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COAST CONNECTIONS | Events and Opportunities from the Coastal Alabama Businss Chamber
 January 13, 2014
 
 

E-CYCLING SATURDAY A TOTAL SUCCESS

Once again, the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber made our annual E-Cycling event our first big project of the year.  While we had a bit of rain and wind at the outset, the weather cleared up and made for a very successful Saturday morning collecting recyclable electronics and paper for shredding.  Special thanks to Steve Jones for his work in organizing this event.  He is shown above with Membership Director Vicki Stillings, Vice Chair for Conservation and Natural Resources Ginny Barnas, and 2014 Chamber Chairman Susan Sizemore.

 

Shrimp Festival Poster Contest is Under Way

The 2013 Official Shrimp Festival Poster, designed by Baldwin County artist Loren Chavez

POSTER CONTEST UNDER WAY FOR 43rd ANNUAL NATIONAL SHRIMP FESTIVAL

 

 

GULF SHORES, AL - The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is now accepting poster designs for the 43rd Annual National Shrimp Festival.  Artwork that is submitted must incorporate a certain criteria.

 

Please visit the Shrimp Festival websitewww.myshrimpfest.com, for a list of rules and design criteria.

 

The winning poster will become the property of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, and will be the official artwork for the Annual National Shrimp Festival merchandise at the festival.

 

The winning artist will receive a cash award of $1,000.00. You can submit artwork at the Chamber of Commerce office, 3150 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL.
 
Deadline to submit artwork will be Friday, March 7, 2014.  For more information please contact Lauren Turner at (251) 968-4237 or lauren@mygulfcoastchamber.com

 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS-EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS AT SPECIAL GSHS LUNCHEON

Members of the Chamber's Education and other committees were guest of Gulf Shores High School for a special luncheon prepared by culinary students who are participating in the school's Career Academy program.  The purpose of the event was to recognize and thank the many business-oriented partnerships between Gulf Shores High School and the local business community in efforts ranging from Career Academies to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!).  Above (l-r) Chamber President Ed Rodriguez, YEA Program Administrator Amy Elliott, Chamber Vice Chair for Civic & Governmental Affairs Scott Shamburger, Chamber Chairman Susan Sizemore, Chamber Chair for Education Michelle Nelson, YEA Instructor (and Chamber Vice Chair for Tourism) Braswell McMeans, and Gulf Shores High School Principal Dr. Ernie Rosado.
LOOK WHO HAS ISLAND SPIRIT FOR JANUARY!
CONGRATULATIONS TO SUSIE DESHAZO OF 
KING NEPTUNE'S RESTAURANT!

The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber presented its first Island Spirit Award of the year to Susie DeShazo of King Neptune's Restaurant.  In presenting the award, Island Spirit Nora Mandoki cited Susie's ability to make customers -- both residents and area visitors -- feel at home and at ease:  "She is very well-liked by her customers and has worked at the restaurant for several years."
MERRY MARKET A TOTAL SUCCESS!

The second annual Coastal Alabama Business Chamber Merry Market was a total success and even bigger than the first!  The unique Christmas crafts and gifts show, held at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf, was the place to be on the weekend of December 14.  Gifts and crafts of all types, a food court with delicious goodies, and children's activities made for a perfect holiday event.   Visit the Chamber's Flickr Photostream for more pictures of this event.  Special thanks to Vicki Stillings and many of our Chamber Ambassadors and volunteers for helping to cement what we hope will become a long-term holiday tradition.
GULF SHORES CHRISTMAS PARADE
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The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber was proud to participate in the annual Gulf Shores Christmas parade -- the first night parade!  Thanks to all our Board Members, Ambassadors and others who participated and a special thanks to Jen Blanchard and the team at Gulf Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep for proving a truck for our float!
COMING IN FEBRUARY
WORLD-CLASS CUSTOMER SERVICE PROGRAM
FOR MANAGERS
This program is geared toward supervisors and key personnel and is presented in a spaced learning format to allow more  on-the-job application. The emphasis is on skills needed to build external and internal relationships to more effectively manage customers and personnel that interact with customers. Dale Carnegie training tackles issues such as how people can partner across functions to exceed customer expectations, initiate new services to generate add-on and cross-selling opportunities and leverage industry-wide "best practices" to strengthen customer ties. The training brings measurable gains in improved service quality, better resolution of customer conflict,and increased customer loyalty, ultimately increasing profitability. 
 
