Licensees ready to petition government on new Customs laws after GB Chamber Town Meeting
- Aug 15, 2013 - 10:15:33 AM
Freeport, GB, Bahamas – There was standing
room only at the Town Hall Meeting held by the Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce (GBCC) in Freeport last night to discuss new Customs
regulations, VAT and the 2015 Hawksbill Creek Land Act.
of the GBCC, Barry Malcolm, opened the meeting with an overview of
recent events in Grand Bahama since the July 1st implementation of the
new Customs regulations. “The Chamber and I personally have been
inundated with calls concerning these changes,” said Mr. Malcolm. “We
immediately initiated contact with the Government and the Grand Bahama
Port Authority to express our concerns. In addition we, along with
larger stakeholders, met with a legal team to discuss our rights under
the Hawksbill Creek Agreement.”...
GB Chamber to host Town Meeting (Tuesday) on Customs Management Regulations 2013
- Aug 12, 2013 - 7:22:13 PM
Customs Management Regulations 2013
Are you concerned about the Government Customs Fees and Regulations?
Come share your
views; submit your suggestions and comment on any changes you would like
to make to the Customs Management Regulations 2013. ALL are invited to
Tuesday, August 13th at 6pm at the Delphines, Room, Pelican Bay Hotel.
Barbados Former PM Speaks to Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce
- Jul 19, 2013 - 2:32:40 PM
Freeport, Bahamas -
The following are remarks given by the Rt. Hon. Owen S. Arthur, M.P.,
Former Prime Minister of Barbados to the Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce on June 15, 2013 at the Pelican Bay Hotel on the “The Value
Added Tax, Its Impact Of The Bahamas: A Caribbean Perspective”:
In my recent address, as part of the celebration of Bahamas’ 40th
Anniversary of its Independence, I called attention to the fact that the
environment within which the development of Caribbean societies takes
place has been subject to dramatic transformation...
Former Barbados Prime Minister to address GB Chamber of Commerce
- Jul 11, 2013 - 3:55:21 AM
Freeport, GB, Bahamas – Next week the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Commerce will continue its relevant and informative
monthly luncheons with special guest The Right Honourable Owen S. Arthur,
M.P. and former Barbados Prime Minister.
Arthur will address the Grand Bahama business community
on Monday, July 15th at their July luncheon, held at the
Pelican Bay Resort which is sold out for the event. “We are
honoured to have such a renowned guest who will speak to us on the Value
Added Tax system which is soon to be...
GB Chamber President calls on Grand Bahama Ministry
- Jul 4, 2013 - 11:34:11 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Earlier this week
the Minister for Grand Bahama (MOGB) and MP, Dr. Michael Darville, meet
with President of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GGCC), Barry
Malcolm, to foster a closer working relationship and partnership
between the MOGB and GBCC. "We came away with a sense that we are on
the same page and efforts will be made to continue to develop that
partnership," said Malcolm. "Simply put, we had a very productive
meeting with the Minister and exchanged a wide variety of ideas with him
which we feel could help facilitate economic development in Grand
Grand Bahama Chamber presents “Growing Your Business: Understanding the Numbers”
- Jun 21, 2013 - 6:47:56 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Grand Bahama
Chamber Of Commerce, supported by its corporate partner Grand Bahama
Port Authority Company will present its first Business Workshop for the
year on Tuesday, June 25th. It is the Chamber’s mandate to prepare small
and medium enterprises(SME) to take advantage of and be prepared for
opportunity that may be on the horizon through awareness, information
The Chamber appreciates that SME’s represents a
significant portion of the country’s GDP and it is with this knowledge
that the Small Business Development Committee of the Chamber has placed
special efforts in designing financial seminars for the development of
small businesses that may have some challenges in keeping proper
GB Chamber Members Network at Senor Frogs
- May 5, 2013 - 10:54:58 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - Enjoying the cools breezes
and the view of ships sailing by,
members of the business community came
out to Senor Frog’s for the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s month
Mix n Mingle last Thursday.
