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Nov 3 2011

All local Media Companies

To Members of the Media:

I am writing, as a business owner and past Chamber of Commerce member, to share my concern about the growing trend whereby the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and other Chambers / CVB’s nationwide are increasingly competing with media members, rather than supporting them according to their original mission. This is an unacceptable abusive practice, plain and simple.

Competing with local media directly violates the charter of every Chamber of Commerce, which is to support and help business members prosper within the community. On the most fundamental level, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has an unfair competitive advantage because of its status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit funded with bed-tax revenue and member dues.

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Oct 30 2011

Chamber of Commerce Concerns and Abuse

I am writing to share my growing concerns regarding how the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber is currently being operated and managed. As a local business owner and past Chamber member, I am troubled by the waste, mismanagement and failure of leadership that are taking place on a number of levels.

I believe it is time we all take a deep look at how our Chamber is being operated. The Chamber should be using our membership dues wisely and responsibly, with total accountability and transparency regarding how revenue is being used and spent. We need to look deep at fiduciary responsibilities of Board Members and abuse of spending public funds and members’ dues. I am sure many local lawyers will be looking at all this.

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Bravo!

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.