Elizabeth City Area Chamber E-News
What a fast and furious February we had! We had a great time networking at events hosted by Easter Seals UCP, Chesapeake Regional Primary Care, Sentara Therapy Center, and Chick-Fil-A. March promises to be just as busy. You won’t want to miss any of these great events:

  • We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Atlantic Union Bank to bring you the Albemarle Area Economic Forecast Breakfast on March 4. Dr. James Kleckley of East Carolina University will present his findings on our regional economic forecast. Tickets are selling fast, so contact us today to reserve yours!
  • On Friday, March 6, we will host dual downtown Ribbon Cuttings to kickoff First Friday! At 4pm, we will cut the ribbon at the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Senior Center, and then at 5pm, we will be at the Whitney Young Law Firm Grand Opening and Block Party. It’s sure to be a memorable evening.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Bowling returns on March 11 at Albemarle Lanes! Limited teams are available! Participants are encouraged to dress festively for the occasion, and spectators are welcomed to cheer on their favorite teams in what is sure to be a lively evening of friendly competition.
  • Come celebrate with RCE Theaters on Thursday, March 19 at a Ribbon Cutting and Open House. They are excited to show off their four remodeled auditoriums, featuring new screens, updated seating, and more. Giveaways will include free movie tickets, t-shirts, refillable movie buckets, and more! Refreshments will be served. RCE Theaters will also be giving away $2 movie vouchers for the day of the event!

In a continuous expansion of our marketing efforts, the Chamber works with Livability Media to promote the Elizabeth City area online, in print, and via social media. This effort includes the print and digital versions of Livability Elizabeth City, North Carolina magazine. A Livability Media representative will contact you soon to discuss how your business can participate in this program and gain year-round exposure to a vital target audience.
The Chamber’s Education Committee will host our annual Job Shadow Day Event for local 8 th graders on March 25. If your business is interested in hosting a tour for this event, please contact us. Education Sponsors Sylvan Learning Center and Elizabeth City State University, and Event Sponsors McDonald’s and Pepsi Bottling Ventures, LLC, make this event possible.

The Chamber’s Legislative Committee is seeking new members for 2020. If you are interested in joining this committee, which will host a Candidate Forum later this year, please contact me for details!

Serving you,
Holly Staples
Chamber Events this Month
Albemarle Area Economic 
Forecast Breakfast 
1525 N Road Street
March 4th | 8:00 - 9:30 AM
We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Atlantic Union Bank to bring you the Albemarle Area Economic Forecast Breakfast. Dr. James Kleckley of East Carolina University will present his findings on our regional economic forecast .
EC PC Senior Center Ribbon Cutting 
215 S Water Street
March 6th | 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Senior Center. 
Whitney Young Law Firm Ribbon Cutting
104 S McMorrine Street
March 6th | 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting and Block Party for Whitney Young Law Firm! 
St. Patrick's Day Bowling Tournament
603 S Hughes Street
March 11th | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Come and watch your fellow Chamber winners compete to win the Leprechaun Cup! 
Coffee with The Chamber 
502 E Ehringhaus Street
March 13 | 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Come and have a cup of coffee while networking with other members. Coffee and doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts will be provided. 
Lunch Bunch at Van's Pizza
800 N Hughes Blvd.
March 18th | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Enjoy lunch while networking with your fellow Chamber members. Don't forget your business cards!
RCE Theaters
Ribbon Cutting 
104 S McMorrine Street
March 19th | 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting and Open House at RCE Theaters as they unveil their new screens!
Recent Chamber Events
Easter Seals UCP
Ribbon Cutting
Chesapeake Regional Primary Care Ribbon Cutting
Coffee with The Chamber
at Chick-fil-A
Lunch Bunch at
Sentara Therapy
Ribbon Cutting
Ambassador of the Month
Congratulations to Melanie Metzler, Service/Marketing Director at B&M Contractors, our Ambassador of the Month!
Congratulations to Melanie Metzler for being named Ambassador of the Month! We truly appreciate her continued efforts! In speaking with her, she gives credit to the entire Chamber Ambassador Team and the Chamber Sector Members. That is what drives her towards the continued ambition of networking and strengthening the community relationships.  
Coastie Corner
February is already a short month but leap year provided us with an additional day to enjoy it. For the second year in a row it was monsoon season here in the Harbor of Hospitality. Oh, and Winter finally showed her fury with the forecasted snowmaggedon at the end of the month. Weather aside, I do consider us blessed that we are not once again dealing with another government lapse in appropriation. All seven local commands joined together this year for a watch party to view the Commandant’s State of the Coast Guard Address. Well over 600 Coast Guards members, civilians, dependents, retirees and several members of the Elizabeth City community attended the event on February 20th at ECSU’s K.E. White center. VADM Michael McAllister, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support along with RADM Keith Smith, Commander Fifth District hosted the event and participated in an extensive Q&A following the Commandant’s speech. In celebration of Black History Month, BASE Elizabeth City’s Special Emphasis Program hosted a highly successful event with Master Chief (ret) Tyrone Anderson Jr, Master Chief (ret) Lisa Spotwood, BM1 (ret) Clarence Neely and SK2/GS14 (ret) James Wimbish as guest speakers. Master Chief (ret) Spotwood became the first African-American female Master Chief Food Service Specialist when she was advanced to E-9 in August of 2004. As we head into March, we will all hope to see some better (warmer) weather as we prepare for another big transfer season. 

