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Credibility Continues to Grow for
Local Chambers

A national survey of 2,000 adults reveals that a business that is a member of a local chamber of commerce is enjoying increasing favorability. In the second such survey in five years, The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based market research firm, found positive attitudes among adults in 2012 have actually increased over the favorable findings of the first study in 2007. For example:


> When consumers know that a business is a member of the local chamber, there is now a 49% increase in favorability toward that business (up from 44% in the 2007 study).


> When consumers perceive that a business is a chamber member, there is a 73% increase in consumer awareness and a 68% increase in local reputation (51% and 57% respectively in 2007).


> Consumers are 80% more likely to patronize a business in the future that they believe is a member of the local chamber of commerce (63% in 2007).


The study also has more good news for chamber members that sell to other businesses.


> When business decisions makers believe a business is a chamber member, favorability increases by 42% (37% in 2007) perceived awareness and reputation grows to 78% and 65%, respectively, (51% AND 58% in 2007), plus the likelihood of future patronage increases by 74% (59% in 2007).


Supporting the previous findings, the study also reveals a positive perception for the local chamber itself.


> Regarding the chambers impact on the local economy, 86% of the respondents believe that the local chamber of commerce helps create jobs and promotes local economic development (82% in 2007).


The results of the 2007 and 2012 Schapiro studies are clear: Positive perception increase among consumers and business owners when a business is known as a member of the local chamber of commerce, and now we know that positive perception is growing.   

Meet The Eastern Shore Chamber's
Board of Directors for 2013/2014 board
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce introduces the 2013/2014 Board of Directors: Back row, left to right: Kerry O'Connor, Past Chairman, BancorpSouth; Bruce Smith,  Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa; William (Bill) McLaughlin,Thomas Hospital/Infirmary Health System. Middle row, left to right: Dallas Jordan, Young Professionals Chairman, Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore, PC; Sally Wagner, Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore, PC; Eric Nager, Southern Capital Services; Phil Cusa, Treasurer, EastPointe Hospital; Lad Drago, State Farm Insurance; Steve Cary, STEP Chairman, CertaPro Painters; Joe Hocklander, Mobile Gas Service Corp.; William Stitt, Old 27 Grill; Don Mecke, Vice Chairman Member Value, Browning, Mecke and O'Neal, LLC. Front row, left to right: Jenny Campbell, Vice Chairman Economic Development, Stewart Lodges at Steelwood; Deanna Auner, Chairman of the Board, Homestead Village; Darrelyn Bender, President/CEO, ESCoC; and Contina Woods, Chairman Elect, Regions Bank.

Not pictured: Heiko Einfeld, Vice Chairman Tourism Council, individual member; LaBarron McClendon, Vice Chairman Foundation, Infirmary Health System; Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant; Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood; Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan; Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey; Bradley Byrne, Jones Walker, LLP; Donna Givens, Baldwin EMC; David Clark, individual member; Nathan Cox, Bellator Real Estate & Development; Richard Johnson, Phelps Dunbar; Joe Bullock, Preble-Rish, LLC and Chris Weinberg, Walmart-South Alabama Dist.
Eggs N' Issues
What's Happening at the
Alabama State Legislature?hossmack

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Business Academy Eggs N' Issues Breakfast will focus on what is going on in the Alabama State Legislature.  State Legislators who represent our area will be on hand to provide an update.


Sponsors for the Business Academy are:  Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore, PC; Harbor Communications, NOLA Lending Service; The Lady's Lawn Service and Workshops, Etc.!


The Eggs N' Issues Breakfast takes place on Tuesday, November 12, 8:30 am - 9:30 am at Daphne United Methodist Church, Community Life Center, 2401 Main Street, Daphne.  The fee to attend is $10, which includes a hot breakfast.  Registration is a must.  Call (251) 928-6387 or 621-8222 to sign up.

