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Free Books for Davie County Children! Smart Start Receives Funding to Expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Across NC

dolly-reads-to-kidsThe love of reading begins in a parent’s arms. Snuggling together with a good book creates connections that help build young children’s brains and conditions their minds and memories.

For the past 10 years, Smart Start of Davie County has been raising funds to provide free books to the county’s youngest readers through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Soon even more Davie County children will be able to benefit from this program thanks to additional funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly.  

“Approximately 700 children in Davie County, aged birth to five, receive free Imagination Library books each month,” said Gena Taylor, Executive Director, Smart Start of Davie County.  “With the state expansion funds, we can enroll more children.  Parents can call, email, or stop by Smart Start of Davie to register their child for free books!! Please email  info@daviesmartstart.org or call 336-751-2113.”

During the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina state lawmakers included $3.5 in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to children across the state. Imagination Library was created to foster a love of reading  in preschool children and to ensure that every child born has books, regardless of their family’s income. Children aged birth to five receive the gift of a specially selected book delivered right to their home each month.

“I’m thrilled that my Imagination Library is going to be offered to so many children in North Carolina” stated Dolly Parton, the founder of Imagination Library. “Working together we can help children dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.”

“Our state leaders clearly understand how important an early love of reading is for each child’s success in school and later in life,” stated Cindy Watkins, the President of the North Carolina Partnership for Children that oversees the Smart Start network, “Smart Start works in every community to ensure young children have a strong foundation for starting kindergarten – now we can offer this important literacy program to that critical work.”

baby-readingHistory of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to over 80,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom! Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to over 1,000,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.

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Register Now! — “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race and the Hometown Christmas Parade – November 17-18th

Bed Race 2016 WXIIThe holiday season is fast approaching and it’s time to get in the spirit by registering for the “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race and the Hometown Christmas Parade. The bed race will be held Friday night, November 17th at 6 pm followed by the parade on Saturday, November 18th at noon.

Join the whacky, whimsical, and outrageous teams race bed sleds down Main Street in a competitive yet FUN event! Industry, corporations, churches, nonprofits, and individuals are invited to participate. Television station WXII is joining the competition for the fourth year!

Presented by the Mocksville Tourism Authority, the annual “Twas The Night Before Bed Race” has become one of Mocksville’s most popular events with dozens of teams competing for the cheers of the fans and $600 in cash prizes.

$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $125 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $75. The fastest senior team will receive $100 and the  Most Outrageous team will pick up $50. The Total Package prize of $50 will go to the team with the best overall package… i.e. best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message and costumes.

The cost is only $30 per team AND you may enter the Mocksville Christmas Parade the next day for FREE.

Bed Race Meeting Thursday, October 5th
Would you like more information before signing up? Please attend the bed race general meeting on Thursday, October 5th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mocksville Town Hall to have all of your questions answered.

Download the 2017 Bed Race Registration Form. Bed Race Packets are also available at Mocksville Town Hall at 171 S. Clement St. or Twas the Night Before Bed Race Facebook. You may call Tami Langdon at 336-753-6705 for more details.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 14th. Get your teams together and begin planning now to compete in the hilarious, fun event!

christmas parade banner opening 450Register Now for the Hometown Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 18th!
The Hometown Christmas Parade is a beloved tradition and has been delighting young and old for decades. This year’s theme is “It’s a 50’s Christmas.”

What happened in the 50’s? — “I Love Lucy” premiered on television…The Diner’s Club began issuing the first credit cards…Swanson introduced Frozen TV Dinners…”The Mickey Mouse Club” premiered & the Disneyland theme park in California opened…Ray Kroc started the McDonald’s chain….Elvis Presley had his first hit song, “Heartbreak Hotel”…NASA was created…Wham-O invented the Hula Hoop….Alaska & Hawaii were admitted as the 49th and 50th states to the US…The original series of The Twilight Zone aired as well as Bonanza, The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke & The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin premiered.

Parade categories include: businesses, churches, civic/non-profit groups, schools, single/individual entries, and horses with entry fees ranging from $10 to $25. Download the 2017 Mocksville Christmas Parade Entry Form.

First prize will win $75, second place with receive $50, and the third place entry will take home $25.

Consideration will be given for line-up order on a first-come, first-served basis.  

You can sign up for the Christmas parade by dropping off or mailing your entry form (along with a check payable to Davie County Chamber of Commerce) to 135 South Salisbury St., Mocksville, 27028. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, November 8th at noon. For more information, call the Chamber at (336) 751-3304.

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20th Annual Davie Chamber Pro Scramble Golf Tournament Monday, September 11

2017 Davie Chamber Pro Scramble

Join the Davie County Chamber of Commerce for one of the best golf tournaments of the year, the 20th Annual Davie County Chamber of Commerce Pro Scramble Golf Tournament on Monday, September 11th at Oak Valley Golf Club.

