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JUNE 2010
WHAT’S
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THE OFFICIA L NE W SLE T TER OF THE MYRTLE BE ACH ARE A CHA MBE R OF COM ME RCE
MYRTLE BEACH’S SUN FUN FESTIVAL
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to feature free Uncle Kracker concert, celebrity meet-and-greets
The Myrtle Beach area will officially kick off the summer
season along the Grand Strand with the 59th annual Sun Fun
Festival® celebration June 4-5. The festival will take place at
Grand Park across from The Market Common on the former
Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. The fun lasts all summer long
with numerous free, family-friendly events, concerts and
much more, promoted under Sun Fun Festival® Celebration
of Summer, sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber
of Commerce.
The Sun Fun Festival will feature live entertainment,
celebrity meet-and-greets, H2X Racing’s 2010 Tour of
personal watercra racing and demonstrations on Grand
Park Lake, food and arts/cra s vendors, fireworks, Miss Sun
Fun®/Miss Sun Fun Teen® pageant, to name a few activities.
Here are some of the highlights of exciting events:
• Outdoor Concert Featuring
Uncle Kracker, June 5 –
National recording artist
Uncle Kracker will perform
live. His latest album,
“Happy Hour” is a breezy
blend of country-flavored
pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Free.
LGS in the News
Class 30 graduates and announces
Ann DeBock Award recipient.
• Kids Zone Games, June 5 – A bouncing good time with
inflatable rides, games and more. Free.
• H2X Racing’s APBA National Jet Ski Championships,
beachfront between Damon’s Grill (2985 S. Ocean Blvd.)
and Springmaid Beach Resort (3200 S. Ocean Blvd.),
June 4-6 – Personal watercra racing and freestyle
competition as part of the American Power Boat
Association’s national tour. Competition free to spectators.
• 2011 Miss Sun Fun and Miss Sun Fun Teen Pageant,
Socastee High School, May 30 – A Myrtle Beach tradition,
the pageants began in 1960 to symbolize one of the
largest annual festivals in the Carolinas. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Admission $15.
CVB
Insider
Sports Update
Team handball takes center
court in Myrtle Beach.
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Hurricane Preparedness Expo
It’s hurricane season. Are you
prepared for a big storm?
• Sun Fun Festival Fireworks Extravaganza, June 5 – Free.
• Celebrity Meet-and-Greets –
Sterling Knight, Chad on
Disney’s “Sonny with a
Chance,” Kim Zimmer, Reva
on CBS “Guiding Light,” and
Booboo Stewart, “The
Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”
Free.
Fans will be singing along
with “Follow Me” and
“Dri Away” when
Uncle Kracker hits the
stage during this year’s
Sun Fun Festival.
The Grand Strand’s summer festival season begins with the
Sun Fun Festival and ends with the Beach, Boogie & BBQ
Festival on Sept. 3-4. The Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival
Sun Fun, See Page 12
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New program supports
nonprofit board leadership.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Brant Branham
E. F. Hucks & Associates, Inc.
Immediate Past Chairman
Steve Chapman
Island Vista Resort
Advertising/Publicity Committee Chair
Bob Barenberg
Hilton Hotels
Vice Chairs
Nate Anderson
Divine Dining Group
Billy Huggins
WPDE NewsChannel 15
Business Ethics & Standards Committee
Chair
Frans Mustert
Oceana Resorts
Vice Chair
Debbie Harwell
Adobe Palm Communications
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Convention Bureau Committee Chair
Charlie Bradshaw
Alabama Theatre
Finance Review Committee Chair/Treasurer
Franklin Daniels
Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Fulfillment Committee Chair
Phil Vassar
Captain’s Quarters Oceanfront Resort
Vice Chair
Nate Anderson
Divine Dining Group
Legislative Policy Council Chair
Buzz Freeman
Conway National Bank
Vice Chairs
Richard Singleton
Coldwell Banker Chicora
Greg McCollum
M. Greg McCollum, PA
Membership Committee Chair
Sara Boling
CENTURY 21 Boling & Associates, Inc.
Vice Chair
Wayne Morris
The Printing Port
North Strand Council Chair
Bill McGonigal
Best Western Ocean Sands
Small Business Council Chair
Wayne Morris
The Printing Port
South Strand Council Chair
Tommy Bouchette
South Carolina Bank and Trust
Vice Chair
Bob Jewell
Brookgreen Gardens
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WHAT’S ONLINE
Myr tleBeachAreaChamber.com
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Grand Strander Online
Search
For quick access to all of the great features mentioned below, just go to
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com and click on Grand Strander at the top of the page.
CHAMBER
EVENTS
EDUCATION
PROGRAMS
4 1/2 QUESTIONS
“4 1/2 Questions” asks, “Why become
an ambassador?” This month we
checked in with Jeremy Withers, agent
with New York Life Agency, who has
been an ambassador for four months.
MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
What’s the secret to long-term
success in the business community?
Establishing lasting and personal
relationships with other professionals
through membership in the Myrtle
Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.
During June, 185 members will be
celebrating their chamber anniversaries.
Read the Grand Strander Online and
discover which businesses have been
chamber members for 35 years.
RIBBONCUTTING
Young Professionals Council Chair
Shannon Camp
The Jackson Companies
Vice Chair
Jordan Watkins
Gilmore Entertainment
Marketing Council Chair
Ryan Swaim
Dunes Realty Vacation Rentals & Sales
Vice Chair
Woody Crosby
Jordan Properties
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David Chaney Music celebrates a ribboncutting ceremony at the Myrtle Beach
Area Chamber of Commerce. Check out
Carolina Coastal Family Medicine,
Jack DeBruhl’s BBQ, and others in
the June Grand Strander Online.
MARKETING
STRATEGIES
MEMBER
RESOURCES
BENEFIT OF THE MONTH
Looking for a health plan that’s a true
value? If you have between two-99
employees, look no further than
Business True BlueSM. Also available,
Personal True BlueSM for those members
who do not qualify for a group health
plan, such as sole proprietors, students,
part-timers and dependents to name a
few. Learn more about BlueCross
BlueShield and the True Blue plan at
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com.
OFFICE DEPOT SAVES YOU MONEY
Save a bunch of money on everything
Office Depot offers:
•Save up to 83 percent on office supplies
you use every day.
•Free next-day shipping on orders
over $50
•Web and in-store discounts
•No contract or extra fees
•Copy and printing services
•Environmentally friendly products
NEW MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Nextage Infinity Realty
5909 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
nextagemyrtlebeach.com
30-Second Commercial:
Nextage Infinity Realty is proud to
bring the new We Age of Real Estate
GOVERNMENT
RELATIONS
concept to the Grand Strand. The We
Age of Real Estate is of great benefit
to both the clients and the agents.
The clients are receiving top tier
service monitored by corporate and
the agents are benefitting from a true
team environment. From the top to the
bottom there is support on every level
throughout the company. QSPA is what
we live by; it stands for Quality Service
Delivered by Professional Agents.
Locally, Nextage Infinity Realty is
conveniently located and comprised of
seasoned agents that love the Grand
Strand and the real estate business.
Contact anyone of our experienced
agents and enjoy the Nextage
difference.
#1 Business Goal:
To create an environment of a
“We connection” within the real estate
industry today and help agents build a
business within their business.
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Discover more networking events at MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
June 10
4:15-7 p.m.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Fontinello’s & Ragtops Club
3956 Hwy. 17 Bypass S., Murrells Inlet
Member-to-member networking will begin at 4:15 p.m. Please come
and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting and refreshing spirits.
Bring lots of business cards for networking and don’t forget to drop
one in the drawing for 1/4 page free advertisement in the Grand
Strander.
June 23
4:30-7 p.m.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Wedgefield Plantation Country Club
129 Clubhouse Lane, Georgetown
Come and meet chamber members, sample tasty hors d’oeuvres and
enjoy refreshing spirits. Bring lots of business cards for networking.
Free, value-added benefit of chamber membership
Register at MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
All members must preregister online.
Registration Deadline: June 21
June 29
3 p.m.
CHAMBER ACCESS
YOUR ALL ACCESS PASS
TO THE CHAMBER
MBACC Boardroom, 1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach
Learn about the many benefits of MBACC membership while you
introduce yourself to other members in a small, comfortable setting.
New members and returning members are encouraged to attend.
Free, value-added benefit of chamber membership
Register at ChamberAcademy.com
Registration Deadline: June 28
Questions? Call (843) 916-7232
CONNECTIONS
MARKETPLACE
Springmaid Beach Resort Conference Center
3200 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Connections Marketplace is speed networking where you move from
table to table to meet everyone in the room. Bring a minimum of 75
business cards to exchange and display on the share table – a table
for your business cards, brochures, product samples, etc. Two lucky
members will win a chance to make a five-minute presentation at the
Sept. 9 Connections Marketplace (free admission too!)
$15 per member (includes breakfast). No rescheduling or refunds.
This is a members-only event. All members must preregister at
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com by July 7.
July 15
5:30-7 p.m.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Carolina Improv Company at Uptown
10177 N. Kings Hwy. (Myrtle Beach Mall), Myrtle Beach
Carolina Improv Company offers a new and unique form of employee
training, personal development and interactive entertainment. On
July 15, attendees will get a tour of the 70-seat theater space, learn
about training and get an opportunity to experience some improv.
Free, value-added benefit of chamber membership
Register at MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
All members must preregister online.
Registration Deadline: July 14
July 27
4:15-7 p.m.
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Free, value-added benefit of chamber membership
Register at MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
All members must preregister online.
Registration Deadline: June 7
July 8
7:30-9:15 a.m.
CHA M BE R Events
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
The Grand 14 Cinemas
4002 DeVille St. (The Market Common), Myrtle Beach
We’re going to the movies at this month’s Business Aer Hours!
