Chamber Connections
Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce July Newsletter

New Tools Now Available to Promote Your Events
by Denise Curtis community calendar
The Eastern Shore Chamber is excited to announce a major expansion to our  Community Calendar. The Chamber has made it our mission to promote business while connecting communities, and we hope our upgraded community calendar will do both. 

As a member of the Eastern Shore Chamber, you can log in to your ChamberMaster account, and create an online landing page for the events you want to promote. You will be able to add all the critical information the community would need to know, an event image, a Youtube video, a photo gallery, a map and link to more information or your website. Check out this Sample Event to see the tools available.

We understand that quality of life here is one main reason many of you have decided to make the Eastern Shore home. That means you're also looking for fun events throughout the year and we want to be your one-stop-shop for information about those events. So, we didn't want to limit the community calendar. That's why any community organization can submit a basic event listing by simply clicking the " Submit New Event" button, right there on the calendar. 

These pages also have some pretty cool features that will help you plan your weekend. You can set an email reminder with the event information, print it out, add it directly to your Outlook or iCal calendar, text the event to a friend or share it on your favorite social networks. 

Another great feature we are excited to finally be able to offer is online registration for our popular Chamber events. We hope this will make it much easier for our members to RSVP for workshops, Eggs N' Issues and other big events. 

This initiative has been several months in the making. It will be a vital tool for residents and tourists alike and a great way for you to attract more visitors to your events. We hope you'll take full advantage of it!

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

Morning Marketing Meeting
Thursday, August 18
8:00 a.m.
Dickey's BBQ 
Jubilee Square 
6882 Hwy. 90, Suite G2
Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association

Young Professionals Social
at Gumbo Shack
212 1/2 Fairhope Ave.
Thursday, August 18
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Coastal Alabama Regional Tourism Workshop
August 23
Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Meyer Vacation Rentals Auditorium
1585 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL
Register at:
Business After Hours: Regions Bank-Daphne
1439 Highway 98
Thursday, September 1
5-7 p.m.

Labor Day Holiday
September 5
Chamber offices will be closed

Eggs N' Issues
"New Department of Labor Overtime Rule"
Speaker: Day Peake, Phelps & Dunbar
Thursday, September 14
7:30 a.m.
Daphne UMC
2401 Main St, Daphne, AL

Morning Marketing Meeting
Thursday, September 15
8:00 a.m.
Dickey's BBQ 
6882 Hwy. 90, Suite G2
Jubilee Square Shopping Center

28th Annual Jubilee Festival
September 24 & 25
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Olde Towne Daphne

Elected Officials Luncheon
October 26, 2016
11:30 a.m.
Fairhope Yacht Club
More information to come

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Chamber to Offer Voter Guide for Municipal Election
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee has been busy ahead of the municipal elections, August 23. We want to encourage each and every one of our members to Get Out and Vote! 

"This is your opportunity to have your voice heard in local government and decide on who will be making those important decisions that impact the entire community," said Interim Executive Director Christina Hellmich.

"It's not only important to vote, but be an informed voter. That's why we are making voter guides available to our members so when they head to the polls, they can make an educated choice," said Eric Nager, Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee.

Our Governmental Affairs Committee is working right now to get answers to important business-related issues facing our cities on the Eastern Shore. We are compiling responses from each mayoral and city council candidate in a voter guide produced specifically for our membership.

"These guides are a true value to Chamber membership. We've done all the research and are putting these guides directly in our members' hands, so they can feel confident in their vote, come election day," said Nager.

Expect to see the Voter Guides within the coming week and also be on the lookout for election day reminders on our social media sites. We'd love for you to use the graphics we produce to help us get the word out to your friends and family about how important it is to VOTE.

Join us at the polls, August 23.

Support the Jubilee Festival with Just a Few Clicks 
Jubilee Festival

We are now less than two months away from the 28th Annual Jubilee Festival in Olde Towne Daphne and we would love to see you and your family at this wonderful Chamber and community event. The Jubilee Festival is a fun and laid-back event where you and your family can enjoy the arts.  By the end of September, there is usually a hint of fall in the air, so perusing the arts in Olde Towne is pleasant for everyone.  We can't think of a better way to kick off fall or explore this part of the Eastern Shore.  The Jubilee Festival is an invitation for the community to enjoy some great talent and local entertainment, while fostering community camaraderie.  Local dance companies and theater groups perform for the crowds and the smell of cotton candy fills the air.  
Kids Art in Centennial Park is always a hit.  Generations of children have their handprints on the perimeter fence.  Every child makes a fish print or wooden block sculpture.  Instilling a love of art in children of all ages is one of the great accomplishments of the Kids Art Park as well as the Jubilee Festival.  There is an activity for every child that walks through the gates of Centennial Park.
This is truly a complete family experience that celebrates the arts, local entertainment and the City of Daphne.  Whether you're a city official, sponsor, patron or volunteer, this festival is a demonstration of community togetherness. 

As a Chamber member, there is one way you can help as we promote this festival. Please take the time to share the Jubilee Festival's event page on facebook with your friends and invite them to come explore beautiful Downtown Daphne. Many of our local shops and restaurants benefit when visitors make a point to visit the Eastern Shore.

