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Press Release: Communities and families are being affected by the recent riots in Haiti

 

Press Release: 

The Haitian-American Chamber Of Commerce of Florida
Communities and families are being affected by the recent riots in Haiti

Miami, FL.
July 10, 2018

The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF) extends its sympathies to all individuals, families, and entities affected by the riots in Haiti over the last week-end.  As individuals, we are all saddened by the loss of life and property and extend our support to all the parties affected by the recent unfortunate events.  As a Chamber of Commerce, we are very concerned about the impact of the property damage on Haiti’s economy.    Haiti has had to rebuild several times in recent years following a major earthquake and hurricane.  It is incumbent upon all sectors of the country to acknowledge that the cost of rebuilding is shared by the entire population and that the image of riots and destruction both on the national and international stage discourages job-creating investment that Haiti sorely needs.

HACCOF is dedicated to its mission of promoting partnerships and alliances within communities throughout Florida and Haiti to build healthy business climates, foster investment, create employment, and encourage public and private sector collaboration.  HACCOF supports all efforts that would foster dialogue between the various constituencies (government, business leaders, political parties, community organizations and leaders) to resolve the current crisis for the improvement of both the quality of life and business climate in Haiti.

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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.

Press Release: YoPro Class of 2018

 

Press Release
The Haitian-American Chamber Of Commerce of Florida Presents
The “Top 20 Under 40” Class of 2018 Haitian-American Young Professionals.

Miami, FL.
May 31, 2018

The Board of Directors of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF) is proud to present its “Top 20 Under 40” Class of 2018 honoring the Top Young Haitian-American Professionals (YoPros) in the South Florida community, age 40 and under, for their outstanding professional achievements in their respective industries, civic leadership, and community engagement.

As a group of vibrant, energetic, creative and out-of-the box thinkers, HACCOF South Florida YoPros are examples of professional excellence, commitment to community, and an expression of cultural pride throughout the Haitian community.

HACCOF received more than one hundred applications and nominations this year from members of the Haitian-American community in the State of Florida.  After a highly competitive and extensive vetting process, a HACCOF Advisory Panel has selected and hereby presents the 2018 class of “Top 20 under 40” YoPros. HACCOF will hold its Third Annual YoPros Awards ceremony on September 15, 2018 with The Honorable Michele Sison, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, as our Keynote Speaker.  The entire community is invited to come celebrate this exceptional group of Young Haitian- American Professionals.  Tickets will be on sale soon at: www.haccof.com

For more information and sponsorship opportunities regarding the 2018 HACCOF YoPros Awards, please contact the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida at info@haccof.com

Click HERE for a short introductory biography of each of the “Top 20 Under 40” Class of 2018 Honorees.

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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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PRESS RELEASE: HACCOF Decries the insults leveled by President Trump at Haiti and Haitians, El Salvador, and African Countries

Miami, Florida – January 14, 2018 – Haiti has suffered from major natural disasters and political instability, but it is a country of proud and hard-working people. Haitians take great pride in their history as the first Black republic, in their internationally recognized art and culture, and in the myriad members of the Haitian diaspora who work hard and achieve at the highest levels. Represented in every profession, Haitian Americans proudly serve in the US military, have achieved great success in business, and are engaged in every field of endeavor in this country.
As a Chamber, we promote Haitian-American business and engage the entire Florida community to bring greater economic prosperity throughout Florida and to our members. Thankfully, we have been able to collaborate with people of all races and ethnicities in the community without being subject to overt racism. We hope this will continue in spite of the disparaging language used by President Trump to describe Haiti and its people.

Even if we are unable to change the President’s opinion, we want him to note that we decry his insults and ask that he refrain from further singling out Haiti and Haitians for negative treatment in future comments. We also ask that Haitians not be removed from positive consideration in any solution that seeks relief for immigrants who have been living here legally with DACA and/or TPS. Haitians should not be “taken out” solely because they do not appeal to the President as the most desirable immigrant group. In spite of the negative comments, Haitian-Americans are great contributors to the “United” States of America.

The membership of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida Inc. includes Haitian-American businesses and other businesses doing business with or are interested in doing business with the Haitian-American community.

