The Acorn Festival is just around the corner and we can’t wait for the community to see all of the new attractions. Mark your calendars to join us on Saturday, September 8th from 10am-4pm. Make sure to follow the event on Facebook to get all of the latest updates as the event approaches.
The Chamber of Commerce has partnered with our members to offer a Four Oaks wide shop local promotion this summer. Shop at participating stores and restaurants from August 20th – 26th and be entered to win a grand prize drawing as Four Oaks businesses say “thank you” to all of our loyal customers. Follow the event on Facebook to see the list of participating businesses, stay up to date on all the promotions, and get a sneak peak of the grand prize!
The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Johnston Now as July’s Business of the Month. Johnston Now was nominated for Business of the Month in recognition of their sold out inaugural Johnston Now Honors event. Johnston Now Honors is a countywide awards celebration honoring local heroes, and the winners received a trophy and a feature profile in the July edition of Johnston Now magazine.
“Johnston Now was created to shine a spotlight on positive things happening in our county,” Shanna Capps, Johnston Now general manager, said. “This event was us taking that mission one step farther and truly recognizing the efforts of heroes in our own back yard. We are humbled to have brought together such an inspiring group of people to recognize their efforts.”
Johnston Now Honors recognized citizens all over Johnston County including Morgan Lassiter, a Four Oaks resident, who was awarded the Rising Star award. Lassiter recently graduated in the top 10 percent of her class at South Johnston High School. She plans to attend Campbell University, where she plans to major in Biology Pre-Physical Therapy with an eye on becoming a Physical Therapist. She also volunteers her time in the kindergarten and first-grade classrooms at Four Oaks Elementary, works with the Miracle League and Special Olympics and is a member of the National Honor Society, Trojan Ambassadors, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Spanish Honor Society.
Also recognized was Donna Bailey-Taylor for the Spirit of the County award. Bailey-Taylor is the longtime president and CEO of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau. Last year, that organization awarded more than $225,000 in capital grants for projects around the county — all funded by tourism dollars. The Johnston County Visitors Bureau are also active members and sponsors of the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce. Baily-Taylor has also served on boards for Howell Woods, Ava Gardner Museum, Bentonville Battlefield, Clayton Piano Festival, Tobacco Farm Life Museum and the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium.
“The Four Oaks Chamber is honored to recognize the work of Johnston Now,” states Amber England, Chamber Executive Director. “The work they are doing through their magazine and Johnston Now Honors highlights the best of our town and our county. Having this ongoing, positive spotlight is a major asset for our entire business community.”
The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the lasting contributions made to the Four Oaks business community by Johnston Now. The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce will recognize one member business each month. Nominations can be made at the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce website, www.fouroakschamber.com.
Donna Bailey-Taylor, President/CEO of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau will be presenting valuable business education on utilizing the Visitors Bureau and marketing to your 50 mile radius on August 9th, 6-7pm. The presentation will be held in the Four Oaks Town Hall Board Room. There is no pre-registration required and light refreshments will be provided.
Donna joined the Johnston County Visitors Bureau in August, 1996 and is responsible for marketing the county to leisure travelers, sports tournaments, meeting planners and publicity efforts to local, state and national media to raise awareness of Johnston County as a destination.
JCVB is a quasi-government agency which was formed in 1987 by the state legislature which approved the county-wide 3% room tax. As the President/CEO she works directly for the Johnston County Tourism Authority and manages a staff of five employees.
Donna has been in the hospitality industry since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1981, first in the hotel industry in sales and marketing, and second working at the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau before coming to Johnston County.
Donna’s parents were both born and raised in the county, and she resides in Benson. She has served on numerous boards and committees both locally and statewide, and she has worked around the county to develop and improve tourism assets.
We are looking forward to the knowledge and support that Donna will be able to share with our local small businesses during this business education session. This event is open to the public.
The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with United Community Bank, announces the 2018 Acorn Festival. This year’s festival will be held September 8, 2018 from 10am – 4pm. This will be a fun filled family day with live music, children’s activities, food trucks, antique cars and tractors, and great local shopping. The McDonald’s of Four Oaks Kids Zone will feature bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, train rides, and a petting zoo. The stage in Barbour’s Grove Park will feature Eric Strickland and Here Tonight, the Antique Outlaws, and The Expressions. The event will be larger than previous years with more children’s activities and the addition of the Johnston Health Business Expo, an additional vendor area. One of the favorite event attractions, the antique car and tractor cruise in, will be hosted by OPW Retail Fueling this year. This event is an incredible opportunity to be a part of the Four Oaks community and to support the local community businesses.
