April 2018
May 9th is 2018 Chamber Experience
An experience like none other! Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate is proud to present the 24th annual Chamber Experience, on Wednesday, May 9th at Sea Palms Conference Center. Complete with amazing live and silent auctions, live music by Tonic Blue, mouth-watering food displays by Sea Palms, a Big Green Egg raffle, and the lucky wine grab, this fun night is not to be missed!

Tickets are on sale now: register online below, stop by the office, or call 265-0620. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door; $200 for 10 tickets, advance group discount. Big Green Egg raffle tickets are also on sale, just $10 per ticket - call or stop by today!

The money raised at Chamber Experience goes back into our programming for the upcoming year. Volunteers are making calls for silent auction donations, and we thank you for supporting the Chamber. Want to support the Chamber while getting publicity in front of our 1,200+ membership and 400+ attendees? Please click here for an Auction Donation Form. Questions? Contact Debbie Banks at the Chamber.

2018 Chamber Experience
Wednesday, May 9th
Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center
5:30 - 8:30 PM

Presenting Sponsor:
Live Auction Sponsors:
Silent Auction Sponsor:
Wine Grab Sponsor:
Big Green Egg Raffle Sponsor:
Host Sponsor:
Corporate Sponsors : Ameris Bank, Brunswick Cellulose, Brunswick News, Georgia Power, Gulfstream Aerospace, Hurt Norton & Associates, iHeart Media, Island Ace Hardware, Lowe's Home Improvement, McGinty-Gordon & Associates, Rich Products, South Coast Bank & Trust, SunTrust Bank

Media Sponsors : BeSeen Outdoor, Fendig Outdoor Signs, Golden Isles Broadcasting, Paramount Printing & Design, WBQO 93.7 FM
Maximize Your Membership!
Not just for new members...Join us on Friday, April 6, 8:30 - 9:30 AM for Member Orientation as we explore best practices for utilizing the Chamber's website. This one hour informative clinic includes: updating your Chamber website business profile, learning how to post events, jobs, RFPs, hot deals, member-to-member discounts, and more! Be sure to send at least one representative from your company. No charge to attend.
Business Expo a Success
THANK YOU to all our 2018 exhibitors, sponsors and attendees -- we'll see you next year at the 2019 Business Expo!
A huge crowd enjoyed a night of networking and learning about businesses, products and services in the Golden Isles at the 2018 Business Expo on March 8. Educational sessions by the SBDC, as well as "pop up" counseling by SCORE, live entertainment, and a record number of catering booths enhanced the night and helped make the Expo a resounding success! The Island Directory walked away with the trophy for the best booth use of the Expo theme "Local Is Best." Audrey Gibbons was the winner of the huge Grand Gift Basket filled with almost $5,000 of exhibitor donations.

Presenting Sponsor: Nalley Auto Group

Gold Sponsors: Brunswick News, Golden Isles Broadcasting, iHeart Media, Southeast Georgia Health System

Media Sponsors: 90.7 WAY Radio, BeSeen Outdoor, Elegant Island Living, Paramount Printing & Design, WBQO 93.7 FM

Catering Sponsors: Applebees, Arte Pizza, Broomelli Boys Pizzeria, Days Inn & Suites Jekyll Island, Golden Isles Olive Oil, Jekyll Island Club Resort, Mellow Mushroom, The Westin Jekyll Island, Tortuga Jack's
DC Fly-In Set for April 25-27
The Chamber will head to Washington, DC for its annual 2018 Washington Fly-In on Wednesday, April 25 through Friday, April 27. The group will meet with Senator David Perdue, Senator Johnny Isakson, and Congressman Buddy Carter to discuss issues of importance to our county, state and nation, and will host our delegation's Congressional Staff Luncheon in the Capitol on Thursday, April 26th in conjunction with the congressional meetings. As well, a traditional highlight for the trip will be networking and dining with our delegation on Thursday night. The Chamber looks forward to a successful trip to DC.
Membership Luncheon: Manufacturers Celebration
Mark your calendars to join us on Friday, May 4, as we celebrate the achievements of our local manufacturing businesses.
More details to come!

Manufacturers Celebration Luncheon
Friday, May 4, 2018
Epworth by the Sea
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Business Education Series:
Managing the Art of
Work-Life Balance

Join us for Dunkin' Donuts coffee and donuts!

Managing the Art of Work-Life Balance
Tuesday, April 10
8:30 AM
$5 Members / $10 Non-Members

Keeping balance when at work is difficult. Outside influences always try to creep in and destroy productivity. Becoming sidetracked creates job-related stress that further increases the level of imbalance you experience. Fortunately, there are useful tips that will help you regain your sense of balance while at work. We should also be able to relax at home and unwind after a hard day at work. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Home has stress of its own, and it seems like the stress from work is constantly waiting to spill over into our home lives. To have work life balance, it is important to learn how to effectively manage the stress and obligations both at work and at home. 

