Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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

Tag: business (page 1 of 5)

Marathon Chamber Business After Hours

Marathon Chamber’s Busines After Hours @ Angler and Ale

Members gathered together to catch up, network and enjoy Angler and Ale’s event space.  Filled with libations and great snacks including Lobster Bites and Thai Curry Peanut Chicken, everyone was all smiles.
Especially Lori and Barry (below)  from Shady Palms Art Gallery – our winners from the 50/50 raffle!

Spenser and Lauren with Mike and Cynthia from Marathon Bagel

Bill Divello with Rings and Things, Erin Dafoe and Kim Plascjak with Contintental Inn, Rich Tompkins with Capital Bank

Marathon Chamber’s CEO Daniel Samess with Lauren and Spenser from Monroe County Sheriffs Office

Kristine Todd Young making all monthly announcments including Daniels 11th year with the Chamber and the winners of the 50/50 raffle!

Jackie Grasley with Centennial Bank, Melanie Slaga with Duck Key Charters, Steve Hurley from DDAI, Steve Grasley with K2M Design and Matt Miller of GFS

Cindy Birkhimer with the Marathon Chamber and Darrel Birkhimer from FKEC, Angela Gruetzmann with Centennial Bank and Margie Casey with Dennis Casey Electric

The Marathon Chamber Ceo Daniel Samess with Lauren Bohnen and Spenser Bryan

Harry Wagner with Marathon Moose Lodge, Bruce Ferarro with Capital Bank

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.

KAIR thank you letter st. columba thank you letter

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

Congratulations Beautification Program Participants

Congratulations to the recipients of our Annual Beautification program. The Marathon Chamber provides members with the opportunity to improve the external appearance of their properties. After an application and selection process, and completion of improvements, participants receive a $1,500.00 grant toward their expenses. In addition, several of our members offer discounts on their supplies & services to the participants. Thank you and Congratulations to all who participated!

IMG_20141113_095222IMG_20141113_100950IMG_20141114_114114IMG_20141114_115550IMG_20141114_111159IMG_20141114_113509

December CEO Corner

IT’S BEER N BUBBLY TIME!

Happy Holidays to you, our valued member! The New Year is around the corner, so is high-season; which I know all our businesses are excited about.  It felt like the off-season (if we can still call it that) flew by this year.  Not sure about you, but I definitely feel there were no breaks in the action.  But that is also why I love not only my job but your Marathon Chamber of Commerce.  We are always working for you, and seeking new, exciting ways to add value to your membership, and what our impact is on our businesses and community.

Last month you heard me mention our newest event, the Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest.  Well, it is almost here; and we are very excited about our new event.  We are still in need for volunteers, so if you are interested in helping us out for a few hours we would greatly appreciate it.  Our volunteers will receive a complimentary drink ticket for any beer, wine, or bubbly of your choice.  It’s also a lot of fun and all for a great cause.  All event proceeds go to the Chamber’s Scholarship Fund and Fishermen’s Community Hospital’s Foundation.  To volunteer please call or email Rhonda (305-743-5417 / Rhonda@FloridaKeysMarathon.com) and she will get you set up.

If you are interested in purchasing access to our VIP tent please also contact us to secure your space today.  VIP’s receive complimentary food, beer, wine, and bubbly as well as other goodies; VIP tickets are only $60.00/each.  Lastly, just please be sure to stop by Marathon Community Park on December 27th for our event, have some cuisine from any one of the eight food trucks that will be onsite, try some of the 23+ craft beers, wines, and bubblies we will be serving.  Do some shopping, and listen to our live entertainment throughout the day. For more info please find us on Facebook, or type in www.KeysBeerAndBubblyFest.com.

Congratulations again to our newly elected Marathon City Council members; as well as those who ran to be on City Council.  Not an easy endeavor to say the least, and we appreciate everyone’s efforts.  We look forward to working with Chris Bull, Bill Kelly, and Dan Zieg over the next two years, in addition to Councilman Mark Senmartin and Rich Keating.  Looks like a great group that will have some great opportunities to take our City of Marathon to new heights!

The Marathon Chamber Board of Directors, staff, and I are all committed to working for and with you and your staff.  Please be sure to get involved in our beneficial programs; ask questions, and let your Marathon Chamber work for you.  Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s later this month; be safe in your travels, and see you all at the Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest on December 27th from 11am-7pm at Marathon Community Park!

Most Respectfully,

Daniel Samess, CEO

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com

www.FloridaKeysMarathon.com

www.RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.com

CRANE POINT HOSTS A CHRISTMAS SHOPPING OPEN HOUSE

 CRANE POINT HOSTS A CHRISTMAS SHOPPING OPEN HOUSE

Join us at Crane Point at 5550 Overseas Highway in Marathon for Christmas with the Cranes Shopping Open House Event.  Crane Point’s Gift Shop and Museum will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, for shopping in a festive atmosphere.

Ten percent off everything in the store plus local vendor tables on the deck.

Register for a free family membership and raffle prizes.  Crane Point’s gift shop at the museum offers many unique and Keysie gifts including local art to fill your shopping needs.

Enjoy a free tour of the Museum of Natural History, music and refreshments, and sit on the deck and socialize with friends.

For more information about Christmas with the Cranes or Crane Point volunteer or membership opportunities, call 305-743-3900 or email: Loretta@cranepoint.net.

