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Business roundup: Rockwell resident gets $10,000 from Food Lion sweepstakes

ROCKWELL – Karen Griffin goes to the Rockwell Food Lion often to shop for groceries. But on Wednesday, Food Lion presented her with a $10,000 check, making her the first prize winner in the grocer’s Kitchen Makeover Sweepstakes.
“I just feel so blessed,” Griffin said during the presentation. “I am very thankful to Food Lion for this.”
The presentation was held at the store at 968 Main St. on N.C. 52 in Rockwell. Customers and employees gathered at the front of the store to help Griffin celebrate.
“I have never won anything this big,” she said. “When I was first contacted that I was the first prize winner, I just didn’t believe it. Let’s just say it was very hard for me to sleep that night.”
Griffin plans to use the cash for car repairs and home remodeling.
Food Lion presented a $25,000 grand prize on Wednesday to Lisa Roberts of Shelby. Roberts plans to use some of the money to purchase new kitchen flooring and appliances.Staff members from the Gentiva Home Health office collected more than 1,300 pounds of food donations throughout August as part of an annual national food drive led by its parent company, Gentiva Health Services, Inc.
The collection has been donated to the Cooperative Christian Ministries and Rowan Helping Ministries. Thanks to generous giving from Brian Center, Avante, Piedmont Orthopedic Specialists, St. Andrews, THS, Morningside, Dr. Kevin McDonald and staff, Universal, The Oaks, Ardsley Internal of Concord, Dr. Tuttle, OrthoCarolina and Coltrane Adult Day Care, Gentiva collected a total of 396, 000 pounds – or 198 tons – of food that is being delivered to organizations nationwide. The total beat Gentiva’s national record of 191 tons last year.
“As our friends at the food banks say, ‘Hunger doesn’t take a vacation during the summer,'” said Susan Wear, Gentiva’s account executive. “We want to thank all of the many local health organizations and businesses – as well as our friends, neighbors and associates – who contributed so much to this drive.”STATESVILLE – Ben Luther of Mt. Ulla won $50 in Carolina Farm Credit’s quarterly cap contest, which is a drawing that rewards four people seen wearing a Carolina Farm Credit cap.
When an employee or director spots an individual wearing a Carolina Farm Credit cap and gets their name and address, they are entered in the drawing. At the end of each quarter, Carolina Farm Credit draws to award four winners, $50 each. There have been cap sightings from all across the 54 counties that Carolina Farm Credit serves.
Michael R. Morton, CEO of Carolina Farm Credit, said the contest is a small way of showing appreciation to customers and friends who support the business.
Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to farmers and agricultural-related businesses.On Nov. 11, Krispy Kreme will honor veterans and active military personnel with a free small coffee and doughnut for Veterans Day.
No purchase is necessary. Any military man or woman in uniform or with valid military identification will be honored.SALISBURY – Lola Kenney of Salisbury has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company.
As an independent business owner, Kenney offers food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving suggestions and more.
For more information about starting your own Tastefully Simple business, contact Kenney at lkenney@carolina.rr.com.GOLD HILL – November is National Blog Posting Month, and paper crafts business owner Glenda Trexler is offering free ideas, tips and techniques through http://www.stampwithglenda.com
She provides paper crafters with the card making and scrapbooking information they can use to unleash creativity.
Readers will find card and scrapbook samples, materials lists and step-by-step instructions.Wells Fargo approved a record amount of SBA 7(a) loan dollars in federal fiscal year 2012 and for the fourth consecutive year is America’s leading SBA lender in dollar volume.
Wells Fargo was the top lender in North Carolina and 14 other states.Ghouls, goblins and ballerinas alike are all invited to Sonic Drive-In on Wednesday, Oct. 31, for atreat that’s no trick: 50-cent corn dogs.
The deal is available all day on Halloween at participating Sonics.
Costumes aren’t required and customers of all ages can enjoy the deal.
?Submit information about new businesses, honors and management promotions to bizbriefs@salisburypost.com. Include a daytime phone number.

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