  Coastal Alabama Regional Tourism Workshop

Coastal Alabama Regional Tourism Workshop
Tuesday, August 23
Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Meyer Vacation Rentals Auditorium
1585 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is constantly working to make sure our tourism industry is well supported here on the Eastern Shore. One way of doing that is through our work with the Coastal Alabama Partnership. Through that partnership, we are proud to offer you a chance to join us for the Coastal Alabama Regional Tourism Workshop.

During this workshop, regional tourism leaders will discuss strategic planning, regional tourism promotion and how we can work together to grow our industry.

The workshop costs $10 to attend and lunch will be provided.  

Please see the invitation for more information.

Update on Chamber President Search

The search continues for a new full-time President for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. The search committee accepted resumes through the end of July and the interview process is now beginning. This search committee is committed to finding the best person to fill this role and help move the Chamber forward.
2016 Pencils & Glue for Bingo & Brew Raised $4,000 for the Rotary Youth Club
2016 Pencils & Glue for Bingo & Brew
2016 Pencils & Glue for Bingo & Brew

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals teamed up with United Way of Baldwin County's Young Leaders Society to put on an incredible 2nd Annual Pencils & Glue for Bingo & Brew, collecting school supplies for the Rotary Youth Club. 

Supporters filled the Fairhope Brewing Company and helped us raise $4,000 and 5 overflowing boxes full of supplies for these students for the upcoming school year. Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood, Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant, Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan, Commissioner Tucker Dorsey, Commissioner Chris Elliott, Fairhope Councilman Kevin Boone and BCBE member Cecil Christenberry served as celebrity bingo callers.

We also want to say a big "Thank You" to  all the great businesses who donated prizes including our grand raffle prize of a night stay at the  Grand Hotel.

Click here to see more pictures.

Click here if you'd like to subscribe to emails about upcoming Young Professionals Events, or follow the Young Professionals on  Facebook.

Ribbon Cuttings

Gator Alley
Southern View Media
Merchants _ Marine
Gator Alley Boardwalk
The renovated Gator Alley Boardwalk is now open in Daphne. The new design is managing the stormwater flow and you might get to see an alligator

Southern View Media
specializes in website design, search engine optimization, social media, blogging and "marketing with a southern drawl." Check out their website by clicking here.

Merchants & Marine
Merchants & Marine Bank
is now open in Fairhope at 325 Fairhope Ave. We are so excited to have them as neighbors and look forward to working together!


Bellator Real Estate & Development
Bellator Real Estate has opened its new office at 29891 Woodrow Ln. in Daphne. We are proud to see this real estate and development company growing along with Baldwin County. 
OsteoStrong is now open at 333 S. Green Road, Unit 2B in Fairhope. To find out more about how OsteoStrong promotes healthy joints, strong bones & muscles, relieves pain, and gives you better balance and flexibility, visit them online.
Mugshots Grill & Bar has brought its massive burger menu to Malbis. The new restaurant is now open at 29740 Urgent Care Drive in Daphne. Click here to check out their menu. 

Tin Roof Restaurant

Roberts Brothers

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe is now open at 1539 Highway 98 in Daphne. The food here is incredible and you're going to want to SHARE their menu with your friends! 
Tin Roof Restaurant
We cut a ribbon at the Tin Roof Restaurant at 10810 Highway 31 in Spanish Fort. They even offer family size meals you can pick up on your way home from work.
Roberts Brothers
Roberts Brothers has now opened da new office in Malbis at 29640 Highway 181 South, Daphne. If you're in the market for a new home, click here to visit them online.

July New Members

Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society

Carol Tierce
The Cabins at Fish River Trees
Making Headlines

The Causeway's great restaurants make's Alabama Bucket List.

Fairhope Brewing Company was named one of Alabama's Best Breweries by lists both Daphne and Fairhope in their ranking of Safest Cities in Alabama.

The City of Fairhope and the Grand Hotel are featured as a Great Girlfriend Getaway by Southern Living.

Spanish Fort makes the list of 10 Most Successful Cities in Alabama.

Panini Pete's is recognized by Mobile Bay Magazine as a great place to grab breakfast in their article Rise and Shine.

Sally Irvine with Mobile Bay Magazine samples dishes from Fairhope's Warehouse Bakery & Donuts.

VisitSouth's Ultimate Alabama Road Trip takes a stop on the Eastern Shore. See where they visit.

Both Daphne and Fairhope made's list of Safest Places in Alabama.

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce helped the Alabama Retail Association kick off its #ShopAlabama Campaign encouraging you to buy local.

Member News

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Is your company making headlines? We want to hear about it so we can share it with other members. Email Denise Curtis at with your good news.

Ambassador of the Month

Sally Wagner

Sally Wagner
Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore


Paula Knodel
Roberts Brothers


Brenda Carpenter

Brenda Carpenter
Family Security Credit Union

Photo Gallery
Click on the photo below for each event to see more pictures.

Gator Alley
BAH - American Autism _ Rehabilitation

Gator Alley Boardwalk Rededication

Business After Hours at American Autism and Rehabilitation Center
morning marketing

Shop Alabama

Morning Marketing Meeting
Shop Alabama
Pencils _ Glue

BAH Altaworx

Pencils & Glue for Bingo & Brew
Business After Hours at Altaworx
Spanish Fort Farmers Market

Spanish Fort Farmers Market