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Weekly NEWS - August 8, 2011 



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The Johnson Family



On July 1, 2011, the Johnson family of Palm Bay, Fl was involved in a horrific traffic accident while on vacation in Blue Ridge, Ga. As a result of this senseless tragedy, the Johnson's six year old Angel, Hannah, was taken by God. The accident injured Hannah's sisters, Brooke (10), and Kathryn (8), and especially her little brother Owen (3) who was the most seriously injured with a cervical separation of the spinal cord. 


Sports Image (SI) feels compelled to help and has talked with representatives of the family about how we might be able to assist them with their fundraising activities.  SI has agreed to donate 100% of our net profits earned over the next 30 days.   We would like to ask you for your help by considering partnering with us or by spreading the word to others who might be inclined to help this family.


CLICK HERE for information on how you can help the Johnsons.

FL Unemployment Comp. Law



Monday, August 1st marked the start date for some of the new provisions in Florida's unemployment compensation law. These changes, a result of Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed legislation signed into law following the 2011 Legislative Session, address the skyrocketing unemployment compensation taxes placed on Florida businesses.


CLICK HERE to see a listing of some of the unemployment compensation that took effect on Monday, August 1, 2011.  

Member News now on LinkedIn


Please note that Member Events/News has now been transitioned to LinkedIn


Chamber members can join any of the Chamber's LinkedIn groups and post any and all announcements, events, news, etc.  See below to get started.

ARE YOU LINKED IN?  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.


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Valor Awards  |  Sept. 8,  6-9PM 
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The Valor Awards

honor our Brevard County public safety personnel (Sheriff, Police, Fire and Rescue) for Acts of Extraordinary Valor.




Award Categories:


Medal of Valor

Life Saving Award

Medal of Merit 

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Berman Hopkins City of Melbourne


Additional Sponsorships Available:

Contact Diane at (321) 724-5400, ext. 238.


For more information, contact Cassie Hansen at (321) 724-5400, ext. 231. 

Viera Social  |  Aug. 9, 5-7:30 PM 

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Join in the Fun at our Viera/Suntree Quarterly Social as we host a College Football kickoff party.  

NFL Fans are welcome!


LOCATION:  Duran Golf Club/Tradewinds Restaurant, 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera 32955.

COSTS: $5 members, $10 non-members at the door.


CLICK HERE to R.S.V.P. online.  For more information, call Diane at (321) 724-5400, ext. 238. 



Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 26th through September 6th, 7-8PM - Duran Golf Club - Networking on the Greens - Chamber Ladies Golf Clinic SeriesLocation:  7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera 32955. Series of 5 evening lessons. Cost: $125 per player for series. Tuesday Series: (Intermediate/Advanced) July 26, August 2, 16, 23, 30, September 6 with Wally Kuchar, PGA Director of Instruction. Thursday Series: (Beginners) July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25, September 1 with Greg Ford, Assistant Golf Professional. Learn the Fundamentals:  basic fundamentals of swing, course and club knowledge, practice drills, irons and woods practice, chipping and pitching, bunker practice and putting. Limited to 8 participants. Sign up in Golf Academy with PGA Director of Instruction: Wally Kuchar or call 321-504-7776 ext. 7460.    


Tuesday, August 9th, 5 -7:30 PM - Viera Suntree Region Quarterly Social. Location: Duran Golf Club/Tradewinds Restaurant, 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera 32955. Theme: College Football kickoff party - NFL Fans are welcome! Costs: $5 members, $10 non-members at the door. R.S.V.P. online at For information, call Diane at (321) 724-5400, ext. 238.


Tuesday, August 9th, 11:30AM - 1PM - Chamber 2040 Luncheon. Location: To be determined. Reservations Required. Costs: $20.00 prepaid online reservations; $25.00 at the door/invoiced; $30.00 potential members. For information, call Cassie at (321) 724.5400, ext. 231.


Thursday, August 11th, 8:30 - 9:30AM - Women of Excellence Committee Meeting. Location: Melbourne Regional Chamber, 1005 East Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne 32901.  Topic: "Women Build Project."  Speaker:  Maureen McBride, Lowe's. Cost: Free to members, $10 non-members. R.S.V.P. online at  For more information, call Cassie at (321)


Wednesday, August 24th, 11:30AM - 1PM. Power Lunch. Location: Courtyard at the Oaks, 1800 W. Hibiscus Blvd., Suite 108. Melbourne, FL 32901. Topic: Speaker: Brig. General Burke E. "Ed" Wilson. Cost: $25 members prepaid online, $35 members at the door/invoiced, $50 potential members. Register online at  Registration deadline: August 22, 12Noon. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. For information, call Cassie at (321) 724.5400, ext. 231.




Tuesday, August 9th, 11:30 AM - Leads R' Us Leads Club Meeting. Location: Brio Italiano, 2005 Vernon Place downtown Melbourne.   For information, call club president Glenda O'Coin at (321) 254-1687.


Wednesday, August 10th, 12 Noon - The Exchange Referral Group Leads Club Meeting.   Location: The Broken Barrel Tavern, 4700 Babcock St. NE, Palm Bay. For information, call club president Rylan McCart at (321) 722.0707.


Thursday, August 11th, 7:45AM - Beach Referral Group Leads Club Meeting. Location: Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront, 2605 Hwy. A1A, Melbourne. For information, call club president Alan Kershaw at (321) 750-3233.




Wednesday, August 10th, 11:30AM - 1PM - West Melbourne Business Association Meeting. Location:  Buena Vida Estates, 2129 West New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32904. For information, call Christine at (321) 724-5400, ext. 235.


Friday, August 12th, 11AM - SCORE Small Business Counseling (FREE). Location: Melbourne Regional Chamber, 1005 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.




Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - Ribbon Cutting & Open House , 5 - 7 PM (Actual Cut 5:45PM)

***Space Coast Cancer Center at Viera Health Park*** JOINT WITH COCOA BEACH

Location: 8725 N. Wickham Road, Suite 103, Viera 32940. Open house for new office and presentation of state-of-the-art TrueBeam Radiation Oncology machine, along with refreshments/snacks and giveaways. Website:


Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - Ribbon Cutting -9:30 AM (Immediately Following Ambassador Meeting / Chamber Auditorium )

***Zoomin Groomin Space Coast Florida*** JOINT WITH COCOA BEACH.  Refreshments and door prizes. Website: