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Meet the New EDC Director Transportation Plan on the Move New Tax Breaks for Small Business Published by NCCOAST

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CONTENTS Vol. 3 • Issue 3 June 15-Aug. 15, 2010 email: The NCCOAST Business Journal serves to showcase Carteret County as a prime location for doing business. The NCCOAST Business Journal is published by NCCOAST Communications in cooperation with the Carteret County Economic Development Council and the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. The advertising deadline for the Aug.15-Oct.15 issue is July 9. For additional information, visit Published by

NCCOAST Communications 201 N. 17th St., Morehead City, NC 28557 252.240.1811 • 800.525.1403 fax 877.247.1856 Publisher Tom Kies Managing Editor Craig Ramey ( Staff Writer Amanda Dagnino Advertising Sales Jamie Bailey (252.241.9485) David Pennington (252.723.7801) Wes Rinehart (252.241.4666) Ashly Willis (252.723.3350) ( Graphics Manager Kim Moore ( Graphic Design Amber Csizmadia, Mimi Davis, Amy Gray, and Roze Taitingfong The NCCOAST Business Journal is published six times per year by NCCOAST Communications. Seven-thousand copies are produced per issue with 3,000 direct mailed to Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and Carteret County EDC members and other select recipients, including out-of-area venture capitalists. The publication is also available at select locations throughout Carteret County. Subscription rates are $15 per year. Email for subscription information. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. The NCCOAST Business Journal is staff produced and cannot be held responsible for any unsolicited editorial material. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited. Content is as accurate as possible at presstime.



THE TOURISM EDITION There’s little question about how important tourism is to Carteret County’s economy. The hard part is narrowing that impact down to 10 attractions or recent developments that will have the greatest influence on the summer of 2010.

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AN OPEN BOOK Myles Stempin takes over as the new executive director for Carteret County’s Economic Development Council. BIZ BEAT From NC20 to the governor’s proposed budget to new corporations and more, get caught up on the latest news around the county and beyond. FROM THE EDC Dave Inscoe bids farewell in his final column as executive director of the Carteret County Economic Development Council. BUSINESS CLASS Change paths and learn skills with this comprehensive list of businessrelated classes offered at CCC this summer.


BUILDING BUSINESS The search begins for input on a new and improved comprehensive transportation plan.


THE ONLOOKER Carteret County schools continue to raise the bar.


KEEPING IT SMALL From tax breaks to appreciation, we’re always looking out for the little guys.


IN THE NETWORK Networking after hours continues to gain in popularity. Take a look at some of the photos from recent events and see who you missed.

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Editor’s Note What’s Not to ‘Like?’ Do you remember generating online traffic the old fashioned way? Think back to the archaic time of 2008, when all print ads and TV commercials were still including “www” and “dot com.” You know … Web addresses? That all changed when social networking made its way to cyberspace, which coincidentally happened about the same time cyberspace became mobile for the masses with Web-ready phones. Now, instead of begging for webpage visitors, companies are convincing the general public that getting to know their products and services is not a distraction from their social lives … it’s part of their social lives. Using social networking sites like facebook and Twitter, and clever terminology like “become a fan,” “follow” us, “like” us or “become our friend,” companies have jumped on the social networking bandwagon with a fury. Now it seems every print ad and TV commercial includes their social networking names and their Web address, and in many cases the latter is falling by the wayside. Once you “become a fan” or “like” a company’s page you can link their page to your phone and get a text message every time Mountain Dew comes up with a new color or the Snuggle bear laughs. Instead of cursing and moaning every time they get hit with a pop-up ad on the computer, they’re actually signing up to get an ad delivered straight to their pocket. Hoping to make a point, I spotted a tin of Altoids on my desk and decided to see how many friends these curiously strong mints had on facebook. It turns out, not only does Altoids have more than 6,400 fans and counting, but the landing page is for an Altoid social networking app for your iPhone called “Tune Out.” The app lets you follow your favorite people on facebook and Twitter, while ignoring all those other friends you keep around for “popularity padding.” (Altoids was smart enough to have their name at the top of each page on this application so nobody ever forgets their “curiously strong” friends.)

That’s how fast social networking and business marketing are integrating. Before sitting down to write this piece I felt pretty confident in my years of experience and knowledge of social networking. However, before getting to the end I discovered that I too was behind the curve. And that’s a point of frustration for many, especially those that aren’t quite as computer savvy as their children or grandchildren. What’s the point of trying to figure out the uses of social networking if you fall behind while trying to keep up? Right? Well, maybe social networking doesn’t matter for your business and it’s easier to just stay out of it all together. And that’s fine. You don’t have to “like” this trend … but you better “follow” it.

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An Open Book Passing the Torch Stempin in as New EDC Executive Director By Amanda Dagnino Trusted with promoting the economic growth of the community, the Carteret County Economic Development Council is turning to Myles Stempin, the former economic development coordinator for Mt. Pleasant, SC, to steer the region through what many hope will be a time of economic rebirth. Stempin replaces Executive Director Dave Inscoe, who announced his bid to retire last November. Inscoe, who has held the post since 2001, scheduled May 21 as his last official day on the job. “We had over 30 applications and many, many of them were good – there are some really good people out there – so we had our test cut out for us,” said Joan Lamson, Pine Knoll Shores’ former mayor and head of the search committee. She was joined by EDC President Doug Brady, Buck Fugate, Dan Reitz and Kerry Youngblood, president of Carteret Community College, during the month-long search. Thirty was whittled down to seven who participated in telephone interviews and finally two prospective directors were brought in for personal interviews. “Our two final candidates were very different in their approach but both very good,” she said. “Myles has worked with small firms as well as large and he’s done some very good, big projects in the communities where he has worked before. He also has a lot of experience with smaller firms and entrepreneurial firms and that’s really what we are about here in Carteret County.” Lamson noted that a study completed at Carteret Community College last fall found more than 7,000 firms in Carteret County with less than four employees. “Looking at this we knew we really needed someone who is going to understand the small business, understand the cluster of industries that we have here and help our businesses thrive in Carteret County,” she said. In addition to the 10 years he spent in South Carolina, Stempin was an economic development consultant in Williamsburg, Va., economic development director for the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance in Fredericksburg, Va., and has held marketing director posts in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. “I think I can bring a broad perspective to the position. I’ve worked with large companies and small companies in several different states and I think that gives me a good background to bring to the community,” Stempin said via telephone. Stempin took the director’s seat on May 17, but has no intention of making grand announcements of ideas or projects right from the start.


“I’m really looking forward to meeting all the players and hearing from them about where they want to go,” he said. “It would be premature to make any announcements or pinpoint any ideas until then. I can Myles Stempin say that I want to be creative, encourage collaboration and build a consensus about the direction the community should go. “There are a lot of different possibilities. What you try not to do is go into a community with any preconceived ideas because it’s not really fair,” he continued. “There are a lot of people that have input into where the community is going and there are a lot of people that I need to talk to yet. This is not something you do by yourself.” Incorporated in 1971, the EDC, a nonprofit membership group designed “to promote the economic advancement and welfare of Carteret County,” helps attract new business to the area while also supporting established and growing companies. In short, the focus of the EDC is to make Carteret County the ideal place to do business. “Of course a big factor is the economy right now and that definitely plays a role when companies are looking for a place to relocate,” Stempin said. “They’re looking for employees, of course, but they’re looking at how cost effective the community is and a lot of other resources as well. We’ve seen what can happen to the economy and it’s important to strengthen it when you have the chance. I think this is the perfect time to position the community for growth. I see a nice future for Carteret County.” And as he acclimates to the new post, and stretches his creative legs, Inscoe has promised to make himself available as needed, providing introductions and helping Stempin settle in. “I think we are in a time of transition here in Carteret County,” Lamson said. “And I think there will be great opportunities as the economy continues to improve slowly. I think that Carteret County is really on the verge of some good news and I think that Myles is the personality that can take us there.” 

