The Greater Haitian American Chamber of Commerce (GHACC) of Orlando is commonly referred to as GHACC Orlando. Although there were a few organizational meetings in 2006, GHACC Orlando was officially founded in 2007 as a community-oriented organization.
In 2007, the Chamber had a great grand opening gala at the Shingle Creek Resort. Mr. Harris Rosen, himself, was our keynote speaker. He made an excellent presentation on his road to success. The audience was moved by the obstacles he had to overcome to become the success he is today. Mr. Rosen has been extremely supportive to the Haitian community. When Haiti’s cities were seriously flooded after certain hurricanes, Mr. Rosen held a fundraising program entitled “Water for Haiti” that raised thousands of dollars to purchase mobile water purification systems. At his hotels where he has hundreds of Haitian employees, Mr. Rosen established certain community programs aimed at improving their lives. Programs such as Adult Literacy and others prove that Mr. Harris Rosen was well deserving of the honor we bestowed on him that night. He was giving the Honorary Haitian Citizenship Award reserved for those whose level of commitment to the Haitian community is exemplary and sustained over a period of 3 years or more.
The Chamber went on to recruit over 100 members. In 2008, we partnered with Walt Disney World and the Haitian Consulate in Orlando to bring you Taste of Haiti. The event was held at the Haitian Consulate and featured some local artists with moving performances. We then had Haiti Flag Day at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. It was a very successful event with a great turnout.
In 2008, we also held a gala which featured Chicago State Senator Kwame Raoul who replaced President Obama as State Senator. He delivered an amazing message which motivated the entire audience to become major achievers. Mr. Raoul is of Haitian descent and we wish him well as he continues to do positive things for the people of Chicago.
In 2009, the Chamber held many outstanding Business After Hours (BAH) Mixers. This is always a great opportunity for our members to meet each other. Guests are also welcome to join the fun. We usually have food, music and door prizes when available.
In 2010, we made some changes with a new Board of Directors being elected. With this change come new and exciting ideas on our agenda. We created a new and innovative web site with a business directory page. All our business and organization members are listed for free.
In 2011, we partnered with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce to launch the first Caribbean American Heritage Month (CAHM). We held a number of events in the month of June. From a soccer tournament to a cricket tournament; and we ended the month with a bang. We had our first CAHM festival at Lake Eola. This was a great success. We received Proclamations from both the city and county governments. In addition to CAHM, GHACC Orlando has made viable partnerships with local elected officials, churches, Federal Government Agencies, diverse social and professional organizations, leading corporations, and expanded its network by participating in non-traditional social events like Red Carpet Mondays.
Our aim is to continue to serve our Central Florida communities and carry-on GHACC Orlando’s signature events: Remembering Haiti, a commemorative event of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, monthly meetings, BAH Mixers, Haitian Cultural Week and Flag Day Celebrations in May, CAHM participation in June, October Fundraiser for cancer and domestic violence awareness, and December’s Joint Holiday party with many local professional organizations, chambers, and businesses.
With your help, there is no limit to our reach and effectiveness; become a member today!