Davie Chamber Pro Scramble Golf TournamentProfessional golfers from throughout the Carolinas serve as captains of the teams consisting of five amateur players. A shotgun start at noon gets the day started with a post-tournament dinner and awards ceremony to celebrate the winning teams. Because this year’s tournament will take place on Sept 11th, this year’s event will have a patriotic theme, including a contest for Most Patriotic Golf Attire. One lucky player could win $10,000 through a Hole-in-One Contest sponsored by Cameron Insurance Services LLC.

The tournament is the Chamber’s key annual fundraiser and proceeds are designated for furthering the Chamber’s mission to develop business initiatives and support economic development and community projects throughout the year.

“The tournament is an excellent platform for our thriving business community and all its stakeholders to enjoy a day of networking and golf,” said Carolyn McManamy, chamber president. “With the unique team format and beautiful location, the Davie Chamber’s tournament has become one of the top tournaments in the area. As a result, team slots fill quickly and the tournament is often played at capacity. ”

Register Today
Players are invited to register now and hole sponsorship opportunities are still available. The Chamber is also seeking volunteers and door prize donations. Those interested in supporting local businesses by sponsoring the event should contact the chamber office as soon as possible to be included in tournament promotions. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, cost and registration, see the full brochure here and contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304 or www.daviechamber.com.

Oak Valley Golf Club
Oak Valley (Link to Oak Valley) is the only Arnold Palmer designed Golf Club in the Winston-Salem area. The Club has enhanced his creation by completely renovating every bunker on the golf course. Spectacular white sand now highlights the existing 4-Star layout that is carved beautifully into old dairy farmland. The course truly captures the splendor of the western North Carolina foothills and is a tribute to Arnold Palmer’s legacy. Golfers from all over the world have enjoyed Palmer’s beautiful and challenging layout since the course opened in December 1995.

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Beroth Tire & Automotive Breaks Ground in Mocksville

Beroth Tire MocksvilleBeroth Tire & Automotive, a division of Mock-Beroth Tire Group, has broken ground in Mocksville for its fourteenth location.

The 5,200 sq. foot store located on Interstate Drive, next to Sherwin-Williams, is expected to open in October or early November. The company will begin by hiring five employees and will expand to around fifteen. Positions will be available for oil change technicians, tire technicians, as well as experienced technicians with more advanced skills.

“It’s always a great day in Davie County when we can welcome a new business,” said Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, during a groundbreaking ceremony. “And a family-owned and operated company, like Beroth Tire, is a great addition to our family-oriented community. I’d like to thank Bill Junker for his forward thinking and vision in preparing a place for such growth to occur.”

Mocksville Mayor, Will Marklin, also welcomed the company to town. “I was reading online this morning that 90% of businesses in America are family owned or controlled. Family-owned businesses are the backbone of this country. I’m so happy to welcome another family-owned business to this town.”

Mocksville Welcomes Beroth Tire

Mocksville Welcomes Beroth Tire and Auto

The perfect time for a location in Mocksville
According to T. Beroth, owner, the company first began looking at Davie County about 10 years ago. After opening stores in Clemmons and Mooresville, it seemed to be the perfect time to add an additional location in Mocksville.

“We looked and looked for a great location, and we are really glad to be here,” Beroth said.

In the late 1950s, Floyd Mock and his two brothers, Carey and Cecil, started the business in their parents’ garage recapping tires. They opened their first store in 1972 on Country Club Road in Winston-Salem. The business grew through the relationships they built with their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors in the Winston-Salem area.
In 1978, Tom Beroth joined forces with Mock Tire with the opening of the Stokes Tire location in King, NC and subsequently other locations in Winston-Salem on Robinhood Rd., Shattalon Drive, and Peters Creek Parkway as well as stores in Mt. Airy, Elkin, Kernersville, Madison, Lexington, and Mooresville, NC.

The younger generations also have tires in their blood. Tom’s son T. Beroth and grandsons, TJ Beroth and Earlie Gilley, along with Carey’s son Bill, Floyd’s son-in-law Mike McKnight, and Cecil’s son Craig continue the same tradition of real people, right pricing, real easy!

“A lot of family businesses are getting bought out by large retailers, but when you work with family it makes it so much more rewarding,” Beroth said. “Some employees have been with me for 37 years. It truly is a family business.”
“My 82-year-old father still comes into work everyday. He wanted to build one more store, so that’s what we are doing.”

Dedicated to providing friendly, dependable services at affordable prices, Mock-Beroth Tire Group now owns fourteen retail tire and automotive centers and two wholesale warehouses. The company employs around 160 people in the local area.

Beroth attributes the company’s success to Christian values and a genuine concern for customers and employees coupled with an ingrained sense of honesty and natural friendliness.

