Business roundup: Comfort Keepers' first decade

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 23, 2011

Since April 2001, families in Rowan County have experienced companionship and in-home services offered by Comfort Keepers.
“Initially, we only offered companionship and homemaking services. In 2004, we added personal care services. In 2008, we added safety choice personal emergency response systems and geriatric care management, and in 2009 we added skilled nursing services,” said Lori Eberly, owner of three area Comfort Keepers locations.
Comfort Keepers provides in-home services on an hourly, daily or weekly basis with tailored packages customized.
The need for personal caregivers throughout the United States is greater today then at any other point in history as the number of seniors in the United States expected to double to 70 million in the near future.
For more information, contact Comfort Keepers at 704-630-0370 or visit
Ed McAfee of One Property Source to be on CNBC Monday
KANNAPOLIS — Ed McAfee, president and CEO of One Property Source, is scheduled to appear on CNBC Monday at 10:45 a.m.
McAfee will be interviewed on the show “Squawk on the Street” discussing commercial and residential real estate markets in Charlotte. Two other guests reporting on different markets across the country will join him.
“It is an honor for One Property Source to be recognized by CNBC and be asked to report on the current condition of the commercial and residential markets,” McAfee said.
Home Instead annual meeting, Alzheimer’s care training
Jena Hare, co-owner and general manager of Home Instead Senior Care in Salisbury and Concord, attended the annual meeting for Home Instead Senior Care franchisees in Omaha, Neb., with employees Robin Scharding and Teresa Dakins.
They learned that sales revenues at the Salisbury/Concord offices rank in the top 15 percent of all 597 Home Instead Senior Care franchises across the United States. Hare attributes the local growth to consistent quality of care and to her company’s commitment to community service.
Home Instead Senior Care offices in Rowan and Cabarrus counties also have five recent graduates of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver training program.
The American Society on Aging has recognized Home Instead Inc. as the Small Business of the Year for its exclusive Caregiver training program designed by The George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Center.
The graduates are Brenda Clifton and Megan Hatley in Salisbury, Dawn Wilburn and Blanca Cook in Concord, and Jeff Riggs in Lexington.
Chabala speaking at real estate investors group meeting Tuesday
Rick Chabala will be guest speaker at the Rowan County Real Estate Investors and Associates meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at China Buffet.
The licensed mortgage consultant with Cunningham and Company offers mortgage services to first-time home buyers and seasoned investors alike. He will review what has happened to house values over the past five years and discuss where are they going over the next five.
The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. China Buffet is on Arlington street behind O’Charleys near Interstate 85 exit 76. Call 704-762-1117 for more information.
Copart drawing part of Relay For Life effort to raise $3,000
Robert Smith of Affordable Vehicle Towing won a drawing by Copart Inc. of China Grove that kicked off Relay For Life efforts with a goal of raising $3,000 by the end of July.
The drawing was for a ZMax package for a race in Concord. The package included many Copart items only obtainable by employees. Kenny Bernstein Racing donated items in a recyclable Relay For Life tote.
The drawing raised $340 in three weeks of selling $1 tickets.
Smith invited Jim Higgins of Higgins’ Automotive of China Grove to go to the race and enjoy the VIP experience.
Copart Inc. is an auto remarketing company. For more information, visit
Janet Ward Black speaks at ministry anniversary event
HAMPTON, Va. — Janet Ward Black, attorney and former president of the North Carolina Bar Association, spoke at the International Cooperating Ministries kickoff event as the nonprofit celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
“I saw all of the countries, and how many it would take to cover the world with churches every 25 miles, and how many they had accomplished so far. It’s the bringing of the Kingdom of God to this earth. God has breathed on this (strategy) in a way that defies description,” said Black, who was recently named a 2011 Enterprising Woman of the Year by Enterprising Women magazine and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
Several fundraising events across the country are scheduled to mark the 25th anniversary of the ministry, including major events in Newport News, Tampa, Houston and Des Moines.
Black, a Kannapolis native, is the daughter of Fran Black Holland and the late Baxter Franklin Black Jr.
Ingersoll Rand joins Earth Day celebrations with two events
DAVIDSON — Ingersoll-Rand turned Earth Day local when employees participated in a “Bloom Challenge” competition between five company buildings.
The challenge was to plant the most flower beds with 2,000 lily bulbs split among the buildings. Over time, as the flowers start to bloom, it will be easy to see who was the most successful in the challenge.
Taking place throughout April, “Protect the Earth — Green Kids Photo Contest” is designed to spread enthusiasm and awareness of Earth Day. Employees are asked to submit a photo of their child’s engagement in an activity that positively impacts the environment or community and promotes eco-friendly values. The winner will receive retailer gift cards.
“We are proud of our employees’ leadership and ongoing commitment to making our community a better place to live and work,” said Harry Owanesian, designer at Ingersoll Rand. “The ‘Green Kids Photo Contest’ is a unique way to engage employees on Earth Day and to instill those values in their children, the next generation of leadership.”
Thrivent Mutual Funds topBarron’s mixed equity list
Thrivent mutual funds were ranked No. 1 among 57 fund families for the 2010 mixed equity funds category in Lipper/Barron’s Fund Family annual survey. Thrivent funds received an overall ranking of 13 out of 57 in the Feb. 7 issue of Barron’s. Both rankings were for the year ending Dec. 31.
The survey, issued by Barron’s and Lipper, ranks investment managers in five separate categories, which are: domestic equity, world equity, mixed equity, taxable bonds and tax-exempt funds. Five Thrivent funds were included in the mixed equity category. Each fund is ranked against its respective Lipper peer group, and then asset-weighted to determine overall rankings within the broader mixed equity category.
“The Thrivent Moderate Aggressive Allocation Fund, Thrivent Moderate Allocation Fund, Thrivent Moderately Conservative Allocation Fund, Thrivent Diversified Income Plus Fund and Thrivent Balanced Fund performed very well through the volatile markets of 2010,” said Eric Brady, financial representative with Thrivent Financial in Salisbury. “Barron’s recognition of Thrivent’s investment management success and product performance is something I’m proud to share with my clients.”
Brady’s office is at 2507 Jake Alexander Blvd. S. Contact him at 704-633-0722.
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