Family Expo

This fun-filled event will be an opportunity for residents to learn about summer and track-out camps, and find their local pre-school, childcare or educational center, healthcare, and other family-oriented business. The Family Expo will also include a Kid Zone featuring food trucks, bounce houses, face painting and much more. See below for details on this year’s event!

Leadership Lit – Book Club & TED Talk Discussions

Leadership Lit is the Wake Forest Chamber’s book club that focuses on books and TED Talks related to business and leadership. The group is a great way to get to know other Chamber members in a small group setting. You’ll make connections, have intelligent conversations, and have your thoughts and opinions heard. Leadership Lit meets on the third Monday of every month in the North State Bank Community Room at the Chamber, 350 S. White Street, Wake Forest. Meetings are offered free of charge for all Chamber members.

Community Raffle Fundraiser

The Wake Forest Chamber’s 2019 Community Raffle, presented by Edward Jones, is a fundraiser for the Chamber, the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern NC, and other community civic groups and nonprofits. Tickets are $50 each, and only 1,500 tickets will be sold. Ticket Special: Buy 3 tickets, get 1 free!

A total of $15,000 in prizes will be awarded:

  • $10,000 Cash
  • $3,000 Cash
  • $1,000 Lottery Ticket Basket
  • $500 Lottery Ticket Basket
  • $500 Cash

Every ticket is a winning ticket because every ticket purchased supports the work of the Chamber and the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina, as well as other community civic groups and nonprofits. Tickets can be purchased online, in-person at the Wake Forest Chamber, 350 S. White Street, or from volunteers with these community organizations: Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry, The Koinonia Foundation of Wake Forest, and Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation. If your organization would like to sell tickets and receive a portion of the raffle proceeds, please email us for details.

Anyone 18 years or older can buy a ticket, no matter where you live. You don’t need to be present to win. The Community Raffle will be held from May 4, 2019 until August 15, 2019. The drawing will take place on August 15, 2019 at the Chamber’s Business After Hours event.

2019 Meet in the Street

Meet in the Street, Wake Forest’s premier arts and crafts festival, was held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 am – 4 pm. Coordinated by the Wake Forest Chamber and presented by Atlantic Tire & Service, it was e a full day of family fun. Visitors browsed hundreds of booths along White Street and Taylor Street; ate from the food trucks located on Brooks Street; listenedto live music; took in a magic show; were wowed by the BMX Stunt Show; and more! It was a great day of meeting our neighbors in the streets of historic downtown Wake Forest!

Meet in the Street is held every year on the first Saturday in May. Here are the details from our 2019 event:

NEW! BMX Stunt Show at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm in the Wake Forest Federal parking lot located off Brooks Street. Show presented by Shaw RV. http://dialedactionsportsteam.com/

NEW! Tony Thomas Magic Show at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Located at Booth CH13 in the Children’s Village on Taylor Street. http://www.magictonythomas.com/

LIVE MUSIC STAGE presented by UNC Rex Healthcare of Wakefield. Schedule:

10:00 – 10:30 am: School of Rock Wake Forest
https://locations.schoolofrock.com/wakeforest

11:00 am – 12:15 pm: The Tyson Brothers
https://www.facebook.com/tysonbrothersband

12:45 – 2:00 pm: The Will McBride Group
http://www.willmcbridegroup.com

2:30 – 4:00 pm: Shine
http://shinerocks.com/band

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS FAIR SPONSORED BY BLUE WAVE PRESSURE WASHING:

More than 30 booths featuring handmade items from local 9-14 year olds. From artwork and jewelry to baked goods and bath items, you’ll be amazed at the creativity of these young vendors. The Young Entrepreneurs Fair will be located in front of Town Hall on Brooks Street.

BICYCLE SAFETY FAIR

You’ll find the Town’s Bicycle Safety Fair in the Town Hall parking lot located on Brooks Street. Facilitated by the Wake Forest Planning Department, the Bicycle Safety Fair is designed to teach safe bicycle riding skills to children ages five to 14 and their parents. During the event, participants will be taught safe riding techniques through an obstacle course that re-creates real-life situations. The course will help participants practice scanning for automobiles, develop correct riding techniques, offer intersection safety tips and teach children how to avoid road hazards such as tree limbs, pot holes, and rocks. Loaner helmets and bicycles will be available on a first-come/first-serve basis. View/Download the Bike Safety Fair Map

CHILDREN’S VILLAGE PRESENTED BY THE GODDARD SCHOOL OF WAKE FOREST

Visit the Children’s Village on Taylor Street and enjoy free activities for kids! You’ll find three inflatables (including an obstacle course inflatable!), face painting and balloon art presented by Twisted Events, as well as assorted arts and crafts and other activities at vendor booths. The Tony Thomas Magic Show will take place throughout the day at Booth CH13. Visit Miss Sandra The Spin Art Lady at Booth K8 to create your own masterpiece (fees apply).

FOOD VENDORS:

Havana Dave’s (Cuban)
Hale Yeah Kitchen (Sandwiches, Lobster Salad)
Pelican’s SnoBalls of Wake Forest (Snow Cones)
Cousins Maine Lobster (Lobster Rolls)
Kona Ice of Raleigh (Shaved Ice)
Big Al’s BBQ & Catering Services Inc. (BBQ, Brisket, Pork Chop)
Charlie’s Kabob Grill (Mediterranean Gyros, Salads)
Lumpy’s Ice Cream (Homemade Ice Cream)
Stavi’s (Greek and Italian Sandwiches, Fries)
Tropical Delights (Frozen Smoothies and Pineapple Fruit Drinks)
Sunshine Delight (Funnel Cakes)
Brooklyn Boys Pizza Truck (Pizza)
D & J Concessions (Funnel Cake, Ice Cream, Fried Candy Bars)
Bulkogi Truck (Korean BBQ)
Fuzzy’s Empanadas (Empanadas)
Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream (Homemade Ice Cream)
Sherri’s Crab Cakes (Crab Cakes)
Turkish Grill NC (Gyros, Chicken Tenders, Cheesesteak)

Interested in volunteering at Meet in the Street? Email mitsvolunteerswf@gmail.com or use our SignUp Genius:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054da4ab2ba4fa7-test

Notary Public

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 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 $175 for Chamber members and $200 for non-members. Check our online calendar for the next available class.

Event Info – 2019 Senior Lifestyle Expo

The Wake Forest Chamber’s Senior Lifestyle Expo is returning to Wake Forest in September and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! This year, we’re expanding to two days. Join us on Monday, September 9, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, and Tuesday, September 10, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, for exhibit booths, wellness screenings, prizes and giveaways.

Interested in exhibiting? Reserve your booth today! Download Booth Registration Packet

Questions? Contact Carol Fekaris via email or at (919) 556-1519 option 4.