Thursday, April 29, 2010

High Tech Ways to Save at the Supermarket

Have you seen the Coupon Mom, Stephanie Nelson, on the Today Show or
Oprah or numerous other shows buying over $100 of groceries for less
than $5 at checkout?, her free website, continues to
grow as shoppers learn to use web technology to save up to $6000 a
year at the grocery store. is the largest grocery
savings website of its kind with over 2.4 million members, up from
200,000 in early 2008.

Consumers are taking advantage of the recession coupon craze, as over
$800 million more dollars were saved with coupons in 2009 than in
2008, according to a Valassis marketing survey. Grocery coupon
redemption increased by 27% in 2009 and continues to increase in 2010.

"Consumers are focusing more on planning their trips to the grocery
store to save money," said Nelson, "Being able to go to the web to
find the best grocery deals at their stores, print coupons, load
electronic coupons on their store cards, and even use their cell phone
to access their shopping list helps save money without taking a lot of

Printable grocery coupons are the fastest-growing source of coupons as
busy shoppers seek "on-demand" savings. In 2009, internet
distribution of coupons increased by 92% and consumer redemption of
these coupons is up over 360%. members alone printed
over $40 million worth of free grocery coupons in 2009. "We will most
certainly see an increase in the number of printable coupons available
in 2010," said Nelson.

The website helps shoppers save by teaching "Strategic Shopping." offers free membership and a tutorial, and the "Grocery
Deals by State" section makes saving simple by listing the best
grocery deals at thousands of supermarkets across the country. These
lists combine sale prices with store promotions and coupons, helping
any shopper achieve dramatic savings.

Shoppers can even use their cell phone in the store to find grocery
deals and have coupons electronically loaded on their store loyalty
card. has a new mobile version to help shoppers create
their shopping lists on the go.

Nelson's new book, The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery
Bills in Half,
(Published by Avery, a member of Penguin Group, USA), on the New York
Times Bestseller List for four weeks is more proof that consumers are
hungry for new ways to save. It is a relevant and timely resource for
families nationwide.

"Saving money doesn't have to be complicated," says Nelson. "We
outline my Strategic Shopping Method and show consumers how easy it is
to save at every type of store, in every department within the grocery
store, and for every type of shopper."

Nelson realizes that not everyone who wants to save has the time to
clip coupons before they shop. Her book tailors practical advice to
different types of shoppers, and enables even the busiest consumers
to save up to 30% by shopping strategically.

A new wave of couponing is taking the nation by storm, and Stephanie
Nelson knows all the tricks of the trade. To learn more about new
couponing trends and for an online tutorials, go to

May's Emerging Artists Schedule Announced for Yn Wine Cafe

Yn Wine Café has announced its Emerging Artist Series schedule for the
first four Sundays in May. The line-up for the Sunday, May 30 show
will be announced at a later date.

May 2—Andy Seets & Rene Russell
Andy Seets
Seets, a professional major recording label artist, was raised in
Charlotte and continues to play locally. He has 15 years of music
experience including being a musician, performer and teacher. Most
recently, he was the guitarist for Black Market Radio and has
performed all over the globe. He's been signed to multiple recording
labels and played sessions for Artista and High Chief Records. Seets
has had the privilege of being billed with such artist as Bryan Adams,
Foreigner, Peter Frampton and the Doobie Brothers.

René Russell
René is a singer/songwriter from Orlando, FL. She spent her formative
years in Tulsa, OK with her family where she sang at every
opportunity. In 1992, she started singing in her first professional
band, and since then, she has performed in a variety of venues – small
coffee shops, private parties, radio shows and stadiums. She has
worked with name acts such as John Tesh and Linda Ronstadt.

May 9—Chris Harris, Jim Garrett & Steve Simpson
Chris Harris
Chris is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter living in Charlotte.
Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains and raised in the Pacific Northwest,
Chris was enthralled with the sounds jazz, country, blues and rock 'n'
roll. He taught himself guitar and began his musical journey by
endlessly spinning old records, replicating the vocals and guitar
lines from popular musicians. Mixing his own brand of grassroots
"soul stew," Chris gravitates toward songs with great lyrics, good
rhymes and moving melodies. Chris is a member of Nashville
Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

Jim Garrett
Garrett has been playing guitar and performing since he was 8 years
old. He plays a variety of music, but mainly plays country and
Americana. Garrett's shows are very high energy and provide something
for all tastes of music. He gets a lot of his inspiration from a
variety of songwriters, musicians and bands including Buck Owens,
Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams, Hank Williams, Jr.,
Eagles, Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Rolling Stones, The Who, Hank
Williams III, Tricia Yearwood, Dell McCury, Ronda Vincent andCreedence
Clearwater Revival.

Steve Simpson
Simpson started playing guitar as a teenager and joined a band in Rock
Hill, SC when he was in high school. After writing a couple of songs
in his early 20s, he settled down and spent the next 20 years raising
a family and building a career as a chemical engineer. In 1995, he
began writing songs again and became active in NSAI. For Simpson,
writing songs is a hobby – a great way to communicate and share his
feelings with people.

May 16—Sara Scott & Adam Whiting
Sara Scott
Sara's music is fresh, honest and beautiful. She plays regularly in
Charlotte, the surrounding area and Nashville, TN. Sara's album, "The
Way of Things," can be found on iTunes, Amazon, DigStation and CD
Baby. Sara is currently working on her second studio project
entitled, "Love Without Love," and will be available later this year.

Adam Whiting
Adam is a native of Scituate, MA, but now resides in Charlotte. He's
a singer-songwriter with roots that delve deep into classical music
culture. In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar
Performance from UNC School of the Arts. Adam's playing style is an
eclectic mix of elements that inspire him. His classical training is
represented with intricate finger-style patterns while his lyrics
reach for the poetry of Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake. His latest
release, "Civilian," showcases his transition from classical guitar to
folk singer-songwriter, proving to his listeners that he can fluently
wear both hats.

