Ambassadors of the Month - June

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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Chae Evans
FSA-Full Steam Ahead, Inc.
Ambassador of the Month – June 2019

 




Larry Fudge
WTS-Waccamaw Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
Second Highest Ambassador Points of the Month – June 2019

 

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Margaret Hoynes Geiger
Twelve31 Media, LLC
Third Highest Ambassador Points of the Month – June 2019

Welcome New Investors - August

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.

Allstate Insurance - Mike Addy and Associates, LLC
Insurance
Tyler Walls
4849 US 501
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-504-3160

Bar Louie
Bar & Restaurant - Hospitality Partnership
Thomas Stevens
1318 Celebrity Cir., #183
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-854-8544

Bethany Christian Services
Nonprofit
Kathryn Barnhill
1500 Hwy. 17 Bus. N., Ste. 210
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
843-353-6596

Big Air Trampoline Park
Amusements & Attractions - Hospitality Partnership
Robert Floyd
3800 S. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
704-239-6924

Carolina Vacation Stays
Vacation Rentals & Beach Homes - Hospitality Partnership
Sarah Ferguson
2001 S. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
828-348-2515

Craft Taco - Grande Dunes
Restaurant - Mexican - Hospitality Partnership
Chris Tobin
7955 N. Kings Hwy., Ste. 340
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-945-9678

Craft Taco - Tanger Outlet
Restaurant - Mexican
Chris Tobin
10835 Kings Rd., Ste. 286
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-449-0491

Everclear Pool Services, Inc.
Pool Services
Regina Heddinger
803 44th Ave N.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-340-2750

Freedom Readers, Inc.
Nonprofit
Dr. Tracy Bailey
1012 16th Ave. N.
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
843-331-8526

King's Gift Baskets
Gift-Baskets
Gloria King
4011 B. Belle Terre Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-283-5594

Mike Kelly Law Group
Attorneys
Amanda Swearingen
816 Broadway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-946-7550

MIM Media
Video-Film Production Services
Matthew Carfora
4771 Wild Iris Dr., Apt. 303
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
508-361-8020

Miracle Movers of Myrtle Beach
Moving-Storage/Services
Megan Tyree
2220 Hwy. 643
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-402-8407

Monkee's of Myrtle Beach
Clothing-Women
Mandi Reaves
4822-A Hwy. 17 S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
843-222-7481

Myrtle Beach Adventures
Water Sports - Hospitality Partnership
Bill Thompson
4616 S. Island Dr.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
843-385-1937

NP Strategy, LLC
Public-Relations
Amanda Loveday
1230 Main St., Ste. 700
Columbia, SC 29201
803-540-2183

Palmetto Literacy Council
Nonprofit
Dodi Hodges
1010 5th Ave. Ext. #101 I
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
843-945-9278

Palmetto Preschool & Learning Center - Carolina Forest
Child Care/Day Nurseries
Amber Rogers
110 Village Center Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-903-0045

Palmetto Preschool & Learning Center - Market Common
Child Care/Day Nurseries
Amber Rogers
3021 Fred Nash Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-293-1725

Pizza Hyena
Restaurant - Pizza - Hospitality Partnership
Lori Thompson
13 S. Ocean Blvd.
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
843-945-9025

The Royal Crab Seafood Buffet
Restaurant - Buffet - Hospitality Partnership
Matthew K. Dennis
610 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-310-0990

Tidal Creek Brewhouse
Bar & Restaurant - Hospitality Partnership
Dara Liberatore
3421 Knoles St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Trailblaze Adventure Grand Strand, LLC
Amusements & Attractions - Hospitality Partnership
Van Rowell
3700 S. Ocean Blvd.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
843-491-3192

Tyson Sign Company Named August Leading Business of the Month

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If you travel around the Grand Strand, you’ll see the work of Tyson Sign Company.

Since 1947, Tyson Sign Company has built interior and exterior signs for businesses across the United States.

A full-service sign company, they manufacture, install, maintain and, when needed, design, customized signs.

Tyson Sign Company is our August Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank.

