Elizabeth City Area Chamber E-News
Vol. 37, No. 5                                               May 1, 2019

Dear Chamber Members,
We have a full slate of events coming up in the next month! We hope that you will join us for one or more of the following events:

Teacher of the Year Celebration - On May 1 we will honor the exceptional teachers from Albemarle School, Camden County Schools, College of The Albemarle, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, Elizabeth City State University, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, New Life Academy, and Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies. Don't miss this great event celebrating the finest educators in our area. The event will take place at the Albert Blanton III Campus Life Center on the campus of Mid-Atlantic Christian University from 5:00-6:00 pm.

Business After Hours at The 51 House - Please join us on May 10 from 5-7 pm at The 51 House for an evening of food, drinks, and fun on their second floor event space. DJ Mixin' Mike will be there with great music. Come out and meet Chef Vic! Each guest will receive a special thank you gift and a raffle will be held for a Private Dinner for Two at The 51 House prepared by Chef Vic.

Military Awards and Honors Recognition Luncheon - On May 15, the Military Affairs Committee will hold its 3 rd Annual Military Awards and Honors Recognition Luncheon. Honorees include the top enlisted Coast Guard personnel, as well as a business organization and a nonprofit organization that support our military community. The luncheon will be held at the Chief Petty Officers Association on Cardwell St. from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Tickets are $20, and there are a limited number available, so reserve your ticket today!

Paired: A Wine and Beer Pairing Event - Tickets are on sale now for our newest event! On June 1, at Museum of the Albemarle, we will hold our inaugural Wine and Beer Pairing event. This event, presented by Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, will feature wine and beer from Coastal Beverage, great food from Cypress Creek Grill, Hoppin' Johnz, Montero's, Paradiso, Soho Organic Market, The 51 House, The Flour Girls, and The Mills Downtown Bistro. Entertainment will be provided by Go Figure. You will not want to miss this unique experience! Tickets are only $25. Click here to get yours now!

Don't Miss the Deadline for Nominating an Exceptional Woman
Nominations are now open for our 9th Annual Women of Excellence Awards! Please consider nominating a deserving woman who exemplifies excellence in our community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm. For more information on nominating an outstanding woman, please contact the Chamber at 252-335-4365 or click here.

Serving you, 
Holly Staples
Chamber Events this Month
Teacher of the Year Recognition
Mid-Atlantic Christian University
715 N Poindexter St. 
May 1st |   5:00 -  6:00 PM
Join us as we celebrate the Teacher of the Year from each of our member jurisdictions as well as private schools selections of their Teacher of the Year!

Coffee with The Chamber
Hampton Inn Elizabeth City
1208 North Road Street
May 10th  8:00 - 9 AM
Have a cup of coffee and network with other professionals. Coffee and breakfast items will be provided. 

The 51 House 
Business After Hours
108 Wharf Landing Dr
Edenton NC 27932
May 10th  5 - 7 PM
Join us at The 51 House for an evening of food, drinks, and fun on the second floor event space. Each guest will receive a special thank you gift and a raffle will be held for a Dinner for Two at The 51 House prepared by Chef Vic. 
Military Awards and Honors Luncheon
Chief Petty Officers Association
514 Cardwell Street
May 15th  11 AM - 1 PM
Join us as we honor military, civilian and community partners for their outstanding service to their country, their commands, and our community.
Lunch Bunch
Uncle Chuck's Soul Food Cafe
407 S Griffin St. 
May 22nd  12:00 - 1:00 PM
Join us for our monthly lunch bunch and don't forget your business cards for this networking event

Upcoming Events 

Join a Chamber Committee

The Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for dynamic members to join the committees for our upcoming  Tailgate Challenge Expo on September 19th  and our  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

Elizabeth City State University Research Week Business After Hours

College of The Albemarle 
Charles H Ward  Library and Knowledge Commons  Ribbon Cutting

