Free Prescription Drug Card Launched by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce_GROUP# MRTBACOC ButtonResidents of Myrtle Beach have access to free discount prescription drug cards compliments of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber Rx Card is a free prescription assistance program that was launched to help uninsured and underinsured afford their prescription medications. The program, which is free to everyone, provides savings of up to 75 percent on prescription drugs.

Anyone interested in obtaining a free card can visit the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber office (1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach) or visit the website. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber Rx Card has no restrictions to membership, no income or age limitations and there are no applications to fill out. The card is accepted at more than 56,000 national and regional pharmacies around the country.

While the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber Rx Card was launched to help uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications, the program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans. Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-covered drugs.

For more information and to download a free card, visit the website

July 29, 2015 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

China Business Discovery Tour and Best of China

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Cameo Travel Enrichment are partnering to offer our members and the community an incredible business discovery tour of China in March 2016. This 12-day adventure includes one-stop shopping of commodities in 1,901 categories and exhibition of 410,000 consumer goods. Plus tour the most attractive sites in China! Join us for this exciting China trip!


July 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Discover Cuba


We invite you to join Myrtle Beach Area Chamber from Nov. 3-9, 2015, as we enjoy the beauty and culture of Cuba. We will spend seven days experiencing Havana and the surrounding area, including Plaza of the Revolution; Old Havana Walking Tour (UNESCO); Museum of the Revolution; Bocoy Rum Factory Tour; Hemingway’s Farm-Finca La Vigia; Haban Compas Dance Group; Vinales Valley (UNESCO); Tobacco Farm and Farmhouse Visit; and much more!

Click here to Discover Cuba!

July 24, 2015 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival


Dates: Sept. 4, 6-9:30 p.m. and Sept. 5, 12-10 p.m.
Location: Horry Georgetown Technical College Conference Center and Surrounding Area of The Market Common
Free Admission

  • Cook teams will be competing for more than $9,500 in cash prizes.
  • Wing competition Friday starting at 6 p.m. until sold out. Sampling tickets for sale.
  • Barbecue sampling Saturday 12-3 p.m. with $10 wristband. Kids 8 and under sample free.
  • Myrtle Beach Car Club Car Show Saturday 12-4 p.m.
  • Entertainment both days
  • Barbecue sandwiches, ribs and combos for sale Friday and Saturday
  • Cornhole tournament Saturday
  • Arts and crafts exhibitors
  • Beer and wine garden with lots of craft beer selections
  • Food vendors
  • Lots more!

July 24, 2015 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Turning a negative into a positive on social media

by Nicole Detsch, social media manager, NewMedia Digital

Social media is a place for brands to tell their story. It is also a place for consumers to talk openly about any company, whether it be positive or negative feedback. So when the customer comment or review reflects your business in a negative way, what do you do? It is important to follow these three simple steps in order to maintain your relationship with a particular consumer and other fans of the page.

Respond immediately – Always, always respond! I can’t stress enough how important it is to respond to every comment received on any social media channel. Social media has become one of the top sources for customer service. If a business chooses to not respond, then it can have more of a negative impact than the comment alone. It can give your customers a feeling that their voice isn’t important and you aren’t concerned. When you respond, be patient and understanding. It is extremely easy to become defensive of your brand, but you have to see it through the consumers’ point of view.

Take the conversation offline – As you are responding, take the conversation offline. Let’s say that you are in the hotel industry and someone comments about the bad experience they had while staying at your resort. You can respond by saying, “We are very sorry to hear about this and apologize about the inconvenience. Could you please send us a direct message to the page, and we will be happy to get this resolved. Thank you for your patience.” Once the customer has sent you a direct message ask them for their phone number and email address and have someone contact them right away.

Remove negative post – Once the issue has been resolved ask the customer to remove their negative comment. If the customer is happy with the outcome of the situation, then this is where opportunities lie to make a negative a positive. The customer could come back with how satisfied they were about how your company handled the issue.

Negative comments are going to happen with any business. It is much easier for a consumer to share a negative experience they had with a company. When a customer leaves a negative comment or review they are simply asking to be heard by the company. With these three easy steps you will show your fan base that you value their opinions and you are a trusted brand.

