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800 Broad St. Oriental, NC

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 510, Oriental, NC  28571

Ph: 252-249-1555

Fax: 252-249-0857


PC Republican Party

The PC Republican Party meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at Bayboro Courthouse Annex at 6:30 pm. Contact Chairman Dave Wickersham at 252.269.4101 for further information.

Oriental Farmers’ Market

Open every Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Located on Hodges Street in front of Garland Fulchers Seafood. The market features a wide variety of goodies including locally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, home-baked breads, biscotti, cookies, cakes, pies as well as preserves and chocolates.

County Senior center the first and third Monday of the month at 2 p.m. For more information call Beth Hardison at 745-7196.

NAACP Monthly Meeting

The NAACP of Pamlico County will hold its regular monthly meeting on the sec-ond Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Pamlico County Senior Services Center at 800 Main Street in Alliance. All interested persons are invited and welcome to attend.

Gardens of Pamlico

We need volunteers of any age to help with residents and brighten their day! Contact Kelly Lawson, 252-671-8251


Reminder that the final pass for debris pick-up will begin after Tuesday, January 1st. Please have your debris to the right of way. There are three categories of debris: Construction/Household Debris (Please note that any insulation needs to be in clear plastic bags), Appliances, and Vegetative. Please remember to separate your debris into these three categories.Thank you, Samantha McKinney Administrative Assistant, Town of Oriental

Pcc Small Business center Seminars

Starting a Business Series(SA) Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2 9:00 am-12:00 pm

If you are serious about starting a small business or expanding a business in North Carolina, this training will help you get started. The topics each week will be (1) How to Start a Small Business; (2) Financing your Small Business; (3) How to write a Business Plan; (4) How to Find your Customers; (5) Basics of Bookkeeping; (6) Your Small Business Taxes; (7) Marketing your Small Business. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Presenter: Mike Marsh

How to Start a nonprofit Business(FR) Feb 8 5:30-8:30

There is a tremendous interest coming from our communities of wanting to know how to form a nonprofit business. If you are considering stating a non-profit business, please plan to attend this very informative seminar. Presenter: Sam Gore

How to Do The 501(c)(3) Thing (completing your 1023 form)(SA) Feb 9 9:00 am-12:00 pm

This seminar will carefully guide individuals through the 1023 form and provide vital information concerning how to respond to statements and questions needed to satis-fy IRS reviewers. Presenter: Sam Gore

How to Restore or Develop a Board that’s On Board(SA) Feb 9 1:00-4:00 pm

Board meetings are not just about information, but also “transformation.” Organizations will rise or fall as a direct result of a functional or dysfunctional Board. This seminar is focused primarily on some practical tips and tools, rather than the latest research that can bring about “transformational change,” in Boards. Government agencies, Foundations, and individual donors and other potential supporters and funders want information concerning Boards. What they discover might make the difference between receiving their support and/or funds, or not. Presenter: Sam Gore

Visual Social Media Marketing Series Creating Visual Content for Social Media Marketing(FR) Feb 22 3:00-5:00 pm

Learn what types of content your social media are looking for. Plan your Social Strategy, what do you want to create and post? Learn tools, websites, and apps that you can use to create videos, photos, gif’s, and so much more. Presenter: Christina Williams

Canva - create all types of Visuals for Social Media Marketing(FR) Feb 22 6:00-8:00 pm

Canva is a free online graphics program that allows you to create, design, download, and print images for your social media marketing. Learn to use this website to create materials for your marketing such as business cards, flyers, posters, social media graphics, and so much more. Presenter: Christina Williams

YouTube: Learn to create social videos and market on YouTube(SA) Feb 23 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Plan your video social media marketing, get ideas on what types of videos you should create for your business, get free apps/sites for creating videos, and then learn how to create your business YouTube Channel and how to upload videos and promote your small business on the fastest growing Social Media Network! Presenter: Christina Williams

Online Slideshows: Create presentations and convert to videos for your Social Media Marketing(SA) Feb 23 1:00-3:00 pm

Learn about free online slide-show software to create presentations that you can convert to videos for your social media marketing. Learn where and how to share these with the right audience on Social Media. You’ll learn how to use, which allows you to create a free account and post your presentations. What could your business gain from this? Presenter: Christina Williams

Never Meet a Stranger: Guerrilla Marketing for Networking Events, Trade Shows, and Expos (TU) Mar 5 6:00-9:00 pm

Trade shows, expos and net-working events can be excel-lent ways to attract business…if you understand that they are networking events. They are not net-eating, net-visiting, net-standing-around-waiting-for-someone-to-talk-to-you-events. These events can establish your credibility, help you meet new prospects, network with current customers and allies, and even practice new sales techniques. Take advantage of this event before the Business Expo and Job Fair on March 30. Presenter: Mike Collins

Blogging for your Small Business Series(MO) Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Ms. Stones is a local blogger who will discuss how blog-ging can help your business, how to personalize your site, and build and market your blog. This four-part series will cover the following topics: Mar 4 Is Blogging Right for your Business? Mar 11 The Operations of your Site Mar 18 Personalizing your Site Mar 25 Building your Blog Presenter: Tracey Stones

Customer Service(TU) Apr 2 6:00-8:00 pm

Customer service is crucial in businesses today. Almost every company seems to understand just how important customer service is and many have started to find ways to improve and measure customer service. In this seminar, we are going to look at what customer service is, and isn’t, and identify how you can understand and provide good customer service. Presenter: Mindy Moore

How to Create Business documents using Microsoft Word~Hands-on Workshop(tu) Apr 9 and 16 6:00-8:00 pm

The advantages of MS Word extend beyond its ability to create a letter and compose a memo. Business owners can use Microsoft Word to create content and design market-ing pieces that integrate with other programs. Presenter: Mindy Moore

Town of Oriental Announcements

Reminder that the final pass for debris pick-up will begin after Tuesday, January 1st. Please have your debris to the right of way. There are three categories of debris: Construction/Household Debris (Please note that any insulation needs to be in clear plastic bags), Appliances, and Vegetative. Please remember to separate your debris into these three categories.

Disposal of Formerly Live Christmas trees has begun. You can drop your tree, without any remaining decoration, into the large Waste Industries bins in front of the Water Treatment Plant on Gilgo Rd. If you need assistance in disposing of your tree, please call Town Hall at 252-249-0555.