A free seminar on scams and fraud is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce office, 1115 Industrial Park Drive, Smithfield. Caroline Farmer, a deputy in the N.C. Attorney General’s Office, will speak. Participants will learn steps to protect themselves from fraud in investments, telemarketing, home repairs, etc. For more information, or to register, call Kelly Wallace at 919-934-9166 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promotion in Clayton
Tracey Taylor has been promoted to senior branch administrator at Edward Jones on Main Street in Clayton. She has been with the financial-services firm for eight years.
Brett Parkis, the local Edward Jones financial adviser, said Taylor was deserving of the promotion. “Tracey has demonstrated an outstanding ability to juggle the many complex tasks and responsibilities associated with helping run this office,” he said. “I’m very pleased that her exceptional ability and dedication to the firm have been recognized and rewarded.”
A branch office administrator is responsible for the daily operation of an Edward Jones office. This includes providing client services, supporting marketing activities and staying updated on technological advances.
“I am so pleased to receive this promotion,” Taylor said. “It’s terrific to be rewarded for a job well done. Of course, it can be challenging at times, but it’s always educational, and I really enjoy my work.”
Nail salon, hot dogs in downtown Smithfield
Two new businesses have opened in downtown Smithfield.
Gorgeous Nails & Spa opened Aug. 19 at 517 E. Market St. Tony Nguyen and his staff are offering manicures, pedicures, and waxing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is 919-300-1183.
Clint and Stephanie Dupree opened DuPree’s Dogs Aug. 26 at 107 N. Fourth St. DuPree’s Dogs offers Carolina Packers Bright Leaf hot dogs, Sabrett’s all-beef hot dogs and smoked sausage dogs made of beef.
The Duprees plan to offer eight to 10 specialty hot dogs, including the currently available JoCo (a Bright Leaf hot dog all the way with slaw and Texas Pete) and the New Yorker (Sabrett’s beef hot dog with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut).
Also on the menu at DuPree’s Dogs are more than 40 flavors of shaved ice, frappes and cappuccinos.
DuPree’s Dogs is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 919-262-4062.
Expo seeks vendors
The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors for its 2013 BB&T Business Expo, which will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center. The annual business trade show draws more than 40 exhibitors and nearly 1, 000 attendees.
This year’s expo will offer two distinct marketing opportunities. Business-to-Business will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community marketing will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The latter will also be time for the community to bring children for trick-or-treating.
For registration information call Kelly Wallace at 919-934-9166 or email her at email@example.com.
Clayton Chamber names champions
The Clayton Chamber of Commerce has named its 2013 Chamber Champions. They are:
Gold Level – Caterpillar, Four Oaks Bank & Trust, Grifols, Johnston Health, Novo Nordisk, Zaxby’s and Divine Marketing.
Silver Level – FastMed and Woody’s Computing Services.
Bronze Level – BB&T, First Citizens Bank, KB Homes, Residential Rentals, Triangle Insurance and Parrish, Pulleyn & Young Wealth Management.
Heavy machinery in Smithfield
Company Wrench, which offers sales, rentals and servicing of heavy equipment, has opened a branch at 125 Wilson’s Mills in Smithfield.
The company recently became a dealer for Kobelco excavator products, and in Smithfield, that is where the company is focusing its efforts.
Company Wrench will celebrate its Smithfield grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 26, when it invites contractors to “Kiss a Kobelco” to win a free week’s rental. Also, the dealership will give away iPads, flat-screen TVs, mugs, hats, etc.
Free business seminars
The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College has scheduled the following free seminars. To register, call Shelley Gardner at 919-209-2591, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.johnstoncc.edu/sbcseminars.aspx.
Johnston Community College has scheduled the following continuing education classes for business and industry professionals. For more information, call Rosa Andrews at 919-209-2015 or email email@example.com. To register, visit www.johnstoncc.edu/ceregistration.aspx.