Welcome New Investors - April

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Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce encourages investors to do business with other chamber investors. Please consider these new stakeholders the next time you have a need for products/services. New Investor Referral? Contact Pam Wright, Business Development manager, 843-916-7220, Changes to Business Information? Contact Amanda Blomquist, Business Development marketing coordinator, 843-916-7238.

Agape Hospice of the Grand Strand
Hospice Care
Ginger Huggins
3009-C Church St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-839-3220

Charles Bach Wonders
Theatres-Live - Hospitality Partnership
Charles Bach
1195 Celebrity Cir.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-286-5003

Doctors Care - Carolina Forest
Clinics
Tess Siciliano
200 Middleburg Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-903-6650

Doctors Care - Market Common
Clinics
Crystal Reid
2761 Agnes Ln.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-492-2710

Doctors Care - Murrells Inlet
Clinics
Christina Woolley
12015 Hwy. 707
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
843-492-9021

Doctors Care Strand
Clinics
Tess Siciliano
1221 21st Ave. N.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-626-9379

DRC Consulting, LLC
Training
Kathryn Barnhill
1019 4th Ave., Unit 101
Conway, SC 29526
843-902-9330

Eagle Crest Independent Retirement Community
Senior Services
Christina Crawford
3736 Robert M. Grissom Pkwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-448-9300

Edward Jones
Financial-Planning
Jamie Croland
2411 N. Oak St., Ste. 402
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-626-3659

HHS
Hospitality-Services
Ashleigh Lynch
1102 S. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-282-5141

Island Time Cruises
Cruises-Scenic/Dinner/Dances - Hospitality Partnership
Kerri Hollar
101 Fantasy Harbour Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-902-9408

Luckie & Company
Advertising-Agencies/Consultants
Mary Winslow
3160 Main St.
Duluth, GA 30096
205-879-2121

McCutchen, Mumford, Vaught & Geddie, PA
Attorneys
Mac McCutchen
4610 Oleander Dr., Ste. 203
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-449-3411

Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals by Vacasa
Vacation Rentals & Beach Homes - Hospitality Partnership
Hector Ferran
351 Lake Arrowhead Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-203-8716

New South Botanicals
Manufacturers
Martin Johnson
506 8th Ave.
Aynor, SC 29511
843-358-4223

Sands Realty Group
Real Estate-Sales
Briggs Dickerson
1600 Farrow Pkwy., Ste. B-7
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-839-4878

Spyglass Home Inspections, LLC
Real Estate-Inspections
Matt Schwirtz
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
843-685-1091

Sun Fun Commercial Cleaning
Cleaning
Donna Todd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-231-2202

The Power of Elderberries
Health-Wellness
Libby Vick
3852 S. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-503-4545

The Racing Brotherhood Foundation
Nonprofit
Mike Neff
2411 N. Oak St., Ste. 203-C
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
704-787-0036

Top Notch Printing
Printers
Bill McCutcheon
3023 Church St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-848-2177

Tread Connection
Auto-Tire Dealers
Carlis Johnson
Aynor, SC 29511
843-283-1741

BMW - Go Get You One

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by Tom Winslow, Goldfinch Winslow Law Firm

As a Port Ambassador for the State of South Carolina, I was invited to go to Greer, South Carolina, with the other Port Ambassadors to visit our state's Inland Port and the BMW manufacturing plant. Yes, South Carolina has a port in Greer, South Carolina - they also have one in Dillion, South Carolina. These ports are ingenious creations to connect parts of the state with the port in Charleston. They are basically cargo drop off and pick up points with a rail connection to allow for quicker transport to Charleston. An amazing fact about the inland port of Greer, South Carolina, for you. Last year they shipped over 100,000 containers by rail to Charleston - that means 100,000 less trucks on the Interstate. This helps reduce wear and congestion on the road, it is faster, and better for the environment.

Almost every product now a days is packaged in a 20 TEU (short container) if it is a heavy product or a 40 TEU (normal container). Therefore, the need for those massive cranes you will see in the Charleston skyline. Those cranes cost about $10,000,000 each, but the Port of Charleston has used those cranes to become the 6th ranked Port in the country. It is one of the biggest ports on the East Coast and an economic juggernaut for the state of South Carolina. There is no other water port in South Carolina that can support the draft depth needed or has the infrastructure necessary for the future of container transport, so instead of clinging to "the way things were," the decision to reform with the way things are and move inland to assists their customers. This move has propelled the South Carolina Port Authority near the top of the nation's port system.

This move illustrates three core principles to running a business:

  1. Give your customers what they need to succeed. This may be literal, or simply giving them the customer service they need. Either way, simply relying on the way things were (or "should be") is self focused, not customer focused.

  2. Do what others don't. Going to two rather rural destinations for a Port may sound nuts but it is that creative thought that spurred so many unrealized benefits. Take risks and take a shot. You might fail, but you may also succeed.

