“It’s like stopping the clock to save time!” Jennifer Sugarman

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Corporate Social Responsibility.

In this interview with Jenn, we covered a lot, for example why a business should join their local Chamber of Commerce and more! Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a term that defines the purpose of businesses interacting with their community. One of my favorite interviews with my friend. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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Jennifer Sugarman is truly dedicated to our community in Cocoa Beach, FL in support of local businesses.  

She’s won many awards and has been continuously recognized throughout the city. She’s worked as the “Communications and Investor Realations Manager for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC). As well as, led efforts to create symbiotic partnerships among the county’s municipalities and local military installations. 

She’s a networking and marketing machine! 

If you’re ever in the Cape Canaveral or Cocoa Beach area, you have to visit the Cocoa Beach Visitor’s Bureau, Tourist information center! She’s assisted in enhancing the visitor’s experience while working in the past as the Director. 

Now she’s the President & CEO, of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce which serves over 1,500 businesses!

Listen to her story and let us know what you think.

It’s like stopping the clock to save time!

Jennifer Sugarman

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The Bio

Jennifer Sugarman serves as the President & CEO for the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce (CBRCC). In this role, she oversees the daily operations of the chamber, its councils, clubs and committees and its nine additional employees. The CBRCC serves as the voice of business in the central Brevard region and beyond, serving over 1,500 business partners.


Prior to this role, Jennifer was the Director of the CBRCC’s Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). In this capacity, Jennifer managed the day-to-day operations of the CVB’s Tourist Information Center (TIC) in Cape Canaveral, FL and its kiosk location on the first floor of Port Canaveral’s Exploration Tower. Jennifer also managed a small staff and over 30 volunteers, all sharing the common goal of enhancing the visitor experience in the Cocoa Beach area. She worked alongside Chamber volunteers to begin negotiations to move the TIC into the heart of Cocoa Beach, which has since come to fruition. Jennifer managed all marketing and communication efforts for the CVB geared towards increasing tourism and conventions to the Cocoa Beach area.

Prior to her time at the chamber, Jennifer served as the Communications and Investor Relations Manager for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC). In this role, Jennifer assisted in the management of media relations for the county’s economic development team, assisted in development of targeted marketing collateral, managed investor relations and oversaw a county-wide marketing campaign entitled “Made in Brevard.” This campaign was developed to promote a sense of pride in products made in Brevard County, FL.

Jennifer also managed the agency’s S.N.A.P. program, aimed at enhancing and expediting all of Brevard County municipalities’ permitting processes. Lastly, Jennifer led a public, public, private partnership entitled “P4” which led efforts to create symbiotic partnerships among the county, its municipalities and the local military installations.


Jennifer is a United Way of Brevard Board member, member of the EDC’s Community Marketing Council and Space Coast Defense Alliance, a member of Career Source Brevard’s Career Center Committee and an active contributor to local media on a variety of business- related topics.

Jennifer is originally from Atlanta, GA, where she graduated with a B.S. in Communication from Kennesaw State University. In 2019, Jennifer earned her “IOM” (Institute for Organizational Management) designation in Non-profit management at the University of Georgia, Athens through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She is a proud mom to son Emmett, 3.5.

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  1. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CocoaBeachRegionalChamberofCommerce
  2. Website: https://cocoabeachchamber.com

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