The Role of the Raeford Chamber of Commerce

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Kurt Posey made Raeford his home eleven years ago from Florida, and has become actively involved in its real estate market ever since. His passion lies with seeing Raeford and its surrounding counties flourish and grow together.

Rockfish Creek provides irrigation to this area. According to old people, Indian villages used to be nearby; and several artifacts from them such as arrowheads and corn stones have been discovered here.

Membership

Hoke County Chamber of Commerce is comprised of local business owners and managers dedicated to creating a thriving economic climate in Hoke County. Their primary functions are representing business interests, encouraging economic development and providing leadership within community affairs. Their organization is led by an elected board of directors.

Members can advertise employment opportunities and host job fairs free of charge, and set up information booths for $25. Next month, the chamber is hosting a job fair at Hoke County Fairground Exhibit Building in Raeford to connect job seekers with employers.

Hoke County, located in southeastern North Carolina’s Coastal Plain region, was founded in 1911 following two unsuccessful attempts in 1907 and 1909 to create a new county for disgruntled residents of Cumberland and Robeson Counties. Raeford is its county seat; other communities in Hoke include Dundarrach and McCain while Fort Bragg’s military reservation covers its northern portion.

The Chamber provides its members with several benefits, including access to a business directory and free advertising on its website. In addition, monthly dinners and networking opportunities for area businesses are hosted. Membership is free for both residents and businesses in the region. Members can sign up for various committees including golf tournament and holiday parade committees.

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Business Directory

The Hoke County Chamber of Commerce offers a business directory featuring members and their contact information, events calendar, county department updates and zip code searches for public viewing. Furthermore, their website features thumbnail and full-sized images of local parks to aid new residents settling into Hoke County.

In addition to its business services, the chamber offers a staff dedicated to helping new and expanding businesses access resources they need for success, such as seminars and workshops on business training. Furthermore, staff can assist with marketing sales networking, as well as offering a business incubator which assists entrepreneurs getting started in the area.

Hoke County. Its northeast boundary is Rockfish Creek, an east-flowing tributary of Cape Fear River; while its southern section drains to Toneys Creek which forms part of Lumber River-Pee Dee River-Waccamaw River watershed. U.S. Highway 401 connects Laurinburg with Fayetteville via 22 miles (35 km) while North Carolina State Highway 211 leads south 30 miles (48 km) before turning northwest 17 miles (27 km).

Economic Outlook Dinner

The Chamber’s Economic Outlook Dinner is an annual networking event featuring an informative presentation on the state of our economy. Experts from various industries share their predictions for next year and address specific topics or issues affecting local communities, while giving an outlook for our region. Admission to this free event is open to both members and non-members; representatives from Calion, Felsenthal, Huttig Junction City Parkers Chapel Smackover Strong are set to share updates at this year’s gathering.

EACCNY and EU Delegation to the U.S. hosted an exclusive C-level business executive lunch to explore EU/US trade related matters with Sabine Weyand, Director General for Community & Trade at European Commission.

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Each fall, Professor Richard Dufrene from IU Southeast’s Sanders Chair in Business presents a regional business outlook for Southern Indiana and Greater Louisville. This annual event gives community leaders the insight needed to make wise business and public policy decisions for the coming year.

Businesses and organizations wishing to connect with job seekers and community leaders may register at the chamber office for a table at this free event, while limited booth space will be made available for non-chamber member companies wishing to display their goods or services at this expo.

Events

Virtual or physical, chamber events provide members with knowledge and resources for building their business while driving non-dues revenue. Events might feature speakers on timely topics or networking socials – offering businesses valuable marketing opportunities to showcase their offerings.

Quarterly luncheons in Hoke County feature speakers discussing issues affecting businesses here. Professional leaders from the community offer their insight to advance their careers.

On the third Friday of each month, this structured networking event provides participants with a structured opportunity to introduce themselves through two “table talk” speed networking sessions. Open to both new Chamber Members and visitors alike, this event serves as a fantastic chance for connecting with area professionals.

As part of Small Business Week celebrations, this quarterly breakfast invites Chamber member small business owners to network and listen to a guest speaker. It provides a great opportunity to discover more about the Chamber’s Small Business Program.

Held annually, this popular business expo gives attendees the chance to network with local businesses and organizations while giving sponsors the chance to showcase their products and services. More than 70 area businesses participate, making this an unparalleled networking event.

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