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 around the area in Edgecombe, Pitt, and other counties.
Seven Secrets to Financial Success for Small Business Owners
Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 6:30-8:30pm
This workshop will be held at Northeast Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road. Raleigh NC. “If you are an entrepreneur and you are not making the profits that you want and need in the business, don’t fully understand the numbers in running your business, and are wishing you could get a better handle on the finances in order to spend more time with your family, come learn the secrets to financial success. Find out what many real-life entrepreneurs learned the hard and expensive way,with easy-to-understand solutions.” Speaker is Sylvia Inks, small business financial coach, bestselling author, and speaker. To register, visit their events page. With questions, contact Raleigh SCORE via email or call 919.869.4151.
This workshop will also be held on Monday, March 5, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm, at Northeast Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh NC.
Friday, February 23, 2018 @ noon-1pm
Join the Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce for this free, public ribbon cutting for the Pink Ribbon Cafe, 411 Main Street, Tarboro NC (the old Addie’s).
Knightdale Chamber Young Professionals Meetup
Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 8:30-9:30am
Are you interested in connecting and engaging with Young Professionals in the Knightdale area? Then join the Knightdale Chamber and connect with young professionals in the area at this first Meetup. Connect with young professionals and provide input on ways to keep Knightdale thriving. Held at The Coffee Chamber, 903 Smithfield Road, Knightdale NC. Meeting is free. Registration link available via this page. Questions, call 919.266.4603.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 11am-noon
Join the Wilson Chamber of Commerce and check out the renovated fitness room at the Wilson Senior Center, 1808 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson NC.
Coffee Connections with Johnston County Arts Council
Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8-9:30am
This is a structured networking event that takes the guesswork out of networking. Attendees will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business to the entire group. Each session will include relevant business topics discussed in small groups. Entry is free with a business card. Gather at the Nestle Toll House Cafe, F003, 1025 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield NC. With questions, contact 919.934.9166.
Station Square Open House and Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, February 15, 2018 5:30-7pm
Held at Station Square, Suite 136, 301 S Church Street, Rocky Mount NC. Come for this ribbon cutting and see the reinvention of this historic square. Craft beer and refreshments provided. RSVP via email or visit stationsquarenc.com.
Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 11am
Join the Nashville (NC) Chamber of Commerce for the Twin Counties Mattress by Appointment ribbon cutting. Network and learn about this business. Gathering is at 107 C. West Nashville Drive, Nashville NC (near Bojangles).
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/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)