May 2018
Next Wednesday is Chamber Experience!
It's almost here...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, the Big Green Egg raffle , and the lucky wine grab (where everyone's a winner and 3 lucky bottles have hidden $50 gift cards), this fun night is not to be missed!

Want a SNEAK PEEK at the Auction Items? Click here!

(Hint: There are MANY great gifts just in time for Mothers Day!)

Tickets are still on sale! 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. This is an event you don't want to miss!

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:
Raffle Sponsor:
Event Host:
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, Paramount Printing & Design, WBQO 93.7 FM, 92.7 WSSI, 104.1 The Wave, Magic 105.9
Membership Luncheon is this Friday!
Join us on Friday, May 4, as we celebrate the achievements of our local manufacturing businesses.

Tribute to Manufacturing Industry's Contribution to Glynn County Luncheon
Friday, May 4, 2018
Epworth by the Sea
12:00 - 1:30 PM


Thank you to our Sponsors: Frederica Academy, Brunswick Cellulose, International Auto Processing, Southeastern Bank, Hussey Gay Bell, Goodwill of SE Georgia, Magnolia Financial, Manpower, Five Star Credit Union, Lanier Landing Apts, Overhead Door Co. of Brunswick, Decorum Cabinetry and Flooring, Benchmark Physical Therapy
2018 Small Business Awards
DO YOU KNOW A SMALL BUSINESS THAT STANDS OUT
FROM THE REST? 
 
The 2018 Small Business Awards recognize an outstanding company, entrepreneur and community champion for their exceptional business practices, financial success and community involvement. These awards will be presented on June 14th at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Awards Program at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  

Please take time to nominate a small business you think should be recognized for their success and contributions to economic growth and the free enterprise. You may nominate your own business.  

Requirements:  
✓ Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber Member 
✓ Been in business for a minimum of two years 
✓ Be a for-profit business 
✓ Demonstrate excellent knowledge and integrity in their business or professional field 
✓ Provide a valuable business/service/profession to the community 
✓ Deliver a mission of support for our citizens and local business community 
✓ Demonstrate a history of growth 
✓ Exhibits initiative, creativity, and a “can do” attitude 
✓ 50 or less employees  
 
Deadline for submissions is Noon, Wednesday, May 23. See application below.
 
CATEGORIES TO BE AWARDED:  
 
2018 Small Business of the Year  
Presented to a small business that has been an innovator within its industry, has demonstrated revenue/profit growth, has increased its workforce, has an outstanding record of customer service and has been committed to the growth and development of its employees and community.  

2018 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award  
Presented to a business owner with an “entrepreneurial spirit” who combines outstanding personal characteristics (creativity, leadership, personal drive to excel, persistence, ability to inspire others, etc.) with a winning business concept to achieve success.  

2018 Community Champion Award 
Presented to a small business that generously supports local non-profits, events and organizations by contributing its time, talents and resources for the betterment of our community.  
Successful DC Fly-In
The Chamber led a group of 35 local business people to Washington, DC last week for its annual Washington Fly-In. While in DC, the group held successful meetings with Senator David Perdue, Senator Johnny Isakson, and Congressman Buddy Carter to discuss issues of importance to our county, state and nation, and hosted our delegation's Congressional Staff Luncheon in the Capitol on Thursday in conjunction with the congressional meetings.

Pictured right is Sen. Perdue speaking at the Congressional Staff Luncheon.
Business Education Series:
Innovation & Change

Join us for Dunkin' Donuts coffee and donuts!

INNOVATION & CHANGE
Tuesday, May 15
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
$5 Members / $10 Non-Members

Think innovation isn't important to business survival? Think again. Organizational innovation is the ability of employees to find different methods that improve the way that work is performed and the organization functions. While innovation can increase productivity and business success, it means change...and people naturally resist change.

Managers need to encourage innovation and manage the change that comes with it. In this month's session, we will explore and learn how to manage:

  • Organizational Innovation 
  • Why Innovation Matters
  • Managing Innovation 
  • Organization Change 
  • Why Change Occurs and Why it Matters
  • Managing Change
Marshes of Glynn Library Renovation
The Marshes of Glynn Library is proud to announce that the Brunswick Library has $3.5 million in grant and local funding to renovate the facility. The new design will increase safety, energy efficiency, public restrooms and meeting spaces without physically expanding the outside walls by internal space reallocation. Renovations are slated to begin in the summer of 2018, with completion in the summer of 2019. 

