Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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

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Awards Banquet 2019

We all had such an amazing time at the annual awards and installation banquet this year. October 18th, 2019. Already looking forward to next year. We had a beautiful lady with a champagne dress! Free Rum samples from Zacapa rum and complimentary beer from Islamorada Beer Company.

September After Hours

Another great networking event September 11th at Marlin Bay Resort & Marina.

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!

Milagro Restaurant & Bar

Milagro is a true gem for dining on Big Pine Key and the Lower Florida Keys. Established and operated by husband and wife Kevin and Maggie Montoya.  Milagro offers casual comfort serving local seafood, wood-grilled steaks and chops, Mexican fare, Artisan pizzas and much more.  Whether you are looking for a Happy Hour, lunch, quick bite or a celebration dinner Milagro is the place for you.  

Seafood Festival 2020 Vendor Application

The Vendor Application is READY! Calling all Vendors!!

August Newsletter

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

Hurricane Irma Recovery Update

American Caribbean

Welcome to American Caribbean Real Estate

Let us show you the Keys you don’t see from U.S. 1

For over 30 years, American Caribbean Real Estate has been exceeding expectations of buyers and sellers in the Florida Keys real estate market. Establishing a reputation that is synonymous with integrity, professionalism and also unparalleled market expertise. With two locations in the Upper Keys, Islamorada and Key Largo, American Caribbean has become recognized as an industry leader in the Florida Keys’ marketplace, with billions of dollars in closed sales and also listings. We attribute our success to our dedicated sales team and administrative staff.

One of American Caribbean Real Estate’s unique strengths is its affiliation with the world’s luxury real estate leader, Christie’s International Real Estate. American Caribbean’s affiliation with the centuries-old organization is a privilege reserved especially for luxury real estate’s global elite brokerages. American Caribbean’s selection as a Christie’s affiliate recognizes it’s superb performance in the marketing and also sale of the Florida Keys’ most prized residences.

By choosing American Caribbean Real Estate, you can be confident that you have chosen a brokerage that has earned its place in the real estate arena, locally as well as internationally.

ISLAMORADA OFFICE

81800 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-4966

Website click here

American Caribbean Spotlight

 

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

 

Working for you

Information is Power

We have all heard the term, “information is power.”  Because the more we know, the better we can understand, solve problems, overcome adversity, and accomplish goals. Your Marathon Chamber values this sentiment, as not only is education one of the pillars of your Marathon Chamber, but it’s also part of your and our success.

Your Marathon Chamber Board recently approved $10,000.00 in continuing education grants to current business-members.  In total, we were able to fund eighteen (18) business-members so they can engage in continuing education opportunities to further their knowledge, skills, and abilities.  All which will have a positive effect and ROI in our community.

Your Chamber also awarded seven (7), $1,000.00 scholarships to Marathon High School seniors to help pay for their college/trade school tuition, books, etc.  Lastly, at our May luncheon, we again donated $5,000.00 to our local (Middle Keys) Take Stock in Children program.  In total we will have awarded $22,000.00 in educational-related grants in 2019; something the Board of Directors and I are so very proud of.  Actually, since 2010 your Marathon Chamber Board has awarded and donated over $120,000.00 in educational scholarships and grants.  Once again we are so honored to be able to provide our members and local students with such funding and to connect them to their desired educational opportunities.

Changing gears a bit

Changing gears a bit; we are excited to announce that our annual Membership Drive will take place this entire month of June.  Please be sure to tell your friends, other businesses, etc. about this program. We have some great incentives for new members to join during the membership drive. Free radio ads, newspaper ads, special discounts on other services, and many more items that will all help your business succeed.  After all, it is due to our growth in membership (and your membership) that we are able and continue to fund such educational endeavors.  Members who refer businesses that end up joining in June will be entered into a raffle to win some great local gift certificates!

Have a great June 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,

CEO Daniel Samess

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com

www.FloridaKeysMarathon.com

www.RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.com

www.MarathonSeafoodFestival.com

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