Stories written by Alan A. Lips

How Foreign Bank Accounts may affect you

It has been a while and I’m glad to be back to share important tax facts with the community, and as always, I welcome your feedback. Now that we are well on our way into 2014, so much has changed. Tax rates have increased, new taxes have been created and many deductions have been lost […]

Letter from the Chair

The Holidays are here and businesses on Miami Beach are looking for the Shopper! Small business is the backbone of our economy and Miami Beach is no exception to that rule. The Miami Beach Chamber is supporting Small Business Saturday — the day after Black Friday and before Cyber Monday. It’s a day dedicated to […]

Letter from the Chair

I have lost sleep over the lack of knowledge and the extreme politics that some of our candidates are using to try to convince you, our citizens and voters, that our convention center deal is bad. I keep hearing that it’s a bad deal for our city, it will be another Marlin’s stadium and the […]

Letter from the Chair

I find it fascinating to watch all of the political players in action focused on the one goal of getting elected. Politics here in Miami Beach certainly provides enough entertainment to produce a successful reality TV show. But at the end of the day it really is about leadership. Right now this community is in […]

Letter from the Chair

There is no better place in the world to be right now than in Miami Beach. Our city has so much to offer from fun in the sun, beautiful beaches, the greatest hotels, fantastic dining, outstanding shopping, and the most impressive arts and culture community. Why would anyone go anywhere else? And we are so […]

Letter from the Chair

As I approach the completion of my first year as chairman, I felt that I should reflect on the past years’ accomplishments of our Chamber. It truly is an honor to serve this great organization and our community as a whole. I am surrounded daily by the greatest people including our talented board of governors […]

Letter from the Chair

As a business man or woman, we have one clear requirement that I have always worked hard at…listening. If we want our business to succeed, we have to listen to our customers. It’s the same in any relationship. What happens if we ignore our customers? We lose them. And if we lose our customers, we […]

Letter from the Chair

Well everyone… it has been a long process and the selection by our City Commission has been made. Tishman (ACE) will be our partner in rebuilding our convention center and developing something that we were missing for a long time…a real convention center district. This freshly renovated convention center district is the economic driver that […]

Letter from the Chair

It is truly an exciting time for our great city. We are in the middle of a beautiful summer and our town is full of tourists from all over the globe. The world really does meet here! I am proud to be a part of this internationally renown city full of great people, luxurious hotels, […]

Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the beautiful Miami Beach summer friends! There is no better place to be. Our city has so much to offer from fun in the sun, beautiful beaches, the greatest hotels, fantastic dining, outstanding shopping, and the most impressive arts and culture community. Why would anyone go anywhere else? And we are so blessed […]

Letter from The Chair

The world meets here… in Miami Beach. Tourists come to Miami Beach from all corners of the Earth. They are residing in our boutique, highly specialized historic hotels, purchasing real estate, shopping in our local retail stores, and dining in our fine restaurants. But most of all, they are here to enjoy our culture! Yes, […]

Letter from the Chair

What is significant about the year 2000 to everyone in Miami Beach? That is the year that the City began focusing on the fact that something had to be done to improve our convention center. Since that time, the City has had multiple studies performed by experts in the convention center industry and the overriding […]

Letter from the Chair

What makes Miami Beach the internationally renowned city that it is? Is it our beautiful beaches, luxurious world class hotels, incredible shopping, delicious restaurants, exciting nightlife, enjoyable day life? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. I always liked the multiple choice questions where I could answer “all of the above.” I don’t have to sell […]

Letter from the Chair

The Convention Center…to improve or not to improve … that is the question! Well sports fans, let me tell you that this is not an option. The planned improvements to the Convention Center are necessary for the future of our vibrant community. Our world here in this great city thrives on tourism; tourism is the […]

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