Business Roundup: Put your best sales or marketing idea up for contest

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Salisbury Sales and Marketing Executive Association is holding a competition for the best sales or marketing idea.
Entry fee is $25, and that includes dinner and beverages at the Country Club of Salisbury at the meeting Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. You could win $100 in cash or $1,000 in advertising from and a 2012 SSMEA membership.
Reservations are required. Call Joan Palmer at 704-633-1317 or email
The open invitation is to the monthly meeting and applicants for the Marketing Idea Award each month. The Salisbury Sales Executive Club was formed in 1951 and later expanded to include marketing professionals, when the name changed to SSMEA. Its mission is to unite professionals for the distinct purpose of improving techniques in sales and marketing management.
New website for Ocean Sweeping Services parking lot cleaners
FAITH — Mario and Jody Cuellar, owners of Ocean Sweeping Services, have new website: for the parking lot cleaning service.
The Cuellars have been in business for more than seven years, cleaning small to medium size businesses within a 50 mile radius of Salisbury. Restaurants, churches, apartments, and medical offices can benefit from their professional attention. Call 704-232-9053 for more information.
Almost strawberry time againat Carrigan Farms on NC 150
Mooresville — Carrigan Farms plans to open its 6-acre strawberry patch on N.C.150 on April 21 with fresh berries, ripe for the picking. A milder than average winter and spring have made for a bumper crop in 2012.
With 36 years of consecutive strawberry seasons under his belt, farmer Doug Carrigan knows a thing or two about what customers want.
“It’s a great family activity,” Carrigan said in a news release. “The berries are fresh, local, and you get to pick them by hand. Kids and kids at heart love coming to the strawberry patch.”
In addition to fresh strawberries available from the end of April to the end of May, Carrigan’s also has fresh asparagus for sale beginning in April, sugar snap peas in mid-May, and heirloom leaf lettuce throughout April and May. Open 8 a.m.– 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Visit for details.
Southern States employee has ‘Certified FeedMaster’ training
Dennis Mosteller, store sales representative, has attended a three-day training program designed to qualify employees as “Certified FeedMaster Specialists” for Southern States Cooperative Inc.
The training program is designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees involved in advising the co-op’s customers on issues related to feeding various types of animals.
Rusher to speak at real estate investors meeting
Mike Rusher, owner/broker of 1st Cooperative Realty, will speak at the Rowan Real Estate Investors and Associates meeting Tuesday.
Rusher has been involved in real estate as a broker for more than 25 years and member of the Salisbury/Rowan Association of Realtors. He has been president of the association three times.
He will give an overview of the Salisbury and Rowan markets. He will describe which homes are selling and which are not, in terms of price.
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).
Sports Medicine and Injury Center athletic trainers award
Concord — The Sports Medicine and Injury Center of Concord has been awarded the corporate service award from the N.C. Athletic Trainers Association.
The Center’s physicians provide sideline and event coverage in the Cabarrus County and Kannapolis School systems, for Catawba College, at North Carolinas high school state championships and at professional and Olympic venues.
The Sports Medicine and Injury Center is at 5651 Poplar Tent Road in Concord, and is a division of Cabarrus Family Medicine and Carolinas HealthCare System.
Statesville dentist treats obstructive sleep apnea
Statesville — Dr. James W. Apgar, a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, is offering an alternative treatment for people suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which affects approximately 18 million Americans.
The disorder causes people to stop breathing for 10 to 30 seconds, sometimes for one minute or longer, hundreds of times a night.
Apgar practices dental sleep medicine, which is the management of sleep-related breathing disorders with oral appliance therapy and upper airway surgery.
“Scientific studies have shown that approximately 25 percent to 50 percent of patients with OSA are unable to comply with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), the standard treatment therapy, or do not tolerate it, leaving a large number of OSA patients that dentists can help,” Apgar said in a news release.
Customized selection, fabrication and fitting of specially designed oral devices, worn during sleep, reposition the lower jaw and tongue to maintain a more open upper airway. Oral appliances look similar to mouth guards and maintain unobstructed breathing.
The Kinzey Company, PR firm join forces
The Kinzey Company, headquartered in Salisbury, has entered into a strategic network relationship with Tala PR, which is based in Oxfordshire, U.K.
Tala focuses on stakeholder communications, event management and crisis and issues management. The Kinzey Company will be the liaison for Tala’s clients in the United States. Tala’s largest international client, red24, a firm in the U.K. that provides crisis management support as well as assistance and response services within business travel, kidnap for ransom, maritime security, food safety, food and non-food product recall and ID theft assistance.
Senior living community donates to veterans
CONCORD — Crescent Heights independent senior living community at 240 Branchview Dr. NE made a $1,675 donation to Outward Bound for Veterans.
The gift was part of parent company Holiday Retirement’s national fundraising effort. Holiday Retirement and its 278 U.S. independent senior living communities donated $1.2 million through a three-month campaign.
Outward Bound for Veterans helps returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home by providing wilderness trips, which encourage healing and help rebuild confidence.
Holiday Retirement’s donation will fund trips for 600 military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
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