Elizabeth City Area Chamber E-News
Vol. 37, No. 10                                        October 1, 2019

The Business Expo Tailgate Party was a winner! Over 40 businesses showcased their products and services to attendees of our biggest networking event of the year. The exhibitors were creative in using the football theme to their advantage, and our winners this year were:
Best Overall - Pepsi Bottling Ventures
Best Use of Theme - B&M Contractors
Best New Exhibitor - The Soundside Group
Delicious food was served by our Tailgate Challenge participants: Captain D's Seafood Restaurant, Just Wings, The Flour Girls Bakery, Plaza Azteca, Uncle Chuck's Soul Food Café, and YMCA at The Pines. The winner of the Tailgate Challenge was The Flour Girls' delicious, sweet treats. Our beverage sponsors, City Beverage Company and Pepsi Bottling Ventures kept the crowd hydrated and refreshed, while DJ Trent provided music and entertainment.
The Pepsi Football Toss Challenge went down to the wire, with the contestants vying to win the 1 st prize of Washington Redskins vs Philadelphia Eagles tickets. Congratulations to Chuck Phillips, who threw his way to the top prize! Taila Krites was a close second, winning a pair of designer sunglasses and a 4 pack of ECU football tickets. Coming in 3 rd was Mary Wilson, who won a ticket package of ECSU, Camden High School, and Northeastern High School tickets.
Thank you to the Business Expo Committee members who worked so hard to create a great event, and thank you to our event volunteers for graciously giving their time.
We are now gearing up for our annual Golf Outing, which will be held on Friday, October 25 at YMCA at The Pines. - Sign up your team now! Included with your $400 team registration: greens fees, cart, beer & beverages, lunch, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a gift bag. New this year - Golf Ball Drop Raffle! Buy a ball and you'll win $500 if your ball lands in the hole. You do not have to be a golfer, or present to win this prize. Sponsorships, including Driving Range, Putting Green, Lunch, and Hole Sponsorships are still available.

Serving you, 
Holly Staples

Chamber Events this Month

Coffee with The Chamber at Muddy Waters Coffeehouse
100 W Main St. 
October 11th8:00 - 9:00 AM
Have a cup of coffee and network with other businesses.This monthly meeting is designed to help build an effective network to grow your business. Muddy's will offer all attendees 20% off during Coffee with The Chamber.

Lunch Bunch at 3 Amigos
1720 City Center Blvd. 
October 16th | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Join us for our monthly lunch bunch and don't forget your business cards for this networking event

The Citadel Ribbon Cutting
901 Halstead Blvd.
October 17th  | 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Join us at The Citadel for a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Reopening. Food and refreshments will be served. 

Nonprofit Round Table 
502 E Ehringhaus St. 
October 22 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM
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.

Chamber Golf Classic
YMCA at The Pines
1525 N Road Street
October 25th| Noon 
Join us for the 11th Annual Chamber Golf Classic featuring a day of Golf, Food, Drinks, and our Golf Ball Drop! 

Recent Chamber Events

Coffee with The Chamber

Business Expo Tailgate Party

Lunch Bunch at Itza Boutza Pizza

Coastie Corner
The Coastie Corner
Hurricane Season Woke Up!

What had originally appeared to be a sleepy hurricane season certainly shook things up when Dorian came along. While the Outer Banks certainly experienced some significant damage, I think we can all consider ourselves blessed in comparison to our neighbors in the Bahamas. Air Station Elizabeth City flew 120 hours of Search and Rescue missions locally, saving two lives and assisting five others. In addition, they transported 125 storm survivors and 61,000 pounds of cargo for our Caribbean neighbors. You may have also seen the amazing support of the motor vessel Golden Ray which rolled over off of the coast of Georgia, trapping several crewmembers inside. What the national coverage did not call out was that our Coast Guardsman from the National Strike Force Coordination Center right here in Elizabeth City were/are on scene conducting air monitoring, shoreline assessment and preps salvage operations. We also had a lot of important folks in town this month as the Coast Guard held their Aviation Commanding Officer's (COs) conference here at the Aviation Logistics Center. COs were on board all week from every air station in the Coast Guard. Over and above that we had a wealth of senior Coast Guard leadership in town for the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Summit held at ECSU! Our increasingly strong partnership with several HBCUs has been an extremely positive attribute for all parties. Many of the COs were pleased to say that they enjoyed seeing how much Elizabeth City has improved, particularly in the downtown area. On the business side of the house, you likely already read in the Daily Advance that the Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) awarded an 83 million dollar contract for helicopter depot maintenance. The contract is for one base year and four option years. All work will remain in the local area. The Base also awarded a 14.8 million dollar contract to repair two taxi ways and the compass rose/helo pad, replace the entire runway lighting system with upgraded LEDs on runway 10-28, and install a new approach lighting system. Our spouse's club will be joining forces with our MWR staff to host a Harvest Festival and Trunk or Treat on base. We always look forward to the opportunity for our folks to get out and enjoy these events. See you in

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

Congratulations to Melanie Metzler, our Ambassador of the Month! Melanie is our newest Ambassador but she has already shown what a great value she is to our Ambassador team!

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 [email protected] for more information.

Albemarle Plantation

American Legion

During our 101st National Convention, a change to the American Legion's National Constitution and Bylaws was approved to welcome "spouses" rather than just "wives" as members of an American Legion Auxiliary unit. The LEGION Act alone creates an opportunity to engage and add up to 4.2 million new members who were not eligible under the previous standards set by Congress. And, of course, the LEGION Act also means that sons and grandsons of these new eligible veterans are now able to become members of Sons of The American Legion.
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 

College of The Albermarle Small Business Center
Dismal Swamp State Park
Down Home Sheds

Eclectic Jewelry Designs

Education Foundation Elizabeth City - Pasquotank 
Public Schools

Save the Date

 31st Annual Meeting
October 3rd from 5:30 - 8:00 PM
K.E. White Center
For more information contact 
Judy Stallings,  
Education Foundation Community Liaison  

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 [email protected].