It started as a billboard agency with owners James E. Tyson and John G. Van Osdell. As business grew, so too, did their offerings. Their products now include vehicle graphics, LED lighting and digital signs and scoreboards, custom printed wall coverings and more.

It’s all manufactured in their 50,000 square foot facility on U.S. 501 in Conway.

Examples of their work can be seen across the town, including at Myrtle Beach International Airport, Springs Brooks Stadium, the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Farrow Parkway and the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach.

Tyson Sign Company
2487 Hwy. 501 E.
Conway, SC 29526
843-448-5168 / 800-476-7675

Myrtle Beach Historic District Workshop Planned for Property Owners and Community 

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The Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation, in partnership with the City of Myrtle Beach, is gearing up for a Historic District Workshop, set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28. The educational workshop takes place at the Historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway St., in Myrtle Beach. The workshop serves as an effort to communicate with the business community and interested parties about the positive, potential benefits of the historic designation.

The event was planned after the district received a unanimous vote from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, placing Myrtle Beach’s Historic District on the nomination list for the National Register of Historic Places in late July.  With the nomination now approved, the Myrtle Beach Downtown Historic District continues the process necessary to achieve designation on the National Register of Historic Places. This allows contributing buildings to use state and federal tax credits.  

The Myrtle Beach Downtown Historic District nomination is comprised of structures associated with the early development in Myrtle Beach History, spanning from 1927 to 1969. It includes portions of Main Street, Oak Street, Broadway Street, North Kings Highway and Eighth and Ninth Avenues North. In total, 18 contributing buildings and eight noncontributing buildings are under review.

The DRC is eager to host the workshop to help property owners and the community learn more about what the accreditation would mean for Myrtle Beach. And, attendees will  receive information about the financial resources available to property owners who wish to remodel, renovate or modify their building.

For more information and topic coverage, follow the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation's Facebook page for timely updates at https://www.facebook.com/DRCMyrtleBeach/.

CVB Welcomes Cyndi Mohr

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Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau recently welcomed a new member to the Group Sales team - Cynthia “Cyndi” Mohr as senior sales manager.

Mohr joins the CVB with more than 30 years of experience in hotel operations and group sales and conventions, with the primary focus to bring groups to the Myrtle Beach area for meetings and conventions.

For the past 16 years, Mohr served as the senior sales manager at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel and worked closely with the Myrtle Beach Convention Center sales team to bring citywide groups to Myrtle Beach. She has been an active member with South Carolina Society of Association Executives and Association Executives of North Carolina.

Mohr is a South Carolina native born on the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.

What & Why: Multifactor Authentication

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by Chris Bianco, TeamLogicIT – Myrtle Beach

Most data breaches can be traced to poor password hygiene, which means that securing network or account access solely with passwords is very risky business. For added protection, many companies now safeguard their systems with multifactor authentication (MFA), which requires two or more forms of verification before granting user access.

A LastPass survey of 3,000 companies showed that year-over-year use of MFA nearly doubled in 2018. Security “factors” include: something users know (username password/pin number), have (security token, SMS code), or are (biometric proof, also called “inherence,” such as a thumbprint, iris scan or facial recognition).

Online retailers, social media platforms and others offer MFA options. So, if you go multifactor, employees will know the concept. Given rising breach costs and compliance requirements, MFA could be a prudent and worthwhile investment. But choosing a solution requires expert knowledge and insight.

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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 teamlogicit.com/MyrtleBeachSC or call 803-232-9200.

Will Your DR Plan Weather the Storm(s)?

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by Chris Bianco, TeamLogic IT – Myrtle Beach

Hey Myrtle Beach, hurricane season 2019 is here. We have endured multiple years of catastrophic weather, fires and earthquakes provide reason enough to re-evaluate your disaster recovery (DR) plan. Especially if your business operates on or near a U.S. coastline. Florence, Michael and Matthew. Add in the sad realities of escalating cyberattacks and the crushing cost of unplanned downtime, and the impetus to scrutinize your DR plan–today–becomes nearly indisputable. Ideally, the process should include consulting with an IT MSP. But before that, advises Network World, “Any serious review should begin with a kind of SWOT analysis skewed toward weaknesses and threats.”

