Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce

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Raeford began as an outgrowth of Raeford Institute, an early high school.

Our nation was shrouded in division and dissolution through an immense civil war.

Hoke County was created out of Cumberland and Robeson Counties until 1911, and named in honor of General Hoke a Confederate hero from the Civil War.

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Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesspeople and merchants devoted to advancing commercial interests in Raeford-Hoke County. Members include companies providing food and beverages, clothing and financial services. In addition, community events are sponsored by this organization along with providing news about county offices or departments, plus offering thumbnail and full-sized images of Hoke County for newcomers to explore on its website.

This year’s Hometown Christmas will take place in Downtown Raeford from 5:30 pm to 8 pm on Friday, December 1. This annual event provides shoppers with an excellent opportunity to shop local while local businesses deck the halls and stay open late – this year even food trucks will be allowed at this year’s event!

Hoke County is located in central North Carolina and is bordered to the northeast by Rockfish Creek, an east-flowing tributary of Cape Fear River and to the south by Toneys Creek which forms part of Lumber River-Pee Dee River-Waccamaw River watershed. Surrounded by agricultural and recreational land, Hoke County boasts its only airport about five miles (9 km) northeast from town center.

Brad Calloway is the third generation owner of Raeford Hardware and took over its operation from his father in 2012. His grandfather and father originally constructed and expanded it three times up until its current size of 10,000 square feet. Brad remains dedicated to maintaining its historic charm while providing customers with high-quality, personalized service.

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The Chamber hosts events to help members expand their businesses and establish connections among one another. Events may be educational, networking or just plain fun! Some events are exclusive to members; others can be open to all community members – the more people who attend these events means increased exposure for your business; these can even serve as non-dues revenue generators for the Chamber!

One event hosted by the Chamber is its Economic Outlook Dinner, an annual event which connects community members with local businesses. This free community event features a guest speaker. This year’s Economic Outlook Dinner will take place on August 18th.

Other events hosted by the chamber include speaker series and procurement/trade show events, which help bring new knowledge and notable figures into the community while connecting members with potential customers. Events may either be exclusive for members only or offered at an additional fee to non-members.

Raeford-Hoke Business Expo is another annual event where business owners and job seekers come together. Due to pandemic concerns, this Expo had to be put on pause but will resume on May 14. Admission is free to attend this free public event where business owners set up booths with information and recruitment opportunities for those attending.


As soon as a business joins a chamber of commerce, it will gain access to exclusive deals and discounts available only to members – this could include deals for food, office supplies, insurance, electricity or gas costs, etc. Furthermore, by advertising and sponsoring chamber activities it will have opportunities to advertise itself further, potentially increasing web traffic for greater success for growth of its own business.

As members of a chamber of commerce, members will also benefit from opportunities to network. For instance, they host monthly networking events known as Business After Hours to facilitate this networking opportunity and meet potential business associates or clients. Many events provide food and drinks as an added social benefit of attending these networking events.

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DRBA will reintroduce its popular December First Friday event that was previously hosted by the chamber of commerce. This festive affair will include oysters, running of the mullet, and live music – as well as relaunching “Look First In Raeford,” an effort encouraging local residents to shop locally-owned businesses.

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Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce provides services to local businesses and residents, as well as providing community calendar and department information. Visitors can learn more about upcoming attractions in Hoke County as well as accessing a guide for newcomers to Hoke County.

Hoke County and adjoins Rockfish Creek, an east-flowing tributary to Cape Fear River. Toneys Creek drains south-ward through southern part of city which contributes to Lumber River-Pee Dee River-Waccamaw watershed system. U.S. 401 Business runs through town leading east 22 miles (35 km) towards Fayetteville and south 20 miles (32 km) toward Laurinburg.

Raeford-Hoke offers an abundance of restaurants and shops, but one of the most beloved establishments is Brad Calloway’s Raeford Hardware, established by his father and grandfather back in 1973 and expanded three times over time by them both before passing down to its current owner who continues the family legacy by serving customers with hometown care.

Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Business Expo will return next month. Due to the pandemic, this event had to be postponed, but now stands on schedule. Expo entry for members is free; nonmembers can set up booths at $25. The Chamber anticipates 20 companies participating.

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