Leadership Grand Strand Accepting Community Service Project Proposals

Leadership Grand Strand is now accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for potential community service projects that have a lasting benefit to the Grand Strand community. The projects would be completed by LGS Class XXXV and must take place between September 2014 and April 2015. The community service projects also must occupy up to 30 participants for 25 hours (750 total hours of labor) over the five-month period. Applications are due by May 23, 2014.

Leadership Grand Strand, celebrating its 35th year of service to the community, tackles real community needs as part of each class’s graduation requirements. The sponsoring organization must furnish the funding necessary for the projects, as fundraising by the class is not anticipated.

Nonprofits and government agencies are encouraged to submit proposals that address an organization’s specific needs that involve hands-on volunteer hours. Projects over the years have varied widely, from improving a local animal shelter to providing assistance to a program for abused children to building or repairing homes.

Interested organizations can find a copy of the request for proposal by going to www.LeadershipGrandStrand.com and clicking on the LGS projects link.

Leadership Grand Strand is also currently accepting applications for Class XXXV. Applications, which require three letters of reference, must be typed and are due by June 27, 2014. Applications are available at LeadershipGrandStrand.com. Tuition cost is $950 per person.

For more information, visit www.LeadershipGrandStrand.com or call (843) 916-7222.


April 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

National Travel and Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism Week will be held May 3-11, 2014. The theme of the week will be Travel Effect, which will make this week a perfect time to bring attention to the economic impact of the tourism industry in the Myrtle Beach area. Myrtle Beach relies heavily on our $7 billion tourism industry and our real estate industry.

This week gives the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its members the chance to express their appreciation to the Myrtle Beach area travelers who made our growth possible and all the employees who work in hospitality.

Great customer service keeps our travelers coming back and turns locals into representatives of the Myrtle Beach area. Remember that our “thank you for visiting” message is not only for tourists, but for the locals who support our businesses year round and keep us afloat.

“Thank you” is not just a one-week message, it is an everyday message to all of our customers. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce extends a big thank you to the hundreds of businesses in the area who are a vital part of our economy. To find out more on the positive effects of tourism, visit our tourism website.

April 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Country Music Duo Dan+Shay Performing Free Beach Concert in Myrtle Beach

Up-and-coming country music duo Dan+Shay will perform a free concert in Myrtle Beach at the old pavilion site near Eighth Avenue North Oceanside on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This concert will be preceded by the release on April 1, 2014 of the group’s debut album, “Where It All Began.”

The album includes the single “19 You + Me,” which logged 12 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and 22 weeks on its Hot Country Songs list. For the latter, the song peaked at No. 12.

A music video for “19 You + Me” was filmed in the Myrtle Beach area in late 2013. It had its world premiere on CMT on Jan. 27, 2014.

“This concert is a way to give back to the residents of the Myrtle Beach area, who were so accommodating during the filming of the music video. Also, it’s a special treat from our hospitality community to our guests who are in town enjoying sun, spring weather and a trip to the beach,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’re delighted that Warner Music Nashville chose Myrtle Beach as the filming location. The music video perfectly captured all the sights and sounds from those summer vacations at the beach.”


April 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

f.l.a.v.o.r. Culinary Event Returns to Myrtle Beach Area

The Fourth Annual f.l.a.v.o.r. Culinary Tasting Event returns to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in Exhibit Hall B. f.l.a.v.o.r., which stands for Fresh, Local, Appetizing, Valuable, Original Restaurants, allows attendees to sample the very best in Grand Strand cuisine.

Myrtle Beach’s premier culinary tasting extravaganza is a free admission, family-friendly event. The fourth annual community tasting will support Horry-Georgetown Technical College culinary students as they compete for scholarship money during the event’s restaurant judging contest.

A few participating exhibitors include:

  • Drunken Jack’s
  • Inlet Affairs Banquet and Catering
  • Chick-fil-A Myrtle Beach Double Drive-Thru
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Pier House Restaurant
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College Culinary Department
  • American Culinary Foundation
  • Horry County Academy for Technology and Academics
  • Benjamin’s Bagel
  • Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar
  • Sweet Carolina’s Smokehouse and Grill
  • Capriz Italian Feast
  • Crossroads at House of Blues
  • Icon Sports and Spirits Bar
  • Cozmic Charley’z
  • Pauly B.’s Chef Du Jour

In addition to the food samples, a beer and wine garden will be available. Food samples will range from one to three tickets at each booth and ticket prices range from $1.25 to $2 each, depending on the quantity purchased.


