In This Issue - July 2018 Newsletter

A Note from the President/CEO

We love showing off the beautiful Sebastian River Area! With the launch of our new video, we have added to the Chamber tool kit, and we are spreading the word! If you haven't seen it on Face book, its posted on our website, and there's two! The first one tells the story, and gives you six minutes of awesome video, with state of the art drone footage, and beautiful scenes of all of our natural resources. If you're the type that scrolls through things, and have a shorter attention span we have a one minute version to suit your needs. We've got it all here in Sebastian. Kudos to Nicole Holbrook, Tourism Director, who led this project and produced a fabulous result. We urge you to share it with your friends and family, particularly if they don't live here!

The Sebastian Blue Water Open, produced by the Exchange Club of Sebastian, and twenty five years in the making, held another successful event last month, raising charity dollars for the prevention of child abuse. Congratulations to all of the volunteers how dedicated their time and effort for this very important event.

The Sebastian River Area will be highlighted on CBS, six weeks in a row, with the broadcasting of Major League Fishing Tournament that was held in west Indian River County. This time the County Chamber took the lead, creating and collaborating with our Chamber, the cities of Sebastian and Fellsmere and Indian River County to bring this tournament to our area. The entire crew of fishing champions, crew, cameras, boats, etc. took over Capt. Hiram's for a week, and fished the lakes of Garcia, Blue Cypress and the Stick Marsh. The first show is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, at 2 p.m. on CBS and will run for six weeks.

Because it's June, it hurricane preparation time. We added a tab on our home page of, where you will be able to find any and all current information about hurricane preparation, and if there is an event, recovery info will be posted as well. It's always good to have a plan!

You have probably received your ballot for the Chamber Board of Directors elections, and we have tried to make it simple. We do want to thank all of the chamber members who stepped up to the plate to help lead the Chamber, and appreciate their commitment of time and talent!

Two events coming up this summer, the Annual Fourth of July Celebration and the eagerly anticipated Grill Out Night! Looking forward to both traditions in Sebastian in the dog days of summer and our community spirit shines bright. There's a lot of new people in the area, so they will be treated to summertime fun, Sebastian style! Grill Out Night will feature a local fruit, mangoes. Or peaches for those of you who haven't yet developed a taste for mangoes! Either way, we will be getting the grills out in August, for a Friday night celebration.

Our Chamber luncheon in July will feature the annual message from Indian River County Commissioner Susan Adams, District one. This tradition has been going on almost twenty years, with the District One Commissioner coming to us to update on all County wide issues, projects and plans. We look forward hearing from the Commissioner!
Have an awesome Fourth of July and a nice summer!


Beth Mitchell


Hurricane Season is here and as always we want to make sure that you have access to all of the information available to us.  Click here to be directed to our Hurricane Preparedness section of the website that will be continually updated as information for BEFORE, DURING 
and AFTER a storm becomes available. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the Chamber offices at  


Lori Mikell Boyd is a 6th generation native Floridian originally from Kissimmee, now residing in Sebastian with her husband Randy. She is an avid walker and kayaker and enjoys what Sebastian has to offer in those areas. Lori along with her husband are members of Central Baptist Church in Melbourne where they are active in the music ministry and leading Financial Peace University classes.
Lori has worked in business operations management and bookkeeping her entire career. For the past 13 years she has been remotely managing four small businesses for her employers in Georgia. In 2008, Lori became interested in the field of personal finance and developed a Financial Coaching business, inControl Financial Coaching. After assisting her elderly father-in-law and her mother with their daily financial needs for several years, Lori realized that her true passion was in Daily Money Management, especially for seniors and those in life transition. She has expanded her business to include Daily Money Management services for Indian River, Southern Brevard and Osceola Counties. These services include:
  • Bill review and payment
  • Bank account reconciliation
  • Vital document organization
  • Tax document organization
Lori is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and California Baptist University. She has attended Dave Ramsey Financial Counselor Training and is also a member of the American Association of Daily Money Managers. For more information check out her website at and contact her for a free consultation.




