Eastern NC Business Events in January 2019

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 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.


Business After Hours

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 5:30-7:30pm

Join the Rocky Mount Event Center, 301 S Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC, for its first B.A.H. event. Learn more about the venue, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages (beer and wine), and maybe win a prize too. See flyer on this Rocky Mount Area Chamber web page.


Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 11am-noon

Join the Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce at this ceremony for for Mozelle’s Soul Food, located at 106 W Railroad Street, Selma NC. Come and check out this new restaurant and see what’s on the menu.


WOW: Women of Wilson Professional Group

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ noon

Join this new group, a part of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce. WOW is designed to empower women professions within the Chamber, which is hosting this event in their 200 Nash Street NE, Wilson, NC office. Lunch provided. To register, contact the Wilson Chamber at 252.237.0165.


Business After Hours

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 5:30-7pm

Join the Garner Chamber of Commerce for this B.A.H. networking event, sponsored by The Villages at McCullers Walk. Address is 500 Shady Summit Way, Raleigh, NC.

To register, visit this web page.


2019 Economic Forecast Forum

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 7:30-9:30am

Join the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce for this glimpse into the new year. Meet at the Knightdale Town Hall, 950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC. All are welcome to attend. Registration fees are $20 for Chamber Members or $30 non-members. Register via the Knightdale Chamber website.

2019 Economic Forecast Forum. Source: Knightdale Chamber of Commerce
2019 Economic Forecast Forum. Source: Knightdale Chamber of Commerce


Business After Hours

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 5:30-7pm

Join the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce at this B.A.H. event with Heritage Farms General Store and R.A. Jeffrey’s. Business After Hours of 2019! Come by for a few minutes, or stay the full hour and a half and network. Held in the Heritage Farms General Store, 145 Arrington Bridge Road, Goldsboro, NC.


Business After Hours

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 5:30-7pm

Zebulon GT Magnet Middle School will host this Zebulon Chamber of Commerce B.A.H. event. The school’s address is 1000 Shepard School Road, Zebulon NC. This event is free; come by, network, and enjoy this celebration.


Business After Hours

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 4-7pm (new start time)

Join the Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber and Partnership for Children of Johnston County at 1406 S Pollock Street, Suite #A, Selma NC, for this B.A.H. event. Network, make connections, and find out about the Chamber and this local business.


Business Exchange Breakfast

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 @ 7:30-9am

This monthly business exchange breakfast is organized by the Garner Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by VR Business Brokers.

Join the group for breakfast at Denny’s, 4380 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC. Chamber members and visitors are welcome. Register via this web page.


Small Business of the Month Celebration

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 @ 10-11am

Join the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate Overman & Parks, CPAs, P.A. at their location: 4051 Capital Drive, Rocky Mount NC. See this event via the Chamber calendar.


Small Business Networking Breakfast

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 @ 8:30am

Join the Greater Fayetteville Chamber at 159 Maxwell Street, Fayetteville NC, for this networking opportunity and breakfast. Free to Chamber members. Register here.


Eggs and Issues: What Are ACEs and How Are They Affecting Our Future Workforce?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 @ 8-9am

Join the Clayton Chamber of Commerce as Myra Burrell, Data and Contracts Manager for Partnership for Children of Johnston County, presents information on this important topic: ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and the toll they take on children.  “As parents, mentors, teachers, and employers, what can we do about ACEs? How can we reduce the effect of ACEs and toxic stress? The first step is awareness.” Breakfast fee is $15 for members, or $20 non-members.

Held in the Discovery Room of the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Best Wood Drive, Clayton, NC.

Register via this event page.


First Friday Coffee

Friday, January 4, 2019 @ 8-9am

Join the Nashville Chamber of Commerce on the first Friday of the month for networking, coffee (provided by a sponsor), and knowledge-sharing. Held at the Nashville Exchange, 229 W Washington Street, Nashville NC. The Nashville Chamber is online at nashvillencchamber.org, and on Facebook here. Future date is February 1, 2019.


Coffee in Uptown Selma

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 @ 9am (and every Wednesday in January)

At the Selma NC Visitor’s Center, 112 E Anderson Street, Selma NC. volunteers from the Selma Development Partnership volunteers will host a coffee and networking event in a conference room. Local business owners/entrepreneurs are invited. Event is free and open to the public.


Coffee Break and Networking

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @ 8-10am

This Business Alliance of North Carolina (BANC) networking event brings together business owners to share referrals and get to know each other. Held on the first Tuesday of each month at Lorraine’s Coffee House, 101 Timber Pointe Lane, Garner NC. For more information, visit businessalliancenc.com/coffee-break.


SCORE Workshops

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.


Area Chambers/Organizations

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.


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

This article originally published on December 20, 2018; updated January 1 and 3, 2019.

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