CAPT Randy Meador
News from our Members
Albemarle Area United Way
Albemarle Hopeline
Hopeline's Clothesline Thrift Store is moving! By March 1st, you can find us at 1755 Weeksville Rd. (formerly the Family Dollar across from ECSU next to Kathy's Kreations). To prepare for the transition, we can no longer accept donations at our "old" location, but we are calling on the community to help us to "Stock the Store" at our new location beginning February 15th. Volunteers are also needed to help with the move and to set up in our new location. Please call Clothesline at 338-3107 for more information. All proceeds from Hopeline's Clothesline Thrift Store support services for victims of domestic and sexual violence at Albemarle Hopeline, Inc.
Albemarle Plantation
American Legion
This year will be especially significant when it comes to honoring and remembering our comrades. Countless commemorations will document the end of World War II, which of course occurred 75 years ago this year.
While many of the heroes of that war have passed on, there are still some who walk with us, from those who endured the attack on Pearl Harbor to those who braved the cold at the Battle of the Bulge to those who exacted revenge on Japan, we will pay tribute to their sacrifice and others who secured victory for America and its allies.

Call Me, I have a Post for you
Skip Rapp
District 1 Commander
The American Legion Department of NC
252 562 5196
Camp Cale
The Carolina Club & The Pointe Golf Club
Christ Episcopal Church
Historic church for rent off of McMorrine Street in Elizabeth City.
Meeting space with bathroom and full kitchen also available.
Rent by the hour or day.
For more information contact Christ Church at 252.338.1686.
Chuck's Fences and Decks 
Carpentry work, custom fences decks, remodeling,
and 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/
Coastal Pediatrics 
COA Small Business Center
Education Foundation 
Elizabeth City - Pasquotank Public Schools 

Save the Date

 Annual Golf Tournament 
April 24th, 2020
YMCA at The Pines 

For more information contact 
Judy Stallings,  
Education Foundation Community Liaison  
 (252) 404-2334
Elizabeth City State University 
Expert PC
For all of your Industrial & Construction needs, stop by Fastenal in Elizabeth City, NC located in the Kennix Shopping Plaza.

