Building a Better Hometown

March 13, 2010 by  
Filed under A Better Hometown

“Tybee Island… the whimsical paradise in which to live, to do business and to visit!”

By Chantel Morton, Better Hometown Coordinator

Hello Spring Celebrators!

Hooray!  It is March already!  Hopefully everyone enjoyed all the activities in February and have your calendars marked for the fun in March with such activities as the Tybee Island Irish Heritage Celebration on March 13th, and the next “Third Thursdays” concert on Tybee with Lauren LaPointe.

Third Thursdays on Tybee is a Grassroots Arts Program brought to you by Tybee’s Better Hometown Initiative, which is made possible by the City of Tybee, Georgia Council for the Arts, the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs/Leisure Services Bureau and generous contributors.  The first Third Thursday on Tybee at Spanky’s with the amazing VIGUBA Trio, below, was a success and the one this month will continue the musical delights for all.  Lauren LaPointe, right, a nationally acclaimed contemporary folk singer/songwriter will astonish you with her vocals on March 18th in the Lot at Tybee Oaks from 5pm until 6pm.  April 15th will be the final performance for this series from 5:00pm – 6:00pm at the Tybrisa / Strand Roundabout.  Sixteen year old, Lacey Caldwell will make your tax day better this year!

Residents, Merchants and Guests are all invited and encouraged to take advantage of these mini-concerts while enjoying the outdoors!  With assistance from a variety of sources, Third Thursdays on Tybee will continue the awareness that Tybee Island is an inviting and thriving arts community.

Businesses are invited to the next Business Seminar – “Keeping your Customers” on Wednesday, March 24th from 8:30am until 9:45am in the Auditorium at City Hall.  Your Better Hometown Initiative is bringing Savannah’s Small Business Development Center to Tybee again.  A summary of the presentation that their Business Consultant will bring is…”Small businesses spend a large amount of time and money trying to get new customers.  But few stop to realize that it is easier and less expensive to create repeat customers.  Repeat customers also tend to spend more per purchase than new customers.  This seminar is designed to teach small business owners ways to establish profitable relationships that will keep existing customers coming back, including follow  up techniques, understanding and managing customer expectations, developing solutions and value for customers, and improving competitiveness.”

Businesses are asked to bring a business card or a promotional piece from their business for a chance to share information about your business with their peers prior to the start of the presentation.  March 20th is the deadline to RSVP to or 786-4573, ext. 123.

Businesses, residents and guests make and keep Tybee remarkable!  Each person that experiences the island realizes there are many reasons to enjoy Tybee beyond the wonderful neighbors and community activities –  experiences abound from the waterways to 178 steps up towards the sky.  Plus, Tybee has over 35 hot spots to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger, personal services just right for you and more than 30 shops to find everything you must have from whimsical art to sunscreen to veggies.  That’s right; it’s all here on Tybee!

Please, contact members of the Better Hometown Board of Directors or me with suggestions, concerns, or to help.

C-ya soon!

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