Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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

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COVID – 19 Updates

The best place to stay up to date for Monroe County about COVID – 19 is: www.monroecountyem.com/1169/COVID-19-Coronavirus

How to Get the Most Out of Your Chamber Membership

We were sent a great article we feel everyone should read on Chamber Membership!

How to make the most out of your membership in the chamber of commerce

Once you’ve joined a chamber of commerce it’s up to you to make sure you get the most out of your experience and reap the benefits that it can offer. 

If you follow each of these steps, you are sure to gain a valuable experience as well contribute well to your community. 

Attend chamber events regularly

Get a calendar of events from your chamber and start planning the events that you and your employees will be able to attend. 

From seminars that teach more about running and managing a business to networking events with other businesses, you can gain expert knowledge and meaningful relationships to help your business succeed. 

Host your own event

You aren’t limited to attending events hosted by the chamber and other businesses. You can put on your own networking event or seminar and invite chamber and community members alike to attend. 

This helps you provide more value to the community and gives you some great exposure.  

Volunteer

Your chamber will likely have several committees working on different projects at any given point. Volunteer your time to help a specific committee that is right up your alley. Meet new people and gain more exposure in the community as you volunteer. 

Attend ribbon cuttings

Show your support to other local businesses by attending their ribbon cutting ceremonies. If you can’t make it, reach out and congratulate that organization on their membership and be a support to them in that regard. 

Reference: www.womply.com/blog/chamber-of-commerce-basics-what-they-do-and-why-you-should-join/

Mosaics & More Corp.

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for Mosaics & More Corp.

Please join us for a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for MOSAICS & MORE CORP! September 20th starting at 4:30 pm, the cutting will be at 6 pm. Appearances by Luis Gonzalez and John Bartus!

August Newsletter

Stay up to date with the newsletter! Events, happenings, and more!

Hurricane Irma Recovery Update

Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinars – June 2019

The Marathon Chamber partners with our SBA reps to provide quality training and also information to you, our valued members.

 

Connect with Customers Through Video

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 1 pm to 2 pm EST

Today, video content is a vibrant and popular part of the online experience. This creates an opportunity for businesses to re-imagine the role that video content plays within their marketing strategy.

Join this webinar, being presented Certified Google AdWords Trainer Matt Weber, for best practices to connect with customers through online video.

In this session, we’ll discuss how to:

  • Integrate video into your online strategy
  • Plan and produce videos on a budget
  • Promote your videos to your target audience

readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1246229&tp_key=593320d533&sti=score-eventpage

 

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Understand Basic Financial Statements to Better Your Business

Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 1 pm to 2 pm EST

The number one reason why small businesses fail is not that owners aren’t passionate about what they do, but that they don’t understand their numbers.

Phyllis Johnson, owner of PKJ Consulting, will explain how to become more informed and make better financial decisions simply by understanding these 3 basic financial statements: profit & loss, balance sheet, and also cash flow statements.

Participants will also learn monthly financial tips to ensure the success of your business.

readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1245375&tp_key=8ddf21ea36&sti=score-eventpage

 

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SBA Loans 101 – What Borrowers Should Know

Thursday, June 20, 2019, from 8 am to 9 am EST

Join us to learn valuable information on borrowing money to start or grow a small business. Whether your business needs $500 or $5 million, the SBA offers a wide range of loan programs to suit your needs. During this live webinar we will cover:

Overview of SBA loan programs

How to determine what loan program is the best fit for your business

Insight into what a lender looks for when reviewing and evaluating a loan application

Available resources to help

Q&A

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn how your business can get the funding it needs

www.eventbrite.com/e/live-webinar-sba-loans-101-what-borrowers-should-know-tickets-62072885672

 

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Power Up Your Brand with Promotional Products

Thursday, June 20, 2019, from 1 pm to 2 pm EST

Is your brand instantly recognizable or is it as good as invisible? How can you make sure it gets the attention it deserves? The good news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune on ads to boost your brand’s presence and get noticed. In fact, you can stay on people’s radar for two years or more just by using branded, promotional items.

Join this session, being presented by Carrie Kwapick-Nasvick and Heidi Ott with Deluxe Corporation, for tips on using branded retail packaging, apparel and also swag to turn heads and turn profits.

You will learn:

  • How to make a lasting impression with branded packaging
  • How to turn customers into volunteer marketers
  • Popular promotional items your customers will love

You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at how promotional branding helped business owners on the “Small Business Revolution – Main Street” TV series make their presence known and also stand out from the competition

readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1245927&tp_key=bcb38acd32&sti=score-eventpage

 

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Facebook is Falling- Crucial Marketing Strategies You Must Activate Now

Thursday, June 27, 2019, from 1 pm to 2 pm EST

Facebook is on the decline and marketing on the platform has become more difficult. The “Facebook Apocalypse” which started early 2018 is for real and continues to gain momentum. There’s a lot more competition. Ad costs have risen and are also projected to soar even higher.

