September 11, 2009 — Coral Gables — The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce has tapped University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala to join its Board of Directors.
“The Chamber is excited to have President Shalala on behalf of the University of Miami on board to help in our efforts to lift up the challenged parts of our community,” said Chamber President and CEO Bill Diggs. “Creating this type of partnership that links the leading educational institution locally with Miami’s black business community will benefit us all.”
The partnership will include arranging for internships for University of Miami students and working with procurement for the University, among other initiatives, all geared toward helping the black business community, Diggs added. “We will be working together to train students and retain good talent in our community,” he said.
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. The Chamber’s mission is to provide a world of business opportunities and bring the business community together to exchange goods and services and to promote interaction and communication mutually beneficial to all businesses involved.
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