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  • Local builder earns national honor

    SUNSET BEACH—Brunswick County is now home to a national award-winning builder of Southern-style homes.

    Southern Living magazine has named local home builder Jeff Sanderson, founder and president of Whitney Blair Inc., the 2008 Custom Builder of the Year—the first builder in North or South Carolina to be so honored.

    He will be featured in the magazine’s November issue.

    Sanderson found out about the honor when it was announced at the Southern Living Custom Builder Annual Conference in Alabama.

  • Leaders learn to create culture that encourages small business

    When Don Betts was a young chamber of commerce executive in a small Georgia town, a young man approached him about buying property the chamber had set aside for future development.

    Betts told him the chamber was waiting for a big company to come to town and set up shop on the property, but he could bring his ideas to the chamber authority for their approval.

    “He said ‘I have a few ideas, and I can pay cash for it,’” Betts recalled. “The authority members said, ‘We’re saving that property.’”

  • First local entrepreneur conference called a 'moderate success'

    The South Brunswick Islands Committee of 100’s first entrepreneurship conference didn’t have people lining up outside the conference rooms, but organizers say the quality of the event will get people talking.

    The event was April 10 and 11 at Sea Trail Conference Center in Sunset Beach and also featured a dinner at Silver Coast Winery.

    “We had a moderate turnout,” said the committee’s executive director Bob Stinson.

    “We look at it as a good start. The first one gets the word out about the quality of the event.”

  • Boston joins Carolina Plantations

    Nancy Boston has joined Carolina Plantations Real Estate in Ocean Isle Beach as a neighborhood specialist.

    Boston has 15 years experience in real estate sales as a listing and selling agent. With years of experience in social work prior to entering real estate, Boston fine-tuned her professional listening skills, which allow her to focus on providing the highest level of service to her clients.

    In addition to being a certified relocation specialist, she moved here from the Northeast and understands the particular needs of people moving to the area.

  • Seaside Animal Care receives AAHA accreditation

    Seaside Animal Care of Calabash has again received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management.

    Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. In order to maintain accredited status, Seaside Animal Care must continue to be evaluated regularly by the association’s consultants.

  • BEMC awards community grants

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) recently announced the winners of 2008 BEMC Community Grants.

    Now in its sixth year, the program has awarded more than $147,000 to help local agencies and groups with worthwhile programs providing vital educational, social, cultural and economic development services to citizens in the BEMC service area.

    Grants are made to organization, not individuals, and range from $500-$2,500. This year’s grants totaled $22,465 to 16 area groups.

  • Business briefs

    Chase hires Good and Morrow

    Chase, a residential housing lender, has announced the hiring of two new loan officers for its Wilmington/Brunswick County mortgage office, 10020 Beach Drive SW in Calabash.

    Mary Ellen Good, an industry veteran with 10 years of experience, is a resident of Sunset Beach. She attended Laroche College and is a member of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary and the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Good can be reached at 620-3706 or e-mail mary.ellen.good@chase.com.

  • Local Belk store to take part in charity fundraising event on May 3

    Belk’s Charity Sale from 6-10 a.m. on May 3 will once again benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area, according to a news release.

  • Mathis joins Evergreen

    Evergreen Behavioral Management Inc. in Wilmington has announced the addition of Kathy Mathis as a licensed clinical addiction specialist at its Wilmington and Bolivia offices.

  • Williams joins Evergreen

    Evergreen Behavioral Management Inc. has announced the addition of Carey Williams as its new developmentally disabled case manager at its 17th Street location in Wilmington.