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Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Minimum Wage and Severance Pay Comments - Mar 24, 2015 - 11:48:54 AM

The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is reviewing the minimum wage and severance pay requirements of the nation with a view to potentially increasing and securing the benefits on behalf of employees.

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) fundamentally supports the concepts of free markets. It believes that free markets promote innovation that improves the world in which we live. It supports the free movement of financial and intellectual capital, and supports the concept that businesses ought to be free to establish compensation and benefits packages as valued by the market...
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“Value Added Tax & The Small Business Sector” - Jan 27, 2015 - 4:37:08 PM

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited’s Value Added Tax along with The Small Business Sector conducted a seminar on the topic of “Value Added Tax & The Small Business Sector” on January 22, 2015.

The first session was held on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. commencing with remarks by President of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Mr. Kevin Seymour, followed by the President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, Mr. Ian Rolle.

Both sessions were conducted by Mr. Christopher Baker, F.C.A., Senior Manager, Freeport Office HLB Galanis & Co. which was...
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G.B. Chamber President speaks to Sunrise Rotary Club - Jan 15, 2015 - 2:40:55 PM

On January 1, 2015, the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas rolled-out the Country’s New Value Added Tax Regime against a tidal wave of opposition, trepidation, and scepticism. The Government argues that such tax reforms were necessary, inter alia to broaden the country’s tax base and to address the vexing issues of a burgeoning national debt which has now reached $6 billion and recurrent deficits in the order of $500 million. The reaction from the Country’s taxpayers in the immediate aftermath of what has been described by many as being a haphazard and ineffectual roll-out, ranges from outrage and disbelief to a disconcerting apathy that the world did not come to an end last Thursday and that we the taxpayers just have suck it up...
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Grand Bahama Chamber on the death of Sir Jack Hayward - Jan 14, 2015 - 4:08:35 PM

On behalf of The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, its board of directors and members, I wish to extend sincere condolences on the passing of Sir Jack A. Hayward, OBE to his family, loved ones, the management and staff of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited and members of the numerous organizations that he supported and was personally involved with.

Sir Jack Hayward, was an integral part of The Bahamas, having moved here in the 1950’s after his father, Sir Charles Hayward, partnered with Wallace Groves, the pioneer and founder of Freeport.
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Grand Bahama Chamber to host 2014-2015 Installation of Officers - Dec 29, 2014 - 2:42:56 PM

Kevin Seymour
Under the theme, “Continuation, Collaboration and Competition”, The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) would be hosting its annual banquet and installation of officers and directors on January 31, 2015 at the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Lucayan Resort, Freeport.

Mr. Kevin D. Seymour, the 2014-2015 President of the GBCC, along with his officers and directors are inviting the business community of Grand Bahama and the general public to celebrate this evening with them and hear about their plans for the 2014-2015 year.

In keeping with the Mission Statement of the GBCC, “To provide the network, to sustain, promote and support business development in an effort to encourage sustainable growth and expansion..."
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Grand Bahama Chamber announces new board of directors - Nov 6, 2014 - 4:11:41 PM

Officers: President:  Kevin D. Seymour (PharmaChem Acquisition Company Ltd.), 1st Vice President: Mr. Dillon F. Knowles (Dillon F. Knowles Consulting Co. Ltd.)...

Directors (Newly Elected):
vMrs. Angelika Christie (Radiant Health), Mr. Ralph Hanna (Underwater Explorers Society)

Serving Second Year of Two Year Term:
Ms. Janet Albury, (VIP Services Ltd.), Mr. Wenrick Clarke, (Bank of The Bahamas),
Mrs. Patra Albury, (Pelican Bay Hotel)...
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Grand Bahama Chamber Announces Nominees for 5th Annual Business Excellence Awards - Oct 23, 2014 - 4:30:05 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce will recognize businesses and business persons who have demonstrated commitment to community building at the 5th Annual Business Excellence Awards Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, October 25th at the Regency Theatre.

