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2021 CEA Chamber Of Commerce Winners

By Staff Reports, posted May 7, 2021
As part of the Coastal Entrepreneur Awards program, area chambers of commerce also share their top business and organization picks.
 
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce
The Shallotte-based chamber chose Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation (ATMC), a nonprofit cooperative that provides phone, high-speed internet, cable TV, business communications and security services. “ATMC is a company focused on diversity of the region. Internet is vital to the daily operation of schools, industry and private sector initiatives driving business to our region. ATMC has made their nonprofit mission inclusiveness through technologies and a leader in the future of our region.”
 
Burgaw Area Chamber of Commerce:
Brown Dog Coffee has been a staple of the community for quite some time now. Established in 2004, Brown Dog Coffee Company is located in the Historic District of Downtown Burgaw. They are an independent coffeehouse that roasts the coffees they serve. Offering a traditional coffeehouse experience to people who appreciate quality coffee and espresso, Brown Dog also has an online menu and offers takeout with quality baked goods as well. … It is a place for people from all walks of life to connect, relax and revive.”
 
Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce:
“Anne Bilderback of Fractured Prune spent most of her life in nursing … but when she moved to Surf City, she forged a new path. In March of 2016, Anne opened up a franchise location of Fractured Prune Doughnuts to run with her husband and two of her children. Now in her sixth season, Fractured Prune is a staple for vacationers and locals alike. While she never saw herself as being an entrepreneur, she is taking on her next entrepreneurial challenge by opening up Sunrise Bagel Co. next to Fractured Prune this summer.”
 
North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce:
Waste Partners LLC is a locally-owned dumpster rental company in Leland, founded in early 2017. The husband-and-wife team saw potential in a rapidly growing area where a need for good customer service would be appreciated. Sam is also a U.S. Army veteran. He was deployed multiple times to combat zones during his career. From roofing shingles to yard debris, they can haul off any material allowable by law. They remove leftover furniture and debris from a rental house or a foreclosure prior to your new tenant moving in. If you are interested in a garage cleanup, they will come by and take whatever you are looking to get rid of. … Waste Partners has a vision to bring local, reliable and honest waste removal service to the area.”
 
Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce:
“The Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce awarded its 2019/2020 Small Business of the Year to Island Spas and Pools. Island Spas and Pools is a full-service hot tub and swim spa sales center and offers maintenance services for pools, swim spas and hot tubs. They serve commercial and residential customers throughout the Carolina Coast. Island Spas and Pools LLC demonstrates what it means to give credit to their team and customers for helping them grow their business by almost 500%. … They make a point of showing their appreciation to their team by providing extensive training, providing barbecue dinners to the team and their families and sponsoring charitable events.”
 
Wilmington Chamber of Commerce:
Cape Fear Solar Systems is currently ranked as the No. 1 installer in Southeastern North Carolina by Solar Power World. Established in 2007, the company has designed and installed nearly 2,500 solar systems to date. Cape Fear Solar’s pride is in its team, providing the highest quality of craftsmanship, products and material. Additionally, customers receive unlimited postinstallation support. Cape Fear Solar offers turnkey energy systems such as photovoltaic (solar electric) panels, home batteries and electric vehicle charging stations for residential and commercial customers. Brands installed by Cape Fear Solar include LG, SunPower, Tesla, Generac, EnPhase, ChargePoint and more.”

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