Housing market shows improvement
In August, the number of new homes for sale in Johnston County climbed 13.5 percent from the prior August, according to the Triangle Multiple Listing Service. Also, sales rose 11.8 percent, the median sales price grew 9.6 percent, and the average number of days on market dropped 13.9 percent to 62 days.
N.C. Safe Plates
The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service will offer N.C. Safe Plates, a certification course for food-safety managers, including supervisory staff in restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes and child-care center. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22-24 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The exam will take place Sept. 28. To register, call Debbie Stroud at 919-989-5380.
The Chamber Women’s Business Network, a division of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce, will be “Brewing Up Connections” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Double Barley Brewing, 3174 U.S. 70 West, Smithfield. The cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 for nonmembers. For registration information, call 919-934-9166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College has scheduled the following free seminars. To register, call 919-209-2224 or 919-209-2015; or email email@example.com.
Do You Need a Website or Social Media for Your Small Business? – 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Workforce Development Center. Learns tips for engaging your target audience online.
Be Free from Debt’s Hold – 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Workforce Development Center. Learn a simple but effective method for paying off consumer debt. Bring a list of your debts with balances and monthly payments. Bring a calculator too.
Dinner Theater: Marketing and Sales – 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Workforce Development Center. What if selling didn't feel like selling? What if customers could get as excited about your product or service as they would their favorite theater performance?