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                                                                                         MARCH 2010

Even Kermit the Frog knows that it’s not easy being green. It takes planning, knowledge and commitment to turn a dingy carbon
footprint green. However members of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce – from hotels to architectural firms to drug stores –
are making going green look easy. It’s an individual mission – accomplished one person and one business at a time.
                                                                                                                                               Community Superstars
Going green                                                                                                                                    ICE Awards recognize the
There’s a green movement going on at Springmaid Beach Resort. In fact, the resort has a mile long list of steps it’s taking to reduce their    Incredible Customer Experience.
energy and waste consumption. According to John Williams, assistant general manager, the resort has installed low water rate flow
shower heads, sensor activated towel dispensers, and amenity dispensers in all guest rooms (no individual plastic bottles). Their recycling
program includes recycling bins at each high volume waste area, and bulk recycling containers at restaurant sites, pier and maintenance/
housekeeping areas. Their payroll role system is moving to a paperless process. They use green certified paper products in guest rooms
and public areas. And Springmaid Beach does not use plastic foam takeout containers in their restaurants since it is not biodegradable.

As everyone knows, conservation is not only about recycling, it also encompasses reduce and reuse. Williams points out that Springmaid
Beach Resort is doing its part “to keep reusable items out of the landfills.” The resort has donated 500+ spreads to local charities and
450 patio plastic chairs to various community members.
                                                                                                                                               Grow Your Business
Springmaid Beach Resort isn’t the only MBACC hospitality member on the conservation bandwagon, Hilton & Kingston Plantation                    Sign up today for this year’s
Resorts, a finalist in the chamber’s first Operating Green annual membership award category, have jumped onboard. The resorts have               Business & Restaurant Expo.
created innovative and cost-saving measures that save energy and water and reduce solid waste. Whether it’s buying hybrid/alternative
fuel vehicles, preparing locally grown fresh food, or using drought tolerant landscaping material, these earth-friendly initiatives are part
of their commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible.
                                                                           Go to and
                                                                           click on the logo below to watch MBACC go green.
Staybridge Suites is another member that has taken
green to heart by “purchasing, implementing, practicing
and training our staff to operate better financially and
efficiently,” explains Derek Nelson, regional director of
operations at InterContintental Hotels Group. Staybridge
                                                                                                                                               Hospitality Goes Green
Suites uses environmentally safe chemicals, employs                                                                                            Hotels and restaurants focus
energy tracking with actions plans to improve usage, and                                                                                       on sustainable practices.
encourages employees to submit conservation ideas.

Todd Frazier RRP, CMCA, AMS, regional general manager
of Shore Crest Vacation Villas (Bluegreen Vacation Club),
says the North Myrtle Beach resort also makes it a point to
donate scrapped items to community agencies. Discarded
sheets and blankets are donated to local charities such as
CASA, The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries; bottles
of shampoo and lotion with lower than suitable levels for
guest rooms are donated to Boys and Girls Clubs; and rolls GOING GREEN, See Page 8                                                             Go Green at Office Depot
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                             BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                       Chairman of the Board
                                           Brant Branham
                                    E. F. Hucks & Associates, Inc.
                                     Immediate Past Chairman
                                          Steve Chapman
                                        Island Vista Resort
                               Advertising/Publicity Committee Chair
                                          Bob Barenberg
                                            Hilton Hotels
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                                          Nate Anderson
                                        Divine Dining Group                                              For quick access to all of the great features mentioned below, just go to
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                              Business Ethics & Standards Committee
                                           Frans Mustert
                                          Oceana Resorts
                                             Vice Chair
                                          Debbie Harwell
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                                            Julie Alford                        EVENTS                  PROGRAMS                     STRATEGIES                    RESOURCES                 RELATIONS
                                       A&I Restoration, Inc.
                               Convention Bureau Committee Chair                                                     Re-facing. M.O.M.S. is the acronym for            property management companies,
                                                                         4 1/2 QUESTIONS

                                        Charlie Bradshaw
                                        Alabama Theatre                                                              what? Read the Grand Strander Online              and construction companies. Jobs may
                             Finance Review Committee Chair/Treasurer
                                                                        “4 1/2 Questions” asks, “Why become          to find out.                                       range from residential homes, multi-unit
                                          Franklin Daniels              an ambassador?” This month we                                                                  townhomes and golf villas, concrete and
                                         Nexsen Pruet, LLC
                                                                        checked in with Heather Williams with         RIBBONCUTTING                                   roofs to parking garages and high raises.
                                   Fulfillment Committee Chair
                                             Phil Vassar                Adams Outdoor Advertising, who has                                                             No job is too small or too large; we are
                               Captain’s Quarters Resort & Hotel Blue
                                             Vice Chair
                                                                        been an ambassador for 8 months.                                                               fully equipped to accommodate any
                                           Nate Anderson
                                        Divine Dining Group              MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES                                                                          type of customer.
                                  Legislative Policy Council Chair                                                                                                     #1 Business Goal
                                           Buzz Freeman                 What’s the secret to long-term                                                                 Our goal is to ensure a happy customer
                                      Conway National Bank
                                            Vice Chairs
                                                                        success in the business community?                                                             so that we will be rehired.
                                         Richard Singleton              Establishing lasting and personal
                                     Coldwell Banker Chicora
                                          Greg McCollum                 relationships with other professionals
                                      M. Greg McCollum, PA              through membership in the Myrtle             South Atlantic Bank celebrates the                 GOING GREEN WITH
                                  Membership Committee Chair            Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.              opening of a new branch. Check out                 GRAND STRANDER
                                           Sara Boling
                                                                        During March, 102 members will be            other ribbon-cutting ceremonies in
                                CENTURY 21 Boling & Associates, Inc.                                                                                                   Do you use the Grand Strander to line
                                            Vice Chair                  celebrating their chamber anniversaries.     the Grand Strander Online.
                                         Wayne Morris                                                                                                                  your bird cage? Is the newsletter used as
                                       The Printing Port                Read the Grand Strander Online and                                                             an umbrella when caught in rain? Do you
                                                                                                                      NEW MEMBER OF THE MONTH
                                    North Strand Council Chair          discover which business has been a                                                             prefer to read the online version with its
                                          Bill McGonigal
                                                                        chamber member for 30 years.                 Palmetto Power Cleaning LLC
                                    Best Western Ocean Sands                                                                                                           special features, such as the “4 1/2
                                                                                                                     802 45th Ave. N.
                                   Small Business Council Chair                                                                                                        Questions” (see above), ribbon-cutting
                                             Wayne Morris                BENEFIT OF THE MONTH                        Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
                                           The Printing Port                                                                                                           photos, list of member anniversaries, and
                                                                        Don’t forget that MBACC offers an             (843) 458-2303
                                               Vice Chair                                                                                                              member of the month (Be a Star)? If you
                                              Julie Alford
                                                                        online Small Business Center. Here you
                                  A & I Fire and Water Restoration                                                                                                     answered yes, maybe it’s time to save a
                                    South Strand Council Chair          will find health insurance savings, office                                                        tree or two by opting out of receiving
                                        Tommy Bouchette                 supply discounts, public relations tips      30-Second Commercial
                                   South Carolina Bank and Trust                                                                                                       the hardcopy Grand Strander. You can
                                                                        and lots more. Check out all the             With little less than a decade of
                                            Vice Chair                                                                                                                 still stay up-to-date on MBACC news
                                            Bob Jewell
                                                                        advantages you have as a chamber             operational experience, Michael Cooke
                                       Brookgreen Gardens                                                                                                              by simply logging onto the Web at
                                                                        small business member!                       has single handily grown the business
                                 Young Professionals Council Chair                                                                                            and
                                         Shannon Camp                                                                of Palmetto Power Cleaning LLC to
                                                                                                                                                                       clicking on Grand Strander at the top
                                     The Jackson Companies               BE A STAR                                   what it is today. The business strives to
                                            Vice Chair                                                                                                                 of the page. If you prefer to read the
                                         Jordan Watkins                 This month, the Grand Strander talked        always provide great customer service
                                     Gilmore Entertainment                                                                                                             newsletter online, send a quick e-mail to
                                                                        with Marc Haines, Odell Logan and            while helping the customer work within
                                     Marketing Council Chair                                                                                                 ,
                                           Ryan Swaim                   Mike Fleming, owners and operators           their budget requirements. Palmetto
                                                                                                                                                                       and she will take you off the Grand
                               Dunes Realty Vacation Rentals & Sales
                                                                        of M.O.M.S. Kitchen and Bathroom             Power Cleaning’s clients consist of
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                                         Woody Crosby                                                                homeowners, restaurants, gas stations,
                                      Jordan Properties
             GRAND      Discover more networking events at
                                                                                                                     CHA M BE R Events
     March 11            BUSINESS AFTER HOURS                                                    CHAMBER ACCESS
     4:15-7 p.m.                                                             March 30            YOUR ALL ACCESS PASS
Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront                                               3 p.m.
                                                                                                 TO THE CHAMBER
1803 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
                                                                        MBACC Boardroom, 1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach
Come and enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres and refreshing spirits served in
the oceanfront lobby. Door prizes include gi certificates to the new    Get the most out of your membership right from the start! This is
Sanctuary Day Spa, gi certificates to Radical Ropes Adventure Park      an opportunity for new members to learn about the many benefits
opening June 1 in Myrtle Beach, a two night stay in an oceanfront       of chamber membership. It’s also a great time to get a head start on
room and a five night stay in an oceanfront penthouse suite.             introducing yourself to other chamber members in a small, comfortable
Free, value-added benefit of chamber membership                          social setting. New employees of existing member businesses and

Register at                                  long-standing members are encouraged to attend as well.
All members must preregister online.
                                                                        Free, value-added benefit of chamber membership
Registration Deadline: March 8
                                                                        Register at
     March 24                                                           Registration Deadline: March 29
                         BEHIND THE SCENES                              Questions? Call (843) 916-7232
    8:30-10 a.m.
918 Frontage Rd. E., Myrtle Beach                                                                CONNECTIONS
                                                                              April 8
Ever wonder how the meteorologist knows what the weather will be?          7:30-9:15 a.m.        MARKETPLACE
Want to see where WMBF News does all their broadcasts and how
they put together stories? If so, check out Behind the Scenes.          Springmaid Beach Resort Conference Center
                                                                        3200 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Free, value-added benefit of chamber membership
Register at                                  Like to interact one-on-one and not in large crowds? Myrtle Beach
All members must preregister online.                                    Area Chamber of Commerce realizes that it can be hard to network at
Attendance is limited so sign up early.                                 the large socials. So we created Connections Marketplace, an intimate
Registration Deadline: March 23                                         way to meet a lot of people in a short amount of time. Connections
                                                                        Marketplace is a speed networking event where you move from
     March 25            BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS                          table to table to meet everyone in the room. Bring a minimum of 75
      7-9 a.m.                                                          business cards to exchange and display on the share table – a table
                                                                        for your business cards, brochures, product samples, etc. Two lucky
KISS Coffeehouse                                                         members will win a chance to make a five-minute presentation at the
1320 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach              May 13 Connections Marketplace (free admission too!)
How about a hot Rocket Ride or an Iced Rockiato? Highly-caffeinated      $15 per member (includes breakfast). No rescheduling or refunds.
coffee along with great conversation is a natural for KISS Coffeehouse,   This is a members-only event. All members must preregister online.
and a great way to start off your morning. Stop by Business Before
                                                                        Register at
Hours, grab a Growler and a KISS Unplugged and experience Business
Before Hours – one sip and one conversation at a time.                  Registration Deadline: April 7
                                                                        Questions? Call (843) 916-7225
Free, value-added benefit of chamber membership
Register at
All members must preregister online.
Registration Deadline: March 23
                   CHA M BE R Academy
                                                               GRAND  Register for classes at
                             Classes for the Chamber Academy are held in the boardroom (unless otherwise noted) at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, 1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle
                             Beach. Register at Payment due at time of registration. No refunds or rescheduling. To learn more, contact Blakely Jenkins, membership
                             & community programs manager, or (843) 916-7232. Discover more educational opportunities by signing up for the
                             Education Updates e-newsletter at, click on Sign up for eNews.

