Finding, hiring qualified vets

By: By Laura Deans - Contributing columnist
Chamber, Small Biz Center holding presentation Aug. 11

By Laura Deans

Contributing columnist

The North Carolina Military Business Center is a business development organization and a collaborative effort between North Carolina businesses and the North Carolina Community College System. The mission of the NCMBC is to leverage military and other federal business opportunities to expand the economy, grow jobs and improve quality of life in North Carolina. I had the opportunity to learn more about the wonderful organization while meeting with Business Development Specialist LaNell Grissom.

LaNell is very passionate and an asset to the Business Development team for the NCMBC. While being in the workforce for 27 years, and dealing with federal contracts for those years, she was very confident when she explained the goals of the organization. The number one goal was to make sure business owners around Sampson County are to learn and understand federal contracts and to increase federal revenues for businesses in North Carolina. I encourage all of the business owners around the community to try and learn more about the fascinating opportunities that can be acquired by working with federal contracts. LaNell will be at the Small Business Center on Thursday’s from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to ensure that anyone interested in just learning more will have that opportunity. Please get in contact with LaNell at or call her at 910-678-0194.

Another goal of the NCMBC is to promote employment, to support the integration of transitioning military, family members and veterans into the workforce. The Small Business Center and the Chamber will be hosting an educational seminar to learn more about this goal for the NCMBC. On Aug. 11,at 4 p.m., join us for a short presentation to learn how to find and hire the most qualified veterans in NC. The NC Military Pipeline has been created specifically to help connect small business wwners with the right veteran for open positions. For more information about how to get involved with seminars or to register, please contact Amanda Bradshaw at the Small Business Center, 910-592-7176, or email at

It is a complete joy to be able to work with each of you as we “unite those that realize that through the Chamber, they can accomplish collectively what no one of them can do individually” as stated through the Chamber’s mission. We are very excited about the remainder of 2015 as well as the future of each business/organization within Sampson County and the Chamber. Exciting opportunities and growth is to come, which could not be accomplished without your strong support. For more information about the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, visit or call 910-592-6177. I encourage you to support our local businesses, to get involved with our community, and let the Chamber work for you!

Laura Deans is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.

Laura Deans is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.