Local builder earns designation
Brien Knight of Home Design Custom Builders in Clayton has completed coursework to receive the Accredited Master Builder designation. He is a member of the Johnston County Building Industry Association.
Accredited Master Builders must complete coursework in which they learn about the newest trends and technology in the building industry. Participants also collaborate with fellow builders on solutions to everyday problems encountered in the industry. To keep their designation current, graduates must complete an additional eight hours each year.
The Johnston County Association of Chambers of Commerce and Johnston Community College are accepting applications for the next Leadership Johnston class. Participants will develop and refine their leadership skills while learning about civic leadership.
The class meets one Wednesday a month from October through June. The cost is $600; scholarships are available. The application deadline is Sunday, June 30. For more information, or to apply, visit www.smithfieldselma.com.
Tuesday morning coffee
Clayton business owners and managers gather at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes. 120 E. Main St. The Tuesday Tune-Up offers new topics each week. Visit downtownclayton.org/tuesday-tune-up for details.
First Citizens reports higher earnings
First Citizens BancShares Inc. has reported first-quarter earnings of $55.6 million, up from $35.5 million in the first period of 2012. The increase in net income resulted from reduced provisions for loan and lease losses and higher noninterest income.
Per-share income for the first quarter totaled $5.78, compared to $3.45 for the same period a year ago.
Free business seminars
The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College has scheduled the following free seminars.