Formed in 2003, BASE is a 501c6 non-profit advocacy organization that acts as a responsible “voice” and advocate for business and industry in southeastern North Carolina. Our focus is regional and we work proactively on behalf of business and industry in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties.


BASE is unique in our setup, deriving support from both association partners and a wide range of sustaining business members. Our mission is to support public policy that attracts a mix of business and industry and enhances economic opportunities in southeastern North Carolina. We provide value to our members by tracking all local, state and federal issues that impact our economy and quality of life. We work with stakeholders to mitigate negative issues and promote policies that support the best interests of the regional business community.

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As President and CEO of BASE, Tyler Newman attends numerous meetings with legislators, regulators, industry organizations and others to consistently represent the best interests of business and industry throughout southeastern NC. BASE has formal advocacy partnerships with the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and numerous Home Builders and REALTORS Associations to ensure the voice of business and industry is well represented in southeastern North Carolina.

BASE is the ONLY business organization that is 100% committed to advocacy. Other membership organizations have advocacy as part of their mission, but this is our one and only mission. BASE is solely committed to advocating on behalf of the business community and our advocacy partners.

BASE works cooperatively with all other regional business and economic development organizations to further the best interests of business and industry. We do not compete with these organizations – we complement their efforts as the full-time ADVOCATE for business.

Because advocacy is our singular mission, we are laser focused on achieving the best results for our community. We are not distracted with other priorities and obligations, so we operate very effectively and efficiently to achieve our goals. Our members’ investment provides one of the best ROIs of any business organization in the Cape Fear region.


We ask for your support and membership and welcome all business and industry interested in the continued growth and success of our region.

For specifics on memberships, please contact Tyler Newman: