SINCE 2007 – BY VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS FOR VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS
In November of 2007, a team of dedicated volleyball players, coaches and volunteers met to discuss ways to better improve competitive volleyball in the Myrtle Beach area. Our goal was to start a junior club volleyball team for girls of the Grand Strand. After an overwhelming turnout for the team tryouts, Grand Strand Juniors was born as a not for profit volleyball program. The first year featured 3 travel teams with a total of about 30 girls. 2020 will be the start of our 12th season of competition. We have grown to 23 travel teams, 3 youth development teams, and over 240 young women now participating in our programs. We have changed the face of volleyball in our area and impacted the youth in a positive way.
The progress that our program and the players have made is incredible. Volleyball in the area has prospered greatly and we are making an impact on the entire state with multiple high school Region Champions, Lower State Champions, and State Champions . We have also graduated over 50 girls into college programs with many of them receiving partial and full scholarships. GSJ host two of the best tournaments in the Southeast with the Winter Bump Volleyball Classic, and the Coastal Classic Volleyball Championships. Between the two tournaments we are hosting over 400 teams and growing volleyball in the region and giving back to the community. Grand Strand Juniors is now competing with the best teams in the region and colleges are looking at our program for recruiting future college athletes.
Our simple goal of wanting to “Create Better Volleyball Players” has also extended into the Grand Strand community. The Winter Bump and Coastal Classic tournament have brought in millions dollars in revenue to local businesses in the month of January and June.
Grand Strand Juniors also took the step to join with other notable clubs to form the SAVL (Southeast Alliance Volleyball League), one of the country’s top power leagues. The SAVL gives Grand Strand Teams the opportunity to compete against other top teams and help our athletes achieve their volleyball goals.
MYRTLE BEACH CONVENTION CENTER
EXHIBIT HALL C
2101 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach
Come network with hundreds of people and businesses showcasing their products and services and enjoy complimentary refreshments and spirits at the Member-to-Member Business Expo. The event allows Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association business investor to exhibit their products and services all under one roof. The expo is free to attend and there is an economical price to exhibit.
Your chamber will follow recommended guidelines from the CDC and the state and local health officials to reduce viral spread of COVID-19. We are committed to providing a safe, quality event and appreciate your trust and understanding.
INTERESTED IN SPONSORSHIP?
Sponsors receive prominent exhibit space, additional signage, advertising benefits and more. Contact Pam Wright to learn how to become a sponsor. Email Pam.Wright@VisitMyrtleBeach.com or call 843-916-7220.
VENDOR INFORMATION Member-to-Member Business Expo (myrtlebeachareachamber.com)
Representing the Grand Strand’s business community for more than 80 years
About Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization supported by more than 2,700 businesses and nonprofit organizations. The organizations, and the individuals representing them, join together for the purpose of promoting the civic and economic progress of our community. The area’s economic success and quality of life is directly impacted by the work the chamber performs. Because of this, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will have a major impact on the future of the Grand Strand.
Our mission is to promote, protect and improve business in the Myrtle Beach area. The chamber serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island, Socastee and Carolina Forest.
We will be a world-class organization that thrives on continuous improvement, providing exceptional results through service, innovation, community leadership and collaboration.
There are three primary functions performed by the chamber:
Promote business: The chamber serves as the primary destination marketing organization and promotes the tourism industry out-of-market. The chamber also provides numerous opportunities for local businesses to promote themselves to visitors, residents and other businesses.
Protect business: The chamber seeks to influence legislation and regulation by local, state and federal governments in a proactive manner, supporting legislation that benefits businesses and the communities they reside in and, where necessary, opposing legislation that unnecessarily inhibits businesses.
Improve business: The chamber offers a multitude of programs and services that assist businesses and/or individuals.
The mission of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is to provide community leadership in the promotion of economic development, including tourism. Accordingly, the chamber will effectively involve itself in the governmental and political arena and the coordinating of efforts to advance business development in order to improve the quality of life and to encourage unity in the region.
OPPORTUNITIES TO GAIN
Connections • Exposure • Savings
The Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Supply Show of the Southeast show floor has provided Independent Owners and Operators access to the leading Hospitality Industry Suppliers for over four decades.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
To connect face to face with actual producers of the products and services.
To find competitive pricing for all your supply and service needs.
To gain exposure to the latest innovations available to the hospitality industry.
To take advantage of “only on the show floor” savings.
To discover ways to cut your overhead and increase your efficiencies.
Free Admission to Industry Members
For more information please visit www.hmrsss.com
Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Supply Show of The Southeast
Show Dates and Times:
March 9, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
March 10, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
March 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
21st Ave. North and Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Map to Convention Center
Denise’s worst and last day on Earth began as most days, loving and providing for her two little boys. January 17, 2008 was no different. While cutting her oldest son’s hair, Noah age 2, on the back porch of their North Port, Florida home, a predator named Michael King was cruising the neighborhood looking for opportunities. Denise Amber Lee was a 21-year-old loving mother of two boys, whose husband worked three jobs so that Denise could stay home and raise their children. Denise was abducted from the Lees’ rented home in North Port, Florida in the middle of the day. Somehow the intruder gained entry and control of Denise, who most likely saved her children’s lives. Denise’s father, Detective Rick Goff, was able to call on all area state, county and municipal law-enforcement agencies to search for Denise and her captor immediately following her abduction.
