Coffee in Smithfield
The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Coffee Connections from 7:30 to 9 a,m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the chamber office, 1115 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield. Admission is free with a business card.
Thrift shop to benefit Wounded Warrior Project
Community Treasure, a nonprofit thrift store, is accepting donations at 11155 U.S. 70 Business in Clayton. The shop will open Jan. 18, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays.
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Financial adviser opens Smithfield office
Joe Preston, a financial adviser, has opened an independent office in Aspect Financial’s Smithfield headquarters. He has been a financial adviser since 2012.
“I feel I can better serve my clients with the flexibility of owning my own firm, and I have the support of a larger firm with LPL Financial,” Preston said.
Chris Key, managing partner of Aspect Financial, welcomed Preston to Aspect Financial. “When we work with someone who wants to open an office, it is important that they are trusted by and involved in that community. Key said. “Joe is a well-respected leader, with deep roots in the area, and we are very proud to have him join us.”
Preston, who enjoys football and golf, attends Centenary United Methodist Church in Smithfield. His wife, Aurora, is a personal trainer.
The Smithfield office of Aspect Financial is at 312 S. Third St.
The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College has scheduled the following free seminars:
“How to Streamline Tax Prep for Your Small Business,” 6-9 p.m. Jan. 26 in Room 1032 at the Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton.
“How to Start a Small Business,” 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 27 in Room 1032 at the Workforce Development Center.
Also, the college offers entrepreneurship training online.
For more information about a seminar, or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-209-2015 or 919-209-2224.