Business Events, Workshop Opportunities in Late July

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. 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 business workshops across the state. Find free “Small Business Center Network” classes by searching at

Tuesday Morning Coffee Break

Join the Business Alliance of NC for a cup of coffee, conversation, and networking. Scheduled for Tuesday, July 25, 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

Business After Hours with Red Cross

Join the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce for this event on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 5:30-7pm. Gather at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC and learn more about the history of the Red Cross in North Carolina and Rocky Mount. Red Cross volunteers will be on-hand to discuss volunteering, hosting emergency preparedness resources for businesses and employees, and more. Appetizers will be provided, and raffles and door prizes are planned.

To RSVP, contact Cally Edwards via email or call 252.414.5457.

YoPro Social Event

Join the Young Professionals of the Twin Counties at the Washington Street Grill, 119 S Washington Street, Rocky Mount NC on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6-9pm.

Come out to try the food, meet the owners, and network with fellow young professionals.

YoPro image for July 26, 2017 event
YoPro image for July 26, 2017 event


Small Business Tax Essentials

Scheduled for Thursday, July 27, 2017,  6:30-8:30pm, at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC. This free seminar is jointly sponsored by the Wake County Public Library and SCORE.   Registration required; to register, click here.

Rhonda High from the North Carolina Department of Revenue will cover the basics of tax compliance ranging from registering your business, to withholding from employees, and sales and use tax requirements. Information will be provided on a program for businesses that have fallen behind on sales and use, withholding, and other trust taxes.

For more information, contact Bill Wagner with Raleigh SCORE at 919.856.4739.

Coming Soon

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

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.

Twin Counties Education and Business Leaders Summit 2017 notice.
Twin Counties Education and Business Leaders Summit 2017 notice.

The Power of Word of Mouth

“Slate of Eight” with 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

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:


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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.