July Business Bulletin

INSIDE TRACKS

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

RE/MAX Southern Shores announced the addition of REALTOR Aleftina Toler to their team of professional sales associates serving Horry and Georgetown counties.

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

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.

Ribbon-Cuttings

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?

Ambassadors of the Month - May

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

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

 




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

 

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

Welcome New Investors - May

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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.

Anytime Fitness Forestbrook (Myrtle Beach)
Health-Clubs
Patrick Flynn
3471 Belle Terre Blvd., A3
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-282-7900

Arby's - Socastee
Restaurant - Fast Food - Hospitality Partnership
Jennifer Legett
4100 Pine Hollow Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
843-742-5551

Beach Air
Air Conditioning & Heating
Amie Hayes
320 Reindeer Moss Ct.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
843-796-3798

Beach House Boat Rentals
Boat-Rentals - Hospitality Partnership
Jeff Mahran
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
843-882-5210

Goldfinch Funeral Services, LLC
Funeral Directors
Meghan Goldfinch Hayden
325 Hinson Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843-248-4211

Guitar Center
Music Store
Debby Friedman
1240 Hwy. 17 N.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
214-663-0918

Martha Weinberg, Nurse Consultant
Senior Services
Martha Weinberg
PO Box 71075
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
916-715-2425

Michael M. Grant Voiceover, LLC
Advertising-Broadcast
Michael M. Grant
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
843-655-5745

Mr. Kleanz Services
Cleaning
Lorrie A. Pollino
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
843-655-0936

Myrtle Beach Food Tours, LLC
Tours
Cheryl Barnes
1229 38th Ave. N., #160
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-638-9922

North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum
Nonprofit
Cathy Altman
799 Second Ave. N.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
843-427-7668

Restoration 1
Disaster Restoration/Fire/Water/Mold
Jake Gervin
900 Seaboard St., Unit 319
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-360-1440 

RNTT, LLC - Business Consulting Services
Business Services
Richard Georgino
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
404-368-0010

SPEC Drones, LLC
Drone Operations
Regi Barbosa
5082 Lafon Ln., #7
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
843-241-6992

The Beverley Beach House
Hotel-Motel - Hospitality Partnership
Karen Estes
2502 N. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-448-9431

The Center for Counseling
Mental Health
Ron Bogle
4466 Holmestown Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
843-663-0770

Tides Eye Photography
Photographers
Donald Hovis
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-504-8711

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

Twelve 33 Distillery
Beverages
Alexandra Osborn
593 Hwy. 90 E.
Little River, SC 29566
843-663-3344

Vivid Office Concepts - Modern Office Furnishings
Furniture
Anthony Salmons
780 A Hwy. 17 Bus. S.
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
843-748-0008

Wicked Inlet Seafood, LLC
Wholesale Distributors
Dylan Foster
4123 US 17 Bus.
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
301-639-4541

The Sandwich Generation is Growing and so are its Responsibilities

Article courtesy of Ulitza Kronemeyer, New York Life Insurance Company

Across the United States, millions of middle-aged adults struggle with the dual responsibilities of financially supporting a child and caring for an aging parent. In fact, a 2013 Pew Research report found that 33% of baby boomers and 42% of GenXers are now members of what is commonly called “the sandwich generation.” (1)

The meteoric rise of the sandwich generation is a byproduct of two powerful trends:

  • Women giving birth later in life.

  • The increasing longevity of the U.S. population.

When you combine these factors with a growing number of young adults living with their parents, it’s easy to see why so many middle-aged Americans are concerned about the future. If you are one of them, here are a few steps you can take to protect your loved ones and prepare for the financial responsibilities ahead.

Have a plan for eldercare.
Talk to your parents about the kind of care they’d prefer, and discuss it with your siblings. See which, if any, family members have the capacity to help provide care and which home would be the most accessible. In case external help is needed, research local resources to see what is available—and at what cost. Most importantly, consult an attorney and make sure you have all the legal documents needed to make sudden medical and financial decisions if the need arises.

Evaluate your resources.
Before determining a course of action, make sure you know what resources are available. Can your parents pay for care on their own? Do they have long-term care insurance? Do they own any whole life insurance policies with living benefits (2) that they may be able to use to pay for care? Can other family members contribute financially? Is public assistance a viable option?

Protect your children’s lifestyle and future.
While caring for a parent is a huge responsibility, it’s important to make sure your children’s needs are also met. If you haven’t done so already, set up a college fund and make funding it a priority. Also, consider purchasing a term life insurance policy that can help to protect your children’s future in case anything tragic happens to you.

Caring for children and aging relatives at the same time is never easy, but with the right planning and resources, it is possible to do both. With so many people joining the ranks of the sandwich generation, now’s the time to start planning for the future.

(1) “Caring for Kids, Parents, Sandwich Generation Savers Pressed for Time,” CNBC, June 14, 2014, at http://www.cnbc.com/2014/06/14/kids-parents-sandwich-generation-savers-pressed-for-time.html

(2) Loans against your policy accrue interest at the current rate and decrease the cash value and death benefit by the amount of the outstanding loan and interest.

This educational third-party article is provided as a courtesy by Ulitza Kronemeyer, agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact Ulitza Kronemeyer at New York Life Insurance Company, 1312 Professional Dr., Ste. 200, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Tel: 843-957-0577.

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.