By Kay Whatley, Editor
Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, and local businesses/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 in Edgecombe, Wayne, and other eastern NC counties.
Events are listed in date order, bottom-to-top. Events may be added; send notices to the Editor.
Young Professionals Monthly Meetup
Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 8:30-9:30am
Knightdale Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals gatherings offer the opportunity to connect and engag with young professionals in the Knightdale area. Exchange information/ideas and keep Knightdale thriving. Gather at The Coffee Chamber, 903 Smithfield Road, Knightdale NC. See event details and register here. Future date is July 26, 2018.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:30-8:30pm
This Raleigh SCORE event is scheduled for East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC. Workshop description released by Raleigh SCORE:
If you’re considering becoming a small business owner, you’ll want to attend this seminar to learn what it takes, what challenges and pitfalls you can expect, and what proven steps you can take to greatly increase your chance of success. In this two-hour seminar, you’ll explore how to test the feasibility of your idea to ensure it’s the right one.
Register via this event page. With any questions, contact score at 919.856.4739 or via email.
Debnam Hardware 100-year Anniversary
Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 8:30am-3pm
Celebrate with Debnam Hardware Celebrating 100 Years, and stop by 117 N. Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC.
Knightdale Chamber 2018 Business Expo
Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ noon-5pm
Open to the public. Come and meet local businesses and learn about offerings and services in and around Knightdale NC. Held at the The Life Enrichment Center (off Old Milburnie Road), 3805 Tarheel Club Road, Raleigh NC. See more at www.knightdalechamber.org.
Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 10am
A business ribbon cutting for Headliners Hair Salon at 915 Eastern Avenue, Nashville NC. Hope to see you all there. Not yet listed on website calendar; the chamber website is nashvillencchamber.org.
Business After Hours (BAH)
Thursday, June 7, 2018 @ 5:30-7pm
Register Now Event Description: Enjoy networking and connections with local business leaders at our June Business After Hours with Fit 4 Life, held at 190 Wakelon Street, Zebulon NC. Register via the chamber event page. See fit4lifehealthclubs.com/zebulon. Free for Chamber members and their guests.
First Friday Coffee
Friday, June 1, 2018 @ 8-9am
Join the group for networking, meet neighbors and local business people at The Nashville Exchange, 229 W Washington Street, Nashville NC. This event is organized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. The chamber website is nashvillencchamber.org.
This month’s chamber First Friday Coffee sponsor is 64 Marketplace.
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 North Carolina. 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 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/GPCChamber)
- 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)
- Zebulon Chamber of Commerce — zebulonchamber.org
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/zebulonchamber)
Ed. Note: Events may be added, update, and this article revised. Be sure to register with meeting organizer(s) to ensure you receive cancellation or postponement notices directly from them.
If a business event is missing, email details to Kay Whatley at The Grey Area News.