“Our mission is to provide dependable, quality products and service for a fair price in a friendly, honest, and accommodating environment,” he said.

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Peachtree Farmers Market Opens This Friday! ~ Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer

mocksville farmers market augustThe Peachtree Farmers Market will open this Friday, April 28th, from 3:30-7 pm in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

A typical week’s offerings include: fresh eggs, goat cheese, vegetables, fruits, honey, grass-fed beef, pork, fresh NC seafood, jellies, jams, juices, breads, shiitake mushrooms, plants, cut and potted flowers, baked goods, farm crafts, stone-ground cornmeal, flour & grits, goat milk soap, dried apples, jumbo red-skinned peanuts.

For more information, please call (336) 655-4399 or email peachtreefarmersmarket@yadtel.net. Follow the Peachtree Farmers Market on Facebook for an up-to-date list of the week’s vendors.

The Farmington Farmers Market Opens Saturday, May 13th
The Farmington Farmers Market will reopen on Saturday, May 13, from 8 am- noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington. You will find seasonal produce, plants, honey & jams, fresh eggs, goat’s milk soaps & lotions, fresh baked goodies, and local hormone-free meats including beef, lamb, and pork.

This market supports small, backyard growers and only charges a fee of $5.00 to set up.

If you would like to be a vendor at the market, or for more information, please contact Melanie at 336-998-2912.

 

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketHave Fun
The atmosphere at the farmers market is warm and inviting. Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community. These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

Save Money
Farmers markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money.  In essence, a person is getting 6.75 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmer’s markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

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Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.   For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Davie County Farmers Market Schedule
Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Junker’s Mill parking lot at 107 Salisbury St.

Fridays –  Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the town of Bermuda Run.

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

See you at the Farmer’s Market!

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Davie County Chamber to Host Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon – Register Today!

Signature Women's Luncheon

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2017 Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon on Wednesday, April 12th at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. The event starts at 11:30 am. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal catered by J. Randall’s Catering and More. The featured presentation is I’m A Lady And A Woman – Embrace The Essence Of Your Femininity by Timogi Jackson, the Empowerment Specialist.

“The luncheon is always a great networking event for women, but it is also a wonderful learning opportunity. Our presentations often focus on topics of personal enrichment and professional growth,” said Carolyn McManamy, Davie Chamber President.

A speaker, educator, and life coach, Timogi inspires audiences all over the country to maximize their power. Her dynamic motivational keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions at colleges, businesses, and other organizations are always enlightening and engaging.

She is the author of Activation Required: Reconnecting To Your Purpose, Pack Light!: Packing With Your Purpose In Mind, and I’m A Lady And A Woman – Embrace The Essence Of Your Femininity. She is the host of Timogi Today and co-host of In Bold Print. Both shows air on public access TV in Durham and Chapel Hill.

Empowerment Call, Timogi’s weekly live telephone program, attracts men and women throughout the country to spend 15 minutes every Thursday night being empowered. Her YouTube channel is filled with videos educators and organizations can use today to empower professionals and students.

The Signature Women’s Luncheon is one of the many events the Davie Chamber hosts each year. The luncheon is made possible by the generosity and support of sponsoring businesses. The Chamber extends its sincere thanks to this year’s event sponsors and Chamber Champions: A Cleaner World, Allegacy Federal Credit Union, BB&T, Davidson County Community College Small Business Center, Davie Business Women’s Association, Corners Coffee + Art + Framing + Wine, Duke Energy, Edward Jones- Steve Talton Financial Advisor, Filet of Chicken, Funder, Avgol, Ingersoll Rand, Kelly Office Solutions, United Way of Davie County, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center, Journal West, Yadtel Telecom, 360 Lawn Care, DEX Heavy Duty Parts, RayLen Vineyards & Winery and The Swicegood Group Real Estate & Auction.

Women of Davie County and the surrounding area are invited and encouraged to attend the 2017 Signature Women’s Luncheon. Reservations are required and tickets are $22 for Chamber members and $27 for guests. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Davie County Chamber at 336-751-3304 or visit www.daviechamber.com.

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Davie Medical Center, Bermuda Run – Inpatient Bed Tower Opens Monday, April 3

Davie Medical Center Inpatient Wing OpenWith the completion of the inpatient wing, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center today kept a promise it made to the residents of Davie County a long time ago.

“When we first proposed this new hospital, it was always our intent to have an inpatient wing so that people in Davie County could receive care and treatment close to home,” said John D. McConnell, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Today marks the fulfillment of that commitment we made to the citizens of Davie County nine years ago.”

Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, thanked the citizens of Davie County for their support as well as  patience and trust in the leadership throughout the process.

A lot went into the development of this facility from the citizenship on up,” Bralley said. “This is one of the things we’ve done in Davie County that has really united us in terms of pulling together for the common good.”

