You may have noticed the number of Brazilian owned businesses increasing in the North Broward areas of Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, Coconut Creek, and Palm Beach County’s Boca Raton area. The Miami Herald estimates 300,000 Brazilians live in Florida, the largest Brazilian population in any state of the country, according to the U.S. Census. In addition, more than 1 million Brazilian tourists visit Florida every year. Brazilians tourists spend billions of dollars nationwide. South Florida and Orlando welcome the most Brazilian tourists in the United States.
The Brazilian impact in the local economy is huge. Brazil is a key trading partner of the United States. Florida is its main partner and also an important gateway for Brazilian companies and products into the North American market. Bilateral trade between Brazil and Florida reached $18.2 billion in 2016 and represented almost one-third of the total trade flow between Brazil and the United States.
In 2006, a group of local business leaders came together to form The Brazilian Business Group, a secular organization with the objective of uniting and strengthening the Brazilian business community in South Florida, especially Broward and southern Palm Beach counties, where a large part of the community is concentrated.
The Brazilian Business Group (BBG) states its mission is to bring together Brazilian business people and their families, within and outside of the United States, through a representative, active and competitive organization which aims at the economic development of their national
communities as well as their integration into their host societies, always in an orderly, respectful and efficient manner. BBG welcomes all individuals and organizations of good will regardless of their nationalities, creed, color, age or without any prejudice, to share their common ideals.
The BBG’s board of directors, partners and volunteers share the same ideals and seek to engage the business sector in the pursuit of opportunities and business through developing quality programs which lend credibility and increase the interaction among its members, companies and business people.
To bring together Brazilian business people, within and outside of the United States, the BBG is engaged in sharing experiences and expanding business education and culture. They promote and encourage a contact network, support other institutions, causes and related activities that are compatible to its principles, and seek partnerships with other groups to consolidate the business community. BBG and its members also are represented in Brazil.
The BBG believes education is the foundation of society and essential to citizenship. Among its social commitments, the BBG gives priority to education, to help and support Brazilian families in educating their children.
The organization encourages the formation of future multicultural professionals by investing its efforts in educational programs to provide opportunities for Brazilians to better integrate in South Florida. At the same time, it will establish a source of technical and specialized workers possessing knowledge gained while living and working in the United States, which will contribute to the formation of a Brazilian entrepreneurial center in the region.
To accomplish these objectives, the BBG hosts monthly roundtables for member businesses and prespective members in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade County. They take place every month in a different location on Tuesdays in each of the three counties. Additionally, they host information sessions and networking socials in the three counties.
To participate in the Brazilian Business Group and learn more about membership opportunities, visit TheLightMag.com for their contact information.