Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

Supporting, advocating, and promoting our local business-members in the heart of the Florida Keys!

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TBH Construction

Introducing the New Chamber Member: TBH Construction

TBH Construction works with all types of general contracting, from small to large jobs. Established in 2001, the company specializes in general building, drywall, stucco, siding, and total remodels. Owner Tom Harmon says their key to success is quality and service.

Right now in this time of need, after Hurricane Irma, Contractors are in high demand. We thank you all for coming to the keys and helping us Rebuild #Keysstrong

TBH Construction

Marathon Chamber

Hello 2018

GOOD RIDDANCE 2017

I hope you all had a great Holiday and New Year’s, here is to 2018! Usually in my January letter I discuss how great the previous year was, our accomplishments,
etc. After Irma, it’s (admittedly so) difficult to do this. However, now that we are passed the worst of it; we can focus on the finish
line, and yes I can see the light ahead! Finish line meaning getting the rest of the debris picked up and hauled away, getting locals back into
their homes, and seeing businesses and resorts that are still down due to damages back up and running. Our focus has to be a strong finish
so we can push forward and step into the light. It will take discipline, patience, and persistence.

 

Discipline, patience, and persistence:

• Discipline: understanding that this high-season and summer will not yield revenues like years past. So we must budget accordingly; please know this doesn’t mean making cuts that will hurt your business, productivity, and quality. Think “efficiency” rather than just reductions. Think of lean, smart, and innovative ways to keep things afloat and running. On a personal level it may mean postponing that big vacation or addition to your home till next year; or the purchase of luxury items that are “wants” and not “needs.”
• Patience: things will improve and get better. “The new normal” as locals refer to post Irma will eventually revert back to just normal. Once our islands are back and looking great, all businesses up and running, and all services available for visitors and locals; we will get back to “normal.” But have patience, don’t rush the process in ways that may cause unintended consequences. Remain persistent, tenacious and what not, but have patience.
• Persistence: speaking of, be persistent and tenacious. Work hard, don’t give up or give in. We are a tight-knit community so please reach out for assistance or help. Your Marathon Chamber is here for you no matter what! Contact me anytime, please! There are other great and free resources out there for you as well and we/I am happy to connect you to any of them (financial, and/or business guidance, counseling, marketing/advertising/PR, etc.). One of my favorite attributes Keys business owners have is stubbornness. Use this in an effective, efficient, and positive manner to get through the home stretch of Irma’s recovery.

2018 begins:

As 2018 begins we again have high goals and standards to ensure that we are best serving you and our other 575+ business members. We have again budgeted to award $10,000 in continuing education scholarships to Marathon Chamber members as well as to host a number of educational seminars to help further expand your knowledge, skills, and abilities. We will also award our Business Beautification Grants again in 2018 so please keep a watchful eye out for this and other programs so you can take full advantage of your membership with us.

Thank you again for being a member of The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce in 2017, we look forward to again serving you in 2018. If you have any questions about your membership renewal invoice please call us anytime. Want to know more about what the Marathon Chamber can do for you and your business? Please call us to set up an orientation/member benefits meeting; we will travel to your place of business if need be. Our mission is to serve you; and also I look forward to doing just that yet again in 2018.

Hears to a healthy, safe, and fruitful 2018!

Daniel Samess

Daniel Samess, M.S. • Chief Executive Officer • Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce • 12222 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050 • W: (305) 743-5417 / F: (305) 289-0183
email: ceo@floridakeysmarathon.comMarathon Chamberwww.RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.comwww.MarathonSeafoodFestival.com

After Hours Winter Wonderland

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Monthly Chamber After Hours

We had such a great turnout with this Beautiful Winter Wonderland. Delicious food, good times, Toys for tots, Mr. & Mrs. Clause!

TendBar.Us

Business Spotlight: Commerce Corner

TendBar.Us

We’re committed to delivering the alcohol and other provisions of your choosing. To the place you request within a reasonable time frame and with a reasonable delivery charge.

After spending time within the corporate world and also getting my business degree, I decided to make a change in my life. Start my own company in a city that I have had the opportunity to visit multiple times. There were a few times where I had wished I hadn’t needed to make a trip to get groceries. Or alcohol for the condo I had rented for vacation.  Inspiration struck on a cold winter’s day while living in Boston.

I saw a travel advertisement for Key West. Remembering my experiences and what some people have told me regarding difficulties of getting their groceries and alcohol. Especially when not having a vehicle to get them.  At this moment, my vision for the company morphed. From being a distributor of alcohol to liquor stores and bars into an idea where I would be a delivery services for both vacationers and locals in Key West and the lower Keys up to Marathon.  Whether you are in the lower Keys for vacation, or a local pressed for time, please consider TendBar to deliver groceries, alcohol, and also other provisions to your location.