Catch a flick and enjoy a big tub of buttery popcorn. Stop by and
meet a new chamber member (and a prospective customer), sample
concession stand food and enjoy cold sodas.
Free, value-added benefit of chamber membership
Register at MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
All members must preregister online.
Registration Deadline: July 25
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CHA M BE R Academy
FIRST FASTTRAC GROWTH VENTURE CLASS GRADUATES
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The first FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ class graduated in mid-April at the
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. MBACC partnered with Clemson
University Institute for Economic and Community Development to bring the
educational entrepreneurship program to the Grand Strand.
Through FastTrac, entrepreneurs are encouraged to streamline their business
processes, analyze strengths and shortcomings and achieve more balance in
their work and personal lives. Graduates of the first class are:
• Bob Bailey, Nell’s Closet
• Ben Blalock, McGee Cadd Reprographics
• Erin Blalock, E3 Studios
• Radha Herring, Watermark Real Estate Group
• Wayne Hickey, Adventure Productions Inc.
• Robert Hiers, Anderson General Insurance
• Kenneth Hofmann, Grand Strand Private Investigators
• Greg Hyman, Hyman Vineyards
• Toni Inzauto, Ocean Forest Bistro
• Marcy Jay, Nell’s Closet
• Kevin Mishoe, Superior Window
• Bree Moore
• Rhonda Phelps, First Citizens Bank
• Simon Phillips, AHG Professional Painting
• Andrew Salinas
• Harold Swanner, Business Resource Group
Graduates completed the 30-hour program over 10 consecutive weeks,
Feb. 10-April 14, at Chapin Memorial Library. FastTrac-certified facilitator
Will Culler from Clemson University teamed with a local business
entrepreneur each week:
• Feb. 10 – Sizing Up Your Business: “My Entrepreneurial Journey and the
Challenges of Growing a Business,” Jonathan Thompson, Thompson Young
Design
• Feb. 17 – Exploring Growth Opportunities: “Market Research,”
Devin Swindall, Clemson University
• Feb. 24 – Making Strategic Decisions: “Determining and Evaluating Business
Strategy,” Judith Moore, Charleston Cookie Co.
• March 3 – Using Financial Tools: “The Budget and Critical Financial Decision
Making,” Wayne Gray, Tidelands Bank and Spring House Restaurant
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• March 10 – Strengthening the Product/Service: “Intellectual Property as a
Means of Building Value and/or Pricing,” Angelica Colwell, Nexsen Pruet
• March 17 – Seizing the Market: “Marketing Strategies and the Marketing
Plan,” Tommy Sugishita, Jonea Gene Marketing & PR
• March 24 – Leading the Organization: “How My Approach to Leading
has Evolved,” Ted Cligrow, consultant
• March 31 – Managing Operations for Growth: “Systems, Processes and
Controls for Growing the Organization,” Dennis Wade, The Jackson Companies
• April 7 – Charting Financial Performance: “Funding Sources,”
Panel discussion with Paul Thomas, Small Business Administration,
and bank loan officers
• April 14 – Taking Action: “The Entrepreneurial Journey – Roundtable
Discussion,” entrepreneurs and community resource providers
For more information, visit FastTracSC.org.
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HIRE LEGAL … it’s the law
The “South Carolina Illegal Immigration and Reform Act” was signed into
law by Gov. Mark Sanford on June 4, 2008. The law requires all employers
to verify the legal status of new employees and prohibits employment
of any worker who is not legally in this country and authorized to
work. While larger businesses with 100+ employees adopted these
requirements back in July 2009; smaller employers must now comply
with the law.
The new law requires employers to comply with all requirements set
forth by the new legislation, otherwise their employment license will
be revoked and they will no longer be able to legally employ workers in
our state. The existing federal statutes, which require completion of the
I-9 form, remain in effect and do not change. In addition to meeting the
federal requirements, private employers in South Carolina can either:
(B) Employ only workers who possess a valid S.C. drivers license or
state-issued ID card or are eligible to receive such. Exceptions are made
for employees who have relocated from other states to South Carolina.
“While most businesses never intend to hire illegal
employees, the penalties for doing so are far more
strict and severe than in the past.”
For more information, contact the Employment Security Commission (SCES.org)
or a local labor law attorney for more information. While most businesses never
intend to hire illegal employees, the penalties for doing so are far more strict and
severe than in the past. It is imperative that you, as a business, seek to comply
with these new statutes.
LINK between chamber and members
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s
ambassadors are members who volunteer their
time to provide a crucial link between the chamber
and its members. As an ambassador, you will
gain business exposure by being the first to meet
chamber members and put your company’s name
in the forefront. By volunteering at chamber events
and attending the monthly ambassador meetings,
your business is kept current on what is going on
within the chamber and community. As an added
bonus, you and your company are eligible for
monthly and yearly award recognition.
Join today
If you are interested in becoming a chamber
ambassador, visit MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
and click on Member Resources, Ambassador
Program. Or you can contact Pat Creed,
membership programs manager, at (843) 916-7225
or [email protected]
Ambassadors of the Month
Congratulations to Marty
Keene with Grand Strand
Candyland, who earned
Ambassador of the Month for
April. Keene is serving his first
year as an ambassador.
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All private employers doing business in South Carolina will be assigned a
South Carolina employment license, authorizing the employer to employ
individuals in South Carolina.
(A) Register to use the E-Verify work authorization program which enables an
employer to verify work status of each new employee within five business days
aer hiring the employee. When using this system, employers are provisionally
hiring each new employee until his/her work authorization has been verified,
and must submit each new employee’s name and information for verification; or
Applause to Heather Pender
with Merrill Lynch, who earned
the second highest total points
for April. Pender is serving her
second year as an Ambassador.
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RENEW TODAY
For more information on festivals & special events, go to
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com and click on the Chamber Events icon.
It’s time ... don’t miss a day of benefits
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Membership in the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce opens the doors
to new business development opportunities. Are you taking advantage of your
membership benefits? Put the power of the chamber to work for you.
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Benefits of membership
In addition to a full-time staff of dedicated employees working to promote
your business and our community, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
members receive:
• Membership list service, including names and addresses of all chamber
members allowing you to cross market and target new customers.
• Member-to-Member E-Mail allowing all chamber members to advertise
their special offers to the MBACC business community.
• Increased exposure for your business with five listings in the
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com online business directory along with
Web links to your company’s site.
• Directory listings in Grand Strand Living® newcomers guide.
• Outstanding advertising and sponsorship opportunities at affordable rates,
including cooperative advertising, e-postcards, e-newsletter advertising,
festivals and special events.
• Web link marketing opportunities on VisitMyrtleBeach.com,
MyrtleBeachRestaurants.com, GrandStrandEvents.com.
• Affordable small business health insurance, discounted office supplies
and customized recycling programs.
• Referrals of MBACC businesses. Chamber receives thousands of
requests each month for referrals of specific products and services.
• Opportunities to increase your business contacts through some of the
finest networking events in the Myrtle Beach area.
• Contact information for motorcoach groups interested in visiting
the Myrtle Beach area, and leads on groups inquiring into holding
conventions in the area.
• Demographic and tourism information provided by our research
department.
• Educational opportunities for all your employees.
• Complimentary membership in the S.C. Chamber of Commerce and
U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
• Complimentary membership for tourism-oriented members into the
Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association, Hospitality Association of
South Carolina, and either the National Restaurant Association or
American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Behind is the Scenes is a benefit of chamber
membership that gives members the
opportunity to share the inside workings of
their businesses. This new event combines
networking with a unique learning
experience.
Renew your membership in June and you’ll be entered into a drawing for:
• 1/4 page ad in the Grand Strander, monthly member newsletter published by
the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Ad will run for three months.
• Membership list on disk
Value:
1/4 Page Grand Strander Ad
Membership Disk
Grand Total
$600
$100
$700
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F ROM My Desk
SAYING FAREWELL
Some of our accomplishments during the 2009-2010
fiscal year include:
Growing Air Service – The heightened level of air
service in recent months reflects the continuing,
growing importance of the Myrtle Beach area
as a significant tourism and business destination
for visitors from around the country. This good
news speaks volumes about the marketing efforts
of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Myrtle Beach
International Airport and the Myrtle Beach Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Enhanced Benefits – We continued to expand
our benefits and services to members, including
working with businesses to offer discounted office
supplies, group and individual health care insurance,
and customized recycling programs. Plus the new
Member-to-Member E-Mail Blast allows members
to advertise their business to the Myrtle Beach Area
Chamber of Commerce business community. Behind
the Scenes combines networking with a unique
learning experience. The new Business of Excellence
award promotes the advancement of responsible
business leadership. And we actively employed
several local promotions throughout the year, such
as Shop Local, which encourages local residents to do
business with our members, and Going Green, which
highlights member businesses with environmentally
friendly procedures.
Sports Market – Thanks to the home run hits of
CVB–Group Sales, the Myrtle Beach area is becoming
a player in the sports market. Myrtle Beach recently
played host to the 2010 USA Team Handball
Collegiate National Championships and USA Judo
2010 Senior National Championships. Upcoming
events include the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon and
2010 USA Triathlon National Championship.
VisitMyrtleBeach.com – The Myrtle Beach Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau’s tourism Web site,
VisitMyrtleBeach.com, saw record-breaking traffic.
The busiest day was July 28, 2009, with 51,043
unique visitors. During the busiest hour there were
6,969 unique visits or approximately 1.93 visits per
second.
1% Tourism Fee – Your chamber successfully led
the effort to pass legislation creating a tourism
development fee, which funds recurring tourism
promotion, owner-occupied property taxes and
tourism-related infrastructure. The chamber’s
marketing campaign has been focused on core
markets that are either within driving distance or
where there is nonstop air service to Myrtle Beach.
