Press releases remain among the most effective ways to generate awareness of your small business and its products and services. Media outlets may reproduce a press release as is (or with some editing), or follow up about creating a longer story. A press release that gets picked up by reporte…

A business plan is not only important for starting your business, it’s also an indispensable tool for helping you manage and grow your business. Your business plan is your roadmap in operating your company, and it’s essential if you intend to request funding from outside sources.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, prosper and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over 50 years. Because our work is supported by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to o…

Dr. John Hauser started his position as the fifth president of Carteret Community College (CCC) in July, coming to CCC from Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, where Hauser served as vice president of applied career technologies and Alleghany Center since 2011. He has spent 19 years in t…

Business is good at Geodynamics of Morehead City. It’s so good, the company recently purchased a second lot in the Crystal Coast Business Park, a 58-acre industrial park on the western edge of Morehead City. 

The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce stages dozens of networking events throughout the year that are meant to be informative, a great way to meet other business leaders and, most of all, FUN!

As of this writing, the county is taking applications and resumes for the position of executive director of economic development. While this is taking place, I took some time to ruminate on what economic development is all about here in our little piece of paradise.

Downtown Morehead City is steeped in history and tradition, boasting buildings, establishments and a working waterfront that have existed far longer than many of us. While it is the past that often times invokes feelings of nostalgia, it is our present and future that conjures excitement and…

The internet plays an integral role in many people's daily lives. The number of internet users has increased from 738 million in 2000 to 3.2 billion in 2015, according to a new report from the International Telecommunication Union. While spending time online has become second nature, it's im…

Earlier this year, the Chamber of Commerce presented major awards during the Crystal Ball at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach. Tina Purifoy, 2017 Chairperson of the Chamber Board of Directors, announced the winners:

When it comes time to grab some attention for your business, don’t discount the media as a free opportunity to get your name out there. Sure, marketing and paid advertisements are important. But taking advantage of the business news section of your local paper can provide great dividends as well.

With lower gas prices, tourism continued its steady climb in 2015 with record visitor spending of $21.9 billion, a 2.7 percent increase over 2014, outpacing the national average for growth last year of only 2.1 percent.

What at least some are considering a win for workers across the country, the Dept. of Labor has finalized a rule to update overtime protections. In total, the new rule is expected to extend overtime to 4.2 million Americans who are not currently eligible under federal law, and it is expected…

Consumers today increasingly rely on connected devices to research products and services before making purchases – so it’s no secret that small businesses need to focus more of their marketing resources than ever before on online strategies.

Business owners and visitors to the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce will find new leadership in the president’s spot – but they will also find a familiar face. Tom Kies, the former executive director of the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association took on the role vacated by a r…

Carteret Community College is set for growth in the year ahead thanks to $2.67 million from the state’s $2 billion Connect NC bond. The funds are joined by $2.2 million from the county and additional funds from the Carteret Community College Foundation to expand its hospitality and culinary …

Taped discreetly to the cpu of my office computer, shaded by the stack of papers that sits atop it, is one basic, succinct quote: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Few people realize it is there, tape curling, corners ripped, its…

We’re starting a new series to highlight women business owners in Eastern Carolina. In each issue we plan to feature a different woman and her business experience – the good, the bad and the ugly.