Examples of basic questions a preliminary DR self-audit might include:

1) How long since the plan was last reviewed and tested?

2) Have any new threats surfaced since the last plan review?

3) Does the DR plan account for all business-critical systems, apps and infrastructure?

4) How will data and equipment be restored? 

Of course, these considerations barely scratch the surface. But they can serve as a reminder that, natural or man-made, unplanned outages can strike without warning, and that there’s no time like the present to prepare.

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 803-232-9200

July Business Bulletin

INSIDE TRACKS

Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union announced that Chaun Frink has been appointed to the position of IT System administrator.

Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties welcomed Kim Parsons as their new executive director.

RE/MAX Southern Shores announced the addition of REALTORS Aleftina Toler, Maria Picardi-Kenyon, Margaret Gatto, Alya Toler and Glenn Autry to their team of professional sales associates serving Horry and Georgetown counties, and welcomed Katie Skaggs is the new director of Hospitality in Conway.

APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!

Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union was recently named Best in Banking in the WMBF Best of the Grand Strand Contest. This annual contest was created by WMBF News in 2014, as a way for those in our area to nominate and vote for their favorite businesses along the Grand Strand and recognize those businesses as the best, based on WMBF’s viewers.

Barbara Streeter, with Conway Glass, was presented with an award for her extraordinary contributions in the ARTS at the first Conway Mayor's Awards Banquet.

Horry-Georgetown Technical College announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Board of Trustees has reaffirmed the college’s accreditation for an additional 10 years, completing an extensive process that began in 2016. SACSCOC accreditation provides for the ease of the transfer of credits to four-year universities and allows HGTC to offer federal financial aid for approved programs. For the first time in its history, the college received no recommendations for improvement and is not required to submit any additional reports.

Congratulations to Nancy Skelley, Gene Carter, Bradi Minchillo, Kim Stevens and Richard Singleton, with RE/MAX Southern Shores, who have earned their way into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, which honors highly successful agents who have a specific length of service and commissions earned. Less than 23 percent of the RE/MAX network has achieved this award.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 

During July, 301 investors will be celebrating their Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce anniversaries ranging from one year up to 50 years.

50 Years
Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

45 Years
Camelot by the Sea

40 Years
Carolinian Beach Resort
Eagle Nest Golf Club
Genco, Inc.
Grande Shores Ocean Resort
King's North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club
Miss-Master The Children Shoppe
Santee Cooper
The Caravelle Resort

35 Years
Black's Tire & Auto Service
Duncan, Farmer, McIlrath, Marlowe & Cole
Jonathan Harbour
Texas Roadhouse Grill
The Coast RTA
Tomlinsons Warehouse

25 Years
Ripley's 5D Moving Theater

20 Years
Greg Norman Australian Grille
Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront
Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments

15 Years
American Red Cross Eastern SC

10 Years
Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union
Klausner Trading USA
Myrtle Beach Automotive
Pine Lakes Country Club
Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach

5 Years
A Father's Place
Rachel Brown
Carolina Pines Realty, Inc.
Ground Zero
Weston Parker
Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church
Proforma Executive Business Services
Veritas Cardiovascular

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.

New! Women & Wine Wednesdays

You asked for women’s only networking events in our most recent member investor survey. You got it!

We are pleased to announce a new event just for the ladies - Women & Wine Wednesdays. We have partnered with Duplin Winery and Total Wine & More to host these intimate opportunities to share ideas, discuss trending topics and build business networks with other professional women.

The first will be held Oct. 16 at Duplin Winery. The event will feature a guest speaker who will share professional experiences and information about their business.

Join us for a fun-filled evening of complimentary wine and light appetizers. The event is free and limited to 50 attendees.

Additional Dates - Subject to Change

Jan. 8, 2020 - Duplin Winery - 5-6:30 p.m.

April 8, 2020 - Total Wine & More - 5-6:30 p.m.

