The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1974 by a group of Black businessmen out of a need for a strong organization that could objectively advocate the needs of a growing Black business community. Led by four Presidents, David Fincher 1974-1984, Dorothy Baker 1984-2004, Bill Diggs 2005-2013 and current President G. Eric Knowles 2014. Understanding that membership is the life blood of the Chamber they have focused on the needs of the membership through education, advocacy, networking, and creating opportunities in both the private and public sectors.
Over forty years the Chamber has witnessed the evolving landscape of the black business community in South Florida. In the urban core, through numerous social unrest and the destruction of the black business infrastructure a decline has been witnessed. In 2015, forty one years later a new energy is being witnessed with the emergence of young, talented and vibrant entrepreneurs blazing new trails and creating new and sustainable business platforms.
Corporations and businesses that once shunned the urban core are returning, and through the various CRA’s, an emergence of development and opportunities exist that have not been witnessed for several decades. The Chamber welcomes you to not only become a member, we welcome you to create the history of the next forty years of the black business community.