Elizabeth City Area Chamber E-News

Dear Chamber Members,

It’s so hard to believe that half of 2020 is already gone! While this is certainly not the year any of us imagined, you have risen to the challenge. You have adapted and persevered through unexpected circumstances, adjusted your business models and formed new partnerships, and creatively and gracefully transitioned to a new and unforeseen reality. Through it all, we remain hopeful that the second half of the year will bring a rally and recovery.

Beginning in July, we will profile some of our members with our new “Member Moment” spotlight, featured on Facebook. These spotlights will showcase your business and give you an opportunity to share your story with the community. If you are interested in participating, please contact Events and Marketing Manager Darlene Tighe at [email protected].

You won’t want to miss our 12 th Annual Golf Classic on Friday, September 11 at YMCA at The Pines! Plans are underway to make this the best one yet. We hope you will plan to spend the day with us, golfing, networking, and having fun. Click here to reserve your team or secure a sponsorship.  We are also looking for committee members to help plan this event. If you’d like to serve on this dynamic committee, please let us know!

We miss you, we are thinking of you, and we can’t wait to safely gather with you again. Supporting and promoting you is our priority. Please reach out to us with your needs, and I promise we will work with you to find solutions.

Serving you,
Holly Staples

The Chamber will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day
Thank you to our Ambassador Team
The Chamber is lucky to have a special group of people who volunteer their time to further our mission and ensure our members are connected and supported by the Chamber and the business community. 

BB Barco - BB&T
Cheryl Bright - Townebank Mortgage
Kelly Campbell - Townebank of Currituck
Linda Cox - Visionary Eye Care
Rachelle Gunter - COA Small Business Center
Courtney Hobbs - Southern Bank and Trust Company
Jessica James - Taylor Mueller Realty
Travis James - Taylor Mueller Realty
Reanna Jimenez - Albemarle Family YMCA
Christina King - Comfort Inn
Melanie Metzler - B&M Contractors
Cortney Simpson - NCWorks
Steven Young - Prodigy Realty Group
Moving Forward Together
Upcoming Chamber Events
Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Driving Range Sponsor $500
Driving Range will be branded with your company logo on signage at Driving Range and featured in programs and on social media.
Putting Green Sponsor $500
Putting Green will be branded with your company logo on signage at Putting Green and featured in programs and on social media.
Beverage Cart Sponsor $500
Beverage Cart will be branded with your company logo on signage on Beverage Cart and featured in programs and on social media.
Food Sponsor $500
Food Tables will be branded with your company logo on signage. Your company will be featured in programs and on social media.
Ball Drop Sponsor $350
Ball Drop will be branded with your company logo on signage and will be featured in advertising, programs, and social media.
Trophy Sponsor $200
All trophies will feature your company name. Your company will be featured in programs and on social media.
Hole Sponsor $100
Hole will be branded with your company logo on signage on Hole and featured in programs and on social media.
Hat Sponsor
Golfers will be given your company hat to wear during tournament. Your company will be featured in programs and on social media.
Coastie Corner

The Coastie Corner
Light at the End of the Tunnel

Well, June has come and gone and we are still adjusting our lifestyles to the COVID environment!  At least we can now partake of dining out within a modified means. The first time that my wife and I got to eat out, it felt so great to do something normal again. As I stated last month, June was chocked full of changes within Coast Guard commands. 

Commanding Officers have been replaced at the National Strike Force Coordination Center, the Aviation Logistics Center, the Air Station and the C-27J Asset Project Office. The small boat station is next and then I will be relieved by CDR Brook Sherman on July 31 st .  For the most part, all of these events were extremely small and aired virtually for unit personnel, family and friends to still participate albeit virtually.

It is with great regret that we had to cancel our Coast Guard Day event this year due to COVID event restraints. We are going to try and hold some type of similar event in the Fall, if populous events are allowed at that point. Hopefully, I will see each and every one of you here in my last month at Elizabeth City. I hope you all stay well and we all meet in person again soon.

CAPT Randy Meador 
News from our Members
Albemarle Eye Center
Albemarle Alliance for Children & Families
Albemarle Home Care & Hospice
Albemarle Hopeline

The 2020 Challenge

Under normal circumstances, Albemarle Hopeline fundraises every single day at Hopeline’s Clothesline Thrift Store. Due to COVID-19, not only did the store close for several months, but all fundraisers including our signature “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event were cancelled. It is difficult to predict what the upcoming year might look like as we anticipate state and federal budget cuts that could critically impact our organization.

The 2020 Challenge is our single “ask” this year. Revenues from this campaign will fund:
  • Emergency shelter for victims who are not safe in their homes.
  • Supportive services to help victims become survivors including counseling, advocacy, court accompaniment, and the “Power to Improve” program which helps clients reach their financial, employment, and educational goals to sustain violence-free futures.
  • Critical PPE and cleaning supplies for our shelter, clients, and staff
  • Hopeline’s Annual Christmas Project and Back to School Campaigns*
  • Operating reserves to protect against future lost revenues due to COVID-19

* You may indicate on your contribution if you would like your gift to be restricted to one of these projects.

Your gift will go farther this year:
Our goal is to raise $25,000 in new* or increased* gifts between June 1 st and November 1 st , 2020. If we meet this goal, all $25,000 will be matched by the Anonymous Trust.
*New donations are from any donor that has not given to Hopeline in the past 18 months. Increased gifts include any amount over last year’s contribution.

Ways to give:
Mail a check to:
P.O. Box 2064
Elizabeth City, NC 27906

Donate online via credit card at www.albemarlehopeline.org.
Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. A gift of $5, $10, or $20 per month adds up over time!
Angel's Fire Protection, LLC

Fire safety should be a part of our everyday life. It's something that affects everyone.
If you haven't had your fire extinguisher checked in a while or don't have one, Angel's Fire Protection is here to help.

We are here to help you take care of your fire protection needs.

American Legion
The Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, along with the Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Ranking Member of SVAC, introduced the “Veterans Economic Recovery Act” (H.R.7111/ S.3899) that directs the Department of Veterans Affair (VA) to provide a retraining assistance program for unemployed veterans.

The centerpiece of this legislation would be the creation of a rapid retraining program to provide unemployed veterans and reservists with 12 months of educational benefits, to pursue training in high-demand occupations.

Skip Rapp
The American Legion
Department of NC.
Big Boss Burritos

Eat Fresh Everyday!

110 N Poindexter St
Elizabeth City, NC
(252) 202-7155

Call ahead or delivery available

Camp Cale
The Carolina Club
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
Coastal Pediatrics
College of The Albemarle
Did you know that COA has an alumni association?

By joining the alumni association, members receive
a decal, quarterly newsletter with updates from
the college, discounts on ticket purchases to
COA events, access to resources at all campus
locations and a discount card for use at
businesses in the seven-county service area.

Joining is easy with an annual membership
cost of only $15!

to get signed up today. 
College of The Albemarle Small Business Center
The Daily Advance
Debbie's Pet Parlor
Doctors Morris & Taylor, LTD
Education Foundation of Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools
Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc.
Pasquotank County Small Business Grant Program
is open for applications.

Deadline: Friday, July 10, 5:00 pm.
Pasquotank County officials announce the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program. The program provides $250,000 in grant funds for qualifying small businesses that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. Small businesses within the County can apply for grants of up to $2,500. The County has designated the Elizabeth City/Pasquotank County Economic Development Commission (EC/PCEDC) as the agency to administer the program, and is partnering with Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. (ECDI) as a communications facilitator.
Detailed program guidelines and grant applications are available at:

For more info: call the EC/PCEDC at 252-338-0169 or ECDI at 252-338-4104
Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity
Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity’s store re-opened and is doing a great business. In addition, we are preparing to start our new home construction. We appreciate all of our customers because profits from the store help us pay for new construction and rehabs of houses for qualified buyers in Pasquotank County. We changed our hours and procedures to adjust to Covid-19.

Our new hours are 10:30-6 on Tuesday and Thursday. We made these changes in response to customer requests for morning hours and later hours to accommodate work hours.

Other changes you will notice: all staff and customers are required to wear masks while in the store; a sanitizing station is located right inside and customers are asked to use this before shopping; only 20 customers are allowed in the store at a time; and cleaning of counters, door handles, carts and other surfaces is done regularly.

At the present time, we are not picking up donations or accepting upholstered items. When we resume pickups, they will be for items on porches or in garages only.

Final preparations are underway for construction of our new house at 913 5 th Street. When materials arrive, we will need many hands to offload. If you or your business can help, please contact Jane Elfring, 252-384-0115.

Covid-19 has severely impacted our finances, as it has for most businesses and nonprofits in the area. Our homeowners are struggling to make their mortgage payments, which help pay for construction and rehab projects. Loss of store revenues for two months has negatively impacted our bottom line as well. Habitat for Humanity has begun a national fundraising campaign, “Homes, Communities, Hope+You,” to help affilaites meet their urgent financial needs. To contribute, contact Norma James at Taylor Mueller Realty, 252-331-2233.