Upcoming Webinars - June 2018
Why Your Small Business Needs Video Marketing
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 3pm to 4pm EST
Video marketing is quickly becoming an important marketing venue for many small businesses. You might wonder why your business may even need video marketing, but the more pressing question to ask is actually what is video marketing and how your company can benefit from powerful video marketing strategies? Video gives you the opportunity to interact with your customers by allowing them to get to know you and your business, and feel comfortable with you. This is especially important for small, local business. In this webinar, we will discuss what is video marketing, why it is critical for increased engagement, and what strategies you can implement to take your business to the next level.
Find Investors and Finance Your Business with Equity Crowdfunding
Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 1pm to 2pm EST
Are you seeking investors to help you fund your business idea or growth? With the launch of equity crowdfunding in 2016, businesses can now raise money from ordinary investors online.

This webinar will share the ins and outs of equity crowdfunding and highlight the type of businesses that can benefit from this opportunity.  
You will learn:
  • What is equity crowdfunding?
  • Equity vs Rewards-based crowdfunding, and which is the best for your business
  • How to evaluate an equity crowdfunding platform
  • Keys to a successful crowdfunding campaign and how to attract investors
  • Understand the impact to your business of raising money via equity crowdfunding
Recorded webinars from SCORE - click here

SBA Learning Center - click here

Chamber Projects
                  SAVE THE DATE!
                    Friday, August 10th, 2018
                    5:30pm - 8:00pm
                     (This event is rain or shine)

What is Grill Out Night?
Grill out night is an event designed to ignite your business activity during the off-season with the locals and visitors here during the summer.
Click  here   for more information and the registration form.  Registration deadline is Friday, August 3rd to be included on the map!


Chamber Luncheon

Date:  July 10, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Sponsor: Sebastian Discount Pharmacy
Speaker: Susan Adams, Indian River County District 1 Commissioner
Location: Capt'n Hirams Tiffany Room
1580 US Hwy 1, Sebastian FL  32958

Committee Meetings
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 5, 2018
8:00 AM
Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Full Board Meeting
Thursday, July 11, 2018
8:00 AM
Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Ambassador Luncheon
Thursday July 19, 2018
12:00 PM
Sebastian Chamber
700 Main St., Sebastian
Ribbon Cuttings
Date: Friday July 13, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
1624 US Hwy 1 Suite 1
Sebastian, Florida  32958

Date: Tuesday July 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AM
1545 US Hwy 1
Sebastian, FL  32958

Community Event Calendar

Delicious Chamber Breakfast @ The Sebastian Area Historical Museum
Friday June 1, 2018


Chamber Luncheon - June 12, 2018 @ Marsh Landing
Thank you to our Sponsor, Rosie Stubbs and the Recycling Club , Inc and our Guest Speaker
Bart Gaetjens from Florida Power and Light!

Chamber Business & Pleasure hosted by St. Lucie Battery & Tire
June 21, 2018 - Great Networking with Great People

June 8, 2018

Check out our Facebook Page to view all pictures from past networking events.

Summer is just around the corner! Check out all of the great summer camps and activities available in the Sebastian River Area. Whether your preference is outdoor adventures or indoor experiences, there's something for every young explorer. Click here for a list of Summer Camps.
4th of July Parade and Freedom Festival
The Lions Club of Sebastian and the City of Sebastian enthusiastically invite you to participate in the 46th Annual 4th of July Parade which will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. 


Members Note:
4th of July is around the corner, if you would like to promote your business we have 2 open spaces at our Sebastian Chamber booth from 1-4pm. To sign up call 772-589-5969.

Here are some pictures from our events this last month. We are so happy to see so many people attending our events and always welcome all of our members and potential members to attend.

