Compiled by Kay Whatley, Editor
Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, local businesses, and organizations hold educational events and provide free business training or networking opportunities. Events listed below may take place in the five-county area — Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wilson counties — or beyond into Edgecombe, Wayne, and other eastern North Carolina counties.
Be sure to register with meeting organizer(s) to ensure receipt of cancellation or postponement notices directly. Some events may only be open to members of a chamber and a guest, although we strive to exclude Chamber-only events.
Business information is gathered from public notices shared by chambers and others.Events may be added; send notices to the editor.
Events are listed in date order, bottom-to-top.
Elements of Biz Seminars: Email Marketing Trends
Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 9-10am
Join the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at 301 E Main Street, Clayton, NC, for their monthly talent development and/or business training This month’s seminar topic is “Email Marketing Trends” presented by Cindy Nanez of Divine Marketing Group. Free for Clayton Chamber members, $20 for guests. Seating is limited, so register here ASAP.
D’s Cutzz Ribbon Cutting
Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 5-5:30pm
Join the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce in welcoming this new business, D’s Cutzz Barbershop. Address is 118 NW Main Street, Rocky Mount, NC.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 11:45am-1pm
Come out and join other business professionals and enjoy food, fun, building quality leads, and more. Held at the Cleveland Draft House, 461 Shotwell Road, Clayton, NC. Register here. Fee is $20 per person and includes food and activities.
Sustainable Business Forum
Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 6-8pm
Join the Greater Good Textile Group (GGTG) for a discussion about sustainable textile businesses. Network and hear how two unique entrepreneurs “brought their companies to life with the planet in mind.” This public event is open to all ages. Adult beverages will be available to those 21+. Held at Imurj-The Artists’ Cafe, 300 S McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC. Follow GGTG on Facebook here.
Wendell Business After Hours
Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 5:30-7pm
Join the Wendell Chamber of Commerce and network with local business owners. Held at Grill-Billies BBQ, 36 N Pine Street, Wendell, NC.
Goldsboro Business After Hours
Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 5:30-7pm
Join the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce for this B.A.H. at Goldsboro Builders Supply. Learn about the company and their long history in Eastern NC. Goldsboro Builders Supply address is 701 Patetown Road, Goldsboro, NC. See more here.
Garner Business After Hours
Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 5:30-7pm
Join the Garner Chamber of Commerce for this B.A.H. event sponsored by North State Bank. Network and enjoy hors d’oeuvres by Catering Works; also beer and wine. Acoustic music will be provided by Dos Eddies. Address is 835 Hwy 70 West, Garner, NC. See details and register here.
Wake Forest Business After Hours
Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 5-7:30pm
Join the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce for this B.A.H. events hosted by Focus Design Builders at their new offices. Address is 881 Falcate Drive, Wake Forest, NC. Food will be provided during this networking event. Follow Focus Design Builders, LLC on Facebook here.
Knightdale Red Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening
Wednesday, April 17 2019 @ 11:30am-1:30pm
Join the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce for this ribbon cutting and Grand Opening of Christian Robinson Allstate Agency. Address is 829 N Smithfield Road, Knightdale, NC. See details and register here.
State of the Community Luncheon 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 11am-1pm
Join the Greater Fayetteville Chamber in hearing from community leaders from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and surrounding communities. Held in the Ball Room at the Crown Complex, 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville, NC. See list of invited speakers and register here.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 11am-noon
Join Triangle East Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the ribbon cutting for International Grill. Address is 1025 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield, NC.
Topsail Beach (Museum) Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re-opening
Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 2-5pm
Join the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce for this ribbon cutting, which will kick off the grand re-opening of the Missiles and More Museum, 720 Channel Blvd, Topsail Beach, NC. See event page here.
Clayton Ribbon Cutting
Friday, April 12, 2019 @ noon-1pm
Join the Clayton Chamber of Commerce (CCOC) for this celebration with PrimeLending at their new location. Address is 8998 Hwy 70 Business (Suite 105), Clayton, NC. See event details and register here.
Good Morning Clayton
Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 8-9am
Start your morning with the Clayton Chamber of Commerce in their offices at 301 E Main Street, Clayton, NC. Network, share business news, introduce yourself, and more. See details and register here.
Knightdale Business After Hours
Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 5:30-7:30pm
Join the Knightdale Chamber for Commerce for this B.A.H. with Carillon Assisted Living of Knightdale. Network, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and register for raffles. Honor our Teacher Excellence Award recipient. Hosted by Carillon Assisted Living of Knightdale, 2408 Hodge Road, Knightdale, NC. See details and register here.
Selma Business After Hours and Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 5-7pm
Join the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce for this B.A.H. and celebrate this Reid’s Print Services anniversary. Address is 106 N Pollock Street, Selma, NC. See event and register here.
Some business-educational events are organized by SCORE at area locations. SCORE — the Service Corps of Retired Executives — is a nonprofit association dedicated to “helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.” More information about SCORE is online at www.score.org.
NC Small Business Center Network
In addition to opportunities listed, North Carolina’s community colleges offer free business workshops across the state. Find free “Small Business Center Network” classes by searching at www.ncsbc.net. Topics cover finance, marketing, fundraising, and general business/nonprofit issues alongside specialized classes such as food business creation.
The list below includes business organizations in or near the five-county area of eastern NC. Regular chamber member meetings or semi-closed leads group meetings are not included above, but may be found via the links below. Check with, or join, your local Chamber to find out more about regular meetings near your business.
- Bailey Chamber of Commerce — baileychamber.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/baileychamberofcommerce)
- Business Alliance of North Carolina — businessalliancenc.com
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BusinessAllianceofNC)
- Clayton Chamber of Commerce — www.claytonchamber.com
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Clayton-Chamber-of-Commerce-327576612814)
- Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce — www.farmvillencchamber.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/farmvillencchamber)
- Greater Fayetteville Chamber — www.faybiz.com
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FayettevilleRegionalChamber)
- Greater Franklin County Chamber — www.franklin-chamber.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheGreaterFranklinCountyChamber)
- Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce — www.greenvillenc.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GPCChamber)
- Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce — www.kinstonchamber.com
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kinstonchamber)
- Knightdale Chamber of Commerce — www.knightdalechamber.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KnightdaleChamberofCommerce)
- Nashville Chamber of Commerce — nashvillencchamber.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nashvillencchamber)
- Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce — www.rockymountchamber.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/rockymountchamber)
- Rolesville Chamber of Commerce — rolesvillechamber.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/rolesvillechamber)
- Spring Hope Area Chamber of Commerce — www.facebook.com/SpringHopeChamberOfCommerce
- Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce — www.discoveredgecombe.com
(Facebook pages: www.facebook.com/tarboroedgecombe, www.facebook.com/Discover-Edgecombe-1470928686487184)
- Triangle East Chamber of Commerce — www.triangleeastchamber.com
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/triangleeastchamber)
Formerly the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce.
- Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce — wakeforestchamber.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WakeForestAreaChamberofCommerce)
- Wayne County Chamber of Commerce — www.waynecountychamber.com
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WayneCountyChamberofCommerce)
- Wendell Chamber of Commerce — www.wendellchamber.com
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WendellChamberOfCommerce)
- Wilson Chamber of Commerce — www.wilsonncchamber.com
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Wilson-Chamber-of-Commerce-81297209199)
Ed. Note: Events may be added, update, and this article revised. If a business event is missing, email details to Kay Whatley at The Grey Area News.