October Chamber Chat by lpillman


									October 2011
Volume 16, Issue 7
This Month’s Events                                                                             VEDRA
Wednesday, October 5, 5:30
PM ~ Grand Opening, BB& T,
625 A1A North ~ Free for
members & first time guests
Wednesday, October 12,
7:30 AM ~ Chamber
Before Hours, Elizabeth’s Café
located in Sawgrass Village ~
Sponsored by Marks Gray,
P.A. ~ NEW PRICING! $7.50
for members & $10 for guests
Wednesday, October 26 ,
                                 Small Business of the Year Awards
5:30 PM ~ Chamber After          It is again time to nominate your   forms will account for the rest of
Hours, Urban Flats, 330 A1A      business or one of your fellow      the evaluation in the following
North, Suite 208 ~ $15 for       Chamber members for Small           manner:
members & guests in ad-          Business of the Year (SBoY).        History & Philosophy, 10 points
vance, $20 at the door. To       Nominations will be accepted
                                 via mail, email or fax through 5    ~ Demonstrate that you are an
reserve your ticket, call 285-                                       established business. Give a
2004.                            pm, Friday, October 14.             brief history of your company,
                                 Nominee’s information forms         the mission of your business and
                                 are due in by Friday, October       your business philosophy.
                                 28, so that the nominees can be     Attach appropriate company
                                 included in the November
                                 Chamber Chat which will go          literature in the addendum.
                                 online Tuesday, November 1, as      Management ,10 points ~
                                 well as in the Ponte Vedra          Discuss techniques you have
                                 Recorder on Friday, November        used in managing your                Dr. Darryl Hill of Ponte Vedra
                                 4.                                  business. What are your long-
                                                                     term goals for the next three        Animal Hospital, our 2011 SBoY
                                 On Monday, November 11,             years? How do you conduct
                                 beginning at 1 pm the finalists                                          winner.
                                 will be interviewed by the SBoY     your business planning?
                                 committee: Felicia Cox, Vincent                                          reasons for this growth and
                                                                     Growth, 10 points ~                  demonstrate your role in the
 CHECK US OUT ON:                Grassia, Dr. Erika Hamer, Julie     Demonstrate the growth of
                                 Davidson and Ginger Lilley          your company. Categories             growth.
 http://www.facebook.com/        Peace. This interview will          could include the number of          Innovativeness and Response
 pontevedrachamber               account for 50 % of their           employees, increased sales or
                                 evaluation or a total of 50         unit volume or additional            Continued on Page 2 —
                                 points. Their written information   locations. Please state the          Application on Page 3
                                 Golf Tournament to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project
 Inside this edition:                                     Our 2012 Chamber Golf                     Sonoma State University in Northern
                                                          Tournament will be held Monday,           California. Dan then went to work
Ambassadors              8                                February 20, President’s Day, at          for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, but was
Chamber Clips            9                                Palencia and a portion of our             called up and deployed to Iraq in
Chamber Contacts         2                                proceeds will benefit Wounded             early 2004.
                                                          Warrior Project (WWP). Dan Nevins,        Nine months later he was hit by a
Events                   4
                                                          former community outreach                 improvised explosive devise and
Event Photos             6,7                              manager for the PGA Tour and now          suffered a traumatic brain injury plus
New Memberships          4                                Director of Warriors Speak for WWP        his left leg was amputated below the
President’s Message      2                                will be our Honorary Chair.               knee and his right leg severely
Sawgrass Wine Festival 5
                                                          Dan began his military career out of      damaged. After months of surgery
                                                          high school and served eight years.       and rehab, Dan was medically
SBoY Application         3
                                                          After his enlistment was up, he           retired and relocated to Jacksonville
SBDC Tip                 8                                joined the California Amy National        with his family. Here he went to
                                                          Guard while earning a BS from             Continued on Page 2
Chamber Chat                                             Volume 16, Issue 7
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                       President’s Message
                                                                                                                       50 A1A North, Suite 102
                                                                                                                       Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Dear All,                              is designed to be interactive — it is   Use the link as a way to                904-285-2004
                                       most effective when you do not                                                  info@pontevedrachamber.org
Let’s face it. If your business is not                                         highlight your own expertise            Board of Directors:
                                       just use it as a broadcast medium       and opinions and to (subtly)
into social networking, you are                                                                                        Christine Adams ~ Rogers Tower,
                                       for one-to-many messages, but                                                   P.A. ~ 473-1400
just not “in it to win it.”                                                    help promote yourself.
                                       also truly interact with your                                                   Darby Brower ~ Brower Financial
Relationship marketing has                                                     9: Dress it up with multimedia
                                       contacts.                                                                       Group ~ 280-1669
always been the best vehicle for                                               Sometimes, words just are not
small business marketing, but          7: Strike a balance                     enough — and often they do not          Felicia Cox ~ Florida Bank ~ 543-
                                       The content of your posts counts.                                               7055
work of moth has given way to                                                  stick in a person’s mind nearly as
                                                                                                                       Vincent Grassia ~ The Ponte Vedra
