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Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce May Newsletter

In This Issue:
STEP32 Students Graduate from the Eastern Shore Chamber's Student Training & Exploration Program

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2017 Student Training and Exploration Program (STEP) graduates. Thirty-two students graduated from the program Monday, May 1 at Daphne United Methodist Church.
STEP is a four-year leadership and career pathway exploration initiative of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Chamber works in conjunction with the Baldwin County Board of Education, local colleges, technical training facilities and local industries to bridge education with businesses on the Eastern Shore. "Our goal is for students to reach their highest potential for success," said program director Christina Hellmich.

Over the past four years, students explored high demand career opportunities in Southwest Alabama while connecting classroom knowledge with skills needed in the workplace. Students heard from local professionals about how they found their career path, participated in an soft skills workshop where they prepared for future interviews and explored career options at local businesses such as Segers Aero Corporation, Chris Myers Automotive, Daphne Utilities and the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort. Students also took advantage of a cash course to understand actual earning possibilities. They will finish out the program by creating a career plan and timeline based on their goals after high school graduation.
"I hope each of our students have become more self-aware, confident and determined," said Hellmich, "With these tools, we know these students will be well on their way to achieving success."
Daphne Utilities
Soft Skills Workshop
Daphne Police & FBI
This program could not be possible without the dedication and talent of those who help facilitate rewarding days for these students. The STEP program is proud to have the support of the Chamber Board of Directors, especially the Chamber Foundation Chairman Steve Carey. Our local high schools and counselors also give a great deal of support to make this program possible.

The Chamber would also like to thank the program sponsor Daphne Utilities. Special thanks to the graduation sponsor Old Tyme Feed, sponsor Baldwin EMC and all the local companies who have given in-kind support throughout the year.

  If your company would like to learn more about how you can become more involved with the Student Training and Exploration Program, email Christina Hellmich at chellmich@eschamber.com or call (251) 928-6387.

RibbonCuttingRibbon Cutting

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

Perspective Eye Center is now open at 10184 Eastern Shore Boulevard in Spanish Fort. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 5th.

NewMembersApril New Members

StewartLodgesLeaders Council Spotlight: Stewart Lodges at Steelwood
The Stewart Lodges at Steelwood are perfect for your next corporate retreat, strategic planning meeting, casual get-together or family vacation. Located in Loxley, the lodges provide a great place to gather to enjoy the luxury of simple, natural pleasures such as reading a good book on a quiet porch or an early morning fishing trip on the misty lake.
The Stewart Lodges at Steelwood have all the amenities and facilities desired in two fully-furnished lodges with private guest rooms and baths, screened in porches, TVs, internet and several entertaining facilities all overlooking a 200-acre stocked, fresh-water lake, which is nestled in a 1500+ acre gated country club community. Connecting the two lodges, you will find a beautiful pool, cabana and entertainment space.

As a guest of the Stewart Lodges, you have access to otherwise exclusively private amenities such as a driving range, sporting clays, fishing, fitness center, tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course. In-house catering is available, as well as access to the magnificent country club facilities for dining and entertainment.

"The vision of The Stewart Lodges is simple: to create and deliver a private, exclusive, customized experience for our client, whether for a business meeting, a golf or fishing trip or a family gathering," said CEO/President Jennie Campbell.

Jennie Campbell has been CEO/President of the Stewart Lodges at Steelwood for 13 years. She strongly believes that that a critical factor in success is having great mentors, learning from mistakes, having persistence and most importantly, having integrity.
"I believe very passionately about mentoring and giving back," she said, "I have and I still am the benefactor of a relationship with stronger business and spiritual mentors in both my business and personal life. It's my turn to give back and to give guidance to the next business person. I've been blessed in my career on multiple levels." 
Campbell hopes to make an impact with her employees and customers each day. 
"What I hope I have accomplished in my career and life is to be significant by making a difference in other peoples' lives by mentoring and sharing through my personal experiences and knowledge as my mentor has done for me," said Campbell.

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.

NominationsAccepting Nominations for the 2017 Annual Awards
Click on the category below to open the nomination form:

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is taking 2017 Award Nominations and we need your help to recognize our members who are truly making an impact on the community.
We are taking nominations for three awards: Small Business of the Year, Community Leader Award and the Environmental Award.
Nominations may be made for any deserving business. Self-nominations are encouraged. Simply complete the nomination form below and return it to the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce by  May 26, 2017

Once completed, the forms can be saved to your computer then emailed to office@eschamber.com. You can also print out the form and mail it to 327 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532. Call 928-6387 with any questions.

The award winners will be announced at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner, June 8 at Oak Hollow Farm.

