Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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

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Seafood Festival Donation for IRMA Relief

Check Presentation for IRMA Relief

We are proud of this years event held on March 10th & 11th 2018, 42nd Annual Marathon Seafood Festival! Everyone raised $3,266.30 for the Coldwell Schmitt Charitable Foundation for IRMA Relief.  We had a great turnout for the Festival even after Hurricane IRMA effected the keys extremely. With a proud community and thank everyone for coming out and also supporting. We look forward to next year as well, as the Seafood Festival is always the second weekend in March. So next year will be March 9th & 10th 2019.

Photo Below: Left to Right

Daniel Samess (MArathon Chamber CEO) Steve Hurley (Chamber Board Member) Chase Foster, Brian Schmitt, ____, Jessica Borraccino, Wanda Brock all of Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate, Jeanine Christiansen (Chamber of Commerce) and also Natalie Ardis of Coldwell.

SF check presentation IRMA relief

SF check presentation IRMA relief

Website for Foundation

The Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation is a purpose-driven organization, formed to give back to an entire community in thanks for what’s been given to us.
It’s impossible for us to do it all, as we are limited by funds and not by desire.
To help save a life, send challenged adults or kids with disabilities to camp, to soften a neighbor’s last days, provide rental or mortgage assistance to the ill or elderly, or simply provide a helping hand to Keys residents is our mission. Food, shelter and also someone who cares are the necessities of life and we are privileged to be there for them. Your contribution, no matter how small, helps us put back the pieces in a life that is breaking.

Freeman Law Firm

Welcome New Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Member

Freeman Law Firm!

Get the compensation you deserve.

We are your neighbors with our office centrally located in Islamorada and also Marathon FL.  We understand your unique needs and the types of insurance claims that are involved when damage from a hurricane occurs.  Let us review your claim for free to determine whether your insurance company is treating you fairly. Also to see if they are paying you what you are entitled to under your insurance policy and Florida law.  We are here to help and also If there is no recovery, there are no fees or costs to our firm.

Full service litigation law firm

The Freeman Law Firm, P.A. is a full service litigation law firm. We concentrates its practice exclusively handling property damage claims for homeowners and also business owners and has done so for over twenty (20) years.  Our firm is fully dedicated to obtaining the maximum compensation our clients are entitled to under their insurance policy and Florida law.  All property damages cases are handled on a contingency fee basis.  That means, if there is no recovery, you owe us no attorneys’ fees or costs.  Each member of our staff has been trained to handle property damage claims from the inception of the claim through jury trial and appeal, if necessary.  We handle each and every case with the utmost attention to detail.

Please contact our office at 866-866-6506 to schedule a free home inspection and a free consultation to review your insurance claim to ensure you are getting the maximum amount you are entitled to under your insurance policy and also Florida law.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free consultation.

Freeman Law Firm Commerce Corner

Freeman Law Firm Commerce Corner

Website

Duck Key Real Estate Co.

Welcome New Member to our Marathon Chamber of Commerce!

Duck Key Real Estate

Kristen graduated from Marathon High School in 1983 and then got her BA degree at Washington State University for Interior Design in 1987. During that time her mother and father Wayne and Elaine Brenner both well known Realtors of Duck Key who established Brenner Realty in 1977, insisted that she study for her Real Estate License on Spring break in 1984 and that summer she got her Real Estate license.

Kristen changed the name to Duck Key Realty in 1999.

Kristen has been top producing agent in the Middle Keys ranking as one of the top 10 agents in the Marathon area for the last 10 years. No single agent has sold more real estate on Duck Key than Kristen.

After the financial melt down of 2008, Kristen has been a part of the American Home Mortgage Servicing team of Monroe County handling bank REO’s from Key Largo to Key West as well as the sales of properties in Duck Key.

After 7 years with  mastering the Marathon market with two other Real Estate companies, she has ventured back on her own in 2017

Re-opening Duck Key Realty and forming two new companies in Marathon, Florida Keys Real Estate Co and also Vacation Rentals of the Florida Keys.  Come by and visit us at 11287 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050

Duck Key Real Estate

Website

Contact Information

Kristen Brenner
Florida Keys Real Estate Company, LLC

11287 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050

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

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

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.

Marathon Community Theatre

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

August 9th 2017. Hosted by Marathon Community Theatre, with sponsors Porkys, Plaza Grill, Brutus Seafood, and Hurricane Bar & Grill.

