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Do you know a kid  entrepreneur? We are looking for  youth ages 5 18 interested in participating in our first Kids Expo this summer! An opportunity for the next generation to showcase their  entrepreneurial spirit and gain understanding of  all  the  details  involved  in  creating,  branding, marketing and selling their own product or service. Applications are available online!

Your benefits include the use of co-work space at the Chamber office! With a small meeting room for up to 6 people and a conference  room  that  seats  up to  60  people theatre style, A/V capabilities and a small kitchen - finding a place  to  host a  meeting, event, lunch and  learn,  seminar, etc  just got easier.  Contact the Chamber for availability and usage guidelines

The 38th Annual NC Oyster Festival is scheduled for Sat. Oct. 20th and Sun. Oct. 21st, 2018. Sponsorships are now available! Sponsor an Artist and get to introduce the band or sponsor one of our Oyster Contests and present the winner with their awards. Other sponsorships are available.  Booth,  banner or  extra admission tickets are some of the benefits of sponsorship.

Don't make these mistakes with Buyer Personas... A buyer persona is the type of customer you are trying to attract. This is based on market   research and  real  data about your existing  customers.  Learn  common  mistakes made  when  using  buyer  personas and how to avoid  them  to  ensure  that  you  are building a marketing plan and making good sales decisions.




Being Brunswick  gives a  behind the  scenes look at our  local  business community and  the  jobs they do everyday. Messy, difficult, entertaining or creative, Being Brunswick covers it all. Each month features different businesses with host Shannon Viera documenting it all the way. 

Featured April Businesses: A Frame or Two Friends of Rachel Club - Waccamaw School

Our first Battle of the Bands will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 6pm - 10pm. The winner will be featured as our opening act at the 38th Annual NC Oyster Festival this fall! Come down to the Brunsco Spring Fling and listen to all 3 entrants and help us decide the winner!

TWO RIVERS BAND Variety On stage at 6:00 PM

THE BLUE PICKUPS Country & Classic Rock On stage at 7:20 PM

WAYNE STEWART & SEPTEMBER RAIN Alternative Country & Southern Rockabilly On stage at 8:40 PM




Hope Harbor Home What is the Mission of Hope Harbor Home? Hope Harbor Home strives to break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence in Brunswick County, NC with safe shelter, advocacy and education.

What services does Hope Harbor Home provide? 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (910) 754-5856 -This Hotline is always answered in person by someone who can talk to a caller in confidence about domestic violence. The Hotline can be the first step for many victims in the journey to stop a lifetime of abuse. Empowerment Support Group - Hope Harbor’s Empowerment Support Group is available to current and past victims of domestic violence, in or out of the shelter. Ending the abuse requires a total commitment to a safe future. Around-the-Clock Safe Shelter  - A roof over our head, a place where we know our children are safe from physical violence and shelter is such a basic human need, we often take it for granted. But this most basic of human needs is an important factor in getting a victim away from an abuser. For women and their children in immediate danger from an abuser,  Hope Harbor Home offers not only safe shelter, but also guidance through the steps toward an independent life for themselves and their families. Victim Advocacy -Hope Harbor Victim Advocates assess clients’ risk factors and may offer emergency shelter in the initial phase, to remove themselves and families from a dangerous situation. Navigating the legal system is a large part of the challenge that lies ahead of each victim. Trained victim advocates at Hope Harbor are available to discuss domestic violence and help connect victims with all the sources of public and private assistance available to them. Hope Harbor employs three full-time advocates, one of which is fluent in Spanish. Community education and outreach programs -Hope Harbor staff members are active in the Brunswick County community raising awareness of the issues and signs of domestic abuse. Programs to schools and civic organizations promoting nonviolence and addressing such issues as: • Bullying • Safe Dating • Good Touch / Bad Touch • Non-Violent Conflict Resolution • Respect for Others Hope Chest Thrift Stores  -Three Hope Chest Thrift Stores in Brunswick County offer gently used high-quality clothing, housewares, furniture, books, collectibles and other items to the public. Profits of the Hope Chests – located at Leland, Oak Island and Holden Beach – provide vital financial support for Hope Harbor Home’s programs, domestic violence victims and their children. The stores offer the community at-large a virtually free way to contribute to the betterment of their community, simply by cleaning out their closets and garages and donating items for sale at one of the area Hope Chest Thrift Stores. 


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How is Hope Harbor Funded? Donations, state support, local support, etc. Hope Harbor Home is funded in a variety of ways. Most administrative costs are funded by government grants that are applied for on a yearly basis.  We also receive private grants that typically go toward the betterment of our office and shelter such as buildings and grounds needs as well as updating to ensure safety and code standards.  We also rely heavily on the support of local community members in the form of donations of items, time, and supplies.  Donations are typically used directly in our shelter, unless items are donated to be sold in our local thrift stores which provides essential financial assistance toward the clients we work with.  The bottom line, is that no donation is to small and everything helps when it comes to providing a safe future for our community

What is the one thing you would like readers to know about Hope Harbor Home? If I could leave the members of Brunswick County with one thought, it would be that domestic violence IS happening. It's happening in your neighborhoods, workplace, and communities.  Studies show that 1 out of every 4 women have been a victim to some sort of intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. That means that between your sister, mom, neighbor, and best friend, someone you know finds this to be a personal issue. If we don't stand up for our friends and families, who will we stand up for?

For more information on Hope Harbor Home or ways you can help, check out their website at and sign up for their monthly newsletter: Domestic Violence in our Hometown.


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Movement Works

Ambassadors are the liaisons between the Chamber and Brunswick County. Ambassadors welcome new businesses in the area, provide information on becoming a chamber member and check in with current members on an ongoing basis. These volunteers are an extension of the Chamber staff, supporting new and renewing members through active participation in the community. They are respected business professionals who champion the Chamber each and every day. Each month, we recognize an Ambassador who has shown unwavering support for our business community and the Chamber.

Maria Denney NY Life Insurance Company Brunsco Chamber Ambassador

"I enjoy being an ambassador because this is my way of saying thank you to the small business owners and the community. I am able to meet other business owners in the community by stopping in their business to say hello and thanking them for being a member of our chamber. This allows me to be visible to the community so when they are in need of my services they will think of me and my business. Giving my time and showing that I care about others is who I am as a person and a small business owner." To find out more about these or any other services, programs or events, contact the Chamber at 910-754-6644


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EVENT SPONSORS: 93.9FM Carolina Country ATMC First Bank Gallant Videography Intracoastal Realty Planet Fun EVENT SUPPORTERS: BEMC Lowes Home Improvement Waste Industries

The Academy of Coastal Carolina, Inc. Awesome Website Guys Brunswick Little Theatre Coastal Development Realty CommWell Health of Ocean Isle Beach Copy Pro Crabby Oddwaters The Curious Mermaid The Flooring Depot The Islander inn Prestige Outdoor Lighting Seaside MedSpa Seaside Wellness Shallotte River Swamp Park Strategic Behavioral Center

TEAM ENTRIES: A+ Pro Services Awesome Website Guys Body Edge Fitness Solutions Brunswick Beacon Brunswick Community College - Continuing Ed Dept Brunswick Community College - Foundation Coastal Eclipse Softball CresCom First Bank Hope Harbor Home Intracoastal Realty North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce

Interested in sponsoring a program or event? Contact the Chamber at 910-754-6644

The Brunsco Beat - April 2018  
The Brunsco Beat - April 2018