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Weekly e-newsletter of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

May 6, 2014

Palmetto Vision Awards

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the inaugural awards gala and invites you to nominate your company for the company awards or a peer for the individual awards. The Palmetto Vision Awards Gala, presented by Jackson Lewis P.C., will honor and recognize companies that have excelled in the field of manufacturing and diversity and will honor the state's top human resources and community diversity professionals. All applications are now online and applications are due by June 13, 2014, at 5 p.m.

Real Estate/Relocation Update

May 5 - 9 a.m. - Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
Free event. Bill Geist is the president of Zeitgeist Consulting, a firm specializing in strategic planning, governance, marketing and legislative issues for convention and visitor bureaus, tourism-focused chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and communities. He will speak about real estate/relocation trends. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber staff will give an update on ThinkMyrtleBeach.com and Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS will discuss their open house application project. Register today.

Lunch meeting with Congressman Mulvaney

Congressman Mick Mulvaney will be in the Myrtle Beach area on May 5 and is scheduled to meet in the MBACC boardroom from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. to give a congressional update and to hear feedback from our local business leaders. If you would like to attend this lunch meeting, RSVP Kathy Richardson, executive assistant to the CEO, by May 1.

Marketing Update

May 5 - 1 p.m. - Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
Free event. Bill Geist is the president of Zeitgeist Consulting, a firm specializing in strategic planning, governance, marketing and legislative issues for convention and visitor bureaus, tourism-focused chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and communities. He will speak about tourism destination trends. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber/CVB marketing department, as well as, the Myrtle Beach International Airport and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday will present overviews and 2014 plans. Register today

Leadership Grand Strand accepting community service project proposals

Leadership Grand Strand is now accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for potential community service projects that have a lasting benefit to the Grand Strand community. The projects would be completed by LGS Class XXXV and must take place between September 2014 and April 2015. The community service projects also must occupy up to 30 participants for 25 hours (750 total hours of labor) over the five-month period. Applications are due by May 23, 2014.

Nonprofits and government agencies are encouraged to submit proposals that address an organization's specific needs that involve hands-on volunteer hours. Projects over the years have varied widely, from improving a local animal shelter to providing assistance to a program for abused children to building or repairing homes.

Stone Brewed on the Beach

Help the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. bring Stone Brewing Co. to the beach! Go to facebook.com/StoneBrewedMB and leave messages showing your support for Stone Brewing to bring their craft beer plant to the Grand Strand. This project would bring more than 300 jobs to the Myrtle Beach area ... and some fantastic craft beers.

No Concealable Weapons Allowed window stickers

S.C. law allows people holding concealed-weapon permits to carry firearms in places that serve food or alcohol, as long as they don't consume alcohol while inside. Establishments can opt out by posting a large sign in their window warning customers of their policy. Members can pick up the new SLED standard no concealed weapons window stickers (limited quantity) at MBACC, 1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach.

SASA Fall Festival 2014
Shriners thanks Myrtle Beach and seeks advertisers

South Atlantic Shrine Association will once again be hosting their yearly Fall Festival in the Myrtle Beach Sept. 17-21, 2014. South Atlantic Shrine Association, better known as SASA, is composed of 18 Shrine Centers representing seven states in the Southeast; South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. Each year SASA converges on the Myrtle Beach area the third week in September to promote their philanthropy throughout the area and conduct annual business of the association.

The association's purpose is to promote the Shriners International fraternity and its philanthropic mission to provide no cost quality health care to children under the age of 18 throughout the 23 Shriners Hospitals for children by gaining public awareness of what our hospital system has to offer in the areas of orthopedic needs burns, cleft palette, spinal surgeries and other health care needs. During their stay in the Myrtle Beach area, they conduct a screening clinic for those children that may meet these needs.

Leading up to the event in 2013 last September, the Shriners worked with MBACC to market the festival by displaying light pole banners and distributing posters to area businesses. This year, the Shriners are extending this marketing strategy by offering you the opportunity to promote your business in their Membership Program. The programs are part of the membership registration packet that promotes area businesses and events which in turn brings business to your establishment.

SASA is proud to choose and promote Myrtle Beach as our venue for the 2014 SASA Festival. Our theme for 2014 "All about Family" includes the thousands of Myrtle Beach residents and business owners that look forward to our visit and enjoy the many events that we make public and involve them with each year. Each year as we visit your shops and pass your residents on the streets with our funny hats and insignia shirts, it is refreshing to hear them ask "When is the Parade, and you guys bring so much joy to our children - Please keep coming back." With that, we look forward to having our events in your community, and we ask that you help make it a crowning event for Myrtle Beach by helping fund their advertising campaign. For additional information on how to participate contact Dr. Donald E. Hansen, director general at dirgensasa2014@gmail.com or by calling (804) 258-2285. The ads are $150 for a full page ad - 4 1/2 x 8 - or $100 for a half page ad.

Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

April 29, 2014

Real Estate/Relocation Update

May 5 - 9 a.m. - Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
Free event. Bill Geist is the president of Zeitgeist Consulting, a firm specializing in strategic planning, governance, marketing and legislative issues for convention and visitor bureaus, tourism-focused chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and communities. He will speak about real estate/relocation trends. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber staff will give an update on ThinkMyrtleBeach.com and Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS will discuss their open house application project. Register today.

Lunch meeting with Congressman Mulvaney

Congressman Mick Mulvaney will be in the Myrtle Beach area on May 5 and is scheduled to meet in the MBACC boardroom from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. to give a congressional update and to hear feedback from our local business leaders. If you would like to attend this lunch meeting, RSVP Kathy Richardson, executive assistant to the CEO, by May 1.

Marketing Update

May 5 - 1 p.m. - Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
Free event. Bill Geist is the president of Zeitgeist Consulting, a firm specializing in strategic planning, governance, marketing and legislative issues for convention and visitor bureaus, tourism-focused chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and communities. He will speak about tourism destination trends. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber/CVB marketing department, as well as, the Myrtle Beach International Airport and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday will present overviews and 2014 plans. Register today

Leadership Grand Strand accepting community service project proposals

Leadership Grand Strand is now accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for potential community service projects that have a lasting benefit to the Grand Strand community. The projects would be completed by LGS Class XXXV and must take place between September 2014 and April 2015. The community service projects also must occupy up to 30 participants for 25 hours (750 total hours of labor) over the five-month period. Applications are due by May 23, 2014.

Nonprofits and government agencies are encouraged to submit proposals that address an organization's specific needs that involve hands-on volunteer hours. Projects over the years have varied widely, from improving a local animal shelter to providing assistance to a program for abused children to building or repairing homes.

Stone Brewed on the Beach

Help the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. bring Stone Brewing Co. to the beach! Go to facebook.com/StoneBrewedMB and leave messages showing your support for Stone Brewing to bring their craft beer plant to the Grand Strand. This project would bring more than 300 jobs to the Myrtle Beach area ... and some fantastic craft beers.

No Concealable Weapons Allowed window stickers

S.C. law allows people holding concealed-weapon permits to carry firearms in places that serve food or alcohol, as long as they don't consume alcohol while inside. Establishments can opt out by posting a large sign in their window warning customers of their policy. Members can pick up the new SLED standard no concealed weapons window stickers (limited quantity) at MBACC, 1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach.

SASA Fall Festival 2014
Shriners thanks Myrtle Beach and seeks advertisers

South Atlantic Shrine Association will once again be hosting their yearly Fall Festival in the Myrtle Beach Sept. 17-21, 2014. South Atlantic Shrine Association, better known as SASA, is composed of 18 Shrine Centers representing seven states in the Southeast; South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. Each year SASA converges on the Myrtle Beach area the third week in September to promote their philanthropy throughout the area and conduct annual business of the association.

The association's purpose is to promote the Shriners International fraternity and its philanthropic mission to provide no cost quality health care to children under the age of 18 throughout the 23 Shriners Hospitals for children by gaining public awareness of what our hospital system has to offer in the areas of orthopedic needs burns, cleft palette, spinal surgeries and other health care needs. During their stay in the Myrtle Beach area, they conduct a screening clinic for those children that may meet these needs.

Leading up to the event in 2013 last September, the Shriners worked with MBACC to market the festival by displaying light pole banners and distributing posters to area businesses. This year, the Shriners are extending this marketing strategy by offering you the opportunity to promote your business in their Membership Program. The programs are part of the membership registration packet that promotes area businesses and events which in turn brings business to your establishment.

SASA is proud to choose and promote Myrtle Beach as our venue for the 2014 SASA Festival. Our theme for 2014 "All about Family" includes the thousands of Myrtle Beach residents and business owners that look forward to our visit and enjoy the many events that we make public and involve them with each year. Each year as we visit your shops and pass your residents on the streets with our funny hats and insignia shirts, it is refreshing to hear them ask "When is the Parade, and you guys bring so much joy to our children - Please keep coming back." With that, we look forward to having our events in your community, and we ask that you help make it a crowning event for Myrtle Beach by helping fund their advertising campaign. For additional information on how to participate contact Dr. Donald E. Hansen, director general at dirgensasa2014@gmail.com or by calling (804) 258-2285. The ads are $150 for a full page ad - 4 1/2 x 8 - or $100 for a half page ad.

Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

April 22, 2014

Leadership Grand Strand accepting community service project proposals

Leadership Grand Strand is now accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for potential community service projects that have a lasting benefit to the Grand Strand community. The projects would be completed by LGS Class XXXV and must take place between September 2014 and April 2015. The community service projects also must occupy up to 30 participants for 25 hours (750 total hours of labor) over the five-month period. Applications are due by May 23, 2014.

Nonprofits and government agencies are encouraged to submit proposals that address an organization's specific needs that involve hands-on volunteer hours. Projects over the years have varied widely, from improving a local animal shelter to providing assistance to a program for abused children to building or repairing homes.

Myrtle Beach International Airport to host several hundred aviation professionals in the Grand Strand during May 2014

Myrtle Beach International Airport submitted a proposal to the American Association of Airport Executives earlier this year to host their annual Southeast Chapter Conference in Myrtle Beach and the proposal was awarded to the airport for the year 2014.

The Southeast Chapter is the largest chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives consisting of more than 450 members from 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the association is to determine, implement and promote a Code of Ethics for the members of the airport management profession, encourage professional growth of individual members through educational programs and accreditation, to foster, promote, and assist in the development of air transportation and provide related information and consultation to persons, businesses, and governmental agencies.

MYR's three day conference theme, "Visiting the Sun Fun Capital" is expected to bring several hundred aviation professionals to the Grand Strand area May 4-6, 2014. Confirmed attendees have already requested extended stay so they can bring their families for a mini beach vacation and enjoy our 60-mile span of beaches and activities. Conference housing will be at the Grand Dunes Marriott & Spa Resort.

Upon registration and check-in, the attendees will be welcomed to the beach with gift bags that include donations from various businesses. Kicking off the conference will be a well-known keynote speaker to be announced closer to May. Educational and professional development sessions mingled with fun Grand Strand activities will complete the agenda.

This is a great opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to be recognized for their specialty and for those wanting to participate with MYR staff in making this a fun and unforgettable visit to our Grand Strand area. If you are interested in being a part of our conference in any way, contact Tammy Baxley at baxleyt@horrycounty.org.

Stone Brewed on the Beach

Help the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. bring Stone Brewing Co. to the beach! Go to facebook.com/StoneBrewedMB and leave messages showing your support for Stone Brewing to bring their craft beer plant to the Grand Strand. This project would bring more than 300 jobs to the Myrtle Beach area ... and some fantastic craft beers.

No Concealable Weapons Allowed window stickers

S.C. law allows people holding concealed-weapon permits to carry firearms in places that serve food or alcohol, as long as they don't consume alcohol while inside. Establishments can opt out by posting a large sign in their window warning customers of their policy. Members can pick up the new SLED standard no concealed weapons window stickers (limited quantity) at MBACC, 1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach.