Coffee with The Chamber at Flour Girls

Lunch Bunch at Firehouse Subs

Nonprofit Round Table

Coastie Corner
The Coastie Corner
Spring has Sprung

I hope everyone got an opportunity to take a breather this month and enjoy some type of a Spring Break, even if it was only for a weekend. We have certainly had enough exciting weather to keep us on our toes. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our community partners who helped the Spouse's Club throw a fabulous Spring Fling event for our members and their children. On that same day, the Coast Guard Coalition (Chief Petty Officer's Association, Chief Warrant Officer's Assoc., Coast Guard Enlisted Association, Military Officer's Assoc and the E-City Spouse's Club) held a "Give Back To The Community Pig Picking" event where they cooked 20 hogs and served over 2200 members of our community in an effort to give back to the community for all of the support that was provided during the lapse in government funding. They also hand delivered meals to folks who couldn't get away from their workplace including healthcare professionals at Sentara. The next month will be filled with several great opportunities to get out and join friends and family throughout the community for some great reputable events. United Way will have their second annual Bocce, Beer and Bites event at Waterfront Park on April 27 th . It was a really fun event last year and I encourage you all to attend. The Military Affairs Committee will host their annual Military Appreciation Luncheon on May 15 at the CPOA facility. I hope to see you all there. Tickets are available at the Chamber. In addition, CDR Judge (BASE Executive Officer) is winding down to the end of his tour at the Base. Please reach out for an opportunity to say Thanks for all of the great things he has done during his three years here. Thanks to everyone for your partnership with the Coast Guard and we look forward to next big community event - Potato Festival!

CDR Randy Meador 
Ambassador of the Month
Congratulations to Linda Cox, Office Manager at eyecarecenter Elizabeth City, our Ambassador of the Month.

We are almost to summer. Have you been thinking about a pair of sunglasses to complete your vacation plans? Now is the time. Through mid June all prescription glasses are 50% off! Some exclusions apply. 
Sponsor Spotlight 
Perry Auto Group
News from our Members
The 51 House

The 51 House serves as a prime location for any number of events including Weddings, Corporate Parties, Family Reunions, and more.

We offer specialized party menus for your events that include exclusive meal options like our Roasted Buttermilk Chicken, Meatballs with Marinara and Fresh Basil, Bacon wrapped Scallops, and Asian Beef Skewers and more. We can create a custom event focused on your individual style.

If you are looking for a unique, gorgeous waterfront setting, exceptional food and hospitality for your special event contact us for additional information: 252-482-2500

Albemarle Hopeline

Hopeline would like to thank all the 2019 "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" sponsors. Although we had to cancel the event due to rain, participants did an outstanding job of participating virtually via social media. Thank you for your support of survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Platinum: Hudson & Sons Garage. Silver: Elizabeth City Junior Woman's Club, First Citizens Bank, S.W. Hibbard CPA, Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, Vector CSP. Bronze: Camden Woman's Club, Carolina Foot & Ankle, Dawn Cooper-Covington State Farm Insurance, Hiner Law, Moyock Woman's Club, Party & Equipment Rentals, TowneBank. Teal: Edenton Baptist Church, It's Not Your Fault 91, Law Office of G. Elvin Small, Mary Ann Mason, Mixxed Fit, Track I of Camden, Vidant Chowan Hospital, and Patricia Youngblood.

Bankers Insurance

'Hometown friendly and multi-state strong' best describes our goal of maintaining the long-standing, local relationships we have with our clients and our communities.
We focus on you, the client, endeavoring to be your trusted insurance adviser and to find the right coverage to answer your insurance needs. Whether it is a personal insurance plan, protection for your company, or benefits for your employees, we are committed to 
"No Excuse Client Service."

Chief Petty Officers Association
The Escape Hatch

Concordia Care Transitional and Rehabilitation 

Telephone: (252) 338-0137
Fax: (252) 338-3459

Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. 

Save the Dates for the 2019 NC Potato Festival - May 17-19

Can you believe 2019 North Carolina Potato Festival is just a few weeks away?! The festival will be held May 17, 18, and 19 in downtown Elizabeth City. This year's theme is "Eat, Shop, and Play Downtown," in recognition and celebration of all our downtown businesses and to celebrate the amazing growth and progress happening in downtown. Plan for the annual National Potato Peeling Contest, the Little Miss Tater Tot Contest, midway rides and games, the blocks-long Auto and Bike Show, free French fries (while they last), Cornhole Tournament, the CGEA 5K Run, lots of vendors, interesting as well as traditional festival foods, and an amazing lineup of local and nationally-known musicians throughout the three-day event. And so much more!

