Business Roundup: Cauble Creek Vineyard part of Goodness Grows in North Carolina

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cauble Creek Vineyard has been accepted as a member of the Goodness Grows in North Carolina program.
With more than 2,800 members, the program promotes North Carolina’s large abundance of agriculture products. Participants are denoted with the Goodness Grows in North Carolina logo.
Cauble Creek Vineyard LLC is an estate vineyard in Salisbury specializing in muscadine wine and local goods. Located on 36 acres in western Rowan County, Cauble Creek Vineyard produces a variety of wines and offers other products made in North Carolina.
During September and October, visitors can pick their own grapes.
Cauble Creek Vineyard is located at 700 Cauble Farm Road. The tasting room and retail center are open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Visit for more information.DeBetta joins Home InsteadMichael DeBetta of Rockwell has joined Home Instead Senior Care, 1839 Jake Alexander Blvd., Suite A, as community service representative.
He will be responsible for creating and building relationships with businesses and local citizens to raise awareness about Home Instead Senior Care and senior services in general.
He will be involved in community events, such as Home Instead’s “Be A Santa to a Senior” program and Operation Medicine Cabinet. He will also be available to talk with assisted living residents and staffs at nursing homes, retirement communities, physicians’ offices and churches about issues affecting seniors, such as identity theft, options for care, healthy living and other relevant topics.
“I am so glad to be a part of such a compassionate group of individuals at Home Instead Senior Care. I really feel it is the right fit for me. Thankfully, I have been connected with a team who share my same passion for the seniors in our community, and who also thrives on making a difference in the lives of the growing senior population.”
DeBetta was earlier employed with Trader Joe’s, and Hilly Billy Produce Market while attending college.
The Charlotte native has a degree in communication from UNC-Charlotte, where he was Health Communication Club president
Call 704-636-2010 or email Mona Knight is customer service manager at Home Instead Senior Care.Merchants backing $20 on 20th eventSALISBURY – The Salisbury Downtown Merchants Association will sponsor a $20 on the 20th event this week.
The association, newly formed this year, is encouraging Rowan County shoppers to spend $20 at a local business on Thursday, Sept. 20.
Many downtown businesses will offer a $20 deal on something that would usually cost more. “We want to get people to come downtown and get to know it a little better,” said Toby Hagmaier, owner of Southern Spirit Gallery.Help nourish seniors in Hunger Action MonthAt least one in seven seniors is at-risk of going hungry due to the inability to obtain sufficient food for their household or having to choose between food and medical care, according to Feeding America. During September, Hunger Action Month, Comfort Keepers in Rowan County is asking the community to make food donations to the Feed Seniors Now food drive.
“Hunger Action Month is in September, but seniors go hungry all year,” said Lori Eberly, owner of the local Comfort Keepers franchise. “We cannot fight every factor affecting hunger, but we can start here in our community by creating awareness about the issue and helping family members become more aware of the signs of hunger and malnutrition.”
Comfort Keepers system has launched a nationwide campaign to create awareness of the importance of a healthy diet for those 65 and over.
Comfort Keepers of Salisbury is collecting food during the month at 512 Klumac Rd, Suite 2. , 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Anyone making a donation will be entered to win a $50 gift card.
For more information, visit or call 704-630-0370.Chamber leads group on trip to WashingtonSeveral Rowan County business leaders returned from the nation’s capital Sept. 11 after a three-day trip sponsored by the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. The focal point for the annual excursion to Washington, D. C., was to share with elected officials concerns of the Rowan County business community.
Tim Norris (Healthcare Management Consultants), Federal & State Affairs Committee Chair, said, “The trip this year was very productive. We had some positive discussions with our elected officials and feel they listened to our concerns.”
The “North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit,” as it has come to be known, is organized by members of the North Carolina Congressional delegation.
Sen. Kay Hagan and Reps. Virginia Foxx and Larry Kissell were involved in meetings.
Members of the Rowan County delegation were Alan and Joy King (Creative Teaching Aids), Chris Norris (North Hills Christian School), Tim Norris (Healthcare Management Consultants) and Bob Wright (Rowan County Chamber of Commerce President).China Grove resident joins Tastefully SimpleCHINA GROVE – Linda Hyman of China Grove has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company.
Tastefully Simple’s products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.
For more information, contact Linda Hyman at holding open houseDr. Lorin S. Oden, board certified audiologist with Hearing Lifestyles, is hosting an open house Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hearing aid experts Jennifer Pack and Insook Lim will discuss ways to overcome hearing loss and demonstrate the latest in technology. Free hearing screenings and demonstrations of hearing aid technology will be offered.