net speak. Facebook, twitter, etc. While you should not get too                long, nor as positively, as visual      Recorder ~ 285-8831
whether you love them or hate          personal, you should not be too         images do. Today’s social
                                       business-like, either. That is, your                                            Dr. Erika Hamer ~ Ponte Vedra
them does not matter—they are                                                  networking services make it easy        Wellness Center ~ 273-2691
how we communicate now. So             contacts do not want to just see        to dress up your posts with more        Craig Hamilton ~ Pineapple Post ~
here are a few more tips for           post after post about the product       than just text, and those features      249-7477
mastering the beast!                   or service you provide, until it        aren’t just for sharing pictures of     Frances King ~ King & Associates
                                       seems that it’s just spam. They will    your pets and your family               Insurance Agency ~ 273-9839
5: Do not flood the market             unfollow or “hide” you pretty                                                   Dan Monk ~ Pusser’s Bar & Grille ~
Posting regularly is important, but quickly if that happens. Let your          vacation.
                                                                               10: Use paid advertising wisely-        280-7766
it is just as important not to         business associates get to know                                                 Marshall Reddy ~ FranNet Principal
over-post. If you use an                                                       Many of the social networking
                                       you a little — the professional you,                                            Florida ~ 280-1949
aggregator app that makes                                                      sites, such as Facebook, support        Jared Rice ~ THE PLAYERS
                                       that is. Post occasionally about        themselves by taking paid
posting easy, you might be             your activities that are relevant to                                            Championship ~ 273-3453
tempted to fire it up in the am                                                advertising. You can buy an ad;         Staff:
                                       your business. . Even though            the advantage of this is that it will
and send out five or 10 posts all                                                                                      Ginger Lilley Peace ~ Chamber &
                                       these do not directly promote           appear on the pages of people           Visitor Center Executive Director
at once on all your networks. It is your business, they provide a
                                                                               you do not know. It is a way to         Julie Davidson ~ Sales & Service
much better to space them out          glimpse of you as a person,             introduce yourself and your             Manager
throughout the day, so that your without getting overly personal.                                                      Penny Dickhens ~ Chamber
followers and friends do not get                                               business to strangers without
                                       People like to do business with         sending them friend requests            Tourism Coordinator
overwhelmed or lose interest in        people they know.                                                               Dan Worrell ~ Accountant
what you have to say after seeing 8: Do not just link                          (which many will ignore and
                                                                                                                       Bryan Goode III ~ Counsel of
several posts in a row from you.                                               consider rude coming from
                                       Some people use their social            people they do not know). The
6: It is not all about you             networking sites to post links —                                                WWP continued
Maybe you think that since you                                                 key here is to make the ad              to work for the PGA Tour in 2007.
                                       lots and lots of links. When those      interesting and intriguing
are promoting yourself (or your                                                                                        A year later, a severe infection led
                                       links are relevant to your business,    enough to draw them to your
business), all you need to do is                                                                                       the amputation of his right leg
                                       that is great, but it is not enough.    own site. Otherwise, it will be         below the knee. In 2008, Dan was
post about what you are doing. I Think of how you feel when you
see people who put out post                                                    ignored, as most online                 awarded the George C. Land
                                       go to a Web site that is nothing        advertising is.                         Award for Courage, the highest
after post about themselves but        but links to other Web sites. Do        Hope this helps you get started.        award given by Wounded Warrior
never seem to participate in the       you see that site as a real                                                     Project. Although also a highly
discussions or otherwise indicate resource or just as a way station            See you on the net.
                                                                                                                       decorated soldier, this award
that they are also reading their       for getting to the real resources?                                              remains his most significant honor
friends’ posts. Social networking                                                         Felicia                      and he credits WWP with his
                                                                                                                       successful rehabilitation, positive
SBoY continued                        other business, volunteer                11:30 am at a location to be            attitude, “can do” spirit and his
to Adversity and Competition 10       activities, government lobbying,         determined. The Small Business          passion for helping his fellow
points ~ Show how your                etc. List your involvement in            of the Year will be recognized in       warriors.
business has been innovative in       professional and trade                   the Chamber Chat, in Constant           Dan joined the WWP in 2009 and
its business approach. Describe       organizations including the Ponte        Contact, on our website and in          is now the Director of Warrior
problems and how you                  Vedra Beach Chamber of                   the Ponte Vedra Recorder. The           Speak, a prestigious group of
overcame them. How have you           Commerce.                                winner will display the Small           wounded warriors and caregiver s
responded to your competition?        The award will be given away at          Business of the Year banner in          who have been selected to share
Leadership and Community              our 2011 Small Business of the           their office for one year.              their inspirational stories with the
Contribution 10 points ~ Outline      Year Award Ceremony and                                                          public. Please save the date to join
your contribution to the              Luncheon to be held on                                                           us and meet Dan — February 20,
community through assistance to       Wednesday, November 14, at                                                       2012.