Davie Medical Center StaircaseDavie Medical Center – a Hospital for Today and the Future
The three-story, 78,220-square-foot addition officially opens Monday, April 3, and will consolidate all Davie Medical Center services into one location. The hospital in Mocksville was decommissioned last week.

In addition to 50 general medical-surgical beds, the new $47 million wing offers an inpatient pharmacy, a chapel, a cafe, rehabilitation facilities, offices for Wake Forest Baptist physicians, therapists and staff. It also has a history wall that honors the past with key keepsakes, photographs and video memories of the first Davie County Hospital over its more than 60 years of providing care to county residents.

“Davie Medical Center is a hospital for today and the future,” said Chad Brown, M.H.A./M.B.A., president, Davie Medical Center. “We have been seeing patients for more than three years in our emergency department, clinics and outpatient departments. Now that we have inpatient services here, we can deliver a full range of high quality, patient- and family-centered care that serves all ages in our community in one location.”

The inpatient services, uniquely fitted to serve the growing community, are located across three floors of the new facility.

Davie Medical Center, Bermuda Run - Inpatient Bed Tower Opening

Joint replacement program. The top floor is dedicated to the joint replacement program, which offers inpatient hip- and knee-replacement surgeries. Some of the room designs include lifts to help safely move patients to and from the bed. The floor also features an inpatient rehabilitation gym to aid in recovery.

ACE unit. The first floor of the inpatient addition houses an acute care for the elderly (ACE) unit. The ACE unit creates a care destination for geriatric patients and leverages Wake Forest Baptist’s 25 years of experience in geriatric practice and faculty research. The Davie Medical Center ACE unit will expand the capacity of Wake Forest Medical Center’s internationally known J. Paul Sticht Center.

The first floor also will have designated medical-surgical beds that allow medical and surgical admissions from the hospital’s emergency department as well as offer an option for those living nearby to receive care close to home when appropriate.

All patient rooms are private and large enough for family members to stay with their loved one. Each room is equipped with convertible furniture that can be used as a bed, couch, or a work station with plugs for electronics.  The  GetWellNetwork, an interactive video system which offers video education, ways to communicate with and recognized hospital staff, television, internet access, on-demand movies, and games, will be available in patient rooms. This new technology supports the Medical Center’s commitment to patient- and family-centered care by encouraging collaboration between patients, families and health care teams.

Community Day Open House, Saturday, April 1
The public is invited to tour the new wing during the Davie Medical Center’s Open House and Community Day this Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. There will be fun activities for the entire family:

  • Activities for kids
  • Delicious food courtesy of Lowes Foods
  • Health screenings (heart, foot, memory and more)
  • Music and entertainment
  • Giveaways
  • Cooking demonstrations with samples

WFBH – Davie Medical Center is located at 329 NC Hwy 801, Bermuda Run, 27006. For more information about Community Day, call 336.998.1300 or visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/Davie-Medical-Center/About/News-and-Events/Events/Open-House-and-Community-Day.htm

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North Carolina Apprenticeships – A Career Strategy That Works!

Apprenticeship Summit INTFrom an early age, students are programmed to believe that they must earn a bachelor’s degree to obtain a high-paying job, but only 33 percent of jobs in North Carolina actually require a four-year college degree.

That’s a statistic James Horne wishes he had known before enrolling at East Carolina University following high school graduation. After failing out twice because “his heart wasn’t in it,” Horne knew he had to find a different way. He found it through the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s NCWorks Apprenticeship Program.

“I wish I had heard about this in pre-k,” said Horne with a laugh. He is enrolled in Davidson County Community College’s applied engineering and maintenance program and has worked as a maintenance technician apprentice at Kurz Transfer Products for the past seven months. “When I graduated high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I wish I had known a program like this existed. I learn better in a hands-on environment, so this has been such a phenomenal opportunity for me.”

“This has probably been the best seven months of my entire life. I am extremely happy with where I am at,” he added.

Horne was one of the panelists to share his perspective on the value of apprenticeships during an Apprenticeship Summit at DCCC on March 10th. More than 100 business representatives, educators, and students gathered to hear more about the merits of the NCWorks Apprenticeship Program.

Through the apprenticeship program, apprentices train for an industry by receiving a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Participants are paid for their work, and their wages will increase as they progress in the program. Apprentices work as they complete their classes and their work schedule is determined by their respective employers. When they graduate, apprentices receive a Certificate of Completion and will have earned the highly skilled “journeyworker” designation. The program can last one to five years, depending on the occupation.  In addition to manufacturing, there are apprenticeship opportunities in business, accounting, hospitality and health-related fields.

