Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce hosts several open events each year that are accessible to everyone – such as their popular annual Economic Outlook Dinner and Job Fair.
Raeford is situated nearby Fort Bragg, Camp Mackall and Maxton-Laurinburg Air Base – three major military installations where many military families have made Raeford their home.
Joining a chamber gives you a voice at the table and an advocate in your corner. They promote your business while their members can get discounts from one another. In addition, chambers help shape policies that affect local businesses, provide invaluable networking opportunities and even list their members on municipal websites and literature.
Raeford-Hoke County is situated in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain region and was initially home to Saura and Lumbee Indians. Established from Cumberland and Robeson counties in 1911, its main city is Raeford; others include Dundarrach and McCain. Fort Bragg military reservation lies to its northern region.
Kurt Posey has been with our company for 11 years and was named Employee of the Year in 2016. Additionally, he’s actively involved with Kiwanis and Fall Festival Board activities in his community; both he and his wife reside in Raeford’s downtown core.
Brad Calloway is the third generation owner and operator of Raeford Hardware, purchased by his grandfather in 1973. Since then he has expanded three times, increasing the size to 10,000 square feet but maintaining the family feel. An active member of his church and proud parent to Payton and Cooper; Brad has always shown support for local events including football games, parades and the Harvest Festival.
The Chamber serves to represent business interests of its community, promote economic development and lead local affairs while improving quality of life for citizens. As a non-profit and non-political organization, membership benefits include networking with area businesses as well as accessing the latest county information. We meet on every third Thursday at PK Grill & Pub in Raeford.
Hoke County Chamber of Commerce Expo was postponed due to pandemic concerns, but will return this Saturday, May 14. The Expo provides job seekers and local businesses an opportunity to connect. Business owners can set up booths to distribute information or offer employment opportunities free of charge; non-member businesses may participate for a fee.
Kurt Posey relocated from Florida 11 years ago and quickly became involved with downtown activities. He is a Kiwanis member and serves on the Fall Festival Board; previously served as banker/CPA, working in Boston MA, Almaty Kazakhstan and Budapest Hungary before becoming Director of Raeford/Hoke Economic Development with WJ Wright Realty Company located on Oakwood Ave downtown Raeford.
Rockfish Creek, an east-flowing tributary of Cape Fear River, runs through Toneys Creek which drains southward. U.S. Route 401 runs along both north and west sides of town before leading east 22 miles (35 km) to Fayetteville and 20 miles (32 km) southwest to Laurinburg respectively; US 401 Business passes through Harris Avenue and East Central Avenue while NC Highway 211 enters via Main Street then leaves eastbound as St Pauls Drive to lead southeast 19 miles (31 km).
Local residents can meet both job seekers and employers at the Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce Career Expo, which was temporarily put on pause due to pandemic-related conditions but will return in May. State Farm agent John Owen provides auto, home, and banking services in Raeford-Hoke Town.
Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce will resume their annual Expo, postponed during the pandemic, on May 14. Job seekers and business owners can network at this event, while local agencies can set up information booths. Expo is free for members; non-members pay $25 for booth space in county parking lot adjacent to courthouse; it was established in Raeford in North Carolina back in 2002.