Congress passed, and President Trump signed, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Included in its approximately 5,600 pages is a second draw of forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The first round allowed loans to businesses with 500 or fewer employees and to certain businesses with multiple locations, for which each location could not have more than 500 employees. Unfortunately, this opened the door to some large businesses gobbling up the allocated funding and shutting out the smaller businesses that the loans were intended to help until additional funding was authorized.
Unlike the prior loan program, this round will truly be...
With immense sadness the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (BACCF) communicates the passing of our founding member Thomas J. Skola.
The growing establishment of Brazilian commerce in South Florida gained momentum in the late 1970s and rapidly brought about the need for a business exchange forum among Brazilian and U.S. firms. Through the initiative of Thomas J. Skola, the BACCF was formed in 1981 with his law office serving as the Chamber’s first office and corporate address. Tom was the BACCF’s 1st President, served as the Treasurer and was an Active Board Member. In 2020 the BACCF Board presented him with a life-time Honorary Membership for his services to the organization.
Tom started his international business and legal advisory services in 1970. He historically focused his activities on international business and banking transactions, especially Brazil and other Latin American countries. He worked and lived in Brazil from 1977 to 1981 and both of his sons were born in Brazil. He participated in many business ventures involving Europe, Central America and the Caribbean. He was among the first group of attorneys to be Board Certified in International Law by the Florida Bar in 1999. Tom was awarded the Ordem do Rio Branco, the highest Brazilian civilian award in 1996.
At the guidance of his immediate family, the BACCF is establishing The Thomas J. Skola fund which will be overseen by the Board of Directors of the Chamber and will focus on educational and community projects. Donations can be made through the BACCF Educational Center, a 501(C)3 organization.
Due to Covid restrictions Memorial Services have yet to be announced.
Brazilian Consulate General and BACCF 2021 President pay tribute to Thomas Skola (click here).
É com imenso pesar que a Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Estados Unidos da Flórida - Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (BACCF) comunica o falecimento do nosso sócio fundador Thomas J. Skola.
O crescente estabelecimento do comércio brasileiro no sul da Flórida ganhou impulso no final dos anos 70 e rapidamente trouxe a necessidade de um fórum de intercâmbio de negócios entre empresas brasileiras e americanas. Por iniciativa de Thomas J. Skola, a BACCF foi fundada em 1981 e o seu escritório de advocacia tornou-se o primeiro endereço corporativo da Câmara. Tom foi o primeiro presidente da BACCF, atuou como tesoureiro e foi um membro ativo do Conselho. Em 2020, o Conselho da BACCF presenteou Tom com o título de Membro Honorário vitalício por seus serviços à organização.
Tom iniciou seus negócios internacionais e serviços de assessoria jurídica em 1970. Historicamente, ele focou suas atividades em negócios internacionais e transações bancárias, especialmente no Brasil e em outros países da América Latina. Ele trabalhou e morou no Brasil de 1977 a 1981 onde seus dois filhos nasceram. Ele participou de diversos empreendimentos comerciais envolvendo a Europa, América Central e Caribe. Tom foi um dos primeiros advogados a serem certificados em Direito Internacional pela Ordem dos Advogados da Flórida em 1999. Em 1996 Tom recebeu a Ordem do Rio Branco, a mais alta condecoração civil brasileira.
Sob a orientação imediata da família de Tom, a BACCF está estabelecendo o fundo Thomas J. Skola, que será supervisionado pelo Conselho Administrativo da Câmara e se concentrará em projetos educacionais e comunitários. As doações podem ser feitas através do Centro Educacional BACCF, uma organização 501(C)3.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are donating 10% of sales from the IC Ice Rink powered by Volvo Car USA to the Brooklyn Community Foundation starting tomorrow until January 22. The Brooklyn Community Foundation's mission is to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn.