2nd Annual Transportation Impact Small Business Forum set for May 13 at Joslyn Hall

Emerald Isle, N.C. (April 25, 2014) – In conjunction with Small Business Week in Carteret County, Transportation Impact will host the second annual Transportation Impact Small Business Forum on Tuesday, May 13, at Joslyn Hall on the campus of Carteret Community College.

Admission is free, and the event is designed to help local business owners network with their peers and gain helpful tips and insights on ways in which they can improve their respective businesses.

“As a small business located in Carteret County, we understand as well as anyone how much a network of like-minded and hard-working people can impact a business’s bottom line,” said Transportation Impact Co-founder Keith Byrd. “Last year, we started the forum in conjunction with our official 50th Anniversary sponsorship of Carteret Community College with the goal of providing a platform that would help our fellow business owners and entrepreneurs learn new ways to improve their businesses, and have the opportunity to network with others in the community with the same goals.

“If there’s anything we’ve learned in experiencing the growth of our company, it’s that you can never understate or underestimate the power that networking can have in terms of opening your eyes to new and effective ways of doing things.”

This year’s event features a variety of local businessmen and women that have experience in effectively managing successful business ventures in the area; all of whom understand the benefits and challenges in working in the area’s unique seasonal economy.

Confirmed speakers for the event include, Eddie Barber, Mayor of Emerald Isle and Owner/Operator of Ben & Jerry’s in Emerald Isle and the Jacksonville Mall; Patrick Conneely, Owner/Operator of Chic-fil-a in Morehead City, Buddy Bengel, Owner of the Morehead City Marlins, Lee Gillikin, Owner of MoreHAIR City Salon and Berkley Stafford, Vice President of Sales at Transportation Impact.

The event will begin with a breakfast networking session, catered by The Banks Grill of Morehead City, at 8 a.m. and the speaking sessions will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m.

Registration is requested, but not required to attend. To register, visit www.transportationimpact.com/register.

For more information on the forum, visit www.transportationimpact.com/sbf or contact Brandon Staton at (252) 764-2885 or email him at bstaton@transportationimpact.com.

About Transportation Impact

Transportation Impact is a parcel spend-management firms headquartered in Emerald Isle, N.C. Founded in 2008, the company offers parcel audit and carrier contract negotiation solutions to companies with a minimum net spend of $200,000 on FedEx and/or UPS parcel shipping services. For 2012, Transportation Impact ranked No. 547 on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. For the same year, its subsidiary, First Flight Solutions, ranked No. 183 on the Inc. 500. For more information, visit www.transportationimpact.com or www.firstflightsolutions.com.


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(252) 764-2885
8002 Emerald Drive
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Emerald Isle, NC 28594



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