Apex is home to an array of locally owned shops, restaurants, and services; you can invest in Apex's small business community by Loving Local. #LoveLocalApex
Apex Small Business Week
April 30, 2023 – May 6, 2023
Small businesses are a vital part of the Apex economy. Apex’s small businesses sustain jobs, add to our community and culture, and bring innovative ideas and products to market. Join the Town of Apex and other local small business leaders as we “Love Local” and celebrate and support our small business community.
Small Business TAG Challenge
Each day of Small Business Week, TAG an Apex business on social media and show how you “LOVE LOCAL” Apex small businesses. These could be small businesses you rely on for your business operations, small businesses you love, or those you partner with. Tag the business and use hashtags #ApexSmallBizWeek
Apex Small Business Week Activities
Sunday, April 30 – Share Your Story
You started your business for a reason — Don’t keep your story a secret! Use your unique position this Small Business Week to remind your customers and supporters why you do what you do. Then share your story and your inspiration using the hashtags #ApexSmallBizWeek and #ApexSmallBizSuccess.
Tip – Keep it simple just a sentence or two — add a photo — show your customers the heart of your business — why you do it and what keeps you going.
|Monday, May 1 – Wake Tech / Triangle Small Business Week Activity|
Triangle Small Business Week - Small Business Spotlight
|Tuesday, May 2 – Join the Apex Small Business Network (ASBN)|
8:30am - Mustang Charlie’s Diner, 1501 N. Salem Street (inside of Crossroads Ford)
Breakfast with other business owners.
9:00am - 10:00am - ASBN meeting to showcase your business.
Come out and meet some new business owners, network, and have a great breakfast!
|Wednesday, May 3 – FREE Lunch Marketing Workshop with GLU Consulting|
11:30am – 1:00pm, The Halle Cultural Arts Center
Join Apex Economic Development and Eraina Ferguson, Founder and Principal Consultant of GLU Consulting as she presents ways for you to up your social media strategies, improve SEO and market on a small budget. Eraina’s writings have been featured on NBC Universal, Red Tricycle, LA Parents Magazine, and the LA Times. She is also the organizer for TedxApex.
RSVP HERE by Monday, May 1
|Thursday, May 4 – Wellness Walk with Apex Economic Development Small Business Team |
8:30am, Apex Town Hall
Grab your sneakers and some water and join Colleen Merays, Small Business Manager and Barbara Belicic, Small Business Specialist for a 30-minute walk to rejuvenate and nurture your well-being. Taking care of your personal wellness is as important as taking care of your business’s wellness. Studies have found that walking regularly improves emotional health, reduces stress and anxiety, and improves mood and overall feelings of well-being.
|Friday, May 5 – Cheers to Apex’s Small Business|
4:30pm, The Depot, 220 N. Salem St., Downtown Apex
Join Apex Economic Development as we cheer on Apex’s small business. We will sip and stroll our way around to various Downtown Apex lounges, taprooms, and coffee shops.
|Saturday, May 6 – Join us at PeakFest|
9am – 5pm, Downtown Apex
Come out and support Apex’s small businesses, artisans, and makers… All while you celebrate
“The Peak of Good Living”
Raleigh Chamber / Triangle Small Business Week Activities
Monday, May 1 – Raleigh Chamber Business After Hours/Ribbon Cutting
4:30pm – 6:30pm, Hampton Inn & Suites, 600 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603
Networking social with Raleigh Chamber members open to non-members
Wednesday, May 3rd - Raleigh Chamber New Member Orientation
8am – 10am, Raleigh Chamber, 800 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Non-members are invited to learn more about the Raleigh Chamber.
|Thursday, May 4th - Coffee with City of Raleigh’s Small Business Development Team & Minority and Women Owned Business Program|
8:30am – 10:30am, Chavis Park Community Center Reception Hall,
505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27601
They will be speaking about the resources, grants, and professional development services they provide to the SB community here in the triangle
Learn more information about Triangle Small Business Week!
Wake Tech Entrepreneurship & Small Business Center - Small Business Week Lunch & Learn Webinar Series
Monday, May 1 – Lease Negotiation for Small Business Owners
12pm Webinar-With inflation and lease/rental market rate increases, some businesses that are coming to end of their current leases are now being faced with potentially large lease rate changes. Small business owners need to know some basics on lease negotiation with favorable terms. Avoid pitfalls with a few key concepts!
Tuesday, May 2 – Ways an Owner can Expand and/or Revitalize their Small Business
12pm Webinar-From time to time, every small business needs a jump-start. This webinar will focus on several ways and action plans to jump start customer interest, increase traffic and help create positive cash flow.Register HERE
Wednesday, May 3 – Identifying and Avoiding Threats to Your Business
12pm Webinar-There are literally hundreds of threats that can affect a small business. A new big box store competitor, key employees leaving, rising gas prices, recessions, health problems, new legislation and the list goes on and on. Most existing and new business owners either lack the ability or never "slow down" long enough to identify possible internal and external threats to their businesses. Often, by the time a threat is realized, damage to the business has occurred.
This webinar will reveal many common threats small businesses face, assist entrepreneurs in learning how to determine if possible threats currently exist or if they could exist in the near future and most importantly, how to avoid these threats. Insure the success and sustainability of your business by gaining the information presented in this webinar.
Thursday, May 4 – Creating Online Funnels for Sales
12pm Webinar-Mia Lamotte had no idea what she was doing when she first started her online coaching business. From a marketing perspective, social media was a foreign language. Mia didn't know how to use a funnel to attract ideal clients. In this webinar, she will teach you the basics of a funnel as well as many other online marketing techniques that can take your business to the next level.
Friday, May 5 – How the SBC @ Wake Tech Can Help Business Owners
12pm Webinar-Learn about the programs, tools, and resources available through the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Center at Wake Tech Community College and how they can help you grow/expand your business.
To learn more about the services at Wake Tech's Entrepreneurship & Small Business Center click HERE
Count the Ways:
The Town of Apex and our Small Business Partners support Small Business & Entrepreneurship all year long through various programs, services, promotions, workshops, and many other ways.
Learn more about the Apex Economic Development department and the ways we support small business! We love assisting new and existing businesses in Apex and hope that our small business page provides beneficial information for you to grow and thrive here in Apex, the Triangle area, and beyond.
For all the services and ways our Community & Economic Development Partners can support your business visit:
- Apex Chamber of Commerce
- Economic Development Partnership of NC (EDPNC)
- NC Department of Administration Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)
- NC Small Business Enterprise
- Raleigh Chamber
- Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at NC State
- Triangle Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Alliance
- Wake Tech Entrepreneurship & Small Business Center
- Wake County Economic Development
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