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Strengthen and promote business in the Havelock region to facilitate a robust economic and community environment.
Havelock’s voice for business and community success.
Located at 201 Tourist Center Drive inside the Havelock Tourist and Event Center, the Havelock Chamber of Commerce provides a platform for businesses to come together to work towards common goals and serve as a collective voice to advocate business issues.
Being a member of the Havelock Chamber means investing in the future of the area. Membership the Greater Havelock Chamber of Commerce is good for business, your business. We encourage visitors, citizens of Havelock and the surrounding area to support the members of the Havelock Chamber as they help to build a strong growing community. We encourage you to take advantage of the Havelock Chamber's services and to become involved in programs that are of specific interest to you. Most of all we thank you for your continued investment in your Havelock Chamber of Commerce.
The Havelock Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a Chamber that sets itself apart from the others by giving back to the community through our events. These events raise money for the local non-profits and schools in our community to help the citizens of Havelock remain strong. The Havelock Chamber of Commerce is also very proud to work closely with MCAS Cherry Point, one of the largest Marine corps Air Stations in the world and Fleet Readiness Center East, the largest industrial employer east of I-95.
These two entities are the largest economic force in Eastern North Carolina with an economic impact of $2.0 Billion annually.
If you are not already a member of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, please accept this invitation to join us!
Board of Directors
As the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the US on January 20th, the Havelock Chamber of Commerce was just beginning to fully recover from the financial impacts of Hurricane Florence. A new Director was on board. Strategic planning had taken place. A full year of events were planned. We were on fire!
By the beginning of March, cases were confirmed in North Carolina and by the middle of the month, Craven County confirmed our first case. Life as we knew it, stopped. Opportunities to serve in new and creative ways, began in earnest.
In efforts to slow the spread of the virus, businesses deemed “non-essential” were ordered closed by NC Governor Roy Cooper. For our small community, EVERY business is essential. We knew that behind each locally owned store front, was a family depending on every dollar.
During this time, relationships with our Community Partners strengthened as we all worked to help serve the needs of our neighbors. Non-profits, churches, local schools, and others all joined forces to help us move safely through the pandemic together.
The Chamber of Commerce adapted quickly to remote meetings, an increased online presence, and finding safe ways to continue to celebrate and promote our local businesses. We utilized in new ways, the support our partners could offer our members and the community at large.
We supported restaurants closed for in-person dining with “Take-out Tuesdays.” This campaign encouraged our community to support our hardest hit businesses so they would still be here when we emerged on the other side of COVID-19. We offered a safe Scavenger Hunt to promote our members, but also to give families with COVID fatigue something fun to do together.
Masks were prominent in our 2020 photographs because taking care of each other was our main goal for the year. Training for how to operate safely was shared, support in completing financial aid for small businesses was available, and the reputation of our organization grew as a true help and resource for our local community.
COVID-19 certainly presented challenges to our organization and the people we serve. However, we cannot deny the opportunities it offered to connect in new ways, to strengthen relationships, and to reset our priorities as the Havelock Chamber of Commerce.
We will look back on COVID-19 and the year 2020 with thoughts of washing our hands, wearing masks, zoom meetings galore, hand sanitizer and toilet paper shortages! We will also pause and give thanks for the reminder that when all is said and done...our neighbors...their lives...and their dreams for the future...are the heart of our organization.
Kim Rice Smith
Havelock Chamber of Commerce