Biz Briefs (6-4-17)

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 4, 2017

Fourth Annual Dragon Boat Festival on July 29 on High Rock Lake

The Fourth Annual Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Shrine Club on High Rock Lake, located at 6480 Long Ferry Road in Salisbury.

Title sponsors are Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Trinity Oaks/Trinity at Home/Lutheran Services of the Carolinas.

“The Rowan Chamber is passionate about health and wellness and being a part of an event of this magnitude that brings together family fun and competition, tying it in with High Rock Lake, our natural resource here in Rowan County is a win-win for the community. We have been pleased to be associated with the Dragon Boat Festival for all four years,” said Teresa Dakin, chair of the Dragon Boat Festival Committee. “It highlights our quality of life with abundant water resources, friendly people and unique team building opportunities for businesses!”

More than 25 teams will compete and over 3,000 people are expected to watch. The event is free to attend; however, no pets, coolers or outside food will be allowed. Besides the actual competition of the colorful Dragon Boat races, food vendors will be joined by local iconic soft drink companies Cheerwine and United Beverages/Miller Beer. New Sarum Brewery will also feature their craft beer products for sale. New this year, Morgan Ridge Vineyards in Gold Hill will offer their local wine and craft beer. There will be entertainment during the lunch break, with local student dancers and drum corps. This year, space will also be available for recreation sporting equipment vendors for boats, kayaks and paddle boards.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and make it a fun lake party. Parking is free and available in adjacent lots to the Shrine Club. The Salisbury/Rowan County Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide trolley rides to and from the parking areas. Look for the signs as you come down Long Ferry Road. At the end of the day on Saturday, Olympic-style gold, silver and bronze medals will be presented in the top three divisions and gold in the fourth division.

The Chamber has contracted with High Five Dragon Boat for the fourth year in a row. High Five will provide each team with all the necessary equipment — boat, paddles, life vests. Teams will learn how to paddle during an introductory practice session, which is included in team registration fee. Each team will need to provide 20 paddlers — a minimum of eight must be female — and a drummer. On race day, each team will compete in three heats on a 350m straight course.

The deadline for sponsors, vendors and teams is Friday, June 30. For more information, contact the Rowan Chamber at 704-633-4221 or or


Salisbury Business Center, located in downtown Salisbury, celebrates 3 years with one of its first tenants – Salisbury native Seth Waller, owner of Falcon Investments

Salisbury Business Center (SBC) recently celebrated three years with one of its first tenants — Seth Waller, owner of Falcon Investments. Falcon Investments is now one of 10 businesses that currently resides in the 42,000-square foot Salisbury Business Center building located in historic downtown Salisbury at the corner of South Main Street and Bank Street.

Waller and his wife Kristen grew up in Salisbury. The couple moved back to the area several years ago to start a family and business. Waller manages an investment portfolio of individual stocks for clients, provides active investment management strategies inside of 401Ks and 403Bs, and provides other retirement and financial planning services for businesses, families and trusts throughout North Carolina.

He moved in to the Salisbury Business Center building shortly after construction was completed in 2014. The building’s developer and primary tenant Integro Technologies, a high-tech machine vision engineering company, occupies the majority of the building. The remaining space is leased to businesses and organizations. Tenants share common areas including a fully equipped conference room with teleconference capabilities and furnished break areas. They also share the benefit of a live receptionist for greeting and announcing guests in the reception area of the lobby and daily mail receipt. A large parking lot with free parking is located onsite.

Tenants also have the ability to rent the 76-seat Salisbury Auditorium which is located in the building at a reduced fee. The Salisbury Auditorium features two story stadium-style seating and state-of- the-art lighting, sound, and accessories for professional presentations, workshops, and training. The auditorium is available for rent to the general public as well.

Waller said he has been pleased with his decision to locate his business at the Salisbury Business Center. “This is the best hidden value in Salisbury,” Waller said. “My clients are happy with the professional atmosphere, the receptionists, the conference room, and easy-to-find location with ease of access right off of I-85,” he added. “It has been great working with Sharon Baker and the SBC.” Baker is the general manager for the Salisbury Business Center (SBC).

Office suites range in size from 275-  to 4,600-square feet with an option for companies to custom outfit spaces to meet their specifications. Several companies located at the SBC have headquarters out of town and maintain a satellite office in the building. The ease of access right off of I-85 and central, convenient location to nearby Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and Raleigh makes it a prime and highly desirable location. In addition, nearby rail and air access is an asset for companies. The Rowan County airport (RUQ) is located only a few miles away and provides service for general, corporate, and military aviation. Several larger international airports are within less than an hour’s commute. High tech companies that reside in the building require the most advanced internet and communications infrastructure and technology on the market to conduct business remotely and globally. The developer’s business depends upon it as one of the world’s leading machine vision integration innovators. Having Integro’s high-tech engineering and design staff on site is a definite advantage.

The exterior of the building was designed to complement the surrounding architecture of historic downtown Salisbury where the building is situated in the heart of the restaurant and theater district. The interior has lofty open spaces with a large staircase in the lobby, custom milled woodwork, mission-style architecture and furnishings, and a colorful and inspiring collection of artwork on display by local artists.

The building is carefully maintained and managed with attention to detail including ecologically sound ECOLAB products for facility cleaning. The engineering influence that flows from the developer is apparent. Everything is expected to flow like clockwork so that everyone can focus and attend to the business at hand, achieve great things, and prosper.

