November 2010 Newsletter - Greater Mount Airy Chamber of


November 2010 Newsletter - Greater Mount Airy Chamber of
The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce
Issue 11
December 14, 2010
Medical Weight Loss
Northwest Medical Partners/
Pro Health
280 North Pointe Boulevard
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Volume 3
‘Tis the season
January 11th, 2011
Business Academy
Holiday Inn Express
8:00-10:00 am
January 27th, 2011
Annual Meeting
Cross Creek Country Club
6:00 PM Social
6:45 Dinner/Speaker
The Greater
Mount Airy
Chamber of
Commerce staff
wishes you a
blessed and
Merry Christmas
and a safe and
prosperous New
The show will premier
on Dec. 20th and the
final unveil is expected
to air on Dec. 27 , on the
Discovery Channel
@ 9pm.
Help us welcome our
newest members!
Johnson’s Xtreme Softwash – Located at 141 Pineview Drive Mount Airy, NC
27030. Phone 336-789-2495 or cell 336-410-2881. Owner, Gene Johnson offers
environmentally safe exterior house and roof cleaning
services. From mold
and mildew treatment and removal, gutter cleaning and flushing and gutter
guard installation. For a professional exterior cleaning of your home and roof using environmentally safe products call Johnson’s Xtreme Softwash today.
Johnson’s Xtreme Softwash
41 Pineview Drive
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Cell 336-410-2881
Mount Airy Jaycees – 1217 Mitchell Street Mount Airy, NC 27030. Phone
(336) 575-7137. President – Dena Wood, Treasurer – Angel Haynes and
Secretary – Lisa Johnson. The Mount Airy Jaycees currently has 14 members and abides by the following creed and mission statement.
The Jaycee Creed
We Believe:
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life. That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations. That the economic justice
can best be won by free men through free enterprise. That government should
be of laws rather than of men. That earth’s great treasure lies in human personality. And that service to humanity is the best work of life!
The Mission Statement
Foster the development of leaders through training, real world experience,
community involvement, and the creation of a collaborative network among
young adults.
If you are interested in joining the Mount Airy Jaycees or would like
additional information please contact President, Dena Wood.
Mount Airy Jaycees
President Dena Wood
(336) 575-7137
Carlene’s Cleaning – Located at 140 Kindness Street Mount Airy, NC 27030. Phone 336-7105523. Residential and commercial cleaning insured and bonded, and Carlene Cleaning’s uses
environmentally safe products for your home and office. Carlene’s Cleaning was established in
1990 and is owned and operated by Carlene Noonkester. Need your home or office cleaned by
an experienced professional before the holidays? Call Carlene’s Cleaning at 336-710-5523.
Carlene’s Cleaning
140 Kindness Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
State Farm Insurance Company – A NEW State Farm Insurance office is being opened by
agent, Victor Zamora On January 1, 2011. The new office will be located at 1448 Edgewood
Drive, Suite 300 Mount Airy, NC 27030 (next door to Cato’s). Victor is excited about this opportunity to serve the residents of Mount Airy with all of their insurance needs as well as their financial needs. State Farm offers insurance and financial services, auto loans, mortgages, credit
cards and retirement planning. State Farm, a name well recognized for auto, life, home, disability
and health insurance. Stop by and say Hello to Victor and his staff at State Farm Insurance
State Farm Insurance Company
1448 Edgewood Drive, Suite 300
Mount Airy, NC 27030
TransACTions, LLC - Located at 154 North Renfro Street, Suite 202, Mount Airy, NC 27030.
Phone 336-786-1962 ext. 205. TransACTions, LLC is a new business that specializes in Accounting, Consulting & Taxes for New Businesses, Small Businesses and Churches or Nonprofit Organizations.
Owner and General Manager Mary Hutson, has years of hands-on accounting experience in a
family owned commercial business and with her husband’s electrical business. TransACTions,
LLC is dedicated to helping new & small businesses/ churches/non-profits save money and
avoid costly mistakes.
New Business Services:
Business plan preparation, accounting system setup, payroll processing, monthly State and Federal reports and worker’s comp insurance consulting.
Small Business Services:
Tracking Profitability, product pricing and margins, daily debit/credit balance sheets, payroll processing and monthly reporting.
Church or Non-profit Services:
Accounting setup, year-end payroll reports W-2’s, proper allocation of expenses for Pastors,
Staff and Administrators.
Need some advice on your accounting procedures or looking for someone to help with your individual tax returns? Call TransACTions, LLC for an appointment today!
You Run Your Business…..We’ll Crunch the Numbers
TransACTions, LLC
154 North Renfro Street, Suite 202
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Subway - Located at 701 West Pine Street, 1408 Edwood Drive (highway #601),
2241 Rockford Street (Wal-Mart), and 1130 South Main Street (New location opening
soon in former Simmons Nissan Dealership location) Mount Airy, NC 27030. Phone
336-789-1184. The four Subway locations in Mount Airy are locally owned by Bill Juno.