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the past year with a summer picnic at Oak Hollow Farm. Come ready to play some lawn games and enjoy some delicious food. We will also install the new officers and recognize members who are making an impact on our community.

If you are interested in nominating a member for one of our annual awards visit http://bit.ly/2017ESCCAwards and return the nomination form to the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce by May 26, 2017.

The Annual Awards Dinner will be Thursday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL. Tickets are $50. Call (251) 928-6387 by June 1 to reserve your seat.

We have several sponsorship opportunities still available for the Annual Awards Dinner. 
Click the button below for more information or call Frank Shepard at (251) 928-6387.

MPBMayors' Prayer Breakfast

33rd Annual Mayors' Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, May 4
Doors open at 7:00 a.m.
Program starts at 7:30 a.m.
Daphne Civic Center
2603 Hwy. 98

The deadline to RSVP has passed.
No tickets will be sold at the door

Guest Speaker: Bill Bru,
Director of Business Development for Hix Snedeker Companies

He has a powerful message and impressive professional resume that has taken him all over the world. You don't want to miss his story.


BAHBusiness After Hours at Ocean Marine
Business After Hours
Ocean Marine
1812 US-98
Daphne, AL
Thursday, May 4
5-7 p.m.

Menu: Jambalaya, crab dip & seafood fare from Bone & Barrel. 

Giveaway: $250 Kula Cooler

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

Barbella's Gym Ribbon Cutting
456 Morphy Avenue
Wednesday, May 3
3 p.m. 

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

Guest Speaker: Bill Bru
Director of Business Development for Hix Snedeker Companies

The deadline to RSVP has passed.
No tickets will be sold at the door.

Presenting Sponsor: BancorpSouth

Business After Hours
Ocean Marine
1812 US-98
Daphne, AL
Thursday, May 4
5-7 p.m.

Coastal Cafe Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
11101 County Rd. 64
Daphne, AL
Tuesday, May 9
11:30 a.m.

Morning Marketing Meeting
Dickey's BBQ - Daphne
6882 Highway 90, Suite G2
Daphne, AL
Thursday, May 18
8 a.m.

Sponsor: Mosquito Joe

Bella Sera Gardens Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
25049 County Road 49
Thursday, May 18
4:30 p.m.

Chamber 101
Eastern Shore Chamber Office
327 Fairhope Ave.
Thursday, May 25
9-10 a.m.

Call (251) 928-6387 by May 23
to register.

AIDT Leadership Skills II Workshop
June 6 - 8:30 - 4 p.m.
June 7 - 8:30 - Noon
Daphne Utilities
8301 Well Road, Daphne

$25 for 2 day training

Call (251) 928-6387 by June 1
to reserve your spot

Sponsored by: Daphne Utilities & the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce

Driving Your Small Business Workshop
Wednesday, June 7
8:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Baldwin Co. Humane Society
22886 U.S. 98 C, Fairhope, AL

Call (251) 928-6387 to register
Space is Limited

Annual Awards Dinner
Thursday, June 8
5:30 p.m.
Oak Hollow Farm
14210 S. Greeno Rd.
Fairhope, AL

Tickets: $50
Call (251) 928-6387 by June 1 to reserve your seat.

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CAPFlyinCoastal Alabama Partnership Legislative Fly-in

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce President Casey Williams was proud to represent the Eastern Shore along with about 40 other elected and business leaders from Mobile and Baldwin Counties in Washington D.C. for the Coastal Alabama Partnership (CAP) Legislative Fly-in.
The regional team traveled to the nation's capital to meet federal legislators and department members about issues concerning Coastal Alabama.

"Being part of the CAP delegation to Washington not only gave me insight into the issues impacting our area, but also showed me how important it is to work together as a region to better our communities," said Williams, "This trip also allowed me to connect with others who are passionate about Coastal Alabama and its quality of life."
Click here to read more about the trip the issues discussed.
NoteFromPresidentOver the past several weeks I have had the honor and privilege to represent the Eastern Shore at events such as the Coastal Alabama Partnership (CAP) Legislative meetings in Montgomery, CAP Legislative Fly-in to Washington D.C. and a town hall meeting concerning re-establishing passenger rail service to our area.
I have learned a lot about a lot: Our port project, passenger rail service, fisheries management, Airbus, Austal, the I-10 Bridge, flood insurance, and infrastructure at the local and state level.
Your Chamber will do our best to keep our finger on the pulse of these and other projects that can and will affect our business community and quality of life. I encourage everyone to look up from your day to day activities to stay informed about what matters to you! 
As always, it is my pleasure to serve you.
LeClubSports & Fitness Facility Proposed for Daphne
Your Feedback is Needed

A new sports and fitness center named "Le Club" is being proposed in the City of Daphne. Developer Johannes Schild presented the project to the Chamber tourism committee April 25. The proposed facility would include a gym, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, competition lap pool, resort-style outdoor pool with splash pad, virtual golf, group fitness classes, spa, health food restaurant and child care.
Although several locations are being considered, Schild says they'd like to see it near Daphne High School on Highway 181.
Developers are currently conducting a feasibility survey to gauge the community's interest in such a health club. That's where they can use your help. Follow the link below to learn more about the proposed project and take the survey.