    You need relationships. Those people who call it the "Good ole boy system" are the people that don't have the relationships they need to be successful. Through hard work you and your business must create and nurture relationships, so when you need help you have it. The Port had to do that with Norfolk Southern and BMW, because without them this Greer Port would just be a parking lot.

    Talking about BMW, we were able to tour their 1.2 million square foot manufacturing facility where they can make a car in 32 hours and made over 300,000 cars last year. An amazing place and very secure environment - cell phones off, no pictures, walk in a straight line - I am glad I was released. But those rules and other ideas they have put in place have really proven them to be part of the cream of the manufacturing industry.  

    I was able to speak with the director of the BMW facility and also our tour guide about what makes BMW Greenville successful from a management and employee perspective:

    1. Team work. Everyone works in teams and relies on their team, they also trust that their team members are doing their job properly, so that they can do theirs. They do their job and don't over reach into another team members work.

    2. The team members feel respected. The management gives them breaks, good benefits, and good pay. They feel respected and this leads to only a 3% overturn annually. That is a lot of people when you look at having 8,000 employees, but very small in an industrial field.

    3. Keep the work space clean and organized. The tour guide said that this helps led to efficiency and safety, but most strikingly comfort. She stated that it is nice to walk in to a clean space with light and no clutter.

    4. The importance of cross-training, shifts, and breaks. The employees at BMW work four, two hours shifts with breaks in between. Each two hours they shift locations. For the employee that means they have four breaks too mentally recover and prepare for the upcoming shift. For the management, that means they have a team that is efficient in what they do and are cross trained in four different skills. That way if someone does leave position, they can fill the vacancy immediately in house.

    5.  Managers help, they don't do. The team has a rope they literally pull if they need help from the manager. Beyond that the managers job is to supervise and train - they do not do. There is no micromanaging. Just like the teams themselves, the manager trusts his team and in turn the team trusts the manager to be there when needed.

    What an amazing learning experience from two South Carolina industries that have really helped set the tone for the economic force South Carolina has become. Thank you for the opportunity to learn and hopefully apply these skills to make Goldfinch Winslow Law Firm the X factor for our clients and team members.

About Goldfinch Winslow Law Firm
Tom Winslow is an attorney at the law firm of Goldfinch Winslow LLC. While his firm practices in an array of legal fields, they pride themselves on being able to help small businesses, families and individuals alike. They are happy to help the people and businesses of Horry and Georgetown counties with all their legal needs. Goldfinch Winslow works hard not just on your legal matters, but to earn your trust and respect. You can reach Winslow at 843-357-9301 or tom@goldfinchwinslow.com.



HGTC Named May Leading Business of the Month Sponsored by South State Bank

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For more than 50 years, Horry Georgetown Technical College has provided post-secondary education opportunities across three campuses – one in Conway, one in Myrtle Beach and one in Georgetown.

HGTC is our May Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank. It’s the fourth largest technical college in South Carolina and offers more than 65 degree and certificate programs. Arts, science, business, information/computer technology, nursing, culinary arts, dental hygiene, criminal justice technology and early childhood development are among the many educational offerings at HGTC.

The college was initially established in 1961 as Horry-Marion-Georgetown Technical Education Center. It wasn’t until 1966, by which time it had assumed its current name, did it receive it’s first class of students with 123 members. Since that first graduating class, HGTC has had more than 17,000 students graduate with 90 percent becoming part of the workforce in Horry and Georgetown counties.

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce partners with HGTC in many ways including the offering of some classes at discounted prices through HGTC’s continuing education and workforce development programs.

HGTC also has offerings for community members that aren’t pursuing further education. Find affordable upscale lunches prepared by second-year culinary arts students at the Fowler Dining Room on the Conway campus Tuesdays through Thursdays. There’s also dental clinics which specializes in dental exams, cleanings and X-rays. The Charles F. Freeman Community Dental clinic helps to meet the needs of qualifying patients who may delay treatment for financial reasons. More information about all of the community resources can be found at hgtc.edu/community.

Horry Georgetown Technical College
2050 Hwy. 501 E.
Conway, SC 29526
843-349-5341

743 Hemlock Ave.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-477-0808

4003 S. Fraser St.
Georgetown, SC 29440
843-546-8406

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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month. 

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Nucci's Pizza
9619 C-1 Shore Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-213-0363

Shore Drive’s only homemade pizza. Homemade subs, fresh-sliced deli meats and the best hand tossed pizza in Myrtle Beach. Open late-night and year-round. Feed the locals, wow the tourists.

Total Wine & More
550 Seaboard St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-353-5904

Total Wine is the country’s largest independent retailer of fine wine with 8,000 different types of wine, as well as 3,000 spirits and 2,500 beers.

Leonard, Call & Associates Named March Leading Business of the Month Sponsored by South State Bank

Don Leonard said it felt like it was his birthday when we surprised him in the lobby of his office on the corner of 35th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

His real estate and development company, Leonard, Call & Associates, is our March Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank.