 We are located next to Earthstone at 1245A US HWY 17 South and can provide many of needs same day or next day.
Food Bank of the Albemarle
April 5, 2020
The “Sort-A-Rama” food packaging is a half-day volunteer service event jam-packed with energy, networking and team-building!
Sort-A-Rama offers congregations, businesses, civic organizations and students a fun, meaningful opportunity to combine volunteerism and team building to strengthening community relationships by bagging food for distribution to hungry families living in northeastern North Carolina.
Location: ECSU Vaughan Center
Sunday, April 5th, 2 PM - 6 PM
To volunteer contact Brian Gray at  [email protected]  or call 252-335-4035, ext. 113

May 12th & 13th 2020
Empty Bowls combines hunger-relief efforts with the amazing pottery of local artisans and arts education programs. Guests take home a one-of-kind piece of pottery and enjoy a delicious soup lunch.
Location: Museum of the Albemarle
May 12th & 13th
contact Brian Gray at   [email protected]   or call 252-335-4035, ext. 113

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.
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.
Legal Shield - Barbara Hendrickson
  LegalShield is a pioneer in providing legal plans for over 45 years. Our mission for over 45 years has been a straightforward, practical approach. In a perfect world, you'd never need a lawyer, but in an unpredictable world it helps to have a team of lawyers on your side. LegalShield has made smart legal coverage simple - in the form of accessible, affordable, full-service coverage.
Because the law can be complicated and life can be unpredictable, with LegalShield you are covered 24/7/365 at the touch of a button with our amazing app that you can download right to your phone. Once you sign up, you can sit back, relax and know you are covered by an entire firm.
Top Reasons to Use LegalShield:
  1. You don't have an up-to-date Will.
  2. You don't understand the difference between a trust and a Will.
  3. You lose your personal identification
  4. You don't understand your health insurance plan or new legislation
  5. You are buying or selling a house

For more information contact Barbara Hendrickson at 703-901-9200.
Please visit my website at: barbarahendrickson.wearelegalshield.com

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc
Sales Agent of the Month is Janet Lane: Janet is a native of Elizabeth City and has been in real estate for over 13 years. She is familiar with all the neighborhoods and has the ability to assist you in selecting the best home for your family's needs. Janet uses the newest internet marketing tools to depict your property to the broadest possible range of qualified buyers. Janet genuinely listens to her clients needs and wants and works tirelessly on their behalf.
Listing Agent of the Month is  Gardner-Wilson Team - Diana Gardner and Terry Wilson: Diana holds several real estate designations and certifications and has spent over a decade working to secure the right property for buyers or secure an offer quickly for sellers. Originally from NJ, Diana is a graduate of Rutgers University. Diana devotes time to community groups and has held numerous positions on local non-profit boards.Terry is a lifelong resident of Elizabeth City and served 4 years active duty in the US Coast Guard.  Terry will guide you through a move that is a smooth and memorable experience! She is completely dedicated to being there every step of the way for you with customized, personal, efficient and friendly service. Diana and Terry will assist you in locating your next home and providing answers to your questions about life in Northeastern NC!   
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc - Diana Gardner
The Albemarle Area Association of REALTORS installed the following officers for the 2020 Board of Directors: Diana Gardner, President, Terry Wilson, Vice President, Rita Devereaux, Secretary/ Treasurer, Ron Rose, and Judith Monks, Directors. At the installation meeting, AAAR hosted an auction to benefit Kids First which raised over $4,000 for the non-profit.

Photo: From left to right: Josh Tunnell, a past president, Diana Gardner President, Terry Wilson, President Elect, Rita Devereaux, Secretary/Treasurer and Ron Rose, Director
Petals and Planning
Rusty Dusty
Scrunchy Mama Wellness
Small Paws Veterinary Clinic
During March, pet parents across the country are observing Poison Prevention Awareness Month. While this four-week-long event strives to raise awareness of the risk of poisoning that occur at any time, activities during this period are designed to increase the knowledge that pet parents have of certain everyday objects that may, in fact, be hazardous to the health of pets. Please visit  https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control for more information.

1505 North Road Street or call us at 252-384-0109
Small Paws Veterinary Clinic

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
Undercutter Tree Service
Vaughan's Jewelry & Fine Gifts
Vector CSP
     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]  
Like us on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/VectorCSP/
Waterbrooke of Elizabeth City
Woodforest National Bank
Welcome New Members
Colonial Cafe
Roberta Ange
418 E Colonial Ave.
Elizabeth City NC 27909

Mildred's Florist & Gifts
Jonathan Watts
710 W Ehringhuas St.
Elizabeth City NC 27909

Renewing Members



















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