                                                 SERIES                TOPIC                 PRESENTED BY                DATE/TIME                       COST                   SIGN UP BY

                                                                   Creating Lasting       Scott Jackson, author of                                 $10 for LGS Alumni
                                                                  Change – How to                                            March 10
                              03.10                              Initiate and Sustain
                                                                                          “PreMeditated Success
                                                                                                                          11 a.m.-1 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                  Association members
                                                                                                                                                                                   March 9

                                                                                           in Life – The Power of                               $20 for MBACC members
                                                                 Cycles of Success in                                   (Bring your lunch)
                                              LGS Alumni                                      Personal Vision”                                    $45 for general public
                                                                   any Area of Life
                                            Educational Series
                             DESCRIPTION: We’ve all been there ... knowing on one hand what we should be doing, but doing what we feel like doing on the other. This class focuses
                             on why we sometimes find it so difficult to form habits that we know would improve the overall quality of our lives. Whether you are seeking wealth,
                             fitness, personal achievement or meaningful contribution, this lunch and learn will show you exactly how to initiate and sustain predictable cycles of success.
                             LOCATION: Myrtle Beach Firestation, 970 38th Ave. N.

                                                 SERIES                TOPIC                 PRESENTED BY                 DATE/TIME                      COST                   SIGN UP BY
                                                                   Managing Your
                              03.16          Business Series      Customer Service
                                                                                              Eileen Soisson,               March 16            $10 for MBACC members
                                                                                                                                                                                  March 15
                                                                                           The Meeting Institute            9-11 a.m.             $25 for general public
                             DESCRIPTION: Participants will be challenged to better serve their customers by taking responsibility for and managing the company’s customer service from
                             day one. Recruiting service-oriented staff and then training them is the first step, but then management must be willing to make the service delivery systems
                             that are in place as effective as possible. Ways to involve and empower staff to deliver the desired service will be discussed and shared.

                                                 SERIES                TOPIC                 PRESENTED BY                 DATE/TIME                      COST                   SIGN UP BY
                                                                   Local Business
                              03.23          Business Series      Marketing on the
                                                                                               Sue White,                   March 23           Free for MBACC members
                                                                                                                                                                                  March 22
                                                                                          Business Training Team            9-11 a.m.            $15 for general public
                             DESCRIPTION: Are you a local business owner who questions if you need to market yourself on the Internet? Are you wondering where to begin? In this
                             seminar you’ll see examples of how you can attract local customers to your business through the Internet. These are free or low-cost tools that you can put into
                             place today. Most can be set up in less than an hour and you never need to visit the site again. Others will take some day-to-day interaction to be effective.

INCREDIBLE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE  The best event on the Grand Strand
So what does it take to create the incredible customer experience? One
can say it’s an astonishing, memorable customer experience that will foster
word-of-mouth, all at no cost to the business or individual other than a
little bit of time and effort. It is this experience that your Myrtle Beach
Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize at the 4th annual ICE Awards.

The ICE Awards applaud outstanding service to the community and
our visitors in Amusement & Entertainment, Communications, Dining,
Financial, Lodging, Nonprofit, Professional, Real Estate, Retail, Service.
To see the top three business and individual finalists in each of these
categories, go to

The ICE Awards will take place March 27 from 6-10 p.m. at The Palace
Theatre. All Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce member businesses
were eligible to receive two complimentary tickets. The deadline was
Feb. 12 to register for the free tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased
for only $30 and include a pre-reception from 6-7 p.m., an awards
ceremony from 7-8:15 p.m., and an aer party from 8:15-10 p.m. with
heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar and entertainment. To purchase your
$30 tickets, register at Deadline to purchase
tickets is March 23.

The ICE Awards are presented by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
and sponsored by:

                                                                GRAND                  special
                              F E S TIVAL S Update For more information on festivals &click on events, go to
                             FRANKLIN DANIELS elected board chairman of MBACC Events icon.
                                          and              the Chamber

                             CANADIAN VISITORS ESCAPE SNOW FOR
                             Can-Am Days March 13-21
                             Welcoming our Northern neighbors as the spring          Kickoff Celebration Expo on March 16 from 10 a.m.         the Can-Am Days Kickoff Celebration Expo, Myrtle
                             weather begins to show up is the 49th annual            to 1 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.         Beach Convention Center. The United States Navy
                             Canadian-American Days Festival. This year, from        The event is free and open to the public. The expo       Band on March 20 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.),
                             March 13-21, the Myrtle Beach area will greet           will showcase MBACC businesses plus there will be        Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Pkwy., Myrtle
                             Canadian and American visitors with a lineup of         lots of door prizes, music and entertainment.            Beach. Tickets available 10 a.m. March 16 at the
                             fun events, giveaways, discounts and concerts                                                                    Can-Am Days Kickoff Celebration Expo, Myrtle
                             taking place throughout the Grand Strand.               RBC Bank also is a presenter of three free military      Beach Convention Center.

                                                                                     concerts: The 282nd Army Band on March 15
                             Canadian-American Days draws as many as                 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), Beach Church,          In addition to the concerts, events include the
                             100,000 Canadian visitors and snowbirds from            557 George Bishop Pkwy., Myrtle Beach. Tickets           2nd annual Canada vs. U.S.A. Battle at the
                             northern states. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber          available 8:30 a.m. March 8 at the Myrtle Beach          Beach golf tournament, a South Strand Can-Am
                             of Commerce introduced Canada Days in 1961              Area Chamber of Commerce welcome centers at              Reception, the 3rd annual Snowbird Games, the
                             to attract Canadian families during their spring        1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach, and 3401 U.S. 17          2nd annual Fabulous 50s Festival, amusement
                             school break. The name was changed in 1963 to           Business S., Murrells Inlet. The 208th Army Reserve      discounts and more. For an entire listing of events
                             Canadian-American Days. It is regarded as the first      Band on March 19 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.),       and more details on any of the concerts listed
                             international festival organized in South Carolina.     Christ United Methodist Church, 2901 Fantasy Way,        above, visit
                             Mark your calendars for the RBC Bank Can-Am             Myrtle Beach. Tickets available 10 a.m. March 16 at

                             INCREASE NAME RECOGNITION at Restaurant & Business Expo
                                                        The Myrtle Beach Area         • Increase sales and brand awareness                    Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your business.
                                                        Chamber of Commerce           • Seek referral business and generate leads             by purchasing booth space. For only $175, you will
                                                        2010 Restaurant &             • Increase Web site visits                              receive a skirted 8-foot table, two chairs, a sign, and
                                                        Business Expo is the          • Launch a new product or service                       a 10-by-10 pipe and draped area. A double booth
                                                        region’s most successful      • Collect prospects names and addresses to              space, 10-by-20, runs $325. Register for a booth by
                                                        member-to-member and            build a marketing database                            April 14 at, click on
                                                        member-to-public trade        • Enjoy award-winning cuisine                           Chamber Events.
                                                        show. This four-hour          • Win fabulous door prizes
                                                        jam-packed event will                                                                 Learn More: To register as a restaurant exhibitor,
                                                        feature approximately        During the entire 2010 Restaurant & Business Expo,       go online to or
                             130 businesses showcasing their latest products and     businesses will not only be showcasing their products    contact Kate Miles, hospitality sales manager,
                             services to an anticipated 5,000 plus attendees.        and services but restaurants will be serving up          at or
                                                                                     samples of their mouthwatering dishes. Each chamber      (843) 916-7234. All other businesses can register
                             The expo will be held April 28 from 4-8 p.m. at the     member business will receive 10 complimentary food       at or contact
                             Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel,          and beverage tickets (valued at $1 each) and will be     Kema Faulk, festivals & special events coordinator,
                             Exhibit Halls B & C. The expo is free and open to the   available for pick up at the event. Additional tickets   at or
                             public. Food and beverage prices will range from        can be purchased for $1 each.                            (843) 916-7276.
                GRAND                                                                            strander
                                                                                                                  F ROM My Desk

Going green. Conserving energy. Becoming eco-         Environmentally friendly practices                    are doing to go green and ensure a prosperous and
friendly. Recycling waste. Reducing your carbon       As your chamber takes on more environmentally         sustainable future for the Grand Strand. You can
footprint. Regardless of how you describe it, it’s    friendly activities, MBACC recognizes a number        learn more about this rare, extremely discounted
a national movement that can’t be ignored. And        of our members already are active proponents of       television advertising opportunity at our green
unlike most trends, our community’s commitment        environmental stewardship.                            Web site.
to living, working and playing while minimizing
our impact on the environment is here to stay.        At the 2009 annual membership meeting, a new          Sorting the mix
                                                      award recognized our members’ commitment to           As environmental concerns have increased and

To that end, your Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of        sound environmental practices. The Operating          the costs of green technologies come down, more
Commerce is making a commitment to connect            Green Award was presented to Brookgreen               and more businesses owners – both large and
businesses to resources to help companies             Gardens for their eco-friendly outdoor policies and   small – have begun adopting green technologies.
implement green thinking in their day-to-day          recycling efforts along with other environmentally     Consumers are increasingly responding to
operations and employees’ lifestyles at work and in   friendly measures. Hilton & Kingston Plantation       businesses that are environmentally responsible.
the community. The chamber also is embarking on       Resorts and Ocean Lakes Family Campground             With this in mind, it only makes smart business
a process to become more environmentally sound        also were recognized as finalists. You can read        sense to review your green practices. Besides, it is
as an organization.                                   more about these businesses in our cover story,       the right thing to do – reduce, reuse, recycle.
                                                      “Greening of the Grand Strand.”
Going green is not a new practice for Myrtle Beach
Area Chamber of Commerce – it’s been part of          When we recently asked members to send in their
the company’s business practices for close to         green tips, members responded enthusiastically                  Brad Dean
15 years. Like most small businesses, going green     with a slew of conservation practices ranging from              President & CEO
for MBACC meant taking small steps over the           solar energy installations and water conservation               Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
years. Aluminum cans were collected for donations     to business recycling. We invite you to learn more
and recycling and soon other recyclables were         about what your fellow MBACC members are
added to the mix: cardboard, printer cartridges,      doing to keep the Myrtle Beach area beautiful
plastic and paper. MBACC also is a Santee Cooper      and sustainable. Visit our new green Web site at
Green Power Partner with 15 blocks or 2.65 percent
of our total annual billing amount being reinvested   green.html to explore best practices, resources
into future developments of additional renewable      and ideas on going green. You also will learn
resources or Green Power facilities.                  more about upcoming conservation events, such
                                                      as the March 15 workshop/panel discussion on
As we look to step up our conservation efforts,        going green and the Grand Strand Green Fair on
MBACC is working with Fisher Recycling on             March 21. Plus, to help members join the green
recycling efforts. One simple act is adding more       movement, MBACC is partnering with WBTW
recycling bins throughout the chamber offices to        News 13 to offer chamber members special
encourage staff, along with visitors and members,      advertising rates on WBTW and Ads
to recycle their beverage cans and water bottles.     will run during the time slots when the station
                                                      promotes what MBACC and chamber members

