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Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

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The annual Fourth of July Sidewalk Sales in downtown Elizabethtown opens Wednesday, July 1 and last until July 8. Many of the businesses will have items priced with deep discounts available for purchase along the sidewalk outside of the stores

The Chamber urges shoppers to practice social distancing and wear a mask when possible.

COVID-19 PHASE 2 EXTENSION: FACE MASKS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

On June 24, Gov. Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 147 extending Phase 2 until July 17, further promoting the encouragement of social distancing and requiring masks be worn in retail businesses, restaurants, and other establishments. For a copy of the Governor’s order, click here. It is highly recommended that for the safety of employees and patrons that masks be required.

BUSINESS SURVEY

The Chamber is interested in what measures the business community is practicing for COVID-19 and what their needs are in relations to the pandemic. Please take a few moments to fill out this short survey by Friday, July 11. Results will be shared on Tuesday, July 14 during the Virtual Member Meeting.

REBOOT, RECOVER, REBUILD: THE R3 PROGRAM: HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

The Small Business Center Network has launched the Reboot, Recover and Rebuild (R3) Program for current and prospective small businesses impacted by COVID-19. R3 Program participants can access ‘In-depth’ counseling services from industry experts and professional service consultants, as well as general business counselors. Topics include: accounting and finance, legal, human resource, marketing and more. Sign up for more information.

LIGHT UP THE COUNTY

With the lack of public fireworks for the Fourth of July weekend, the Chamber is joining BladenOnline.com in asking all Bladen County residents to put up lights and create a festival of lights this weekend. See full story.

NEXT CHAMBER MEMBER MEETING

A virtual meeting is planned for Tuesday, July 14. Details to come.

HELP WANTED: COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO PLAN CHRISTMAS SEASON ’20

The Chamber would like to expand the weekend of the Christmas Parade by offering a variety of events while still encouraging residents and neighbors to shop local. People, businesses or organizations interested in participating can call Terri Dennison at the Chamber office at 910-862-4368.

SUNSET JAMS – FREE CONCERT SERIES TO KICK OFF ON FRIDAY, JULY 31

The series opens with the Motown Legacy Revue on July 31 at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake. Other shows are scheduled Sept. 11 with Rivermist and Oct. 9 with Eaglewings. Click here for more information.

MEMBER NEWS

VACATION VITTLES AND YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

Men and Women United for Youth & Families, CDC, is excited to introduce its local youth and farmer-supported Vacation Vittles and Youth Ambassador Programs. The youth have partnered with local farmers to provide local, fresh, healthy produce every week. Primary venues are the Elizabethtown and Whiteville Farmers’ Markets, a Pop-up Market at Graham Chapel AME Zion Church in Riegelwood, and Beach Resorts.

Another option is the purchase of prepared bags full of fresh produce collected from the farmers, packaged and delivered by the youth. The organization is looking to expand farmers’ market traffic and customer base of weekly bag orders. The cost of these insulated and reusable bags is $45. Each bag contains 10 to 12 pounds of fresh produce. Orders can be placed by calling 910-655-3811 or Randolph Keaton at 910-431-2260. Stop by the Farmer’s Market on Fridays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. to say hello.

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