Marketing methods vary from television, billboards,
publications, radio and the Web to video shoots
featured online at YouTube.com, trade shows, e-mail
campaigns, social media, and media outreach events.
New Canadian Office – The CVB announced a new
Canadian office and the appointment of a Canadian
account manager. By strengthening sales efforts in
Canada and providing direct air service through
Porter Air and Direct Air, this further supports the
positioning of the Grand Strand as an attractive
destination for Canadian traveler.
festivals and events during the months of April, May
and June. Our hope is that these activities will put
more heads in beds and give travelers another reason
to make a spring getaway to the Grand Strand.
And as always, we pursued pro-active political
advocacy, working with our local, state and national
legislators on multiple issues, such as funding for
I-73, as well as numerous other local projects. And
we continued to grow our cooperative endeavors
with other chambers and organizations on a
state and local level, including partnerships with
the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association,
Hospitality Association of South Carolina, South
Carolina Chamber of Commerce and various national
organizations.
These are just a few of the many successes we
achieved during the 2009-2010 fiscal year. These
successes would not be possible without the help of
chamber members, volunteers, staff and the board.
It has been an honor to serve as your chairman
for two terms. I look forward to working with my
successor, Franklin Daniels, to ensure that the Myrtle
Beach Area Chamber of Commerce continues to be
a catalyst for the prosperity of the members and
community.
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While this past year has been another revenue
challenging year for many Myrtle Beach Area
Chamber of Commerce members, together we rose
to the occasion to navigate through these turbulent
times. I’m happy to report that your Myrtle Beach
Area Chamber of Commerce not only remained
committed to its mission to promote, protect
and improve businesses, but, more importantly,
it delivered.
Brant Branham
2008-2010
Chairman of the Board
MayFest – Your chamber joined the many groups
and individuals who stepped up to offer new
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LEADERSHIP GRAND STRAND CLASS 30 GRADUATES
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Aer long hours of community service and months of educational sessions,
tours and conversations with community leaders, Leadership Grand Strand
Class 30 graduated with a new understanding of the Myrtle Beach area and
the role leadership has in building healthy communities. The 25 participants
graduated May 7 during a ceremony at Pine Lakes Country Club.
For class participants to graduate, they must complete a nine-month program
and a minimum of 100 hours of community service. This year, participants
assisted the Salvation Army Angel Tree, Youth Leadership Academy, Horry
County Disabilities and Special Needs Bike-A-Thon.
Graduates of Leadership Grand Strand Class 30 are:
•Johnnie Bellamy, Horry Georgetown Technical College
•William J. Bullen Jr., Burroughs & Chapin Company Inc.
• Edward T. Cligrow III, Carmine Communications
• Sean Michael Collins, Myrtle Beach Fire Department
• Kevin Cox, Horry Telephone Cooperative
• Travis Dupree, City of North Myrtle Beach
• Ryan P. Hannan, American Heart Association
• Scott Head, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
•Otto Louis Jansky III, Santee Cooper
• Scott Andrew Leister, Elliott Davis LLC
• Michelle A. Love, South Atlantic Bank
• O’Neil McCoy, Burroughs & Chapin Company Inc
• Margaret McLaughlin, Duncan, Farmer, Munden, McIlrath & Cobb P.A.
• Kevin James McWhirter, Ocean Lakes Family Campground
• Brent Joel Musick, The Conway National Bank
• Rhonda R. Phelps, First Citizens Bank
• Jessica Piezzo, SharedCare Inc.
• Dr. Brooke Pond, Discover Chiropractic
• Bobbei Seay, Brittain Management Company
• Cindy Singleton, Target Media
• Julie LeGette Sluss, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
• Jeff Small, LHWH Advertising
• Gregg H. Smith, Century 21 Broadhurst and Associates
• Gwendolyn Michelle Sutton, Burroughs & Chapin Company Inc.
• Peter C. Yahnis, Yahnis Company
LGS is sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Aer nine-months of leadership and community development,
Leadership Grand Strand Class 30 graduated in early May. To learn
how you can be a part of Class XXXI, turn to the outside back cover.
LGS NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Leadership Grand Strand board of regents executive
committee announced the following new officers for
2010-2011:
* Julie Kopnicky, chair (LGS XXVIII)
* Robert Blair, chair-elect
elect (LGS XXVIII)
* Carla Schuessler, secretary
ecretary (LGS XXIX)
* John Sawyer, treasurer
urer (LGS XXVI)
* Hugh Huggins (LGS
GS XXVII)
will serve as an at-large
large
board member for one year
Class 30 Board Members
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* Kevin Cox
* O’Neil McCoy
* Brent Joel Musick
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BILL PRITCHARD NAMED 2010 Ann DeBock Leadership Award recipient
Leadership Grand Strand is presenting its 2010 Ann DeBock Leadership Award
to William F. Pritchard during the Leadership Grand Strand Class 30 graduation
ceremony May 7 at Pine Lakes Country Club. The two other award nominees
are Randy Wallace, broker in charge, company founder and president, CANA
Corporation, and Shannon Camp, systems and information analyst, The Jackson
Companies.
Pritchard served as the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce board
chairman 1983-1984. “Bill led the board with both passion and professionalism,”
said Brad Dean, MBACC president and CEO. “His leadership then and now was
admired by many inside and outside the organization. I feel confident that Ann
herself would suggest that no one could be more deserving of this prestigious
award in the 30th year of LGS than the individual who helped create the
program.”
A Burroughs & Chapin Company Inc. executive for more than 30 years,
Pritchard started his career with the company in 1977 and has served several
roles, including executive vice president of development and interim president
and CEO before Jim Apple was hired.
Pritchard helped select and guide the company’s architectural firms through the
designs of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Grande Dunes Resort Clubhouse,
Members Club Clubhouse, Ocean Club, Vista Del Mar Luxury Condominiums
and Villa Firenze Condominiums.
He also played a major role in the expansion, layout and selection of many of
the Pavilion amusement rides. Pritchard traveled extensively nationally and
internationally to meet with amusement ride manufacturers to select and
purchase the latest rides.
“Bill shares the same qualities of
grace, determination and quiet
leadership for which Ann was
known,” said Myrtle Beach City
Manager Tom Leath. “He has never
sought the limelight or the credit for
anything that he worked for, and in
many cases did not receive it.” In his
nomination letter, Leath asked the
Leadership Grand Strand class to give
every consideration to a man whose
recognition is long overdue.
Pritchard was born in upstate New
York and moved to North Carolina as LGS Class 30 selected Bill Pritchard
as its 2010 Ann DeBock Leadership
a child. He received a bachelor’s of
architecture degree with honors from Award recipient.
North Carolina State University. Pritchard
served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant 1964-1967 and was awarded two
Bronze Stars for his heroism and meritorious achievement in the Vietnam War.
He and his wife Lineta have been married 41 years and have two children and
two grandchildren.
Each year, the Leadership Grand Strand class honors an alum who has exhibited
outstanding leadership and service. The Ann DeBock Leadership Award
was commissioned and started by Class XIX in memory of Ann DeBock, the
executive director of Leadership Grand Strand from its inception in 1979 until
her death in 1998. To receive this award, the recipient must volunteer in service
or civic roles, serve on appointed boards or commissions and exhibit an overall
demonstration of effective leadership skills.
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Thirty years ago, Pritchard founded the Leadership Grand Strand program in
an effort to develop a group of informed, qualified and committed individuals
capable of providing dynamic leadership to the Grand Strand area. Aer
attending Leadership South Carolina, Pritchard led the effort to create a local
leadership program.
Board of Myrtle Beach (1981,
multiple years).
Dedicated to community service, Pritchard has been involved in volunteer work
throughout his life. Some of his most notable roles were past president, United
Way of Horry County (1995); co-founder and president, Grand Strand Soccer
League (1983-1984); and first chairman of the board, Community Appearance
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PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM makes multiple city media tour
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by Kimberly Miles, public relations manager
The Public Relations team for the Myrtle Beach
Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB recently wrapped
up a multicity media tour making sure the Myrtle
Beach area was top of mind with travel journalists
leading up to the spring/summer months and
beyond. Media desk side visits were conducted
in New York City, Washington D.C./Baltimore,
Boston, Toronto and Atlanta. In Toronto, the CVB
and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday hosted a media
event at the CN Tower in conjunction with the
announcement of a new Myrtle Beach office in
Canada and direct air service on Porter Airlines and
Direct Air. Prior to the launch of new direct service
from Atlanta to Myrtle Beach on Spirit Airlines
which began on May 1, a similar media event was
held with 30 journalists in a suite at Turner Field,
the home of the Atlanta Braves. Media were very
interested in the new boardwalk developments as
well as ease of accessibility to Myrtle Beach through
direct and affordable air service.
Media hosting requests for the summer months
have increased from publications like Canadian
Travel Magazine, AAA Travel Views and the Chicago
Daily Herald. The PR team has scheduled a summer
press trip with travel media June 9-13 to feature
the boardwalk and downtown redevelopment and
some of the hidden gems the area offers.
Got something new?
The number one question most travel journalists
ask about the Myrtle Beach area is what’s new or
upcoming in the Grand Strand tourism industry. The
PR team has a new developments document in our
press kit that is constantly being updated with new
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Print and Online Publicity Values
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Kimberly Miles (Myrtle Beach Area CVB) and
Sally Alfis (MBooth and Associates) in front of
home plate during batting practice at Turner
Field representing Myrtle Beach at the start of an
evening with Atlanta based travel media in April.
