Tickets now available for Mayors' Prayer Breakfast, Video from the 65th Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival, Fun for your Family this Spring and how our Youth Program students are learning to lead.
Chamber Connections
Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce April Newsletter

Leaders Council Spotlight: Regions Bank
Regions Bank continues to grow as a business leader here on the Eastern Shore. Regions Bank is represented by five branches in the Eastern Shore Chamber. 

Representative, Contina Woods has played a valuable role in Chamber leadership. She currently serves on the Chamber Board of Directors and was the Board Chairman in 2014 and 2015. 

Regions Financial Corporation has $126 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation's largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. 

Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,500 banking offices and 1,900 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at .

Leaders Council

The Eastern Shore Leaders  Council provides an opportunity for companies  to receive additional visibility and recognition while supporting  the efforts of the Eastern Shore Chamber and its advocacy for  our local communities and businesses. To learn more about how you can become a member of the Leaders Council email Christina Hellmich.

Tickets Now Available for Mayors' Prayer Breakfast

Mayors' Prayer Breakfast
City and business leaders from Daphne, Fairhope and Spanish Fort will all come together for the National Day of Prayer at this year's Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Mayors' Prayer Breakfast.
The annual Prayer Breakfast will be Thursday, May 4 at 7 a.m. at the Daphne Civic Center.
This year's guest speaker will be Bill Bru, Executive Director of the Waterfront Rescue Mission and the Mobile Rescue Mission

Mayors' Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, May 4, 7:00 a.m.
Daphne Civic Center
2603 Highway 98, Daphne

Guest Speaker: Bill Bru
Executive Director of Waterfront Rescue Mission / Mobile Rescue Mission

Ticket: $40.00
Table: $350.00 (10 seats)
No tickets will be sold at the door

Please call (251) 928-6387 to reserve your seat or table.

Presenting Sponsor:

Business After Hours at JBT Power - "Spring is in the Air"

You definitely don't want to miss this month's Business After Hours at JBT Power. Their theme is "Spring is in the Air" and they have the perfect giveaway for those warm weekends. Those in attendance have a chance to win a Husqvarna Insulated Orka Cooler ($250 Value). They'll also be grilling out, check out the menu!

Sliders, Conecuh Sausage, Smoked Meatballs, beer, wine & soft drinks.

Business After Hours
JBT Power
1204 Highway 98
Thursday, April 6
5-7 p.m.

65th Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival

Video: Denise Curtis, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Music: "Energy" -

The 65th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival is in the books and what an incredible year! Crowds poured into downtown Fairhope for three days of beautiful weather, great art and a memorable atmosphere. Events like these bring in visitors from around the country, they fall in love, then they come back throughout the year. 

This year's Best of Show winner was Stella and Philippe Coupe. They are originally from France but currently live in Houston, Texas. They create intricate and bright designs using various liquids including paint, dyes and even dish detergent, then snap a photo as they make a splash into those designs. Those photographs are then transferred onto aluminum to give them that vibrant look.

Stella was so excited to win this year's show, especially since this was her first time in the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival. 

If you'd like to see more of her work online, visit

A big thank you to everyone who made 2017 a successful show, the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Foundation, the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, the City of Fairhope, city staff, volunteers, artists & patrons. 

Coastal Alabama Community College
Coastal Alabama Community College

Wind Creek Atmore
Wind Creek Hospitality

A special thank you to Jimmy Conyers and M&M Bank for holding the Arts & Crafts Festival Sponsor Party. 

We'll see you next year in beautiful Downtown Fairhope, March 16, 17 & 18, 2018!

We've all heard the saying that information is power, at the very least the right information is useful and can make a tremendous difference in most situations.

One of the roles of the Chamber is to provide relevant information needed for planning and decision-making. In this world of information overload, it is easy to miss the important stuff.

In the coming months you will see additional information coming to you on governmental affairs, member news & events. Information we hope to be relevant and timely.

Please look out for ChamberMaster tips as we work to be sure you are taking advantage of all the benefits your membership offers. 
Chamber Events
Click here for a printable version of the Chamber Calendar of Events.

Ribbon Cutting & Open House: Perspective Eye Center
10184 Eastern Shore Blvd.
Spanish Fort
Wednesday, April 5
4 p.m.

Members Invited

Business After Hours
JBT Power
1204 U.S. Highway 98
Thursday, April 6
5-7 p.m.

Morning Marketing Meeting
Dickey's BBQ
6882 Hwy 90, Suite G2
Jubilee Square Shopping Center
Thursday, April 20
8 a.m.

Sponsor: Mosquito Joe

Young Professionals Social
Rosie's Grill
Thursday, April 20
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
1203 US-98 #3 
Daphne, AL

Mayors' Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, May 4
7:00 a.m.
Daphne Civic Center
2603 Hwy. 98

Guest Speaker: Bill Bru
Executive Director of Waterfront Rescue Mission / Mobile Rescue Mission

Ticket: $40.00
Table: $350.00
No tickets will be sold at the door

Please call (251) 928-6387 to reserve your seat or table.

