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What are the Gaps in Your Business?ITSurvey

 The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce wants to fill the "gaps" of unmet needs in the Information Technology Industry in the area. The Economic Development Council's IT Subgroup is conducting a survey among local companies that utilize technology heavily.  Initial research proves that many IT services are outsourced regionally, nationally or even globally.  The Subgroup is made up of Chamber members in the IT field.


Types of IT segments included in the survey are; hardware and software companies, Cloud based companies, digital advertising/marketing agencies, telecommunication and wireless providers as well as local businesses in general.  The survey will be sent through Survey Monkey, which will also provide the results.


"The Chamber is pursuing efforts to promote and market the Eastern Shore as an IT environment to live, work and play.  The objective of this survey is to identify gaps with regards to our current IT infrastructure and work towards filling those gaps with the purpose of making the Eastern Shore more of a tech savvy place to conduct business", said Haden Giddings, subgroup chairman. "We are reaching out to our valued chamber members to gather this information," he added.


The purpose of the survey is to identify "gaps" in the industry that the Chamber may be able to fill through other resources.  Businesses who are interested in sharing their issues with the Chamber may call 928-6387.


Take the IT Survey by clicking this link:


IT Survey

Eastern Shore Chamber Eggs N' Issues
Everything You Wanted to Know About Taxes, But were Afraid to Ask!eggsnissues

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 of 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 Larry Hunter of Home Mortgage of America for being selected as Ambassador of the Month for November. Larry participated in numerous Chamber events and activities throughout the month, such as ribbon cuttings, new member plaque deliveries, Business After Hours, Morning Marketing Meeting and more.


A native of Birmingham, Larry resides in Fairhope, a graduate of Auburn University and has been a Loan Originator since 2007. He has been married to his wife Anita for four years.


When not volunteering for the Chamber Larry enjoys kayaking, camping, gardening and spending time with family. The couple are active members of the Dauphin Island United Methodist Church and the Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association.

Dunkin' Donuts Now Open in Daphneribboncuttings

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Dunkin' Donuts with a ribbon cutting at 29160 U. S. Highway 98, Daphne. Present for the event were (left to right): Cindy Zebryk, chamber ambassador; Randy Fry, Daphne City Council; Kayuna Harris: Dunkin' employee; Dane Haygood, Daphne Mayor; Veni Linthicum: shift leader; Candace Harrison, general manager; Darrelyn Bender, president/CEO of ESCoC; and Larry Hunter, chamber ambassador. Dunkin Donuts started in 1950, and after years of waiting, it came to the South. The Daphne location has been a three-year endeavor, but after a successful soft opening they are experiencing a great amount of business. All the donuts are made in-house and a fresh cup of coffee comes with every purchase. For more information call 621-2228.


Stone, Granade & Crosby Opens

New Location

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the opening of a new location for Stone, Granade & Crosby, PC with a ribbon cutting at 8820 US Highway 90 in Daphne. Present for the event were (left to right): Brenda Roland, Ruth McCulloh, Tracey Bumpers, Nancy Grace, chamber ambassador, Laura Strachan, Amanda Oakes, Carolyn Dohn, Nancy Hannah, George Irvine, Sam Crosby, Fred Granade, Brad Hicks, Cathy Broadus, David Bowman, Lisa Demko, Melanie Baker, Gaden White and Paula Knodel, chamber ambassador. Stone, Granade & Crosby, P.C., is a diversified law firm that represents individuals, families, businesses and public entities. The firm's broad practice areas include personal injury, commercial and construction, governmental and regulatory, estate planning, trust, estate and probate, corporate, taxation, and real estate development. The firm represents clients in trials in state and federal court. The foundation of the firm dates back to 1897 when Mr. Frank Stone began his law practice in Baldwin County. Its offices are located in Bay Minette, Daphne, and Foley, Alabama. For more information call 626-6696.

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.


SCORE Workshop
Business Financing AlternativesSCOREworkshop

Thursday, January 16, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope
Featuring--Brent McMahan (U.S. Small Business Administration), Bo Megginson ( ACCION and Gulf Coast Private Investor Network), Terri Pringle (South Alabama Regional Planning District) and W. Howard Wills, JD (Alabama Small Business Credit Initiative)

Conducted in affiliation with: U.S. Small Business Administration, The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center and The Women's Business Center of Southern Alabama.
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In This Issue




January 2014
9 Business After Hours, 5 - 7 pm, Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Dr., Daphne.  An Eastern Shore Chamber event.  621-8222.
9-11  Gospel Singing Time, 7 pm, Daphne Civice Center (417) 236-900.
14  Eggs N' Issues, 8:30 am, Daphne UMC, 2401 Main St., Daphne, Topic:  ONESPOT, (see article), 621-8222.  An Eastern Shore Chamber event.
16 Morning Marketing Meeting, 8 am, Scenic Overlook office. An Eastern Shore Chamber event.  621-8222.
16  Young Professional's Social, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, McSharry's Irish Pub, 101 N. Bancroft St., Fairhope.  An Eastern Shore Chamber event.
25  Senior Bowl, Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mboile, 6pm, 438-2276.

