January 6, 2019
A Moment with Mike
Ryan Combs is the Executive Director of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. He assumed his position in February 2017 following his appointment by the organization’s board of directors. Ryan works closely with economic development organizations in each of RTRP’s member counties to market the competitive advantages of the Research Triangle Region to potential investors.

Ryan joined RTRP from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety where he served as Legislative Director for the Department’s Government Affairs initiatives. In that capacity, he worked with the North Carolina General Assembly on behalf of State Troopers, Correctional Officers, the State Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol, Law Enforcement and the State Emergency Management office.

Previously, Ryan served for eight years on United States Senator Richard Burr’s staff, traveling throughout the state of North Carolina as a field representative. Through that experience, he developed close relationships with business and community leaders to learn about and address important issues facing communities.

We're looking forward to hearing from Ryan Combs during our annual meeting!
Member News

Welcome to our first new members of 2019, Soul Seafood Cafe in Smithfield!

Stop in and experience this restaurant at
2110 South Brightleaf Blvd!
We would like to warmly welcome the new owners of the Super 8, Chris Patel, to the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce family!

Take some time to visit at
 735 Outlet Center Dr, Smithfield, NC 27577!
Member Benefits
Take Action to Meet Your New Year's Health Resolutions with Your Membership Discount
Do you know that you are eligible, through your chamber membership, to receive 25% off membership with HealthQuest?

Now is the time to take advantage of this perk because HealthQuest is giving even more special discounts for the month of January!

During the month of January, HealthQuest is offering NO ENROLLMENT FEE on ALL contracts for new members AND you will receive a FREE MONTH for each referral card completed during the new member enrollment sale. Referrals are valid for 12 and 24 month referrals. There is no limit of referral free months so tell everyone you know to come join you at HealthQuest in 2018!!!
Upcoming Events
Thursday, January 10, 2019
4:00-7:00 pm
1406-A S. Pollock St.
Selma, NC 27576
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Happy 20th Anniversary to the Partnership for Children of Johnston County!

This year marks an important milestone for the Partnership for Children...20 years of improving the safety, health and emotional well-being of young children in our county, enhancing the quality of childcare in Johnston County, supporting strong families, promoting school readiness for all Johnston County’s children AND leading collaborative initiatives like the Inclusion Park and Miracle Field, improving literacy rates, and serving in our Chambers of Commerce.
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Monday, January 14th
at 10:00 AM
1652 E Booker Dairy Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577

(919) 300-5438
Mozelle's Soul Food

Wednesday, January 23rd
at 11:00 AM

106 W. Railroad Street
Selma, NC 27576
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Member News
Travel With the Chamber:Explore China in 2020!

We are hosting an information session about this opportunity on March 5th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the Chamber. Please join us to find out more!
Join us for nine days ( Apr. 10 – 18, 2020) for the trip of a lifetime in the amazing country of China, including the cities of Beijing and Shanghai! This incredible travel package includes:
  • Roundtrip international airfare & Chinese domestic airfare & Tax
  • 4 and 5 star hotel accommodations
  • 3 meals each day
  • Deluxe bus tours 
  • Fluent English-speaking tour guides
  • Entrance fees for attractions

Check out this video to see a glimpse of the adventure!
Don't Miss This Last Chance Opportunity to Advertise in the 2019 Chamber Business Directory

Our publishing partner, E&M Consulting, is wrapping up the publication of our 2019 Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory. In the next few weeks, they will be contacting all of the members with advertising opportunities. If you have any interest in advertising this year, please contact a sales associate at E&M or sign up online at  www.emconsultinginc.com/adreservation/GSSCOC . Don't hesitate to call if you have any questions. As always, your support of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce is greatly appreciated!

Click here for more information on prices and options.

Congratulation to Mr. Wingate Lassiter, editor & publisher of the new Smithfield Weekly Sun!
New content will be posted on Thursdays. Our subscribers will be notified by e-mail as soon as a new edition is posted. Anyone else may access this digital newspaper anytime at  smithfieldweeklysun.com . If you want to sign up as a subscriber (free of charge), there's a form to do that at the bottom of the first edition! Sign up and stay tuned into local events and news!
Local News
Understanding Johnston County's 2019 Revaluation Process

The Johnston County Tax Department is providing great resources so that residents can better understand the 2019 Revaluation Process. Visit their site to learn more and take a look at this video, which provides the background information for this process!
Education News
How You Can Serve Through the
2019 Chamber Education Committee
The Education Committee needs your time, talent, and efforts this year as we join together to impact our community through events such as Semester Super Stars and JoCo Works! Join us at the first meeting of the year on Monday, January 14th at 12 pm to find out more about the great ways we are promoting education in Johnston County!

For more information on upcoming projects and how to get involved here !

Register for the first meeting of the year on January 14th at 12 pm here !
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