I happen to believe that Carteret County is North Carolina’s preferred and premier business address. Entrepreneurs who can put their businesses anywhere in the world are choosing to set up shop here, where virtually every room has not just a view … but a spectacular view. Everything here revolves around water. Rare scenic beauty stretches across more than 500 miles of incredible ocean and inland coastland.
I’m a big sports fan, especially when the ECU Pirates are involved, and I am also a huge cheerleader for local chambers of commerce. That being said, chamber involvement is indeed a “contact sport.” It’s all about making contacts … and connections.
In a networking sense, our chamber specializes in offering opportunities for business people to come together to get engaged, to gain visibility and exposure for our company or organization and to make new contacts that can lead to lasting relationships as business partners, associates and friends.
Our chamber has no peer when it comes to providing networking forums. Take advantage and capitalize. Your investment will pay dividends, almost immediately.
On a different level, our chamber serves as the “Voice of Business,” making contacts with government officials, administrators and regulators at all levels of government – local, state and federal.
We are committed to ensuring that government adopts pro-business budgets and policies … and to ensuring that government lessens the burdens on small business owners. An overwhelming majority of our chamber members are small businesses and their ability to be creative and profitable must not be hindered or hampered by ordinances, laws and requirements that stifle growth and progress.
Our chamber is dedicated to doing everything we can to foster a positive business environment – one that puts us on a path toward economic prosperity.
As an organization, we take seriously our responsibility to speak out on tough issues to protect our coastal communities and vital industries.
As a retired banker, I think in monetary terms. Paying chamber dues is a personal business decision. You get out of it what you put into it. Your investment grows in value when you participate, get involved and contribute your time, energy and talent.
Through the chamber, we can accomplish collectively what no one individual can do alone. We have a “get things done” attitude to build better, more vibrant communities and to enhance the quality of life for all citizens.
Bill Rogerson is the 2014 chair of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He joined the board in 2011 and was elected treasurer in 2012. Last year he served as chair elect & treasurer. After a 42-year banking career, all with Wachovia and Wells Fargo, he retired in June of 2012 as market president in Morehead City.