March 2016 Newsletter - Benson Area Chamber of Commerce

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March 2016 Newsletter - Benson Area Chamber of Commerce
MARCH 2016
JUNE 2015
BUSINESS OF THE MONTH
March 3
TLC WORKS, INC./ MULE CITY
AUTO & CONVENIENCE STORE
Calendar of Events
Citizen of the Year
Breakfast
March 15
607 E. MAIN STREET
Chamber Board
BENSON, NC 27504
March 17 & 18
919-207-2144
Flame for Learning
Interviews
OWNER: CHRISTOPHER BARFOOT
March 18-20
BFA’s Production Gypsy
March 22
Johnston County
Legislative Luncheon
Mule Days Committee
Meeting
March 25
Good Friday
Front: D.J. Stancil, manager, Mule City
Auto, Christal Barefoot, manager, TLC
Works, Tony Mamdarochio, Tony Dudley and Jorge Hernandez, employees.
Back: John Wood, Chamber Board
Chairman, Tracey Norris, Dianne
McLamb and Tomi Thompson, Chamber Ambassadors.
Chamber Closed
VISUAL IMPROVEMENT
AWARD
BENTON CARD COMPANY
105 S. WALL STREET
BENSON, NC 27504
919-894-5656
Front: Ronnie Johnson, Deborah
Davis, employees, Steve and Suzanne
Cook, owners, Ben Cook, and Pablo
Avila, employees. Back: Evelyn
Aranda, Chamber executive assistant,
John Wood, Chamber Board Chairman,
Dianne McLamb, Tracey Norris, , and
Tomi Thompson, Ambassadors.
Business Spotlight
Ladies, you don’t have to leave Downtown Benson
to go shopping!
Just take a stroll down Benson’s Main Street and you will be greeted
by Libby Johnson who owns Edmond’s/Libby’s, a business established in 1985, located at 115 E. Main Street. Edmonds first opened
as a clothing store 60 years ago by Libby’s father, Edmond Massad.
Today, Libby Johnson carries on her father’s tradition of providing
quality merchandise brands at Simply Southern T-shirts, Charles
River raincoats and Rainbow sandals. Her most popular collectible
items include Baldwin brass ornaments and Christmas carolers.
Right across the street you will find Royal Boutique & Co., owned
and operated by Lindsay Tart Royal. Her business has grown so
much in just six months, she has moved into a new location at 120
E. Main Street. Need something unique for yourself or a special
friend? Stop by and check out her boutique selection of stylish apparel and accessories. Monogramming is available to personalize
your items.
Tre Faye, owned and operated by Lisa Sullivan, has also made tremendous strides as a successful business. Tre Faye moved to 112
W. Main Street and reopened in December 2015 with lovely items
for ladies’ shopping pleasures. Congratulations to Lisa as she becomes the proud owner of her building marking a truly great accomplishment!
Dixie Diva’s Boutique & Western Wear and Benson Boots &
Camo, located at 201A & B East Main Street, is owned and operated by Pat Isom. Her friendly staff welcomes you to drop by and
browse her collection of boutique items and accessories. Pat’s slogan, “A Touch of Country, A Touch of Class” is evident throughout
her boutique. In her adjoining location you see why “It’s All About
the Boots!” Finding quality western wear is a Main Street Benson
tradition! Pat carries on that tradition.
Shopping Downtown Benson is such a delightful experience these
days. Why drive long distances and wait in busy check out lines
when everything you need might be right here in Downtown Benson?
Before leaving downtown, don’t forget to stop by Jenny’s Sweet
Creations! A little sweet treat always completes a successful day of
pleasurable shopping! You really will be glad you did! You see,
Downtown Benson is growing and has a lot to offer. Remember how
important it is to our local economy to Shop Small Businesses and
Shop Local!
Shop Local…It Matters!
Don’t Forget!
Beat the Winter Blues
Was a Huge Success!
After much planning and preparation,
our first winter event proved to be a
tremendous success. The Band of Oz
was our featured entertainment during
the first Chamber sponsored Reverse
Raffle and Dinner in five years. All tickets for the raffle were sold in advance
and 325 attendees enjoyed a fabulous
buffet spread by Meadow Village Restaurant. Listening and dancing to the
music provided just the right atmosphere for the evening. The excitement
of the reverse drawing was fun for everyone, but especially for our winners.
