The Currituck Chamber of Commerce holds a number of events that invite member participation.
- Business after Hours is an opportunity for members to make valuable new business contacts in a relaxed social setting. The more connected you are, the more opportunities you have to increase sales, make wise investments, influence opinion and hire the best people. That is the power of partnership.
- Training workshops are offered for our business owners and staff, and include topics such as networking, sales, time mangement, business planning, customer service and retirement, etc.
- The Currituck Business Expo and Job Fair , held each year in March, is an opportunity for local businesses, community organizations, government agencies, and non-profit groups to market themselves and their products/services to the local community, as well as to other businesses and organizations.
If you would like to volunteer with the Chamber,
there are several ways to get involved.
- You may join our Ambassador Program to recruit and mentor new members and to serve as a community voice for the Chamber. The Ambassador committee serves as volunteer liaisons between the Chamber and its members and develops a positive awareness in the community of the chamber through goodwill. This is a great way to get to know others in the business community while supporting the Chamber!
- Join one of the five Chamber Committees: Membership, Ambassadors, Education, Governmental Affairs/Economic Development or Special Events.
2011-2012 Program of Work
- Focus on retention by maintaining personal contact with members through staff, Board members and Ambassadors
- Increase awareness of valuable benefits offered to members
- Recruit more members to serve on committees
- Hold council forums to keep members up-to-date with issues affecting businesses
- Provide resources to members through partnerships with the Small Business and Technology Development Center, COA Small Business Center, etc.
- Provide networking opportunities for members through monthly lunch groups
Membership Committee Chair: Judy Vassar
- Continue to work on membership dues retention/collections
- Increase percentage of non-dues revenue through web enhancements and advertising, special events, etc.
- Make current fundraisers more effective by increasing participation
- Continue researching the establishment of a 501(c)3 Foundation
Finance Committee Chair: Karen Gresham
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- Work with government agencies to co-sponsor events (economic development, tourism, etc.)
- Meet with local government officials in an informal setting
- Present our Program of Work at a Commissioners meeting in January
- Be a voice for our members at local government meetings
- Report committee meeting details to the membership
- Emphasize infrastructure improvements and regulatory environment as focus items
Government Affairs/ED Committee Chair:
- Continue partnership with the school system, providing information for student internships through our members
- Continue staff development through Small Business Center training
- Start a Leadership Currituck program, teaching members of the community about Currituck County and growing leadership skills
- Encourage member-to-member workshops, allowing members to share expertise
Education Committee Chair: Allison Sholar