Chamber of Commerce moves to new digs in Viera


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April Adler, partnership development manager; Cheryl Clark, senior manager, partnership development; Jennifer Sugarman, president and CEO; and Darby Miller, CVB director, of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce are excited about moving into their new Viera satellite office.

Adam Palumbo

Pencil in Sept. 9 between 4 and 6 p.m. to spend some time at the new Viera offices of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re having the official ribbon cutting then and invite the public to come see us,” said Jennifer Sugarman, the Chamber president and CEO.

What, you might ask, is the Cocoa Beach Chamber doing in Viera? The answer is quite a lot. Note that the chamber includes “Regional” in its official title, and as such represents a wide swath of Central Brevard County businesses and counts approximately 1,500 businesses located anywhere from Mims to Palm Bay in its membership. While named the Cocoa Beach Chamber primarily as a nod to its history, the chamber’s main office is on Merritt Island. An additional satellite office is at  Port Canaveral. There has been a Viera connection for many years, long before the chamber had a physical presence in the area.

“We have a long history with Viera and the Duda family,” Sugarman said.

“Fifteen percent of our partners are from the area.”

The chamber moved to Viera five years ago, but the lease expired in the original offices and the time was right to move.

“We’re really excited to maintain our presence in Viera,” Sugarman said.

The new offices will offer plenty of educational seminars for local businesses, with programming that ranges from developing social media savviness to the “Four Rs of Networking.”

For the general public, the chamber hosts special events such as the Homegrown Health and Wellness Expo, held annually on the first Saturday in October at the Avenue Viera.

The free day-long event includes vendors, healthy meals, demonstrations, yoga, prize drawings, health education and a healthy happy hour.

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Viera office is at 6729 Colonnade Ave., Suite 111. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call 321-454-2021 or go to cocoabeachchamber.com.

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