Carteret County Chamber of Commerce Benefits of Membership
Networking Opportunities. The Chamber specializes in providing opportunities for networking…and truly, every Chamber function or event brings you face-to-face with others in the community. Just one contact that leads to a business relationship could far exceed the annual membership investment.
Business After Hours is a popular Chamber tradition. This is a series of high-powered networking events, which are designed specifically for Chamber members to combine business and pleasure. The host company is featured prominently. Typically, 14 Business After Hours functions are scheduled each year. Refer to our Business After Hours guidelines and/or request more information.
Business After Hours Expo In April, the Chamber hosts a Business After Hours Expo at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City, which combines the fellowship and fun of a normal Business After Hours event with all the buzz and excitement of a business trade show. Typically, about 65 Chamber members are there as exhibitors and more than 500 people attend.
Small Business Roundtables, which are open to all Chamber members, meet regularly in four different locations across Carteret County. Each Roundtable provides business owners with an opportunity to discuss common business concerns and learn from one another. See our calendar for a location near you.
New Member Receptions are held periodically to help familiarize new members with the full spectrum of Chamber programming. See our calendar for information about upcoming events.
Let the Chamber help you with your Celebration with our Grand Opening Services. The Chamber is ready to assist you with your celebration, such as Grand Openings, Ribbon Cuttings, Groundbreakings and milestone Anniversary events. Complete the Ribbon Cutting Form.
Membership Directory. The Chamber’s Membership Directory is accessible online. You can search the database by business category or by business name. Members can update their own profiles and include special offers, including discounts, sales, etc.
Communications: The Chamber utilizes traditional and digital media forms of communications to provide instant dissemination of “news you can use.” Our Newsroom is where you need to visit.
The Business Directory & Visitors Guide (pdf) is printed annually. More than 4,000 copies are distributed to all members, every Chamber contact, second homeowners, seasonal renters and newcomers. In addition, copies are placed in local lodging facilities, real estate offices, vacation rental management companies, restaurants, banks and retail stores for visitor reference. A digital version can be accessed here or visit our Members Directory page.
The Chamber News is a monthly newsletter that is published as an insert in the Carteret County News-Times on the last Friday of the month. Advertising is available to members only…and at special rates through the News-Times. It’s an easy way to reach an estimated 30,000 readers. The current newsletter is available here.
The PULSE is a weekly e-mail newsletter that helps the members keep abreast of upcoming Chamber activities, programs and functions. Whenever there is “breaking news,” the staff produces a PULSE Extra and transmits it to the membership.
Advertising/Sponsorships. Chamber publications and the web site offer effective and affordable advertising outlets that are targeted to your potential customers. Members can take advantage of Advertising/Sponsorship packages to include Color-Enhanced Listings in the print Directory to help your business or organization stand out from the pack. Contact Anna Smith for more information.
Business Services. The Chamber makes referrals when someone visits the office or inquires via social media, e-mail, telephone, fax or mail about your specific type of business. As standard policy, we only refer Chamber members. In this way, the Chamber staff works for you every business day.
Sundown Rule. The Chamber staff strives to ensure that “all inquiries from our members and customers will be answered or acknowledged before the end of each business day.”
Identification. A membership decal, for display on your front door or window, identifies you as a member in good standing with the Chamber. It offers assurance to your customers or clients that your business adheres to the highest standards of integrity.
Virtual Decal. You are encouraged to place the Chamber’s logo as a “virtual decal” on your own web site to reinforce your membership in the region’s leading business association. To access the Chamber logo, contact Anna Smith at (252) 726-6350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
90-Day Money Back Guarantee. The Chamber offers new members a 90-day money-back guarantee, if you’re not satisfied. All we ask is that the new member attend at least three Chamber functions during this time period to give us a try.
Bring your Promotional Literature and Business Cards to Chamber headquarters for free display in our front lobby.
