5 Star Regional Chamber

Members E-news - February 2012     

A publication of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida 

Networking Tip #02
 Tree Frog 
Become a Super Connector
Great networkers enjoy connecting people.  The secret of Positive Networking, discovering what you can do for someone else, is part of their 'DNA' -- their Dynamic Networking Ability.  When they find out what that something is, it's not enough to think about it, they do it.  Work the Pond! calls this high level of awareness, network shepa.
CVB Launches Wedding Website
Click to view NEW website!

Brought to you by the Visitor's Bureau (CVB) of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, this new website will feature wedding resources, such as wedding ceremony locations, caterers, limousines, wedding planners, florists, wedding attire, honeymoons, accommodations, and all things needed for a Sensational Florida Wedding!


The website was launched on February 29, with a reception following the wedding of Paul Hayes, Jr. and Aleshia Panbamrung, at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront hotel.


With the support of the Space Coast Office of Tourism, the website is designed for out-of-town brides, but will have great usefulness for local brides as well. The url will be promoted through the CVB's website and brochures, as well as through a listing in FloridaBride.com. The site was designed by Studio99Creative, Inc. in Melbourne. 


Businesses must fit into one of the following categories: 

  • Accommodations
  • Catering
  • Cakes
  • Wedding Planners/Officiants
  • Entertainment
  • Venues - Churches, Banquet Halls and Other Unique Locations
  • Flowers
  • Photography/Videography
  • Bridal Attire - Gowns and Tuxedos
  • Health & Beauty
  • Transportation
  • Rentals/Decorations

Members of the Melbourne Regional Chamber receive a free, basic listing. Chamber Visitors Bureau members received a free, enhanced listing with photos.  Advertising is also available.  To see rates, CLICK HERE 

 Member & Ambassador News

Some of our Members recently celebrated Grand Openings and other Special Events with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.  Thank you to the Chamber Members and Ambassadors who attend these events to show their support, as well as our Sponsor, PNC Bank. 

Brevard Community College

Center for Environmental Stewardship & Community

Help Raise MONEY

Support the Melbourne Chamber

(Get $25 when you open a new non-interest bearing checking account*)

TD Bank
Join TD Bank's AFFINITY MEMBERSHIP Program.  Open an account at TD Bank and they will make a contribution to our organization.  TD Bank will make an annual contribution based on the average balance in all members' accounts.  Checking, savings, money market, CD and retirement accounts are all included in the Program.
If you are already a TD Bank Customer, visit any TD Bank location and ask to have your balances included as part of the Melbourne Regional Chamber's Affinity Membership Program.
For details contact Terri Hulse at (321) 608-9968.
* Get $25 when you open a new non-interest bearing checking account.  Online redemption available at www.tdbank.com/coupon.

Art Gallery of Viera 

"Thank You"


A heartfelt thank you from the Art Gallery of Viera to all of those who helped make our Art of Giving show so incredibly successful. We want to thank those who wrote articles and publicized the event, the Pizza Gallery and Grill for providing the cash bar and nibbles, and our musicians Bo Frazer and Bob Goldberg for donating their time and talent.


Thanks also go to the Art of Giving committee members Barbara Desrosiers, Maria Dockery, Chelly Harkness, Dij Pacarro and Bobbi Q. Brown who worked so hard to put the event together.


Last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank the public for attending. We were so grateful to see such a wonderful turn out on Melissa's behalf. Their generosity was truly heartwarming.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

 Available Following Secretary of

 Agriculture Disaster Declaration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Florida as a result of excessive rain, flooding and high winds that occurred on Oct. 7-9, 2011.  These loans are available in the counties of Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola and Saint Lucie in Florida.

Disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA's website at
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.  Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than October 9, 2012.

"Tips for Social Media" 

Submitted by:  Cheri Martin
Social Media Coach- WCN Interactive, Inc. 


We hate to talk about death, but we do need to think about, "What will happen to my social profiles if I die?" When someone dies these days it not only affects those closest to us but there are all those numerous 'friends' on Facebook, 'follower's on Twitter, 'connections' on LinkedIn that wonder where you went when your postings stop.

