Chamber Newsletter - March 2019
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Chamber Calendar of Events for March 2019
Chamber Breakfast
Date: March 1, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Sponsor: Riverview Coffee, Tea and Books
Location: 482 US Hwy 1 #3
Sebastian, FL 32958

Full Board Meeting (Strategic Planning Retreat)
Date: Wednesday March 6, 2019
Time: 8 AM
Location: TBA
Chamber Luncheon
Date: March 12, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sponsor: Kashi Ashram
Speaker: Peter O'Bryan, IRC Commissioner - Economic Development
Location: Capt. Hirams
1606 Indian River Dr.
Sebastian, FL 32958

$20 with RSVP by 2PM on Monday 3/11
$25 at the Door


SAVE THE DATE
March 19th & 20th

Marketing Master Series Workshop Presented by the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce

Google is coming to the Sebastian River Area & the Treasure Coast!

First 50 registered attendees will get free Google swag and a free copy of StoryBrand CEO Donald Miller’s best-selling book,  Building a StoryBrand .  

Chamber Business & Pleasure
AND Ribbon Cutting
Date: March 21, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Dale Sorensen Real Estate
1013 US Hwy 1
Sebastian, FL 32958

Concerts in the Park
 March 22nd at Riverview Park
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Featuring: Souljam
(Jam/Rock)


Looking for a promotional opportunity? Donate a raffle item for the concert intermission!
Staff Shout Out
Congratulations to our very own Director of Tourism, Nicole Capp Holbrook of the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce for being selected to receive a full scholarship to attend the Southeast Tourism Society’s 2019 Marketing College®! The Miles Partnership sponsored scholarship is awarded to a tourism industry professional in each of the 12 member states of the Southeast Tourism Society and is given to individuals that stand out for their hard work and dedication to the tourism industry in their state.


Member News & Announcements
Tell us your good news and
we'll share it with the business community! 

Email your news to  pwilliams@sebastianchamber.com


Community Events Calendar
Check out the local happenings for the Sebastian River Area

Upcoming Festivals and Events
The Chamber will have booth space at both of these upcoming festivals. If your business would like to volunteer at our booth for a few hours and pass at your own promotional materials in addition to our community information, please give us a call to sign up for a time spot! (772) 589-5969
27th Annual
Pelican Island Wildlife Festival


 SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019
RIVERVIEW PARK, SEBASTIAN
10 AM TO 4 PM

March 15th, 16th,
& 17th, 2019


Fri 3 PM - 9 PM
Sat 11 AM - 9 PM
Sun 11 AM - 5 PM

March Member Spotlight
Anna Valencia Tillery
VP of Marketing
2175 45th Street,
Vero Beach, FL 32967
Phone: 772-778-4750
Fax: 772-778-8234
License: IM#1852 DOT#166387
White Glove Moving, Storage & Delivery is proud to be a trusted mover throughout the Treasure Coast and surrounding areas.

The team of 50 full time employees and 15 trucks, makes moving easy and affordable providing free estimates and unbeatable customer service.

Other services White Glove offers includes:
  • single deliveries of furniture and other big items from local stores to one's home
  • assembly services (like when folks purchase items from Ikea)
  • interior furniture rearranging during times of renovations or holidays
  • short and long term storage
  • senior and veteran moving
  • provides a discount to chamber members

Anna Valencia Tillery, VP of Marketing, believes in the power of giving back to others and gets involved in a number of organizations such as serving on the board for the Better Business Bureau and serves as an ambassador with the Sebastian Chamber. Anna has also been appointed Ms. Vero Centennial as the city of Vero Beach turns 100 this year.
White Glove also plays an active role in the community hosting annual food drives in the summer and holiday months and doing a number of in-kind services for charities throughout the year.

When it comes to moving, locally or out of state, please think of the White Glove team and remember "we love stairs and elevators so you don't have to."

866-Glove10

February Networking Events
Chamber Breakfast
February 1, 2019
@ Cafe' Latte da
Chamber Luncheon held on February 12, 2019.
Thank you to our location host Marsh Landing, our Sponsor Vero Beach Museum of Art, and our Speaker Jason Nunemaker - City Manager - City of Fellsmere!
Follow us on Facebook to see pictures from previous networking events.
Membership Memo by Vicki Wild
Think of the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce “SRACC”
as your Business Connection.

Sometimes your in-house people are too close to your company and don’t have the perspective to examine the bigger picture within your market. The SRACC, can share valuable insights that boost your internal creative thinking. Our organization has been working for the businesses in our area for over 60 years. Myself, Vicki Wild, I offer over 30 years of professional experience. I have the resources necessary to handle whatever business challenge you’re facing. I can help create solutions and implement a new way, aligning you with the right connections.  Stop by our office, give me a call, or send an email and we can get started.  

New & Renewing Members for February 2019
Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!
Special thank you to our renewing Members!
Airboat Wilderness Rides
American Auto Glass
Brenda Bradley, Campaign for Tax Collector
Café in Paradise
Complete Electric, Inc.
DHB E.A. Inc
Exchange Club of Sebastian
Going Coastal Charters
Grace's Landing Senior Community
Indian River County Hospital District
Keyshot Photography
Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative
Mid Florida Dermatology & Plastic Surgery
Nightingale Private Care, Inc.
Phyllis D. Smith, CPA, PA
Sandcrest
Sebastian Getaways
Sebastian Soccer Association
Sebastian United Methodist Church
Shady Grove Nursery
Sherwin Williams
St. Sebastian Catholic Church
Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival, Inc.
Vero Orthopaedics - Vero Neurology
Waste Management Co.
Windstar Builders, Inc.
Tourism Tidbits by Nicole Capp Holbrook

Mural Project-
In January, our Mural Committee presented our proposed Public Art Program to Sebastian City Council. A big thank you to Beth Mitchell, Kimball Stadler, and Amanda Smalley for all of their hard work and time dedicated to the PowerPoint and presentation to the Council. They did a wonderful job and we are so happy to have permission to meet with city staff to further discuss our proposed art program! Also, a big thank you to the rest of the committee for being there and showing your support for our project! We will keep you posted on what the next step is!
VISIT FLORIDA Certified Visitor Information Center Summit-
Earlier this month, Amber, Patti and I had the privilege to attend the 3rd Annual VISIT FLORIDA CVIC Summit. It was great to hear from VISIT FLORIDA and other Visitor's Centers throughout the state on their best practices, the latest technologies in their centers, professional development opportunities, crisis management, and more! We look forward to implementing some new programs for our tourism and hospitality partners in the upcoming months.

Upcoming Events-
o Grant Seafood Festival- March 2nd & 3rd (Grant Community Center)
o  Pelican Island Wildlife Festival- March 9th (Riverview Park)*
o  ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullaballoo- March 15th-17th (Riverview Park)*
**Volunteer space available at the Chamber booth

2019 Concerts in the Park Series
o   February 22nd- Johnny & The Blaze
o   March 22nd- Souljam
o   April 12th - SRHS Jazz Ensemble & Steel Drum Band
o   April 26th - The Mixers
o   May 17th- Note 4 Note


FREE VISIT FLORIDA Partnership- * *Ends February 28th **
Since our area was affected by Red Tide, VISIT FLORIDA is offering complimentary partnerships, brochure distribution, and lobby booth display opportunities! Please be sure to take advantage of these great offers if you aren't already!

Complimentary Brochure Distribution at all five Official Florida Welcome Centers
Available through February 28, 2019, businesses may ship a maximum of 2,000 brochures per Welcome Center for distribution. For more information and to secure your brochure placement please contact the Visitor Services Department at  welcomecenter@visitflorida.org
 
Complimentary Lobby Booth Display at four Highway Welcome Centers
Available through February 28, 2019, businesses may schedule a time to participate in the Lobby Booth Display program. For more information and to secure your lobby booth display placement please contact the Visitor Services Department at  welcomecenter@visitflorida.org
 
Complimentary VISIT FLORIDA Marketing Partnership
Core tourism businesses located within Florida have the opportunity to get a Small Business Marketing Partnership free of charge through February 28, 2019. With the Marketing Partnership, businesses receive an Enhanced Web Listing on VISITFLORIDA.com, the ability to submit social media posts for consideration, the ability to promote Partner-to-Partner specials and more. To submit your enrollment application,  click here .
Tourism Spotlight for March 2019
The Super Sitters
The Super Sitters was established in order to fill a gap in the childcare industry for the Space and Treasure coast. Jamie's concept was simple, as a mother herself: there’s a point in time while on vacation with the kids that Mom and Dad need a break for themselves. Moreover, kids still need to have the time of their lives while Mom and Dad go out. Thus, the concept of The Super Sitters was born.

