Clayton News-Star

Business Notes: July 24

Four Oaks Bank makes appointments

Four Oaks Bank has promoted Deanna Hart to senior vice president and named Earl Wood Lee to its advisory board in Four Oaks.

Hart joined the bank in 2003 as a staff auditor. She was promoted to senior auditor in 2005 and director of internal audit in 2010.

A Clayton native, Hart holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from East Carolina University. She is a 2010 graduate of the N.C. School of Banking. Also, she is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and serves on the board of the Banker’s Affinity Group.

Hart and her husband, Jim, reside in Garner with sons Chase and Davis.

Lee is a graduate of South Johnston High School and N.C. State University, where he earned an associate’s in livestock management. He is a partner in Harold W. Lee and Sons and Lee Brothers Farms. Also, he is a manager with Harold W. Lee Swine and Lee Brothers Custom Works.

Since 1987, Lee has been a volunteer firefighter with the Strickland’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department. He serves on the board of trustees of Antioch United Methodist Church.

“We are proud to welcome Mr. Lee to our Four Oaks Advisory Board,” said Mike Winfree, senior vice president and city executive in Four Oaks. “His business expertise and reputation in our community will certainly bring value and insight to our distinguished group of advisers.”

Lee and his wife, Elaine, reside in Four Oaks. They have three grown children: Daniel, Candace and Eric.

Summer social

The Chamber Women’s Business Network will hold “Taste of Tuscany,” a summer social, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, in Room 1404 of the Johnston Medical Mall on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. The cost is $12 per person and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, lemonade and a raffle.

Ribbon-cutting in Smithfield

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at Quality 1st Automotive, 953 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The shop offers auto maintenance and custom work.

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

Basic Bookkeeping for Your Small Business – 6-9 p.m. Monday, July 29, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center.

Using Hashtags in Your Small-Business Marketing – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn how to tag content in ways to benefit your business and connect with new customers.

Office 365 for Small-Business Owners – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, in Room E212 of the Learning Resource Center at Johnston Community College. Learn about the features available with a small-business subscription to Office 365.