Elizabeth City Area Chamber E-News
Vol. 37, No. 7                                            July 1, 2019

We had a record crowd at our 9 th Annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon on June 19! Twenty very deserving nominees were honored, while five winners were named. Our winners are: Amber Davis , principal of Camden County High School and Camden Early College High School; Norma James , Broker-In -Charge at Taylor Mueller Realty; Rhonda James-Davis , Career and Technical Education Director and Interim Superintendent at Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools; Rachel Reddick , church and community volunteer; and Dena Richardson , Interim Fire Marshal for the City of Elizabeth City. These women were honored for going above and beyond in their careers and in their service to the community.

A big thank you to event sponsor Piedmont Natural Gas, and to our hosts at The Carolina Center at Corporate Drive for providing a wonderful setting. Albemarle Floral supplied roses for the nominees, Margaret Twiford provided beautiful table centerpieces, and Shaklee-Gwen Bell provided goody bags.

Thanks so much to the Women of Excellence Committee, nominators, honorees, and attendees!

Also in June, we had a great time sampling the delicious offerings from The Mills Downtown Bistro at a Business After Hours on June 17, and we helped the City of Elizabeth City celebrate their expanded drive through on June 18.

We'd love to see you at one of our July events! On July 16, we will host a ribbon cutting at Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty, and on July 25, Hearndon Construction has invited us to tour a model home at Stockbridge at Tanglewood. See you there!

Serving you, 
Holly Staples

Chamber Events this Month
Coffee with The Chamber
1706 W Ehringhaus St
July 12th  8:00 - 9:00 AM
Have a cup of coffee and network with other professionals. Chick-Fil-A will have free coffee, tea, and lemonade for Chamber members in addition to their full breakfast menu available for purchase. 

Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty
Ribbon Cutting
314 South Hughes Blvd. 
July 16th  12:00 - 1:00 PM
The Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us at Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty as they celebrate the opening of their new location. 

Lunch Bunch
Paradiso Roma Ristorante
35 Camden Causeway
July 17th  12:00 - 1:00 PM
Join us for our monthly lunch bunch and don't forget your business cards for this networking event
Nonprofit Round Table
Chamber of Commerce
502 E Ehringhaus St. 
July 23rd  10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Join us at the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce for our quarterly Nonprofit Round Table. This will be a time to exchange ideas and share solutions to nonprofit concerns.

Stockbridge at Tanglewood BAH
1402 London Street
July 25th  4:00 - 6:00 PM
The Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us at Stockbridge at Tanglewood for a Business After Hours and Open House at one of their beautiful model homes. 

Join a Chamber Committee

The Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for dynamic members to join the committee for our upcoming  Golf Tournament on October 25th

Please send an email to [email protected]  for more information or if you would like to sign up to be a committee member! 
Recent Chamber Events

Paired presented by Chesapeake Regional Healthcare 

Coffee with The Chamber 

The Mills Downtown Bistro Business After Hours

Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon

Lunch Bunch at Captain D's Seafood Restaurant

Coastie Corner
The Coastie Corner
Summer Time

I hope this month's newsletter finds everyone doing well and enjoying the beginning of the Summer season. If you did not get to see it on television, a C-130J from the Air Station participated in the flyover at Normandy France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Little old Elizabeth City was represented half way around the world! The active duty work force at all seven Coast Guard units is drawing to a minimum while we make our annual transition through transfer season. Here at Base, we said farewell to an icon and unmatched community partner as CDR Warren Judge transferred all of the way up to Portsmouth, VA. On June 28th, we also bid farewell to CAPT Lance Belben as he and his family sailed off into retirement in the Raleigh NC area. We welcomed CAPT Brian Hopkins and his family as he assumed command at the Aviation Technical Training Center. If you have the opportunity to meet him, please welcome them to our community. We are really looking forward to our annual Welcome Expo on July 24th! That event is an excellent opportunity for local businesses and provides an eye opening experience for our Coasties who have just transferred in and some legacy Coasties as well.   It is scheduled from 10-2 PM at the Hangar 7 Ballroom on BASE Elizabeth City. You can contact the Chamber for further information. In addition to the Welcome Expo, we will be hosting this year's Coast Guard Day Picnic on August 1st from 12-4 PM. This event continues to draw an average of 3200 participants annually. We are all looking forward to it. I hope you all have a fantastic and safe holiday next week for the Fourth of July and I hope to see you at all of the various Summer events.

