September 1, 2019
The Chamber office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2nd, in honor of Labor Day.
We hope that you have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!
A Moment with Mike
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DEADLINE FOR EMPLOYER REGISTRATION IS SEPTEMBER 15th.
LAST CHANCE
to Nominate for the ATHENA Award
Welcome to Our New Member!
The Landings of Smithfield
The Landings of Smithfield blends Southern hospitality and personal care to create an assisted living community where you will feel right at home.

200 Kellie Drive/Smithfield, NC
Contact: 919-934-2030
Chamber News & Events
2019 State of the Region
The 2019 State of the Region was an exciting presentation of all the growth and activity happening in the Triangle East Region. With record attendance, the room was full of community leaders who are paving the way for Johnston County's bright future. Speakers from all 5 Triangle East communities, Johnston County, Johnston County Public Schools, and Johnston Community College all mentioned the tremendous growth and positive developments happening all over our region. Mike Mancuso encouraged those present to continue approaching the future with a collaborative perspective - "working together as one, we benefit all."

Pictured Above, Left to Right - Front Row: Eric Brownlee (Chamber Board Chair), Twyla Wells (Johnston Community College), Cheryl Oliver (Mayor of Selma), Andy Moore (Mayor of Smithfield), Bonnie Williamson (Mayor of Kenly). Back Row: Jeffrey Navarro (Incoming Chamber Board Chair), Ted Godwin (Chairman, Johnston County Commissioners), Brian Vetrano (Johnston County Public Schools), Jim Uzzle (Mayor of Wilson's Mills), Donald Rains (Mayor of Princeton), Mike Mancuso (Chamber President)
First Look: Hampton Inn, Smithfield
New Hotel Slated to Open Next Year


We were excited to get a glimpse of the future Hampton Inn, Smithfield on Wednesday, August 28th! The newest hotel in our Triangle East region will feature 5 stories, an indoor pool, and a convenient location on Towne Centre Place in Smithfield.
Join Us For Coffee and "Tee" from 8-9 am
Thursday, Sept. 5th!

Johnston Health Brightleaf Lobby, 1 st  Floor
509 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield NC 27577. 
Please ask the front desk for directions.

Come out and expand your business network, tell us about your company, and try your hand at a prize-winning putt ! Don't forget your business card!

Save the Date!

You're Invited to a Ribbon-Cutting for A Primary Choice

Thurs., Sept. 12th at 11:00 am

Bring the Celebration to a Business YOU Know Deserves to Be Business of the Month!
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Do You Know A Business That Demonstrates Community Service, Business Best Practices, or Visual Improvements?

Nominate a deserving company to be chosen as a Triangle East Chamber of Commerce
Business of the Month!
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Local News
Gov. Cooper Allows Association Health Plan Law
After the Chamber brought the need for small businesses to have new health care options to the attention of our Representatives, their active work to find a solution has brought about a new law in North Carolina!

Small businesses will be able to band together to slash the costs of their health insurance after Gov. Roy Cooper let  Senate Bill 86  become law.

The new law will allow small businesses to cluster under Association Health Plans when bargaining with health insurers over their premiums. Small businesses could save from $8,700 to $10,800 a year by moving from the individual market, and those migrating from the small group market could save up to $4,100 a year, according to an  Avalere report .

Education News
Dr. Linda Smith Named New VP of Instruction at Johnston Community College
Dr. Linda Smith is Johnston Community College’s new vice president of instruction.

Smith, JCC’s former associate vice president of health, wellness and human services, started her new role a week before the start of the fall semester. Needless to say, she’s been busy making sure classes get off to a great start.

“I’m very excited and look forward to the challenge,” Smith said. “I love JCC. I love the students and the employees of JCC.”

Educational Opportunities
Securing Your Business: A Seminar with 2 Dog Digital
2 Dog Digital is a veteran owned, local business founded in 2016. Rich DePierro founded the company with one simple principle; If you provide top-quality customer service and support, you will be successful. Rich has 35 years of experience in the computer industry. He served our country in the Marines networking and securing computers around the world. He has assisted the FBI and SBI on several occasions.
Consider us your "One Stop Business Resource"
Ask us a question, and we will find you the answer!

We work every day on our member's behalf as advocates. We are your voice with local, county, state and federal governments and help promote our communities to attract and grow our local economy to feed your business growth.

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