Print Stories
72
Online Stories
101
Print Circulation
17,651,873
Online Unique VPM
105,896,014
Publicity Value
$408,433
Year-to-Date Ad Value for
Myrtle Beach Travel News
$1,250,721
Source: CisionPoint Media Monitoring
and upcoming information. We are always
looking for information about new attractions,
entertainment, spas, tours, hotels, golf courses,
restaurants and other new or upcoming tourism
news. Please e-mail me at [email protected]
VisitMyrtleBeach.com with this information for
possible inclusion in our press kit
What would you like to learn or see in a future
PR Hot Spot? Want to be involved in this area’s
public relations efforts? Have a PR related question?
You can reach Kimberly Miles at (843) 916-7218
or [email protected] Follow
Miles’ tweets from the Myrtle Beach Area CVB at
http://twitter.com/MyMyrtleBeach.
Chef Kurt D’Aurizio of the Divine Dining Group
serves Carolina Coastal Shrimp and Grits to media
at the CN Tower in Toronto in January.
Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
INSIDER
JJune 2010
LET THE GAMES BEGIN …
MYRTLE BEACH CVB SPORTS UPDATE
by Danna Lilly, director of CVB-Group Sales
The arrival of spring in Myrtle Beach was
accompanied by the introduction of two new first
time events for the area. Myrtle Beach played
host to the 2010 USA Team Handball Collegiate
National Championship games, April 23-25 at
Broadway at the Beach. Over 200 competitors
representing both men’s and women’s teams
from University of North Carolina, United
States Military Academy, Ohio State University,
Palm Beach Atlantic University and Texas A&M
University enjoyed great competition mixed with
our well known Myrtle Beach sun and fun in
between. Though the weather didn’t cooperate
for the entire tournament, teams were able to
play the first ever outdoor competition on Friday
and some of Saturday before moving to Pepper
Geddings and Crabtree Memorial gymnasiums for
the final rounds. Championship games on Sunday
were filmed and broadcasted live on the United
States Olympic Committee Web site – a great
site to see the City of Myrtle Beach logo at center
court for both games! West Point walked away
with the men’s title and UNC with the women’s
title, but all competitors and spectators walked
away with great memories of Myrtle Beach and
certainly a desire to return.
These two events bring great exposure for Myrtle
Beach to the Olympic community and also gave
the CVB team some good practice for what will
be an even busier fall for sporting events. Oct. 2
is the date for the first year of a 3 year agreement
to host the USA Triathlon National Championship.
Marina Inn at Grande Dunes will serve as the
host hotel as an expected 3,000 spectators
observe as 2,500 participants swim, bike ride
and run throughout the surrounding area. The
swimming portion of the event will be held in the
Intracoastal Waterway and will continue with the
bike ride and run along portions of Bypass 17 and
Highway 31. Three different championships of
varying lengths will be running concurrently.
Just one short week later, competition began at
the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for the 2010
USA Judo Senior National Championships. Four
hundred competitors were welcomed to the area
The first ever Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon will
make its debut on Oct. 24, 2010. The 13.1 mile
course will showcase much of the center of
Myrtle Beach as it begins at Medieval Times,
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on April 30 to get their chance to earn one of two
spots per division on the World Championships
Team which will be held Sept. 9-13 in Tokyo,
Japan. Divisions are based on weight and included
Senior, Visually Impaired, International Masters
and Kata National Judo Championships. The
Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
and the Myrtle Beach Convention Center set the
perfect stage for this first ever event of its kind in
our area.
2010 USA Team Handball Collegiate National
Championships take center court in Myrtle
Beach.
runs through and around Coastal Grand Mall and
finishes along the boardwalk in the downtown
area. Race director Robert Pozo expects around
5,000 for this inaugural year and guaranteeing
a festive event complete with fireworks for the
beginning and a beach party at the finish line.
Make your plans to be involved as a participant
or spectator by visiting runmyrtlebeach.com.
June 2010
HORRY COUNTY ADMISSIONS TAX
$1,500,000
$1,125,000
$750,000
$375,000
$0
-15.3%
-3.5%
28.7%
-25.5%
-30.6%
Percentages Shown Are
Percent Change From
Previous Year
-21.9%
4.2%
2.4%
-21.4%
-5.2%
-5.0%
-12.5%
Mar 09
Apr 09
May 09
Jun 09
Jul 09
Aug 09
Sept 09
Oct 09
Nov 09
Dec 09
Jan 10
Feb 10
$678,792
$987,078
$675,239
$1,061,001
$1,455,540
$1,138,652
$715,879
$631,837
$488,385
$347,744
$285,088
$304,404
GEORGETOWN COUNTY ADMISSIONS TAX
Convention & Visitors Bureau
$200,000
$150,000
$100,000
$50,000
$0
- 12.7%
-15.1%
-5.7%
-17.6%
44%
-8.8%
3.5%
-25%
42.3%
-18.6%
-45.8%
-23.8%
Mar 09
Apr 09
May 09
Jun 09
Jul 09
Aug 09
Sept 09
Oct 09
Nov 09
Dec 09
Jan 10
Feb 10
$116,329
$142,985
$110,496
$58,191
$63,695
$52,761
$64,058
$95,748
$62,002
$27,871
$66,327
$39,393
HORRY COUNTY ACCOMMODATIONS TAX COLLECTION
$3,000,000
$2,250,000
$1,500,000
$750,000
$0
-14.6%
-21.4%
-8.1%
-24%
Percentag
Percentages Shown Are
Percent C
Change From
Previous Year
-9.9%
-8.6%
26.0%
-1.7%
-14.9%
9.6%
-7.6%
-11.3%
Mar 09
Apr 09
May 09
Jun 09
Jul 09
Aug 09
Sept 09
Oct 09
Nov 09
Dec 09
Jan 10
Feb 10
$662,891
$1,019,581
$1,149,159
$2,213,337
$3,056,237
$2,395,577
$1,176,190
$658,346
$388,103
$280,969
$249,314
$351,358
-1.6%
-10.6%
GEORGETOWN COUNTY ACCOMMODATIONS TAX COLLECTION
$400,000
$300,000
$200,000
$100,000
$0
6.0%
-12.8%
-12.8%
-1.7%
-31.8%
64.7%
-7.8%
-11.5%
-46.6%
-13.2%
Mar 09
Apr 09
May 09
Jun 09
Jul 09
Aug 09
Sept 09
Oct 09
Nov 09
Dec 09
Jan 10
Feb 10
$37,800
$70,163
$99,400
$224,278
$344,034
$248,121
$150,659
$50,282
$35,551
$35,798
$17,250
$22,008
HORRY COUNTY GROSS RETAIL SALES
$1,100,000,000
$825,000,000
$550,000,000
$275,000,000
$0
-19.6%
-15.1%
-14.1%
-11.3%
-15.1%
-12.2%
0.6%
-3.9%
-3.9%
2.7%
-0.9%
-0.6%
Mar 09
Apr 09
May 09
Jun 09
Jul 09
Aug 09
Sept 09
Oct 09
Nov 09
Dec 09
Jan 10
Feb 10
$584,583,550
$615,868,513
$668,172,831
$805,335,686
$929,354,884
$806,358,917
$675,905,291
$541,626,820
$519,374,107
$577,792,528
$ 420,060,945
$512,903,808
Percentages Shown Are
Percentage
Change From
Percent Cha
Previous Year
Ye
GEORGETOWN COUNTY GROSS RETAIL SALES
$130,000,000
$97,500,000
$65,000,000
$32,500,000
$0
June 2010
-7.1%
-24.8%
1.9%
-23.9%
-21.8%
-20.7%
-10.1%
-15.0%
-18.6%
-9.3%
-4.1%
For more information reg
regarding additional
research conducted by the chamber,
contact Wendy Bernstein at
[email protected]
[email protected]
3.2%
Mar 09
Apr 09
May 09
Jun 09
Jul 09
Aug 09
Sept 09
Oct 09
Nov 09
Dec 09
Jan 10
Feb 10
$94,619,533
$91,775,263
$109,328,268
$120,329,093
$118,814,002
$98,664,561
$100,621,351
$82,862,945
$73,668,887
$85,237,753
$67,754,540
$85,331,265
Sources: S.C. Departments of
PRT and Revenue
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YEAR OVER YEAR
ADVERTISER Referrals
UNIQUE User Sessions
2009
500,000
2010
375,000
2009
Category
% Change
2010
Lodging
+23.00%
Amusements
-11.88%
240,000
Theaters
+27.08%
120,000
Dining
+7.56%
Shopping
+6.29%
Watersports
+64.19%
600,000
480,000
360,000
250,000
125,000
0
0
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Feb
Mar
Apr
% Change
54.41%
Jan
52.27%
48.87%
46.97%
2010
415,802
431,835
578,336
550,749
2009
269,285
283,597
388,477
374,741
Aug
Sept
Oct
Jul
May
Jan
Jun
454,265 636,928
Nov
6.27%
Mar
Apr
16.71%
26.19%
May
18.81%
2010
483,403
488,516
686,713
662,818
2009
406,873
459,712
588,396
525,240 637,311
Jul
Aug
Sept
979,218
495,876
263,319
Dec
% Change
Feb
% Change
Oct
Nov
Jun
Weddings
+32.01%
Golf
+10.86%
Additional Services
973,668
-26.85%
*Jan. 1 – Apr. 30
Dec
% Change
2010
2010
2009
661,649
362,303
219,612
209,757
193,073 166,664
2009
185,891 152,652
156,839
For more information, contact: [email protected]
OCCUPANCY PERCENT PER ROOM WEEK*
AVERAGE DAILY RATE PER ROOM WEEK*
(March 7, 2010 – April 17, 2010)
(March 7, 2010 – April 17, 2010)
FEBRUARY AIRPORT ARRIVALS
$180
180
100%
00%
80,000
$150
150
$120
120
49.40%
48.75%
25%
60,000
$73.69
$90
ARRIVA L S
50%
D O LL A R S
PE RC E NT
75%
$73.12
$60
$30
0%
40,000
20,000
$0
2009
Jan
Feb
2010
Mar
2009
Apr
May
Jun
Jan
Feb
0
2010
Mar
2010
2009
Apr
May
Jun
2010
21.42%
30.16%
43.24%
2010
$43.21
$52.34
$67.81
2009
23.00%
34.50%
40.10%
52.82%
50.13%
67.79%
2009
$44.22
$51.74
$65.30
$97.33
$91.73
$121.41
2008
24.30%
36.80%
50.20%
54.75%
45.91%
65.42%
2008
$48.25
$51.23
$75.02
$99.05
$89.34
$124.70
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
Arrivals
2009
2010
Change
37,174
34,887
-6.2%
2010
2010
2009
66.49%
65.31%
59.23%
56.82%
42.20%
30.90%
2009
$109.44 $120.10
$94.04
$74.28
$64.94
$53.25
2008
70.42%
73.73%
40.26% 51.23%
39.88%
25.22%
2008
$119.48 $125.09
$71.82
$69.97
$69.80
$59.92
*Dr. Taylor Damonte, Director • Clay Brittain, Jr.
