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Volume 1, Issue 3

Business News


January 2012

The 2012 Guide to South Padre Island has arrived!

The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to announce the new 2012 Guide to South Padre Island has arrived! The 2012 Guide is an 84-page full-color book full of details, photographs and advertising about the Island and the surrounding area. The Guide also features articles on Our History, Our Neighbors, Attractions and Recreation, 2012 Event Calendar, 2012 Event Highlights, Education, Nature-Island Style, Our Winter Texan Friends, Quality Healthcare, Our Sister Cities, Real Estate and Weddings. We have printed and will distribute 100,000 hard copies of the 2012 Guide with a 3D version of the Guide available on our website at The Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank all the advertisers in the 2012 Guide and the SPI Convention and Visitors Bureau for distributing the Guide. The advertisers make this project a huge success and distribution is critical, it would not be possible without their support.

New Member Air Evac Lifeteam Brice Calahan 2201 Whitewing McAllen, TX 78501 956-778-7269 Air Evac EMS, Inc., which operates Air Evac Lifeteam, is the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air medical service in the United States, conducting its operations through 104 mutuallysupporting air medical bases across 15 states. The company has established itself as the preeminent provider of air ambulance services to rural markets, serving over 1,700 diverse referral sources, including over 1,000 hospitals and 700 EMS agencies, and attracting more than 950,000 members in support of its presence in their local communities. The Company operates the world's largest fleet of more than 110 medically-equipped Bell 206 Long Ranger helicopters, along with Bell 407 helicopters. Air Evac Lifeteam also offers fixed-wing air medical services from two bases in Missouri and Kentucky. The current service area includes operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia, with the company being the largest air ambulance provider in 8 of its 15 states. In 2008, Air Evac Lifeteam was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, and is the largest medical transport program under one name to achieve this accreditation.

Help Keep South Padre Island Clean and Beautiful!

Member Renewals Americas Best Value Inn & Suites - Casa Bella Resort Isla Grand Beach Resort Karmel Vacations Mejia & Rose, Inc. Ramada Limited South Shore Automotive The Beach Service Valley Stanley Steemer

Be Prepared Mandatory Ban on Plastic Bags Goes into Effect January 1, 2012 The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce has members that will work with you to ensure you have the proper bags. Duro Bag Mfg. 3401 David Shor Brownsville, TX 78523 956.831.4209 Elite Promotions 50 Elizabeth Street Brownsville, TX 78520 956.982.2050 Kennedy Bag Impressions, Inc. 7838 E. FM 802 Brownsville, TX 956.350.9172 Toucan Graphics 104 W. Bahama St., Ste. A South Padre Island, TX 78597 956.761.1765 If you need additional information or a copy of the ordinance, please contact the SPI Chamber at 761.4412. or


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Ribbon Cuttings & Mixers Lloyd Studios 2600 Padre Blvd., Ste. C South Padre Island, TX South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Islanders Committee, Mayor Bob Pinkerton, local businesses and residents joined together to welcome Lloyd Studios. William Lloyd and his staff displayed an amazing array of carvings; from knives and swords to jewelry. They are from hand carved antlers, bone, horn and ivory works of art. Stop by today and check out what they have.

Jake’s Flowers and Gift Baskets 2500 Padre Blvd., Ste. 1 South Padre Island, TX Members of the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce were invited to a holiday mixer held at Jake’s Flowers & Gifts. Ginny Ossanna and her staff hosted the event and served wonderful hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The shop was filled with decorations for the holidays. Be sure to stop in for all your holiday shopping needs, or let Ginny create that perfect gift basket for any occasion.

Duve Wellness Center and The Natural Living Shoppe 201 W. Queen Isabella Port Isabel, TX South Padre Island Chamber members joined Susan Duve, D.C. and her staff for a Ribbon Cutting and Holiday Mixer. The celebration allowed all her guests to enjoy great food and drinks as well as excellent networking opportunities for chamber members and friends. Stop by and find out how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle in this state of the art healing facility.

Member Spotlight

The Tiki Vacation Condominiums, located at 6608 Padre Boulevard is one of the original condo complexes on South Padre Island and stretches from Padre Blvd all the way to the Gulf of Mexico Beach! Under new management for over a year, it has undergone many renovations throughout the common grounds, the 2 pools and the individual rental units; quickly becoming one of the more unique and premier destinations on the island. The Tiki has 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos available for rentals of 2 nights or longer; with rates varying with the length of stay and time of year. Each condo is complete with a full kitchen, full bathroom(s) and either a king or 2 double beds. Each unit has its own personal balcony, many with a gulf beach view or a pool & courtyard view. The well groomed grounds are a plush tropical garden surrounding 2 heated pools, with on site management, maintenance and housekeeping, 7 days a week. With the natural setting and many amenities offered, the Tiki has become a very popular home away from home for Winter Texans. Late in the spring of 2012 the Tiki will add a refurbished banquet facility to their amenities, to accommodate weddings, receptions, quincea単eras, reunions, parties and small business meetings. Call (956) 761-2694 for information or reservations. E-mail: Office hours --- 8:30a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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2012 Educational Opportunities A Joint Project With:

January 12, 2012

Social Media Intro

January 26, 2012

Payroll Compliance

February 9, 2012

Legal Tips for Small Businesses

February 23, 2012

Customer Service

March 29, 2012

How’s Your Credit?

April 12, 2012

Financing Options for Small Businesses

April 26, 2012

Insurance – Commercial & Individual (panel using Chamber members to discuss rules, regulations, recent and upcoming changes.) All classes will be held at the South Padre Island Welcome Center 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. All classes will be $10.00 for Chamber Members $15.00 for Non-Members