Notary Public Class

If you or someone in your company is interested in becoming a Notary Public, Wake Technical Community College makes it convenient by teaching a notary public class once a quarter at the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce. The full-day course (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) includes understanding the Office of Notary Public, general powers, attestation, certification, oaths, and affidavits. Participants take an exam at the end of class and complete the application for becoming a notary public. The Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina is included in the cost of the class. Space is limited, and the class is available to members and non-members. The cost is $165 for Chamber members and $190 for non-members. Check our online calendar for the next available class.

Contact Nancy Franz

Wake Forest Chamber Foundation for Common Progress

Encouraging Knowledge, Enterprise, and Leadership

The Wake Forest Chamber Foundation for Common Progress is a 501c3 charitable foundation which operates for the general purposes to provide educational opportunities for both adults and youth, focusing on leadership, health and wellness, financial literacy and diversity awareness. The foundation also looks to provide entrepreneurs with business start-up education, training, idea incubation and acceleration, and to finally provide the business community with workforce development and training opportunities and regulatory compliance matters.

The Foundation’s initial focus is on the development of Wake Forest’s future leaders. Leadership Wake Forest and Youth Leadership are funded and supported by the Foundation.

Leadership Wake Forest connects adults as they form beneficial professional relationships; creates projects that benefit the community; and cultivates future leaders. Learn more.

Youth Leadership connects youth to a network of both adult and youth leaders; creates leadership skills through a robust curriculum; and cultivates a group of informed, committed youth motivated to learn more about our community. Learn more.

Contribute to the Foundation

Businesses and individuals interested in supporting these programs are invited to contribute to the Foundation.  You may make and individual donation which is tax deductible or your business can sponsor a program in some way.  To learn more about sponsorships click here.

Your donation will support educational programming for 30 high school students participating in Youth Leadership, as well as support the philanthropic class project that the adult Leadership Wake Forest class undertakes. If interested, please complete the form below.

Youth Leadership Program

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Creating Wake Forest’s future leaders.

Youth Leadership Wake Forest is an annual training program for high school students who have demonstrated some leadership abilities. The program aims to develop a group of informed, committed and competent youth motivated to learn more about our community, to assume leadership roles in our schools, and to become more involved in our civic, cultural, economic development, and philanthropic organizations and groups. The goal of the program is that every young leader in Wake Forest will be able to:

  • Develop stronger leadership skills through a robust curriculum taught by skilled facilitators
  • Gain an awareness of the need for community service, civic participation, and philanthropy
  • Increase familiarity with areas in Wake Forest beyond their immediate neighborhood and school
  • Interact with adult leaders in business, non-profits and public sectors
  • Acquire a network of adult and youth leaders in Wake Forest, which can form an excellent basis for their success in the work and college world

Watch our Youth Leadership Wake Forest video to learn more.

Qualifications: All applicants must:

  • Attend Wake Forest High School, Heritage High School, Wakefield High School or Franklin Academy, or live in the 27587 zip code but attend other schools or are homeschooled.
  • Be a rising sophomore or junior
  • Have a minimum of a 2.0 (or C) grade point average
  • Complete a Youth Leadership Wake Forest Application and interview with panel
  • Provide at least three references: (2) from school and (1) community member.

**See application for complete details.

Application Process: Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 school year. Applications are due by February 23, 2018. Participation in Youth Leadership Wake Forest is open to rising sophomores and juniors (2018-2019 school year) who qualify based on the above criteria. Applicants must be in good academic standing and have no attendance or disciplinary problems at their school. The Selection Committee reviews all applications, interviews students, and chooses a diverse class of motivated students who express concern about improving the community and the potential leadership ability to contribute to the betterment of Wake Forest.

2018-2019 YL Leadership Application (PDF)

2018-2019 YL Leadership Application (Word)


Call (919) 556-1519 or fill out the form below.

Contact Corey Hutcherson

Young Professionals Network

Connecting, Developing and Engaging Wake Forest’s Young Professionals

Wake Forest Young Professionals (WFYP) is a networking and professional development group for individuals ages 23-40 who live or work in the Wake Forest area.

The group is open to both Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce members and non-members and meets monthly (typically the fourth Tuesday) for events, gatherings, socials and lunches. WFYP provides working professionals with social enrichment, peer connections, skills, and information and knowledge important to 20 and 30-somethings through events, speakers, workshops and unique activities.

Sign up for the WFYP email newsletter to stay current on the group’s latest happenings and check out our Calendar of Events for the next meeting.

Want to join? Call (919) 556-1519 Ext. 2.

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Learn how to build your business.

Ron Rosenberg, a marketing and customer service expert, offers free webinars each month to all Wake Forest Area Chamber members. These webinars offer you and your team proven strategies and innovative ideas you can use to build your business or organization. It’s like attending a live presentation right at your computer. If you are unavailable during the scheduled webinar, don’t worry … all of the webinars are archived on the site a few days later so you can view them any time that’s convenient for you! Click here to visit Ron Rosenberg’s Resource PowerPack website.

2018 WBA Meetings & Events

January 12 | 8:30 – 10:00 am | Wake Forest Historical Museum
Panel Discussion: Women Working in Traditionally Male-Dominated Professions

February 22 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Kanata Mills Model Home (Terramor Homes), 8600 Hugget Lane, Wake Forest

March 9 | 8:30 – 10:00 am | Wake Forest Historical Museum
Topic: Hiring Success – Finding the Perfect Fit for your Business

April 12 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Location TBD

May 11 | 8:30 – 10:00 am | Wake Forest Historical Museum
Topic TBD

June 8 | 8:30 – 10:00 am | Wake Forest Historical Museum
Topic TBD

July 12 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Location TBD

August 10 | 8:30 – 10:00 am | Wake Forest Historical Museum
Topic TBD

September 14 | 8:30 – 10:00 am | Wake Forest Historical Museum
Topic TBD

October 12 | 8:30 – 10:00 am | Wake Forest Historical Museum
Topic TBD

November 9 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm | Location TBD
Holiday Social