Danny Mack Holland was the 5th place
winner with $500 while Susan Crook
won $1000 in the 4th place finish. The
final three ticket holders agreed to split
the remaining cash. These were Libby
Barefoot and Debbie Lee shared a
ticket with their earnings of $2250 each
for 3rd place, and Jeremy Norris and
Beverly Godwin winning $4,500 each
for 2nd and 1st places. It was a terrific
event!
Third Thursday
Breakfast!
March 17
2016
Chamber Executive
Committee
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
John Wood
VICE - CHAIRMAN
Paul Boucher
TREASURER
Ann Wood
PAST CHAIRMAN
William Neighbors
EX– OFFICIO
Matt Zapp, Town Manager
PRESIDENT
Loretta Byrd
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Evelyn Aranda
Board Members
Term Expires 2016
Melanie Epperson
Julia Whittington
Ann Wood
Keith Neighbors
Term Expires 2017
Brian Honeycutt
Natalie Morgan
Ken Tart
John Wood
Support our Chamber
Members because they
support us!
Term Expires 2018
Paul Boucher
Ben Cook
Jaymes Elliott
Jerry Medlin
8:00 A.M. in Chamber
Office… Bring your
business cards to
share!
CHAMBER BANQUET HIGHLIGHTS
The Chamber award winners included: (Front) Board of
Directors Award, American Legion Banner Post 109 represented by Post Commander Charles Ryals, Large Business of the Year, Carlie C’s IGA represented by Joyce
McLamb with son, Mack McLamb, Small Business Persons of the Year, Ann Lee Wood and Vance Wood, Citizen of the Year, Janet Matthews, Business Family of the
Year, the Julia Raynor Family. Back: Ambassador of the
Year, Jaymes Elliott, and Board of Directors Award, Matt
Smith.
Congratulations to our
Award Winners!
Front: Volunteer of the Year, Cyndy Langdon, Public
Service Employees of the Year, Glenn Core and Kimberly
Pickett, Humanitarian Award, Hampton Johnson, and
Outstanding Woman, Marilyn Brickmeier. Back: Arts
Award, D.H. Johnson, Law Enforcement Officer of the
Year, Sgt. Randy Lucas, Firefighter of the Year, Ryan
Sloan, Outstanding Senior Citizen, the Rev. Glenn Mc
Cullen and Educator of the Year, Greg Tart.
Thank You Banquet
Sponsors!
Gold Sponsors
American Legion Banner Post 109
Drs. Adams, Johnson & Johnson
John Wood, Incoming 2016 Chamber Board
Chairman, presents 2015 Chamber Board Chairman, William Neighbors a plaque for outstanding
service. William gave a reflection of the Chamber’s
2015 success in spite of the rain at Mule Days.
In closing the event, John Wood stated, “ I encourage everyone to support Benson this year— if you
are my age I want you to pay it forward, if you’re
William’s age I want you to buy in— because this is
your chamber and your future.”
Save the
Dates…
April 8 & 9,
Silver Sponsor
Ken Tart Photography
Bronze Sponsors
Honeycutt & Grady, CPAs
The County Press
Social Hour Sponsor
WhittCo Properties – Julia Whittington
TRE FAYE BOUTIQUE celebrated a grand
“re-opening” in its new location at
112 W. Main Street, Benson!
7th Annual 2016 Classic Antique
Power Farm Heritage Days
Friday & Saturday
April 8 & 9
8:00 A.M.– 5:00 P.M.
Benson Chamber Park
Entertainment All Day Saturday!
$5.00 Admission Per Day
Children Under 12 Free
Jaymes Elliott, Ambassador, Ann Wood and Dianne McLamb,
Chamber Board Members, shoppers, and Rhonda Sullivan,
owner, Diane Godwin, Ambassador, Deborah Davis, and Natalie
Morgan, Board Members, and Loretta Byrd, Chamber President.
GYPSY...a musical fable
PRESENTED BY ...
BENSON FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
& BENSON LITTLE THEATER
March 18 & 19, 2016 at 7:30 P.M.
See Benson Like You’ve
Never Seen It Before!
March 20, 2016 at 3:00 P.M.
In a helicopter at the Classic
W.J. BAREFOOT AUDITORIUM
Antique Power Farm
Heritage Days!
Welcome New Member!
Jimmy Wilkins
5850 Benson Hardee Road
Benson, NC 27504
919-669-0299
[email protected]
Rides will be available Friday
afternoon and all day Saturday.
Thanks to the following companies who have renewed their 2016
chamber dues. (as of February 26)
A. L. Wood Accounting
Adams, Drucilla
Drs. Adams, Johnson & Johnson
Alicia's School of Performing Arts
American Legion Banner Post #109
American Legion Banner Post #109 Auxilary
Amped Electric LLC
Amy Huff Fann-Remax Signature Realty
AVINTIV
Danny Mack Holland
DeWayne's Inc.