Chamber members are eligible to enroll in a Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program available to members only. Offered by First Benefits Insurance Mutual Inc., it can lower your Workers’ Compensation expenses. Your existing agent can write the coverage. Or call 1-888-393-2667.
Ways to Get Active
The Chamber serves as the “Voice of Business” in matters of public policy, providing a forum for dialogue on contemporary issues affecting the region. The Chamber advocates a pro-business Legislative Agenda and hosts functions several times a year to bring Chamber members into direct contact with local and state elected officials. To participate on the Public & Government Affairs Committee, contact Tom Kies.
The Military Affairs Committee of the Chamber sponsors an ambitious program to honor and pay tribute to the active service personnel associated with the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Fleet Readiness Center East, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve…and their families. Inquire about joining the MAC by contacting Lana Collmann.
The Ambassadors Club works to stay in touch with Chamber members all year-round. This is the Chamber’s “business retention team.” Ambassadors volunteer to help the Chamber go and grow. For information, contact Julie Naegelen.
Connect Carteret – A Young Professionals Network serves younger business professionals in Carteret County, helping them to expand networking horizons and develop interpersonal skills. Connect Carteret is an informal and independent organization, but it remains closely aligned with the Chamber.
The Crystal Ball is the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, held in February. It provides an opportunity to report on accomplishments and review the Strategic Business Plan to guide the Chamber’s programming initiatives. Several annual awards are presented to recognize outstanding achievements by community leaders.
The Reverse Drawing is the Chamber’s primary non-dues revenue event of the year, held in August, and one lucky winner is guaranteed to take home $10,000 in cold, hard cash. It’s also the community’s premier social event of the summer season.
“Outrageous Customer Service Awards” are presented annually in the fall to recognize individuals who go the extra mile to deliver excellence in customer service.
Educational & Leadership Development. The Chamber has a strong educational component to promote and advance workforce training initiatives and to prepare the next generation of business leaders. Chamber members are encouraged to attend free business seminars and workshops scheduled by the Carteret Community College Small Business Center.
“We Value Diplomas.” The Chamber is partnering with Carteret Community College and the Carteret County Public School System to encourage young people to graduate from high school. Display with pride a “We Value Diplomas” sticker, available free at Chamber headquarters.
Leadership Carteret is a 10-week professional development program that focuses on the places, people and issues that define Carteret County. It’s an ideal way for current and potential community leaders to meet – and learn from – local movers and shakers. For information, contact Lana Collmann.
“Shop Carteret First” is the Chamber’s ongoing education and awareness campaign to encourage citizens and visitors to shop locally, giving area merchants an opportunity to show how they excel in the areas of accessibility, affordability, value and customer service.
The Chamber promotes a “Hand of Hospitality” initiative to promote a tourism friendly environment. Our goal is to be seen as the friendliest community in North Carolina – where visitors and guests are always welcome.
There’s more. Chamber members can also take advantage of other assorted services:
- Grand Opening Services. The Chamber is ready to assist you with your celebration, such as Grand Openings, Ribbon Cuttings, Groundbreakings and milestone Anniversary events. Complete the Ribbon Cutting Form.
- Mailing Labels. Available to Chamber members only, you can benefit from the best mailing list around. You may purchase a set of labels for $45 (one name per company) or $60 (all business contacts). Contact Anna Smith for more information.
- Relocation Leads. For a small annual fee, the Chamber will send your business the complete list of relocation leads. Packages can be tailored to meet your needs.
- Meeting Space. Chamber members can reserve the Chamber Conference Room at no charge for important business meetings, workshops or seminars. Contact Lana Collmann for more information.
- Lobby Display Area. The Chamber front lobby window area is available free of charge to members who want to exhibit their products or services. Displays rotate every 30 days, and preference is given to members who do not have their own storefront. Reserve the space by contacting Julie Naegelen.
- Tax Deduction. Since the Chamber serves as a business advocate, your Chamber membership investment is deductible as a necessary business expense. Advertising and sponsorships may be tax-deductible as well. Consult your accountant.