For more information about Falcon Investments, contact Seth Waller at 704-603-4177,, or visit his website at For information about Salisbury Business Center, contact Sharon Baker at 704-209-4589, ext.112 or at, or visit the SBC website at

Jenny and Peter Hoadley retire from County Cleaners after 33 years in business
Following a long, successful career in the Concord community, founders and owners of County Cleaners, Jenny and Peter Hoadley, announced they will retire and sell their business in 2017.

The Hoadleys, both natives of the U.K., built their first dry cleaning plant on Branchview Drive in Concord in 1984. The plant officially opened in May 1985. By 1991, business boomed and a second cleaning plant was built on South Cannon Boulevard in Kannapolis, North Carolina. By the early 2000s, a total of seven stores had been opened in Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg and Charlotte.

The stock market crash of 2008 was no obstacle for County Cleaners. The company expanded again by developing a home pick-up and delivery service in Cabarrus and surrounding counties.

“It has been an honor to serve this community and lead the company along side my wife, Jennifer, and sons, Mark and Jonathan,” said Peter Hoadley. “I’d like to express my deep appreciation to my long-standing staff, who have been like a second family to me; especially Lynette Harrington, Tammy McDonald and Becky Smith.”

The Hoadley family thanks the community for their support and credits them for their success. Peter Hoadley has been a Concord resident since 1978. Although his civic mindedness and strong ties to the community remain, the original owners will be missed. Over the years, the family has participated in many organizations, including the 4H Foundation, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cabarrus Rotary Club, Small Business Chamber of Commerce, and the Boys & Girls Club.

County Cleaners was established by Peter Hoadley in 1984 and provided same-day, high-quality dry cleaning and laundry services to residents of Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg and Charlotte. County Cleaners was sold to Phan Co. Cleaners in March 2017.


Novant Health receives stroke, heart failure and cardiac arrest achievement awards

Several Novant Health medical centers have been recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for exemplary care of patients. The awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment and success in ensuring patients receive the most appropriate treatment for stroke, heart failure and cardiac arrest according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines built on the latest scientific evidence.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Stroke ranks at No. 5.

Novant Health facilities recognized by the associations received one or more of the following achievement awards:

  • Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure: Silver, Silver Plus, Gold or Gold Plus
  • Get With The Guidelines-Stroke: Silver, Silver Plus, Gold or Gold Plus
  • Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation: Silver
  • Mission: Lifeline-STEMI Gold Receiving Plus, STEMI Gold Referral, STEMI Silver Receiving Plus

The different award levels reflect the amount of time the hospital demonstrates performance. To receive one or more of the awards, hospitals must adhere to proven quality indicators known to speed patient recovery and reduce death and disability for patients.

“At Novant Health we have built a comprehensive stroke program so that patients throughout our systemwide footprint can access specialists when they need it. From neurosurgeons that perform general neurosurgery to neuro-hospitalists who manage acute neurologic illnesses to neuro-intensivists who care for patients in the intensive care unit, our team is designed to handle the most complex stroke cases possible,” said Dr. Eric Eskioglu, senior vice president and neurosciences service line leader at Novant Health. “This recognition demonstrates that we are achieving our goal of providing remarkable stroke care for our patients.”

“Novant Health is committed to providing patients with quality heart and vascular care that meets the latest guidelines in the industry. Should a patient be faced with a heart-related episode, we are equipped with all the latest diagnostic equipment, tests, treatments and rehabilitation programs to get our patients back on their feet,” said Regina Hartung, vice president and service line leader of heart and vascular services at Novant Health. “It’s an honor to receive the Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline achievement awards.”

Following is a list of Novant Health facilities that achieved recognition from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association:

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center

  • Get With The Guidelines-Stroke: Gold Plus

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center

  • Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure: Gold Plus
  • Get With The Guidelines-Stroke: Gold Plus
  • Mission Lifeline-STEMI Gold receiving plus

Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center

  • Get with the Guidelines-Stroke: Gold
  • Mission: Lifeline-STEMI Gold Referral

Novant Health Matthews Medical Center

  • Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure: Gold Plus
  • Get With The Guidelines-Stroke: Gold
  • Mission: Lifeline-STEMI Gold Receiving Plus

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center

  • Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure: Gold Plus
  • Get With The Guidelines-Stroke: Gold Plus
  • Mission Lifeline-STEMI Gold receiving plus

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center

  • Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure: Gold Plus
  • Get With The Guidelines-Stroke: Gold Plus
  • Mission: Lifeline-Silver Receiving Plus

Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center

  • Get With The Guidelines-Stroke: Gold Plus

Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center

  • Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation: Silver

Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center

  • Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure: Gold
  • Get With The Guidelines-Stroke: Silver Plus

About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenienthealthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Named in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s 150 best places to work in healthcare, Novant Health network consists of more than 1,500 physicians and over 25,000 employees that provide care at over 470 locations, including 14 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the health system serves more than 4.4 million patients annually and in 2016 provided more than $725.5 million in community benefit, including charity care and services. Diversity MBA has recognized the organization as one of the 50 best places for women and managers of diverse background to work and SK&A ranks Novant Health among the top 25 integrated health systems in the nation. Novant Health provides care in Virginia under the joint operating company, Novant Health UVA Health System.

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