Tendbar

Tendbar

Dennis Casey Electric

Business Spotlight: Dennis Casey Electric

Electrical Contractor
Dennis Casey, President of Dennis Casey Electric. Formerly Fort Lauderdale Electric, moved to Marathon full-time in the summer of 2016 with his wife Margie. A Florida State Licensed Electrical Contractor since 1980. His focus in the Middle Florida Keys is trouble shooting, minor service work and consulting services. No job is too small, and he also shows up quickly. His company won Angie’s List Super Service Awards from 2011 to 2015, and also was honored as a Five Star Angie’s List Contractor.
Casey is proudly a United States Marine Corps Veteran. Served as past president of the Florida Association of Electrical Contractors in the late 1990s. He and his wife are actively involved in the Marathon community including feeding the homeless, assisting non-profit organizations and promoting the Middle Keys community.

Electric

Facebook Link: Dennis Casey

INSURANCE CLAIM INFORMATION

The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

As we have done and will continue to do; your Marathon Chamber
of Commerce aims to connect, inform, and empower our members
to services and information to assist you and your business post Irma.
The event below is one we recommend you attend and share with
your colleagues, friends, and neighbors.
Thank you,
Daniel Samess
CEO, Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce
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INSURANCE CLAIM INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR/EVENT

For Immediate Release:
Your local law firm (and fellow Marathon Chamber of Commerce member) of
Campbell & Malafy joined by their associates at Weisbrod, Matteis & Copley of
Washington, DC will be hosting an informational meeting to discuss issues
related to business and individual hurricane related insurance claims.
Date: Thursday, December 7th
Time: 5:30PM – 7:00PM
Place: Lighthouse Grille Restaurant, Captains Room (behind The Hyatt Place in
Marathon)
1994 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050
Food and refreshments will be provided.
Please join us.
Seating and room capacity is limited to about 75 people, first come first serve
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WAS YOUR PROPERTY DAMAGED IN THE HURRICANE?
IS YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY TREATING YOU FAIRLY?

If you feel that your property damages are greater than what your insurance
company is willing to pay, you may need the services of a local law firm. Our
firm is prepared to help you with your hurricane insurance claim.
Contact our firm for a free consultation, we will not charge you a fee or costs
unless you get a recovery, our local law firm will partner with other firms to ensure
that you receive proper representation.
LAW OFFICES OF CAMPBELL & MALAFY
10887 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 1-305-743-2492
rmalafy@msn.com

Marathon Chamber of Commerce

Irma Who?

Happy Holidays to you, our valued member! The New Year is around the corner, so is high-season; which I know all our businesses are exceptionally excited about post Irma. This off-season was like no other.  While we are still recovering physically and emotionally from Irma, it is exciting to have some holiday cheer and tourists getting ready to flock to our islands.

December marks the end of our fiscal year; so please be sure to keep a look out in your mailbox or inbox for your annual Chamber Membership Renewal invoice. Should you have any questions about it please contact us as we are happy to help as always. This year we are offering two options regarding your annual dues. If you are able to pay your 2018 dues in full by Jan. 12th we will deduct 4% from your dues amount. If you cannot pay by then we are happy to provide an extension until March 30th, but without the 4% savings. I understand the savings is not a significant amount, but if it helps and further encourages you to pay sooner than later then it will be a win-win for you and your chamber.

Other than Irma 2017 was another positive and productive year for your Marathon Chamber of Commerce! One area I am very proud of is our annual programs we have expanded and contributed to. Why, because they directly affect you, our business members and our local economy. In 2017 we again awarded $20,000 in business beautification grants; we awarded $10,000 in continuing education grants to twenty-six (26) business-members; awarded $5,000 in scholarships to five (5) MHS seniors as well as $5,000 to the Marathon Take Stock in Children program. Lastly awarded over $5,000 in donations to key local not for profits that benefit our businesses and local economy. (FIRM, FL Keys Days, Middle Keys Habitat for Humanity, Fishermen’s Community Hospital Foundation, Pigeon Key Foundation, and more).

As we move into 2018 I look forward to moving forward, seeing more of our hotels, businesses, and homes get fully repaired and back online. I look forward to normalcy and to working with our City Council on more workforce housing solutions; as well as to working with our TDC on informing visitors that we are up and running and getting better and better with every week that passes. I will look forward to seeing our businesses make up revenues and get back to a healthy and prosperous position, and most importantly helping you and our business community getting to that point.