Subway serves sandwiches, salads, soups and TCBY Frozen Treats. Subway is now
open for breakfast with delicious menus beginning at 7:00am until 10:00am. Subway
began in 1965 with a seventeen-year-old entrepreneur who was searching for a way to
pay for his education; Fred DeLuca wanted to become a medical doctor. Today there
are 34,000 locations around the world; Subway is the world’s largest submarine sandwich chain.
…….fresh, delicious, made-to-order sandwiches.
701 West Pine Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Glenwood Development Company –
Located at 9525 Birkdale Crossing Drive, Suite 200 Huntersville, NC 28078. Phone
704-897-1401 or visit Glenwood Development Company,
L.L.C. is a full service commercial real estate development, management and investment company, with offices in Huntersville, NC (main office), Raleigh, NC, Greensboro,
NC and Atlanta, GA.
Glenwood currently owns approximately 2,500,000 square feet of retail properties in
six states. Glenwood specializes in buying and redeveloping retail shopping centers
along the east coast. Properties in Surry County owned by Glenwood include the Surry
Plaza Shopping Center in Mount Airy. A 76,160 square foot center acquired in 1998
and the Pilot Mountain Shopping Center in Pilot Mountain. A 47,348 square foot center
acquired in 1997.
Glenwood Development Company was established in 1990; CEO - John Amols, Leasing Specialist - Kevin McCluskey, other company contacts include: Michael Schutrum,
and Jeff Saul.
Glenwood Development Company
9525 Birkdale Crossing Drive, Suite 200
Huntersville, NC 28078
North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services Mount Airy
Located at 784 West Lebanon Street Mount Airy NC 27030. Phone 336-789-5039 or
visit Vocational Rehabilitation provides qualified employees to
meet the needs of employers. Services include linkages to financial hiring incentives
ADA coaching and employee candidate screening. The NC Vocational Rehabilitation
Services Branch Office in Mount Airy has 7 full time employees. RC-Sherry L. Browning is our main contact along with Business Relations Representative -Amanda Lowe.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services.
These services are provided to people with physical, psychiatric or intellectual disabilities to assist them with living independently and with finding a job and staying on the
The division (known to many simply as “VR”) has local field offices and facilities that
serve every county in North Carolina. VR also directly serve businesses and other organizations by referring to them individuals they have helped prepare for employment
and who are well-matched for jobs with these organizations.
Let VR Work for Your Business.
Minimize your turnover. VR refers screened
applicants who match your job requments.
Cut your hiring costs. You can reduce your
screening and training needs for new
VR’s on-the-job training service compensates
you for providing training to our referral.
Get no-cost follow-up and consultation on any
employee with a disability.
Qualify for one or more tax breaks when you
hire a VR-referred applicant.
Retain valuable workers. We can help you
keep your workers if they acquire a disability.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services…..Helping people with disabilities
to be employed and to live indecently
North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services Mount Airy
784 West Lebanon Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Uncorked in Mayberry – Located at 126 North Main Street Mount Airy, NC
27030. Phone 336-786-1957. Uncorked in Mayberry opened April 2010 and is
owned by Freddie Quesinberry and Keith Thomas. Uncorked in Mayberry is a
unique wine bar and tasting room with a retail wine shop. The interior walls feature wines from all over the world. A beautiful fireplace sits in the center of the
wine shop where you can warm up or just relax on the couch and watch the fire
crackle. Take a seat at the beautiful handcrafted bar where you have a view of
the many wine selections and a view onto Main Street. Sample some of the
world’s greatest wines….many from here in the Yadkin Valley Wine Region.
Take a selection home for the holidays…the perfect gift or the perfect compliment to any dinner. Uncorked in Mayberry is open Monday-Wednesday 11am7pm, Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday & Saturday from 11am-10pm.
Uncorked in Mayberry
126 North Main Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Cutting Edge Tile & Grout Cleaning, LLC – Located at 1153 Holly Springs
Road Mount Airy, NC 27030. Phone 336-325-8398. (Website is currently under
construction).Established in January 2008 by Owner Rick Hunter, Cutting Edge
Tile & Grout Cleaning currently has five employees serving the greater Surry
County area.
Cutting Edge Tile & Grout Cleaning provides tile and stone cleaning; stone restoration and grout repair and is fully licensed and insured. The goal of Cutting
Edge Tile & Grout Cleaning is to provide their customers with astonishing service and the best investment in cleaning and restoring hard surfaces.
Cutting Edge Tile & Grout strives to ensure 100% satisfaction by providing professional and affordable high quality service. With Cutting Edge Tile & Grout
Cleaning there are no surprises and no hidden charges. Let Cutting Edge clean
your floors or hard surfaces like it has never been cleaned before.
“We have a passion for dirty rocks!”
Cutting Edge Tile & Grout Cleaning, LLC
1153 Holly Springs Road
Mount Airy, NC 27030
NWN Corporation – Branch located at 7025 Albert Pick Road Greensboro, NC
27049. Phone 336-217-1341 or visit
NWN is a woman-owned business headquartered in Waltham, MA, with eleven
branches throughout the United States.
NWN Corporation provides clients with a complete range of end-to-end IT services and
solutions. The company brings clients the premier products in the industry, tailored to
their specific needs and situations. These include technologies from Cisco, Microsoft,
HP, Emerson, McAfee, EMC and many others. Clients include major banks, universities, manufacturers, hospitals, and state and local government agencies. NWN solutions include Application Development; Data Center and Virtualization; End User Computing; IT Staffing; nCare® Managed Services; Network Infrastructure; Security; Smart
GovernmentTM; and Unified Communications and Collaboration.