According to Dr. Pam Howse, Executive Director of Work-based Learning for the NC Department of Commerce, there are currently 5,335 apprentices in the program, double the number enrolled two years ago, but she would like to see that number continue to grow. Her challenge is educating both young people and businesses about the rewards they could receive by participating in the apprenticeship program.

Students are completing apprenticeships with a career, a good income, and no college debt.
Dr. howse shared stories of a 22-year-old who owned his car and had just bought his first house and of a young woman who completed her program with a starting salary of $37,500.

“We know statistically that 45% of all jobs over the next decade will be in the middle skills occupations which require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree,” said Howse. “More than 50% of companies report plans to increase US-based production by at least 5% in the next five years.”

“Nationwide we have a skills gap, particularly in the areas of business, manufacturing, computers and information sciences, engineering, technology, repair and transportation,” Howse said. “We know that in North carolina today there are 12,000 unfilled IT jobs. These are jobs that pay very well, $50,000 a year or greater. If you are in a cyber security field, that’s well over a 6 figure job. We know that a lot of young people don’t know what those jobs look like.”

“We are shoving everybody down this one path to go to Chapel Hill or NC State and we know statistically that not all are going to do well. There is a very high failure rate for many college freshmen who enter into the university system because they are not prepared for college,” she added. “If North Carolina industry is to be globally competitive, students must graduate from high school career or college ready. We need to shift our thinking about how we prepare our students for work.”

That shift will require a shift in the way both students and parents think as well. For many, the idea of an apprenticeship conjures up thoughts of a dark, dirty, dangerous place with low-paying jobs. According to Lisa Hawk, Business Services Coordinator of the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, that is simply not the truth.

Hawk has taken students and parents on tours of manufacturing sites to show them how clean and well-maintained they are, while 2013 statistics from the US Department of Labor indicate average starting wages for Registered Apprentices at $16.50 per hour with graduates earning an average of $59,900 per year.

North Carolina apprenticeships are a career strategy that works! To find out more about apprenticeships in North Carolina, go to https://www.nccommerce.com/wf/job-seekers/apprenticeships.

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You’re Invited! Ribbon Cutting This Thursday to Celebrate Total Renovation of Mocksville Comfort Inn and Suites

Mocksville Comfort Inn StoryTo celebrate its total renovation, the Comfort Inn & Suites in Mocksville is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 23rd at 4:30 pm, and the public is invited to attend. The hotel is owned and operated by Davie Hospitality and is located at 629 Madison Road.

“We’ve replaced everything, right down to the bathtubs,” said Vijay Barad, Managing Partner, with a smile. “We can’t wait to show this beautiful property to the community and to invite them to use it for all of their lodging needs. We are well-equipped to serve business travelers, families, and groups in town for a special event.”

With 61 guestrooms, including 26 suites, the Mocksville Comfort Inn & Suites can accommodate individuals or groups of all sizes. The hotel features the Comfort brand’s new look and feel which includes a contemporary yet classic design, rich color hues and convenient amenities throughout the property. Guestrooms now feature new bedding packages which complement Comfort’s Truly Yours Pick Your Pillow program, which offers guests the option of firm and soft pillows on the bed.

The hotel features free high speed Internet, in-room coffee makers, refrigerators and microwaves, as well as a meeting room, outdoor seasonal pool, and exercise room. The Mocksville Comfort Inn & Suites also offers the brand’s signature complimentary hot breakfast, with healthy and satisfying options including a delicious flavored waffle station, hot eggs and meats, yogurt and a variety of fresh fruits.

This hotel participates in Choice Privileges®, the loyalty rewards program from Choice Hotels. Membership is free and offers points good towards free nights, airline miles, gift certificates and more while staying at any Choice Hotels properties.

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Davie Marketing Summit – February 9th Winmock at Kinderton – Plan Now to Take Your Business to the Next Level in 2017!

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Looking to jump start your business and develop a competitive edge in 2017?  You won’t want to miss “Strategies for Taking your Business to a Bigger Market” on Thursday, February 9th from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Winmock at Kinderton.

Nationally and regionally known presenters will provide expert advice on reaching beyond borders to grow your business through top notch marketing and sales techniques. Hear stories of success after trials. Learn marketing trends. Discover the best use of grassroots techniques and how social media can play a role in branding your company.  

Guest speakers include:
Nick Hawks, Certified eBay Ed Specialist
David M. Frankel, Inventor/Entrepreneur
Kathy Wall, President, The Media Matters
Angel Guerrero, Entrepreneur/Speaker
Benjamin King, Wake Forest University
Grace Kanoy, GeoCore Films/Storyteller
Carl Shantley, President, Rohl Design & Marketing

This full-day marketing summit is co-sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and the Davidson County Community College Small Business Center (DCCC SBC).

The cost is only $50 and includes coffee in the morning as well as lunch.

Click on https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=170360101 to register, or contact Janet Caudle at DCCC Davie Education Center (336) 998-3220.  