###

Florida Keys Land & Sea Trust, Inc. / Crane Point Museum & Nature Center

5550 Overseas Highway * Marathon, FL 33050 * 305-743-3900 * www.cranepoint.net

crane point gift shop

Florida Keys Community College WISE Workshop

FKCC Wise flyer

October 2014 Business After Hours at LuLu’s Garden Grille

Chamber (8) Chamber (9) Chamber (10) Chamber (11) Chamber (12) Chamber (13) Chamber (14) Chamber (15) Chamber (16) Chamber (17) Chamber (18) Chamber (19) Chamber (20) Chamber (21) Chamber (22) Chamber (23) Chamber (24) Chamber (25) Chamber (26) Chamber (1) Chamber (2) Chamber (3) Chamber (4) Chamber (5) Chamber (6)

October CEO Corner

Dear Marathon Chamber of Commerce Members:

Hoping this letter finds you well!  With October brings a busy time for your Marathon Chamber of Commerce.  On Oct. 6th we are co-hosting our annual candidate forum with the Weekly Newspapers.  Please be sure to attend or watch on TV (Comcast Ch. 76); forum begins at 6PM.  We also have our Awards & Installation Banquet on the 24th of this month; invitations have been sent out so please be sure to RSVP; last year we maxed-out the grand ballroom at Hawks Cay, so be sure to secure your seats ASAP.  At the banquet we will be awarding our annual business-awards as well as swearing-in our newly elected Board of Directors that you, our valued member, voted for this year.

Congratulations to our Business Awards Nominees:

AWARD CATEGORY

NOMINEES

Customer Service

UPS Store

Glunz Ocean Beach

Publix

Law Offices of Patrick Stevens

Beautification

Aquarium Encounters

FL Keys Steak & Lobster House

Brutus Seafood Market/Eatery

 
Community Contributions: Large Business

Centennial Bank

Publix

Fishermen’s Community Hospital

 
Community Contributions: Small Business

UPS Store

Keys Grafix & Signs

Royal Furniture

 
Newcomer

Aquarium Encounters

Law Offices of Patrick Stevens

DK Style Hut

 
Tourist Attractor

Aquarium Encounters

Dolphin Research Center

Conch Records

 
Humanitarian

BPW-Marathon

Habitat for Humanity-Marathon

KAIR

 

Congratulations to our newly elected Board Members:

Ryan Elwell, Rich Malafy, Scott Newton, Leigha Fox, TJ Patterson, Chryssee Langley, and Dustin Sedlak!

You will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for our annual BIG RAFFLE CONTEST, which culminates at our Awards Banquet on Oct. 24th at Hawks Cay Resort (save the date please).  Prizes include a luxury vacation of your choice or $2,000.00 cash, $100.00 gift certificates to great restaurants, 2-night stay (plus spa) at Hawks Cay Resort, Marathon Aquarium Encounters experiences, and more.  Tickets are only $25.00 each and benefit our scholarship program; only 600 tickets max will be sold, and with over 8 prizes your odds are very good to win!  Please be sure to contact us anytime to get your tickets before they run out.

Lastly, I am honored to say that I will be serving on the City’s Workforce Housing Committee/Taskforce.  This group will be responsible for putting our heads together to come up with ideas, methods, plans, etc. to alleviate our community’s workforce housing shortage and issues.  As Marathon grows it is vital we have affordable housing for our valued employees, managers, and personnel that make/allow our businesses operate and be successful.

Have a great October everyone; please be sure to contact us for any business assistance, needs, etc. you may need.  Our doors are always open and no request is out of bounds.

Respectfully,

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.com

www.FloridaKeysMarathon.com

September CEO Corner

Dear Marathon Chamber of Commerce Members:

As yet another summer comes to an end, and the fall begins; I can’t help to think about what we have accomplished this year, and what lies ahead.  We have had another record-breaking season, seafood festival, and yes even summer (occupancy, average daily rates, and via bed tax collections)!  Your Marathon Chamber continues to grow and remain a healthy, and active organization dedicated you supporting your needs and success.  We have revamped our Relocate To The Florida Keys website (www.RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.com), offered discounts to members for online social media classes via FKCC, awarded $10,000 in scholarships to Marathon students, and much more.  Looking ahead is also exciting, as we will have two new resorts opening up within the next three to seven months (Faro Blanco Hyatt, Marriott Courtyard).  New customs and immigration services at Marathon International Airport via our Port of Entry in early 2015, and the old Ramada Inn will begin its redevelopment in 2015; and hopefully even more good things to come in the immediate and near future.

This month, you, our valued member will make a very important decision, electing seven (7) new members to the Marathon Chamber Board of Directors.  You will receive your ballots any day now, so please be sure to vote!  The Board is dedicated to representing our business-members, as well as setting the overall direction of your Marathon Chamber of Commerce; therefore your vote definitely counts and determines the leaders you wish to have representing you.

You will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for our annual BIG RAFFLE CONTEST, which culminates at our Awards Banquet on Oct. 24th at Hawks Cay Resort (save the date please).  Prizes include a luxury vacation of your choice or $2,000.00 cash, $100.00 gift certificates to great restaurants, 2-night stay (plus spa) at Hawks Cay Resort, Marathon Aquarium Encounters experiences, and more.  Tickets are only $25.00 each and benefit our scholarship program; only 600 tickets max will be sold, and with over 8 prizes your odds are very good to win!  Please be sure to contact us anytime to get your tickets before they run out.

Lastly, please be sure to email me any questions for candidates running for local office as our Candidate Forum will take place on Oct. 6th.  We are covering just about every local and county race (Judges, Marathon City Council, County Commission, Mosquito Control, School Board, and US Congress); your input and questions are important to us so please email, fax, drop off, or mail them into me.

Have a great September everyone; please be sure to contact us for any business assistance, needs, etc. you may need.  Our doors are always open and no request is out of bounds.

Respectfully,


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.com

www.FloridaKeysMarathon.com

CEO Corner

Older posts