Center for Resort Tourism • Coastal Carolina University
[email protected]
Source: Horry County Department of Airports
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HELP US HELP YOU
Provide data to CCU
By sending in your weekly numbers, you will be providing valuable data
that helps us to keep updated information. For more information, please
contact Dr. Taylor Damonte, director of Clay Brittain, Jr. Center for Resort
Tourism at Coastal Carolina University, [email protected]
June 2010
Convention & Visitors Bureau
YTD Referral Click % Change*
COOP CORNER
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce advertising co-ops provide
an opportunity to take advantage of negotiated discounted rates in order
to stretch ad budgets. The range of co-ops available include a variety of
online promotions, e-mail blasts, magazines and newspaper inserts. Also,
the chamber will provide online creative support if needed by participants.
Convention & Visitors Bureau
To learn more about these opportunities, contact Lynne Boykin,
The Brandon Agency, at (843) 916-2000 or [email protected]
com. For a complete list of co-ops, go to MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com and
click on Marketing Strategies. Space is limited for each co-op and will be
filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure the discounted rates,
each co-op must sell out in order for it to run.
Note: In order to participate, chamber members must also be CVB members
or advertisers.
The Group Travel Leader – September 2010
Group Travel Industry Buyer’s Guide
The national newspaper for the group travel industry and America’s only
monthly newspaper published exclusively for the billion dollar group and
package travel markets. Read by more than 30,000 qualified readers every
month since 1991. The Group Travel Leader is mailed monthly to more
than 30,000 qualified group travel planners including group leaders, tour
operators and bus companies. The Travel South Tour Planner and Group
Travel Industry Buyer’s Guide are custom published magazines that mail
with The Group Travel Leader newspaper. Each includes a varnish cover
and is overprinted for use at industry conferences and trade shows. Travel
South USA uses thousands of overprints of the Travel South magazine for
promotions in Canada and elsewhere. The Buyer’s Guide is a reference tool
for travel planners controlling $100 million in group travel each year and has
a one-year shelf life.
Space Deadline: July 22, 2010
Ad Size and Cost: 1/4 page, 3.75 x 5, $1,170
Yahoo Travel Network – August 1-31, 2010
Travel.yahoo.com is a popular destination that reaches over 8.8 million U.S.
monthly uniques. The destination caters to a fairly wealthy, more educated,
slightly female slanted audience. This campaign will feature run of network
banner advertisements that will behaviorally target family vacationers.
The advertisements also will be featured on Yahoo! Mail and in the Travel
Destination guides for South Carolina and Myrtle Beach. Yahoo reaches
88 percent of all Internet users. 171 million Yahoo users vs. 196 million
people use the Internet, Y! Travel has 8,478,000 unique viewers per month.
Total of 1,039,275 impressions.
Space Deadline: July 1, 2010
Cost: $6,250 per participant
In order for the co-op to run, we must have a minimum of five advertisers.
Depending on inventory of impressions, this co-op may run past month’s
end.
In order for this co-op to run, we must have a minimum of four advertisers.
Where in the world is the CVB?
June 2-4
2010 Georgia Society of
Association Executives
Columbus, GA
June 2-6
2010 Travel Alliance
Partnership
Branson, MO
CVB-Group Sales is busy this month welcoming
10 groups with 1,022 attendees.
Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Insider is published monthly by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce,
1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
If you have story ideas or questions, please contact Pat Creed, membership programs manager and CVB member liaison,
at [email protected] or (843) 916-7225.
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June 2010
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The 5th Annual Hurricane Preparedness Conference & Expo will be held June 7
at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. The Myrtle Beach Area
Chamber of Commerce and Horry County Emergency Management are leading
off the hurricane season with an expo that focuses on “HurrICANe Survival.”
The event is free. The first 300 people to register also will receive a complimentary
lunch courtesy of Santee Cooper. Go online to ChamberAcademy.com for a full
description of sessions and to register for the event.
9-9:15 a.m. Welcome ~ Brad Dean, president & CEO, Myrtle Beach Area
Chamber of Commerce, and Paul Whitten, director, Horry County Public Safety
9:15-10:30 a.m. General Session – 2010 Hurricane Season Update ~ Steve Pfaff,
Warning Coordination Meteorologist and National Weather Service, and
Randall Webster, director, Horry County Emergency Management
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break ~ Hall of Fame Area ~ Vendor Booths
10:45-11:45 a.m. General Session – Me, My House & Why ~ Alicia Bastian,
Natural Hazards Emergency Planner, Horry County Emergency Management.
Explore options for homeowners on how to not only prepare your family for a
hurricane, but your home as well.
12-12:45 p.m. Lunch provided by Santee Cooper. Hear from local meteorologists
Rob Hatchell, WMBF News, Ed Piotrowski, WPDE NewsChannel 15, and
Frank Johnson WBTW News 13.
Is your business ready for the big storm?
With an above-average Atlantic hurricane season predicted this year (noted
forecasters from Colorado State University, Dr. William Gray and Philip
Klotzbach, predict 15 named storms with eight major), businesses need
to be especially prepared for the massive destruction a hurricane can unleash.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.
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Agenda
8-9 a.m. Registration, Vendors & Complimentary Continental Breakfast
12:45-1 p.m. Break ~ Hall of Fame Area ~ Vendor Booths
1-2 p.m. General Session – The Next 72 is on You ~ Eric Stanton, WMD/CBRNE
planner, Horry County Emergency Management, Jan Lewis, emergency
manager, Town of Surfside Beach, Warren Gall, chief of police, City of Myrtle
Beach, and Randall Webster, director, Horry County Emergency Management.
This session will educate the public on what can happen aer a hurricane, how
the recovery process will take place, and what you can do to be prepared.
Your Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is hands on in providing
members with hurricane planning information and helping you recoup and
get back to business as soon as possible aer a hurricane.
Our Hurricane Information Center (MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com/member/
hurricane/default.html) is packed with tips on preparing for a storm,
a shelter checklist and emergency telephone numbers. During an actual
storm, we’ll be posting the latest news and weather reports on our Web sites,
2-2:30 p.m. Sponsor Giveaways and Door Prizes
HurrICANe, See Page 16
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also will be centrally located at Grand Park. And if you like barbecue, you’ll
love this festival. Look for updates on this Labor Day weekend festival in
upcoming issues of the Grand Strander.
More music, more celebrities, more entertainment. Sun Fun is no longer just
a one time event in June. It has evolved into a summerlong celebration from
May through September. For more information about the Sun Fun Festival
Celebration of Summer, visit SunFunFestival.com or call (843) 626-7444.
Kim Zimmer, Reva on
CBS “Guiding Light,” will
be signing autographs at
the 59th annual Sun Fun
Festival.
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Sponsored by:
GRAND STRAND FISHING RODEO
Saltwater fishing is a favorite pastime along South Carolina’s 60-mile Grand Strand,
both for avid sportsmen and women and for those who only “wet a line” on
occasion. What makes it doubly fun is participating in the annual Grand Strand
Fishing Rodeo, an area-wide tournament that runs April through October.
Surfside Beach Sun Fun Super Saturday
June 12, 2010
4-8 p.m.
Surfside Drive in Surfside Beach
The Sun Fun celebration continues at Surfside Beach
Sun Fun Super Saturday. Lots of fun events and activities
on the beach for the whole family! Stop by and check
out the food and arts/cra s vendors and enjoy live
entertainment by Atlantic Groove. For all the details,
visit SurfsideBeach.org or SunFunFestival.com.
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First held in the early ’50s, the Grand Strand
Fishing Rodeo has multiple age divisions and
categories for pier, surf, inlet and deep-sea fishing.
Lucky winners net prizes ranging from shoulder
patches and trophies to fishing gear and other cool
merchandise, including a chance at a $2,000 grand
prize. To be a rodeo participant, all you have to
do is register – there’s no entry fee and you can
register at anytime during the tournament.
Coinciding with the Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo
are three other popular events for anglers:
Spring King Mackerel (June 11-13), Fall King Mackerel Tournament (Sept. 17-19)
and Take a Kid Fishing tournament (Oct. 23). Read about one and all (and check out
last year’s winners) at GrandStrandFishingRodeo.com.
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June 11-13, 2010
Myrtle Beach Mall – Brass Pro Shops
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Single Family Units
Single Family Units Cost
Multi-Family Bldgs.
Multi-Family Units
Multi-Family Bldgs. Cost
Myrtle Beach Unincorporated
19
$3,030,784
0
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$0
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$12,581,275
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$0
North
Myrtle Beach
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$2,530,539
1
9
$2,005,896
Surfside
Beach
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$666,221
0
0
$0
Georgetown
County
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$2,559,900
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$0
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Single Family Units
Single Family Units Cost
Multi-Family Bldgs.