CDR Randy Meador
Ambassador of the Month
Congratulations to Rachelle Gunter, Coordinator of Customized and Small Business Center Training, our Ambassador of the Month!

Working at College of The Albemarle and being a Chamber Ambassador has given her a chance to connect with the community. She enjoys coordinating and informing others of  the many resources and training opportunities that COA has to offer through the Small Business Center and Customized Training Program. If you are a local industry looking to expand/improve your workforce or a small business owner, she is happy to help with any training needs. 

Volunteers Needed for Coast Guard Day

Please consider sharing some of your time serving food to our local military members and their families. This year's Coast Guard Day picnic will be held on 
August 1, 2019 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM on the Coast Guard Base.
We welcome volunteers for Coast Guard Day picnic, which is being celebrated on August 1, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. We are in need of a number of volunteers to setup 8:30 to 11:00 AM, help with the event 12:00 - 4:00 PM transferring soda, water, and ice, manage ride lines, dump trash, give directions, and other things, and assist in cleaning up from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please check out the specific positions and time slots, then sign up. It's that simple. Thank you for your time and consideration. If you do not have a valid ID to access USCG Base, please email [email protected] and request a visitor request so we can make arrangements to get you on base.

News from our Members
Affordable Engineering Services, Inc. 

Albemarle Area United Way

The Albemarle Area United Way (AAUW) is pleased to announce the 2020 Campaign Kickoff & Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from Noon - 1:30 p.m. at the K.E. White Center in Elizabeth City, NC. The AAUW is a nonprofit organization that is working to improve the lives of residents in 9 rural counties in Northeastern North Carolina by fundraising for and supporting the services of our 24 Partner Agencies. The luncheon allows the AAUW to update the community on the accomplishments of the past year, recognize exceptional organizations and supporters, and officially kickoff the 2020 Campaign. We hope you will join the AAUW at this special event and show your support for our community and the Partner Agencies who work tirelessly to improve the lives of area residents. 

Tickets are on sale now for $15 and can be purchased online at www.albemarleareauw.org or by calling 252-333-1510.

Albemarle Eye Center

Albemarle Eye Center believes everyone should have an opportunity to see. For that reason, we are giving away ($100 value) a FREE pair of eyeglasses when self-pay patients present for their annual exams.  Call us today at 335-5446 to schedule your appointment and let us know you what you have been missing!  #AECPEC has #SpecsAppeal!

Edenton, Elizabeth City, Kinston, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head & Washington

Albemarle Plantation

American Legion 

The "United States Coast Guard Commemorative Coin Act" (HR 1257-S. 509) has been introduced in the House and Senate and is sponsored by Rep. Joe Courtney (CT) and Sen. Mike Murphy (CT) respectively. This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to mint and issue in commemoration of the U.S. Coast Guard (1) $5 gold coins, (2) $1 silver coins, and (3) half-dollar clad coins. The design of such coins shall be emblematic of the traditions, history, and heritage of the Coast Guard and its role in securing the United States since 1790.

For more information contact me.

Skip Rapp
District 1 Commander
252 562 5196

American Red Cross
Greater Albemarle Area

Chuck's Fences and Decks 

Carpentry work, custom fences decks and remodeling 
 Free estimates
Are you wanting a new custom fence or deck built? Maybe you want a pergola or new shed. Call 
an experienced carpenter today. We have over 30 years of experience in all types of 
construction and remodeling.  
We work in the Virginia Beach surrounding area and north eastern North Carolina including the OBX. As always the first estimate is free, so call Chuck Newcomb today to set up an appointment. 252-267-7445 or visit our Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/Deckguy/

College of The Albemarle 

College of The Albemarle (COA) Foundation will host
T-Off, a golf tournament fundraiser to benefit student scholarships, on Friday, August 23, 2019 at The YMCA at the Pines of Elizabeth City (1525 N. Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC).  The golf tournament will begin at 11:00 a.m. with beer and wine tastings paired with gourmet snacks provided by COA's Culinary Arts students.  High Tea will begin at 2:00 p.m. with the traditional English tea fare and a fashion show including area boutiques.  The Awards Dinner and Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. with finish out the day of events.  All proceeds to benefit COA student scholarships.
To sign up for the tournament or purchase tickets to the High Tea or Awards Dinner, visit www.albemarle.edu/t-off or call 252-335-0821, ext. 2265.