For more information contact Martha Larson, DCCC SBC Director at (336) 224-4557 or mlarson@davidsoncc.edu.

WinMock at Kinderton is located at 168 E. Kinderton Way, Bermuda Run, NC 27006.

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47th Annual Chamber Awards Gala Event at WinMock at Kinderton ~ Tickets Still Available!

Chamber Awards Gala - WinMock at Kinderton

A Gala Event ~ The Tradition Continues
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala has been a signature Davie County event since 1970.  This tradition continues on Thursday, January 19th, and tickets are still available!

Schedule Highlights
The 47th Annual Chamber Awards Gala will be held at the WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with a welcome reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres, delicious Davie County wines, and mingling.  At 7:00 PM, the event will move to the upstairs loft for a buffet dinner as well as the awards presentation and a celebration of the successes of the year.

Awards Ceremony
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce will present the highly-anticipated “Best of Davie” Awards as well as the Chamber’s signature awards – the 2016 Business of the Year and E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award.  “Our Awards Gala is a true celebration of Davie County and all the successes of the year.  It gives us the opportunity to showcase the many businesses and organizations that make our community a wonderful place to live, work and play,” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are Still Available!
Don’t miss the 47th Annual Davie County Chamber of Commerce Gala!  This event is open to the community.  Tickets are $50 per person and reservations for a table of eight are available.   To purchase your tickets, contact the Davie Chamber 336-751-3304.

45th Annual Davie County Chamber Awards Gala and Annual Meeting

Davie Chamber of Commerce—Proudly Serving Davie County
For more than 45 years, the Davie Chamber has served the business community throughout Davie County from Mocksville to Bermuda Run, Cooleemee to Advance and all points in between.  With professional staff, dedicated volunteers, and an involved Board of Directors, the Davie Chamber continues to promote economic and civic interests and provide leadership on issues which impact the economy and quality of life in Davie County.  For information about the Davie Chamber please contact chamber@daviecounty.com or call 336-751-3304.

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Opening Doors in Davie County — Reeb Millwork Expanding, Adding Jobs

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the Town of Mocksville a $100,000 building reuse grant that will facilitate a 10-job expansion as well as renovations at REEB Millwork. The grant is part of a total capital investment of $320,451. The company custom-manufactures and distributes millwork products such as entry doors,interior doors, columns and accessories stairs across the eastern United States.

Reeb - opening doors“Opening doors in Davie County is what we continue to do as Reeb brings new jobs and opportunities to our community,” said Davie County Economic Development President Terry Bralley. “With Reeb, Davie County now hosts one of the largest distributors of custom mill products on the east coast.”

Reeb Mocksville, North Carolina, located at 346 Bethel Church Road, is one of five east coast branches for the family-owned door distribution company. Building One, as it’s referred to, is 242,000 sq. ft. and sits on 29 acres.The building and property, formerly King Sash & Door, was purchased by Reeb in 2010 in order to expand operations and offer full-line service to the Carolinas,  southern Virginia and northeast Georgia.

The Mocksville branch opened with a staff of 45 people and six shipping docks. Now the company employs a staff of 110 and operates 19 shipping docks, according to Office Manager Scott Rush. “We’ve been growing and hiring and things are going well.”

Securing this grant will bring approximately ten new jobs to the Mocksville location. Reeb is looking to fill positions for assemblers, warehouse, drivers, and customer service. The company offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees that includes medical, dental, vision, paid time off, and a 401K retirement program. At each of its five locations, the company makes an effort to get involved in the local community in the form of hands-on training and education, and community outreach.

“ We were happy to assist their current growth needs to make this possible,” Bralley said. “The talented craftsmanship of our workforce coordinates with the vision and talent of Reeb’s  management as they open new markets and experience tremendous growth at this location,” Bralley said.

As the company continues to grow, so will the number of jobs. Reeb has grown consistently over the last three decades and is now the largest distributor of exterior doors on the east coast working with over 3,500 dealers and their customers.

To aid in the recent growth, Reeb Mocksville will be undergoing renovations that include installing more energy efficient lighting in the warehouse, adding additional shipping docks, upgrading bathrooms and the breakroom, expanding office space, and adding a showroom.

In Davie County, the company assembles interior and exterior doors made of wood, fiberglass and steel. The company creates an array of both custom specialty doors and standard doors that are sold by home improvement stores and contractor yards throughout the area. Each is built on a per-order basis with a three-day turnaround time for stock products, according to Rush.

mike-crume-2Davie County resident and Reeb’s Director of Product, Mike Crume, who began working for the company in 2013, has had a positive experience stating, “Great people throughout the organization help drive everyone to improve themselves, as well as the products and services provided to our customers.”