Become A Member Today: How to Redeem Member Benefits 

Once you have clicked on the show or shows you wish to attend, selected you seats, and decided how you wish to receive your ticket (print or will call at the box office), you will be directed to the payment page. At the bottom left of the page, you will see a box that says “Redeem Benefits”. Click that box and the next page will ask for your email that you provided to MCT and your name. Once completed, you will receive the membership price.    

FREE DANCE CLASSES WITH MEMBERSHIP

Want to tone up? Lose a few inches? Who says you need a gym? Come to FREE dance classes at MCT. Move your body while you learn something new. Never done it before? It’s a great time to start. Summer classes are just for fun – there’s no show coming up to prepare for, no choreography to learn. Dance classes are FREE to MCT members. What a deal, and what a great way to

your summer!

 

August 2017 CEO Letter

Dear Marathon Chamber of Commerce Member

While lobster mini-season keeps our hotel rooms, restaurants, and businesses busy; we are all glad when it’s over! We have a lot of exciting initiatives going on over the next few months, since we aim to keep you, our valued business-member in-the-know here is what we are working on.

Seminar #2 on Cyber Security has been cancelled.

First, we have the second of three business-seminars set for this month. As you know education is a huge part of what your Marathon Chamber does. We understand the value of education, and how improving our skills and abilities can lead to improved business performance, profitability, and also longevity. Our Aug. 14th seminar focuses on Cyber Security for Small Businesses. No business is immune to online hackers and criminals seeking to steal your, and/or your customers’ information and data. Plus your liability insurances will not cover any losses from cyber security breaches. We hope you will attend to learn how to better protect yourself, your customers, and your business. Please sign up for this month’s seminar, you will not be disappointed (flyer included in this month’s newsletter).

Annual Chamber Board of Director Elections

August is also when we begin preparations for our annual Chamber Board of Director elections. If you are interested in running for a seat on the Marathon Chamber Board of Directors, please email or contact me to receive an application (also see flyer insert). Elections take place in early September and this year we have six (6) open seats on the Board. This is a great way to help lead the overall direction of your Marathon Chamber and help to have a real impact on our business community.

BIG Raffle Contest

Finally, this month signifies the beginning of our annual BIG Raffle Contest. Winners will be drawn at our annual Awards Banquet on Friday, Oct. 6th at Hawks Cay Resort (please save the date). Again we are offering a vacation package for two (winner can choose from 4 vacation options) as our grand prize ($3,000+ value), or if a vacation is not your cup of tea, the grand prize winner can choose a cash prize of $2,000.00. Other prizes include a stay at Hawks Cay Resort with spa for two, as well as $100 restaurant gift certificates, a staycation in Key West, and more. See flyer insert for more info please. As always tickets are only $25.00/each and we will only sell a max of 500 tickets. Proceeds help to fund our annual Academic and Continuing Education Scholarships to Marathon students and also our business-members.

Have a great August everyone; please be sure to get your raffle tickets and to sign up for our Aug. 14th business-seminar; and be safe out there getting those delicious Florida Lobsters after full season opens up August 6th!

Most Respectfully,

Daniel Samess, CEO

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com

Website

www.RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.com

www.MarathonSeafoodFest.com

August

August

CANCELLED Seminar #2 Cyber Security

CEO’S CORNER

Seminar Cyber Security CANCELLED

Chamber Members, Friends, Colleagues:  Please consider attending our upcoming Business Seminar Classes which are a great opportunity for you and also your employees to learn about:
  1. August 14th: CANCELLED Cyber security to protect your online information, customer info/data, websites, etc.
  2. September 11th: How to read and utilize financial reports to make good business decisions.

Have a great and safe weekend everyone.  Lobster Mini Season is next week, please be safe out there; ensure all your gear is in good working order, your lobster and fishing licenses, etc.  May the lobster be with you!

To sign up & RSVP please contact Erika at your Marathon Chamber: 305-743-5417 / Erika@floridakeysmarathon.com
Click here for PDF of Seminars Flyer

Cyber Security for Small Business:
Monday, August 14th
This class will provide small business owners tools to protect company
and customer data and assets. Therefore using these tools, businesses can avoid
being victims to ransom terrorists.
Steve Prettyman has over 20 years experience in the IT industry and
also as a college professor. Over the years, he has taught classes in
programming, mobile app development, web design and also cyber security.
Steve is also an author of two PHP programming textbooks and also a third
is in development. After 40+ years in Atlanta, he returned to South
Florida in 2016 accepting the role as Computer Science Chair at FKCC.

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