Each month, the Chamber chooses a fun
spot for managers, owners and staff of local companies to network. This
popular event offers several opportunities for the attendees. Firstly,
they get to meet in a casual atmosphere and talk business. Repeat
attendance at these events lets managers, who would not normally be able
to get out to make these contacts, get to know other in the community.
It is often said that people like to do business with other people that
they know. So the Chamber’s events enable this.
Secondly, it gives
local restaurants and other venue a chance to highlight their services
in a way they may not normally be able to do.
Grand Bahama Chamber welcomes Ambassador of The Republic of Haiti
- Feb 27, 2013 - 10:42:14 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Last Friday the
Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) welcomed His Excellency A.
Antonio Rodrigue, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of The
Republic Of Haiti to its offices. The Ambassador and his team were
treated to a lunch along with GBCC President, Barry Malcolm and his
board of directors.
"We are honoured today to welcome his
Excellency to our chamber," said GBCC President Malcolm. "Having worked
in Haiti during my career and knowing the country and the challenges it
faces, we at the Chamber are pleased to connect with his team and create
a synergy between us.
Grand Bahama Chamber Installation "Catalyst for Change"
- Feb 22, 2013 - 2:21:28 PM
Freeport, Bahamas – On
February 16th the local business community of Grand Bahama came out to
induct its new Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2012/13. Held
in the Delphine’s Lounge of the Canal House at Pelican Bay Hotel, 13
directors were sworn in at a gala cocktail party that was heralded as a
‘catalyst’ to get the island back on track.
formalities centered around the official induction of Mr. Barry J.
Malcolm as President and the Board of Directors who represent a unique
cross section of the Grand Bahama business community. The speeches...
Ryan Pinder speaks at Grand Bahama Chamber luncheon
- Jan 30, 2013 - 5:06:35 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - Bahamas Minister of Financial Services, the Hon. Ryan
Pinder, was the special guest speaker at the monthly business meeting of the
Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, January 30, at the Pelican Bay Hotel,
Minister Pinder spoke of Copy Right and Intellectual Property Acts
that he will be taking to Parliament. The Chamber's Economic Development
Committee Chairman Randy Thompson, left, and President Barry Malcolm, right,
making a presentation to Minister Pinder.
Barry Malcolm named new president of Grand Bahama Chamber
- Nov 1, 2012 - 11:59:08 PM
Freeeport, Bahamas - Pursuant to the annual general meeting of the Grand Bahama Chamber Of Commerce which was held Wednesday, October 31, 2012, the new slate of officers & directors of the board of directors are as follows:
Officers of the Board:
President: Barry Malcolm, (Global Fulfillment Services Ltd.); 1st Vice President: Tony Lopez, (Grand Bahama Power Company); 2nd Vice President: Lisa G. Turnquest, (Atlantic Medical Insurance Ltd.); Treasurer: Tish Sherman, (BORCO); Secretary: Donna Laing-Jones, (HG Christie Real Estates)...
GB Chamber of Commerce announces candidates for upcoming Election
- Oct 22, 2012 - 2:31:21 PM
Freeport, Bahamas -
The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce has announced the candidates in the
upcoming annual general meeting and election of officers and directors
for the Association. Election is slated for Wednesday, October 31 and
vying for the president position are two well known business
executives. Terah Rahming, President Premier Fund Services Ltd. and
Barry J. Malcom, President, Global Fulfillment Services Ltd. are both
seeking to be elected as the president of The Grand Bahama Chamber of
Grand Bahama Chamber AGM announced for October 31st
- Sep 5, 2012 - 10:43:10 AM
Freeport, Bahamas -
Recently, the board of directors agreed to move the yearly annual
general meeting (AGM) and election of officers and directors to October
31, 2012 instead of the historical Thanksgiving weekend. This decision
was made in an effort to align the new administrative board more closely
with the fiscal year. The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce members
will remember that in previous years, the AGM was held on the last week
in November of each year notwithstanding the fact that, the Chamber’s
fiscal year begins on October 1st of each year...
