Welcome to SUMMER! As the temperature rises and the roads seem less congested, the Chamber of Commerce continues to see steady traffic at our Visitor’s Center Many first time vacationers are discovering our piece of paradise.
For the first time in history, our monthly numbers broke the 20,000 mark earlier this year! These numbers represent the total walk-in visitors, or requests for us to send our annual publication that came in via email, our website “contact us” link, phone calls and “snail-mail.” We could not handle these volumes of requests and visitors without our friendly and helpful volunteers who greet and assist the public every day. THANK YOU to our fabulous Chamber Volunteers!
When we receive requests for Marco Island information, our annual publication is what is sent. If you have not seen this great magazine, please stop by the chamber and pick up a copy or two. It is 136-pages, full color, and chock full of island information! The publication includes a categorical and alphabetical listing of each of our 700+ members. Advertising sales have already begun for our 2014 publication. For as little as $375, chamber members can purchase an ad to be seen by THOUSANDS of potential customers. For the first time in 2013, this great resource is also available in a digital version on our website at www.marcoislandchamber.org. Just click on the magazine cover to view online. Call Katie at 239-394-7549 for more information on advertising, or visit our website.
We recently held our annual “Glory of the Grape” wine tasting and live auction event at CJ’s on the Bay on June 9th. Over 90 guests enjoyed fine wine, wonderful food from Chef Laura Owen, and an auction of six valuable gift packages donated by our generous chamber businesses. THANK YOU to all who attended, the stellar businesses who donated gift items and our sponsors. I think everyone will agree that this year was another grand success. Special thanks to Chef Laura, Curt and Jacquie Koon and the entire staff of CJ’s on the Bay for hosting us!
Upcoming Chamber “After Five Networking Events” are as follows: July After Five will be on July 17th at the Old Marco Pub & Restaurant and our August After Five will be dockside aboard the beautiful Marco Island Princess on the 21st. Each of these events is 5:30 to 7 PM and include hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Everyone is welcome! Admission is $5 each for chamber members, and $10 each for non-members. As always, log on to our website at www.marcoislandchamber.org, click on CALENDAR for these and many more island events.
The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and we’re proud to welcome 8 new members since our last update at the end of April.
They are: Dry & Clean Carpet & Tile Cleaning: 239-642-0092 Marco Faith & Wine: 239-642-3177 Marco Island Computer: 305-897-6531 Marco Island Scene: 239-910-3099 Petit Soleil: 239-970-6072 RGB Internet Systems, Inc.: 239-403-9966 Shy Wolf Sanctuary: 239-455-1698 The Kinglsey Style: 772-215-6659
Please patronize these fine businesses and we WELCOME each of them to the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce.
That makes a total of 28 new members of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce in 2013. Obviously, businesses are seeing the benefit of being a member of our great organization. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of chamber membership, visit www.marcoislandchamber.org for complete information, give us a call at 239-394-7549, or stop in to our offices at 1102 N. Collier Boulevard. We look forward to continuing our mission: to promote a healthy business and tourism climate in order to protect the quality of life in the community.