Friday, March 5, 2021 – Foley, Alabama: The Gateway Initiative, a workforce and entrepreneurial development initiative driven by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, welcomes a new team member, Tyler Morgan Brunson, as Program Coordinator for the Gateway Initiative.


The National Restaurant Association recently completed a national survey of its membership, asking independents and franchises what impact the Raise the Wage Act would have on their recovery efforts and plans for 2021. The Raise the Wage Act is currently being considered for inclusion in the next stimulus bill. "Tipped servers will lose with the end of a system that allows them to make $19-$25 an hour in tips under the current tip credit system."

The Baldwin County Chamber Coalition serves as the collaborative voice of the five Baldwin County Chambers of Commerce aiming to promote and protect the collective interests of 3,500 businesses and 74,000 employees in Coastal Alabama. The Coalition advocates for local issues that matter most for the economic prosperity and quality of life for our local businesses and residents.

Gateway Investors who make up our restaurant consortium routinely come together to help our community in many ways.  A few weeks ago the group decided to plan an appreciation event for our Health Care Heroes at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. 


The Baldwin County Chamber Coalition supports the Keep Alabama Open campaign. Our local business owners and their employees have worked diligently to follow orders and best practices from officials and experts in order to keep customers and themselves safe; we must allow our businesses to continue earning a living and supporting their families. The Coalition stands by uniting hardworking Alabamians, protecting jobs, and safeguarding self-governance.

We encourage our members to visit the Keep Alabama Open website and download signs for your storefronts, offices, social media pages and websites.


Read the Coalition's full press release here.