Coastal Pediatrics 

Down Home Sheds

Encore Theater Company

Encore Theatre Company is preparing for our July production of Night of the Living Dead.   It's partly ghoulish and partly funny. Judging from the reaction of folks at the Potato Festival, our zombies didn't seem to scare anyone. So, come out and join us July 19 to 27. Tickets are $16, $12 for military and seniors. They can be purchased through the Arts of The Albemarle website (artsaoa.org). We are still looking for underwriters for our productions. If any of you would like to underwrite this production, please contact Doug Gardner at [email protected].

Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity

Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce our new partner family. Shannon is a very busy mother of two who works two jobs. Her children attend Pasquotank County High School and Elizabeth City Middle School.
In addition to volunteers to work on the build site, we are looking for people to sponsor items for the house. Any amount is helpful but here are some suggestions. You can choose to sponsor a particular item such as the plumbing for $3500, a particular room for amounts ranging from $1000-3000, or windows for $3000. All donors will be featured prominently in our publicity, on a sign by the construction site and in the dedication program.
Another sponsorship opportunity is a one-day business sponsorship of $250 for up to 5 volunteers. Volunteers can wear company shirts and will receive a Habitat t-shirt, lunch, drinks and snack and the company will receive print and social media publicity. This is a great opportunity to serve the community! 
If you are interested, please contact Jane Elfring, 252-384-0115, [email protected]

Elizabeth City -  Pasquotank  Public Schools

ECPPS Welcomes New Superintendent

The Board of Education recently announced the selection and appointment of Dr. Catherine Edmonds as superintendent. The anticipated date she will take office is July 1, 2019.
Dr. Edmonds has enjoyed a successful career in public education in North Carolina for more than 26 years. She is currently completing her service as the superintendent of Bertie County Schools.  Prior to serving as superintendent, she served as the Director of Educational Leadership and Development and Director of the NC Principal Fellows Program for the state.
Please join the Board in welcoming Dr. Edmonds as the new superintendent of ECPPS.  For more information on Dr. Edmonds and the superintendent announcement, please visit www.ecpps.k12.nc.us.

Elizabeth City State University

Ways to Give to the ECSU Fund for Excellence
  • Checks can be made out to the "ECSU Foundation" and mailed to:

The ECSU Foundation 

P.O. Box 1467 

Elizabeth City, NC 27906 

Memo section: "Chancellor's Installation" 

  • Online giving at www.ecsu.edu/installation
  • Text "Installation" to 71777

First Command
Fortress Wood Products

Fortress Wood Products® is a leader in building customer loyalty and successes by combining teamwork, exceptional service, innovation, and professionalism balanced with quality, trust and integrity.
Fortress Wood can provide timely and consistent shipping and delivery for all of your treated wood product needs. To find a dealer near you, head to our website or call 1-800-BUY-FORT. Follow us on social media @Fortresswood.

Gene Tick Photography

At Gene Tick Photography we know it is not always easy to budget your promotional and advertising needs. What you do need to know is that you need professional photography to give you that professional look in all your media needs. Let us help you get there. With the expanding of my business Gene Tick Photography is announcing a 15% discount to all Chamber members and new business start-ups for headshot, group shots, or event shooting. Also inquire about location shooting for your social media, website and printing needs.
We can shoot at your business, at a particular location, or my studio. We have the equipment that is mobile, models, make up artists, and an artistic directors to meet every shooting needs.
Give us a call, we can make it happen for every budget. 570-460-9657

Global Recruiters Network of Elizabeth City

Is your company struggling to find high-quality employees? Let Global Recruiters Network of Elizabeth City take over the search for you. GRN of EC will partner with you to deliver superior talent to your organization. We identify and recruit passive candidates - individuals that are top performers but may not be actively looking for a new opportunity.  Learn more today by visiting www.grnelizabethcity.com
or call our office at (252) 331-2775

Johns Brothers Security 

Like a guard dog, we've been watching out for your safety since 1974. Keep an eye on things 24/7 and know if a person, animal, or car crosses your camera's path. Likewise, remotely manage locks and lights from your mobile phone. Your pathway to home automation just got easier. 
Learn more: http://bit.ly/2xMJjiz
Jones Family Chiropractic, PC

Jones Family Chiropractic
706 W. Ehringhaus 
Elizabeth City NC 27909

Kinderdance by Zaribel

KinderDance by Zaribel 
Education through dance, motor development, gymnastics, yoga & fitness programs blended with academics for children ages 2-12. 
KinderDance by Zaribel travels to several different sites during the week bringing this incredible program to YOU! 
Interested in learning more? Follow us @kdbyzaribel on Instagram and check us out on FB at KinderDancebyZaribel.