Amber England, Four Oaks Chamber Director, encourages vendors in the area to register as soon as possible. “We are expanding our vendor area this year to feature a handmade and shopping area as well as a business expo. We feel this growth will better feature our local businesses and our artisan vendors. However, vendor registration will still be limited so please register as soon as possible.”
Vendor registration can be found on the event website at http://fouroakschamber.com/news/annual-acorn-festival/. In addition to the support of United Community Bank, the Acorn Festival is also made possible through the support of The Town of Four Oaks, the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, House-Autry Mills, HomeTowne Realty, McDonald’s of Four Oaks, Anita C Stephenson, CPA, Keene and Associates Insurance Agency, Carolina Packers, and Country Superstars 102.3.
The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is also looking for volunteers to assist with the festival day events. If you have any questions about this event or would like more information about volunteering, please contact the Chamber Office at (919) 963-4044 or email at [email protected]
The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce and HomeTowne Realty are celebrating Mrs. Misty Barrett as June’s Teachers Lead Four Oaks, Teacher of the Month recipient. Mrs. Barrett was presented with a certificate of recognition as well as a bag of gifts from many of the Chamber member businesses. The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the lasting contributions made to the Four Oaks community by our teachers.
Four Oaks Middle School leadership shared as part of the nomination process, “Mrs. Barrett seeks to know her students before she teaches them. Based on this understanding, she creates activities, lessons, and projects to help the students understand the content being taught. Mrs. Barrett goes above and beyond to take her students to business, restaurants, and other places in the community to not only show the students how to contribute within their community but to also support the local Four Oaks businesses.”
The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce and HomeTowne Realty have partnered to present Teachers Lead Four Oaks, a monthly recognition for Four Oaks teachers. Four Oaks teachers are a vital part of developing and leading our future workforce and future community leaders. The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce recognizes teachers who motivate and inspire their students through their teaching practices and their commitment to the community.
The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Johnston Health as June’s Business of the Month. Johnston Health was nominated for Business of the Month in recognition of achieving the Healthgrades 2018 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. This distinction recognizes Johnston Health among the top 15 percent of hospitals nationwide, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. “Every employee, every volunteer, every physician plays a vital role in making the patient experience outstanding,” said Chuck Elliott, CEO and president of Johnston Health. “This award truly reflects their hard work, dedication and commitment. I’m so proud of what they do every day to give our patients and families the best possible care and treatment.” The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the lasting contributions made to the Four Oaks community by Johnston Health. “Johnston Health is our Four Oaks community hospital and we are pleased to see them recognized for providing an outstanding patient experience to our citizens”, shares Amber England, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce Director.
The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Johnston Community College Small Business Center at the end of May to bring the first of three 2018 business education opportunities to our membership. Martin Brossman of Martin Brossman and Associates presented a 3 hour workshop on marketing a small business through social media. Several social media platforms were discussed including Google, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and more. Mr. Brossman then walked the participants through real work examples using our own local businesses. Feedback from the education session has been very positive.
The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is meeting it’s goal of developing local leadership through these business education sessions. Future dates will be announced soon. These education opportunities are made possible through out partnerships with Johnston Community College and sponsorship by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau.
Our next networking event will be held on Thursday, June 14th from 5:30pm-6:30pm at Four Oaks Senior Living. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the new building and speak to administration about the benefits of partnering with a Senior Living Community. There will be light refreshments and a giveaway. All participants will also be given the chance to speak briefly about their business. Everyone is welcome!
On Friday, June 1st, many Four Oaks businesses came together to celebrate the quaint small town of Four Oaks and the business community that calls it home. In a show of unity, business owners and employees wore Four Oaks Proud t-shirts, promoting many of our local businesses whose logos and business names are spotlighted on the back of the shirt. This was an opportunity for our businesses to come together to recognize and celebrate how much the Four Oaks business community has to offer. This is also an ongoing opportunity to promote our businesses as people wear their shirts throughout the year. The photos taken as part of the Four Oaks Proud initiative will also be placed into a video which will be spotlighted throughout town at Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce events. If you would like to purchase a Four Oaks Proud shirt, they are available for sale at Cleo’s Closet and More Decor or the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce for $10 each. If you would like to submit your photo to be included in the Four Oaks Proud video please submit to [email protected] by Monday, June 11th.