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From the Chamber Reverse Drawing Turns Civic Center into a Circus July 10

This year’s annual reverse drawing, hosted by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, July 10, features “A Circus Celebration” as its theme. “All the fun and excitement will be ‘under the big top’ at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Enjoy the ‘Greatest Show on the Crystal Coast,’” said the chamber’s Tracey Brinson. Each $100 ticket admits two people for dinner, open bar, silent auction and entertainment by Morris Willis Music. Doors open at 6 pm; the buffet begins at 6:30. “Best of all you have a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 cash,” Brinson said. “Only 325 tickets will be sold, and historically, the reverse drawing is a sellout. You need not be present to win.” So, step right up … and get your ticket at chamber headquarters, 801 Arendell St., Morehead City.” For more information call the chamber at 726-6350.

Chamber/JobLink Awards Luncheon Presented Sept. 9

The 6th annual Chamber/JobLink Appreciation Luncheon & Awards Presentation will be at noon on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Morehead City Country Club … and nominations are now being accepted in several categories: Two Employer of the Year Awards will recognize allaround excellence. Two Community Advocate Awards will recognize outstanding community relations programming by a company or organization. One Skilled Trades Professional of the Year Award will be presented. One Award of Achievement will be presented to an individual who has benefited directly from the services offered through the JobLink Career Center. This event is hosted by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and JobLink Career Center as the centerpiece of “JobLink Appreciation Week” in Carteret County, Sept. 5-11. The keynote speaker will be Rodney Kemp of Chalk & Gibbs Insurance and Real Estate, Morehead City. He is North Carolina’s 2003 Historian of the Year. Nomination forms are available at the Carteret County Chamber, 801 Arendell St., and the JobLink Career Center, 309 Commerce Ave. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 30.


State Legislature Goes Back to Work

The 2010 Short Session of the NC General Assembly began May 12, and Carteret County is served by Sen. Jean Preston and Rep. Pat McElraft, both of Emerald Isle and Republicans. “The big question, of course, is the state budget,” said Joan Pulley of Realty World First Coast Realty, who chairs the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce Public & Government Affairs Committee. At the chamber’s annual Legislative Luncheon in April, Sen. Preston said 2010 may be the year that lawmakers approve a budget prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1. Traditionally, deliberations have dragged on into July or August. “This has caused State Rep. Pat McElraft and Woody extreme hardships Warren, chair of the chamber’s board of in the past for local directors. governments, the community colleges and public school systems, because they are all required by law to establish their own budgets by July 1, without knowing what their state allocations are going to be.” Pulley and others say conditions may be right this year for the General Assembly to wrap up early so legislators can hit the campaign trail for the November general election. All 50 senators and 120 house members serve twoyear terms, so every seat is up for election this fall, and voter turnout is expected to approach record numbers. “Amid all this political activity, the chamber leadership will continue to speak out as the voice of business on public policy issues,” Pulley said. “Our 2010 Legislative Agenda lists six top-tier priorities and all promote business and commerce at the coast,” she said. “We continue to support highway improvements and upgrades to the US 70 corridor from Raleigh to Morehead City, in order to expand our tourism base and stimulate business growth,” Pulley said. “Also, it’s imperative to maintain the current NC Dept. of Transportation Equity Formula for distribution of highway project construction funds. Infrastructure is critical to all forms of economic development. (cont. on page14)

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Governor Releases FY 10-11 Budget Proposal Gov. Bev Perdue released her proposed state budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year in late May. Released earlier than administrations in past years, Perdue’s budget makes critical investments in four key areas: jobs and the economy, education, setting government straight and safer communities. It cuts nearly $1 billion in spending and reallocates some $250 million to programs that will reform state government and continue to move the state forward through an economic recovery.


Spending cuts focused on programs and areas that were proven to be unproductive, wasteful or in need of greater efficiencies. Investments in technology to ferret out fraud, waste and abuse were also highlighted. Highlights of the budget proposal include: • $15 million for a “Back to Work” Incentive Fund that will provide a direct rebate to small businesses that hire long-term unemployed workers. • $250 per person credit for small businesses that provide health insurance to their employees. • $22 million to establish the North Carolina Mobility Fund that will be used to address critical congestion bottlenecks and to improve our logistics capabilities. • $39 million to provide teachers with hand-held diagnostic assessment devices in grades K-3 and grade 5. • Funding for enrollment growth and expanding needbased financial aid at the university and community college levels. • $4 million for the Dept. of Revenue to target corporations that have outstanding tax liabilities. The initiative is expected to collect an estimated $110 million in additional tax revenue. • $10 million to merge state criminal data records into one streamlined, comprehensive system, known as CJ LEADS. The budget also includes almost $1 billion in spending cuts. That total was achieved through efficiency measures, cutting waste and eliminating unproductive programs. Some cuts include: • Reduce spending for most agencies by 5-7 percent • Education entities protected at less than 4 percent reductions. • More than 600 positions eliminated. In addition, Gov. Perdue’s budget ensures North Carolina’s financial security by earmarking $101.5 million to replenish the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Counting to NC20 Business and government leaders from North Carolina’s coastal counties are steeling themselves for 2010 Census results that they said could translate to less power and more regulation for the eastern part of the state. Urban areas – such as the Piedmont with Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point; and the Research Triangle area including Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill – have been growing. “What it essentially means is the Piedmont is going to get a lot more representatives and senators than we are,” said Tom Thompson, executive director of NC20, a coalition of coastal business and government leaders. “We’re going to lose and they’re going to gain. You’re going to see a huge amount of pressure to put more money there.”

Thompson, director of the Beaufort County Economic Development Commission, said the expected leap – as much as 50 percent – in population in the Piedmont could result in it gaining up to eight new members in the General Assembly. The coastal region has had only about 10 percent of the state’s population, and its numbers are not expected to change substantially. The nonprofit NC20, named for the 20 counties regulated by the state Coastal Area Management Act, was formed as an ad hoc group in 2008 to oppose proposed state stormwater regulations. The group was at the forefront of last year’s battle against increases in homeowners’ insurance rates on the coast. The coalition, helped by lobbyists for the building and real estate industries, achieved limited success. At its annual meeting in New Bern this week, the group is going to propose funding its own full-time lobbyist to protect the economic development interests of the region, Thompson said. “We’re a minority of the state, and we’re a favorite target because of the rich resources we have,” he said. “We have got to unify or we’re going to be eaten alive.” Three of the state’s most powerful politicians are from the east – Sen. Pro Tempore Marc Basnight, a Dare County Democrat, and Gov. Beverly Perdue and House Speaker Pro Tem William Wainwright, both Craven County Democrats – but Thompson said that they still have to contend with the legislature. “Quite frankly, they can’t go any further than the membership will let them go,” Thompson said. Willo Kelly, government affairs director for the Outer Banks Home Builders Association and the Outer Banks Association of Realtors, said that in her lobbying for changes in insurance rates, she witnessed first-hand the distorted perception inland legislators have about the coast. “They think we get everything we want,” she said, and that “we’re all wealthy and we live in big houses.” Kelly, a Nags Head resident, said the statewide fight over insurance rates illustrates what coastal counties are up against. Despite data that she said show that ice storms have caused more catastrophic damage in the western part of the state and that hurricanes have caused more damage in Charlotte and the Piedmont area than on the coast, ho-

meowners in coastal counties were charged higher rates. At the same time, one-third of the state hasn’t gotten a rate increase in 17 years. Scientific data did not seem to influence decisions on the rates, she said, as much as political power did. “You’re an elected official,” Kelly said, “and you’ve kept them low where the votes are.” I By Catherine Kozak Virginian-Pilot

NEW CORPOR ATIONS Business is on the move and each edition of NCCOAST Business Journal makes sure you know how fast it’s going with regular listings of Carteret County’s newest corporations. The following were formed in April and May.

