Business roundup: Lawmakers will speak at Chamber of Commerce breakfast gathering

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 16, 2009

The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative issues breakfast is 7:15 a.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn.
The program begins at 7:45 a.m.
Sen. Andrew Brock, Rep. Lorene Coates and Rep. Fred Steen will each have five minutes to present legislative issues they feel are important to the business community. They will also take questions from the audience.
Reservations are required by Tuesday. Call 704-633-4221 or e-mail Cost is $15 per person.
IHOP free pancakes Feb. 24
IHOP has set a goal of raising $1 million for children’s hospitals and charities across the country with their fourth National Pancake Day on Feb. 24. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., IHOP restaurants will offer their guests a free short stack (three pancakes), and in return, ask guests to donate what they would have paid for the pancakes, or more, to children’s hospitals and other local charities.
Miracle Balloons also will be sold for $1 each. They will be personalized and displayed at IHOP restaurants from Feb. 1-24 to show support of Children’s Miracle Network.
Women’s executive group forming
Cathy Green, chief operating officer of Food Lion, will be on a panel discussion at the launch of a Carolinas chapter of the Network of Executive Women on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The luncheon at the Omni Hotel in Charlotte, 132 E. Trade St., will add a chapter to the national organization whose mission is to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer packaged foods industries.
More than 300 executives in the retail and consumer packaged foods industries in the Carolinas are expected to attend. Author and speaker Fawn Germer will lead a panel discussion featuring Green; Bobbie O’Hare of Johnson O’Hare Co., Regenia Stein of Kraft Foods and Tracy VanBibber of Dial Corp. The panel discussion, titled “Straight Talk From the Top,” will focus on key messages in Germer’s book “The NEW Woman Rules,” which includes interviews with 50 of America’s most powerful women in retail.
“With the large number of companies in the Carolinas in the grocery retailers and consumer packaged foods industry, we are excited to be launching a NEW chapter to serve this region,” Green said. “We look forward to partnering with companies in the region as we work together to advance women in the industry. We also are very excited to be a resource for the many talented women in the region.”
The event is open to women and men. To register, go to and click on the calendar section. The fee is $50 and space is limited.
Green is on the advisory board for the Carolinas chapter, and Tammy DeBoer and Denise Hill of Food Lion are listed as co-chairs.
Power Curbers honors two
Power Curbers Inc. honored Richard Miller and David Midgley as the recipients of the 2008 Richard D. Messinger Commitment Award.
The winners were nominated and chosen by an employee panel.
Each year the company honors two with the award for commitment to customers and co-workers, positive attitude, attendance and willingness to go beyond expectations.
Each received $1,000, a pin and a certificate. The award is named for the late Richard Messinger, who was chairman of the board of Power Curbers.
Miller, a Churchland resident, has been with Power Curbers three years and works on the resource team. Midgley, a Granite Quarry resident has been with Power Curbers three years. As international sales manager, he has responsibility for sales and dealer development in Asia, Africa, Australia and South America. He and his wife, Lois, have two grown sons, Jonathan and James. The Midgleys attend First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury.
Associates recognized for service included Wayne Irby, 20 years; Craig Neuhardt, 15 years; Karl Benz and Terry Duncan, 10 years; and Randy Chandler, five years.
Curves of Rockwell invites group
ROCKWELL ó Curves of Rockwell is inviting members of the Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program, an exercise program designed for older adults, to join Curves of Rockwell at no cost.
Owner Dr. Elizabeth Deterding said, “As you age, your risks for debilitating disease increase, and being overweight or obese significantly adds to that risk. At Curves of Rockwell, we have programs that help women of all ages do the three most significant things they can do to decrease their risks ó manage their weight, exercise regularly and eat healthfully.”
For more information, call Jaymie Deterding at 704-279-4936.
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