Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Presents 2018 Annual Award Winners

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (February 7, 2019) – The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 95th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa Thursday, February 7, 2019. The award winners presented at the "Grand Celebration” are Soul Caffeine - Small Business of the Year, Gregg Wood with JBT Power - Community Leader, Mary Booth with iHeartMedia - Service Award, Martha Davidson - Ambassador of the Year and Meghan Battles - Young Professional of the Year. The Chamber would also like to recognize and thank the presenting sponsor, Thomas Hospital, Infirmary Health.

Small Business of the Year – Soul Caffeine

Soul Caffeine opened in November 2015 with the vision of bringing good coffee to the community with the hopes of connecting people with each other in a common place. Soul Caffeine is the epitome of how a small business can contribute to the community, represent core values and promote business. Soul Caffeine donates all tips to local ministries, mission organizations, and non-profits that benefit the local community. They also contribute to the Chamber by sponsoring the Ambassador program. Their mission is to change the community for the better which has been seen over the past three years. The coffee shop has grown to include a bakery and a coffee truck.

The Small Business of the Year Award was presented by PointClear Networks.



Community Leader – Gregg Wood with JBT Power

The Community Leader of the Year Award is given to someone who demonstrates community involvement along with personal development. Gregg Wood with JBT Power served 14 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent 14 years as a Chief Operating Officer for Daily Access Corporation in Mobile. In 2011, he purchased JBT Power Equipment in Daphne. During his ownership he has shown a passion for growing his business along with respect for his employees and excellent customer service. He also volunteers for the Spanish Fort Recreation Department on the weekends to assist with sport field preparations and maintenance of the facilities. Recently, he held a Celebration of Life fundraiser at his business for the family of a young Spanish Fort teenager who lost her life following a battle with cancer.

The Community Leader Award was presented by Coastal Alabama Community College.




Service Award – Mary Booth with iHeartMedia

The Service Award is presented to a member who provides exemplary services to the Chamber. Mary Booth with iHeartMedia is often seen attending Chamber events, a Grand Opening of a new business, church or enjoying time with her family. Mary plays a vital role in sponsoring the Chamber’s Baldwin County Career & Job Fair as well as the Jubilee Festival and is always willing to help spread the word about these two amazing events. She is always enthusiastic, ready to help and approaches every day with grace and the intent to do good. She can always be counted on to support those around her as well as the community.

The Service Award was presented by The Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa.






Ambassador of the Year – Martha Davidson with Thomas Hospital, Infirmary Health

Ambassadors volunteer many hours of service to represent the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and act as liaisons between the Chamber board, staff and the membership. Martha Davidson received this award for her contributions to the Chamber’s Student Training and Exploration Program and Youth Leadership and willingness to be a welcoming face to many of our new members. She has actively fundraised for those in need and helped start an orphanage in Costa Rica.

Ambassador of the Year was presented by Merrill Lynch - S. Wesley Carpenter, CPWA®, CFP®, ChFC®, CRPC®







Young Professional of the Year – Meghan Battles

Meghan Battles started working with Bancorp South in Spanish Fort of 2015. She immediately demonstrated great customer service which was noticed very early on. Battles was promoted to a position in the Fairhope branch and became involved in the Chamber as a member of the Young Professionals group and as an Ambassador. She often attends meetings, events and ribbon cuttings while representing the bank and Chamber. For the past two years, she has served as hospitality chair for the Jubilee Festival of Arts and has agreed to chair the festival committee for 2019 and 2020.

Young Professional of the Year was presented by Riviera Utilities.

2019 Baldwin County Career & Job Fair

 Baldwin County Career & Job Fair
Tuesday, March 19
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Daphne Civic Center
Produced by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce
Presenting Sponsor: Riviera Utilities
Dates are set for the 2019 Baldwin County Career & Job Fair and booth registration is now open. The Baldwin County Job Fair is hosted by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. Job seekers will be invited to come out and speak with potential employers about opportunities available. We will also be offering several seminars for job seekers to help them find the right fit for a successful career.

The 2019 Booth Fees:
Single Booth Space          $315 Early Bird Pricing until 2/15/2019
Single Booth Space          $375 After 2/15/2019
Double Booth Space         $515 Early Bird Pricing until 2/15/2019
Double Booth Space         $575 After 2/15/2019

Early Bird Pricing Deadline is February 15, 2019.
Deadline to Register for a booth is March 8, 2019.
All cancellations must be submitted no later than March 12 for a full refund.
Thank you to our Career & Job Fair sponsors: Riviera Utilities, Thomas Hospital and Pepsi.

Registration Open for Tourism Society Spring Session

Registration is now open for Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce's Explore Eastern Shore Tourism Society Spring session. This is such a fun way to experience our community. 

What is the Explore Eastern Shore Tourism Society?

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Explore Eastern Shore Tourism Society teaches you all about local events, attractions & destinations. Our goal is to support tourism in our area while encouraging community involvement from locals. We hope that Tourism Society members will have a blast exploring the Eastern Shore and will share their experiences with tourists they encounter, friends and family. Each session includes three program days that include speakers, a trade show, attraction tours & graduation.