"IT excellence - certified" as shown by some of NWN’s accomplishments:
Being named the 5th fastest-growing, privately-held IT company in the
US (Inc. Magazine)
Being named the 83rd fastest-growing, privately-held company in the
US (Inc. Magazine)
Earning the highest certifications possible with Cisco, HP and
Being one of only four US-based partners to earn Cisco Gold, Cisco
Master Unified Communications certification and the Cisco Customer Satisfaction Excellence certification.
 Winner of McAfee 2010 Public Sector Interlock Solution Provider Award
Named a Top 100 Healthcare Solution Provider by CRN magazine and
 Emerson Network Power Innovation U.S. Partner of the Year
NWN was established in 1985. Principal Owner - Jane Linder. President & CEO- Mont
Phelphs, VP Sales – Shannon Ludwig and our contact is Senior Account Manager –
Ben Smith.To discuss your needs, contact Ben Smith at [email protected] or at 336217-1341 or 336-210-0703.
NWN Corporation
7025 Albert Pick Road
Greensboro, NC 27049
Daily motivation: Building team positivity
by Ken Dooley
There are two truths every business team should know:
1. Positive messages sell, and negative messages usually don’t, and
2. Self confidence is good for most people and necessary for those looking to sell.
For as long as people have been selling, their managers have recognized the importance of positive thinking and confidence.
Here are 10 things to tell your team members that’ll get both out of them:
1. Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative, because positive messages sell more effectively than negative
2. Start every presentation by assuming that prospects will buy from you.
3. Maintain enthusiasm by repeating positive affirmations to yourself, such as: “I will close this sale because I have the
best product.”
4. Invite prospects to imagine how their lives will be improved after they buy your product or service.
5. Be optimistic about the close.
6. When dealing with pessimistic prospects remain upbeat and always return the discussion to the positive side.
7. In addition to optimism, build credibility by learning and studying until you truly become an expert.
8. Don’t raise expectations you can’t meet.
9. Have a firm grip on the true value of your product or service.
10. Remember that enthusiasm may mean more than knowledge.
Adapted from the book AdverSelling by James Hassett.
Chamber Surprise Patrol visits T.P. Supply Company, Inc.
On Thursday October 26,
2010 the Chamber Surprise Patrol paid an unannounced visit to T.P. Supply Company, Inc. located
at 203 Galloway Street in
Mount Airy, NC. The
Chamber Surprise Patrol
entered the office lobby
with balloons, a candy
basket and a box of cookies. We were greeted with
a warm welcome and a
beautiful smile from Lynn
Bickerstaff, who has been
with T.P. Supply Company
for 18 years. Owner of T.P.
Supply Company, Inc.,
Troy Payne was out back
surveying the lot and
would return momentarily. In the mean time, Tyler Payne, Troy’s son who handles the web-based
business logistics working from an adjoining office joined us in the lobby for the celebration. Troy
arrived minutes later and we were able to get the management staff together for a few minutes.
Troy gave us the history of T.P. Supply Company, Inc.
The company started in 1979 and catered to the large industrial and textile manufacturing plants
that were in our area; providing them with chemical and cleaning supplies. As the local economy
changed and the local industries moved out of the country, T.P. Supply Company, Inc. had to
change in order to stay in business. In 2001 T.P. Supply Company, Inc. became a material handing
equipment company; buying new and used storage products that T.P. Supply Company, Inc. refurbished, reconditioned and resold. Dedicated attention to both quality and service has proved successful for T.P. Supply Company, Inc. with repeat customers and an award winning reputation!
“Racking” is now the main focus of T.P. Supply Company, Inc. with customers returning again and
again for quality products with no rust, no stickers, and no bent legs. The customer saves money
and T.P. Supply Company, Inc. provides a service where existing storage materials are refurbished
to a high quality status and put back into the marketplace.
The T.P. Supply Company story is inspiring and one of survival. A small local company adapting to
a global economy and making the necessary changes
to stay in business themselves by finding a niche market that they can become successful at.
We may not be the biggest…..but we’re the best!
Material Handling Equipment
T.P. Supply Company, Inc.
203 Galloway Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Chamber Surprise Patrol Visits
OfficeVision, Inc.
On Tuesday November 2,
2010 The Chamber Surprise Patrol paid an unannounced visit to OfficeVision, Inc. located at 252
North Main Street, Suite
200 Mount Airy, NC. The
Chamber Surprise Patrol
entered the lobby carrying balloons, a candy
basket and a box of cookies for the OfficeVision,
Inc. staff to say “Thank
You for being a Chamber
Member” and to let them
know how much we appreciate their continued
support! Owner, Rich
Kunkel was not in the office that morning so The Chamber Surprise Patrol celebrated with two
lovely ladies, Debbie Hooker and Bessie Comer who take care of business when Rich is away.
Debbie Hooker- Director of Publishing Services has been with OfficeVision, Inc. for 12 ½
years. Bessie Comer- Advertising & Subscriptions Administrator has been with OfficeVision,
Inc. for 6 years.