First 2012 Economic Census Report released

2012 Economic Census Advance Report highlights national-level data for more than 100 industry groups, including number of establishments, revenue, payroll and number of employees.

Ahead of the Curve

John Henry, the legendary "steel drivin' man" who tried to beat a machine driving spikes along a railroad, lost his race. According to a recent study by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the John Henry phenomenon is real: companies that lag in technology implementation are losing the race with "smarter" firms. BCG found that small and medium-sized firms in the "leader" category in such things as Internet connectivity and cloud-based services created nearly twice as many jobs and 15 percent more revenue than their "laggard" peers.

At MBACC, we would like to see our economy grow and our members prosper. We encourage you to look at the BCG study and get a better feel for the advantages of becoming better versed in technology.

Download the BCG study here. Maybe it;s time for all of us to put down our sledgehammers and reach for the cloud.

SASA Fall Festival 2014
Shriners thanks Myrtle Beach and seeks advertisers

South Atlantic Shrine Association will once again be hosting their yearly Fall Festival in the Myrtle Beach Sept. 17-21, 2014. South Atlantic Shrine Association, better known as SASA, is composed of 18 Shrine Centers representing seven states in the Southeast; South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. Each year SASA converges on the Myrtle Beach area the third week in September to promote their philanthropy throughout the area and conduct annual business of the association.

The association's purpose is to promote the Shriners International fraternity and its philanthropic mission to provide no cost quality health care to children under the age of 18 throughout the 23 Shriners Hospitals for children by gaining public awareness of what our hospital system has to offer in the areas of orthopedic needs burns, cleft palette, spinal surgeries and other health care needs. During their stay in the Myrtle Beach area, they conduct a screening clinic for those children that may meet these needs.

Leading up to the event in 2013 last September, the Shriners worked with MBACC to market the festival by displaying light pole banners and distributing posters to area businesses. This year, the Shriners are extending this marketing strategy by offering you the opportunity to promote your business in their Membership Program. The programs are part of the membership registration packet that promotes area businesses and events which in turn brings business to your establishment.

SASA is proud to choose and promote Myrtle Beach as our venue for the 2014 SASA Festival. Our theme for 2014 "All about Family" includes the thousands of Myrtle Beach residents and business owners that look forward to our visit and enjoy the many events that we make public and involve them with each year. Each year as we visit your shops and pass your residents on the streets with our funny hats and insignia shirts, it is refreshing to hear them ask "When is the Parade, and you guys bring so much joy to our children - Please keep coming back." With that, we look forward to having our events in your community, and we ask that you help make it a crowning event for Myrtle Beach by helping fund their advertising campaign. For additional information on how to participate contact Dr. Donald E. Hansen, director general at dirgensasa2014@gmail.com or by calling (804) 258-2285. The ads are $150 for a full page ad - 4 1/2 x 8 - or $100 for a half page ad.

Annual Membership Meeting

April 22 - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Keynote speaker Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment and author of "Love Works." Purchase your tickets today! Sponsorship opportunities available.

Help sponsor MBHS production of Wizard of Oz

Myrtle Beach High School is looking for sponsors/advertisers for their spring production playbill of the Wizard of Oz. - Anyone may purchase ad space: businesses, parents, community member/group/organization/agency, etc.
- Ad material is up to the sponsor - can be advertising, business card, coupon, well wishes, community message, etc.-- Deadline for advertising copy/materials and payment: Friday, April 18
Full Page, Full Color, Premium Placement - $475
Full Page, Black & White - $325
Half Page (Horizontal), Black & White - $225
Quarter Page, Black & White - $100
Eighth Page, Black & White - $50 (This is a shared slot, so the ad shares 50 percent of the quarter ad space with another ad, side by side)
Contact: Jenien Passigli
Myrtle Beach High School
jpassigli@horrycountyschools.net
(607) 745-3230

Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

April 8, 2014

Honor Flight #7 Welcome Home

The staff/volunteers of Honor Flight Myrtle Beach invite you to ''Welcome Home'' our veterans of WWII and the Korean War on Wednesday, April 16 at the Myrtle Beach International Airport. Touchdown is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Read More

Leadership Grand Strand accepting community service project proposals

Leadership Grand Strand is now accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for potential community service projects that have a lasting benefit to the Grand Strand community. The projects would be completed by LGS Class XXXV and must take place between September 2014 and April 2015. The community service projects also must occupy up to 30 participants for 25 hours (750 total hours of labor) over the five-month period. Applications are due by May 23, 2014.

Nonprofits and government agencies are encouraged to submit proposals that address an organization's specific needs that involve hands-on volunteer hours. Projects over the years have varied widely, from improving a local animal shelter to providing assistance to a program for abused children to building or repairing homes.

Myrtle Beach International Airport to host several hundred aviation professionals in the Grand Strand during May 2014

Myrtle Beach International Airport submitted a proposal to the American Association of Airport Executives earlier this year to host their annual Southeast Chapter Conference in Myrtle Beach and the proposal was awarded to the airport for the year 2014.

The Southeast Chapter is the largest chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives consisting of more than 450 members from 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the association is to determine, implement and promote a Code of Ethics for the members of the airport management profession, encourage professional growth of individual members through educational programs and accreditation, to foster, promote, and assist in the development of air transportation and provide related information and consultation to persons, businesses, and governmental agencies.

MYR's three day conference theme, "Visiting the Sun Fun Capital" is expected to bring several hundred aviation professionals to the Grand Strand area May 4-6, 2014. Confirmed attendees have already requested extended stay so they can bring their families for a mini beach vacation and enjoy our 60-mile span of beaches and activities. Conference housing will be at the Grand Dunes Marriott & Spa Resort.

Upon registration and check-in, the attendees will be welcomed to the beach with gift bags that include donations from various businesses. Kicking off the conference will be a well-known keynote speaker to be announced closer to May. Educational and professional development sessions mingled with fun Grand Strand activities will complete the agenda.

This is a great opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to be recognized for their specialty and for those wanting to participate with MYR staff in making this a fun and unforgettable visit to our Grand Strand area. If you are interested in being a part of our conference in any way, contact Tammy Baxley at baxleyt@horrycounty.org.

Free country music concert

Country music duo Dan+Shay will perform a free concert in Myrtle Beach at the old pavilion site near Eighth Avenue North oceanside April 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m. This concert is a way to give back to the residents of the Myrtle Beach area who were so accommodating during the filming of the music video. Plus, it's a special treat from our hospitality community to our guests who are in town. Read More

Stone Brewed on the Beach

Help the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. bring Stone Brewing Co. to the beach! Go to facebook.com/StoneBrewedMB and leave messages showing your support for Stone Brewing to bring their craft beer plant to the Grand Strand. This project would bring more than 300 jobs to the Myrtle Beach area ... and some fantastic craft beers.

No Concealable Weapons Allowed window stickers

S.C. law allows people holding concealed-weapon permits to carry firearms in places that serve food or alcohol, as long as they don't consume alcohol while inside. Establishments can opt out by posting a large sign in their window warning customers of their policy. Members can pick up the new SLED standard no concealed weapons window stickers (limited quantity) at MBACC, 1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach.

First 2012 Economic Census Report released

2012 Economic Census Advance Report highlights national-level data for more than 100 industry groups, including number of establishments, revenue, payroll and number of employees.

Ahead of the Curve

John Henry, the legendary "steel drivin' man" who tried to beat a machine driving spikes along a railroad, lost his race. According to a recent study by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the John Henry phenomenon is real: companies that lag in technology implementation are losing the race with "smarter" firms. BCG found that small and medium-sized firms in the "leader" category in such things as Internet connectivity and cloud-based services created nearly twice as many jobs and 15 percent more revenue than their "laggard" peers.

At MBACC, we would like to see our economy grow and our members prosper. We encourage you to look at the BCG study and get a better feel for the advantages of becoming better versed in technology.

Download the BCG study here. Maybe it;s time for all of us to put down our sledgehammers and reach for the cloud.

SASA Fall Festival 2014
Shriners thanks Myrtle Beach and seeks advertisers

South Atlantic Shrine Association will once again be hosting their yearly Fall Festival in the Myrtle Beach Sept. 17-21, 2014. South Atlantic Shrine Association, better known as SASA, is composed of 18 Shrine Centers representing seven states in the Southeast; South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. Each year SASA converges on the Myrtle Beach area the third week in September to promote their philanthropy throughout the area and conduct annual business of the association.

The association's purpose is to promote the Shriners International fraternity and its philanthropic mission to provide no cost quality health care to children under the age of 18 throughout the 23 Shriners Hospitals for children by gaining public awareness of what our hospital system has to offer in the areas of orthopedic needs burns, cleft palette, spinal surgeries and other health care needs. During their stay in the Myrtle Beach area, they conduct a screening clinic for those children that may meet these needs.

Leading up to the event in 2013 last September, the Shriners worked with MBACC to market the festival by displaying light pole banners and distributing posters to area businesses. This year, the Shriners are extending this marketing strategy by offering you the opportunity to promote your business in their Membership Program. The programs are part of the membership registration packet that promotes area businesses and events which in turn brings business to your establishment.

SASA is proud to choose and promote Myrtle Beach as our venue for the 2014 SASA Festival. Our theme for 2014 "All about Family" includes the thousands of Myrtle Beach residents and business owners that look forward to our visit and enjoy the many events that we make public and involve them with each year. Each year as we visit your shops and pass your residents on the streets with our funny hats and insignia shirts, it is refreshing to hear them ask "When is the Parade, and you guys bring so much joy to our children - Please keep coming back." With that, we look forward to having our events in your community, and we ask that you help make it a crowning event for Myrtle Beach by helping fund their advertising campaign. For additional information on how to participate contact Dr. Donald E. Hansen, director general at dirgensasa2014@gmail.com or by calling (804) 258-2285. The ads are $150 for a full page ad - 4 1/2 x 8 - or $100 for a half page ad.

Annual Membership Meeting

April 22 - 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Keynote speaker Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment and author of "Love Works." Purchase your tickets today! Sponsorship opportunities available.

Help sponsor MBHS production of Wizard of Oz

Myrtle Beach High School is looking for sponsors/advertisers for their spring production playbill of the Wizard of Oz. - Anyone may purchase ad space: businesses, parents, community member/group/organization/agency, etc.
- Ad material is up to the sponsor - can be advertising, business card, coupon, well wishes, community message, etc.-- Deadline for advertising copy/materials and payment: Friday, April 18
Full Page, Full Color, Premium Placement - $475
Full Page, Black & White - $325
Half Page (Horizontal), Black & White - $225
Quarter Page, Black & White - $100
Eighth Page, Black & White - $50 (This is a shared slot, so the ad shares 50 percent of the quarter ad space with another ad, side by side)
Contact: Jenien Passigli
Myrtle Beach High School
jpassigli@horrycountyschools.net
(607) 745-3230

Help support AAST Robotics Team

Robotics team of the Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (AAST) recently won first place at the North Carolina Regional FIRST Robotics competition. They now qualify to attend the 2014 National FIRST Robotics competition in St. Louis, Mo., April 23-26, 2014. This trip will cost in the neighborhood of $25,000. Help support our local robotics team - donations can be brought directly to AAST or mailed to the school at 895 International Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 in care of AAST Robotics. Go to USFIRST.org and look for the FRC competition.

Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

March 11, 2014

Health Insurance Open House
March 25, 2014
11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn at Coastal Grand Mall
2383 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach

Under the Affordable Care Act, people who haven't registered for a health insurance plan by March 31 will face a federal tax penalty of 1 percent of their income or $95, whichever is greater. The penalty will increase incrementally over several years.

