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.
Young Professionals Monthly Meetup
Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 8:30am
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. Future date is June 28, 2018.
Small Business Month Access to Capital Showcase
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 6-8pm
Held at the Business Development Center, 121 W Nash Street, Wilson NC. Learn how to find access to capital for a business, funding options, and more. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, Self-Help Credit Union, The Rural Center, and Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments will be on hand to share information for business owners / entrepreneurs.. Register here.
Business After Hours/Open House
Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 5:30-7:30pm
Join this networking event with Garner Chamber of Commerce at Langdon & Company, LLP in Suite 100, 223 US Hwy 70 E, Garner NC. There will be entertainment by Antique Outlaws, complementary beverages, and plenty to eat from the MoonRunners Food Truck.
Business After Hours
Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 5:30-7:30pm
Join the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce at Greystone at Widewaters, 1001 Greystone Common Drive, Knightdale NC. This free event is an opportunity for networking, socializing, and building business-relationships. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and register to win raffle prizes. Register via the chamber website here.
Maximize Your On-Line Marketing with Google
Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 9-11am
Held at The Women’s Business Center of NC, 5800 Faringdon Place, Raleigh NC. From the description:
Want to grow your on-line marketing presence? Capture more attention on the web? Join Google, the Women’s Business Center of NC and SCORE for this interactive, informative and fun presentation. Grow your business with these tips, tools and information. Pamela Starr with Google will lead this seminar.
Tickets are $10 per person for this event. Register via this event page.
Wayne UNC Surgery Center Opening Reception
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 4:30-7pm
Join the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and celebrate the opening of the first phase of a multi-phase Surgery Center Construction and Renovation Project by Wayne UNC Health Care. Reception held at Wayne UNC Health Care, 2700 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro NC.
How and Where to Find Money For Your Business
Monday, May 7, 2018 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Held at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC. From the SCORE workshop description:
Learn the various funding sources available to you and how to best qualify for funds to start or expand your business. We will cover the differences between equity and debt financing, angel investors versus venture capitalists, and government loan programs versus crowd-funding and more. Speaker will be David Grant.
Register for this workshop on this event page.
2018 Spring Economic Overview
Friday, May 4, 2018 @ 8-9:30am
This Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce presentation will include an overview of general economic data for the first quarter of 2018 at global, national and regional levels, plus additional information on how current trends impact small business and local activity. An overview of trends and predictions for the rest of 2018 will also be offered, along with time for Q&A. Presented by speaker Kenneth Hunter. Held at Station Square, 301 S Church Street, Rocky Mount NC. Tickets (free) available at web.rockymountchamber.org/events/2018-Spring-Economic-Overview-with-Kenneth-Hunter-966.
Business After Hours
Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 5:30-7pm
Join the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at Stallings Mill, 47 Stallings Mill Loop, Clayton NC, for free food and drinks at this May Business After Hours sponsored by Stallings Mill. Bring business cards to swap and enter to win a door prize.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 11am-noon
Join the Nashville (NC) Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new location of My Sister’s House in the former Henry Fisher office on Church Street, Nashville NC. Contact the Chamber at 252.459.4050 with any questions.
Breakfast with A Veteran
Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 8-10am
Organized by Rolesville Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Rolesville, this event is open to all. Have a meal with veterans and meet representatives from local veterans’ organizations. Held at 502 Southtown Circle, Rolesville NC.
First Friday Coffee
No gathering scheduled for May
Join the group for networking, meet neighbors and local business people when meetings resume in June. Held at The Nashville Exchange, 229 W Washington Street, Nashville NC. This event is organized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Their website is nashvillencchamber.org.
Tax Code Changes Panel Discussion
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 8-9:30am
The new changes to the federal tax code will impact nearly everyone, especially businesses. The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Committee will hold this panel discussion on the most sweeping changes to the US tax code in more than 30 years. Held at Knightdale Town Hall, 950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC. Admission is $10 per person for Chamber Members, and $20 per person for non-members. Breakfast is provided. To register, visit www.knightdalechamber.org/events/details/tax-code-changes-panel-discussion-8387.
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)
Coming in June
First Friday Coffee
Friday, June 1, 2018 @ 8-9am
Join the group for networking, meet neighbors and local business people. Held at The Nashville Exchange, 229 W Washington Street, Nashville NC. This event is organized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Their website is nashvillencchamber.org.
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.
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.