Thursday, December 1 2022

SALISBURY – The Rowan Chamber and Rowan Cooperative Extension Rowan NC County Office will present the annual Salute to Agri-Business at the Power In Partnership program on Thursday.

The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. at the West End Plaza event center.

The theme of the event is “The Economic Impact of Rowan Agriculture”. Danny Munch, Associate Economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, will be the keynote speaker.

Admission is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. The deadline for registration is Tuesday at 12 noon.

North Carolina Department of Commerce Survey Finds Most Companies Meet or Exceed Revenue Goals

RALEIGH — Preliminary results from the state enterprise survey found that 69% of companies responding to an ongoing North Carolina enterprise survey say they met or exceeded their revenue expectations in January. .

Going forward, 46% of companies responding to the survey plan to increase salaries in the next six months, and 46% also plan to increase their workforce.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce administers the Pulse survey, in partnership with the NCWorks Commission and myFutureNC, with the Duke Energy Foundation providing financial support for the initiative. The survey provides insight into the state of the economy and comes in the wake of rapid changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business leaders and decision makers who want to see the results of all survey questions can now access the new Business Pulse survey dashboard at analytics.nccommerce.com/pulse-survey/ .

“Data from the Business Pulse Survey helps inform business leaders where they stand relative to their peers – and helps policymakers better understand the rapidly changing needs of the business world,” said the NC Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders, who is a member of both the NCWorks Commission and the myFutureNC Board of Directors. “The survey helps us better support post-pandemic recovery for employers, job seekers and communities.”

The Pulse survey includes contributions from a diverse set of businesses across the state, about half of which have fewer than 10 employees. The industry categories are diverse.

According to other preliminary findings from January:

• Maintaining an adequate workforce remains a common business concern, with 64% of respondents mentioning this topic.

• About a quarter of total hours worked were done remotely in January.

• With the Omicron coronavirus variant more prevalent in January, more companies mentioned concern for the health of customers and employees, rising from 27% in December to 49% in January.

• 45% of respondents expect business conditions to improve over the next six months despite the tight labor market.

The Commerce Department encourages more companies to participate in the Business Pulse survey, which involves completing a three-minute survey each month.

Participants should be people in leadership positions who make business decisions and can speak with authority about their organization’s operational challenges. They can be business owners, CEOs, managers or HR directors. Only one person from each company should complete the survey. Participants must commit to completing the short survey once a month for six months.

In addition to informing policy makers, survey results also benefit participating businesses by providing insight into conditions seen by peer businesses and industries across the state.

Commerce’s Labor and Economics Analysis Division implements the Business Pulse survey and analyzes data to identify changing conditions, needs and expectations over time.

To participate in the survey, business representatives can visit nccommerce.com/pulse.

The City of Kannapolis is accepting grant applications for city nonprofits

KANNAPOLIS – The City of Kannapolis is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations with programs that would be eligible for its 2022-2023 Community Development Block Grant fund allocation.

The funds are intended for activities that benefit low- and middle-income residents of the city.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 29 at 5 p.m.

Eligible activities include:

• Employment Services.

• Crime prevention and public safety.

• Childcare.

• Health services.

• Addiction services.

• Advice on fair housing.

• Education programs.

• Conservation of energy.

• Services for the elderly.

• Services for the homeless.

• Social services.

• Down payment assistance for home buyers.

• Recreational services.

Applications will be reviewed by the Community Improvement Commission and city staff. This year, the total grant allocation is estimated at $50,000. Several small grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support the operations of the existing program. One or two larger grants of $15,000 will be awarded for new programs and agencies. Applicants can apply for both types of scholarships but will only be awarded one type.

For more information or to request an application, please contact Sherry Gordon, administrator of the city’s Community Development Program, at [email protected] or 704-920-4332. Applications can be downloaded at www.kannapolisnc.gov/Government-Departments/Community-Development

EDC and Rowan-Salisbury Schools Host Career Fair April 1

The Rowan EDC is teaming up with Rowan-Salisbury Schools on the RSS and Community Career Fair, to be held April 1.

This will be a two-part event, focusing first on high school students who plan to enter the workforce from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The job fair will be open to the entire community from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Employers can register for the event by contacting Dominique Bates at [email protected] or Holly Pore at [email protected] for the form.

Registration Open for 2022 North Carolina Manufacturing Institute Courses

Registration is now open for Certified Production Technician courses at the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute through Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

Participants can become a CPT in eight weeks with guaranteed job interviews and no registration or certification test fees.

There are three NCMI CPT program offerings for this year:

• Evening classes from March 10 to May 15.

• Morning lessons from June 27 to August 23.

• Evening classes from September 6 to November 17.

“The NCMI is the perfect vehicle for anyone who wants quick access to manufacturing space,” said Kendall Henderson, director of business services at the Rowan Economic Development Agency. “I consider this program to be a great equalizer for any candidate, regardless of background, as NCMI does not require prior exposure or manufacturing experience to join. We are grateful to have a talented partner and workforce ally at RCCC as they continue to go beyond the call to respond and meet the needs of our employers for specialized skills in an industry. rapidly growing.

For more information or to register, email Henderson at [email protected] or call 704-637-5526.

ADUSA Supply Chain Set to Hold Hiring Event for Freezer-Based Positions at $21.50 an Hour

ADUSA Supply Chain, the distribution side of Food Lion, is hosting a recruitment event on March 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for freezer positions.

Warehouse associate positions have a starting salary of $21.50 per hour.

ADUSA offers full-time and part-time positions, as well as benefits including paid time off and sick pay.

The event will take place at ADUSA Distribution at 2085 Harrison Road in Salisbury.

For more information, visit adusasc.com or call 704-310-4966.

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