Grand Bahama Chamber members encouraged to take active role in responsible governance in The Bahamas
- Apr 29, 2017 - 6:40:44 AM
Executive Director of the Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG)
Matt Aubry joined the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) Wednesday
to discuss a range of social and political reforms he said are necessary
to change the course of governance in The Bahamas.
GBCC members at their April business luncheon, Aubry suggested that The
Bahamas is suffering from a range of systemic challenges, which have
repeatedly stunted its progress. He added that combating these
challenges would require residents and the government to collaborate and
look beyond national development as merely existing within five-year
Grand Bahama Chamber welcomes new members
- Mar 28, 2017 - 3:10:26 PM
Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce President Mick Holding presents Betty
Bethel from the Ministry of Tourism with a commemorative plaque in
honour of her presentation on the current state of tourism in Grand
Bahama at the March business luncheon held at Pelican Bay on Wednesday,
Grand Bahama Chamber president calls for cooperation from stakeholders to grow economy
- Mar 14, 2017 - 2:50:56 PM
Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) President Mick Holding served as
a guest speaker at the 19th Annual Grand Bahama Business Outlook, held
Thursday, March 9 at the Grand Lucayan. During his presentation, Holding
discussed Grand Bahama's potential for economic growth, explaining that
cooperation between the GBCC, Grand Bahama Port Authority and Ministry
for Grand Bahama is paramount to attracting Bahamian and foreign
investors to the island.
The new GBCC president acknowledged that
conditions on Grand Bahama differ drastically today from when the island
was affectionately called the "magic city", but expressed optimism that
the economy and everyday life across the island could be revitalised...
Minister for Grand Bahama installs new Chamber of Commerce officers
- Feb 8, 2017 - 1:59:33 PM
For the third consecutive year, Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr.
Michael Darville served as Installation Officer for the Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce’s annual Installation of Officers and Directors. The
most recent installation took place February 4, 2017 in the Manor House
of the Grand Lucayan.
In his short address before installing the
newly-elected officers, Minister Darville admitted that the past 13
years in Grand Bahama has not been easy for business owners, but he
recommitted himself to continuing to fight for business owners.
Bahamas Red Cross Grand Bahama receives over 9 pallets of food items
- Feb 6, 2017 - 9:30:35 AM
The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) made a generous contribution
to the Bahamas Red Cross Grand Bahama Centre last month to aid
Hurricane Matthew victims and others in need across the island.
October, the GBCC launched a relief drive just weeks after the storm,
calling on the corporate community to donate essential items like
nonperishable foods and toiletries.
Thanks to the response from
PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce
out of Dallas, Texas...
GB Chamber discusses Grand Bahama's future during HCA Review Committee visit
- Jan 26, 2017 - 3:25:05 PM
In keeping with its commitment to open communication, the Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce's (GBCC) new executive board met with heads of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement Review Committee this month to establish
familiarity between the review committee and the chamber's incoming
During the visit, the GBCC executives formally introduced
themselves and pledged to maintain good rapport with the committee.
Representatives from both parties also took the opportunity to share
their hopes for Grand Bahama's economic future, particularly as it
relates to the Hawksbill Creek Agreement ...
GBPA vice chair addresses GB Chamber on economic rebound of Freeport with the extension of the HCA
- Jul 15, 2016 - 11:55:12 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - (AUDIO ENCLOSED) Under the theme, 'The economic rebound
of Freeport; as it relates to the extension of the HCA,' Sarah St.
George Vice Chairman of The Grand Bahama Port Authority addressed a
packed house of business persons seeking news of a turnaround for the
Grand Bahama Economy. TheBahamasWeekly.com is
pleased to provide herewith the unedited audio of Ms St. George's
entire dissertation to The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce business
luncheon on Friday July 15th, 2016.
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Loretta Butler-Turner Discusses the Economic Effects of Gender Equality
- Apr 13, 2016 - 11:24:02 PM
Shadow Minister of Labour and Social Development,
Loretta Butler-Turner addressed Grand Bahamians last week at the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Commerce March Business Meeting. In her address, she
highlighted the economic importance of gender equality in the Bahamas.
“Everyone, no matter one’s gender, should be allowed equal opportunity to participate fully in society.
“Everyone, regardless of gender, should have access to education and training, and other similar opportunities...