Hearing Lifestyles is at 464 Jake Alexander Blvd. W. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call to schedule at 704-633-0023.Dave Ramsey simulcast Sept. 21 at Event CenterNationally syndicated radio talk show host and New York Times best-selling author, Dave Ramsey, will teach companies how to take their businesses to the next level in a live simulcast shown at Cornerstone Church’s The Event Center on Friday, Sept. 21.
The event is from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. EntreLeadership One Day gives small business owners tips on how to set goals, manage time, hire qualified employees, delegate responsibilities, compensate employees accordingly, and other things vital to running a successful business.
The Event Center is located at 315 Webb Road. Contact Kristen Zapata at 704-855-1218 for more information or to register.EnergyUnited’s Bright Ideas applications dueSTATESVILLE – Time is running out for teachers to apply for grants of up to $2,000 from EnergyUnited’s Bright Ideas education grant program. Educators with ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by Sept. 21. The application, grant-writing tips and more information is at
“Since 1994, the Bright Ideas program has provided more than $7.9 million for 7,700 projects benefitting more than 1.4 million students in North Carolina,” said H. Wayne Wilkins, EnergyUnited chief executive officer. “We are committed to local communities, and we believe there’s no better way to contribute than by investing in the education of our youth.”
Grants will be awarded in December. Last year, EnergyUnited awarded more than $40,000.Three celebrated at insurance agencyCentral Carolina Insurance is celebrating three anniversaries this week with a total of 65 years of service at the agency.
Rita Leazer and Linda Fairley have each been with the agency for 25 years and Danette Walker has been there for 15 years.
The agency is planning a special party for these women at Pinocchio’s Restaurant in Spencer to mark these milestones on Wednesday evening.
Walker joined the agency in 1997 as bookkeeper and computer system administrator. She is married to Roger Walker and has three children: Daniel, Maria and Kelsey. She also has three grandchildren: Dylan, Layluh, and Hayla.
Leazer joined the former Riley-Clay-Turner Insurance Agency in 1987. She is a commercial account manager in the Salisbury office and also worked in the Mooresville office for more than 14 years. She and Terry, her husband of 42 years, have a daughter, Elizabeth, who lives outside Atlanta.
Fairley has been in the insurance industry for 38 years and with the agency 25 years. She is the receptionist and also serves as the backup for the claims department. She holds the CPIW (Certified Public Insurance Woman) designation. She has a degree in mathematics from Catawba College. She is very active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving on the Troop Committee for Troop 401 and has helped with the Friends of Scouting annual fundraiser. She is the head of the Altar Society for the month of August at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She is married to Norden Fairley and has a son H. N. IV.Bitzer at marketing group meetingDr. Michael Bitzer of Catawba College will speak on campaign marketing to the Salisbury Sales and Marketing Executive Association on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Salisbury.
Cost is $25 for nonmembers.Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer, has hired Marcus Spurrell as senior vice president digital, a newly created role. He will direct all the company’s digital initiatives, including implementation of a global digital strategy.
Pierre-Olivier Beckers, president and CEO of Delhaize Group, said: “Marcus brings us a wealth of experience in the digital area. He will provide leadership in establishing Delhaize Group as a best-in-class food retailer.”
Spurrell had earlier worked for adidas and Reebok International.Ward Black Law a ‘Family-Friendly 50′ firmThe Greensboro law firm of Ward Black Law has been named for the second consecutive year as a “Family-Friendly 50” company for 2012.
The owner of the firm, Janet Ward Black, is a native of Kannapolis. She is the daughter of Baxter Franklin Black Jr. and Fran Black Holland.Freightliner’s vehicle No. 500,000 in Mt. HollyFreightliner Trucks announced production of its 500,000thvehicle at its Mount Holly plant this past week. The keys to the truck – a Freightliner Business Class M2 106 with a utility body – were turned over to Duke Energy officials.
With approximately 1,550 employees, the Mount Holly plant has produced the M2 line since its introduction in 2002.
The plant also manufactures the Freightliner Severe Duty product line.
“Reaching the 500,000- truck mark is a significant milestone that couldn’t have been reached without the employees’ diligent efforts to meet and exceed customer expectations,” said Mark Hernandez, plant manager for the Mount Holly Truck Manufacturing Plant.
Opened in 1979, the Mount Holly Truck Plant originally produced long-haul heavy-duty Freightliner trucks.
The plant underwent a major renovation and expansion in 2002 to ready the plant for the M2.
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