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A Special Greeting at Christmas Time
To express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty.  There is no time more fitting than now to say.....
~ Thank You ~
We wish you a happy holiday season, and a new year of health, happiness and prosperity.
From the
Eastern Shore
Board of Directors
& Chamber Staff
Daphne High College and Career Center Needs Speakers
Daphne High School recently developed a College and Career Center and they need your help. The school needs speakers to talk about education and careers. These visits will be open to all grade levels, but anyone will be invited who has indicated an interest in the given career cluster. Guests should speak about educational or training requirements (including recommended high school courses), and an overview of the job including tasks and required skills. Props, videos, and PowerPoint presentations are welcome, but not required. Guests may speak for up to 45 minutes or for as little as 15 minutes. The goal is to introduce as many careers as possible so that our students have clear career goals when they graduate. Both technical and professional career presenters are welcome. Dates are open from now until May, and the visit time is 10:45-11:30 any school day. Call.Karon Bishop, Counselor, Daphne High School. 626-8787, extension 21010.
TRC Campaign Wraps Up

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce recently wrapped-up the Total Resource Campaign (TRC) for 2014. The total in sponsorships and members thus far is $116,010, more than $11,000 over the goal. The purpose of the campaign is to develop support for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce through a nine-week all volunteer program.  This is in addition to the renewals, new members that joing throughout the year, program, and Blueprint for a Better Tomorrow funds.


The TRC format was adopted to organize the Chamber's wide array of sponsorship opportunities into a "catalog" that will help Chamber members plan their marketing in an organized fashion and to complete fund raising for the upcoming fiscal year during a finite period of time.


During the campaign, Chamber members can select the sponsorship opportunities best suited to their needs from an inventory ranging from $150 to $25,000.  Sponsorships include the Arts & Crafts Festival, Annual Meeting, Golf Tournament, Business Academy, online newsletter and Website advertising....and much more.


The volunteer driven campaign included three teams of chamber members: The Reehl Angels, lead by Stephen Roberts; The Thundering Herd, lead by Eric Nager; and B.A.'s Hunting Team, lead by B. A. Fogerty. Team members raising the most money and memberships won cash prizes for goals reached each week. The overall winners were selected to enjoy a free trip to New Orleans. This year the winners are Kyla Kelium, Aging in Alabama; Cindy Zebryk, Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties; and David Cross, Cintas.


For those who have made their choice(s) thus far, we kindly thank you. Those who want to get their business name out there in the public and among our members, call Amy or Pat at 928-6387.


Eastern Shore Chamber Eggs N' Issues
Features ONESPOTeggsnissues

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce has invited L. Ashley Hancock, Alabama Revenue Examiner, to explain the new Optional Network Election for Single Point Online Transactions (ONESPOT) for filing sales, use and rental tax payments. He will be the keynote speaker for Eggs N' Issues, Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 8:30 am at Daphne United Methodist Church Community Life Center, 2401 Main Street in Daphne.


The Alabama State Legislature passed a law that requires the Alabama Department Revenue to make available to taxpayers an electronic single point of filing for state, county and/or municipal sales, use and rental taxes.


"Mr. Hancock will explain how much easier it is to make your tax payments online," said Darrelyn Bender, president/CEO of the Eastern Shore Chamber. "He will show you where you can go online to get all of your questions answered and who you can call for additional assistance."


Sponsors for the Business Academy Eggs N' Issues for 2014 are: Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore, PC; Baldwin EMC; and Daphne Utilities.


The fee for Eggs N' Issues is $10 for members and $15 for potential members.  The fee includes a hot breakfast. Reservations must be made by calling 928-6387 or 621-8222.


 Ambassador of the Monthambassador
Congratulations to Cindy Zebryk, Realtor and Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties, for be selected as Ambassador of the Month for October 2013.  Cindy was selected because she attended numerous events, served as a liaison for the Chamber, and served on the Total Resource Campaign selling memberships and sponsorships.  She is chairing the Chamber's Golf Tournament to be held at Lakewood Golf Club in Point Clear in May, 2014, and is already busy with planning the event.