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc
Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon are pleased to announce the Sales Agent and the Listing Agent for May 2019.
Sales Agent of the Month for May 2019 is John Aydlett: 
J ohn Aydlett,  a native of Camden, NC, graduated from North Carolina State University and has worked in the Albemarle area for over 25 years.  His extensive knowledge of the area, gives him insight to the real estate world.  He is involved with the community through service on various boards and organizations in both Camden & Elizabeth City.  

Listing Agent of the Month for May 2019 is Rhonda B. Twiddy: 
Rhonda Twiddy's commitment to excellent service guides her clients to successful real estate decisions. She is a lifelong resident of Elizabeth City and has 40 years of experience in sales, business development and organizational management. Rhonda also has extensive community knowledge to assist her clients. She currently Chairs the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Tourism Development Authority, serves on the board of the Committee of 100, serves as Secretary of the First Flight Society and is a Rotarian. She was a Multi-Million Dollar Producer in 2015 and 2016, and a Mega-Million Dollar Producer in 2017 and 2018. 
NC Works

OrangeCrate Food Delivery

Make sure to use code NEW5EC for $5 of your order 
with no minimum! 

RCE Theaters

Rusty Dusty Market and Consignment 

Scrunchy Mama Wellness

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center adds two new primary care providers
Krystal Needham, NP-C and Anitra Hughes, NP-C have joined Sentara Family Medicine Physicians at our Elizabeth City and Edenton locations. Both Krystal and Anitra specialize in caring for patients with acute illness or pain as well as helping patients manage chronic disease. They believe in partnering with their patients to develop health and lifestyle goals and are dedicated to helping their patients achieve those goals over their lifetime.
Congratulations to Krystal and Anitra, both long time members of the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center family, who recently transitioned into their new healthcare provider roles upon graduation from their Nurse Practitioner programs!
To schedule an appointment with Krystal or Anitra, call 252-384-2600

Servpro of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks Encourages Coastal Carolina Residents to be Storm Ready
A Few Steps to Prepare and Protect Your Family
As we are at the beginning of hurricane season on the Atlantic coast, SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks encourages everyone to remember the importance of disaster preparedness. The key to disaster preparedness is having an emergency plan in place before the disaster hits. Acting with a few simple steps can make the difference in protecting and keeping your family safe and protecting your property from weather related damage.
Build a basic emergency supply kit stocked with enough water and food for a minimum of three days for you and for each of your family members, pets included. Be mindful to include any necessary medications. Recommended emergency supply kit items include:
  • Water (one gallon/per person/per day)
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery or solar powered radio, preferably a NOAA weather radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Local map
  • Important documents, such as insurance policies, bank account information, passwords, and identifications
  • Matches (in a waterproof container) and/or lighter
Make a Family Emergency Plan.
A Disaster may not strike when you and your family are together at home. Plan now for a meeting place and how you will contact each other. Visit ready.gov to access a Family Emergency Plan template to help with your planning.
Stay Informed.
Know your flood zone for your property and your neighborhood and know the evacuation route should evacuation become necessary. Listen to your local news and authorities for direction.
Prepare your property.
You may need to prepare your home for the impact of a storm or hurricane. Covering all your windows in your home will help to protect it. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows; however, the second-best option is to board up the windows with plywood. Tape will not prevent your windows from breaking. Trim your trees and bushes that are around your home and clear any debris from rain spouts and gutters. Secure outdoor furniture, trash receptacles, decorations and anything else not secured that could become projectile.
Establish a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for Your Business. SERVPRO® developed the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for their facility, at no charge. The business owner works with SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks
to gather and document information that will become critical if a disaster strike. Once the ERP is created, business owners have access to their own information 24/7 online and by using SERVPRO's free smartphone app. Contact us at 252-331-7889 to get set up.

