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 LeadershipGrandStrand.com or contact Diana Greene, LGS executive director, at LGS@VisitMyrtleBeach.com 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 myrtlebeachareachamber.com/member/affinity_programs.html#Drug 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 mbaccbusinesstraining.com/business 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 info@businesstrainingteam.com.

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

Salute From the Shore Returns This Independence Day

The 2014 Salute From the Shore flyover returns for the fifth year and will be passing over the Myrtle Beach area shores on July 4, 2014. Vintage aircraft will be flying along South Carolina’s coast in a patriotic salute to the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. The 2014 schedule has not been posted yet, but organizers expect it to be similar to the 2013 times, which are below:

1 p.m. – Cherry Grove Pier

1:02 p.m. – North Myrtle Beach

1:05 p.m. – Apache Pier

1:07 p.m. – 14th Avenue Pier

1:09 p.m. – Springmaid Pier

1:12 p.m. – Surfside Pier

1:16 p.m. – Murrells Inlet Jetty

1:18 p.m. – Litchfield Beach

1:19 p.m. – Pawleys Island

For more information, go to SaluteFromTheShore.org.

June 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber to Help Hire More Law Enforcement in Wake of Memorial Day Weekend Shootings

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is working with local and state officials to amend its budget and redirect accommodations tax revenues and other tourism promotion funds to hire more law enforcement for May 2015.

This move comes in response to the shootings which occurred during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend and Governor Haley’s subsequent call to end the Memorial Day Bikefest.

“What we witnessed during the Memorial Day weekend was tragic and unacceptable. We as a community must find ways to combat this problem and ensure that this type of lawlessness will no longer be tolerated. That is going to require a substantial increase in law enforcement,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “We will continue to be a staunch advocate for the promotion of tourism in the Myrtle Beach area and will remain focused on ensuring the safety of all visitors. But in this instance, we are choosing to do our part to help stop criminals and felons from putting a damper on what should be a weekend to celebrate our military heroes, and serve as the kickoff to the summer vacation season. It is my hope that other business organizations and community-based groups will step up to this challenge and join the effort.”

June 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

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