Making. Website Changes. December 2014

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1 Making Waves The Official Newsletter of The Little River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. December Highway 17 North, Suite 1 Little River, SC Website Changes The Little River Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that our website is undergoing some design changes! These changes are an effort to improve viewer experience, as well as increase quality referrals to you. These changes are expected to take effect by January October Website Stats: Member Page Hits: 5,119 Directory Search: 1,892 Search By Category: 1,784 Event Page Hits: 11,608 Hot Deal Searches: 431 Don t forget about your access to these great website features: Job Postings Hot Deals Member to Member Deals Press/News Releases Events Self-controlled business description

2 enewsletter Chamber Update, our weekly enewsletter is provided each Thursday to let you know what is going on in the Little River area and our surrounding communities. In addition, we list our newest Chamber members, with a link to their business directory. If you are a member of the Little River Chamber, you are eligible to have special event information for your business published in Chamber Update. Add you event to the Chamber calendar, and any relevant flyers or photos to by 5 p.m. the Friday of the prior week and your information will appear in the following Thursday s Chamber Update. Rules for Submitting Information to Chamber Update 1. All submissions must be received at least one week in advance. The Chamber holds the right to not publish anything that misses this timeline. 2. Submissions can be sent via to littleriverchamber.org. We strongly advise you also upload the information online under the proper tab (ie: Job Postings, Hot Deals, Events, News Releases). 3. The Little River Chamber staff has final approval of the information that will appear in Chamber Update and thus reserves the right to edit or leave out information. This is more commonly due to formatting issues. 4. You must be a member in good standing with the Little River Chamber to have your business information appear in Chamber Update 5. All date-sensitive Events & Hot Deals will be published in Chamber Update Until the final Thursday before the date expires. If your recurring event or deal is still listed but is no longer active, please us at littleriverchamber.org. 7. Where possible, editing will be done to keep all published information as short as possible. (Read: No one wants to read a 6-page newsletter.) 8. For restaurant submissions, no food or drink pricing will be published, unless specified underneath a Hot Deal. 21 Day Detox Challenge * 30 minute group setting * Personal Attention * Unique and Challenging Workouts * Only $42 Program includes nutrition and starts January 19th 2015 Dedicated To Your Success, Mark Vymislicky, MVP Training Studio Corporate Rates Available Open 7 Days a Week Call Today!

3 The Little River Chamber of Commerce and Community Festival Advisory Committee met this week to share our success and discuss improvements for future events. We are excited to share that at this year s ShrimpFest, revenues for gate sales increased by 42%, Sponsorships increased by 22%, vendors increased by 52%, and souvenir sales increased by 20% this year. What does this improved attendance mean for us? A bigger festival means more people are visiting and enjoying Little River, SC. It also means we have more funds to reinvest back into the community. Last November at a town hall meeting, State Senator Greg Hembree met with Little River businesses and residents and developed a laundry list of improvements. Recently, our Executive Director met with Senator Greg Hembree to follow up and set priorities. While Senator Hembree has a lot on his plate, he is working with SCDOT to create a definitive plan on improving Mineola and Waterfront Avenues in Little River, SC. The Chamber is also working with Horry County Government to install video cameras at the Little River Waterfront for surveillance and safety reasons. Funds have already been designated and set aside for this; however, we re still waiting on some technology bugs to be fixed before investing. While there was a lot of compliments and positive feedback, like winning the 2014 Best of the Beach Award for our Blue Crab Festival for the 6th consecutive year, we know there s always room for improvement. Some changes we want to implement for our festivals include: better parking signage, improving our (free) shuttle routes, adding parking staff/volunteers, and introducing recycling. We are also considering introducing smaller special events leading up to the Blue Crab Festival. In addition to these improvements, our Festival Director and Committee want to increase the quality of vendors at the Blue Crab Festival, as well as refocus on arts, crafts, and small businesses. We want to promote artists, crafters, and local businesses to preserve our local character, improve and maintain our community well-being, promote local jobs, encourage entrepreneurship, and generally improve our local economy. Thanks again to our Festival Committee members. We owe much of our success to you. Our 2015 committee meetings will be on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from January April, and the first Wednesday of May. We have open spots on our Transportation/Parking, Marketing, Volunteer, Special Events, and Entertainment committees. To volunteer, please contact the Little River Chamber of Commerce at or at littleriverchamber.org.

