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Dec 20 2011

Chamber Presentation to ATAX for Additional Funds

The recent request for additional funds by our Chamber is for supplemental above the 30% is over $1M – the additional supplemental request totals $358K.

Susan Thomas’s recommendations need to be approved by a separate CVB Board made up of local media members, not the current Chamber Board we now have. Since the ATAX committee is not entirely made up of marketing professionals, the committee needs to feel comfortable that public funds are being used and approved the right way. This cannot happen with the Executive Chamber Board we now have and with the abuses that have already been identified.

Dec 14 2011

This may not be the first you have seen regarding my feelings about the Hilton Head/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. Individually, I have been very vocal in the press, and I continue to put my own money where my mouth is in an attempt to uncover that which is unknown about the dealings of our local Chamber. In speaking with many Hilton Head/Bluffton area business owners I have come to realize that I am not alone, but quite the contrary as there is a wide-spread and growing concern among many of you about the way our local Chamber of Commerce is operated.

I don’t profess to have all the answers. I don’t even profess to have all the questions, although I do have a good many of them. Do I have a vested interest in an outcome? Yes, as a business owner I do and if you are a local area business owner do too. All I want, as I expect you do as well, is to get answers to questions and responses from the Chamber to what appear to me, and to others, to be inappropriate dealings of a non-profit Chamber of Commerce by design to support local business members / owners to prosper in their community. If the Chamber has nothing to hide and nothing to be embarrassed about then let them simply respond with factually based answers.


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BRAVO!!!!! It is soooo wonderful to see someone finally taking a stand on the abuse and neglect of organizations. You are my new hero Mr. Hoagland!!!! I was going to join the chamber because of what I believed it stood for and had no idea of the abuses.

Whatever the next action is, if you need bodies, I’m in! Thank you so much for looking out for your fellow business persons. You are appreciated more than you will ever know!!! Thank you again.

Beverly H.