Multi-Family Units
Multi-Family Bldgs. Cost
Myrtle Beach Unincorporated
3
$638,647
0
0
$0
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$7,273,372
0
0
$0
North
Myrtle Beach
7
$1,827,154
1
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$3,343,160
Surfside
Beach
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$260,600
0
0
$0
Georgetown
County
4
$827,000
0
0
$0
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Ahoy mates! This nautical themed festival
includes fishing, boating, kayaking, surfing
and more with only the highest quality of
vendors and merchandise. Video fishing
games and a trout fishing tank will be
available for children and young adults.
Performing on stage will be local and
regional music acts. This event will be
full of opportunities to gear up for your
upcoming hunting and fishing adventures,
take in demonstrations or seminars on
various outdoors skills and sample some
wild and adventurous foods. Roland Martin,
Bassmaster Bass Champion, will give the
scoop on how to outsmart a variety of
game-fish; Capt. Adam Paul, star of the
reality television show “GillznFinz” will be on
hand for a meet-and-greet and to provide
tips on fishing off shore; and the nationally
known jump team Golden Knights will
be parachuting into the show. Check out
GSFishingFestival.com for all the details.
E CO N OM I C Indicators
APRIL 2010
Top Five States for
Relocation Inquiries
1.
New York
2.
North Carolina
3.
Pennsylvania
4.
Ohio
5.
Virginia
A D D I T I O N A L E C O N O M I C I N D I C ATO R S
Monthly statistics for the following economic indicators can be found in the CVB Insider special section
of the Grand Strander:
Accommodations Tax Collections
Admissions Tax
Airport Activity
Gross Retail Sales
Sources: Bureau of the Census, S.C. Employment Commission
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Allegiant
Airports
Sabrina LoPiccolo
1100 Jetport Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(702) 505-8888
AllegiantAir.com
Atlantic Dunes Vacation Rentals
Vacation Rentals & Beach Homes
Kathy Grey
7500 N. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 449-3388
(866) 260-2841
AtlanticDunesVacations.com
Cardlytics, Inc.
Merchant Services
Ashleigh Mayo
621 N. Ave. N.E., Ste. C-30
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 425-5936
cardlytics.com
The Awakening Spa
Day Spa
Leisa Turner
2600 N. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 213-5370
TheAwakeningSpa.com
Carolina Coastal Family Medicine
Physicians & Surgeons - MD
Linda Carey
1275 21st Ave. N., Bldg. #2
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-2847
B & M Storage
Self Storage
Frank Branson
10279 Hwy. 707
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 215-7867
bandmstorage707.com
Carolina Creations Landscapes, Inc.
Landscape-Contractors
Kristen Free
1054 Whiteville Rd.
Shallotte, NC 28470
(843) 491-4057
carolinacreations.biz
Big “M” Casino
Cruises-Boat Excursions/Sightseeing
Jo Mull
4491 Waterfront Ave.
Little River, SC 29566
(843) 249-9811
(877) 250-5825
bigcasino.com
Carolina Quench, LLC
Food Vendor
Vince Smith
3835 River Hills Dr.
Little River, SC 29566
(843) 385-0814
The Brittain Law Firm, PA
Attorneys
Thomas Brittain
4614 Oleander Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 449-8562
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Cape May Seafood, Steakhouse
& Grand Buffet
Restaurant-Buffet
James DeFeo
4494 Hwy. 17 Business
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 651-8400
capemayseafoodandsteakhouse.com
Closet Medic
Home Services
Travis Ausherman
435 Shadow Creek Ct.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 267-2182
David Chaney Music
Entertainment
David Chaney
725 62nd Ave. N.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 712-2116
davidchaneymusic.com
Diversity Hair-n-Nail Spa
Hair Salon
Gwen Davis
3322 Business 17 S., #N
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 357-3600
DiversityHairSpa.com
FinancialNsights, Inc.
Financial-Services
John Cote
3901 N. Kings Hwy., 22-A
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 467-2881
Fontinello’s & Ragtops Club
Restaurant-Fine Dining
Joe Mancuso
3956 Hwy. 17 Bypass S.
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 492-0632
fontinellos.com
East Coast Concessions
Food Vendor
Richard Hardee
2451 Hwy. 905
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 340-4967
Hair Quarters
Salon/Spa Services
Dennis Murphy
1500 Hwy. 17, #211
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
(843) 238-1089
(800) 403-7777
hairquartershq.com
Eurotech on Broadway
Auto-Repairs/Service
Mark Rebolini
535 Broadway St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-9796
eurotechautorepair.com
Harbor Freight Tools
Home-Improvement
Brian Lackey
851 Hwy. 17 S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(843) 272-4307
harborfreightusa.com
Festiva Adventure Club & Travel
Reservation Services
Alice Taylor
806-B Hwy. 501
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 347-7621
(877) 347-7632
festivaresorts.com
Home Plate Sports Grill
Restaurant-Pizza
Thomas Pennington
1913 Mr. Joe White Ave.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-7824
HomePlateSportsGrill.com
Financial, Insurance & Tax Solutions, Inc.
Insurance-Consultants
Courtney Wade
629 Robert Grissom Pkwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 445-7888
fitsservices.com
Hurl Rock Motel
Hotel-Motel
David Perkins
2010 S. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-3531
(888) 487-5762
HurlRockMyrtleBeach.com
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Marlin Quay Marina
Fishing Boats-Charter/Headboats
Michael Stone
1508 S. Waccamaw Dr.
Garden City, SC 29576
(843) 651-4444
marlinquaymarina.com
Inlet Fishing Charters
Cruises-Boat Excursions/Sightseeing
Carl Hasara
324 Flagstone Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 655-3372
inletfishingcharters.com
McLeod Health
Organizations/Clubs
Erin Faile
800 E. Cheves St.
Florence, SC 29506
(843) 777-2592
(800) 768-4556
mcleodhealth.org
Jack DeBruhl’s BBQ
Restaurant-Barbeque
Dawn Collins
107 Atlantic Ave.
Garden City, SC 29576
(843) 357-4234
Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Selling Team
Real Estate-Sales
Jerry Pinkas
1335 44th Ave. N., Ste. 103
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-9870
homeguidemyrtlebeach.com
John F. Sherlin
Clothing-Family
John Sherlin
266 Melody Gardens Dr.
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
(843) 650-9178
JS Elite Flooring & Granite
Flooring
Len Cirrintano
1330 17th Ave. S., Ste. A
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 444-0407
Miller-Motte Technical College
Education
Meredith Kennedy
2451 Hwy. 501 E.
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 591-1100
Miller-Motte.edu
Myrtle Beach Bucks
Advertising-Directories/
Magazines/Periodicals
Robin Taylor
2900 Oak St., Ste. B
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-0150
MyrtleBeachBucks.com
Myrtle Beach Guide
Advertising-Directories/
Magazines/Periodicals
Robin Taylor
2900 Oak St., Ste. B
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-0150
MyrtleBeachGuide.net
Nextage Infinity Realty, LLC
Real Estate-Sales
Patti Doria
5909 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 213-1323
patti.nextagemyrtlebeach.com
Myrtle Beach Herald Visitors’
Edition (Subsidiary of
Waccamaw Publishers, Inc.)
Newspapers
Shari Harms
4761 Hwy. 501 S., Unit 3
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
(843) 626-3131
myrtlebeachherald.com
New Wave Embroidery
& Screenprinting
Screen Printing/Embroidery
Dave Hancock
738 8th Ave. N.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 916-8283
North Strand Beach Services
Rental Services
Lisa McShane
803 28th Ave. S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(843) 272-3259
northstrandbeachservice.com
Palmetto Moon
Clothing-Family
Laura Dick
2000 Coastal Grand Cir., Ste. 145
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-9915
palmettomoononline.com
Palmetto Shores
Hotel-Motel
Patrick Norton
1702 N. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-9192
(888) 344-1068
palmettoshoresmyrtlebeach.com
Perfectly Polished Nail Boutique
Salon/Spa Services
W. Luke Miller
6613-D N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 933-1374
perfectlypolishedboutique.com
Personal Touch Med Spa
Physicians & Surgeons - MD
Candace Thompson
5323 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 602-6800
PersonalTouchMedSpa.com
Prospect Mortgage
Mortgage-Brokers
Donna Millen
2002 Oak St., Ste. 300
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 457-1893
myprospectmortgage.com
Re-Builders, Inc.
Builders
Ray Floyd
675 Robert M. Grissom Pkwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-0041
rebuildersmyrtlebeach.com
Rejuvenation Day Spa & Salon
Salon-Day Spas
Michael McKinney
4999 Carolina Forest Blvd., Unit 6
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
(843) 236-6934
SAU Insurance Agency
Insurance
Karen Young
3874 Renee Dr., Ste. F
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
(843) 251-2249
SAUInsurance.com
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Architects
Michael Guthrie
2513 N. Oak St., Ste. 300
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-7077
in-formstudio.com
Shade & Shutter Expo
Blinds
Julie Fergus
3233 Hwy. 17 Bypass S.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 293-3976
shadeandshutterexpo.com
New Members, See Page 16
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Sky Fitness
Health-Clubs
Danielle Hristov
4828 Hwy. 17 S. Bypass
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 293-3488
skyfitness247.com
Sparkles (Makeovers for Girls)
Shopping-Accessories
Julie Stephanuik
1316 Celebrity Cir., Space 169V
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 445-7827
SparklesMB.com
Sun Hospitality Resort Services
Cleaning
Sherrie Fahnestock
1012 2nd Ave. N., Ste. 205
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
(843) 979-4786
sunhospitality.com
HURRICANE
Ultimate Gullah
Tours
Veronica Gerald
1601 Horry St.
Conway, SC 29527
(843) 488-4885
ultimategullah.com
WLSC - Tiger Radio
Radio Stations
Jack Murphy
4164 Main St.
Loris, SC 29569
(843) 808-4437
TigerRadio.com
Xtreme Surf & Skateboard Co.
