The moment you step foot into The Perry Hotel, you’ll know you’ve arrived someplace special. From the charming marina village that surrounds it to its many handcrafted touches, the Perry isn’t just another boutique hotel – it’s a one-of-a-kind Key West experience.
Our monthly meetings for November 2019!
We had our Business After hours on November 13th at Sunset Grille, with delicious sliders, Sherry’s hard pink lemonade and the most beautiful sunset in the background.
The Luncheon was on November 19th at Overseas Pub & Grill with Rich Lawson, President of Small Association Leadership Alliance, and Stacy Dumas of Keys to Health, as our speakers. We want to make sure everyone has all the opportunities they can have. We are helping inform everyone of an affordable health program. Contact Keys to Health for more information!
We all had such an amazing time at the annual awards and installation banquet this year. October 18th, 2019. Already looking forward to next year. We had a beautiful lady with a champagne dress! Free Rum samples from Zacapa rum and complimentary beer from Islamorada Beer Company.
Another great networking event September 11th at Marlin Bay Resort & Marina.
We have all heard the term, “information is power.” Because the more we know, the better we can understand, solve problems, overcome adversity, and accomplish goals. Your Marathon Chamber values this sentiment, as not only is education one of the pillars of your Marathon Chamber, but it’s also part of your and our success.
Your Marathon Chamber Board recently approved $10,000.00 in continuing education grants to current business-members. In total, we were able to fund eighteen (18) business-members so they can engage in continuing education opportunities to further their knowledge, skills, and abilities. All which will have a positive effect and ROI in our community.
Your Chamber also awarded seven (7), $1,000.00 scholarships to Marathon High School seniors to help pay for their college/trade school tuition, books, etc. Lastly, at our May luncheon, we again donated $5,000.00 to our local (Middle Keys) Take Stock in Children program. In total we will have awarded $22,000.00 in educational-related grants in 2019; something the Board of Directors and I are so very proud of. Actually, since 2010 your Marathon Chamber Board has awarded and donated over $120,000.00 in educational scholarships and grants. Once again we are so honored to be able to provide our members and local students with such funding and to connect them to their desired educational opportunities.
Changing gears a bit; we are excited to announce that our annual Membership Drive will take place this entire month of June. Please be sure to tell your friends, other businesses, etc. about this program. We have some great incentives for new members to join during the membership drive. Free radio ads, newspaper ads, special discounts on other services, and many more items that will all help your business succeed. After all, it is due to our growth in membership (and your membership) that we are able and continue to fund such educational endeavors. Members who refer businesses that end up joining in June will be entered into a raffle to win some great local gift certificates!
Have a great June everyone; please be sure to contact us for any business assistance, needs, and also any advice/help you may need. Our doors are always open and no request is out of bounds.
CEO Daniel Samess
Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce
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Now that we are past tax season (unless you filed an extension of course), therefore we can focus on our spring and summer seasons. Speaking of our high-season, the numbers look very strong and positive as we are hitting pre-Irma figures in many categories which is very encouraging. While there is still work to be done your Marathon Chamber will continue to monitor, assess, and assist as needed.
Back to the topic, or title at-hand. We are very excited to again open up the following annual programs that are designed to help, support, and benefit you, our workforce, and also local students:
1) Currently, we are accepting applications for our annual Continuing Education Scholarships, where the Chamber Board of Directors will award up to $1,000.00/ business- a member who wishes to further their skills, abilities, and education; which in turn will allow their business to further improve and thrive. Applications went out almost a month ago and are due May 10th (see application inside newsletter). Our total budget for this is again $10,000, I hope you are able to apply.
2) We are also accepting scholarship applications from Marathon High School seniors; of which the Board will award seven (7), one-thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships. The deadline is also May 10th so please be sure to have your students send their applications in on time.
3) Our Business Beautification Grant program will shift gears this year. We have been awarding these since 2010. This year the Board wants to focus/dedicate these funds to focus more on landscaping our US1 corridor and streets in Marathon. Please stay tuned for more info on how your business can potentially apply for funding.
4) Lastly, Best Practices Business Breakfast, on May 14th at 8 am; we will focus on Social Media Marketing Tips, Strategies & Best Practices for our guests. Please join us for a great and educational experience.
We are proud to offer these great programs to you, our valued business-member. By improving business-members (and staff’s) abilities through educational opportunities, and by improving the appearance of our businesses; your Marathon Chamber aims to raise the status, appeal, and performance of your business so all our businesses can reach new heights!
Have a great May everyone; please be sure to contact us for any business assistance, needs, and also any advice/help you may need. Our doors are always open and no request is out of bounds.
Most Respectfully, Daniel Samess, M.S.
CEO Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce
November CEO Newsletter
November is here! Believe or not we are approaching the holiday season and New Year’s! We also recently held our annual Awards Banquet and I am glad to say that we sold out with over 320 members in attendance! We had a wonderful time, some laughs, danced, gave out awards, and said goodbye and hello to Board members. I am honored to announce your newly elected Marathon Chamber of Commerce Board Directors for 2018: Steve Hurley (Chairman), Mike Kiraly (Chair-Elect), Sara Mathis (Secretary), Patrick Stevens, Greg Konrath, Jeff Smith, and Yunior Rodriguez. I would also like to recognize and thank Hawks Cay Resort for hosting us, my amazing staff (Jeanine and Erika), chamber ambassadors, and the chamber awards committee who all played a pivotal role in our banquet’s success.
As it relates to our banquet, we hold our annual BIG Raffle Contest that culminates at the event. This year’s winner was Ron Snyder, whose family used to own Herbies for many years (recently sold it about five years ago). When I called Ron to inform him of the great news, he was happy but insisted on having his prize go to helping the Chamber and our community. So rather than choosing one of the vacations or the $2,000 cash option, Ron said to keep the $2,000 cash option and put it to something good. After getting direction from my Board Executive Committee, we decided to add $2,000 to our annual Marathon High School Scholarships. On top of the $5,000 we typically contribute/ award, in 2019 that amount will now be $7,000! Ron also asked that these extra scholarships be in his mother’s name, Gay Neth Snyder. I really am honored to share this story and good news with you all. Really goes to show that even our former Marathon Chamber members and business owners are still contributing and wanting Marathon to be its best.
Lastly, I want to acknowledge and thank three of our Board members who termed off the Board this year. They truly made a positive difference for your Marathon Chamber and personally for me in their direction and leadership: TJ Patterson (Past Chair), Sheila Cook (Past Secretary), and also Matt Lawrence (Director). Thank you TJ, Sheila, and Matt for your time and dedication; it was truly an honor to work for and with each of you!
Please always know your Marathon Chamber Board of Directors, staff, and I are all committed to working for and with you and also your business. Please be sure to get involved in our beneficial programs; ask questions, and put your Marathon Chamber to work for you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday later this month; be safe in your travels! Be sure to wait at least 3-4 hours to drive after eating all that turkey and stuffing!
Most Respectfully, Daniel Samess, M.S.
CEO Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce
(305) 743-5417 firstname.lastname@example.org