When Leonard moved to the area, he learned that if he wanted to get involved in the community and get to know the movers and shakers quickly, he ought to join the chamber. He did and even served as chair of the board in 1978-1979, when our board terms still ran on the fiscal, not calendar, year.

Leonard is also part of Leonard, Grigg and Associates, a company formed with Roger Grigg in 1990. Together, the pair have developed more than 40 parcels of land including sites now recognized as Kingston Plantation, Mar Vista Grande, Blackmoor, Indigo Creek, and Carolina Forest’s Springlake.

Over the years, Leonard served on many other boards, including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Hall of Fame, Board of Visitors of the Wall School of Business, Grand Strand Medical Center, National Bank of South Carolina, Brookgreen Gardens and United Way. He also has served on the board of trustees for his alma mater Wake Forest University.

Leonard was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor by Gov. David Beasley in 1997.

He was first appointed to the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank by Gov. Mark Sanford in 2003. He was reappointed by Sanford in 2007. In 2010, Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Leonard to her transition team, and named him chair of the S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank in 2011. 

Leonard, Call & Associates
3501 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-626-7676

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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month. 

Seaside Furniture Gallery & Accents Named April Leading Business of the Month Sponsored by South State Bank

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Planning to redecorate a room, buy a couch or new bedroom set? Pay Seaside Furniture Gallery and Accents, our April Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank, a visit.

The furniture store is located on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach just north of Robert Edge Parkway. The large showroom is filled with nautical themed furniture, lamps, art and décor with plenty of other fabric and finishes that aren’t inspired by the coast.

Seaside Furniture Gallery and Accents is most proud of their staff for being knowledgeable and helpful. Staff can help pick the best pieces and finishes for any space. Seaside Furniture, which joined the chamber in 2011, also has an online room planner to help visualize how the furniture will fit in a room.  

Seaside Furniture Gallery & Accents
527 Hwy. 17 N.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
843-280-7632

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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month. 

Ambassadors of the Month - April

Ambassadors are a dedicated group of volunteers from the chamber membership who donate their time to assist the chamber with various activities. Ambassadors enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resource. Learn more about this elite group.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW 2019 CHAMBER AMBASSADORS

Larry Fudge

WTS-Waccamaw Telecommunications Systems, Inc.

Ambassador of the Month

Chae Evens

FSA-Full Steam Ahead, Inc.

Second Highest Ambassador Points

Margaret Hoynes

Twelve31 Media, LLC

Third Highest Ambassador Points

Ambassadors of the Month - March

Ambassadors are a dedicated group of volunteers from the chamber membership who donate their time to assist the chamber with various activities. Ambassadors enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resource. Learn more about this elite group.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW 2019 CHAMBER AMBASSADORS

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Chae Evans

FSA-Full Steam Ahead, Inc.

Ambassador of the Month

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Margaret Hoynes

Twelve31 Media, LLC

Second Highest Ambassador Points of the Month

Larry Fudge

WTS – Waccamaw Telecommunication Systems, Inc.

Third Highest Ambassador Points of the Month

May Business Bulletin

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APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!

Horry-Georgetown Technical College received the Partnerships for People Award (North Region) at the Palmetto Goodwill’s Shining Star Awards Banque. HGTC received the award for its innovative new collaboration with Palmetto Goodwill. HGTC’s Train to Work Program provides participants seeking industry certifications with six different skill building certifications in order to help get them into the workforce quickly.

Sabeza HR announced that CEO/Principal HR Consultant Sarah Zasso was recently the first ever recipient of the COHR IMPACT AWARD, presented by the Coastal Organization of Human Resources. She received the award for her Outstanding Leadership in COHR and her impact on the local human resources community.  

MERGER

Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith of New Bern is merging with the Coldwell Banker Advantage network, forming a powerful new alliance in real estate. The strategic move was designed to enhance the client experience and expand the geographic presence of the Coldwell Banker Advantage Family of companies, which include Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, Coldwell Banker Advantage, and Coldwell Banker Chicora Advantage.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 

During May, 172 investors will be celebrating their Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce anniversaries ranging from one year up to 39 years for Litchfield Country Club, a country club environment without the country club price.

30 Years
Avista Resort

20 Years
Brittain Resorts & Hotels

Horry County Finance Office

Little River Chamber of Commerce

Staybridge Suites Myrtle Beach - West

15 Years
Avista Resort

Hibbits Insurance, Inc.

Lakeside Crossing

10 Years
Banana Boat Express

Barnaby Windows

Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Watch Tour

MadMyrtle's Ice Creamery

Oceanfront Merchants Association

Parasail Express

VacationMyrtleBeach.com

5 Years
AJ's Pizza, LLC

Bay Naturals Healthy Market & Kitchen

Broadway Grand Prix

C&K Systems

Carolina Safari Tours

Goldfinch Winslow Law Firm

Massage Envy Surfside

Myrtle Beach Sports Center

Myrtle Waves Water Park

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Business Bulletin recognizes new employees, staff promotions, relocations and expansions, awards, class and convention attendance, new websites, and year-end accomplishments for top real estate producers/sales. Send updates to Kori.Hippe@VisitMyrtleBeach.com.