4 JS Bakery, Inc. – 8700 A-1 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle AAVNC, Inc. – 5380-A Hwy 70 West, Morehead City ASCA, LLC – 1107 Bridges St., Morehead City Affordable Properties of the Carolinas, LLC – 100 Fairview Drive, Lot 42, Emerald Isle The Barnyard, Inc. – 452 Howard Blvd., Newport B-Town Enterprises, LLC – 9106-B Coast Guard Road, Emerald Isle Bowen Home Services, LLC – 1609 Ivory Gull Drive, Morehead City The Captain’s Shop, LLC – 304 N. 35th St., Morehead City Commtec Security, Inc. – 805 Arendell St., Morehead City Computer Safeguards, Inc. – 1704 Live Oak St., Beaufort Copperdrop Technologies, LLC – 712 Arendell St., Morehead City Crystal Coast Windows, Inc. – 213 Tidewater Drive, Newport DCR Holdings, LLC – 3210 Abbott Morris St., Morehead City Deruise Barts, Inc. – 3368 Railroad Blvd., Newport Emerald Isle Adventures, Inc. – 309 Cedar St., Emerald Isle Global Marine, Inc. – 315 N. 35th St., Morehead City Impact Church of Morehead City – 1009 Lake N. Shore Drive, Morehead City Island Harbor Marina of Emerald Isle, Inc. – 304 N. 35th St., Morehead City KZ Consulting, LLC – 416 Oakmont Drive, Morehead City Knapp Properties, LLC – 386 VFW Road, Cedar Point Lawrence, LLC – 3000 Market St., Apt. B, Newport Marlene Drive Properties, LLC – 158 Sunset Drive, Cedar Point MC Beach Property, LLC – 107 Bay Court, Morehead City Mid-Town Vending, Inc. – 101 Charleston Landing, Morehead City Morris Marina Ferry, LLC – 1000 Morris Marina Road, Atlantic Old Island Farm, LLC – 208 Salter Path Road, Pine Knoll Shores Onoff, Inc. – 200 Colonial Drive, Beaufort Ribeyes Downeast, Inc. – 104 Golfin Dolphin Drive, Cape Carteret Robert Cole’s Custom Construction – 408 Commerce Ave., Morehead City Rock the Cradle, Inc. – 7202 Archers Creek Drive, Emerald Isle SMP Management, LLC – 912 Arendell St., Morehead City Saferod, LLC – 1308 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort Sharp By Design, Inc. – 103 Pond Drive, Newport Somerville Corp. – 3273 Mill Creek Road, Newport Sound Corp, Inc. – 102-A Professional Park Drive, Beaufort TCM Yacht Sales & Service, Inc. – 232 W. Beaufort Road, Beaufort Turtle Creek – 700 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach Underground Septic & Water Environmental Technologies, LLC – 209 N. 35th St., Morehead City Undersea Services, LLC – 3002 Mandy Lane, Morehead City VirtYou, Inc., 512 Turner St., Beaufort



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If there’s one thing most businesses need to keep moving, it’s fuel. Of course, defining all those different types of fuel would be an infinite task running the gamut from morale boosts for employees to money in the register. But in a literal sense, it seems fuel, specifically gas and diesel, is a necessary cost that battles the bottom line of any business model. Whether it’s paying for the gas directly with a company card that’s used to fill up your delivery truck, or monthly checks to your employees for mileage compensation, it costs money to move money. But it doesn’t have to cost as much thanks to these helpful hints from the NC Dept. of Transportation. Leave early and don’t rush. “Jack-rabbit” starts and hard braking alone can increase fuel consumption by 40 percent but reduce travel time by only 4 percent. Keep it close to 60 mph on the highway. Highway driving that exceeds 60 miles per hour uses more fuel. According to the US EPA, every 5 miles over the 60 mph level is equivalent to paying 20 extra cents per gallon for gas. Avoid idling. With today’s advanced vehicles, turning the engine off and on again is no longer hard on your starter and you no

longer need to warm up your engine. An automobile may burn more than half a gallon of fuel for every hour spent idling. Use AC only at higher speeds. Air conditioning can reduce mileage significantly, by as much as 20 percent. In fact, your air conditioner can consume up to one gallon of gas per tank to cool the vehicle. When driving at slower speeds (less than 40 mph), such as driving in urban areas, open windows are better. At higher speeds (over 40 mph), close the windows and turn on the air conditioner. Keep on rolling in traffic. Slow-and-go is always better than stop-and-go, and not just to reduce traffic congestion woes. It can take 20 percent more fuel to accelerate from a full stop than from 5 miles per hour. Keep tires properly inflated. The Department of Energy estimates that 1.2 billion gallons of fuel were wasted in 2005 as a result of driving on underinflated tires. Fuel efficiency is reduced by 1 percent for every 3 PSI that tires are under-inflated. Replace your air filter. According to the US Department of Energy, replacing a clogged air filter can increase your mileage by 10 percent. Tighten your fuel cap. As much as 30 gallons of gasoline could be lost annually to evaporation when the fuel cap is not fully tightened. Loose, damaged or missing gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year, according to the Car Care Council. 

From the Chamber (cont. from page 10)

“Additionally, we strongly advocate maintaining the existing School Calendar Law, which states that public schools cannot open for students prior to August 25,” she said. “We need that summer tourism revenue to help pay for education. “Furthermore, travel and tourism is a growth industry for North Carolina, so we support adequate investment to aggressively promote and market North Carolina as a tourism destination.” Pulley said the two other top-tier priorities for the chamber are funding for North Carolina’s community colleges, because this is pivotal in developing a skilled workforce to attract capital investment, as well as support for the military in eastern North Carolina. “Collectively, the military operations provide a huge economic stimulus for our regional economy,” she said.

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“Outrageous Customer Service is both an art and a science, and we enjoy rewarding those individuals in our communities who are the masters,” said Woody Warren of Bluewater Real Estate and chair of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce.


“The talent search is now under way to identify a minimum of five people who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve their customers or clients,” he said. “They will be honored as champions of customer service during a reception, beginning at 4 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Dolphin Ridge Club in Emerald Isle.” This awards program is now in its sixth year and is presented by Carteret Community College, the NCCOAST Business Journal, the Dolphin Ridge Club and the chamber. John Smith, director of business development at Carteret Community College (CCC), said: “Many of the small business training seminars and workshops that we offer focus on improving customer service skills; it’s a point of emphasis for us.” Tom Kies, Publisher of the NCCOAST Business Journal, said, “Our magazine is dedicated to showcasing Carteret County as a prime location for doing business, and one of the ways our local companies shine is through their commitment to excellence in customer service. “We encourage nominations from everyone –employers, coworkers or those who have been on the receiving end of outrageous customer service,” Kies said. The process is easy, just contact Chamber President Mike Wagoner at and share your story. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 10. The featured speaker at the reception will be CCC President Kerry Youngblood. 

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Have you ever sat on the beach and watched the tide rise? It is almost imperceptible. You know it is rising, but you can’t see it. And it gradually inundates all the sandcastles and the work children have done for the past few hours. Eventually, all traces of activity are washed away by the slow rise of the water. Like the rising tide that gradually covers all in its path, coastal North Carolina is experiencing gradual change that has the potential to wash away our economy. We know it is happening, but like the tide, it may be hard to see. In recent years, we have constantly battled decisions made 150 miles inland by people that have little interest or knowledge of our coast. Legislators and bureaucrats sitting in Raleigh are making decisions that affect the daily lives of all coastal residents. The coastal stormwater rules are an example. It was a major battle. Coastal communities rallied at the last minute and through the combined efforts of coastal economic interest we were able to thwart some of the more Draconian changes proposed by environmental groups and bureaucrats in Raleigh. We certainly didn’t win, but at least we were able to get some relief for property owners. More recently, we found ourselves in a battle over coastal insurance rates. Again, bureaucrats and politicians in Raleigh were making decisions on how much money is going to be sucked out of the coastal economy to prop up insurance company losses in the central and western parts of the state. Now we are seeing a pitched battle beginning over transportation funding. Again, the bureaucrats and interests in the central parts of the state are trying to change the method by which funding for highways is distributed by shifting the funds from poor rural North

Editor’s Note: This is the farewell column for Carteret Economic Development Council Executive Director Dave Inscoe. Having held the post since 2001, Inscoe officially retired May 21 and was replaced by Myles Stempin of Mt. Pleasant, SC (see page 8).


