Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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

Category: Ways Your Chamber Helps

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

 

Chamber of Commerce Tip

Membership Tip of the week

The Mission of the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce is to Promote, Advocate, and Inform the Business Community.

Marathon boasts a rich history alive with fish stories and entrepreneurial spirit; both of which still thrive today.

The Chamber was founded in 1939 when William A. Parrish, fish house operator, Marathon’s first real estate broker, and former deputy sheriff, suggested the formation of a Chamber of Commerce to a group of local businessmen. By the end of that year, there were 80 merchants and also residents in the membership. Out of a population of 300!!!

Today

The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce represents over 570 Keys businesses. We are proud to support educational seminars, community outreach programs, job fairs, affordable housing, and candidate forums.  Every year, the Chamber donates to many local non-for-profits and charities such as Grace Jones Daycare, KAIR, FIRM, Habitat For Humanity; and provides local youth and also non-profit groups opportunities to raise money at the annual Marathon Seafood Festival.

We also are the official County representative to Enterprise Florida, the state of Florida’s official Economic Development agency.  We work with the Governor and his staff to ensure Marathon and the Middle Keys are able to continue to be a top destination and place to live and work here in the Florida Keys.

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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Seafood Festival Makes Donations

The Original Marathon Seafood Festival is truly a family friendly event; featuring & staring fresh-caught local keys seafood at amazing prices, cold beverages for adults and kids, live entertainment the entire weekend, over 200+ vendors, as well as a boat & art show to satisfy all your shopping needs, and plenty of rides and games for children.

The event is co-organized by the Organized Fishermen of Florida (Marathon Chapter) as well as the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce.  Collectively, both non profit organizations put over $75,000 in event proceeds back into our community via charitable contributions, donations, and scholarships for local Middle keys students.

The most recent donations went to the Heart Of The Keys Recreation Center and American Youth Soccer Organization Marathon. One of the greatest feelings in the world is giving back, in this case to our community! We love the City Of Marathon!

Marathon Chamber of Commerce Community Support

We here at the Marathon Chamber of Commerce are so happy to be a part of our amazing community. It’s through our wonderful members and supporters that allow us to donate and support our local charities and organizations.

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January CEO Corner

2015, you’re here already?!

 I hope you all had a great Holiday and New Year!  We had a great inaugural Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest, thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, supporters, and our event partner, The Fishermen’s Community Hospital Foundation.  We hope you all had the opportunity to get out there and partake in our newest event, and of course that you were able to sample some libations while having a great experience.

2015 has some great things in store for us, so let’s list them out:

1)      New look to our Chamber Connection Newsletter; we will also be going digital so please be sure to let us know if you would still prefer to receive your monthly Chamber Connection Newsletters via mail as a hard copy

2)      Hyatt Place at Faro Blanco Resort and Lighthouse Grille is open for business.  This will have a huge economic impact on you all, our local business-members, as well as our overall community.  We thank the Spottswood family, Steven Robbins, the resort’s GM, and his team for doing an amazing job in getting open so quickly while offering a quality product for visitors and locals.

3)      Marriott Courtyard Resort; scheduled to open around April of 2015, will provide yet another brand new name brand resort for our visitors.  Don’t forget, they will also have a restaurant on site for visitors and locals alike to patronize.

4)      Marathon Airport Port of Entry (Customs/Immigration) will also open around April of 2015. Allowing for locals and visitors to travel internationally to and from Marathon Airport, by air or by sea!  This new, exciting service, of which your Marathon Chamber Board donated $25,000 towards; will have a huge economic effect on our businesses and community, now and for many years to come.

5)      Adult/Professional Educational Opportunities for you, our valued members. Your Marathon Chamber plans on offering a plethora of educational seminars for you and your staff this year. Topics will include: Customer Service, Leadership & Management, Conflict Resolution tactics for staff, colleagues, and customers, and more..

6)      Holiday Decorating Grants; where your Marathon Chamber will award fifteen (15) of our business-members each $150.00 to cover costs to purchase and set up holiday lights and decorations, so our Middle keys/Marathon community can look its best during the holidays in 2015!

7)      Our annual Business Beautification Grant Program will be back for its fifth year, where we will award ten (10), $1,500.00 grants for selected business-members who will be improving their façade.

Thank you again for being a member of The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce in 2014, and we hope you will stay with us in 2015.  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.

Here’s to a healthy, safe, and fruitful 2015!

Most Respectfully,

Daniel Samess, CEO

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com

www.FloridaKeysMarathon.com

www.RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.com

www.MarathonSeafoodFest.com

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.

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