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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.

Staff

Angela Hoffman
Executive Director

Janet Otten
Director of Member Services

Mary Palczer
Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Board of Directors

Glen Alexander
Strategic Realty

Tony Barletta
Brightway Insurance / Barletta Agency

Michael Bingman
Bingman’s Painting Service

Ike Crumpler
Upstairs Communications

Ralph Davino
Secure Storage of Martin County

Michael Dooley
Illustrated Properties

Michael Ennis
Ennis Construction

Marlene Filer
Celebrities Fore Kids

Steve Landwersiek
Landwersiek and Associates Investment Planning Group

Jan McDonald
AMAC Insurance Agency

Jon Milton
Milton Engineering Consultants, P.A.

Trudi Onus
Seacoast Bank – Mortgage Loan Officer

Doug Smith
Janus Background Investigations

Theresa Smith
Beaches Hair Studio

Nicole Townsley
Merritt Family Chiropractic

Ron Walters
Elite Payroll Solutions

Brandon Woodward
The Law Office of Brandon Woodward

Volunteers

Judy Arbeznik
Carol Branch
Marge Cabaniss
Bob & Bonnie Colonnese
Lois & Al Dillaire
Bette Evans
Barbara Gomez
Suzan Hughes
Lillian Johnson
Bobbi Kauffman
George Kleine
Richard & Jeanne Nash
Rich Otten
Carol Cox Stewart
Jean Tierney

Ambassador Committee

Melissa Davis
ServPro of Martin County

Shelly Gonyo
Stuart Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center

George Kleine
Smart Source

Candace Lopes
Skin Serenity Spa, Inc.

Janet McDonald
AMAC Insurance Agency

Jolinda Porfidio
Brightway Insurance

Sharyl Pratt
Illustrated Properties

Amber Shirk
SeacoastBank

Theresa Smith
Beaches Hair Studio

Kim Toth
Edward Jones

Linda Wolf
ActiveCanvas Interactive Media

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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