| March 12, 2014
Outer Banks Chamber unveils new magazineThe
Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce celebrated the arrival of the Outer
Banks Experience Magazine today a brunch buffet for advertisers at
Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head.
Thirty-five advertisers supported the publication, which will serve as the Chamber’s quality-of-life piece for 2014.
members of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce are listed in the
publication, both by category and alphabetically. The magazine opens
with a welcome from Chamber President & CEO Karen Brown, a photo of
Chamber Board of Directors and staff members, and an introduction to
what it is like to live and work on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Newcomer helpful facts, such as climate, demographics,
education institutions, utilities, libraries, law enforcement,
government offices, medical facilities, licensing and registrations,
help residents acclimate themselves to the area.
Demographic data such as population summaries, cost-of-living, industry
comparisons, household income and work force statistics help with
business planning and the employment search.
“Goal of this
publication is to offer a quick overview of what new residents and
investors will be considering when relocating to the area, purchasing a
second home, or opening a business here,” said Brown.
“Complimenting the facts are soft but informative articles that
showcase the area’s quality of life.”
The article titled
“Working on the Water” focuses on the importance of commercial fishing
and boat building to the area. Bob Peele is quoted in the article
talking about the growth of boat building partners and supplies in the
“Originally it (the Wanchese Marine Industrial
Park) was going to be a hub for only the commercial fishing industry,
but over the years we’ve changed our model to allow other companies
in,” he said. “Now we have boat-building companies, a marine
operation, two upholstery shops, a couple of boat repair yards and a
few commercial fishing businesses.”
Other articles in the
publication showcase the various activities and attractions in the area
and are titled “25 Things to See and Do on the Outer Banks,” “Water,
Water Everywhere,” “Sunken Vessels,” “Tending to Tourists and Tenants,”
and “A-Level Academics.”
“From our history and legends to our
impressive school system and health care options to tips for being
successful in an area which is strongly tied to tourism, this piece
showcases the things most appealing about the Outer Banks,” said
Brown. “We provide a list of resources – including our current
business membership listings – to help residents settle and business
owner to maximize their business plans and be successful.”
with other programs, services and marketing materials prepared by the
Chamber, the goal is to connect businesses both with other businesses
in the area for cross-promotion and networking but also to connect
member businesses with potential customers and clients.
often talk about these publications being used for economic
development, to attract new resident or businesses to the area but just
as important is the need to provide our business members a chance
to showcase what is already available in the area, to strengthen our
understanding of the Outer Banks and to share this information,” said
Brown. “The Chamber’s focus on business retention and expansion
supports the mission of helping our Outer Banks businesses succeed.”
copies of the publication were printed and are available through the
Chamber office in Kill Devil Hills, from advertisers, area welcome
centers, and government offices. Those requesting a supply,
should call the Chamber office at 252-441-8144.
This was the first
edition of the Outer Banks Experience Magazine published through a
partnership with SouthComm Publishing, a Chamber member business that
also produces the Chamber’s detailed street map.
Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business membership
organization with more than 1,040 members in Dare, Currituck and Hyde
counties. Being listed in the Outer Banks Experience magazine is
just one of the many benefits of membership. Other value items
include a listing on the Chamber’s website
www.outerbankschamber.com/members, networking and marketing events such
as the OBX Success Job & Career Fair on March 29, the “Oceans of
Opportunities” Business Expo on April 16, monthly Chamber Business
After Hours and Morning Schmooze, Outer Banks Young Professionals, the
Economic Forecast Breakfast on March 20, legislative advocacy, and
For more information about the Chamber and its
programming, stop by the Chamber office on Colington Road in Kill Devil
Hills, call 252-441-8144 or visit online at www.outerbankschamber.com/joinnow.