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Leading Business of the Month Sponsored by South State Bank

Leading Business of the Month

by Amanda Blomquist, Business Development marketing coordinator, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Dragons, Christian music, coffee and youth ministry. How could those work together? Pretty seamlessly if you’re Ground Zero.

The nonprofit located on Chester Street in Myrtle Beach is our October Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank.

Ground Zero is a place where all teenagers can go, belong and grow. Christian ministry is at the heart of the organization. They host various events throughout the month for teenagers whether they just need a place to hang out, want to be involved in a small group, develop their leadership skills or want to dive deeper into their Christian faith.

Ground Zero also brings Christian music to the stage in Myrtle Beach, either downtown at their facility, outside on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, or at other area churches.

It’s housed in what used to be the Rivoli Theatre a block from the ocean in downtown Myrtle Beach. The Rivoli was a place for teens to hangout from 1958 through its closure in the early 1980s. The building later housed a night club for a little while, then a children’s theater. In the late 1990s, th building was acquired by the City of Myrtle Beach with initial plans to turn it into a performing arts center. Ground Zero has leased the building since 2011.

The smell of fresh coffee hits first when you walk in the door thanks to the café, open only during special events, at the front of the building. Further inside is a mixed-use area that leads right up to a pit and stage.

Still wondering how dragons fit in the mix?

Ground Zero is the host of the Dragon Boat Festival each April at The Market Common. It’s part fundraiser, part outreach and all fun. And yes, registration is already open for the 12th Annual Ground Zero Dragon Boat Festival slated for April 25, 2020.

Ground Zero
904 Chester St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 

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About Leading Business of the Month

The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month. 

Leading Business of the Month 

October 2019 - Ground Zero
September 2019 - Duplin Winery
August 2019 - Tyson Sign Company
July 2019 - Costco Wholesale
June 2019 - Damon's Oceanfront Grill
May 2019 - Horry Georgetown Technical College
April 2019 - Seaside Furniture Gallery & Accents
March 2019 - Leonard, Call & Associates
February 2019 - American Heart Association
January 2019 - Socastee Eye Clinic
December 2018 - Three Ring Focus
November 2018 - Mirage Hair Studio
October 2018 - Domino's
September 2018 - Hyatt Buick GMC
August 2018 - Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum 
July 2018 - RE/MAX Southern Shores
June 2018 - House of Blues
May 2018 - Coastal Engravers Inc.
April 2018 - American Red Cross Eastern SC
March 2018 - Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
February 2018 - The Jackson Companies
January 2018 - FSA-Full Steam Ahead, Inc. Fire & Water Restoration
December 2017 - Best Western Ocean Sands Beach Resort
November 2017 - Gay Dolphin
October 2017 - Carolina Cool Inc.
September 2017 - H.B. Springs Company Inc. - Insurance and Myrtle Beach KOA Kampground
August 2017 - Serendipity Inn
July 2017 - Hussey Motors
June 2017 - Benjamin's Bakery & Café 
May 2017 - Barefoot Landing
April 2017 - Grand Strand Humane Society
March 2017 - The Carolina Opry
February 2017 - River Club
January 2017 - Miss-Master The Children Shoppe 
December 2016 - Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament 
November 2016 - Firehouse Subs - Myrtle Beach
September 2016 - Canine Command Center
August 2016 - Canterbury Apartment Homes 
July 2016 - Jungle Lagoon
June 2016 - Liberty Tax Service 
May 2016 - Ultimate California Pizza Game Zone 
April 2016 - Benji's Bed & Breakfast 
March 2016 - Myrtle Beach Pelicans 
February 2016 - Flowers in the Forest 
January 2016 - Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA 
December 2015 - Native Sons Screen Print & Embroidery 
November 2015 - Christmas Mouse 
October 2015 - Black's Tire & Auto Service 
September 2015 - Sparks Toyota