May 23—Angie Medlin with Tom Williams & Steve Pelland
Angie Medlin with Tom Williams
Working in the radio industry gave Angie exposure to different types
and styles of music. In late 1996 during an after-hours event, she
was coaxed into singing at a local club. No one, not even Angie,
expected what that night might bring. She then taught herself to play
guitar and slowly began to write lyrics that would one day become
songs, all along continuing to practice her vocal work. By 2003, she
was ready to step into the spotlight as the lead vocalist for Shade, a
funk-rock original band based in Charlotte. In late 2007, Angie
created Sid Hippo Management, a small publishing company that is her
home base for her work as a songwriter and performer. By 2008, Sid
Hippo obtained ASCAP membership and manages the publishing and
performing rights to 20 original songs. In October 2008, Angie joined
forces with Williams to create the acoustic duo "Ang." Since then,
the two have played more than 60 shows and multiple benefit concerts.

Steve Pelland
Steve is a graduate of the Modern School of Music where he studied
Jazz, majoring in Bass and Composition. Steve studied with the
acclaimed bass-baritone, Norman Nadeau, and was featured on WDAV-FM's
"Main Street Sessions" program where he performed in studio. He was
also featured on Charlotte's Fox News Rising as an up-and-coming

Please note the schedule is subject to change. There is no cover
charge, doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more
information about the Emerging Artist Series, please contact Sasha
Rabon by calling (704) 724-6150 or emailing

About Yn Wine Café
Yn Wine Café, located at 1315 East Blvd., Charlotte, is a true Napa
Valley wine bar in the heart of Dilworth. It has a collection of
award-winning wines, daily drink specials and small plates of
delicious light fare. Yn Wine Café's hours of operation are Sunday
from 5 to 11 p.m.; Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; and
Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Yn Wine Café is owned and
operated by Captiva Restaurant Group who also own and operate 131 Main
Restaurants, an upscale casual dining restaurant serving updated
American classics with an emphasis on fresh food with four locations
in North Carolina, including one in Dilworth. For more information,

LivingSocial launches its group buying site in Charlotte

On Thursday, social commerce leader launched its
Deals program in Charlotte, making it one of the 18 cities to help
people explore great things to do at even better prices. By signing up
for LivingSocial's free daily online service, people are saving an
average of 50-70% at their favorite places, such as the hottest local
restaurants, spas, sporting events, hotels, and other local attractions.

The benefits of LivingSocial Deals are twofold – local merchants have
the opportunity to connect with LivingSocial's user base of more than
85 million, and customers are able to save on places they already
attend or visit locations that are a splurge.

LivingSocial users throughout the country saved an average of more
than $32 each in March, and have saved tens of millions of dollars
since the launch of Deals in 2009. By signing up for LivingSocial's
free daily online service, people are saving an average of 50-70% at
their favorite places, such as the hottest local restaurants, spas,
sporting events, hotels, and other local attractions.

Because LivingSocial wants to give consumers more availability to the
program, the company is launching hyperlocal deals for the Seattle
area. Now consumers in areas like Tacoma and Bellevue will start
getting deals targeted to their location, in addition to Seattle
proper. Hyperlocal deals not only help more consumers explore new
things in their city, but these deals also provide merchants with a
greater opportunity to reach local audiences on the LivingSocial Deals

LivingSocial is now live in 18 markets including: Washington, D.C.,
New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, Los
Angeles, the Twin Cities, Chicago, Raleigh Durham, Denver, San Diego,
the San Fernando Valley, Portland, Orange County, Charlotte and
Philadelphia. Dozens of additional cities are expected to roll out in
the coming months. For more information or to sign up your city, go to

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sun Valley High School Teacher to be Recognized as One of Six Top Agricultural Teachers in the U.S.

Sun Valley High School Agricultural Teacher, Doug Latta, will be
recognized as one of six top Ag Teachers in the country by receiving a
2-year lease of a 2010 Toyota Tundra Double Cab during the Regional
FFA Competition awards ceremony on April 27th. At the event FFA
Chapters will be rewarded for their efforts within their communities.

Union County Agricultural Center
3230 Presson Road
Monroe, NC 28112-9162

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The presentation is scheduled to start at 1pm.

Doug Latta, Sun Valley High School Agricultural Teacher and Award

Chris Cady, Scott Clark's Toyota General Manager

Dr. Lorraine Collins, County Career and Technical Education Director

Six National Association of Agricultural Educator (NAAE) members are
being recognized as the top Ag teachers across the country. As part of
a $1.4 million sponsorship with the National FFA Foundation, Toyota
Motor Sales is awarding Doug Latta with a 2-year lease on a Tundra
Double Cab. Latta will be presented with the keys to his truck to
drive it for the first time.

ROC Advisory Group opens office in SouthPark, Offers free financial planning workshops

ROC Advisory Group, a full-service financial planning firm
specializing in helping individuals and businesses build and protect
their financial security, has opened an office in the Rotunda Building
in SouthPark (4201 Congress Street, Suite 440, Charlotte, NC 28209).
The company provides insurance, investing, retirement, estate
planning, and wealth preservation assistance.

ROC Advisory Group also offers free workshops to individuals wanting
to learn how to better manage their money and save for retirement.
These educational non-sales workshops are held every Tuesday from 4:00
p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the
ROC Advisory Group office.

ROC Advisory Group consists of a team of insurance advisors, certified
financial planners, certified public accountants and estate planning
attorney's and offers a range of financial products and services. For
more information on ROC Advisory Group, please call (704) 247-9999 or

Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems Partners with Queen's Cup Steeplechase to Benefit Make-A-Wish

Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems ( added to the
thrill of the race as a course partner and sponsor of the 15th annual
Queen's Cup Steeplechase, held April 24 to benefit Make-A-Wish. In
addition to being a course partner, Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems
sponsored the annual Hat Contest and provided all the trophies for the
races, the hat contest and the IAMS Terrier Races. Julie Haack,
president of Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems joined Wylie Fox of
Sonitrol in presenting The Queen's Cup trophy to Danielle Hodsdon,
jockey of the winning horse NationBuilder in a special ceremony in the
Donald E. Haack Winners Circle.

Attendees eagerly purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win one of
the many great prizes, including an 18K two-tone gold diamond bracelet
with alternating yellow and white sections of bead set diamonds with a
retail value of $2,000 donated by Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems.
All proceeds from the raffle benefit Make-A-Wish.

"We have been involved with the Queen's Cup Steeplechase since its
inception," says Julie Haack, president of Donald Haack Diamonds &
Fine Gems. "We are pleased to support this fine event and its
contribution to local charities."

Founded in 1996, the Queen's Cup Steeplechase is held annually on the
last Saturday of April in Mineral Springs, N.C. The Queen's Cup
Steeplechase, produced by the Charlotte Steeplechase Association,
Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has raised over $450,000 for
its charities since 1996. The Association has significantly benefited
some wonderful charities over the years including Hospice of Union
County, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Catawba Lands Conservancy and
since 2008, Make-A-Wish.

Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems – recipient of the 2007 Charlotte
Ethics in Business Award and the national 2007 American Business
Ethics Award – offers the finest jewelry at sensible prices,
customizes jewelry designs, provides thorough jewelry appraisal
services, executes high quality jewelry repair, and buys and sells
diamonds and gold using personal, long-term connections to diamond and
fine gem suppliers around the world. A well-established tradition in
Charlotte, Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems and its team of specially
trained and educated staff have offered expertise unmatched in the
region for more than 25 years. Visit or call
704-365-4400 for more information.

Friday, April 23, 2010

CMS recycling logo and slogan winners announced

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth
Day on Thursday, April 22, with a variety of activities held across
the district. One of the activities included unveiling the district's
new recycling logo at Hawthorne High School.

CMS students were invited to create a new recycling logo and slogan
for the district's recycling program. The district received 52 entries
and eight judges from area businesses, the county and district helped
select the winning artwork. The winning slogan was created by Harding
University High School student Simone McDuffie and the logo was
created by Hawthorne High School student Kyleigh Varvel. The new
artwork will be used on all promotional material starting next school
year, including on the recycling carts and bins. The winning logo and
runner-up entries are attached.

"It is so exciting to be part of the winning artwork," Kyleigh said.
"I used an apple because I always liked drawing them when I was a kid."

CMS and Mecklenburg County's Solid Waste and Recycling Department
created the art contest to promote the county's conversion to single-
stream recycling where households, businesses and schools will be able
to mix paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans and glass into one
recycling cart beginning on July 1.

"Recycling is very important even in school and everybody should do
it," said Simone, who created the winning slogan 'Be Cool! Recycle In

Republic Waste Services sponsored the contest and awarded $1,000 to
both schools during the Earth Day ceremony.

Jaylan Mobley, an eighth-grade student from John Taylor Williams
Middle School, was named first-runner up, and an entry from Cornelius
Elementary was named second runner-up. The Cornelius entry was created
by the following students: Teddy Coyer, Lauren Hooks, Kristian Madsen,
Christopher Pennella, Roman Uglehus and Maggie Wagner. All schools
received a certificated framed in recycled bicycle tires and goodie
bags that included notebooks, Frisbee, key chains that were made out
of recycled material.

Jennifer Roberts, chair of the Board of County
Commissioners, spoke about the single-stream conversion at the
ceremony and presented the awards during the ceremony.

"The single-stream conversion is going to save us a lot of money
because we will only have to pick up recycling every other week," she
said. "The new recycling carts will be bigger so more items can be
recycled leading to an increase in participation. This will prevent
more items from going to our landfills."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Realtors(r) Care Day Announces Green Initiative

The second-annual Realtors® Care Day, an all-day, home-repair
initiative sponsored by the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association's
Housing Opportunity Foundation on April 23, will pave the road toward
a brighter future for 30 deserving homeowners as it literally paves
the road for drivers in Union County.

Boggs Paving, Inc., a contractor headquartered in Monroe, N.C., is
supporting the project and its 650 area Realtor®volunteers by
utilizing a recycling method that will be implemented for the first
time in North Carolina. The process – post-consumer reclaimed asphalt
shingles (PRAS) – removes nails and debris from discarded shingles
before grinding them into particles that are blended back into
asphalt. The result is a recycled "green" product for paving and
resurfacing roads; one that limits the use of virgin petroleum and
aggregates processed from the earth, reducing both consumer expense
and the use of environmentally costly landfill space.

Boggs Paving and other companies across the state have been recycling
scrap from asphalt-shingle manufacturers (pre-consumer) for years, but
this marks the first time a company has received a permit from the
N.C. Department of Energy and Natural Resources (NCDENR) to undertake
the post-consumer "ROOFS to ROADS" process at the asphalt-
manufacturing facility. Plans call for Boggs to retrieve and recycle
shingles from eight homes that have roof repair or replacement needs.
The reclaimed shingles from Realtors® Care Day homes will be used in
late summer 2010 to resurface several roads in Union and Anson counties.

"We are honored to play a small role in helping area Realtors® improve
housing conditions for those who need a helping hand to ensure a safer
environment," says Drew Boggs, president of Boggs Paving. "This
opportunity allows us to serve our neighbors while spotlighting an
emerging green technology that will preserve our natural resources."

Joe Rempson, 2010 Realtors® Care Day co-chair, says, "We are extremely
grateful for Boggs' support, which will eliminate thousands of dollars
in dumping fees but, more important, will provide the means to
conserve through recycling. This fulfills a goal we set for ourselves
last year – to enhance our community-wide project by incorporating
sustainable, environmentally sensitive elements.

About Realtors® Care Day - April 23, 2010
Realtors® Care Day was initiated by the Housing Opportunity Foundation
in 2009 as an extension of its commitment to affordable, fair and safe
housing, and to provide an opportunity for Realtors® to give back to
the communities in which they live. This year's event is held during
National Fair Housing Month and National Volunteer Week.

Armed with paint, toolboxes, building supplies and a spirit of
volunteerism, some 650 Realtors® will help 30 homeowners across
Mecklenburg and Iredell counties with necessary but often unaffordable
exterior home repairs and/or adaptive safety modifications for the
elderly and disabled.

Last year's inaugural event had a community-wide impact of more than
$200,000 and the Realtors® Care Day committee is poised to build upon
this success. In recognition of this initiative, last month the
National Association of Realtors® and the U.S. Conference of Mayors
designated Charlotte as an Ambassador City, which includes a $5,000
grant in support of the project.

Seven regional housing nonprofits are collaborating with the committee
leaders to identify eligible homeowners, including City of Charlotte's
Neighborhood and Business Services Department, Habitat for Humanity of
Charlotte, Habitat for Humanity of Iredell County, Habitat for
Humanity of Matthews, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, Love INC and the
Davidson Housing Coalition – HAMMERS Program. For more information on
Realtors® Care Day 2010, visit the project's Web site at

Boggs Paving, Inc., (BPI) headquartered in Monroe, N.C., is a full-
service highway/heavy contractor serving customers throughout North
and South Carolina. Established in 1994, the company owns and
operates five of the most productive and efficient asphalt-
manufacturing facilities in the Carolinas, one rock quarry, one sand
mine and multiple recycling operations. More than 400 professionals
perform turnkey services that include grading, asphalt paving,
surveying/construction layout, asphalt reclamation and more. In
recent years, BPI has made significant strides in developing and
evolving its cutting-edge environmental focus. It has added recycling
and reclamation processes for shingles and concrete, and is one of the
leading contractors in the U.S. using Warm Mix Asphalt.

The Housing Opportunity Foundation is the charitable arm of the
Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association. The foundation is dedicated
to funding, education, advocacy and leadership programs that are
focused on fair and affordable housing and workforce-housing
initiatives. The foundation serves to position and educate Realtors®
as leaders, promote homeownership and provide funding to create
housing opportunities.

The Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association is a trade association
that leads, educates and equips members to be productive. It provides
more than 7,000 Realtor® members with the resources and services
needed to conduct ethical, professional, successful and profitable
businesses. The association is dedicated to being the region's primary
resource for residential real estate information. The association
operates the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CMLS), which
has approximately 8,500 Subscribers and is the private cooperative
Realtors® use for access to tens of thousands of residential listings
in a 10-county service area, including the high-growth Charlotte area,
as well as listings outside this service area.

Linet Americas Unveils New Headquarters in Charlotte

Linet, a leading producer of innovative hospital bed technology in
Europe with sales in more than 70 countries around the world, is
opening its American headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.

At a time of impending change for healthcare providers, Linet Americas
will expand the availability of its proven, easy-to-use and affordable
hospital beds and related products to this new market with a showroom,
warehouse and offices, adding over 50 jobs to the Charlotte region
over the next three years.

"We are excited to make our leading designs available to a market
facing intense pressures," said Colin Bain, president and chief
executive officer of Linet Americas. "Healthcare providers have voiced
the need for better options to help them solve practical issues,
especially in a challenging environment. By bringing the Linet
technology to the American market, providers will now have a much
needed alternative to what is currently offered."

Linet's simple, yet modern products, address the major issues facing
hospitals today. The products are easy to use and operate by staff
and patients, easy to clean and maintain, and provide a superior
warranty enabling a lower cost of ownership versus previous suppliers.
For both healthcare providers and patients, Linet's hospital beds also
offer unique solutions not previously seen before in America for
patient rehabilitation, infection control, and pressure-sore prevention.

"Our success can be attributed to our partnerships with healthcare
professionals from all over the world to find better ways to improve
the delivery of care," said Zbynek Frolik, founder and managing
director of Linet. "It gives me great satisfaction to see these ideas
at work helping people everyday. I look forward to now offering the
American market the opportunity to experience the products of Linet in
this important time of healthcare reform."

Founded just outside of Prague, Czech Republic in 1990, Linet has
quickly become a leading producer of hospital beds and patient room
equipment throughout the world. In fact, the products of Linet –
hospital beds, mattresses, furniture and other medical care products
are sold in over 70 countries on all continents. The success of Linet
can be attributed to the company's quality products and original
innovations that have been developed in close collaboration with
healthcare professionals.

Linet Americas is the operating division of Linet that services the
Americas marketplace. The company is headquartered in Charlotte, North
Carolina and provides localized sales and service to customers in the
region. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Easter Seals UCP Holds 4th Annual Small Miracles Luncheon on May 5

Easter Seals UCP (United Cerebral Palsy), a nonprofit serving children
and adults with disabilities and mental health challenges, is holding
its 4th annual Small Miracles Luncheon sponsored by Allegiance
Foundation on Wednesday, May 5 at Carmel Country Club. More than 400
people are expected to attend and raise money to support critical
programs and services for adults and children with disabilities.

Hosted by Debi Faubion Attori, the Small Miracles Luncheon is one of
Easter Seals UCP's signature fundraising events featuring personal
testimonials of hope, progress and achievement from adults, children
and their families living with special needs.

Allison Schweizer – one of the featured speakers – will share the
story of her four year old son, Luke. Luke has a twin sister, but
their differences go further than just their gender. Luke was born
with cerebral palsy. Luke and his sister attend the Easter Seals UCP
Children's Center, an all inclusive learning center for children of
all abilities six weeks through pre-K. In this educational
environment, Luke has been able to thrive in his development and
learning thanks to the support of his therapists who incorporate his
specialized therapy into the classroom and give him a chance to be a
regular four year old.

Easter Seals UCP serves more than 17,500 children and adults with
disabilities and their families in North Carolina. Fifteen percent
(15%) of those served live in the Charlotte metro area. Money raised
from the Small Miracles Luncheon allows Easter Seals UCP to continue
to serve a growing population and add more beneficial programs and
services to meet the needs of those living with special challenges.

For more information or to attend this fundraising luncheon, which
asks people to give based on their abilities, please call Basil
Williams at (704) 566-6040 x1233 or Bonne Edsall at x1234.

About Allegiance Foundation
Founded in 1996, Allegiance Realty Corporation is a private real
estate investment company providing compelling alternatives to
conventional investment vehicles for family offices, RIAs and high-net-
worth individuals. Through the Allegiance Foundation, an opportunity
is created to leverage its relationships to improve the communities in
which we live and work and make meaningful change with human and
financial capital. For more information,

About Easter Seals UCP North Carolina
Easter Seals UCP North Carolina is a lifelong partner to families
managing disabilities and mental health challenges. The nonprofit
organization provides a multitude of services to adults and children
to enhance their quality of life and maximize their potential for
engaging in the community. For more information, visit

Elite Football Players Wear the Leader in Mouth Protection at Charlotte Football University

Furthering their commitment to providing advanced mouth protection to
football athletes across the country, TapouT Mouthguard is pleased to
announce their exclusive sponsorship with the Charlotte Football
University (FBU).

The Charlotte Football University will be held on Friday, April 16 –
Sunday April 18 at Wingate University, and provides youth and high
school football athletes top-level instruction at every position to
apply to their upcoming 2010 football season. The athletes train with
top NFL instructors who have privately coached some of the best
professional football players such as Tom Brady, Payton Manning and
Tony Romo.

During the FBU rigorous training sessions athletes will be protected
by the leading mouthguard protection system – TapouT Mouthguard. The
FBU athletes who wear TapouT mouthguards benefit from maximum impact
protection and also increase overall strength, flexibility and
performance due to the mouthguard's customized, perfect fit for each

"We are very excited to be partnering with the Football Universities
across the country to provide our advanced mouth protection system to
the best football athletes during their comprehensive training
sessions," said Jeffrey Evans, TapouT Mouthguard. "We understand the
importance of protecting the fiercest competitors in every sport at
every level, and provide the highest level of safety and protection
for the FBU athletes."

From January 2010 – July 2010 the FBU training camps are held in 32
markets across the United States and Canada making elite training more
available and more affordable to top athletes from across the country.

TapouT Mouthguard is advanced mouth protection for the fiercest
competitors. TapouT mouthguards have been developed by dental, medical
and athletic professionals for athletes in every sport. Research
indicates that by wearing the TapouT Mouthguard, and properly
positioning the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), gives athletes maximum
impact protection, and also increases overall strength, flexibility
and performance. The advantage of TapouT's PerfectFit Technology is in
the Ever-Mold Advanced Composite material, and when fitted properly,
enables the TMJ to fill with natural fluid lubricants, enhancing
concussion defense. TapouT Mouthguards are backed by a $30,000 Dental
Warranty – one of the best in the country.

Two Open Houses Set at British American School of Charlotte

Prospective students and their families are invited to join Head
Teacher Adam Stevens and other faculty for an open house visit to The
British American School of Charlotte, including tours and
refreshments. Visitors can choose from one of two open houses: Sunday,
April 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. or Wednesday, May 5 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The British American School of Charlotte opened in September, 2004 as
the fifth BSA school. The school is located in the Ballantyne
community of south Charlotte and welcomes students of both
international and American backgrounds from ages 3 to 14. Teachers at
the schools are recruited directly from the UK and are trained in the
delivery of the National Curriculum, the International Primary
Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

To RSVP for one of the two open houses, contact The British American
School of Charlotte at 704.341.3236.

British Schools of America (BSA) is a rapidly growing operator of
five, private schools in the US. Headquartered inWashington, DC, BSA
operates schools in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston and DC. BSA
opened its first school in Washington, DC in 1998, following with
Boston and Houston opening in 2000, Chicago in 2001 andCharlotte in
2004. BSA's curriculum is based on a unique combination of the
International Primary Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate
Diploma Programme – the most internationally renowned college
preparatory curriculum. Please visit our Web site at
to learn more about our schools.

Tim LaHaye "The End" Book Tour in Charlotte

For the first time since his blockbuster Left Behind Series (63
million copies sold), Tim LaHaye is again writing about The End.
LaHaye and co-author Craig Parshall, vp and legal counsel for National
Religious Broadcasters, have penned a new novel Edge of Apocalypse,
the first installment in "The End Series." Set in the near future,
LaHaye and Parshall weave together current trends, events and a
sprinkling of prophecy to chronicle the beginning of the end.

The second stop for LaHaye and Parshall in their five-city Edge of
Apocalypse book tour is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at the South Park
Mall in Charlotte on Thursday, April 22 at 7 PM. The duo will speak
briefly, answer questions and sign books.

Edge of Apocalypse is an adrenaline-fueled political thriller that
begins with a nuclear attack on New York City by North Korea. Through
the use of new technology, the missile doesn't destroy its original
target, but the United States is thrust into a drama with global
forces. This page-turner will appeal to everyone who has enjoyed
LaHaye's previous apocalyptic fiction and those who like a fast-paced
suspense story connecting the present to the future.

LaHaye is considered a leading biblical authority on end times
prophecy. A New York Times bestselling author, LaHaye has written more
than 70 books, non-fiction and fiction, and is the co-author of the
record-shattering Left Behind Series, which is the bestselling adult
fiction series of all time. He has appeared on countless radio and
television programs, including 60 Minutes, Dateline, Good Morning
America, Today, Larry King Live, Glenn Beck Show, and Fox & Friends.

Craig Parshall is the senior vice-president and general counsel for
the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). He has represented clients
before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the federal District Courts and
federal Courts of Appeals. In addition, Parshall has authored seven
bestselling suspense novels. He has appeared on numerous national
media outlets, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CBS Radio, C-Span,
PBS, NPR and Court TV

LaHaye and Parshall will be available for interviews in Charlotte on
April 22 or by phone in advance. For more information on Edge of
Apocalypse, visit . To view a video trailer, see

WHO: Book signing with Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall, authors of Edge
of Apocalypse, book #1 in the new "The End Series."

WHEN: Thursday, April 22@ 7:00 PM ET

WHERE: Joseph-Beth Booksellers
South Park Mall
4345 Barclay Downs Drive, Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 602-9800

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Parents Supporting Parents - Free Workshop

On April 15, J.H. Gunn Elementary will partner with Parent University
and Leadership Charlotte to host its second "Parents Supporting
Parents" evening. This event will be held in the school, located at
7400 Harrisburg Road, Charlotte, NC 28215. The event will provide an
opportunity for parents to meet and share ideas. This free,
interactive workshop – from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – will be offered in
English and Spanish.

Workshop topics will include Building Study Skills and Avoiding
Homework Headaches, Effective Communication Between Home and School
and Technology Tools for Parents.

This program is being supported by a team of volunteers from
Leadership Charlotte's Class 31 and Parent University, as well as the
schools parent's advisor committee. Dinner, free childcare and door
prizes will also be provided. The school's Parent-Teacher Association
will sign up new members at the event.

This is the second year Leadership Charlotte has partnered with Parent
University to support parent classes in targeted schools. Last year,
Leadership Charlotte's Class 30 supported nine Parent University
sessions, which drew more than 1,200 participants. Leadership
Charlotte members offered assistance with promotion, meals,
incentives, child care, and more during these workshops.

While parents are in Thursday's workshop, children can receive help
with homework from teachers, watch a movie or play games.

Parent University, which began in 2008 as part of the district's
Strategic Plan 2010, is a community collaborative led by CMS to offer
free resources and workshops for parents.

Leadership Charlotte is a community leadership development
organization that operates a 10-month program. Participants meet with
community leaders, are exposed to major issues affecting the region
and address community needs.

Charlotte's Smokin' Flavor Fest - BBQ Cook- Off to benefit Make A Wish Foundation

Sixteen local barbeque grilling teams will participate in the 2nd
Annual BBQ Cook-Off sponsored by Charlotte Outdoor Creations to
benefit the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Grilling
teams will begin cooking on site at 3645 Pleasant Plains Rd, Matthews
Friday night and continue through late afternoon Saturday when judging
will be completed. There will be judging in 5 BBQ categories; chicken,
ribs, brisket, pork and open grill with first through third place
winners being recognized. The open grill will be judged by the public
at noon and the winner of that category will receive a Big Green Egg
Smoker donated by Charlotte Outdoor Creations. Additionally, there
will be BBQ sampling, moon bounce for children and more fun all day.
Come and enjoy the day, BBQ samplings, and support The Make-A-Wish
Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children
with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human
experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information about the
BBQ Cook-Off event contact Charlotte Outdoor Creations at
704-821-1001. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation,
visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish.

Humpy Wheeler's Tell All, Growing Up NASCAR, Now Available

Humpy Wheeler's GROWING UP NASCAR: Racing's Most Outrageous Promoter
Tells All, an unprecedented peek inside the racing world, is now
available in Charlotte-area bookstores and at online retailers.

Co-written with Peter Golenbock, one of America's top sports authors
whose bios include Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin and Bobby Allison, the
304-page hardcover, retailing for $25.00, is published by Motorbooks,
the world's leading publisher of motorsports books for enthusiasts.
Wheeler's book can be found in Joseph Beth and Barnes and Noble
Charlotte area locations as well as online at and

In 1947, when Humpy was nine years old, he put his thumb out on
Highway 29 and hitched a ride to the Charlotte Speedway. At age 11, he
attended the very first NASCAR race. For the next ten years, he spent
as much time in the pits as he could, and came to know many of the
sport's pioneers. Eventually, Wheeler began promoting races at
Carolina tracks such as Concord, Robinwood and Starlight Speedways.
Racing was so rough back then that he kept a gun by his side when he
paid the purse, and often used his fists to keep order. By the time
Humpy retired in 2008, he had helped NASCAR become the six-billion-
dollar-a-year industry it is today. Filled with photographs from his
personal archives, Growing up NASCAR presents the ultimate behind-the-
scenes look at NASCAR from the consummate insider.

"I've been writing this book in my head for more than 50 years," said
Wheeler, now 71. "It was time to let the gorilla out of the cage and
there's more where that came from."

Wheeler's book, his first, has quickly become #2 in's
racing history category and, according to Motorbooks, is already
headed for a second printing.

Humpy's first local book signing takes place this Saturday, Apr. 17
from 2-4pm at SouthPark Mall's Joseph Beth Booksellers. A second
"Humpy Hour" is planned in Uptown Charlotte on Apr. 28 from 5-8pm at
the new Dandelion Market on E. Fifth Street. Joseph Beth will be on
site selling books at this event.

75th Anniversary Tour of "Porgy & Bess" Comes to Charlotte May 14-16, 2010

From May 14 - 16 Charlotte's Belk Theatre presents a 75th anniversary
production of George Gershwin's enduring masterpiece Porgy & Bess.
Mounted with the full approval of the Gershwin estate by by veteran
opera producer Michael Capasso (General Director of New York's vibrant
Dicapo Opera) in association with Willette Murphy Klausner, Porgy &
Bess has been touring the country and receiving singularly high
critical praise:

Just recently Christopher Hyde of The Portland Press Herald wrote:

"So many great sopranos and bass-baritones have sung the title roles
that it is little short of amazing that the new road show...could hold
the interest through three hours on Catfish Row.That it did so is due
not only to a fine cast but also to the sensitive direction of Charles
Randolph-Wright in this 75th anniversary production. Randolph-Wright's
intention was to restore the dignity of the characters in the tragic
opera and to avoid – as much as possible in a libretto written in the
1930s – racial stereotypes. He has succeeded extremely well, so much
so that the characters become what playwright DuBose Heyward and the
Gershwin brothers intended – universal. Sportin' Life, sung and danced
brilliantly by Reggie Whitehead, is as close to Mephistopheles as is
possible without horns and a tail." (April 3, 2010)

Featuring a stellar cast including North Carolina School of the Arts
graduate Leonard Rowe in the role of Porgy, and live orchestra along
with new sets and costumes, this production is led by the renowned
director and Charlotte native Charles Randolph-Wright.

Mr. Randolph Wright has built a dynamic and diversified career in
directing, writing, and producing for theatre, television, and film.
He has written and directed the film "Mama, I Want to Sing," based on
the renowned stage musical, which will be released commercially in
movie theatres in the fall of 2010, starring Lynn Whitfield, Ciara,
Patti LaBelle, Hill Harper, Ben Vereen, and Billy Zane.

He has also directed the television series "Lincoln Heights" (ABC
Family) as well as the musical "They're Playing Our Song," in Rio de
Janeiro and São Paolo, Brazil. Other theatre credits include "Love
Life" with Brian Stokes Mitchell at Lincoln Center for the Performing
Arts; the 50th anniversary tour of "Guys and Dolls," starring Maurice
Hines; and "Blue" with Phylicia Rashad, which broke box office records
in its premiere at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., the Roundabout
Theatre in New York City, and at the Pasadena Playhouse (also starring
Diahann Carroll and Clifton Davis). He directed "Emergency," with
Daniel Beaty at the Geffen Theatre; "Blood Knot," with music by Tracy
Chapman; "Act;" the world premieres of "Senior Discretion Himself" at
the Arena Stage; "Tough Titty" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival;
and "Me and Mrs. Jones" at the Prince Theatre.

Mr. Rowe has performed the role of Porgy to acclaim with the New York
City Opera and Michigan Theater Opera as well as the Cape Town Opera
in South Africa. In addition, he sang the role of Jake on the World
Premiere Recording of the Original 1935 Production version of Porgy &
Bess which was released by Decca in 2006. Speaking about the 75th
Anniversary production of Porgy & Bess Mr. Rowe said: "This is an
innovative production with a cast eager to tell this wonderful story
of love and hope."

Radio Disney Rocks the Charlotte Pet Expo, Saturday May 8

Radio Disney AM 1480 Charlotte presents a special day of family fun at
the 2010 Charlotte Pet Expo SATURDAY, MAY 8. The Radio Disney Road
Crew will be on location from 12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m. with music,
dancing, games and prizes for the whole family, and even their pets.

Participants are invited to the Cabarrus Arena for this special one-
day only event, where visitors are encouraged to bring their pets and
join in the fun! Exhibitors include veterinarians, dog groomers, pet
sitters and walkers, and local rescue groups and shelters. Activities
include guest speakers, stage entertainment, dog agility courses, pet
talent and costume shows, and a pet/owner look-alike contest!

The 2010 Charlotte Pet Expo will be open from 10:00a.m to 6:00p.m. at
the Cabarrus Arena (4751 NC Highway 49, Concord, NC). This event is
open to the public with free admission and free parking. All pets
must have up-to-date immunizations and be on a fixed lead. The 2010
Charlotte Pet Expo is part of Amazing Pet Expos, hosted by B2C
Marketing and Technology Solutions in St. Louis, MO. For more
information, visit or

Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens
and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are
encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney
studio. The network's current playlist, driven by listener requests
and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Miley
Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber,
Selena Gomez and Mitchel Musso. The network is available on over 40
terrestrial radio stations and is also available via,
Sirius and XM satellite radio, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones and
on the Radio Disney iPhone App.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cavalia's Cirque-Like Equestrian Odyssey Opens in May in Charlotte

Nascar won't be the only thing with horsepower in Charlotte this
Spring. On Tuesday, May 4, Charlotte will experience what 3 million
people in Europe, Canada, and other U.S. cities including Washington
D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, Atlanta, Miami and most
recently Tampa have enjoyed.

Guests who attend the show will "ooh" and "ahh" in amazement at the
beauty of the more than 60 4-legged artists in this eclectic cast.
Crowds will cheer and rise in their seats during the incredible
performances of some 40 2-legged artists, including acrobats,
aerialists, riders, musicians and dancers. From May 4 – 14, 2010 under
the White Big Top in Downtown Charlotte (next to the Bank of America
Stadium), an exquisite, fast-paced, unforgettable 120 minute
performance featuring the harmony between horse and man will find its

This spectacular production was created by Cirque du Soleil co-
founder, Normand Latourelle, and is often compared to Cirque for the
way it revolutionizes equestrian and performing arts, much like Cirque
revolutionized the circus. Cavalia will stop in Charlotte, as it makes
the rounds to major cities on its North American tour, after touring
in Europe for two years. "I am extremely proud to introduce this non-
traditional show to Charlotte. I hope that the residents and tourists
will embraceCavalia's magic." says Normand Latourelle, Cavalia founder
and artistic director. "This past winter we played for 11 sold out
weeks in Atlanta. We are certain that Charlotte will challenge this

Cavalia is not just a show for horse-lovers, nor is it a show just for
Cirque-fanatics. It is a lavish orchestration of multimedia,
equestrian and performing arts designed to astound and entertain
people of all ages and backgrounds. Under the world's largest touring
Big Top, which rises 100 feet above the ground and spans more than
26,264 feet, 60 of the most magnificent creatures on the planet will
express themselves in all their beauty, grace and strength on a 160-
foot wide stage. While the horses gallop and cavort and, at times, run
free completely unbridled, the show will incorporate unbelievable
acrobatics, original live music and stunning special and lighting
effects to create a dreamlike setting, making it apparent to see why
this show has become a global sensation.