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July 8, 2020 - Total Wine & More - 5-6:30 p.m.

Oct . 7, 2020 - Duplin Winery - 5-6:30 p.m.

Registration will open one month prior to the event.

CVB Tourism Investment Program for 2020

As the official destination marketing organization for the Myrtle Beach area, Visit Myrtle Beach is connecting with millions of visitors and planners each year through marketing and sales efforts. The CVB Tourism Investment Program (TIP) connects you to those visitors and planners helping you grow your business while together, we grow visitation to the area overall.

Each program’s benefits vary but highlights include:

  • The Flip.to advocacy platform is now exclusively available for all CVB regional partners, both lodging and non-lodging partners, and cannot be purchased outside of the CVB. Some participation levels include new features to win over more travelers with market-level insights and prospect discovery.

  • The Group sales program has also been streamlined with reduced pricing and discounts.

  • Lodging investors will find lower cost participation options and guaranteed referrals are back.

Check out your category sales kit for more information on benefits, including package options, guidelines and specifications.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Sales Close: Aug. 16, 2019

  • Payment Due: Aug. 23, 2019

  • Ad Materials Due: Sept. 11, 2019, by 2 p.m.

MBACC’s First Six Months in 2019

Your Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has been busy promoting, protecting and improving business on the Grand Strand. Here’s a look at our year so far.

71 Chamber Academy Classes
We’ve hosted 71 free educational seminars so far this year on a variety of topics, including taxes, investments, networking 101, podcasting basics, marketing basics, and email organization. There’s 22 more already on the calendar for the second half of the year. Visit ChamberAcademy.com to see what’s on tap.

44 Ribbon-Cuttings
We’ve given our special ribbon-cutting scissors a workout with 44 ceremonies to celebrate new businesses or acknowledge major milestones. Make sure you are following us on Facebook to see pictures from each ceremony.

17 Business After Hours
We’ve partnered with 17 different member-investors to host Business After Hours giving all of our member employees the chance to explore different businesses and network with their peers. We’re trying to make networking easier for those with young children by adding family-friendly opportunities including the Business After Hours events at Rockin’ Jump and Broadway Grand Prix. And, we heard the pleas for women-only events in our most recent survey. Be on the lookout for a brand new event called Women & Wine Wednesdays launching this fall.

12 Trips to Columbia and 3 Trips to Washington, D.C.
We made 12 trips to Columbia and three to Washington D.C. to speak with legislators. Our trips to Columbia included giving three testimonies before the S.C. State House or Senate committees. We fought efforts to move the school start date protecting businesses ability to use high schoolers in their workforce the entire summer. We helped secure $2 million for deep water ocean outfalls.

9,163,585 Business Directory Referrals
The chamber’s online Business Directory continues to be a great resource for our member-investors. From Jan. 1-June 27, the directory generated a total of 9,163,585 referrals. Restaurants are searched most frequently, followed by medical services, coupons, organizations/clubs, contractors, entertainment, hotels, events, outdoor recreation and employment agencies.

46 Media Hostings and 3 Media Missions
The marketing team works hard every day to promote the Grand Strand. Through the end of May, Visit Myrtle Beach has hosted 46 different members of the media ranging from traditional publishers to influencers all who generate content about their time in Myrtle Beach. There also have been three media missions, where Visit Myrtle Beach representatives travel to meet with publishers to pitch story ideas about the Grand Strand. You’ll see results of the media hostings and media missions linked on MyrtleBeachAreaCVB.com.

723.9 Million Earned Media Impressions Valued at $72.9 Million
The Visit Myrtle Beach efforts to visit and host media members has had big results. Through the end of May, the earned media impressions hit 723.9 million, valued at $72.9 million. Think of it this way, earned media is, well, earned and not purchased. But, if you were to purchase the same amount of impressions in advertising, it would cost $72.9 million.

Welcome New Investors - June

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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.

