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A Message from our Board Chair

Eric BrownleeWhat a year 2018 was for our community and our Greater Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce.  We had a new executive report to duty in February.  We kicked off our JoCo Works campaign, which we expect to put on in the Fall of 2019.

We secured Novo Nordisk as our Title Sponsor for Joco Works.  We started talks on a light rail system for Johnston County to Wake and Durham Counties to further the ability  for Joco residents to work and play in Raleigh Durham and vice versa. We added 80 new Chamber members.  We joined forces with the Towns of Wilson's Mills, Kenly, and Princeton, and are working toward the transformation of our Chamber into the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce.  We had great success with our Annual Fundraiser and are looking forward to recognizing some outstanding citizens at our Annual Meeting on January 28th.   The work of each committee bore fruit this year.  Thanks to all the Committee chairs, members and volunteers.  We also recognized one of the finest in Johnston County with the Athena Award, Dr. Twyla Wells.  Her distinguished service to the Community College and our community is inspiring, and we congratulate her on this well deserved recognition.  We added value to our membership at every level, with discounts, special offers, advertising, and even discounted vacation trips.   All that plus 2 major hurricanes and a snow storm, resulting in extensive repairs to the Lee House.  How's that for an exciting year?

And we expect for 2019 to be just energy filled and productive as 2018.  Mike Mancuso, Kelly Wallace and Christie Lambert are working diligently to put together the schedule for a great board this year.  We could not be happier with the work they are doing.  With the development in our community, both residential and commercial, it appears that the bright future we’ve all been looking forward to… is here.  Let’s take 2019 and maximize the opportunities we have in front of us.
As always, the key to getting the value out of your membership is participation.  Join us for business after hours, Coffee Connections, or several more networking opportunities this year.  Plan to attend our Annual fundraiser, and our Annual Meeting.  Join our Community Partners, like our non profit members, and our municipalities in their efforts to make the lives of our citizens better.  The ball is in your court.  We’re gonna have a great time and get things done in 2019.  Don’t miss out.
Eric Brownlee, 2019 Board Chair

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