Carolina to those areas that choose not to plan for their growth. When our legislature reconvenes next month, they will face another important issue to coastal property owners who want to reverse the state’s long-standing ban against terminal groins. Property owners paid large sums of money to enjoy sandy beaches and have a right to have them protected. However, once again, the issue will be decided by people who have no vested interest and don’t understand coastal property owner’s issues. These issues are slowly, almost imperceptibly creeping up on us, just as the tide imperceptibly rises. The increasing costs to develop land because of unnecessary environmental rules, higher insurance costs being shifted to coastal counties, the lack of good roads which stymie economic opportunity, the continued loss of funding for dredging channels of commerce and beach nourishment, the supposed threat of sea level rise (which will give regulators the ammunition to impose even more rules), the changing political balance and the move to reallocate highway funding are one by one creating a climate that will collectively slowly erode our economic and social fabric. How do we react? Do we sit back and watch the tide rise, or do we work together as coastal communities and build a wall to keep this rising tide from inundating us? NC20, which was created through the efforts of Tom Thompson of the Beaufort County Economic Development Commission and other visionaries who see the impacts of these changes, is a partnership among the people, local governments and businesses of the 20 coastal counties of North Carolina. Its mission is to support the common environmental and sustainable economic interest within these 20 coastal counties through coordinated communication, information sharing, data collection and monitoring, scientific research and proactive interaction with legislative and executive decision makers at all levels of government. NC20 provides an opportunity for coastal communities to work together to keep the tide back and to protect the interest of coastal residents and property owners. This fledging organization needs the support of every coastal resident, business owner and elected body. Only through working together can we begin to affect policy and rules made by those that don’t have a stake in the fight. For more information, go to Get involved. The tide will continue to rise and fall every day. We have to work together to make sure that it doesn’t inundate our economy. 

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There’s something about summer that brings everything to life. Spring is traditionally known as a time of blossoming and rebirth, but summer is when we really get cooking – both on the beach and in our economy. Whether it’s rental houses, hotels, restaurants, museums or the simplicity of a day on the beach, Crystal Coast residents have watched their tourism industry grow during the past 50 years from a small fraction of the economy to a bedrock supporter of small, local businesses. The latest figures, dating back to 2007, showed $269.5 million in total expenditures for the county, $50 million in payroll, $17.25 million in local tax receipts and the generation of 3,000 jobs. Another undeniable statistic is attached to unemployment, which went from 10.4 percent in February of 2009 to 8 percent just two months later. The number continued to fall, bottoming out at 7.3 percent in August, while the state unemployment rate remained escalated at 10.7 percent. From those numbers it’s easy to see the Crystal Coast has gone through its share of economic expansion from tourism


dollars, however, the pendulum does swing both ways. Following bank closings, record foreclosures and mounting woes delivered minute by minute on various 24-hour news outlets, it seemed every vacationer wanted a rock bottom deal on their vacation home in 2009, while others simply decided to not come to the Crystal Coast at all because it just wasn’t in their budget. But as we go into the 2010 summer season, we’re hearing less and less economic tales of disparity. Confidence is building and there several reasons to think, that on a local level that assurance could lead to a strong tourist season. “We’re very optimistic,” said Carol Lohr, executive director of the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority. “Advance reservations for units and cottage condos are well ahead of where they were this time last year. The tourists and our visitors and second homeowners are the economic boon to our area. Without them we would be in a whole different situation.” This precursor of rental reservations, combined with economic stability, goes hand in hand with word on the street from restaurateurs that have already opened for spring and gone through a busy Easter weekend. “We had an excellent Easter,” added Lohr. “The economy is turning around, slowly in the real estate sales market and restaurants had a better spring than they anticipated. We had such a long, cold winter and bad weather across the country and we’re concerned about our friends in the Gulf. But with all the things we have going on … it’s going to put more visibility on us.” Hoping to raise that visibility, many organizations, entrepreneurs and countless others have pushed through efforts in recent months to raise the tourism bar for 2010. The Crystal Coast Tourism Authority, which takes to the stump for this effort all year long, pushed its efforts further this spring by hosting writers from various travel magazines. This publicity campaign, combined with endeavors to bring fresh new attractions to the Crystal Coast, such as regular trips to the top of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, a new baseball stadium, boat ramps and improvements to Fort Macon, is sure to shine an even brighter spotlight on Carteret County. With so many additions, as well as standards like the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, the NC Aquarium and the growing Pyrate Invasion, trying to

narrow down a list of the 10 most influential additions to the 2010 season was no easy task. Pooling resources from the NCCOAST Business Journal, the Carteret County Tourism Authority, the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and the Carteret County Economic Development Council, we tackled this Herculean task and came up with the following 10 reasons. Like any list there were some new programs that just missed the cut, such as several stages for live music, bike paths in Emerald Isle, nature trails in the works and countless others, while the second task of putting the final 10 in order proved to be just as difficult. However, now that we’ve settled on a list, we can all agree that there are 10 major reasons our tourism economy will be cooking this summer.


Lighthouse Readies for Guests

Cape Lookout National Seashore announced in March that a contractor has been selected and safety and historic preservation modifications to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse necessary for public climbing access to the tower will soon be underway. Completion of the work is anticipated sometime this summer. The lighthouse has opened for specific days previously, but only a limited number of visitors were allowed to make the climb in order to avoid congestion. During prior openings, the National Park Service would begin offering tickets at 8am on a set day, much like popular concerts do. And like tickets to the country’s most popular concerts, the tickets would be gone in less than an hour. Formerly open just four days per year, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse will be open for climbing three days per week – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 10am-3:30pm. During a typical summer season, plans are to have the tower open from May until the end of September, but this year the tower will open later due to the construction work. Once the lighthouse opens for the season, the Seashore proposes to sell tickets for lighthouse climbing at the Harkers Island Visitor Center, from 9am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday, so visitors can purchase tickets in advance for the same week. The fee proposed for climbing the lighthouse is $8 for adults and $4 for children (8-12) and seniors (62 and over.) The climbing fee is necessary to recoup part of the expenses of managing visitor access to the lighthouse. “We are excited to be able to open the tower to the public this year,” noted Russel J. Wilson, superintendent. “Because this is our first year, our initial plans will be subject to review next winter once we have more experience with how popular the climbs will be.” (cont. on page 24)


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Tourism of Duty

Depending on whom you ask, the biggest contributor to Carteret County’s economy is either tourism or the military. Tourism is an influx everyone can see during the summer when thousands of people clog the streets with traffic, blanket the beach with bodies and create lines at our favorite restaurants. The military presence from neighboring Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, New River and Camp Lejeune is a little more subtle in its impact, but it’s no secret that military families are shopping in Carteret County stores and buying homes, particularly around Newport. “The military economy in Carteret County outweighs the tourism economy by about $100 million,” said Colleen Maloney, director of public relations for the Military Growth Task Force. Having grown by 13,000 people in the past few years and expecting 1,500 to relocate to Cherry Point by 2011, growth is still on the rise. That’s an undeniable impact on Carteret County’s economy, not just year-round but during tourism season as well. Military families who live in neighboring Onslow and Craven counties take mini-vacations and day trips to the beach to hear music, do some window shopping, eat fresh seafood, visit a museum, see the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores or any other number of reasons. In addition to this daily dispersion of day trippers throughout the summer, the Cherry Point Air Show is also a big hitter when it comes to a slice of the tourism pie. While the 2010 show has just finished and numbers are not yet available, a study in 2002 estimated that year’s air show brought $20 million in revenue to the area.


Fort Macon Earns Gold

Despite being the third smallest park in North Carolina, Fort Macon is consistently the state’s second most visited, drawing more than 1.3 million guests per year. A 2004 study noted that of those visitors, only 12 percent were from Carteret County. With that feather already in the fort’s cap, the new Fort Macon State Park Coastal Education and Visitor Center is sure to bring those numbers even higher in the coming years. Topping off the new building is its distinction of earning a gold rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the US Green Building Council. The gold rating is the second highest of four ratings in the certification

program that has become an industry standard for environmentally-sensitive construction. The facility is the first nonuniversity, state-owned building to earn the distinction. Dedicated last October, the 22,547-square-foot education and visitor center offers 4,000 sq. ft. of exhibit, auditorium and classroom space. The brick-and-block facility was designed by Hobbs Architecture of Pittsboro and the general contractor was Daniels & Daniels Construction Co. of Goldsboro. Construction began in April, 2008 with funding from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. “An important part of the mission of state parks is to exemplify good stewardship of our natural resources, and the Fort Macon facility serves that mission well,” said Lewis Ledford, state parks director. “The LEED gold rating exceeds our mandate to make all new state park buildings energy efficient, and it’s the result of extraordinary effort by the building’s designer, the contractors and the park staff.” Sustainable features that contributed to the gold rating include a sophisticated rainwater collection system and stormwater runoff controls, low-energy lighting, water-saving fixtures and preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles. Also, several tons of concrete construction debris was collected to contribute to an artificial, offshore reef.


