March was another great month for the Chamber! Seven new members joined the Chamber: Art By Cheryl (Cheryl Swift), Capital City Home Loans (Mary Wallace), Eddie Evans, GutterWerks (Robbie Blanton), Hancock Whitney Bank (Tyler Toles), Oyster Boss Oyster Co. (Reid Tilley ) and St. James Bay Golf Resort (Becky Freeman). This brings our total membership to 310!
We also had another successful networking lunch in March. Our host was Sherlock Springs and our excellent lunch was prepared by The Kast Net. If you are looking to rent a place for a day or a weekend, Sherlock Springs is a great choice! And you can’t go wrong asking The Kast Net to cater to your next party or event! Thank you to all of our members who brought guests and door prizes and to Petra Shuff and our Events Committee Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Wallace, for hosting another successful lunch despite the rain!
This month, I want to ask you: What is the role of a good Chamber of Commerce? Well, we are more than the coordinator of big social events! Besides promoting its member businesses, as I pointed out in last month’s message, I believe a chamber should also be involved in promoting healthy and good business growth in the community. This is done, in part, by members of the Chamber and, in large part, by our sister organization – the Economic Development Council.
A good chamber also strives to protect the common interests of its members by helping to remove unfair barriers to competition and by helping to maintain a favorable business environment, often seen as removing or limiting excessive government regulation or “bureaucracy”. useless. A good chamber will also act as an advocate for local and state government on behalf of its members. These are accomplished through our volunteer members and government liaisons with our elected officials.
And, finally, a good chamber will help in the development and training of its members and employees through education and employment opportunities. Our partners in this endeavor are Career Source Capital Region, TCC Workforce Development, and two volunteer education committees, led by Dr. Kimberly Moore and Dr. Rachel Sutz Pienta, who provide free online training sessions and work- lunch all year round. .
Although our organization is officially small, with a one-person team (Thank you Petra for all you do!), we are strong with the large number of volunteer members and organizations working to help improve our business environment. and be an ambassador for all of our companies! If you have ideas for how the Chamber can help or expand our reach, give me a call and let’s find out how we can make it happen!
We are already looking forward to April! The Chamber’s first annual event – the Low Country Boil is April 2. We would like to thank all our sponsors because without them this event would not be possible!
Our main sponsor is Capital City Bank
Our main sponsors are Barn’s Spirits, Clothesline, Duke Energy, HUB – Wakulla Office, Tallahassee Community College/Wakulla Environmental Institute, Wakulla News, Waste Pro and Waypoint Properties
Our corporate sponsors include 3Y Ranch, Beacon Home Renovations, Cabs & Counters, Eden Springs, Emerald Coast Striping, ESG, Jimmy John’s, Mike Kemp, OVID Solutions, Pafford Properties & Construction, Seineyard at Wildwood, Shepard Accounting, Revell Electric & Automated Access Systems and Sheriff Jared Miller.
This event would also not be possible without the help of the committee members of this event – Steve Cushman, John and Petra Shuff and all the many volunteers who make it possible – thank you! This year, the Chamber has increased the number of tables and seats at the event, and we will likely be full by the time you read this message. We sometimes have a cancellation so call Petra at 850-926-1848 if you don’t have a ticket!
Your President 2022,