Business briefs: SoFul Yoga celebrates one year with open house

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 21, 2018

SoFul Yoga and Wellness will celebrate its first anniversary with a ribbon-cutting Thursday and a birthday open house Oct. 28.

The ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. Thursday will commemorate the studio joining the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber and city officials and the public are invited to the ceremony and a studio tour.

From 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28, SoFul will have a birthday open house to include a free gentle yoga class at 2 p.m. and a free beginning belly-dance class at 3 p.m. Indian food will be served in the wellness center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

SoFul Yoga and Wellness is at 1024 S. Fulton St. For more information, visit or call 704-754-2961.

Salisbury’s Cliff Sorel joins Capital Investment Cos.

Capital Investment Cos. has added an adviser, Cliff Sorel of Salisbury.

Sorel is licensed for Series 7, 63 and 65 securities and life, accident, health and variable insurance. He has been in the industry for three decades.

“It’s invigorating to see the firm continuing to grow and expand with new talent,” said Richard K. Bryant, CEO and co-founder of Capital Investment. “In the last decade, we’ve seen many broker-dealers change hands, cut staff and even dissolve. We’re proud to continue offering investment professionals the comfortable, supportive ‘family’ feel that nearly 200 registered representatives enjoy at Capital.”

Business leaders to learn about cybersecurity

Walser Technology Group, Central Carolina Insurance and Schooley Mitchell Consultants will host a lunch-and-learn program on cybersecurity Tuesday.

The free program, which will include a box lunch, will offer information about how to protect a business from a cyberattacks, cybersecurity coverage options and how to pay for technology upgrades, cyber-insurance and training programs.

The lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gateway Building, 204 E. Innes St., Suite 200.

To register, visit or email

Early-bird deadline for Rowan Chamber’s Tuscany trip is Friday

The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce is offering a trip to Tuscany on March 12-20.

The early-bird deadline is Friday.

The trip is offered through Aventura World and will include a guided tour of Florence, excursions to Pisa and Lucca, a tour of Siena, a full-day excursion to San Gimignano and the Chianti region with a wine tasting, and an optional Rome extension tour.

The early-bird price is $2,699 per person.

For details or to reserve a place, contact Elaine Spalding at or 704-633-4221.

Reservations also can be made at The group booking code is B002339.

BBB to host identity fraud, financial scam protection seminar

The Federal Trade Commission, Social Security Administration and N.C. Department of Insurance will lead a consumer protection seminar at Levine Senior Center in Matthews on Wednesday.

Hosted by the Better Business Bureau of Charlotte, the free program will tackle topics about cybersecurity, internet safety, online scams, distribution of new Medicare cards and more.

Consumer education credits will be available for adult home care administrators and general consumer education certificates will be available for other professional disciplines.

The seminar will be at Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Lane, Matthews. Registration and exhibits open at 8:15 a.m. The program will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To register, contact Kim Henderson, director of consumer education with BBB, at or 704-927-8623.

Food Lion raises more than $240K for Hope for the Warriors

For its 18th annual Thriller on the Griller, Food Lion raised more than $240,000 for the Hope for the Warriors, a nonprofit organization that serves veterans, service members and military families.

Food Lion customers could purchase a donated lunch and bid on silent-auction items like bicycles, golf bags, and autographed memorabilia.

“What an honor it has been to help those who have served us,” said Joel Smith, director of operations of Food Lion. “Food Lion is a major supporter of the military, as are the towns and communities we serve. It was great to partner with the amazing community at Cypress Landing to help drive donations for Hope for the Warriors. Through events like this, along with the ‘Thriller on the Griller’ programs, we were able to donate more than $240,000 to the Hope for the Warriors.

“Additionally, Food Lion is currently running a campaign called ‘Be a Hero, Serve a Hero,’ where customers can buy participating products during the campaign dates to help donate additional funds. We can’t thank our heroes enough than to assist Hope for the Warriors, all while giving back to our amazing communities that serve us.”

Thriller on the Griller has raised more than $1.1 million for Hope for the Warriors since 2011.

“Year after year, it’s an honor to have the support of Food Lion, its staff and customers,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope for the Warriors. “This year, we’re blown away to see Food Lion’s years of combined support break $1 million. Food Lion and its customers are truly impacting the well-being of the many veterans, service members and families in North and South Carolina who have bravely served and sacrificed for our country.”

Food Lion is based in Salisbury.