Business Notes: Oct. 6

October 4, 2013 

Stacey Henderson

Excellence in Sales

Stacey Henderson of Clayton, an independent advanced director with The Pampered Chef, has received the September Excellence Award for Personal Sales. The award recognizes consultants who have reached a minimum of $60,000 in sales.

“The Pampered Chef opportunity helps people like Stacey fulfill their personal and professional goals,” said Jean Jonas, senior vice president of sales for The Pampered Chef. “Consultant success is our top priority, and we applaud Stacey for this wonderful accomplishment.”

For more information about The Pampered Chef, call 919-585-2738 or visit www.pamperedchef.biz/staceyhenderson.

Chamber Eye Opener

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Eye Opener from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Chick-fil-A, 1300 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The chamber networking opportunity will offer coffee and a light breakfast.

Business After Hours

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business After Hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County, 609 N. Pollock St., Selma.

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 swgardner@johnstoncc.edu or visit www.johnstoncc.edu/sbcseminars.aspx.

How to Write a Business Plan – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. This workshop covers the basics of starting up and funding a business.

Seven Steps to Build a Small Business Marketing Plan – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the conference room of the Lampe Building, 241 E. Market St., Smithfield. Learn the seven elements of a sound marketing plan.

Business Structures 101 – 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Review the advantages and disadvantages of various business structures and learn the basic steps to start each type.

Understanding Your Business’ IRS Tax Obligations – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. This seminar will cover the specific tax liability for each type of business.

How to Sell Without Selling for the Small Business Owner – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn how to sell ethically by drawing your perfect prospect.

SBA 8a and HUBZone Socio-Economic Programs – 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn how to enroll in the SBA, SBA 8a and HUBZone programs for businesses owned by minorities, women, disabled veterans and the economically disadvantaged. The seminar is geared for businesses that have been open for at least one year and can provide contracted services to the U.S. government.

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 kwallace@smithfieldselma.com.

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 rsandrews@johnstoncc.edu. To register, visit www.johnstoncc.edu/ceregistration.aspx.

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.

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 session will be held at the Cleveland Center: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18-19. 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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