TourismHeadlinesTourism Headlines

Carnival Offering More Cruises From Mobile in 2018 - WPMI Local 15

Big Year for Alabama Tourism - Alabama Public Radio

Study: Travelers Spent $13 Billion In Alabama in 2016 - WKRG

Alabama's River Delta 2nd largest in America - KCBX FM

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

Small business workshop designed for small business owners/sole proprietors and LLCs with 25 or fewer employees

Wednesday, June 7
8:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Baldwin Co. Humane Society
22886 U.S. 98 C, Fairhope, AL
$25/Members     $35/Non-members
Call (251) 928-6387 to register
Space is Limited

Taking advantage of the many resources available to small businesses

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Knowing your financials, your business plan & how to apply for financing

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Putting your networking skills to practice

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Understanding how to hire right the first time and keeping your employees engaged

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Planning for retirement, Key Man Insurance and Succession

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Branding, Website, Social Media and Getting your message out

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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.
giveawayNewsletter Giveaway!

You have a chance to win a free week of Orangetheory Fitness classes. The winner will be announced on the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce facebook page Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Click Here to Register

MemberHeadlinesMembers Making Headlines

South's Best Wedding Venues - The Grand Hotel Point Clear Resort & Spa - Southern Living

You Need to Visit These 10 Once-In-A-Lifetime Restaurants In Alabama - 6. Grand Steakhouse at the Grand Hotel - OnlyInYourState.com

20 best places to live in Alabama: 2017 edition - Fairhope, Spanish Fort & Daphne all make the list! - al.com

Bill E's Serenaded Small Batch Bacon - This is Alabama

Small Town: Fairhope, Alabama, Evergreen on the Bay - SouthBound Magazine
5 Gorgeous Gardens in the United States - Bellingrath Gardens - Workman Publishing
Fannie Flagg's Fairhope, Why the author loves Alabama's utopia by the bay and thinks you should too - Garden & Gun Magazine

These 11 Restaurants in Alabama Have the Best Seafood Imaginable: 10. Sunset Pointe- OnlyInYourState.com

Point Broadband CEO talks about new internet service coming to Baldwin County - Gulf Coast News Today

Malbis Medical Emergency Center Taking Shape - Infirmary Health Thomas Hospital - Fox 10 News

Weeks Bay Foundation Preserves Fish River Property - Lagniappe

Windmill Market Adds Ox Kitchen - Lagniappe

Health Programs Make the Grade - Coastal Alabama Community College - Business Alabama

In Daphne, St. Paul's Episcopal Thrift Shop celebrates 40 years - al.com
Wilkins Miller's Allen Carroll Elected to the Board of University of South Alabama Foundation - Chamber Member News

Fallen Heroes 7th Annual Golf Classic Raises $40,000 for Local Charities - Bellator Real Estate -  Chamber Member News

BIS Designs Releases Mobile App to Streamline Customer Experience - Chamber Member News

Fairhope Christian Church Hosts Successful Cards & Games Party - Chamber Member News

Baldwin Bone & Joint's Record Breaking Year for Annual 'Shoes for the Homeless' Campaign - Chamber Member News

The Original Oyster House will Award Two Chelsea Garvin Spirit Scholarships - Chamber Member News

Alabama Municipal Electric Authority and its Members Announce 2017 Scholarship Winners - Chamber Member News

United Bank Receives 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial - Chamber Member News
PEP Awards - Partners for Environmental Progress -  http://pepmobile.org/awards/
Daphne Utilities & Hutchinson, Moore & Rauch - Provides more than 1.5 million gallons of high quality drinking water/day along the Eastern Shore.
Gulf Coast Office Products - Blighted Homes Demolition Project

Hargrove Engineers & Construction - Solar Array produces 51,000 watts of power

Mobile Gas - Vacant site, now a community asset

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 .
AOTMFebruary Ambassador of the Month: Morgan Cooper

Congratulations to Morgan Cooper for being named the March
Ambassador of the Month. 

Morgan Cooper
Wilkins Miller LLC
56 S Section St
Fairhope, AL