Elizabeth City Area Chamber E-News
Vol. 37, No. 11                                   November 1, 2019

We had a blast at our 11 th Annual Golf Classic on October 25 th at YMCA at The Pines! Beginning with the day's perfect weather and ending with our exciting Golf Ball Drop Raffle and Awards Ceremony, the event was a huge success. Golfers enjoyed lunch provided by Pepsi Bottling Ventures and Firehouse Subs before heading out onto the course. While on the course, they enjoyed beer provided by City Beverage Company, and they took a shot at the Hole in One Challenge sponsored by Perry Auto Group.
Once all teams finished their round of golf, we headed over to the practice range to watch the inaugural Golf Ball Drop Raffle, sponsored by B&M Contractors and Mitsubishi Electric. Anna Biggs won the $500 prize, as her ball rolled closest to the hole. The awards ceremony, sponsored by Vidant Chowan Hospital, featured a beer tasting from Ghost Harbor Brewing Company. Congratulations to 1st Place Team - Albemarle Lanes, and 2nd Place Team - McDonald's!

Many thanks to our Golf Committee members, who gave their time and efforts to planning this event and thank you to the event volunteers who helped the day run so smoothly! Special thanks to our event sponsors, hole sponsors, and everyone who purchased raffle tickets - we appreciate your support!

We will kick off our 2 nd year of Al bemarle Leadership in February 2020. Albemarle Leadership is a six- month program designed to bring local leaders together to learn about the issues and resources unique to our area. Involvement in Albemarle Leadership opens the door to new possibilities, creating a stronger voice for Northeastern North Carolina. We are partnering with the Chambers of Commerce in Ahoskie, Currituck, Edenton-Chowan, Perquimans, and Windsor-Bertie to offer this informative and developmental program. For more information, please contact me at 252-335-4365. Applications will be accepted through early December.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to take time out to give thanks to our faithful members, generous sponsors, and selfless volunteers. I am extremely grateful for the support of these amazing partners who are essential to our success. Thank you very much for investing in and believing in us.

Serving you, 
Holly Staples
Chamber Events this Month

Coffee with The Chamber at Dunkin Donuts
1510 W Ehringhaus St. 
November 8th 8:00 - 9:00 AM
We invite our members to come and have a cup of coffee while networking with fellow members. Dunkin Donuts will give all attendees a medium coffee to enjoy during Coffee with The Chamber.

The 51 House Business After Hours
108 Wharf Landing
Edenton, NC 27932 
November 8th | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Join us for an evening of food, drinks, and fun on their second floor event space.Come out and meet Chef Vic! There will be a raffle for a Dinner for Two at The 51 House and for $75 off a Holiday Party at The 51 House.

Lunch Bunch at Van's Pizza
800 N Hughes Blvd. 
November 20th | 12:00 - 1:00 pM
Join us for our monthly lunch bunch and don't forget your business cards for this networking event.

Recent Chamber Events

Coffee with The Chamber at Muddy Waters Coffeehouse

Lunch Bunch at 3 Amigos

The Citadel Ribbon Cutting

2019 Chamber Golf Classic

Coastie Corner
The Coastie Corner
Trick or Treat!

These months seem to pass faster each year. Our units stayed busy this month; the Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC) graduated one of its largest Rescue Swimmer classes in several years with 11 successful graduates. They also graduated a class of 15 Aviation Maintenance Technicians. Senior representatives from each command and Coast Guard District Five represented at the annual Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Summit with an impressive 6 schools represented. The National Strike Force Coordination Center (NSFCC) continued operations in the Bahamas following Dorian and remained extremely busy with recovery ops on the M/V Golden Bay (tipped auto freighter). The boat station provided static displays at local elementary schools and supported local Boy Scout troops. Air Station Elizabeth City performed an impressive SAR demonstration during the Aviation Day held on the civilian portion of the airport. Along with the arrival of Fall came our traditional cooler weather. While I personally do not prefer the cooler weather, I know many of you do. For me, it just means my summer boating season has come to an end. What I do enjoy is the crazy hurricane season "cooling" down.  We had a great time this month supporting the installation of Chancellor Dixon at ECSU. Our troops and their dependents had a great time supporting the annual Ghost Walk. A great time was had by all. Our spouse's club enjoyed a beautiful day for their Harvest Festival and Trunk or Treat on base. We had over 25 trunk or treat participants in that event and the chili cook-off was great! I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving season. Stay warm.

CAPT Randy Meador
Ambassador of the Month
Congratulations to Melanie Metzler, Service/Marketing Manager at B&M Contractors, our Ambassador of the Month!

Melanie has been with B&M Contractors, Inc. for a little over 2 ½ years. She started there as the Service Coordinator and now has moved into the role of Marketing/Service Director. She resides in Virginia Beach and commutes every day due to the fact that she absolutely loves working with the team at B&M.  If you ask her about B&M, she will tell you that being with a company that is truly invested in doing the right thing for employees,  customers and the community as a whole means the world to her.  Her goal is to spotlight B&M Contractors throughout the area so that everyone can see what she sees daily working there. She is energetic, determined and brings a positive vibe to all that she does. She became an Ambassador for the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce in August 2019 and has been Ambassador of the month for both the months of September and October. She has taken on two sectors, in which she is a true liaison between the member and the Chamber. The members in her sectors have provided positive feedback and for that we are thankful to have her on board.  Per Melanie -  "I love the opportunity to cross promote and network with the multiple businesses in the area.  Becoming an Ambassador for the Chamber has brought many strengths brought to myself as individual, B&M Contractors, the chamber members and the Chamber as a whole. I believe in putting your all into what you and do fully utilizing the resources you have within the Chamber. If we all do that,  no doubt, the community will continue to grow and prosper. I am excited to see what we can do!"

