Clayton News-Star

Business Notes: Oct. 20

Glenn L. Loo
Glenn L. Loo

Women in Networking to award scholarship

Clayton Women in Networking is accepting applications for the group’s first Business Scholarship.

The scholarship will go to a woman 19 or older who wants to further her education and enhance her business career. Criteria include financial need, personal circumstances, achievements and educational goals.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 15, and Women in Networking will announce the winner in December. For more information, or to receive an application, contact Martha Stovall at or 919-585-5044 or Lucy Bianchi at or 919-550-3331.

Benson woman’s daughter promoted

Jill Cole Bell, daughter of Estella Cole of Benson, has been named director of human resources for the Big South Region of Comcast Cable.

A 1990 graduate of South Johnston High School, Bell has more than 12 years of experience in human resources. She attended N.C. State University before transferring to Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She recently relocated to Atlanta with her husband, Clinton, and their two children.

Contractor welcomes project superintendent

Glenn L. Loo of Fuquay-Varina has joined Stephenson General Contractors in Smithfield as project superintendent. He has 26 years of experience in construction.

Loo earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the City College of New York. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Farleigh Dickinson University.

Loo and his wife, Nancy, have two sons, Michael and John.

Panel discussion on work, family

A panel discussion on “taking care of business” at work and home is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Hinnant Family Vineyards, 826 Pine Level-Micro Road. WRAL-TV news anchor Debra Morgan will moderate the discussion on balancing family and career responsibly.

The luncheon is a project of the Chamber Women’s Business Network. Tickets are $27 through Nov. 1, $30 after that date. For more information, call 919-934-9166 or email

Ribbon cutting at spa, salon

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Julie Anne’s Salon and Spa, 129 N. Second St., Smithfield.

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

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.

Expo seeks vendors

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors for its 2013 BB&T Business Expo, which will be 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 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Community marketing will be 4-7 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

Eye opener at Belk

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Women’s Eye Opener on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The social is scheduled from 9-10 a.m. at Belk, 1231 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The chamber will serve a light breakfast. To attend, email no later than Friday, Oct. 18.

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. To register, visit

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, plus online courses. Internet access and a reliable computer are required. The cost is $125.

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 session will be held at the Cleveland Center: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18-19. The following sessions will take place at the Workforce Development Center: 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.