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

Leading Business of the Month – Sparks Toyota

SparksToyotaLogoCongratulations to Sparks Toyota for being named Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s September Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank!

Sparks Toyota has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce since March 2000.

A family owned and operated dealership since 1982, the dealership elevates customer service to its highest priority. At Sparks Toyota, they pride themselves in listening to their customers. Everything they do is designed to make your automobile buying and owning experience easier and more enjoyable.

Competitive pricing, well-trained staff and superior customer service all add up to create a fast and simple way to purchase or lease a world class automobile at a great price.

Sparks Toyota has extended this philosophy to their service, parts, business, accounting and detail departments. Their goal is to provide the highest quality service at the lowest possible prices. The loyalty of their customers has been hard earned over the many years Sparks Toyota has been serving our community and they don’t take your confidence in them lightly. At the end of the day, Sparks Toyota understands that happy customers are ones satisfied not only at the time of purchase, but for as long as you own your vehicle.LeadingBusinessMonthWeb

Sparks Toyota
4855 Hwy. 501
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
Sales: 866-208-3543 | Service: 843-236-2161

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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 4, 2015 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

The Secret to Protecting Your Business

thomaswinslowby Tom Winslow, Goldfinch Winslow LLC

Let’s be honest – when we started our businesses it was both exciting and nerve racking. Many of us did not know what we were doing regarding the business, we just knew that we had a passion and – strong enough that we could be successful. For me it is the law. I earned my Bachelor of Arts from South Carolina, my Juris Doctor degree from Loyola, and a Master of Law degree in Maritime Law from Charleston only to go work for someone else. The lawyers I worked with are in the top of their fields and that 10 years of experience and eight years of schooling really did me wonders in serving my legal clients, but I had never owned a business.

We all know that knowing your field is critically important, but running a business is completely different. When you step from getting a paycheck to writing a paycheck your heart starts to flutter for a completely different reason, your hands might start to shake, and the trips to the bank maybe for a withdrawal, as much as deposit. What if someone could just walk in and take that from you? Every dream you had, every drop of sweat you poured in, and every minute you put in could be gone.

This could easily be talking about a liability claim or a lecture on not incorporating your business to protect you personally, but I am talking about the often overlooked patent, trademark and copyright. These terms are known by most people, however their definitions and usefulness is another story. So just like in school a little 101:

A trademark is a symbol, word or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. An example would be the name of my firm Goldfinch Winslow LLC.

A patent gives you governmental authority or license conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using or selling an invention. This would be used when creating a material item. This exclusivity right is basically for a period of 20 years of course there are exceptions.

A copyright is the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same. So this is like a patent, but not for a material item basically. This right is generally good for 70-120 years after the death of the creator.

When thinking about your business think about the full picture. It is important to not only create the idea, but to protect it. Contact someone that has experience, because the U.S. government is about as helpful with these as they are with your taxes.

Tom Winslow is an attorney in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, at the Law Firm of Goldfinch Winslow LLC. While his firm practices in an array of legal fields, they pride themselves on being able to help small businesses, families, and individuals alike. They are proud members of the chamber and happy to help the people and businesses of Horry and Georgetown counties with all of their legal needs. You can reach Winslow at 843-357-9301 or

August 12, 2015 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

How are You Doing on Your 2015 Goals?

Carl_Kerridge_Photography_Kim_Fowler_July12014-2-Edit copyby Kim Fowler, founder of Fowler Life Coaching

It is now eight months into the year. How are you doing on those 2015 goals that you made in January? Are you still on track to reaching them all? Maybe you have already reached some of them, but are still working on the longer-term goals. If so, give yourself a big pat on the back – congratulations!

If you haven’t stayed on course, it isn’t the end of the world. Maybe you haven’t even looked at your goals since February, and have forgotten what they were. There are many legitimate reasons for not reaching our goals. Here are some of those reasons and what to do to get back on track.

Take a hard look at the goals you made at the beginning of the year. Are they still relevant? Sometimes the goals that we make at the beginning of the year are no longer important to us later. When you imagine yourself reaching each goal, how do you feel? If a goal is no longer relevant for some reason, then cross it off and move on.

Too big or too many
Sometimes we set goals that are too lofty to reach in a reasonable amount of time, and we don’t make enough progress on them. Make sure you aren’t setting a long-term goal in a short time period. We also set too many goals, and end up chasing too many things. Streamline your list of goals if you feel that you have too many. Remember, you don’t have to accomplish everything in one year. Prioritize your goals and pick the top goals to focus on this year.

When we make work goals, we usually have someone we are accountable to – bosses, coworkers or customers. But, when we have personal goals, we don’t always have an accountability partner or system in place. Look at each goal and decide what you can do to hold yourself accountable. For some, rewarding yourself along the way can make a difference.

The process of reaching a goal can become quite boring, even when the goal is very important to you. Make a commitment to yourself and be persistent in reaching your goals. Resolve that you will not give up on your goal no matter how boring or tedious the process of reaching your goal seems at the time. Stay focused on the end result.

Now that it is more than half way through the year, get a jump-start on your progress by hiring someone to help you. If your goal is to get your living environment organized, hire an organizer. Think about hiring a personal trainer, health coach, life coach or anyone who might help you get a head start.

Kim Fowler, founder of Fowler Life Coaching, is a certified life coach. She helps people connect with their dreams and goals. Fowler also holds Vision Board workshops – go to to see the schedule or book one for your company.

August 4, 2015 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

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

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