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).

ServSafe Food Safety Course

The new 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. 

A training session will be held on Mondays February 4th and 11th, 2019 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.  

SCORE Panel Discussion Series:

1st Quarter:  February 5th    Topic:  How to sell your products/services – learn how to sell your products/services, various techniques, available distribution lines, selling ideas that work, and more. 10:00am-11:00am.

2nd Quarter:  May 7th      Topic:  How to Network – learn how to successfully network at events, get the most out of events, through role playing, discussions, making immediate connections at the workshop and learn how and when to best follow up after networking events.    10:00am -11:00am
Register Online Here.

3rd Quarter:  September 10th    Topic:  Restaurant Management - how to control your costs, manage your cash flow, stay in compliance and optimize your bottom line.  9:00am-10:00am

4th Quarter:   Nov 5th  Topic:  Digital Marketing – learn how to promote your business using various social media outlets, such as, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and what you need for your website (e.g. privacy policies, copyrights, e-commerce security, etc.).   10:00am-11:00am.

All Panel Discussions are held at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.  RSVP to the Chamber (910) 457-6964.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Update

Every two years the Chamber holds a North Carolina Department of Transportation Update at which officials with the NCDOT update our members and elected officials with news about road projects in the county and region.  Click Here for Copy of the Presentation of the NCDOT Update.

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