                             GOING GREEN, Continued From Cover Page
                             of toilet paper, paper towels and facial tissue that are to
                             be discarded are also donated to CASA.
                                                                                           “A lot of people throw away home goods, clothing, etc.
                                                                                           that are still very useful only because they don’t want
                                                                                                                                                        employees were given a reusable cup made from
                                                                                                                                                        recycled plastic that they can use for all refills of water,
                                                                                           to deal with them and just want it out of their home,“       so drinks and coffee. By using this cup and offering
                             Mickey Lincoln, RRP, general manager of Carolina              observes John Griggs with State Farm Insurance. “Truth       large water dispensers, thousands of plastic bottles,
                             Grande (Bluegreen Vacation Club), notes that the hotel        is that the items may be easier to get rid of than they      aluminum cans and paper cups are eliminated each year.
                             has installed various energy saving devices to cut back       think. If they ask their co-workers or fellow congregants
                             on usage and save money. The spa is placed on timers          at church, they will be surprised how many people            Sunny days ahead
                             that turn off nightly when the area is closed and solar        would like to have what they no longer need. In giving it    Another MBACC member that is really picking
                             panels on the roof supplement the heating for domestic        to those people, they have not only done a good deed,        up steam in the drive toward energy
                             and laundry room water.                                       but also saved some much needed funds.”                      efficiency is Ocean Lakes Family
                                                                                                                                                        Campground. The campground
                             Getting creative                                              “We changed out all of the light bulbs on the Murrells       is testing its first solar water

                             Energy conservation is proving contagious. Several            Inlet MarshWalk to the more efficient CFL bulbs,” notes        heated bathhouse as part
                             chamber members have put into action forward-                 Jennifer Averette, executive director of Murrells Inlet      of its successful iCare
                             thinking plans that run the gamut from water quality          2020. “We moved the printed community newsletter             Program.
                             monitoring to litter campaigns to composting.                 distribution from four times a year to twice a year and
                                                                                           added an enewsletter twice a month. And, for the first        One Apricus solar
                             A greener healthier tomorrow is the goal of Lee’s Inlet       time ever, we used the Santee Cooper Green Power             panel has been
                             Apothecary & Gis. Megan Peterson, physician/                 program to light the Murrells Inlet Christmas tree at        mounted to the
                             customer relations, reminds us to keep our water clean        Morse Park.”                                                 roof of an existing
                             by not flushing unwanted medicines down the toilet,                                                                         bathhouse to solar
                             unless specified on the container. “You should put the         At Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch and Eco                heat the water for
                             unwanted medicine in a sealable bag, add coffee grounds        Tours, they have employed the use of four stroke             12 shower stalls
                             or kitty litter to make it undesirable for humans and         engines on their boats. This reduces fuel consumption,       and the sinks.
                             animals, and throw it in the trash,” Peterson explains.       there are no oil residues put into the water through the
                                                                                           exhaust, and the emissions off the motors are much            “Conceptually this is
                                                                                           cleaner than two stroke or diesel boat motors.               a great idea,” explains
                               “The shredded paper from                                                                                                 Lance Thompson,
                                                                                           “We also make sure that any rubbish onboard stays            vice president and
                               your shredder works great                                   onboard and that it gets to the recycling bin at the         general manager. “With
                                                                                           end of the day. It is also a habit of ours to pick up from   the amount of sun we get
                              for outdoor mulch,” suggests                                 the ocean any garbage, such as plastic bags, balloons,       in Myrtle Beach, it seems like
                                                                                           drink bottles, etc., that we see floating about,” notes       a ‘no-brainer.’ However, we are
                                  Angie Shoemaker with                                     Captain Mark Collins, owner of Blue Wave Adventures.         starting with one bathhouse as a pilot
                                                                                           “Additionally, our trips focus heavily on the environment    project to monitor the impact of the solar
                                 RE/MAX Beach & Golf.                                      and educating our guests about their impact on the           panel.”
                                                                                           oceans and, in particular, dolphins, no matter where
                                “Just put it on the ground                                 they live. We always close our tours by encouraging          “The iCare Program’s slogan is Awareness & Action
                                                                                           guests to get involved with the environment in some          Count,” according to Thompson. “We want to be
                              then put leaves over it and it                               way. Every little bit makes a difference.”                    good stewards and do the right thing with regard to
                                                                                                                                                        the environment, as well as in operating a successful
                                 keeps the weeds down.”                                    Yes, every little environmentally friendly action does       business that has had a proven impact on both the
                                                                                           make a difference. Just ask Ripley’s Aquarium where           Grand Strand and South Carolina’s economy.”
 If the solar heated water project proves successful,
Ocean Lakes plans to install more solar panels into its
                                                                building practices and techniques, sponsor education
                                                                programs, recommend legislation and regulations
                                                                                                                              Real estate professionals also are stepping up to provide
                                                                                                                              expert advice on energy efficiency in properties. The
laundry operations, snack bars and pools as part of its         that can stimulate green building, encourage ethical          field offers certification in understanding what makes
iCare Program.                                                  conduct, good business practices and advance the image        a property green, helping clients evaluate the cost/
                                                                of the green building industry. To learn more, visit          benefits of green building features and practices, and
The campground’s iCare Program is aimed at helping                   distinguishing between industry rating and classification
reduce the environmental impact of the campground                                                                             systems.
       and its guests. The program focuses on pet               MBACC member, Paul Doyle, AIA, LEED AP, Usry
               pollution, litter and recycling and storm        Wolfe Peterson Doyle Architecture Inc., agrees that           Canaan Sewell, a REALTOR® at Coldwell Banker
                    water runoff.                                green construction benefits both the human health and          Chicora, holds the Green Designation from the National
                                                                natural environment.                                          Association of REALTORS®. According to Sewell, the
                               Green building                                                                                 Green Designation helps “consumers who care about
                                 While the environmental        “As an architecture firm with a local history, we are          energy efficiency and sustainable building practices

                                   movement has come            fully committed to the idea of sustainability in both the     identify REALTORS who can help them realize their
                                     a long way, MBACC          projects we design and in our own internal operations,”       green real estate and lifestyle goals.”
                                       members continue         Doyle notes. “From our perspective, sustainable design
                                        to seek new ways        provides two very important advantages to our work.           Lisa Terrill, with Watermark Real Estate Group, has
                                         to live more           First, it is clearly better for the environment. Regardless   earned the EcoBroker designation. Terrill helps clients
                                          conscientiously.      of one’s opinion as to the degree that man is responsible     buy and sell properties with green features, save money,
                                           And one of the       for climate change, we can all agree that our buildings       and live comfortably, through energy efficiency and
                                           latest trends is     can be designed and built in a way that causes fewer          environmentally sensitive choices.
                                           “green building”     negative impacts on the environment. Buildings
                                           or environmentally   account for more than 65 percent of the total amount          Personal commitment
                                          sustainable           of electricity consumed in the United States, 30 percent      From hotels that have eliminated those small plastic
                                         construction.          of our greenhouse gas emissions, 12 percent of potable        shampoo bottles to an aquarium that is saying no to
                                        According to Steve      water usage, and approximately 136 million tons of            plastic water bottles, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of
                                       Strickland, PE, LEED     construction and demolition debris fill our landfills each      Commerce members are making a visible difference on
                                      AP, The Earthworks        year from the construction industry. We can do better.        our environment.
                                    Group Inc., everyone                                                                      For every aluminum
                                  can benefit from green         “Secondly, there is an abundance of independent               can tossed in
                                building. “The projected        research that clearly demonstrates that sustainable           a recycling
                             benefits include reduced            design and construction can have a positive impact            bin, every tree
                          operating costs for energy, water     on the health and productivity of the individuals             planted to lower
                      and waste disposal, and making            who will occupy those buildings. Student test scores          air conditioning
              facilities more enjoyable and better places       have been shown to be higher, retail sales have shown         costs, and every
to visit, live or work.” He encourages individuals to           meaningful improvement, and employee absenteeism              cigarette butt picked
ask, “What can I do today to reduce my environmental            has been shown to be reduced in buildings that employ         up from the beach
footprint?”                                                     sustainable design principles including elements such as      sand there is a positive
                                                                sufficient access to natural light and improved indoor air      outcome – there is the
One group that is taking that question to heart is the          quality.”                                                     greening of the Grand
Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association. The                                                                               Strand.
association has formed the Coastal Green Council to             Architects, contractors and builders aren’t the only
educate the public about the advantages of green                ones helping consumers reduce carbon footprints.
                               PR Hotspot
                                                               GRAND                                                                               strander

                             CHAMBER/CVB BEGINS YEAR WITH MAJOR MEDIA
                             OUTREACH in Toronto, Buffalo & New York City
                             by Kimberly Miles, public relations manager
                                                                  While Myrtle      putt golf contest sponsored by Myrtle Beach Golf         or Follow
                                                                  Beach visitors    Holiday. Overall, the event was a huge success that      Miles’ tweets from the Myrtle Beach Area CVB at
                                                                  and residents     generated immediate news coverage by some of   
                                                                  were enjoying     the attendees and strong interest for feature Myrtle
                                                                                                                                                    Print and Online Publicity Values

                                                                  sunny and mild    Beach stories.
                                                                  temperatures                                                                                    January 2010
                                                                  in January,       The following week the PR team conducted an                 Newspaper Articles               21
                                                                  journalists in    out-of-market media visit in New York City where            Nondaily Newspaper Articles      4
                             Myrtle Beach themed decor at the     much colder       media desk sides were achieved with ABC Travel
                             CN Tower media event.                climates were     News, Food & Wine, Budget Travel, Family Circle,            Consumer Magazine Articles       4
                             reminded of why Myrtle Beach is one of the most        Ladies Home Journal and others. The opening of              Trade Magazine Articles          3
                             popular vacation destinations in the United States.    the new Myrtle Beach boardwalk by June, new                 Web Articles                     83
                             During the week of Jan. 18, major media outreach       air service and airport expansion project were hot
                                                                                                                                                Wire Services                    1
                             took place in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Toronto to     topics among media conversations. Additional out-
                             emphasize the affordable direct service to Myrtle       of-market media visits are scheduled this year to           Total Circulation                136,447,472
                             Beach on Direct Air from Niagara Falls, N.Y., and      Boston, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.                       Publicity Value                  $565,266
                             new service on Porter Airlines from Toronto. The                                                                            Year-to-Date Ad Value for
                             Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau       What would you like to learn or see in a future                      Myrtle Beach Travel News
                             conducted a chef demo of Carolina Coastal Cuisine      PR Hot Spot? Want to be involved in this area’s                              $565,266
                             for Buffalo’s ABC affiliate WKBW and hosted a             public relations efforts? Have a PR related question?
                             media event at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto      You can reach Kimberly Miles at (843) 916-7218            ONLINE MEDIA CONTACT LIST UPDATED
                             to literally bring the beach to Canada. The CVB also                                                             The chamber’s online media contact list has been
                             announced the appointment of a new Canadian                                                                      updated. Members will find 120 entries with
                             office and Kimberly Hartley as the Canadian sales                                                                  detailed contact information for broadcast, print,
                             manager for the Myrtle Beach area.                                                                               online and Hispanic media as well as other area and
                                                                                                                                              South Carolina government agencies. Individual
                             During the event, roughly 60 journalists were                                                                    sections or the complete list can be accessed at:
                             introduced to sweet potato chips, mini pulled-pork                                                     
                             barbecue sandwiches, fried pickle spears, grouper                                                                contacts.html
                             bites, peach cobbler and other South Carolina fare
                             while Chef Kurt D’Aurizio of the Divine Dining                                                                   MBA CHAMBER AND CVB FAST FACTS
                             Group cooked shrimp and grits and collard greens.                                                                The 2010 fact sheet, with 2009 metrics, has
                             Beach balls, chairs, umbrellas and sand buckets        L to R: Adam Wilcox (Porter Airlines), Kimberly Miles     been posted to the chamber Web site at
                             lined the venue while guests partook in making         (Myrtle Beach CVB), Elaine Michaud (Myrtle Beach CVB),, click on About the
                                                                                    Scott Schult (Myrtle Beach CVB), Danna Lilly (Myrtle
                             their own souvenir flip book or competed in a putt-                                                               Chamber and then click Chamber, CVB Fact Sheet.
                                                                                    Beach CVB), Kimberly Hartley (Myrtle Beach CVB),
                                                                                    Steve Mays (Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday).
    Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

