The luncheon hosted each year by Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce recognizes minority owned and operated businesses in Onslow County. Barbara Holder, owner of Jacksonville Beauty Supply, was presented with the 2018 Fairfield Inn & Suites ...
They spoke of dedication, entrepreneurship and advocacy, and the award recipients at the 2018 Minority Enterprise Development Week luncheon set the example for each of those attributes.
The luncheon hosted each year by Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce recognizes minority owned and operated businesses in Onslow County.
Barbara Holder, owner of Jacksonville Beauty Supply, was presented with the 2018 Fairfield Inn & Suites Minority Entrepreneur of the Year and Carobell was named the Linda L. Richardson Minority Business Advocate of the Year.
Carobell and Jacksonville Beauty Supply each have a longstanding place in the Onslow County community.
Like many, Holder came to Onslow County by way of the military. She had been working at Queen Medical Center in Hawaii before coming to Jacksonville and initially worked at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
But it wasn’t long before her entrepreneurial spirit saw a business opportunity because of the influx in the military and she started Jacksonville Beauty Supply in 1984. For 31 of those years it has operated from its location at New River Shopping Center.
Katrina Carrington, last year’s Minority Entrepreneur of the Year, presented the award and noted Holder’s involvement in the community and dedication to her business.
“I accept this award with profound gratitude,” she said. “To receive this award is indeed an honor.”
Holder said being a small business owner has played a big part in her involvement in the community.
“Small business plays an integral part in our market economy,” Holder said. “They provide goods and services and a gateway by which millions enter the economic and social mainstream of society.”
Diana Barnes, last year’s Minority Advocate of the Year, said the local chamber follows the U.S. Small Business Administration’s definition of minorities, which includes the disabled.
This year’s winner is a private nonprofit organization that has worked from its beginning to provide care for developmentally disabled individuals with multiple medical needs.
Co-founders Elizabeth Bell Midgett and Virginia Franks opened the doors to Carobell on July 1, 1969 and kept their dream of helping children with special needs going even during financial hardship.
Carobell has now grown to a well-established organization with many services to “empower” individuals to learn and grow whatever their disability, said Carobell President/CEO Vanessa Ervin, who accepted the award on the organization’s behalf.
Ervin said the name of the award is a meaningful one and she encouraged others to be an advocate to help others.
“Find the advocacy in you; be a champion for change,” she said.
Also recognized during the luncheon was Fernando Schiefelbein, who is a Beirut Memorial Advisory Board member and is currently serving as chairman of the Camp Lejeune Military Retiree Council.
Schiefelbein is one of this year’s Legends of Onslow recipients but was unable to attend the ceremony held Monday evening.
The list of the organizations and activities in which he has been involved is extensive. Schiefelbein said he’s had the privilege of meeting the many people involved in the events and activities benefiting the Onslow County community.
“It’s all for the community,” he said.
During the program, Terence Cooper Jr., who started Royal Tee’s Jewelry and Accessories, spoke about the importance of volunteering in the community and his own experience as a ‘kidpreneur.”
Cooper said it takes patience and dedication, but he said youth can be entrepreneurs, too.
“There is no certain age to be an entrepreneur,” Cooper said.
Reporter Jannette Pippin can be reached at 910-382-2557 or Jannette.Pippin@JDNews.com
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