We like to think big at the Naples Chamber. On March 12 our team members CEO and President Michael Dalby, Director of Government Relations Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, and former state Sen. Garrett Richter went to Tallahassee to speak with state leaders about local issues such as water quality, tourism and economic opportunity.
Our roles as Collier County community members does not stop at the polls. By sharing your opinions and ideas with your representatives and senators in Tallahassee, you help them decide what to do about the issues and pending legislation that affect us all. They value your suggestions and encourage you to express them. Click here for tips on how you can effectively communicate with your legislator on issues that are important to you.
Do you know who your legislator is? Visit the Naples Chamber’s Advocacy Action Center to find your legislator, track legislation and sign up for action alerts.
Florida Senate Majority Leader Kathleen Passidomo, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Michael Dalby and former state Sen. Garrett Richter during a trip to the Florida Capitol.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikkie Fried, Michael Dalby, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster and former state Sen. Garrett Richter.
Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez with former state Sen. Garrett Richter, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster and Michael Dalby.
CFO Jimmy Patronis, former state Sen. Garrett Richter, Michael Dalby and Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster
Former state Sen. Garrett Richter, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster and Michael Dalby during a trip to the Florida Capitol.
Join us Tuesday, March 12 at the Vineyards Country Club from 4 -7 p.m. for our bi-annual Member Showcase!
The Naples Chamber Member Showcase is the perfect gathering of local community members. Under one roof you'll have industry experts that promote innovation and collaboration. We are excited to offer the opportunity for you to connect with others and find a potential new client.
Here are five benefits from attending the Member Showcase:
Enjoy delicious food, refreshing beverages and enjoy strolling through the booths. Don't forget to bring your business cards for our exciting door prize drawings.
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Melanie Schmees has joined the Naples Chamber as the new director of business & economic research. She will focus on supporting local business development efforts through economic development initiatives, business retention and expansion, and economic research and analysis.
“We are very thrilled to welcome Melanie to our team,” said Michael Dalby, president and CEO of the Naples Chamber. “She will bring a fresh approach to business development in our area. Her extensive background in data and research will prove beneficial to our entire community.”
Melanie grew up in Wellington, FL and earned her Bachelors degree in finance and economics from Florida Gulf Coast University.
“I am excited to join the Chamber and contribute to our mission of making Collier County the best place in America to live, work and visit,” said Schmees. “Through research and community engagement we can identify opportunities for growth that will benefit everyone."
Prior to joining the Naples Chamber, Schmees handled compensation valuation at Healthcare Appraisers. Previously, she conducted economic research at the Lee County Economic Development Office.
Author: Bethany Sawyer, Director of Membership
For more than 70 years, The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce has been committed to community and business leadership in Collier County. We are grateful to have more than 1,200 businesses representing over 50,000 employees who say “yes” to investing in the Chamber. When you become a member, you are joining into a collective effort to enhance your organization and improve the business climate in Collier County.
Chamber members are a blend of businesses ranging from small to large, with most members employing under 20 staff. We work to keep our business leaders informed of important issues and trends within the community, we are a resource for you. Our staff helps to ensure that our community has a sturdy base of high-value careers, a skilled and prepared workforce and that existing and relocating businesses have the resources grow and thrive in Collier County. The Naples Chamber is focused on enhancing our local workforce training and development efforts. By fostering relationships with community leaders and growing public and private partnerships, we are helping to grow and expand our local workforce.
Research shows that when consumers know that a small business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from that company in the future.
“Over the years, I have worked for many different banks in the Naples market. The one constant I can always count on for great business contacts and long-term relationships in the community is The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce,” says John Coffey, vice president and commercial loan manager for Southwest Florida for Capital Bank. “As a 30-plus year Chamber member, I can attest to the many opportunities that have introduced me to the business movers and shakers in the Naples market, some of them becoming long term excellent customers. The Chamber has provided me with a wide spread knowledge of the Naples business culture as a result of networking, volunteer, committee and ambassador involvement. It would be nearly impossible to meet all the diverse business people I have had the pleasure to interact with through any other organization.”
The Chamber is here to empower our businesses and professionals. Through events and strategic communication, we work to educate and engage our business leaders and have thoughtful discussions about what we wish for the future of our community. Our dedication to building a broad-based network of community leaders continues through the Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF), an affiliate of the Chamber. Graduates of LCF programs use their knowledge and expertise to build alliances, foster goodwill and civic trusteeship that strengthen our community. With thousands of alumni, we recognize this opportunity to give back to Collier County and engage our future talent.
Chambers of commerce are a gathering place for people, ideas and solutions and that is why we are proud to be The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, ensuring our Collier County remains the best place to live, work and visit.
Let us help connect, promote & support you. Thank you for saying YES to our community.
To learn more visit www.napleschamber.org/membership.
Naples, FL (June 14, 2018) - Nominated by Collier County Public Schools and Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce is a 2018 recipient of the Florida Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award. The award was presented to Michael Dalby, president and CEO of the Naples Chamber, and to Collier County Superintendent Dr. Patton at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Annual Education Summit on June 13, 2018 in Tampa, FL by Florida Commissioner Pam Stewart.
The Naples Chamber and its affiliate the Leadership Collier Foundation™ (LCF) were awarded for its partnership with the school system and its dedication to the students of Collier County. “The Naples Chamber of Commerce is committed to its mission of making Collier County the best place in America to live, work and visit,” says President and CEO, Michael Dalby. “As part of that commitment, we are dedicated to supporting education and the Collier County Public Schools by working with local businesses to provide work-based learning opportunities for students, ultimately building a competitive workforce from a strong education pipeline.”
To support this effort, the Chamber hired a part time internship coordinator in 2017 and has recently increased this position to a full-time, work-based learning coordinator. Thanks to the collaboration between the school system, businesses, and the Chamber, community members view internships and work-based learning as a pipeline for future employees, supportive of the local workforce, and a way to gain fresh perspectives. Additionally, the Chamber and LCF support education and work-force efforts through career panels at schools, the popular Youth Leadership Collier™ program for rising high school seniors, and connections between businesses and future talent.