One of the functions of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote the unique assets of the area to attract, create and expand business opportunies while improving the sell-being of all of its citizens. The Economic Development Division advances commercial, industrial and civic development; encourages the economic and social progress of the Smithfield-Selma; works with city, county and state governments to facilitate the production and distribution of goods and services; and encourages an atmosphere in which private enterprise may operate profitably and efficiently.
The division's committee is not only involved in economic recruitment and retention, but also addresses community marketing and transportation. The Chamber recognizes the importance of working with our neighbors and is involved in a number of regional organizations.
Some of the programs of the committee include:
- Community marketing and public relations
- Demographic statistics and research
- Economic development recruitment and retention
- Transportation issues
The Chamber's Economic Development Committee meets on the second Monday of each month and 12:00 noon at the Chamber office. If you would like to serve on this committee or would like more information, please contact Rick Childrey at 919-934-9166 or email at rchildrey(at)smithfieldselma.com.
The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area recognizes that workforce development is the key to long-term quality of life of our community. The Chamber works with business and education partners to improve tomorrow's workforce. Competition, quality and productivity, the same forces that drive our economy, are now driving our school system.
Therefore, the mission of the Education Division of the Chamber is to support and promote high quality education, thereby elevating the skills of the local workforce; which encourages future development, attracts and retains residents and businesses and provides a vitality to the area that benefits all citizens.
Some of the programs of the Education Division include:
- Capital Area Workforce Development Board
- Flame for Learning Award
- Teacher of the Month
- School visitations and promotion
The Chamber's Education Committee meets on the first Monday of each month at 12:00 noon. Some meetings are held at the Chamber and others are held off-site, usually at a school. If you would like to participate on this committee or would like more information, contact the Chamber at 919-934-9166 or chamber(at)smithfieldselma.com.
The number-one reason companies join the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber is to make new business contacts. Our Membership Services Division develops programs to put members in touch with prospective customers and works to retain current Chamber members and recruit new members.
Guiding potential clients to Chamber businesses is one of the benefits the division provides its members. Through referrals and organized cost efficient opportunities for members to reach their markets, the Member Services Division works to improve the bottom line of its members by increasing their business.
Programs of the committee include:
- Business After Hours
- Business Seminars
- Chamber Coffee Connections
- Grand Openings and Ribbon Cuttings
- Visual Improvement Award
The Chamber's Member Services Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon. If you would like to participate on this committee or would like more information, please contact the Chamber at 919-934-9166 or chamber(at)smithfieldselma.com.
The Chamber’s Public Policy Division works to develop or improve the product we sell -- Smithfield-Selma and Johnston County. The division strives to be a lead advocate for business issues through unique programs and legislative agendas that enhance the area's quality of life -- including a revitalized downtown, improved transportation infrastructure, and maintaining a top-notch public school system. Chamber activities include consistent interaction with our city councils, the Johnston County Commission, the North Carolina General Assembly and congressional leaders in Washington, D.C.
Programs of the Public Policy Division include:
- Business agendas - local and regional
- Community Visioning
- Good Morning Smithfield-Selma events
- Leadership Roundtable
The Public Policy Committee meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 12:00 noon at the Chamber office. If you would like to participate on this committee or would like more information, please contact the Chamber at 919-934-9166 or chamber(at)smithfieldselma.com.
Chamber Women's Business Network (CWBN)
The Chamber Women's Business Network focuses on the development of professional women through events that support scholarships for continued educational opportunities for women.
The CWBN meets on the first Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. usually at the Chamber office but the location may vary. If you would like to participate on this committee or would like more information, please contact the Chamber at 919-934-9166 or chamber(at)smithfieldselma.com.