SOUTHPORT, NC – Congratulations to the Southport CIS Thrift Shop for winning the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce Small Business Customer Service of the Year Award for 2017-2018. The award was presented at the chamber annual business meeting in June. The award recognized the Southport CIS Thrift Shop team for delivering an award winning customer experience along with superb customer service.
Chamber member businesses who received a Golden Pineapple Award since May were eligible to enter and compete for the Small Business Customer Service of the Year award. Nominations for the Southport-Oak Island Chamber Customer Service of the Year award were also accepted from chamber membership and public nominations throughout the year in coordination with the Golden Pineapple Awards.
Competition was strong this year for the Small Business Customer Service award. To be eligible to win, a nominated business was required to submit an information packet for review by an outside judging group of the Small Business Center at Brunswick Community College. Customer service of the year judging criteria was based on financial performance and business history, staff training and motivation, community involvement, customer service, and economic impact.
“Southport CIS Thrift Shop is honored to be recognized for our efforts of delivering the best shopping experience along with the best customer service to our shoppers. We strive to ensure every customer leaves our shop satisfied with their personal in-store shopping experience to share with others and encourage more community members to visit CIS Thrift Shops and as a result help more Brunswick County students stay in school,” said Todd Beane, CIS Communications and Thrift Shop Operations Manager.
CIS Thrift Shops depend on volunteers to help generate funding for CIS programs, supporting students so they can stay in school and succeed in life. CIS Thrift Shops could not run without the commitment and hard work of our staff and volunteers. Thrift shop volunteer teams accept donations, assist customers, refill and organize racks and shelves, help with merchandising, and work with staff on a variety of special projects.
Interested in volunteering in a CIS Thrift Shop? Opportunities are available twice a week or a few hours a month – snowbirds, seasonal and vacation schedules are all welcome. Please visit a CIS Thrift Shop to fill out an application, become involved, and become part of the CIS thrift shop family.
CIS operates four thrift shops in Brunswick County: The Boiling Spring Lakes CIS Thrift Shop, Leland CIS Thrift Shop, Southport CIS Thrift Shop, and Sunset Beach CIS Thrift Shop. For more information on CIS Thrift Shops visit https://www.cisbrunswick.org/thrift-shops/ or call the CIS main office at 910-832-3494.
About Communities In Schools of Brunswick County:
Communities In Schools of Brunswick County is an accredited affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, operating programs proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. Working closely with schools and partner organizations, Communities In Schools of Brunswick County uses evidence-based programs to serve students and their families. Based directly inside schools throughout the county, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical educational and community-based resources working hand-in-hand with schools, communities and families to identify their unique needs and surround students with a caring network of support. Learn more about Communities In Schools of Brunswick County at www.cisbrunswick.org.