Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, and local businesses/organizations hold educational events and provide free business training and networking.
Note that regular Chamber member meetings or semi-closed leads groups, are not included. Check with, or join, your local Chamber to find out more about regular meetings near your business.
In addition to events listed below, North Carolina’s community colleges offer free workshops across the state. Find free “Small Business Center Network” classes offered by NC community colleges by searching at www.ncsbc.net.
Links are included for business organizations in or near the five-county area of North Carolina:
- 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 Franklin County Chamber — www.franklin-chamber.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheGreaterFranklinCountyChamber)
- Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce — www.smithfieldselma.com
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/smithfieldselmachamber)
- Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce — www.greenvillenc.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GreenvillePittChamber)
- 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)
- Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce — wakeforestchamber.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WakeForestAreaChamberofCommerce)
- 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)
(June 29, 2017 @ noon-1pm — Clayton NC)
Ribbon Cutting for C&D Electric, held at the Clayton Chamber 301 E Main Street, Clayton NC. This is a free event, celebrating the new business and offering networking opportunities. C&D Electrical Service Company, LLC is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlesdarrellacavenaugh.
Small Business Celebration
(June 29, 2017 @ 6pm — Nashville NC)
Held at Rose Hill Conference Center, 3815 Rose Hill Lane, Nashville NC, this Celebration features activities, recognition of our past Small Business of the Month Winners, and business awards. The People’s Choice Award gives attendees a chance to vote during the evening. The celebration will provide our business community a chance to do a full night of networking and really celebrate our small business community. Tickets are $40 for Member, $50 for non-members. The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce ticket link is here.
Ditch the Sales Slump!
(June 30, 2017 @ 11:30am-1:30pm — Raleigh NC)
June Business Excelerator — business-related event offering to “Excelerate Experience friends and their friends.” The registration fee is $5; lunch is pay-your-own. The first 25 registrants receive one complimentary glass of wine with lunch (expected lunch cost for each attendee is around $13 tax and tip included). Door prizes. Meet Excelerate Experience Co-Directors, Leslie Flowers and Diana M. Needham
- Leslie Flowers, trailblazer for women in business and mastermind expert, will show you how to leverage the ancient principle of mastermind to build trust among other women in a mastermind group, catapulting your business success. “Women must get smarter to ask for what they deserve … and be paid!”
- Diana, a masterful marketing strategist, focuses on you raising your credibility in your industry and being known as the go-to professional … through writing a book. Diana helps people map out the fastest path for using your book to get in front of your ideal clients, expand your visibility and leverage your message to create more profits! Diana says, “There’s nothing complicated about rising to the top if you know the proven processes to use!”
This “Lunch & Learn & Wine” is being held at the Village Grill, 8470 Honeycutt Road, #102, Raleigh NC.
Note that the organizers are also holding a conference November 3, 2017 — Excelerate Experience 2017. Tickets and information at www.ExE2017.com.
(July 6 & 7, 2017 — Wake Forest NC)
Two days in a row, new business ribbon cuttings — opening celebrations with networking opportunities. Call 919.556.1519 for more information on either of these free Chamber ribbon cuttings.
The first ribbon cutting is Chronic Taco, July 6, 2017 @ 11:30am-12:30pm. The Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce will cut the big red ribbon at 11:30am, then all can stay and enjoy refreshments and networking. This ribbon cutting is at 3325 Rogers Road, Suite 104, Wake Forest NC.
The Siam Thai Massage Ribbon Cutting is July 7, 2017 @ 1-2pm. The Wake Forest Chamber will cut the ribbon at 1pm, then all may enjoy homemade Thai food, refreshments, and networking. Location is 833 Suite G Wake Forest Business Park, old 98, Wake Forest NC. Free to attend.
Tuesday Morning Coffee Break
(July 11, 2017 @ 8-10am — Garner NC)
Gather for networking, coffee, and building of relationships at Lorraine’s Coffee House, 101 Timber Pointe Lane, Garner NC. Group meets weekly to “build referral relationships and brainstorm with other like-minded businesses.”
This is a Business Alliance of NC event. The group uses Meetup for their weekly event offerings. To find out more or to join, visit www.meetup.com/Business-Alliance-NC.
(July 11, 2017 @ noon — Knightdale NC)
Come to this free gathering at Arise Athletics, 905-D McKnight Drive, Knightdale NC. Arise Athletics is the newest training facility to serve the Raleigh and Knightdale communities! Celebrate with the staff of Arise Athletics at their Grand Opening Ceremony. For more information, contact the Knightdale Chamber at 919.266.4603. Arise Athletics is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ariseathleticsnc.
(July 11, 2017 @ 11am-12:30pm — Louisburg NC)
Blue Collie Coffee is a proud member of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and is hosting an official ribbon cutting ceremony at our shop. Stop by for snacks and drinks. Held at Blue Collie Coffee, 106 N Main Street, Louisburg NC. Blue Collie is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bluecolliecoffee.
(July 13, 2017 @ 11am — Nashville NC)
Join the Nashville NC Chamber of Commerce in welcoming The Painted Teacher to Downtown Nashville. This Boutique is located at 205 W Washington Street, Nashville NC, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThePaintedTeacher.
Business After Hours Gathering
(July 13, 2017 @ 5:30-7:30pm — Raleigh NC)
All are invited to attend this free Business After Hours, hosted by City Barbeque and the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce. Business networking, plus a celebration of this restaurant’s opening. Door prizes too. Gather at City Barbeque, 9424 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 108, Raleigh NC. For more information, contact the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce at 919.266.4603.
(July 20, 2017 @ 7-8:30pm — Selma, North Carolina)
Free and open to the public, this workshop is hosted by Platform Brand Identity, 101 S Raiford Street, Selma NC.
Did you know that there is more to a business card than how it looks? From the texture, weight, and size of your business card to the kind of edges and corners…everything works together to tell a story about your brand.
Subconsciously potential customers form an opinion just by picking up a card, before they’ve read a single thing!!!
During our branding basics seminars, we ask students to close their eyes and assess the quality and reliability of a company based solely on the feel of their business card. You’d be surprised at the answers.
Want to know more? Join us for Branding basics and learn about simple changes to how you market, present, and publisize your brand that could double your traffic and increase your revenue.
To find out more, Platform Brand Identity is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Platformbranding.
(July 21, 2017 @ 8-9:30am — Smithfield NC)
Held by the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce, 1115 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield NC. This monthly event gives attendees the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business — bring business cards to share, plus with a card entry will be free. Each session includes relevant business topics that will be discussed in small groups. Held the third Friday of each month. Activities will begin at 8:15am. Contact 919.934.9166 with questions.
(August 2, 2017 @ 11:30am-12:30pm — Greenville NC)
Join the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber for this grand opening ribbon cutting celebration for On Q Financial. The location is 1516 Greenville Blvd., Greenville NC. Questions, call 252.621.5626.
Business After Hours
(August 3, 2017 @ 5:30-7pm — Greenville NC)
Join this Greenville and Pitt County Business After Hours event. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Network and build business relationships. Held at Hastings Ford, 3013 E 10th Street, Greenville NC.
First Friday Coffee
(August 4, 2017 @ 7:30-8:30am — Nashville NC)
This monthly event is organized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Come and enjoy networking over coffee, which is covered by a sponsoring business each month. Hosted by the Nashville Exchange Steakhouse and Cafe, 229 W Washington Street, Nashville NC.