Baldwin County Named an ACT Work Ready Community

Congratulations to those Baldwin County Businesses who helped Baldwin County become an ACT Work Ready Community. As of April 2019, Baldwin County joins more than 450 counties across the United States as a ACT Work Ready Community. Being a  certified work ready community, together we are closing the skills gap across Southwest Alabama.

The Southwest Alabama Certified Work Ready Community initiative, helps individuals document and improve their skills and paves the way to better jobs and higher wages. IT’s helping employers make better hiring decisions, resulting in reduced training time and cost, lower turnover and higher productivity. And it’s helping communities measure and close skills gap and market the quality of their workforce.  For more information please call Christina Hellmich at the Chamber office.

2U Tire Named April Small Business of the Month

FAIRHOPE, Ala. – The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize 2U Tire as the April Small Business of the Month.

2U Tire is leading the revolution in onsite tire and wheel installation, bringing rotations and balances directly to customers. Owner Scott Blair says, "We start off working with our clients to understand their needs and expectations for the use of the vehicle and how they want it to handle, then select a few tire or wheel products to meet those needs.  This approach is vastly different from the usual ‘What tire size do you have and here is what is costs’ method.”

Once they’ve sourced the product at the best price, they shop up at the customer’s home, office, ball field or wherever is convenient to mount, precision balance and reset the tire pressure system while the client continues being productive or enjoying family time.

Blair has also invented and patented a tool for the custom wheel industry branded the Wheel FIT® and recently added a new version branded as the GRYPR System™. These tools allow him to determine the exact measurements for the widest tire possible without rubbing, a system perfect for fitting modified vehicles like muscle cars, classics and hot rods.

After 25 years of working in the tire and wheel industry and serving as a certified instructor for the Tire Industry Association, Blair got involved in the mobile tire business while offering services through a franchise startup. He and his best friend in Phoenix, Arizona put their heads together and launched their business model. They’ve now grown to 3 vans, 2 employees and $750,000 in annual revenue. The Daphne location opened two years ago.

Blair says they’re experiencing tremendous growth here on the Eastern Shore thanks to networking, Chamber events, word of mouth and doing the very best work possible. He hopes to be able to hire a tech/manager for his current van this year and is preparing to scale next year with a second van in Daphne.

U2 Tire’s primary clients are fleets, business owners, agents, specialty car owners and anyone who places a value on their time. This is the perfect service for regular maintenance like rotation and balance at a time and place that’s convenient for you.

To learn more about 2U Tire’s services, visit them online at

34 Students Graduate from Eastern Shore Chamber’s Youth Leadership Program

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (February 25, 2019) – Thirty-four local sophomores, juniors & seniors are graduating from the Eastern Shore Chamber’s Youth Leadership Program, an intensive seven-month program designed to develop and expand leadership skills by empowering students through seminars, workshops, hands-on activities, team building, community engagement and introductions to community leaders.

Students received their graduation certificates Monday, February 25, 2019 at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center.

Throughout the program, students explore topics including law and government, business smarts, health and human services and the environment. Other activities include retreats and community service hours.

Students work as teams to develop small group projects that address key issues, they identify in the community which they presented during graduation. One group is inspiring others to serve in our community by creating a brochure with contact information for various volunteer opportunities throughout the Eastern Shore. Another group tackled the mental health stigma, by creating a "Talk Box” where students can reach out to counselors without judgement. Another group recognized that a lot of local recycling was ending up in the landfills because of confusion over what is and isn’t accepted. So, they created a flyer that spells out what you can recycle in each city. One group started a backpack drive for students who need basic supplies for class and the last group has been working with city leaders in Fairhope to offer ideas on how to make the parking garage more user-friendly.

Students in the program select one individual student who stands out by showcasing the qualities of a leader throughout the program. The 2019 winner of the Spirit of Youth Leadership Award goes to Bayshore Christian Junior Max Jones. Jones is a member of the National Honor Society, Robotics Club, is a School Ambassador and plays on the baseball team. Jones won a $500 scholarship for being recognized with the Spirit of Youth Leadership Award.

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the 2019 class for their achievements:

Mia Astralaga

Charlie Bailey

Camille Baker

John Coleman Bryars

Kayla Campbell

Hui Chen

Connor Cobb

Clayton Connick

Joseph Conwell

Nathan Cook

Charles Corte

Elsa Engeriser

Mary Carlyn Fidler

Kaitlyn Hale

Webb Hutchinson

Fariha Irfan

Graham Jenkins

Max Jones

Kirk Kirkland

Lillian Krueger

Ernest Ladd

Will Murphy

Kenzie Sherrell

Cameron Smart
Jack Smith

Ellis Smith

Anna Grace Sorrells

Wyatt Townsend

Samin Uddin

Chloe Warren

Catherine West

Lillie Yazdi

Holly Zazdi

Trevor York


The Eastern Shore Chamber would like to thank the Chamber Foundation’s Workforce Sponsor, Daphne Utilities, Graduation Sponsor Riviera Utilities, and Program Sponsors Bayside Academy, Baldwin County Board of Education and Hot Wheel’s Skate Center. We also appreciate the committee members who make this program possible: Chairman Diane Anderson – HB&K, Taylor Strunk – Baldwin EMC, Samantha Coppels – Daphne Utilities, Chase Schmidt – Community Bank, Daniel Meshad, Loni Jarman, Terri Kinsey, Steve Day – Daphne United Methodist Church and Kiel Rubio – Wise Living.

Applications for the 2019/2020 Youth Leadership Program are now available by clicking here. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who live or go to school in Baldwin County are welcome to apply by returning the application to the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce at 327 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532 by March 29, 2019.

Registration is Open for 2019/2020 Youth Leadership Program

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. – The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that applications are now available for the 2019/2020 Youth Leadership Program.

The Youth Leadership Program is an intensive and elite, seven-month program designed to provide high school students on the Eastern Shore with the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge about their community, develop strong leadership skills and gain more self and social awareness. Participants engage in topic discussions including, but are not limited to, the history and geography of Baldwin County, law and government, business smarts, health and human services, and the environment. In addition to class sessions, students work in teams to develop small group projects that address and benefit a specific community need. Additional activities include an opening retreat, community service hours, a closing retreat, and a graduation ceremony. The program runs from August to March.

"By developing young leaders, we will build vital communities that value fairness, diversity and integrity,” said Christina Hellmich, Eastern Shore Chamber Director of Workforce Development.

The Youth Leadership Program is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who live full-time in Baldwin County or go to school in Baldwin County.

Applications can be downloaded by clicking here. Be sure to save the file to your computer before filling it out.

Completed Application Packets are due no later than Friday, March 29, 2019. Applications can be hand delivered or mailed to 327 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532.

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.

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