Celebrating Business Awards 2022

The Celebrating Business Awards Luncheon was held at the Carteret Community College Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center on Thursday, February 17, honoring local businesses and individuals that demonstrate commitment to quality business and customer service, community leadership, and dedication to the betterment of the community.

The New Business of the Year Award was presented to M.F. Chappell Wine Merchants in Atlantic Beach. Brett and Jen Chappell, owners of the business, accepted the award. The store, which specializes in wine, gourmet snacks and accessories, opened at the height of the pandemic and thrived to become a solid member of the community.

The Duke Energy Joan Huss Pulley Award for Public Service is a tribute to individuals who use their time, talent and compassion to positively impact the community. Duane Reynolds was presented the award for his dedication and service to the Boys & Girls Club in Carteret County, his commitment to his local church and his leadership in various civic organizations.

The Arnold Murray Small Business of the Year award was presented to Chused, Patterson and Company, CPAs and accepted by Andy Chused, Kim Patterson, and Tina Hamric. Chused, Patterson and Company, CPAs, has provided quality service to Carteret County since 2016. Their dedication to our community was especially evidenced during the pandemic with their guidance to small business and non-profits during the difficult period of applying for government grants and loans.

The Marlene Anderson Citizen of the Year award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond expectations in their efforts to make Carteret County a better home for everyone. Dr. Stanley Rule was this year’s recipient. Dr. Rule was a pioneer in pediatric care for Carteret County, joining the only pediatric practice in 1983. He devoted his life to the care and wellbeing of our children for 48 years.

New this year, the Giving Hope Award is presented to a Carteret County non-profit that has made an indelible contribution to our community. The inaugural award was presented to Broad Street Clinic that serves qualified uninsured and underinsured county residents. Supported by volunteers, the twelve staff members served 860 patients and provided 2,270 office visits and filled 16,400 prescriptions. The award was accepted by Kevin Reed and Paul Woodard.

The Chamber of Commerce and Carteret County community congratulate all the winners and appreciate the dedication and commitment to our citizens these businesses and individuals provide.

Special thanks to our sponsors of the event: Duke Energy, Presenting Sponsor; Debra Whaley, Attorney at Law, Featured Sponsor; Shortway Beverage Company, Beverage Sponsor. Thank you to Carteret Community College for hosting the luncheon. Thank you to Dan Williams, event photographer.

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