Makin Somet'n From Not'n
Founded in 2018, the mission of the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce is to raise global awareness of, profitability and sustainability of African American businesses and other entities supporting the Gullah community. The Gullah Geechee Chamber is a strong advocate for our natural environment and encourages career and business opportunities in green, renewable energy fields.
Membership Has Its Benefits...
With Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce membership, you will have access to the Chamber’s marketing services, Business and Economic Development Opportunities, discounted rate in Vendor Villages @ Signature Events, Select Event Sponsorship Opportunities and advocacy for good public policy benefiting members and our community.
We're All About Advocacy
The advocacy of the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce is embedded in social justice movements of our community, the standards set forth by our ancestors as demonstrated by Esau Jenkins, Robert Smalls, Denmark Vesey, Joseph Hayne Rainey, and others; and the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development goals.
Your Chamber President
Marilyn L. Hemingway
‘She gets things done’: Marilyn Hemingway is a force to be reckoned with in Georgetown County
CEO/President and Founder of the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce
Founding partner of The Hemingway Group
A native of Georgetown, SC
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of South Carolina
Green Tie Award: Harriett Keyserling Conservation Advocate Award, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, 2020
Certification from the College of Charleston in Social Impact Entrepreneurial Consultation, 2019
Energy Justice and Sea Level Rising certifications throught the national NAACP
Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity, Georgetown Chapters Social Action Award
Georgetown SC NAACP #5520 Leadership Award
Marilyn L. Hemingway, CEO/President and Founder of the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce, is passionate about Social Entrepreneurship, business development and economic vibrancy in her beloved community.
A native of Georgetown, SC, Hemingway’s maternal family hails from Beaufort, Hampton, Bamberg, Charleston counties and her paternal roots are found in Horry and Georgetown counties. She is a lover and student of her roots and culture.
Hemingway brings an extensive amount of experience in marketing, communications, broadcasting and political campaigns. She is founding partner of the The Hemingway Group, a public relations, advertising, marketing and political advocacy firm. She most recently served as Public Relations and Fund Development Coordinator with Fetter Health Care Network. Marilyn was a vital part of re-branding the Community Health Center which recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary providing healthcare services through 21 locations in four counties in the Lowcountry.
In 2019, she received certification from the College of Charleston in Social Impact Entrepreneurial Consultation. She is a registered fundraiser with the state of South Carolina and has completed Energy Justice and Sea Level Rising certifications throught the national NAACP.
She is the recipient of the Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity, Georgetown Chapters Social Action Award and the Georgetown SC NAACP #5520 Leadership Award.
She is the daughter of the late Peter H. Hemingway, III and Mattie Daniels Hemingway, sister to three brothers and proud Aunt of eight nieces and nephews.