     A life long native of Fairhope, Cindy resides in Fairhope with her husband Tad.  She is a graduate of Fairhope High School and attended Faulkner State College.  She has two adult children: Taylor Ripley and Allison Ward.  She was the Broker at Magnolia Trace Real Estate in Point Clear, working there for 26 years from 1985 to 2011.

     In her spare time, Cindy loves singing, calligraphy, making beeswax candles and assisting her husband in raising bees for local honey.

     "I love being an Ambassador for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and growing my real estate business at the same time!" she said.





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. 

Welcome Sweet Pickinsribboncuttings
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed new member Sweet Pickins-The George Clayton Childhood Cancer Foundation with a ribbon cutting at 20489 State Highway 181, Fairhope. Attending the event were Diana Siefert, Deborah Morrow, Larry Hunter, and Nancy Grace, chamber ambassadors; Darrelyn Bender, president/CEO of ESCoC; Vicky Nix Cook, Clayton Ladd, Rachel Ladd, Sue Ladd, of Sweet Pickins; Sally Wagner, Cindy Zebryk and Mark Stejskal, chamber ambassadors. The goal at Sweet Pickins is to interact with the community in such a way as to keep people thinking about pediatric cancer all year long. The passion that drives both Sweet Pickins and The George Clayton Childhood Cancer Foundation is a simple, yet strong, determination to raise funds for cancer research and to reach out into the community to raise awareness about pediatric cancer. For more information call 454-3820.
Let's Go ItalianItalian


The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Collette Vacations to offer a fantastic deal on a whirlwind trip to Italy. And what's great about it is you have nearly an entire year to save up.


The trip is November 10 - 18, 2014. If you book now the cost for a double is $2,999 per person, single $3,349 and triple is $2,969. The regular rates are double $3,249, single $3,599 and triple $3,219. Included in the price is round trip air from Mobile Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel stays and hotel transfers. Not included is a cancellation waiver and insurance of $230 per person.


You have the opportunity to explore the magic of Rome, Florence and Venice, which are filled with rich history, culture, art and romance. Rome, the "Eternal City" will be first, with three days of touring and experiencing the culture. Florence with be next, also with three days of group tours and time on your own. Venice will be next with a ride on a train, viewing 117 tiny islands, canals and 400 bridges. A boat trip will also be included and a walking tour with a guide explaining the many features of the area. The tour ends in the Milan Malpensa area on day nine, November 18.


Call the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce at (251) 621-8222 or 928-6387 to find out how to join us on this group tour.


Employee Training In Your 2014 Agenda? 

The Alabama Career Center System, through the Workforce Development Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) may have a solution for assisting employers with training costs through the Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP).


This program is funded by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration and administered by the Workforce Development Division of ADECA. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) is designed to provide funding assistance to qualifying Alabama for-profit businesses to provide skills training to full-time, permanent company workers. The training must be a business necessity that will enhance the company's abilities to compete in global economies, expand present markets, and help ensure the permanency (layoff aversion) of businesses in Alabama. For the workers, the training will upgrade present work skills, heighten job security, provide marketable skills, and increase the possibilities for higher wages and promotional opportunities. The Workforce Development Division staff members administer, monitor, and evaluate the training program. They also provide fiscal and agreement compliance assistance during the training process.


Training can include, but is not limited to, industry or company-specific work skills, basic job skills, technical computer skills, new manufacturing technologies, equipment operation training, changes in production processes, and "soft skills", such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and management skills. The Workforce Development Division does not maintain a list of approved training providers for the WIA IWTP. Companies will select the types of training and training providers that meet their business and training requirements before submitting an application for consideration.


For additional information about the Incumbent Worker Training Program, please access ADECA's website at: or contact our local WIA representative below.

