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Aerial photo of the Beaufort Waterfront by Dylan Ray Photography

About the Beaufort Business Association (BBA)

The Beaufort Business Association (BBA) was started in 2015 by like minded individuals who wanted to provide a forum for businesses, organizations, and residents within Beaufort to exchange information, build community, and forward the area’s economic and cultural development.

The non profit organization seeks to advocate for current business, attract new business and promote commerce by providing marketing opportunities via a tourism website, social media, traditional advertising and event planning and execution. BBA acts as a liaison with the Town of Beaufort to forward the community interests and preserve the unique history and culture of the town.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to foster a prosperous and inclusive business community in Beaufort where businesses can flourish, residents can thrive, and visitors can experience the unique charm of Beaufort. We will do this while simultaneously preserving our rich heritage and embracing sustainable growth.

Our Goals to achieve this mission are:

      To honor and preserve our historic past while yet supporting our


      inevitable future growth.
  1. To provide a welcoming, supportive platform for new and existing businesses.
  2. To promote various events throughout the year that will promote Beaufort tourism, enrich the local economy and enhance the lives of our citizens.
  3. Work with the town of Beaufort and the NC Department of Commerce
    to secure “Main Street America” status to build local capacity for
    downtown revitalization, small business development, rehabilitation of
    historic properties and provide grant funding opportunities for
  4. To support and facilitate improvements to our distressed areas, enhance water access and preserve green space for use by our residents.
  5. To honor and preserve our historic past while yet supporting our
    inevitable future growth.
  6. To encourage, facilitate and fund, within our means and ability, the five goals described above.
Rachel Carson Reserve

Wild horses at the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort, NC (Photo: Bonnie / Adobe Stock)

2023 Board of Directors


Nelson Owens

Beaufort Spirits Company & Angel’s Share Inn

Vice President

Kristen Prescott

127 Middle Lane Events


Susan Sanders

Harbor Specialties

2023 Board Members

Martha Barnes

Cousins Bed and Breakfast

Wendy Davidson

Arts in Beaufort

Vic Fasolino

Bucky Oliver

Beaufort Hotel and 34° North Restaurant

Wendy Park

Beaufort Grocery Company

Pat Wesson

Senior Resource Connections

Emeritus Board Members

Tommy Simpson

Tommy Simpson Construction
Beaufort Ace Home Center