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Division of Aviation Awards $2.5 Million to Currituck County Regional Airport for Improvements

As part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s ongoing commitment to improving aviation in North Carolina, the N.C. Division of Aviation awarded $2.5 million in State Aid to Airports funds to the Currituck County Regional Airport in Currituck for the design and construction of the south parallel taxiway, which will complete the full parallel taxiway.
 
Currituck County Regional Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $10 million a year impact on North Carolina and supports more than 40 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic impact study.
 
The State Aid to Airports Program is NCDOT’s basic airport aid program. This program provides funds for the purpose of planning, acquiring, constructing or improving municipal, county and other publicly owned or controlled airports, and to authorize related programs of aviation safety, promotions and long-range planning.
 
Airports are selected to receive grant awards through a prioritization program within the Division of Aviation. Projects are ranked based on factors such as safety, infrastructure health and mobility, as well as economic and demographic data. More than $17 million was distributed to 22 projects through this round of funding. The Division of Aviation anticipates awarding about $27 million total to airport projects through the grant program this fiscal year. 
  

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SCORE Needs You!

 

The Outer Banks Chapter of SCORE is dedicated to helping small business owners get started on the right foot and become successful - and you can help!

 

Although SCORE is an affiliate of the U.S. Small Business Administration, our local chapter is sponsored and housed by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.  Regular business counseling sessions are 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each Tuesday at the Chamber office - the  service is free, confidential, and no appointment is necessary.  Counseling by appointment is also available in Dare, Currituck and  Hyde Counties.

 

To meet the needs of the community, the Outer Banks Chapter of SCORE constantly recruits and trains new counselors and a membership  recruiting luncheon has been set for 12:00 noon, March 20, 2014 at the  Western Sizzlin Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills. This session is sponsored by Townebank of Currituck and there is no cost or obligation   to attendees.

 

SCORE Counselors work closely with the with the Chamber, helping new  members prepare their business plans, apply for loans, review location and commercial leases, prepare employee manuals, set up payroll  records, and apply for licensing.  Startup planning, marketing and  internet strategy including using social media and websites are key  topics for new businesses in our area.

 

“SCORE Counselors are sounding boards for business owners and managers  evaluating their business plans, determining their target markets and researching competition,” said Outer Banks SCORE Chair John Rorer. 

 

“Our role is to provide feedback, help troubleshoot, and connect them  with resources to help them make important choices. Our counselors are  gratified by this opportunity to be proactive in the community and  help business leaders succeed."

 

“There is real satisfaction in attending a Chamber Ribbon Cutting for  a new business and knowing you played a part in the process,” added  Rorer.  “Mentoring opens doors for sharing information on lessons  learned through actual experience and in forming new friendships.”

 

The SCORE Recruitment Luncheon on March 20, 2014 offers those interested in the program an opportunity to meet counselors, learn  about the chapter, its goals and achievements and the importance of  small business to our community.

 

“We are looking for individuals with a passion for the community and  helping others succeed,” said Rorer.  “There are a number of ways to  become involved. From counseling one-on-one, mentoring online and by  email, presenting workshops, authoring publications, and sometime just  answering questions by phone.”

 

There is no charge to attend the SCORE Volunteer Recruitment Luncheon 12-1:30 p.m., March 20, 2014 at the Western Sizzlin It is underwritten  by TowneBank of Currituck.  If you're interested in attending, please  call the Chamber office at (252)441-8144 or e-mail a note of interest  to angiebd@outerbankschamber.com

 

SCORE offers a service that is invaluable to the community,” said Rorer.  “I would urge anyone with interest in knowing more about the organization or its volunteer opportunities to please join us for this lunch event.”

 

 

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28 New Businesses Join Chamber During February

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that twenty-eight area businesses joined the Chamber during the month of February.

A Member Prospect Reception hosted by the Good Life Eatery in Kitty Hawk on February 19th was the focal point of the membership recruitment effort.  The reception allowed potentialmembers to meet Chamber Board of Directors and Staff, to talk with Chamber Ambassadors and learn more about the value of membership.  Other discounts and incentives were offered to complete the value package offered by the Chamber.

Membership in the Chamber is based on the type of company and its size.  Benefits of membership include networking and marketing opportunities such as Chamber Morning Schmooze, Business After Hours, OBX Success Job & Career Fair, and Outer Banks Young Professionals; recognition opportunities such as  the Smiles in Action Campaign, Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Small Business of the Year Award, Non-Profit of the Year Award and Outer Banks Citizen of the Year.  In addition, the Chamber produces a quality of life publication titled Outer Banks Experience, a detailed street map, and manages www.outerbankschamber.com  Members of the Chamber have a business listing on the website and are encouraged to post job and volunteer opportunities, to add social media links and discount offers, and post events to the community calendar.

“Our Chamber offers a number of opportunities for our members to connect with each other, to their government leadership, and to resources that can help them be successful,” said Chamber President & CEO Karen Brown.  “From economic data to elected official meet and greet events and the sharing of solid information through workshops and programs, we work hard to provide the tools our members need.”

The Chamber is pleased to welcome the following businesses who joined in February:

 

Jonathan Wark 

Dare County Library 

700 N. US Hwy 64/264 

Manteo, NC  27954 

(252)473-2372

 

Craig Carlock/Jane Neetles 

The Fresh Market 

5000 S. Croatan Hwy 

Nags Head, NC  27959

 

Tod Clissold 

Poor Richard's 

303 Queen Elizabeth Avenue 

Manteo, NC  27954 

(252)473-3333

 

Antoinette Mattingly 

Kinnakeet Clay - Studio & Showroom 

40462 North End Road 

Avon, NC  27915 

(252)995-0101

 

Lorna & Bill Ernst/Lana Ernst 

Made in The OBX 

3701 Croatan Hwy 

Kitty Hawk, NC  27949 

(252)581-0001

 

Stacie Trout 

Pet Styles by Stacie 

208 Williams Drive 

Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948 

(252)441-6501

 

Charles Johnson 

Floor To Ceiling NC 

Point Harbor, NC  27964 

(252)722-3121

 

David Miller 

OBX Pride, Inc. 

PO Box 1241 

Manteo, NC  27954 

(252)216-5884

 

Chris Shultz/Brandi Askew 

HQ Kites & Designs USA Inc 

134 Freedom Avenue 

Powells Point, NC  27966 

(252)491-2113

 

Lee Setkowsky 

Hatteras Island Adventure -
a Daybreak Unlimited Co. 

PO Box 1125 

Avon, NC  27915 

(252)564-2220

 

Matt & Liz Brauer 

Beach Painting Contractors 

1496 Colington Road 

Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948 

(252)441-8224

 

Margaret Welch 

OBX.Nerium Girl 

PO Box 804 

Kitty Hawk, NC  27949 

(252)202-1231

 

Tim Ross 

Island Tech Professionals 

Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948 

(252)202-8684

 

Abby & Brad Carey 

First Flight Adventure Park 

6714 S. Croatan Hwy 

Nags Head, NC  27959 

(252)216-2383

 

David Rhodes & Jack Jones 

OBX Ministries 

Nags Head, NC  27959 

(252)715-0336

 

Amanda Wolf/Randolph Sprinkle 

The Saltbox Café 

1469 Colington Road 

Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948 

(252)255-5594

 

Neil Scarborough/Dana Roepcke 

The Scarborough Law Firm PC 

119 W. Wood Hill Drive, Suite 9 

Nags Head, NC  27959 

(252)441-0998

 

Anthony Overman 

OBXCAMS 

200 Barnhill Road 

Elizabeth City, NC  27909 

(252)619-9796

 

Jason Whitley 

PowerPay Restaurant
& Retail Solutions 

102 Sir Walter Raleigh Street 

Manteo, NC  27954 

(252)475-1972

 

Scott Smith 

Outer Banks Distilling 

510 Budleigh Street 

Manteo, NC  27954 

(252)207-3970

 

John H. Tucker, Jr. 

