August 2018
Notes from the President's Desk
The Chamber’s Board of Directors met July 18th for its Annual Retreat, graciously hosted by Karen Bass at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Brunswick.  The Chamber’s leadership meets annually to formulate its priority projects, programs and strategies consistent with our Mission Statement, being “a member-based organization that provides leadership in fostering a dynamic business environment for the entire community.” We are committed, primarily, to serving and promoting our membership through communications, referrals, opportunities to participate, and networking. Our focus is on strengthening member involvement in education, workforce development, leadership development and governmental affairs, all key components for a strong community, its economy and quality of life.  

I am excited we have adopted, along with many other community organizations including our city and county governments, a Shared Vision Statement. This declaration states we are “working together to make Brunswick and the Golden Isles an exceptional place in Georgia to live, work and visit by strengthening our communities and by enhancing the quality of life.” We are all partners in the continuous challenges of ensuring Brunswick and Glynn County grow and prosper.  

The Chamber’s Board of Directors, staff and I are excited about the year’s activities to come, and I invite your engagement. Collectively, we make a difference!!!  
M.H. "Woody" Woodside
Apply for Leadership Glynn through Aug. 17
Don't wait -- apply now for Leadership Glynn! Nominations are now being accepted through Noon, August 17 , for the 2018-19 Leadership Glynn program. The purpose and goal of Leadership Glynn is to develop informed leaders and channel their ideas and experiences toward community resources, issues and concerns to help direct the future of our areas.

For a full description of Leadership Glynn and to apply, click here .
Georgia Chamber Congressional Luncheon
*New Date!*
It's not too late to join the Chamber as we head to the Macon Marriott City Center on Tuesday, August 21 , for the Georgia Chamber Congressional Luncheon. This annual luncheon brings together over 1,300 business leaders, state and federal elected officials, and community champions. Our Chamber always has a great representation, and we have 5 tables reserved for the event. Speakers at this year's luncheon will be Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams (D) and Brian Kemp (R). Tickets are $100, and the schedule is as follows:

10:30 AM -- Coca-Cola Reception
11:00 AM -- Doors Open / Lunch Served
11:30 AM -- Program Begins

For interest in attending,  email Danielle Lewis  or call her at 265-0620.
Annual Chamber Golf Tournament
The Chamber is excited to announce the 33rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on  Friday, September 21,  at the beautiful Sanctuary Golf Club and presented by Liberty Roll-Offs & Recycling. Filled with the infamous "Woody's Rules," this tournament has tricks sure to test golfers of all handicaps. Also repeating is last year's popular Cannon Shot.

Get your name in front of influential business're invited to participate as a sponsor, donate prizes for the golfers, or volunteer your time. We'd love to have you involved at this fun annual event!

Click here for a current list of tournament sponsors.
I'm a Chamber Member. Now What?
Article Two in a Six-Article Series

Have you recently joined the Chamber? Maybe you're overwhelmed by the number of benefits. How do you go about exploring the components of chamber membership that are most beneficial to you and your business? What if there are things you could benefit from that you know nothing about? Or maybe you're wondering when you're going to see your first new customer...any minute, right? Over the next six MemberNets, we will explore different aspects of the chamber and ways you can maximize your chamber membership, in excerpts from an article by chamber expert Christina R. Green.

You Joined the Chamber. Now What?

As a new chamber member, what comes first? STRATEGY. Think about the goals for chamber membership. Why did you join in the first place? The reasons behind your chamber membership will give you some insight into how to make the most of your membership. But first, some important advice:

  1. Read what the chamber gives you. It's likely when you joined, they gave you brochures, sent emails, or a welcome packet. Whatever welcome content they provided, take a look at it. They may have given you a list of opportunities for involvement or "Did You Know?" content.
  2. Take a look at the chamber calendar and make note of anything that interests you.
  3. Follow their social media feeds.

Assuming you've completed the steps above, it's time to think about what you want from the chamber. Why did you join? Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Getting more customers
  • Increasing your reach so more people know about you
  • Improving your reputation or becoming a larger part of the community
  • Meeting like-minded business people

Or maybe you have your own reason why you joined.