The free event, which includes giveaway items and a chance to take home an iPad, will provide education and enrollment to individuals and businesses. Local area independent agents will be on hand to answer questions, assist with determining if a person is eligible for a federal subsidy, and to enroll people for a policy that would comply with the federal Affordable Care Act and be effective May 1. Children are welcome.
People who can't make the open house can still get information and enroll in plans by calling (877) 313-2583 or emailing getblue.shopper@bcbssc.com to connect with enrollment counselors.
Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

Attention businesses! Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days during May 2014

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

Exhibit at 2014 Grand Strand TechExpo

With only 75 exhibit spaces available, the Grand Strand Technology Council expects to sell out well in advance of the fifth annual Grand Strand TechExpo. The April 9 event should be an exciting day for technology with the location at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and Horry County Schools Technology Fair in the adjacent halls bringing in hundreds of additional students, parents and community leaders. The event runs from 12-6 p.m. and is free for spectators, including free parking. For information on exhibiting at the TechExpo, go to GSTechExpo.org. Co-sponsors include the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Horry Industrial GSTechExpo.org Alliance and Waccamaw Publishers..

FLAVOR: Myrtle Beach's Premier Culinary Tasting Event

April 8 ~ 4-7:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B
To register call (843) 855-0527, fax the registration form to (877) 270-7076 or send it to info@palmettoeventproductions.com. Registration deadline: March 14, 2014

7 Reasons Why Your Restaurant Can't Afford Not to Participate:
1. Participating restaurants will receive $0.50 for every ticket collected.
2. Restaurants can participate for a minimal fee of $150, which includes a 10x20 booth space, pipe and draped booth area, two 8-foot skirted tables, two chairs, a business name sign and 110V electrical outlet. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce restaurant members will receive $25 off registration.
3. Opportunity to promote your restaurant to Chamber members and 5,000+ locals and visitors.
4. Free advertising in local and regional direct mail pieces and print ads.
5. Opportunity to have one of your food samples judged in 'Best Flavor' and 'People's Choice' awards, with each winner receiving $300!
6. Be a part of an event that awards culinary students at HGTC with scholarships to help their culinary dreams come true!
7. The only culinary event on the Grand Strand with free admission for the public. *Exhibitors are not allowed to sell products at their booths.

March 5, 2014

Restaurant Business Development Conference
March 12, 2014

E. Craig Wall College of Business, Coastal Carolina University

To download detailed conference information, visit coastal.edu/sbdc/restaurantconf.html. Breakfast and snacks are included with registration. To register, visit coastal.edu/sbdc/seminars.html or call (843) 349-4010, (843) 347-6914 or (843) 349-5070. Click here for PDF of agenda.

Myrtle Beach Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at Coastal Carolina University is sponsoring a half-day conference for current restaurant owners and managers or those persons wishing to start a restaurant. The following topics will be explored: How to Buy/Sell a Restaurant, Financing Your Restaurant, Franchising Facts, Restaurant Best Practices (from area experts), DHEC: New Regulations, Designing a Marketing Plan, Quick Books for Restaurants, Insurance: Where are you exposed, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Getting Your Business Online. A panel of restaurant experts will also be on available to answer questions from the audience and restaurant suppliers will lead sessions discussing Options Beyond the Basics.

Help us improve - Take our brief survey by end of today, March 5, and enter to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards

Every year, your chamber sends out a survey to members asking how we are doing. Are we meeting your business needs? Do we offer the programs and services that benefit your business? What's important to you? Our vision is to be a world-class organization that thrives on continuous improvement. To accomplish this, we need your help. Please take the survey.

Annual Meeting Business Awards Nominations Due by March 7

Time to brag about your employees and business and enter the chamber's annual business awards. Send in your nominations by March 7 and then start working on your acceptance speech for the April 22 annual meeting. Learn More

Attention businesses! Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days during May 2014

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

Exhibit at 2014 Grand Strand TechExpo

With only 75 exhibit spaces available, the Grand Strand Technology Council expects to sell out well in advance of the fifth annual Grand Strand TechExpo. The April 9 event should be an exciting day for technology with the location at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and Horry County Schools Technology Fair in the adjacent halls bringing in hundreds of additional students, parents and community leaders. The event runs from 12-6 p.m. and is free for spectators, including free parking. For information on exhibiting at the TechExpo, go to GSTechExpo.org. Co-sponsors include the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Horry Industrial GSTechExpo.org Alliance and Waccamaw Publishers..

FLAVOR: Myrtle Beach's Premier Culinary Tasting Event

April 8 ~ 4-7:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B
To register call (843) 855-0527, fax the registration form to (877) 270-7076 or send it to info@palmettoeventproductions.com. Registration deadline: March 14, 2014

7 Reasons Why Your Restaurant Can't Afford Not to Participate:
1. Participating restaurants will receive $0.50 for every ticket collected.
2. Restaurants can participate for a minimal fee of $150, which includes a 10x20 booth space, pipe and draped booth area, two 8-foot skirted tables, two chairs, a business name sign and 110V electrical outlet. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce restaurant members will receive $25 off registration.
3. Opportunity to promote your restaurant to Chamber members and 5,000+ locals and visitors.
4. Free advertising in local and regional direct mail pieces and print ads.
5. Opportunity to have one of your food samples judged in 'Best Flavor' and 'People's Choice' awards, with each winner receiving $300!
6. Be a part of an event that awards culinary students at HGTC with scholarships to help their culinary dreams come true!
7. The only culinary event on the Grand Strand with free admission for the public. *Exhibitors are not allowed to sell products at their booths.

Feb. 26, 2014

Restaurant Business Development Conference
March 12, 2014

E. Craig Wall College of Business, Coastal Carolina University
To download detailed conference information, visit coastal.edu/sbdc/restaurantconf.html. Breakfast and snacks are included with registration. To register, visit coastal.edu/sbdc/seminars.html or call (843) 349-4010, (843) 347-6914 or (843) 349-5070. Click here for PDF of agenda.

Myrtle Beach Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at Coastal Carolina University is sponsoring a half-day conference for current restaurant owners and managers or those persons wishing to start a restaurant. The following topics will be explored: How to Buy/Sell a Restaurant, Financing Your Restaurant, Franchising Facts, Restaurant Best Practices (from area experts), DHEC: New Regulations, Designing a Marketing Plan, Quick Books for Restaurants, Insurance: Where are you exposed, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Getting Your Business Online. A panel of restaurant experts will also be on available to answer questions from the audience and restaurant suppliers will lead sessions discussing Options Beyond the Basics.

Attention businesses! Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days during May 2014

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

Exhibit at 2014 Grand Strand TechExpo

With only 75 exhibit spaces available, the Grand Strand Technology Council expects to sell out well in advance of the fifth annual Grand Strand TechExpo. The April 9 event should be an exciting day for technology with the location at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and Horry County Schools Technology Fair in the adjacent halls bringing in hundreds of additional students, parents and community leaders. The event runs from 12-6 p.m. and is free for spectators, including free parking. For information on exhibiting at the TechExpo, go to GSTechExpo.org. Co-sponsors include the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Horry Industrial GSTechExpo.org Alliance and Waccamaw Publishers..

Free tax return preparation for you by volunteers

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. Thanks to the Horry County Financial Literacy Coalition free tax preparation help is available through the VITA program. The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Find a location near you.

FLAVOR: Myrtle Beach's Premier Culinary Tasting Event

April 8 ~ 4-7:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B
To register call (843) 855-0527, fax the registration form to (877) 270-7076 or send it to info@palmettoeventproductions.com. Registration deadline: March 14, 2014

7 Reasons Why Your Restaurant Can't Afford Not to Participate:
1. Participating restaurants will receive $0.50 for every ticket collected.
2. Restaurants can participate for a minimal fee of $150, which includes a 10x20 booth space, pipe and draped booth area, two 8-foot skirted tables, two chairs, a business name sign and 110V electrical outlet. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce restaurant members will receive $25 off registration.
3. Opportunity to promote your restaurant to Chamber members and 5,000+ locals and visitors.
4. Free advertising in local and regional direct mail pieces and print ads.
5. Opportunity to have one of your food samples judged in 'Best Flavor' and 'People's Choice' awards, with each winner receiving $300!
6. Be a part of an event that awards culinary students at HGTC with scholarships to help their culinary dreams come true!
7. The only culinary event on the Grand Strand with free admission for the public. *Exhibitors are not allowed to sell products at their booths.

Here's a slam dunk topic for your next civic club meeting

VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. Christina Lazarus, Big South Championship marketing coordinator, would love to talk to your group about the 2014 basketball championships. Get ahead of the game on men's and women's teams, dates, tickets, location. Give Christina a call at (843) 916-7214 or send her a quick email.

Myrtle Beach International Airport to host several hundred aviation professionals in the Grand Strand during May 2014

Myrtle Beach International Airport submitted a proposal to the American Association of Airport Executives earlier this year to host their annual Southeast Chapter Conference in Myrtle Beach and the proposal was awarded to the airport for the year 2014.

The Southeast Chapter is the largest chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives consisting of more than 450 members from 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the association is to determine, implement and promote a Code of Ethics for the members of the airport management profession, encourage professional growth of individual members through educational programs and accreditation, to foster, promote, and assist in the development of air transportation and provide related information and consultation to persons, businesses, and governmental agencies.

MYR's three day conference theme, "Visiting the Sun Fun Capital" is expected to bring several hundred aviation professionals to the Grand Strand area May 4-6, 2014. Confirmed attendees have already requested extended stay so they can bring their families for a mini beach vacation and enjoy our 60-mile span of beaches and activities. Conference housing will be at the Grand Dunes Marriott & Spa Resort.

Upon registration and check-in, the attendees will be welcomed to the beach with gift bags that include donations from various businesses. Kicking off the conference will be a well-known keynote speaker to be announced closer to May. Educational and professional development sessions mingled with fun Grand Strand activities will complete the agenda.
This is a great opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to be recognized for their specialty and for those wanting to participate with MYR staff in making this a fun and unforgettable visit to our Grand Strand area. If you are interested in being a part of our conference in any way, contact Tammy Baxley at baxleyt@horrycounty.org.

Feb. 19, 2014

Restaurant Business Development Conference
March 12, 2014

E. Craig Wall College of Business, Coastal Carolina University
To download detailed conference information, visit coastal.edu/sbdc/restaurantconf.html. Breakfast and snacks are included with registration. To register, visit coastal.edu/sbdc/seminars.html or call (843) 349-4010, (843) 347-6914 or (843) 349-5070. Click here for PDF of agenda.

Myrtle Beach Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at Coastal Carolina University is sponsoring a half-day conference for current restaurant owners and managers or those persons wishing to start a restaurant. The following topics will be explored: How to Buy/Sell a Restaurant, Financing Your Restaurant, Franchising Facts, Restaurant Best Practices (from area experts), DHEC: New Regulations, Designing a Marketing Plan, Quick Books for Restaurants, Insurance: Where are you exposed, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Getting Your Business Online. A panel of restaurant experts will also be on available to answer questions from the audience and restaurant suppliers will lead sessions discussing Options Beyond the Basics.

Attention businesses! Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days during May 2014

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

Exhibit at 2014 Grand Strand TechExpo

With only 75 exhibit spaces available, the Grand Strand Technology Council expects to sell out well in advance of the fifth annual Grand Strand TechExpo. The April 9 event should be an exciting day for technology with the location at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and Horry County Schools Technology Fair in the adjacent halls bringing in hundreds of additional students, parents and community leaders. The event runs from 12-6 p.m. and is free for spectators, including free parking. For information on exhibiting at the TechExpo, go to GSTechExpo.org. Co-sponsors include the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Horry Industrial GSTechExpo.org Alliance and Waccamaw Publishers.

Does your company have responsibilities regarding the Affordable Care Act?

Are you in compliance with all federal mandates? Are you and your employees facing fines and penalties because you are not in compliance? Help is here. Your employees can meet with certified marketplace agents at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 18-20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Feb. 21 from 1-5 p.m. for assistance in applying for a subsidy and enrolling in a suitable health insurance plan.This service is available to all chamber member employees and their families at no charge. Call Lynda Thomas at (843) 457-1180 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Free tax return preparation for you by volunteers

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. Thanks to the Horry County Financial Literacy Coalition free tax preparation help is available through the VITA program. The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Find a location near you.

