Dear Membership,

 

As we begin 2015, it is customary to take a moment to reflect on the year behind us and to look to the year ahead with great anticipation of what is to come.

 

Over the past months, I have spent valuable time talking with our members and individuals from the community at large. Business owners, city officials, and community leaders graciously shared their experiences, insights, and ideas. The information garnered from these exchanges and scheduled public forums resonated a theme of "Focus on Businesses" and shaped the development of a strategic guide for action.

 

In the coming year, the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is committed to focusing on businesses through enhanced member value. We endeavor to be a key element to successful business enterprise and the leading voice for the business community by continually and vigorously working for its interests.

 

We have set a priority for strengthening business relationships by engaging our membership through opportunities that are clearly relevant, productive, and valuable to their respective businesses; providing programs that best support, educate, and connect the business community; and emerging as the active voice for the Eastern Shore business community. To this end, we have been making strides through various strategies, events, and programs. We are featuring member businesses in print and multimedia distributed through mass email and social media; adding new elements to our longstanding networking events to boost attendance, promote interaction among attendees, and generate excitement; and piloting campaigns to promote shopping throughout the Eastern Shore.  Our new member orientation program, Chamber 101, is designed to further the inclusive climate of our organization and to enhance the new member experience. We have many more concepts in development that originated from within our organization. Keep the ideas flowing. We are YOUR Chamber.


 

The New Year begins with confidence. We have strong board leadership and involvement; committed and innovative staff; a growing and diverse membership; and an Eastern Shore community second to none. Of this we may be certain - The Eastern Shore will continue to grow, and as leaders of our beloved community, we are prepared to embrace and guide the change that growth brings. Our plans must be dynamic to allow for adjustment as new opportunities and challenges materialize. Let us be ever mindful that our strength lies with the talented and resourceful individuals that comprise our staff, board, and membership coupled with our shared passion for our neighbors, our families, our communities...our home.

 

We are excited about the future and the opportunities that lie ahead for our business community, for it is the heart and soul of the Eastern Shore Chamber.  We value your loyalty and commitment, as it is through your loyalty and commitment that our Chamber will continue to grow and thrive, enhancing not only our beautiful area and quality of life, but your business as well.

 

Lastly, I would like to extend a special thank you to all who shopped and dined on the Eastern Shore this past holiday season. Shopping locally benefits our own businesses, our schools, our neighbors, our community entities, our government services, our friends, and our families. These businesses donate to charities, benefits, school trips, sporting teams, churches, yearbooks, community events, and a plethora of other meaningful causes that sustain our communities.

 

We have much to be excited about. Let us congratulate each other and wish one another health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year.

 

Heiko Einfeld


Upcoming Events
businessafterhoursESCoC Business After Hours


Please join us for an evening of networking food, drinks, and fun on Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 5pm -7pm 
at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott. 
Bring your business cards to hand out and mix and mingle with other local professionals. 

Play the Trivia Challenge game for a chance to win a free Two Night Stay Fairfield's sister hotel, the Courtyard Marriott Biloxi/D'Iberville which is located just minutes away from casino row, the new MGM Baseball Stadium, and the Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center! Delicious food will be provided by Daphne's new
 Dickey's Barbeque Restaurant. 


Directions to the Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott Daphne/Spanish Fort: The hotel is located across from the Scenic Overlook Office in the Bass Pro Shopping Center. Take Hwy 98 toward Spanish Fort. Turn right onto Bass Pro Drive. Take an immediate left onto Cypress Way. The Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott is the first hotel on the left hand side.

I-10 East from Mobile: After crossing the Mobile Bay Bridge, merge right onto Exit 35A. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left at the traffic light onto Highway 98. Turn Right onto Bass Pro Drive. Take an immediate Left onto Cypress Way. The hotel is on the left hand side.

I-10 East from Loxley/Bay Minette: Take I-10 Exit 35. Turn right off the exit which will put you in the turning lane for Bass Pro Drive. Turn right onto Bass Pro Drive. Take an immediate left onto Cypress Way. Fairfield is the first hotel on the left.
 
morningmarketingmeetingMorning Marketing Meeting

 

 

Thursday, January 15th, 8:00 am 

Scenic Overlook Office

29750 Larry Dee Cawyer Dr., Daphne

(Just North of I-10 on Highway 98) 

(251) 621-8222

 

A special thank you to 

Violet Aesthetic Centre for sponsoring this months morning marketing meeting.

