Biz Roundup: Rowan Chamber wraps up recruiting campaign – Salisbury Post


SALISBURY – The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce has announced the success of its “Fun in 21” recruiting campaign with the addition of 57 new members.

The business advocacy organization originally planned to add 50 new members, but has surpassed that number. New member investments amounted to $ 25,100 compared to a goal of $ 17,500 and total investments reached over $ 82,700.

“The Chamber’s corporate advocacy efforts are certainly appreciated by our community,” Rowan Chamber President-elect Brad Walser said in a press release. “We greatly appreciate all of our campaign volunteers who helped us tell the story of the Chamber!

The primary producer of the campaign is Elia Gegorek of Gegorek & Associates Realty, LLC. She won a local “Fun in 21” package valued at over $ 2,500. The second best producer is Michelle Patterson, Patterson Farm and the third best producer is Rosalind Hines, Wagoner Realty. All the volunteers won valuable prizes donated by member companies of the Chamber.

Rowan Chamber Campaign (left to right): Chamber President Elaine Spalding, Senior Producer Elia Gegorek, Gegorek & Associates Realty, LLC, Chairman of the Board Bob Honeycutt, F&M Bank. Photo submitted.

The best team is F&M Bank, led by team captain Carrie Hanneman.

Businesses who cannot join during the campaign and are still interested in becoming members can contact the Rowan Chamber at 704-633-4221 or [email protected] or

Salisbury Fire Department announces promotions for several firefighters

SALISBURY – Salisbury Fire Chief Robert Parnell announced several promotions within the department last week.

James Arnold, Adrian Gantt, Dustin Tanner and Andrew Woodall were each promoted to the rank of lieutenant and Caleb Renner, Quinzavious Sands and Jacob Vodochodsky were promoted to the rank of engineer.

“I am delighted to announce the following promotions,” said Fire Chief Parnell in a press release. “This is a great group of firefighters who have not only shown hard work and dedication, but have also invested in themselves and the Salisbury Fire Department. I congratulate and thank each of them for their service to our department and to the residents.

Arnold joined the department in 2016 and was promoted to Engineer in 2019. He graduated from Central Cabarrus High School and received a BA from Purdue University. Arnold is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Liberty University and also currently serves in the Army National Guard Reserve. He was assigned to shift “B” of engine three.

Gantt joined the department in 2018 and was promoted to engineer in 2020. She graduated from East Rowan High School, earned her BA from Catawba College, and earned her MA from Appalachian State University. Gantt is assigned to the Engine One “C” team.

Tanner is twelve years of service, joined the department in 2009 and was promoted to engineer in 2015. He is a graduate of East Rowan High School. Tanner is assigned to shift “A” for engine four.

Woodall joined the service in 2020, coming from the North Charleston Fire Department in South Carolina. He graduated from Athens Drive High School and received a BA from Charleston Southern University. Woodall is assigned to shift “B” of the first engine.

Renner joined the department in 2019. He graduated from TC Roberson High School, received a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Wilmington and a master’s degree from North Carolina State University. Renner is assigned to the Engine One “C” team.

Sands joined the department in 2019. He graduated from Douglas County High School in Georgia and received a BA from Catawba College. Sands is assigned to shift “C” of engine four.

Vodochodsky joined the department in 2017. He graduated from East Rowan High School and obtained an Associate’s degree from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Vodochodsky is a veteran of the United States Army. He is assigned to the Rescue Two “B” team.

Salisbury resident appointed chairman of Cigna health insurance plans in the Carolinas

SALISBURY – Salisbury resident Diana Storey has been appointed chair of Medicare Advantage plans for Cigna in the Carolinas.

“Cigna has aggressively grown its MA business across the country over the past three years, adding geography and new plans to serve more Medicare-eligible people,” said Debra Smith, vice president of the southern region. -is of Cigna’s Medicare business, in a statement. Release. “We are very happy that Diana is joining us during such an exciting time to help us continue on this trajectory. “

Salisbury resident Diana Storey was recently appointed chair of Medicare Advantage plans for Cigna in the Carolinas. Photo submitted.

