The newest businesses opening their doors on the Eastern Shore & what the new Chairman of the Board hopes to accomplish this year
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Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce July Newsletter

FAIRHOPE, Ala. - The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is on a path to grow membership and involvement in this upcoming fiscal year that starts this July. The recently named board of directors are eager to take on the challenge.
During the Annual Awards Dinner, the Eastern Shore Chamber named Ed Hammele as the incoming Chairman of the Board. Hammele has worked in the banking industry for the past 29 years since graduating from John Carroll University in 1988.  Ed is currently the Regional President for Capstone Bank in Fairhope.  Ed relocated to Baldwin County 13 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio.
Ed Hammele started volunteering with the Chamber in 2005.  He has served on the Workforce Development Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee and was the Chair of the Chamber's Total Resource Campaign in 2014 and 2015.  Ed has been on the Board for the Chamber for the past four years. 
Ed Hammele believes that our communities are strongest when we support one another. "The Chamber gives you that opportunity to truly get to know your neighbor. You want to do business with people you know. It strengthens our business community," said Hammele.
His main goal for the upcoming year is to see more local businesses take advantage of the benefits the Chamber offers by getting involved. "They always say you get out of something, what you put into it. That's especially true when it comes to your Chamber membership. There are plenty of committees you can join to support the various pro-business Chamber initiatives," said Hammele.
Hammele is joined by a very talented board of directors who will help lead the Eastern Shore business community forward in the coming year. Those board members are listed below:

Executive Board
  • Chairman - Ed Hammele, Capstone Bank
  • Chairman-elect - Ormand Thompson, Thomas Hospital-Infirmary Health
  • Past Chairman - Richard Johnson, Phelps Dunbar
  • Treasurer - Greg Strachan, Bryant Bank
  • Vice-Chairman Member Value - Marcus Neto, Blue Fish
  • Vice-Chairman Tourism - Chuck Cuff
  • Vice-Chairman Workforce Development - Steve Carey, CertaPro Painters
  • Vice-Chairman Governmental Affairs - Eric Nager, Southern Capital Services
Returning Board Members
  • Andru Bramblett, Southern Light, LLC
  • Jennie Campbell, Stewart Lodges at Steelwood
  • Phil Cusa, AltaPointe Health Systems
  • Diane Douglas, In the Company of Angels 
  • Abe Harper, Harper Technologies, LLC
  • Joe Hocklander
  • Patty Hughston, Coastal Alabama Community College
  • Boyd Little, Oak Hollow Farm, Inc.
  • Paige Moore, RE/MAX By The Bay
  • Scott Tripoli, Grand Hotel Marriott Resort
  • Judith Wright, Segers Aero Corporation
New Board Members
  • Steve Ascik, Eastern Shore Ace Hardware
  • Nathan Dunn, Fulcrum Construction Group
  • CJ Ezell, PointClear Networks
  • Kelly Jones, WAVH FM Talk 106.5
  • Marina Simpson, United Way of Baldwin County
Lazy days of Summer? What happened? So far I have not found any but I hope you have!

In this fast paced world, where we are all connected 24/7, it's easy to forget that we need to stop a nd re-center, think and just breathe.  If you can't take a day off, feed your mind and soul by reading a few pages each day of "that book"
that has been sitting on your desk, turn off the radio or tv and absorb the silence for a moment. Better yet, take advantage of one of our beautiful views or sunsets.
It is so hard to slow down, but I am always amazed at the clarity it provides when I do. 
"Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.  This day is all that is good and fair.  It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays."        - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am headed to beach....

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Thomas Hospital is meeting the Eastern Shore's growing needs by expanding its Birth Center. The  more than 29,000 square-foot facility features seven rooms for labor, delivery and recovery, 15 postpartum rooms, two operating rooms, an enlarged nursery and gathering areas for families...

Thomas Hospital's new Breast Center opened in June. The new 5,100 square-foot comprehensive center includes three mammography rooms as well as the opportunity to receive the latest Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam.

