Dear Marathon Chamber of Commerce Members:

While things slow down a bit for most, your Marathon Chamber is hustling and bustling this time of year! 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.

First, here we are holding a membership drive throughout this month (August), with the goal of signing up new member to your Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce. The more members we have the stronger our voice, budget, and efforts to better support, promote, and advocate for your business and our community’s success. We are offering new members some great one-time special discounts from current members to not only entice them to join, but to give new members a great kick-start. How can you help, please help us in spreading the good word about our membership drive this month. We all know a fellow business-owner, GM, etc. that may not currently be a chamber-member. Tell them about the membership drive and all the goodies they can receive, tell them this is great organization to be a part of, which is dedicated solely to helping our local businesses grow and prosper. New member signing up this month receive:
• FL Keys Media (US1 radio): 2 for 1 radio ads
• Free business spotlight in Marathon Weekly
• Keys Grafix & Signs: 1000 business cards for half off ($50.00)
• Timeout Magazine: 50% off for three ad runs (includes ad design)
• Danger Charters: 20% off our snorkel, sailing and kayaking trips (call 305-304-7999)
• FloridaKeys.com: $50 credit toward any social media setup (page design, Facebook app development, new page setup) Or Book a 1 hour social media training session, get an additional half-hour free.
• Marathon & The Middle Florida Keys Magazine: 20% off all ads

We are also very excited about our membership Luncheon speaker this month! On August 20th from 12-1PM at Cabana Breezes we are hosting the tourism industry’s most important person in our state, Will Seccombe. Will is the CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s organization tapped with promoting, marketing, and advertising Florida to the world. Will is going to educate and inform you and our members about how to take full advantage of VISIT FLORIDA’S programs and initiatives, and will also impart tips and advice to our members about effective advertising and marketing campaigns. We are very excited and honored to have the top tourism professional in our great state right here with us on Aug. 20th! PLEASE RSVP AS SPACE IS LIMITED and we are expecting a large turnout.

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. Elections take place in early September and this year we have seven (7) 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.

August is also where we begin selling raffle tickets for our annual BIG Raffle Contest. Winners will be drawn at our annual Awards Banquet on Oct. 24th at Hawks Cay Resort. Again we are offering a vacation package for two as our grand prize, of a cash prize of $2,000.00. Other prizes include a two-night stay at Hawks Cay Resort with spa, as well as experiences at the new Marathon Aquarium Encounters attraction. See flyer insert for more info please. As always tickets are only $25.00/each and we will only sell a max of 600 tickets. Proceeds help to fund our annual Scholarships.

Have a great August 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

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