Business Notes: April 13

April 11, 2014 

Bank names Clayton executive

Four Oaks Bank has promoted Brent A. George to city executive in Clayton. He will continue as a commercial loan officer.

George has spent 17 of his 21 years in banking with Four Oaks Bank. His new role includes community relations and overall branch performance.

A Johnston County native, George earned his bachelor’s degree in business management and finance from N.C. State University. He serves on the board of the Johnston United Soccer Association and is a member of the Rotary Club of Clayton.

George is an avid runner, cyclist and swimmer. He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Clayton with their son Cameron and daughter Riley.

‘Tuesday Tune-Up’ on the move

Since September 2012, downtown Clayton business owners have been meeting Tuesday mornings at Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes, 120 E. Main St.

The Clayton Downtown Development Association began “Tuesday Tune-Up” to bring downtown business owners together to network and to learn how to make their businesses a destination.

“Tuesday Tune-Up” has begun a monthly rotation of meeting places. In May, the group will meet at the Historic Wagner House, 121 E. Main St., before returning in June to Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes.

“Sherry’s is a great meeting place, and we’ve enjoyed these 18 months there,” said downtown association board member Debie Austermuehle, owner of Main Street Jewelers and Clockwise & Otherwise. “But there are several other great meeting places in downtown, and we hope more people will join us.”

“Tuesday Tune-Up” is geared specifically to downtown businesses but is open to all Clayton retail business owners. They learn different ways to improve and make their business become a destination. They also get to know each other and help each other with specific issues that mightcome up during the week. One key component each week is a video webinar from destination marketer Jon Schallert. Coffee and refreshments and provided.

Downtown Development coordinator Bruce Naegelen posts the schedule and location each week at, and he sends a weekly reminder to downtown businesses.

For more information, send an email to or call Naegelen at 919-553-5002.

Business seminars

The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College has scheduled the following free seminars. For more information, or to register, call Shelley Gardner at 919-209-2591, email or go to

Grant Writing 101 – 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. Learn the basics of writing grant proposals for nonprofits.

Grant Writing 102 – 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. Gain more knowledge for writing grant proposals for nonprofits.

How to Sell to the Government – 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 30, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton.

10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business – 6-9 p.m. Monday, May 5, at the Cleveland Center, 9046 Cleveland Road in the Cleveland community. Topics include market research, business structure, taxes, marketing and record keeping.

Business Side of a Faith-Based Organization – 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. Learn the proper business structure, board organization, volunteer management, business tips and more.

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