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The End of the Earth

Down East Carteret County could easily be considered a hidden gem of the state. The march of time moves to a slower beat than in other parts of the county. Life here is lived by the tide, shaded by the marsh grass and propped up on the bow of a shrimp trawler. It’s not that progress isn’t coming, it certainly is. It is just taking a little bit longer to reach this outer edge of the county than it has in more populated locales. Now, with a new addition to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum in Harkers Island and inclusion in the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, which runs from Morehead City up to Nags Head, Down East is definitely ready to carry its weight in the tourism industry. The byway which includes two state ferry passages, winds guests up through the rich coastal communities of Down East, with their backyard docks and family cemeteries then up the thin ribbons of the Outer Banks, with its breathtaking views of the ocean and sounds. Making the trip will be easier this season as the NC State Ferry Division brings its runs from Cedar Island to Ocracoke,

on the Outer Banks, back up to six per day. Locals are accustomed to a reduced schedule during the offseason, but this summer additional trips have been added to the roster. Through November, ferries will depart from Cedar Island to Ocracoke at 7 and 9:30am and 12:30, 3:30, 6 and 8:30pm each day. Return trips are slated for 7 and 10am and 12:30, 3:30, 6 and 8:30pm. And it couldn’t have happened at a better time. As time and technology and a crumbling commercial fishing industry forever change the face of these seafaring communities, there are tourists who want to see it all before it’s gone. The most popular stop in that quest is the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, which now includes an additional 8,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space that opened last fall. From the Willow Pond hiking trail to the decoy carving exhibits housed within the magnificent wooden two-story museum, Down East’s heritage has officially been captured for generations to come. With 3,000 members and more than 400 volunteers, the site sees some 25,000 visitors a year as it weaves the tale of a life nearly forgotten. The museum is open from 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday and 2-5pm on Sunday. For more information, call 252-7281500 or visit Through November, ferries will depart from Cedar Island to Ocracoke at 7 & 9:30am and 12:30, 3:30, 6 & 8:30pm each day. Return trips are slated for 7 & 10am and 12:30, 3:30, 6 & 8:30pm.


Ramping Up in Morehead City

By the time this magazine is in your hands, boats should be easily zooming in and out of the Intracoastal Waterway via the updated boat ramps behind the Carteret County Visitor’s Center in the heart of Morehead City. At last check, the $540,000 improvement project taken on

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Seafood, Seafood, Seafood

Get your seafood here! With Carteret Catch identifying exactly where local seafood can be found, Carteret County is staking its claim as a culinary tourism destination. And word is spreading, according to Pam Morris, the program’s outgoing president. “I think Carteret Catch has been very successful, but I didn’t really understand that well until we had a recent Leadership Carteret group at the museum,” said Morris, who works at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. “Richard Meissner who works with the National Park Service asked for a showing of hands of those who knew of Carteret Catch and just about everyone raised their hands. I’m encouraged by that. Overall, it’s definitely been successful at getting the word out.” The program, which denotes restaurants and fish markets that sell local seafood with flags and window decals, has also been used as a model by other seafood rich environments. Its sister programs, Brunswick Catch, Ocracoke Fresh and Outer Banks Catch, may have been expected. But for groups to form in Massachusetts, Maine and as far away as Queensland, Australia, it is a clear sign that we’re moving in the right direction. While nothing is definite at this time, Morris said there is talk of finding grant funds to form an umbrella organization within the state. “It would encompass all of the Catch programs,” Morris said. “The groups would retain their own autonomy, but they could pool resources, especially in regard to administration, giving it a little more power and influence and strengthen its ability to have its voice heard. There’s strength in numbers.” Capitalizing on a grand opportunity, the Carteret County Tourism Development Authority launched its “Crystal Coast is Cookin’” campaign in March touting


the county’s more than 80 privatelyowned restaurants. From El’s Drive-in’s shrimp burger to the Beaufort Grocery Company’s lemon chess pie, the campaign lures visitors to the area by outlaying the tempting treats that await them. And they may be on to something. According to the International Culinary Tourism Association, culinary tourism has grown exponentially since the buzzword was created in 2003 and has seen an “enormous surge” in recent years.


Beaufort Celebrates 50 Years of Preservation

Fifty years is a long time – but not when you take the history of North Carolina’s third oldest town into con-

sideration. The Beaufort Historical Association and its flagship event, the Old Homes and Gardens Tour, has been welcoming guests to the old seaport of Beaufort-by-the-Sea for 50 years this summer – and we’re quite sure they’ll be around for 50 more. The annual homes tour has become a tradition for women throughout the state, drawing close to 2,000 visitors annually to the quaint streets of Beaufort and its architecturally diverse homes. Join the BHA June 25-26 as it celebrates a milestone with the help of a few of its friends. This year’s tour features 10 private homes and nine gardens, as well as historic churches and the buildings of the Beaufort Historic Site. Held in conjunction with the tour, the Antiques Show and Sale runs June 25-27 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, with vendors from up and down the eastern seaboard. Tickets for the homes tour are $16 in advance and $20 on the days of the tour. Tickets for the Antiques Show and

Sale are $7 and are good for all three days. A special combo ticket can be purchased for $20. For more information, call 252-728-5225 or visit Special events include a kickoff party slated for Thursday, June 3, which introduces this year’s featured artist Catherine Martin, whose work will be on show at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery on the Beaufort Historic Site. From 5-7pm, guests will enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided by local favorite, Beaufort Grocery Co. Tickets are $20 per person. The Carteret Chorale will present a concert on Thursday, June 24 to officially open the event. Beginning at 8pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the event is free and open to the public. Then on Sunday, the tour comes to a close with a combined choral concert at the historic site. Choirs from Purvis Chapel, Queen Street Baptist and Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church will lift their voices in unison to honor this year’s honorary chair, Alice Copes, and the mission of the Beaufort Historical Association. Can’t make the tour? No worries, the BHA has programs throughout the summer, including Living History demonstrations, tours on the English double-decker bus and the upcoming Summer Party to celebrate its 50th anniversary on July 10.


Coming Full Circle

Forty years ago there was no place on the Crystal Coast more iconic of tourism than the Atlantic Beach Circle. Humming with beachgoers, a Ferris wheel and overall “midway” atmosphere, the Circle was the place to be. However, today is a much different story, with the land now cleared and waiting to become a shopping/condo complex known as the Grove. That wait, which began in 2003 with developer Fred Bunn’s arrangement to take on the Grove project, has been too long for many. Stalled in part to a slumped housing market, the Grove, which was formerly a welcome to the beach, now appears abandoned. Hoping to ease concerns of dwindling tourism, the town of Atlantic Beach has confirmed several activities on the Circle this summer which are sure to have families entertained and the word spreading that there are plans in the works to bring summer fun back to the Circle/Grove. The following list includes events that have been confirmed to take place at the Circle: • Seaside Cinema – Free outdoor movies for families at the Boardwalk on Wednesday evenings at 8pm. Movies will include Shrek, Willy Wonka, Where the Wild Things Are, The Princess Bride and Star Wars. • Boardwalk Market – Coordinated with the operators of the Friendly Market in Morehead City, on a weekly basis a farmers market will be up and running at the Boardwalk Fridays from 5-8pm. Music will also be scheduled. • Sand Soccer – Signups are currently ongoing for a Sand Soccer league. Date and times of the games are TBD. • Beach Volleyball – The county is organizing beach volleyball leagues and tournaments. Details at • Fitness Bootcamp by Surf – An outdoor workout led by a local personal trainer. Surf currently does boot camps at Swinson Park six times a week to rave reviews. She’ll be leading the workouts on the sand at the Circle on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6pm. • Junior Lifeguard Program – Details at


To Be Fair …

Opened in April of 2009, the Crystal Coast Fairgrounds in Newport is serving up an eclectic collection of events during 2010, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike. The site is owned by two area restaurateurs, DA Ballou and John Crispino, who hit the ground running last year intent on creating more recreational activities along the Crystal Coast. “There’s just nothing to do around here except for the beach,” lamented spokesman, Kevin Carter. “We wanted to give something for everybody, whether it’s a fair, a concert, a rodeo – our goal is to have family events and we wanted to have something for everybody. That’s the focus.” SummerSplash is scheduled June 18-20 with a car, truck and motorcycle show, inflatable rides, vendors, food and, of course, a heavy dose of fun. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Ronald McDonald House.