FLAVOR: Myrtle Beach's Premier Culinary Tasting Event

April 8 ~ 4-7:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B
To register call (843) 855-0527, fax the registration form to (877) 270-7076 or send it to info@palmettoeventproductions.com. Registration deadline: March 14, 2014

7 Reasons Why Your Restaurant Can't Afford Not to Participate:
1. Participating restaurants will receive $0.50 for every ticket collected.
2. Restaurants can participate for a minimal fee of $150, which includes a 10x20 booth space, pipe and draped booth area, two 8-foot skirted tables, two chairs, a business name sign and 110V electrical outlet. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce restaurant members will receive $25 off registration.
3. Opportunity to promote your restaurant to Chamber members and 5,000+ locals and visitors.
4. Free advertising in local and regional direct mail pieces and print ads.
5. Opportunity to have one of your food samples judged in 'Best Flavor' and 'People's Choice' awards, with each winner receiving $300!
6. Be a part of an event that awards culinary students at HGTC with scholarships to help their culinary dreams come true!
7. The only culinary event on the Grand Strand with free admission for the public. *Exhibitors are not allowed to sell products at their booths.

Here's a slam dunk topic for your next civic club meeting

VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. Christina Lazarus, Big South Championship marketing coordinator, would love to talk to your group about the 2014 basketball championships. Get ahead of the game on men's and women's teams, dates, tickets, location. Give Christina a call at (843) 916-7214 or send her a quick email.

Myrtle Beach International Airport to host several hundred aviation professionals in the Grand Strand during May 2014

Myrtle Beach International Airport submitted a proposal to the American Association of Airport Executives earlier this year to host their annual Southeast Chapter Conference in Myrtle Beach and the proposal was awarded to the airport for the year 2014.

The Southeast Chapter is the largest chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives consisting of more than 450 members from 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the association is to determine, implement and promote a Code of Ethics for the members of the airport management profession, encourage professional growth of individual members through educational programs and accreditation, to foster, promote, and assist in the development of air transportation and provide related information and consultation to persons, businesses, and governmental agencies.

MYR's three day conference theme, "Visiting the Sun Fun Capital" is expected to bring several hundred aviation professionals to the Grand Strand area May 4-6, 2014. Confirmed attendees have already requested extended stay so they can bring their families for a mini beach vacation and enjoy our 60-mile span of beaches and activities. Conference housing will be at the Grand Dunes Marriott & Spa Resort.

Upon registration and check-in, the attendees will be welcomed to the beach with gift bags that include donations from various businesses. Kicking off the conference will be a well-known keynote speaker to be announced closer to May. Educational and professional development sessions mingled with fun Grand Strand activities will complete the agenda.
This is a great opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to be recognized for their specialty and for those wanting to participate with MYR staff in making this a fun and unforgettable visit to our Grand Strand area. If you are interested in being a part of our conference in any way, contact Tammy Baxley at baxleyt@horrycounty.org.

Calling small business owners and entrepreneurs - WIPL Conference

Are you a small business owner or interested in entrepreneurship? Make plans to attend the Women's Leadership Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb. 26, 2014, 1-5:15 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Then stay for the Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27. All programs will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

Pre-conference workshops offer you the chance to take away the tools you need to be more successful in running your business. If you are thinking about beginning a business, this is a great place to start! There will be a session just for the budding entrepreneur to help you navigate the waters of beginning your business.

Hear from the following speakers:
- Terry Haas, Television Personality, Author, Public Speaker, Real Estate Agent, Home Staging Consultant
- Panel featuring Betsy Bailey, Health Information Associates; Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese; JouJou Safa, BiJuJu
- Janet Graham, Small Business Development Center
- And More

Bring plenty of business cards for the Networking Reception set for 5-6:30 p.m. This is a terrific way to wrap up the day as you make great contacts and connections.

The cost for the pre-conference workshops is $50 if you are a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; nonmembers $75. You may also register for the networking reception only for $25.

Pre-conference workshops and the networking reception are presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information and to register, visit WIPLConference.com or call (843) 349-5033.

Feb. 11, 2014

Attention businesses! Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days during May 2014

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

Exhibit at 2014 Grand Strand TechExpo

With only 75 exhibit spaces available, the Grand Strand Technology Council expects to sell out well in advance of the fifth annual Grand Strand TechExpo. The April 9 event should be an exciting day for technology with the location at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and Horry County Schools Technology Fair in the adjacent halls bringing in hundreds of additional students, parents and community leaders. The event runs from 12-6 p.m. and is free for spectators, including free parking. For information on exhibiting at the TechExpo, go to GSTechExpo.org. Co-sponsors include the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Horry Industrial GSTechExpo.org Alliance and Waccamaw Publishers.

Does your company have responsibilities regarding the Affordable Care Act?

Are you in compliance with all federal mandates? Are you and your employees facing fines and penalties because you are not in compliance? Help is here. Your employees can meet with certified marketplace agents at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 18-20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Feb. 21 from 1-5 p.m. for assistance in applying for a subsidy and enrolling in a suitable health insurance plan.This service is available to all chamber member employees and their families at no charge. Call Lynda Thomas at (843) 457-1180 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Free tax return preparation for you by volunteers

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. Thanks to the Horry County Financial Literacy Coalition free tax preparation help is available through the VITA program. The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Find a location near you.

Youth Leadership Academy Facilitators Needed

For the seventh year, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Grand Strand will be holding the annual Youth Leadership Academy March 10 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Coastal Carolina University. Students will participate in hands on activities to help them build their leadership, communications and teamwork skills.

Each school is now allowed to send up to 15 high school sophomores to participate in the day, so our need for facilitators has never been greater. We have all new breakout sessions and keynote speakers and are expecting around 430 students.

To participate in YLA as a facilitator, you are required to attend one training session on Monday, March 3 or Tuesday, March 4. Both sessions will be at Coastal Carolina University in Kearns Hall (rooms TBD) from 6-8 p.m.. Due to the fact that we will be working with school-age young adults, background checks will be conducted on all facilitators.
This year's event will be focused around the theme of cyber bullying that will impact each and every student who attends; "Don't Be Mean Behind the Screen."

Contact Shannon.Furtick@VisitMyrtleBeach.com or at (843) 916-7240 by Feb. 14 if you are interested in being a facilitator with the date of training you will attend and your shirt size. She will contact you at that time to gather the additional data needed for the background check. If you know anyone who might be interested in this opportunity, please pass this along.

FLAVOR: Myrtle Beach's Premier Culinary Tasting Event

April 8 ~ 4-7:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B
To register call (843) 855-0527, fax the registration form to (877) 270-7076 or send it to info@palmettoeventproductions.com. Registration deadline: March 14, 2014

7 Reasons Why Your Restaurant Can't Afford Not to Participate:
1. Participating restaurants will receive $0.50 for every ticket collected.
2. Restaurants can participate for a minimal fee of $150, which includes a 10x20 booth space, pipe and draped booth area, two 8-foot skirted tables, two chairs, a business name sign and 110V electrical outlet. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce restaurant members will receive $25 off registration.
3. Opportunity to promote your restaurant to Chamber members and 5,000+ locals and visitors.
4. Free advertising in local and regional direct mail pieces and print ads.
5. Opportunity to have one of your food samples judged in 'Best Flavor' and 'People's Choice' awards, with each winner receiving $300!
6. Be a part of an event that awards culinary students at HGTC with scholarships to help their culinary dreams come true!
7. The only culinary event on the Grand Strand with free admission for the public. *Exhibitors are not allowed to sell products at their booths.

Here's a slam dunk topic for your next civic club meeting

VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. Christina Lazarus, Big South Championship marketing coordinator, would love to talk to your group about the 2014 basketball championships. Get ahead of the game on men's and women's teams, dates, tickets, location. Give Christina a call at (843) 916-7214 or send her a quick email.

Myrtle Beach International Airport to host several hundred aviation professionals in the Grand Strand during May 2014

Myrtle Beach International Airport submitted a proposal to the American Association of Airport Executives earlier this year to host their annual Southeast Chapter Conference in Myrtle Beach and the proposal was awarded to the airport for the year 2014.

The Southeast Chapter is the largest chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives consisting of more than 450 members from 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the association is to determine, implement and promote a Code of Ethics for the members of the airport management profession, encourage professional growth of individual members through educational programs and accreditation, to foster, promote, and assist in the development of air transportation and provide related information and consultation to persons, businesses, and governmental agencies.

MYR's three day conference theme, "Visiting the Sun Fun Capital" is expected to bring several hundred aviation professionals to the Grand Strand area May 4-6, 2014. Confirmed attendees have already requested extended stay so they can bring their families for a mini beach vacation and enjoy our 60-mile span of beaches and activities. Conference housing will be at the Grand Dunes Marriott & Spa Resort.

Upon registration and check-in, the attendees will be welcomed to the beach with gift bags that include donations from various businesses. Kicking off the conference will be a well-known keynote speaker to be announced closer to May. Educational and professional development sessions mingled with fun Grand Strand activities will complete the agenda.
This is a great opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to be recognized for their specialty and for those wanting to participate with MYR staff in making this a fun and unforgettable visit to our Grand Strand area. If you are interested in being a part of our conference in any way, contact Tammy Baxley at baxleyt@horrycounty.org.

Calling small business owners and entrepreneurs - WIPL Conference

Are you a small business owner or interested in entrepreneurship? Make plans to attend the Women's Leadership Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb. 26, 2014, 1-5:15 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Then stay for the Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27. All programs will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

Pre-conference workshops offer you the chance to take away the tools you need to be more successful in running your business. If you are thinking about beginning a business, this is a great place to start! There will be a session just for the budding entrepreneur to help you navigate the waters of beginning your business.

Hear from the following speakers:
- Terry Haas, Television Personality, Author, Public Speaker, Real Estate Agent, Home Staging Consultant
- Panel featuring Betsy Bailey, Health Information Associates; Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese; JouJou Safa, BiJuJu
- Janet Graham, Small Business Development Center
- And More

Bring plenty of business cards for the Networking Reception set for 5-6:30 p.m. This is a terrific way to wrap up the day as you make great contacts and connections.

The cost for the pre-conference workshops is $50 if you are a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; nonmembers $75. You may also register for the networking reception only for $25.

Pre-conference workshops and the networking reception are presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information and to register, visit WIPLConference.com or call (843) 349-5033.

 

Chamber Events

Feb. 5, 2014

Attention businesses! Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days during May 2014

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

Exhibit at 2014 Grand Strand TechExpo

With only 75 exhibit spaces available, the Grand Strand Technology Council expects to sell out well in advance of the fifth annual Grand Strand TechExpo. The April 9 event should be an exciting day for technology with the location at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and Horry County Schools Technology Fair in the adjacent halls bringing in hundreds of additional students, parents and community leaders. The event runs from 12-6 p.m. and is free for spectators, including free parking. For information on exhibiting at the TechExpo, go to GSTechExpo.org. Co-sponsors include the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Horry Industrial GSTechExpo.org Alliance and Waccamaw Publishers.

Does your company have responsibilities regarding the Affordable Care Act?

Are you in compliance with all federal mandates? Are you and your employees facing fines and penalties because you are not in compliance? Help is here. Your employees can meet with certified marketplace agents at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 18-20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Feb. 21 from 1-5 p.m. for assistance in applying for a subsidy and enrolling in a suitable health insurance plan.This service is available to all chamber member employees and their families at no charge. Call Lynda Thomas at (843) 457-1180 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Free tax return preparation for you by volunteers

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. Thanks to the Horry County Financial Literacy Coalition free tax preparation help is available through the VITA program. The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Find a location near you.

MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon is fast approaching!

