Season of Celebration Holiday Guide

More than 1 million copies of the Season of Celebration Holiday Guide are distributed as a direct mail/newspaper insert in strategic markets in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia within drive-time distance of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Reserve your ad space by Sept. 12, 2014.

September 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

Ninth Annual Beach-Boogie & BBQ Festival Offering $13,000 in Cash Prizes

The Ninth Annual Beach-Boogie & BBQ Festival returns this fall to the Grand Strand on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30. The festival is offering $13,000 in cash prizes to the winners of the official barbecue championship of South Carolina. Admission is free to this Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned event, with proceeds benefiting the Shriners Hospital of Greenville, South Carolina.

The end-of-summer extravaganza will take place Labor Day Weekend from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29 and from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. The festival will be held at the Horry Georgetown Technical College Conference Center on the Grand Strand Campus near Grand Park at The Market Common, located at 950 Crabtree Ln. Main stage will be located at the corner of Emmens Avenue and Crabtree Lane, with other festival elements surrounding. This will be a new location for the festival.

Registered cooking teams will compete for the chance to win $13,000 in cash prizes during Saturday’s barbecue competition. This year’s barbecue team registration fee is $175 per team, and amateur barbecue teams are encouraged to compete. The deadline for team registration is Aug. 22, 2014. Information on team rules and regulations is available at

Organized by Palmetto Event Productions, the Beach-Boogie & BBQ Festival is a free, family-friendly event, featuring finger-lickin’ barbecue and food for purchase from vendors and competitors, along with free live entertainment both days.  In addition, there will be kids’ activities and games, vendors selling festival food and art/craft favorites, and a free fireworks show on Saturday. Parking is also free and available throughout the Market Common area and HGTC campus buildings along Pampas Avenue. There will be a handicap parking lot near the intersection of Pampas Avenue and Crabtree Lane.

Delicious barbecue samples and festival food will be available for purchase during the entire festival. Barbecue sandwiches, combos and by-the-pound will be available for purchase from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Along with the official KCBS Barbecue Championship on Saturday, festival goers will enjoy a number of other competitions and events throughout the two days, including the Myrtle Beach Car Club Cruise In on Aug. 30.

In addition to the food and festivities, staff from the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, South Carolina, will be on hand from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday to discuss free medical treatment for children and the hospital’s mission. Physicians will be on site from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The hospital’s mission is to identify children ages newborn through 18 years who may qualify for treatment regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

Festival highlights will include:

Friday, Aug. 29 – (festivities from 6 to 10 p.m.)

  • Burgers ‘N’ Brews – 6 to 8 p.m. – Area restaurants are encouraged to bring their best burger recipes to win the title of the Best Beach-Boogie & BBQ Burger. Only $100 to register through Aug. 1, and $150 afterwards until the Aug. 22 deadline. Participants keep 100 percent of revenue from burgers that are sold to the public. The People’s Choice competition has a first place prize of $500, a second place prize of $300 and third place prize of $100. Limited to only 10 participants.
  • Wing Competition and Tasting – 6 to 8 p.m. – Barbecue cook teams will be competing, and the public can purchase wings from the barbecue sales tent.
  • ‘Anything But’ Competition – 6 to 8 p.m. – Barbecue cook teams will be submitting their ‘Anything But’ dishes to the judges in hopes to win some great cash prizes.
  • Shriners Hospital Information Booth - 6 to 8 p.m. – Staff from Shriners Hospital will be on-hand discussing free medical treatment.
  • Live Entertainment on the Main Stage - 6 to 10 p.m. – Get ready for a great line-up of entertainment and dance to some of your favorite music! Bring chairs and blankets (no coolers allowed). Main stage, corner of Emmens Avenue and Crabtree Lane. Free to the public.
  • Beer and Wine Garden - 6 to 10 p.m. – Choose from more than 15 beers, along with wine and other spirit selections, at the new and expanded Beer and Wine Garden.