Mobile Devices Magnets for Security Breaches

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by Chris Bianco, TeamLogic IT – Myrtle Beach

Researchers in an IDG/Lookout survey of 100 business executives were surprised that 74 percent of the leaders polled said they had experienced a mobile-related security breach.

Maybe the revelation shouldn’t have been so surprising, given that 82 percent admitted that ‘most’ of their corporate data was accessible via mobile devices. Still, the news may be instructive to security-conscious companies that also have BYOD policies and practices in place. Survey respondents identified several sources through which their companies suffered data breaches, including:

• Vulnerable mobile apps (38 percent)

• Malware-rigged mobile apps  (30 percent)

• Unsecured WiFi connections (30 percent)

• Rooted and jailbroken devices (30 percent)

• Mobile apps that send or access sensitive data (28 percent)

• Apps downloaded from nonofficial  stores (15 percent)


Mobile devices are seldom a cyber thief’s primary attack vector, and none of the recent big-time breaches has been attributed to mobile devices. In fact, says InformationWeek’s Dark Reading blog, Windows PCs tethered to mobile WiFi devices, hotspots, and smartphones are the bad-guys’ sweet spot, accounting for 80 percent of all malware infections on today’s mobile infrastructure.

Still, it would be a big mistake to ignore mobile security best practices or discount the possibility of mobile breaches occurring in your company, especially given projected increases in the number of mobile users.


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About TeamLogic IT – Myrtle Beach 
From user end-points such as laptops, desktops and smartphones to servers, virtualization, cloud computing and IT optimization - TeamLogic IT covers your entire network both onsite and off premise so your data is there for you, when you need it. Their managed IT services are provided by an engineering team that is not only highly skilled, but constantly upgrading their own certifications in the dynamic and ever-changing technology field to better serve you. To learn how TeamLogic IT can help your business, visit TeamLogic IT or call 803-232-92

Eliminate Email Overwhelm

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by Brenda Tringali, At Your Fingertips Organizing

You probably get lots of emails every day. The Radicati Group estimates that business users would send/receive an average 140 emails per day in 2018.

So how many emails do you currently have in your inbox? And how do you feel when you open your inbox? Do you dread opening it for fear of seeing that number (either bolded or in parentheses) next to the word “inbox”? You know what that means ... it’s the number of unread emails which translates to feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and yes, even failure!

And then there’s “Inbox Zero.” It was developed by productivity expert Merlin Mann. It's a rigorous approach to email management whose objective is to keep the inbox empty (or almost empty) at all times. According to Mann, the “zero" is not a reference to the number of messages that should be in an inbox. Instead, the word refers to "the amount of time an employee's brain is in his inbox.” His point is that our time and attention are finite and when an inbox is confused with a "to-do list," productivity suffers. So stop using your inbox as your to-do list!

Think about how many emails you feel comfortable have residing in your inbox? For some people it’s a number; for others, they don’t want to have to scroll to see all their emails. But if you currently have far more than you feel comfortable with, you need to take action in order to get them down to a more manageable number. Will it happen overnight? Absolutely not because it took you far longer to get into the email predicament that you may currently be in. But it is possible. In my opinion, to get your inbox under control requires three things: time, patience and strong decision-making skills.

Here are a few tips

  • Group together like emails so you can take inventory of what you have and determine patterns. I find that sorting them by Sender and/or Subject usually expedites the process.

  • Once sorted, determine the nature of the email. Is it a newsletter or something else that you no longer want or need? If so, before you delete all like emails, unsubscribe to nip it in the bud ... then delete. Unsubscribe and delete from as many as possible. The result (eventually) should be those emails that you want/need to keep.

  • This is also a great time for you to start thinking about what to do with emails that you’ll continue to receive. In other words, what is the end result of each email ... do you need to add it to your to-do list, respond to it, delegate it, read it or file it? Knowing what you need to do with your emails is critical to helping you decide how to handle them going forward.

  • Some people like to create folders in which to store their emails based on the end result of each email. This works well for some; not so well for others. The only thing I would caution you against is creating too many folders. You don’t want it to take you 5 minutes to decide in what folder to store an email ... that would be an enormous waste of time. With the capabilities in today’s email systems, finding an email is pretty quick and easy by doing a search.

  • Once you get your emails down to a number you’re happy with, you need to think about how to handle future incoming emails. Filters/Rules (depending on which email system you use) are great. They allow you to have an email skip your inbox and do whatever you tell it to do. These are referred to as if/then scenarios. One example is as follows: If I get an email with the word “Digest” in the subject, then skip the inbox and put it in my folder labeled “Skim, then Delete."

If you ever watched “Lost in Space,” you may recall that the Robot frequently warned Will Robinson of impending danger as I’m about to do for you. Warning! Warning! Be extremely cautious when you set up Rules/Filters! You don’t want an urgent email from your boss to end up in a folder you rarely check! 

