Business roundup: Re-employment workshops

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2011

KANNAPOLIS — The Re-employment Bridge Institute has announced that seats are available for its final free workshops to be held July 14-15 and Sept. 15-16.
More than 300 people have attended this workshop series designated as a “best practices for serving special populations in the workforce” by the U.S. Department of Labor.
To register, visit Contact Erin T. Ploplis at 704-216-7202 or for more information.
Intimidators’ Nine Innings of Networking Tuesday
KANNAPOLIS — The Kannapolis Intimidators will host Nine Innings of Networking at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The first pitch for baseball is at 7:05 p.m., but the first “pitch” for your business is up to you.
The networking event costs $15, including a reserve seat ticket and all-you-can-eat picnic in the BB&T Picnic Shelter.
To reserve tickets, call 704-932-3267.
Jenkins a Certified Insurance Counselor
Ryan S. Jenkins, a sales representative at Central Carolina Insurance Agency’s Salisbury office, has received the accredited Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.
The program offers national recognition and professional designation to those who complete five courses: Agency Management, Commercial Casualty, Commercial Property, Life and Health and Personal Lines. Each course includes 20 hours of instruction followed by an examination.
“The CIC program has become a valuable educational resource for insurance-related businesses,” said Jay Whittington, president of Central Carolina Insurance Agency. “At Central Carolina Insurance Agency, we are proud to employ people like Ryan who seek to increase their knowledge and skills, giving our firm an edge over the competition and the ability to ensure our customers’ future success.”
Rowan/Salisbury agents take real estate awards
Re/Max Leading Edge recently held its annual awards celebration for 2010. Recognized as office leaders were Jayne Helms with highest individual sales volume, Beth Bean with highest individual sales units, Karen Courtney of the Courtney Group with highest team sales units, and DeAnne Haney of the Rich/Haney Group with highest team sales volume.
Re/Max International also recognized these agents with awards: 100 percent Club Award for Bean, Courtney, and Helms, and Executive Club Award for Haney.
Re/Max Leading Edge was established in 2005, and has approximately 30 real estate professionals working in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.
Real estate group meeting Tuesday
The Rowan County Real Estate Investors and Associates meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
This month’s topic will be “Analysis of an Investment Deal” and will include several case studies. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how to analyze a potential deal to see if it is will make money or not.
The group meets at China Buffet in Salisbury at 7 p.m. 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)
The purpose of the group is to provide information regarding real estate investing in Rowan County.
Call 704-762-1117 for more information.
Snippers Salon staff attends Florida event
Cindi Stevens and staff recently attended the Premier Orlando International Beauty Event. For two days, they saw the latest techniques in scissor and razor cutting, color, updos and other trends.
Alisha Fero and Whitley Stevens also attended.
Snippers also has a new addition: Kasey Creeger Misenheimer. Snippers is at 830 Faith Road in Salisbury and can be reached at 704-431-4226.
Sleep disorder center opening in Concord
Dr. Jeannine Gingras has opened Gingras Sleep Medicine in Charlotte and Concord.
Gingras treats patients of all ages and sees patients for all sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, snoring, sleepwalking, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy and excessive daytime sleepiness.
She is double-board certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Medical Subspecialties-Sleep Medicine. She is board-certified in pediatrics, with more than 20 years of experience in that field. She is also board-certified in neonatal/perinatal medicine.
Gingras Sleep Medicine’s locations in Charlotte and Concord both include an on-site sleep lab in a comfortable, home-like setting. The practice also offers infant home apnea interpretation and home sleep testing.
To request an appointment, call 704-944-0562 or visit
Gingras Sleep Medicine is located at 6207 Park South Road, Suite 101, in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, and at 248 LePhillip Court in Concord.
Being safe on farm highlighted this month
June is National Safety Month, and Southern States, along with the National Safety Council, is on a mission to prevent unintentional injury and death awareness and asking people to adopt and maintain safe and healthy practices in the workplace, on the highway, in their homes and communities, and on the farm.
Whether it’s wearing sunscreen outdoors, developing an emergency fire evacuation plan for your home, or agreeing with your teens not to text or talk on your cell phones while driving, June is a great month to adopt new habits that can prevent death or serious injuries.
Sadly, thousands of children are injured or killed every year by hazards found on the farm. Some of these young people are helping out by doing chores on the farm, while others simply wander into trouble on their own, or worse – are allowed into hazardous areas by an otherwise responsible adult. Make youngsters aware of potential dangers and implement injury prevention plans today to protect agriculture’s greatest resource, our children. Check out the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety’s website at for tips and more information about farm safety.
Southern States is a Richmond, Va.-based farm supply and service cooperative, founded in 1923, that now has more than 300,000 farmer-members.
Carolina Farm Credit holding food drive
Carolina Farm Credit is holding a food drive at their service centers during July and August with donations going to local food banks.
The food drive is in association with the N.C. Co-Op Council’s Early Harvest food drive, which encourages cooperatives throughout the state to hold food drives that benefit their local food banks.
Members of Carolina Farm Credit and the community can make monetary or non-perishable food donations at each of the 36 service centers throughout western N.C. (Visit for a list of service center locations.)
Local donations can be made at the Salisbury office at 2810 Statesville Blvd, with donations being made to Rowan Helping Ministries.
As part of the food drive, Carolina Farm Credit employees and Board members recently collected more than $1,250 and 800 pounds of food at their annual Employee Appreciation Day held at Tanglewood Park. The donations were made to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C.
Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to farmers and agricultural-related businesses.
It has centers around the state, including Salisbury, Albemarle, Concord, Lexington and Mocksville.
Lake Norman hospital picks volunteers
MOORESVILLE — The Volunteer Auxiliary of Lake Norman Regional Medical Center has picked its summer junior volunteers to give students who are interested in a career in health care some real-life experience.
Teens from Iredell, Mecklenburg, Catawba and Lincoln counties are offered the opportunity to receive volunteer training at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Out of the 62 applications, 30 volunteers were accepted. The group is comprised of rising high school juniors and seniors.
Before starting their shadowing and volunteer responsibilities in various hospital departments, the junior volunteers completed training in hospital safety, HIPAA regulations and patient privacy. The teens are volunteering in several different departments of the hospital.
Also, the hospital’s director of human resources recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Christine F. McKenzie has been director of human resources since 2009.
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