  INSIDER                                                                                                    M
                                                                                                             March 2010

Myrtle Beach Area CVB strengthens sales efforts in Canada
by Danna Lilly, CMP, director of sales
The Myrtle Beach area has long been a                 But for our Canadian friends that may not enjoy
destination of choice for many Canadian visitors,     that much time on the road, options continue
approximately 300,000 annually. And they’re fairly    to grow for air service. Myrtle Beach Direct Air
easy to spot, especially in March as they enjoy the   has been servicing Canadian passengers, at very
mild temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean at a time     affordable rates for more than 2 years now. Direct
when we locals might think twice about a walk on      service is available between Myrtle Beach and
the beach! They come in mini vans packed with         both Plattsburg and Niagra, N.Y., – just a short
golf clubs, sedans carrying snowbirds, SUVs filled     drive for visitors in Ontario and Quebec. More
with families and none seem to mind the 12 to 15      recently, Porter Airlines announced direct service
hour drives that many make in one day.                twice weekly between Toronto, Ontario and
                                                      Myrtle Beach beginning Feb. 28. Not only does          (Center) Ed Warneck, Myrtle Beach Direct Air, pictured with
                                                      this bring great opportunity for increased tourism     (Le) Kimberly Hartley, Canadian sales manager, and
                                                                                                             (Right) Elaine Michaud, International sales manager, at
                                                      in the Myrtle Beach area, it also gives residents of   Toronto Tour Operator event in January.
                                                      Myrtle Beach and surrounding communities more
                                                      convenient options for business and pleasure trips     of the Canadian travel market, will help raise
                                                      to an area that might not have been considered in      awareness of the Myrtle Beach area and increase
                                                      the past.                                              visitation and economic growth.

                                                      To further support the positioning of the Myrtle       “Travel Solutions by Design is excited and very
                                                      Beach area as an attractive destination for            proud to have been chosen as the Canadian
                                                      Canadian travelers, the Myrtle Beach Area CVB          account manager for the Myrtle Beach Area
                                                      is pleased to announce a new Canadian office             Chamber of Commerce and Convention and
                                                      and the appointment of Kimberly Hartley as the         Visitors Bureau,” Hartley said. “I am extremely
                                                      Canadian sales manager for the Myrtle Beach area.      excited about bringing the destination to the
                                                      With more than 20 years of experience in the           forefront for the trade, the consumer and the
                                                      Canadian travel industry, Hartley has developed        media. Canadians may think they know the Myrtle
                                                      strong relationships with tour operators, travel       Beach area, but they may want to reconsider – it
                                                      agents, wholesalers, meeting and incentive             has changed dramatically over the last few years.”
                                                      planners, airlines and both trade and consumer
                                                      media. Her sales and marketing expertise,
                                                      combined with knowledge of the inner workings
         Kimberly Hartley, MBACVB Canadian Rep                                                                                                                                              March 2010
                                                                                                                                      HORRY COUNTY ADMISSIONS TAX
                                                                                                                                                                                                        -21.9%                                                               Percentages Shown Are
                                                  $1,125,000                                                                        -3.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Change From
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Percent Cha
                                                   $750,000                                                       -30.6%                        -25.5%                                                                                  2.4%
                                                                                                  -10.9%                                                                                                                                                  -21.4%             Previous Year
                                                   $375,000          -0.2%        -18.4%

                                                                  Dec 08         Jan 09          Feb 09          Mar 09          Apr 09         May 09           Jun 09              Jul 09             Aug 09         Sept 09           Oct 09           Nov 09
                                                              $366,849          $300,112        $347,932      $678,792          $987,078        $675,239       $1,061,001      $1,455,540              $1,138,652      $715,879         $631,837       $488,385

                                                                                                                                 GEORGETOWN COUNTY ADMISSIONS TAX
                                                  $200,000                                                                         - 12.7%
                                                  $150,000                                                        -15.1%                            -5.7%
                                                  $100,000                                       -0.3%                                                                               44%                                3.5%                               -18.6%
                                                                                                                                                                 -8.8%                                   -25%
                                                   $50,000                       -4.4%

                                                                    Dec 08        Jan 09         Feb 09           Mar 09           Apr 09           May 09          Jun 09            Jul 09             Aug 09         Sept 09           Oct 09           Nov 09
                                                                   $36,563       $46,605         $72,635         $116,329        $142,985       $110,496         $58,191          $63,695                $52,761        $64,058          $95,748          $62,002
Convention & Visitors Bureau

                                                                                                                      HORRY COUNTY ACCOMMODATIONS TAX COLLECTION
                                                                                                                                                                    -14.6%            -8.6%               -9.9%                                                              Percentages Shown Are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Change From
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Percent C
                                                 $1,500,000                                                                                                                                                              26.0%
                                                                                                                                    -8.1%           -21.4%                                                                                                                   Previous Year
                                                                                                                   -24%                                                                                                                  -1.7%
                                                  $750,000                                       -18.2%                                                                                                                                                   -14.9%
                                                                    -29.5%        3.5%

                                                                   Dec 08        Jan 09          Feb 09          Mar 09            Apr 09       May 09           Jun 09               Jul 09              Aug 09           Sept 09           Oct 09           Nov 09
                                                              $256,469          $269,683        $395,972         $662,891       $1,019,581     $1,149,159      $2,213,337        $3,056,237             $2,395,577      $1,176,190          $658,346         $388,103

                                                                                                                  GEORGETOWN COUNTY ACCOMMODATIONS TAX COLLECTION
                                                 $400,000                                                                                                                              6.0%
                                                 $300,000                                                                                                                                                -12.8%
                                                 $200,000                                                                                                                                                               64.7%
                                                 $100,000                                                                          -1.7%            -7.8%
                                                                   110.2%                                        -31.8%                                                                                                                  -11.5%
                                                                                 -14.4%         -18.2%                                                                                                                                                    -13.2%

                                                                   Dec 08        Jan 09          Feb 09           Mar 09           Apr 09        May 09             Jun 09           Jul 09              Aug 09         Sept 09            Oct 09            Nov 09
                                                                  $67,004        $17,539        $24,612          $37,800         $70,163        $99,400         $224,278         $344,034               $248,121        $150,659           $50,282           $35,551

                                                                                                                                    HORRY COUNTY GROSS RETAIL SALES

                                            $1,100,000,000                                                                                                                                -15.1%
                                                                                                                                                                        -14.1%                                 -12.2%
                                             $825,000,000                                                                                               -11.3%                                                                   0.6%                                             Percentages Shown Are
                                                                     -16.2%                                            -15.1%          -19.6%
                                             $550,000,000                            -18.1%
                                                                                                     -10.5%                                                                                                                                       -3.9%        -3.9%                             From
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Percent Change Fro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Previous Year

                                                                   Dec 08          Jan 09           Feb 09            Mar 09           Apr 09          May 09           Jun 09                Jul 09          Aug 09             Sept 09            Oct 09          Nov 09
                                                              $562,613,878       $422,772,834     $517,358,684      $584,583,550     $615,868,513    $668,172,831     $805,335,686     $929,354,884         $806,358,917     $675,905,291      $541,626,820      $519,374,107
                                                                                                                               GEORGETOWN COUNTY GROSS RETAIL SALES
                                             $130,000,000                                                                                               1.9%            -23.9%           -21.8%
                                                                   -6.9%                                              -7.1%           -24.8%                                                                 -20.7%          -10.1%                                                                  reg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For more information regarding additional
                                              $97,500,000                                          -15.1%                                                                                                                                    -15.0%
                                                                                    -17.4%                                                                                                                                                                    -18.6%            research conducted by the chamber,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                contact Wendy Bernstein at

                                                                   Dec 08         Jan 09          Feb 09          Mar 09            Apr 09          May 09           Jun 09            Jul 09              Aug 09          Sept 09            Oct 09             Nov 09         S        S C Departments of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sources: S.C. D   t
                                                                  $93,967,746   $70,648,740     $82,686,714      $94,619,533     $91,775,263    $109,328,268    $120,329,093      $118,814,002           $98,664,561     $100,621,351       $82,862,945        $73,668,887
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PRT and Revenue

                               March 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                    UNIQUE User Sessions                                                                                                                  ADVERTISER Referrals
  500,000                                                                                                                    1,000,000                                                                                                                  YEAR OVER YEAR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     YTD Referral Click % Change*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Convention & Visitors Bureau
                                                                                      2009                                                                                                                       2009
  375,000                                                                                                                        750,000                                                                                                         Category                % Change
                                                                                      2010                                                                                                                       2010                            Lodging                   +23.16%
  250,000                                                                                                                        500,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Amusements                -0.22%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Theaters                  +25.72%
  125,000                                                                                                                        250,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dining                    +3.25%

       0                                                                                                                                    0                                                                                                    Shopping                  +9.43%
                    JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC                                                                             JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC                                                  Watersports               +80.05%

                                         Jan           Feb        Mar        Apr       May      Jun                                                                   Jan       Feb        Mar      Apr     May              Jun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Weddings                +121.41%
                    % Change        54.41%                                                                                                           % Change       18.81%                                                                       Golf                      -1.51%
                    2010            415,802                                                                                                         2010            483,403
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Additional Services       -43.33%
                    2009            269,285          283,597     388,477    374,741   454,265 636,928                                               2009            406,873   459,712    588,396   525,240 637,311          973,668
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Jan. 1 – Jan. 31
                                         Jul           Aug        Sept       Oct       Nov      Dec                                                                   Jul       Aug        Sept     Oct      Nov             Dec
                    % Change                                                                                                                         % Change
                    2010                                                                                                                            2010
                    2009            661,649          362,303     219,612    209,757   193,073 166,664                                               2009            979,218   495,876    263,319   185,891 152,652          156,839

                                                                           For more information, contact:
            OCCUPANCY PERCENT PER ROOM WEEK*                                                               AVERAGE DAILY RATE PER ROOM WEEK*                                                                                   NOVEMBER AIRPORT ARRIVALS


                                                          n                                                                                                         n                                                         60,000
                                                       tio at                                                                                                    tio at
                       75%                                                                                                  $120

                                                     ma able                                                                                                   ma able
       PE RC E NT

                                                                                                           D O LL A R S

                                                   or l                                                                                                      or l

                                                                                                                                                                                                               ARRIVA L S
                                                             e                                                                                                         e
                       50%                      Inf avai tim                                                                                              Inf avai tim                                                        40,000
                                                   t ess                                                                                                     t ess
                                                no pr                                                                        $60
                                                                                                                                                          no pr
                                                                                                                             $30                                                                                              20,000

                           0%                                                                                                    $0
                                          2008                      2009                                                                        2008                  2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2008              2009
                                 Jan           Feb       Mar         Apr       May       Jun                                          Jan        Feb        Mar       Apr      May       Jun

                     2009       29.54%    40.09%        49.82%     52.82%    50.13%    67.79%                             2009    $55.45        $67.68     $81.07   $97.33    $91.73    $121.41                                            2008         2009     Change
                     2008       32.12%    49.96%        55.21%     54.75%    45.91%    65.42%                             2008    $58.54        $73.02     $82.28   $99.05    $89.34    $124.70
                                                                                                                          2007    $55.95        $71.90     $83.84   $98.29    $116.61   $144.34
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Arrivals     49,604       45,919     -7.4%
                     2007       34.01%    53.01%        64.18%     69.10%    60.85%    74.59%

