Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida

Weekly NEWS - January 31, 2011

In This Issue
Treasures Under the Sea
Runaway With Us...
Advertise in 2011 Membership Directory
Schedule of Events
Purchasing Synopsis
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Sorensen Allied
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Now Hiring talented customer service
Calling All Chamber Members:
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The Melbourne Regional Chamber is looking to have the most successful membership drive in Melbourne chamber history!  We're asking you to help us get there.   


The drive will run March 16 and 17, 2011 and we're getting ready by training our "sales team" (YOU!) on February 10 from 10-4PM at the Chamber (lunch included).  National membership recruitment experts Rob and Kate Oliver will be in town for one day to show us how.


Your commitment for the actual drive is just 2 hours, and there are no cold calls. By participating in the drive, not only are you helping other businesses tap into the wealth of the Chamber, you are also learning tips to help your own business succeed. And having fun in the process!


Interested?  Contact Membership Director, Diane Gabik

State of the Chamber annual banquet
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Friday, February 25, 2011     6 to 9 PM

Dress:  colorful cocktail attire - gemstone colors

Costs:  $49 Members/$750 Corp. Table of 10

For Sponsorship, contact Diane at

      To Register online:  CLICK HERE

We're Running Away...
                                You Coming?

Tens of thousands of people are coming to Runaway Country - Space Coast Music Fest, April 15-16.  A wonderful opportunity to showcase local businesses at the festival:


102.7 The Hitkicker has made arrangements for local artists, crafts people, jewelers, painters, apparel, hotels, restaurants, name it, any business from our area to join us in the Runaway Country shopping corral.


A really neat opportunity to sell locally ... in fact the world. (B-to-B & B-to-C)


To reserve your spot, go to click on the vendor link and fill out the application. Just write The HitKicker on your application, we will include you in our shopping area.


Cost is $200, space is filling up quickly.  For larger or custom space, please call 321-549-4204


Quick Links
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I Go Local Final


I GO LOCAL represents a comprehensive campaign, sponsored by TD Bank, to promote local shopping habits in local consumers and in business-to-business purchasing.  


Check out local members promoting
local business


"Who you buy from IS someone's business"
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This is the new way Chamber members can connect, post press releases and advertise special discounts to other Chamber  members. 


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Thank you for your Chamber membership and your participation. Remember to call the Chamber for a referral the next time you need a product or service.
Our Viera/Suntree Office is OPEN!


The Viera/Suntree branch of the Melbourne Regional Chamber kicked off its Grand Opening in style, with musical entertainment by Nat Kaye, delicious food and beverages, and an official ribbon cutting ceremony.  



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This branch of the Melbourne Regional Chamber  will serve the Viera/Suntree community and offer quarterly evening networking events in cooperation with Duran Country Club, as well as lunch and learn events in cooperation with Suntree Country Club.

We would like to thank all of those who contributed to the success

of this event:

Cornerstone Contributors:

Suntree Properties, JM Real Estate, Sorensen - Allied Moving & Storage, Sorensen Office Solutions, Uptown Painting, Health First


Grand Opening Sponsors:

Account & Tax Pro, Address N' Mail, Dorothy Allen,  

Duran Golf Club, Fox Janitorial, Fish Window Cleaning,  Four C's Nursery, Franklin Special Event Productions,  Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera, Joyal Construction, Nat Kaye Band, Art Gallery of Viera, Wesche Jewelers


Food & Libations:

A Taste of Thai, Amici's Italian Restaurant,  

Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera, The Melting Pot,  

Newton Land  Development, Uno's Chicago Grill,  

Red Bug Bakery, Red Ginger, Schenk Distributors, Sonny's BBQ, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store,  

Vic's Discount Liquor


And a very special note of thanks to:

Charine Lewis - JM Real Estate

Megan Webber - Sorensen Office Solutions

Diane Gabik - our very own Viera/Suntree Area Director  



Both Chamber offices will be public Wi-Fi hot spots, and members are welcome to come during office hours to get connected.



Viera/Suntree Office Hours:   

Mon-Thurs. 9AM to 3:30PM


Boardwalk of Suntree Plaza

7720 N. Wickham Rd., Suite 113, Viera 32940

Phone:  (321) 622-8998 (Eff. 2/1/2011) 

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Want to get the most exposure out of your advertising dollar?  Then don't miss this exciting opportunity!


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2011 Membership Directory


The OFFICIAL Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida Membership Directory will be published in April 2011.   