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In This Issue




December 2013
5 Business After Hours, 5 - 7 pm, Pen Air Federal Credit Union, 10010 Eastern Shore Blvd., Spanish Fort.  An Eastern Shore Chamber event.  621-8222.
5  Eastern Shore Choral Society Christmas Concert, 7:30 pm, Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section St., Fairhope, $15, free for students K-12, (888) 474-6150 or
6  Fairhope Christmas Parade, 7 pm, 990-0218.
7  Santa at Fairhope Welcome Center, 10 am.  Bring your own camera.
7  Spanish Fort Christmas Parade 9 am, Eastern Shore Centre.
7  Daphne Christmas Parade, 11 am, 621-3703.
7 & 8 St. Lawrence Christmas Bazaar, 370 S. Section St., Fairhope, 12/7-9 am - 3 pm, 12/8- 9:30 am - 2 pm.
8  Eastern Shore Choral Society Christmas Concert, 3 pm, Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section St., Fairhope, $15, students free K- 12, (888) 474-6150.
9  Baldwin County Youth Orchestra at Daphne Civic Center, 7 - 9 pm.
10  Baldwin Pops Concert, Daphne Civic Center, 7 pm, 626-5300.
14  Santa at the Fairhope Welcome Center, 10 am. Bring your own camera.
17  Eastern Shore Choral Society Messiah Community Sing, 7 pm,  Trinity Presbyterian Church, 525 S. Mobile St., Fairhope, donations accepted, (888) 474-6150.
19 Morning Marketing Meeting, 8 am, Scenic Overlook office. An Eastern Shore Chamber event.  621-8222.
31  Fairhope New Year's Eve Celebration, 990-0218.

Housing Statistics

October 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
      10/2013     10/2012
AL        6.4%        7.1%  
BC        5.8%        6.6%
US        7.3%        7.9% 




As of 11/31/13


Bouch's Premium Cigars

Gene Rouchillon

77 S. Section St., Ste. A




Konica Minolta Business Solutions, USA, Inc.

Kimberly Spottswood

3101 International Dr., #177





Jennifer Jenkins

1745 Main St., Ste. C




Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties/Nickie Olson

241 US Highway 98




Meck Law Firm, PC

William Meck

757 Morphy Ave.




Linda Speed

P.O. Box 273




Employee Liability Management

Andrea Rathie

3213 Executive Park Cir.




RE/MAX By The Bay/Alice D. Eskridge

300 Magnolia Ave.




Firestone Complete Auto Care

Rick Herring

27320 US Highway 98




Adam Bass-Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

11 North Water St., Ste. 16290




Horizon Financial

1 Timber Way, Ste. 100




The Frenchman's Corner of Fairhope

Julienne Roach

42 S. Section St., Ste. 5




Lemonade Photography Company

James Fulcher

462 N. Section St.


623-4918 LLC

Michal "Webbie" Douglas

28080 US Highway 98 East, Ste. G




The Snowbird Company

Bill Moffett

120-A Fairhope Ave.




Embrace Home Loans

Don Cox

101 Flycreek Ave., Ste. 320


(800) 333-3004 x 3797


Teresa Rainey-Camper

3 Cottage Dr.







Renewed Members


Courtyard by Marriott


Member 5 Years


Pet Haven

Pet Shop

Member 31 Years


Segers Aero Corporation


Member 5 Years


Adams Homes LLC


Member 16 Years


The Palladian at Fairhope


Member 1 Year




Member 1 Year


Deep South Dermatology


Member 4 Years


Spanish Fort United Methodist Church


Member 16 Years


Five Guys-Daphne

Restaurant-Fast Food

Member 1 Year


Baumhower's Wings


Member 6 Years


California Dreaming


Member 6 Years


ITT Technical Insitute


Member 6 Years


Shamrock Properties LLC

Real Estate, Moving & Storage

Member 2 Years


Hancock Bank


Member 13 Years


The Family Center-Baldwin County

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 1 Year


Old 27 Grill


Member 2 Years


Sun Flooring

Floor Covering

Member 2 Years


Alabama Coastal Foundation

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 9 Years


Precision Tune of Daphne

Automobile Service/Repair/Tires

Member 2 Years


Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church


Member 14 Years


Carell Corporation

Metal Bending Machines

Member 6 Years


The Exceptional Foundation

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 2 Years