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 www.ncsbc.net.
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 businessalliancenc.com.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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 www.twincountiesnc.com/yopro.
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)