 











youngprofessionalsYoung Professionals 

 

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group holds a Social the third Thursday of every month from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. at a different restaurant each month.  
Young professionals, age 40 and under, are encouraged to participate. "Its a great opportunity to meet other young professionals on the Eastern Shore", stated Frank Shepard, 
Young Professionals of the Eastern Shore Chairman. Once a year the YP's collect canned goods for Economical Ministries and also partner with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours Toys-For-Tots each December. Members and potential members are welcome. To learn more about the YP Group call the Chamber at 928-6387
 

artsandcrafts63rd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival

 

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce proudly announces The 63rd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival in Fairhope,  Alabama is scheduled for March 20, 21 & 22, 2015, and presented by PNC Bank. Festival hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. The festival is free to the public. More than 230 exhibitors will bring their best works from all over the country, including many from the Southeast, to showcase at this prestigious juried show. Enjoy live entertainment and delicious cuisine from the food court throughout this great three-day event. An Eastern Shore staple for more than sixty years, there's something for everyone at the Arts and Crafts Festival in beautiful Downtown Fairhope. The 63rd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival artwork is by Jean McKee 
 


Presenting Sponsor of
63rd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival
March 20, 21 and 22, 2015 Friday and Saturday:
10 a.m.-6p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m-5 p.m.


Recent News and Events



DecemberbusinessafterhoursDecember Business after hours 


  

 A huge thank you to BancorpSouth in Spanish Fort for hosting the December business after hours and 

Young Professionals social on December 4th. 


 

Thank you also to those of you that brought un-wrapped toys for the U. S.  Marine Corps Reserve Toy's for Tot's campaign. We had a great turn out and are so thankful for all of the toys that were collected.

 

 

 

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ESCoC Guest Speaker-Patti Culp

 

 

Patti Culp, Executive Director of the Alabama Travel Council (ATC), was the guest speaker on December 11 at Bryant Bank in Daphne. Patti highlighted what a treasure the Eastern Shore is for tourism.  Patti mentioned that through her travels on the  travel show circuit,  she continually promotes the Eastern Shore. Patti shared some exciting news that Mark Hoffman, former chairman of the National Tourism Association, and owner of Leisure Vacations will be bringing a group of tour operators for the first time to Alabama this spring. The group will tour 3 areas through out the state with one of them being the Eastern Shore. Patti has been the Executive Director of the Alabama Travel Council (ATC) since 1977. The ATC is

 a not-for-profit, state wide association that represents the private sector in the travel industry. The Council promotes tourism and travel to and within the State of Alabama. It has been a strong voice in tourism since 1953. Patti is involved in numerous and varied organizations throughout the State of Alabama and the South.

 

   

 

Millie Sue Hawk


 

Congratulations to Millie Sue Hawk for being selected Ambassador of the Month for November.  Millie earned the honor for welcoming new members, attending a variety of Chamber events and serving as liaison for the Chamber. 
After owning Welcome Friends for 19 years, Millie Sue turned the business over to Annette Sebastian January 1, 2014. Millie Sue has served as a  member of the Easter Shore Chamber for eight years. She jumped into Ambassador duties almost as soon as she became a member.  Throughout the years Millie Sue was awarded Ambassador of the Month numerous times.  Now that she is retired she continues to volunteer for the Chamber as well as doing her "Y" work out and a weekly Bible Study. She enjoys playing golf with husband Charlie, going to the beaches in the area, travelling to foreign countries, and going to see the grand children. The couple has five children and thirteen grand children. "The Ambassador program has helped me with my business, gain more knowledge of the Eastern Shore area and meet people," said Millie Sue.  "Living in Satsuma made it a challenge to do business in Eastern Shore, but my Chamber membership gave me many opportunities to network and learn about the Easter Shore area."

