Goodnight honored at Small Business Day in Raleigh

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 8, 2014

Frank W. Goodnight, president of Diversified Graphics Inc., announced his retirement from the National Federation of Independent Business State Leadership Council at the recent NFIB Small Business Day in Raleigh.
Goodnight has served on the board for the past 24 years, including four years as chairman. He was federal liaison for 15 years and on the PAC committee for 20 years.
He was nominated to the White House Conference on Small Business three times by the late Sen. Jessie Helms and presented the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Awards to Helms, Sen. Richard Burr, Rep. Howard Coble and, on Wednesday, to N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis.
“After being a member of NFIB for 35 years and on the council for 24, I have come to truly realize what a difference individuals can make in shaping policy affecting the small business political agenda,” Goodnight said. “For years, big business and the labor unions have had a voice at the table. Now, through grassroots efforts, the small business person is also at the table and with a loud, collective voice.”
Frank and Diane Goodnight are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their company, Diversified Graphics Inc., a printing and publishing company in Salisbury.
Bottom Dollar Food is preparing three new store openings this month — the last three planned by Delhaize America’s discount chain for a while, according to a report in Supermarket News.
Like sister chain Food Lion, Bottom Dollar Food is based in Salisbury. The new stores in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Chester, Pa., bring the chain to 66 total.
Although Bottom Dollar is still seen as a growth vehicle for Delhaize, new CEO Frans Muller earlier this year called off additional store openings until the division is more profitable. Bottom Dollar is a “soft discounter” offering brand name and private label groceries and produce in an energetic environment.
Delhaize Group also completed the divestment this past week of its Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s stores to Bi-Lo Holdings for $246 million in cash, subject to post-closing adjustments. That deal was first announced a year ago and has been closing in a series of transactions over several months.
The retailer also has completed in a separate transaction the sale of its former Sweetbay distribution center in Plant City, Fla., to C&S Wholesale Grocers for $28 million.
Delhaize Group has appointed Denis Knoops as the new CEO for Delhaize Belgium and Luxembourg. Knoops succeeds Dirk Van den Berghe, who resigned, becoming the third high-level executive to leave Delhaize since Muller was appointed CEO in September.

Southern States is offering a Spring Pet Days event in stores on June 21 with pet seminars, workshops, family activities, rabies clinics and vaccinations, displays by local animal shelters and free pet food samples. Bring the kids and don’t forget your pets (on a leash). Call 704-636-4290 for details about schedules and events.
Located at 1710 Jake Alexander Blvd W, in Salisbury, Southern States carries a variety of pet products including both Southern States and national brand feeds, pet supplies, flea and tick remedies, kennels and more.
The Salisbury/Rowan Association of Realtors is looking for donations of promotional items to fill goody bags for the ninth annual Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament, set for June 23 at the Country Club of Salisbury
Drop off anything from snacks to pens to water bottles by June 13 at the association office, 466 Jake Alexander Blvd W. The association also will pick up items from June 16 to June 18. Call 704-636-1811 to make arrangements or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
Hot Diggity Dog will host another event to benefit animal rescue.
The new pet supply shop at 125 W. Kerr St. in Salisbury will collect laundry detergent for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville. Both liquid and powder detergents made for high-efficiency washers are requested through July 3. Hot Diggity Dog will deliver the detergent to Brother Wolf over the July 4 weekend.
Make donations from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through July 3. Each donor will receive a $2 coupon toward a purchase worth at least $10 at Hot Diggity Dog. To learn more, call 704-636-9933.
Chester’s has opened inside the new Love’s Travel Stop on Interstate 85 at exit 71.
Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., Chester’s has restaurants in more than 50 Love’s facilities. Chester’s is a franchised brand, and Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores owns and operates the Chester’s in Salisbury.
Chester’s has more than 2,000 locations nationwide, most using the restaurant-in-store concept. Love’s in Salisbury serves Chester’s seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
Comfort Keepers will continue the monthly Senior Solutions series at 11:30 a.m. June 26 at Carillon Assisted Living, 1915 Mooresville Road in Salisbury.
Lunch will be provided by Carillon Assisted Living. Marjorie Brown, elder law and accredited claims attorney, will speak on “Are you Prepared — Elder Law and Elder Care Solutions,” focusing on planning for future care, finances and lifestyle.  
She will be available to answer questions on managing retirement and lifestyle. Make reservations at 704-640-5152,  or 704-630-0370,  by  5 p.m. June 24.
Completed applications for the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Rowan program are due by June 27.  
Tuition for the program is $800 for chamber members and $1,125 for non-members. Tuition must be paid by July 31. Limited financial assistance may be available.
Enrollment is limited. Complete applications online at For questions, call the Chamber at 704-633-4221.
The Warrior Golf Club will celebrate the love of beer and tantalize your tastebuds with a beer-tasting battle like no other — North vs. South.
Set for 5 p.m. June 22, the battle will pit Sam Adams Barrel Collection against Sierra Nevada, which is brewed in North Carolina. Each guest will receive a complimentary glass for tasting and light appetizers.
Cost is $18 per person. Make reservations with Brittany at by June 17. Participants must be 21 years or older.
The Cabarrus Senior Resource Link, professionals who work with the senior population, will hold its monthly meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m Tuesday at Concord Place Assisted Living.
The guest speaker will be Windy Woodall, a member of the Parkinson’s Foundation in Charlotte and author of “Shuffle: A Way Forward, Whatever the Challenge.”
Contact Susan Wear at Gentiva Home Health 704-933-1001 for more information.
The June Comfort Keepers Caring Connections at Whitley’s Annex Chapel will have a speaker discussing the PACE program in the Carolinas, designed for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, a relatively new program in the area.
Julie Hutt, director of education and community outreach with Piedmont Healthcare of the Carolinas, will discuss the requirements of an individual in the program, facility location and what it has to offer in elder care.
Caring Connections is held at Whitley’s Annex Chapel, 1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd, in Kannapolis, at 11:30 a.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month. A light lunch is provided prior to the presentation. 
Make a reservation at 704-640-5152, or 704-630-0370,

MOORESVILLE — The Stork’s Landing Maternity Services department at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center received a special donation from a mother-daughter knitting duo this week with the personal delivery of hand-knitted newborn baby hats.
Juanita R. Little and her daughter, Marie L. Knowles from Denver, knitted the baby caps with the “hope that these little hats knitted with love will warm and protect your little ones.”
Tina Hunter, director of Women’s Services, and Debbie Davidson, Women’s Services, accepted the donation.
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