Presenting Sponsor: BancorpSouth

Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Comfort Care Hospice, LLC
22502 Highway 98, Fairhope
Wednesday, May 10
4:00 p.m.

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Click here to see the community calendar and the many events our members and partners are hosting along the Eastern Shore. You also have an opportunity to submit a community event.
Eastern Shore Magazine is Comes Out This Week

The 2017 Eastern Shore Magazine comes out this week. Be on the lookout for a copy to be delivered to your business.

The Eastern Shore Magazine is the official marketing piece for the Eastern Shore. It's used as a guide for local residents and tourists as well as a tool for economic development and recruitment.

This year's magazine includes the member directory as well as feature articles on advances being made in health care, education and parks & rec along the Eastern Shore. 

We will also have additional copies available at the Chamber office. If you would like more copies to distribute to clients or have on hand at your business, just give us a call at at the Chamber, (251) 928-6387. 

Click here to view the magazine online.

Splashing Into Spring
Opportunities for Families to Enjoy Life on the Eastern Shore
Splash Pad at the Spanish Fort Town Center
What a wonderful place to call home. The Eastern Shore is not only a great place to work and build your business, it's filled with wonderful opportunities for your family to play and enjoy our beautiful environment. We wanted to let you know about many of the great ways your children can get involved with community activities, or just get out and splash around. If you have an event coming up that would fit perfect with this list, please feel free to email us and tell us about it. We'd love to include it on our community calendar and highlight it through our social media sites.

Splash Around
30000 Town Center Avenue, Spanish Fort

30500 State Highway 181, Spanish Fort

105 S Church St, Fairhope

June 14, 21 & 28, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lott Park, 2039 Main St, Daphne

Easter Fun
Lott Park, 2039 Main St, Daphne
April 8, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fairhope Welcome Center
April 8, 10 a.m. - Noon

Spanish Fort Celebrates Spring
Spanish Fort Community Center
April 22
5 p.m. - FAME Art Show
7 p.m. - Mobile Pops Concert

Brown Bag by the Bay
Thursdays through June 1
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Mayday Park, College Avenue, Daphne

Sunday Concert Series
April 16 & May 21, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Bay Front Park

Farmers Markets
Spanish Fort Farmers Market
Spanish Fort Community Center
May 6 - July 29
Saturdays, 8 a.m. - Noon

Daphne Farmers Market
Fridays, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
2305 Highway 98, Daphne
Fairhope Outdoor Farmers Market
Behind Fairhope Public Library
May 4 - November 2
Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Summer Camps
Daphne United Methodist Church
July 31 - August 4
7:40 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Hot Wheels Summer Camps
616 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne

Camp Bayside
303 Dryer Avenue, Daphne

Keep Daphne Beautiful Day
May 20, 9 a.m.
Daphne City Hall

Delta Woods & Waters Expo
April 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
5 Rivers Delta Resource Center
30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort
Earth Day Mobile Bay
April 22, 10 a.m.
Fairhope Pier Park

5 Rivers Delta Resource Center
Open Daily, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free Admission

Blakeley State Park
34745 State Hwy 225
Open Daily, 8 a.m. - Dusk

Delta Woods & Waters Expo - April 29

The Delta Woods and Waters Expo is an annual event sponsored by  the City of Spanish Fort and held at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. 

The free expo features a variety of informative presentations, exhibitions and 
interactive displays by experienced outdoorsmen, professionals,
educators and enthusiasts. The Delta Woods & Waters Expo includes numerous fun and exciting hands-on demonstrations which allow children to learn and practice new skills with one-on-one instruction. 

The mission of the Delta Woods & Waters Expo is to promote  responsible and enjoyable outdoor recreational experiences 
through a fun and educational event.

For more information please visit, email or call 251-626-4884.

Student Training & Exploration Program

9th Grade STEP Students - STYLES Program at Daphne Police Department

The 9 th grade Student Training and Exploration Program students participated in the S.T.Y.L.E. program which stands for  Successful Tips for Youth on Law Enforcement Encounters.  Thank you to the City of Daphne Police Department and the FBI for the opportunity given to these students.

S.T.Y.L.E. is a new program spearheaded by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Alabama. This program was developed to bridge the gap between our youth and our law enforcement community in our District. 

In addition to building positive relationships, the program is designed to teach students how to have a positive encounter with law enforcement, if ever faced with such a situation. The program consists of several carefully designed mock scenarios that mirror a potential traffic stop, a home encounter, as well as a street encounter. 

The students were also given a demonstration of the Firearms Training Simulator, so they can understand the split second decisions law enforcement officers face. Over lunch, the students were able to engage with officers with a roundtable discussion, allowing students and officers an opportunity to get to know each other.

When students left, they were equipped with a legal overview on the use of force and an understanding of the proper way to file a civil rights complaint should they ever feel their rights were violated during a law enforcement encounter. 

