update: updated post date of this post so those that attended SharePoint Saturday Charlotte can reference it
I’m a big fan of SharePoint user groups. You don’t always have to go to a conference/code camp/sharepoint saturday to attend some great sessions on SharePoint.
I’m also a fan of the Carolinas – North and South. I was born in Raleigh NC, grew up in Charlotte NC, stationed at Camp Lejeune NC, vacationed to beaches in SC, and I’ve vacationed to mountains in NC. I can date back the history of my family to Eastern NC, where they fought in the Revolutionary War. I have roots here, and well – it’s a fantastic place to work and live.
The Carolina’s also have a big stake in SharePoint. Military branches, the Financial industry, Medical Research, to name a few. Through-out the Carolinas you are more than likely in an area that has a SharePoint User Group. So next time you are up for some ‘free’ education and networking with SharePoint peers, head out to a user group near you.
Asheville, NC (Western NC)
The Western North Carolina SharePoint User Group is based in Asheville, NC and hopes to provide a wealth of knowledge and resources to SharePoint Developers, Users, and Administrators in the region. Bi-Monthly meetings will feature guest speakers and presenters who are prominent members of the SharePoint community. The mission of each meeting is to provide useful information to SharePoint users and professionals. Come out and enjoy!
The Charleston SharePoint User Group is a group designed for those interested in SharePoint technologies. Membership is free. We plan to host monthly meetings with industry leading speakers. Please join the group for notice of meeting times and location.
Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Area)
The Charlotte SharePoint User Group meets every other month. The group provides a venue for SharePoint developers, users, administrators, and business stake holders to gather in discussion about Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS).
The meetings consist of presentations from knowledgeable resources within the SharePoint community, and popular product vendors that support SharePoint. After each meeting is a networking mixer providing everyone with the opporunity to meet other SharePoint users in the Charlotte area.
Fayetteville, NC (Sandhills region)
This SPUG is for the SharePoint community in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. What is the Sandhills? We are located in many counties, Moore, Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, Robeson, and Bladen. Sandhills SharePoint User Group meets monthly, the third Thursday of each month.
Raleigh, NC (Triangle)
Welcome to the Triangle SharePoint User Group. Formed in 2008 our mission is to provide an outlet for developers, IT, and business users who are interested in learning, sharing, and growing their knowledge in Microsoft SharePoint. Our goal is to bring together local, regional, and national speakers to share their knowledge of SharePoint and foster the SharePoint community in the greater Raleigh Durham area. We cover the entire spectrum of SharePoint topics. We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Attendance is free and informal. All interest levels and experience levels are welcome!
Winston Salem, NC (Triad)
The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 3:00 p.m. at a sponsored location. If you have any questions then read through their FAQ.
If you have a SharePoint User Group in the Carolinas that isn’t listed here, please let me know so I can update this list. If you are thinking of starting a SharePoint User Group, feel free to reach out and I can give some general direction on getting one started.