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, July 26, 2018 @ 8:30-9:30am
Knightdale Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals gatherings offer the opportunity to connect and engage 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 for the July meeting here.
Roadmap to Marketing Any Business
Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 6:30-8:30pm
This SCORE presentation will help determine how much marketing your business needs based on goals, the various types of marketing campaigns available, and what is right for your business. Bring questions, get answers. Speaker is Ashley Morrison. Held at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC. See details and register here.
Coffee and Conversation
Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8-9am
Join the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 301 E Main Street, Clayton NC. Bring business cards and prepare a verbal 20-second commercial for this networking event. The Huebner Family McDonald’s will provide breakfast and coffee. Event is free, but registration is requested.
Business After Hours at Spring Arbor of Raleigh
Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 5:30-7:30pm
Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and register to win great raffle prizes.. Network with local business leaders, decision makers and community friends An evening of fun, relaxed engagement in a business-friendly environment with fellow Chamber members. Held at Spring Arbor of Raleigh, 1810 N New Hope Road, Raleigh NC. Free event organized by the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce. Register here.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 4:30-7:30pm
The Zebulon Chamber ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 4:30pm, after which HairCraft will hold an open house. Celebrate their new location at 109 E Horton Street, Zebulon NC. Tour the salon and enjoy light refreshments. See the Chamber event notice.
First Friday Coffee
Friday, July 6, 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. Next date is August 3, 2018. The chamber website is nashvillencchamber.org.
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.