October 2018
Notes from the President's Desk
It's hard to believe October is already here. With football season and the cooler (?) weather comes the annual State of the Port luncheon at the end of the month. Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch will present some incredible statistics and updates, so don't delay in registering for this popular annual luncheon.

In addition, we have several more chamber events this month you won't want to miss: this Friday's State of the County Fall Membership Luncheon; next week's regional summit on Improving the Education and Workforce Pipeline in Georgia; next week's Business Education Series session on communication in our modern society; and Business After Hours at Tipsy McSway's at the end of the month. As always, we invite you to support your fellow chamber members by attending the upcoming ribbon cutting celebrations and member events listed online on our Community Events Calendar.
M.H. "Woody" Woodside
Fall Membership Luncheon THIS Friday:
State of the County
The Chamber invites you to attend the 2018 Fall Membership Luncheon this Friday, October 5, at Epworth By The Sea. Alan Ours, Glynn County Manager, will address the attendees regarding the state of Glynn County.

"State of the County" Fall Membership Luncheon
Friday, October 5
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Epworth By The Sea
$32 Members | $39 Non-Members
Event Sponsors: Ameris Bank, Georgia Power, Hurt Norton & Associates, iHeart Media Brunswick, McGinty-Gordon & Associates, Peachtree Pest Control, South Coast Bank, SunTrust Bank, The Brunswick News
Workforce Development Summit
The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GAPEE) invites you to attend a Regional Summit on Improving the Education and Workforce Pipeline in Georgia . This regional forum will allow you to see and hear new region-specific data, new analyses and new strategies for strengthening our workforce pipeline. You will have the chance to prioritize and plan for what’s needed to mobilize our community to work together toward improving chances for our students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to build a strong workforce and stronger community.

Consider these Georgia statistics…
  • Employer job openings have grown over 150% since 2010.
  • Meanwhile, we rank 34th among states for unemployment.
  • By 2025 – just 7 more years! – 60% of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, yet…
  • Only 47.9% of our young adults have a college degree.

What does this mean for our kids, our families, our community, and your business?

Improving the Education and Workforce Pipeline
October 9, 2018
8:30 – 10:30 AM
Elizabeth Correll Teen Center
4226 Coral Park Drive, Brunswick
Breakfast will be provided.
Don't Miss Next Week's Business Education Seminar: Communicating in a New World
In today's society, it is no wonder we have the number of relationship problems that we do. Technological skills have somehow gained more importance in our learning environments than our communication skills, to the point where our technological achievements have outpaced our ability to have good relationships. The solution to the most complicated of problems, begins with simple skills. Many people learned communication skills once a long time ago, but as with most skills, when not practiced, they may have lost their edge. "Lost Art" skills can enhance the quality of relationships, friendships, marriages, parent/child interactions, business dealings and relations on almost every level.

Join Bill Garlen, Direction of Administration at the College of Coastal Georgia's School of Business, as he leads us through the skills we need to communicate effectively once again. We can all use this session! In this Business Education Session, we will learn:

  • Communication Starts with Seeing
  • Relationship Starts with Communication
  • "R" you listening?
  • Listening or Leaving
  • Bridging Barriers
  • Mindfulness versus Multitasking

Communicating in a New World
Tuesday, October 9
8:30-9:30 AM
Chamber Offices
$5 Members / $10 Non-Members
State of the Port Luncheon: Oct. 25
Georgia's ports are BIG business to our area. Join fellow chamber members, state leaders and key stakeholders at the annual State of the Port Luncheon as we examine the critical role our ports -- and more specifically, the Brunswick port -- play in our local and state economy. Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch will be the featured speaker, giving us the latest updates and astounding statistics of the Georgia ports. (Note: overflow attendees from the recent Savannah State of the Port will be at this event; as such, you are highly encouraged to register early.)

2018 State of the Port Luncheon
Thursday, October 25
12:00-1:30 PM
Jekyll Island Convention Center

$48/ticket or $480/table (of ten)
Event Sponsors: AdvantaClean of Brunswick, Allgood Pest Solutions, Ameris Bank, AT&T, BrandMortgage, Brunswick Cellulose, Edward Jones-Jeff Jones Advisor, First Coast Benefits Solutions, First Glynn Bank, GEM Car Sales and Service, Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Power, Gilbert Harrell Sumerford & Martin, Goodwill Southeast Georgia, Gulfstream Aerospace, Henshaw Companies, Hurt Norton & Associates, iHeartMedia Brunswick, International Auto Processing, Magnolia Financial, McGinty-Gordon & Associates, Peachtree Pest Control, Pinova, PrimeSouth Bank, Rich Products, Sea Island, Seaboard Construction, South Coast Bank and Trust, SunTrust Bank, Synovus Bank, The Brunswick News, The Salvation Army, Turner & Associates, United Community Bank, White Electrical Construction
33rd Annual Golf Tournament
Recently the chamber held its 33rd Annual Golf Tournament at Sanctuary Golf Club at the beautiful Sanctuary Golf Club. Between the sunny weather, numerous course special challenges and contests, prizes, raffles, networking and camaraderie, it was a truly successful event for the 32 teams playing. Congratulations to Team PrimeSouth Bank for taking home the honor of overall low gross score and to Team Dependable Flooring for coming away with the lowest net score!