For more information, call 843-855-0527 or visit www.MyrtleBeachEventInfo.com.

March 25, 2014 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Memorial Day Parade

This year’s parade is a day filled with excitement. We have a 5k to kick start your day, the parade, a picnic with a beard and ‘stache contest of course, and we tie things up with a relaxing concert. All of these events are for Military Appreciation Days, which run from May 1-31. This monthlong celebration is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA LLC as a thank you to all the men and women who have and are serving our country. The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, National Guard, veterans of all services and all of their families. Below are some of the upcoming events for Military Appreciation Days.

Memorial Day Parade

Saturday, May 24, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

On Ocean Boulevard from 27th Avenue North to 9th Avenue North

U.S. Navy veteran and talk show host Montel Williams is the grand marshal for this year’s parade.

Family Picnic/Military Exhibits and More

Saturday, May 24, 12-2 p.m.

Ocean Boulevard (after parade), Picnic is FREE.

Family and kid-friendly.

Veterans Beard and ‘Stache Beach Bash

Saturday, May 24 (Part of Family Picnic)

Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. at beard table near concert stage and closes at 12:15 p.m

Free Saturday Concert

Saturday, May 24 (At Family Picnic)

Andrew Thielen Big Band

5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 24

Start at Mr. Joe White Avenue and finish at Plyler Park (near SkyWheel)

Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 26, 11 a.m.

Convention Center Plaza

To get more information on any events, visit the Military Appreciation Days website.

March 18, 2014 at 8:26 pm Leave a comment

Beach Blast 2014

Summer is here and May is going to be a fun month kicking off with a series of great artists playing right by the beach! On Saturday, May 17, on Ocean Boulevard between 8th and 9th avenues north Christian artists will bring Myrtle Beach a taste of music. Tickets range from $60-$90 depending on how early you purchase them and if you purchase VIP Gold or Platinum packages. However, if you bring 10 people, you receive one free ticket; and if you bring 20 people, you receive two free tickets. To learn more about ticket prices check out the Beach Blast website. Below is a lineup of artists who will be performing.

  • Jesus Culture (Kim Walker, Smith & Derek Johnson)
  • Skillet
  • Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson
  • Duck Dynasty’s John Luke Robertson
  • Jamie Grace
  • For King and Country
  • John Nix, EMCEE

March 18, 2014 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

SC BlueCross, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber to Host Health Insurance Open House

As the federal deadline approaches at the end of March for health insurance sign-ups, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an open house to provide education and enrollment to individuals and businesses

Under the Affordable Care Act, people who haven’t registered for a health insurance plan by March 31 will face a federal tax penalty of 1 percent of their income or $95, whichever is greater. The penalty will increase incrementally over several years.

The free event, which includes giveaway items and a chance to take home an iPad, will take place 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., March 25, at the Hilton Garden Inn at Coastal Grand Mall, 2383 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach.

Local independent agents will be on hand to answer questions, assist with determining if a person is eligible for a federal subsidy, and enroll people for a policy that would comply with the Affordable Care Act and be effective May 1. Children are welcome. The agents will represent health plans from Blue Cross and from BlueChoice® HealthPlan of South Carolina.

“We encourage people to sign up to avoid the federal tax penalty. Health insurance is complex and we want them to be able to ask all their questions and get answers to help them find the right plan for them and their families,” said Chuck Campbell, BlueCross vice president of agency sales.

People who can’t make the open house can still get information and enroll in plans by calling (877) 313-2583 or emailing getblue.shopper@bcbssc.com to connect with enrollment counselors. They can find a list of independent agents or do their own research and enroll in a plan directly online at SouthCarolinaBlues.com. And they can visit the SC BLUESM retail center (scblueretailcenter.com) for face-to-face assistance in Columbia, Greenville and Mount Pleasant.

March 18, 2014 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

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