I recently heard this from a local business: ”Brad, the other day I opened up my mailbox and found a mailer from the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber. That same day, I see a TV ad and hear radio spots from the chamber, too. Promoting the destination to out-of-state consumers makes sense but why would the chamber advertise locally?” Perhaps you have wondered this too.
The simple answer? Our core purpose is to promote, protect and improve our member businesses, but we recognize that as a leadership organization our impact extends far beyond our membership. We embrace the responsibility to keep our local community apprised of what we are doing. For example:
• For many years, we’ve championed Interstate 73. I-73 will help us transform our seasonal, tourism-based economy by attracting new industry and higher-paying jobs. We will continue publicizing the benefits of completing our interstate connection until the road is finally built.
• We recently launched year No. 2 of an innovative advertising campaign promoting the local real estate industry (ThinkMyrtleBeach.com). We naturally want our community to know what we are doing to help grow this very important segment of our economy.
• We receive substantial funds from local and state government for the purposes of tourism advertising and we take the responsibility of stewardship very seriously. As a result, we embrace the need to report (to the general public) our expenditures of public funds. In fact, we voluntarily exceed all local and state reporting guidelines (MyrtleBeachAreaMarketing.com).
• Our community involvement is also seen in our support of education initiatives. A few examples include the backing of Horry County Schools The Leader in Me program; creating the Youth Leadership Academy – a joint venture between Myrtle Beach Area Chamber and Leadership Grand Strand; and supporting South Carolina Business Week, which prepares young adults for the business environment by introducing them to the principles of leadership, teamwork and the American free enterprise system.
And it goes without saying that Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s outreach is seen in the economic impact of tourism (TourismWorksForUs.com); job support (MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com/member/job_connections.html), events calendar (GrandStrand Events.com), dining information (GrandStrandRestaurants.com), shop local campaigns (ShopOurMembers.com) and partnerships with a variety of local, state and national organizations that share common goals and objectives. So as we continue with our mission to promote and maintain the community’s economic vitality and excellent quality of life, we will strive to keep the general public informed on not only how the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber promotes the area and attracts millions of visitors year after year but also the underlying impact we have on the Grand Strand community.
President & CEO, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Grand Strand is accepting proposals for community service projects for Class XXXIV. Nonprofits and government agencies are encouraged to submit a proposal that addresses specific needs your organization is facing as it seeks to help our community. Visit LGS for complete proposal guidelines.
Leadership Grand Strand has helped to connect and engage rising leaders across the community for 33 years. During the 10-month program, participants get an in-depth view of community issues, develop leadership skills, and are exposed to community involvement opportunities. The program also helps to build strong connections as participants develop lasting relationships with fellow class members. Download an application today, or we’ll be happy to contact the individual and provide the information they need. Simply send their name, email and/or telephone number to Diana Greene, LGS executive director, by email or call (843) 916-7222.
May 1 ~ 3-6:30 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
With safe and responsible offshore energy development – including oil, gas and wind – South Carolina has the ability to create sustainable, well-paying jobs; expand access to affordable, reliable energy; rebuild critical infrastructure; and give every citizen a better opportunity to pursue the American Dream. Participation includes former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, U.S. Congressmen Tom Rice and Jeff Duncan, trade associations, energy consumer groups, producers and the general public. Register online
Annual Meeting – 1-5 p.m.
75th Anniversary Celebration – 5-7 p.m.
Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
The entire event is free to members – opening and closing sessions, educational breakout sessions, and the 75th celebration. Go online to view the agenda and register. The day starts with presentations from Army veteran and former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier and Afterburner, a team building powerhouse of elite military professionals, along with educational sessions featuring a lineup of motivating presenters and timely topics. The day ends with a member celebration of the chamber’s 75 years of service to the business community and recognition of member businesses who have been in the community for half a century. Thank you to our sponsors: Fahlgren Mortine, Corinthian Media, BNC Bank, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Santee Cooper, Carolina Cool, The Jackson Companies, Anderson Brothers Bank. View agenda and register online.
April 9 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Free admission. Sample the Grand Strand’s best cuisine from more than 30 restaurants. Learn More
For the sixth year, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Grand Strand will be holding the annual Youth Leadership Academy that will take place at Coastal Carolina University on March 11 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Approximately 420 students will be participating in the daylong event. Facilitators will help students with hands-on activities to help them build their leadership, communication and teamwork skills.
In order to participate in YLA as a facilitator, you are required to attend one training session on Monday, March 4, or Tuesday, March 5. Both sessions will be at Coastal Carolina University in Kearns Hall from 6-8 p.m. Since facilitators will be working with school-age young adults, background checks will take place. If you’re interested, contact Diana Greene at LGS@VisitMyrtleBeach.com or (843) 916-7222 by Feb. 25 with the date of training you will attend and your T-shirt size. She will contact you at that time to gather the additional data needed for the background check.