Leading Business of the Month – Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA

ymcalogosmCongratulations to Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA for being named Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s January Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank!

Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce since February 1998.

Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA will leave you feeling strong, motivated, energetic and enthusiastic. It’s all part of the Y experience!

Start off by letting one of Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA’s trainers take you through an easy series of tests to determine your current fitness level: resting heart rate and blood pressure; cardiovascular endurance; muscular endurance; flexibility; and body composition and circumference measurements. All of these are great indicators of health and will help you determine your areas of focus. Staff will help you set goals and plan the steps you need to take to reach them. And their free wealth and wellness orientations will guide you learning the fundamentals of exercise. Members will learn the proper use of the cardiovascular and strength equipment, as well as learn more about their group exercise programs. Even if you already have a routine, or want to try something new, this is for you.

Dive right into their heated 25-yard pool with four lap lanes and a zero depth entry fun pool with dump buckets and spray features. Members can take advantage of lap swimming, water fitness classes, swimming lessons and family recreational swimming times.

Next hop on a variety of cardiovascular equipment, including treadmills, bikes, recumbent bikes, stairs climbers and elliptical cross trainers.

Don’t forget to check out Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA’s state-of-the-art strength training equipment with a large selection of free weight equipment, aerobics/cycling studio, gymnasium, group exercise classes, health education lectures, member socials, youth and adult sports leagues and camps, kid’s summer camp and after-school program, sauna, pickleball, birthday parties, specialty wellness and fitness classes, and the list goes on and on!LeadingBusinessMonthWeb

Stop by Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA and join the Y experience!

Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA
5000 Clair Chapin Epps Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-449-9622

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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.

January 8, 2016 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Chamber Academy – January 2016

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce offers year-round educational classes for chamber members. These free sessions are taught by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber members. All classes take place at the chamber’s main office at 1200 N. Oak St. in Myrtle Beach. Register at ChamberAcademy.com

Building a Healthy Financial Future
Jan. 6 ~ 12-1 p.m.
Complimentary lunch provided by Raymond James Financial Services featuring catering by Slimbo Events.
Presented by Alison Hamilton, financial advisor, and Haden Hamilton, financial advisor and branch manager, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC

How to Build Relationships at Networking Events
Jan. 12 ~ 3-5 p.m.
Presented by Summer Turner, owner of Business Breakthrough Training LLC

Marketing on a Shoestring
Jan. 14 ~ 12-1 p.m.
Presented by Fred Benson, business consultant, New York Life

Financial Planning for Retirement: Risk vs. Safety and Medicare Supplements: Which Plan Should I Choose?
Jan. 19 ~ 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Complimentary lunch provided by Berry Financial Group.
Presented by Reid Mathews, licensed financial specialist, Berry Financial Group Inc.

Sponsorship Package Informational Member Meeting
Jan. 20 ~ 12-1 p.m.
Complimentary lunch.
Presented by MBACC staff

The Road Map to Retirement
Jan. 21 ~ 12-1 p.m.
Presented by Prudential Advisor Erica L. Walker

McNair Law Firm Grand Strand Business Series: The ABCs of Firing
Jan. 25 ~ 12-1 p.m.
Complimentary lunch provided by McNair Law Firm.
Presented by McNair Law Firm

Financially Navigate a Seasonal Retail Business
Jan. 27 ~ 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Presented by Arthur Simpson Jr. PE, Grand Strand SCORE

December 29, 2015 at 7:52 pm Leave a comment

Leading Business of the Month – Native Sons Screen Print & Embroidery

Congratulations to Native Sons Screen Print & Embroidery for being named Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s December Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank!

Native Sons has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce since April 1991.

Native Sons Screen Print & Embroidery started out in 1984 as a group of young Myrtle Beach natives whose goal was simple: to have fun and promote the beach lifestyle. From this genuine premise, a company was born that continues to share what it means to live on the Grand Strand.

Today, Native Sons has evolved into one of the largest screen printing and embroidery companies on the East Coast with both local and national clients. Native Sons’ customers rely on them for their screen printing and embroidery expertise, as well as exceptional customer loyalty.

