AEDC offers tour to Hampton Roads minority businesses

Dec 1, 2006 – The Albemarle Economic Development Commission, representing Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County and Camden County in North Carolina, continues its “Discover The Good Life Daily” campaign targeting businesses in Hampton Roads. The most recent effort is directed at Hampton Roads’ minority-owned businesses and includes an invitation to 60 minority owned business owners in Hampton Roads for a “business opportunity tour and briefing” on Friday, December 8, 2006.

The event begins in Chesapeake. After collecting invited guests by motor coach at the Mr. Lebanon Baptist Church in Chesapeake, invitees will be driven to the Kermit E. White Graduate Education Center at Elizabeth City State University. Once there, guests will receive

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a variety of short briefings from several of the AEDC’s economic development partners in Elizabeth City including the Small Business Technology Center, Small Business Center, Tourism Department and Chamber of Commerce, Black Chamber of Commerce, and the N.C. Military Business Center on business growth opportunities in the region.

Assisting AEDC Executive Director Ray White in establishing the highly targeted invitation list were Hampton Roads businessmen Maurice Slaughter, who owns the Harley-Davidson franchises in Portsmouth and Elizabeth City, and William Fuller, a partner in the new downtown Hilton in Norfolk and also a member of the Board of Visitors at Elizabeth City State University. “We are a very inclusive region,” says White “and we are interested in all businesses that can benefit from the assets for business that this region has.”

With the opening of a greatly improved Highway 17 just last year between Chesapeake, VA. and Elizabeth City, the entire region is quickly becoming the new growth corridor for the Hampton Roads market. In addition to its easy accessibility, Elizabeth City also has excellent assets for business growth. The largest U.S. Coast Guard base in the country is located in Elizabeth City, providing the opportunity for exiting or retiring military to join this workforce.