About NewMedia Digital
NewMedia is home to a growing and passionate group of award winning creative thinkers. We are a digital creative and branding agency dedicated to helping brands and businesses reach new heights. Working hand in hand with our clients, we mix smart strategy, creative, and digital technology together to create ideas that generate performance driven ROI. Our belief is that brands are best built with an integrated formula that revolves around the entire consumer experience. From the beginning strategy to the final smile, we build unique, innovative, memorable consumer experiences that create that special bond between people and brands.

NewMedia has been a Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce member since 1994.

June 17, 2015 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Finalist for Chamber of the Year


Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) is a finalist for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) 2015 Chamber of the Year.

MBACC is the only chamber of commerce from the state of South Carolina in contention, and is in its first year as a finalist for this honor.

“Being named a finalist for the ACCE’s Chamber of the Year is indeed an honor, and serves as a testament to the entire team for all of their hard work and dedication,” said Jim Creel Jr., chairman of the Board of Directors of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “It is not only our staff, but also our board of directors and numerous dedicated volunteers, whose leadership supports our mission to promote, protect and improve.”

Winners in each of the five categories of the 2015 Chamber of the Year competition will be announced at ACCE’s annual convention, which will be held Aug. 11 through Aug. 14 in Montreal.

June 17, 2015 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Member Spotlight: Chanticleer Athletic Foundation

CAF LogoThe Grand Strand area has one of the fastest rising NCAA Division I collegiate athletics programs in the country … in its own backyard. Coastal Carolina University student-athletes daily compete against, and often beat, the best on a national scale – in spite of the fact these ACC, SEC, PAC 12 or other Power 5 universities have enrollments and athletic budgets six and seven times our size (seriously, ponder that). Want a few more tidbits to consider? Try these. In the span of a little over a calendar year:

  • We have had two Chanticleer student-athletes compete directly against World #1 ranked athletes in their respective sport; Andrew Dorn in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst and Jabor Al-Mutawa in the Qatar Tennis Masters against Novak Djokovic.
  • On the eve of the NFL Draft, consider this – our nationally ranked football team had more 2014 NFL Draft picks than Ole Miss, University of Texas, Oklahoma State, NC State, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Wake Forest to name only a few.
  • Through the 2014-15 fall and winter sports seasons we’ve had five Chanticleer teams represented in NCAA Division I Championships (Football, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Cross Country and Men’s Basketball). Stay tuned – we’ve still got the spring season to go.
  • Out of more than 340 NCAA Division I schools, Coastal Carolina is ranked 18th (through April 9th, 2015) in the Men’s Capital One Cup standings. And yes, that far outpaces many of the ACC, SEC, BIG Ten and PAC-12 schools you might be greatly familiar with. Regarding both men’s and women’s sports at Coastal Carolina, comparisons to other schools go FAR beyond the borders of this state alone.

Let’s not forget that success for a student-athlete and his or her university is not simply determined by the results on the field or court of competition. Although some might indeed achieve the professional ranks of their respective sport, a majority of NCAA student-athletes will in fact go “pro” in something other than sports. Look around – our Chanticleer student-athletes are serving as leaders in this community, annually contributing over 3,200 hours of community service, mentoring to Horry County students by participating in the United Way Community Reading Program, donating over $3000 in school supplies and donating 25 Thanksgiving meals to wanting local families. AND, with over 217 student-athletes posting at least a 3.0 GPA and 53 of these aforementioned garnering the President’s List distinction with perfect 4.0 GPAs, their commitment and leadership is evident before they ever suit up for competition.

Here’s another fact for consideration. What does approximately $452 million mean? This is the ANNUAL economic impact Coastal Carolina University has on the Grand Strand area. If focusing strictly on athletics, consider this – every time we host a game or tournament, many are televised and we have a unique opportunity to showcase not only the beautiful campus and athletic facilities but also the Grand Strand and surrounding areas. Supporting CCU is unquestionably in this grand community’s best interests. Simply put, Chanticleer wins lead to greater exposure on a national scale and a greater influx of visitors lodging, dining and playing in the area establishments. There’s a reason (correction: numerous reasons) we are the fastest growing collegiate institution in South Carolina. Come visit us and take a tour of not only the athletic facilities but also the entire campus. You might even run into one of our nearly 450 Chanticleer student-athletes. In the meantime … get in, strap in and hang on – this is going to be a fun ride!

The above article was published in The Sun News, Letters to the Editor, April 27, 2015

by Rhett Graham, director of development, Chanticleer Athletic Foundation, Coastal Carolina University

April 30, 2015 at 7:05 pm Leave a comment

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