Who: Barbara Adams, 39, president of CMIT Solutions of Hollywood, recently became the newest director of the board for the Hallandale Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

Why: Our city has been growing with new businesses every month. But I have also seen a large volume of businesses go out of business. I know how hard it is to make it, finding capital, figuring out operations, sales and marketing. I have failed numerous times before I succeeded. Being on the Board gives me a greater opportunity to share my experience and mentor other businesses for growth.

Consumers should care because: The chamber is the voice of the local business community. It represents our entrepreneurs before the city; it drives development; it gives guidance to the city on future trends and what the needs are of our business community.

On the board

Top goal this year: To increase the value of chamber membership.

LINK: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-people-spotlight-barbara-adams-20140327,0,3352811.story