Smithfield Herald

Business Notes: April 15

A luncheon for women

The Chamber Women’s Business Network will hold its 2015 scholarship luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Country Club of Johnston County, 694 Country Club Road, Smithfield. Lori Lee will speak. She is founder of the Me Fine Foundation, which provides support to critically ill children and their families. The cost is $28 for network members and $33 for nonmembers. For more information, call Kelly Wallace at 919-934-9166 or email her at

Coffee in Smithfield

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Coffee Connections from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, April 17, at the chamber office, 1115 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield. This month's host is Edward Jones financial adviser Don Duggin. Admission is free with a business card.

Studio owners expanding to Wilson

Amanda and Ryan Owens, owners of the Clayton Wine and Design studio, are bringing Wine and Design back to Wilson starting April 17. The studio is at 4916 E. Hayes Place, Wilson.

“Many of our clients who come to the Clayton studio live in Wilson, so we already have an audience of regular customers,” Amanda said. “We also have strong ties to Wilson because my husband is a Barton College alum.”

The former Wilson Wine and Design studio closed in late 2014 when the Wilson franchise owner left the business. The Owenses had been exploring the option of taking over the studio and relocating it since then.

Free seminars

The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College has scheduled the following free seminars. To register, call Pat Killette at 919-209-2015.

So You Think You want to Start a Small Business – 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Workforce Development Center.

The Cost of Pricing Your Products and Services – 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at The Wagner House, 121 E. Main St., Clayton.

Level 1: Social Media – noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, Workforce Development Center.

What Are Nonprofit Articles & Bylaws? – 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, Workforce Development Center.

So You Think You want to Start a Small Business – 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, Johnston County Industries, 1100 E. Preston St., Selma.

How to Start a Veteran-Owned Business – 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, Workforce Development Center.

Leadercast Johnston

Leadercast Johnston County is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton.

This year’s theme, “The Brave Ones,” will challenge participants to focus on the courage needed to lead. The live broadcast from Atlanta will feature Andy Stanley, leadership author and communicator; Malala Yousafzai, Nobel laureate and founder of The Malala Fund; Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios; Seth Godin, best-selling author; Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City; Aja Brown, mayor of Compton, Calif.; Bill McDermott, chief executive of SAP AG; and Cmdr. Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL commander and author.

The cost is $65 and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. For information, call 919-209-2591 or visit

Expo seeks vendors

The Benson Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its annual Business Expo, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the American Legion Building on U.S. 301 north of downtown. For more information, visit or call 919-894-3825.