Welcome to Elizabeth City NC!

We are excited to welcome you to the Elizabeth City NC Chamber of Commerce! Browse our new connECt website to learn more. Since our motto is “Shop Local,” we felt it was time to use our local photographers and writers to create this one-of-a-kind online guide.

The website reveals the beauty of our region and proves it is an ideal place to live, work and enjoy life. Our Chamber has been “The Voice of Business Since 1911,” and we are proud that we have helped our local businesses grow for over 100 years. The new name for the website, connECt stands for our mission of connecting businesses, people, ideas, visions, lives, and the community as a whole.

We know that our region is a great place to live and raise a family. With first class health care providers and three major institutions of higher learning, we have it all.

Our region is also steeped in history and is a great place to have fun. Whether enjoying one of our historical sites, museums, fine golf courses, ball fields, local theater groups, restaurants, retail shops, art centers, or any of our other entertainment options, we have something for everyone.

The majority of Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce members are small companies with fewer than ten employees. Businesses of this size especially enjoy referrals from other members and the numerous networking opportunities the Chamber provides. We offer the most affordable and effective way to advertise our members’ businesses. Simply put: we bring businesses together.

Come explore the many towns and hidden gems of the Elizabeth City area and discover that this is truly a great place to live, work and play!

Kelly Thorsby, President

Kelly Thorsby – President


Amy Herlihy – Membership Director


Holly Staples – Business Manager


Dayna Sones – Marketing/Administrative Assistant


2015 Chamber Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Ed Powell
A.R. Chesson Construction Co., Board Chair

Chris Purcell
Firehouse Subs, Chairman Elect

Diana Gardner
Long & Foster Real Estate, Past Board Chair

Trish Fecker 
TowneBank Mortgage, Vice Chairman Membership

Bobby Marchbanks
Wal-Mart, Vice Chairman Finance

Patti Delano
North Carolina Division of Vocational
Rehabiliation Services, Vice Chairman Education

Legislative Committee

Comprised of the Executive Committee Members

Board of Directors

Linda Cox  eyecarecenter

David Cross  David Cross Real Estate

Frank Cudequest  Northeastern Flooring

Gloria Frelix, MD, MHA  East Carolina
Oncology P.A.

Phil Johnson • Pepsi Bottling Ventures of
Elizabeth City

Jennifer McNinch • Albemarle Hospital

Rhonda Twiddy • Long & Foster Real Estate

Dion Viventi • Elizabeth City Regional Airport

Skip Zinsmeister • Northeastern Workforce Development


Commander Bruce Brown • USCG –
Commanding Officer

Rebecca Cross • Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc.

Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer • College of The

Jeff Dixon • Pasquotank County Commissioner

Wayne Harris • Elizabeth City | Pasquotank County Economic Development Commission 

Chancellor Stacey Franklin Jones • Elizabeth City State University

Michael McLain • Camden County Commissioner

Mayor Joe Peel • City of Elizabeth City

Dr. Clay Perkins • Mid-Atlantic Christian

Charlotte Underwood • Elizabeth City Area
Convention & Visitors Bureau

Linwood Williams • Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools

We thank all of the above individuals for their exceptional service and dedication to our Chamber.

Contact Us

For more information about becoming a Chamber member, relocating to our area or anything else related to the Elizabeth City area, fill out the form below.