SALISBURY — Rufty’s Chrismon Shop, a division of Piedmont Floral Galleries, will host an open house Saturday to promote the release of three newly copyrighted booklets for 2013.
The public is invited from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the shop at 280 Furniture Drive. To get there from Salisbury, take Interstate 85 to the Peeler Road exit. Drive past the Wilco truck stop and turn left on Furniture Drive.
The booklets provide the instructions for three new Christian Symbol Kits, which have been under development for nearly seven months. The kits are the most recent additions to a collection of 43 multi-pattern kits offered by Rufty’s Chrismon Shop.
During the open house, Rufty’s and Piedmont Floral will hold question and answer sessions at 10 a.m. and noon. Also that day, Piedmont Floral Galleries will offer a customer appreciation sale.
All kits will be available for purchase. In addition to the multi-pattern kits, Rufty’s offers more than 150 single-pattern kits. The open house will include door prizes and light refreshments.
Second Good Stuff location in Salisbury
SALISBURY — The owner of Good Stuff 5 and 10 in Spencer has opened a second location in downtown Salisbury.
Good Stuff on Main is located at 220 S. Main St. in the former Lasting Impressions bridal shop and sells new and used clothing, furniture, toys, medical equipment, kitchenware, home decor, sporting goods and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Owner Lisa Weaver said she looks forward to participating in downtown Night Out and other city events.
Leadership Rowan class graduates
SALISBURY — Leadership Rowan, sponsored by the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, has graduated its 21st class.
Twenty area residents received plaques and other recognition at a banquet held at the Country Club of Salisbury. New chamber President Elaine Spalding spoke at the event, and Leadership Rowan Steering Committee Chair Jeff Jones of Delhaize America and Food Lion served as master of ceremonies.
“We’re once again very pleased with the caliber of people who’ve been able to experience Leadership Rowan and look forward to their continued and expanded involvement in Rowan County leadership positions,” Jones said.
Graduates are Davedda Smith and Judy Pennington (Hefner VA Medical Center), Leigh Ellington (Sharp Transit), Theo Wilkerson (BB&T Bank), Milena Sifuentes (city of Salisbury), Tricia Staggers and Natasha Lipscomb (Rowan-Cabarrus Community College), Alisha Byrd, (city of Salisbury), Marla Rayfield (CommunityOne Bank), Eddie Smith (Habitat for Humanity), Nathan Currie (Rowan-Salisbury School System), Dustin Wilson (Chick-Fil-A), Keona Simon-Kabore (Rowan Helping Ministries), Michael DeBetta (Home Instead Senior Care), Anthony Girelli (Walser Technology Group), Keith Garbrick (Pease Engineering and Architecture), Rory Collins (Salisbury Police Department), Nick Means (F&M Bank), Donnie Cauley (Food Lion), Mike Walsh (Trinity Oaks) and Tiffany Largie (Paper Trail Solutions).
Diversified Graphics president in article
The current issue of My Business, a national magazine published by the National Federation of Independent Business, contains an article titled “Paper Plunge.”
The article highlights the tremendous amount of paperwork necessary to operate a small business in the United States. Featured in that article was local businessman, Frank Goodnight, president of Diversified Graphics Inc. in Salisbury.
The article points out that businesses and citizens spend 8.2 billion hours and $320 billion annually to satisfy up to 8,000 requests for paperwork from just the federal government per year.
Regarding the large amount of paperwork, Goodnight said, “Unfortunately, we’ve all become jaded because it is just what you have to go through to do business.”
His firm spends 21 hours a year just on state sales tax forms. This does not even come close to the time required for the additional 60 forms required by the local, state and federal governments. Small business firms of under 20 employees will spend an average of $1,584 per employee in complying with form requirements. This equates to $74 per hour, according to NFIB data.
Goodnight has served on the board of NFIB North Carolina for 16 years and was nominated to attend three White House Small Business Conferences. He has also served as chairman of that board and now serves on the NFIB/NC Pac Committee in Raleigh. After 39 years in business, he has seen the required paperwork increase 50 fold.
“It is almost enough to make any small business owner throw up their hands in defeat,” he said.
“This issue runs deep and is not likely to be solved anytime soon. The problem has grown over the years,” Goodnight said, “and it will take years to solve.”
Dream Weaver School of Real Estate now on Keller Williams team
Dream Weaver School of Real Estate has become part of the Keller Williams Concord/Kannapolis support team.
Salisbury-based Dream Weaver has been providing continuing education service to local Realtors since 2005. It is owned and operated by Staci Maher.
Beginning this fall, Dream Weaver will be offering pre-licensing and post-licensing real estate classes. Classes will be held in the conference facility at the Keller Williams Concord/Kannapolis campus, 6001 Gateway Center Drive in Kannapolis.
Judy Simmons is team leader at Keller Williams Concord/Kannapolis.
Upcoming classes and schedules are available at www.dwsore.com or by contacting Maher at 704-906-7207.
Food Lion, Children’s Miracle Network start summer campaign
SALISBURY — Food Lion has kicked off its Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s Miracle Summer Balloon Campaign to support local children and their families receiving medical care from 27 children’s hospitals throughout the Southeast.
The three-week campaign allows customers to donate $1 at the register in exchange for a Miracle Balloon or bracelet to support the campaign.
Food Lion stores help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide life-saving services and support to more than 17 million children each year, according to Sherrii Webb, Food Lion’s community relations manager.
“What we can accomplish together with our customers is far more powerful than what any single person can do alone,” Webb said.
The summer campaign ends June 26. Food Lion has supported CMN Hospitals since 1991 and has raised more than $45 million.
Donations fund research and supplement medical care to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries.
CommunityOne names new treasury management director
CHARLOTTE — CommunityOne Bank has named Eric Edgison as director of treasury management.
“We understand the importance our commercial clients place on having a banking partner through all phases of their cash flow cycle,” said Greg Heaton, commercial banking executive for CommunityOne. “The addition of Eric is another step toward our goal of providing the best commercial client experience in our markets.”
Edgison, a Mecklenburg County resident, joins the bank with more than 17 years of treasury management experience.
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