Myrtle Beach Area CVB Receives Accreditation  

The Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) has awarded the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau with a four-year renewal of its Destination Marketing Accreditation Program.

This prestigious honor recognizes CVB destination marketing organizations who meet a high level of quality and performance standards within the industry.

“The entire Myrtle Beach Area CVB staff is exemplary, and their hard work and dedication has led to this wonderful distinction,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB. “This application process is very intensive, and requires a lot of attention to detail. We couldn’t have gotten to this point without the contributions of not only our staff, but our board of directors, committees and councils. The Myrtle Beach area is a world-class vacation destination, and our goal remains to find new and cutting-edge ways to market it to first-time visitors.”

DMAI represents approximately 1,350 members from more than 600 destination marketing organizations throughout 30 countries. Of those 600 DMOs belonging to DMAI, only 180 are accredited.

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December 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Member Spotlight: Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre

CoastalYouthLiza Mata has a simple message she instills in the members of the Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre and Dance Centre – they can do anything.

“If they love it, it can happen,” said Mata, the theatre’s artistic director. “Nothing is impossible.”

The theatre started in 2005 and currently has 30 company members, who range in age from 8 to 19 years old. Their daily classes include a mix of ballet and contemporary dance.

For those looking to make dance a career, the Coastal Youth Ballet offers its members the opportunity to receive scholarships. Mata said some of her previous members received full scholarships to such prestigious schools as New York University and Juilliard.

With the holiday season in full swing, the Coastal Youth Ballet is looking ahead to its yuletide tradition of performing “The Nutcracker,” through a partnership with The Palace Theatre.

The showtimes are: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 15; 10 a.m. on Dec. 16; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 21; and 7 p.m. on Dec. 22.

It promises to once again be a magical experience for both the audience and the Coastal Youth Ballet members.

Get your tickets today.

by Brad Dickerson, media communications manager, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau

December 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Welcome to Teal Town USA!

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are heading into playoff action this weekend, and the Myrtle Beach area is encouraged to turn the region into “Teal Town.”

CCU will play Richmond in second-round action at Brooks Stadium in Conway beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The community can get in on the football excitement by decorating their homes and businesses with CCU colors on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. It doesn’t end there; make sure and dress in teal yourselves.

Then, participants are asked to take a picture and submit them to CCU’s social media channels. Fans should use #TealNation when making their submissions.

Once all photos are in, the best business and best individual decorations will be chosen. The winning individual will receive a $500 Shop Our Members gift package from Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, while the winning business will have a meal catered to them at a later date.

The Chanticleers finished the regular season with an 11-1 record, and received a first-round bye in the FCS playoffs. They are the seventh overall seed.

Go Chants! C-I-N-O!

December 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber Maintains Five-Star Accreditation

5star_colorMyrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has repeated its five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, placing it among the top 2 percent of more than 7,000 chambers.

The accreditation is based on sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community. The chamber earned a perfect score in the facilities section and was commended for its comprehensive board of directors orientation handbook, establishing itself as an advocate for the business community through a variety of practices, including hosting fundraisers in support of business-friendly candidates, and for its efforts to provide a no-cost online forum for members to post job openings and provide links to continuing educational opportunities.

Of the 7,077 chambers of commerce in the United States, 213 of them are accredited. Out of that number, 89 are five-star chambers.

The chamber earned its first five-star rating in 2010 and will keep its current designation until 2019.

Diana Greene, executive vice president of MBACC membership programs & services, headed the review process.

“To achieve this five-star rating, staff once again performed an intensive self-assessment of our operations in nine sections that covered everything from governance and governmental affairs to program development and benchmarking. The process provided an opportunity to review what has been accomplished, but, more importantly to chart the path forward,” Greene explained. “The accreditation process combined into one document all of the outstanding achievements and contributions of board members, volunteers and staff who make the chamber a five-star organization. We should all be extraordinarily proud of this milestone achievement. It was a true team effort.”

Brad Dean, president and CEO, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, praised the chamber and staff for being recognized with the top rating of five-star accreditation. “I am impressed every day with the impact this chamber has on the community and our members,” Dean said. “There is a lot of hard work being done to move this community forward and to have the distinction of being one of the top chambers in the country adds to our credibility and effectiveness.”

U.S. Chamber accreditation is the only national program recognizing chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. Accreditation allows chambers to renew, improve and promote sound business practices, policies and procedures. Local chambers are rated accredited, three-stars, four-stars or five-stars. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members and chamber executives from across the country.


November 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Encourages Residents to “Shop Our Members”


Residents of the Myrtle Beach area are encouraged to keep their dollars local this holiday season.

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Shop Our Members” campaign offers money-saving discounts to the public, while promoting the great products and services available along the Grand Strand. The initiative continues through Dec. 14, 2014.

As an added incentive to shop locally, the MBACC will be awarding holiday cash. Shoppers can simply drop by one of the MBACC’s three welcome centers, show receipts from area businesses totaling $150 or more and be entered into a drawing for one of five $250 gift cards. The drawing will take place Dec. 17, 2014.

In addition to the Shop Our Members campaign, residents are encouraged to hit the sidewalks of Myrtle Beach for the Myrtle Beach Shopping Days, running Nov. 28 through Nov. 30, 2014. There, shoppers will find sidewalk sale bargains. This event coincides with American Express’ Small Business Saturday and Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

November 27, 2014 at 7:31 am Leave a comment

Member Spotlight: Keep Our Pets Food Bank

Linda Donahue’s five years spent volunteering at Coastal Animal Rescue opened her eyes to the hardships some pet owners face.

Specifically, according to her husband, Bill, she witnessed a number of senior citizens turn their pets in because they could no longer afford to feed them.

So, Linda decided to do something about it. She founded Keep Our Pets Food Bank in January 2012 in an effort to ensure these companions for many of the Myrtle Beach area’s seniors could continue living in their homes.

KeepOurPetsSadly, Linda lost her battle with cancer on Aug. 30, 2012. Still, her mission continues moving forward, as Bill and her children have taken over the operation of the Murrells Inlet food bank.

“My wife’s legacy is more of what I’m interested in,” Bill said.

The majority of their supply of pet food comes from manufacturers out of Georgia. Keep Our Pets also accepts donations from those within the community.

In the future, Bill wants to see his organization adopt a “Fix Yer Kritter” initiative, which is a spay and neuter program.

For now, Keep Our Pets’ ultimate goal is a simple, yet important, one – keeping those animals in their homes so they can continue to be loved and cherished by their owners.

Keep Our Pets Food Bank is located at 4764 U.S. 17 Bypass South in Murrells Inlet. For more information, go to

by Brad Dickerson, media communications manager, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau

November 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

Big South Championships Putting Together Organizing Committee

The Big South Basketball Championships return to the Myrtle Beach area March 3 through March 8, 2015, and now is the time to get involved and make them the biggest ones yet.

Promoters are looking to put together a local organizing committee that would serve to promote the Big South Championships throughout the area, and tout its positive impact on the entire Myrtle Beach area.

The primary responsibilities for committee members would be:
• Promoting the Big South Basketball Championships locally in Myrtle Beach and Conway
• Attending host committee meetings as needed
• Speaking to community groups in the Myrtle Beach and Conway areas about the positive impact of the championships
• Being an ambassador for the championships
• Working to shed a positive light on the event to keep in the Myrtle Beach area past 2016

Anyone who is interested should contact Rachel Ammon, marketing coordinator for the Big South Championships, at The deadline for inquiries is Nov. 19, 2014.

November 12, 2014 at 9:19 pm Leave a comment

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