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.
Ribbon Cutting: Papa John’s Pizza
Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 11:30am-12:30pm
Celebrate the “Grand Re-Opening” of Papa John’s Pizza, and meet the shop’s new management. Event held at 877 E Gannon Avenue, Zebulon NC. See event details here.
Business After Hours: The Market
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 5:30-7pm
Join the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce for this networking and awards celebration. Bring business cards to exchange, and possibly win a door prize. The location is The Market, 222 N Herritage Street, Kinston NC. With questions, call Erin Passaialigue at 252.527.1131.
Ribbon Cutting: Abbie’s Tobacco Shop
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 1-2:30pm
Join the Knightdale Chamber at Abbie’s Tobacco Shop, 819 N Smithfield Road, Knightdale NC, for this ribbon cutting celebration. Abbie’s Tobacco Shop is “a friendly neighborhood smoke shop, locally owned and operated.” This event is open to the public. Let them know you’re coming by registering here.
Business After Hours: Dew4Him Ministries
Thursday, December 6, 2018 @ 5:30-7:30pm
Come for this Zebulon Chamber of Commerce networking event and get to know Dew4Him Ministries. Event location is 229 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. This event is free for Chamber members and guests. Register via this event page.
Business After Hours / Open House
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 5-7pm
John the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce and the Down East Partnership for Children at this open house. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will be raffles too. Come and network and enjoy the evening at the Down East Partnership for Children, 215 Lexington Street, Rocky Mount NC. Details and flyer available here.
Coffee Break and Networking
How to Write A Business Plan
Monday, December 3, 2018 @ 6-9pm
This business workshop is offered in the Assembly Room of the Wilson County Public Library’s Main Library, located at 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC. For more information, call 252.237.5355 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.
Ribbon Cutting: Overman & Parks, CPAs P.A.
Monday, December 3, 2018 @ 10am
Join the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce at this “Grand Opening” of this business with a new name. Address is 4051 Capital Drive, Rocky Mount NC. See details here.
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 eastern NC. 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)
- Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce — www.kinstonchamber.com
(Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kinstonchamber)
- 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.
Business information gathered from public notices shared by chambers and others. If a business event is missing, email details to Kay Whatley at The Grey Area News.