   

 

martM-Art

 

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed new member M-Art with a ribbon cutting at the 34 Magnolia Ave. Fairhope location. Attending the event were: (left to right):  Heiko Einfeld, executive director of ESCoC; Marty and Rex Leatherbury, owner of M-Art; Cindy Zybrek, ESCoC ambassador; Sherry Sullivan, City of Fairhope; and Ned Manning, ESCoC, membership account executive. M-Art carries unique and unusual treasures to grace your home and wardrobe.

For more information please call (251) 377-3833

http://www.martimports.com/



 

BoudreauxsBoudreaux's Cajun Grill


 

The Eastern Shore Chamber recently celebrated the opening of Boudreaux's Cajun Grill with a ribbon cutting at 29249 U.S. Highway 98 Daphne The ribbon cutting was attended by Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood, staff and members of the Eastern Shore Chamber. After a major redesign of the interior last spring, exterior additions, including a covered deck - now with lounge areas, fire pits and heaters - have been completed, so the extraordinary bay views may be enjoyed year-round. Private rooms and deck space are available for events. For more information call Boudreaux's at (251) 621-1991

http://www.boudreauxscajungrill.com/

 

 

 

Plow

plow  

The Eastern Shore Chamber recently celebrated the opening of a new location for PLOW with a ribbon cutting at 98 Plantation Point, Fairhope.  Attending the event were:  Plow owners Noell Broughton, Bobby Kilpatrick, Will Easterling and Alex Daniels.  Staff members, Janine Rillo, Richard Muller, Ethan Salsitz, Tim Ingram, Shane Northcutt, Jason Hartley, Heather Spies and Joey Bolda. Others attended were Ned Manning, ESCoC; Cindy Zebryk, ESCoC Ambassador; Councilman Jack Burell and Sherry Sullivan, City of Fairhope.

Fairhope's Newest Hotspot! PLOW is locally owned and homegrown.  PLOW is known for its live music, great spirits and is open late. For more information call 251-410-PLOW (7569)

https://www.facebook.com/plowinfairhope/info#!/plowinfairhope?fref=ts

 

 

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christmasparadeSpreading Christmas cheer at the ESC0C

 

 We had so much fun riding in the Fairhope, Daphne and Spanish Fort Christmas parades this year with 4 of the 2014 ESCoC award winners.  

 

 

(right) Cindy Zebryk
2014 Ambassador of the Year  

(left) 
Diane Douglas

2014 Small Business of the Year 

 

 

 

2014 Service Award 

Gray Englebert

 
http://jubileespecialties.com/AboutUs/


 

Eric Nager
2014 Community Leader of the Year 




seniorlunch
The Daphne Chick-Fil-A, Market by the Bay and Popeyes joins hands with The City of Daphne and The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce

Over the holidays we had the honor of serving lunch to the Senior Citizens at the Daphne Senior Center along with Daphne Chick-fil-A, Market by the Bay and Daphne Popeyes.

A huge THANK YOU to the Daphne Chic-Fil-A, Market by the Bay and Daphne Popeyes.
 for donating the delious lunches. The Senior Citizen's really enjoyed their lunches, and we could not have done it without all of their very generous food donations.

Chick-fil-A
1682 US Highway 98
Daphne, AL 36526
(251) 621-3215
Fax: (251) 621-3400
daphne.fsu@chick-fil-a.com
Market By The Bay
29145 US Highway 98
Daphne, AL 36526
(251) 621-9994
Fax: (251) 621-9956
Popeyes 
Byron Evans - Owner
1511 U.S. Highway 98
Daphne, AL 36526
(504) 231-0002
  



youthleadershipYouth Leadership 



 

The Youth Leadership Class met in December for  Law and Government Day. The goal was for each student to have a better understanding of the governmental affairs within our community. The students had the opportunity to participate in the county commissioners meeting, tour the sheriffs department and meet

 with Honorable Judge Wilthers to learn about careers within the justice system. We also were able to hear a few of his bond hearings. The students were most interested in this day and walked away knowing 
more about our county government.




escocjobopening
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce  has the following job opening for a Membership Account Executive.


We will be accepting resumes through Friday January 16th.

Please send resume and cover letter to: 
P.O. Drawer 310, Daphne, Alabama 36526-0310

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