The Annual Golf Tournament would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors. This year's tournament was presented by Liberty Roll-offs & Recycling, and the complete list of tournament sponsors and donors can be found here ... THANK YOU! Many thanks, as well, to Harry Kicklighter and staff at the Sanctuary Golf Club, to Eric Croft and Creg Miller for co-chairing the golf tournament, to Catherine Boyne for coordinating the volunteers, and to all the planning committee and numerous volunteers who made the day run smoothly.
I'm a Chamber Member. Now What?
Article Four in a Six-Article Series

Have you recently joined the Chamber? Maybe you're overwhelmed by the number of benefits. How do you go about exploring the components of chamber membership that are most beneficial to you and your business? What if there are things you could benefit from that you know nothing about? Or maybe you're wondering when you're going to see your first new customer...any minute, right? Over the next six MemberNets, we will explore different aspects of the chamber and ways you can maximize your chamber membership, in excerpts from an article by chamber expert Christina R. Green.

Improve Your Reputation or Become a Larger Part of the Community:

Some members are looking for something other than greater sales, although that may be part of their desire. Some have had PR challenges in the past, or they are new to the area, or they just want customers to see them as a valuable member of the community. If any of those are true, a chamber membership is a good investment. If that's why you joined, you should consider the following activities:

  1. Proudly display your member sticker, window cling, e-logo, or whatever indication your chamber gives you that you are a chamber member.
  2. Get involved. Your chamber has numerous opportunities to volunteer. There may be committees in specific areas or ambassadorship opportunities. By volunteering you can get to know other businesses on a deeper level.
  3. Become a sponsor. If you want to get your business name associated with the chamber, sponsoring an event is a good way to do it. The chamber offers a lot of different levels of sponsorships, so there's one that will fit your budget. Their events (and other opportunities) may draw slightly different crowds, so talk with a chamber staffer to understand which one fits your ideal demographic.
  4. Consider being on the board. While this may not be something you're ready to take on as soon as you become a chamber member, it is something you might want to (eventually) consider if you're trying to improve the reputation of your business. The governing board of the chamber is a large responsibility but also attracts some of the communities most well-connected and influential leaders.
  5. Host an event such as a ribbon-cutting, open house, or anniversary milestone celebration. Holding an event like this is a great way to showcase your business. The chamber can help you organize one; check with them and see how each of these special events is handled.
Reminder: Download the Chamber App!
You've asked for it! The Chamber is proud to provide you with MemberPlus , a FREE mobile app that will allow our members to:

  • Access your Member Information Center
  • View member listings
  • View upcoming events
  • Post status updates
  • Update your profile information
  • Register, pay for and check into events
  • Post and view job openings, Member-to-Member deals, Hot Deals to the Public
  • And MORE!

The MembersPlus app is free to download and available for iOS and Google Play devices. For questions or more information, contact Kate Reeves , 265-0620.
October Ribbon Cuttings - Please Join Us!
Elite Hearing Centers of America
THIS Wednesday, Oct. 3
11:30 AM
731 Glynn Isles, BWK
Radiant Counseling Group
THIS Thursday, Oct. 4
4:30 PM
502 Gloucester St, Suite 204, BWK
Ashley's Business Solutions
Thursday, Oct. 11
4:30 PM
101 Lake View Cir., BWK
Farmers Insurance-Edward Hardman
Tuesday, Oct. 16
11:30 AM
4757 New Jesup Hwy., BWK
Engel & Volkers Golden Isles
Tuesday, Oct. 30
4:30 PM
100 Redfern Village, SSI
October Business After Hours
Who says business can't be fun???

Mark your calendars to join us at October's Business After Hours at Tipsy McSway's. Bring plenty of business cards for door prizes - and don't forget to bring your friends and co-workers!

1414 Newcastle St, BWK
Thursday, Oct. 25
5:30 - 7:30 PM
$7 members | $10 non-members
Click Here for photos from September's BAH at Marsh's Edge.
Welcome New Chamber Members
Click on the names, right , to learn more about our newest Chamber members and welcome them. And thank you to all our renewals - we appreciate your continued support!
October Community Highlights
and Announcements
Southeast Georgia Health System Trade Partner and Vendor Meet & Greet : SGHS and Robins & Morton invite all interested vendors, suppliers, and contractors to an introduction of its $130M Master Renovation & Expansion Project. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions in an open forum session. Drop in between 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at 2317 Heron St, BWK. For more details, contact Tripp Stephens, tstephens@sghs.org. - Thursday, Oct. 4

Historic Downtown Brunswick's First Friday - Friday, Oct. 5

4th Annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil - Friday, Oct. 5 | Details

South Georgia Health System Foundation's Annual Pink Out Friday! - Friday, Oct. 12 | Details

1st Annual Fall Golden Isles Job Fair - Friday, Oct. 12 | Details

GICCA's Career & Safety Fair - Tuesday, Oct. 16 | Details

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - Thursday, Oct. 18 | Details

KGIB's 11th Annual GA/FL Community Beach Sweep - Saturday, Oct. 27 | Details

Glynn Visual Arts Calendar | Details

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Calendar | Details

View our online Community Calendar for events during the month of October. Details

Has your organization recently received accolades? Click here to let us know! 

Click here for current job postings from Chamber members. Don't forget to list your openings on our website.

COMING SOON! M2M Deals, a program exclusively for Chamber members!
Watch your mailbox and inbox in the coming days for more information.
...and the last word
"The art of communication is the language of leadership." -- James Humes
Chairman's Circle:
Ameris Bank
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices -
Hodnett Cooper Real Estate
Georgia Power
Gulfstream Aerospace
Hurt, Norton & Associates
iHeart Media
McGinty-Gordon & Associates
Peachtree Pest Control
South Coast Bank & Trust
SunTrust Bank
The Brunswick News
Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin
PrimeSouth Bank
Rich Products
Seaboard Construction
Sea Island
Synovus Bank
United Community Bank

AdvantaClean of Brunswick
Allgood Pest Solutions
Edward Jones-Jeff Jones Advisor
First Coast Benefits Solutions
First Glynn Bank
GEM Cars
Henshaw Companies
The Salvation Army Brunswick
Turner & Associates
White Electrical Construction