Dear Chamber Member:

We encourage each of you to nominate any of your fellow Chamber members for our first ever Small Busi-
ness of the Year Award. This award will be given away at our 2011 Small Business of the Year Award Cere-
mony and Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, November 14.

       The following criteria must be met for nomination:

       1.     Business: Nominees must be of Retail, Service, or Professional sector.
       2.     Small Business: Nominee’s business must have 25 or fewer employees
       3.     Chamber Membership: Business must be a member in good standing of the Ponte Vedra
              Beach Chamber of Commerce.
       4.     Business Image: The business must project a positive image from the standpoint of its physical
              appearance. The management, tools and materials utilized to conduct the business shall rep-
              resent quality, and the business dealings and reputation must be above reproach.
       5.      Innovativeness of Product or Service Offered: Evidence of creativity and              imagi-
nation in providing management of the business should be available.
       6.      Contribution to the Community: The nominee must have donated resources (time, talent,
               money, etc.) to the community via projects, clubs, etc.

The Small Business of the Year will be recognized at in our Chamber Chat, in Constant Contact, on our
website and in our local newspaper, The Ponte Vedra Recorder.

To place your nomination, simply write the name of the business below and include their address, phone
number and a contact person. This information will allow us to facilitate the nomination process from
there. Return your nomination by mail, fax, or email Friday, October 14, at 5pm to:

Ponte Vedra Beach Chamber of Commerce
50 A1A North, Ste. 102
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Fax: 904-285-8488
Email: info@pontevedrachamber.org
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Grand Opening ~ BB&T
                                Grand Opening                      BB&T Corporation, headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., is among
                                                                   the nation's top financial-holding companies with $159 billion in assets
                                                                   and market capitalization of $18.7 billion, as of June 30, 2011. Its bank
                             Wednesday, October 5,                 subsidiaries operate approximately 1,800 financial centers in the
                                                                   Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee,
                                    5:30 PM                        Maryland, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Texas and Washington,
                                                                   D.C. BB&T's operating strategy distinguishes it from other financial
                 BB&T ~ 625 A1A North                              holding companies. BB&T's banking subsidiaries are organized as a
                                                                   group of community banks, each with a regional president, which
                                                                   allows decisions to be made locally, close to the client. This also makes
                 Members & Guests Free                             BB&T's client service more responsive, reliable and empathetic.

