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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. kbishop@bcbe.org 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.

  
 
  

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

SOCIAL TO BE HELD DURING BAH

 

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: http://adeca.alabama.gov/Divisions/wdd/Pages/GrantPrograms.aspx or contact our local WIA representative below.

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DECEMBER 2013
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Calendar

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 www.escs.org.
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
215
Average Selling Price
$192,749
Average Days on Market
156
Units on the Market
1,933
  
Condos Sold
116
Average Selling Price
$360,902
Average Days on Market
163
Units on the Market
966
  
Unemployment Stats
      10/2013     10/2012
AL        6.4%        7.1%  
BC        5.8%        6.6%
US        7.3%        7.9% 
 
 

 

New

Members

As of 11/31/13

  

Bouch's Premium Cigars

Gene Rouchillon

77 S. Section St., Ste. A

Fairhope

517-9526

 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions, USA, Inc.

Kimberly Spottswood

3101 International Dr., #177

Mobile

666-7911

 

JJPR LLC

Jennifer Jenkins

1745 Main St., Ste. C

Daphne

591-4974

 

Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties/Nickie Olson

241 US Highway 98

Fairhope

990-6622

 

Meck Law Firm, PC

William Meck

757 Morphy Ave.

Fairhope

990-4744

 

Linda Speed

P.O. Box 273

Fairhope

605-5779

 

Employee Liability Management

Andrea Rathie

3213 Executive Park Cir.

Mobile

470-0700

 

RE/MAX By The Bay/Alice D. Eskridge

300 Magnolia Ave.

Fairhope

928-7474

 

Firestone Complete Auto Care

Rick Herring

27320 US Highway 98

Daphne

626-4886

 

Adam Bass-Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

11 North Water St., Ste. 16290

Mobile

470-2317

 

Horizon Financial

1 Timber Way, Ste. 100

Daphne

625-2220

 

The Frenchman's Corner of Fairhope

Julienne Roach

42 S. Section St., Ste. 5

Fairhope

928-7750

 

Lemonade Photography Company

James Fulcher

462 N. Section St.

Fairhope

623-4918

 

WebOperations.net LLC

Michal "Webbie" Douglas

28080 US Highway 98 East, Ste. G

Daphne

662-1467

 

The Snowbird Company

Bill Moffett

120-A Fairhope Ave.

Fairhope

605-4915

 

Embrace Home Loans

Don Cox

101 Flycreek Ave., Ste. 320

Fairhope

(800) 333-3004 x 3797

 

Teresa Rainey-Camper

3 Cottage Dr.

Fairhope

 

582-2334

 

 

 

Renewed Members

 

Courtyard by Marriott

Hotel

Member 5 Years

 

Pet Haven

Pet Shop

Member 31 Years

 

Segers Aero Corporation

Manufacturers-Aerospace

Member 5 Years

 

Adams Homes LLC

Builder

Member 16 Years

 

The Palladian at Fairhope

Apartments

Member 1 Year

 

CH2M HILL

Engineers

Member 1 Year

 

Deep South Dermatology

Physicians/Dermatology

Member 4 Years

 

Spanish Fort United Methodist Church

Church

Member 16 Years

 

Five Guys-Daphne

Restaurant-Fast Food

Member 1 Year

 

Baumhower's Wings

Restaurant

Member 6 Years

 

California Dreaming

Restaurant

Member 6 Years

 

ITT Technical Insitute

Colleges/Universities

Member 6 Years

 

Shamrock Properties LLC

Real Estate, Moving & Storage

Member 2 Years

 

Hancock Bank

Bank

Member 13 Years

 

The Family Center-Baldwin County

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 1 Year

 

Old 27 Grill

Restaurant

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

Church

Member 14 Years

 

Carell Corporation

Metal Bending Machines

Member 6 Years

 

The Exceptional Foundation

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 2 Years