Surfing
Jonathan Vereen
3068 Deville St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-9590
xtremesurfshop.com
Unlimited Sanitation, LLC,
dba “Gotta Go”
Portable Toilet Rentals
Lane Faircloth
6473 Hwy. 905
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 365-4321
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MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com and VisitMyrtleBeach.com. Also in the chamber hurricane section, you will find
a Post Hurricane Business Survey. Aer a hurricane, send this survey back to us so we can pass along the status of
your business to those who inquire. Check out the Hurricane Information Center at MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com.
HurrICANe Sponsors:
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Ultimate California Pizza/
UCP Game Zone
Restaurant-Pizza
Dennis Onken
959 Lake Arrowhead Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 449-1160
UltimateCaliforniaPizza.com
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gsSCENE
gsSCENE introduces new leadership program
by Blakely Jenkins, membership & community programs manager, gsSCENE liaison
gsLEAD is a six-month leadership development program for young professionals
involved in gsSCENE. gsLEAD was created to advance future leaders through personal
development, training and mentorship, thus giving them the tools to serve as the next
generation of leaders. With completion of this certificate program, gsLEAD graduates
will have the knowledge and skills to serve on various nonprofit boards, committees and
councils along the Grand Strand. The program will kick off in September 2010 and is open
to only 16 gsSCENE members. It will consist of 25 hours of classroom training and board
observance.
The goal of gsSCENE is to provide participants workshops, resources and tools to be viable
candidates for leadership positions in the Grand Strand community. Sessions will cover the
following core topics:
• Board Governance
• Financial Management
• Communication Within a Board
• Marketing and Public Relations of a Board Member
• Leadership
• Selecting Your Board
Applications can be found online at gsSCENE.com. For more information or if you
have any questions, contact Shannon Camp, chair of gsSCENE steering committee,
at (843) 294-6194.
UPCOMING gsSCENE EVENTS
gsSCENE TAKES TO THE BALLPARK
Can you not always make it to gsSCENE events because
you have kids at home or your friends aren’t part of the
organization? Well at this event, that is no excuse because
in June gsSCENE has an event that everyone can enjoy! Join
us on Monday, June 7 for Pelicans vs. W.S. Dash game. This
event is not just for gsSCENE members, but spouses, kids,
partners, friends, family or you name it! Enjoy the Beach
Experience where you can watch the game in relaxing
fashion at field level. The cost is only $10 per person for
adults or children. This ticket includes Beach Area seating,
a hot dog, soda and chips. In addition,
each child will receive a pass to bounce
all day, two Kids Zone Tokens and
an opportunity to run the bases
on the field! Register at gsSCENE.com.
Morning Rush ... Networking Breakfast
gsSCENE realizes that it’s hard to network, especially at the
large socials! So we created Morning Rush, a networking
event limited to 20 people, where you learn a whole new
way of getting to know other young professionals. The event
will be held June 9 from 7:45-9 a.m. at Croissants Bistro &
Bakery where members can enjoy breakfast complimentary
of Croissants. Register at gsSCENE.com.
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gsSCENE continually hears from members that they really want to become engaged in
the community and find a nonprofit organization they feel passionate about to support.
gsSCENE also hears from the local nonprofits who say they are looking for young,
energetic professionals to step up and serve on their boards and committees. Working
to meet the needs of both sectors, gsSCENE, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce,
Waccamaw Community Foundation and Chapin Foundation are proud to announce a new
program called gsLEAD.
Thanks to our generous
gsSCENE sponsors:
Boling & Associates, Inc.
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H OS PITALIT Y Pa r t ne r shi p
20102011 MBAHA BOARD
SLATE NAMED
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT
GUIDE now available The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association’s board of directors has approved
the appointments of the following members to its board of directors for fiscal
year 2010-2011. Executive Committee
Immediate Past Chairman – Jeffrey Alan Wisniewski, Arcadian Shores
Chairman – Suzanne Hinde, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
Chairman-Elect – Jon Konkel, Springmaid Beach Resort
Treasurer – Tom Jones, Global Attractions Development and Management
Secretary – Scott Martin, Hampton Inn Broadway at the Beach VP Community Relations – Monty Morrow, Caribbean Resort
VP Membership Relations – Eugene Silvestri, Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort
VP Industry Relations – Jim Powalie, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
The Myrtle Beach Area 2010 International Student Information Guide is now
available for members. The purpose of this guide is to provide a welcoming
and supportive outreach to the many student visitors to the Grand Strand.
The guide answers many of the questions regarding their stay in the USA
and our area. It also provides helpful guidance and answers the “what do
I do next questions.”
The new guide is available online at MBHospitality.org.
In preparation for the arrival of J1 Work & Travel Students we are asking
MBAHA lodging members if they have any available housing from mid/end
of May through early Sept.
We also are asking all members if they have any discounts they would like
to offer these students, including dining, shopping and entertainment. In our partnership with the Council on International Education Exchange,
they will provide this information to businesses employing J1 students as
well as post at the library, a location many of the students congregate at.
If interested in providing available housing and or discounts to these
students, please send information about availability and offers to:
Nancy Harth, International Recruitment Consultant, Field Representative
– South Carolina CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange,
[email protected]
Lodging Directors – terms expire 2013
Debbie Daniels, Hilton Garden Inn
Michael Petrosino, Hampton Inn Northwood
Jon Mathers, Days Hotel Surfside Beach Resort
Bob Singleton, Ocean Creek Resort
Steve Jones, North Beach Plantation Hospitality Services Directors – term expires 2013
Marilyn Doss, Carolina Opry
HOSPITALITY DAY AT THE STATEHOUSE Representatives of the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association traveled to Columbia on Wednesday, April 21 to take
part in a luncheon for lawmakers.
The 7th Annual Hospitality Day at the Statehouse was even bigger and better than the six previous events.
More than 1,500 people attended this year’s “Taste of South Carolina” legislative luncheon, which according to numerous
lawmakers and others, was the best yet.
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MEET YOUR MBACC AMBASSADORS
Ambassadors are a group of dedicated volunteers from various
businesses throughout the Grand Strand community. Their mission
is to welcome current members and recruit new chamber members.
Ambassadors serve as goodwill representatives at various chamber
functions and aid in the support of members.
This month, the Grand Strander took a moment to check in with
Jeremy Withers, an ambassador with the chamber for four months,
to find out why he enjoys being an ambassador.
Q. What prompted you to volunteer as a chamber ambassador?
A. I wanted to become more recognized in the community.
Q. How has the investment of time as a chamber ambassador
advanced your career or business?
A. I have been able to build connections, see what other businesses offer within the
community and been able to be a part of helping new businesses grow in the Grand
Strand.
Q. What is your best advice for making the most of chamber
membership?
A. Try to attend everything.
Q. Give us your 30 second elevator speech about your business.
A. I build friendships and help families protect their dreams, goals and assets.
Jeremy W. Withers
New York Life Agency
Agent
How long have you been an
ambassador? 4 months
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Q. What do you like most about being a chamber ambassador?
A. The connections I have made and being able to meet people.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS
CELEBRATING MYRTLE BEACH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBERSHIP ANNIVERSARIES IN JUNE
35 Years Compass Cove Resort
First Federal - Myrtle Beach
First Federal - North Myrtle Beach
First Federal - Surfside Beach
Myrtle Beach State Park
NextMedia Outdoor
Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.
PirateLand Family Camping Resort
Polynesian Beach & Golf Resort
Sea Captain's House
Sea Dip Motel & Condo
Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort
Smith, Sapp, Bookhout, Crumpler and Calliham
Spann Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
Springmaid Pier
Waccamaw Brick
WEZV / WYEZ
Yahnis Coastal, Inc.
34 Years
Pelican Motel, Inc.
33 Years
Waccamaw Insurance Services, Inc.
31 Years
Bank of America - Oak St.
BB&T - Sayebrook
Beachwood Golf Club
Belk - Coastal Grand Mall
Bellamy, Rutenberg, Copeland, Epps, Gravely &
Bowers, PA
Better Brands, Inc.
Boardwalk Beach Resort
The Breakers Resort Hotel
Brookgreen Gardens
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Burroughs & Chapin Company
C.L. Benton & Sons
Cagney's Old Place
Capt. Dick's Deep Sea Fishing & Water Sports
Caribbean Resort & Villas
Cayce Co.
Century 21 Broadhurst & Associates, Inc.
Chick-fil-A - Seaboard Commons
Coastal Carolina Otolaryngology Associates, PA
Coastal Engravers, Inc. - MB
Conway National Bank - Surfside Beach
Dargan Construction Co., Inc.
Dayton House Oceanfront Resort
Dunes Realty Vacation Rentals
Eastern Carolina Regional Eye Center
First Presbyterian Church
Garden City Furniture Co., Inc.
Gazebo Inn
Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort
Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort
Holiday Inn at the Pavilion
Hussey Motor Co., Inc.
Indigo Inn
Lakewood Camping Resort
Landmark Resort Hotel
Leonard, Call & Associates, Inc.
Longley Supply Co.
McMillan-Small Funeral Home
Midway Par 3
Myrtle Beach KOA Kampground
Roxanne Towers
Sand Dunes Resort & Spa
Sandcastle South Beach
Sandy Beach Resort
Sea Crest Resort
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.
Strand Orthopaedic Consultants
Verizon
Woodbury & Company of S.C.
30 Years
McMillan Real Estate, Inc.
