Smithfield: Community

Business Notes: March 18

Distillery to open tasting room

The tasting room at Johnston County’s Broadslab Distillery will celebrate its grand opening from noon to 6 p.m. March 19-21. Tours will be available for $12 per person. Broadslab distillery produces corn whiskey, a white rum and a spiced rum. The distillery is at 4870 N.C. 50 South, Benson. For more information, call 919-291-0691 or visit

Staffing firm opens Johnston office

Accentuate Staffing has opened a Johnston County office at 113 E. Oak St. in Selma. The office will staff light-industrial, clerical, accounting, information-technology and scientific candidates in temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct-hire positions. To learn more, visit or call the office at 919-351-0481.

Business courses

Johnston Community College will offer the following business education courses. For more information, call 919-209-2591 or email

QuickBooks accounting software – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwod Drive, Clayton. Topics include setting up the company file; customizing templates; setting up customers and vendors; creating invoices, receiving payment and making deposits; entering and paying bills; and reconciling bank, credit card and loan accounts. The cost is $125.

Hospitality Heroes – online April 1-30. In this class by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, students will learn customer service and how to answer visitor questions. Go to, fill out the form and fax it to 919-359-1176 at least five days before the start of class. The course is free.

Notary public – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 20, in the Wilson Building on JCC’s Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. The class is for adults 18 and older who have their GED or high school diploma. The fee is $70, plus the cost of the Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina, Tenth Edition. JCC will also offer the class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17 and May 8 at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center.

Leadercast Johnston County – 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 cost is $65 and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Business seminars

The Small Business Center at Johnston Community will offer the following seminars:

How to Raise Your Credit Score – 6-9 p.m. March 24.

LinkedIn for Your Small Business – noon-1 p.m. March 25.

Contracting 101: Doing Business with the Federal Government – 6-8 p.m. March 31.

How to Start a Nonprofit – 6-9 p.m. April 7.

N.C. Department of Labor and Your Small Business: What You Need to Know – 8-10 a.m. April 9.

Effectively Marketing your Small Business to the Federal Government and Contractors – 6-8 p.m. April 14.

So You Think You Want to Start a Small Business? – 6-9 p.m. April 16.

What Are Nonprofit Articles & Bylaws? – 6-9 p.m. April 28.

For more information, call Pat Killette at 919-209-2015 or register online at