Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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

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Marathon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Donates $5,000.00 to Take Stock in Children

Marathon, FL, June 24, 2015:  The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) Board of Directors donated $5,000.00 towards the Middle Keys Take Stock in Children Foundation today.

Each year the GMCC Board of Directors allocates monies towards education.  Primarily using proceeds from membership dues as well as the annual Marathon Seafood Festival, the Chamber’s Board of Directors is able to aggressively contribute to this worthy cause. Earlier this month at graduation night the Board also awarded five (5), $1,000.00 scholarships to Marathon High School seniors; as well as awarding two (2), $600.00 grants to current GMCC business-members to further their education within their specific areas of business.  Totaling the GMCC’s 2015 educational-based donations to over $11,000.00.  “Part of our mission is to educate and empower our business-members, and this most definitely includes our local students as well,” said Board Chairman Ryan Elwell.

Pictured (left-right): TJ Patterson, Marathon Chamber Board Director, Teresa Condas, Board Member, Take Stock in Children, Daniel Samess, CEO, Marathon Chamber, Steve Pribramsky, President, Take Stock Board, Stacie Kidwell, Past Chair, Marathon Chamber Board, Bill Kelly, Chair-Elect, Marathon Chamber Board, and Ryan Elwell, Chairman, Marathon Chamber Board


2014 Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest

Friends! Join us for our new event! We are having the 2014 Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest, December 27th, 2014. There will be craft beer, champagne, food, and more! There will also be vendors! Save the date for this fun new event!

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Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Membership Drive

Hi Friends! Do you have a business that you would like to promote in beautiful Marathon? Maybe you are an individual who would like to attend our networking events and be involved in our community?! Now is the time to join the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce! We are having a Membership Drive during August. Check out all of the additional benefits you will receive when you join in August. Feel free to call or email us here at the Chamber if you have any questions. We are here to serve you!
Phone: 305.743.5417

Member Drive Flyer v3.0-2

Annual Awards Banquet

Chamber Members and Awesome Marathon Community,

Our Annual Awards Banquet is coming up soon and we are already selling raffle tickets to win amazing prizes! We will be selling tickets at our monthly networking events, so members, make sure to attend! Also, you can purchase tickets right in our office! We are open 7 days a week from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Don’t miss out on your chance to win luxury getaways, cruises, dinner, and so much more! Good Luck 🙂

Awards Banquet Raffle Flyer

August Membership Drive

Have you been considering joining the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center? We are having a Membership Drive! In addition to our already great benefits, our member’s are offering discounts and incentives to new members who join in August! Call us at (305) 743-5417 for more information.

Membership Drive flyer

Thank You Letter

Thank you letter The Heron

Chamber of Commerce and OFF donates to AYSO

The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce and Organized Fisherman of Florida, Marathon (OFF) proudly presents $1000.00 donation to American Youth Soccer Organization, Marathon (AYSO). The funds were raised at this years Seafood Festival. Pictured from left to right are, Arno Silva, AYSO, Ben Daniels, Board Chairman Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, Paul Lebo, Board Director OFF, Daniel Samess, CEO Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center.


Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce and Organized Fishermen of Florida Make Donations

The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce and The Organized Fishermen of Florida, Marathon Chapter, are proud to donate to K.A.I.R. and Heron House here in Marathon. The donation comes from the proceeds of the tip jars set up at the food booths at the Annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival. We appreciate everyone’s generosity!

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2014 Business by Business Beautification Grant

This year the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce was thrilled to, once again, give out 10 $1,500 grants to local Middle Keys businesses for the beautification of their exteriors! The 2014 recipients of the grant were:

Heron-Peacock House
Dolphin Research Center
The City of Key Colony Beach
Cabana Breezes/ Cabana Club
Optical Shoppe andPrecision Eye Care
Coastal Docks
Marathon Veterinary Hospital
Puto Limited Partnership
Captain Hook’s Marina

Thank you so much to all of the business who offered discounts to our grant recipients. We are thrilled to be able to offer this program to our Middle Keys business members. Please keep an eye out for next year’s applications if you wish to apply!

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Marathon Chamber Awards Banquet 2013

Our Marathon Chamber Awards Banquet 2013 had a great turnout! The Red Carpet event at Hawks Cay Resort was a wonderful evening of great food and even better company. Congratulations again to all of our award recipients:

Customer Service Award: UPS Store
Beautification Award: The City of Marathon
Community Contribution:
– Large: Coldwell Banker Schmitt of the Florida Keys
– Small: Marathon Veterinary Hospital
Horizon Award: Brutus Seafood
Tourist Attractor: Dolphin Research Center
Best Friend Award: Tricia Baker
NonProfit Humanitarian: Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys

The Honorable Judge Ruth Becker was also present to help us install our new board members! Welcome aboard:

Julie Johnson, TimeOut Magazine
Steve Levine, Publix at Marathon
Justin Bruland, OFF
Bill Kelly, Kelly Electric
Stacie Kidwell, American Caribbean
John Bartus, Tropical Island Outlet and John Bartus Productions

Our raffle winners were announced:

Grand Prize Trip Winner: Tiffany Cummings
Second Prize Dolphin Encounter Winner: Ryan Elwell
Hawk’s Cay 2 night stay plus spa Winner: Patrick Quinn
Brasada Ranch Stay Winner: Judy Carey
Marker 88 Winner: Johnnie Darby
Hideaway Winner: Sally Mishmash

Thank you to The Millionaire Gallery in Key West for attending and helping us with our silent auction. Our winners were:

Grey’s Anatomy Cast Autographed Framed Display: Jessica Ferguson
Brad Pitt Autographed Moneyball Poster Framed Display: Linda Regan
Jimmy Buffett Autographed Margaritaville Framed Display: Joe Marcum
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Thank you so much to all who came out to support the Chamber and our new board! Check out these excellent photos:


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