29 Years
Sexton Dental Clinic
Treasure Island Golf
28 Years
Red Tree Inn
27 Years
John T. Cook & Associates
26 Years
Arcadian Risk Managers
Coastal Carolina University
23 Years
Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina, Inc.
Horry County Disabilities & Special Needs
22 Years
Long Bay Symphony
20 Years
HTC Communications
18 Years
The Carolina Explorer Magazine
Sam's Club
Waccamaw Media, Inc.
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Swamp Fox Players, Inc.
16 Years
Jade Tree Cove
Orkin Pest Control
Prudential Financial
Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Inc.
15 Years
H.D. Supply
Windsurfer Hotel
13 Years As A Member
Monterey Bay Suites
The Myrtle Beach Diet
Myrtle Beach Water Sports
12 Years
Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Golf
11 Years
Darlington Raceway
Ocean Forest Villas
10 Years
Carolina Coastal Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Hanser House Family Owned Restaurant
Jungle Safari Golf
9 Years
Coastal Eye Group, PC
Tupelo Bay Golf
Waccamaw Lady
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Daddy Joe's
7 Years
Bill Clark Homes of Myrtle Beach, LLC
Carolina Forest Family Medicine
Grande Dunes Golf Club
Myrtle Beach Photography
6 Years
Coastal Sands Realty
Frame of Mind
Hawks Nest Mobile Home Community
James W. Watkins, CPA, PA
Logan's Roadhouse
Mercom Corporation
Seaport Village
Silver Sands Real Estate
Sunset Computers
Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.
Trade Show Express
5 Years
Bath Fitter
Club Regency Interval Owners Assn., Inc.
Grand Strand MAP & Coupons
Lifeway Christian Store
Mashburn Construction
Myrtle Beach Watersports - Little River
Myrtle Beach Watersports - Parasailing
Pawleys Island Christian Academy
4 Years
Coastal Cooling, Inc.
Coastal Restoration Group, LLC
The Bellinzoni Team
Electric Service of SC
Grand Strand Housing & Community
Development Corporation
Island Vista
Watermark Real Estate Group
Withers Preserve
3 Years
Adeptis Consulting, Inc.
Autism Advocate Foundation
Barefoot Paradise Vacations, LLC
California Dreaming
InfoFast Mailing Services
Keye Real Estate, Inc.
Landmark Builders of South Carolina, LLC
Palmetto Impressions
River Memories, LLC
Sterling Homes
Thomas Outdoors Watersports
2 Years
Blue Mer, Inc.
The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill
Coastal Realty Consultants
Duplicates INK - Print & Communications
El Dorado Motel
Enchanted Sailing Charters
L.A. Nazario Studio & Gallery, LLC
Palmetto Power Cleaning
1 Year
Allstate - Franklin Sanders Insurance Agency, Inc.
Atlantic Roofing & Exteriors
Big Shots Basketball Tournaments
Build-A-Bear Workshop
Carolina Improv Company
Carolina Wake Sports
Coffee News of Myrtle Beach & Grand Strand Area
Colors on Parade
Events on the Half Shell
Fetch
International Realty Auction Network
Market America Independent Distributors
Pop's Glass Gallery & Studio
RR Donnelley
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14 Years
By The Sea
Coach
Inlet Medical Associates, PA
Marketing Strategies, Inc.
Mr. Store It
Ripley's Aquarium
8 Years
A & A Platinum Limousine Service
Allgreen Tree Service
Lewis, Cooper & Jaskot, CPA's, LLC
Moore & Associates Insurance of Surfside
Times Printing
Waccamaw Community Hospital
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Salsarita's Fresh Cantina
Shield Waterproofing & Restoration, Inc.
Timeshare Problem Solvers
TKO Productions
Total Tree Care
What's Shakin
Workshop Tools - #6
RIBBONCUTTING CEREMONIES
Your Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce conducts ribbon-cutting
ceremonies as a value-added benefi t included in your membership
investment. We bring the camera, oversized scissors and, of course, the
ribbon. A grand opening, an expansion, an anniversary or a move to a
new facility is made more special with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Plus,
it’s a great way to introduce your business to the community and fellow
chamber members. If you’re a home-based business, give us a call and
we’ll hold a special ceremony here at the chamber just for you.
Carolina Coastal Family Medicine
1275 21st Ave. N., Bldg. #2
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-2847
Your event can be as simple, informal, extravagant or ceremonious as you
want it to be. It's your event and should refl ect your company's values
and personality. Ribbon-cutting announcements are included in the
Grand Strander, which is mailed to our 2,000 plus members, and photos
appear in the online edition of the popular newsletter.
The chamber’s ambassadors attend ribbon-cutting ceremonies on behalf
of the members. Having ambassadors at the ceremony provides an
excellent networking and publicity opportunity.
Kickoff a grand opening of your business by contacting Pat Creed,
membership programs manager, at (843) 916-7225 or by e-mail at
[email protected]
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Home Plate Sports Grill
1913 Mr. Joe White Ave.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-7824
HomePlateSportsGrill.com
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Diversity Hair-n-Nail Spa
3322 Business 17 S., #N, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 357-3600
DiversityHairSpa.com
David Chaney Music
725 62nd Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 712-2116
davidchaneymusic.com
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Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Selling Team
1335 44th Ave. N., Ste. 103, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-9870
homeguidemyrtlebeach.com
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The Grand 14 Cinemas
4002 DeVille St., The Market Common, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 315-2991
stonetheatres.com/#/grand-14/4528638806
Ribbon Cuttings, See Page 24
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University Suites at Coastal Carolina
2241 Technology Dr.
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 349-1010
universitysuites.net/Conway
Jack DeBruhl's BBQ
107 Atlantic Avenue
Garden City Beach, SC 29576
(843) 357-4234
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Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo
CVB-Groups Sales Committee
South Strand Council
Sun Fun Festival
Hurricane Preparedness Conference & Expo
gsSCENE: Pelicans Night for gsSCENE Friends & Family
Myrtle Beach Ambassadors
gsSCENE: Morning Rush ... Networking Breakfast
South Strand Ambassadors
Fontinello’s & Ragtops Club
Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo Spring King Mackerel Tournament
Sun Fun Surfside Beach Super Saturday
Finance Review Committee
Board of Directors
Membership Committee
Business Aer Hours: Wedgefield Plantation Country Club
Chamber Access – Member Orientation
Connections Marketplace
Myrtle Beach Ambassadors
South Strand Ambassadors
gsSCENE: Summer Social at Handley’s Pub & Grub
Behind the Scenes: Carolina Improv Company at Uptown
Finance Review Committee
Board of Directors
Chamber Access – Member Orientation
Business Aer Hours: The Grand 14 Cinemas
GrandStrandFishingRodeo.com
Michelle Schollmeyer, 916-7267
Faye Creel, 916-7286
SunFunFestival.com
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
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Pat Creed, 916-7225
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Pat Creed, 916-7225
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
GrandStrandFishingRodeo.com
SunFunFestival.com
Shirley Landry, 916-7203
Kathy Richardson, 916-7219
Shannon Haswell, 916-7240
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
Pat Creed, 916-7225
Pat Creed, 916-7225
gsSCENE.com
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
Shirley Landry, 916-7203
Kathy Richardson, 916-7219
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
For the most current meeting/event dates and times, go to MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com
and click on the Events Calendar at top of page.
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Kori Hippe
Member Communications Manager
[email protected]
Diana Greene
Executive Vice President
Membership Programs & Services
Grand Strander Issue 684 June 2010 (ISSN
124-490) is published 12 times a year by
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce,
1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
Periodical postage paid at Myrtle Beach, SC
29577. POSTMASTER: Send address changes
to Membership Division, Myrtle Beach Area
Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 2115,
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578-2115
Business Bulletin
Send updates by the 5th of each
month for Business Bulletin to
[email protected],
fax – (843) 626-0009.
Check us out on the Web
For more information about member
benefits, upcoming events and
business updates, visit us online at
MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com.
Advertising Inquiries
Reach more than 2,000 business
leaders by advertising in the
Grand Strander.
Scott Head, advertising sales manager
(843) 916-7277 or
[email protected]
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Member Services
Area Code: (843)
General Information: 626-7444
Membership Sales: 916-7220 or 7234
Advertising Sales: 916-7277
Public Relations: 916-7218
Marketing: 916-7262
Research: 916-7217
Festivals & Events: 916-7276
Executive: 916-7296
CVB-Group Sales: 916-7260
gsSCENE: 916-7232
Leadership Grand Strand: 916-7222
Hospitality Partnership: 626-9668
Grand Strander is printed by
Inlet Printing Co.
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LGS APPLICATIONS
PERIODICALS
U.S. Postage
due by June 30
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Learn more about your community, develop your network and enhance
your personal and professional skills. Apply to participate in Leadership
Grand Strand XXXI taking place August through May.
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POSTMASTER: Send address changes to
Membership Division
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce,
P.O. Box 2115, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578-2115
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The future of any community is directly related to the talent, dedication
and resourcefulness of the people who call that community home.
Leadership Grand Strand is a leadership-training program that provides
exposure and insight to people who will occupy leadership positions
within our community. The program is designed to educate business and
community leaders on the critical issues affecting the Grand Strand and to
assist them in addressing these needs.
Participation in LGS involves a mandatory orientation in August, an
overnight retreat in September, one full-day (8 hours) session per month
from October to May, and 100 hours of community service. Applicants
must be able to fulfill program attendance requirements in order to
graduate.
Applications for the 2010-2011 Leadership Grand Strand program are
available online at LeadershipGrandStrand.com. Cost for the program
is $890 with two $445 scholarships available. Application deadline is
June 30.
For more information, visit LeadershipGrandStrand.com or contact class
XXV graduate Diana Greene, IOM, executive director of Leadership
Grand Strand and MBACC executive vice president of membership
programs & services, at [email protected] or (843) 916-7222.
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