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.
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Press Conference: Officially announcing His Excellency, Jovenel Moïse, President of the Republic of Haiti, as this year’s special guest at the Haitian American Business Summit and Top 20 Under 40 Haitian Young Professional’s (YoPros) Presidential Gala.

Miami, Florida                                                                                                                           June 10, 2017
The Board of Directors of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of FL (HACCOF), the Consul General of Haiti in Miami, Mr. Gandy Thomas, Banque de la Republique d’Haiti (BRH) and the Office of Commissioner Jean Monestime, will hold a joint press conference on Monday, June 12, 2017 to announce officially His Excellency, Jovenel Moïse, President of the Republic of Haiti, as this year’s special guest at the Haitian American Business Summit and Top 20 Under 40 Haitian Young Professional’s (YoPros) Presidential Gala.
The press conference will be held at Ivan’s Cookhouse, 14815 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami, FL 33181 at 4:30 PM.
 
The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce will host The Haitian American Business Summit at Florida International University North Campus Koven’s Center (3000 NE 151st St, Miami 33181) on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 8:00AM to 6:00PM. The 2nd Annual Top 20 Under 40 Haitian American Young Professional’s Presidential Gala will be held at the JW Marriott Miami (1109 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131) on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 6:00PM to Midnight.
This two-day summit is open to the public. Pre-registration is required and tickets may 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. 
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FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT:
Joann Milord, Executive Director for HACCOF

Press Release: Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of FL is pleased to announce His Excellency, Mr. Jovenel Moise will attend the Haitian American Business Summit.

Miami, FL.                                                                                                                                       June 6, 2017
The Board of Directors of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF) and the office of Commissioner Jean Monestime present the Haitian American Business Summit (HABS-2017) being held in Miami, Florida from June 15th, 2017 to June 17th, 2017. The summit will conclude with our 2nd Annual Top 20 under 40
YoPro Presidential Gala on June 17th, 2017.
The Haitian American Business Summit will present a much needed platform for the Haitian American community to interact and explore new opportunities that will further our recent local progress and allow us to continue our investment in Haiti. We are pleased to have the support from Miami and Haiti as we come together to build a bridge and bring about new opportunities. This year we are honored to welcome Haiti’s newly elected President, Mr. Jovenel Moïse.
During his first trip to Miami, President Moïse will also honor us as our keynote speaker at the Top 20 Under 40 YoPro Presidential Gala. His visit supports our collaborative efforts and the Haitian diaspora’s efforts to expand opportunities to attract private sector investments, create jobs, and further advance the development of our Haitian American community.
This conference will start a movement to help gauge the current level of diaspora involvement in Haiti and support new methods of engagement. The Summit and Gala is gearing up to be an exciting and innovating event. We look forward to engaging with everyone and sharing ideas.
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 CONNECTENGAGEINVEST 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. 
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FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT:
Joann Milord, Executive Director for HACCOF

Press Release – The Haitian-American Chamber Of Commerce Presents The 2nd Annual “Top 20 Under 40” awards to honor Haitian-American Young Professionals.

Miami, FL.                                                                                                                                   May 18, 2017
 
The Board of Directors of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF) presents The Second Annual ” Top 20 Under 40″ awards to honor Haitian-American Young Professionals (YoPros) in the South Florida community, age 40 and under, for their commitment and contributions professionally, civically, academically and personally. As a community of vibrant, energetic, creative and out-of-the box thinkers, YoPros are an expression of cultural pride throughout the Haitian community.
 
HACCOF received almost 70 applications from successful young Haitian-American professionals in South Florida.  Through a highly competitive process, HACCOF has selected the 2017 class of Top 20 under 40 YoPros and is pleased to announce the awardees.
 
On June 17, 2017, the YoPro Award ceremony will culminate the Haitian American Business Summit  presented by the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, the Office of Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime and the Banque de la République d’Haïti (BRH). The Haitian American Business Summit is being held at FIU’s Kovens Center on June 16th and 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-Miami 2017 will feature keynote speakers including high-level Haitian govern ment officials, leaders of the Haitian financial community and United States elected officials.
Tickets for the Haitian American Business Summit and the YoPro awards gala can be purchased at www.haccof.com
For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida at info@haccof.com

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. 

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.