About the Instructor:
Lori Howell is an instructor for Coastal Pines Technical College. She lives in Waycross and has taught for over fifteen years. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree with a focus on Technology in Education. 
Team Up with our New Community Map!
We are excited to announce the production of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce 2018-2019 Community Map! The official Community Map is once again being produced by 365 Degree Total Marketing with Project Manager Burt Bray and will be a fun, valuable, and insightful resource for visitors and residents of the Brunswick-Golden Isles area. 

We encourage local businesses to support the Community Map and invest in their own success by advertising in this community resource that is seen by visitors and residents each year. Advertising sales will take place in April and May.

For more information about the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce Community Map or marketing pieces for your company, contact 365 Degree Total Marketing’s regional marketing executive, Burt Bray at 770-298-9332. Also, visit the 365 Degree Total Marketing website at www.365degreetotalmarketing.com .
QuickBooks Online - Class Set for April 5
QuickBooks Online is fast becoming one of Intuit's primary products, as it allows users to access data anytime and anywhere. The UGA SBDC, in conjunction with Coastal Pines Technical College and the Chamber, presents a one-day course in QuickBooks Online on Thursday, April 5, 9am-4pm, covering: Accounting Principles Overview, New Company Set Up, Recording Daily Transactions, and Reports.

Cost is only $169, and Chamber members get an additional $30 discount : enter the code APRILQB when registering. Class size is limited, so register now or call 264-7343. For more information on the course, click here .
Community Highlights
Congratulations to Dr. Mike Cordle and Trena Smith for being named February's Ambassadors of the Month! "Dr. Mike" is Chaplain at Hospice of the Golden Isles and Trena heads up Marketing for ServiceMaster Restore by A-1. Both Trena and Dr. Mike have been very active members of the Chamber for many years.

A Taste of Glynn takes place on Sunday, April 8, from 5-8 PM at the King & Prince Beach Resort.

Don't miss Glynn Visual Arts' 25th Annual Spring Art in the Park , which will have over 70 vendors and artisans, live music, food and a kids "creation station" craft area, on Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, 10am-5pm at Postell Park at Pier Village, SSI.

The Golden Isles Job Expo will be held at the Glynn Place Mall on Saturday, April 14.

Golden Isles Career and College Academy's Evening With the Stars benefits GICCA's Career Academy Foundation. Students in GICCA's culinary program pair with Sea Island chefs at the Sea Island Retreat Clubhouse, on Thursday, April 19, 6-8:30 PM.

Saturday, April 21, don't miss Keep Golden Isles Beautiful's Annual Electronics & More Recycling Event , 9 AM-1 PM at the Glynn Place Mall parking lot by JC Penney. KGIB's 2nd Annual Brunswick City-wide Cleanup takes place on Saturday, April 28, 9-11 AM.

Save the Date: the 80th Annual Brunswick Blessing of the Fleet will be held May 11-12.

There's so much to do and see in the beautiful Golden Isles in April! For a complete list of community events this month, please click here .
Don't forget to add your events to our Community Calendar via our website. See the above article "Maximize Your Membership" with details on how you can learn more about ways to utilize our website.
April Business After Hours: Village Inn & Pub
WHO SAYS BUSINESS CAN'T BE FUN? Join us for a night of networking, mixing & mingling, with plenty of door prizes to win! Bring all your friends and co-workers, and don't forget your business cards.
Village Inn & Pub
Thursday, April 26
St. Simons Island

5:30 - 7:30 PM
$7 Members
$10 Non-members

Candidates Forum Set for May 10
Mark your calendars to attend the Glynn County Candidates Forum on Thursday evening, May 10. More details to come soon.
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings: Please Join Us
Pinball Palace
3303 Hopkins Ave, BWK
Friday, April 5
11:30 - 12:00
SunCoast Paper
4111 Community Rd, BWK
Thursday, April 12
4:30 - 5:00
Homestar Financial
760 Scranton Rd, Ste 103, BWK
Tuesday, April 17
11:30 - 12:00
Welcome New Chamber Members
Click on the names below to learn more & welcome our newest members. A nd THANK YOU to all our member renewals!

Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin
PrimeSouth Bank
Rich Products
Seaboard Construction
United Community Bank
Woodmen Life
Ameris Bank
Brunswick News
Georgia Power Company
Hurt, Norton & Associates
iHeart Media
McGinty-Gordon & Associates
South Coast Bank & Trust
Suntrust Bank
AdvantaClean of Brunswick
Coastal CPA's
Edward Jones - Jeff Jones, Advisor
First Coast Benefits Solutions
First Glynn Bank
GEM Cars
White Electrical Construction