4 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies are available to any new member, no matter how long your business has been open, or to any member with a new or changed location. See below for some of the 2014 Ribbon Cuttings. Maria Denney - Purdential Insurance: October 1 Krazy Cream N Candy September 3 Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union November 7 Elliott Realty September 4 Little Quackers & More September 25 Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the curtain rises on this spectacular maritime parade at the Little River Inlet at 5 PM and travels south, arriving at Dock Holidays Marina at 7PM. Gather your family and watch the parade as it passes various viewing areas along the waterway from Little River to Dock Holidays Marina.

5 Chamber Chat The Little River Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce Chamber Chat s is now on Cool and WNMB 900! These stations are two of the premier stations listened to by the entire 50+ demographics who love beach music and oldies. We are on every Tuesday during the morning drive at 8:30 a.m. with Skipper on Cool and at 8:45 with Michael on WNMB 900. Members have the opportunity to promote their business and/or special event on the air. The calendar is filling up so schedule your guest appearance on Chamber Chat today! To schedule a Chamber Chat appointment, LittleRiverChamber.Org or call SUMMIT PLACE OF NORTH MYRTLE BEACH SENIOR LIVING Assisted Living & Alzheimer s Care in Little River, South Carolina At Summit Place of North Myrtle Beach, we understand that life is changing, but we want you to feel at home. Our friendly faces and personalized attention create a loving place you will want to be a part of. With friends around every corner, endless activities and superior care, Summit Place is a wonderful place to live. Assistance with daily living activities Medication management Delicious, well-balanced meals, three times daily, Snacks and beverages available throughout the day Emergency Call System Full-time licensed Nurse Care staff on duty 24 hours per day Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy Scheduled transportation for physician s visits, shopping and activities Daily activities and social events Beauty and Barber shop 491 Highway 17, Little River, SC (843) summitplaceofnorthmyrtlebeach.com 4390 SPA DRIVE LITTLE RIVER, SC (LOCATED NEXT TO LIFEQUEST SWIM & FITNESS) FACEBOOK: TRUE PERSONAL TRAINING OR JESSE YODICE CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION HOLIDAY SPECIAL : BUY 10 (1 HOUR) SESSIONS, GET 5 (1 HOUR) SESSIONS FREE OFFER EXPIRES DEC 23RD, 2014 CALL FOR DETAILS

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7 2014 Board of Directors Nate Rohler, Chairman TD Bank Don Barrow, Immediate Past Chairman Furniture & Mattress/Sleep Cheap Warehouse Celeste Bondurant-Bell Little River Medical Center Kim Bryant Bryant Accounting Jeff Cotten Collision Masters If you haven t already, welcome these new members that joined in 2014: Aaron s Sales and Lease Ownership Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle Ashley DeLong Photography Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union Edward Jones Fowler Law Firm Galerie D Artsy Fartsy Hairworx Etc, Inc. Krazy Cream & Candy Lester D. Gore Little Quackers & More Mmm Que Rico Myrtle Beach Speedway North Strand Church Pole Dancer Fishing Charters, LLC Maria Denney with Prudential Insurance The Cinzia Spa True Personal Training Austin Cox People s Community Bank Carrie DeWitt-Partello East Coast Moving Tasha Hefner Key West Crazy Cathy Honeycutt WFXB Fox TV Kim Masson The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro Clay Swenson Furniture Medic by Swenson

8 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID N MYRTLE BEACH SC PERMIT # Highway 17 North, Suite 1 Little River, SC The Little River Chamber of Commerce is developing our marketing and communications plan for Our bimonthly printed newsletter is part of this plan. The printed newsletter will be distributed every other month starting February. The bimonthly printed newsletter will distributed to all Chamber Members, or is available upon request. As part of your member package, you are entitled to one free ad per calendar year. For due dates and the month of distribution, see the chart below. As there will be limited spaces, ads will be accepted first-come first served until the date listed below. Ad sizes are 3 x 2.5, about the size of a business card. If you submit any size other than this, you are willingly accepting that your ad will be shrunk into this space. Please note that the chamber does not have the resources to design or edit your ad for you. Accepted formats are:.jpg,.png, or.pdf. Ad alternatives are: a picture of your business card or a block of text. Due Date... Distribution Month January 1st... February March 1st... April May 1st... June July 1st... August September 1st...October November 1st... December We look forward to receiving your ads via to If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at