This was one of the most massive, cooperative search efforts that this area ever experienced.
In the hours that ensued, Denise fought mightily for her life. In her battle, she was able to use the captor’s cell phone to call 9-1-1, an act she thought would save her life, just like we are taught as children. She was not the only one to call 9-1-1 that day regarding this crime. There were at least four other calls, one from her distraught husband and three from eyewitnesses. One witness gave the local sheriff’s department an exact location of the crime happening right before her eyes. She stayed on the phone for more than nine minutes, identifying cross streets as she continued driving. Despite the fact that as many as four patrol cars were within a mile of the car in which Denise was fighting for her life, due to inefficiencies in the call center, none were dispatched.
Denise holding Noah and AdamOn the morning of January 19, 2008, a few heart-wrenching days after she went missing, her body was found. It is in memory of Denise and the tragedy that could have been prevented that this Foundation is formed. The Denise Amber Lee Foundation was founded by Denise’s loving husband, Nathan, who sought changes to a 9-1-1 system that failed her that day. The Foundation is here so no other person, family, or community has to endure the pure hell of a similar event and that no other children have to endure a lifetime without the comfort and guidance of their loving mother.
We envision a time when a citizen’s first call for help will be answered by a state-of-the-art 9-1-1 call center staffed with dedicated and highly trained professionals. A time when 9-1-1 will fail no-one.
The national attention garnered by this tragic case has allowed us to make considerable progress in the short time since Denise’s death. Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, the largest community foundation in Florida, has partnered with us to lend its considerable resources and influence to our cause. This heart-breaking story has been featured on Dateline NBC, The Today Show on NBC and ABC’s 20/20. The Florida State Legislature was so moved by this story and testimony from Denise’s father, Detective Rick Goff, that the bill passed unanimously and was named in Denise’s honor.
God bless all the 9-1-1 professionals out there who care and are working so hard to keep us all safe. May God give them the strength and guidance needed to do their job to the best of their ability. Thank you for what you do!!!
The Denise Amber Lee Foundation was founded by Denise’s husband, Nathan Lee in June of 2008, 6 months after her tragic death. He has made it his life’s mission to travel the country telling her story, to help 911 centers across the country try to avoid a similar occurrence to someone else. The Denise Amber Lee Foundation mission is:
To support and Promote Public Safety through:
Defined Measurable Outcomes(Quality Assurance)
Technological Advances to 911
The foundation wants to use the emotional power of Denise’s story to motivate and inspire 911 personnel to remember why they do what they do. Arguably one of the most difficult professions on the planet, the foundation wants to remind them how important they are what a critical role they play everyday in Public Safety.
Myrtle Beach’s Premiere Wedding Show
As a show attendee, you’ll see the latest bridal fashions including; wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride gowns, flower girl dresses to tuxedos for the groom, father of the bride, father of the groom, best man, groomsmen, ushers and ring bearer, find the perfect wedding, reception and accommodation sites including venues for bridesmaids’ luncheon, rehearsal dinner and pre-wedding parties, taste delicious wedding cakes, sample delectable delights prepared by award-winning chefs, listen to music performed by talented musicians to the spinning talents of DJs, view photography and videography selections, select Save the Date cards, wedding invitations, napkins and programs, experience fabulous florals and decor, see rental equipment such as tents, tables, chairs, linens, dinnerware, etc., discover the latest in bridal hair & makeup trends as well as various spas for “The Wedding Weekend of Beauty” or for a pre-wedding “Bachelorette/Bachelor Weekend” and for the grand exit from your wedding reception, limousines to limo buses!
The Grand Strand encompasses approximately sixty miles of the South Carolina coast – beginning with Little River, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Surfside, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island to Georgetown.
Attending a bridal show can be very helpful in planning your wedding. You can meet and speak directly with many wedding professionals – all in one location! It can be a really enjoyable day for you and your wedding party, mother, and/or groom-to-be. Most bridal shows offer prizes and individual exhibitors may also give away prizes. Whether you are a local bride or a destination bride, attending The Wedding Showcase allows you to:
Talk with Wedding Professionals
Compare Services and Prices
Book Your Date Immediately
Register for Prizes
Taste and Experience delectable delights and Wedding Cakes
See the Latest Fashions and Wedding Trends
See unique ideas
Tips for attending a bridal show:
Be prepared to wait in line to register. Be patient! This is well worth it.
Bring preprinted self-adhesive address labels if you have them. This will save you much time and allow you to sign up for anything you want very quickly.
Bring a pen and print very clearly when registering for anything.
Bring your checkbook if you want to actually book any services, or hold dates with a deposit. Be sure to check on refund policies before giving any money, and read the contract carefully before signing.
Collect any information you are interested in – take it home to look over again when you have some quiet time.
If you are out of town, send your mother or friend to register you for prizes and collect information on services you need.
Be prepared to wear a “Bride-to-be” sticker to receive special attention from the vendors.
It is nice if your fiancé attends with you IF he is interested. About 30% do attend, so he won’t be the only one there!
Arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the fashion show time that you want to see. Seating is usually first come-first serve.