Benefits of Membership

Our Chamber provides a wide variety of benefits that help our members grow their business or organization, regardless of their industry, target audience, stage of development, annual revenue, or growth strategy.

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In a close-knit area like Carteret County, face to face interactions are critical to organizational growth. Our networking events are opportunities for our members to get to know each other, learn about goings-on in the business world, and identify future customers, partners, and supporters.

Business After Hours is a monthly, members-only Chamber tradition. This is a series of high-powered networking events, which are designed specifically for Chamber members to combine business and pleasure. In April, the Chamber hosts a Business After Hours Expo that combines the fellowship and fun of a normal Business After Hours event with all the buzz and excitement of a business trade show.

Small Business Roundtables are presented by the Carteret Community College Small Business Center. Each Roundtable provides business owners with an opportunity to discuss common business concerns and learn from one another. Find more information on the Small Business Center website.

Business After Hours offers a fun, casual environment to meet and greet with other Chamber Members.

Public & Legislative Affairs

The Chamber’s Public & Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC) maintains relationships with local, state, and federal officials. We host two major PLAC events each year: a Legislative Luncheon and the State of the Community Breakfast to give members face time with elected officials and local leadership.

PLAC also crafts an annual Legislative Agenda each year that is shaped by and voted on by our member organizations. Our public and legislative affairs efforts depend on open communication with our members who help us stay up to date with the various issues that could impact our business community. Contact our President to share your thoughts.

Local leaders address Chamber Members at the annual State of the Community Breakfast.

Marketing & Publicity

Getting your business or organization name out there is key to growth! We proudly offer free and low-cost marketing opportunities to our members, plus robust sponsorship packages with a range of high-visibility promotional options and media plugs.

Chamber Members enjoy free business listings in our online business directory with dedicated profile pages. Profiles can be personalized with your logo, business description, products and services, links to your website and social pages, and a list of contacts at your organization. Plus, your profile will link to any deals & discounts, job openings, and news stories you upload.

We encourage our members to take advantage of our ribbon cutting service to celebrate big milestones like grand openings, business anniversaries, and relocations or renovations. Ribbon cuttings bring new customers to your front door, and photos from the event make a big splash on social media.

Chamber publications offer effective and affordable advertising opportunities such as color-enhanced listings or advertisements in the print directory, low-cost sponsorships in our email newsletters, and low-cost online display advertising.

The Chamber offers dozens of sponsorship opportunities exclusive to our members. Members can choose from a host of event sponsorships, invest their philanthropic dollars in one of our programs, or choose a blend of the two. Call or email our Marketing & Program Development Manager to schedule a free 30-minute marketing consultation.

From our print directory to e-newsletters to ribbon cuttings and beyond, Members enjoy a variety of free and low-cost marketing opportunities.

Leadership Opportunities

Chamber members are invited to apply for a seat on our Board of Directors or to serve on one of our committees: Military Affairs Committee, Connect Carteret Young Professionals, Ambassador’s Club, or one of our many other steering committees. All are great ways to connect with likeminded people who want to make a difference in our community.

We also offer a 12-week intensive leadership program,  Leadership Carteret. Leadership Carteret immerses local professionals in their community and shows them the inner workings of major business and industry, local governments, educational and healthcare institutions, charitable organizations, and more. They also grow together, facing challenges like The Wall on orientation day and working together to complete service projects for local non-profits.

Graduates of Leadership Carteret (there are just over 1,200 of them!) see Carteret County in a new light having gained a deep understanding of our community’s successes, challenges, and opportunities.

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