By Kay Whatley, Editor
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 in this list. Check with, or join, your local Chamber to find out more about regular meetings near your business.
In addition to opportunities listed below, 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.
Tuesday Morning Coffee Break
Join the Business Alliance of NC for a cup of coffee, conversation, and networking. Scheduled for Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 8-10am, at Lorraine’s Coffee House, 101 Timber Pointe Lane, Garner NC. Build referral relationships and brainstorm with other businesses/entrepreneurs. This is a free-flowing networking event. Find out more about Business Alliance, and their Meetup Group’s events, by visiting businessalliancenc.com. Held throughout August on Tuesdays (Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2017).
Rolesville Chamber Quarterly Breakfast
This August 3, 2017, 8:30-10am, networking event is hosted by the Chamber’s Ambassadors. Bring business cards and enjoy a cup of coffee at Rolesville Town Hall, 502 Southtown Circle, Rolesville NC.
For more information, contact April Sneed via email.
First Friday Coffee
Join the Nashville NC Chamber of Commerce on Friday, August 4, 2017, 7:30-8:30am, and have a cup of coffee and network with local Chamber members and area residents. This event recurs on the first Friday of most months. Gather at the Nashville Exchange, W Washington Street, Nashville NC. A sponsoring business covers the coffee costs at each event. This Chamber’s calendar is online at nashvillencchamber.org/calendar. (The next First Friday Coffee is currently planned for September 1, 2017.)
Wilson Chamber B2B
Join the Wilson Chamber of Commerce on August 8, 2017, noon to 1pm, for their inaugural Chamber B2B (business-to-business) event. The location is the Chamber offices on Nash Street, Wilson NC.
Register by calling Tia Stewart by calling 252.237.0165. Since this is the first time for this event, all are welcome — members and non-members alike.
2017 State of Our Communities Luncheon
All Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce members and guests are invited to this luncheon on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, noon-1:30pm, at Sysco Food Services, 1032 Baugh Road, Selma NC. Come and receive an update on business and community issues facing Smithfield and Selma. Invited guests include Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver and Smithfield Mayor Andy Moore.
The Chamber is online at www.smithfieldselma.com.
Twin-Counties Education and Business Leaders’ Summit
Strategic Twin-Counties Educational Partnership (STEP) along with area educational partners will host this Summit on Thursday, August 10, 2017, 8-9:30am. Tickets are $15.
The event will be held in the Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College, 522 N Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount NC. Breakfast starting at 7:30am. See details here.
The Power of Word of Mouth
The workshop series “Slate of Eight” presented by the Young Professionals of the Twin Counties continues with “The Power of Word of Mouth” on Friday, August 11, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm. Held at the Gateway Technology Center, 3400 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount NC.
Reputation is everything. The person you meet today, might know the person you’re trying to impress tomorrow — make sure you are being your best and authentic self even when you think no one is looking. *Advertise YOU is what you make sure people know about your personal brand, power of word of mouth is about what people say after observing you. This workshop’s speaker is Kimberly Thigpen, Founder of The Bath Place.
Find out more at www.twincountiesnc.com/yopro.
“Health Care Matters” Forum
Attend this Forum August 23, 2017, 8:30-10:30am, for discussions and fresh perspectives for your business. Held in the Council Chamber Room at Knightdale Town Hall , 950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC.
The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce is bringing together healthcare leaders to foster in-depth dialogue as part of their Healthcare Matters panel. Representatives from the insurance and medical community will serve as guest panelist and present their knowledge and insight on healthcare matters. Call 919.266.4603 with questions or register online at knightdalechamber.chambermaster.com/…/register/8061.
Business After Hours
Come for networking, a Hawaiian-style luau, prizes, and more on Thursday, August 24, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm, at Down East Hearing Associates, 3009 Village Park Drive, Knightdale NC. This free gathering is organized by the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce. Register online here.
Notary Public Training at the Knightdale Chamber
Gain Notary Public certification in one day! Eliminate the continuous hassle of always running to get documents notarized. The Knightdale Chamber in partnership with Wake Technical Community College, offers a full-day course on August 25, 2017, providing an understanding of the qualifications and requirements to practice as a notary public in NC.
Course content includes understanding the office of notary public, general powers, attestation, certification, oaths and affidavits. Participants take an exam at the end of the class and complete the application to become a Notary Public. The Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina is included in the cost of the class. Register early; class size is limited. Admission fee includes instruction, book and testing. Fee is $140 for Knightdale Chamber members, or $155 for non-members. Register and pay online here or mail check made payable to KCOC, 207 Main Street, Knightdale NC 27545. Payment must be received in advance.
The class will be held at the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce, 207 Main Street, Knightdale NC. Course hours are 9am-4:30pm, with registration beginning at 8:45am.
For more information, call 919.266.4603 or email.
Coming in September: Business Expo 2017
Join the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce for its annual Expo on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 3-7pm, at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest NC.
“Come see what local businesses have to offer, enjoy free food samples, take in an educational seminar or two, and see your friends at this annual community event.”
For details, see the Chamber’s Facebook event page for updates.
Check Out Local Chambers/Organizations
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)