790 Pitts Chapel Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
News from our Members
Affordable Engineering Services, Inc. 

Air-Tight Storage

Air-Tight Storage now offers portable storage units!  We can deliver the portable unit to your home or business in the Albemarle area where you can fill it up and either keep it at your property during the rental term for convenient access to your items or we can come pick it up and store it at our facility.  If you need storage, this gives you more options than ever before!  Call Air-Tight Storage at 252-338-8850 or 
email us at service@air-tightstorage.com for more information.

Albemarle Family YMCA

Albemarle Plantation

American Legion

TRICARE Open Season is almost here! From Nov. 11 through Dec. 9, 2019, you can make changes for the 2020 calendar year.

The TRICARE website is growing. As of Oct. 1, TRICARE welcomed several military hospitals and clinics to its website. This change comes as part of a larger Military Health System transformation. The Department of Defense is transforming the MHS to improve the health care provided to service members, retirees, and their families.

Sign up for TRICARE email updates at www.tricare.mil/subscriptions

Call me, I have a post for you
Skip Rapp
District 1 Commander
252 562 5196

Boone Dentistry

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/

Coastal Pediatrics 

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare

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.

College of The Albemarle Small Business Center

Down Home Sheds


Eclectic Jewelry Designs

Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity

A safe home. Nutritious food. Health care. Good schools. Reliable transportation. Which would you choose? Nearly 19 million US households, or 1 in 6 families, pay more half or more of their income for a place to live.
In Pasquotank County, more than 50% of households pay more than 30% for housing. That significantly impacts their ability to pay for other items such as food and health care.
Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity has joined Habitat for Humanity International's Cost of Home Campaign, a national five-year advocacy campaign, to increase the number of affordable housing units in the United States.
There are four themes of this campaign: expanding resources for home production (through tax credits for affordable housing, housing trust funds, and expanding existing resources), increasing access to credit (through down payment assistance programs, expanding financial education and combating predatory lending), enabling equitable access to land (by streamlining land use approvals, improved zoning ordinances and inclusionary housing policies) and developing communities of opportunity (by expanding home repair/modification assistance, and "just cause" eviction laws).
Members of the Elizabeth City Affordable Housing group identified expanding resources for housing construction as a primary area of focus but also recognized the need for down payment assistance programs and financial literacy education.
If you would like to work with us on this effort, please contact us at echabitat@yahoo.com.

Elizabeth City/Pasquotank County 
Parks and Recreation Department

The theme of the 2019 Annual Christmas Parade will be "Christmas in the River City"! Whether you're in the parade or spectating with your family and friends, let your holiday lights shine bright and join us on this joyous occasion! Wrap up, sit back, and enjoy the music, lights, and sights of the Elizabeth City/Pasquotank County Parks and Recreation Department's Annual Christmas Parade. If you're interested in participating, you can receive information from us at Knobbs Creek Recreation Center, located at 200 E. Ward Street, Elizabeth City, NC or call us at 252-335-1424.
Elizabeth City Police Department

Expert PC

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

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

At Girl Scouts, girls discover who they are, what they're passionate about, and what they want to achieve in the future-all in a unique, all-girl place designed to help them reach their full G.I.R.L. potential. They form lasting friendships, connect with people in their communities, and turn ideas into action. And through our program, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls develop a strong sense of self, display positive values, and seek challenges at every turn. They also learn from setbacks and work to solve problems in their communities. Girl Scouts is open to girls in grades K-12. Visit www.gsccc.org or call 1-800-77SCOUT for more information.

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.

IBX Insurance Agency

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc
Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon are pleased to announce the Sales Agent for September 2019.
Sales Agent of the Month for September 2019 is Rhonda Twiddy:  Rhonda'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 and extensive community knowledge makes her an ass e t to her clients. She  has served as  Chair  of  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. Rhonda was a Multi-Million Dollar Producer in 2015 and 2016, and a Mega-Million Dollar Producer in 2017 and 2018. 

NCWorks Career Center
Dear Chamber Members,
If you need to fill multiple positions at your business or are looking for the right candidate, give your Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER), Marcus Cutrell, a call at the NCWorks Career Center in Elizabeth City at (252) 331-4798. NCWorks provides priority of service to all veterans and gives veterans 24-hour priority on newly listed jobs. NCWorks has a wide array of services for Employers as well, including On the Job Training programs and Employer Training Grants, just to name a few. Let NCWorks help you identify the right services for your business.

Outlets Nags Head

RCE Theaters

Rusty Dusty Market and Consignment 

Scrunchy Mama Wellness

Servpro of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

Small Paws Veterinary Clinic

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to remind pet owners that as tempting as it is to include Fido or Fluffy in your Thanksgiving food fun, it is probably not a good idea. Many of the foods, and definitely the alcoholic beverages, are not safe for a pet free for all. Please visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/thanksgiving-safety-tips to learn the many helpful tips to keep your pet safe this holiday season.

Visit us at 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

Walk Ins Welcome Appointments Accepted
Vaughan's Jewelry & Fine Gifts

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, teresa.delaney@vectorcsp.com .

VFW Post 6060

Waterbrooke of Elizabeth City

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. 

Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation/Hertford
Tammi Middleton
1300 Don Juan Road
Hertford NC 27944
(252) 289-4900

DynCorp International
Jeffrey Berry
1910 Weeksville Road #111
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 339-0251

Johnstone Supply
Pamela Dorman
111 Kitty Hawk Lane
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 621-5220

Julius Star Tattoo Gallery
Jeff Horwitz
1805 Weeksville Road Unit 4B
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 260-1543

Milestone NEMT, LLC
Maxine Randolph
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 327-8221

"Owl Feed Ya" Food Truck/Catering
Diane White
Belvidere, NC 27919
(252) 312-9420