Double LL Tack & Feed, Inc.
Dr. Christopher Vo, DDS,PC
Dr. James T. Parker, DDS
Dr. Larry Williams
Duke Energy
Dunn Area Tourism Authority
Dunn-Benson Ford, Inc.
Dunn's Garden Center
B & B Produce, Inc.
Edmond's/Libby's
B & S Air Conditioning Co., Inc.
Edward Jones Investments
Bariatric Specialists of NC
El Charro Mexican Restaurant, Inc.
Barnes Lube Express
ElectriCities of NC, Inc.
Barnes, Maynard
Eloise Moore & Associates, Inc.
BB&T
First Citizens Bank
Beasley's Heating & Air
First Federal Bank
Benson Animal Hospital
Food Lion Store
Benson Area Medical Center
Four Oaks Bank
Benson Area Women's Organization
Four Oaks Benson News in Review
Copiers Plus, Inc.
Johnston County Education Foundation
Kennedy's Paradise Pawn
Ken Tart Photography
Korner Flea Market
Lambert Surveying
Landis Hall
Lee Technologies, Inc.
Lee's Furniture Outlet
Legal Shield
Levinson Law Firm
Liberty Commons
Lois B. Hood
MAC Studio
Martin Marietta Aggregates
Mary C. Neighbors
Massengill Associates, PA
Max O Johnson
McCall's Bar-B-Que & Seafood
McDonald's of Benson
McGees Crossroads Middle School
McLamb's LP Gas & Supply
Meadow Restaurant
Meadow School
MedFast P.C.
Medicap Pharmacy
Four Seasons Florist
Medlin & Dorman, Inc.
Benson Auto Supply, Inc.
Galot Motor Sports
Michael's Amusements
Benson Baptist Church
Mule City Specialty Feeds, Inc.
Glam-O-Rama Cleaners
Benson Book and Stationary, Inc.
Narron, O'Hale & Whittington, P.A.
Glenda's Sweet Shoppe and Grill
Benson Chiropractic Center
Neighbors & Associates
Gloria Johnson/HomeTowne Realty
Benson Elementary School
Neurology & Pain Management Center
Gregory Vineyards & Winery/Lane's Seafood
Neuse Charter School
Benson Flower Shop
& Steak House
Noela Woodall
Benson Foundation for Arts
GreK Computer Sales & Service
North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission
Benson Housing Authority
Hamlin Sheet Metal Company, Inc.
Office Value, Inc.
Benson Kiwanis Club
Pam Holland
Hampton Inn - Dunn
Parker General Contractors, LLC
Benson Lions Club
Hannah Creek Veterinary Hospital, PA
Portable Toilets of Fayetteville
Harbor, Inc.
Benson Middle School
R&R Welding
Harris Rebar North Carolina
Benson United Methodist
Raynor, Max
Harris, Oscar
Betsy Stevens
ReMax Southland Realty II
Heart of Carolinas Cowboys for Christ
Riccobene & Associates
Betsy Whittington
Ricky Barnes Auto Mart
Helen Smith
Bleecker AutoPark
Robco Residential, Inc.
Honeycutt & Grady CPAs
Campbell University
Rose & Graham Funeral Home
Jackson Auto Glass
Royal Boutique
Cape Fear Christian Academy
Jenny's Sweet Creations
Senior Helpers
Capital Area Workforce Development Board
Seven Sisters Thrift Shop
Carolina Packers, Inc.
Jernigan's Nursery and Trading Post LLC
Sheryl's Catering
Char Grill Benson, LLC
Jerry Medlin
Short Stop Food Marts
Clifton Overhead Door Co.
Jo Co Partnership for Children
Sign & Awning Sys., Inc.
Cobb Sales & Service
Johnston Community College
Sisters Cake n Cream
CommWell Health
Johnston County Economic Development
Criag Olive, Register of Deeds
Creative Caps
Crestfield/Ridgecrest/Parkview Apts.
Crossroads Church
Johnston County Farm Bureau, Inc.
Johnston County Schools
Johnston Memorial Hospital
Junior Woman's Club of Benson
More renewals listed on the
back.
2016 Dues Renewals
Congratulations to the
Continued
Christmas
Sleep Inn Garner
Small World Travel
Snipes Insurance Service, Inc.
South Johnston High School
South Johnston Optimist Club
Stainless Steel Specialties
Window Decorating
Contest Winners!