If you’re still craving more info about this topic you can either attend my “Eliminate Email Overwhelm” class at the chamber on Thursday, June 6, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Register for this free class. Or you can call me for a free consultation. If hired, I’ll work with you to help you make decisions about what do with your emails to get them down to a reasonable number and help you set up email management guidelines that will work for you going forward. My goal is for you to be in control of your email inbox and not have it control you!

About At Your Fingertips Organizing
Brenda Tringali provides workplace productivity and residential organizing services. She is an active member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals). Tringali also is chair of the national NAPOCares Committee which highlights the social responsibility efforts of NAPO members. You can reach her at 603-490-6062 or Brenda@AtYourFingertipsOrganizing.com.

Looking Professional in a Casual World

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by Peggie Najim, The Carolina School of Etiquette

Living in the “laid back” world at the beach, looking professional in the workplace can be a challenge.  However, there is never an excuse to look unprofessional. Within a few seconds when we first meet someone, we begin to form an opinion – it’s human nature. So, no matter your occupation, when someone forms that opinion about you, make it a good one.   

We all know about “Casual Friday”, but have you noticed that Casual Friday, many times, has turned into Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday? Casual dress in the beach area should not be the same as Professional Casual Dress. There is a difference and it’s certainly possible to look both professional and casual.  It just takes is a little planning. 

The mere mention of the word beach and you automatically think casual. However, casual dress in the workplace does not mean, that what you might wear to the gym or lounging around the house, should be worn to work.  

As simple as Casual Friday sounds, over the years it has created a lot of confusion. This confusion began in California in the 1980s, as members of the corporate world started shedding neckties that were too tight! This was followed suit, no pun intended, by bright, young entrepreneurs, who would eventually reshape our world. As they worked in their garages, inventing and building computers, their uniform of choice then was sloppy T-shirts and shorts, and yes, probably flip-flops. That uniform is still visible in our world today.  In fact, there are times when it seems to take over. 

Personally, and after having moved here several years ago from the Charlotte area, I still find it interesting when a “professional” in his or her work environment is dressed in an “unprofessional” manner. The adage, “When you look good, you feel good” never goes out of style, and generally when you feel good, you do a better job. If your company does not have a Dress Code, I strongly suggest one.  It can answer a lot of questions and cut down on confusion. When there are no rules, people tend to create their own and usually they are not the best choices. 

The types of businesses in the Grand Strand usually fall into the following categories: Real Estate, Banking, Law, Restaurant, Health Care, Sales, Retail and Hotel. Below are what we consider the best wardrobe choices:  

BUSINESS – Conservative (Law, Banking) – Two piece suits, dresses with sleeves, jackets, skirts, slacks, blouses, camisoles, sweaters, pumps, minimum jewelry 

BUSINESS CASUAL – (Real Estate, Hotel, Restaurant, Health Care, Sales, Retail) – Slacks, jackets, blouses, skirts,  dresses, camisoles, sweaters, pumps, open-toe shoes, jewelry 

CASUAL RESORT – (Hotel, Hospitality) – Slacks, sweaters, camisoles, sandals, jeans, shorts, sundresses, leggings, “trendy” garments, jewelry 

(A word about jeans, handbags and shoes) – Jeans have become almost a main staple in our wardrobes today. Even the most casual pair can be made to look fashionable and attractive with a good choice of accessories and jewelry. Be sure they fit well and are not distressed. However, make sure your company approves. Handbags and shoes have been a huge part of the fashion scene for several seasons now. They can add so much to an outfit, making it look polished, pulled together and sophisticated. 

THOUGHTS WORTH REMEMBERING 

Dress for the job you want and dress for the environment you are in.

“Dressing for Success” is still important; it just comes with added comfort these days. 

Lastly – Just because its “in,” doesn’t always mean “you” should be in it. 

Want to learn more? Sign up for “Style is Not a Dress Size” on May 2 from 12-1 p.m. at MBACC. In this free lunch seminar, Peggie Najim will give you helpful tips on building a workable wardrobe with an emphasis on looking professional in a casual beach environment.

About The Carolina School of Etiquette-Image Concepts
The Carolina School of Etiquette-Image Concepts will assist you in achieving a polished, professional image and building a basic, workable wardrobe. From head to toe, our “tried and true” tips will make it easy for you. By conducting an In-Home Closet Audit, Figure Analysis and Fun Shopping Excursion, we will provide expert and experienced fashion assistance. Give us a call today and let’s get started. Peggie Najim, stylist, 843-237-1133.

Letter to the editor

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Dear Editor:

The restaurants eating out establishments in and around the City of Myrtle Beach are second to none. These restaurants offer foods, from seafood and chicken to burgers and pizza, at excellent and exceptional prices. Or you could buy your own food at stores such as Food Lion and make your own breakfast in your hotel room for your own family. It is possible that you could find all your dining options near your hotel at the Myrtle Beach Kings Highway main drag. 

