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Business roundup: New franchise can help repair damage from fire, water

KANNAPOLIS ó When fire or water damages a property, owners have a new ally ready to aid them in their recovery efforts.
Whitney and Elizabeth Norton have opened Servpro of Kannapolis, offering a full line of fire and water cleanup and restoration services for home and business owners.
“As a new franchise, we are proud to be able to bring Servpro Industries, Inc.’s nationally recognized services to our customers,” Norton said in a press release. “I encourage home and business owners to contact us about any cleaning or restoration need they may have ó especially following a fire or water loss when emergency response is vital to protecting their assets from further damage.”
In addition to fire, water and mold cleanup and restoration services, residential and commercial customers can take advantage of Servpro of Kannapoliss cleaning services: carpets, floors, on-site dry cleaning of draperies, furniture and upholstery and ductwork systems.
In the event of a fire or water damage, Servpro of Kannapolis provides 24-hour emergency service. Under normal circumstances, a trained Servpro franchise professional can be on-site in less than four hours to provide emergency mitigation services.
Founded in 1967, Servpro Industries Inc. has more than 1,300 franchises in 48 states, and it has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
Chamber qualifies to seek honor
The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce has qualified to enter the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) 2009 Chamber of the Year competition. This is the fifth consecutive year that the local Chamber has qualified.
In both 2005 and 2006, the two years the Rowan County Chamber applied, it was named one of three finalists nationally in its dues category.
Chamber of the Year qualifiers are selected based on data collected in ACCE’s Annual Chamber Operations Survey. Chambers that meet or exceed at least four of the seven criteria for their dues category are invited to compete for the Chamber of the Year Award.
This year, the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce exceeded five of the seven criteria in the areas of Member Retention-Dollars; Ratio of Assets to Liabilities; Ratio of Assets to Expenses; Net Income and Net Assets (or Net Worth).
Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Chair of the Board Randy Welch of Duke Energy said, “Once again, we’re thrilled to be included in a group of organizations that help set the standard for non-profit organization excellence. Our sincere thanks go out to the many dedicated volunteers and staff that make this accomplishment possible.”
Woodberry among local nurses honored
A total of 103 nurses were recently honored at the 18th Annual Nursing Excellence Awards Ceremony at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
Among the local residents honored was Jennifer Woodberry. She is a registered nurse who also holds a master’s of science degree in nursing and is unit manager for the rehabilitation unit in the Sticht Center.
Wake Forest Baptist nurses were nominated for this award by their peers or managers.
The nominations were reviewed blindly by members of the Medical Center’s Professional Development Council. The award is based on how the nurse exemplifies the Medical Center’s key values: excellence, compassion, innovation, integrity and collegiality.
Also considered in the selection is their educational preparation, national certification, Medical Center involvement and involvement in the community.
Construction industry event set for Oct. 7
WINSTON-SALEM ó The accounting and advisory firm of Dixon Hughes PLLC has announced that Oct. 7 will be the date for its 2009 construction industry event.
Speakers and industry thought leaders will offer insight into today’s construction marketplace and current environment and provide discussion on leadership trends in construction strategy, planning and execution for 2009 and beyond.
The multi-state Construction Executive Conference is an invitation only event, presented by the Construction Services Group of Dixon Hughes. It is geared toward industry executives.
The conference is held at the Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines.
In addition to featured speakers, the event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will offer executive-level briefings on issues facing the industry and the Carolinas construction market.
Submit information about new businesses, honors and management promotions to bizbriefs@salisburypost.com. Include a daytime phone number.

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