Business roundup: Hospital gets Komen grant

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 28, 2012

SALISBURY — Rowan Regional Medical Center has been named a 2012 Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant recipient. As a two-time recipient, the Rowan Breast Health Center has been awarded a $60,000 grant to provide education, mammograms, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy to low-income, underinsured and uninsured women. We estimate as many as 100 women will benefit from this generous grant.
Rowan Regional opened the new Breast Health Center in May of 2011. The Rowan Breast Health Center is leading the fight against breast cancer using latest technology and a team of specialized experts including mammography technologists and radiologists who are board-certified and nationally accredited in mammography.
Jill McNeely serves as the nurse navigator for the breast health center. Nurse navigators, as part of a multidisciplinary team, are specially trained to educate and support patients and their families throughout their breast cancer treatment.
“As a breast health navigator, one of the biggest challenges I face on a weekly basis is the lack of funding for screening and diagnostic mammography,” she said. “When choosing between feeding your children or grandchildren and having a screening mammography there is no choice. This grant will eliminate that decision for many women. We are excited to partner with Susan G. Komen for the Cure — Charlotte Affiliate — to provide breast health education, screening and diagnostic tests for the women of Rowan County.”
Massage therapy business opens
SALISBURY — Christie Woodin has opened a massage therapy business at 1121 Old Concord Road.
Simply You Massage Therapy caters to women of all ages, offering certified prenatal, postpartum and infant massages, as well as Swedish, deep tissue and chair massage.
Woodin graduated from the Therapeutic Massage Training Institute of Charlotte in April 2011. Hours are by appointment only. Call 704-640-6201.
Free Kindle part of Better Hearing Month
Miracle-Ear in Salisbury will give away a Kindle Fire with all qualifying hearing aid purchases during May, which is Better Hearing and Speech Month.
The annual awareness campaign is sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
“We hope that our Kindle Fire offer will encourage Salisbury residents to discover if they could benefit from a hearing aid by coming in for a free hearing test during May,” said Dave Whipkey, owner of Miracle-Ear of Salisbury.
Visit or call Whipkey at 704-637-2948.
Sponsors sought for golf tourney
CHINA GROVE — Businesses are encouraged to sponsor the first Carson High School Bands Golf Tournament, set for May 12 at McCanless Golf Club in Salisbury.
Sponsorships range from $10 to $100. Businesses can sponsor a hole or a cart or become an Orange, Blue or White sponsor to be publicly recognized with a promotional display at the tournament.
Tournament entry fee is $45 per person, which includes greens fees, cart, hot dogs and a drink.
For more information, email elainebarton5@gmail. com or call Elaine Barton at 704-209-1073.
Rae a new certified public accountant
SALISBURY — Sherry Bennett Rae is a new certified public accountant, according to the N.C. Board of CPA Examiners.
On April 24, the board approved 87 applicants for licensure as CPAs.
Applicants had to pass the Uniform CPA Examination and satisfy the work experience, education and moral character requirements of the board. North Carolina has more than 19,000 CPAs.
May deadline for Leadership Rowan
Completed applications for Leadership Rowan must be received by the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce by May 15 to be considered.
Tuition for the program is $700 for Chamber members and $750 for nonmembers and is due July 31. Visit or call 704-633-4221 for more information.
Marketing agency among tops in the region
SALISBURY — For three years running, Miller Davis Agency has been ranked among the top marketing agencies by the Charlotte Business Journal. The Salisbury-based marketing and advertising agency is ranked seventh on the list.
The rankings were included in the Charlotte Business Journals Book of List, which includes hundreds of the hottest area companies in their fields.
“We’re proud to be ranked among the top agencies in the area. It’s an honor to be recognized in the marketing and advertising arena,” said Mike Miller, president of Miller Davis Agency.
Miller Davis Agency is a full-scale marketing and advertising agency that was established in 2002.
Hoffner, Sloop can help taxpayers with IRS
Saundra M. Hoffner and Brandi L. Sloop of Affordable Tax & Accounting Services have passed all three parts of the Special Enrollment Exam and are now Enrolled Agents.
This allows them to represent taxpayers before the IRS.
As enrolled agents, they have demonstrated tax law competency and proficiency on the finer points of taxation.
Affordable Tax & Accounting, 918 Rowan Ave., now has three enrolled agents. Visit or call 704-633-9489.
R3 Center offers programs for unemployed, under-employed
KANNAPOLIS — The R3 Center is offering numerous career development workshops and resumé clinics in May for adults in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. All of the programs are provided free-of-charge.
In May, the R3 Center will have several new workshops designed to allow people to reinvent their job search and begin career exploration.
