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Weekly NEWS - February 28, 2011 


In This Issue
"Auditions at Runaway"
Taste, Toast &Tunes
Embraer Inaugurates Assembly Plant
March Business Breakfast
GrowFL Free Webinars
Scheduled Events
Purchasing Synopsis
Employ Florida Job Link
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 Runaway Country Music Festival

April 15 & 16 - Wickham Park 

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Don't have your tickets, yet?  It's not too late.  Check out the latest updates and reserve your spot TODAY! 


Taste, Toast & Tunes  

March 12,  5:30-9PM  

 Taste Toast Tunes 


1964 - the Tribute is a National Act and was quoted as "the best Beatles tribute on earth" by Rolling Stone Magazine.  Year after year they sell out at Carnegie Hall and other major venues!  We are excited to be bringing such an amazing concert to Melbourne Beach.

Using authentic Haircuts, Suits, Boots, Guitars, Amps, Drums, 1964 The Tribute recreates the look and sound of a "live" Beatles Concert for everyone to enjoy!


Ticket holders will enjoy complimentary tastings and toastings, brought to you by Melbourne Coast Vistors Bureau, from our finest local establishments starting at 5:30 PM, followed by the band at 7:30 PM.  Rain or shine event.  Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket for open seating. No outside food or drinks permissable.

Tickets and Sponsorships on Sale Now:
$50.00 pre-event $60.00 day of event
($2.00 surcharge for on-line ordering)

Tickets can also be purchased at
Immaculate Conception Church
3780 Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
in the Church Office.



Graphics courtesy of "1964" the Tribute 


Embraer Inaugurates Assembly Plant
Embraer - Scott
Embraer celebrated the opening of its first U.S. aircraft final assembly plant on February 21 at Melbourne International Airport. The new 80,000-square-foot hangar and modern paint shop facility is dedicated to the executive jet business in the Company's largest market, where it will begin operations with the production of the Phenom 100 entry level executive jet.

Embraer Chief Executive Frederico Curado gives welcoming remarks at the Embraer ribbon cutting -CLICK HERE to view VIDEO


Governor Scott at Embraer ribbon cutting. Florida is a great state to do business.  CLICK HERE to view VIDEO


Partners in the Embraer project include the State of Florida, the Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida's Space Coast, Melbourne International Airport, Enterprise Florida, the City of Melbourne, and BBVA Compass Bank. BHPH, which is located in Melbourne, designed the facility, and Walbridge was the builder. 

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This is the new way Chamber members can connect, post press releases and advertise special discounts to other Chamber  members. 


To get started linking in to all the Chamber divisions, click here.
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.


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.

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Check out local members promoting
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"Who you buy from IS someone's business"
Call the Chamber for trusted referrals
(321) 724-5400

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March Business Breakfast

Racing Connections

Learn about Fireball Run 2011, coming to Melbourne this fall, and hear about NASCAR first-hand from racing champion, Geoff Bodine. 

Featured Speakers:


JJ sanchez Geoff Bodine






JJ Sanchez                              Geoff Bodine 

Executive Producer                   1986 Daytona
/Fireball Run                               500 Winner


March 3, 2011      7:15 - 9:00 AM

LocationSuntree Country Club

Reservation deadline is noon on Tuesday, March 1.  Cost is $18 members prepaid; After Tuesday cost is $25; $50 future members. 

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  Sponsored by:


  Berman Hopkins


GrowFL FREE Online Webinars

The Florida Economic Gardening Institute is providing a series of free online webinars about SBIR/STTR funding opportunities.

Hear from Gail and Jim Greenwood, experts in SBIR/STTR proposal writing, as they provide an in-depth discussion of a simple, yet highly effective, four-step process for developing a competitive SBIR Phase II proposal.


Over $2 billion in SBIR grants will be awarded to innovative small and startup technology companies this year. Learn how your company can get governmental funding to expand your commercialization efforts.


All online webinars run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. (EST).  

Monday, February 28th

Phase I:  Developing the proposal


Monday, March 7th

 Phase II: Basics of Phase II


Monday, March 14th

Phase II: Developing the Phase II proposal


 Monday, March 21st 

Phase II: The Phase II Commercialization Plan


To register CLICK HERE  



Thursday, March 3rd, 7:15 AM - Business Breakfast of Champions.  Location: Suntree Country Club, One Country Club Drive, Melbourne, FL 32940.  Sponsored by: Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam.  Topic:  Racing Connections.  Speakers:  JJ Sanchez, Executive Producer, Fireball Run and Geoff Bodine, American Motorsport Driver and 1986 Daytona 500 Winner.  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, March 8th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM - Chamber 2040 Spotlight Social.  Location:  Florida Beer Company, 2500 South Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne 32901.  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. 


Wednesday, March 9th, 11:30 AM - Viera/Suntree Area Business Council Luncheon.    Location:  Suntree Country Club, 1 Country Club Dr, Melbourne 32940.  Topic:  An Insight Into Major League Baseball, presented by Thomas Bell, Washington Nationals, Director of Florida Operations.  Costs: $15.00 prepaid online reservations; $25.00 potential members.  RSVP required.  Register online at  For information, call Diane at (321) 724-5400, ext. 238.


**Update** Now beginning Tuesdays, March 22nd through April 5th, 6:30 PM - Duran Golf Club - Chamber Women's Networking on the Greens.  Location:  7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera 32955.  Duran Golf Club offers the opportunity for Chamber Women to learn and play the game of golf, while networking on the beautiful greens of Duran.  For the beginner-Fun, 6-week learning series offered Tuesday evenings.  Five one-hour classes covering all aspects of the game, with a wrap-up, 9 hole Par 3 golf event featuring wine and cheese social! Limited to 8 participants. RSVP to either, or call 321-504-7776 x 7460. Cost per person $125 (Clubs provided if needed!).  For those who play-Executive Woman's Golf League is offered every Tuesday at 6:30 PM on the lighted Par 3 Golf Course. Cost $10 per player.





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





Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - Grand Opening Celebration 10 AM  ****New Cove Marketplace at Port Canaveral **** JOINT w/ Cocoa Beach & Titusville Chambers.  Location: At the corner of Glen Cheek and Dave Nisbet Drive on the south side of Port Canaveral. Event will feature entertainment and prizes. Program will begin at 10:30 AM with Chamber Leader presentations (Cocoa / Titusville / Melbourne Regional).  Website:


Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - Ribbon Cutting - 4 - 6 PM, Actual Cut at 4:30 PM  **** Early Learning Coalition of Brevard **** Location:  2080 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Ste A, Melbourne, FL 32935.  Building is located at the corner of Croton and Eau Gallie Blvd., just West of Eau Gallie High School.   Event will feature Refreshments, several speakers and some distinquished guests, including local and state elected officials and business leaders.   Website: 


Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting  - 4 - 7PM, Actual Cut at 5PM **** Hospice of St. Francis****  JOINT w/ Cocoa Beach Chamber.   Location:  4875 N. Wickham Road, Ste. 104, Melbourne 32940.  Office building is on east side of Wickham, across from The Home Depot.  Live Oak subdivision sign sits at entrance to office complex entry street.  Event will feature light refreshments.  Website: 


Friday, March 4, 2011 - Ribbon Cutting - 4:30 PM  **** All Tune & Lube of Melbourne****   

Location:  3970 W. New Haven Avenue, Melbourne 32904.  East of I-95 approx. 1 mile on Hwy 192 (New Haven Ave.) on the north side of the road, adjacent to the BP station.  Website: 


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