                                  Jul          Aug       Sept        Oct       Nov       Dec                                          Jul        Aug        Sept      Oct      Nov       Dec

                     2009       66.49%    65.31%        59.23%     56.82%                                                 2009    $109.44 $120.10          $94.04   $74.28
                     2008       70.42%    73.73%        40.26% 51.23%        39.88%    25.22%                             2008    $119.48 $125.09          $71.82   $69.97    $69.80    $59.92
                     2007       82.94%    75.78%        62.40% 54.25%        39.86%    24.74%                             2007    $162.96       $129.77    $93.15   $76.80    $68.82    $59.20

 *Dr. Taylor Damonte, Director • Clay Brittain, Jr.
 Center for Resort Tourism • Coastal Carolina University                                                                                                                      By sending in your weekly numbers, you will be providing valuable data                                                                                   HELP US HELP YOU                                                      that helps us to keep updated information. For more information, please
 Source: Horry County Department of Airports                                                            Provide data to CCU                                                   contact Dr. Taylor Damonte, director of Clay Brittain, Jr. Center for Resort
                                                                                                                                                                              Tourism at Coastal Carolina University,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 March 2010
                                COOP CORNER
                                The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce advertising co-ops provide
                                                                                                                 The Daily Record – Great Escapes Beach Destinations
                                an opportunity to take advantage of negotiated discounted rates in order
                                to stretch ad budgets. The range of co-ops available include a variety of        The Daily Record will take Mid-Atlantic readers on a visual tour of the best
                                online promotions, e-mail blasts, magazines and newspaper inserts. Also,         Beach Destinations. Great Escapes Beach Destinations will include feature
                                                                                                                 articles, bright bold photographs and advertising. Ads in Great Escapes will
                                the chamber will provide online creative support if needed by participants.
                                                                                                                 receive a directory ad in the Daily Record for one week. Reader profile –
                                                                                                                 Readers have a net worth of $2.27 million, household income of $299,000,
                                To learn more about these opportunities, contact Lynne Boykin, The               80 percent of readers plan to travel this year.
                                Brandon Agency, at (843) 916-2000 or
                                For a complete list of co-ops, go to and click        Space Deadline: 3/15/2010
                                on Marketing Strategies. Space is limited for each co-op and will be filled on    Ad Size: 1/4 tabloid page, 4 color, 4.5” wide x 7.5: high       Ad Cost: $750
                                a first-come, first-served basis. To secure the discounted rates, each co-op       In order for this co-op to run, we must have a minimum of four advertisers.
                                must sell out in order for it to run.
Convention & Visitors Bureau

                                Note: In order to participate, members must contribute $1 per rented room
                                night for accommodations members that are not participating in the TDF           Meetings South Magazine – June 2010 – Myrtle Beach
                                tax, or a 1 percent marketing fee or a nonparticipating advertising cost for     Meetings South delivers in depth news, topical features and thorough
                                activities and dining members that are not participating in the TDF tax.         destination coverage of the Southern meetings market. Meetings South
                                                                                                                 covers hotel, resort, convention and conference facilities; interesting event
                                 Bridal Guide – 2010 Myrtle Beach Co-op                                          venues; renovation updates; industry news; and topical articles of general
                                                                                                                 interest to meeting professionals. Meetings South subscribers come from a
                                 Escape to the Southeast – An exclusive opportunity to reach the wedding         wide variety of industries and business – from manufacturing to medical/
                                 and honeymoon market. The destination wedding and honeymoon market              pharmaceutical, communications to finance and education to health care.
                                 generates $20 billion in annual spending and represents one of the most         Magazine published 12 times per year.
                                 reliable and lucrative markets in tourism. Bridal Guide has partnered with
                                 The Southeast Tourism Society to produce Escape to the Southeast, an            Space Deadline: 4/2/2010
                                 exclusive advertising program designed to help you capture the billions spent   Ad Size: 1/4 page – 5” wide x 6.5” high        Ad Cost: $2,825
                                 on weddings and honeymoons. Program details: Placement in a Southeastern
                                                                                                                 Space limited to four advertisers. Advertisers can purchase multiple spaces.
                                 Tourism sponsored national section in the July/August 2010 issue with           All advertisers receive matching advertorial.
                                 readership of over 4 million, advertorial copy and image showcasing your
                                 destination, bonus exposure in the Southeast regional editions of September/
                                 October 2010 and November/December 2010 issues, section reprints
                                 distributed in gi bags at nationwide bridal and travel shows, National
                                                                                                                               Where in the world is the CVB?
                                 Reader Service and Reply Card listings in the July/August 2010 issue, link to          March 10-14                ITB Berlin                Berlin, Germany
                                 your site on for six months and bonus distribution to more
                                 than 2,000 agents. Paid circulation - 200,000.
                                                                                                                                CVB-Group Sales is busy this month welcoming
                                 Space Deadline: 3/10/2010                                                                           five groups with 1,425 attendees.
                                 Ad Size: 1/4 page, 4 color, 3.5” wide x 4.75” high        Ad Cost: $2,990
                                 In order for this co-op to run, we must have a minimum of
                                 four advertisers.

                                Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Insider is published monthly by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce,
                                1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. If you have story ideas or questions, please contact Pat Creed, membership programs manager
                                and CVB member liaison, at or (843) 916-7225. Printed by Inlet Printing Co.

                               March 2010                                                                                                                       
BUSINESS of Excellence
                                                                                BUSINESS OF EXCELLENCE
Throughout the year, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber will highlight four
local member businesses (February, May, August, November) for being
                                                                                Mercom thriving in tough economy
a Business of Excellence. This recognition promotes the advancement of          Recessions aren’t supposed to be times of unprecedented growth for small businesses.
responsible business leadership in the community and publicly recognizes        But don’t tell that to Stella Mercado. Mercom, the information technology business
local businesses demonstrating a passion for excellence.                        Mercado built with brothers Larry and Allan, has thrived in the recent years, even
                                                                                as numerous other companies closed or scaled back operations. Last year, Mercom’s
The businesses chosen for the honor will receive:                               business grew by 15 percent. Over the last three years, the company expanded
 • Grand Strander article                                                       from a dozen employees to 56 workers in two offices. Stella Mercado expects her
 • Myrtle Beach Business Journal article (1/2 page)                             employment to reach 100 by the end of this year. So why is Mercom succeeding when
 • E-mail blast to members to advertise business                                so many other businesses aren’t? “Somebody said the best time to start a business
 • Press release recognizing the business for the honor                         is during a recession,” Mercado said. “If you’re doing stuff right, it’s the best time to

 • All Business of Excellence recipients will be forwarded to the               grow and to start making a name for yourself.”
    Past Presidents Council as a nominee for the Chairman’s Choice Award
    at the annual membership meeting                                            Mercom has done well establishing its brand since company operations began in 2002.
 • Excellence of Business Breakfast at MBACC – Members will be invited          Aer working in the resale world of IT products, Larry and Stella Mercado launched
    to come learn about the business                                            Mercom to provide networking and other technical services to businesses. Their
                                                                                brother Allan was the ideal colleague. His background is in IT service. “The three of
Nomination Deadlines                                                            us completely complimented each other,” Stella Mercado said. The three started out
It’s easy to nominate a business. Simply go to       in a 200-square-foot office behind the post
and fill out the online form. Nominated businesses must be members of            office in Murrells Inlet. “It was tiny,” she said.
the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and demonstrate excellence            “Literally, it was an office and a bathroom.”
in one or more of the following areas – personnel management; unique            But the Mercados gradually built up the
product design/distribution/manufacture; unique service delivery;               company.
innovation; planning; marketing/promotion. Excellence is considered to
be a consistent level of performance over a reasonable period of time that      They established a reputation as a federal
establishes the business as a market or industry leader in that aspect of its   government contractor – 80 percent of
operation(s).                                                                   their business still comes from federal
                                                                                deals – and they also worked with state
Profiled in May – Submit nominations by March 19                                 government and private businesses. Now
Profiled in August – Submit nominations by June 18                               the company is headquartered in a stylish
Profiled in November – Submit nominations by Sept. 17                            office park in Pawleys Island. Stella handles
                                                                                long-term and strategic planning; Larry
Business of Excellence Breakfast                                                takes care of operations and finance and
Join us on March 11 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the MBACC boardroom                Allan oversees services. In 2008, Mercom
(1200 N. Oak St.) as we honor the first Business of Excellence winner,           won eight business awards for growth. Next
Mercom Corp. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast as you and learn                   month, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of
about Mercom and its award-winning business practices. Register at              Commerce will honor Mercom as a business                                                     of excellence. Stella Mercado attributes
                                                                                Mercom’s success to the company’s focus on
                                                                                                  MERCOM, See Page 13           Larry Mercado, COO, and Stella Mercado,

                             E CO N OM I C Update
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                             COMPARING the ‘Great Recession’ to the ‘Great Depression’
                             Most of us have heard the comparisons over the         more and incurring less debt lasted for many years     The U.S. economy experienced several recessions
                             last few years: This “Great Recession” that we’ve      following the Great Depression. U.S. households        since the Great Depression, and for the most part
                             been working through since the very end of             spent decades spending less than they made as          those recessions did not substantially alter how
                             2007 is the worst since the Great Depression. I’ve     debt-to-income ratios were flat and savings rates       we act or how we view the economy. Indeed, in
                             oen been asked to compare different indicators         rose through roughly the late 1970s and early          terms of consumer spending, we sailed through
                             between the two episodes, such as unemployment         1980s.                                                 the recessions of the early 1990s and early 2000s,
                             rates, for example. When asked how the recent                                                                 thanks to the unsustainable debt and savings
                             recession compares to the Great Depression, I steer    Beginning in the early 1980s, U.S. households          trends at the time. This most recent recession

                             the conversation away from trying to compare           had been steadily running up debt and drawing          has been significantly different. For the first time
                             different data points now versus then.                  down savings. For example, the personal savings        in many decades, U.S. households dramatically
                                                                                    rate in the United States (savings as a percent of     scaled back on spending and appear to be working
                             How does South Carolina’s current unemployment         income) fell from roughly 10 percent in the early      towards building a larger financial cushion. How do
                             rate of 12.6 percent compare with the Great            1980s to about 1 percent by 2007. From 1980 to         the unemployment rates of 2009 compare to those
                             Depression? While interesting as an academic           2007, the increase in debt and the drawdown of         of the 1930s? Differences in the data make these
                             exercise, I find it more insightful to try to draw      savings allowed consumers to consistently increase     comparisons tricky. Ultimately, what really matters
                             more meaningful and useful similarities between        spending more quickly than incomes were growing.       for us moving forward, is that this Great Recession,
                             then and now. Numbers are tricky. For example,         These trends le many households with financial         like the Great Depression, is changing how we
                             the way we collect and calculate unemployment          cushions too small to absorb the impact of the         behave.
                             data is far different now than during the Great         Great Recession that began officially in December
                             Depression. Therefore, rather than focus on the        2007.
                             numbers, I point out what I think is the most
                             striking and important similarity: The recent Great    This is where the recent substantial change in
                                                                                                                                                  JANUARY 2010
                             Recession is similar to the Great Depression in that   behavior comes in. Since the beginning of the                 Top Five States for
                             is has changed behavior.                               recession in 2007, we have seen a sharp reversal              Relocation Inquiries
                                                                                    of debt and savings trends. As recently as March
                             We are all familiar with the legacy of the Great       2008, the personal savings rate was 0.8 percent.                1.   New York
                             Depression. That painful period, that exacted a toll   During December 2009 the U.S. personal savings                  2.   Pennsylvania
                             on a large percentage of the population, resulted in   rate stood at 4.8 percent. Similarly, the total
                                                                                                                                                    3.   North Carolina
                             a substantial shi in consumer behavior. The Great     amount of outstanding consumer debt, as well
                             Depression contributed largely to the frugality        as debt-to-income ratios, have fallen during this               4.   New Jersey
                             and conservative ways of an entire generation.         recession.                                                      5.   Ohio
                             The desire to build a financial cushion via saving

                                              DON SCHUNK is a research economist with the BB&T Center for Economic and Community Development at Coastal Carolina University.
                                              He develops and maintains a database of regional economic indicators and publishes economic forecasts; serves as a liaison with the area business
                                              community and state and local governments; and writes a monthly column for the Grand Strander.