Arby’s Restaurant
Restaurant-Fast Food - Hospitality Partnership
Kathy Buschak
1506 S. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-448-3021

Arby’s Restaurant
Restaurant-Fast Food - Hospitality Partnership
Kathy Buschak
2302 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-448-3021

Carolina Food Tours
Tours
Corina Whitehead
PO Box 944
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
843-687-2312

Dental Wellness Center of Myrtle Beach
Dentists
Jenn Phillips
1017 Hwy. 501, Ste. 70
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-508-8782

Duck Donuts
Restaurant-Bakery - Hospitality Partnership
Matthew Wagner
117 Maryport Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
843-839-3825

Gana-A'Yoo Services Corporation
Food-Equipment/Service
Daniel Pickett
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
907-569-9599

Minuteman Food Mart
Convenience Stores
Erica Johnson
4100 Pine Hollow Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
843-796-2652

Mosquito Hunters of Myrtle Beach
Pest Control
Michael Saunders
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
845-656-6890

Mutual of Omaha Advisors
Financial-Services
Tim Goldman
250 Berryhill Rd., Ste. 102
Columbia, SC 29210
803-546-0116

NewMediaDigital, Inc.
Advertising-Agencies/Consultants
Lynnea Sisk
357 Lake Arrowhead Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-916-4544

Next Level Behavioral Health and Wellness, LLC
Health-Wellness
Jessica Greene
630 Chestnut Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-945-1452

NMB RV Resort and Dry Dock Marina
Campgrounds-Family - Hospitality Partnership
Jennifer Sneclaker
260 Old Crane Rd.
Little River, SC 29566
843-390-4386

NSI Security Systems
Security Services
Charles Bell Jr.
475 Sandy Ln.
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
843-945-1459

Pinnacle Storage
Self Storage
Bob Kmett
31 Leisure Ln.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
843-236-0035

Pruitt Health Hospice
Hospice Care
Tom Badurski
950 48th Ave. N., Ste. 102
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-902-2494

ResCare HomeCare
Home-Health Care
Saretta Harrison
1111 48th Ave. N., Ste. 116
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-692-2557

Six Mile, LLC
Waste Hauling
Daniel Pickett
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
907-569-9599

Starfish Realty
Real Estate-Sales
Julia Heinlein
981 Hackler St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-839-8007

Stretch Zone
Health-Fitness Consultants/Trainers
William G. Sturm
7825 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-808-9004

The Uncommon Chocolatier
Candy/Fudge
Christine Falvo
3351 Reed St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-945-4479

The Wicked Tuna @ 2nd Avenue Pier
Restaurant-Seafood - Hospitality Partnership
Sandeep Patel
110 N. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-651-9987

Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common
Medical-Services
Amy Stevens
2200 Crow Ln.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
866-843-3526



Saying Thanks - Honoring Our Police and Firefighters

All summerlong, your Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association, with the help of our chamber ambassadors and generous business sponsors, will be hosting a series of breakfasts to show appreciation for the dedication of Grand Strand area police officers and firefighters. We hope this simple gesture will remind them how much we appreciate what they do to protect our residents, visitors and businesses.

Thank you conveys our gratitude. But more than that, it’s a sign of respect to the person who has helped you and an indication that you do not take them for granted. That’s why saying thank you matters.

Thank you!

Thank you to our great sponsors:

A&I Fire and Water Restoration

Conway National Bank

CresCom Bank

Dave & Buster’s

Edward Jones

FSA-Full Steam Ahead

Hilton Garden Inn

Liberty Tax Service

Monarch Roofing

Pigtails & Crewcuts

South Atlantic Bank

Three Ring Focus

United Northern Mortgage Bankers Limited

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Damon’s Oceanfront Grill Named June Leading Business of the Month

Ribs, ribs, ribs.

That’s what’s on the menu at our June Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank. Add a dot com and that’s also their web address.

If you haven’t guessed it yet, we’re talking about Damon’s Oceanfront Grill.

Located at 2985 South Ocean Boulevard, Damon’s Oceanfront Grill has something to please every diner. It overlooks the ocean with indoor and outdoor seating, a private dining room available for groups and parties, and a spacious, full-service bar. Offsite catering also is available.

Ribs are a star on the menu, but the options seem endless with chicken, steak, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, salad and more.