Registration Deadlines and Fees
Full Marathon: $125 - Registration closes Feb. 5
Half Marathon: $115 - Registration closes Feb. 5
WPDE Marathon Team Relay: $175 per team if registered before Feb. 5 OR $250 per team if registered at the Runner's Expo
Neon Night 5K: $35 if registered before Feb. 5 OR $50 if registered at the Runner's Expo
1 Mile Family Fun Run: $15 - Registration closes Feb. 14, 2014 at the Runner's Expo

Nonmedical volunteers needed
- Race registration
- Distribution of shirts
- Assist in a water, food, or aid station
- Finish line assistance
Volunteer online

Medical volunteers needed

- 12 First Aid Stations on the course and also at the Finish Line Medical Area. Volunteers needed include:
- Physicians
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Nurses
- EMTs and Paramedics
- Respiratory Therapists
- Massage Therapists
Medical volunteers, email Dr. Mark Schecker at scheckmd@sccoast.net

All volunteers receive a free volunteer T-shirt, and free entrance, food and beverage at one of the two post race parties.

Youth Leadership Academy Facilitators Needed

For the seventh year, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Grand Strand will be holding the annual Youth Leadership Academy March 10 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Coastal Carolina University. Students will participate in hands on activities to help them build their leadership, communications and teamwork skills.

Each school is now allowed to send up to 15 high school sophomores to participate in the day, so our need for facilitators has never been greater. We have all new breakout sessions and keynote speakers and are expecting around 430 students.

To participate in YLA as a facilitator, you are required to attend one training session on Monday, March 3 or Tuesday, March 4. Both sessions will be at Coastal Carolina University in Kearns Hall (rooms TBD) from 6-8 p.m.. Due to the fact that we will be working with school-age young adults, background checks will be conducted on all facilitators.
This year's event will be focused around the theme of cyber bullying that will impact each and every student who attends; "Don't Be Mean Behind the Screen."

Contact Shannon.Furtick@VisitMyrtleBeach.com or at (843) 916-7240 by Feb. 14 if you are interested in being a facilitator with the date of training you will attend and your shirt size. She will contact you at that time to gather the additional data needed for the background check. If you know anyone who might be interested in this opportunity, please pass this along.

FLAVOR: Myrtle Beach's Premier Culinary Tasting Event

April 8 ~ 4-7:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B
To register call (843) 855-0527, fax the registration form to (877) 270-7076 or send it to info@palmettoeventproductions.com. Registration deadline: March 14, 2014

7 Reasons Why Your Restaurant Can't Afford Not to Participate:
1. Participating restaurants will receive $0.50 for every ticket collected.
2. Restaurants can participate for a minimal fee of $150, which includes a 10x20 booth space, pipe and draped booth area, two 8-foot skirted tables, two chairs, a business name sign and 110V electrical outlet. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce restaurant members will receive $25 off registration.
3. Opportunity to promote your restaurant to Chamber members and 5,000+ locals and visitors.
4. Free advertising in local and regional direct mail pieces and print ads.
5. Opportunity to have one of your food samples judged in 'Best Flavor' and 'People's Choice' awards, with each winner receiving $300!
6. Be a part of an event that awards culinary students at HGTC with scholarships to help their culinary dreams come true!
7. The only culinary event on the Grand Strand with free admission for the public. *Exhibitors are not allowed to sell products at their booths.

Here's a slam dunk topic for your next civic club meeting

VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. Christina Lazarus, Big South Championship marketing coordinator, would love to talk to your group about the 2014 basketball championships. Get ahead of the game on men's and women's teams, dates, tickets, location. Give Christina a call at (843) 916-7214 or send her a quick email.

Area Business Disaster Recovery Symposium

Jan. 31 ~ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Click here for vendor information
Click here for event information

Myrtle Beach International Airport to host several hundred aviation professionals in the Grand Strand during May 2014

Myrtle Beach International Airport submitted a proposal to the American Association of Airport Executives earlier this year to host their annual Southeast Chapter Conference in Myrtle Beach and the proposal was awarded to the airport for the year 2014.

The Southeast Chapter is the largest chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives consisting of more than 450 members from 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the association is to determine, implement and promote a Code of Ethics for the members of the airport management profession, encourage professional growth of individual members through educational programs and accreditation, to foster, promote, and assist in the development of air transportation and provide related information and consultation to persons, businesses, and governmental agencies.

MYR's three day conference theme, "Visiting the Sun Fun Capital" is expected to bring several hundred aviation professionals to the Grand Strand area May 4-6, 2014. Confirmed attendees have already requested extended stay so they can bring their families for a mini beach vacation and enjoy our 60-mile span of beaches and activities. Conference housing will be at the Grand Dunes Marriott & Spa Resort.

Upon registration and check-in, the attendees will be welcomed to the beach with gift bags that include donations from various businesses. Kicking off the conference will be a well-known keynote speaker to be announced closer to May. Educational and professional development sessions mingled with fun Grand Strand activities will complete the agenda.
This is a great opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to be recognized for their specialty and for those wanting to participate with MYR staff in making this a fun and unforgettable visit to our Grand Strand area. If you are interested in being a part of our conference in any way, contact Tammy Baxley at baxleyt@horrycounty.org.

Calling small business owners and entrepreneurs - WIPL Conference

Are you a small business owner or interested in entrepreneurship? Make plans to attend the Women's Leadership Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb. 26, 2014, 1-5:15 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Then stay for the Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27. All programs will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

Pre-conference workshops offer you the chance to take away the tools you need to be more successful in running your business. If you are thinking about beginning a business, this is a great place to start! There will be a session just for the budding entrepreneur to help you navigate the waters of beginning your business.

Hear from the following speakers:
- Terry Haas, Television Personality, Author, Public Speaker, Real Estate Agent, Home Staging Consultant
- Panel featuring Betsy Bailey, Health Information Associates; Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese; JouJou Safa, BiJuJu
- Janet Graham, Small Business Development Center
- And More

Bring plenty of business cards for the Networking Reception set for 5-6:30 p.m. This is a terrific way to wrap up the day as you make great contacts and connections.

The cost for the pre-conference workshops is $50 if you are a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; nonmembers $75. You may also register for the networking reception only for $25.

Pre-conference workshops and the networking reception are presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information and to register, visit WIPLConference.com or call (843) 349-5033.

Jan. 28, 2014

Attention businesses! Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days during May 2014

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

Does your company have responsibilities regarding the Affordable Care Act?

Are you in compliance with all federal mandates? Are you and your employees facing fines and penalties because you are not in compliance? Help is here. Your employees can meet with certified marketplace agents at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 18-20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Feb. 21 from 1-5 p.m. for assistance in applying for a subsidy and enrolling in a suitable health insurance plan.This service is available to all chamber member employees and their families at no charge. Call Lynda Thomas at (843) 457-1180 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon is fast approaching!

Registration Deadlines and Fees
Full Marathon: $125 - Registration closes Feb. 5
Half Marathon: $115 - Registration closes Feb. 5
WPDE Marathon Team Relay: $175 per team if registered before Feb. 5 OR $250 per team if registered at the Runner's Expo
Neon Night 5K: $35 if registered before Feb. 5 OR $50 if registered at the Runner's Expo
1 Mile Family Fun Run: $15 - Registration closes Feb. 14, 2014 at the Runner's Expo

Nonmedical volunteers needed
- Race registration
- Distribution of shirts
- Assist in a water, food, or aid station
- Finish line assistance
Volunteer online

Medical volunteers needed

- 12 First Aid Stations on the course and also at the Finish Line Medical Area. Volunteers needed include:
- Physicians
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Nurses
- EMTs and Paramedics
- Respiratory Therapists
- Massage Therapists
Medical volunteers, email Dr. Mark Schecker at scheckmd@sccoast.net

All volunteers receive a free volunteer T-shirt, and free entrance, food and beverage at one of the two post race parties.

Youth Leadership Academy Facilitators Needed

For the seventh year, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Grand Strand will be holding the annual Youth Leadership Academy March 10 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Coastal Carolina University. Students will participate in hands on activities to help them build their leadership, communications and teamwork skills.

Each school is now allowed to send up to 15 high school sophomores to participate in the day, so our need for facilitators has never been greater. We have all new breakout sessions and keynote speakers and are expecting around 430 students.

To participate in YLA as a facilitator, you are required to attend one training session on Monday, March 3 or Tuesday, March 4. Both sessions will be at Coastal Carolina University in Kearns Hall (rooms TBD) from 6-8 p.m.. Due to the fact that we will be working with school-age young adults, background checks will be conducted on all facilitators.
This year's event will be focused around the theme of cyber bullying that will impact each and every student who attends; "Don't Be Mean Behind the Screen."

Contact Shannon.Furtick@VisitMyrtleBeach.com or at (843) 916-7240 by Feb. 14 if you are interested in being a facilitator with the date of training you will attend and your shirt size. She will contact you at that time to gather the additional data needed for the background check. If you know anyone who might be interested in this opportunity, please pass this along.

FLAVOR: Myrtle Beach's Premier Culinary Tasting Event

April 8 ~ 4-7:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B
To register call (843) 855-0527, fax the registration form to (877) 270-7076 or send it to info@palmettoeventproductions.com. Registration deadline: March 14, 2014

7 Reasons Why Your Restaurant Can't Afford Not to Participate:
1. Participating restaurants will receive $0.50 for every ticket collected.
2. Restaurants can participate for a minimal fee of $150, which includes a 10x20 booth space, pipe and draped booth area, two 8-foot skirted tables, two chairs, a business name sign and 110V electrical outlet. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce restaurant members will receive $25 off registration.
3. Opportunity to promote your restaurant to Chamber members and 5,000+ locals and visitors.
4. Free advertising in local and regional direct mail pieces and print ads.
5. Opportunity to have one of your food samples judged in 'Best Flavor' and 'People's Choice' awards, with each winner receiving $300!
6. Be a part of an event that awards culinary students at HGTC with scholarships to help their culinary dreams come true!
7. The only culinary event on the Grand Strand with free admission for the public. *Exhibitors are not allowed to sell products at their booths.

Area Business Disaster Recovery Symposium

Jan. 31 ~ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Click here for vendor information
Click here for event information

Myrtle Beach International Airport to host several hundred aviation professionals in the Grand Strand during May 2014

Myrtle Beach International Airport submitted a proposal to the American Association of Airport Executives earlier this year to host their annual Southeast Chapter Conference in Myrtle Beach and the proposal was awarded to the airport for the year 2014.

The Southeast Chapter is the largest chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives consisting of more than 450 members from 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the association is to determine, implement and promote a Code of Ethics for the members of the airport management profession, encourage professional growth of individual members through educational programs and accreditation, to foster, promote, and assist in the development of air transportation and provide related information and consultation to persons, businesses, and governmental agencies.

MYR's three day conference theme, "Visiting the Sun Fun Capital" is expected to bring several hundred aviation professionals to the Grand Strand area May 4-6, 2014. Confirmed attendees have already requested extended stay so they can bring their families for a mini beach vacation and enjoy our 60-mile span of beaches and activities. Conference housing will be at the Grand Dunes Marriott & Spa Resort.

Upon registration and check-in, the attendees will be welcomed to the beach with gift bags that include donations from various businesses. Kicking off the conference will be a well-known keynote speaker to be announced closer to May. Educational and professional development sessions mingled with fun Grand Strand activities will complete the agenda.
This is a great opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to be recognized for their specialty and for those wanting to participate with MYR staff in making this a fun and unforgettable visit to our Grand Strand area. If you are interested in being a part of our conference in any way, contact Tammy Baxley at baxleyt@horrycounty.org.

Calling small business owners and entrepreneurs - WIPL Conference

Are you a small business owner or interested in entrepreneurship? Make plans to attend the Women's Leadership Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb. 26, 2014, 1-5:15 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Then stay for the Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27. All programs will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

Pre-conference workshops offer you the chance to take away the tools you need to be more successful in running your business. If you are thinking about beginning a business, this is a great place to start! There will be a session just for the budding entrepreneur to help you navigate the waters of beginning your business.

