• A Message from our Board Chair

  • On February 5th, our new Chamber Executive, Mike Mancuso arrived on the job at the Greater Smithfield Selma Chamber of Commerce.  Mike and his lovely wife Christine are moving to our community from Salem, Ohio.  Mike brings a deep background of economic development and non-profit experience to our Chamber.  He joins Kelly Wallace and Jill Baggett, for what will be a dynamic team for the chamber in the coming years.  Be sure to introduce yourself to Mike at the Chamber or one of the many Chamber events in the future.


    Our priorities this year include putting together developers, property owners, and business owners to further grow business in Johnston County.  We’re planning on putting together a developer’s forum later in the year.  Smithfield, Selma and Wilson’s Mills, as well as Johnston County at large, have a lot to offer.  We’re at the crossroads of I95 and I40, and have become a gateway community to the Triangle.   We need to let folks know the value and opportunities we have to offer.


    Additionally, Kelly Wallace is spearheading a great workforce development event, in partnership with Johnston Community College and many large and small employers in our community.  This event is going to give students, teachers, and parents a look into the future, at the different employment opportunities emerging in the coming years.  Along with the businesses that are in need of an eager, energetic, trained workforce, the Chamber hopes to champion our community and our employers, to encourage our kids to return right here for their career opportunities.  This event will be the most exciting thing we’ve done in some time.  If you want to participate, contact Kelly at the Chamber.


    And lastly, during the course of this year, Mike and his team will be looking at ways to add value to your chamber membership.  Mike brings some new ideas and coupled with the talented staff and Chamber board, we believe this will be a transformative year.  I believe participation is the key.  Whatever your vocation or industry, you can find value in your Chamber community.  We have networking events, nearly every week of the year.  We also have fundraising events and a great deal of community service activities as well.  With just one business transaction, new client, or business deal, the value of your membership becomes evident.  I encourage you to participate, and get your value.  


    I’m looking forward to our community growing and thriving for years to come.  The future is bright indeed.  

    Eric Brownlee

    2018 Board Chair



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