and Belle Glade when those courthouses reopen to the public. The 15th Circuit State Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices have already reopened. Jury duty, however, is canceled for the remainder of this week and will resume on Monday.

 

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PALM BEACH COUNTY JUDICIAL HOPEFULS GET EXTRA TIME TO SEEK 2 OPENINGS

Palm Beach Post | Article | September 13, 2017

 

DUVAL COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND CLERK’S OFFICE REMAIN CLOSED THE REST OF THE WEEK

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | September 13, 2017

 

US VIRGIN ISLANDS FEDERAL COURT CRIPPLED BY HURRICANE IRMA

Daily Business Review | Article | September 12, 2017

Le Gouverneur de la Floride, visite la Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida

 

C’est un Rick Scott décontracté, accompagné d’un service de sécurité discret qui est arrivé aux locaux du CMS International Group —entreprise dirigée par Jeff Lozama qui fait aussi office de président de la Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida— pour s’entretenir avec le board de la chambre.

D’entrée de jeu, Jeff Lozama donna le ton en invitant le gouverneur à faire le tour de la propriété. Comme pour lui dire que la communauté haïtienne est créatrice d’emplois, et contribue, à travers le fisc, à l’économie de l’État, ce qui a toujours été la principale priorité de cet homme d’affaires devenu gouverneur. Scott ne put cacher son admiration en visitant cette impressionnante entreprise qui fournit des matériaux de finition aux professionnels de la construction non seulement en Floride, mais aussi en Haïti, à la Jamaïque, à la Barbade, etc.

La visite guide terminée, la réunion débuta. M. Lozama la plaça dans son contexte. La Chambre de commerce rencontrait le gouverneur dans le cadre des préparatifs devant conduire à l’organisation du Haitian American Business Summit qui sera organisé en collaboration avec l’homologue de la chambre en Haïti, la Amcham, et le bureau de Jean Monestime, président du board de Miami-Dade Country, du 15 au 17 juin prochains. Le but de ce sommet, sur lequel nous reviendrons dans un autre article, est de promouvoir une participation plus active de la diaspora dans le développement et la modernisation d’Haïti, tout en définissant une vision claire pour les communautés diasporiques locales. Donc, il y a un chevauchement certain entre ce double objectif et celui d’un gouverneur qui ne jure que par le renforcement de l’économie floridienne.

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Press Release – Haitian American Business Summit

 

The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF), The American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti (AMCHAM) and the Office of Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime will host the Haitian American Business Summit (HABS-2017) June 16th to 17th, 2017 at Florida International University’s Kovens Conference Center.

The Haitian American Business Summit (HABS-2017) will provide an opportunity to evaluate and assess the current level of diaspora involvement in Haiti and explore new methods of interaction. HABS-2017 Miami will serve as a platform for Haitian American organizations throughout the United States, professional associations along with public & private sectors of Haiti to exchange ideas and establish a working plan toward greater cooperation. HABS-2017 Miami will provide the arena for the Haitian American community to connect, engage and explore opportunities to invest in Haiti. HABS-Miami 2017 will feature keynote speakers including United States Elected Officials.

On Saturday, June 17th during the closing ceremony, HACCOF will honor the second annual Top 20 under 40 Haitian American Young Professionals (YOPRO) for their commitment and contributions to the South Florida community.  Applications are currently being accepted until March 31, 2017. Interested parties should apply online at www.haccof.com/yopro. Please join us on June 16-17, 2017, where your presence and interaction will surely enhance our CONNECT – ENGAGE – INVEST objectives.

This two day summit is open to the public. Pre-registration is required and tickets can be purchased online at www.haccof.com. For additional information, please contact Joann Milord at jmilord@haccof.com. Please join us on June 16-17, 2017, where your presence and interaction will surely enhance our CONNECT – ENGAGE – INVEST objectives. 

About HACCOF 

Established in February 2005, the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF) serves as a resource for its members, partners and businesses, dedicated to serving their needs and the economic development of the broader Haitian-American community. The Chamber promotes partnerships and alliances within communities throughout Florida and Haiti to build healthy business climates, foster investment opportunities, create employment growth, and encourage public and private sector collaboration.