Total Resource Campaign In
Home StretchTotalResourceCampaign
The Total Resource Campaign is in its final two weeks and is at 80% of the goal.  Last week's winners were Tania Lazzari, Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties; Kyla Kelim, Esq, Aging in Alabama; and Eric Nager, Southern Capital Services.  They are pictured with Darrelyn Bender, president/CEO of the ESCoC. The TRC will wrap up on November 13.  Members still have time to sign up for sponsorships of Chamber events and activities.  We are also registering new members, therefore if you know a business that is not a member please ask them to give us a call at 621-8222 or 928-6387.
Ribbon Cuttings ribboncuttings
The Eastern Shore Chamber welcomed new members and celebrated recent new beginnings of the following members this past month:  



The Eastern Shore Chamber recently celebrated the grand opening of The Palladian at Fairhope Apartments with a ribbon cutting at 8132 Gayfer Road, Fairhope. Attending the event were: (left to right) Brenda Carpenter and Caroline Bishop, chamber ambassadors; Lynn Redding, property manager for Oleander Park Apartments; Paige Turberville, chamber ambassador; John Largue, Reed Construction; Sherry Sullivan, chamber ambassador; Randy Fleece, president of Gateway Property Management; Kayla Palea, property manager for The Palladian at Fairhope; Larry Hunter, chamber ambassador; Sandra Bullard, regional property manager for Gateway Property Management; Barbara Butts, property manager for Shellbrooke Pointe Apartments; Elaine Blackburn, property manager for Palladian Apartments; Christine Caldwell, assistant property manager for Shellbrooke Pointe & The Palladian at Fairhope; Kat Butts, property manager for Loxley Station & Belle Isle Apartments; John Bartz; and Kristin Marshall, property manager for The Palladian at Jubilee Ridge. The Palladian at Fairhope is the Eastern Shore's newest rental community. The apartments are located in Fairhope just minutes away from great shopping, attractions, restaurants, and the beaches on the Gulf Coast. For more information call (251) 210-6038.

Ambassador of the Monthambassador
Congratulations to Diane Lynn Siefert for being selected as  Ambassador of the Month for September. Diane participated in numerous Chamber events and activities throughout the month, earning her the most points.


A native of Staten Island, New York, moved to Baldwin County in 1989 from Louisiana. She and her husband Edward reside in Marlow on Fish River and they also have property in Fairhope. The couple has two children, Jennifer Lynn Siefert and Edward C. Siefert.


Diane received her Bachelors of Science degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters degree in Accounting from the University of South Alabama. She owned her own business Southern Accounting and Business Services. She is now retired and enjoys creating art.


When not volunteering for the chamber as an Ambassador she also serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee, the Arts and Crafts Committee and the Jubilee Festival Committee. Her hobbies are painting, dancing, singing and reading - and she enjoys playing with her two 3 year old granddaughters.




The next Social will merge with Business After Hours on December 5 at Pen Air Federal Credit Union in Spanish Fort. Everyone is asked to bring a toy for the U. S. Marine's CorpsToys-for-Tots Campaign. 

Pardon Our Dust - Our Mess is A Must!
You may have noticed that we have a new website.  Actually our new site is a working site and is not yet complete.  ConvergeApp is currently designing what will become our new website, which will be completed in December.  Please bear with us a while.  If you have any questions just give us a call at 621-8222 or 928-6387.  Thanks.

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In This Issue




 November 2013
1 & 2  11th Annual Angel Ride & Concert at Oak Hollow Farm.
7 Business After Hours, 5 - 7 pm, Centennial Bank, 218 N. Greeno Rd., Fairhope.  An Eastern Shore Chamber event.  621-8222.
7 - 10 Fairhope Film Festival, 40 films at four venues.
8 Black & White Ball, Daphne Civic Center, 626-5300.
9 Veteran's Day Parade, 10 am, downtown Fairhope, 929-1466.
9 Mama Mia Cookoff, grounds of Daphne City Hall, 656-SEED.
11 Veteran's Day Celebration, 10 am, Patriots Point, 621-9000.
12 Eggs N' Issues, "What's Happening in the Alabama State Legislature", with state legislators representing our area, Daphne UMC, 2401 Main St., Daphne, $10, includes breakfast.  928-6387 to RSVP.  An Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce event.
21 Morning Marketing Meeting, 8 am, Scenic Overlook office. An Eastern Shore Chamber event.  621-8222
21 Lights on for the Holiday! 6pm, downtown Fairhope, 929-1456.
24 Christmas Open House in Fairhope, 1 - 5 pm.

Housing Statistics

August 2013

Houses Sold
Average Selling Price
Average Days on Market
Units on the Market
Condos Sold
Average Selling Price
Average Days on Market
Units on the Market
Unemployment Stats
      9/2013     9/2012
AL        6.3%        7.5%  
BC        5.7%        6.9%
US        7.3%        8.2% 




As of 10/30/13


Espalier, Landscape Architecture

Joe Comer

P.O. Box 1247




Teresa Rainey-Damper

3 Cottage Dr.




American Autism Center

Kevin Mohler

15885 Perone Creek Lane




Patterson Dental

Ginger Liffick

26400 Pollard Road




Dale Carnegie Training

Maria Warner

P.O. Box 9443




Embrace Home Loans

Don Cox

101 Fly Creek Dr., Ste. 320


(800) 333-3004


Eastern Shore Marine, Inc.