There are still volunteer opportunities available, Potato Peeling slots, Cornhole Tournament team slots, and, of course, sponsorship opportunities.
Please visit www.ncpotatofestival.com for details on specific events. For more information contact the ECDI office at 252-338-4104 or [email protected] . We'll keep you posted on updates!
Register your team for the National Potato Peeling Contest (sponsored by Sentara Albemarle and Southern Bank) as part of the 2019 NC Potato Festival. The team peeling contest is always a big part of the annual festival. You can be a CHAMPION for your favorite non-profit! This year, the North Carolina Potato Festival will make a donation in the amount of $500 on behalf of the winning team to a designated non-profit of your choice. This is a team event, but individual awards will still be presented, as well. Trophies are important, but nothing matches the sheer fun of getting your group together and sharing the spotlight when the 2019 NATIONAL POTATO PEELING CHAMP AND TEAM are crowned. And the added benefit of winning $500 for your favorite non-profit. Click HERE for the Peeling Contest registration form and to sign up your team. Do it soon! There is a limit number of team slots. 252-338-4104; [email protected]

Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity

Perhaps the most widely known aspect of Habitat for Humanity is the work done by the construction committee.  Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity is in the process of choosing a partner family for a new house to be constructed this year on 5 th Street and we need lots of help to make this happen.
We need a construction supervisor or two (to share the duties). This person is responsible for making sure all materials are ordered and on site when needed, tracks expenses of the build, follows Habitat safety procedures and assigns tasks to volunteers working on the build site.
But the construction supervisor can't do anything without a dedicated group of volunteers. Volunteers don't have to be experienced. We work with volunteers to explain the tasks that need to be completed. Families selected for houses are required to complete sweat equity hours on the job site as well. Times required to volunteer vary but we generally plan on 3-5 hours each workdays and Saturdays.
Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity utilizes volunteers to help with the foundation, setting walls in place, installing windows and doors, installing siding, installing trim work, and painting. We work with contractors to install plumbing, HVAC, drywall, roofing and flooring. We also work with the City of Elizabeth City to install insulation and weatherproofing.
If you are interested in working on the Construction Committee, contact Jane Elfring, [email protected], 252-384-0115, for further information.

Elizabeth City - Pasquotank County 
Economic  Development Commission

The Elizabeth City-Pasaquotank County Economic Development Commission is launching a survey to capture public input for our strategic planning effort. Please take the short survey and let us know what you think. 
Click here to take the survey:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H8WBG9Q

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

Home Builders Association of Northeastern NC

IBX Insurance Agency

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
Kids First Inc.

Artist Amy Gardner Dean will be on site at Small Town Trendz in the downtown Arcade during First Friday Art Walk. Walls of paintings are available for $20 each. The "Wall of Fame" paintings, donated by regional and statewide professional artists, valued at $200 to $1,000 are available with the purchase of a Balloon Game ticket. Balloon popping starts at 6:30 sharp, so get your tickets early on-site or at www.kidsfirstinc.org.  Each balloon has a number in it, revealing your place in the painting picking order. 
All proceeds will benefit Kids First, Inc.

Kinderdance by Zaribel

Kinderdance by Zaribel is Education through dance, motor development, acrobatics , yoga and fitness programs, all academically blended, for boys and girls ages 2-12! Boys and girls learn shapes , colors , songs , numbers , problem solving , group work and more! All programs develop social skills , self regulation , self confidence and self esteem. Kinderdance by Zaribel has classes 6 days a week in 6 different locations throughout Elizabeth City. First class is always FREE! 

For more information call or text at 252-621-3321 
 Facebook - kinderdance by Zaribel or IG- kdbyzaribel

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc
Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon are pleased to announce the Sales Agent and the Listing Agent for March 2019.
Sales Agent of the Month for March 2019 is Debbie Morrisette:  Debbie is a native of the Albemarle Area, and her knowledge of the area has proven to be beneficial to her clients.  She began her real estate  career in 2004 and has received many awards for her real estate achievements.  She has earned the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation, GREEN designation, SRF, ResMil and the GRI designations.  Debbie has earned Top Producer for Long & Foster Elizabeth City office for the past 8 years. Debbie's most honored award is the reward of a satisfied client!

