There are two important upcoming events that I want to bring to your attention. The first is Small Business Week that will be observed April 25-30. On a national basis, small business owners create the majority of new jobs and account for more than half of the output of our economy. In Carteret County, small businesses are probably even a bigger contributor. The local small businesses tend to be family run, with the owners working long hours, especially during the tourist season. I would imagine that most of the services you use in this area are provided by a small business. Take time to thank our many small businesses for the friendly service and convenience that they provide and wish them continued success.
The second event is National Tourism Week, which will be celebrated May 7-15. As you all know, Carteret County's economy is very dependent on tourism. Regardless of where we live, many of us do not take advantage of the many attractions available to us. I had lived in Richmond Virginia for 40 plus years when I moved to Carteret County. As we were getting ready to move, I realized that Richmond had many areas of interest that I had never visited. We set aside several weekends to spend in downtown Richmond and act like a tourist. We had a great time and didn't have enough time to do all the things on our list.
During the upcoming national Tourism Week, consider becoming a tourist in Carteret County. Stop by the Visitor's Center in Cape Carteret or Morehead City and check out all of the interesting things to do in the county. I am sure you know a lot of them, but you will probably discover that there are some of which you were not aware. The Tourism Development Authority recently received proposals from 35 marketing firms to help improve tourism in our spring and fall shoulder seasons. In reviewing our area, many of the firms commented that we had a wealth of attractions in which visitors would be interested. They also commented that in other localities, they had learned that it was very important for the citizens to be aware of the many entertainment opportunities in the area. Take time during National Tourism Week to enjoy the wonderful county in which we live.
As always, call or stop by to see me if I can help with anything.