March 10, 2019
A Moment with Mike
Welcome to Our New Member!
Smokers, grills, BBQ sauces, rubs, equipment,
and fine southern gifts located at 1025 Outlet Center Dr, Suite F, in Smithfield, North Carolina!
Chamber News
Under the Oak Cafe Opens for Lunch and Dinner

On Tuesday, March 5th, Under the Oak Cafe held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their location that is now open to the public for lunch AND dinner! Check out their Facebook page to stay updated on hours of operation and special events. Be sure to stop by the cafe at 135 South 3rd Street in Smithfield for your next great meal!
Building Community Through
Coffee Connections
We had such a fun and informative morning on Thursday during Coffee Connections! We'd like to extend a special thanks to our hosts, Julissa Diaz and Rikki Chiofalo of Utopia Natural Wellness, for their hospitality. Please check out Utopia Natural Wellness at 259 Venture Drive, Unit F, in Smithfield. We would also like to thank Sheetz for their donation of coffee to this networking event. If YOUR organization would like to get involved by sponsoring a Coffee Connections or Business After Hours, call the office at 919-934-9166 or email for more information!
Member Benefits
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Do you have news to share with the local community and our membership? One of the benefits of being a member of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce is the ability to share important updates and events. Upload your press release through the Member Information Center and we will share it through our website. Contact the office at 919-934-9166 if you have any questions!
Upcoming Events
Save the Date!
Join us on May 17th for the CWBN Women's Conference, featuring keynote speaker Amy Edge.
Amy Edge is the founder of the Leading Edge Institute. She brings her unprecedented experience in leadership management and her passion for people to organizations in need of shaping future leadership talent. Through her lessons learned, she guides management to plan, prepare, overcome obstacles, and build winning teams, even in the face of seemingly impossible challenges.

Ms. Edge will speak on Secrets to Successful Business Engagements: Believe, Belong, Become.

Find out more about the Leading Edge Institute!

Stay Tuned: Registration information is coming soon!
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Local News
Women’s Society Honors Philanthropy of Linda Lassiter 

Johnston Community College Foundation celebrated the life and philanthropy of the late Linda Vann Lassiter Thursday at the inaugural luncheon and women’s event named in her memory.
Lassiter of Selma died unexpectedly Dec. 12. A faithful and passionate member of the JCC Foundation Board of Directors at the time of her death, she and her husband Donnie have been longtime supporters and philanthropists of JCC.
The Linda Vann Lassiter Women’s Society has been created to honor her philanthropic spirit. The society offers an opportunity for women in the Johnston County community to come together to participate in philanthropy through education, mentoring and various college and community-wide activities. Each year, the society will honor a woman in the community who emulates the values Lassiter held so dear – faith, family, and philanthropy.

Pictured from left are Crystal Roberts, chief of communication and engagement for Johnston County Public Schools; Chris Germanowski, principal of Selma Middle; Kia Ruffin, Selma Middle teacher; Sarah Godwin, scholarship recipient; Marlene Godwin, Godwin’s mother; Sara Massey; Emma Massey; Dr. Twyla Wells, executive director of the JCC Foundation; Trent Lassiter; Donnie Lassiter; Michael Massey; and John Massey

For more information about this organization, click here .
Education News

JCC’s Nursing Program Named 4th Best in North Carolina

Johnston Community College’s associate degree nursing program has been named the fourth best program in North Carolina, according to Registered JCC was chosen based on its high NCLEX-RN pass rate by graduates of the program. analyzed the 82 RN programs in North Carolina and ranked the top 30 programs based on current and historical licensure pass rates.

For the full press release, visit our page .
Four schools Begin Journey Toward Offering IB Programmes

Johnston County Public Schools may soon be able to expand its International Baccalaureate (IB) offerings to students at several schools.

South Smithfield Elementary, Wilson’s Mills Elementary, Smithfield Middle, and Smithfield-Selma High began their journey toward offering their respective IB programmes on March 1.
“We are thrilled at the chance to offer our students this opportunity,” said JCPS Director of Special Programs Kevin Daughtry. “We have high hopes that each of these schools will join Smithfield-Selma High in becoming IB World Schools at the end of their candidacies.”
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) provides schools with a framework for instruction that includes a world perspective. Its framework and its mission value and develop 10 traits of learners throughout their education and participation in the IB programmes. Read more HERE for details.
Learning Opportunities
in March Through SBC

The JCC Small Business Center is located at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center (135 Best Wood Drive, Clayton). Visit the website for registration and more information.

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