Native Sons is not just a screen printing facility. They love being a part of the community and making it better with every chance they get. Whether it’s providing apparel for the Beach Ball Classic, supporting local schools, participating in charity events or hosting The Salt Games – Native Sons support their customers and want to help them succeed in their goals.

Native Sons Screen Print & Embroidery success is a product of hard work and a passion for what they do.LeadingBusinessMonthWeb

Native Sons
1519 Executive Ave.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Local: 843-448-0585
Toll Free: 1-800-868-0019

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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.

December 29, 2015 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

Surviving the Holiday Blues

As much as you look forward to the joy of the holiday season, this time of year can become overwhelming with feelings of pressure, disappointment or unhappiness. Some of the following coping mechanisms may be helpful:

Take action – Don’t sit and mope or isolate yourself. Take the initiative. Call someone and go out or invite a friend in to see you. Don’t wait for others to meet your needs. Reach out, even when you feel like brooding. Try to contact someone with whom you have lost touch … it may make his or her day! Call the Elder Helpline listed in your phone book, your church, synagogue or senior center to find out resources if you are unable to leave your home or need help connecting with others.

Don’t do it all – Give yourself a break when preparing for the holidays. Prioritize what really needs to be done and allow time for yourself and the freedom to be less than perfect.

Plan activities – If a group is spending time with you, plan structured activities to keep them occupied especially if there are family conflicts brewing beneath the surface. Try a jigsaw puzzle, decorating cookies, or group games to allow for people to interact together in a lighthearted way.

Inform others of your needs and desires – No one can read your mind. Inform others of your preferences, needs and desires. Asking for and accepting help with holiday necessities can relieve you of a heavy burden.

Focus on the positive – Emphasize what is good, not what is missing. Reflect on the good things that have happened in your life by listing the 100 things for which you are most grateful. Avoid using holiday time with family as a forum to clear up conflicts or as a time to wish for all the things that you no longer have.

Do not overeat or drink too much – Alcohol is a depressant and can exaggerate the holiday blues. It can interact with prescription medications and cause emotional changes. Sugar can wreak havoc with your system and cause your spirits and energy to crash as your blood sugar levels go down. Overeating may lead to a lack of self-esteem and upset at the prospect of having to lose weight gained over the holidays. Take a moderate approach to food and drink.

Limit your spending and de-commercialize the holidays – Going into debt for gifts at holiday time causes anxiety and frustration. Focus on the true meaning of the season. Make homemade gifts or foods and wrap in festive wrapping and give money saved to charity. Ideas: wreaths, applesauce, jellies, bird feeders, cookies, breads, inspiring quotes placed in frames, beaded jewelry, etc.

Do something for someone else – Volunteer to serve meals at a shelter or the Salvation Army, contribute clothing, gifts or meal fixings for a needy family, or offer to help out at a nursing home or assisted living community. Find senior citizens who may not have a family or friend close by or who have recently lost a spouse and invite them over for a meal or just to talk.

Get some exercise – Exercise raises your energy levels and helps fight off depression. If you exercise outside, natural sunlight will give you a boost.

Don’t be afraid to try something new or different – Experiment with new recipes, sign-up for an interesting course, join a club, attend a wine tasting, or try a craft project.

Enjoy holiday activities that are free – Drive around and look at all the holiday decorations, go window-shopping without buying anything, or attend holiday concerts and plays.

Utilize positive grief strategies if this is the first holiday without a loved one – Choose to do a special tribute or ritual to honor the memory of a loved one by making a memorial gift to a charitable organization, lighting a candle, taking part in a special memorial service, laying a wreath on a grave, or creating a memorial wall in your home with a framed photo or other framed items. Allow yourself to feel sad but, also allow yourself to enjoy positive experiences. Take one day or hour at a time and be flexible as well as sensitive to your feelings and needs.

