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 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.

July 2017 CEO Letter

July 2017 CEO Letter:

SCHOOL IS OUT, BUT NOT AT YOUR MARATHON CHAMBER

Join June Membership Drive

Join June Membership Drive

School’s out for summer (as Alice Cooper said), but that doesn’t mean we stop learning and trying to educate and empower you, our valued
member! I am very excited for the three (3) educational seminars we have planned for you this summer and fall. Each class is specific to
local business’ needs that will help to further improve your marketing, security of valuable data, and to better understand and utilize financial
reports to make sound business decisions.

Seminars:

First class focuses on social media marketing. It takes place on July 10th from 8:30AM – 11:30AM at the Hyatt Place conference room. We hope to see you there as this will be a great class. Also opportunity to learn about how to effectively market your business, products, and also services to current and potential customers online via Facebook and other widely used social media platforms.

Second class will focus on cyber security for your business, and how to protect important data, customer data, etc. that you may store on your computer, point of sale system, etc. This class will take place on August 14th (same time and location).

Third and final class will focus on cash flow management and effective use of financial reports for your business. Here you will learn how to construct, read, and effectively use financial reports to help your business survive and also thrive. This class will be on September 11th, again same time and also location as the previous two.

We hope you will join us for one, two, or all three classes; as always chamber members receive a discounted rate. If you sign up for all three classes you receive an even more heavily discounted rate. All classes include coffee, beverages, fruit and pastries. Please contact us your Marathon Chamber to RSVP (305-743-5417; Erika@floridakeysmarathon.com).

Board elections, and annual Awards & Installation Banquet

Lastly, we are beginning to plan ahead for our upcoming Board elections, and annual Awards & Installation Banquet (save the date please: October 6th at Hawks Cay Resort).

We recently awarded (10) ten Business Beautification Grants to local business-members as well. Our education committee Chairman TJ Patterson announced our five MHS senior scholarship recipients, each received $1,000.00 from your Marathon Chamber of Commerce.

Congrats to: Carlie Meehan, Theodore Violissi III, Amanda Ban, Alyssa Turner, and Rachel Philcox!

Have a great, safe, and happy 4th of July everyone; see you all at Sombrero Beach for the amazing Marathon Rotary Beach Party and City of Marathon Fireworks Show. Be sure to contact us for any business assistance, needs, or also services you may need either directly from us or from someone else we can connect you with. Our doors are always open and no request is out of bounds.

Most Respectfully,

Daniel Samess, CEO

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com

Website

www.RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.com

www.MarathonSeafoodFest.com

Seafood Festival Application

Original Marathon Florida Seafood

Festival Vendor Application is ready

2018 Seafood Festival Vendor Application is ready for vendors! Got to the Website, under the tab at the top “Vendors” click on it and finally the application is there.

Spaces will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Return vendors may receive first right of refusal for previous booth space, however, not guaranteed.

Sponsored by the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce and the Organized Fishermen of Florida.

2018 Seafood Festival Vendor App

Original Marathon Seafood Festival Application

 2nd largest FL Keys event with over 20,000 attendees & growing every year.

In addition premier event for great/fresh seafood and entertainment in the Florida Keys. Bring the whole family for two days and enjoy great cuisine, entertainment, and also fun!

Paramount Residential Mortgage Group

Welcome New Chamber Member

PRMG Expands its Southeast Territory with New Branch in Marathon, FL!

(Paramount Residential Mortgage Group)

California-based mortgage lender, Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc., is further expanding its Southeast region by opening their new location in sunny Marathon, FL.

Paramount

LISMEL MORALES, PRMG MARATHON BRANCH MANAGER

The newest location will be managed by seventeen-year mortgage veteran; Lismel Morales. Lismel has worked for Equity Mortgage Bankers, Bank of America and Ameriquest, to name a few.

He has successfully managed all aspects of mortgage branch in his primary branch, including recruiting and training Sales Team, Managing Office Staff, Approving Transactions, and overall Profit & Loss responsibility. Being able to communicate in Spanish and English has allowed Lismel to continue to be a top-performing, self-confident Mortgage Professional while building lasting relationships in his local community.

“I’m extremely excited to open my new satellite branch in the beautiful Marathon, FL and to start assisting many families in their pursuit of the American Dream of Homeownership!”, said Morales.

Lismel will work closely with PRMG Vice President/ Divisional Retail Production; Steve Levine and ultimately report to PRMG SVP, Director of National Retail Production; Chris Sorensen.

The new PRMG Marathon, FL location is looking for Motivated Loan Originators to support the PRMG mission to being “Progressively Better in All that We Do”.  If you’re ready to join a top-tier team in PRMG’s Marathon, FL office, please contact Lismel Morales at 786.543.5388 or LMorales@prmg.net.

Website

Bottom Line Bookkeeping

Welcome New Member: The Bottom Line Bookkeeping Services!

Mitzi Priest can help you with all your bookkeeping needs, and in addition is excellent with Financials.

Bookkeeper job duties include working closely with our accounting team to create and also analyze financial reports; to ensure legal requirements compliance, to process accounts payable and receivable, manage invoices and lastly tax payments.

Almost all businesses need help in this department, unless they are experts on financials themselves!

Call Mitzi Today at 305-743-5523

Location: Mobile and Home Office

book·keep·ing
ˈbo͝okˌkēpiNG/
noun
  1. The activity or occupation of keeping records of the financial affairs of a business.

AAA LIMOUSINE

 Welcome New Member:

FLORIDA KEYS LIMOUSINE AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

AAA Limo Group Limo LLC is a comprehensive limo and also luxury vehicle/Limousine service for business or leisure requirements in the Florida Keys. They also provide safe and reliable transportation for a variety of needs that include:

  • – Corporate services
  • – Special events
  • – Weddings
  • – Proms
  • – Bachelor / Bachelorette parties
  • – Standard limo services

To conclude AAA Limo Group Limo LLC gets you to your destination promptly and comfortably. Their experienced staff offers personalized and professional assistance so that they can enhance any celebration or corporate event. Therefore for special occasions and business transportation you can rely on AAA Limo Group Limo LLC.

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Huntress Sportfishing

Welcome New Members: Huntress Sportfishing!

Meet Our Boat

The Huntress

The Huntress is a premier 47” Cabo sport with twin 800hp M.A.N. engines! She is fast, comfortable and had a complete refit in 2014 making her one of the most impressive Charters in the Keys!

Randy Dale Goodman II

CAPTAIN

Captain RD was born in 1988 here in the keys, and grew up around fishing his whole life. From fishing on the freshwater lakes targeting Largemouth Bass, and Speckled Perch to fishing offshore targeting Mahi, Sail fish and everything in between. He has picked up several techniques through the years to be able to target a very wide range of species in several different bodies of water. He is CPR certified, first responder certified, and took the EMT and Fire Fighter 1 and 2 courses. In Conclusion he did not pursue his career opportunity as a fire fighter because his passion was on the water.

huntresscom

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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

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