The site comes to life again on June 25-26, as the NBRA Bullriding Champtionship draws a crowd to Newport. Also on tap this summer are a DJ contest, tractor pull and while confirmation is still on the horizon, Carter is hopeful there will be a few concerts as well. “We wanted to mix it up a little bit and do something different,” Carter said. And that’s exactly what they’re doing. Located on Hwy 70 in Newport, the Crystal Coast Fairgrounds keeps a schedule on its website, I



School Is In Session Whether it’s starting a new business or finding a way to make your current business even better, there’s always something to be learned. To stay ahead of the curve many people regularly attend conventions and seminars, however, one of the greatest resources of getting ahead lies in business-related classes. To help keep the local economy on track, Carteret Community College does just that with a series of Corporate and Community Education Division classes. Each edition of NCCOAST Business Journal supplies a list of the school’s upcoming business-related classes, which can be described in more detail by calling 252-222-6200. Listings for other seminars and classes to be included in “Business Class” are also welcome and should be submitted to Corporate and Community Education Division Classes.Call (252) 222-6200 to pre-register Class Applications, Resumes and More Bank Teller Training Computers for Beginners Using Windows XP Computers for Beginners Using Windows XP How to Find a Job without Losing Your Mind Internet and Computer Fundamentals (IC3GS3 Cert.) Learn to Type/Keyboarding MCAS Certification (Using Excel 2007) MCAS Certification (Using Word 2007) Medical Communication Skills & Ethics Medical Office Administration Notary Public Office Technology Certificate Rx for Your Real Estate Business Work Zone Flagger


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A Comprehensive Approach

Carteret County Keeps it Moving By Amanda Dagnino As communities evolve, the way we move from place to place naturally follows suit. During economic downturns, people tend to drive less and ride more. Carpooling, scooters and even bicycles become increasingly important. As our financial foothold once again steadies, however, our travel keeps pace, with an increased number of business trips and family vacations, and a heavier dependence on rail, air and a solid highway system. With progress in mind, the NC Dept. of Transportation has a new buzzword when it comes to transportation projections, planning and more importantly, funding – multi-modal. The more visionary and far reaching Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) in the works for Carteret County replaces the outdated Thoroughfare Plans previously used by communities around the state and provides a forum for individual municipalities to come to a consensus on where the community is moving (and where it’s not) over the next 30 years.

What is a CTP?

The former Thoroughfare Plans were limited in scope by projecting the need for future roadway growth only, emphasizing the state’s highway system. The multi-faceted CTP, on the contrary, takes public transportation, rail, bicycle and pedestrian traffic into consideration as well. In Carteret County, the ferry system, port and airport will also play a role. Adopted by the state’s general assembly in 2001, it’s been a slow process, especially in the eastern part of the state, explained Linda Staab, Morehead City’s director of planning and inspections and a member of the Carteret County CTP Steering Committee. The DOT works with each county separately during the development of the plan and while it has taken some time to reach us, Carteret County is now in the game. Once adopted, the plan will identify existing and future transportation deficiencies and generate information that the DOT can use to guide transportation. By addressing the county as a whole, the plan creates a more cohesive approach to the area’s transportation concerns and needs on a long-term level. “The goal really is to establish a comprehensive vision that each community adopts and is supportive of,” said Robert Will of the Eastern Carolina Council and a member of the steering committee. A variety of studies have been conducted throughout Carteret County during the last 10 years, including the Hwy 24 Access and Mobility Study, the Super US 70 Corridor Plan, Morehead City’s Bicycle Plan and Emerald Isle’s new Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, just to name a few. Those studies, Staab explained, will basically become part of the overall CTP plan. Upon completion, a CTP consists of a series of maps isolating different modes of transportation, including highway, public transportation and rail, bicycle and pedestrian. But


just having those in hand isn’t the end of the process. The plan must be approved by each municipality and the county before being adopted by the State Board of Transportation. What a CTP is not, notes Will, is a commitment by any community or town to provide funding or maintenance for anything it is not responsible for today. Nor does it require towns to do actual traffic counts and studies – that work will be handled by the DOT itself.

Benefits of a CTP

While it provides a more integrated look at the county’s transportation and growth, the CTP also offers a more pragmatic approach to getting projects funded. The DOT’s Transportation Improvement Program, a five year spending plan, will choose projects from the county CTP for inclusion. Once a need is identified in the CTP, all data and studies are also compiled, making it faster for DOT to begin work once it has been slated for funding. “If a project is identified as a priority need and we just say we need it instead of providing them with why, it can be challenging. If the project has already been identified as part of a plan, it gives it more weight,” explained Staab. “Having the project listed as part of a CTP can sometimes be enough to tip the scales in the project’s favor.” In addition, Staab said the plan could also be used for outside funding sources for certain items, such as bike and pedestrian paths.

Steering the Way

While the county realized the changes were taking place, it initially wasn’t sure how to proceed. The first thought was to hire a consultant, although as Staab and Will explained, that isn’t a method that guarantees adoption by the DOT. Mooresville recently spent $200,000 on a consultant only to have it denied at the state level. And the last thing anyone wanted to do was waste taxpayer’s money, Staab and Will agreed.

“We knew that was where things had failed in the past, so we really needed to get all the municipalities together to see where we stand,” Staab said. “And now we’re meeting on a monthly basis.” This comes as great news to Pete Serzikas, director of the Carteret County Area Transportation System or CCATS, which is seeing a double digit increase in ridership compared to last year at the same time. He attributes the rise in usage not only to the economy, but to changes CCATS has implemented in the past year. In addition to a reduced price structure the service has added three larger vehicles to its fleet, bringing a greater visibility and increased knowledge that public transportation does exist in Carteret County. Thanks to stimulus funds and normal community transportation grants, hopes are to have two more vehicles on the road by the end of the year and three more in 2011. “I think as we add the larger vehicles we’ll see continued growth,” said Serzikas. And his position puts Serzikas in the optimum position to offer feedback on the county’s transportation planning. “It’s a topic that affects us all so everyone involved in transportation, whether you work in the field or you drive a car, should be involved,” he said.

Input, Please

So it really came down to taking matters into their own hands. In January, a steering committee came together with representatives from each corner of the county. All municipalities have a face on the committee, as does the Down East region, the port, airport authority, ferry system, Carteret County Area Transit System and the DOT. While completed, Carteret County’s prior Thoroughfare Plan was never adopted by the DOT because the only towns to support the plan were Morehead City, Pine Knoll Shores and Cape Carteret. Acceptance by everyone, however, would be a requirement of a successful CTP.

Serzikias is exactly right. That’s why the steering committee is reaching out to the public for input. Carteret County is one of the largest counties in the state, with 940 lane miles of paved roadway and 10 miles of unpaved road maintained by the DOT, making it a challenge for any one person to have a good working knowledge of all problem areas. That’s where you come in. Committee members have been attending town commissioner meetings to brief the public on the project, but often public participation at town board meetings is low. As an additional avenue to reach the public, the steering committee has developed a survey and is hoping for a great turnout from full-time residents to part-time vacationers who only spend a week a year on the Crystal Coast. “Without the input from everyone it won’t be fully successful,” Will said. “Public input is an integral part of the process.” The survey will be available at town halls, the county website as well as surveymonkey. com/s/carteretCTP for the computer savvy.