                    GR                             E CO N OM I C Indicators
                                                   R E S I D E N T I A L CO N S T RU C T I O N PE R M I T S N OV E M B E R 2 0 0 9
                                                   Single Family Units
                                                                                Myrtle Beach Unincorporated
                                                                                      9               85
                                                                                                                  Myrtle Beach
MERCOM, Continued From Page 11
                                                   Single Family Units Cost      $1,267,009      $11,178,442       $1,771,377           $0         $2,015,220
current technology. “You have to stay on the       Multi-Family Bldgs.                3               0                1                 0              0
cutting edge of everything,” she said.             Multi-Family Units                50               0                12                0              0
                                                   Multi-Family Bldgs. Cost      $2,390,239           $0           $2,674,528           $0             $0
As the demand for better, faster IT products
and services has grown, Mercom has
responded. “Networks are now seen as               R E S I D E N T I A L CO N S T RU C T I O N PE R M I T S N OV E M B E R 2 0 0 8
a utility,” Stella Mercado said. “Just like                                                                          North           Surfside      Georgetown
electricity. If your network goes down, you              LOCATION              Myrtle Beach Unincorporated        Myrtle Beach        Beach          County
can’t work.” In recent years, the company has      Single Family Units               1                72                6                1              10

tried to attract more private sector clients.      Single Family Units Cost       $190,120       $10,610,758       $1,566,132        $262,565       $2,732,452
Stella Mercado said she can help a variety         Multi-Family Bldgs.               0                0                 1               0               0
of businesses in a variety of ways. Mercom
                                                   Multi-Family Units                0                0                15               0               0
can set up wireless networks for hotels,
                                                   Multi-Family Bldgs. Cost          $0               $0           $3,343,160           $0              $0
video conferencing for accounting firms
and electronic record-keeping systems for
hospitals. “You want to be diversified,” she
said. Although keeping up with technological
advances is critical for an IT firm, Mercado said
maintaining Mercom’s success also depends on
a basic tenet of business. “The biggest thing
is mainly taking care of the customers and
clients, and understanding what their needs
are,” she said. “It’s not rocket science.”

Editor’s Note: Article courtesy of the
Horry County Business Journal. Photo
courtesy of Mercom Corp.

                                                   A D D I T I O N A L E C O N O M I C I N D I C ATO R S
                                                   Monthly statistics for the following economic indicators can be found in the CVB Insider special section
                                                   of the Grand Strander:
                                                   Accommodations Tax Collections
                                                   Admissions Tax
                                                   Airport Activity
                                                   Gross Retail Sales
                                                   Sources: Bureau of the Census, S.C. Employment Commission
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                             (843) 241-3062                                (843) 215-9969                             Myrtle Beach, SC 29579                     (843) 449-8464
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                             Century 21 Broadhurst                         Rick Elliott                               Starwood of Myrtle Beach, Inc.             Services
                             Real Estate-Company                           401 Sea Mountain Hwy.                      Landscape-Contractors                      Legare Wilson
                             Kathy Curtis                                  North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582               Scott Mahon                                1511 Hwy. 17 Business S.
                             4507 Loblolly Ct.                             (843) 249-1406                             226 Bush Dr.                               Surfside Beach, SC 29575
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                                                                                                                                 B u s i n e s s Bulletin
                                                    INSIDE TRACKS                         firm to head up the redesign            community and media informed
CELEBRATING                                                                               of its Web site and interactive        via the chamber’s Web site.
                                                   Tidelands Bank announced               endeavors. And Better Brands
FRONTLINE EMPLOYEES                                that Todd Butzman has joined           Inc. announced the launch of           Kitchen Tune-Up has awarded
As the face of a company, frontline employees      Tidelands as branch manager,           its newly redesigned Web site,         Russ and Pat Widmer, franchise
                                                   assistant vice president,     designed by Collins       owner, with its regional Customer
directly influence customer satisfaction and the
                                                   Myrtle Beach branch.                   + Company and programmed               Service Award for 2009. Kitchen
customer’s future relationship with the
company. During the week of April 12, Myrtle                                              by Intercoastal Net Designs.           Tune-Up evaluates all franchises
                                                    NEW PHONE NUMBER
                                                                                                                                 in their system on a monthly
Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will join our                   AND THE WINNER IS ...                 basis, looking for the one that
Hospitality Partnership member, Myrtle Beach       and parent company                     Recently, the Horry Georgetown         most exemplifies their company
Area Hospitality Association, in celebrating the   Loggerhead Marketing LLC.              Home Builders Association held         Trust Points. These eight Trust

contributions of frontline employees.              have a new telephone                   its 2nd annual Top Dog Awards          Points include guaranteeing their
                                                   number (843) 651-7777.                 Ceremony where the A&I Fire and        estimates, returning calls within
MBACC members are invited to join us in                                                   Water Restoration marketing            24 hours and working within
                                                    APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE                                                           each client’s schedule. Widmer
thanking these staff members by providing                                                  sales team was awarded a Top Dog
discounts to your businesses: Restaurant           Coldwell Banker Chicora Real           Award. Julie Alford, Ellen Calhoun     earned a monthly award earlier
                                                   Estate announced that Judy             and Melissa Warren make up             in January 2009 and went on to
Certificates; Theater Tickets; Shopping Gi         Lawyer, broker associate and           this sales team for the company.       win the regional customer service
Cards; Golf Certificates; Accommodation             sales manager at Carolina                                                     honor awarded Jan. 22, 2010,
                                                                                          Warren also was named Top Dog
Discounts, etc. We’re asking you to kick this      Forest, has earned the Short           Rookie Salesperson of the Year.        during Kitchen Tune-Up’s annual
frontline employee recognition up a notch by       Sales & Foreclosure Resource                                                  convention in Kansas City, Mo.
saying “thank you” in a truly memorable fashion    Certification by the National           Best Western Carolinian Beach
with a special gi. We want to hand out a great    Association of REALTORS®.              Resort has received the best            HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
list of discounts at the April 12 kickoff party.                                           Western Director’s Award for           RE/MAX Ocean Forest
                                                   Janet Brown, broker in charge,         outstanding quality standards.         celebrated its 15th anniversary in
                                                   and Sally Butler, Realtor, of          The award recognizes hotels            February. Opening in 1995 the
And speaking of the kickoff party, members are
                                                   Coastal Realty Consultants Inc.,       scoring in the top 20 percent of all   company is the oldest RE/MAX in
encouraged to provide door prizes to be            have been certified in Short Sales      2,400 North American properties        Myrtle Beach. Now with 19 top
presented during the event and goodies for the     and Foreclosure Resource by            in cleanliness and maintenance.        agents the company is a two-time
gi bags that each frontline employee will         the National Association of                                                   ICE Award nominee sponsored
receive at the recognition party.                  REALTORS®. Previously Butler           Horry Georgetown Home                  by the Myrtle Beach Area
                                                   received a REO Specialist              Builders Association has               Chamber of Commerce and was
In addition, we want to hear about your            designation from American              presented its 2009 Top Dog Award       voted Best Real Estate Company
exceptional frontline employees. Do you have a     Real Estate University.                for Best Community Service             by local newspaper readers.
staff member who serves by example through                                                 Project to the Myrtle Beach Area       With each closing for 15 years
                                                   The Conway National Bank               Chamber of Commerce. The               RE/MAX has sent a contribution
their outstanding work ethic, professionalism      recognized James Jordan as a
and leadership? Send us a quick e-mail and tell                                           association recognized the MBACC       to the Children’s Miracle Network
                                                   graduate of East Carolina University   for its role in the Horry County       which goes directly to McLeod’s
us about this special person.                      RMA Commercial Lending School.                                                Children’s Hospital in Florence.
                                                                                          wildfires in April 2009 – namely
                                                                                          for serving as a drop-off location      The company is participating with
For all the details on providing discounts, door    ON THE WEB                                                                   other RE/MAX companies as
                                                                                          for American Red Cross donations,
prizes, goodie bag items, plus recognizing your    Collins + Company Advertising/         securing supplies for firefighters,      sponsors of this year’s ICE Awards
exceptional staff members, visit                    Public Relations announced             helping to find temporary housing       and at this year’s Sun Fun Festival.              that First Presbyterian Church         for wildfire victims who had
                                                   of Myrtle Beach has chosen the         been displaced and keeping the
                             CHAMBER ACCESS
                             Key to member benefits
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                             Chamber Access gains you entry to all your
                             member benefits – it’s the total access pass.
                             This informative orientation program is for new
                             chamber members, new employees at member
                             businesses, and longstanding members that
                             would like an update on their benefits.

                             Here’s your chance to meet chamber staff ,
                             introduce your business/organization, and
                             familiarize yourself with chamber benefits. Join  (Back Row, L to R) Bill Hayes, The Dent Mender; Bill Frontz, Excalibur Security
                             us at the March 30 gathering (See Page 3) and    and Investigations; Jason Casey, Priorpoint, LLC.
                             discover the key to getting the most out of      (Middle Row, L to R) Julie Bostian, Splash Studio; Abby Brink, WFXB Fox TV;
                             chamber membership. Register for the March       Marty Keene, Grand Strand Candyland; Mike Cooke, Palmetto Power
                             session at                   Cleaning LLC; Wade Marlowe, Wedgefield Plantation Country Club.
                                                                              (Front Row, L to R) Kathy Keene, Grand Strand Candyland; Jenafor Braley,
                             Thanks to BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Send Out Cards.
                             for providing refreshments for the reception.

                             AMBASSADORS share chamber benefits                                                                                              Ambassadors of the Month
                                                                                                                                                            Congratulations to Marty
                             The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s           Join today                                                               Keene with Grand Strand
                             ambassadors are members who volunteer their           If you are interested in becoming a chamber                              Candyland, who earned
                             time to provide a crucial link between the chamber    ambassador, visit                             Ambassador of the Month for
                             and its members. As an ambassador, you will           and click on Member Resources, Ambassador                                January. Keene is serving his
                             gain business exposure by being the first to meet      Program. Or you can contact Pat Creed,                                   first year as an ambassador.
                             chamber members and put your company’s name           membership programs manager, at (843) 916-7225
                             in the forefront. By volunteering at chamber events   or                                       Applause to Heather Pender
                             and attending the monthly ambassador meetings,                                                                                 with Merrill Lynch, who earned
                             your business is kept current on what is going on                                                                              the second highest total
                             within the chamber and community. As an added                                                                                  points for January. Pender is
                             bonus, you and your company are eligible for                                                                                   serving her second year as an
                             monthly and yearly award recognition.                                                                                          ambassador.