Spring Session Dates:

March 28 - Speakers & Trade Show

April 25 - Tour Date

May 20 - Graduation

Who is an ideal participant?

  • Front-line hospitality employees who greet and refer visitors to local attractions, restaurants &
  • activities.
  • Locals who are a constant cheerleader for the Eastern Shore and love sharing fun things to do.
  • Those interested in volunteering at local tourism events.


There is a participation fee of $50 to cover meals.


Link to sign up for Spring Session: https://goo.gl/forms/yaSFtE5Y7ZYYNRyt1


2018 Annual Award Nominations

Do you know a business making an incredible impact on our community or going the extra mile to protect our valuable environment? Please nominate them for an Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce 2018 Annual Awards.

Small Business of the Year:

This year’s Small Business of the Year will be selected among the Small Business of the Month recipients. Nominees include Southern View Media (Hummingbird & South), Old Tyme Feed, The Happy Olive, Sexton Lawn & Landscape, Soul Caffeine, Alliance Publishing Group and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. We ask that you cast your vote for that category.

Small Business of the Year


Community Leader Award:

Each year, the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce recognizes a local community leader who provides ongoing service to the community, demonstrates respect for employees and staff, is dedicated to customer/client service and has a deep interest in advancing or promoting his or her profession or field of work. 

Community Leader Award Nomination


Environmental Award:

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Environmental Award recognizes a business that is going above and beyond to protect the Eastern Shore's valuable resource: our environment.

Environmental Award Nomination


Award Eligibility Requirements:

·          Nominee must have been in business for at least three years.

·          Nominee must be a current member, in good standing, of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.

·          Nominee must have been continually a member for the past three years.


Self-nominations are encouraged. Select the nomination form below to enter your nomination by close of business January 11, 2019.

The award winners will be announced at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Celebration, February 7, 2019 at the Grand Hotel.  The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will also recognize the Ambassador of the Year, Young Professional of the Year and Service Award winner based on involvement and dedication to the Chamber’s goals & initiatives.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Chamber office at 251-928-6387.

The Eastern Shore Elf is Back to Promote Local Shops

The award-winning Eastern Shore Elf is back for another year of fun and prizes! Each day between Black Friday and December 23, the Eastern Shore Elf will be visiting & highlighting a different Eastern Shore retailer. We’ll use the Eastern Shore Chamber’s social media reach to tell shoppers about the many wonderful local shops and attract them to your store.

Our team has been brainstorming the best ways to reach the biggest possible customer base and will once again be offering daily prizes and a grand prize basket at the end of the shopping season.


Ways to Win:

Like & Comment Giveaway:
Each night we will use a photo of the elf with your store’s prize to announce where he will be the following day. This post will also announce any promotions you want to run that day in your store (20% off of holiday pajamas, free gift with purchase, it’s up to you.) We will encourage shoppers to like the stores page, the Chamber’s page & tag 2 friends in the comments to be entered to win your store’s giveaway prize. We don’t want to limit you on your store’s prize selection, but we do ask that stores give away an item with at least a $25 value. The more tempting the prize, the better results you’ll get.

Grand Prize Basket:
Each participating store will be asked to donate a prize worth at least $10 to the Grand Prize Basket. On the day the elf is in your store, we’ll encourage people to come in to shop. Anyone who posts a picture of the elf in the comment section of the facebook post will get an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing. The goal is to get shoppers in your store.

Get Creative:
This is an opportunity to be creative with your marketing efforts this holiday shopping season. Come up with a fun or mischievous way to pose the elf while he’s in your store. Share selfies with him throughout the day. Just have fun with it! 

Something new this year: Since the elf’s schedule won’t be a secret this year, we’ll provide you with an elf calendar so people can easily follow along throughout the shopping season, a poster for you to hang in your shop window, and pre-made social media graphics you can use to let your followers know when he’s coming to your shop.

Is there a cost to participate?
It is free for businesses to take part in the Eastern Shore Elf promotion, but we do ask that retailers contribute a giveaway item worth at least $25 and a prize basket item worth at least $10. The better the prizes, the better participation.

How do I sign up?
We want all of our local stores to get in on the fun & take advantage of this marketing opportunity, but space is limited to 31 Eastern Shore Chamber members. Dates will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. So, go ahead and sign up.

Click here to Register

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Wins November Small Business of the Month

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Spanish Fort as our November Small Business of the Month.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is known for being a huge community supporter. The restaurant donates thousands of dollars each year to various organization including schools, sports teams and charities. They hold spirit nights that help these organizations raise money. They’re also quick to donate food to help out local groups with their fundraisers. You can even find them often at high school football games with their mascot to boost team spirit and community pride.

Not only is Beef ‘O’ Brady’s considered a community-wide dinner table, they offer an incredible catering menu, with space to reserve for larger groups and parties. Their family-friendly atmosphere is welcoming for families as well as sports fans hoping to catch the big game.

Their focus on the community has meant major growth for Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. They’re on their way to a record year, with profits up a significant amount from last year.

To learn more about Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Spanish Fort, visit their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BeefOBradysSFAL/.


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