Clayton News-Star

Business Notes: Aug. 11

Business seminar in Washington, D.C.

Chambers of commerce in the 7th Congressional District are invited to the N.C. Business and Economic Development Summit Sept. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. The event allows business leaders to meet with federal government officials to discuss policies affecting their livelihoods and communities.

The seminar will include breakfast on Tuesday morning, but attendees are responsible for all other expenses, including lodging, transportation and meals. A block of rooms is available at the Phoenix Park Hotel. The rate is $264 per night for single or double occupancy.

For more information, or to register, call the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce at 919-934-9166 or visit

Benson chamber

•  The Benson Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business After Hours from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Wood Accounting and Wood Pharmacy, 1302 N. Johnson St., Benson. For more information, call the chamber at 919-894-3825.

•  Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Dixie Diva’s Boutique and Benson Boots and Camo are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at 102 N. Market St., Benson. WPYB Radio will be on-site serving hot dogs and drinks. For more information, call 919-894-3825.

•  The chamber will hold its next Member to Member Breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Benson Conference Center, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Deborah Johnson, the new principal of Benson Elementary School, will speak. To register, call 919-894-3825 or email


Clayton chamber

A ribbon cutting for the Food Lion in the Market at Riverwood is scheduled for noon Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 238 Pritchard Road, Clayton.

Smithfield chamber

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Market Street Coffee and Bakery, 227 E. Market St., Smithfield. This month’s co-hosts are the bakery and Paws-n-Claws Grooming.

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 one raffle ticket. A number of women will speak, including Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver, Dr. Marilyn Pearson of the Johnston County Health Department and Jayne McBurney of the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service. For registration information, call Kelly Wallace at 919-934-9166 or email