Breakfast hosted by Sebastian Area Historical Museum

Ribbon Cutting at Downtown Crossing

 Lunch at Marsh Landing Sponsored by the Recycling Club; and our guest speaker FPL

Welcome New Members for the Month of June
Torie Quakenbush
1624 US Hwy 1 Unit 1
Sebastian, FL  32958
Richard Ward
6595 N US Hwy 1
Vero Beach, FL  32967
Eileen Odonnell
1515 Indian River Blvd.
Suite A236
Vero Beach, FL  32960
John Oates
9200 Sebastian Blvd.
Sebastian, FL  32958
Curtis Carpenter
2205 14th Avenue
Vero Beach, FL  32960
Mark Lewis
1902 Oak Street
Melbourne, FL  32901
David Preston
664 Azalea Lane
Suite A
Vero Beach, FL  32963
Diane Riley
910 Village Square
Suite 1
Sebastian, FL  32950
Beth Rohrer
Treasure Coast

Sophie Bentham-Wood
3001 Riverside Park Drive
Vero Beach, FL  32963


Coastal Concierge Services is locally owned and operated by Eileen O'Donnell and brings over 35 years of experience serving the Vero Beach community. Eileen's first passion was the Hotel and Hospitality Industry in which she focused on mainly concierge services as well as Convention Services for companies such as Walt Disney World, Marriott and Sheraton. After losing her father in 2005 she moved to Vero Beach to be with her mom and participate in helping her with some major upcoming decisions. First of which was becoming her Case Manager. Making sure her lifestyle and sense of independence never suffered. Eileen was fortunate enough to work with and be mentored by the best healthcare leadership steward in our community. It was only natural that she found the desire become a leader in the Community herself.

Mission Statement

Coastal Concierge Services is committed to enriching the life of the clients and families we have the privilege of serving and allowing them to age in place with control, comfort and dignity.

  • Full service concierge homecare delivery with customized care planning
  • Bi-weekly Care Manager visits
  • Commitment to continuity of care
  • Client-Family advocacy
  • Dedicated management team available 24/7
Care Management
  • Clinical assessment, monitoring and long- term care decision making
  • Physician and medical care coordination
  • Environmental and safety evaluations
  • Support and education for family members
  • Medication Management
Transitional Care
  • Specialized care when transitioning from a healthcare setting to home, wherever that may be
  • Support with any transition to ensure a safe and speedy recovery
  • Personalized care to prepare for homecoming, including transportation, homemaking, grocery shopping, prescription pick up, meal preparation, coordination of physician and medical appointments and pet care.
  • Assistance with relocating to a new home to ensure a positive transition
  • Customized communication menu available to family and friends to provide peace of mind
We provide Registered nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistance, Home Health Aides and Companions
1515 Indian River Blvd. Suite A236, Vero Beach, FL. 32960
Serving Vero Beach, Sebastian and the Barrier Islands




Helping people has always been part of who Beth and Tim Rohrer are, with their careers, and lifestyle. Beth's experience, as an RN, includes trauma care, senior housing, home care services, and nursing administration. While Tim's expertise in logistics has entailed the coordination and transport of commercial and personal property, assisting persons with relocation, while also coaching and training local teams and individuals, as a Personal Trainer and Strength Coach.
Over the years their careers, and experience as business owners, have afforded the opportunity to see that no matter what the position, the title, the calling or career; everyday demands, often demand more than there is to give! Demands, within personal circumstances, or other people in our lives, can become overwhelming when we don't know who, or where to turn to.
Here for You Concierge has been established to provide a place to turn to, serving persons in the gaps of life, with planned and unplanned events. Whether it be the day to day "to do list", an upcoming move, seasonal support, transportation needs, peace of mind with pet care, or other services, their support is designed for their customers, and with their customers, with detail in mind. Here for You Concierge is fully licensed, and insured with complete background checks, and additional certifications in aging services.
When they are not providing concierge services, Beth can be found cooking, writing, or enjoying the waterways of the Treasure Coast, while Tim enjoys golfing, beachcombing, and part time work at the Florida Tech Challenge Course, as a facilitator/coach.
Allowing Beth and Tim to help in a small way, may afford a big relief, or the peace of mind you may be looking for.