Chamber Before Hours ~ Marks Gray, P.A.
                                Chamber Before Hours               Marks Gray has solid roots in Jacksonville, in Florida and in the
                                                                   Southeast, and they have a long history of serving their client’s diverse
                               Wednesday, October 12,              business needs, along with their long-standing civil litigation practice.
                                                                   Founded in 1899 by Richard Marks, they are proud to be in our
                                          7:30 AM                  second century of service to our clients and community. Their peers
                                                                   have bestowed upon them an "AV" rating, the highest Martindale-
          Elizabeth’s Café, Sawgrass Village
                                                                   Hubbell rating available. Judges, lawyers, and community leaders
            Sponsored by Marks Gray, P.A.                          know that the Marks Gray name stands for integrity, quality and
                                                                   responsiveness. Judges and opposing counsel trust their word. As a
 NEW PRICING: $7.50 for Members & $10 for Guests                   result, they are often able to achieve with a telephone call what others
               Includes Breakfast!                                 require formal and expensive pleadings to accomplish.

Chamber After Hours ~ Urban Flats
                         Wednesday, October 26,         Urban Flats is the place to be every week for Wine
                                5:30 PM                 Down Wednesday® Their charming wine bar is the
                                                        perfect place to unwind after a long work day. Join
                               Urban Flats,             us for Wine Down Wednesday® and expand your
                         330 A1A North, Suite 208       global wine horizon as we sample flavors from the
                                                        world’s finest wine regions (along with delicious
                   $15 for members & guests in advance,
                                                        flatbread and appetizers). What a great way to
                             $20 at the door!           celebrate the middle of the week!

New Members
AIT Environmental Technology      Cindy Rene Bishop                Mid-
                                                                   Mid-Fla Heating & Air                Regus
John Machnic                      73 DeWees Avenue                 Milena Lyons                         Jessica Waugerman
830-13 A1A North, #306            Atlantic Beach, FL 32233         5315 A1A South                       822 A1A North, Suite 310
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082       904-246-0075
                                  904-246-                         St. Augustine, FL 32080              Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
904-553-6202                      crbishop2@gmail.com              904-794-
                                                                   904-794-9494                         904-415-8172
904-395-9032                                                       386-462-9283
                                                                   386-462-                             904-642-
jmachnic@aitenvirotech.com                                         Milena@mid-fla.com
                                                                   Milena@mid-                          Jessica.waugerman@regus.com
www.aitenvirotech.com                                              www.mid-fla.com
                                                                   www.mid-                             www.regus.com
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Chamber Before Hours ~ Mid-Fla Heating & Air

Milena Lyons of Mid Fla Heating & Air   Bob Baer of Robert Baer Publishing introduces himself to    Milena Lyons speaks about her
with Felicia Cox of Florida Bank,       the group as Chamber Executive Director, Ginger Lilley      company and their expansion into St.
Chamber President.                      Peace, looks on.                                            Johns County.

