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Role of the Chamber

The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce plays a significant role in the local business community. The Chamber is an organization financed entirely by member investments. It provides opportunities for members to stay connected, network, advertise, receive continuing education, receive business support and give back to their community.

The Chamber is governed by a Board of Directors who guides the policy making responsibilities. The small staff of four people facilitates daily operations and activities. The Hobe Sound Chamber is lucky enough to have the support of dedicated volunteers who assist by helping to coordinate events, acting as receptionists and managing the lobby visitor center. The Hobe Sound chamber would not exist as it does today without the devoted commitment of its volunteers.

The Hobe Sound Chamber is proud to provide hundreds of thousands of referrals a year, driving business to our members and, in turn, making membership investment priceless. The user-friendly website, www.hobesound.org, showcases member profiles, maps, coupons and additional information in its Business Directory, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The website contains a community calendar, local news section, visitor and relocation information and opportunities for advertising. Our lobby visitor center is open Monday through Friday and displays several brochures, pamphlets and coupons that help residents and visitors alike as they plan vacations, family activities or learn about local businesses that can meet their everyday needs.

The Hobe Sound Christmas Parade and Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts are our signature special events which contribute greatly to the local economy. These events not only draw an influx of visitors to the area giving an increased amount of exposure to businesses; they encourage commerce, showcase the special small-town charm of Hobe Sound and build a sense of pride among patrons. Visitors along with residents experience, first-hand, how special Hobe Sound truly is. In addition, the Chamber hosts a Golf Tournament in May and a Progressive Dinner Party in October. These events provide entertainment opportunities for chamber and community members.

Each month the Chamber organizes a number of networking functions for members, giving them the opportunity to make new connections and learn about local issues affecting business. These events have proven to be quite effective for making key business contacts and for leadership development.

There are numerous opportunities for members to serve on committees, including Ambassadors, business development, education, membership, event planning and nominating committees.

The Hobe Sound Chamber also publishes a quarterly printed newspaper and a weekly e-newsletter keeping the community informed about Chamber and community events and news. Widely distributed in the area, The Pelican newspaper provides affordable advertising opportunities to its members.

Whether you are a resident or visitor, you will find that the Hobe Sound Chamber is a great resource for you. At a reduced fee, we offer citizens an opportunity to join the Chamber as Social Members in an effort to keep those without a specific business interest connected to the community and to businesses while helping them to stay informed, while providing social and civic opportunities. Businesses make annual investments to receive invaluable benefits that help them grow and prosper. The Hobe Sound Chamber is happy to provide services to residents, visitors, local businesses and those thinking of relocating to the area.

Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information about the Chamber and the community or a membership application, visit www.hobesound.org or call (772) 546-4724. Stop in and meet our staff. Our office is located at 11954 SE Dixie Highway, Hobe Sound. e

Board of Directors

Glen Alexander
(561) 471-5353
Strategic Realty

Melinda Brault
(561) 267-7798
Geminye Design Group

Ike Crumpler
(772) 201-9996
Upstairs Communications

Ralph Davino
Ex-officio
(772) 546-5661
Secure Storage of Martin County

Michael Dooley
(772) 546-7355
Illustrated Properties

Michael Ennis
(772) 546-7030
Ennis Construction

Steve Fenton
President
(772) 781-4291
Fenton Services

Robert “Bob” McLean
(772) 323-6393 (Cell)
Avalon Air, Inc.

Jon Milton
Treasurer
(772) 286-7266
Milton Engineering Consultants, P.A.

Pete Morello
(772) 545-2224
The UPS Store (5279 & 5330)

Charlene Oakowsky
Past President
(772) 932-7056
Oakowsky Properties

Dennis Root
Vice President
(772) 324-8147
Dennis Root & Associates

Doug Smith
Secretary
(800) 871-9590
Janus Investigations

Theresa Smith
(772) 263-1345
Beaches Hair Studio

Kim Nash
(561) 452-5555 (Cell)
Tobacco Free Partnership Martin County

Brandon Woodward
(772) 497-6544
The Law Office of Brandon Woodward

Staff

Angela Hoffman
Executive Director

Janet Otten
Director of Member Services

Karen Berkow
Membership Assistant & Bookkeeper

Allon Fish
Account Executive

Volunteers

Judy Arbeznik
Carol Branch
Audrey Burzynski
Marge Cabaniss
Carolyn Doubmann
Bette Evans
Suzan Hughes
Lillian Johnson
Bobbi Kauffman
George Kleine
Jeanne Nash
Richard Nash
Rich Otten
Ray Stewart
Jean Tierney

Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce

The Mission of the Hobe Sound Chamber is to advance the prosperity of the Hobe Sound area so that its citizens and all areas of its business community will prosper. All necessary means of promotion are provided and particular attention and emphasis is given to the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests of the area.

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