OfficeVison, Inc. publishes two magazines. Office Solutions –The Magazine for All Things Office…technology, furniture, supplies, equipment, gadgets, ergonomics, news & events, staffing, mailing, solutions and more…..if it’s in the office… it’s in the magazine.
Office Dealer-The Independent Dealers Playbook for Success…dedicated to the independent
dealer of office equipment, supplies and furniture….. each issue explores key trends, hot issues and the latest technologies and products affecting today’s office products, office equipment and office furniture dealers.
These two magazines have a combined readership/circulation of 59,575 and thousands more
of the digital versions.
Rich we are sorry that we missed you but we had a great time celebrating with Debbie and
OfficeVision, Inc.
252 North Main Street, Suite 200
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Chamber Surprise Patrol Visits
Rock Solid Dimensional Stone, Inc.
On Tuesday November 16, 2010 The
Chamber Surprise Patrol paid an unannounced visit to Rock Solid Dimensional
Stone, Inc. located in the Piedmont Triad
West Industrial Park at 581 Mountain View
Lane Mount Airy.
It was a rainy morning but The Chamber
Surprise Patrol was delivering cheerful balloons, a candy basket and a box of cookies
for Doug Porter, owner of Rock Dimensional Stone Inc. and his staff. The Chamber Surprise Patrol was greeted by Arlette
Porter, Doug’s wife, who just happened to
have dropped by for a few minutes (we had
called Arlette to see if she could join us for
the surprise visit). Doug Porter emerged
from his office where he was greeted with
balloons, a candy basket, cookies and a
sincere Thank You for being a Chamber
Member from The Chamber Surprise
After introductions were made Doug asked his staff to join him at the beautiful stone fireplace in the
lobby for a few photos. Rock Solid Dimensional Stone is a fascinating place and Doug was so interesting to talk to. He showed us blue prints of a 30,000 square foot house that calls for 1 million feet of Rock
Solid stone work. His engineers showed us how their computer programs work with the stone cutting
equipment in the cutting room. We were given a tour of the warehouse where all of the cutting is done
and the stone is unloaded and loaded. Doug told us that math revolves around almost everything they
do at Rock Solid Dimensional Stone.
Back in the office we were able to see photos of finished projects and the stone work was amazing!
Doug was so pleasant to talk to that before we knew it we had taken up an hour and half of his time.
Thank you Doug for taking time to visit with us and to educate us about Rock Solid Dimensional Stone,
Rock Solid Dimensional Stone, Inc. is, first and last, a cut stone fabrication facility serving the building
industry up and down the eastern seaboard. They custom cut both exterior and interior architectural details in natural stone per a clients specifications. Their state-of-the art manufacturing plant offers the latest in technology in CNC sawing and finishing. Previous projects include single residential and multiresidence complexes, churches, universities, business and industrial sites, memorials, signage and
Beauty, strength and endurance…natural cut stone…
Rock Solid Dimensional Stone, Inc.
Mountain View Lane
Mount Airy, NC 27030
(336) 789-1996
Chamber Surprise Patrol Visits Select Real Estate
On Tuesday December 7, 2010 The
Chamber Surprise Patrol paid an
unannounced visit to Select Real Estate
located at 1835 Westfield Road Mount
Airy, NC 27030. The Chamber Surprise
Patrol braved the frigid temperatures
carrying a basket of candy, a box of
cookies and two bunches of balloons
just to say “Thank You” to Select Real
Estate for being a Chamber Member.
The Chamber Surprise Patrol entered
the office surprising Deborah Hawks-Chilton, a realtor/broker, with the balloons, the candy, and the
cookies and a camera in hand! After proper introductions of who we were and why we were visiting
Select Real Estate, Deborah seemed to be put at ease. As we were getting to know her, Anne
Peterson realtor/broker/SFR that has been operating the Winston-Salem office arrived and we really
celebrated! Anne and Harry Peterson were the first Select Real Estate people we got to know back in
February 2008 when they decided to join and become a Chamber Member. Today they have two
office locations; 1835 Westfield Road, Mount Airy NC and 406 Harvey Street Winston Salem, NC and
five realtors.
Select Real Estate is an independently owned company committed to ethical and competent real
estate practices. Select Real Estate is a full service brokerage committed to providing their clients with
the kind of professional services and information needed to conduct their real estate transactions with
confidence. Select Real Estate will make you one promise; to work hard and give you the time,
esources and expertise necessary to sell your home or buy your next home. Whether you are a first
time home buyer, a seasoned consumer or relocating to this area, Select agents are there for you from
showing you properties, helping you negotiate a fair price, finding the right lender to the closing table.
Call today and let the Select agents show you the SELECT difference.
Select Real Estate
1835 Westfield Road
Mount Airy, NC 27030
(336) 768- 4198
406 Harvey Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
(336) 774-4799
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Mountain Valley Florist
The Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Mountain Valley
Florist on Thursday November 4,
2010. Owners, Lisa and Rod Lyons
welcomed Chamber Members,
Guests and Family to their new
downtown location at 126 West
Main Street Pilot Mountain, NC.