“ ‘The POWER in Career Choice’ will be held at 6 p.m. on May 1. In this workshop, clients will learn about the main areas of employment in the energy industry,” said Keri Allman, director of the R3 Center. “You will also learn about the types of workers best suited for energy-related careers and how to determine if these areas are a good career fit for you.”
The workshop will feature R3 career staff and global energy technology (ET) visionary, Matt Sadinsky, CEO of PReP Intl (Prequalified Ready Employees for Power Intl) and cofounder of SOS Intl (System Operations Success Intl).
Additionally, the “Five Career Lessons from the Movie ‘Grease’ ” will be held at 6 p.m. on May 22. In this interactive workshop, your favorite characters from Rydell High will inspire a fresh look at your work search and career options.
Located at 200 West Ave., in Kannapolis, the R3 Center is a career development center established by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to assist displaced workers, those who are unemployed or under-employed.
The R3 Center encourages clients to call 704-216-7201 in advance to reserve a place.
New Client Launch — 9 a.m., May 4, 14 and 18 ; 11 a.m. on May 2, 16 and 30; 2 p.m. on May 1 and 29; and 6 p.m., May 14, 15, and 29. New Client Launch is an orientation workshop for persons who have never attended an R3 Center workshop or taken advantage of its other services.
The calendar also includes the following workshops:
• Identifying Your Career Options —– 9 a.m. on May 7 and 2 p.m. on May 24;
• Interview Techniques — 9 a.m. on May 10 and 6 p.m. on May 21;
• It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who You Meet — 9 a.m. on May 25;
• Stand Out from the Competition — 9 a.m. on May 22 and 6 p.m. on May 7;
• Looking for Work at 50+ — 9 a.m. on May 24 and 6 p.m. on May 8;
• Looking for Work with a Criminal Record — 11 a.m. on May 9;
• Letter Writing for the Job Seeker — 9 a.m. on May 21;
• Online Job Hunting — 9 a.m. on May 23.
The R3 Center also will offer multiple resumé clinics to help job searchers improve their current resumé[0x08] or create a new one from start to finish. Call to reserve a seat.
The resumé clinics are scheduled for:
• 9 a.m. on May 3, 15 and 31;
• 11 a.m. on May 21; and
• 2 p.m. on May 9.
The R3 Center helps adult workers assess their skills, aptitudes, training and academic credentials, and future career interests to develop an action plan for career growth. All R3 Center services are provided free of charge. The center’s normal office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The R3 Center partners with other workforce development agencies, including the Centralina Workforce Development Board, JobLink Career Centers of Cabarrus and Rowan counties, N.C. Employment Security Commission and other area community colleges.
For more information about the R3 Center and its services and programs, please call 704-216-7201, or visit the center’s website at
VantageSouth top SBA lender in state through February
RALEIGH — VantageSouth has been ranked as the No. 1 SBA (Small Business Administration) lender in the state by the SBA. The numbers, which were released in a report by the North Carolina SBA District Office in Charlotte, are as of the end of February.
According to the report, VantageSouth’s SBA lending volume production exceeded that of other community banks and larger banks in the state through the first five months of the SBA’s fiscal year.
SBA lending is a guarantee loan program aimed to help start-up and existing small businesses, and it is designed for credit-worthy borrowers who may have difficulty getting access to financing at reasonable terms.
There are five VantageSouth branches statewide. The SBA department is based out of the VantageSouth branch on East Innes Street in Salisbury, with its lending professionals operating across the state. Piedmont Community Bank Holdings Inc. is the majority shareholder of VantageSouth.
Magic Mart’s $3,149 goes to Shamrocks Against Dystrophy
SALISBURY — The Salisbury Magic Mart and its customers came together to raise $3,149 during the recent Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign.
Twenty-one Magic Mart locations in four states raised a total of $42,742 to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s research and services programs.
Funds raised by the Salisbury Magic Mart will help local individuals and families affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases. The fundraiser helps to support the MDA’s work and a national network of more than 200 clinics.
It also pays to send thousands of children to MDA sumer camp.
“Magic Mart continues to come through in support of the MDA and muscle disease in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky,” said Roanoke, Va. fundraising coordinator Leslie Bauguss.
Deon Lester manages the Salisbury store.
Horton recognized for 45 years with EnergyUnited
STATESVILLE — Jimmy R. Horton, a member of the EnergyUnited board of directors, has recently been recognized for 45 years of service to the electric cooperative.
Horton served on the board at Crescent Electric Membership Corporation beginning in 1966 and has been a member of EnergyUnited’s board of directors since it was formed by the consolidation of Crescent and Davidson EMCs in 1998. Horton served as president of the EnergyUnited board of directors from 1999-2011 and currently represents the cooperative’s third district. Salisbury is his hometown.
The commendable service awards were presented at the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting on April 19.
Submit information about new businesses, honors and management promotions to Include a daytime phone number.