Ed Wall

848 Seacliff Dr.




Bay Bronze

Lee Ann Kelley

23 Laurel Ave.





Will Ready

755 Middle St.




Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties

Janey Lazenby

9901 Timber Creek Blvd.




Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties

Will Baldwin

9268 Greenleaf Dr.

Spanish Fort



NuSkin Enterprises

Lindsay McCluskey

78 Paddock Dr.




Carol Imsanel Moon, Mary Kay Independent Consultant

Carol Moon

7961 Suzanne Way




Excell Construction

Scott Miller

750 Grand Blvd.




Sweet Pickins-George Clayton Childhood Cancer Foundation

Rachel Ladd

20489 State Highway. 181




Harris Real Estate Team

Tommy & Wanda Harris

24190 US Highway 98




Iron Tribe Fitness Eastern Shore

Crystal Yarbrough

509 Parkwood Ave.




Renewed Members


City of Fairhope

City Government

Member 17 Years


Sportman's Marine & Outdoor Center

Marine Equipment & Supplies

Member 18 Years


The Blake at Malbis

Assisted Living Facility

Member 4 Years


Ecumenical Ministries, Inc.

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 5 Years


Fairhope Yacht Club

Country Club

Member 23 Years


Smith, Dukes & Buckalew, LLP


Member 19 Years


Wilkins, Miller, Hieronymus, LLC


Member 7 Years


WSRE TV Foundation

Television & Broadcasting Station

Member 2 Years


Allen's Services Incorporated


Member 17 Years


Fairhope Pediatrics


Member 5 Years


Marietta Johnson Museum


Member 16 Years


Newman's Healthcare Solutions & Uniform University

Medical Equipment & Supplies

Member 2 Years


Prestige Development, Inc.


Member 17 Years


World Ventures

Travel-Discount Vacation Packages

Member 2 Years


WHIL/Public Radio

Radio Station/Broadcasting

Member 2 Years


BES, Incorporated


Member 12 Years


Eastern Shore Baptist Church


Member 13 Years


Jubilee Specialties, Inc.

Advertising Specialties

Member 3 Years


Mercedes-Benz of Mobile

Auto Dealers/New & Used

Member 4 Years


Eastern Shore Marine, Inc.

Marine Services

Member 1 Year


Colonial Self Storage

Storage/Climate Controlled

Member 15 Years


Hampton Inn of Daphne


Member 15 Years


Homewood Suites by Hilton Mobile-East Bay Daphne


Member 6 Years


Eastern Shore Family Entertainment Center, LLC


Member 5 Years


Fly Creek Marina


Member 2 Years


Media Services, LLC

Audio, Video Services & Rental

Member 3 Years


Miller's Grand Events, Inc.

Party & Tent Rental

Member 11 Years


Southern Bullion Coin & Jewelry

Coins & Collectables

Member 2 Years


Sunbelt Business Brokers

Business Brokers

Member 19 Years


Wales West, LLC

RV Resort

Member 5 Years


Alliance Publishing Group Incorporated

Publishing Company

Member 9 Years


Eastern Shore Toyota and Hyundai

Auto Dealers/New & Used

Member 7 Years


Lamar Advertising

Advertising Billboards

Member 3 Years




Member 14 Years


Barry L. Booth, DMD


Member 7 Years


Derailed Diner at the Oasis Travel Center


Member 2 Years


Kathleen Fernandez


Member 3 Years


Lionel W. Noonan, Jr., DMD


Member 18 Years


Stix Restaurant


Member 8 Years


Covenant Hospice


Member 11 Years


Drug Education Council, Inc.

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 13 Years


Pine Crest Funeral Home & Cemeteries

Funeral Home & Cemetery

Member 8 Years


The Boyd Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Investment Brokers/Securities

Member 2 Years


Baldwin Denture Center, LLC


Member 8 Years


Copy Products Company

Copiers/Sales & Service

Member 13 Years


Premier Foot Care Incorporated


Member 2 Years


Back on Track Chiropractic

Physicians Chiropractic

Member 5 Years


Baleu, LLC

Cottages & Short Term Rentals

Member 4 Years


Faulkner State Community College


Member 18 Years


J. F. Pate and Associates Contractors Incorporated


Member 2 Years