Painting with a Twist is bringing painting to life on the Eastern Shore. They're now open at 10200 Eastern Shore Blvd, #400, Spanish Fort, AL. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting June 27.


A new T-Mobile location is now open in Malbis and they are ready to serve the growing Eastern Shore Community. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on the new location at 29728 Urgent Care Drive, Ste. C in Daphne.

Truland Homes has a new showroom in their offices at  29891 Woodrow Ln #100 in Spanish Fort. Truland specializes in custom built homes, and their showroom puts all their high-end finishes and materials on display. 

Online boutique, The Pelican Loft is now open in the Fairhope area offering unique clothing and accessories. They celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce office Friday, July 7.

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.

NewMembersJune New Members

EventsChamber Events
Click here for a printable version of the Chamber Calendar of Events.

Chamber 101
Chamber Office
327 Fairhope Avenue
Wednesday, July 19
9 a.m.

Morning Marketing Meeting
Dickey's BBQ Daphne
6882 Highway 90, Suite
Thursday, July 20
8 a.m.
Sponsor: Perspective Eye Center

Kaiser Sotheby's International Realty 
Grand Opening
10 S. Church Street
Thursday, July 20
3 p.m.

Pencils & Glue For Bingo & Brew
Young Professionals school supplies fundraiser for the Fairhope Rotary Youth Club and Ruff Wilson Youth Center
Thursday, July 27
5:30 - 8 PM
Fairhope Brewing Company
Admission: $10 donation or a bag of school supplies

Business After Hours
Hartmann Blackmon &
Kilgore, PC
806 North Section Street Fairhope, AL 36532
Thursday, August 3
5-7 p.m.

Chamber 101
Chamber Office
327 Fairhope Avenue
Wednesday, August 16
9 a.m.

Space is limited.
Call (251) 928-6387 to register

Morning Marketing Meeting
Dickey's BBQ Daphne
6882 Highway 90, Suite
Thursday, August 17
8 a.m.
Sponsor: Alabama Media Group

Workforce Reception
North Baldwin Center for Technology
505 W. Hurricane Road
Bay Minette, AL
August 24, 5-6:30 PM

Open Tourism Meeting with OWA
Auditorium at the University of South Alabama  
Fairhope Campus  
111 St. James Street, Fairhope
Wednesday, August 30
3 p.m.

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3rd Annual Pencils & Glue for Bingo and Brew
Pencils and Glue for Bingo and Brew

The  Young Professionals - Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce  and the  United Way of Baldwin County Young Leaders Society  are proud to announce the 3rd Annual Pencils and Glue for Bingo and Brew fundraising event on July 27th! The event will once again be held at the  Fairhope Brewing Company  and will begin at 5:30 p.m. This year's event will raise school supplies and funds to be used toward supplies for the Fairhope  Rotary Youth Club  and the  Ruff Wilson Youth Organization  of Daphne. 

Admission: $10 or a bag of school supplies
Additional Bingo Cards: $10 each
Raffle Tickets: $5 for one or $10 for three

Celebrity Callers to include Educational Leaders such as Baldwin County Superintendent Eddie Tyler and Cecil Christenberry. Please share and invite your friends! 

BAHBusiness After Hours at Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore, PC

Alabama's Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

For the first time ever, Alabama's Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will be in JULY, rather than August! Certain school supplies, computers, books and clothing will be tax-free* from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 21, 2017, to midnight Sunday July 23, 2017.

The Alabama Retail Association has compiled several free resources for shoppers and retailers, including the detailed list of what items are tax-exempt as well as a promotional poster to print and hang in your store. Find those at this link:

*During the sales tax holiday, the state waives its four percent sales or use tax; some cities and counties waive local taxes as well, meaning you can save as much as 10% in some cities. Check the list of participating cities and counties.

May Ambassador of the Month: Diane Siefert

Congratulations to Diane Siefert for being named the May
Ambassador of the Month 

Diane Siefert
Wor(l)d - HELO Wearable Health
and Fitness Bands

(251) 709-0423