Governor Robert Bentleyaddressed a record-sized crowd at a Chamber breakfast on March 21. Governor Bentley gave an update on his administration's efforts on a variety of issues affecting business at the event, which was sponsored byThe Wharf. Above, Chamber ChairmanSusan Sizemorewelcomes Governor Bentleyto Coastal Alabama. For additional photos of this and other Chamber events, please click directly on the photo to view our Flickr Photostream. And, if you missed the event, you canview a video here, courtesy ofPaul Doss ofAlabama Gulf Coast Video.
HOW DO YOU SPELL "SUCCESS?"
Five high school students from Gulf Shores High School pitched their business ideas before a panel of investors to compete for funding at the First Annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Investor Panel Presentation Event. The students presented before representatives from the local business community as well as an audience filled with family, friends and members of the high school staff, for the opportunity to gain funding for their original ideas- that could be the next big thing! About 80 people attended the event, held at the Erie Meyer Civic Center. For the complete story, please click here.VIDEO: Did you miss the event? Click here to watch the video, courtesy of our friends at Design Print Promote.
MARDI GRAS FUN
TheCoastal Alabama Business Chamberonce again participated in the annual Mardi Gras Parades in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Special thanks toBaldwin EMCfor sponsoring our parade float and toRon KutterofKutter's Grounds Maintenance, Inc.for serving as our driver and transportation coordinator for the events.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
The March Business After Hours was held atFisher'sat Orange Beach Marina. Business After Hours is a great way to meet new business contacts and to catch up with old friends! (Click on the above photo to view additional pictures of this and other Chamber events on our Flickr Photostream.
Defender Technologies- Gulf Shores
Pointe South - Orange Beach
Liquid Freeze Ice Cream - Gulf Shores
Island Life Beach Rentals & Charters - Gulf Shores
Gulf Coast Cross Project - Summerdale
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley at the Chamber's Friday Forum
(Video courtesy of Paul Doss of Alabama Gulf Coast Video)
John Henry, the legendary "steel drivin' man" who tried to beat a machine driving spikes along a railroad, lost his race. According to a recentstudyby The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the John Henry phenomenon is real: companies that lag in technology implementation are losing the race with "smarter" firms. BCG found thatsmall and medium-sized firms in the "leader" category in such things as Internet connectivity and cloud-based services created nearly twice as many jobs and 15 percent more revenue than their "laggard" peers.
At theCoastal Alabama Business Chamber, we would like to see our economy grow and our members prosper. We encourage you to look at theBCG studyand get a better feel for the advantages of becoming better versed in technology.