October 2011 Volume 16, Issue 7 PONTE Ponte This Month’s Events VEDRA Wednesday, October 5, 5:30 PM ~ Grand Opening, BB& T, 625 A1A North ~ Free for Vedra BEACH members & first time guests CHAMBER Wednesday, October 12, 7:30 AM ~ Chamber Chamber CHAT Before Hours, Elizabeth’s Café located in Sawgrass Village ~ Sponsored by Marks Gray, P.A. ~ NEW PRICING! $7.50 for members & $10 for guests Chat 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 285- 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 http://twitter.com/pvbchamber 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 Page 2 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 email@example.com 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. NOMINATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD 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 Recorder 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 904-285- Fax: 904-285-8488 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Chamber Chat Volume 16, Issue 7 Page 4 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 PRICING: 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! 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Sponsor Cooperating Sponsor Presenting Sponsors Thanks To All Who Assisted with the Sawgrass Wine Festival Page 5 Volume 16, Issue 7 Chamber Chat Chamber Chat Volume 16, Issue 7 Page 6 Mid- 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 vonsay- 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 Page 8 Ambassadors: Thanks to Our Chairman Lindsey Godfrey ~ Ponte Vedra Beach Realty 285- 285-6522 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. 366-6317 221-2605 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 Jonathan Sterling ~ Winston Family YMCA 543-9622 Tracy Deken Kristin Pirris To Become an Ambassador, call Lindsey today! Jennifer Foreman Heather Senterfitt Lindsey Godfrey Jonathan Sterling 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 Page 9 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. YAYAPRINTING.NET. 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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