Business roundup: Auction for kidney foundation

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ in downtown Salisbury and Mikoz Designs are partnering to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation with a silent auction from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The event will include original artwork and accessories by Mikoz Designs as well as donated items, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina.
Tamiko Patterson, owner of Mikoz Designs, is a kidney transplant recipient and mother of five. Mikoz Designs offers distinctive handmade paintings, decorative pillows, mirrors, floral arrangements, handbags, scarves and more.
“Tamiko is living proof that life after transplant can be all that you ever imagined and more,” said Debbie Evans, owner of A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’. “Her unique journey has given her a perspective on life that is evident in every piece she creates and should give hope to others who are challenged by kidney disease on every level.”
Light refreshments will be served. Normal business hours at the boutique are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Visit online at www.alittlesumthinsumthin. com or call 704-245-6461.
Mooresville company to start mobile drug testing service
MOORESVILLE — Jeff Goddard recently opened Mobile Drug Testing of Charlotte under the umbrella of the Utah-based Mobile Drug Testing, also known as MD Testing.
Drug testing has proven effective to both workplace safety and employee retention; however, it has been cumbersome, time consuming and expensive. MD Testing makes testing more convenient, time saving and cost effective. By working with businesses, drug testing programs can be customized to fit needs. Help with setting a drug testing policy to comply with state laws is available.
The service that comes to their client’s locations 24 hours a day to perform the tests.
Visit or call 704-239-5553 for a consultation.
Stogner new clinical client care coordinator at Comfort Keepers
Lorie Stogner has been named clinical client care coordinator at Comfort Keepers.
She has 18 years of experience in long term and community based care. She has worked for Rowan Regional Medical Center as a Hospice case manager, community alternatives program case manager and supervisor, and nursing supervisor for the hospital’s in-home aide service.
She will conduct client assessments, create and update the client plan of care and conduct caregiver training, supervisory visits, client assessments and quarterly client reviews.
Comfort Keepers, owned by Lori Eberly, also has moved to a larger location at 512 Klumac Rd, Suite 2.
Comfort Keepers provides in-home services including companionship, meal preparation, housekeeping, grocery shopping, transportation, laundry and more.
For more information, visit
GCS names vice presidentof business development
Salisbury-based GCS (Global Contact Services) has named Joe Meehan of Peoria, Ariz., as vice president of business development.
He will serve as a lead sales representative for GCS, according to Greg Alcorn, CEO. He is responsible for new business development. Meehan has more than 20 years experience in the call center industry.
First Bancorp sets dividend at 8 cents per share
TROY — The board of directors of First Bancorp, the parent company of First Bank, has declared a cash dividend on its common stock of 8 cents per share payable July 25 to shareholders of record as of June 30.
The dividend rate is the same as the comparable period of 2010.
First Bancorp has total assets of approximately $3.4 billion.
Hospital names two new members to advisory board
CONCORD — Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast has added Britt Leatherman and Dr. Katherine “Kelly” Propst as new members to its Northern Group Advisory Board.
The board advises Carolinas HealthCare System regarding the mission, quality and service needs of the communities served by the Northern Group both now and in the future. Terms for appointed members are for three years.
Leatherman, who serves as a community leader and professional working within the financial services industry at ING, has more than 18 years of experience in sales, sales management, operations management and executive leadership. He is chairman of the board for the NorthEast Foundation.
Propst has been employed by the Cabarrus County School System for the past 26 years and now serves as assistant superintendent. She is responsible for accountability, student information systems and technology programs for the school system. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Wingate University where she teaches a doctoral course on organizational change and development.
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