“Reeb is truly unique in offering a tremendous amount of growth opportunities,” says Crume. As for the working environment one can expect, he added, “It’s built upon a foundation of core values that resonates through the company. It’s really a great place to work.” To view current open positions, visit Reeb’s career page at www.reeb.com/careers.

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Davie County Expanding Retail Options

davie_county_jobsDavie County – A Picturesque Community with Small Town Charm and Big City Potential.
“Davie County continues a remarkable economic recovery, and we have had tremendous success attracting international manufacturing giants including Ashley Furniture, CPP Global, Dex/Volvo, Dunlop Tyre, and Gildan Activewear,“ said Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “The Davie County Economic Development Commission believes it is now time to direct some of our attention to growing our retail base.”

 

“We realized as a small community, but with a terrific location connected to a major interstate, we needed the help of an outside professional to assist us with attracting those larger retailers that will help minimize sales leakage, fill vacant storefronts and lots, and expand our retail options,” he added. “We hired the Retail Coach to help us develop and implement a retail sales plan for the entire county. The EDC has invited the towns of Bermuda Run, Cooleemee, and Mocksville, and the Chamber of Commerce to actively engage in the process. We believe this retail plan is another way to add value to the county and will help us grow our future.”

“Our goal is to recruit more retail, restaurants, and entertainment to Davie County to offer our residents more opportunities to buy clothing, electronics, or whatever they need locally; to retain the businesses and restaurants already here; and to keep our current shopping centers and districts vibrant while developing new centers,” said Bralley.

Davie County’s close proximity to the Charlotte and Winston-Salem markets, easy access to Interstate 40, and regional draw due to Wake Forest Baptist Health- Davie Medical Center, make it a prime spot for expanding retail and restaurant options.

Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, is excited about what this project means for the community. “In 2013, the Davie Chamber launched the iSHOPDAVIE shop local program to draw attention to the importance of supporting local businesses and the impact shopping local has on the Davie economy and our quality of life,” she said.  “Working with the Retail Coach will provide us with the right tools to attract new retail and restaurants that compliment what is already here.  It will also offer useful information and assistance to our existing businesses to help them grow their customer base and increase their profitability.  We know that having more shopping and dining options here in Davie County means more jobs and increased sales tax revenues both of which are vital to a thriving local economy, and that is our ultimate goal!” said McManamy.

The Retail Coach, a retail recruitment and consulting firm, is a pioneer of the retail recruitment industry. With clients in 29 states and 86% repeat clients, The Retail Coach uses their expertise to help communities reach their goals.

During a meeting with The Retail Coach leadership, officials from Bermuda Run said their goals for the partnership include expanding retail near Wake Forest Baptist Health and Davie Medical Center to give citizens and hospital-goers more retail choices. Mocksville officials said they would like to expand their retail base as a whole, while also putting a focus on their vibrant downtown. Cooleemee officials would like more retailers for everyday conveniences.

To achieve these goals, The Retail Coach will begin by determining a Retail Trade Area, or the area from which the county receives most of its consumers. This includes interviewing retailers and community stakeholders and plotting point-of-sale data. Next, the team will conduct a demographic analysis for both the county and the Retail Trade Area. This is followed by a Gap Analysis, used to identify sales leakage to other communities. Using this and similar data, the team will make a target list of retailers and restaurants that would be a good fit in Davie County.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with Davie County in this process. Our team has already been on the ground and sees unique opportunities for Bermuda Run, Mocksville, and Cooleemee. Our Retail Trade Area determination and Retail Gap Analysis process will help these opportunities stand out to potential retailers, restaurants, and developers,” said The Retail Coach Vice President Aaron Farmer, who will be Davie County’s point-of-contact with the company, along with Director—Retail Strategy Scott Emison.

Both appreciative and excited about the opportunities that a focus on retail will bring to the community.  Will Marklin, Mayor of Mocksville, said “Any time  we can discover  new ways to support and  grow our local economy it is exciting!   We are most appreciative of EDC to have the opportunity to work with The Retail Coach.  Their ability to create resources of potential  new retail and provide data to support and promote our existing retail  will be time well spent in Mocksville.”

John Chandler, Cooleemee Town Clerk, is eager to see new businesses locate in Cooleemee. “It is good for an outside group to see us as we are and to assess our needs in regards to economic growth,” he said. “We sit around here brainstorming about what we need in our community as far as retail, but that is usually the end of it. We look forward to the Retail Coach  contacting potential businesses that would consider our area.”

For more information on Davie County, North Carolina, visit www.daviecountyedc.com.  For more information on The Retail Coach, visit www.theretailcoach.net.

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HELP WANTED: Davie County Job Fair Monday, March 28th at the Davie County Senior Center

davie_county_jobsJobs, Jobs, Jobs
Businesses looking for skilled employees to fill available positions and area job seekers have the opportunity to come together at a job fair to be held on Monday, March 28th at the Davie County Senior Center at 278 Meroney Street, Mocksville.

