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A message from
President Joe Chi

Miami, April 3rd, 2020

For Small Business Owners and those affected by this crisis, the following is vital information for you to initiate your economic recovery process. We have informative materials to prepare you to navigate this process. Since we are all in a Stay at Home order, we unfortunately cannot provide you access to one of our specialists, but the following is a guide for you to initiative the process.

Please know that when we are able, CAMACOL will have in place a Small and Minority Business Recovery Hub at our offices located at 1401 West Flagler Street. But for now, we will be periodically issuing these notices. They will also be included in our website under Covid-19 Recovery Tool-Kit.

In the meantime: Stay Safe. Stay Home. Stay Healthy.

Joe Chi, President CAMACOL

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Miami, April 1st, 2020

In response to the current situation being faced due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Latin Chamber of Commerce of the United States, CAMACOL established the CAMACOL COVID-19 Small & Minority Business Recovery Task Force, nearly a month ago, under the leadership of CAMACOL President Joe Chi, our executive committee, community partners and friends.

The mission of the CAMACOL COVID-19 Small & Minority Business Task Force is to identify target areas which address the immediate needs of our constituents and members, and to subsequently develop efficient and effective mechanisms, that will enable the economic recovery of the local business community.

To that end, we will continue to issue periodic updates on available resources and how to access these during this challenging time via the internet.

Additionally, we have also been developing a strategic plan which will be in place once our State opens up. The plan calls for our CAMACOL offices to be up and running to provide vital information, hands-on assistance, and access to important resources in one place, so that our small and minority business community have the tools necessary to recover from this tragic pandemic.

Meanwhile our team is working virtually round the clock to ensure that the information disseminated is current and correct.

CAMACOL is a firm believer in corporate social responsibility. Our president Joe Chi has been actively supporting Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s and Miami Dade County’s efforts to assist the elderly. As such, we are working to ensure that insurance companies and service providers work so that the elderly may receive these services at home.

We appreciate and recognize the efforts of our public sector leadership in addressing the needs of the residents of the State of Florida.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay at Home.


Joe Chi, President CAMACOL

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Miami, March 17, 2020

Due to the current conditions related to the COVD-19 pandemic, the Latin Chamber of Commerce of the United States, CAMACOL has postponed its 41st Hemispheric Congress of Latin Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the 10th Edition of the Miami Media and Film Market, which were scheduled to be held from June 1st to the 5th, 2020 at the Biltmore Hotel.

We fully support the current measures and initiatives taken by the public and private sectors to cancel events and adopt procedures that lower the risk of a greater outbreak in our community, and country. With our worldwide network and capacities encompassing Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, we followed the COVID-19 situation since the beginning and we are positioned as a resource to be available to our communities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as the need arises. We also express solidarity with our partners at home and abroad.

As a chamber of commerce and economic development organization, tasked with providing assistance to local and international businesses, and with a commitment to social responsibility, CAMACOL has created a COVD-19 Task Force. The first phase of the task force is to disseminate official information to arrest contamination; our second phase will be to assist small and minority businesses in the recovery efforts in the weeks and months to come.

Meanwhile, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, (DEO) will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online at Results from this survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. For inquires or assistance with the survey, business can contact Emergency Support Function 18 at We applaud Governor DeSantis for his pro-active response to this crisis and encourage our members and small businesses across the state, to outreach these services.

CAMACOL reassures our community that with calm and resolve we will get thru this crisis together.

Thank you.

Joe Chi, President CAMACOL
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CAMACOL President and CAMACOL COVID 19 Task Force Chairman

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CAMACOL President and CAMACOL COVID 19 Task Force Chairman


Friday, March 27th, 2020

On Friday, March 27th, 2020 CAMACOL President and CAMACOL COVID 19 Task Force Chairman Joe Chi along with representatives from NADSA the National Adult Day Services Association and FADSA the Florida Adult Day Services Association, responsible for National and Statewide Elderly Healthcare,, had a COVID-19 teleconference meeting with Florida State Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) Secretary Mary C. Mayhew, Florida Dept of Elder Affairs (DOEA) Secretary Richard Prudom and Miami Dade County Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Maurice Kemp to discuss Corona Virus issues.

Mary C. Mayhew Secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration leads the $29.4 billion health care administration representing close to 31% of Florida’s total state budget, and is responsible for health policy and planning for the State of Florida. As Secretary, she administers the state’s Medicaid program ensuring the comprehensive healthcare needs of close to 4 million Floridians are met every month. Additionally, her oversight extends to the licensure and regulation of over 50,000 health care facilities across the 3rd largest state in the nation.

Richard Prudom as Secretary for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), the State Unit on Aging mission is to promote the well-being, safety, and independence nearly 5.2 million senior elderly Florida residents age 60 and older. Florida currently ranks first in the nation for the 65+ populations.

This is also the most vulnerable population in terms of critical COVID 19 response.

Joe Chi besides being the President of CAMACOL and CAMACOL COVID 19 Task Force Chairman, is also a recognized statewide senior elderly healthcare leader who works closely with the Florida State Agency for Healthcare Administration AHCA, the Florida Dept of Elder Affairs and Miami Dade County/ Florida Department of Health COVID 19 Task Force for the purpose of contingency planning for COVID-19 Response on the State and County levels.

CAMACOL, as the largest, oldest and most respected hispanic chamber of commerce in the State of Florida with a worldwide network and capacities encompassing Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas has followed the COVID 19 contagion since the beginning and we are positioned as a resource to be available to our communities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as the need arises.

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