You could easily see that the holiday’s were just around the corner
as you entered Mountain Valley
Florist….the front showroom was
beginning to look a lot like Christmas with the decorated Christmas
trees and holiday décor on display.
Local Dignitaries were on hand to
congratulate Lisa and Rod Lyons, meet the guests and participate in the celebration.
Assisting with the Ribbon Cutting was: Surry County Commissioner & Chairman - Paul
Johnson, Pilot Mountain Commissioner - Linda Needham and Pilot Mountain Planning
Board Member - A.J. Dauod.
Mountain Valley Florist is a full service florist with designs for every occasion: silk arrangements, fresh arrangements, gift baskets, balloons…..anything from get well to
special occasions can be found at Mountain Valley Florist. Wire orders available and
deliveries made within a 20 mile radius. Call Lisa at Mountain Valley Florist and let her
design something special for you!
Mountain Valley Florist
126 West Main Street
Pilot Mountain, NC 27041
(336) 368-5388
Pine State Marketing
Hosts Chamber Business After Hours Event
Pine State Marketing, Inc. hosted a Chamber Business After Hours Event on Thursday October 28,
2010 at 219 Frederick Street in Mount Airy, NC.
The Business After Hours was held in conjunction
with their Customer Appreciation celebration, and
over 150 Chamber Members, Guests and Customers were in attendance. This annual event is anticipated and looked forward to by many of us because
Bucky Holcomb and the Pine State team plan an
amazing event every year.
This year the food was exceptional and was complimented with wine selections from Round Peak
Vineyards, the entertainment was awesome, Massage Therapist, Krystal Jones gave complimentary
chair massages throughout the evening and everyone got to select a t-shirt of their color choice and
then watch the screen printing process first hand.
Custom wrapped vehicles that Pine State had created were on display for everyone to see up close
what a work of art a wrap really is, also on display
were other custom products such as t-shirts, aprons
and signage. Bucky, Kim and the Pine State Marketing staff thank you for hosting this Business After
Hours event and for making it such a FUN event!
If you are in the market for products, clothing, vehicles, banners, signs, with your name and logo on
them, we suggest you contact Pine State Marketing
and see how they can help you and your business
“Stand Out From The Crowd” with innovative and
creative marketing logo products.
“Stand Out From The Crowd”
Pine State Marketing, Inc.
219 Frederick Street
Mount Airy, N.C
Youth Leadership Surry spends the day in Mount Airy
Youth Leadership Surry spent the day in Mount Airy on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 where activities focused on history and tourism. The YLS class of 2009-2010 met at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, a perfect setting to discuss the history of Surry County.
The morning began with “The History of Surry County” presented by Marion Venable, Executive
Director of Surry Community College Foundation & Coordinator of Grants. Marion Venable, a
respected and knowledgeable local historian, started with this region and it’s terrain over 13,000
years ago and moved forward in time. The students were able to see artifacts that had been unearthed here in Surry County that were used to hunt with and to build things with.
Marion Venable discussed the hardships and struggles of daily life that existed in this region and
what our ancestors had to endure.
Following a short break, the students were given a guided tour of the museum by Benny Burton
a long standing Board Member of the Museum and history enthusiastic. Mrs. Burton led the students on a walk through history where they were able to see items used hundreds of years ago.
After lunch at Barney’s Café on Main Street, the students boarded the Good Time Charley Trolley for a tour of Mount Airy’s historical sites and tourist’s attractions narrated by Esther Johnson,
a history and genealogy enthusiast and a Group Tour Guide and Visitor Specialist for The
Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce. Along the tour Mrs. Johnson pointed out historic
homes, churches and commercial buildings along the route, geological sites like the North Carolina Granite Quarry, the various rivers, tourists attractions like the Andy Griffith Museum, Andy’s
Home Place, the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Floyd’s Barber Shop, Snappy Lunch, just to name a
The day ended back at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History with an evaluation completed by the students on the days focus and activities.
Youth Leadership Surry is a leadership and professional development program, sponsored by
the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and executed by the Chamber’s Education Support Committee. YLS began in 2000, and has educated, engaged and enlightened 300 local high
school students by introducing them to their peers, giving them a unique view of the workings of
Surry County, instilling a sense of pride about their hometown and the importance of leadership
and responsibility to service as they become the future leaders of tomorrow.
This week will complete the program for the YLS Class of 20092010 with group presentations being presented at a graduation program that will also welcome the
incoming Class of 2010-2011 and
their parents. The Chamber of
Commerce wishes to thank all of
those who have worked with the
Youth Leadership Surry Program!
Your guidance, leadership and wisdom in the execution of this program have been invaluable! And a
special Thanks to our Business
Members who have made monetary contributions to this program!
Surrey Bank & Trust of Mount Airy 145 N. Renfro Street 23rd in the
Largest Commercial Lending Banks in the Triad by The Business
Mayberry Mall on Andy Griffith Parkway/Hwy 52 was ranked 21 of the
Largest Triad Shopping Centers by The Business Journal.
John S. Clark Company, LLC Announces Promotion
Barry Hennings, President of John S. Clark Company
announced today that Neil Burchette has been promoted
to the position of Corporate Safety Director. Mr.
