Stories written by Mark A. Trowbridge

No April fool

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Every year, our Chamber honors outstanding members of our organization for a variety of accomplishments and achievements that deserve a round of accolades. We believe it is part of our core mission to help our members build their businesses by recognizing those who do it the very best. It is something we value and celebrate […]

Good riddance, 2013

If you feel like I do these first few weeks of the New Year, then I suspect that you are equally pleased that 2013 has come to a close. It was not a terrible year that came to a thud, but it was not particularly terrific, either. We had higher hopes when the year dawned, […]

The torch has been passed

With the recent observance of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, the history of our country and the Kennedy presidency has been top-ofmind for many of us. And while I was not alive in 1963 when John Kennedy died, his legacy remains palpable today as a generation of Baby Boomers recall his impact on […]

Blurred Lines

Some of us are still rolling our eyes and shaking our heads after watching Miley Cyrus perform at the MTV Video Music Awards last month. Maybe it was the leave-little-to-theimagination vinyl bikini or the frenetic “twerking” or even the foam finger she used as a prop. No matter what we thought we saw on stage, […]

I’m Full!

It should come as no surprise to any of you who know me that at the end of a meal, I like to feel full. Not the “unbutton your pants post-Thanksgiving gorge-fest” kind of full, but the “yep, I just ate for real and took no prisoners,” kind of full. And, living in a foodie […]

Stephen Hertz named to NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame

The NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association has announced its 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame class, which includes Stephen Hertz, former coach of Miami Dade College. This year’s inductees include former coaches Donald Green of Jefferson State Community College (AL), Hertz, and Jim Walker of College of Southern Idaho. The 2013 class also includes longtime NJCAA Division […]

ARTS Checklist — 2013!

ARTS Checklist — 2013!

If you are like me, you receive around 250 emails a day, many of which announce and invite you to attend various events around our diverse community. While it would be impossible to attend all of them, especially those produced by our Chamber, it is nice to be in the know of what is happening […]

Why shopping local is good for the soul… and economy

It was an honor for our Chamber to partner with 55 local businesses in Coral Gables to celebrate Small Business Saturday. And revel, we did!Maybe it was the backlash from Black Friday or the continuing encroachment of big box retailers deeper into the Thanksgiving holiday that helped our businesses thrive. Maybe it was a well-orchestrated […]

Rest in peace, Twinkies!

Now that Hostess officially has stopped making Twinkies (and other assorted delicious delights), it is time to bid adieu to an old and dear friend. While some may think that Twinkies were nothing more than a goofy name (“cream-filled sponge rods” never quite took off), baked around a lot of weird ingredients, Hostess enjoyed legions […]

Lincoln & me

If you know me, then you are keenly aware that Abraham Lincoln is a hero of mine and my favorite US president. My personal passion for all things Abe began during a family trip to Springfield, Illinois when I was 8 years old. I was immediately awed by him and the experience. Seeing and touching […]

WHY SHOPPING LOCAL IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL . . . AND ECONOMY

From Left to Right: City of Coral Gables Commissioner Frank Quesada; LauraRusso, Laura A. Russo, Esq.; Chair of the Board Darla Thompson, Cherry, Bekeart & Holland, LLP; Anna De La Rosa and Abe Ng, Sushi Maki/Pao Town.

It was an honor for our Chamber to partner with 55 local businesses in Coral Gables to celebrate Small Business Saturday. And revel, we did! Maybe it was the backlash from Black Friday or the continuing encroachment of big box retailers deeper into the Thanksgiving holiday that helped our businesses thrive. Maybe it was a […]

Lincoln & Me!

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If you know me, then you are keenly aware that Abraham Lincoln is a hero of mine and my favorite US president. My personal passion for all things Abe began during a family trip to Springfield, Illinois when I was 8 years old. I was immediately awed by him and the experience. Seeing and touching […]

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