Business Notes: Sept. 15

September 12, 2013 

DuPree’s Dogs has opened on North Fourth Street in downtown Smithfield.


Free seminar

A free seminar on scams and fraud is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce office, 1115 Industrial Park Drive, Smithfield. Caroline Farmer, a deputy in the N.C. Attorney General’s Office, will speak. Participants will learn steps to protect themselves from fraud in investments, telemarketing, home repairs, etc. For more information, or to register, call Kelly Wallace at 919-934-9166 or email her at

Promotion in Clayton

Tracey Taylor has been promoted to senior branch administrator at Edward Jones on Main Street in Clayton. She has been with the financial-services firm for eight years.

Brett Parkis, the local Edward Jones financial adviser, said Taylor was deserving of the promotion. “Tracey has demonstrated an outstanding ability to juggle the many complex tasks and responsibilities associated with helping run this office,” he said. “I’m very pleased that her exceptional ability and dedication to the firm have been recognized and rewarded.”

A branch office administrator is responsible for the daily operation of an Edward Jones office. This includes providing client services, supporting marketing activities and staying updated on technological advances.

“I am so pleased to receive this promotion,” Taylor said. “It’s terrific to be rewarded for a job well done. Of course, it can be challenging at times, but it’s always educational, and I really enjoy my work.”

Nail salon, hot dogs in downtown Smithfield

Two new businesses have opened in downtown Smithfield.

Gorgeous Nails & Spa opened Aug. 19 at 517 E. Market St. Tony Nguyen and his staff are offering manicures, pedicures, and waxing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is 919-300-1183.

Clint and Stephanie Dupree opened DuPree’s Dogs Aug. 26 at 107 N. Fourth St. DuPree’s Dogs offers Carolina Packers Bright Leaf hot dogs, Sabrett’s all-beef hot dogs and smoked sausage dogs made of beef.

The Duprees plan to offer eight to 10 specialty hot dogs, including the currently available JoCo (a Bright Leaf hot dog all the way with slaw and Texas Pete) and the New Yorker (Sabrett’s beef hot dog with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut).

Also on the menu at DuPree’s Dogs are more than 40 flavors of shaved ice, frappes and cappuccinos.

DuPree’s Dogs is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 919-262-4062.

Expo seeks vendors

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors for its 2013 BB&T Business Expo, which will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center. The annual business trade show draws more than 40 exhibitors and nearly 1, 000 attendees.

This year’s expo will offer two distinct marketing opportunities. Business-to-Business will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community marketing will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The latter will also be time for the community to bring children for trick-or-treating.

For registration information call Kelly Wallace at 919-934-9166 or email her at

Clayton Chamber names champions

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce has named its 2013 Chamber Champions. They are:

Gold Level – Caterpillar, Four Oaks Bank & Trust, Grifols, Johnston Health, Novo Nordisk, Zaxby’s and Divine Marketing.

Silver Level – FastMed and Woody’s Computing Services.

Bronze Level – BB&T, First Citizens Bank, KB Homes, Residential Rentals, Triangle Insurance and Parrish, Pulleyn & Young Wealth Management.

Heavy machinery in Smithfield

Company Wrench, which offers sales, rentals and servicing of heavy equipment, has opened a branch at 125 Wilson’s Mills in Smithfield.

The company recently became a dealer for Kobelco excavator products, and in Smithfield, that is where the company is focusing its efforts.

Company Wrench will celebrate its Smithfield grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 26, when it invites contractors to “Kiss a Kobelco” to win a free week’s rental. Also, the dealership will give away iPads, flat-screen TVs, mugs, hats, etc.

Free business seminars

The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College has scheduled the following free seminars. To register, call Shelley Gardner at 919-209-2591, email or visit

Government Contracting Basics – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn about government contracting, the registration process, small-business programs and certifications, and finding and bidding on opportunities.

337 Ways to Market for Greater Profits in Your Business – 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn how to generate leads, increase customer transactions and improve bottom line profits.

Small Business Management and Recordkeeping – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center.

Networking 101 for the Small Business Owner – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center.

Financing Your Small Business – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn from a lender what it takes to get funding for your business.

Business training

Johnston Community College has scheduled the following continuing education classes for business and industry professionals. For more information, call Rosa Andrews at 919-209-2015 or email To register, visit

Excel Level II – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to enhance and refine a workbook. Also learn about charts, calculations, sorting and filtering. The cost is $71.

Excel Level III – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn advanced functions, PivotTables, worksheets, consolidating data, protecting data, analyzing data, macros and import and export options. The cost is $71.

MS Excel List Management – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn tips and tricks for sorting, filtering, subtotaling, printing and freezing large lists of data in Excel. The cost is $71.

MS PowerPoint Made Easy – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to create a PowerPoint presentation. The cost is $71.

MS Word Columns, Tables and Merges – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to master columns, tables and mail merges in Microsoft Word. The cost is $71.

MS Excel Calculations – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to use common business calculations and troubleshoot results. The cost is $71.

Foundations in Entrepreneurship – 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Oct. 22-Dec. 16, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. The course is designed for people who want to start a small business. Students will develop a business plan and learn basic planning principles. The course includes weekly face-to-face meetings from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, plus online courses. Internet access and a reliable computer are required. The cost is $125.

Supervision 101: Essential Skills for Today’s Supervisor – 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9-Nov. 25, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. The course is divided into 10 topics, and students can choose which series to attend. Students who attend eight out of 10 topics will receive a Supervision 101 certificate. Topics include: putting your best foot forward at work; leadership skills; winning presentations; facilitating effective meetings; teambuilding techniques; today’s telecommuting workforce; blending intergenerational workers; motivation in the workplace; stress management in the workplace; and employee retention. The cost is $125.

Managing a Nonprofit Business – 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct.8-Nov. 12, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to start, manage or take part in a nonprofit business, agency or organization. The cost is $70.

Notary Public – The class is required for anyone wishing to apply through the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office to be commissioned. Students must be 18 or older and have a GED or high school diploma. The cost is $98. The following sessions will be held at the Cleveland Center: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 6-9 p.m. Sept. 23-24. The following sessions will take place at the Workforce Development Center: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11; 6-9 p.m. Oct.21-22; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

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