Leading Business of the Month – Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs
Not every deli order gives you the chance to help local police and fire departments.

Unless you’re dining at Firehouse Subs where donations are collected for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

The eatery on 38th Avenue in Myrtle Beach was named Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s November Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank.

Steve and Deborah Duncan own three franchises in Myrtle Beach – one on 38th Avenue North, one at 5407 Dick Pond Road in Socastee and one in the Bi-Lo Shopping Center on U.S. 17 Business in Surfside Beach. Firehouse Subs – Myrtle Ridge also is a member owned by a separate franchisee.

Deborah Duncan said the 38th Avenue store was the couple’s first franchise purchased in 2002. Owning a franchise had been on their mind for about a year before a friend invited Deborah to “lunch at her favorite spot, which just so happened to be the local Firehouse Subs.”

Deborah Duncan said the delicious food plus the great team in place make owning the restaurant special.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was established in 2005 by the restaurant’s co-founders. Donations are made by patrons who drop spare change into donation canisters at the register, round up purchases to the nearest dollar, donate $2 to receive a five-gallon pickle bucket or through donations online at FirehouseSubsFoundation.org.

Since the foundation launched, more than $23 million has been given to “hometown heroes” in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. In South Carolina alone, the foundation has donated more than $1.1 million.

Funds from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation have helped departments locally. The Conway Police Department received $15,000 in November for the purchase of a K9 service dog and an automated external defibrillator.

In 2015, the Myrtle Beach Fire Department purchased a Bullex fire extinguisher system. In 2013, the North Myrtle Beach Fire Department purchases equipment including a carbon monoxide monitor and 250 smoke alarms.

The Surfside Beach Fire Department and Loris Volunteer Fire Department were awarded funds in 2013 and 2014, respectively, to buy thermal imaging cameras. Also in 2013, the Aynor Police Department received grant money to purchase Daisy, a Belgian Malinois who became the agency’s first K9 unit.LeadingBusinessMonthWeb

Firehouse Subs – Myrtle Beach
1211 38th Ave. N.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-626-9111

Firehouse Subs – Socastee
5407 Dick Pond Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
843-215-3473

Firehouse Subs – Surfside Beach
1610 Hwy. 17 S.
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
843-650-9111

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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month.

November 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Leading Business of the Month – Canine Command Center

caninecommandCanine Command Center does it all. Whether you’re looking for obedience training, doggy day care or overnight boarding, the center located off Socastee Boulevard has you covered. Canine Command Center was named Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s September Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank.

Canine Command Center has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce since 2006 though the company was founded in 1979 by Rita Thomas who still runs the facility today. The center, which aims to be a “doggy resort,” is located on 3.5 acres of land at 401 Tyner Street. The entire property is fenced for the pet’s protection.

“No problem too big, no dog too small,” is one of the company mottos. Obedience training is available for dogs at least 3 months old and housebreaking/crate training is available for dogs at least 6 weeks old. Rates vary, but you can call for a free evaluation.

Doggy daycare and overnight boarding are available seven days a week by reservation only and are great options for busy pet owners or for vacations. Dogs are provided climate-controlled separate sleeping areas. The daycare gives the dogs an opportunity to socialize and play and gives owners peace of mind during work days.LeadingBusinessMonthWeb

Canine Command Center
401 Tyner St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
843-293-1407

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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month.

September 22, 2016 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

Leading Business of the Month – Canterbury Apartment Homes

Congratulations to Canterbury Apartment Homes for being named Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s August Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank!

Canterbury Apartment Homes has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce since January 2006.

Canterbury is located in the heart of Carolina Forest. They are conveniently nestled within minutes to the best shopping restaurants and, of course, beaches. Canterbury offers two swimming pools with sun decks, sand volleyball, fitness center and more.

The complex offers one and two bed apartments with 630 residential apartment rentals on long-term leases. LeadingBusinessMonthWeb

Unique Features
• 24 Hour Wellness Center
• 24-Hour Online Resident Portal
• BBQ Picnic Area
• Clothes Care Center
• Pet Friendly
• Sand Volleyball Court
• Smoke-Free Community
• Sports Courts
• Two Resort Style Swimming Pools With Sundecks

Canterbury Apartment Homes is a place you’ll love to call home.

Canterbury Apartment Homes
4636 Canterbury Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-236-1255

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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month.

August 23, 2016 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

Final Public Comments Needed for I-73

i73symbolI-73 in South Carolina is a thoroughly-researched and planned vital project and your final public comments are needed now!
I-73 will begin at I-95 in S.C. and run directly to Myrtle Beach.
What will it accomplish?

Key Benefits

• 7,700 jobs created annually for five years during construction.(A)

• 22,300 jobs created annually post-construction.(B)

• Total annual economic impact (using 2030 projections) of $1.98 billion annually.(B)

• South Carolina will receive $86 million annually in state tax revenues and local governments will receive an additional $43 million annually.(B)

• Direct spending of construction will generate $170 million annual household income.(A)

• Interstate will boost tourism in the Myrtle Beach area by as much as 1,000,000+ visitors annually, delivering an annual economic impact of $900 million annually.(B)

• Travel efficiency will improve travel times by 28 percent.(B)

• Provides hurricane evacuation for 40,000 people and improves clearance time by 5+ hours.(C)

  • Sources:
    (A) Coastal Carolina University study, January 2009
    (B) Chmura Economics & Analytics, May 2011
    (C) Atkins N.A., July 2012

Please mail a signed letter supporting I-73 construction in South Carolina by Aug. 1  to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Charleston District, Columbia Field Office
1835 Assembly St., Ste. 865 B-1
Columbia, SC 29201
Attn: Stephen A. Brumagin, Project Manager

Thank You for Supporting the Pathway to Progress!