But, Damon’s Oceanfront Grill goes beyond just a great menu and view. The restaurant and its management are invested in the community. Mike Robertson is serving a second term on the board of the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association. The restaurant has hosted several chamber and hospitality association events and has generously sponsored several Chamber Academy lunch classes in the last year.

Damon’s Oceanfront Grill joined the chamber in 1991.

Consider visiting next time you dine out for lunch or dinner and be sure to follow them on Facebook @DamonsOceanfrontMB or Twitter @DamonsGrillMB to keep up with the latest menu specials.

Damon's Oceanfront Grill
2985 S. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 
843-626-8000 | 888-861-9174

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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. 

Why Health Care Businesses Must Fortify Against Ransomware

by Chris Bianco, TeamLogicIT – Myrtle Beach

Ransomware rapidly is becoming the weapon of choice for cybercriminals targeting health care businesses. Per research shared in a recent Information Management article, health care organizations reported an 89% year-over-year increase in ransomware attacks, with smaller health care firms bearing the brunt of the onslaught.

Why are small health care companies such enticing targets for cybercrooks? Because “most don’t have adequate financial or technical resources to defend themselves” columnist Marcus Chung theorizes in the IM piece. Plus, Chung blames a few other factors:

Less complexity, lower risk than other cybercrimes – When hackers steal valuable patient records from a health care provider or payor, the culprits must find buyers for the data on the open market of the dark web, which Chung calls a “tricky” and risky proposition. After a successful ransomware incursion, perpetrators in essence are selling the victimized company’s stolen property back to it, which Chung says “improves the odds of getting paid quickly and quietly.”

Availability of cryptocurrencies – Paying ransom in real world requires delivering bundles of cash (which can be marked) or executing wire transfers (which can be traced.) But in the cyber realm anyone can establish a cryptocurrency account (called a wallet) in minutes. “With cryptocurrency,” Chung explains, “Neither the wallet nor the resulting transactions can be easily connected to any real-world identities.”

Accessible as a service – Developing malware in the past typically required significant coding skills. Today, illicit technology vendors sell “ransomware-as-a-service” kits at relatively low prices through illegitimate virtual markets. Some of these vendors even offer customer support for buyers.

Our readers know we’ve been tracking the rise of ransomware for several years, providing insight into disturbing trends as demonstrated by our recent post about the attack on the Professional Golf Association (PGA). Readers also know we’ve run series of articles customized for health care organizations, such as last fall’s piece about budgeting for data breaches. So, given the troubling intersection between ransomware assaults and health care businesses, we felt reiterating sage advice was in order. Here are some tips for fortifying against ransomware that we gleaned last year from IM’ssister publication HealthData Management:

• Increase the frequency of complete system backups; no one knows the day or the hour of an attack.

• Include ransomware in general planning for data breaches, with specifics for incident response.

• Check email security protocols for systems and networks more often than you did in the past.

• Know that comprised patient health information (PHI) means engaging HIPAA data breach procedures.

• Launch a ransomware-focused employee education program:

  • Focus on email, the main channel for attacks.

  • Provide samples of ransom popups and messages.

  • Show warning signs, such as missing file extensions or odd ones like “.crypted” or “.cryptor.”

  • Consider restricting peer-to-peer file sharing on networks, a common way ransomware spreads.

  • Teach that, when a device is attacked, disconnect from the internet and turn it off.

IT Managed Service Providers (MSPs) that specialize in health care firms can secure access points into protected health information and medical devices from ransomware, as well as general business systems. But does your MSP have the stuff of a health care cybersecurity guru? Read our recent post to find out.

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 teamlogicit.com/MyrtleBeachSC or call 803-232-9200.

June Business Bulletin

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INSIDE TRACKS

Board-certified OB-GYN Dr. Melissa Moore has joined Tidelands Health.

APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!

Carl Lindquist, director of strategic communications and advocacy for Tidelands Health, was presented with the American Hospital Association’s 2019 Grassroots Champion award.

Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. This fourteenth annual program was created by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 

During June, 214 investors will be celebrating their Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce anniversaries ranging from one year up to 44 years.

40 Years
Bank of America - Oak St.
BB&T - Surfside Beach
Belk - Coastal Grand Mall
Better Brands, Inc.
Boardwalk Beach Resort
Brookgreen Gardens
Burroughs & Chapin Company
C.L. Benton & Sons, Inc.
Caribbean Resort & Villas
Cayce Co.
Century 21 Broadhurst & Associates, Inc.
Coastal Carolina Otolaryngology
Coastal Engravers, Inc. - MB
Coldwell Banker Chicora Advantage Real Estate - Myrtle Beach
Conway National Bank - Surfside Beach
Dargan Construction Co., Inc.
Dayton House Resort
Dunes Realty Vacation Rentals
Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort
Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort
Holiday Inn - "At the Pavilion"
Hussey Motor Co., Inc.
Lakewood Camping Resort
Landmark Resort
Leonard, Call & Associates, Inc.
Longley Supply Co.
McMillan-Small Funeral Home
Myrtle Beach KOA Kampground
OrthoSC
Roxanne Towers
Sand Dunes Resort
Sandcastle South Beach
Sandy Beach Resort
Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort
The Bellamy Law Firm
The Breakers Resort

35 Years
Arcadian Risk Managers
Coastal Carolina University

25 Years
Prudential Financial
Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Inc.

20 Years
Darlington Raceway

15 Years
ICE Creative LED/Trade Show Express
James W. Watkins, CPA, PA
Logan's Roadhouse
Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.

10 Years
Carolina Improv Company
Island Adventure Watersports

5 Years
BauschLinnemann NA
Bojangles #1158
Bojangles #780
Bojangles #798
Calabash Fishing Fleet
Carolina Landscape Group, Inc.
CBM Basics (Continental Business Media)
First Citizens Bank

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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.

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Residence Inn Myrtle Beach Oceanfront
2605 S. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-492-9000

Set a pace that suits you at Residence Inn by Marriott®. Whether you're with them for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, your daily routine matters. You'll thrive at Residence Inn with the conveniences you need.

 

Arby's Socastee
4100 Pine Hollow Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
843-742-5551

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Arby's Myrtle Beach is a quick-service restaurant serving quality meats on handcrafted sandwiches. We call the transformation from a cut meat to a delicious sandwich "Meatcraft," and our dedication to Meatcraft informs every decision we make.

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?

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Disasters can strike anywhere at just about any time reminding us of the power of Mother Nature. The question is: Are you ready?

Being prepared before a disaster strikes makes sense yet many people fail to take even simple steps to reduce the consequences of destruction produced by nature, machine failure or human error. Planning for a disaster is not an option, it’s a necessity.

A business owner can protect their company by identifying the risks associated with natural and man-made disasters and by creating a plan for action should a disaster strike. The purpose, of course, is to ensure that your business won’t suffer crippling financial loss or total business collapse because of an emergency. This planning and preparation will pay out in huge dividends in the event of an actual disaster.

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Interruption Planning site, offers the tools a business needs to prepare its own disaster recovery plan. The site includes the basic elements of planning for a business interruption, recovering from a business interruption and creating a crisis communications plan for your business.

With an emergency management plan, critical operational decisions can be made quickly and efficiently during a crisis. Having functioning data and back-up systems means your business will continue to operate. And business and employee documents will be available, even if the originals are destroyed.

The chamber’s Business Interruption Planning webpage also includes a Hurricane Information Center packed full of tips on preparing for a hurricane, a shelter checklist and emergency telephone numbers. During a storm, we’ll post the latest news, business openings and closures, and weather and traffic reports.

Also in this section, you will find a Post Hurricane Business Survey. After a hurricane, send this survey back to us so we can pass along the status of your business to those who inquire.

Let’s face it, at some point your business will be at risk. It could be a broken water pipe, an office fire, or a hurricane that can cripple or even shut down a business. Not having the proper precautions in place could mean losing it all. Businesses must be prepared to recover quickly and provide for their employees.

Are you ready?