Dear Fellow Chamber Members,
A big thank you is in order for those of you that participated in last month’s Annual “Showcase of Key West Businesses” Trade Show held at the Marriott Beachside. It was a great success and we had an excellent afternoon and evening filled with member to member networking, socializing and great giveaways. I personally really enjoyed this event as I got to visit each booth and meet the owners/managers and workers of each business. Of course, I knew many of the vendors there as thankfully they recognize the value of the show and they repeatedly register for the showcase. With just a few minutes at each booth I get to chat about upcoming programs businesses have started, and new products and services that businesses are offering. This year several new members and businesses registered for the event and I learned of their journey and how they ended up here in Key West and how they like being a business owner here. Their feedback was invaluable and many said it was a great way to be introduced to the community and to showcase their business to the community as well as to the chamber members. It was particularly refreshing to hear that many local businesses have recovered from last year’s storm, businesses have rebounded and while currently it’s the quiet time of the year many are looking towards a great season.
While we have several busy committees within the chamber our Education Committee is seeking some donations for our well deserving teachers that work so hard. Each year some of our chamber members generously donate a gift with a minimum value of $25.00 for all of our well deserving 22 teachers. We honor these teachers with a presentation of gifts, a plaque an apple pin and a lunch at our General Membership meetings. We do this at three different meetings throughout the year. Our first presentation will be at the October meeting and therefore I am asking if any of you can donate a gift certificates, merchandise or cash, we will be very grateful and more importantly the teachers of your children will have broad smiles on their faces.
As our local elections for the City of Key West Mayoral and Monroe County Commission race is fast approaching, the chamber is educating our members by inviting the candidates to our General Membership meetings. You can meet the candidates and have your questions answered that you have submitted for the forum. We just had the county commission candidates at our September meeting and will be looking forward to presenting the Mayoral candidates in October. If you have questions that you want to submit, email the chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org and Dorothy will compile the list for the meeting. Everyone seems to have an opinion, but so many people don’t vote. So come on members, this year, get educated, find out who the candidates are and what they stand for. Come to the October General Membership Meeting and meet your next Mayor! Hope to see to there…