Five-County Area Chamber/Business Events in Sept. 2017

Business Happenings
Business Happenings

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. A list of five-county area chambers, and beyond, is included at the end of this article.

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 Topics cover finance, marketing, fundraising, and general business/nonprofit issues alongside specialized classes such as food business creation.

First Friday Coffee

Join the Nashville NC Chamber of Commerce on Friday, September 1, 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 (The next First Friday Coffee is currently planned for October 6, 2017.)

The Power of Grant Writing

Held on Saturday, September 2, 2017, noon-1:30pm, this seminar is being held at the Upper Coastal Business Development Center, 121 Nash Street NW, Wilson NC. Registration is $40 per person, available here. From the event description: “By attending this seminar, you will be gaining knowledge from experienced grant writers. A grant writer is someone who writes proposals and grant applications requesting support from a private or public organization.”

Tuesday Morning Coffee Break

Join the Business Alliance of NC for a cup of coffee, conversation, and networking. Scheduled for Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 8-10am, at 1401 Aversboro Road, Suite 103, 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 Held throughout the month on Tuesdays (September 5, 12, and 19, 2017).

A Home Office that Works

An upcoming SCORE Workshop, A Home Office that Works, is September 7, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm, at the Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Avenue, Raleigh NC.

This workshop offers insights to anyone who’s thinking about starting a business at home, already has a business at home, or is considering a telecommuting position. Get insights from a business entrepreneur who’s worked at home for almost 30 years, Dr. Joe Webb. Register here. For more information or with questions, contact Bill Wagner, Raleigh SCORE at 919.869.4151 or via email.

SCORE 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

Coffee Exchange

Meet new Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce members and start new business relationships. Come for coffee and networking Friday, September 8, 2017, starting at 8am and ending around 9:30am. Event sponsor is Rocky Mount Family Medical Center.Held at the   Chamber, 100 Coastline Street, Suite 200, Rocky Mount NC. See more on the Chamber Facebook page.

Connect with Others and the Community

The workshop series “Slate of Eight” presented by the Young Professionals of the Twin Counties continues on September 8, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm. This event is being held at Gateway Technology Center, 3400 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount NC. Register here.

Speaker is Dorsey Landis Tobias, Media Relations at PNC, & Kyle-Durrell Johnson, Youth Pastor at Word Tabernacle Church and Owner of New Standard Videography & Photography This seminar will discuss the importance and benefits of getting involved in the community. Learn how community service and volunteering provides a deeper insight into your community while also providing excellent networking opportunities.

Find out more at, or on their Facebook page.

Business After Hours

Join the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce for their Business After Hours at YMCA Knightdale Station on Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm. This end-of-summer event is an opportunity to meet the Chamber staff, explore the field space, and learn more about the “Y”. This gathering is at Knightdale Station Park, 494 Knightdale Station Run, Knightdale NC.

The ‘YMCA at Knightdale Station’ is a branch of the YMCA of the Triangle, serving Knightdale and eastern Wake County. Their main mission at heart is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

See more on the Chamber website at, or Register online. For more information, contact the Chamber Office at 919.266.4603.

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. See local business products/services, try free food samples, attend an educational seminar, and network at this community-oriented 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.