Hennings said, “Neil joined us in April, 2006 as a
Project Manager after many years with RJ Reynolds
Tobacco Co.
We are working on our 2011 Business
Directory. Please check to ensure your
information is up to date!
SouthData Acquires Document Technology
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. ─ SouthData, Inc. of Mount Airy, N.C., a national, full-service document management
provider has acquired the assets of Document Technology, Inc. of Mobile, Ala., a company specializing in microfilm, imaging, storage and retrieval.
The acquisition was effective on Nov. 1, 2010, and is SouthData’s second acquisition in the market and city.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Document Technology is a well respected company in this market. We are very pleased to have them join
our team.” said SouthData President John Springthorpe, III.
Document Technology, formerly American Microfilm and Records Management, began as a microfilm service bureau in 1983, later expanding its market into the electronic arena.
Mike Avery, formerly with Document Technology, will assume the role of General Manager for the combined
operations at 4344 Downtowner Loop South and 1508 Azalea Road, both in Mobile. Larry Emrich who led
the Micro Images division will continue to serve SouthData as a special project consultant prior to his retirement next year.
“I am thrilled to have someone of Mike’s caliber and experience leading this operation for us,” Springthorpe
continued. “Mike has a wealth of knowledge in this field, having worked in the document management industry for 19 years.”
“Document Technology has been dedicated to providing quality service and products for its clients for 27
years,” Springthorpe said. “Former Document Technology customers, who are now SouthData clients, will
benefit from a company who is passionate about customer service and innovative technologies. We look
forward to working with our new clients and partners, while expanding our product offerings throughout
the southeastern United States.”
SouthData will continue to provide archiving, ROI, RAC and day-forward scanning to clients in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida in the healthcare, government, education, insurance and legal markets. SouthData also
provides print and electronic billing statements, payment coupon books and newsletters to thousands of
clients throughout the country in the healthcare, government, utility, real estate and financial services markets. Founded in 1985, SouthData's corporate headquarters is located in Mount Airy. The company also has
a production and sales facility in Tempe, Ariz.
For additional information about this press release, please contact:
Julie L.S. Pharr
Marketing Manager
336.783.5902 Direct
336.719.5000 Switchboard
Insteel Industries Acquires Assets of Ivy
Steel & Wire for $51.1M
November 22, 2010
MOUNT AIRY, N.C., -- Insteel Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: IIIN) today announced that its
wholly-owned subsidiary, Insteel Wire Products Company has purchased certain of the assets of
Ivy Steel & Wire, Inc. for a purchase price of approximately $51.1 million, subject to certain
post-closing adjustments.
Ivy, a division of Oldcastle, Inc, the U.S. holding company of CRH PLC (NYSE: CRH), is one
of the nation's largest producers of welded wire reinforcement and wire products for concrete
construction applications. Ivy operates five facilities, which are located in Arizona, Florida,
Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas. In 2009, Ivy reported net sales of $104.3 million
Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Insteel acquired, among other assets, certain of
Ivy's inventories and its production facilities located in Hazleton, Pennsylvania; Jacksonville,
Florida; Kingman, Arizona; and St. Joseph, Missouri in addition to the production equipment
located at its Houston, Texas facility for $37.6 million of cash and a $13.5 million secured subordinated note payable to Ivy over five years. Ivy retains, among other assets, accounts receivable and the assets associated with its Pilot Steel operations located in Pompano Beach, Florida.
The purchase price is subject to an adjustment to be determined based upon the closing working
capital balance and may be further adjusted if Ivy does not comply with certain obligations contained in the purchase agreement. The cash portion of the purchase price was funded from cash
and cash equivalents on hand.
"The addition of Ivy's facilities to our existing geographic footprint enhances Insteel's competitiveness in the Northeast, Midwest and Florida markets in addition to providing a platform to
serve west coast markets more effectively," commented H.O. Woltz III, Insteel president and
chief executive officer. "We expect that the integration of Ivy will result in enhanced customer
service capabilities and significantly lower operating costs."
About Insteel
Insteel is one of the nation's largest manufacturers of steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. Insteel manufactures and markets PC strand and welded wire
reinforcement, including concrete pipe reinforcement, engineered structural mesh ("ESM") and
standard welded wire reinforcement. Insteel's products are sold primarily to manufacturers of
concrete products that are used in nonresidential construction. Headquartered in Mount Airy,
North Carolina, Insteel operates six manufacturing facilities located in the United States.
November 11 - North Carolina's Yarbrough Transfer Company is performing a
significant project for the North Carolina Granite Corp., moving approximately 70
granite blocks from Mount Airy, NC to Jersey City, NJ.
The blocks weigh approximately 29.4 tonnes each and measure 3.6 m long, 1.8
m wide and 1.8 m tall (pictured below). While the granite blocks are not that bulky, they
are very fragile and require delicate handling. In total, the job will involve 70 loads, one
granite block per load.
This project is of significance from a national perspective, because the granite blocks
will be used to build a monument in memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on
Roosevelt Island in New York.
Once the granite blocks reach Jersey City, NJ, they are shipped by barge to Roosevelt
Island, where the blocks will be used to construct the monument.
