Chamber Connections
April 2014 Newsletter
We Appreciate our
Chamber Champions

Gold Champions

Silver Champions
City of Whiteville

Bronze Champions
Baldwin Woods
New Directions Group
     Care Management
        Credit Union

Please Join Us in Welcoming these New 2014 Members

Cindy Hooks
Associate Member

Darels' Bakery
Darel Burney, 640-2626

Easter Seals UCP
Carolyn Cole, 910-763-1787

Jess Hill
Associate Member

Mack and Judi Thompson
Associate Member

Merritt's Sporting Goods
Lyndon Merritt, 642-6079

Nancy Sigmon
Associate Member

Northwood Church
Rev. Russell Honeycutt, 

Kenneth Waddell
Associate Member

Senator Michael Walters
Associate Member

Show Ridez
Aaron Herring, 640-1559

Southeast Pediatrics
Audrey Wright, 640-4064

Sunshine Laundry & Dry Cleaners
Wendy Turner, 642-3123

Thompson Estates
Emma Stoud, 640-3315

Whiteville Rotary Club
Larry Faison, 640-2787

Wound Healing Center
David Holmes, 640-4070

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Make Your Reservations NOW!
Office Professional Day Luncheon
April 16, 2014
11:45 - 1:15 PM
Vineland Station
Find the Funny
with Guest Speaker, Kelly Ingram

Make your reservations now to attend the Office Professionals Day Luncheon.  If you have not seen Kelly before, you are in for a treat!  Kelly is one of the favorite speakers at the Women of Worth Conference for three years running.  


"Transparent" and "Blunt" are words best used to describe Kelly.  Having been raised by a South Georgia swamp Daddy, and an Appalachian Mountain Mama, Kelly has often been referred to as the "Larry the Cable Girl" of Christian Comedy.  With a thick southern accent, and quick witted humor, Kelly uses true life stories to encourage and entertain you.  Kelly is an undefeated Jiu Jitsu fighter, a conference speaker, and a comedienne.  (We can't be completely sure, but she may be the world's only"Christian cage-fighting country comedian.").

Member Spotlight
Our Tax Professionals

This month's member spotlight is on all our tax professionals.  As the tax deadline of April 15th looms, we salute our members that labor all year to assist clients with tax filings and preparations.


Our president, Jennifer Holcomb, can personally testify to the value in having a professional prepare your taxes rather than doing it yourself.  "I have done my own taxes for years now", she states, "and naively wondered why anyone with basic income and deductions would pay to have them prepared, especially with the online tax preparation software available."  She wonders no longer.  This year, as she was complaining to a friend about the amount of taxes she owed, her very wise and trusted comrade recommended she sit down with a local accountant.  On faith, she did so and after hiring one of the Chamber's awesome tax professionals, Jennifer can proudly admit that she was wrong for so many years.  "There is no telling how much money I've overpaid the government", she explains with a tear in her eye.  Jennifer encourages you to rethink preparing your own taxes and to contact one of the following Chamber members for their assistance: 


S. Preston Douglas & Associates, 642-6692

Tax Matters, 640-0946

Terray Suggs, PA, 641-0105

Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams, PA, 642-2109


Your Chamber....Growing Strong
March Ribbon Cuttings




Darel's Bakery

603 Jefferson Street










Wound Healing Center

800 Jefferson Street



Shop Local....Shop a Chamber Member
Support the Businesses that Support our Community
 Look for the Sign! 
The Chamber staff and board members have delivered our new membership plaques and window decals to each and every member.  If you have not received yours yet, please call the Chamber.  As a membership organization, it is critical for each of us to support one another.  We encourage you, first to display your plaque and window decal in a prominent place, and second to embrace the tenet of supporting fellow members with your business, whenever possible.
We are Live!!


Our new website launched last Friday!  The site fully integrates the content of the previous Chamber and Tourism websites.  And, the new site offers our members added value with features that allow you to upload your logo, a brochure, and links to your social media pages. Our Chamber Champions now have logos displayed and linked from the home page.  We also have added banner ads to the site.  If you are interested in purchasing this ad space, please give us a call. 


If you have not received an email from us with your personal login and password, please call us at 642-3171.


Also, please update your records with our new email address as follows:


Cathy Boswell


Jennifer Holcomb


Experience the Magic of the Emerald Isle!
The Chamber Presents...
Shades of Ireland Tour
April 19-28, 2015


Join your Chamber and fellow members on an amazing trip to Ireland in 2015.  From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of the charms of Ireland on this 10-day tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit the new House of Waterford Crystal factory. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. Have tea and scones at a working farm. See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!


For more information and to make reservations call:

 Ellen Steinberg, Jonathan's Travel


Business Resources
SCC Small Business Center Seminars


SCC's Small Business Center (SBC) helps businesses be successful by providing educational seminars, confidential business counseling, loan program information, and vital resources at no cost.  Whether you are interested in learning how to successfully apply for a business loan, promote your business online, cut healthcare costs in your business, or a myriad of other topics, the SBC has a seminar for you. 


View the current semester's free seminar listing to see how the SBC can help your business thrive and grow by following the link below.

Spring 2014 Seminars


Call Brenda Orders, 910-642-7141 x. 419 for information on upcoming seminars or any of their other resources. 

Upcoming Chamber Events

Show Ridez Ribbon Cutting
501 S. Madison Street, Whiteville
April 11, 2014 ~ 10:00 AM

Office Professionals Day Luncheon
Featuring Kelly Ingram
April 16, 2014 ~ 11:45-1:15 PM

Member News/Events
Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
601 S. Madison Street
Whiteville, NC 28472