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April 22, 2020

Seminars and Updates

The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce works with several government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide educational and information gathering opportunities for its members. Most seminars are free but will require registration. The topics are chosen in response to a request by a member or from a discussion at the monthly Business Development Committee meetings. Our partner agencies are the Brunswick Community College Small Business Center(BCCSBC), Small Business Technology Development Center at UNCW(SBTDC), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE Cape Fear Region,  North Carolina Department of Labor and the NC Division of Workforce Solutions (formerly NC Employment Security Commission).

Out of the Box Learning 

Out of the Box Learning, relaxed education for keeping life in focus. Grab your favorite beverage and join us for an online discussion at happy hour.   The format is very interactive with a discussion leader(s) who is familiar with the topic guiding the conversation.  There is ample time and opportunity for those in attendance to contribute to the conversation. 

They are held quarterly via Webex, call for login information.   You must be a member of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce to attend.  No fee to attend but RSVP is encouraged by emailing [email protected] or calling 910.457-6964.    

ServSafe Food Safety Course

The North Carolina Food Code requires that restaurant managers and employees receive training and show knowledge of food safety. This training is now an important part of the restaurant’s health inspection score. The NC Cooperative Extension in Brunswick County offers training and testing that meets this requirement with the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe program. 

2021 training session dates to be released soon.  Held at the Southport Oak Island Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road in Southport, NC. This “extended” training is designed for students new to restaurant food safety or have not previously taken the ServSafe Certification test. Instruction will focus on techniques of handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely. The classes will meets once a week for three weeks and include 10 hours of instruction, the course book and the national test. The cost is $150.

These classes will be taught by staff members from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Environmental Health of Brunswick County. While this course will be taught in English, the textbook and exam are available in Spanish and Chinese languages. Requests for tests in a language other than English must be made one week prior to the class.

The registration fee must be received prior to the beginning of class.  Books may be picked up in person at the Cooperative Extension office, Building N at the Government Center in Bolivia.  Class size is limited and will be on a first-come first-serve basis.  Spaces will not be held without payment of the registration fee. For more information or to register call 910-253-2610.

North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. 


As seminars and other informational type events are scheduled they will be posted here.