RTA Summit Series
3:00 PM15:00

RTA Summit Series

Join a business-led discussion on transportation solutions

Some small businesses depend on customers being able to get to and access their store front or company. Could your small business benefit from increased mobility around the Triangle?

Our region has a number of major projects on the way – from new rail and rapid bus corridors, to I-540 and I-40 improvements, to RDU expansion. What else can we do now to improve mobility across our region more quickly, considering rapid growth, technology change, and funding challenges?

The RTA 2018 Summit Series is a regional forum to discuss ways to enhance the travel experience, reduce transportation barriers, and keep our economy moving.

Three sessions will be led by Triangle business leaders on May 1, May 2, and May 3 in Durham, Raleigh, and RTP. Attend any session at no cost; pre-registration is required.

Call 919.664.7062 or email Natalie Griffith

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Hosting Organization: Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition

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How to Start a Business
11:30 AM11:30

How to Start a Business

  • Catawba Valley Community College, Corporate Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hosting Organization: Small Business Technology and Development Center

The SBTDC at Appalachian State University is partnering with Catawba Valley Community College’s Small Business Center to present How To Start A Business! Please join us!

This seminar is to assist you with the basics of starting a small business. Topics discussed will be: concept feasibility, legal requirements, funding options, and business plan development.

Seminar Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. PVO Introduction
  3. Assessing Yourself as a Potential Business Owner
  4. Determining Concept Feasibility
  5. Examine Critical Issues and Make Important Decisions
  6. Legal Considerations and Requirements
  7. Develop Your Business Plan
  8. Arranging Your Business Financing
  9. Resource and Information List
  10. Conclusion and Next Steps

Business Start-Up and Resource Guide

Special Instructions
NO-COST to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please register to reserve your space by calling 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or clicking on the "Register Now" button below.

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6th Annual Small Business Week Awards Luncheon
9:00 AM09:00

6th Annual Small Business Week Awards Luncheon

Small business owners, entrepreneurs and community organizations from across the state attend the 6th Annual Small Business Week Awards luncheon, presented by First Tennessee Bank. The day kicks off with workshops from 9-11 a.m. followed by the awards luncheon at 11:00 am featuring Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator.

Hosting Organization: Carolina Small Business Development Fund

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Which Certifications Are Right For Your Business?
9:00 AM09:00

Which Certifications Are Right For Your Business?

An Overview of MBE, WBE, WBENC, HUB, and SBE Certifications
MBE, WBE, WBENC, HUB, SBE certification confusion? Learn about the certification alphabet soup and how to use them to spell out success for your business. Learn how to get certified and why it matters. Who qualifies? How do I start? Which certifications are right for my business?

Contact Information:
Pashara Black, Send an Email


Hosting Organization: Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce

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Women's Leadership Conference
7:30 AM07:30

Women's Leadership Conference

Champions of Women: A Message of Inspiration

The 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference will highlight why it is so important for every business to be champions of women in the workplace. The conference will feature a message of inspiration, as well as key breakout sessions and a panel discussion focusing on practical topics that will enable you to bring useful tips and ideas back with you to your workplace.

Our keynote speaker, Carey Lohrenz, is a former lieutenant in the United States Navy. Lohrenz was the first fully qualified female naval aviator to fly the F-14 Tomcat in the United States military. Her message will drive your team to achieve peak performance, all while leading with courage and not shying away from a challenge.

On our panel, you will hear from:

  • Farad Ali, president and CEO, The Institute
  • Leah Brown, president and CEO, A10 Solutions
  • Margaret Spellings, president, UNC system

Through our breakout sessions, we will cover a variety of topics key to the overall theme of the conference. Those who go to the conference will be able to select the sessions that they attend. Those sessions include:

  • How Women and Men Communicate Differently at Work
  • Why Championing Women is Good for Business
  • Workplace Advocacy
  • Building Your Personal Brand
  • Finding Your Strengths and the Strengths of Your Team

Please visit here to learn more about each individual session.

This is the fifth year for the conference and the number of people attending has increased each year. It shows that people are gaining valuable insight from this conference, insight that has a tangible benefit when implemented at work.

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about how we can all be Champions of Women!

$90 per chamber member
$120 per non-member
$810 per table of 10 (chamber members only)

RSVP by April 26
No refunds available after deadline.

Presenting Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor
Greene Resources

Gold Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Carolina Ballet
Cherry Bekaert LLP
Ernst & Young LLP
Highwoods Properties, Inc.
Meredith College 
Syngenta Crop Protection
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Silver Sponsors
Carolina Hurricanes

Bronze Sponsors
Alfred Williams & Company
AT&T North Carolina
CALYX Engineers + Consultants
Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines
NAI Carolantic Realty, Inc.
Triangle Business Journal
Ward and Smith, P.A.

Breakout Session Sponsor
Hutchison PLLC

Healthy Break Sponsor
Briegan Concrete Constructors
Delta Dental of North Carolina

Call 919.664.7063 or email Katie Craig

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Hosting Organization: Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

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