Best Overall—Tre Faye
Best JoCo Theme—Dixie Divas
Best Non JoCo Theme—Jenny’s Sweet
Creations
State Employees Credit Union
State Farm Insurance
Most Elegant—Four Seasons Florist
Stephenson Properties
Most Creative Use of Merchandise—Benton
Steps On Stage Dance
Steve Hardy's Original Beach Party
Steven Stanley Plumbing
Card Company
Best Christmas Tree—Exotic Image Hair
Super 8 Dunn
Sylvia Herring
Taylor Made Cases, Inc.
Salon
Most Festive—Wood Realty
The Community & Senior Serv of Jo. Co
The Daily Record
The Meadow Lights
The Smithfield Herald
Golf Cart Decoration Winners
First Place—Geanne Pope
The Vine and Branch Florist
Town of Benson
Transitions Life Care
Trey Faye Boutique
Jo Co Board of Education
Trophy Case
Candidate Forum
Turnage Interstate Service
Warren Drug Company
The Smithfield-Selma
Warren Industrial & Agri Supply Company
West & Dunn Funeral Home, Inc.
Chamber Education Committee is hosting a
West Johnston High
forum for candidates to the Johnston County
Whittco Properties
School Board of Education on Thursday, March
Williams Rentals, Inc.
Wood Pharmacy
3, 2016 from 6:30 PM—8:00 PM at the Johns-
Wood Realty Group, Inc.
ton Medical Mall Auditorium in Smithfield.
WCKB Radio
WPYB Radio
All Benson Chamber members are invited to at-
WTSB Radio
tend to learn more about the candidates. Keith
Young's Auto Center
Dimsdale, owner of Chick-fil-A in Smithfield will
Young's Motor Company
facilitate the forum.
Thank you 2016 Chamber Champions!
BB&T
Benson Lions Club
Jimmy Wilkins Barn
7 PM
Benson Middle School
11:30 AM
Benson Self Storage
29
Benson Lions Club
28
Noon
5:30 PM
Benson Flower Shop
JoCo Legislative
Luncheon
22
Chamber Board
BFA
Benson Area Women’s
Organization
15
Downtown Committee Noon
Town Board Meeting 7 PM
Banner Management &
Consulting
8
27
7 PM
7 PM
Benson Flea Market Mall
BAWO
Museum Board
21
7 PM
Wed
~ March 2016 ~
Benson Auto Supply, Inc.
Bariatric Specialists of
Benson United Methodist Church
30
Benson Foundation for
the Arts
23
16
NC
9
Alicia's School of Perform- 2 American Legion Banner
ing Arts
Post #109
1
Tue
Mule Days Committee 5:30 PM
3 PM
Benson Family Dental
American Legion Aux.
Benson Animal Hospital Benson Area Medical
Center
7
Mon
GYPSY
Barefoot Auditorium
Care
20
13
B & S Air Conditioning
Co.,Inc.
6
Sun
AVINTIV
Barnes Lube Express
11
Barnes, Maynard
10 AM
31
B & B Produce, Inc.
Benton Card Company
7 PM
Benson Kiwanis Club
26
Benson Laundry Center
7:30 PM
Easter Eggtravaganza 2 PM
Singing Grove
Benson Elementary
School
19
Spring Fling
Benson United Methodist Church
Inc.
12 Beasley Heating & Air,
Town of Benson’s 129th Birthday
Visual Improvement Award:
Benton Card Company
Business of the Month:
TLC Works, Inc./ Mule City Auto
& Convenience Center
Good Friday
Town Hall & Chamber offices
Closed
25
►
SJHS Athletic Boosters Reverse
Raffle
5 PM
5
Sat
6:30 PM American Legion Meeting 7 PM
7 PM
GYPSY
7:30 PM GYPSY
Barefoot Auditorium
Barefoot Auditorium
Benson Housing AuthorTown Board Meeting
ity
24
Kiwanis Club
SJ Optimist Club
Benson Baptist Church 18 Benson Book & StationThird Thursday Breakfast 8 AM ary
Chamber Office
Flame 4 Learning Interviews
Flame 4 Learning Interviews
17
10
4
Fri
Museum Coffee Hour
8 AM Miss SJ Pageant
6:30 PM
7 PM
Amped Electric LLC
Citizen of the Year
Breakfast
Kiwanis Club
SJ Optimist Club
3
Thu
Chamber Members! There will not be a Business Expo this Year. We are combining the Expo
with the Farm Heritage Festival. (If you can only attend one day, we recommend Saturday)
This event will help you reach a bigger and a more diverse audience to help you market your
products.
