Smithfield Herald

Business Notes: Jan. 25

Banker promoted

Four Oaks Bank has promoted Dale Montgomery to senior vice president. She has supervised the bank’s deposit operations, data operations and IT departments for 12 years.

Montgomery earned degrees in accounting and computer programming from Johnston Community College.

She joined Four Oaks Bank in 1990 as a teller and spent several years in the bank’s finance department. As information technology became more frequent and technology became a permanent part of banking, Montgomery took on those duties. When the bank brought its core operations in house, she created a data-operations group and later took on managing deposit operations.

“Dale has been a loyal and valuable employee of the bank for the past 24 years,” said Leon Hiatt, executive vice president and chief administrative officer. “She has done an excellent job of growing personally and growing the IT manager position and has certainly proven herself worthy of this promotion.”

Adoption friendly

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has named Johnston Animal Hospital one of 2014’s Best Adoption Friendly Workplaces.

Johnston Animal Hospital offers its employees up to $3,000 in reimbursement for adoption expenses.

“At Johnston Animal Hospital, family comes first, and we recognize and support that our team members build their families in many ways,” said Dr. Michael Ward. “We are proud to be ranked as one of America’s best adoption-friendly workplaces, and we believe every child deserves a forever family.”

Since 2008, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. Johnston Animal Hospital ranked 10th on the 2014 list.

“We are incredibly excited and grateful to see a growing number of employers across the country provide adoption benefits for employees,” said Rita Soronen, president and chief executive of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “Adoption, and in particular adoption from foster care, is an important and increasingly common path to parenthood; we commend all of the employers across the country who recognize the importance of providing benefits to employees looking to expand their families through adoption.”

Teacher appreciation

January is Teacher Appreciation Month at Lone Star Steakhouse. Through Jan. 31, educators can receive a free Texas Rose starter or dessert brownie at any Lone Star in North Carolina. In Johnston County, Lone Star is at 13049 U.S. 70 Business West.

Business After Hours

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business After Hours on Thursday, Feb. 12. The social is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. at Aspect Financial, 312 S. Third St., Smithfield.

Small-business classes

Johnston Community College has scheduled the following small-business classes. For more information, call Rachael Wooten at 919-209-2591.

Financial Peace University – 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 3-March 31, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. Learn money management from financial guru Dave Ramsey. The class is free. The book is $109. It’s available at

Microsoft Office Suite Level 1 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 5-26, at the Workforce Development Center; also, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays, May 14-June 4, at the Workforce Development Center. Learn Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook. The fee is $71.

Quickbooks – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Workforce Development Center. The accounting software is popular with small businesses. The fee is $125.