Having started with her career in childcare as a counselor for adjudicated youth in wilderness programs for the department of juvenile justice. After several years she went on to become a doula and a full time sitter working for a an event childcare service for almost 10 years before starting The Super Sitters to provide quality children’s services to conventions, weddings, and a variety of other events.

The Super Sitters takes pride in its dedicated caregivers, camp counselors, reservation staff, and on-board management, having provided care for thousands of children over the years. Our childcare representatives are at least 18 years of age and include college-age, grandmotherly, motherly, and fatherly caregivers as well as teachers, nurses and doulas. You’ll recognize The Super Sitters caregivers by their signature blue shirts, The Super Sitters IDs, toy bags full of age-appropriate toys, and pleasant demeanor.

Each caregiver is thoroughly assessed with an application process, interviews, background checks, and reference checks. Equally as prioritized, the caregiver must fully comprehend child safety, know what children like in order to have fun, and genuinely love children. Once approved, each caregiver goes through specialized training and Orientation. All services are followed through with stringent security procedures.

The Super Sitters
Sebastian, FL
(321) 805-1786
Communication Corner by Britney Melchiori
Attention Tourism Partners!
2019 Visitors Guide Project will begin in March!

Reach your target audience with this powerful marketing tool used for travel inspiration, trip planning, and on-location reference. The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Visitors Guide influences readers to eat, shop, and explore, thus increasing your visitor traffic and boosting your business! We encourage you to consider the added benefits of advertising in the Chamber Visitors Guide. Your ad will appear in all 25,000 copies, and be distributed in multiple outlets throughout the community and the State, such as:

  • Chamber Visitors Center (15,000 visitors/year)
  • 5 Local Festivals
  • Mailed in response to Inquiries and Leads (over 5,000 in 2018)
  • Visit Florida Welcome Centers
  • 1-95 (Yulee) – Approx. 5,000/year
  • 1-75 (Jennings) – Approx. 4,000/year
  • Over 120 Tourism Related Businesses
  • Hotels, Restaurants, Attractions, Municipal Airports (Vero and Sebastian)
  • Orlando-Melbourne International Airport Baggage Kiosk & Information Desk

As an advertiser in the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce Visitors Guide you will:
  • Be able to send your message directly to your customers
  • Display a format that has lasting value and utility
  • Reach residents that are new to our area
  • Reach clients & customers outside of our area.

Make the Chamber Visitors Guide part of your advertising plan this year and reap the benefits of Chamber advertising. Your clients and customers will appreciate your participation in this important Chamber publication. We’ve included a copy of our award winning guide for your reference so that you can see for yourself how other tourism partners have made the Chamber Choice!

Stay on the look out for advertising information!

Are you in? One of the benefits of chamber membership is direct access to other members! Network online with other members through the Sebastian River Area Chamber's private Facebook group.

Business to Business Member Discounts
Shop Chamber Members First!

Be sure to take advantage of great savings and discounts from your fellow Chamber Members. Here are this weeks highlighted discounts.
Applied Webology
10% off mobile apps, business texting and websites
772-563-3664
www.appliedwebology.com
Halo Pest Arrest
15% off an lawn or indoor pest control. $25 off adoption of a pet, 10% off 1st grooming
10725 US Hwy 1
Sebastian, FL 32958
772-589-5337
Mel Fisher Treasure Museum
10% Discount in Gift Shop
1322 US Hwy 1
Sebastian, NJ 32958
772-589-9875
See all of our member discounts here
Are You Hiring?
Whether your business is growing, hiring for season, or filling an empty position, we are here to help you get the word out. 
 
Submit  your employment opportunity to us and we'll post it on our  Jobs Board Page!   
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