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Town, County and State COVID-19 Responses

The Phase II plan to reopen North Carolina began at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22nd, and has since been extended three times until at least Friday, Sept. 11th. At this time, it is mandatory to wear masks when in public and you cannot be six feet or more from other people outside of your … read more


COVID-19 Message – April 6, 2020

Dear Chamber Members and Friends: We are still in the midst of one of the most serious events in our generation. Please practice social distancing, purchase take-out food from our local restaurants, buy gift cards from shops to use later or shop with our businesses that are operating online. When you have a chance, thank … read more


Small business resources related to COVID-19 hardships

Please click on the below links to learn more about resources for small businesses during this time. Payroll Protection Program US Small Business Administration – PPP FAQ’s to NC’s Stay at Home Order FEMA  COVID-19 NC Unemployment Insurance Information COVID-19 NC Unemployment Insurance-Before You Apply NCEM Public Assistance Applicant Briefing Schedule Small Business Owners Guide … read more


COVID-19 Message: March 30th, 2020

A Message From Our President: Dear Chamber Members and Friends: As I’m sure you already know, the Governor has issued a Stay at Home order for the next 30 days to try to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The public beach accesses and playgrounds throughout the county are closed, and all short-term rentals … read more


COVID-19 Response from the Chamber – March 23, 2020

A Message From Our President Dear Chamber Members and Friends: We are living through an unprecedented time. I’d be irresponsible if I minimized the seriousness of this situation to our community, state, and nation. As you know, the County has declared a state of emergency and is discouraging travel into our area. All of the … read more


COVID-19 Response from the Chamber of Commerce

A Message From Our President Dear Chamber Members and Friends: The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce is currently staffed and working for you.  We will do our best to be a relevant source of information in the coming weeks. We will give you the latest and most pertinent information needed by our Chamber businesses, such as … read more


What is Leadership Carteret?

In less than a month, the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce will conclude this year’s Leadership Carteret program. As well-known as it is, our staff constantly fields questions about it, and what the course entails. To describe it, we must first take a look at the name. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary: lead·​er·​ship | \ ˈlē-dər-ˌship  … read more


Chamber Supports Waterways Maintenance and Dredging Plan

On September 1, the Board of Directors of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce unanimously voted to adopt a resolution supporting a quarter cent increase in the county sales tax bringing it from 6.75 cents to 7 cents.  The County Commissioners adopted a similar resolution stipulating that the revenue generated will be used for waterway … read more


Chamber Board selects Tom Kies as next Chamber President

The Chamber’s Board of Directors has selected Tom Kies to serve as the next Chamber President. He is currently serving as Executive Director of the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association (DMCRA). Kies is expected to assume the role as Chamber President Monday, June 27. He will succeed Mike Wagoner, who is retiring this month. “Tom … read more


Right whale is near and dear to Carteret County

If seismic blasting is allowed to occur in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina, it could wipe out the remaining population of right whales. This is the learned opinion of 28 marine scientists who say the loud noise generated by seismic, underwater testing would be gravely harmful to the health of the … read more