CHAMBER INSIDER: January 3, 2023



The Melbourne Regional Chamber is excited to welcome Monica Anderson to the team as Director of Business Development.


In her new role, Monica will work to strengthen our partnership strategy, retention efforts, communications and relationships with our partners and Space Coast community. “I am excited about being a part of the vibrant business community in Melbourne while lending my skills and expertise to the team of professionals at the Melbourne Regional Chamber,” said Anderson. 

“The opportunity to participate in the advocacy, growth and impact strategies necessary for ensuring that Melbourne continues to thrive is an invigorating challenge that I look forward to embracing. As a professional, my driving passion lies in the desire to improve the quality of life for all people. I am excited to join an organization that embodies that same core value at the heart of its mission.” Welcome to the team, Monica!


Meet Becky Ratchford, 2023 Chair of our Space Coast Young Professionals Council. Ratchford is the Supply Chain Strategy Manager at Collins Aerospace and brings many years of leadership experience to her role. 


When taking upon the new position, Ratchford stated, "I am so grateful to be a part of such an impactful organization. It is such an honor to hold the position as Chair. While there are a lot of exciting things in store, I am most excited for a great year of working with the MRC team and our incredible SCYP steering committee to plan and hold events that promote networking, teamwork and community outreach."

Ratchford continued to state, "I encourage you to join us at one of our events this year. We look forward to the opportunity of meeting and welcoming you." Congratulations, Becky! We are so honored to have you in such an important role. 


The Melbourne Regional Chamber is entering 2023 with new leadership for the Nonprofit Council! Meet Co-Chairs, Emma Reynolds, Director of Resource Development at United Way of Brevard, and Akili Phillips, Development Coordinator at Family Promise of Brevard.


These two nonprofit powerhouses are excited to meet all of our amazing nonprofit members and have some great things in store for the year, including quarterly meetings with themes, break-out groups, and expert panels.


New to the Small Business Council, we are thrilled to announce Alexis McGuire as the 2023 Small Business Council Vice-Chair to Caitlin Rice. McGuire is the Chief Executive Officer of Nationwide Medical Licensing and believes, "owning a small business is not an easy task and being able to provide resources to other small business owners to help them succeed is a passion of mine." In her new role, McGuire stated, "I look forward to continuing on this wonderful Council and continuing to make the lives of fellow small business owners better, one month at a time.”


Brevard is booming! Kick off the year with our Small Business Council and join us for "The Boom of Brevard" on Tuesday, January 10th as we hear from guest speaker, Jeff Robison, President & CEO of Lightle Beckner Robison, Inc. This meeting will take place at the Melbourne Regional Chamber from 7:45-9:30 a.m.


Thank you to our Champion Sponsor, Sky Peak Financial and Breakfast Sponsor, Einstein Bros Bagels for making this event possible. 


This meeting is FREE for Chamber Partners and $15 for Future Partners.  Register now!

The Melbourne Regional Chamber’s Small Business Council is designed to support businesses and organizations with 50 or fewer employees. Our council partners network, share information and gather the resources they need to improve, grow and flourish. 


Kick off the new year with "The Economic Consequences of Taming Inflation."

Good Morning Space Coast will return Thursday, January 12th from 7:45-9:30 a.m. at The Tides 1001 N. Hwy A1A Patrick SFB. Join us for breakfast and hear from keynote speaker, James Camp, Managing Director of Fixed Income and Strategic Income at Eagle Asset Management. 


The Federal Reserve has a difficult job in front of them.  If they don’t get inflation under control, the long-term impact will have a dramatic impact on the consumer. If they raise rates too much, the impact on the economy might be severe. Come listen to James Camp’s insight to see if the Federal Reserve gets it correct.

Save $10 and click here for early Bird registration. Special thank you to our Champion Sponsor, Raymond James for making this event possible.


This event is FREE for Melbourne Regional Chamber Partners and is open to future Partners for $15. Register here. 


Thank you to our Champion Sponsor, TechRev for your year-long support.

Constructing a new future one road at a time. Join our Business Advocacy Committee for their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, January 24th from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and hear from guest speaker, Georganna Gillette, Executive Director, Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). Gillette will be presenting, "Transportation Network of Tomorrow."

As executive director, Ms. Gillette is dedicated to developing master plans that are meaningful, implementable, and cutting-edge. She passionately strives to develop and foster regional multimodal transportation projects that improve quality of life and economic development. With over $1 billion programmed for transportation projects over the next five years, the TPO’s vision comes to life and our future is interconnected at all levels.


Our 2023 Sponsorship Guide is now available to help you promote your business.


We’ve simplified our sponsorship levels to include four mission-driven categories: Champion, Leader, Connector and Supporter. Our Signature Events feature additional event-specific opportunities.


Don't miss our new marketing opportunities, including advertisements on our website, social media and Chamber Insider. CLICK HERE to view sponsorship guide. For any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact Monica Anderson



The Melbourne Regional Chamber invites you to participate in the 15th annual Melbourne's Hometown Race taking place, Sunday, February 12, 2023.


Use the coupon code SCTOURISMRUNS and SAVE $20 on the marathon and half marathon or receive $10 off the 10k and 5k.


Where to start - Form a team of 5 or more members to participate in the challenge for a chance to win the following awards.

$150 Publix gift card to the top overall team.

$100 Publix gift card to 2nd place team

$250 Publix gift card to the largest team

Please note: You must have at least 5 team members to qualify.


To learn more information, click here.



Our annual Impact Awards and Board Installation will return, Friday, February 17th, 2023 at the Hilton Melbourne 200 Rialto Place Melbourne FL.


Join us for one of our largest and most important events of the year, allowing us to recognize individuals and organizations who have profoundly impacted the Space Coast community. Cocktail reception will start at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner and awards at 6:00 p.m.


Tickets are on sale! Please purchase tickets in advance. Chamber Partner $125

Future Partner $150



We are seeking guests!

Have you checked out our business interview series that features one partner per episode in an exclusive interview? If not, don't miss out as our host, Mel Thomas meets with leaders and hears tales, tenets, and tips from a space coast business aspect.


We are currently booking guests for 2023, if you are interested in being a guest on the '411 ON THE 321' or know a Space Coast leader that would like to share their story, contact our Communications & Marketing Manager, Isabella Serrano. You must be a Melbourne Regional Chamber Partner to be interviewed.



As we are in the season of giving back, the Melbourne Regional Chamber has created an opportunity for our partners to "Pay It Forward". Have you ever wanted to help a small business owner or nonprofit get in front of a crowd and give them a chance to share their story?

Our Pay It Forward Campaign allows partners that may not be able to afford sponsorships the opportunity to get in front of a room where they can shine and share their message to the appropriate audience. 

We are currently seeking donors, so if you are interested in helping a small business or nonprofit in need, please contact Michael Ayers, for more information.




The chamber’s ribbon cut services are available to all chamber partners. See below for more information.


Since 1961, the Melbourne Regional Chamber has offered an enhanced partnership designation, Better Business Certified. This additional vetting process ensures that companies are reputable, reliable and committed to customer satisfaction, as well as adhering to all laws and regulations in their respective industries. Better Business Certified partners are set apart from other chamber partners through a separate directory, and are the first to be recommended due to this additional vetting process and their demonstrated commitment to promoting an ethical business environment. 

View our BBC Directory, For additional information about becoming a BBC member, contact Michael Ayers.


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