Member News and Announcements

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we'll share it with the business community! 

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NEW Destination Videos  
In case you missed the big reveal last week, we are so excited to introduce our NEW Sebastian River Area Destination Videos! We have two new videos: a 1-minute Glimpse into the Sebastian River Area & a 6-minute, scripted Sebastian River Area Destination Video . The videos highlight the nature based and recreational activities that the Sebastian River Area has to offer including boating, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, airboating, surfing, beachcombing, hiking, biking, birding, horseback riding, state parks, dining, local landmarks, skydiving, treasure museums, festivals and more! The videos incorporate drone footage to capture the breathtaking aerial imagery of our diverse waterways.  
In regards to promotion, we will be targeting in-state, out of state and International visitors that are looking to escape the hustle and bustle and have an authentic, off the beaten path vacation right here in the Sebastian River Area. We will be running social media campaigns to reach those demographics.  
We've added both videos to our website on the following pages:


       (Video Gallery)
        (Things to Do)
The videos have also been uploaded to:
A big thank you to many of our tourism partners that welcomed our film crew into their businesses so that we could capture footage as well as our partners that provided us with some of their own videos and photos (Skydive Sebastian, Capt Christy Lenz, Capt Eric Olsen, the ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival & FWC).
It was a pleasure working with VISIT FLORIDA, Tightline Productions and our Tourism Partners on this project! We are so proud of the finished product and encourage our members, residents, and visitors alike to share our new destination videos with friends and family so they can experience the Simple Pleasures and Authentic Treasures of the Sebastian River Area!  
Please SHARE with Friends & Family!!
Sebastian River Area Destination Video:
1- Minute Glimpse into the Sebastian River Area:
Major League Fishing World Championship
Last month, I told you about a very exciting special project that we worked on with the Indian River County Chamber, Indian River County, the City of Sebastian, the City of Fellsmere, and Treasure Coast Sports Commission. In late February, Indian River County hosted Major League Fishing's 2018 World Championships. The cast and crew of 60 stayed at Capt Hiram's & filmed all 6 episodes of their upcoming show at Lake Garcia, the Stick Marsh, Blue Cypress Lake and Kenansville. The first episode will air this Saturday, June 23rd on CBS at 2pm, followed by a new episode each Saturday over the next 5 weeks, and a re-air twice during the week on CBS Sports. Total viewership of the show is over 3.7 million households!! There is a Watch Party at Marsh Landing Restaurant on Saturday, June 23rd at 1:30 p.m. (show starts at 2 p.m. and runs until 3 p.m.) and we would like to invite our Tourism Partners to attend. We encourage everyone attending to come out for lunch prior to the show. If you are able to make it, please RSVP to the County Chamber:  Click HERE to register by email or call 772-567-3491.     
Mural Meeting
We had a great first Mural Meeting last month and look forward to our next meeting on Thursday, June 28th at 10 a.m. at the Chamber. This is a sub-committee that we've recently created to help get a mural program started here in the Sebastian River Area. Lisa Packard with the Eau Gallie Arts District will be attending this meeting to talk to us about their program and how they got it started. If you are interested in being on one of our planning committees, please let me know!  
July Tourism Committee Meeting
In place of our regularly scheduled July meeting, we will be having our 3rd FAMILIARIZATION Tour on Tuesday, July 17th from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This tour will highlight: US 1 South & A1A- Whispering Palms, Pennwood Motor Lodge, ELC, Jungle Trail, Pelican Island, McLarty Treasure Museum, Sebastian Inlet, Disney, Holiday Inn Oceanside, SpringHill Suites, Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach Museum of Art, and Vero Beach Kamp. A full itinerary will be sent out soon! We need a minimum of 10 partners to participate in order for the tour to take place. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by July 10th to 772-589-5969 or email:   
Upcoming Events 
  • MLF Watch Party- Saturday, June 23rd at 1:30 p.m. at Marsh Landing Restaurant
  • Art & Mural Project Sub-Committee Meeting- Thursday, June 28th at 10 a.m. at the Chamber
  • Sebastian's Freedom Festival- Wednesday, July 4th at Riverview Park                                                *We will have a booth if you are interested in volunteering to work a time slot and promote your business!
  • July Tourism FAM Tour- Tuesday, July 17th from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 
  • Christmas in July/Shop with a Cop- Saturday, July 21st from 10-2 at Riverview Park

