Miami-based Latin Chamber of Commerce and Industry of USA, also known as Camacol, is launching a new organization to support businesses in Doral.
“Camacol Doral will begin by providing programming and guidance to businesses financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Pete De La Torre CEO and founder and president of the Business Forum Group at Doral. “That’s going to be our focus until the end of the year – helping businesses rebound, recover and get back on track. The group, which is seeking memberships from businesses in the Doral area, aims to host its first virtual event in September. Moving forward, the Business Forum Group at Doral will function as a business club that will work directly with business owners and entrepreneurs to grow their ventures. Camacol Doral will operate like a traditional chamber, with a focus on educational programming and connecting businesses with partnerships or expansion opportunities in South Florida and Latin America. It’s a resource for anyone who wants to do business in the city of Doral, even if they’re not based here.”
De La Torre previously led the Doral Business Council, an economic development organization, from 2005 to 2011. The city is also home to the Doral Chamber of Commerce, which is led by President and CEO Manny Sarmiento.
As part of Miami’s Free Trade Zone – one of North America’s largest privately owned and operated general purpose foreign trade zones – Doral is home to hundreds of trade, logistics and industrial businesses. The city has 776 businesses in the advanced industries sector alone, which employs about 11% of the city’s workforce.
Big-name companies like Carnival, Univision, and Perry Ellis International are also located in the municipality.
“The county needs more business organizations that focus on supporting and growing businesses in west Miami-Dade County,” said Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez. “We want more help encouraging economic growth and business activity in Doral, so I’m very supportive of their efforts.”