The Captain Benjamin's Calabash Seafood restaurant at 401 S. Kings Highway is a great staple in Myrtle Beach. They offer a seafood all-you-could-eat buffet in a beautiful nautical setting. They also sell all you could eat Southern comforts and happy hour drinks. This restaurant is an enduring staple that has been around a long time like a fine wine. There are still many calabash seafood restaurants along the Myrtle Beach Kings Highway main drag. 

The Maryland Fried Chicken restaurant at 939 N. Kings Highway is an old staple as well. They offer southern fried chicken and fixings you could eat right in the restaurant dining room, or as a take away you could take back to the hotel. You don't have to mention nothing, they already got it. They offer fried chicken and fried fish, collard greens, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, and other good foods. These beautiful people at this Myrtle Beach staple are truly there to help you to give you great Sunday dinner favorites you could have any day of the week.  

The Ultimate California Pizza at 2500 N. Kings Highway is another restaurant my family has enjoyed through the years. This is the favorite restaurant of my two sisters Debbie and Shirley. It is a pizzeria chain with the best pizza in all of Myrtle Beach. They also serve wings and sub sandwiches. You could get these food items delivered to your hotel room, or you could dine inside the restaurant. It is the best pizzeria staple in all of Myrtle Beach. 

Also the City of Myrtle Beach has three Krispy Kreme doughnut locations. Te time machine of this enduring franchise will probably never end, because they offer the best doughnuts anywhere. And at these Myrtle Beach Krispy Kreme locations, they always serve you right.  

The restaurants in the City of Myrtle Beach have the best service, and they offer very good food. It is possible you could fulfill all your restaurant foodie needs all along the Myrtle Beach Kings Highway main drag. That would allow you to have food delivered to your hotel room at North Ocean Boulevard, or you could dine near your hotel. The restaurants on Kings Highway at Myrtle Beach are second to none.

Steven Hawkins
Greenville, South Carolina

Steven Hawkins is a freelance writer for various newspapers in South Carolina, North Carolina and around the country. He has now written approximately 80 letters to the editor. He started writing letters in 2014.

Business Bulletin - April

INSIDE TRACKS

Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union announced that August Mize has joined the team as the new digital marketing specialist.

RE/MAX Southern Shores announced the addition of REALTORS Wendy Bitting, Linc Bitting, Pat Hensley and Seth June to the team of professional sales associates serving Horry, Georgetown and Brunswick counties.

APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!

Burr Forman McNair announced that Henrietta U. Golding – Employment and Labor - was selected for inclusion among Super Lawyers for 2019.

Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union was recently presented with a CUNA Diamond Award. The national awards recognize outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.

Congratulations to Christine Clark, with RE/MAX Southern Shores, who has earned her way into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, which honors highly successful agents who have a specific length of service and commissions earned.

Mary Gianforte, a certified diabetes educator and dietitian with the Tidelands Health Diabetes Center, was named the 2019 National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Change Coach of the Year.

Tidelands Health radiation oncology program earned reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology. The health system’s radiation oncology program is one of only a dozen such programs in South Carolina to earn the distinction.

Tidelands Health marketing and communications department earned a dozen awards – including five first-place honors – in the South Carolina Press Association’s annual awards contest. Tidelands Health won first place in the reporting-in-depth category for its comprehensive coverage of Hurricane Florence last year, including the health system’s preparations and how it weathered the storm, as well as tips for residents in the storm’s path. Other first-place awards: Public relations program for the 2017 annual report; Electronic newsletter/publication for the MyCarolinaLife.com e-newsletter; Sports reporting for a story about a pitcher who returned to the mound after recovering from an injury; Feature writing for a story about a popular cook in the hospital cafeteria.

Pam Warren, association manager with Tradd Management, has earned the CMCA designation.

ON THE BOARD

Dr. Robert Farrar and Mr. Robert Hucks, II have been appointed to Horry Georgetown Technical College’s Area Commission, the nine-member governing board of the college.

WE’VE MOVED!

Hospice Care of South Carolina has moved to 4593 Oleander Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 

During April, 123 investors will be celebrating their Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce anniversaries ranging from one year up to 39 years for Green’s Discount Beverages, your place for liquor, wine, beer and party supplies.  

39 Years
Green’s Discount Management

35 Years
Beachcomber Vacations

20 Years
Second Wind Tours, LLC

15 Years
Security Vision
South Wind On The Ocean
The Earthworks Group, Inc.

10 Years
Hampton Inn Murrells Inlet
Ocean Front Bar & Grill
Paradise Resort

5 Years
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Building Industry Synergy
Ducati's Pizza
Empress Management, LLC
Marco’s Pizza
Rotary Club of Carolina Forest
Sandhills Bank

Share Your News 

Business Bulletin recognizes new employees, staff promotions, relocations and expansions, awards, class and convention attendance, new websites, and year-end accomplishments for top real estate producers/sales. Send updates to Kori.Hippe@VisitMyrtleBeach.com.