Counselors to America’s Small Business

Ask SCORE Q. I’ve got a small service business that I’ve been running for about three years now. I’ve still got just the same number of customers that I had the first year. My advertising doesn’t seem to be working. What’s wrong? A. It sounds like it’s time for a review of your entire marketing plan, not just your advertising. Advertising is just one component of marketing and sometimes it is not necessarily the most powerful part. First, consider the service you provide. Does it meet the level of quality most desired by your customer? Have you had any complaints about what you do or how you do it? Customers don’t always complain directly to the business owner, they just tell everyone else. If you know of anyone unhappy with your service, try to find out exactly what their complaint is and how they would have preferred to be served. We can learn a lot from critical listening. If you believe the quality of your service to be “just right,” then consider if the issue may be pricing. This does not mean that you need to drop your prices. Consider how close your pricing is to that of your competitors. If you are much lower, that will not necessarily bring in more customers. The market might believe that you are inferior. If you are much higher than your competitors, the market may feel that you are just greedy unless you offer a very good reason (benefit) for the price differential. So, let’s say your price is fair; that means it meets the market expectation. However, if it is not high enough to make a profit, then we’ve got a different situation and that’s a question for a future article. The next consideration is promotion. This includes advertising, public rela-

tions, and many different means of promotion in general. Focus on your perfect customer – Who are they? Where are they? What do they read? Where do they get their information? Is it from newspapers? The Internet? From friends or family? This will give you some clues about how to reach them. And then the question is what will you tell them? What is your value proposition? Are you giving them the right words to help them understand the benefit of your service? Is your brand well-known or are you the generic version? Who is on your media list? Is it just the newspaper? Or have you considered all of your media options? The final two considerations are your location and your people. If your customers come to you, are you in an easily accessible location with convenient parking? The appearance of your business is also important. Is it neat, clean and professional looking? Take photographs and try to see it with a fresh eye. If you deliver your service from a vehicle, is it clean and professional looking? How’s your signage? And now to the people part: assess your own customer service. Consider your attitude and that of anyone working for you. Are you on time? Do you return phone calls? How long has it been since you just called the customer and asked if they are pleased with your service and is there anything else you can do for them? All of these components make up a marketing plan. Call SCORE at 252-222-6126 for an appointment to speak with a counselor about reviewing your marketing plan. It’s always FREE. I Joan Lamson, Counselor SCORE Coastal Carolina Chapter SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) with 364 chapters across the US, including one in Carteret County. Each edition of NCCOAST Business Journal will include a small business question submitted to SCORE. To ask your own question call 252.222.6126.

THE ONLOOKER Carteret Schools Raise the Bar for Excellence Researchers who compiled data for eastern North Carolina’s “State of the Workforce” report uncovered some interesting statistics related to the quality of education. The Carteret County Public School System clearly ranks as the very best among all districts in the 13-county territory that forms North Carolina’s Eastern Region. Using 2009 End-of-Grade tests as a measuring stick:


● 90 percent of Carteret students in grades 3-8 were at or above grade level in mathematics. Pamlico was next at 87.6 percent. The state average was 80.9 percent. Greene was last in the region with 63.1 percent. ● 80.5 percent of Carteret students in grades 3-8 were at or above grade level in reading. Pamlico was next at 74.4 percent. The state average was 68.7 percent. Edgecombe was last in the region with 46.2 percent. In another measurement, 83 percent of Carteret students ranked as proficient on 2009 End-of-Course tests (aggregate of all 10 tests). Craven was next at 76.5 percent. The state average was 71.5 percent. Greene was last in the region with 56.3 percent. On North Carolina’s 2009 ABC student growth index,


Chamber MAC Plans Appreciation Events Two upcoming military appreciation events are being planned by the Military Affairs Committee (MAC) of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. “Our Military Fun Day is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17, on Harkers Island,” said MAC Co-Chair Debbie Godwin of Hampton Inn & Suites of Atlantic Beach. “We plan to host more than 120 active duty military members and their spouses for a full day of activities at Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center and the Cape Lookout Visitor Center. “We will offer them a trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore, and we are very excited this year about the possibility of climbing the lighthouse. This should be a real treat for our service men and women and their wives or husbands,” she said.

The Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee presented its first Capt. MAC Beach Run on May 8, with 66 participants. The start/finish line for the 5K run was on the beach at the Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel. Presenting sponsors were Molly’s Beachside Bar & Grill at the Sheraton, Carteret County Parks & Recreation Dept. and V103.3 radio (The Beasley Broadcast Group).

100 percent of Carteret schools made expected growth, as did Pamlico. The state average was 80.9 percent. Greene was last in the region with 40 percent. Perhaps more telling is the fact that 82.4 percent of Carteret schools made high growth. Jones and Wayne were next at 50 percent. The state average was 39.5 percent. Edgecombe was last in the region with 13.3 percent. Carteret also leads in the 2009 graduation rate index, with 82.5 percent of students graduating within four years. Pamlico was next at 81.4 percent. The state average was 71.7 percent. Pitt was last in the region with 57.4 percent. Under the leadership of Superintendent Dan Novey, expect the Carteret County schools to widen these favorable gaps. A team of school officials, teachers, students, elected officials, parents and business leaders have been meet-

Participating in the recent John C. Beitz Service Person of the Quarter Luncheon, from left to right, were: Military Affairs Committee Co-Chair Bob Upchurch; Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer McKinney and hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Michael A. Reid, both the Naval Health Clinic aboard MCAS Cherry Point; Staff Sgt. Caleb Bagwell and Sgt. 1st Class William Dinkins, both of the Army Reserve Center in Morehead City; and 3rd Class Yeoman Melissa L. DeVore and 1st Class Yeoman Philip Kelley, both of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. About 70 people attended the event on May 14, which was hosted and sponsored by the Woodmen of the World Lodge 188, White Swan Express of Atlantic Beach and Crystal Coast Tent & Event Rentals.

The MAC also will sponsor a “Beaufort Adventure Day” for up to 30 military spouses later in the fall, according to Godwin. Participants will visit the NC Maritime Museum and the Beaufort Historic Site. Businesses and organizations that would like to contribute gifts or door prizes for either of these MAC events are invited to contact Diane Warrender, manager, chamber programming, at 726-6350 or diane@nccoastchamber. com. I

ing several months in a structured, strategic planning mode to define the direction for the schools of tomorrow. The final report is expected in late June. Here’s a preview of some of the components likely to be in there: 1. Every child can learn, achieve and succeed … when education is delivered in a climate of excellence. 2. Learning will be positive, focused and directed. 3. Every decision will consider the needs of the children first and last. That is a bit of a play on words, but it was one administrator’s way of saying: “Success: Every child, every day, every way….” I By Mike Wagoner, President Carteret County Chamber of Commerce


KEEPING IT SMALL Small Business Resource Alliance Ready to Offer Assistance

JobsNow Deal Poised to Open Huge Door for NC Businesses

Carteret County’s annual celebration of Small Business Week in April underscored the multitude of local community resources and assets available to owners and managers seeking assistance and counseling services. Tammy Childers, executive director of the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, applauded the collaborative efforts by the partners of the Small Business Resource Alliance: Carteret Community College, Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, Carteret County Economic Development Council and SCORE Coastal Carolina Chapter #660. She said this is a unique public/private partnership that is “doing many things right with a common purpose” of ensuring economic prosperity in a growing market. She specifically referenced the small business roundtables facilitated by the alliance. These sessions offer business owners and entrepreneurs an opportunity to gather on a regular basis to discuss business solutions, operations and procedures that can be mutually beneficial. Childers said her organization, which represents nine counties, helped compile a “State of the Workforce Report.”

Gov. Bev Perdue called on the NC General Assembly in early April to pass a legislative package designed to assist small businesses in creating and maintaining jobs. The package includes tax incentives, grants and an expansion of the small business preference for companies seeking contracts with state government. “Small businesses are the backbone of North Carolina’s economy and a major driver in our economic recovery,” said Perdue. “They anchor our communities. Supporting small businesses means supporting jobs for North Carolinians.” The JobsNOW Small Business Package is focused on three areas of assistance: 1. Tax relief and tax incentives to boost the bottom line for small businesses • Small Business Start-up Tax Relief – Encourages investment in innovative small businesses by allowing favorable capital gains treatment of the founding interests in the business. • Small Business Health Insurance Credit – Provides a credit of $250 per employee to businesses that provide health insurance to employees making less than $45,000. Applies to businesses with fewer than 25 employees. • Qualified Business Venture Tax Credit – Expands this credit by raising the cap from $7.5 million to $10 million. • State tax break for small business equipment purchases.