Hear from the following speakers:
- Terry Haas, Television Personality, Author, Public Speaker, Real Estate Agent, Home Staging Consultant
- Panel featuring Betsy Bailey, Health Information Associates; Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese; JouJou Safa, BiJuJu
- Janet Graham, Small Business Development Center
- And More

Bring plenty of business cards for the Networking Reception set for 5-6:30 p.m. This is a terrific way to wrap up the day as you make great contacts and connections.

The cost for the pre-conference workshops is $50 if you are a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; nonmembers $75. You may also register for the networking reception only for $25.

Pre-conference workshops and the networking reception are presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information and to register, visit WIPLConference.com or call (843) 349-5033.

Jan. 21, 2014

Attention businesses! Myrtle Beach hosting Military Appreciation Days during May 2014

City of Myrtle Beach is asking any member businesses who are interested in participating in Military Appreciation Month to send in discounts for active or retired military. These discounts will be distributed at military bases within a 3-6 hour drive range and posted on the Military Appreciations Days website. Send details about lodging, attractions, restaurants, golf, etc., discounts to Mark Kruea at info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call (843) 918-1014.

This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC, as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families for all that they do on our behalf. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard and veterans from all service branches.

The big Ocean Boulevard parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Sign up now to be part of the parade 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon is fast approaching!

Registration Deadlines and Fees
Full Marathon: $125 - Registration closes Feb. 5
Half Marathon: $115 - Registration closes Feb. 5
WPDE Marathon Team Relay: $175 per team if registered before Feb. 5 OR $250 per team if registered at the Runner's Expo
Neon Night 5K: $35 if registered before Feb. 5 OR $50 if registered at the Runner's Expo
1 Mile Family Fun Run: $15 - Registration closes Feb. 14, 2014 at the Runner's Expo

Nonmedical volunteers needed
- Race registration
- Distribution of shirts
- Assist in a water, food, or aid station
- Finish line assistance
Volunteer online

Medical volunteers needed

- 12 First Aid Stations on the course and also at the Finish Line Medical Area. Volunteers needed include:
- Physicians
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Nurses
- EMTs and Paramedics
- Respiratory Therapists
- Massage Therapists
Medical volunteers, email Dr. Mark Schecker at scheckmd@sccoast.net

All volunteers receive a free volunteer T-shirt, and free entrance, food and beverage at one of the two post race parties.

Youth Leadership Academy Facilitators Needed

For the seventh year, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Grand Strand will be holding the annual Youth Leadership Academy March 10 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Coastal Carolina University. Students will participate in hands on activities to help them build their leadership, communications and teamwork skills.

Each school is now allowed to send up to 15 high school sophomores to participate in the day, so our need for facilitators has never been greater. We have all new breakout sessions and keynote speakers and are expecting around 430 students.

To participate in YLA as a facilitator, you are required to attend one training session on Monday, March 3 or Tuesday, March 4. Both sessions will be at Coastal Carolina University in Kearns Hall (rooms TBD) from 6-8 p.m.. Due to the fact that we will be working with school-age young adults, background checks will be conducted on all facilitators.
This year's event will be focused around the theme of cyber bullying that will impact each and every student who attends; "Don't Be Mean Behind the Screen."

Contact Shannon.Furtick@VisitMyrtleBeach.com or at (843) 916-7240 by Feb. 14 if you are interested in being a facilitator with the date of training you will attend and your shirt size. She will contact you at that time to gather the additional data needed for the background check. If you know anyone who might be interested in this opportunity, please pass this along.

FLAVOR: Myrtle Beach's Premier Culinary Tasting Event

April 8 ~ 4-7:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B
To register call (843) 855-0527, fax the registration form to (877) 270-7076 or send it to info@palmettoeventproductions.com. Registration deadline: March 14, 2014

7 Reasons Why Your Restaurant Can't Afford Not to Participate:
1. Participating restaurants will receive $0.50 for every ticket collected.
2. Restaurants can participate for a minimal fee of $150, which includes a 10x20 booth space, pipe and draped booth area, two 8-foot skirted tables, two chairs, a business name sign and 110V electrical outlet. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce restaurant members will receive $25 off registration.
3. Opportunity to promote your restaurant to Chamber members and 5,000+ locals and visitors.
4. Free advertising in local and regional direct mail pieces and print ads.
5. Opportunity to have one of your food samples judged in 'Best Flavor' and 'People's Choice' awards, with each winner receiving $300!
6. Be a part of an event that awards culinary students at HGTC with scholarships to help their culinary dreams come true!
7. The only culinary event on the Grand Strand with free admission for the public. *Exhibitors are not allowed to sell products at their booths.

Here's a slam dunk topic for your next civic club meeting

VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. Christina Lazarus, Big South Championship marketing coordinator, would love to talk to your group about the 2014 basketball championships. Get ahead of the game on men's and women's teams, dates, tickets, location. Give Christina a call at (843) 916-7214 or send her a quick email.

Area Business Disaster Recovery Symposium

Jan. 31 ~ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Click here for vendor information
Click here for event information

Myrtle Beach International Airport to host several hundred aviation professionals in the Grand Strand during May 2014

Myrtle Beach International Airport submitted a proposal to the American Association of Airport Executives earlier this year to host their annual Southeast Chapter Conference in Myrtle Beach and the proposal was awarded to the airport for the year 2014.

The Southeast Chapter is the largest chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives consisting of more than 450 members from 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the association is to determine, implement and promote a Code of Ethics for the members of the airport management profession, encourage professional growth of individual members through educational programs and accreditation, to foster, promote, and assist in the development of air transportation and provide related information and consultation to persons, businesses, and governmental agencies.

MYR's three day conference theme, "Visiting the Sun Fun Capital" is expected to bring several hundred aviation professionals to the Grand Strand area May 4-6, 2014. Confirmed attendees have already requested extended stay so they can bring their families for a mini beach vacation and enjoy our 60-mile span of beaches and activities. Conference housing will be at the Grand Dunes Marriott & Spa Resort.

Upon registration and check-in, the attendees will be welcomed to the beach with gift bags that include donations from various businesses. Kicking off the conference will be a well-known keynote speaker to be announced closer to May. Educational and professional development sessions mingled with fun Grand Strand activities will complete the agenda.
This is a great opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to be recognized for their specialty and for those wanting to participate with MYR staff in making this a fun and unforgettable visit to our Grand Strand area. If you are interested in being a part of our conference in any way, contact Tammy Baxley at baxleyt@horrycounty.org.

Calling small business owners and entrepreneurs - WIPL Conference

Are you a small business owner or interested in entrepreneurship? Make plans to attend the Women's Leadership Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb. 26, 2014, 1-5:15 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Then stay for the Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27. All programs will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

Pre-conference workshops offer you the chance to take away the tools you need to be more successful in running your business. If you are thinking about beginning a business, this is a great place to start! There will be a session just for the budding entrepreneur to help you navigate the waters of beginning your business.

Hear from the following speakers:
- Terry Haas, Television Personality, Author, Public Speaker, Real Estate Agent, Home Staging Consultant
- Panel featuring Betsy Bailey, Health Information Associates; Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese; JouJou Safa, BiJuJu
- Janet Graham, Small Business Development Center
- And More

Bring plenty of business cards for the Networking Reception set for 5-6:30 p.m. This is a terrific way to wrap up the day as you make great contacts and connections.

The cost for the pre-conference workshops is $50 if you are a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; nonmembers $75. You may also register for the networking reception only for $25.

Pre-conference workshops and the networking reception are presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information and to register, visit WIPLConference.com or call (843) 349-5033.

Jan. 14, 2014

MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon is fast approaching!

Registration Deadlines and Fees
Full Marathon: $125 - Registration closes Feb. 5
Half Marathon: $115 - Registration closes Feb. 5
WPDE Marathon Team Relay: $175 per team if registered before Feb. 5 OR $250 per team if registered at the Runner's Expo
Neon Night 5K: $35 if registered before Feb. 5 OR $50 if registered at the Runner's Expo
1 Mile Family Fun Run: $15 - Registration closes Feb. 14, 2014 at the Runner's Expo

Nonmedical volunteers needed
- Race registration
- Distribution of shirts
- Assist in a water, food, or aid station
- Finish line assistance
Volunteer online

Medical volunteers needed

- 12 First Aid Stations on the course and also at the Finish Line Medical Area. Volunteers needed include:
- Physicians
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Nurses
- EMTs and Paramedics
- Respiratory Therapists
- Massage Therapists
Medical volunteers, email Dr. Mark Schecker at scheckmd@sccoast.net

All volunteers receive a free volunteer T-shirt, and free entrance, food and beverage at one of the two post race parties.

Youth Leadership Academy Facilitators Needed

For the seventh year, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Grand Strand will be holding the annual Youth Leadership Academy March 10 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Coastal Carolina University. Students will participate in hands on activities to help them build their leadership, communications and teamwork skills.

Each school is now allowed to send up to 15 high school sophomores to participate in the day, so our need for facilitators has never been greater. We have all new breakout sessions and keynote speakers and are expecting around 430 students.

To participate in YLA as a facilitator, you are required to attend one training session on Monday, March 3 or Tuesday, March 4. Both sessions will be at Coastal Carolina University in Kearns Hall (rooms TBD) from 6-8 p.m.. Due to the fact that we will be working with school-age young adults, background checks will be conducted on all facilitators.
This year's event will be focused around the theme of cyber bullying that will impact each and every student who attends; "Don't Be Mean Behind the Screen."

Contact Shannon.Furtick@VisitMyrtleBeach.com or at (843) 916-7240 by Feb. 14 if you are interested in being a facilitator with the date of training you will attend and your shirt size. She will contact you at that time to gather the additional data needed for the background check. If you know anyone who might be interested in this opportunity, please pass this along.

FLAVOR: Myrtle Beach's Premier Culinary Tasting Event

April 8 ~ 4-7:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B
To register call (843) 855-0527, fax the registration form to (877) 270-7076 or send it to info@palmettoeventproductions.com. Registration deadline: March 14, 2014

7 Reasons Why Your Restaurant Can't Afford Not to Participate:
1. Participating restaurants will receive $0.50 for every ticket collected.
2. Restaurants can participate for a minimal fee of $150, which includes a 10x20 booth space, pipe and draped booth area, two 8-foot skirted tables, two chairs, a business name sign and 110V electrical outlet. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce restaurant members will receive $25 off registration.
3. Opportunity to promote your restaurant to Chamber members and 5,000+ locals and visitors.
4. Free advertising in local and regional direct mail pieces and print ads.
5. Opportunity to have one of your food samples judged in 'Best Flavor' and 'People's Choice' awards, with each winner receiving $300!
6. Be a part of an event that awards culinary students at HGTC with scholarships to help their culinary dreams come true!
7. The only culinary event on the Grand Strand with free admission for the public. *Exhibitors are not allowed to sell products at their booths.

Here's a slam dunk topic for your next civic club meeting

VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. Christina Lazarus, Big South Championship marketing coordinator, would love to talk to your group about the 2014 basketball championships. Get ahead of the game on men's and women's teams, dates, tickets, location. Give Christina a call at (843) 916-7214 or send her a quick email.

Area Business Disaster Recovery Symposium

Jan. 31 ~ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Click here for vendor information
Click here for event information

Myrtle Beach International Airport to host several hundred aviation professionals in the Grand Strand during May 2014

Myrtle Beach International Airport submitted a proposal to the American Association of Airport Executives earlier this year to host their annual Southeast Chapter Conference in Myrtle Beach and the proposal was awarded to the airport for the year 2014.

The Southeast Chapter is the largest chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives consisting of more than 450 members from 12 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the association is to determine, implement and promote a Code of Ethics for the members of the airport management profession, encourage professional growth of individual members through educational programs and accreditation, to foster, promote, and assist in the development of air transportation and provide related information and consultation to persons, businesses, and governmental agencies.

MYR's three day conference theme, "Visiting the Sun Fun Capital" is expected to bring several hundred aviation professionals to the Grand Strand area May 4-6, 2014. Confirmed attendees have already requested extended stay so they can bring their families for a mini beach vacation and enjoy our 60-mile span of beaches and activities. Conference housing will be at the Grand Dunes Marriott & Spa Resort.