What Does an Ideal Manager Look Like?

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Op-Ed by Hector L. Diaz, Webster University

I’ve had some great teachers growing up, and of course have had some bad ones. One good one I will never forget was the school librarian at my elementary school. For the life of me I have never been able to remember her name, but I remember her dedication to the students, and I remember how she was able to keep a bunch of eight year old kids in check. She did this by always getting down to our level, making sure she could always relate to us. She read all of the books we were into to ensure when she needed to she could discuss them with us. She understood us. As a manager it is very important to understand those you employ by getting to know them. How can you as, as a manager, understand why an employee is always tired and often a little weary if you don’t ask her/him? You may find out they have a very sick child or parent they care for, draining them of all their energy.

Same goes for parents. My parents were great because they always knew what I was up to. Not in the sense of today's’ parents that put tracking devices in their child’s phone. My parents knew what I was up to in the sense that they knew what I was into. They knew what my interests were and participated in them. They would take me to baseball games, accompany me to the comic book store, and take me to the music shop when I needed gear for my guitars. Because of this interest, which I now know was their way of protecting me, I knew my parents cared and I respected them for it. So, when it came to laying down the law of the land, they were always successful because they had earned our respect. As a manager, without the respect of your employees, you’ll be heading into battle alone.

In the case of a coach for a sports team, it’s quite simple. Your players want to know that you will have their back, that when the media is coming down on you as a professional athlete your manager will defend you by pointing out your efforts. The coach will say things like, “she’s been coming in three hours earlier than everyone else to work on her game,” or, “he’s been working with a personal trainer to make sure he gets himself in top shape.” Your employees need to know that you are there to support them during difficult times, not join the fray when they are down.

To summarize it all in a sentence or two, always make sure your employees know that you know them. Always ensure your employees will follow you into battle because you have earned their loyalty and respect, and do not command it.


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About Webster University
Webster University Myrtle Beach offers accredited graduate degrees on-site, on the weekends. You read that correctly. You can maintain your professional and personal lives intact by attending classes on the weekends. You do not need to give up every weekend because the classes typically meet every other weekend. Hector Diaz is the recruitment coordinator at Webster University, Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Campus. You can reach Diaz at 843-497-3677 or Hectordiaz64@webster.edu.

How to Prevent and Detect Cryptojacking

by Chris Bianco, TeamLogic IT – Myrtle Beach

Cryptojacking, illegally creating e-coin value for one’s own electronic piggy bank, requires massive computing power that far exceeds one or even dozens of PCs linked together. The practice, perpetuated by a new breed of cybercrooks called ‘crypto miners,' displaced ransomware last year as the top malware threat. To succeed, crooks must surreptitiously commandeer the power of other people’s servers and computers. The more machines they can jack, the more booty they can scam.

Last year, incidents involving machines in Russia, India and Taiwan netted hackers more than $3.6 million in value in just one month. The threat is growing rapidly because it requires only modest technical skills, and because exploit kits can be bought on the dark web for as little as $30. Moreover, the risk of being detected, caught and identified is far less than with ransomware or other attacks. With cryptojacking, crooks’ primary goal is to steal and use your machines' processing power, not to infect, ransom or pilfer network data. This typically happens in two (equally) nefarious ways: 1) with phishing-like tactics, using legitimate-looking emails that trick victims into clicking a poisoned link, and 2) by infecting websites or pop-up ads with ‘scripts’ that secretly deploy when clicked or displayed in a browser.

Script codes work continuously in the background, siphoning CPU cycles to line miners’ electronic pockets. Infections manifest through degraded performance and annoying system slowdowns. Overheating (from excessive CPU usage) and unusual spikes in energy consumption are other telltale signs of compromise. Make no mistake: the resulting costs can add up quickly. “Organizations with [multiple] cryptojacked assets can incur [significant labor and other] costs, in terms of help desk support and IT’s time replacing components.” 

You can reduce your company’s risk of unwanted cryptojacking through vigilant network monitoring (accompanied by strategic data analysis) and employee awareness training. Other defensive measures may include ad blockers, anti-mining browser extensions, web filtering and endpoint protections, all of which should be discussed in detail with your IT team and/or managed services provider.

If your systems aren’t performing normally or your users need additional security training, call TeamLogic IT today. 


