Clayton News-Star

Business Notes: Sept. 29

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 Tax-Savings Tips – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. Learn strategies for creating, preserving and protecting small-business wealth.

How to Write a Business Plan – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. This workshop covers the basics of starting up and funding a business.

Seven Steps to Build a Small Business Marketing Plan – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the conference room of the Lampe Building, 241 E. Market St., Smithfield. Learn the seven elements of a sound marketing plan.

Business Structures 101 – 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Review the advantages and disadvantages of various business structures and learn the basic steps to start each type.

Understanding Your Business’ IRS Tax Obligations – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. This seminar will cover the specific tax liability for each type of business.

How to Sell Without Selling for the Small Business Owner – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn how to sell ethically by drawing your perfect prospect.

SBA 8a and HUBZone Socio-Economic Programs – 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn how to enroll in the SBA, SBA 8a and HUBZone programs for businesses owned by minorities, women, disabled veterans and the economically disadvantaged. The seminar is geared for businesses that have been open for at least one year and can provide contracted services to the U.S. government.

First Citizens launches ad campaign

First Citizens Bank has announced a new advertising campaign featuring a new brand look, brand line and company logo.

The branding initiative will roll out across 17 states and the District of Columbia and includes new television and radio commercials as well as new print, online and outdoor advertising.

The campaign also introduces two new offerings from First Citizens Bank:

•  “Your Family First” — a special package to help families simplify and manage their finances. It includes an account that helps teach children how to take care of their money while allowing parents to monitor spending.

“Your Venture First”— a package with a variety of products to meet the specific needs of small businesses. It includes tools to manage cash flow and make and accept payments.

For more information, visit

Community of the Year

The N.C. Home Builders Association has named Flowers Plantation the 2013 N.C. Community of the Year. The development, near Clayton, also took home award for Best Landscape Design and Best Single Family Detached Home with a Sales Price of $500,000 to $750,000.

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 to 7 p.m. at the Smithfield Town Hall, 350 E. Market St.

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

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 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.