Coastal Alabama Community College
Daphne Utilities
STEP 10 th grade students visited Coastal Alabama Community College to learn more about the Animation and Graphic Design Department as well as nursing. Both departments offered the opportunity for students to e xplore the options using a hands-on approach.

The 11 th Grade STEP program explored the utilities industry with Daphne Utilities. The setting for the day was in a career fair format as students visited with a variety of departments. The students then rotated through additional departments where they were given the chance to participate in hands-on activities relating to the field departments.

If your company is interested in supporting the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which provides these incredible programs for local high school students, please contact Frank Shepard or Christina Hellmich at (251) 928-6387
Youth Leadership Applications are due by April 7

Environmental Day at Sirmon Farms
Opening Retreat at 5 Rivers Delta
The Eastern Shore Chamber Youth Leadership Program offers an experience in community awareness and leadership development for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors on the Eastern Shore. It's an intensive 7 month program designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge about their community, develop strong leadership skills and gain more self and social awareness in order to make a positive difference in the quality of community life. 

Applications are available now for the 2018 Youth Leadership Program by clicking the button below. Completed applications can be dropped off or mailed to the Chamber office at 327 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope by April 7 .

Governmental Affairs Committee

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee is taking an active role with our local leadership. We are working to make sure the Chamber membership knows about upcoming conversations in our community that may affect your business. Be on the lookout for our quarterly Governmental Affairs Newsletter for updates. Below are a few dates to note.

The Daphne City Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month.
The Fairhope City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.
The Spanish Fort City Council meets on the first and fourth Mondays of each month.
The Baldwin County Commission meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
Members Making Headlines

The Windmill Market - WBRC, Fox 6 - Birmingham, Ala.

Fairhope, Ala. -

Fairhope, Ala. - Matador Network

The Original Oyster House

Pen Air Federal Credit Union - Local 15
Fairhope Christian Church

Is your business making headlines? We'd love to share your good news with our membership in our newsletter and through our social media sites. Email your accomplishments to Eastern Shore Chamber Communications Manager  Denise Curtis .

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is now offering advertising opportunities within our newsletters and weekly event updates. If you are interested, please contact Frank Shepard at (251) 928-6387 
for rates.
Young Professionals Third Thursday Social
Join us for our March Third Thursday Social at Rosie's Grill. Bring a friend and take advantage of this excellent networking opportunity. Young Professionals is free to attend.

Young Professionals Social
Rosie's Grill
1203 Highway 98
Thursday, April 20
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Resources & Opportunities
"If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade." Tom Peters

ACT Work Ready Communities
ACT Work Ready Communities
Your business needs work ready employees. Sign up to support the program and attract potential employees.  The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will be bringing you much more information on Work Ready Communities very soon.

Workshops & Seminars

Business Essentials for State Taxpayers Seminar
State of Alabama Department of Revenue
Thursday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Mobile Taxpayer Service Center -- 851 East I-65 Service Road South, Mobile

Social Media Social (free)
Empathy Communications Consulting
Tuesday, April 4, 4-6 p.m.
Beef 'O' Brady's - 6450 Highway 90, Spanish Fort

Power Up Your Facebook Business Page
Empathy Communications Consulting
Tuesday, April 11, 12 p.m.
Beef 'O' Brady's 6450 Highway 90, Spanish Fort

C ontent Marketing Made Possible
Empathy Communications Consulting
Tuesday, April 25, 12 p.m.
Old 27 Grill, 19992 Highway 181, Fairhope

Newsletter Giveaway!

You have a chance to win free admission to one of Empathy Communications Consulting's great social media workshops ($30 Value). The winner will be announced on the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Facebook page on Monday, April 10. 
Click here to see the workshops currently scheduled.

February Ambassador of the Month: Samantha Coppels

Congratulations to Samantha Coppels for being named the February
Ambassador of the Month. 

Samantha Coppels
Daphne Utilities
900 Daphne Avenue
Daphne, AL
(251) 626-2628

Ribbon Cuttings

Click the image for each ribbon cutting below to enlarge and learn more. 

Crossroads Retirement Solutions is now open at 311 Magnolia Avenue, Suite 107 in Fairhope. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate with a ribbon cutting Wednesday, March 22.  Read more

Colonnade at Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore's newest apartment community has residents excited. The Colonnade at Eastern Shore is now open at 830 Highway 98 in Daphne.  Colonnade is a one-of-a-kind apartment community with distinct amenities .   Read more

American Hyperbaric Center is now open and offer's Baldwin County's largest hyperbaric chamber. The center is located at 8871 Rand Avenue in Daphne, next door to its sister company the American Autism and Rehabilitation Center.  Read more

Verizon Wireless Cellular Sales is now open in Daphne, offering a spacious store with a wide range of options. This full-service Verizon Wireless center is located at 1501 Highway 98, Suite 1 Read more

Do you know of a new business moving  to the Eastern Shore or expanding? 
We would love to help them celebrate with a ribbon cutting. 

Contact Frank Shepard at
or call (251) 928-6387

March New Members