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Business

  • Scam calls not from Security Savings Bank; no losses reported

    Brunswick County residents have been receiving calls and messages from people identifying themselves as representatives of Security Savings Bank asking them to call a designated number, saying there is a problem with their Visa debit card.

    According to Security’s vice president and information technology manager Phil Fravel, these calls are not valid, and people who receive them should hang up immediately.

    “If, by chance, they do respond, they should call us immediately so we can block their accounts,” Fravel said.

  • Market slows project, but plans for Wisteria Place continue; construction expected this fall

    When developer Brian Griffin started making plans for a unique gated community off Village Point Road in Shallotte several years ago, he hadn’t predicted the coming recession or bank failures that have resulted in stalled development and under-whelming real estate sales.

    “Four or five years ago, people would buy a piece of land sight unseen. That’s what got us here today. They thought they could flip it and make a few bucks,” Griffin said this week.

  • Business owner to host business-to-business events

    Bourbon Street Restaurant and Bar co-owner Leroy Brown has announced plans to host monthly “business-to-business” receptions at his new restaurant at 125 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Brown is also the co-owner of The Bridge Grill and Pizza at Sunset Beach.

  • Blandino joins PMD

    A Grade Above Realty has recognized Mike Blandino on his recent membership to the Property Management Division (PMD) of the North Carolina Association of Realtors.

    The objectives of the PMD are to provide legislative, educational and networking opportunities to North Carolina’s professional property managers. Educational seminars on new developments in real estate legislation are conducted throughout the year.

  • Dancing liberties take their final bows as tax season ends

    The “dancing liberties” have made driving in Shallotte a little more interesting since the year started, but as of April 15, wavers are no longer putting on free “shows” to entice taxpayers to visit Liberty Tax Service.

    It’s been a busy year for local tax preparers, and Liberty’s signature attention-getter has served as a visible reminder of the looming tax deadline during the company’s first year in Shallotte.

  • Restaurant jobs available as tourist season begins

    Tourism is Brunswick County’s lifeblood, and every spring and summer, people in need of even part-time or temporary work find what they’re looking for in local restaurants.

    Two new restaurants have opened recently in Brunswick County, Tokyo Express in Shallotte and Bourbon Street Restaurant & Bar in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Tokyo Express opened two weeks ago on the north end of Shallotte with three employees.

  • Chamber’s first 'Speed Networking' event a hit with local entrepreneurs

    It’s like speed dating, only in this case no one is trying to make a love connection. Instead, participants show up at “speed networking” events to tell as many people as possible about their businesses or organizations in the hopes of increasing visibility, meeting new people and making business connections.

    Representatives from 33 local businesses and agencies participated in the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever speed networking function last Wednesday at Planet Fun’s Starz Grille.

  • ATMC TV to put a spotlight on local businesswomen in advance of BCC seminar

    ATMC TV will highlight the accomplishments of several Brunswick County businesswomen in an upcoming edition of the “Brunswick Now” show as a preview to the upcoming Women in Entrepreneurship seminar set for May 5 at Brunswick Community College.

  • Brunswick County Chamber honors citizens, businesses

    SUPPLY—The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce honored its members for their hard work in a challenging economic year at its annual meeting Tuesday night at 101 Stone Chimney Place.

    Business leaders and local elected officials gathered for the dinner, awards ceremony and to witness the “passing of the gavel.” The chamber’s 2009 president Bobby Davis handed the ceremonial gavel to 2010 president Ron Watts.

  • ATMC moves to 3G network

    ATMC Wireless has upgraded its wireless network with new 3G technology throughout Brunswick County.

    The name 3G stands for third generation wireless technology. 3G allows ATMC Wireless customers to experience mobile broadband speeds much faster than what is available with 2G networks.

    “The ATMC Wireless 3G Network is the largest and fastest 3G network in Brunswick County. It is also a part of the AT&T 3G network, the fastest 3G network in the nation,” said Roger Cox, Executive Vice President of ATMC Wireless Operations.