Healthcare System First in NC to Launch New Life-Saving Resuscitation Program
Have you ever participated in a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification class? If so, you may recall a long afternoon spent learning how to provide life-saving chest compressions to a lifeless manikin. But, could you remember how many compressions to apply between rescue breaths in a real-life emergency situation?
Jan. 11 Meeting Notice for the Blue Ridge Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society
Free Small Business Center Workshops
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Small Business Centers in Caldwell and Watauga counties offer free and low-cost workshops, one-on-one assistance and many more services to help local small businesses. To reserve your seat at one of the workshops, call 828-726-2242 (Caldwell), 828-297-3811 (Watauga) or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness.
Upcoming free workshops:
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Caldwell Small Business Center will offer a free workshop titled “Small Business Bootcamp” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce in Lenoir and on Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 22 on CCC&TI’s Watauga Campus in Boone. This course is geared toward those wanting to start their own business and is led by local entrepreneur and former Small Business Center Director David Waechter. The workshop covers the basics of getting your business off the ground and includes information on several topics including: How to name your business and why your business name is so important, registering your business with Secretary of State, how to obtain your LLC, Sole Proprietorship, or Incorporation, how to find the proper tax forms, how to obtain your tax ID or your EIN (Employer Identification Number) from the IRS, how to set up a business checking account and credit card, how to find what licenses and permits you need to get started, renting a space, easy and cost-effective marketing, sales and service and bookkeeping. To reserve your seat, call 828-726-2242 (Caldwell) or 828-297-3811 (Watauga) or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness to register.
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Caldwell Small Business Center will offer a free workshop titled “Small Business Startup Series: Marketing and Market Research” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce in Lenoir. Participants will learn the importance of market research and target marketing when developing a marketing plan and how Marketing Mix decisions can be made using the 5 P’s of Marketing. Attendees will also identify target market segments and develop a marketing strategy for a sample business using SWOT Analysis. Speaker for this workshop is Arlene Childers. To reserve your seat at this workshop, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness to register.
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Caldwell Small Business Center will offer a free workshop titled “How to Price Your Product or Service” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 in Room H-115 on CCC&TI’s Caldwell Campus in Hudson. This course is designed to help attendees identify internal and external factors that should be considered when setting prices for products and services and how to estimate potential market share. The workshop will include business examples that demonstrate how to evaluate pricing methods, develop sales forecasts and measure market potential for products and services. The seminar also introduces breakeven analysis as a tool to assist the entrepreneur in measuring financial feasibility and activities to help identify the kinds of data needed to project revenue, start-up and operating costs of a business. Speaker for this workshop is Arlene Childers. To reserve your seat, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness to register.
Rising Hope Farms Receive Farm Credit Grant
STATESVILLE, NC – Rising Hope Farms (Catawba County) was recently awarded a grant through Carolina Farm Credit’s Corporate Mission Fund. The grant will be used to build a handicap restroom for riders and an office to house paperwork and medical supplies. Additional funds will be used to install a viewing area along with a break area and restroom for volunteers.
Kristen Spenser, Sarah Rachels- Carolina Farm Credit, Austin Poore, Joyce Boston, Jeremy Lee- Carolina Farm Credit, Gail Wartner, Jill Sigmon- Carolina Farm Credit Sandy Sherrill, David Poore, Lilly Griggs (on horse)
“Our Corporate Mission Fund is another way that Carolina Farm Credit strives to enhance agriculture and the rural communities in North Carolina.” said Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit “These grants help provide funding for many great organizations across our territory.”
For the second year, Carolina Farm Credit distributed grants from its Corporate Mission Fund. $144,000 was awarded to 27 local organizations and 8 college students in 2016, an increase from the $100,000 awarded in 2015.
For a complete list of 2016 Corporate Mission Fund recipients, please visit carolinafarmcredit.com
Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 32 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
For 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.
Carolina Farm Credit serves over 9,200 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.4 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Boone, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Carolina Farm Credit was recognized as a 2015 Best Employer in North Carolina. The list of the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – NC State Council and Best Companies Group.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are L. Kim Starnes, Chairman, Salisbury; W. Rex Bell, Vice-Chairman, Statesville; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Tony L. Ragan, Sanford; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; Vickie N. Smitherman, East Bend; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.