6,000 Copies of this high quality, glossy directory featuring the best of business in Melbourne and the surrounding areas will be distributed throughout the year at high-traffic locations.   Placing your ad is easy...for information on how to place your ad just click here.  Ad deadline is March 1.


Thursday, February 3rd, 7:15 AM - Business Breakfast of Champions.  Location:  Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, 3003 North Highway A1A, Melbourne, FL 32903. Sponsored by: Rockwell Collins.  Topic:  Florida TaxWatch.  Speaker:  Dominic Calabro.  Costs: $18.00 prepaid online reservations; $25.00 at the door/invoiced; $30.00 potential members.  For information, call (321) 724-5400, ext 231.  CLICK HERE to register.

Tuesday, February 8th, 11:30 AM - 1 PM - Chamber 2040 Luncheon.  Location:  River Rocks Restaurant.  Guest Speaker: Dina Reider-Hicks, Senior Director of Marketing & Policy Development, Economic Development of Florida's Space Coast.  Reservations Required.  Costs: $20.00 prepaid online reservations; $25.00 at the door/invoiced; $30.00 potential members.  For information, call (321) 724.5400, ext. 231.  CLICK HERE to register.


Thursday, February 10th, 8:30 AM - Women of Excellence Committee Meeting.  Location:  Melbourne Regional Chamber, 1005 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne. Speaker:  Gail Cordial, Zonta Club of Melbourne.  Costs:  Free for members, $10 nonmembers.  CLICK HERE to RSVP.  For more information, call Cassie at (321) 724-5400, ext. 231.


Tuesday, February 15th, 5 PM - Chamber Alive@5.  Location: Squid Lips Overwater Grill, 1477 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne 32935.   $5 at the door - members; $10 at the door - guests.  Cash Bar.  For information, call (321) 724-5400, ext 231.


Thursday, February 17th, 11:30 AM - 1 PM - Business Toolkit Series.  Location:  Melbourne Regional Chamber, 1005 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne.  Topic:  Managing Dynamic Change in the Workplace.  Speaker:  Gerry Hoeffner.  Sponsor:  Barry University.  Cost:  (incl. box lunch) $25 members and Barry University Alumni; $40 non-members.  Optional:  $40 "Pick-A-Pair" package - Register for 2 sessions and save $10. CLICK HERE to Register online for single session, or call Melody to register for 2 "Pick-A-Pair" sessions at (321) 724.5400, ext. 237.  For information call Cassie at (321) 724-5400, ext. 231


Friday, February 25th, 6 - 9 PM - State of the Chamber Gala.Location:  Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront, 2605 Hwy. A1A, Indialantic. Theme:  Treasures Under the Sea.  Cost:  $49 Members, $750 Corporate Tables of 10.  Dress:  Colorful cocktail attire - the colors of gemstones.  CLICK HERE to Register.  For information call Cassie at (321) 724-5400, ext. 231.  To Sponsor call Diane at (321) 724-5400, ext. 238


Tuesday, February 1st, 11:30 AM - The Innovators Leads Club Meeting.  Location:  Shells Seafood Restaurant, 1490 W. New Haven Avenue, West Melbourne.  For information, call Joe Nicolosi at (321) 757-9797.


Wednesday, February 2nd, 8:30 AM - Leads Avenue Leads Club Meeting.  Location:  Viera Realty Office, 7350 Shoppes Drive, Ste 103, Viera.  For information, call Colette Wood at (321) 242-4575.


Wednesday, February 2nd, 12 Noon - Money Makers Leads Club Meeting.  Location:  Courtyard by Marriott, 2101 W. New Haven Avenue.  For information, call Tom Taranto at (321) 961-2871.


Tuesday, February 1st, 8 AM - Small Business Council Meeting.  Location:  Melbourne Regional Chamber, 1005 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne.  For information, call (321) 724-5400, ext 230.


Friday, February 4th, 11 AM - SCORE Small Business Counseling (FREE) Location: Melbourne Regional Chamber, 1005 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne. For more information call: (321) 254-2288.


Thursday, February 3, 2011 - Grand Opening Remodeled Office / Ribbon Cutting 2 - 3PM

Office Depot.  Location:  1539 W New Haven Avenue, W. Melbourne, FL 32904.  Across from the Melbourne Square Mall. NOTE:  Office Depot's District Manager and Store Manager will conduct this event.  Christine Michaels will offer a welcome on behalf of the Chamber and the business community.  The agenda also will include remarks by local government officials as well as the presentation of contributions to three area non-profit organizations on behalf of the Office Depot Foundation. 


(Please visit our website: to register for the above events. Click the calendar on the date of the event and follow the prompts)


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