The Marathon Chamber Board of Directors, staff, and I are all committed to working for and with you and your staff. Please be sure to get involved in our beneficial programs; ask questions, and let your Marathon Chamber work for you. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s later this month; be safe in your travels, and see you at our December events and then in 2018!
Most Respectfully,

SBA Relocates & Deadline

SBA Relocates Business Recovery Center in Big Pine Key;

Closes the Business Recovery Center in East Palatka

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced as the Business Recovery Center (BRC) from Big Pine Community Park Relocates, 31009 Atlantis Drive to the location below and also will remain open until further notice.

Monroe County (Mobile BRC)

Old Bank of America Building Parking Lot

30572 Overseas Hwy, 33043

Big Pine Key, FL 33043

Opens: Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.

Hours:   Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SBA representatives in the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and also assist businesses in completing the SBA application.

 

 

SBA Deadline for Florida Private NonProfit Organizations

To Apply for Physical Damage Disaster Loans is Nov. 20

 

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible Private NonProfit (PNP) organizations in Florida of the Nov. 20 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by Hurricane Irma from Sept. 4 through Oct. 18, 2017.

Please note that the deadline for disaster assistance (physical damage) for individual and also businesses has been extended to Nov. 24, 2017.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Nov. 20, 2017.  The deadline to submit economic injury applications is June 21, 2018.

Porky’s Bayside Luncheon

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Hosted by Porky’s Bayside of Marathon

 

We are known for our good food and friendly island atmosphere. Our unique location has hosted famous Keys visitors and celebrities since the 1950’s, including such notables as Ernest Hemmingway, Jimmy Hoffa and Elizabeth Taylor.

Originally known as “Bill Thompson’s Villas and Marina”, it was the place to be. We know that it still is!

Our BBQ is smoked daily on premises and we offer fresh local seafood. Share a bit of what the Keys used to be.

Relax and Enjoy.
Thanks from Your Hosts,
Magda and Sean

Support Hurricane Irma Relief

Media Contact:

Kate Bauer-Jones, President / CEO

kbauerjones@keysunitedway.org

305-735-1929

 

For Immediate Release

October 19, 2017

United Way of the Florida Keys Provides Nearly $400,000 to Support Hurricane Irma Relief
Due to the generous contributions of friends and supporters around the nation, UWFK is currently investing $397,700 in direct aid for hurricane recovery efforts throughout Monroe County.

In the weeks immediately following the storm, UWFK has distributed over $20,000 in direct aid in the form of store gift cards and cleaning supplies and tools. $52,700 in emergency “mini-grants” were also disbursed to eight local, established partner nonprofits directly serving individuals and families impacted by the storm. Additionally, $45,000 was dedicated towards hotel rooms to assist residents in the Upper Keys without housing due to Irma related damages to their homes.

This week, UWFK will allocate another $80,000 in additional “mini-grants” to sixteen previously vetted partner agencies, including Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Burton Memorial Church, Southernmost Boys & Girls Clubs, KAIR, Star of the Sea Mission Outreach, and also many others. Further, an application for an additional $100,000 worth of funding is open to any human service nonprofit engaged in hurricane recovery and rebuilding efforts at www.keysunitedway.org/uwfk-mini-grants-hurricane-irma-relief. There is also a link to the application on the UWFK homepage.

Board of Directors

The UWFK Board of Directors has committed another $100,000 for direct aid and case management to assist families and individuals struggling with the effects of the storm, in managed in partnership with local organizations including Catholic Charities, KAIR, and FKOC.

With support from generous friends and neighbors, UWFK is helping rebuild our community. The rebuilding effort will focus beyond the immediate impact to serve mid and long-term recovery needs in the Keys. This is part of United Way’s ongoing work to support community rebuilding; a role played after first responders’ work is done.

Local United Way of the Florida Keys funding for nonprofit partnerships and our work serving Keys residents comes from donations accepted year-round. If you would like to make a donation, you can access our online giving portal by clicking the “Donate” button at www.keysunitedway.org. Thank you for helping us be the leader in community caring!

About United Way of the Florida Keys:

United Way of the Florida Keys is an independent, local 501(c)(3) organization that has been supporting the Keys community for more than 30 years. UWFK supports strong working families and funds nonprofits that provide critical services to Keys residents. Money raised in the Keys stays in the Keys.

United Way also plays a unique role in convening businesses, nonprofits and government to work together to address community needs. For more information, visit our website: www.keysunitedway.org or call (305) 735-1929.  Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.  

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