Last week, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed business owners to their monthly membership breakfast meeting, held this month at Mango’s in Bethany Beach. The meeting featured a presentation by Doug Robb, project manager for the Indian River Inlet Bridge construction project, and the meeting was kicked off with an introduction by Carrie Subity, who was recently named executive director of the local Chamber.
“We’re definitely taking on some new roles at the Chamber,” Subity said. “We’ve all been doing the work, but now that we’re reorganizing and job titles are changing, we’re assuming more responsibilities.
“There are some legislative issues that I’m taking on,” she added, “but we’ve all been here for a while and we know what to expect. It’s definitely a positive thing for the Chamber and the businesses and community throughout the area.”
The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is constantly expanding, with newcomers adding to the membership list every few weeks.
“Membership is going very well,” noted Subity. “There’s always a big push for new membership right before the season, but this year particularly, we’ve seen a significant increase with ribbon-cuttings and events. Hopefully, this is an indicator that things are picking back up in this area.
“It isn’t always the same types of businesses we’re seeing, either,” she added. “We’ve pretty much sustained our average retention, as well, and we’re still above the national average, which is a great thing for a Chamber of our size.”
One of the keys to the success of the Chamber throughout the local area, according to Subity, is its involvement and functions, incorporating members and businesses in the community. This past week, the Chamber sponsored their business after-hours Golf n’ Gab event at Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville.
Early next month, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will present the ResortQuest 11th Annual Taste of Coastal Delaware in the Marketplace at Sea Colony, featuring live entertainment, prizes and giveaways, and dozens of restaurants and vendors, presenting some of the finest cuisine the area has to offer. The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 6.
Tickets can be purchased at $30 apiece from now until May 31, by visiting www.bethany-fenwick.org or by stopping into the Chamber, located at 36913 Coastal Highway, in Fenwick Island. From June 1 until the day of the event, tickets will cost $35.