These prestigious awards are designed to honour outstanding Grand Bahamian businesses and executives. Nominations closed a few weeks ago with several businesses from throughout the community being nominated for the various awards. Highlighted by nominators were specific business...
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Grand Bahama Chamber releases releases vision paper, "The Future of Freeport - 2015 and Beyond” - Oct 3, 2014 - 3:45:49 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Recently the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce presented their vision paper, "The Future of Freeport - 2015 and Beyond” to the Minister of Grand Bahama, GBPA top executives and on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel to their members. Directors Kevin Seymour, Dillon Knowles, and Dan Romence led the discussions along with Leigh Termath, First Vice-President, who served as the MC for the night. 

Since then the President, Barry Malcolm along with Dillion Knowles appeared on REAL TALK LIVE with Ortland H.Bodie in Nassau.

The Chamber is now releasing its VISION PAPER to the public...
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Grand Bahama Chamber delivers their Vision Paper for 2015 - Sep 28, 2014 - 11:50:58 AM

Freeport, Bahamas – Executives of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce formally presented to the Government of the Bahamas an extensive analysis of targeted development opportunities, with specific recommendations for structuring the economic future of Freeport and Grand Bahama Island upon expiration of key provisions of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement in August of next year.  The product of many months of work and internal discussion within its organization, the Chamber has produced and presented its Vision 2015 -- a blue print for the future development of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island and by-extension the Country for the remaining 40 years of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement. The document, directed to the Office of the Prime Minister, was presented to Minister Michael Darville at the Ministry of Grand Bahama on Friday.
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2014 GB Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards set for October 25th - Sep 21, 2014 - 5:02:41 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - After a one year hiatus, the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) recently announced the Business Excellence Recognition Awards is back.These prestigious awards are designed to honour outstanding Grand Bahamian businesses and executives.

While times are still tough in Grand Bahama, many businesses are still providing excellent service to their customers. This is the time when many businesses shine, in the face of budgetary constraints, tough competition and decreasing sales. So, these businesses should be commended for their great work.
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Grand Bahama Chamber Responds to local VAT concerns in the Business Community - Sep 17, 2014 - 11:56:34 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – After recent meetings in Freeport and after much local commentary about the upcoming implementation of VAT, the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce commented that while Government legislation to some extent recognizes Freeport’s “tax free” status under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA), it does not go all the way in addressing its members’ concerns.

While the GBCC appreciates the Government’s VAT Team’s meeting with its members, at a recent lunch and a following Town Meeting, the feedback to the Chamber from Freeport Licensees and Members is that the presentation raised more uncertainty than it clarified.  As a result, the Chamber will seek to gain clarification from the Government on various points raised in the meetings and in subsequent discussion and calls from members.  Some of their concerns were...
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Grand Bahama Chamber conducts seminar "Self-Leadership: Your Pathway to Success in Business and Life" - Jun 10, 2014 - 12:15:51 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce conducted a seminar entitled "Self-Leadership: Your Pathway to Success in Business and Life", this past Saturday, May 24th at the Chamber's offices. This seminar was one of many informative, power packed seminars and workshops the Chamber has slated for the remainder of the year.

The seminar on Self-Leadership covered several topics including; defining self-leadership and what it means on an individual level, assuming responsibility for your results by understanding who you are, what you want, and how to reach your goals, as well as how to be self motivated and prepared for change and adversities...
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Dr. David Allen, of Nassau speaks at GB Chamber Luncheon Meeting‏ - Jun 4, 2014 - 4:28:25 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Grand Bahama Chamber members were in for a shock at the last Monthly Luncheon Meeting when Dr. David Allen, of Nassau, presented many statistics about crime in our country. He gave a dramatic and heartfelt presentation about the recurring roots of crime and his steps toward preventing crimes. he also had many recommendations for the Government including using the Defense Force to assist the police, curfews and national service, among other things. he also gave details about his The Family Program, which has received international acclaim  He will shortly be working on his project and subsequent paper called the Allen DeSocialization Assessment Tool.

Dr. Allen, along with his assistant, Keva Bethel, also told of plans for Grand Bahama with their The Family People Helping People Program, to be coordinated with Urban Renewal...
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Grand Bahama Ministry and Chamber working together - Feb 27, 2014 - 11:19:28 AM

FREEPORT, Bahamas – The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry for Grand Bahama have forged a good working relationship, designed to further the growth and development of Grand Bahama Island.