Your accounts sit in cyberspace and will show up in the newsfeed of your connections and imagine, if you will, how this will affect your family members and close friends if they keep seeing your profile picture every time they log on to their networks.


Each network has a 'death policy' but it takes time, forms and information to get deceased members profiles removed. So we need to be prepared by discussing this with those that are closest to us and, most importantly, have our login information for each account available for our loved one so they can take action on our accounts. You can search the 'help' on each network for the proper forms to remove a deceased member's account, but here are brief instructions for the main 3 social networks.


Facebook - If you are a family member you can memorialize your loved one's profile by filling out a form and giving Facebook the member's user name, password and a death certificate. They will close the account to new friends and no longer have it show up in searches; existing friends and family will still be able to view the posts and add condolences. Facebook also offers an 'If I Die' application that will allow a 'live' member to choose 3 friends that will be given access to their profile, as well as instructions on whether you want your account deleted or memorialized.


Twitter - It is easier to remove an account on Twitter as it allows deletion of a family member's account with notification of death by link to an obituary or death certificate, as well as the member's username and password.


LinkedIn- It is easy to close an account if family members have the account login information; if you don't, you will need to notify LinkedIn of the death of the member by faxing a complete death verification.

We are proud to announce Chamber Member Renewals for the month of JANUARY 2012, including our DIAMOND Members who have been our partners for 20 years or longer. 


40 to 45 Year Members

43  Bright House Networks

43  Pruitt Insurance Agency, Inc.

43  Publix Super Markets, Inc.

40  Sorensen-Allied Moving & Storage


30 to 35 Year Members

30  Rotroff, Fisher & Co., P.A. Certified Public


31  Lee N. Sheldon, DMD, PA

32  Skip Wren Insurance Agency

31  Space Coast Realty Corp.


25 to 30 Year Members

27  Brevard Zoo/East Coast Zoological Society

26  Doubletree Suites by Hilton Melbourne Beach


28  Maronda Homes Inc. of Florida

29  McGladrey

27  Prudential Sterling Properties


20 to 25 Year Members

24  Birthright of Melbourne

20  Coastal Health Systems of Brevard


22  Melbourne High School

20  Volvo of Melbourne


15 to 20 Year Members

17  Abraham & Abraham, P.A.

15  BankFIRST

19  Buffkin Tile of Melbourne, Inc.

17  Checks on Demand

16  MGI USA, Inc.

19  Petals Flower & Gift Shoppe, Inc.

15  Professional Data Storage and Delivery

19  Project Response, Inc.

17  Super Flea and Farmers Market

17  University of Central Florida (UCF)


10 to 15 Year Members


12  Brandon Properties

14  CC Video Productions

11  Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida

14  Palm Bay Ford

11  Solar Energy Systems of Brevard

12  Space Coast Credit Union

12  Wesche Jewelers


5 to 10 Year Members

 Apotheker Chiropractic

Baer Air, Inc.

Composers Unlimited, Inc.

CPA Payroll, Inc.

King Reporting & Video Conference Center

Nat Kaye Band

5  Office Depot

6  Our Town

Shells Seafood Restaurant

Shore View Apartments

South Brevard Society for Human Resource


Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market

Zies, Widerman & Malek


0 to 5 Year Members

Acorn Mini-Storage

Airboat Rides Melbourne

B2B Connectors, LLC

Space Coast Fun Guide

Brevard County Fair

BSSC, Inc.

Candy Graham's Accounting and Tax Services, Inc.

Csonka All Tech Services LLC

Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street, Inc.

Family Counseling Center/Consumer Credit


Hammock Landing

Island Lincoln, Jaguar, Land Rover

Jersey Mike's Subs

JJ's Screen Printing & Embroidery

K9 Kampus

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

4  Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon


0 to 5 Year Members 

Melbourne Terrace Rehabilitation Center

1  Merrill Lynch

Network Support Company, The

North American Title Company

Rich's Auto Technology Services

Superior Technical Resources, Inc.

Woods Insurance, Inc.

WSBH-FM 98.5 "The Beach"

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