Grand Opening ~ Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Vieng Khan vonsay-Ivanov, Vida          Faith, Vieng and Vida cut the ribbon opening their new                                  Vonsay-
                                                                                                   Justine Erwin and Vieng Khan Vonsay-
Vongsay–Drury with Faith Harvey,
Vongsay–                                business with Felicia Cox and Ginger Lilley Peace.         Ivanov give a dance demonastation.
owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

Sawgrass Wine Festival ~ Thursday Dinner

Master Sommelier John Blazon along Ginger Lilley Peace, John Blazon along with Dinner            Chris Peaces discusses the wine choice with
with April Hart & Christin McMannus. Chairman, Chris Hoffman.                                    Felicia Cox.
Chamber Chat                                         Volume 16, Issue 7                                Page 7

Sawgrass Wine Festival ~ Friday Seminars

Brian Dvorat, National Sales Manager Morgan Hartman, Vine           Tom Johnson’s Spanish Wine          April Biller ready for the vodka
of Scott’s Selections, offers $350   Connections, introduces sake   Seminar was full and had to turn    tasting presented by Ketel One’s
bottles of scotch to taste.          the premier beverage of Japan. some away!                          Dianna Greee.

Sawgrass Wine Festival ~ Saturday & Sunday Tastings
Chamber Chat                                         Volume 16, Issue 7
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                            Thanks to Our
                                                                                    Chairman Lindsey Godfrey ~ Ponte Vedra Beach Realty      285-
                             September                                              Bob Baer ~ Robert Baer Co.                               386-1484
                            Ambassadors                                             April Biller ~ Hampton Inn                               373-3111
                                                                                    Brian Crooke ~ BB & T                                    280-9390
                                                                                    Jennifer Foreman ~ SunTrust Bank                         332-8838

 Bob Baer                                 Russ Martin                               Russ Martin ~ Shorelines
                                                                                    Ed Mercel ~ Queen's Harbour Real Estate Co.

 April Biller                             Ed Mercel                                 Debbie Michala ~ Processing Solutions                    273-2246
                                                                                    Kristin Pirris ~ Pirris Insurance & Financial Services   997—3051

 Brian Crooke                             Debbie Michala                            Heather Senterfitt ~ First Coast Focus                   610-3074
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                     Small Business Tip~Cathy Hagan, SBDC at UNF

By paying attention to external Political,        weaknesses of the organization.               downside of a strength. The best scenario is
Economic, Sociocultural, and Technological                                                      when internal strength meets external
                                                  Scanning the environment can be as simple as
factors (PEST), entrepreneurs can use the                                                       opportunity. The worst is when weakness
                                                  keeping up with industry trends through
results to develop a game plan using their                                                      meets threat. But what if a weakness meets
                                                  industry associations, conducting a regular
company’s own unique Strengths,                                                                 an opportunity? It might be worth your time
                                                  internet search, or “mystery shopping”
Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats                                                          and effort to turn that weakness into a
                                                  competition. Does the rapid growth in the
(SWOT). PEST factors are often out of                                                           strength or at least do as much as you can to
                                                  Hispanic population present any opportunities
management’s control, but that is not a good                                                    overcome it. And when strength meets
                                                  or threats? What role will changes in online
excuse for ignoring them. By identifying                                                        threat, you may be strong enough to fight the
                                                  buying have? Is there an advantage in “going
trends in these areas, the business leader can                                                  threat head-on.
                                                  green”? And what about the economy,
evaluate how his or her business can
                                                  healthcare reform, etc.?
capitalize on a new business opportunity or
combat a possible threat. From here, a SWOT       A strength is anything that gives your
analysis relates the external opportunities and   company a competitive advantage. A
threats to the internal strengths and             weakness can be the absence of or the
Chamber Chat                                      Volume 16, Issue 7
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Chamber Clips
                        Dagher Printing has been providing superior service                          Employees of 5th/3rd are
                        to our customers in Jacksonville including the                               individually committing to the
                        Beaches and Ponte Vedra for over 25 years. We are a                          Annual Contribution to the
                        family owned and operated business, we care for our
                        customers, with a focus on affordability and a special                       United Way Campaign. PVB
                        attention to detail. We are excited to announce our                          Personal Banker ~ Linda
new website! This one stop shop helps small businesses that are budget                               Birdwell is leading the
conscious create their own flyers, cards and brochures with over 400                                 involvement for all of North
design templates and the ability to mail from one easy location.                                     Florida 5th/3rd employees.
                                                                                 She has engaged all in various contests, in
Dear Members,                                                                    volunteering of their time and providing
Since October is Breast Cancer Month. you can go                                 different levels of awards for each employee
on my website and order jewelry and 20% of their                                 that have committed to the Campaign! A
order will go to Susan G. Komen. This will be open                               special thanks to the local companies who
from October 1st - 15th.                                                         donated their products and services.
Sterling Wishes,
Your Silpada Designs Representative                                                           GTM RESEARCH RESERVE
Lori Parham, Senior Rep.                                                                    BROWN BAG LUNCH LECTURE
Res: 904.220.4556                                                                The GTM Research Reserve will host its October brown
Cell: 904.655.8953                                                               bag lunch lecture at noon on Friday, October 7th, at the
View the catalog at:                                                             GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center.
www.mysilpada.com/lori.parham                                                    (EEC) Bring your lunch and join GTM Environmental
                                                                                 Educator Lauren Flynn and Nease High School students as
Dr. Eye, CEO and CMO of Cenegenics Medical Institute                             they partner to share some of the latest information
                                                                                 regarding marine debris. Participants will hear about
Jacksonville, has been asked to join the faculty of the                          findings from the recent International Coastal Cleanup
internationally recognized Age Management Medical Group. Age                     conference and local data from the Nease International
Management Medicine is a proactive, preventative approach to                     Baccalaureate Program Beach Cleanup conducted in
medicine focused on preservation of optimum human function                       March each year. Participants will gain an understanding
and quality of life making every effort to modulate the process                  of the purpose, importance and scope of the International
of aging prior to the onset of degenerative aging. At the Bi-                    Coastal Cleanup and data collected. Participants will also
Annual conference, held in Las Vegas this November, Dr. Eye                      learn ways to help lessen the impact of debris and
                                                                                 upcoming cleanup events in which they can
will be presenting cutting-edge research to physicians on the
                                                                                 participate. There is no cost to attend the lecture. The EEC
topic of: Why Humans Age, with a specific focus on                               is located at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach.
regenerating our telomeres to extend our life spans.                             For reservations please call 904-823-4500.

              McCorvey joins IronStone Bank, a division of First                 Increasing Demand for Flexible Workplaces Fuels
              Citizens Bank                                                                  Regus’ Growth in Florida
              Michelle McCorvey is the new North Florida Area Executive          Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible
              for IronStone Bank, a division of First Citizens Bank. She         workplaces, is scheduled to open its newest full
              assumes overall management responsibilities for the bank’s         service business center in Ponte Vedra at 822 N. A1A
              Duval and St. Johns county operations, including                   on December 12, 2011. Regus operates more than
              commercial, business and retail banking efforts. McCorvey          1,100 business centers across 500 cities in 90
has more than 18 years of experience serving the market’s financial              countries. Products and services range from fully
needs. Her new position represents a homecoming for her. Earlier in her          equipped offices to professional meeting rooms,
career, she spent eight years at IronStone as a commercial banker and            business lounges and the world’s largest network of
                                                                                 video communication studios. Regus enables people
construction lending manager. She most recently served as a loss-share
                                                                                 to work their way, whether it is from home, on the
manager and Jacksonville city president for another bank. First Citizens         road or from an office. Customers such as Google,
Bank has received several national awards for strength and safety. Its I         GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join hundreds of
ronStone Bank division will take the First Citizens name in early October        thousands of growing small and medium businesses
and draw on the strength of the company’s 113-year legacy. McCorvey is           that benefit from outsourcing their office and work-
based at the Sawgrass office, 822 A1A North #100, Ponte Vedra Beach.             place needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their
The bank also operates offices in Jacksonville at 5180 Baymeadows Road           core activities. Over 900,000 customers a day benefit
and 4300 San Pablo Road South.                                                   from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint
                                                                                 of 1,200 locations in 550 cities and 89 countries,
                                                                                 which allow individuals and companies to work
                                                                                 wherever, however they want to. For more
                                                                                 information, visit www.regus.com.

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