CLASSIC ANTIQUE POWER Farm Heritage Festival
Benson Chamber Park
355 J. Lee Road
Benson, North Carolina 27504
2016 VENDOR APPLICATION
April 8-9, 2016
Name of Business: ___________________________ Contact Name: ______________________
Address:____________________________City_________________State _______Zip
Telephone Number: _____________________________ Email:
Size of booth is 10 x 10. You must provide your own tables, chairs, and tent.
No charge for the booth. Each vendor must pay the $5.00 admission fee per person per day.
(If you request electricity, you will be required to have a
Electricity Needed Yes
fire inspection. Booths larger than 200 square feet are required to have a fire inspection.
Fire inspections will begin Friday April 8 at 8:00 AM (if your booth is larger than 10x10.)
Please fill out this section with a description of goods you will be selling/showing
at the festival.
___________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
List of items will be subject to approval and/or limitation by the Classic Antique Power & Tractor
Show Committee. No items other than those approved by the Classic Antique Power & Tractor
Show Committee will be sold at the festival. If you are selling items, please furnish us with your
Sales Tax or Social Security number. Remember, it is your responsibility to file Sales Tax to the
State of NC. Vendors (if they meet the attached requirements) will have fire inspections beginning
Friday April 10 at 8:00 AM. Please complete and return no later than April 1, 2016.
Benson Area Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 246
Benson, NC 27504
By signing this form, I verify that I have read, understand and agree to abide by all festival rules.
_________________________________
____________________________
Signature
Date
Benson's 2016 Sundown in Downtown Concerts
All Concerts are held at the Benson Singing Grove located at
406 E. Main Street.
In case of rain, the concerts will be held at the American
Legion Building located at 605 North Wall Street.
5:30 PM
Thursday,
Thursday,
Thursday,
Thursday,
Thursday,
(Mule Day
April 14
May 12
June 9
August 11
Sept. 22
Concert)
The Band of Oz
The Embers Featuring Craig Woolard
The Attractions
Jim Quick and the Coastline Band
Justin West Band (6:00 - 7:30)
Jonathan Parker Band (7:45 – 9:15)
Steve Hardy's Original Beach Party
will be at each concert.
Sponsors are still
needed. Over for more
details.
How about sponsoring one of the most loved events in Benson?
Benson’s Sundown in Downtown Concert Series
Platinum – $2000.00 - up
Sponsorship of All Five Concerts
Name on Banner and Flyers for all Concerts
Reserved Seating at all Concerts (Bring your own Chair)
Recognition on WPYB Radio
Recognition in April - October Chamber Newsletters
Recognition in Chamber News and Review Weekly Column
Recognition by Chamber Staff on Chamber Chat
Four Backstage passes for each concert
Dinner for four provided by the Chamber for each concert
Four Sundown in Downtown Sponsor Shirts
Gold - $1000.00 – 1999.00
Sponsorship of All Five Concerts
Name on Banner and Flyers for all Concerts
Reserved Seating at all Concerts (Bring your own Chair)
Recognition on WPYB Radio
Recognition April - October Chamber Newsletters
Recognition in Chamber News and Review Weekly Column
Recognition by Chamber Staff on Chamber Chat
Three Backstage passes for each concert
Dinner for three provided by the Chamber for each concert
Three Sundown in Downtown Sponsor Shirts
Silver - $999 – 500.00
Sponsorship of All Five Concerts
Name on Banner and Flyers for all Concerts
Reserved Seating at all Concerts (Bring your own Chair)
Recognition in April - October Chamber Newsletters
Recognition in Chamber News and Review Weekly Column
Recognition by Chamber Staff on Chamber Chat
Dinner for two provided by the Chamber for each concert
Two Sundown in Downtown Sponsor Shirts
Bronze – $499.00 and under
Sponsorship of All Five Concerts
Name on Banner and Flyers for all Concerts
Reserved Seating at all Concerts (Bring your own Chair)
Recognition in April - October Chamber Newsletters
One Sundown in Downtown Sponsor Shirt
Please complete and return to:
BACC, PO Box 246, Benson, NC 27504
Fax – 919-894-1052
Deadline is March 15.
Name
Company
Address
City
State Zip
Phone
Fax
Amount Pledged
Bill me
(You can pay monthly) Check Enclosed
Mastercard/Visa Payment
Name on Card
Expiration Date
Code
Card Number
Number & Size of T-shirts

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