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COAST CONNECTIONS } Events & Opportunities from the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber 
June 6, 2014
 
 
CONGRESSMAN BRADLEY BYRNE & STATE REPRESENTATIVE STEVE MCMILLAN UPDATE MEMBERS AT FIRST FRIDAY FORUM
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State Representative Steve McMillan and U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (shown above with Chamber Chairman Susan Sizemore) were the featured speakers at the Chamber's First Friday Forum, sponsored by South Baldwin Medical Center - Gulf Shores Urgent Care.  Rep. McMillan provided a behind-the-scenes update on this year's key legislative issues in Montgomery and Rep. Byrne provided a look at important Federal issues he is working on, including the red snapper fishing season and new counting methods, the need for a balanced budget, and a strengthened national defense.  As a bonus, the University of Alabama Summer Tide Theater was on hand to perform a preview of their "All Shook Up" Elvis salute, now playing in Gulf Shores all month!  (Click on the above photo for more pictures of this and other Coastal Alabama Business Chamber events.)

AND.. JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL RIBBON-CUTTING at 4:30 immediately preceding Business After Hours.
MARINE TRADES COUNCIL WORKING WITH OFFICIALS
TO RESOLVE RED SNAPPER SEASON ISSUES
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Congratulations to Susan Boggs, Vice Chair of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber's Marine Trades Council, and her team for the work they are doing addressing important issues to our marine trades industries.  Susan and her team have been meeting with local, state, and federal officials to discuss the red snapper season issue and explore both short-term and long-term solutions.  Last week they held a Marine Trades Open House at Cosmo's Restaurant to provide a venue for business people in marine trades industries to meet with each other and discuss this and other issues of common concern.  WHAT IS "MARINE TRADES?"  As our good friend and former Chamber Board Member John Fitzgerald says, "It's all about the water."  Any business whose livelihood depends in whole or in part on our natural aquatic resources is considered a "marine trades" business.  If you would like to become involved on this or ANY Chamber committee, please use our sign-up form online or call Chamber President Ed Rodriguez at 251-968-7221.
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR NEXT WEEK'S
WEEK-LONG SEA, SAND & STARS EVENT!
Sea Sand & Stars Needs Volunteers Next Week
What's the only elementary school in the UNITED STATES that has a world-class educational laboratory that is also a tourist attraction? It's Orange Beach Elementary's Sea Sand & Stars and for the third year in a row they are opening to the public for one week this summer -- that's NEXT WEEK -- and we still need a few volunteers. Call Ed Rodriguez at the Chamber today and we'll get you plugged in to volunteer!
LULU SHIP SINKING COVERAGE HELPS GULF COAST NEWSPAPERS WIN BIG PRESS AWARD - 
AND THEY ALSO WON NINE MORE!
Every time we turn around, another local business is finding new ways to make us proud! Congratulations to Gulf Coast Newspapers. In their best showing ever, they won 10 Alabama Press Association Awards in the Better Newspaper Contest for 2013. EQUALLY AMAZING, they swept the Best News Feature Story Coverage category, with Islander Editor John Mullen taking first place for his story "Let's go sink a ship," --- and we all know what THAT was about! Click here for the full story.
CHAMBER MEMBERS ENJOY BEAUTIFUL WEATHER AND FUN BUSINESS AFTER HOURS EVENT AT WATERVILLE USA
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Above, Chamber Board Member Jim Bibby and Chamber Past Chairman John Boller were among the guests enjoying our May Business After Hours, held under beautiful weather and sponsored by our friends at Waterville USA.   More photos of this event are available on our Flickr Photostream by clicking on the above photo.
BRANDY SCHOEN HAS ISLAND SPIRIT
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Congratulations to Brandy Schoen from Longhorn Steakhouse in Gulf Shores on being selected as the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber's Island Spirit Award recipient for June.  In presenting the honor, Island Spirit Committee Chairman Nora Mandoki cited Brandy's outstanding attention to customer service and quoted some comments from her nomination: "It is rare to find a human being that genuinely cares about customers. She is always smiling and happy to see anyone who comes into Longhorn." 
RIBBON-CUTTINGS   
Ribbon-Cutting at Beachside Resort Beachside Resort - Gulf Shores
 
Coastal Textile Center Coastal Textile Center - Bon Secour
 
Orange Beach Helicopter Tours
Orange Beach Helicopter Tours - Orange Beach
 
Back On Track Wellness Center Back on Track Wellness Center - Orange Beach
 
Gulf Coast Art Alliance
Gulf Coast Art Alliance - Gulf Shores
 
Premiere Staffing
Premiere Staffing -  Gulf Shores
 
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VISION 2025 
VISION 2025
Did you miss last month's Business Town Hall meeting on the City of Gulf Shores' VISION 2025 Initiative?  Not to worry. You can view and/or download the draft at the City of Gulf Shores website byclicking here.  
 
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DID YOU KNOW?
 
FEMA DISASTER UPDATE
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama storm survivors should register for disaster assistance even though they believe insurance will cover their losses from the recent storms. 
 
"Insurance is an important part of the recovery process," said Federal Coordinating Officer for Alabama storm recovery, Albie Lewis. "But, insurance may not meet all your needs, so registration with The Federal Emergency Management Agency and staying in touch with FEMA is very important." 
 
After an insurance claim has been paid, there could be uninsured losses that could be eligible under disaster assistance programs or SBA loans. 
"It is important to know what your policy covers," said Art Faulkner, Director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. "For example, if insurance does not include the expense of being displaced from your home, FEMA disaster housing assistance may help," Faulkner said. 
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration offer assistance programs for homeowners, renters, and business owners in nine Alabama counties designated for Individual Assistance. Residents of Baldwin, Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Lee, Limestone, Mobile or Tuscaloosa counties who suffered storm damage during the period April 28 through May 5 should apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone at m.fema.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available. The deadline to register for FEMA assistance is July 1, 2014. 
 
The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and 
private nonprofit organizations for uncompensated losses. The SBA may lend up to $200,000 to repair or replace homes and up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. 
 
Loans are available up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate, and other business assets. Eligible small businesses and non-profits can apply for Economic Injury Disaster
 
Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. 
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Member News
Do you have news about your business? New location? New manager? New owner? Important award or recognition? Share the news with us and we 'll do our best to share it with our members.
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