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About TeamLogic IT – Myrtle Beach 
From user end-points such as laptops, desktops and smartphones to servers, virtualization, cloud computing and IT optimization - TeamLogic IT covers your entire network both onsite and off premise so your data is there for you, when you need it. Their managed IT services are provided by an engineering team that is not only highly skilled, but constantly upgrading their own certifications in the dynamic and ever-changing technology field to better serve you. To learn how TeamLogic IT can help your business, visit TeamLogic IT or call 803-232-92

Special Renewal Incentive Package

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Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Dues Special Renewal Incentive Package

Renew by June 30, 2019, and be entered into two drawings with the following items:

3 Day/2 Night Stay at Brittain Resorts & Hotels

2 Alabama Theater Tickets

2 Brookgreen Gardens Tickets

2 Carolina Comedy Club Tickets

2 The Carolina Opry Tickets

2 Edventure Children's Museum Tickets

2 Fun Warehouse Tickets

$50 Gift Card to Johnny D's Waffles & Bakery

2 Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Tickets

2 Myrtle Beach Family Golf Tickets

2 Myrtle Beach Pelicans Tickets

2 Myrtle Beach SkyWheel Tickets

2 Ripley's Aquarium Tickets

2 Rockin' Jump Myrtle Beach Tickets

2 The Simpsons in 4D Tickets

2 WonderWorks Tickets

Reminder: Chamber dues are separate from CVB dues but are a prerequisite to participate in the visit program.

Contact: Shannon Furtick, business development services manager, 843-916-7240

Welcome New Investors - March

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Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce encourages investors to do business with other chamber investors. Please consider these new stakeholders the next time you have a need for products/services. New Investor Referral? Contact Pam Wright, Business Development manager, 843-916-7220, Changes to Business Information? Contact Amanda Blomquist, Business Development marketing coordinator, 843-916-7238.

Big Wave Chiropractic
Chiropractic
Kristin LaBar-Slocki
3620 Walton Dr. Unit C4
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-839-0807

Brian J. Brady, CPA, PA
Accountants
Brian J. Brady
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
843-668-4023

Coastal Beach Homes, LLC
Real Estate-Sales
Dan Sitter
9628 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-282-8628

Cotton Global Disaster Solutions
Disaster Restoration/Fire/Water/Mold
Chris Williams
2939 Hwy. 65
Conway, SC 29526
843-344-3652

Diamond Back Classics
Auto-Tire Dealers
Gail Miller
4753 Hwy. 90
Conway, SC 29526
843-399-5900

Digital Business Services, Inc.
Web Page-Design/Marketing
Casey Turton
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-492-7766

Grand Strand Down Syndrome Society
Nonprofit
Tony Zito
PO Box 30398
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
330-242-0098

Le Bleu Water
Bottled Water
Johnny Cisue
212 Bohemia Ct.
Conway, SC 29526
843-234-0883

Manifest Design Corp.
Home-Decor
Connie Lincoln
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
910-515-1333

Oasis Organizing Services
Organizer
Christine Hardisty
3014 Denine Dr.
Conway, SC 29526
843-501-2001

Purpleologist
Gifts
Barbara McCahill
4850 Hwy. 17 S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
843-272-7775

Sandhills Bank
Banks & Credit Unions
Jodi Rowsey
3600 Dorsett Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-293-7595

Saulisbury Business Machines
Office-Supplies/Equipment
Jack Libby
3664 Clay Pond Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-572-9111

Shawn's Backwater Adventure
Jet Skis - Hospitality Partnership
Shawn Zimmerman
8201 Marina Pkwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-839-2999

Southeast Turf/SYNLawn Carolina - Artificial Grass Solutions
Services
Scott Marks
Mooresville, NC 28115
704-997-8006

TripShock
Marketing
Ryan Mendez
4010 Commons Dr. W., Ste. 110
Destin, FL 32541
850-424-5125

WebWise Bookkeeping
Bookkeeping
Stephanie Covalli
455A Hwy. 17 Byp. S.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-212-2028

Ambassadors of the Month - February

Ambassadors are a dedicated group of volunteers from the chamber membership who donate their time to assist the chamber with various activities. Ambassadors enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resource. Learn more about this elite group.

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Barbara McGhee

Cameo Travel Enrichment
Ambassador of the Month

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Larry Fudge

WTS-Waccamaw Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
Second Highest Ambassador Points of the Month

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Karissa Chambers

WFXB Fox 43 TV
Third Highest Ambassador Points of the Month

Ribbon-Cuttings

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The Cabinet Market, LLC
4551 Hwy. 17 Bypass S.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-293-3030

From concept through construction, to the finishing touches of each of your projects, you can rely on our team to deliver a personal environment tailored specifically for you. By interpreting an individual client’s style and needs, our staff can successfully incorporate function while following current design trends. We offer a wide range of cabinet products for any room in the home to suit every taste and budget. 

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Island Dog Shoppe
9904 N. Kings Hwy., Unit H
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-712-8117

A local, funky pet shop that specializes in quality pet food, treats, toys, supplies and unique items that are refurbished with a purpose. Many of our vendors are local, small business with handmade good that support a happy, healthy lifestyle for your dogs and cats.

Pho Claire
1201 38th Ave. N.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-839-3889 

Pho Claire is a Vietnamese noodle house specializing in traditional Vietnamese cuisines.

 

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Plantation Storage at Carolina Forest
2100 Carolina Forest Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-903-7100 

Plantation Storage at Carolina Forest provides rental space for consumers; provides POS products such as boxes, locks and packaging supplies; and provides shipping services.