Skydive Sebastian
So, You Want To Make A Skydive
Graduation... Reunion with friends or family... Bachelor/Bachelorette Party... Bucket List... Just for Fun... Do something that will transform your life and leave you with a memory that will last a lifetime! Come by yourself or with a group. We'll take you on a stunning round trip adventure from zero to 14,000 ft over the Sebastian inlet and the east coast of Florida, unlike you've ever known before! Skydive Sebastian is a world renown drop zone that offers a life changing experience and a way to see the impressive memorable views of Sebastian, the Lagoon, Ocean, and the Sebastian Inlet.
We Are Skydive Sebastian
Over 35,000 jumps are made over Sebastian each year. In 2017, over 3,100 people traveled from all over the globe to experience a skydive for the first time in our skies. An impressive 130 students joined our AFF course to earn their wings, and learn to skydive on their own. We also have a multitude of licensed jumpers, teams, and military jumpers frequent our airport. Throughout the years, Skydive Sebastian has become a premier drop zone in the United States, gaining popularity with our unbeatable views, and friendly environment.
Skydive Sebastian is proud to be called "home" by World Champions in Canopy Piloting, Vertical Formation Skydiving, and Formation Skydiving. Many events and skills camps where skydivers gather from all over the world to jump, learn, and share knowledge are hosted by those elite champions at Skydive Sebastian.   This September, Skydive Sebastian will host the United States Canopy Piloting Nationals, attracting competitors from around the world to compete against our US competitors. Canopy Piloting Nationals is a fantastic event for spectators, as all of the action happens just above the ground.
But Darling, What if You Fly?
While the idea of "jumping out of a perfectly good airplane" may be daunting, don't let your fears hold you back! In fact, most first time tandem students are surprised to find that there is actually no falling sensation. The reason for that is due to good old fashion physics. When exiting an aircraft in flight, you are already traveling at the same ground speed as the plane. Because of that, you're accelerating from about 90 mph to 120 mph, which only takes about 3-5 seconds! It is similar to accelerating in a car... only much, much faster!
Let me guess, you're afraid of heights. Funny enough, so are most skydivers. However, you'll be in free fall at 14,000 ft- about two and a half miles above the ground. We promise that there's nothing up there but air, freedom, and one of the best views you've ever seen. Free fall has no obstacles, only pure bliss. With adamant adherence to the highest safety standards, top of the line equipment, and some of the most skilled and experienced instructors in the industry, you can jump with the confidence of knowing you're in the best of hands.
The Sky Isn't A Limit - It's A Playground!
In fact, the exhilaration felt by making a skydive is transformative. It isn't just the jump itself that leaves a lasting impression. We often hear that students excel past their personal boundaries and expectations of fear and self doubt to make the jump, and suddenly realize just how much more they are capable of. There is that epiphany, that life can be extraordinary, and that the sky isn't a limit- it's a playground! In so many ways, your skydiving experience will continue to inspire you long after you've left the drop zone.
 Skydive Sebastian
400 Airport Dr W, Sebastian, FL 32958
800.399.5867 (JUMP) 

Communication Corner by Britney Melchiori
Grill Out Night - Mango Madness!

Summer is bringin' the heat and so is the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce! It's time to get fired up about a sizzling summertime event ...We're talkin' about Grill Out Night!