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‘PHILANTHROPY                                                                                 UPCOMING gsSCENE EVENTS
                                                                                              (Register at
and the Young Professional’                                                                                   March 16 ~ 8:30-10:30 a.m.
by Blakely Jenkins, membership & community programs manager, gsSCENE liaison                  Philanthropy and the Young Professional
                                                                                              presented by Jonathan Kresken, Waccamaw Community
The young professional generation (xer’s        and how you can make a difference in your      Foundation, and Cookie Sprouse, Chapin Foundation
and y’s) sometimes get a bad rap. People        community. Benefits of volunteering will be    Prestwick Country Club
say we are lazy, have a sense of entitlement    discussed and various community charities     1001 Links Rd., Myrtle Beach
and aren’t motivated easily. Well gsSCENE       will be on hand to assist you in learning
begs to differ. In fact our problem is the       how to make a difference!                      Do you want to get more involved in a local charity or

complete opposite. We have people saying,                                                     philanthropy? Then make plans to attend “Philanthropy and
“I want to do more.” For some of us it’s easy   And before you leave, the attendees will      the Young Professional.” Benefits of volunteering will be
to find the place we want to volunteer. But      get to vote, from the nonprofits there,        discussed and various community charities will be on hand.
for others, we just don’t even know where       which one will benefit from our Kickin’ for    This event is for gsSCENE members only. Continental
to start. So on March 16 gsSCENE hosts          Charity Kickball Tournament on May 8. Last    breakfast included.
“Philanthropy and the Young Professional.”      year this event raised more than $2,500 for
                                                                                                                   April 7 ~ 7:45-9 a.m.
                                                United Way of Horry County.
This event will take place at Prestwick                                                       Morning Rush ... Networking Breakfast
Country Club from 8:30-10:30 a.m.                                                             Croissants Bistro & Bakery
                                                                                              3751 Robert Grissom Pkwy., Myrtle Beach
All gsSCENE members that work for a
nonprofit have been invited to come and
                                                                                              gsSCENE realizes that it’s hard to network, especially at the
have a booth set up and a chance to talk to
                                                                                              large socials! So we created Morning Rush, a networking event
other members on what their organization                                                      limited to 20 people where you learn a whole new way of
does.                                                                                         getting to know other young professionals. The event will take
                                                                                              place at Croissants Bistro & Bakery where members can enjoy
Jonathan Kresken, Waccamaw Community                                                          breakfast complimentary of Croissants. Space is limited to
Foundation, and Cookie Sprouse, Chapin                                                        20 people and open only to gsSCENE members.
Foundation, also will discuss philanthropic
efforts along the Grand Strand. You’ll learn
how these respective foundations work

     Thanks to our generous
     gsSCENE sponsors:

Boling & Associates, Inc.
                             H OS PITALIT Y Pa r t ne r shi p
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                             LEADING BY EXAMPLE Hospitality industry focuses on sustainable practices
                             The South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance             enhance the marketability of your facility as an     Job Expo cancelled for 2010
                             is a program of the South Carolina Hospitality            environmentally friendly business.                   A recent Job Expo survey sent to Myrtle Beach Area
                             Association and the South Carolina Department of        • Earning recognition. The South Carolina Green        Hospitality Association’s members showed that more
                             Health and Environmental Control Office of Solid            Hospitality Alliance can help green hotels,          than 75 percent of members felt the Job Expo was
                             Waste Reduction and Recycling designed to help            motels and restaurants share their success           not beneficial to their business. Although more than
                             hotels, motels, restaurants and other hospitality         stories, promote their efforts to consumers and       70 percent of businesses felt they would be hiring in
                             facilities go green.                                      be recognized at an annual awards program.           2010, more than 71 percent were not planning on
                                                                                                                                            participating in the 2010 Job Expo.

                             As a member of the MBAHA you are able to               Free workshop on conservation practices
                             participate in this program. To learn more about       The S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance will be hosting a   Many members reflected on the amount of available
                             this program, visit       free regional workshop on March 15 to assist hotels,    positions for the upcoming season and the number
                                                                                    restaurants and other hospitality facilities in their   of call backs and resumes dwarfed the number of
                             The following businesses have received green           resource conservation efforts.                           estimated positions. The businesses simply had more
                             certification:                                                                                                  applicants than jobs and were not looking to the
                             California Dreaming North Myrtle Beach                 The workshop, which is region-specific, will include     2010 Job Expo to fill those needs.
                                and Surfside Beach                                  speakers highlighting various environmental
                             Carolina Roadhouse                                     efforts. A panel discussion will take place with         With that in mind, the board has decided to not host
                             Gulf Stream Cafe                                       representatives from those within the industry          a 2010 Job Expo and will reevaluate the need for
                             New York Prime                                         who will be available for questions and to give their   2011 hoping the economic issues will improve. To see
                             Embassy Suites Hotel/Kingston Plantation               reasons for going green along with the challenges       the results of the survey visit
                             Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort                             they faced and how they overcame them.
                             Why go green?                                          Booths will provide technical assistance information    What’s your soup of the day? Do you have a Blue
                              • Reducing your environmental impact. Your            and contacts for all the environmental categories       Plate Special? Are the crab cakes out of this world?
                                facility can take a leadership role in conserving   promoted within the alliance. This includes waste       Do you offer outdoor seating? Is your happy hour
                                natural resources, saving energy, reducing          reduction and recycling, energy efficiency, water         the place to be? Tell your customers why they should
                                pollution and helping to protect the state’s        efficiency, air quality and sustainable food.             dine at your restaurant. Fill out the Restaurant News
                                environment.                                                                                                form at, and we’ll post
                              • Lowering operating costs. Waste reduction,          March 15 ~ 10 a.m.-2 p.m.                               your delicious news online.
                                reuse and recycling may help your facility reduce   Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort
                                its disposal costs. Energy-saving measures save     10000 Beach Club Drive, Myrtle Beach
                                money. Water-saving equipment and practices         Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.
                                reduce costs. Some green purchasing practices       Registration Link –
                                help save money, too.                               displayemailforms.cfm?emailformnbr=
                              • Increasing competitiveness. Research shows          131846&event=297009
                                that more and more consumers are considering
                                environmental issues when making travel
                                plans and purchases. Green practices will


Ambassadors are a group of dedicated volunteers from various businesses    To learn more about becoming a chamber ambassador, visit
throughout the Grand Strand community. Their mission is to welcome and click on Member Resources/
current members and recruit new chamber members. Ambassadors serve         or contact Pat Creed, membership programs manager,
as goodwill representatives at various chamber functions and aid in the    at (843) 916-7225 or
support of members.

This month, the Grand Strander took a moment to check in with
Heather Williams, an ambassador with the chamber for 8 months,
to find out why she enjoys being an ambassador.

Q. What prompted you to volunteer as a chamber ambassador?
A. I wanted to meet people and get more involved in my community.

Q. What do you like most about being a chamber ambassador?
A. Meeting people.

Q. How has the investment of time as a chamber ambassador advanced your career or
A. It has given me the opportunity to visit and meet other local business people in my community.

Q. What is your best advice for making the most of chamber membership?
A. Get involved.

Q. Give us your 30 second elevator speech about your business.
A. Adams Outdoor – sell billboards in Pee Dee and Sumter, I-95 and 1-20.
                                                                                        Heather Williams
                                                                               Adams Outdoor Advertising
                                                                                  Account Executive - Sales
                                                                                How long have you been an
                                                                                    ambassador? 8 months

                             BE A STAR
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                             M.O.M.S. Kitchen & Bathroom Re-facing
                             Marc Haines, Odell Logan and Mike Fleming
                             Owners and Operators
                             1406 Commerce Place
                             Myrtle Beach, SC 29577-6550
                             (843) 445-9080
                             Chamber Member Since: November 2008

                             Q: Tell us a little bit about yourselves.
                             A: All three owners have lived in the Myrtle Beach area most of our lives. Mike
                             was born in Conway, Odell was born in Georgetown, and Marc came to the
                             area in 1972; where his father was stationed at the Myrtle Beach Air Force
                             Base. We all worked for another company for a few years; in the summer of
                             2003 we decided to start our own company. We opened on Nov. 3, 2003. Our
                             first job was 72 units at the Yachtsman Resort, thanks to Tom Gardner.

                             Q: Tell us about M.O.M.S. Kitchen & Bathroom Re-facing.
                             A: We are a company, L.L.C. that has three owners and no employees.
                             M.O.M.S. Kitchens & Baths is a refacing or remodeling company. We use
                             many varieties of laminate on cabinet faces and on countertops. We install
                             new kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities as well as replace cabinet doors
                             and drawer fronts. We build kiosks for malls, front desk for motels and
                             brochure racks. M.O.M.S. takes on big and small jobs … no job is too big or

                             Q: How do people find out about M.O.M.S.?
                             A: We received the majority of our business from word of mouth. We are
                             members of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, you can find us in
                             the business directory or call (843) 902-3927 for more information.

                             Q: What’s a typical day like?
                             A: We meet at our shop each morning that is located on Seaboard Street.            Before (top) and aer (bottom) M.O.M.S. stepped in to reface this
                             Prepare for the days job(s) and go over the schedule for the week. We also do      kitchen.
                             quotes for free.

                             Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
                             A: We enjoy the satisfaction of doing the job right the first time. Plus the look                                         M.O.M.S. See Page 21
                             on the customers face(s) when we finish. We guaranteed to be done to your
                             satisfaction. To be able to repair or fix and job that others could not do.
M.O.M.S. Continued From Page 20

Q: Any new products?
A: Laminate that looks like Coranite but cost way less; laminate that has a 3D
look of wet/dry; and bevel edge made of Corian and Laminate.

Q: Talk some about the Myrtle Beach area and remodeling industry.
A: Myrtle Beach has old and new homes, motels, condos, stores – so we have
the best of both. With the old, we can reface or remodel to save customers
money. With the new, we can order new cabinets and tops and install both.
We also are involved in new construction of homes, motels and condos.

Myrtle Beach is a great place to live and work. We have beaches, great
weather and entertainment. Plus, Myrtle Beach will always be a growing

market with the help of the chamber.

Q: What is your best marketing tip?
1. Word of mouth
2. In home mailers

Q: What personal leadership strategy do you employ that has helped your
company grow in today’s competitive business environment?
A: We run our business like a winning team.

Q: Talk briefly about a business goal for 2010.
A: Our goal for 2010 is to rebound from the recession and expand into the
North Carolina area.

Q: How do you measure success?
A: We measure success, by how happy our customers are with our work. And
can we keep supporting our families and expanding our business into the next
five years.