Don and Catharine Bryan
Cultural Series 

Southern Shores, NC  27949 

(252)261-9961(Fax)

 

Tim M. Muldoon 

Outer-Banks-Computers.com 

Point Harbor, NC  27964 

(866)629-6291

 

Doris Moran 

Island Hair & Nails 

500 Hwy 64 

Manteo, NC  27954 

(252)473-2750

 

Christie McEwan 

A New Beginning
Counseling Services, LLC 

100 B East Dunn Street 

Nags Head, NC  27959 

(252)564-2804

 

Brian Schneider 

Brian Schneider Custom Woodworks 

Manteo, NC  27954 

(252)573-9477

 

Patricia G. Watson 

Northeast North Carolina
School of Real Estate 

3732 N. Croatan Highway 

Kitty Hawk, NC  27949 

(252)599-1111

 

C.K. Evans 

Outer Banks Media 

102 Old Tom Street 

Manteo, NC  27954
(252)256-7116 

 

Kat Reilly

Friends of Jockey's Ridge   

PO Box 358     

Nags Head, NC 27958

(252) 441-9801

 

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is a regional, business organization with over 1,040 members in Dare, Currituck, and Hyde Counties.   Membership rates start at just $190 for a non-profit or $260 for a for-profit business.

The Chamber does not receive funding from the state or county to sustain our day-to-day operations but  depends on its members and the community to support its programs and services,” added Brown.  “The Chamber is a voluntary partnership through which we and our members work together to build a healthy economy and improve the quality of life on the Outer Banks.

For more information about the Chamber and its programs, call (252)441-8144, ext. 222, visit the office on Colington Road in Kill Devil Hills, or on-line at www.outerbankschamber.com/joinnow

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Chamber Announces New Partnership For Legislative Advocacy 

 

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a new partnership with VOTERVOICE, a tool to better manage its legislative calls to action, to provide information on issues, and to help its members  contact state and federal elected officials on matters of regional importance.  

 

VOTERVOICE Advocacy software was recently installed within the Chamber's website at www.outerbankschamber.com/advocacy and will be used to keep Chamber members updated on issues that impact the Outer Banks. (Action Items).  This software also allows the Chamber to communicate these issues to the membership and, when necessary, gives our members the tools and information needed to contact elected officials on issues and potential legislation.

 

In addition, the Chamber recently adopted "levels of support" guidelines for issues and potential legislation.  The Chamber will consider for endorsement those issues deemed to be of significant importance for businesses and for economic development in the Outer Banks Community. Any issue brought before the Board by the Governmental Affairs Committee or a Chamber member will require a simple majority vote as to whether the issue warrants the Chamber's involvement. Level 3 must have a super majority vote from the Board. Super majority is ¾ of the Chamber Board of Directors.

 

Levels of Chamber Support for Endorsed Issues

LEVEL 1: Help to educate our members on the issue

LEVEL 2: Educate our members and broader community

LEVEL 3: Educate our members and actively enlist their full support and assistance with the campaign; take a key leadership role in the campaign; actively work to educate the community and sway public opinion.

 

VOTERVOICE provides a suite of software tools that eases communication with elected representatives and engages citizens more deeply in the legislative process.All members of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce need to participate is an internet connection; there is no software to install. The software suite is accessible through a web browser, any mobile device or even the Chamber's facebook page at www.facebook.com/obxchamber

 

"VOTERVOICE is a tremendous, new tool for our Chamber and I encourage business owners and managers to utilize all that is now available," said Chamber President & CEO Karen Brown.  "www.outerbankschamber.com/advocacy, provides a quick and easy way for members to take action and let legislators know how potential legislation will impact your business and our economy.

 

VOTERVOICE is just one of the benefits of membership in the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored in part by the Ramada Plaza, Hilton Garden Inn, Sea Ranch Resort and VantageSouth Bank. .  Starting at just $260 per year, Chamber membership includes a variety of networking, marketing, educational, and community based programming.  Membership specials during February offer added incentives for joining as well as referral bonuses for current members who refer other businesses.  For more information about the Chamber, visitwww.outerbankschamber.com/joinnow or call (252)441-8144.

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