Teresa Hurd and Robin Weaver
We have an exclusive gourmet coffee blend including 3
beans which is Honduran, Brazillian and African
organic bean.
Mayberry Coffee…
Porch sittin’ pleasure in every cup!
P.O. Box 6722
Mount Airy NC 27030(336) 786-4492 | Fax: (336) 789-4186
[email protected]
Holiday Marketing, a Few Favorite Things
Small Business Trends
In the spirit of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things and the twelve days of
Christmas here’s a list of classic favorites for marketing during the holiday
season. Big business knows that Christmas is a big season for sales. It’s the
chance to get those finances in the black and clear out inventory for the next
It is no different for small businesses. But true to the spirit of the season, the Holidays are a great time to connect on a deeper level with our customers. You get the chance to leave them with a good feeling and good impression of the soul and the service of your company. And that’s good for business! So here’s our list:
CHRISTMAS CARDS JR Griggs, author of 10 Ways to Put Yourself Out of Business suggests that you “send
out Christmas Cards instead of emails. People will hang a Christmas Card but they will not print and hang an
email.” This way your business remains in front of your customer all season long.
HOLIDAY ATMOSPHERE Create a holiday atmosphere on and off-line. For brick and mortar companies,
consider playing Christmas music and giving away seasonal treats. It sticks in your customers mind, and that’s
the goal, to be the top thought for whatever the service or product that you provide. As for web based companies
consider adding a little Christmas to the site. You could spruce up your header or banner. Or create a special
Holiday page. Use it to connect with customers. Conduct Holiday themed surveys, promote Christmas discounts or any Seasonal newsworthy events on that page.
FUND-RAISING Yes, we are talking about marketing, so that we can raise our funds. But in this case, let’s
focus on the season and give something away first. Support a cause that you believe in. It puts your companies
name out there for a good cause and brings in sales and new customers.
BRANDED GIFTS Provide the giveaway item at the next party or local event, and make sure the gift items are
tastefully branded with your company and contact information. Barbara Wells, SVP, Staples Promotional Products, says that “according to the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), 52% of recipients do
business with a company after receiving its promotional item.”
COUPONS ! “Coupons are a winning strategy holiday season or not,” says
J.W. Arnold of PRDC, a public relations and marketing company based in
Washington, DC. “Times are still tough and while consumers will spend
more during the holiday season, they are still very cost conscious and will
jump on a coupon offer.” Make sure that it:
1. promotes a product that clients will respond to, and
2. is time sensitive in order to encourage a prompt purchase.
Most of these tips are classic, Christmas marketing tools (some of which can
be used all year round). Consider this your Holiday reminder. And
although we are already in the season, you can implement these
quickly. The best marketing plan is the one that you actually implement.
Why not buy a HOT DEAL this season?
Create a HOT DEAL COUPON that is launched on our
website and facebook page for just $10.00 for 3 months.
5 Ways to Capitalize on the Social Deals Trend
by Janet Meiners Thaeler / Small Business Trends
Here are five tips to getting the most from group deal sites:
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1. Use Them to Drive Social Media Engagement
Consider adding an extra gift or additional dollars off when people who buy also “Like” your Facebook Page or
become a follower on Twitter.
2. Promote Special Packages
You could put together a package deal or event just for your Coupon deal that is a preview of your business
offerings but may not appeal to existing customers
3. Help Staff Prepare for the New Business
According to the survey referenced above, one of the biggest predictors of success is how happy workers are. It
workers are treated badly and not prepared, it could hurt the promotion.
4. Get Repeat Business by Collecting E-mail Addresses
Then you can let them know about upcoming events or promotions and hopefully build a more long-term
5. Have Customers Pay Right on Facebook
I’m noticing that once on Facebook and Twitter, people want to stay on the site, not click through to another.
You could offer them deals directly from your Facebook Page.
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Cost of 'The 12 Days of Christmas' items spikes this year,
nearing $100,000.
PITTSBURGH Jenifer Yates MSNBC — In the unlikely event that your
Christmas list this year includes every item mentioned in "The Twelve
Days of Christmas," be prepared to pay nearly $100,000.
Trying to buy the 364 items repeated in all the song's verses — from 12
drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree — would cost $96,824,
an increase of 10.8 percent over last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management.
So you might want to try for one of everything. That would cost only
$23,439, or 9.2 percent more than last year.
The 27th annual holiday index has historically mirrored the national Consumer Price Index, but not this year. The PNC Christmas Price Index grew 9.2 percent from last year,
compared with just a 1.1 percent increase in the much broader Consumer Price Index.
Jim Dunigan, managing executive of investment for PNC Wealth Management, said that's because the whimsical holiday price index looks at a much smaller group of goods and services.
Even within the index itself, there are some goods that have seen small increases and others that
have seen larger ones, he said.
Also, gold prices are high — which pushed the cost of five gold rings up 30 percent to $649.95
— as was the cost of hiring entertainers. Not to mention the birds.
"There's no doubt that our feathered friends in general make up a good portion of the increase,"
Dunigan said. The price of feed and availability led to a 78.6 percent increase in the price of two
turtle doves, to $100, and a whopping 233 percent increase in the cost of three French hens, to
Dunigan said that higher prices aren't necessarily a bad thing."The good news is that the
economy is improving, and we are starting to see some pockets of price increases, as long as the
total basket is controlled," he said.
