SOUTH BRUNSWICK ISLANDS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce History
In 1976, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce was established as the South Brunswick Islands Chamber of Commerce and had 38 charter members. With the goal of better serving the growing membership, the Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to change the name to the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce in 2002. The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is a membership driven organization, striving to enhance and promote Brunswick County through building community and supporting businesses.
South Brunswick Islands Committee of 100 History
The South Brunswick Islands Committee of 100 was formed more than 20 years ago with the goal of assembling and developing property for the creation of an industrial park in the Town of Shallotte, the primary center of commerce for the South Brunswick Islands. The Committee was responsible for the extension of utilities to the park as well as the marketing and management of the property. Funds from the sale of the land were used for continued marketing efforts of the industrial park and the South Brunswick Islands. Approximately five years ago, with the Shallotte Industrial Park fully developed and occupied, the Committee of 100 became the South Brunswick Islands Business Development Committee (SBBDC), a non-profit corporation created to facilitate employment opportunities and responsible economic growth in the South Brunswick Islands area of North Carolina. The SBBDC has championed infrastructure improvements, such as the extension of Highway 31 in Myrtle Beach into Brunswick County.
Looking to the Future
In early 2014 the SBBDC began the process of transferring the last parcels of wetlands and common property in the Shallotte Industrial Park and dissolving the formal Committee. The SBI Business Development Committee joined the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce in January 2015. The Brunswick County Chamber Business Development Committee is in the process of defining a successful business model, getting the pulse of the business environment through interviews with existing businesses, and creating a strategic plan for the area.