Meet Your Chamber Team
Marilyn L. Hemingway, CEO/President & Founder
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, Marilyn’s maternal family hails from Beaufort, Hampton, Bamberg, Charleston counties and her paternal roots are found in Horry and Georgetown counties. Both her maternal and paternal roots are in the Caribbean Islands. She is a lover and student of her roots and culture.
“Our culture, language, food, songs, spirituality, art and entrepreneurial spirit combine to create the bedrock of American history and culture,” states Marilyn Hemingway “We honor our ancestors by creating economic vibrancy in our community through collective and collaborative use of our skills and assets by reconnecting to our traditions. I want to be part of the solution to create economic profitability and sustainability of African-American businesses and entities that support the Gullah Geechee community.”
“Mak’n Somt’n from Not’n”
“Gullah Geechee have a history of successful entrepreneurship. It is an economic history to be proud of and to honor by re-learning what has come before.”
Ms. 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.
Her Chamber of Commerce experience includes a two year Membership Director position with the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and two years with the North Columbia Business Association. She developed managed events, provided membership services, benefits and fee schedules at both organizations.
“In these membership development positions, I came to realize that for African-American owned businesses to benefit from a Chamber Investment, a grassroots approach was vital to their success,” says Marilyn, “traditional marketing and advertising methods were not directly beneficial but needed to be cultivated through a grassroots approach incorporating small business education.”
The Gullah Geechee community has always “made sumth’n’ from noth’n” and nurtured an entrepreneurial spirit. With the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce, Marilyn will work to bring individual efforts into a collaborative effort that benefits all.
Ms. Hemingway continues to share her experience and skills on many community boards and associations. She plans to continue her community activism through public speaking, social entrepreneurship and volunteer efforts.
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 is currently pursuing Energy Justice certification with the NAACP on a national level.
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 Peter H. Hemingway, III and the late Mattie Daniels Hemingway, sister to three brothers and proud Aunt of eight nieces and nephews.