Listing Agent of the Month for March 2019 is Jimmy Anderson:  Jimmy is an Elizabeth City native and resident of the Outer Banks. He has been a broker with Long and Foster Real Estate for 15 years and is currently Broker-In-Charge of the Outer Banks office. Jimmy taught for 34 years in local schools, at the College of the Albemarle and the Albemarle Area School of Real Estate.   He served on many committees and on the  Board of Directors for the Albemarle Area Association of Realtors and the Outer Banks Association of Realtors where he received the Above & Beyond Award. 
Midway Auto Group

Midway Auto Group the home of the $24.95 Oil Change!
(up to 6 quarts of oil, synthetic & diesel extra)
We do state inspections, brakes, tune ups, we take 
care of most of your vehicles needs.
Most places require an appointment, WE DON'T!!
We are here Monday- Friday,  8 AM-5 PM, 
we do close for lunch from 12 PM-1 PM. We also
do pick up and deliver back to you even if you
did not buy your vehicle here.
Call us, give us a try! No appointments necessary,
and some of the best prices in town.
Call us (252)335-9800

NC Works

Scrunchy Mama Wellness

Servpro of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

Does Your Business Have a Contingency Plan?
Planning is important for every aspect of life. Contingency plans are backup plans that businesses activate only when a disaster or unforeseen situation disrupts the operations of the company or puts employees at risk.
Hurricane season officially begins June 1. Be Emergency Ready Elizabeth City and the Outer Banks.  Our mobile app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency.   Download the Free App
The SERVPRO┬« Emergency Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. This ERP will enhance your current contingency plan or help to establish one.
It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.
Get more information with your Complimentary Business Assessment? Call Us Today (252) 331-7889

Small Paws Veterinary Clinic

May is National Chip Your Pet Month!  Did you know 1 in 3 pets go missing during it's lifetime and without proper ID, 90% never return home?  A microchip for dogs & cats gives the best protection with permanent ID that can never be removed or become impossible to read.  Put your pet's safety first. A tiny microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, helps keep you connected to the pet you love, forever.  
Stop in or give us a call at: 
1505 North Road Street or call us at 252-384-0109
Small Paws Veterinary Clinic

Swimme & Son Building Contractors, Inc. 

Swimme & Son Building Contractors will once again be a major sponsor of Albemarle Plantation's Biggs Classic Golf Tournament.  Every year this tournament brings professional golfers in the GPro Tour to the Albemarle area for a chance to win the tournament purse and advance one step closer to the PGA.  As a major sponsor, Swimme & Son has several teams in the Pro-Am tournament, which happens the week before the big event.  

If you are interested in playing golf with one of the rising stars from the GPro tour on May 20 th  or May 21st  please contact Swimme & Son today at [email protected] .  There are a few spots available on the Swimme & Son teams on a first-come-first-serve basis

Taylor Mueller Realty

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]
VFW Post 6060
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
Visit Elizabeth City invites you to our Travel Rally as part of National Travel & Tourism Week
Tuesday, May 7
From 8:30 to 9:00am
Join us on the portico of the Museum of the Albemarle for muffins and mimosas as we celebrate the local, state and national economic impact of tourism.
Mark your calendars to join us!

Waterbrooke Assisted Living
We offer assisted living, a special care unit, as well as supervised care. Come see what makes Waterbrooke different and join us for an activity or lunch. We are currently accepting new residents. If you would like to schedule a tour or have any questions please do not hesitate to call Audrey Clark, Admissions/Marketing Director today! 
We also have a great volunteer opportunity to give back to the seniors in our community. If interested in volunteering please contact Jennifer White at 252-331-2149. 

Waterbrooke of Elizabeth City
143 Rosedale Drive
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Wild Little Earthlings

Expecting? Wondering if a labor or postpartum doula is right for you?
Anyone can benefit from having a doula by their side. A doula can give mom and her new family much needed rest, support, and peace of mind as they embark on this new journey in life. During labor, a doula provides physical, emotional, and informational support for you and your partner.

Contact me today or visit my website for more information. 

1700 Bell Lane, LLC
Mindy Lorber
510 A Roundtree Dr
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 340-5379

Chick-Fil-A Elizabeth City
Juan Ortiz
1706 W Whringhaus St
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 331-1907

Chief Petty Officers Association
Danielle Beaty
514 Cardwell St
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 335-5594

Clown 'N' Around
Nancy Harris
209 Charles St
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 33-2250

Orange Crate of Elizabeth City
Arthur Owen
652 Old Hertford Hwy
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 267-2982

Tyson Local Grain Services
Tim Boyle
1000 Tater Ln
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 335-0137

Vivid Social Media
Catherine Cuningham
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 562-0741