In this role, Storey will help oversee the growth of Cigna’s Medicare Advantage plans in North and South Carolina.

Storey has over two decades of experience in Medicare in the Carolinas and has extensive experience in Medicare sales, marketing and networking. Storey graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Cigna Corporation is a global health services company. Cigna offers a variety of Medicare Advantage plans in the Charlotte, Greensboro / Winston-Salem, Charleston and Greenville / Spartanburg areas, as well as in Anderson and Pickens counties. To learn more about Cigna Medicare, visit

Hire Dynamics hosts Hire Palooza, connects candidates with open positions

SALISBURY – Hire Dynamics, located at 1717 W Innes St., hosted a two-day event called Hire Palooza earlier this month.

The event was a concentrated effort to attract job seekers and have fun while doing it. Hire Dynamics created a scavenger hunt, raffle for a gift card, corn hole and handed out candy. The employment agency was able to match several candidates with vacant positions in Rowan County.

Hire Dynamics still has over 100 positions available and takes walk-in appointments Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More information about Hire Dynamics is available at dynamic or by calling 704-633-191.

A candidate for the job is waving the awards he received at the Hire Palooza event hosted by Hire Dynamics earlier this month.

Salisbury consultancy has reopened

Cindy Baubach has officially reopened her consultancy, The Elements Counseling Services PA, in Salisbury.

She closed her practice in October 2018 to return to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to care for her elderly father who died in February 2021. This allowed Cindy to come back to North Carolina and do what she loves most, working with the Rowan Salisbury community providing individual counseling to adults.

Cindy accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance as well as self-payment. You can reach her at 704-277-3801. Please note that this is a new contact number.

EGGER Celebrates First Anniversary of Production Start at Davidson County Plant

LEXINGTON – This month marked a year since EGGER officially began production at its factory near Lexington.

Located in the I-85 corridor, the plant is the company’s first in North America and focuses on manufacturing raw particleboard and laminate particleboard, with the Austria-based company aiming to better serve the American market.

The facility, which now employs more than 400 employees, has maintained its commitment to the economic growth of Davidson County and investment in the local workforce by exceeding the number of jobs projected to be created during the first phase. The second phase of development, which will focus on finishing lines for added production value, is expected to start in 2025 with 300 additional jobs expected over the next 10 to 15 years.

“It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come from choosing Lexington as the future headquarters of EGGER’s 20th plant, until we are fully operational for 365 days and more,” said Carsten Ritterbach, plant manager, commercial services, in a statement. Release. “We are extremely grateful to all who have played a role in EGGER Lexington’s brief history and look forward to continuing to strengthen the company’s presence in the Davidson County community as we prepare for the phase. two in the coming years.

Construction on the million-square-foot facility began in April 2018, and production officially began last September – on time – despite being in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic. The facility contributes to the regional economy by purchasing wood by-products from sawmills in and around the state, and by working with a range of local suppliers.

You can find more information about EGGER online at

Small Business Administration Announces Additional Awards Through Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced that the Small Business Administration this week began sending additional notifications to eligible applicants, as part of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program.

So far, the SBA has provided more than $ 10 billion in economic aid to nearly 12,000 venues, providing support to theaters, performance venues and other entertainment and cultural centers as they recover from the pandemic, reopen and continue to contribute to local economies.

According to the law on economic aid for small businesses, nonprofits and hard-hit sites, and the US bailout enacted by President Joe Biden, those who received an initial grant and illustrate a loss of 70 % by comparing the income of the first quarter of 2021 to the same in 2019 are eligible to receive an additional grant.

“America’s performing arts venues and related businesses have been among the hardest hit during this pandemic. Our SBA team has helped approximately 12,000 of these precious community institutions raise a combined $ 10 billion to overcome this crisis and build back better, ”Guzman said in a press release. “The majority of grants for closed site operators have gone to companies with 50 or fewer employees – meaning we are reaching our smaller businesses, which have suffered disproportionate impacts from the pandemic and have often been excluded from first aid. . “

For more information on the SBA’s economic relief programs, visit COVID-19 relief options.

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