Local builder earns designation
Brien Knight of Home Design Custom Builders in Clayton has completed coursework to receive the Accredited Master Builder designation. He is a member of the Johnston County Building Industry Association.
Accredited Master Builders must complete coursework in which they learn about the newest trends and technology in the building industry. Participants also collaborate with fellow builders on solutions to everyday problems encountered in the industry. To keep their designation current, graduates must complete an additional eight hours each year.
The Johnston County Association of Chambers of Commerce and Johnston Community College are accepting applications for the next Leadership Johnston class. Participants will develop and refine their leadership skills while learning about civic leadership.
The class meets one Wednesday a month from October through June. The cost is $600; scholarships are available. The application deadline is Sunday, June 30. For more information, or to apply, visit www.smithfieldselma.com.
Tuesday morning coffee
Clayton business owners and managers gather at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes. 120 E. Main St. The Tuesday Tune-Up offers new topics each week. Visit downtownclayton.org/tuesday-tune-up for details.
First Citizens reports higher earnings
First Citizens BancShares Inc. has reported first-quarter earnings of $55.6 million, up from $35.5 million in the first period of 2012. The increase in net income resulted from reduced provisions for loan and lease losses and higher noninterest income.
Per-share income for the first quarter totaled $5.78, compared to $3.45 for the same period a year ago.
Free business seminars
The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College has scheduled the following free seminars.
Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business? – 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 3, in Room 1033 at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. Participants will learn about entrepreneurship and small-business management.
Small Business Owners and the New Mobile Office – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. The instructor will talk about key features of mobile devices and which best meet small-business needs.
Building Your Small Business Website – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in Room E212 of the Learning Resource Center at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. Topics include domain registration and services, setup and management of hosting services, website templates and software and web design.
Home-Based Business: How to Start One That Works – 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 10, in Room 1 at the Benson Conference Center, 303 E. Church St., Benson. Topics include home-business creation and setup, permits, legal issues, business plans, marketing and managing stress.
Small-Business Owners: Getting Ahead in the Cloud – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, in Room 1033 at the Workforce Development Center. Learn about cloud computing and how to integrate it into a small business.
Developing a Following on Social Networks for Your Small Business – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, in Room E212 of the Learning Resource Center at Johnston Community College.
Protect Your Business, Avoid the Mishaps! – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in Room 1032 at the Workforce Development Center. The seminar will cover what every business owner needs to know about taxes and Workers’ Compensation insurance.
10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business – 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 17, in Room 1032 at the Workforce Development Center. Topics include market research, business structures, local and state taxes, fees and licenses, marketing strategies, recordkeeping strategies and business plans.
Small-Business Portable Productivity: Is There an App for That? – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in Room 1033 at the Workforce Development Center. Learn about apps available in the mobile marketplaces of iOS, Android and Windows smartphones.
Small-Business Management and Recordkeeping – 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in Room 1032 at the Workforce Development Center. Participants will learn the basics of small-business recordkeeping.
Status Update: The Impact of Your Employees’ Social Presence on Your Business – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, in Room E212 of the Learning Resource Center at Johnston Community College.
The Best Small Business to Start Right Now – 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 24, in Room 1 at the Benson Conference Center.
Office 365 for Small Business Owners – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, in Room 1033 at the Workforce Development Center.
Using Hash Tags in Your Small-Business Marketing – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday June 26, in Room E212 of the Learning Resource Center at Johnston Community College. Participants will learn how to use hash tags to join, follow and start social-media conversations with a target market.