Can your business still thrive on Facebook? Should you diversify to other social platforms?  And if so, which ones?

This webinar presented by the owner and president of The Ruby Marketing Agency, Lynn Ruby, will cover the essential strategies for Facebook marketing today, the mandate to diversify, and also where she recommends you invest your time and resources now:

5 things we know for sure about Facebook marketing

The 3 Facebook strategies CEOs must demand their social media team focus on and measure

2 social platforms that are hot on Facebook’s heels, and which one is right for you.

The hot Facebook trends from 2018 that tanked

5 global guidelines to help you know:

  • When to post,
  • What to post, and
  • The best types of posts

readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1245641&tp_key=78086ae5b6&sti=score-eventpage

 

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Blogs and Recorded Business Training Videos

Encore Entrepreneurship for Women. This introduction to business planning is directed to women over the age of 50 who are interested in pursuing a second career and launching their own business.

www.sba.gov/course/encore-entrepreneurship-women/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

5 Myths About Payroll Taxes

If you want to grow your business, you probably need to hire employees to help you. Becoming an employer and expanding your staff entails many responsibilities, one of which is overseeing payroll taxes. Unfortunately, there are many myths about these taxes.

Read more

Recorded webinars from SCORE – click here

www.score.org/recorded-webinars?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery


SBA Learning Center – click here

www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/search/training?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

May Ceo Letter

Scholarships, Grants, and Training for YOU

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:

Programs

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.

Creating opportunities

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.

August

Most Respectfully, Daniel Samess, M.S.

CEO Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com

www.FloridaKeysMarathon.com

www.RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.com

www.MarathonSeafoodFest.com

Irma Recovery Update

Hurricane Irma Recovery Status Update

Greetings Recovery Stakeholders below is a Hurricane Irma Recovery Status Update.

Recovery Update Highlights:

  • Rebuild Florida registration REOPENS!
  • Invitation to Bid for Contractors Announced (Deadline May 9, 2019)
  • Upcoming Business and Tourism Recovery Workshop (June 3, 2019)
  • Business Recovery Survey available now to all Business Owners: Business Recovery Survey (Deadline May 27, 2019)

Hope to see you all at the June 3, 2019 Business and also Tourism Meeting in Marathon.

OneLife CBD

OneLife CBD

Welcome new member to the Marathon Chamber of Commerce!

OneLife CBD is a supplement derived from the Industrial Hemp plant, in compliance with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and is legal in all 50 states.

*No medical card required- containing less than .3% THC as law requires. 

*Guaranteed purity, potency, and consistency
*100% Made in the USA
*Colorado Grown Hemp
*Vegan *Non-GMO
*Safe for Humans and Pets
*Pharmacist/Chemist Formulated
*Triple ISO Lab Testing/ METRC tagged

*Why we formulate with MCT oil

MCT, medium chain triglycerides are partially man-made fats. The name refers to the way the carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. MCT’s are generally made by processing coconut and palm kernel oils in the laboratory. Usual dietary fats, by comparison, are long-chain triglycerides. MCT oil is gaining popularity for its many health benefits.

Cannabinoids are fat soluble, meaning they break down and are stored in fat rather than water, making cannabinoids most effective when consumed with fat, increasing their bioavailability.

Saturated fats are important carriers for cannabinoids to be absorbed into the body. Coconut and palm (MCT) oil contain saturated fat at levels close to 80%, giving cannabinoids the fat cells it needs to move through the body, encouraging faster processing and also use by the endocannabinoid system.

Specifically, coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides or fatty acids. Using coconut oil or other products that contain medium-chain triglycerides (MCT oils) triggers a relatively rapid release of cannabinoids when compared to other oils because MCT oils are directly metabolized into energy by the liver.

*MCT oil benefits

For anyone concerned about blood sugar levels, inflammation, and fat burning, MCT provides a host of benefits — especially when combined with cannabidiol (CBD). It is perfect for making Bullet Proof Coffee,  or refreshing smoothies. Using MCT oil instead of Hemp Seed Oil helps to make our product have a longer shelf-life. MCT oil is known for having antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral properties.

** Marathon Chamber does NOT sell CBD Oil **

There are multiple locations in Marathon FL that sell the CBD Oil. We do not have a list yet but once we do we can update.

Keys Dance Academy

Business Spotlight

Welcome New Member: Keys Dance Academy

Keys Dance Academy

Inspiring Creativity Through Motion

KDA offers dance and acrobatic instruction to students of all ages and skill levels. KDA provides students with a safe and comfortable atmosphere where they can learn technique and choreography in a fun setting.

Instructors with Experience

KDA’s professional instructors provide a safe, supportive, and inspiring environment where the student will learn proper technique and discipline in a fun, friendship building classroom. Our goal is the bring the best out of every student and teach skills that last a lifetime.

Studio Rental

If you are interested in renting the studio, please feel free to contact our Director at jamie@kdastudios.com or by phone (305)735-6956.

Website Click here

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