This family-friendly event invites folks to get out and visit participating businesses during the notoriously slower months of summer. It is designed to spark activity and interest in our local establishments and provides a perfect opportunity for retailers and restaurants to extend some customer appreciation. Many locations will be providing music, face painting, raffles, and other entertainment. Summer sales and specials will also be available at most locations and event-goers will be able to savor deliciously grilled nibbles as they stroll from business to business.

Speaking of food - we can't forget to mention "mango-madness". What would a summer time event be without this perfectly refreshing fruit?! Businesses are encouraged to incorporate mango into their treats and drinks. From salsas and salads, to beverages and desserts, there will be something marvelously mango for everyone to enjoy! It's a fun way for businesses to get creative with their offerings.

All the details will be available in the Press Journal the day of the event, including a list and map of participating businesses and a brief description of what each location will be offering.  Information will also be available to pick up at the Sebastian River Area Chamber office, online at and

Save the date and mark your calendars for Friday, August 10th from 5:30-8pm (rain or shine) and "greet the heat" with this summer's hottest community event.

If your business or organization would like to participate and take advantage of the hundreds of people that hit the streets for this event, registration forms can be found online at or you may call the office at 772-589-5969.

Chamber Member Registration; $40 / Non Member Registration $80
Registration fee pays for event advertising and ensures your place on the map.
Be sure to register no later than August 3rd, 2018!

Download Registration Form to Participate!

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.

Mr. Small Move
$150 off packing service local move
474 5th St. SW
Vero Beach, FL  32962
Computer Healthcare
10% off in house service
1110 US Hwy 1
Sebastian, FL  32958

Maxwell & Son Plumbing, Inc
10% off next service call. 10% off fixtures to chamber members & their families.
A Great Escape Salon & Day Spa
10% off skin products new client $50 facial

See all of our member discounts  here
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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 
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Executive Team
Dawn Biehl, The Tiki Bar and Grill  -  Chair
Michelle Napier, Napier & Rollins - Vice Chair
Bob Morgan, Marine Bank and Trust  - Treasurer
Kim Ellis, Vintage to Vogue - Immediate Past Chair
Elected Directors
Capt. Christy Lenz, "Casual Cruisin"
Theresa Tolle, Bay Street Pharmacy
Sue Skirvin, Tupperware
Joel Stout, Sandpiper Pest Control
Anna V. Tillery, White Glove Moving & Storage
Appointed Directors
Nancy Flickinger, Florida Power & Light
Ben Maffett, Oculina Bank
Robin Raiff, Robin Raiff Real Estate Team
Dana Ryder, Pelican's Landing of Sebastian

Ex Officio
Susan Adams, Indian River County Commissioner
Linda Kinchen, Vice Mayor, City of Sebastian
Jason Nunemaker, City Manager, City of Fellsmere

Chamber Staff
Kimberlee Armstrong, Accounting
Nicole Capp Holbrook, Tourism Director
Beth L. Mitchell, President/CEO
Britney Melchiori, Marketing & Communications Dir
Vicki Wild, Membership Director
Patti Williams, Information Specialist
Chamber Ambassadors
Opey Angelone, Action Realty            772-633-8617
Terry Gardner, Seacoast Bank            772-581-1341
Sandi Gehrke, TD Bank                      772-581-1490
Cindi Green, Florida Eye Institute       772-569-9500
Jackie Hart, Hart Escapes                   772-646-4828
Isabel Marron, Oculina Bank               772-571-1400
Michael Natale, MN Worldwide, Inc.    772-664-0525
Sue Skirvin, Tupperware                      772-913-2010
Cynthia Williams, Primerica                 772-713-1991
Kristie Woodward, Oculina Bank         772-581-3199
Brittany A. Beatty, VanDeVoorde           772-589-4353
          Hall Law, P.L. 
Anna Valencia Tillery, White Glove      772-232-7843
          Moving, Storage & Delivery