Sonic of Elizabeth City

This May, SONIC® Drive-In recognized incredible teachers and the contributions they make to education as a part of its Limeades for Learning initiative in partnership with nonprofit partner, DonorChoose.org. With the goal of helping teachers obtain much-needed classroom supplies and learning resources, SONIC launched a donation match in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month and gave four teachers in Elizabeth City, North Carolina $325.

In total, SONIC donated $1.2 million matching donations made to SONIC Teacher projects in May. As a result, SONIC rewarded four entrepreneurial teacher lead projects at two schools in the Elizabeth City community, including:
SONIC provides essential funds needed for learning materials and innovative techniques for teachers to inspire creativity and learning through Limeades for Learning, the brand's national award-winning cause marketing campaign. Since 2009, SONIC has donated $13.1 million, supported 33,177 classrooms, and provided necessary learning materials and teaching resources requested by teachers to impact 995,310 students in partnership with DonorChoose.org.

While Teacher Appreciation Month is celebrated in May, SONIC supports teachers year-round. Visit LimeadesforLearning.com for updates on contributions, future donation matches, how to get involve and explore public school teacher projects in the Elizabeth Cty community in need of support. Teachers can become SONIC Teachers and submit projects through nonprofit partner DonorsChoose.org for a chance to receive funding.

State Farm - Dawn Cooper Covington

Taylor Mueller Realty

Tina's Nail Salon

At Tina's Nail Salon, we take things seriously. We value our customers' feelings. We are keeping our place of business clean by sanitizing and using the latest state of the art building code ventilation system  for fumes. Most of all, we treat our customers with great respect! 

Tina's Nail Salon
1008 Halstead Blvd. Unit F
Elizabeth City NC 27909
TowneBank Mortgage
Want to purchase a fixer-upper? Consider an FHA 203(k) loan.
A 203(k) allows you to get the money you need to buy the home and make any renovations, all in one loan.
At TowneBank Mortgage,
  • You can choose your own contractor-so you find the one that best suits your needs.
  • You'll have guidance throughout the entire process-with personal attention from your loan officer as well as a renovation specialist. 
  • We'll make sure your work is completed on time-We're here to help hold your contractor accountable, and make sure that all renovations are completed in a timely manner.
  Cheryl Bright
  TowneBank Mortgage  
  Your Hometown Mortgage Lender.
  Mortgage Loan Officer
  200 N. Water Street Suite 1B
  Elizabeth City, NC 27909
  Phone 252-337-6210
  Mobile 252-339-9671
                                                            [email protected]
VectorCSP is a federal contracting small business based out of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. We help our nation's military and government leaders realize the Cost, Schedule, and Performance goals of their organizations through our expert integrated logistics, engineering, training, and strategic program management support.
VectorCSP is always seeking highly qualified candidates possessing strong backgrounds in Acquisitions, Engineering Management, Integrated Logistics, Project Management, Military Aviation and Naval Engineering.

To apply, please go to https://vectorcsp.applicantpro. com/ . For assistance, please contact our Human Resources Department by telephone at (252)-338-4255 or by email, [email protected] .

Visit Elizabeth City

I'm excited to share the news that the Southeast Tourism Society has named the Elizabeth City Historic Ghost Walk one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for October 2019. 
The Southeast Tourism Society chooses the Top 20 events in the Southeast for each month of the year. Events compete within the 12 STS Member States of AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV. This award is fabulous news and recognition of both the event and our community. Please help us spread the word, and be sure to enjoy this year's Ghost Walk.
This year's ghostly theme is Project Zebra: Elizabeth City's top-secret role in WWII. From 1943-1945, Russian pilots were sent to Elizabeth City to be trained to fly amphibious seaplanes. The project remained classified until 2013.

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Wild Little Earthlings

Has the idea of encapsulating your placenta crossed your mind? Have you heard about it before and wondered if it was for you? Are you curious about what that involves? 
In addition to being an experienced birth and postpartum doula, I am also a certified placenta encapsulator. Placenta encapsulating is thought to increase your milk production, boost your iron levels after giving birth, and may potentially help with postpartum depression.

Contact me today or visit my website for more information. 

Affordable Engineering Services, Inc. 
Maitry Desai
1455 Frazee Road Suite 860
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 522-9800

First Command Financial Services
Rachel Clapp

Jones Family Chiropractic
Maddie Jacobson
706 W Ehringhaus St
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 335-2225