The principals who participated in Carteret County’s annual Small Business Week celebration are, from left: Tammy Childers, keynote speaker; John Smith of Carteret Community College, chair of the Small Business Resource Alliance; and Joan Lamson, a SCORE counselor.

She said the research shows that Carteret County is one of the bright spots in eastern North Carolina. “More folks are working in Carteret County” than in most other areas. “It’s still a tough market for people with barriers to employment – those who lack education and job skills,” Childers said. “But you do have a skilled workforce in Carteret County, because the Carteret County Public School System leads the region in about every performance category. “It’s clear that business and industry are concerned and involved in support of the schools (see page 35),” she noted. The Small Business & Technology Development Center contact is Cindy Baldwin at 252-737-1369 or cbaldwin@


2. Statewide support for small businesses • Community Colleges – Restore funding to the statewide Small Business Assistance Network within the state’s 58 community colleges. • “InSource NC” – Helps North Carolina businesses find the goods and services they need from other North Carolina businesses, through web-based buyer-supplier networks. • Help North Carolina businesses capitalize on federal Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer contracts by providing a matching state grant. • Main Street Solutions – Expanded grant funding for the revitalization of downtown districts in small towns, supporting small business growth. • North Carolina Tourism Promotion – Increased investment in marketing and advertising of North Carolina as a national tourism destination. • Help small businesses get credit by funding the NC Small Business Assistance Fund that helps guarantee the remaining 5 percent on qualifying 95 percent SBA-backed small business loans. 3. Expand the NC Business Preference so more small businesses can compete for state contracts • Improve the chances of a qualified North Carolina small business to win a state contract by temporarily allowing a 5 percent deduction from its bid price. • Reserve state construction projects under $500,000 for small businesses and raise bonding threshold from $300,000 to $500,000. I


Business After Hours Expo Packs a Networking Punch More than 400 people attended the Business After Hours Expo on May 6, presented by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce.

Sixty-four businesses and organizations participated as exhibitors, said Julie Naegelen, director of the chamber’s membership services. “The response from those who attended and participated has been phenomenal and extremely gratifying,” she said. “The networking that occurred was incredible, and one company reported receiving well over 100 leads and associates scheduled Suzanne & Jamie Hassell of Too Scents four appointments that evening. Co-sponsors were: NCCOAST Business Journal, Crystal Coast Tent & Event Rental, Carteret County News-Times, Crystal Coast Tourism Authority, Crystal Coast Hospitality Association and The Beasley Broadcast Group.

The Channel Marker Restaurant was the first place winner in the restaurants/caterers category. Shown here are Kathy & Ed Myers.

Pure Romance was selected as the best booth award winner in the Business After Hours Expo. Here are Cristal Marriner and Michelle Burgess.

Representing NCCOAST Business Journal at the Business After Hours Expo were, from left: Ashly Willis, Kim Moore and David Pennington.

Chamber Schedules 4 More Business After Hours Events Four upcoming Business After Hours events are on the calendar at the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. All are from 5:30-7pm and admission is $5 per person and a business card. Here’s the schedule: Thursday, July 22: Bogue Watch, 201 Bogue Watch Drive, Newport (off NC 24 about 6 miles from the Emerald Isle bridge). Thursday, Aug. 19: The Shores at Spooners Creek, 150 Lands End Road, Morehead City (turn off NC 24 on Harbor Drive across from Wal-Mart). Sponsored by Waterfront Lifestyle Properties. Thursday, Aug. 31: Coastal Outlet, 1075 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point. Co-sponsored by Edward Jones Investments – Walter S. O’Berry III.

Janie Jones and Gina Clark of the Crystal Coast Civic Center enjoyed the networking and festivities at a recent Business After Hours event held at FishTales/Town Creek Marina in Beaufort.

Thursday, Sept. 16: Boulia Enterprise Real Estate & Development, 6931 US 70 West, Newport. For more information call the chamber at 726-6350. I


BUSINESS directory The following is a list of businesses advertising in the NCCOAST Business Journal with the corresponding page number of their advertisement. For information on advertising in a future issue of the NCCOAST Business Journal, email or phone 252.247.7442 or out-of-area 800.525.1403.

ADVANCED OFFICE SOLUTIONS ......... 15 252.393.1112 ALBERT J. ELLIS AIRPORT ..................... 31 910.324.1100 AL WILLIAMS PROPERTIES – PAM BIRD 2 252.726.8800 ANNIE’S VEGGIES .....................................11 252.504.2812 ART STUDIO 500....................................... 19 252.723.0311 ARTISTIC TILE & STONE ........................... 9 252.241.7579 BALLY REFRIGERATED BOXES, INC ...... 6 252.240.2829 BLUEWATER GMAC ................................ .20 252.354.2128 CARTERET COMMUNITY COLLEGE ...... 30 252.222.6000 CARTERET COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ...............................................11 252.726.6350 CARTERET COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ........................ 9 252.222.6120 CARTERET COUNTY JOBLINK CAREER CENTER .................................................... 16 252.726.7151 CASE-CLOSED INVESTIGATIONS .......... 17 252.222.3331 CHALK & GIBBS INSURANCE & REAL ESTATE SERVICES .................................. 16 252.726.3167 COASTAL CAROLINA CORP. ................... 25 252.728.5717

COASTAL CAROLINA REGIONAL AIRPORT ................................................... 15 252.638.8591 CONFIDENTIAL RECORDS MANAGEMENT ......................................... 17 252.633.2473 DOWNTOWN DAY SPA ............................. 27 252.240.1222 ECON DEVELOPERS, INC. .. BACK COVER 252.726.9583 EDWARD JONES ....................................... 3 252.247.5581 ENTERPRISE CABINETS ......................... 27 252.727.0814 FIRST BANK .............................................. 17 252.726.1506 / 252.728.5544 FLOYD’S RESTAURANT .......................... 15 252.727.1921 FRONT STREET VILLAGE ....................... 25 252.838.1524 G.A. JONES CONSTRUCTION ................... 6 252.726.3318 GARNER’S FARM ....................................... 9 252.223.5283 HAMAD REALTY ....................................... 21 252.342.9294 HERALD COMMERCIAL PRINTING......... 39 252.247.7442 L.A. DOWNEY AND SON ......................... 31 252.726.2847 MCQUEEN’S INTERIORS ......................... 20 252.247.3175 METLIFE GRAND VILLAS .......................... 7 800.209.9411



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PCS PHOSPHATE ..................................... 31 252.726.4234 PLAIN JANE’S CLEANING & JANITORIAL SUPPLIES ................................................. 15 252.726.1659 QUINN FARMS PRODUCE ....................... 19 252-223-6982 SIMPSONS FARM ..................................... 25 252.728.3508 STARLING MARINE ...................................11 252.247.6667 TASSELS ................................................... 19 252.247.7463 TIM HUDSON PAINTING ........................... 27 252.422.2058 919.291.4977 TOWN & COUNTRY IGA .......................... 19 252.726.3781 WASTE INDUSTRIES ................................ 16 252.223.4176 WILLIAM’S FLOOR COVERING & INTERIORS ............................................. 6 252.726.4442 WILLIAM’S HARDWARE........................... 19 252.726.7158 WILLIS FARM ............................................ 31 252.223.5227 WINBERRY FARMS................................... 27 252.393.2281 YORK PROPERTIES, INC. ......................... 5 252.247.5772


ATTORNEYS Real Estate, Estate Planning, Wills Debra Whaley, Attorney at Law 252.222.4555, 209 N 35th St, Morehead City, NC 28557 Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial Law Kirkman, Whitford, Brady & Berryman, P.A. Neil B. Whitford 252.726.8411, 710 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 28557





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