Saturday, Aug. 30 – (festivities from Noon to 10 p.m.)

  • Corn Hole Competition – Noon to 5 p.m. – It is only $40 to register a team of two. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Cash prizes are $300 for first place, $250 for second place and $75 for third place.
  • Kansas City Barbecue Society (four meat categories) – Noon to 2 p.m. – Barbecue cook teams will be competing in the official barbecue competition of South Carolina in four meat categories – pork, ribs, brisket and chicken. More than $11,000 in cash prizes at stake and a lot of bragging rights. Come watch as teams prepare this savory food and turn into the judges. No public sampling.
  • Shriners Hospital Information Booth - Noon to 5 p.m. – Staff and physicians from Shriners Hospital will be on-hand discussing free medical treatment.
  • Myrtle Beach Car Club Cruise In – Noon to 4 p.m. – Load-in begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call Cecil Chandler at 843-742-9802 or Lenny Sirago at 843-251-3849.
  • Beer and Wine Garden – Noon to 10 p.m. Enjoy cold beer and wine selections at the newly expanded Beer and Wine Garden.
  • Live Entertainment on the Main Stage - Noon to 9:30 p.m. Come back for another great line-up of entertainment and make sure to have your dancing shoes! Bring chairs and blankets (no coolers allowed). Main stage, corner of Emmens Avenue and Crabtree Lane. Free to the public.
  • Kids Q Competition – 2 to 3 p.m. – Kids between 8 and 11 years of age cook in the hamburger category, while kids 12 to 15 cook in the chicken thigh category. It is only $65 per child to register, and there are only 10 available spots per age category. Registration is required in advance and includes meat, a small grill and a bag of charcoal. Come support and cheer on these future chefs.
  • Announcement of Official S.C. Barbecue Championship and Shriner Hospital of Greenville and HGTC Culinary Institute check presentations – 5 p.m. – Learn which competitor will earn the Grand Champion title and which competitors will receive prize money. Main stage, corner of Emmens Avenue and Crabtree Lane.
  • Fireworks – 9:30 p.m. Enjoy a fireworks finale. Free to the public.

The Ninth Annual Beach-Boogie & BBQ Festival is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Horry Georgetown Technical College.

For more festival information, visit or call 843-712-2145.

July 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

Brand USA Reauthorization

Following the U.S. House of Representatives passing a bill to reauthorize Brand USA, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:

“We applaud the House of Representatives for their committed leadership in growing the number of international travelers who visit the U.S. Brand USA is a valuable public-private partnership that opens many doors worldwide for tourism promoters. The reauthorization of Brand USA ensures that our nation is well-positioned to capture a share of the growing international tourism market. Brand USA also allows us to efficiently market our destination in numerous countries both in Europe and the Far East, as well as Canada. This important national partnership will enable us to grow tourism and create jobs while not costing taxpayers a dime.”

July 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

Leadership Grand Strand Announces Class XXXV

Thirty-two business and community members were recently selected for Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXV. The 10-month program that begins with an orientation on Aug. 28, 2014, explores topics such as Grand Strand history, tourism and economic development, business, education, criminal justice, human services, government and the arts. Leadership Grand Strand is sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

In its 35 years of service to the community, Leadership Grand Strand has tackled real community needs as part of each class’s graduation requirements. Each member is required to volunteer 100 hours toward community projects. For 2014-2015, 25 hours will be spent with the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, 25 hours will be spent with the Youth Leadership Academy, 30 hours will be spent with personal projects, 15 hours will be spent helping with the Ann DeBock Leadership Award nominations and five hours will go toward a community clean-up event.

Leadership Grand Strand Class XXXV

Tracy S. Bailey, Freedom Readers

Anthony Barnhart, Magnum Wines and Gifts

Margaret Bost, Burroughs and Chapin Company Inc.