Whatever it is, the reason you joined...the goal behind your membership...dictates what step you should take next to make the most of your chamber membership.
Chamber's Beach Safety Committee
Meets With County Staff
In light of growing concerns related to beach safety issues on St. Simons Island by the Glynn County government, its citizens and business community, the Chamber has organized a Beach Safety Committee. The committee met on July 24 at the Chamber along with Glynn County Manager Alan Ours, Assistant Manager Kathryn Downs, and Glynn County Recreation and Parks Manager Lisa Gurganus, who have been tasked by the Commission to formulate additional beach safety enhancement measures for implementation. Ours and his staff welcomed the opportunity to share ideas the county is considering, and he was most appreciative to gain information and ideas from island business leaders who are knowledgeable in working with beach safety issues and incidents. 

The Beach Safety Committee members are Lee Scriven, Michael Gowen, Kris Maichle, Jeff Bennett, Michael Johnson, Mike Kennedy, Ben Hartman, Parra Vaughan, Scott McQuade and Missy Neu.  
Coastal Outreach Soccer's
Big Play Center of Excellence
The Glynn County School System has donated a 1,550-square-foot portable building to Coastal Outreach Soccer (COS) to serve as its academic hub, the Big Play Center of Excellence . The Center will be located at Howard Coffin Park. COS players will have to opportunity to come to the Center for academic support, mentoring, leadership development, and college and career exploration. This fall the Center will target kids from 6th to 12th grade to give a safe and supportive environment for them to develop. 

KGIB Awareness Videos & Free Drink Coasters
Keep Golden Isles Beautiful (KGIB) has produced three short informative videos dealing with cigarette butt litter and its damage to our coastal environment. The new videos are funded by a grant by Keep America Beautiful and are a part of the regional campaign, GEORGIA'S COAST IS NOT AN ASHTRAY. Feel free to share them on your social media, so we can collectively put out the message not to litter!

If you are a restaurant or pub, take part in KGIB's third annual drink coaster outreach effort and get FREE messaged GEORGIA'S COAST IS NOT AN ASHTRAY drink coasters to utilize on the night of August 24. It's a great way to reach a target market with important educational information and an easy way to make a difference. Contact KGIB (by August 17) to participate and receive the FREE drink coasters.

For more information on GEORGIA'S COAST IS NOT AN ASHTRAY and other litter prevention initiatives, go to KGIB's website or call 912-279-1490.
August Ribbon Cuttings - Join Us!
A Courtyard Florist
Thursday, August 2
4:30 PM
231 Skiff Landing, SSI
Saint Simons Christian School
Tuesday, August 7
4:30 PM
1060 Coquina Cir, SSI
Georgia Coast Surgical & Med Spa
Thursday, August 16
4:30 PM
3226 F Hampton Ave, Bwk.
Bay Equity Home Loans
Tuesday, August 21
4:30 PM
504 Beachview Dr, SSI
Business After Hours is August 30
Who says business can't be fun??
Mark your calendars to come to August's
Business After Hours!

Bennie's Red Barn
5514 Frederica Road, SSI
Thursday, August 30
5:30 - 7:30 PM
5:30 - 7:30 PM $7 members | $10 non-members

Bring your co-workers and friends, and don't forget plenty of business cards! Click here for photos from July's Business After Hours at Toucan's Ale House.
New Chamber Members
Click on the names, right , to learn more about our newest Chamber members. And a huge THANK YOU to all our member renewals! We appreciate your continued support of the Chamber.
August Community Highlights
Glynn Visual Arts Summer Calendar | Details

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Summer Calendar | Details

Marshes of Glynn Libraries Summer Calendar | Details

Glynn County School System, First Day of 2018-19 School Year, Thursday, August 9 | Detailed school calendar

Global Leadership Summit, August 9-10 | Details

Check out our online Community Calendar for events during the month of August. There's so much to see and do in the Golden Isles! Details

CONGRATULATIONS to Beth Lane of the Island Directory for being named June's Ambassador of the Month!

Has your organization recently received accolades? Click here to let us know!

You can post open job positions on our website? Utilize the chamber's Job Postings feature and get quality exposure for your business . Click here to view current postings. Call Kate Reeves for website assistance, (912) 265-0620.
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