East Grand Bahama business owners consider 'strength in numbers' to improve opportunities
- Mar 3, 2016 - 10:10:01 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - There is strength in numbers - this was the
crux of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce's (GBCC) message to
business owners and prospective entrepreneurs in East Grand Bahama
during a meeting in High Rock last Thursday.
GBCC leaders met
with the eastern district's business community to discuss the advantages
of having an amplified and unified voice to advocate on key issues
affecting business on the island, an advantage the representatives cited
among the main benefits of joining the GBCC...
Hawksbill Creek Agreement Review Committee chairman addresses concerns with business community
- Feb 29, 2016 - 3:25:16 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - Chairman of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Review
Committee (HCARC) Dr Marcus Bethel suggested the government would make a
determination on the Hawksbill Creek Agreement's expiring tax
concessions within the next three months.
Dr Bethel made the
claim while fielding questions from local business owners at the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Commerce's (GBCC) monthly meeting on Wednesday,
February 24 at the Pelican Bay Hotel in Freeport...
Does the Hawksbill Creek Agreement matter?
- May 15, 2015 - 10:21:02 AM
What is the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA)?
1955, satisfied that the dredging and construction of a deep water
harbour and turning basin at Hawksbill Creek, and the establishment of
factories and industrial undertakings would be of great economic benefit
to the country, the Government entered into the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement (HCA) with the GBPA.
Watch a video of a presentation made by Dillon Knowles at a Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Freeport.
Tourism director charges Grand Bahama residents to make tourism their business
- Mar 24, 2017 - 3:57:07 AM
In an address to the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce
Ministry of Tourism Director Betty Bethel asserted that Grand Bahama's
future ultimately rests in the hands of both public and private
stakeholders. Bethel served as guest speaker for the GB Chamber's March
business luncheon at The Pelican Bay Hotel, where she stressed the need
for community participation in returning the island to its glory days.
we want Grand Bahama to succeed, we must be participants in the
process," Bethel said. "We must form alliances and partnerships and
engage out-of-the-box thinking to plan and execute innovative activities
and programmes that will lift the destination and get Grand Bahama
noticed in the market again..."
GBPA vice chairman to address Grand Bahama Chamber members on Freeport's future
- Jul 13, 2016 - 6:35:10 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) has
announced that Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Vice Chairman Sarah
St. George will serve as guest speaker for its monthly business meeting
on Friday, July 15 at the Grand Lucayan Convention Centre.
organisation has invited the entire business community to attend the
event where Ms St. George will discuss Freeport's economic rebound in
relation to the recent extension of important tax exemptions in Freeport
by the government of The Bahamas...
Grand Bahama Chamber meets with business owners in west GB to address key concerns
- Feb 24, 2016 - 11:03:52 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC)
executive board recently assembled in West Grand Bahama to meet with
business owners in Eight Mile Rock regarding their involvement in the
GBCC. The meeting, which was held on Thursday evening at Mount Zion
Baptist Church, served to inform entrepreneurs in the western district
of the GBCC's objectives for the upcoming year, the benefits of being a
GBCC member, as well as encourage them to become members.
our name suggests, it is hoped that businesses in West Grand Bahama,
Freeport and East Grand Bahama all actively participate in the affairs
of the Chamber," GBCC President Kevin D. Seymour said...
Best-selling author visits Grand Bahama
- Dec 8, 2015 - 9:28:11 AM
Freeport, The Bahamas - California native and revenue strategist Janet Switzer recently
paid a courtesy call on Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville
during a brief visit to Freeport. Mrs Switzer, coauthor of the
best-selling book "The Success Principles", discussed the island's state
of affairs, including best approaches to promoting economic growth
while meeting with Minister Darville. In photo from left are: Acting
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Grand Bahama Melvin Seymour;
Mrs Switzer; Minister Darville; and President and CEO, Benchmark
Consulting Services, Billie Bowe. (Photo: Keen i Media Ltd).
Terence Gape: Grand Bahama, The Forgotten Island
- Mar 26, 2015 - 11:10:32 PM
Freeport, The Bahamas - The following are the remarks made by
attorney, Terence R. Gape at today's Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Luncheon:
speech today is titled “The Forgotten Island” because for years I have been
saying that the only Investors that we get in Freeport are either those that
are ship-wrecked or those that get off by plane by accident (But it is
remarkable to note that those few who do by happenstance arrive very often fall
in love with what Freeport has to offer)...
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
“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...
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...
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.