The Job Fair will be open to Veterans only from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. All job seekers are invited to attend from 3:00 pm –  6:00 pm.

Companies participating include:

  • Ashley Furniture Industries
  • Austin Electrical Enclosures
  • Autumn Care
  • Carillon Assisted Living
  • Davidson County Community College
  • Golding Farms Foods
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Lydall
  • Mega Force
  • NC Army National Guard
  • REEB Millwork Corporation
  • The Resources
  • Unifi Manufacturing Inc.
  • Workforce Unlimited

For more information, please contact David Monteleone, 336-776-6770, or david.monteleone@nccommerce.com.

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6 Great Shops to Visit and Celebrate Small Business Saturday This Weekend!

Scarletts Unique BoutiqueAvoid the nightmarish crowds of Black Friday AND support your own friends and neighbors by shopping Davie County’s wonderfully unique small businesses this Saturday!

Small Business Saturday, this Saturday November 28, started as an American Express initiative to encourage consumers to shop small and local during the holiday season. Eighty-eight million people have shown up to “shop small” since it began in 2010.

Find the Perfect Gifts in Davie County Small Businesses
Davie County businesses are ready to help you find that perfect gift for everyone on your list, and maybe even a little something special for you as well.

The shops below are just a few select examples of the dozens of fine shops and boutiques across Davie County.

Bizzy Beez, 5539-102 US Hwy 158, Advance, will be offering refreshments while you browse their vast array of jewelry, clothing, handbags and décor. With your purchase, you will be registered to win an exclusive, not available in stores, linen tote bag by Flax. The drawing will be held at 5:00 pm. The boutique will be open from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

Styled GatheringsCounter Point Music, 50 Court Square, Mocksville, will have 10 % off everything your favorite musician needs (does not include consignments) as well as refreshments, during their regular hours of 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Honor Darling, 135 N. Main St., Mocksville, which offers trendy fashions and accessories for ladies and children, will be offering select BOGO 1/2 deals on Saturday in addition to other weekly promotions. After a marathon Black Friday sale from midnight Thursday until 2:30 am Saturday, the boutique will  re-open on Saturday from 8:30 am-8:30 pm.

Scarlett’s Unique Boutique, 128 N. Main St., Mocksville, is opening early to help you get a start on your day. They will have hot apple cider and cookies all day and 5% off storewide on their impressive collection of handmade items by talented local artisans, including jewelry, lotions and candles, décor, and reclaimed wood creations. The boutique will be open from 8:00 am-8:00 pm.

Scarletts Unique Boutique2Southern Ties Boutique, 1896 Farmington Rd., Mocksville, known for its fashion, gifts, and southern charm, will have door prizes and special sales throughout the day. Get a free $10 gift card with a minimum $75 purchase. The store will be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Styled Gatherings Hosting Outdoor Market
Styled Gatherings, 945 Yadkinville Rd., Mocksville, a fashion, gift, and party boutique, has lots of new arrivals. Specials for the day are a free Christmas ornament with a $20 minimum purchase (while supplies last) and a 20% off coupon for January/February  2016.  They will also be hosting an outdoor market featuring local artisan vendors from 11: 00 am – 4:00 pm: Unique stuffed burgers from Food Freaks of NC; mixed media art from Beauty from Ashes Studiotique; fine stationery & hand lettering from Cotton and  Grove; personalized decor & wearable items from Gifts Remembered; unique vintage decor from Objects of Interest; eclectic handmade & repurposed jewelry from The Brown Eyed Suzy; stylish clothing & accessories from AnnaCraig Boutique fashion truck; and handcrafted nature-inspired jewelry from Swallow’s Heart. The boutique will be open from 10:00 am-8:00 pm

Scarletts Unique Boutique3Find it Quick and Easy – Bookmark Your Davie Chamber Business Directory!
Your Davie Chamber Business Directory is the definitive resource for smart Davie County shoppers.  The directory provides a one stop list of Davie County businesses ready to make your holiday shopping more fun.  Categories make it quick and easy to find what you need.  Retail shopping categories include Shopping and Specialty Retail, Home and Garden, Restaurants, Food and Beverages, Sports and Recreation, Wineries and much more.

iShopDavie all Year Long
Davie County businesses need your support all year long – from shopping, dining, and gas tank fill-ups to landscaping, banking, doctor’s visits and more.  When you choose to purchase goods and services in the community where you live, pay taxes and send your children to school, you are investing in the well- being of your community and creating more jobs, increased revenues and a more prosperous place to live.   The Davie County Chamber of Commerce wants residents to think Davie first because every time money is spent out of the county, it’s improving someone else’s hometown, not ours.  Simply put – it matters where we spend our money.

iShopDavie—Do you?

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