Q: Please complete this statement … Why I joined the chamber …
                                                                                 Before (top) and aer (bottom) photos of
A: We joined the chamber for all the benefits they supply and the fine work
                                                                                 M.O.M.S. professional work.
they do for the area. The chamber is very important to the success of any


                             ANNIVERSARIES IN MARCH
                             30 Years                                          Legends In Concert                                 First Federal - Murrells Inlet
                             Manpower                                          14 Years                                           7 Years
                             28 Years                                          Innovative Hiring Technology (IHT)/                Carolina Center for Cosmetic & Restorative
                             Waterway Hills Golf Club                             Grand Strand, Inc.                              Dentistry
                             27 Years                                          Party Maker, Inc. - Myrtle Beach                   South Carolina Bank and Trust, NA
                             Ocean Creek Resort                                Stanton Media Group                                Strand Storage Center - Little River

                             26 Years                                          13 Years                                           United Chiropractic
                             Covenant Towers                                   Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. -           6 Years
                             25 Years                                             Murrells Inlet                                  Classic Home Building & Design, Inc.
                             Law Offices of N. David DuRant & Associates, PA     Joe's Crab Shack Holding's - North Myrtle Beach    Discover Chiropractic
                             24 Years                                                       Eagle Crest
                             The Carolina Opry                                 12 Years                                           Thomas J. Rogers, Sr.
                             Flamingo Grill                                    American Hospitality Academy                       Verizon Wireless
                             23 Years                                          BB&T - 76th Ave.                                   5 Years
                             AAA Vacations                                     Hearn, Brittain & Martin                           Creative Consultants Group, Inc.
                             Hazen Company, Inc.                               Surfwater Promotions                               Inlet Affairs Banquet & Catering
                             22 Years                                          Drake H. Tilley, Sr.                               Jafra Cosmetics - Vicki Jacobs
                             Dunes Village Resort                              11 Years                                           SendOutCards - Sue White
                             Jeffcoat Law Firm, LLC - Myrtle Beach              Croissants Bistro & Bakery                         Tilghman Insurance of Myrtle Beach
                             Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club            Frank & Son, Inc.-Hospitality Furniture,           Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission
                             20 Years                                             Furnishings, Refinishings                        Young Photography, Inc.
                             First Citizens Bank - Myrtle Beach                Great American Steak & Buffet Co.                   3 Years
                             LITUS* Properties                                 InterDyn- Artis                                    Black Bear Golf Club
                             Schooner II Beach & Racquet Club                  Murrells Inlet 2020, Inc.                          Burning Ridge Golf Club
                             19 Years                                          10 Years                                           Caribbean Resort Condominiums
                             Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction   Conway National Bank - Murrells Inlet              Emerald Lakes
                             Intracoastal Outreach/Grand Strand Ministries     First Church of Christ, Scientist                  Founders Club at Pawleys Island
                             17 Years                                          The Printing Port - NMB                            IMAX 3D Theatre at Broadway at the Beach
                             Mercy Hospice and Palliative Care                 Sparks Toyota                                      Indian Wells Golf Club
                             Peoples Underwriters, Inc. - Conway               Wells Fargo Home Mortgage                          Long Bay Resort Condominiums
                             Talotta Contract Interiors/Office Furniture USA     9 Years                                            Collectible Gi Store - Nostalgia City & Museum -
                             16 Years                                          Grassie Granite & Marble                              1907 S. Kings Hwy.
                             Grand Strand Nissan, Inc.                         Horry County State Bank - 4600 Hwy. 17 S. Bypass   Ocean Reef Resort Condominiums
                             15 Years                                          8 Years                                            Pronto Press Co.
                             Classic Swing Golf School, Inc.                   Atlantic Heating & Cooling                         Prudential Burroughs & Chapin Realty, Inc.
                             Grand Strand Optimist Club                        Baldwin Construction Co.                              South Strand Office
                                                                                                                                              ANNIVERSARIES, See Page 23
ANNIVERSARIES, Continued From Page 22

3 Years, Continued
Whales Nautical Gis - 1911 S. Kings Hwy., MB
Whales Nautical Gis - 1600 N. Kings Hwy., MB
Whales Nautical Gis - 2003 N. Kings Hwy., MB
Whales Nautical Gis - 3209 Hwy. 17 S., NMB
2 Years
D.R. Horton
Direct Buy of Myrtle Beach
Extra Holidays by Wyndham
Michael's Pizza Pasta & Grill
Plantation Storage at Carolina Forest
Seaboard Signs & Engraving

Southland Woodworks, Inc.
Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney, PA
Waccamaw Bank - 5429 Dick Pond Rd.
1 Year
Carolina Film Group
Carolina Linen, LLC
Creative Internet Solutions
Diamond Beachside A Taxi
Dinners Waiting, LLC
Econo Cleaning
Inlet Dental Center, Inc.
The Lowcountry Food Bank
Myrtle Beach Republican Women
Piedmont Companies, Inc.

                             RIBBONCUTTING CEREMONY
                             Your Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce conducts ribbon-cutting
                                                                                                             Ribbon-cutting announcements are included in the Grand Strander,
                             ceremonies as a value-added benefit included in your membership                  which is mailed to our 2,000 plus members, and photos appear in the
                             investment. We bring the camera, oversized scissors and, of course,             online edition of the popular newsletter. The chamber’s ambassadors
                             the ribbon.                                                                     attend ribbon-cutting ceremonies on behalf of the members. Having
                                                                                                             ambassadors at the ceremony provides an excellent networking and
                             A grand opening, an expansion, an anniversary or a move to a new facility       publicity opportunity.
                             is made more special with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Plus, it’s a great
                             way to introduce your business to the community and fellow chamber              Kickoff a grand opening of your business by contacting
                             members. If you’re a home-based business, give us a call and we’ll hold a       Pat Creed, membership programs manager, at (843) 916-7225 or
                             special ceremony here at the chamber just for you. Your event can be as         by e-mail at
                             simple, informal, extravagant or ceremonious as you want it to be. It's your

                             event and should reflect your company's values and personality.

                                                                                                      South Atlantic Bank
                                                                                                      630 29th Ave. N.
                                                                                                      Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
                                                                                                      (843) 839-0100

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Date       Time              Event                                                                  Learn More
Mar 3      8:30 a.m.         South Strand Council                                                   Faye Creel, 916-7286             Kori Hippe
                                                                                                                                     Member Communications Manager
Mar 9      8 a.m.            Myrtle Beach Ambassadors                                               Pat Creed, 916-7225    
Mar 9      9 a.m.            Small Business Council                                                 Shannon Haswell, 916-7240
                                                                                                                                     Diana Greene
Mar 10     8 a.m.            South Strand Ambassadors                                               Pat Creed, 916-7225              Executive Vice President
                             LGS Alumni Association Educational Series: Creating Lasting Change –                                    Membership Programs & Services
Mar 10     11 a.m.-1 p.m.                                                                 
                             How to Initiate and Sustain Cycles of Success in any Area of Life                                       Grand Strander Issue 681 March 2010 (ISSN
Mar 11     4:15-7 p.m.       Business Aer Hours: Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront                124-490) is published 12 times a year by
                                                                                                                                     Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce,
Mar 16     8:30-10:30 a.m. gsSCENE: Philanthropy and the Young Professional                                     1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
Mar 16     9-11 a.m.         Chamber Academy: Managing Your Customer Service Delivery                    Periodical postage paid at Myrtle Beach, SC
                                                                                                                                     29577. POSTMASTER: Send address changes

Mar 16     10 a.m.-1 p.m.    Canadian-American Days Kickoff Celebration Expo               
                                                                                                                                     to Membership Division, Myrtle Beach Area
Mar 16     2:30 p.m.         Finance Review Committee                                               Shirley Landry, 916-7203         Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 2115,
Mar 16     3:30 p.m.         Board of Directors                                                     Kathy Richardson, 916-7219       Myrtle Beach, SC 29578-2115
Mar 17     3:30 p.m.         MBAHA/Hospitality Partnership Membership Meeting                             Business Bulletin
Mar 23     9-11 a.m.         Chamber Academy: Local Business Marketing on the Internet                   Send updates by the 5th of each
                                                                                                                                     month for Business Bulletin to
Mar 24     8:30 a.m.         Behind at the Scenes: WMBF News                              ,
Mar 25     7-9 a.m.          Business Before Hours: Kiss Coffeehouse                              fax – (843) 626-0009.
Mar 26     9 a.m.            Legislative Policy Council                                             Kathy Richardson, 916-7219       Check us out on the Web
Mar 27     6-10 p.m.         Incredible Customer Experience Awards                                 For more information about member
Mar 30     3 p.m.            Chamber Access – Member Orientation                                 benefits, upcoming events and
                                                                                                                                     business updates, visit us online at
                             Chamber Academy: Secret Shopping to Improve Your                                              
Apr 6      9-11 a.m.                                                                      
                             Customer Service Delivery
                                                                                                                                     Advertising Inquiries
Apr 7      7:45-9 a.m.       gsSCENE: Morning Rush ... Networking Breakfast               
                                                                                                                                     Reach more than 2,000 business
Apr 7      8:30 a.m.         South Strand Council                                                   Faye Creel, 916-7286             leaders by advertising in the
Apr 8      7:30-9:15 a.m.    Connections Marketplace                                             Grand Strander.
Apr 8      4:30-7 p.m.       Business Aer Hours: Medieval Times                                 Scott Head, advertising sales manager
                                                                                                                                     (843) 916-7277 or
Apr 13     8 a.m.            Myrtle Beach Ambassadors                                               Pat Creed, 916-7225    
Apr 14     8 a.m.            South Strand Ambassadors                                               Pat Creed, 916-7225              Member Services
Apr 20     2:30 p.m.         Finance Review Committee                                               Shirley Landry, 916-7203         Area Code: (843)
Apr 20     3:30 p.m.         Board of Directors                                                     Kathy Richardson, 916-7219       General Information: 626-7444
Apr 21     11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Hospitality Day at the Statehouse                                            Membership Sales: 916-7220 or 7234
                                                                                                                                     Advertising Sales: 916-7277
Apr 22     5-7 p.m.          Business Aer Hours: Seafare Restaurant                             Public Relations: 916-7218
Apr 27     3 p.m.            Chamber Access – Member Orientation                                 Marketing: 916-7262
Apr 28     3-8 p.m.          Business & Restaurant Expo                                          Research: 916-7217
                                                                                                                                     Festivals & Events: 916-7276
Apr 30     9 a.m.            Legislative Policy Council                                             Kathy Richardson, 916-7219       Executive: 916-7296
    *Register for chamber events at For Chamber Academy classes, register at         CVB-Group Sales: 916-7260
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For gsSCENE events, register at For the most current meeting/event dates and times, go to   Leadership Grand Strand: 916-7222
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                             GOING GREEN together                                                                                                                      PERIODICALS
                             Office Depot is a committed partner to our community, Myrtle Beach Area                                                                      U.S. Postage
                             Chamber of Commerce member businesses and our environment. Why                                                                                PAID
                                                                                                                                                                    Myrtle Beach, SC 
                             choose Office Depot as your environmental supporter?                              POSTMASTER: Send address changes to                        USPS -
                                                                                                             Membership Division
                                                                                                             Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce,
                              • Office Depot has offered recycled products since 2002. As of today they         P.O. Box 2115, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578-2115
                                offer 6,500+ products with environmental attributes.
                              • In 2008, Office Depot launched the industry’s first dedicated private
                                brand of environmentally preferred office products
                              • Office Deport offers a cartridge recycle program – ask your local store
                                or visit
                              • Office Depot sells remanufactured ink/toner cartridges for HP,
                                Lexmark, Brother and DELL

                              • Office Depot provides a catalog with nearly 2,200 green products and
                                a Web site that allows you to access all 6,500+ of their products with
                                environmental attributes (light green to dark green items).

                              Examples of chamber member savings         item #    member       retail
                              on green items                                        price       price
                              30% Office Depot Recycled Paper              940-650   $36.70      $40.99
                              Office Depot Green Jr. Writing Pads          480-710    $5.21        $5.79
                              Green Heavy Duty Hanging Folder Ltr.       810-929    $5.36       $9.99
                              Zebra ECO Jimnie Retractable               528-336   $14.39      $15.99
                              Ballpoint Pen
                              Avery Clear Label Dividers w/ Color Tabs   161-361   $22.49      $24.99

                              Savings over the manufacturer’s brand      item #    Remanu-
                                                                                               original                                           PASS GS along!
                                                                                              equipment                                           o Administration
                                                                                                                                                  o General Manager
                              Office Depot Remanufactured for              587-114   $29.99       $34.99
                              HP 15 cartridge                                                                                                     o Human Resources
                              Office Depot Remanufactured for              217-192   $50.99       $59.99                                            o Marketing
                              Brother TN-430 Toner                                                                                                o President
                             For more product information, shop                                                                                   o Sales
                             online (with your login specifically                                                                                  Share GS with …
                             for the chamber program) or in store with your (registered purchasing card)
                             to receive the member pricing. To enroll, contact your local Office Depot                                              o________________________
                             representative, Curtis Richardson, at (888) 213-8948, ext. 5499.                                                     o________________________

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