March 25, 2013 North Myrtle Beach, SC – Last Saturday, two hundred fifty people attended the 2012/2013 Annual Awards and Member appreciation dinner and gala at North Beach Plantation’s Event Center. This year’s theme was Mardi Gras and entertainment was provided by the Marsha Morgan Band.
In his introductory remarks, President/CEO Mark Jordan welcomed the chance to celebrate that the Chamber had reached 1,000 members. The 1,000 member number reflects a rebuilding from the losses that occurred as a result of the poor economy during the last few years.
The annual awards are presented in six business categories – New Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Excellence in Customer Service, Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year and Excellence in Community Service. Nominations are made in writing and a panel of members of the National Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee selects the winners.
The Award for New Business of the Year was awarded to Teasers Hair Salon from a nominated field that consisted of Divine Dance, Grand Hospitality Inc, and The Barefoot Cottage.
The North Strand Optimist Club won the Non-Profit of the Year award, selected from among nominees The North Myrtle Beach Humane Society, Ocean Drive Shag Club, Teen Angel and the Center for Counseling and Wellness.
BB&T, CresCom Bank, Office Depot and Summit Place all were nominated for Excellence in Customer Service along with winner the Alabama Theatre.
Small Business of the Year award went to Elegantz from a field that included Harley Davidson of NMB, Legacy Interiors, Mister Sparky, The Shack, Webster University and Yoga Divita.
Barefoot Landing won the Large Business of the Year Award. Other business nominated included the Belk Department Store, Bell & Bell Pontiac Oldsmobile and GMC Trucks, Full Steam Ahead, Jud Kuhn Chevrolet and Re/Max Southern Shore.
Excellence in Community Service was awarded to Wyndham Vacation Resorts. Others nominated were Duffy Street Restaurant, Mar-C’s Custom Interior Decorating, Sonic Driven-In North Myrtle Beach and Tiki Tan.
In addition to awards to businesses, the Chamber recognizes an Ambassador of the Year. Among the 16 ambassadors, Austin Cox of BB&T was selected as the winner.
Norton Geddie, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber had the opportunity to select a business or an individual to recognize for the Chairman’s Award. Geddie selected Mendel Bell, Membership Chair and owner of Touch MedSpa.