Jane Elfring
Jane Elfring
Vice-President, Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity

Elizabeth City State University
For sponsorship information for the 6 th Annual
NENC High School Football Media Day,
please contact Melba Smith at [email protected] .  
Food Bank of the Albemarle
Sunday, October 11, 2020
We invite you to participate in Food Bank of the Albemarle’s Walk for Hunger. Your team can start  fun draising today for the Food Bank, and  every $1 is equal to approximately 4 meals!  The more your team raises, the more meals we can provide to men, women, children, seniors, veterans, and active duty military that are in need of food
assistance. Don’t have a team? Come on out! You can still enjoy all the activities and a fun-filled day.  
  • FUNDRAISING: Every $1 you raise for the Food Bank is equal to about 4 meals! It’s really simple- the more money raised, the more meals we can provide to people in need in our communities.
  • WALK for HUNGER! Join us for a “pick your distance walk” (.15th of a mile to any distance you choose!) in the South Park Sports Complex and our 20,000 sq. ft. facility.

This will be an afternoon of  fun draising for the whole family!

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, October 11, 2020

Where: Food Bank of the Albemarle – 109 Tidewater Way, Elizabeth City
Register to begin fundraising:  https://afoodbank.org/events/walk/
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast
Global Recruiters Network of Elizabeth City
Global Recruiters Network of Elizabeth City is expanding!
Do you know someone that would make an awesome Executive Recruiter?
Send them our way!

We offer a competitive salary (plus commission), benefits, and PTO. Learn more about GRN and our 200+ offices at grnelizabethcity.com,
or call our office at (252) 331-2775. 

Learn more today by visiting  www.grnelizabethcity.com
or call our office at (252) 331-2775.

Harbor Counseling
Jones Family Chiropractic
Lazzy Frog
Little Caesars

Little Caesars is OPEN!

We're asking our patrons to limit the number of customers in our lobby
to 6.

If you go to our app, you can order for delivery or use the portal pickup for "no contact" options.

1505 W Ehringhaus St.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 338-2241
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc
Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon are pleased to announce
the Sales Agent and the Listing Agent for May 2020.
Sales Agent of the Month for May 2020 is The Gardner Team: Diana Gardner and Terry Wilson have both been in real estate for over 14 years. They have lived in the area for much of their adult life and their vast experience with listing and selling real estate in Northeastern North Carolina is a plus for their clients.. 
Listing Agent of the Month for May 2020 is Audrey Armstrong : Audrey understands the particular challenges of the military as she is a Navy Veteran, wife of a retired Navy Veteran and mother of two sons who previously served in the Marines.  Audrey offers years of experience, motivation, excellent negotiating skills and a strong ethical service and quality representation in buying and selling.

Nextcare Urgent Care
Northeast Academy for Aerospace & Advanced Technologies

In the midst of unprecedented times, two local businesses took the time out to show the staff and senior class at NEAAAT their appreciation.

Lastly, NEAAAT would like to thank Vector-CSP for their generous donation of eight Samsung Chromebooks. This donation will increase our resources to provide a technology-enriched education for our students. 
Thank you, Montero’s restaurant for showing love and support to educators during Teacher Appreciation Week! The event recognized educators from Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, the Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies, and area private schools such as Albemarle School and New Life Academy.

T hank you, Culpepper Inn for recognizing our senior class by purchasing and displaying signs at your business to honor our senior class on what would have been their 2020 graduation day. 
RCE Theaters
Shaklee Independent Distributor - Gwen Bell
Call me if I can help you with an order.

Contact Gwen Bell,
Independent Shaklee Distributor for details
Small Paws Veterinary Clinic
Suds in the Bucket
Residential Cleaning

Becky Peirson

Call or text For a free estimate today!

Swimme & Son Building Contractors, Inc
Looking to Downsize?

Small Office Space for Rent

400 square feet, with two office rooms (one is a reception office up front and there is a separate office in the back), it has a private ADA-compliant restroom, and includes all utilities for $500/month.  

For more information, please call
Taylor Mueller Realty
Tree of Life Martial Arts Training Center
True Images Salon
Vidant Chowan Hospital
Visit Elizabeth City
Kinderdance By Zaribel is getting ready for our Summer Fun Session!

Our Summer Fun Session is for ages 1-12! 

Stay tuned for dates! {End of July!} Make sure to follow our Facebook page for updates!

“Kinderdance By Zaribel”.

Our Venue Space is OPEN and ready to be booked for events! Call or message for info at 252-621-3393
or find us on Facebook at “Zaribel’s”. 

We can’t wait to see you!

Welcome New Members
Angel's Fire Protection
Angel Johnson 
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(571) 239-2555

Suds in the Bucket
Rebecca Peirson
(252) 619-9646


Farm House at Chicken Corner
Terry Wilkinson 
1937 N Road St.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(757) 352-8417

Party in a Box 4 Kids
Erin Gold 
201 N Water St  
Elizabeth City NC 27909

(252) 331-0306


 The Recycled Reader
Jane & Bud Wysor 
1725 City Center Blvd, Ste B
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 331-7771

Renewing Members

































Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors
502 E. Ehringhaus St., 
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 335 4365