For more details including a schematic drawing on the Brunswick Library renovation project, click here.
Annual Chamber Dinner is June 14
Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 14 for the Chamber's Annual Dinner. More details to come!
Chamber Presents Official County Map
We are excited to announce the production of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce 2018-2019 Map! The official Brunswick & the Golden Isles Map is once again being produced by 365 Degree Total Marketing with new Project Manager Christy Carter and will be a valuable, insightful resource for visitors and residents of the Brunswick-Golden Isles area. Call Christy today to learn more and secure your spot!
National Small Business Week
Small business is BIG business in Glynn! Did you know that 90% of our members are made up of businesses consisting of 10 employees or less? This week is National Small Business Week, and we'd like to say THANK YOU to all our small business members. If you'd like to recognize a special local small business, use the Instagram hashtag #glynncountysmallbusiness to let us know! Click to view SBA events , webinar by SCORE, a Google livestream workshop , and other events taking place this week.
Community Highlights
Congratulations to Becca Randall of Habitat for Humanity for being named March Chamber Ambassador of the Month!

Keep Golden Isles Beautiful (KGIB) presented the first quarter 2018 Clean Sweep Awards to Ocean Motion Surf Company (for-profit) and Safe Harbor Children's Center, Gloucester Street location (non-profit). Pictured right are (l-r) Cindy Landis and Leslie Hartman, Safe Harbor; Lea King-Badyna of KGIB; and Andi Scriven of Ocean Motion.

City of Brunswick Economic and Community Development will show the short documentary, Replicating a J.D.Vance Anomaly, at the Ritz Theater on Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 PM. The documentary is an exploration of the socio-economic factors preventing children from becoming upwardly mobile. Following the film, a panel discussion will take a more focused look at Brunswick and will discuss barriers to social mobility in greater detail. For a link to the event's Facebook page, click here.

Honor Flight, Saturday, May 5 -- departs Brunswick Airport between 5:00-6:15 AM

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

There's so much to see and do in the Golden Isles in May! Click here for a full calendar.
Don't forget to add your events to our Community Calendar via our website. You can also add job postings, requests for proposals, and many other items! Call Kate Reeves for assistance, (912) 265-0620.
Candidates Forum Set for May 10
The Chamber and the Golden Isles Association of Realtors will host a candidates forum in the Brunswick High School Auditorium on Altama Avenue, Brunswick, on Thursday, May 10. The schedule for the forum will be as follows: 

6:00 - 7:00 PM   ​Candidates for Glynn County School Board,
Districts 2 and At Large Post 1 

7:00 - 8:00 PM  ​ Candidates for Glynn County Commission, 
District 3 and At Large, Post 1 
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings: Please Join Us!
KJ Clothier
May 3, 4:30 PM
1626 Frederica Road, SSI
ArtTrends Gallery
May 10, 4:00 PM
3305 Frederica Rd.
Republic Finance
May 16, 11:30 AM
256 Scranton Conn, BWK
White Electrical Co.
May 17, 11:30 AM
5460 Habersham St., BWK

Surcheros Fresh Grill
May 22, 4:30 PM
210 Glynn Isles Market, BWK
Metabolic Research Center
May 24, 11:30 AM
227 Merchant Way, BWK
Coastal Kitchen
May 29, 4:30 PM
102 Marina Dr, SSI
Golden Isles Olive Oil
May 31, 4:30 PM
306 Redfern Village, SSI
New Chamber Members
Click on the names below to learn more & welcome our newest members. A nd THANK YOU to all our member renewals!


STAKEHOLDER:
AT&T
Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin
PrimeSouth Bank
Rich Products
Seaboard Construction
United Community Bank
Woodmen Life
PARTNER:
Ameris Bank
Brunswick News
Georgia Power Company
Gulfstream
Hurt, Norton & Associates
iHeart Media
McGinty-Gordon & Associates
Pinova
South Coast Bank & Trust
Suntrust Bank
EXECUTIVE:
AdvantaClean of Brunswick
BrandMortgage
Coastal CPA's
Edward Jones - Jeff Jones, Advisor
First Coast Benefits Solutions
First Glynn Bank
GEM Cars
White Electrical Construction