SPECIAL PREVIEW MEETING (FREE)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
8:30 am to 11:30 am
McCarron-Raley Conference Room
Coastal Alabama Business Chamber
 
Classes will be held for 4 weeks, One session per week
8:30am - Noon
Wednesdays, February 5th, 12th, 19th
Locations: Baldwin EMC, Orange Beach (on Foley Beach Express
Tuition = $397.00 per enrollee. A team of three to six = $375.00 each
and a team of seven or more = $357.00 each. Ask for quote on larger groups.

  

 

The Chamber will once again have our float in the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parades and we would love to advertise for your business!

 

Please let us know if you would like for us to throw your company promotional items from our float.  This is a great way to advertise to the hundreds of visitors along the parade routes.

 

To include your promotional items, please contact Ann vonEberstein at (251) 968-7220.

 

The time is getting close...Mardi Gras is Tuesday, March 4th...so don't delay!

 
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UPCOMING
CHAMBER MEMBER
& BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES 
 
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DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS GREAT MARKETING OPPORTUNITY
 
 
The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is very proud to announce the publication of the 2014-2015 Coast Living Membership Directory.
February 14 is the deadline this year! We've moved up production to enable your company's exposure to start earlier in the spring!
 
Alliance Publishing Group, Inc. will once again be producing this magazine as the official marketing publication for our Chamber.
 
This high-quality magazine will showcase our area as a growing vibrant place to live, work, visit, shop, and play. It will feature beautiful color photography, demographic information, as well as stories of interest about our area. We encourage you to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to highlight your business in this annual publication.
 
Coast Living will reach over 25,000 people through a wide printed distribution program that includes the Chamber office, City Halls, real estate companies, health care providers, financial institutions, utility providers, and others. It will also once again be available on the Chamber's website, which received over 20,000 unique visitors per month in 2013.
 
The publication is a great tool that we at the Chamber use year-round to market our community to prospective residents, businesses, shoppers, visitors, and investors.  We only publish once a year, so if you miss out, your next opportunity won't be until 2015.

A complete information package, including a rate sheet, is available by clicking here.

And, if you're not familiar with the publication, view the online version by clicking here.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Stillings at the Chamber office 251-968-7200, or Keith Lott, Alliance Publishing at 251-458-3707
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COMMUNITY EVENTS 
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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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DID YOU KNOW?

 

 

BALDWIN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS INVITE YOU TO A DIGITAL RENAISSANCE SHOWCASE FEB. 4
  

Baldwin County Public Schools, in the third year of implementing the Digital Renaissance, announces opportunities to visit innovative K - 12 classes where students with 1:1 digital devices are engaged in technology-rich, student-centered instructional settings. Among leading districts nationally, those in grades 3 - 12 are provided laptops and in K - 2 iPads are used as tools to empower students to learn in ways not possible before.  Teaching is being transformed and student engagement and learning are increasing. 

The showcase schools are located in the beautiful, pristine city of Gulf Shores, AL. Gulf Shores beaches have been name among the nation's best.

 

 

SHOWCASE WILL COVER

  • Innovation with 1:1 
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Professional Development 
  • Financial Ramifications 
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Career Academies
  • Implementation Process 

Tour Classes:  
     Gulf Shores High School 
     Gulf Shores High School Academies
     Gulf Shores Middle School 
     Gulf Shores Elementary School

 

TO REGISTER FOR THIS EXCITING EVENT,please click here.
 

 


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 Coastal Alabama Business Chamber

 

Download Gulf2Go

 

Baldwin Economic Development Alliance

 

Business Support Center 

 

Coastal Baldwin Educational Enrichment Foundation

 

Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Tourism

 

 

 
 

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