Awards Presented at Annual Dinner
The Chamber of Commerce held its most anticipated event of the year last night with its Annual Awards Dinner. 
Taking place on Jekyll Island, the night reviewed the events and accomplishments over the past twelve months and culminated with the awards presentation honoring community leaders, outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs. 

The awards presentation was highlighted by the 40th presentation of the prestigious Alfred W. Jones, Sr. Award , the highest honor bestowed by the Chamber of Commerce. This year’s award was presented by Immediate Past Chairman Robert Miller to Duane Harris . A resident of Glynn County since 1970, Harris has a long history of service to the area, serving as Director of the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia DNR for the past 18 years, as well as serving on many marine and fishery councils. Among his lengthy list of accomplishments, Harris has served on numerous boards including the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation, St. Simons Land Trust, YWCA Foundation, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, and the Chamber of Commerce. He currently chairs the capital campaign for the WWII Home Front Museum at the Coast Guard Station. 

Other award winners included Ben Hartman, Chairman’s Award, presented by Missy Neu, Chairman; Beth Lane and Trena Smith, Ambassadors of the Year , presented by Creg Miller, Vice Chair of Membership Retention and Recruitment; as well as three Small Business Awards presented by David Lewis, Area Director of the UGA Small Business Development Center. The honor of Small Business of the Year went to Golden Isles Olive Oil, Donna MacPherson; Entrepreneurial Spirit Award went to Henshaw Companies , Justin Henshaw; and the Community Champion Award went to Turner & Associates Insurance , Robert Turner. Congratulations to all the winners!

In addition to the awards presented, the chairman’s gavel was officially passed from Missy Neu , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, to Jeff Bennett , Collins & Associates Appraisers. 
Become a Chamber Ambassador
Apply to become a Chamber Ambassador! Chamber Ambassadors are a group of men and women who are an extension of the Chamber team, committed to helping the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce fulfill its mission of providing leadership in fostering a dynamic business environment for the entire community. Ambassadors are the first people to greet you at monthly Business After Hours, assist with the annual Golf Tournament and Business Expo, attend grand openings and ribbon cuttings, help out with event registrations, and seek out sponsors and donations for the annual Chamber Experience. The Ambassador program is a premier business-networking program and an excellent way to get your name and face in front of the business community. Chamber Ambassadors are the backbone of the Chamber volunteer force.

Applications are being accepted now through June 30. For more information and to apply, click here.
Business After Hours is June 21
Who says business can't be fun??

Join us for a special beachside BAH at the Jekyll Ocean Club; bring all your friends and co-workers, & don't forget to bring plenty of business cards!
Jekyll Ocean Club Restaurant
80 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island
Thursday, June 21
5:30-7:30 PM
$7 Members | $10 Non-members
Co-hosted by: Coastal Computer Consulting, Creative Printing Inc., iHeart Media, Island Sound, Jekyll Island Boat Tours, and LifeThrive. Entertainment provided by Island Sound!
Georgia Power Updates
What's happening around Georgia Power?

Click here to see updates, including links to valuable articles and services, such as ways to save money on your monthly power bill, how customers will benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, lighting services from Georgia Power, and instant rebates for products.
Rep. Carter Discusses Tax Reform
US Representative Buddy Carter recently met at the Chamber of Commerce with local CPAs to discuss tax reform, its impact and future needs.
Remember to Vote
Exercise your right to vote! The General Primary Runoff takes place on July 24th. Early in-person voting runs July 2-July 20.

Local candidate runoffs include:

Joint Water & Sewer Commission at Large, Post 2 (non partisan):
Bob Duncan
Audrey Gibbons

County Board of Education, District 2 (republican)
Eaddy Sams
David Sharpe

County Commissioner at Large, Post 1 (republican)
David O'Quinn
Mark Stambaugh, Jr.

For more information about the General Primary Runoff, go to the Glynn County Board of Elections website .
Upcoming June Ribbon Cutting - Join Us!
Tuesday, June 26
4:30-5:00 PM
28 Market Street
St. Simons Island

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