Know the difference between holiday blues and clinical depression – You may feel down with the holiday blues but will not have the symptoms that are associated with depression such as sleep or appetite pattern changes, loss of concentration, constant feelings of worthlessness or self-hatred, preoccupation with death or dying, or loss of interest in friends. Call your doctor if you have depression symptoms.

Be realistic – You cannot feel happy, grateful and joyful throughout every moment of the holiday season. It is not natural. What is natural is the ebb and flow of feelings from one moment to the next. Do not be paralyzed by those inevitable moments of sadness, fatigue or anxiety or let them throw you off course. Just take these feelings along with you for the ride like you are carrying a bag of groceries, and remember, you have a choice to put down the bag!

Compliments of Heartland Hospice – 843-444-0813

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November 24, 2015 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

Leading Business of the Month – Christmas Mouse

ChristmasMouseCongratulations to the Christmas Mouse for being named Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s November Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank!

The Christmas Mouse has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce since July 1990.

Come discover an enchanting place where the magic of Christmas abounds all year-round. Delight in their selection of traditional and contemporary Christmas collectibles and favorites which are sure to bring a twinkle to eyes of all ages.

The Christmas Mouse is richly decorated with an assortment of more than 28,000 different ornaments, collectibles and accessories.

The Christmas Mouse has a perfect location on Highway 17 Business in Myrtle Beach. This free standing location attracts both visitors and locals with friendly customer service and of course a vast selection of Christmas decorations, along with plenty of nautical ornaments for those vacationing in the Grand Strand.

Located along the Intercostal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach, the Christmas Mouse has been an anchor tenant at Barefoot Landing for 20 years. This store sets itself apart with a staircase that leads to a beautifully decorated Egyptian Glass tree.

Stop by the Christmas Mouse this holiday season and spread some cheer!LeadingBusinessMonthWeb

Christmas Mouse
2306 S. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-448-7644

4852 Hwy. 17 S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
843-272-5252

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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 5, 2015 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

Leading Business of the Month – Black’s Tire & Auto Service

blacks tireCongratulations to Black’s Tire & Auto Service for being named Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s October Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank!

Black’s Tire has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce since July 1984.

Whether you are searching for the best quality name brand tires in North Carolina or looking to customize any vehicle with top of the line wheels, look no further than Black’s Tire and Auto Service. Serving both North Carolina and South Carolina for more than 85 years, Black’s Tire and Auto Service specializes in providing customers with the best quality parts coupled with unmatchable customer service. No matter how large the repair or small the concern, staff values their customers above all else.

“Black’s Has Your Back” is an often used slogan at Black’s Tire & Auto Service but it is more than that. It is a belief about the importance of their customers and their commitment to them. On their doors one will see this statement, “Through These Doors Pass The Best People In The World … Our Customers!” Black’s Tire & Auto Service seeks to show their commitment to their customers by availability (regular hours and 24 hour roadside assistance), quality service at reasonable pricing, and service beyond the sale.LeadingBusinessMonthWeb

Black’s Tire & Auto Service
1280 3rd Ave. S.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-626-7402

2415 Hwy. 17 S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
843-272-3875

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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 5, 2015 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Elects Chairman for 2016

Radha HerringRadha Herring has been elected as the next chairman for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. She will hold the title of chairman-elect before assuming the new role on Jan. 1, 2016.

This annual election by the board of directors took place at their Sept. 15 meeting.

“The confidence the board has entrusted in me is extremely humbling, and I will serve as the next chairman of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce with enthusiasm and passion,” Herring said. “The chamber’s strong relationship with the local business community cannot be overstated.  I look forward to working closely with them and working to promote the entire Myrtle Beach area to our residents and our more than 17 million visitors.”

Herring will take over the leadership position from Jim Creel Jr., who has served as the 2015 MBACC board chairman.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as chairman this year, and I know great things will continue under Radha’s leadership,” Creel said. “The Myrtle Beach area is blessed to have such a dedicated and hard-working board of directors, volunteers and staff, working tirelessly to promote both the business community and the destination.”

Herring currently works at Watermark Real Estate Group and has served as a member of the MBACC board of directors for several years.

September 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

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