Upon registration and check-in, the attendees will be welcomed to the beach with gift bags that include donations from various businesses. Kicking off the conference will be a well-known keynote speaker to be announced closer to May. Educational and professional development sessions mingled with fun Grand Strand activities will complete the agenda.
This is a great opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to be recognized for their specialty and for those wanting to participate with MYR staff in making this a fun and unforgettable visit to our Grand Strand area. If you are interested in being a part of our conference in any way, contact Tammy Baxley at baxleyt@horrycounty.org.

Calling small business owners and entrepreneurs - WIPL Conference

Are you a small business owner or interested in entrepreneurship? Make plans to attend the Women's Leadership Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb. 26, 2014, 1-5:15 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Then stay for the Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27. All programs will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

Pre-conference workshops offer you the chance to take away the tools you need to be more successful in running your business. If you are thinking about beginning a business, this is a great place to start! There will be a session just for the budding entrepreneur to help you navigate the waters of beginning your business.

Hear from the following speakers:
- Terry Haas, Television Personality, Author, Public Speaker, Real Estate Agent, Home Staging Consultant
- Panel featuring Betsy Bailey, Health Information Associates; Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese; JouJou Safa, BiJuJu
- Janet Graham, Small Business Development Center
- And More

Bring plenty of business cards for the Networking Reception set for 5-6:30 p.m. This is a terrific way to wrap up the day as you make great contacts and connections.

The cost for the pre-conference workshops is $50 if you are a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; nonmembers $75. You may also register for the networking reception only for $25.

Pre-conference workshops and the networking reception are presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information and to register, visit WIPLConference.com or call (843) 349-5033.

 

Jan. 7, 2014

WPDE Marathon Team Relay is back by popular demand in 2014! This special event is a terrific opportunity to share the fun of Myrtle Beach Marathon with others. Grab your family, friends, co-workers, church group, school mates, business associates, any group at all and start moving! Teams in the WPDE Marathon Team Relay have great flexibility in the number of members as well as the distance each one completes. Teams consisting of two, three, four or five members will work together to each finish a leg of the 26.2 mile Myrtle Beach Marathon.
Entry Fees:
Dec. 15, 2013-Feb. 5, 2014: $175 per team
Registration at Runner's Expo: $250 per team

MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon needs than 1,000 volunteers in the following areas:
- Race registration
- Distribution of shirts
- Assist in a water, food or aid station
- Finish line assistance
All volunteers receive a free volunteer T-shirt, and free entrance, food and beverage at one of the two post-race parties. Sign up today to volunteer on Feb. 13, 14 or 15.

Here's a slam dunk topic for your next civic club meeting - VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. Christina Lazarus, Big South Championship marketing coordinator, would love to talk to your group about the 2014 basketball championships. Get ahead of the game on men's and women's teams, dates, tickets, location. Give Christina a call at (843) 916-7214 or send her a quick email.

Restaurant Business Development Conference
Jan. 8-9
Coastal Carolina University

Day one is designed for any small business owner wishing to design and maintain a webpage for their business. Day two focuses on restaurants and provides information on the following topics: How to Buy/Sell a Restaurant, Financing Your Restaurant, Franchising Restaurants, Restaurant Best Practices (from area experts), DHEC: New Regulations, Designing a Marketing Plan, Quick Books for Restaurants, Insurance: Where are you exposed, Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Social Media Marketing. Print Flyer

Area Business Disaster Recovery Symposium
Jan. 31 ~ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Click here for vendor information
Click here for event information and registration


Calling small business owners and entrepreneurs
Are you a small business owner or interested in entrepreneurship? Make plans to attend the Women's Leadership Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb. 26, 2014, 1-5:15 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Then stay for the Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27. All programs will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

Pre-conference workshops offer you the chance to take away the tools you need to be more successful in running your business. If you are thinking about beginning a business, this is a great place to start! There will be a session just for the budding entrepreneur to help you navigate the waters of beginning your business.

Hear from the following speakers:
- Terry Haas, Television Personality, Author, Public Speaker, Real Estate Agent, Home Staging Consultant
- Panel featuring Betsy Bailey, Health Information Associates; Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese; JouJou Safa, BiJuJu
- Janet Graham, Small Business Development Center
- And More

Bring plenty of business cards for the Networking Reception set for 5-6:30 p.m. This is a terrific way to wrap up the day as you make great contacts and connections.

The cost for the pre-conference workshops is $50 if you are a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; nonmembers $75. You may also register for the networking reception only for $25.

Pre-conference workshops and the networking reception are presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information and to register, visit WIPLConference.com or call (843) 349-5033.

Nominations open for SBA's 2014 South Carolina Small Business and Advocacy Awards
The SBA South Carolina District Office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is Jan. 31, 2014.

Awards include:
- Small Business Person of the Year
- Small Business Exporter of the Year
- New: SOHO Award (15 or fewer employees)
- Family Business of the Year
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year (under 30 years-old)
- New: Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year
- Minority Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year
- Women in Business Advocate of the Year
- New: Small Business Financing Advocate of the Year
- New: Small Business Ally of the Year (for nonprofit organizations)

Submission instructions, eligibility information and evaluation criteria are available in the 2014 nomination guidelines online. Information about additional SBA award categories--such as federal procurement and disaster recovery awards - is also available in the 2014 guidelines.

Dec. 25, 2013

WPDE Marathon Team Relay is back by popular demand in 2014! This special event is a terrific opportunity to share the fun of Myrtle Beach Marathon with others. Grab your family, friends, co-workers, church group, school mates, business associates, any group at all and start moving! Teams in the WPDE Marathon Team Relay have great flexibility in the number of members as well as the distance each one completes. Teams consisting of two, three, four or five members will work together to each finish a leg of the 26.2 mile Myrtle Beach Marathon.
Entry Fees:
Dec. 15, 2013-Feb. 5, 2014: $175 per team
Registration at Runner's Expo: $250 per team

How to increase business at a small town bar & grill
Thinking about opening a local bar and grill? Or maybe you already have one that is already open and just want to improve your business? Bar and grills are casual eateries and when properly run can be quite profitable. Check out these steps you can take to improve your business. For more small business tips, check out the Small Business Buzz library.

Here's a slam dunk topic for your next civic club meeting - VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. Christina Lazarus, Big South Championship marketing coordinator, would love to talk to your group about the 2014 basketball championships. Get ahead of the game on men's and women's teams, dates, tickets, location. Give Christina a call at (843) 916-7214 or send her a quick email.

Restaurant Business Development Conference
Jan. 8-9, 2014
Coastal Carolina University

Day one is designed for any small business owner wishing to design and maintain a webpage for their business. Day two focuses on restaurants and provides information on the following topics: How to Buy/Sell a Restaurant, Financing Your Restaurant, Franchising Restaurants, Restaurant Best Practices (from area experts), DHEC: New Regulations, Designing a Marketing Plan, Quick Books for Restaurants, Insurance: Where are you exposed, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Social Media Marketing. Print Flyer

Area Business Disaster Recovery Symposium
Jan. 31 ~ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Vendor spaces available


Grow Your Business at ThinkMyrtleBeach.com
ThinkMyrtleBeach.com puts your business in front of people actively looking to relocate, retire or find a trusted chamber member for products and services. Even businesses with small advertising budgets (prices start at only $200 per year) can reach thousands of potential customers by advertising on this site. Click here to download a sales flyer. Contact: Scott Head, advertising sales manager, (843) 916-7277.

Calling small business owners and entrepreneurs
Are you a small business owner or interested in entrepreneurship? Make plans to attend the Women's Leadership Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb. 26, 2014, 1-5:15 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Then stay for the Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27. All programs will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

Pre-conference workshops offer you the chance to take away the tools you need to be more successful in running your business. If you are thinking about beginning a business, this is a great place to start! There will be a session just for the budding entrepreneur to help you navigate the waters of beginning your business.

Hear from the following speakers:
- Terry Haas, Television Personality, Author, Public Speaker, Real Estate Agent, Home Staging Consultant
- Panel featuring Betsy Bailey, Health Information Associates; Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese; JouJou Safa, BiJuJu
- Janet Graham, Small Business Development Center
- And More

Bring plenty of business cards for the Networking Reception set for 5-6:30 p.m. This is a terrific way to wrap up the day as you make great contacts and connections.

The cost for the pre-conference workshops is $50 if you are a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; nonmembers $75. You may also register for the networking reception only for $25.

Pre-conference workshops and the networking reception are presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information and to register, visit WIPLConference.com or call (843) 349-5033.

Nominations open for SBA's 2014 South Carolina Small Business and Advocacy Awards
The SBA South Carolina District Office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is Jan. 17, 2014.

Awards include:
- Small Business Person of the Year
- Small Business Exporter of the Year
- New: SOHO Award (15 or fewer employees)
- Family Business of the Year
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year (under 30 years-old)
- New: Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year
- Minority Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year
- Women in Business Advocate of the Year
- New: Small Business Financing Advocate of the Year
- New: Small Business Ally of the Year (for nonprofit organizations)

Submission instructions, eligibility information and evaluation criteria are available in the 2014 nomination guidelines online . Information about additional SBA award categories--such as federal procurement and disaster recovery awards - is also available in the 2014 guidelines.

Register for construction grants for affordable housing
Calling all homebuilders! If you're looking for funding to build affordable housing in your community, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLB Atlanta) can help through its 2014 Affordable Housing Program (AHP). Registration for AHP is now open.

AHP offers grants of up to $500,000 to local nonprofit or for-profit housing developers, contractors, community builders and other nonprofit and for-profit organizations (Sponsors) to bring low- to moderate-income housing to local communities. In 2013, FHLBank Atlanta's AHP granted more than $21 million to assist in the funding of 52 affordable housing projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

You'll need to partner a participating FHLB Atlanta member, or Shareholder, for the program. You can find a list of participating Shareholders on their home page. There, you'll also register for FHLBAccess, even if you have participated in the AHP before.

On the home page you'll also find a short orientation video about the program, as well as new and experienced Sponsor PowerPoint decks that will walk you through the process in detail.

Participants can start applying Jan. 14, 2014, and the deadline for final applications is Feb. 13, 2014.

Questions? Call (800) 536-9650, then choose Option 3, Option 1 and Option 3. Ask for Joel Brockmann, rental production manager, or Lia Webster, ownership production manager. Grant winners will be announced in May 2014.

Dec. 18, 2013

Myrtle Beach ranks No. 2 for Yahoo Travel destination searches in 2013

The Myrtle Beach area proved to be a popular travel spot to search for. On Yahoo's list of the top 10 travel searches of 2013, Myrtle Beach ranked second.

"This ranking goes to show that the Myrtle Beach brand continues to grow in awareness and popularity for vacationers all across the country," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. "We're so thankful that our wonderful visitors continue to recommend our beach destination to their friends and family."

The Yahoo ranking was just the latest in a string of national recognitions the Myrtle Beach area has received in 2013. USA Today selected Myrtle Beach as having one of the top 24 boardwalks for food in the U.S., while Samantha Brown, who is well known for her segments on The Travel Channel, ranked Myrtle Beach No. 1 on her list of Best Travel Spots.

Yahoo's 2013 rankings are based on hotel searches. The top 10 travel destinations in order are:
1. Las Vegas
2. Myrtle Beach
3. New Orleans
4. Key West
5. Atlantic City
6. Virginia Beach
7. Gatlinburg
8. San Diego
9. San Francisco
10. Santa Barbara

WPDE Marathon Team Relay is back by popular demand in 2014! This special event is a terrific opportunity to share the fun of Myrtle Beach Marathon with others. Grab your family, friends, co-workers, church group, school mates, business associates, any group at all and start moving! Teams in the WPDE Marathon Team Relay have great flexibility in the number of members as well as the distance each one completes. Teams consisting of two, three, four or five members will work together to each finish a leg of the 26.2 mile Myrtle Beach Marathon.
Entry Fees:
Dec. 15, 2013-Feb. 5, 2014: $175 per team
Registration at Runner's Expo: $250 per team

Here's a slam dunk topic for your next civic club meeting - VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. Christina Lazarus, Big South Championship marketing coordinator, would love to talk to your group about the 2014 basketball championships. Get ahead of the game on men's and women's teams, dates, tickets, location. Give Christina a call at (843) 916-7214 or send her a quick email.