The top brass from the Chamber, inclusive of President Barry Malcolm, Mrs. Leigh Tarmath, first vice president and Kevin Seymour, director, met with the Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville February 24 to discuss Grand Bahama’s future. The Chamber recently installed a new slate of officers, with Mr. Malcolm returning as president.

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GB Chamber Executives present Chamber's VAT report to Minister Darville - Feb 24, 2014 - 7:38:45 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Executives of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce met with the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, to present him with a copy of this business organization's "VAT Observations and Recommendations" report about the proposed Value Added Tax (VAT). This study is a compilation of the concerns of the business community in Grand Bahama about VAT and recommendations for the government. The Minister for Grand Bahama was appreciative of the work the GBCC has done in this regard and vowed to work closely with them on these and other concerns important to the business community here...
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GB Chamber President Forwards VAT Recommendations to OPM - Feb 20, 2014 - 6:27:23 PM

Barry Malcolm to Reveal Details at Grand Bahama Business Outlook

Freeport, Bahamas - Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce President Barry Malcolm on Thursday confirmed that he has officially forwarded the chamber’s list of recommendations for value added tax (VAT) to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), but said he won’t reveal details until he addresses the 16th Annual Grand Bahama Business Outlook conference next week.

The government is moving ahead with plans to introduce a 15 percent VAT by July 1 as a way of increasing revenue and broadening the nation’s tax base.

During a news conference at The Counsellors Ltd., the Grand Bahama businessman revealed that those recommendations were submitted this week...

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GB Chamber welcome His Excellency Yuan Guisen to Freeport - Feb 17, 2014 - 2:34:38 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - His Excellency Yuan Guisen, Resident Ambassador Of The People’s Republic of China to The Bahamas and Madame Yang Hong payed a courtesy call on the Officers and Directors of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC). 

Pictured is (left to right) Madame Yang Hong, Barry Malcolm, President of the GBCC, His Excellency Yuan Guisen, Mercynth Ferguson,  Executive Director GBCC and Billie Bowe, 2nd Vice President of the GBCC...

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GB Chamber challenged to become voice of Wallace Groves Vision - Feb 11, 2014 - 2:46:15 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – Grand Bahama’s business community came out in force for the Annual Banquet and Installation of the Officers and Directors of the Grand Bahama Chamber of commerce Saturday night.

The gala event, held at the Grand Lucayan Resort, evening began with comments from Barry Malcolm, serving his second term as the President of the Chamber. He noted in his presentation that “Issues about the future of Freeport have occupied much of the Chamber’s attention over the past year, and will, I expect, similarly occupy us over the next year.”
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Grand Bahama Chamber Board to be Officially Installed at Annual Banquet - Feb 7, 2014 - 11:56:41 AM

Freeport,  Bahamas – The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Annual Installation Banquet for its 2013-2014 elected Board Members will be held this Saturday, February 8th at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

The guest speakers for the event will be The Hon. Khaalis Rolle, Minister of State for Investment in the Office of the Prime Minister and Mr. Alexander Sokoloff, Political - Economic Specialist from the US Embassy in The Bahamas.

Mr. Barry Malcolm, returning President of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, will be inducted for his second year of service and will be on hand to address the business community on pressing local issues.The Banquet, under the theme, “The Future of Grand Bahama – The Way Forward”...
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GB Chamber instructs lawyers to defend the Hawksbill Creek Agreement - Feb 6, 2014 - 10:03:12 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – After months of discussions and meetings, the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce licensees have made a decision to go forward with a Judicial Review and instructed their legal council to prepare final submissions on whether the new Budget fees and regulations implemented under the Customs Managements Act, which came into effect July 1, 2103, were lawful under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA).

After having exhausted all other means, the Chamber has been left with no option but to defend itself, its members and the GBPA licensees from the enormous costs that the new 2013 fee/tax structures have created on doing business. “We had hoped that initial reports and based on previous comments by the Prime Minister, that these fees would be reversed, but they have not come to fruition,” said President of the Chamber Barry Malcolm.

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