July 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Leading Business of the Month – Jungle Lagoon

JungleLagoonCongratulations to Jungle Lagoon for being named Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s July Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank!

Jungle Lagoon has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce since September 1983.

If you’re an avid mini-golfer, be sure to check out Jungle Lagoon. This mini-golf course features two 18-hole courses that take players on a journey through a jungle, smack-dab in the middle of Myrtle Beach. Located just two blocks from the beach, leave the ocean and immerse yourself in the jungle among cascading waterfalls and various animals.
This family friendly course provides players with a landscape that will take you out of Myrtle Beach and make you feel like you’re on a tropical island. Watch out for the lions and tigers as the family goes on safari as it putt putts through the wildlife at Jungle Lagoon. You can spy on giraffes through tropical plants between holes and explore caves while having a blast. “The Big Hill,” the 11th hole on the Lagoon Course, cascades down a mountain with three side-by-side routes to play the hole.

There are all-day passes available for Jungle Lagoon, which allows players to take a break, grab a bite to eat or go for a swim, and return to play another round (or two).LeadingBusinessMonthWeb

Don’t forget to bring your camera, the tropical plants, waterfalls, lagoons, streams, fountain, caves and huge animal statues provide a spectacular backdrop for memory making photos.

Jungle Lagoon
404 5th Ave. S.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-626-7894

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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month.

July 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Leadership: Heartbeat of business

by Mark Burlinson, Christ Community ChurchMark Burlinson

I have a friend who recently had a heart cath procedure. He had been having some unusual symptoms that were difficult to understand, until a doctor suggested something could be amiss with his heart. It set me thinking about the place of leadership in business and other organizations. Often we forget the central role of leadership in our endeavors, and so misdiagnose those random symptoms we encounter, such as unhappy customers, production challenges, fluctuating staff morale, or economic pressures. We can give ourselves to strategy, vision or personality as keys to success, but overlook the true foundation of achievement and impact.

Experts agree that leadership is the foundation on which businesses rise or fall. Multitudes of books, articles, and websites focus on leadership in business, yet the temptation remains, especially for owners of small to medium-sized businesses, to neglect the heartbeat of their enterprise – their own leadership.

The US Small Business Administration lists key traits of effective leaders, noting these are essential to business success. Among the qualities they list, many are notable for their apparent lack of connection to business results: emotional stability, social boldness, empathy, and intuitiveness are not commonly linked with profit, or shareholder return. Yet these leadership qualities will make or break a business.

In smaller enterprises, the owner or key leader will need many of these traits to succeed. As the business grows, or in a larger corporation, the characteristics can be spread among a team of senior leaders (provided the team is well-led). In both scenarios it is leadership that is the heartbeat of business success.

Leaders are rarely born; there is a development process to the craft of leadership, and this demands intentionality from us to grow our leadership. No one drifts their way into becoming a better leader. But investing in your leadership by going where leadership is taught and modeled brings huge dividends, because everyone wins when a leader gets better. We are fortunate to have resources available through the chamber, such as Leadership Grand Strand.

Leadership expert John Maxwell is famous for saying that “the true measure of leadership is influence; nothing more, nothing less.” Everyone has influence to some degree, so the question is not whether you have influence, the question is whether you are stewarding it or not. This challenges me to remember that a great leader isn’t someone who leads; a great leader is someone other people want to follow.

So let me encourage you: heed any unusual symptoms in your business that could point to a heart issue. How is your leadership? Could it be better? Of course it could! What will you do to improve?

You are a leader. Your job is to grow as a leader, to steward your influence, to stay fired up, to get inspired, encouraged and equipped. Then your business, organization, enterprise, family, neighborhood, city will benefit from you becoming someone others want to follow. Everyone wins when a leader gets better!

Mark Burlinson is executive director of Evangel Fellowship International and Executive Pastor of Christ Community Church in Conway, South Carolina – recent new members of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber and the Grand Strand Host Site for the Global Leadership Summit, Aug. 11-12. Details at willowcreek.com/summit.

July 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

Grand Strand Community Welcomes CCU Chanticleers Home From College World Series

A welcome home motorcade and ceremony is set for Friday, July 1. The Chanticleer motorcade will parade through downtown Conway at 1:30 p.m.

The team will continue on to CCU, arriving at approximately 2 p.m. at the main entrance of TD Sports Complex, located on West Chanticleer Drive. Fans will form a gauntlet to cheer on the team, starting at the Chauncey statue leading to the Springs Brooks Baseball Stadium.

The official welcome home ceremony will immediately follow at the stadium. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the HTC Student Recreation and Convocation Center.

July 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

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