Only four of the 12 gifts in the song didn't go up in price from last year: the pear tree ($149, not
including the partridge), four calling birds ($599.96), six geese ($150) and the eight maids-amilking ($58).
The most expensive item on the list was $6,294.03 to hire nine ladies dancing, a 15 percent increase from last year. The cheapest was $12 for one partridge, a 20 percent increase.
PNC Financial Services Group Inc. checks jewelry stores, dance companies, pet stores and other
sources to compile the list. Some of its sources this year include the National Aviary in Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Ballet Company.
Now’s the time to start prepping if you want to take
advantage of the new tax rules for next year.
Here are five new tax breaks you may be able to take advantage of in
2011, by way of financial expert Tim Begany:
1. Higher standard deductions: The standard deduction for single
people is $250 higher. Head of household is $50 higher. Married couples
stay the same.
2. No limit on itemized deductions: This is a one-time offer, as most
limits will most likely be reinstated next year. But for this tax season, there
is no limit on the number of itemized or standard deductions a person can
3. Higher earned income credit: This credit is meant to help low- to
mid-income taxpayers who’ve been hard hit over the past few years. It’s
higher than last year’s credit (up to $5,662), but can only be claimed if
your gross income falls within a lower tax bracket.
4. Health insurance deductions for the self employed: A new federal
tax break may be able to net you as much as 15% more in healthcare
deductions, if you own your own company or work as an independent
contractor (It’s a nice way to offset those 1099s). The new law allows the
self-employed to deduct healthcare expenses before adding in their
self-employment taxes, which generally adds up to a much more
significant deduction.
5. Tax-free employer-paid parking and transit costs: Some companies
have either cut the amount they’ll contribute to employees’ parking/transit
costs, or eliminated contributions altogether. With that in mind, this year
the IRS offers up to $230 a month for those expenses, tax free. You may
need to check to see if you qualify (and whether your employer is obligated), but if you’re paying huge monthly fees to park or travel to and from
work out of pocket, this tax break could offer up to $2,700 a year in relief.
Source: “7 New Tax Breaks for 2011,” by Tim Begany, 10/27/10,
In the month of November 2010 the staff of the Mount Airy
Visitors Center greeted 4,655 Visitors which was up 19%
from November 2009. Year to date from January 2010November 2010 the staff greeted 74,381 Visitors which was
up 11% from January 2009-November 2009.
The Top 10 State Represented include-NC, VA, OH, SC, FL,
GA, PA, WV, TN, and NY. The staff also greeted visitors from
far away state in the month of November 2010 including,
Alaska, California, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Utah and
New Mexico.
The staff greeted International Visitors from Germany, Russia,
Holland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom
and Canada. The staff tracked 12 from Canada in the month of
Nov 2010.
Since the Visitor Center opened its doors in November 2005 at
The Chamber of Commerce the staff has greeted 291,318
Also the Occupancy Tax Collections from November 2010 also
were positive with a increase of 25% from November 2009.
Year to date the Occupancy Tax Collection are up 10.91% from
last year.
Mount Airy is in the
Website Stats
In the month of October 2010 the
website was busy with 3,315,985 Hits and 69,160 Unique
Mount Airy Featured in
Frankfurter Allgemeine
(Newspaper in Germany)
The top 10 Cities in the United States that visited the website was in order from highest
to lowest Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Atlanta, Durham,
Winston Salem, High Point, Seattle-WA and Columbia SC.
Through the efforts of the
North Carolina Division of
Tourism, Film & Sports
Development, and Mount Airy
Tourism Officials-Mount Airy
received coverage
in the October 14, 2010 edition
of Frankfurter Allgemeine.
-You Tube Account set up for Mount Airy and directed
through our page we are
constantly adding new video footage to this site on a
monthly basis. We also have a Mount Airy Twitter account
with over 581 followers that are following us and receiving
our Marketing Message including- Lowes Foods, President
Obama, Blue Ridge Parkway Daily, NC Rural Center,
Representative Sarah Stevens, Virginia Foxx, Governor
Perdue, Fox Charlotte, AAA, Southern Living, NC
Commerce, US Travel Association, Fox 8 News, Winston
Salem Journal (just to name a few)
WXII News Channel 12
covered the story under
the Project Economy section of the news titled
“Tourism Figures Continue
Climbing In Mount Airy on
November 16, 2011. “
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Airy, N.C. 27030
336-786-6116 Main
336-786-1488 Fax
The Mission of the Greater Mount Airy
Chamber of Commerce is to advance,
promote and encourage successful business
growth for our members.
Betty Ann Collins - President
Email: [email protected]
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Yvonne Nichols - Executive Assistant and Autumn Leaves Festival Director
Email: [email protected]
Main Line Extension 5
Jessica Icenhour - Tourism Director
Email: [email protected]
Main Line Extension 3
Tanya Taylor- Membership and Communication Director
Email: [email protected]
Main Line Extension 4
Fawn Shaw - Visitor Specialist
Email: [email protected]
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