Business Notes: Sept. 22

09/20/2013 11:39 AM

09/20/2013 11:41 AM

Sales center opens in Flowers Plantation

M/I Homes has opened a sales center in its decorated model home in Wilder Woods in Flowers Plantation near Clayton.

Donna Johnson has been promoted to sales consultant and will team with veteran agent Amy Slone to head new-home sales in Wilders Woods and Longleaf, also in Flowers Plantation.

For information on M/I Homes, visit or call Donna Johnson at 919-359-9545.

JCI store offers furniture, electronics

Johnston County Industries has opened an office furniture and electronics store at 912 N. Bright Leaf Blvd. in Smithfield. JCI says the store will offer high-end, affordable, commercial-quality desks, chairs and electronics.

JCI empowers people with disabilities or disadvantages to succeed through training and employment. Revenue earned by the store will provide job training, job placement and financial support for JCI’s vocational training and employment programs. For more information, visit

Business After Hours

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business After Hours on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The social, sponsored by Four Oaks Bank, is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Smithfield Town Hall, 350 E. Market St.

Free seminar

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

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

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 or visit

Small Business Management and Recordkeeping – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center.

Networking 101 for the Small Business Owner – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center.

Financing Your Small Business – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn from a lender what it takes to get funding for your business.

Business training

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 To register, visit

Excel Level III – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn advanced functions, PivotTables, worksheets, consolidating data, protecting data, analyzing data, macros and import and export options. The cost is $71.

MS PowerPoint Made Easy – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to create a PowerPoint presentation. The cost is $71.

MS Word Columns, Tables and Merges – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to master columns, tables and mail merges in Microsoft Word. The cost is $71.

MS Excel Calculations – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to use common business calculations and troubleshoot results. The cost is $71.

Foundations in Entrepreneurship – 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Oct. 22-Dec. 16, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. The course is designed for people who want to start a small business. Students will develop a business plan and learn basic planning principles. The course includes weekly face-to-face meetings from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, plus online courses. Internet access and a reliable computer are required. The cost is $125.

Managing a Nonprofit Business – 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct.8-Nov. 12, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to start, manage or take part in a nonprofit business, agency or organization. The cost is $70.

Notary Public – The class is required for anyone wishing to apply through the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office to be commissioned. Students must be 18 or older and have a GED or high school diploma. The cost is $98. The following sessions will be held at the Cleveland Center: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 6-9 p.m. Sept. 23-24. The following sessions will take place at the Workforce Development Center: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11; 6-9 p.m. Oct.21-22; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

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