Jessica Buttles, South State Bank

Matthew Elam Caldwell, The Beach House Golf and Racquet Club

Molly Dean Causey, First Citizens Bank

Charles E. Diez, City of North Myrtle Beach

Kelley Ellert, Kelley Ellert – Marketing Consultant

Bryant Evans, Dockside Realty

Kema Faulk, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Amy Flanigan, Full Steam Ahead Inc.

Charles Gibbons, Miller-Motte Technical College

Jon Greenlee, TD Bank

Jennifer Greenstein, Pfizer Inc.

Harold Hawley, Horry Georgetown Technical College

Russell Mace III, The Mace Firm

Natasha McKinnon, City of Myrtle Beach

Andy Milovich, Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Melissa A. Nordstrom, HTC

Wendy Parkman, Chick fil-A Seaboard Commons

Carla Pielmeier, Myrtle Beach Manor

Gwen Rumph, Media General/WBTW News 13

Julie Schroll, Beach Urgent Care

Robert S. Sunday, Coastal Carolina National Bank

Gregg A. Turbeville, Santee Cooper

Carole vanSickler, Retired/Community Activist for Carolina Forest

Tracy Lee Vreeland, United Way of Horry County

Mike Wallace, Springmaid Beach Resort

Alan Thomas Walsh, Wyndham Vacation Ownership

Joshua Williams, Visibility and Conversions

Patricia Wisniewski, Courtyard by Marriott – Barefoot Landing

Monica Wooten, Horry County Solicitor’s Office

For more information, visit or contact Diana Greene, LGS executive director, at or 843-916-7222.

July 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

Prescription Discount Program

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber Rx Card is a free prescription discount program that offers free drug cards to everyone – MBACC members and nonmembers. The program provides discounts on both brand and generic medications up to 75 percent. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber Rx Card was launched to help uninsured and underinsured individuals afford their prescription medications. The program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans. Additionally, people with prescription coverage can use the program to get a discount on prescription drugs that are not covered by insurance. Visit to locate participating pharmacies, search medication pricing, learn more about the program and print free customized cards.

July 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

MBACC offers innovative training website to help local businesses grow

The world of the Internet is changing. In the past, 98 percent of  local consumers would open their favorite browser and search for a product or service before making a purchase. After doing the search they would select the first business on the list and give them a call.

Today’s consumers are taking that initial search further. After looking for a particular product or service by a keyword, they are then doing a second search on specific companies they see listed. They are researching where the companies are listed, what is being said about the company and does the company address their specific problem or need.

In today’s Internet world you need to be listed on multiple sites, have a good reputation and be found. Your company branding needs to carry you from a website that is helpful to the consumer to your brochure and other offline advertising.

Savvy business owners understand the importance of being found online but what they don’t understand is the high price being charged by some online marketing agencies.

• What if you could do your own online marketing in 30 minutes a day?
• What if an employee could do your marketing for you or maybe an intern from Horry Georgetown Technical College or Coastal Carolina University?
• What if your son or daughter could do your online marketing?

All you need is a plan and a little help along the way – introducing MBACC Business Training. This site was created by Business Training Team which has been offering free weekly webinars since 2010.

What is MBACC Business Training?
• A complete map on what you need to do as a business owner to be found online
• Short training videos
• Step-by-step instructions
• A place to ask questions – and get answers

Watch the video and take the tour of the site at to learn how this innovative site can help you grow your business. If you have questions, call Business Training Team at (843) 246-0136 or send an email to

The free weekly webinars offered by Business Training Team are also listed on the site. These webinars are recorded and can be viewed at a later date. Visit the site for all the details

July 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

Share What You Think Makes South Carolina Just Right

What makes South Carolina just right for you? Is it the picturesque landscape? The abundant resources? Our ideal location? The comfortable climate – for both the weather and businesses? Or, is it all of the above?

Become a “Palmetto State Promoter” and help spread the word about how wonderful South Carolina is for business. When we all sing the praises of living and doing business here, we all benefit.

June 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

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