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 State University
Vikings Unleashed Homecoming Information
The ECSU Homecoming Parade is a university and community tradition. We encourage community groups, clubs and organizations to participate; in addition, the parade is an excellent opportunity for area businesses to showcase themselves to thousands of ECSU students, faculty and alumni, as well as the Elizabeth City community.
DATE: Saturday, October 19, 2019
TIME: 9:00am - 12:00pm
(Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and all participants must be present no later than 8:00 a.m.)
PARADE ROUTE: Starts at 600 Westover St (Between Sonic and Bojangles). Ehringhaus St. to Water to Southern Ave. to Parkview Dr., Ending at G.R. Little Library on ECSU Campus.

Encore Theatre Company 

Zombie Walk 
Organize and Rise! Join Encore Theatre for a Zombie walk through downtown Elizabeth City on Saturday, October 19, from 2:00 - 5:00pm. The purpose of the Zombie Walk is two-fold; a fund raiser for the theatre and to bring awareness of the local businesses to the public. This family friendly event is free and open to everyone! Dress in costume and visit area shops and restaurants along the route. We'll finish up at Mariner's Park on Water Street for a dance party and pictures! Participating merchants will donate a portion of their proceeds for the day to Encore Theatre Company. 
For more information 
contact Gene Tick at [email protected] or 570-460-9657.
Tuesday's with Morrie 
Reservations for our Dinner Theater
Tuesdays with Morrie are now available to purchase through our website: encoretheatre.org.
Tuesdays with Morrie will open January 10th and run for two weekends. Reservations are $30 per person and dinner will be catered by Monteros. 
An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson. Based on a memoir by sports columnist Mitch Albom, the play recounts his visits with his former sociology professor Morrie Schwartz.   

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.

Home Builders Association of Northeastern NC

Jones Family Chiropractic, PC

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc
Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon are pleased to announce the Sales Agent and the Listing Agent for August 2019.
Sales Agent of the Month for August 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 8 consecutive years - 2011 thru 2018.  Debbie's most honored award is the reward of a satisfied client!  

Listing Agent of the Month for August 2019 is Donna Seymour: 
Donna consistently displays excellence in the real estate profession and has won numerous awards as our office's individual top producer, Sales Agent of the Month and Listing Agent of the month. She was Broker-in-Charge for the Elizabeth City office of Long and Foster from 2009-2014.  With her extensive training and multiple designations, Donna continues to exemplify professionalism as a REALTOR® and her first-hand knowledge of the area and her contacts and resources are helpful to her clients and customers.

Long & Foster Real Estate - Diana M. Gardner

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.

River City Community Development Corporation

RCE Theaters

Scrunchy Mama Wellness

Small Paws Veterinary Clinic

Most of us know Halloween to be a fun and festive holiday. However, to pet dogs and cats, this spooky celebration can cause unusual behavior, even from the most docile of animals. Having a bunch of kids running around at night in scary costumes, with flashlights shining and haunted noises can make even calm pets anxious and on alert. If you own a pet dog or cat and live in a neighborhood that has trick-or-treaters, follow some helpful safety tips that will ensure everyone stays safe. Please visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/halloween-safety-tips for more information. We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween!

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
VFW Post 6060

Vaughn's Jewelry and 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, [email protected] .

Waterbrooke of Elizabeth City
The staff and residents at Waterbrooke of Elizabeth City would like to send a special "THANK YOU" to all the businesses in our community that have donated their time and donated to help our "family" celebrate National Assisted Living Week.
THANK YOU to each and every one of you!!
Elizabeth City Police Department
McDonalds of Elizabeth City
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen of Elizabeth City
Tracy Sturges with Howard Hanna Reality
Skie Art Lounge
Sweetside Sweets
It is almost time to start thinking of Christmas, and our Adopt-a-Senior program. You can adopt however many residents you would like either as a business or individual starting October 15, 2019. You will get an information sheet on the resident(s) that includes items needed, as well as items requested or special interest.
Please help make our residents Christmas as special as possible by adopting-a-senior!!
If you have an interest in adopting a resident please contact Jennifer White, Activities Director at 252-331-2149.
Waterbrooke of Elizabeth City
an Assisted Living Community
143 Rosedale Drive
Elizabeth City NC 27909
Phone 252-331-2149 Fax 252-331-1271

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. 

Boy Scouts of America
Christy Cooper
Camden, NC 27921
(208) 594-6044

Elizabeth City Junior Woman's Club
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 339-6274

Just Wings
Ivory Ortiz
1843 W Ehringhaus St
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 207-3497

L.A.P. Benefits and Services
Kenneth Jones
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(757) 323-3669

Sanctuary Staging and Design LLC
Darlene Tuttle
115 N Water St.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 339-9434

Select Rental Services - The Julia Moore Team 
Julia Moore
1000 W Ehringhaus St Suite B
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 455-3563

Undercuter Tree Service
Jeremy Lassiter
103 Camelot Ct
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 455-4544

V-Linc Corporation
Thomas King
800 Corporate Drive Suite 301
Stafford, VA 22554
(717) 421-0965

Waddell & Reed Financial Services
Mike Barclift
2901 S Lynnhaven Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 769-8740

West Bank Town &Trust
LeAnn Whitley
216 S Broad St
Edenton, NC 27932
(252) 482-2412

Williams Holdings
Michelle Williams
105 S. Water St. 
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(703) 795-9820