In celebration of National Small Business Week in May and in continuing efforts to support and engage minorities in business, the chamber partnered with TD Bank to award membership to minority-owned businesses.
TD Bank is sponsoring the cost of one year’s dues for four minority-owned businesses. The winning businesses and their employees will have full access to all benefits of chamber membership including a listing in the business directory, free job listings on our Job Board, discounts through our money-saving programs and invitations to networking events and education classes.
This membership initiative was provided by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, in a continuing effort to celebrate diversity, support and engage minorities in business, and provide opportunity in underserved communities.
“At TD Bank, we understand the important role small businesses play in our local and national economies, and we’re committed to helping them grow and be successful,” said Ryan Spagnolo, relationship manager for TD Bank. “Because of this, we are honored to provide this opportunity to these four minority-owned businesses in the greater Grand Strand.”
Of the business owners who applied, 55 qualified and four were selected at random on June 1 and notified by June 15. The MBACC board of directors finalized their membership on June 22.
To qualify, each business must be 51 percent or more owned by a minority, marginalized or underrepresented demographic such as: Black or African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-Pacific, Subcontinent Asian, Eastern European, woman, veteran or disabled person. In addition, the business must be located in Horry or Georgetown counties, legally operating for at least one month and cannot be current investors with the chamber.
Below are the winners who were drawn at random.
Lisa Coombs is the owner of Kirky Entertainment and Event Planning which hosts events, festivals, parties, wedding and all other kinds of events. Kirky plans and provides any services for your event that you need like a photographer, chefs, hairstyles and much more based on your needs for your specific event.
Tena Ellefson is the owner of The Friendly CFO, LLC an HR and finance service for businesses that haven’t grown enough to have a professional full-time CFO.
NOLA’s Stuffed Snoballs is a mobile food service owned by Dwayne Fisher serving New Orleans style food and treats including flavored shaved ice.
Leo Onur Gundogdy is orginally from Turkey, but has owned his busines in Myrtle Beach for more than four years. The Big Bath Vanities Outlet sells 100 percent wood and mdf-wood veneer bathroom vanities.
Quality Business Solutions (QBS) offers an integrated solution to remove the weight of payroll administration from your plate, allowing you to focus your time and resources on growing your business.
Chamber investors receive exclusive pricing on payroll management services. The QBS secure online system provides you and your employees with access to vital payroll information allowing you to run reports, print W-2s and view pay stubs all in one place, any time.