Flying Fish and Grand Bahama Chamber catch a full house at Mix and Mingle
- Jul 12, 2012 - 10:39:04 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - On a surprisingly cool July evening the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce
(GBCC) members and guests were treated to a wonderful Mix and Mingle (M&M)
at GB’s newest hot spot, the Flying Fish. Recently voted the #1 restaurant by Trip Advisor
for The Bahamas, Flying Fish and the owners Tim and Rebecca Tibbitts (pictured above) teamed up
with the GBCC to host the monthly business event at their new outside bar. “The Chamber is delighted that Flying
Fish extended the offer to host our monthly M&M at it's their fabulous
restaurant,” said Lisa Turnquest, GBCC 2nd Vice President. “It’s
precisely the membership experience we are endeavouring to cultivate...
U.S. Embassy and The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Announce International Trade and Financing Seminars
- May 17, 2012 - 4:36:23 PM
On Wednesday, May
16, the Embassy’s Political/Economic and Commercial Chief Alex Sokoloff
and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Chairman Chester Cooper held a
press conference to announce two “International Trade and Financing
Seminars” to be held in Nassau and in Freeport May 22-24. The events
are co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
and Employers Confederation, and the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce.
to Mr. Sokoloff, the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) has shifted its focus
from multi-million dollar deals to include a larger share of small
short-to-medium term loans structured for small and medium sized
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman Lends Support to the International Trade and Financing Seminar in Nassau and Freeport
- May 10, 2012 - 11:24:45 AM
U.S. Embassy Nassau
is proud to co-sponsor two “International Trade and Financing Seminars”
hosted by The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation
and the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. The International Trade and
Financing Seminars will be held at the Sheraton Nassau Resort on Cable
Beach in Nassau May 22-23 and the Pelican Bay Resort at Lucaya in
Freeport May 24-25.
United States Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman will be a
featured speaker at the Nassau event on May 22 and Freeport the event on
GB Chamber Empowers Downtown Business Association
- Mar 21, 2012 - 12:41:11 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce is remaining
true to its theme for 2012 ‘Reset, Restart and Restore’ with a focus on
Back in 2010, The Grand Bahama Port Authority started the Downtown
Turnaround Beautification Initiative to revitalize the centre of town.
Residents and tourists can enjoy colorful flora, meticulous landscape
and building facelift. This was the first phase of revitalizing of
The Ministry of Tourism and GBPA with the intent of directing additional tourist
GB Chamber and IDB to host Caribbean Idea Marketplace Caribbean Compete Workshop
- Mar 2, 2012 - 11:46:56 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce
in Conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank will host a
workshop on March 14th, 2012 to educate our members on grant opportunities available through
the IDB. The focus of this workshop will be Compete Caribbean.
The Enterprise Innovation
Challenge Fund is Compete Caribbean’s mechanism to support firms that
want to innovate, create new products and export to new markets. All
CARIFORUM registered firms, through a competitive process, have an opportunity
to access grant resources of up to US$500,000 through either the Support
to Cluster Initiatives (SCI) or Direct Firm Support (DFS) window...
Grand Bahama Chamber installs new president and board of directors
- Feb 22, 2012 - 11:26:28 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama –
Under the theme, ‘
Restart, and Restore’; Mr.
John Swain, Senior Manager of Deloitte, was officially installed as
President of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce.
It was evening set
with much pomp and pageantry as the Grand Bahama business community
converged on the ballroom of the Grand Lucayan in support of the new
President and the Board of Directors of the Grand Bahama Chamber of
Prime Minister the
Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham also showed his support of the Grand Bahama
business community as he extended congratulations to the President...
Fred Perpall to speak at upcoming GB Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet
- Feb 8, 2012 - 8:00:37 PM
Bahamas - Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce president John Swain and his
2011-2012 Board of Directors will be officially
installed at a gala banquet on Saturday,
February 18th, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom of
the Grand Lucayan Resort at 7pm.
Guest speaker for
the event is Bahamian born Fred Perpall,
Managing Director of the Beck Group of Atlanta, Georgia.
Fred’s career at
Beck includes a broad range of projects including higher education,
religious, athletic, recreational, sustainability and healthcare in