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After Hours at Lexi B's Boutique

on 07/31/2018 - 04:24 pm

We may have created a new form of networking by holding these events where shopping is fun too. The members were excited to participate in both at the July Business Networking After Hours at Lexi B's Boutique. Lexi B's Boutique is located at 303 N. Howe Street in Southport. Check them out online or in person, well worth the stop.The next Business Networking After Hours is Thursday, August 9th from 5:30pm-7:00pm @ Bell's Supply located at 4392 Long Beach Road, Southport. Hope to see all the members out supporting them in their 30th Anniversary year.

Diehl Gives Tips for Creating Customer Loyalty

on 07/31/2018 - 03:26 pm

Melanie Diehl, Melanie & Co. Marketing Collective discussed ways to Create Customer Loyalty during a recent seminar at the Southport Oak Island Chamber of Commerce-Welcome Center designed to assist businesses get ready for the temporary closing for rejuvenation of the G.V. Barbee Bridge for six months beginning in mid October 2018. Did you know a customer is 4 times more likely to go to your competitor if your problem is service-related than price or product related according research by Bain & Company? The next seminar in the series will be held via webinar on Thursday, August 2nd. Topic will be Revamping Your Sales Strategy. Presenter will be Toya Wilson-Smith, NexGeneration Digita ...

Top 5 Financial Questions Topic of Coffee with the Girls in July

on 07/25/2018 - 03:38 pm

The most frequently asked financial questions were classified into these Top 5: Where am I today? Where do I want to go? Can I get there? How do I get there? How do I stay on track? We learned that the answers are different for each person!

During the July Coffee with the Girls, Teresa Leggett Carroll, Edward Jones Financial Advisor shared some advice on how to begin the process of answering these questions and it starts with a monthly budget. She stated that everyone needs to create and maintain a monthly budget; attendees were given a sample budget and a “homework assignment” to fill it out and start the budget process. Teresa also shared that while planning for ...

Local Businesses Prepare for G.V. Barbee Bridge to Oak Island’s Temporary Closure

on 07/19/2018 - 01:29 pm

The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce continued the It’s Worth the Drive Seminar Series on Monday and Tuesday of this week with a Business Preparedness Resource Panel Discussion.  “Knowledge and planning are key to keeping our small businesses viable during the 6-month disruption in the area’s normal traffic patterns”, said Karen Sphar, Executive Vice President of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. 
The Chamber along with the Brunswick Community College Small Business Center, North Carolina Rural Center and Thread Capital sponsored the event held at the Chamber.  
Panel members were:  Kevin G. Bowen, Division Co ...

Drive More Business with Loyalty Programs and E-Commerce Sites

on 07/13/2018 - 02:51 pm

In preparation for the temporary closing of the G.V. Barbee Bridge to Oak Island in October of 2018 for several months, The Chamber is holding a seminar series to prepare our business community. The subject of the July 12th seminar presented by Jeanne Eury, NC Retail Merchants Association was "Driving More Business with Loyalty Programs & E-Commerce Sites". Between 2012 & 2014 loyalty programs increased by 26.7% and 90% of consumers want meaningful reward options.Key points on reward programs:

Be true to your brand and culture of your business.
Simple is better but make it related to your business
Make the reward difficult to figure value -do not use points for dollars and make ...

2018 Ambassador of the Year Announced

on 07/07/2018 - 03:15 pm

During the Chamber's Annual Meeting, Ben Frazier (The State Port Pilot) was recognized as Ambassador of the Year. In his Ambassador role, Ben represented the chamber at the most ribbon cuttings, visiting fellow members, and attending various events throughout the year.The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce meet once per month for lunch.  In June they enjoyed their lunch meeting at Ports of Call Bistro in Southport.

Join the Chamber's Ambassadors and you too can join a great group of fellow members for interesting conversations, have a chance to meet fascinating business owners, and keep abreast of upcoming events and activities of the Chamber. Call today to be a ...

Chamber Board Joins Local Leaders for Tour of Brunswick Nuclear Plant

on 07/07/2018 - 03:09 pm

Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff joined other local community leaders for a on-site visit to the Brunswick Nuclear Plant. After a tour of the plant they were joined by Site Vice President Randy Gideon who gave a presentation about the plant and its operations.
Photos by Matt Parvin, Oak Island Accommodations

Sheriff & Superintendent Discuss Opioid Crisis

on 07/07/2018 - 02:41 pm

The second session in a series on The Opioid Crisis in Brunswick County & It's Impact was held at the Chamber on June 18th. Panel members Sheriff John W. Ingram, V, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and Leslie K. Tubb (Col) (R) Superintendent, Brunswick County Schools continued educating the Chamber members about what is being done about the problem. Sheriff John Ingram is also the chair of the Opioid Task Force. The Task Force will be hosting Sam Quinones, author of "Dream Land: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic" on August 23rd at BCC Odell Williamson.
One fact stood out - 70-80% of those individuals using today started with prescription addiction. Although there is a declin ...

Coffee at the Coffee and Wine Bar

on 07/07/2018 - 02:27 pm

A lively and helpful discussion with attendees giving their best organizational habits tip was held during June's Coffee with the Girls at The Office Coffee and Wine Bar in Boiling Spring Lakes.The next Coffee with the Girls will be held on Tuesday, July 17th at 8:00am at Edward Jones office at 4961 Long Beach Road, Suite 6. Teresa Carroll, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones will present "Five Money Questions for Women".Coffee with the Girls is an event of the Southport Oak Island Chamber of Commerce-Welcome Center. It is Free to attend for Chamber Members. No RSVP necessary. Non Members may attend any two Chamber events prior to membership requirement.