Baldwin County

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
      11/2013     11/2012
AL        5.6%        6.4%  
BC        5.1%        6.1%
US        6.6%        7.4% 




As of 12/31/13



Fulcrum Construction Group LLC

Ronald J. Yaeger

805 Trione Ave.




Massage Envy Spa

Alexia Fonte

3659 Airport Blvd., Ste. A




ServiceMaster Restoration by The Elliott Companies

Stacy Nelson

8270 Spanish Fort Blvd.

Spanish Fort



Aflac Regional Office

Ann Hartwell

6384 Bayfront Park Dr.,

Ste. A




Bricks 4 Kidz

Nicholas Smith

7272 North Lake Dr.

Spanish Fort



Lumpkin & Associates, CMC

Dan Lumpkin

305 N. Section St.




Supreme Lending

Stephanie Nelson

29891 Woodrow Lane, Ste. 500




Southern LINC Wireless

Lisa Glenn

3700-C Government Blvd.





Renewed Members


BMW of Mobile

Automobile Dealer/New & Used

Member 2 Years


Piggly Wiggly Cost Plus #14

Grocery Store

Member 2 Years


Kate's Place


Member 3 Years



Gift Shop

Member 9 Years


Mobile Airport Authority - Mobile Airport

Airport/Transportation Facility

Member 14 Years


Compound Pharmaceutical Technologies Incorporated


Member 1 Year


Eastern Shore Children's Clinic


Member 3 Years


Northcutt Dental Practice, PC


Member 18 Years


Fairfield Inn & Suites


Member 5 Years


Met Life Insurance

Insurance-Financial Services

Member 3 Years


Batchelor's Residential Service, LLC

Air Conditioning-Contractor & Services

Member 2 Years


Premier Cinema

Movie Theatre

Member 5 Years


The Fresh Market

Grocery Store

Member 1 Year


The Neighbood School, Inc.


Member 16 Years


Papa's Pizza Fairhope LLC


Member 19 Years




Member 8 Years


Beckwith Camp & Conference Center

Conference Center-Summer Camp

Member 4 Years


Centennial Bank-Daphne


Member 8 Years


Eastern Shore American Legion Post 199

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 5 Years


Gentiva Hospice


Member 7 Years


Hampton Inn of Daphne


Member 14 Years


Hilton Garden Inn-Mobile East Bay/Daphne


Member 9 Years


Sweet Water Dentistry


Member 1 Year


United States Sports Academy


Member 27 Years


Cottages of Fairhope

Cottages/Short Term Rentals

Member 10 Years


Dix Imaging

Copiers Sales & Service/Network

Member 13 Years


Jean McKee


Member 2 Years


ATM Asset Management

Investment Advisors/Management

Member 1 Year


Advanced Payroll Solutions Incorporation

Payroll Processing

Member 12 Years


American Family Care-Fairhope

Physicians & Surgeons-Family Practice

Member 2 Years


EastPointe Hospital


Member 1 Year


BB&T Bank


Member 30 Years


Coastal Bank and Trust


Member 5 Years


Crooked Hook Fishing Charters LLC

Fishing Guide

Member 5 Years


Industrial Medical Clinic-Daphne

Occupational Medicine-Physicians Office

Member 13 Years


L & M Marine, LLC

Boat Dealer/Sales

Member 13 Years


Mercy Life

Medical Case Management

Member 1 Year


Mercy Medical

Healthcare Services

Member 28 Years


Mercy Medical Home Care & Hospice

Home Health Care

Member 1 Year


The Haven

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 11 Years


White-Spunner Construction, Inc.

Construction-General Contractor

Member 5 Years


Affordable Plumbing Sewer & Drain

Plumbing Repairs/Water Filtration

Member 12 Years


Coldwell Banker Reehl Property-Rhonda Hice


Member 18 Years


Hughes Cremation Center & Funeral Services

Funeral Home & Cemetery

Member 8 Years


McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge


Member 1 Year


Publix Supermarket

Grocery Store

Member 2 Years


Truland Homes LLC


Member 1 Year


River Park Transmission


Member 2 Years


Southpoint Bank - Mortgage Lending

Mortgage Banking

Member 5 Years