The Summer is in full swing and so are the activities of the SEV Chamber of Commerce. Over the last couple of months, we’ve welcomed many new members, celebrated with Ribbon-Cuttings, connected for a Sold-Out Wine & Food Pairing at Riverpark Terrace, enjoyed a standing-room only Business After Hours at Spring Hill Suites, and listened to an informative Membership Luncheon with guest speaker Representative Tom Leek to name a few of the valuable perks our members experience!
Speaking of Ribbon-Cuttings, Zoie Hendricks of Hendricks Printing has found her niche as the new Ambassadors Chair and we couldn’t be more proud of her. Zoie and her Ambassadors are the “Face of the Chamber” and extend hospitality at its finest to our members – new and sustaining – at every event. Congratulations to Laura Evans of Volusia Business Insurance for being named “Ambassador of the Month” for June. Our Ambassadors vie for this coveted award monthly and they have fun doing it. If you are interested in getting more involved at the Chamber, I recommend contacting Zoie for a schedule of events. “Yours Truly” started as a Chamber Ambassador in 2007 and I would say it is the very best introduction and orientation to your SEV Chamber of Commerce. It will help you make the most of your Chamber membership in more ways than one!
Todd Perry and his team are already gearing up for our Chamber Classic Golf Tournament slated for December 14th. A little bird has told me they have some new surprises for a fun-filled day at Sugar Mill Country Club. This event has always been a Sell-Out, usually with a wait-list. Contact Todd or the Chamber today to get involved!
The Southeast Volusia Marketing Initiative has been nurtured from an idea to a strategic plan to what will soon be a website hosted by the Chamber. The website will showcase the distinct identity and brand that sets Southeast Volusia apart from other areas. Look for the unveiling of this exciting website this Fall.
It is an Election year, folks. That means the Chamber will host its biennial Hob Nob on October 10th. This event will take place at The Brannon Civic Center where everyone will learn more about the political candidates who are seeking to lead Southeast Volusia into the future.
Look for announcements in this newsletter from our Membership Committee and Next Gen. Tiffany Yancey and Bryan Tudeen are continually focusing on the bundle of benefits for our members. Our Next Gen Leaders, Kate Hawes and Mike Lyons head up our young professionals program in Southeast Volusia. Thank you to these young leaders for your generosity of time and talent to this Chamber!
I want to personally thank the Chamber Staff – Sue, David, Barbara, Linda and Lisa – for your loyalty, dedication and hard work each and every day. The work you do behind the scenes helps our volunteers accomplish their very intense program of work. We forget to say “Thank You” for the tireless and, sometimes, thankless work you do. Let me take this opportunity to say it now – We appreciate all you do!
And, now for the Grand Finale: Disney Institutes’ Approach To Business Excellence is coming to the Brannon Civic Center on September 12th.
As one of the most recognized names in business solutions and professional development, Disney Institute is the only training and development company that empowers organizations to create lasting change through their time-tested model for cultural transformation. This course bridges insights into action through Disney best practices in leadership, culture, customer experience, brand loyalty and creativity. Thank you to Chairs Lilli Sheller and Krissy Chalk for your time and expertise toward the success of this event.
Seating is limited. Go to sevchamber.com to register. This exclusive seminar is a great way to invest in yourselves for personal and professional development.
Disney Institute’s Presenting Sponsor is Florida Hospital. I would like to also thank the following sponsors for your support: The Charles H. Jones Family Foundation, Brown & Brown Insurance, Regions Mortgage and Dougherty Manufacturing.
The Chamber was firmly established by 1926 with over 2,000 members, but it wasn't until 1932 that the first official charter was adopted. In 1933 construction of a chamber building began using federal funds and in 1934 the new Chamber of Commerce opened.
Throughout the ensuing years, many of the ideas that resulted in progressive milestones for Southeast Volusia originated within the Chamber. The Chamber championed projects such as laying the foundation for better road systems, a stabilized inlet, new and improved bridges, river dredging, a new hospital and golf course for our area.
The Chamber has continued to be the catalyst for community expansion, and has supported many causes to enhance economic growth. Recently, the Chamber petitioned the County Council to reform County Impact Fees related to new business construction, and has promoted referendums in area cities to grant ad valorem (property) tax exemptions to encourage investment in new and expanding businesses.
The Chamber's first official charter in 1932 stated its mission as "promotion of civic, economic, and social welfare of the people of New Smyrna and vicinity..." Half a century later, the Chamber is proud to honor that promise.