Pushing Back Against Overreaching Federal Regulations

Florida Chamber Holds Washington, D.C. ‘Fly-In’ to Meet With Lawmakers/Federal Officials

With job creators facing a tidal wave of overreaching federal regulations, the Florida Chamber of Commerce this week is leading a delegation of board members on a “Washington, D.C. Fly-In,” meeting with members of Florida’s Congressional delegation – urging their support of job creators and pushing back against burdensome regulations.

Overreaching federal regulations is the number one concern of Florida Chamber members and partners, according to its latest Florida Business Agenda survey.

“Florida companies are increasingly concerned about the tsunami of federal regulations headed their way,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber. “The Florida Chamber’s Washington, D.C. Fly-In allows our members and partners to serve as citizen lobbyist, side-by-side with our professional advocacy team, to further strengthen the voice of Florida’s business community and to say enough is enough when it comes to overreaching federal regulations.”

 

In recent weeks, the Florida Chamber has officially opposed numerous overreaching federal regulations, including:

  • EPA’s Waters of the U. S. Rule
  • EPA’s Ozone Regulations Rule
  • EPA’s Clean Power Plan Rule
  • Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule

The Florida Chamber’s Washington, D.C. Fly-In includes meetings with:

  • Congresswoman Corrine Brown
  • Congressman Vern Buchanan
  • Congressman Carlos Curbelo
  • Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
  • Congressman David Jolly
  • Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen
  • Congressman Daniel Webster
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

During the two-days of meetings, the Florida Chamber team also discussed:

  • Reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank
  • Transportation reauthorization (related to surface transportation)
  • International trade

Spearheading this Florida Chamber advocacy opportunity are Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach, and Drew Preston, Chief of Staff & Vice President, Office of the President.

 

Florida Chamber Names Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg P.A. Executive Regional Board Chair

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Lee Sandler Appointed for 2014-2015
Term in Miami-Dade/Monroe County

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (June 5 , 2015) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announced Lee Sandler, Founding Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. and Chair of the Florida Chamber’s International Business Council, has been appointed to a one-year term as the Florida Chamber’s Miami Dade/Monroe County Regional Board Chair.

“As Chair of the Florida Chamber’s International Business Council, I know firsthand the importance of the Florida Chamber’s free enterprise and pro-business efforts,” said Lee Sandler, Founding Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. “As the Regional Chair of Miami Dade/Monroe County, I’m proud to have an opportunity to help unite business leaders so that we can continue to keep Florida moving in the right direction. I encourage all of my fellow business leaders to join us in the arena to secure Florida’s future.”

Sandler was appointed by Steve Knopik, President and CEO of Bealls, Inc. and Chair of the Florida Chamber Board of Directors, and will work directly to rally Miami Dade/Monroe County-area business leaders with Florida legislative leaders to create the most competitive business environment for businesses to thrive.

“Lee Sandler has been vital to the success of the Florida Chamber’s international efforts and is a highly experienced business leader, who fully understands the important role Miami Dade/Monroe County play in Florida’s economy,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “In his role as a Florida Chamber Regional Chair, Lee will volunteer his time and talent in support of the Florida Chamber’s efforts to advocate for solutions that help make Florida more competitive.”

Sandler is one of 12 regional chairs that are a part of the Florida Chamber’s Regional Chair Program.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber’s International Days Focuses on Making Florida More Competitive

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Global Economic Opportunities Takes Center Stage

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (April 8, 2015) – International businesses leaders joined forces today at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s International Days to focus on making Florida more competitive through global economic opportunities. Leaders from Shanghai to Canada, representatives from Fortune 500 companies and Florida’s 15 deep water seaports, the state’s leading economic development and transportation agencies are taking part in the state’s premier international event.

Global trade is big business in Florida. International business and foreign direct investments accounts for about 17 percent of Florida’s economic activity and supports more than one million Florida jobs. Florida is also home to more than 60,000 firms dedicated to bringing their goods and services to consumers around the globe – many of them small to medium sized businesses.

“It’s Florida’s time because we are in the right position, we have the right culture, we have the right infrastructure,” said Lee Sandler, chair of the Florida Chamber’s International Business Council. “So Florida, and Floridian companies, are really in a position to take advantage of the global economy in ways we didn’t have available before.”

In Florida, global trade means high-wage jobs and economic prosperity. According to a recent Florida Chamber Foundation Did You Know, Florida is the seventh largest exporter of state-origin products.

“Florida has come a long way in building international economic development efforts, but our work is far from over,” said Doug Davidson, Market Executive of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “At Bank of America, we support the Florida Chamber Foundation’s research in trade and logistics because we know that Florida’s future lies in being globally competitive.

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson kicked-off the two-day event, and additional speakers will include Secretary of Transportation Jim Boxold, along with keynote speakers: Fredrik Eliasson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, CSX Transportation, and John Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

A complete line up of panels and speakers is located here.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber and Lima Peru Chamber Sign MOU Promoting Trade

Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera
On Hand for Signing

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Lima Chamber of Commerce today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help promote trade and investment opportunities between Peru and the United States.

The signing included representatives from the Lima Chamber as well as Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach for the Florida Chamber, Lieutenant-Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and Florida Chamber Board of Director members Lee Sandler of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., and Bob Grammig, Partner at Holland & Knight.

 

International Relationships Matter to Florida’s Economy

Click here to register for International Days, held scheduled for April 7-9 in Tallahassee.

Florida Chamber to Build Trade Relations During Peru Trade Mission

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 Peru Chamber of Commerce and
Florida Chamber to Sign MOU

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (March 20, 2015) – Building on Florida’s once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform Florida’s economy into a global hub for trade, logistics and export-oriented manufacturing activities, the Florida Chamber of Commerce will join Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Enterprise Florida on a trade mission trip to Peru next week.

Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach for the Florida Chamber; Lee Sandler, Member, Florida Chamber Board of Directors, Chair of the Florida Chamber International Business Council, and Founding Member of Sandler, Travis, and Rosenberg, P.A.; and Bob Grammig, Member, Florida Chamber Board of Directors and Partner at Holland & Knight, will lead the Florida Chamber delegation.

“The Export Development Trade Mission to Peru will give Florida companies the opportunity to meet current and future trading partners in one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America,” said Bill Johnson, Florida Secretary of Commerce and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Expanding the exports of Florida products to Peru even higher than last year’s $2.8 billion will expand Florida businesses and put even more Floridians to work.”

According to research from the Florida Chamber Foundation, international business and foreign direct investment account for approximately 17 percent of Florida’s economic activity, and directly support more than 1 million Florida jobs. With more than 30 million people and one of the strongest economies in South America, there is a strong potential for Florida companies to expand their exports to Peru. Florida currently exports many different types of Florida-origin products to Peru, including industrial and electric machinery, fertilizers, vehicles, civilian aircraft, and medical instruments.

“Trade missions are effective investments in future trade and are an important way for Florida companies to develop relationships with prospective trade partners,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist at the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Companies that want to expand their exports often find that investing in relationship building leads to more success in finding trading partners and markets.”

Consider These Peru and Florida Facts:

  • With an estimated 229,000 Peruvian visitors to Florida in 2013, Peru is the 14th-highest nation for Florida visitors.
  • According to the Florida Visitors Study 2013, Peru is also the 9th-highest country in terms of tourist spending while in Florida, with more than $364 million spent in 2013.
  • Peru is Florida’s eighth largest trading partner with more than $2.8 billion in Florida products exported to Peru last year,
    Peruvian imports totaled $2.6 billion in 2013,
  • In 2013, Peru achieved its 15th consecutive year of economic growth at 5 percent and Peru continues to be one of the best performing economies in Latin America.

Building a global economy means opportunities for Florida’s small businesses as well. In fact, 95 percent of our state’s 60,000 exporters are small-to-medium-sized businesses that produce two-thirds of Florida’s total export value, according to the Chamber Foundation’s recent Peru Mission Equal Jobs and Economic Opportunity report.

“Big businesses can, in many cases, take care of themselves on this,” said Bob Grammig, Partner at Holland & Knight in a recent Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise interview. “But for smaller businesses, it’s very helpful to have an organization like the Florida Chamber to help drive necessary changes.”

The impact international relationships have on Florida’s businesses can be particularly helpful for small businesses trying to break into international trade like Florida Chamber Foundation trustee Endoscopy Replacement Parts.

“Global trade is an important part of not only our business, but also Florida’s future,” said John Hartnett, Vice President of Global Business Development at Endoscopy Replacement Parts. “The boost Florida companies receive to compete worldwide positions them in helping Florida further develop international business, help our diversification, and help create more jobs in our state.”

While on the Peru Mission, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Lima Chamber of Commerce will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help promote trade and investment opportunities between Peru and the United States. The Wednesday, March 25 signing will include representatives from the Lima Chamber as well as Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach for the Florida Chamber, Lieutenant-Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Lee Sandler of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., and Bob Grammig, Partner at Holland & Knight.

Others participating in the Peru trip include: CAMACOL, AMCHAM, Port Miami, Florida Department of Transportation, Port Everglades and more.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line Featuring Lee Sandler

“It’s Florida’s Time”—
Opportunities in Florida’s Global Economy

The latest edition of The Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Bottom Line features chair of the Florida Chamber’s International Business Council, Lee Sandler, who talks about the opportunities Florida’s businesses and families have in a global economy.

“It’s Florida’s time because we are in the right position, we have the right culture, we have the right infrastructure,” Sandler states. “This is a time when the U.S. has recognized that the global economy really is our area for growth. So Florida, and Floridian companies, are really in a position to take advantage of the global economy in ways we didn’t have available before. Communications are better, transportation is better, our infrastructure is better. There’s a push from the government as well as from the private sector to move goods internationally.”

In fact, Florida’s existing logistics infrastructure makes our state uniquely suited to take advantage of a thriving global marketplace.

Consider that:

  • Florida is the 6th largest exporting state in the US, making it a leading global hub.
  • According to data released by the U.S. Commerce Department, just in 2013 alone Florida’s exports supported more than 275,000 jobs.
  • Research completed by the Florida Chamber Foundation highlights as many as 150,000 new jobs in trade, transportation and logistics in Florida are possible.

In addition, one out of every five U.S. exporters, more than 60,000 businesses, are located right here in Florida.

But Sandler points out building a global importing reputation is just as important as our state’s strong export industry.

“When you talk about Florida exports, that’s the most important element of economic growth for us,” states Sandler. “On the other hand, we need to build imports [as well] and in-transit activity, because that balance of trade is what makes us true trading partners and really gives us the growth we are looking for.”

And while the job numbers look good, Sandler also points out our state’s work is far from over.

“The opportunities are just beginning,” says Sandler. “Those are wonderful numbers but we can build them even greater by having the right type of educational institutions, by promoting business activities in trade and taking advantage of the infrastructure changes that are already in place and ongoing. So we see those numbers are going to dramatically increase over the next decade as we take advantage of our position and the opportunities a global economy offers Floridians.”

The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line is a web-based program featuring key figures from Florida’s corridors of power. Hosting the conversation with Lee Sandler is Emily Martin, Corporate Relations Manager.