Restaurant Business Development Conference
Jan. 8-9, 2014
Coastal Carolina University

Day one is designed for any small business owner wishing to design and maintain a webpage for their business. Day two focuses on restaurants and provides information on the following topics: How to Buy/Sell a Restaurant, Financing Your Restaurant, Franchising Restaurants, Restaurant Best Practices (from area experts), DHEC: New Regulations, Designing a Marketing Plan, Quick Books for Restaurants, Insurance: Where are you exposed, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Social Media Marketing. Print Flyer

Area Business Disaster Recovery Symposium
Jan. 31 ~ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Vendor spaces available


Increase your business exposure
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce's ambassadors are a prestigious group providing membership mentoring to new and existing chamber investors and assisting MBACC staff with assuring that chamber members are receiving their return on membership. Ambassadors enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources. To learn how you can join this elite group, fill out an online form or contact Ryan Smith, membership retention and services manager, at (843) 916-7238.

Grow Your Business at ThinkMyrtleBeach.com
ThinkMyrtleBeach.com puts your business in front of people actively looking to relocate, retire or find a trusted chamber member for products and services. Even businesses with small advertising budgets (prices start at only $200 per year) can reach thousands of potential customers by advertising on this site. Click here to download a sales flyer. Contact: Scott Head, advertising sales manager, (843) 916-7277.

Calling small business owners and entrepreneurs
Are you a small business owner or interested in entrepreneurship? Make plans to attend the Women's Leadership Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb. 26, 2014, 1-5:15 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Then stay for the Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27. All programs will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

Pre-conference workshops offer you the chance to take away the tools you need to be more successful in running your business. If you are thinking about beginning a business, this is a great place to start! There will be a session just for the budding entrepreneur to help you navigate the waters of beginning your business.

Hear from the following speakers:
- Terry Haas, Television Personality, Author, Public Speaker, Real Estate Agent, Home Staging Consultant
- Panel featuring Betsy Bailey, Health Information Associates; Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese; JouJou Safa, BiJuJu
- Janet Graham, Small Business Development Center
- And More

Bring plenty of business cards for the Networking Reception set for 5-6:30 p.m. This is a terrific way to wrap up the day as you make great contacts and connections.

The cost for the pre-conference workshops is $50 if you are a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; nonmembers $75. You may also register for the networking reception only for $25.

Pre-conference workshops and the networking reception are presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information and to register, visit WIPLConference.com or call (843) 349-5033.

Nominations open for SBA's 2014 South Carolina Small Business and Advocacy Awards
The SBA South Carolina District Office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is Jan. 17, 2014.

Awards include:
- Small Business Person of the Year
- Small Business Exporter of the Year
- New: SOHO Award (15 or fewer employees)
- Family Business of the Year
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year (under 30 years-old)
- New: Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year
- Minority Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year
- Women in Business Advocate of the Year
- New: Small Business Financing Advocate of the Year
- New: Small Business Ally of the Year (for nonprofit organizations)

Submission instructions, eligibility information and evaluation criteria are available in the 2014 nomination guidelines online . Information about additional SBA award categories--such as federal procurement and disaster recovery awards - is also available in the 2014 guidelines.

Register for construction grants for affordable housing
Calling all homebuilders! If you're looking for funding to build affordable housing in your community, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLB Atlanta) can help through its 2014 Affordable Housing Program (AHP). Registration for AHP is now open.

AHP offers grants of up to $500,000 to local nonprofit or for-profit housing developers, contractors, community builders and other nonprofit and for-profit organizations (Sponsors) to bring low- to moderate-income housing to local communities. In 2013, FHLBank Atlanta's AHP granted more than $21 million to assist in the funding of 52 affordable housing projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

You'll need to partner a participating FHLB Atlanta member, or Shareholder, for the program. You can find a list of participating Shareholders on their home page. There, you'll also register for FHLBAccess, even if you have participated in the AHP before.

On the home page you'll also find a short orientation video about the program, as well as new and experienced Sponsor PowerPoint decks that will walk you through the process in detail.

Participants can start applying Jan. 14, 2014, and the deadline for final applications is Feb. 13, 2014.

Questions? Call (800) 536-9650, then choose Option 3, Option 1 and Option 3. Ask for Joel Brockmann, rental production manager, or Lia Webster, ownership production manager. Grant winners will be announced in May 2014.

Dec. 13, 2013

Shop Our Members
It's easy to save during the holidays! Shop local through Dec. 16 and enjoy fantastic discounts from Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce businesses.

WPDE Marathon Team Relay is back by popular demand in 2014! This special event is a terrific opportunity to share the fun of Myrtle Beach Marathon with others. Grab your family, friends, co-workers, church group, school mates, business associates, any group at all and start moving! Teams in the WPDE Marathon Team Relay have great flexibility in the number of members as well as the distance each one completes. Teams consisting of two, three, four or five members will work together to each finish a leg of the 26.2 mile Myrtle Beach Marathon.
Entry Fees:
Up to Dec. 14, 2013: $150 per team
Dec. 15, 2013-Feb. 5, 2014: $175 per team
Registration at Runner's Expo: $250 per team

Here's a slam dunk topic for your next civic club meeting - VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. Christina Lazarus, Big South Championship marketing coordinator, would love to talk to your group about the 2014 basketball championships. Get ahead of the game on men's and women's teams, dates, tickets, location. Give Christina a call at (843) 916-7214 or send her a quick email.

Restaurant Business Development Conference
Jan. 8-9, 2014
Coastal Carolina University

Day one is designed for any small business owner wishing to design and maintain a webpage for their business. Day two focuses on restaurants and provides information on the following topics: How to Buy/Sell a Restaurant, Financing Your Restaurant, Franchising Restaurants, Restaurant Best Practices (from area experts), DHEC: New Regulations, Designing a Marketing Plan, Quick Books for Restaurants, Insurance: Where are you exposed, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Social Media Marketing. Print Flyer

Area Business Disaster Recovery Symposium
Jan. 31 ~ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Vendor spaces available


Increase your business exposure
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce's ambassadors are a prestigious group providing membership mentoring to new and existing chamber investors and assisting MBACC staff with assuring that chamber members are receiving their return on membership. Ambassadors enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources. To learn how you can join this elite group, fill out an online form or contact Ryan Smith, membership retention and services manager, at (843) 916-7238.

Grow Your Business at ThinkMyrtleBeach.com
ThinkMyrtleBeach.com puts your business in front of people actively looking to relocate, retire or find a trusted chamber member for products and services. Even businesses with small advertising budgets (prices start at only $200 per year) can reach thousands of potential customers by advertising on this site. Click here to download a sales flyer. Contact: Scott Head, advertising sales manager, (843) 916-7277.

Calling small business owners and entrepreneurs
Are you a small business owner or interested in entrepreneurship? Make plans to attend the Women's Leadership Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb. 26, 2014, 1-5:15 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Then stay for the Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27. All programs will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

Pre-conference workshops offer you the chance to take away the tools you need to be more successful in running your business. If you are thinking about beginning a business, this is a great place to start! There will be a session just for the budding entrepreneur to help you navigate the waters of beginning your business.

Hear from the following speakers:
- Terry Haas, Television Personality, Author, Public Speaker, Real Estate Agent, Home Staging Consultant
- Panel featuring Betsy Bailey, Health Information Associates; Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese; JouJou Safa, BiJuJu
- Janet Graham, Small Business Development Center
- And More

Bring plenty of business cards for the Networking Reception set for 5-6:30 p.m. This is a terrific way to wrap up the day as you make great contacts and connections.

The cost for the pre-conference workshops is $50 if you are a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; nonmembers $75. You may also register for the networking reception only for $25.

Pre-conference workshops and the networking reception are presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information and to register, visit WIPLConference.com or call (843) 349-5033.

Nominations open for SBA's 2014 South Carolina Small Business and Advocacy Awards
The SBA South Carolina District Office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is Jan. 17, 2014.

Awards include:
- Small Business Person of the Year
- Small Business Exporter of the Year
- New: SOHO Award (15 or fewer employees)
- Family Business of the Year
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year (under 30 years-old)
- New: Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year
- Minority Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year
- Women in Business Advocate of the Year
- New: Small Business Financing Advocate of the Year
- New: Small Business Ally of the Year (for nonprofit organizations)

Submission instructions, eligibility information and evaluation criteria are available in the 2014 nomination guidelines online . Information about additional SBA award categories--such as federal procurement and disaster recovery awards - is also available in the 2014 guidelines.

Register for construction grants for affordable housing
Calling all homebuilders! If you're looking for funding to build affordable housing in your community, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLB Atlanta) can help through its 2014 Affordable Housing Program (AHP). Registration for AHP is now open.

AHP offers grants of up to $500,000 to local nonprofit or for-profit housing developers, contractors, community builders and other nonprofit and for-profit organizations (Sponsors) to bring low- to moderate-income housing to local communities. In 2013, FHLBank Atlanta's AHP granted more than $21 million to assist in the funding of 52 affordable housing projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

You'll need to partner a participating FHLB Atlanta member, or Shareholder, for the program. You can find a list of participating Shareholders on their home page. There, you'll also register for FHLBAccess, even if you have participated in the AHP before.

On the home page you'll also find a short orientation video about the program, as well as new and experienced Sponsor PowerPoint decks that will walk you through the process in detail.

Participants can start applying Jan. 14, 2014, and the deadline for final applications is Feb. 13, 2014.

Questions? Call (800) 536-9650, then choose Option 3, Option 1 and Option 3. Ask for Joel Brockmann, rental production manager, or Lia Webster, ownership production manager. Grant winners will be announced in May 2014.

Dec. 3, 2013

Shop Our Members
It's easy to save during the holidays! Shop local through Dec. 16 and enjoy fantastic discounts from Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce businesses.

WPDE Marathon Team Relay is back by popular demand in 2014! This special event is a terrific opportunity to share the fun of Myrtle Beach Marathon with others. Grab your family, friends, co-workers, church group, school mates, business associates, any group at all and start moving! Teams in the WPDE Marathon Team Relay have great flexibility in the number of members as well as the distance each one completes. Teams consisting of two, three, four or five members will work together to each finish a leg of the 26.2 mile Myrtle Beach Marathon.
Entry Fees:
Up to Dec. 14, 2013: $150 per team
Dec. 15, 2013-Feb. 5, 2014: $175 per team
Registration at Runner's Expo: $250 per team

Here's a slam dunk topic for your next civic club meeting - VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships. Christina Lazarus, Big South Championship marketing coordinator, would love to talk to your group about the 2014 basketball championships. Get ahead of the game on men's and women's teams, dates, tickets, location. Give Christina a call at (843) 916-7214 or send her a quick email.

Investor Network
Cowork MYR - Cocelerator - Cubic Phase is building an investor network in Myrtle Beach. The first presentation is being offered twice (select a day) - Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. (time change from 6 p.m.) at Cowork MYR (601 21st Ave. North, Myrtle Beach). The event is private, and is for accredited investors who have RSVP'd by emailing investors@cocelerator.com. They will be sending out an email with details. If you're interested, please add your name to the list at http://eepurl.com/ImRQz.

To learn more about investing, Cowork MYR is offering the following class to the public:
Angel Investing 101
Dec. 11 ~ 6 p.m.

Cowork MYR, 601 21st Ave. North, Myrtle Beach
Learn what it means to be an Angel Investor for Web startups. We will take you through how to evaluate companies and what a deal looks like. This event is open to anyone interested in more information about Angel Investing or becoming part of the Cowork MYR investor network.