Across North America and Europe, Cavalia has enthralled audiences and
been praised by critics for its captivating and unique experience.
CNN's Larry King raved, "The greatest show I have ever seen!" The
Atlanta Journal Constitution raved, "The most unconventional horse
show you could imagine! With Cavalia, a master showman has paid
Atlanta a visit." The Washington Post exclaims, "Impressive, highly
refined, indeed a wonder!" The New York Times describes the show as "a
celebration of the unique emotional and physical bonds between humans
and animals," while O Magazine exclaimed that "The wildly beautiful
stallions of Cavalia leave audiences with their hearts galloping," and
the Los Angeles Times summed it up with "Blissful play, haunting score…
striking aerial grace." Madrid's El Pais remarked "Like in a dream,"
while Berlin's Zeitung said "Cavalia shows flawless artistry." Lastly,
Amsterdam's De Telegraf proclaimed Cavalia as "A fairytale for the
entire family!"

Cavalia features 12 different breeds of horses, including Arabians,
Lusitanos, Spanish Pure Breed, Quarter Horses, and Paint horses from
France, Canada, Spain and the United States. The featured 2-legged
artists represent the nations of the United States, Australia,
Belgium, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Portugal and Russia.

The significance of the 4-legged performers can also be seen in the
signature "C" of Cavalia's logo, with a horse's head depicted in the
letter (the "l" in Cavalia is also representative in the shape of a
horse's leg).

TICKETS – For its exclusive run in Charlotte, Cavalia will be
presented under the White Big Top pitched in Downtown Charlotte (next
to the Bank of America Stadium). Tickets are on sale now. Regular
tickets are priced from $24.50 to $99.50. If sitting in the stands is
not enough for you, the show can be customized for the complete VIP
experience from $89.50 to $189.50, including a Horse Lovers Package
that lets patrons tour Cavalia's stables, and the Rendez-Vous Package
that includes a tour of the stables, a cocktail/dinner reception and
much more. Special pricing is also available for children, students,
and seniors.

SHOWTIMES – Opening night will be Tuesday, May 4, 2010. During
Cavalia's Charlotte run, there will be nightly shows except Mondays,
matinee and evening shows on Saturdays and early day shows on Sundays.
For more information, a detailed list of show dates and reservations,
call 1-866-999-8111 or visit

Seen by more than 3 million people worldwide, Cavalia is a tribute to
horses and a celebration of the relationship that we have enjoyed
together. This multimedia extravaganza features more than 100 two- and
four-legged artists, including beautiful horses of 12 breeds, riders,
acrobats, aerialists, dancers and live musicians. It is this
combination that sets the mood in the majestic White Big Top, the
largest touring White Big Top in the world. Headquartered in Montreal,
Quebec (Canada), Cavalia is the brainchild of Normand Latourelle who
has become renowned for producing popular events throughout the world.
Photos: For high-resolution photos, visit Cavalia's media room at
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Famed DJ Jacques Dumas to Spin Tracks at Mez and Kazba Café on April 10 and 11

DJ Jacques Dumas, famed in New York and beyond for his work at the
decadent Bagatelle brunch, will bring his musical styling to Charlotte
with two events at the Epicentre on April 10 and 11.

On Saturday, April 10, Dumas will energize the scene at Mez with a
dance party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is $10. For tickets, visit
or call (704) 971-2400.

On Sunday, April 11 from 1 to 5 p.m., Kazba Café channels New York's
legendary Bagatelle Brunch with tracks by Dumas and complimentary
breakfast and champagne. This isn't your mother's brunch, so dress to
impress and be prepared to dance! Email or call
(704) 400-6571 for reservations.

Jacques Dumas performs in several of the world's hottest clubs in
Paris, New York and beyond. He spins a mix of soul, rock funk, jazz,
house and dance music. Dumas is the energizing force behind the
legendary brunch at New York's Bagatelle, where midday revelers close
out the weekend by indulging in champagne, fine cuisine and dancing.
He can also be heard on Sirius Satellite radio.

Mez and Kazba Café renowned for their VIP experience, are located at
210 East Trade Street in Charlotte. For more information, visit

Studiobanks' Banks Wilson to Participate in Panel Discussion on the Future of Design in Charlotte

Banks Wilson, president and creative director of Studiobanks, will be
part of a panel discussion on the past, present and future state of
graphic design in the Charlotte community. Design Unplugged, Shaping
Our Community will be held Tuesday, April 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00
p.m. at Little (5815 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217). This
event is part of AIGA Charlotte's first Design Week running April 12 –
16, 2010.

Wilson brings an expertise in interactive digital design to the panel
and joins other distinguished design leaders, including Jennifer
Appleby from Wray Ward, Jim Mountjoy from Loeffler Ketchum Mountjoy,
Maggie Bean from Karro Bean Design House and Jamey Boiter from Bolt

About AIGA Charlotte
AIGA Charlotte, the professional association for design, hosts
Charlotte's first Design Week from April 12-16, 2010. Charlotte
Design Week celebrates, recognizes and inspires the community of
design professionals, as well as local businesses, non-profits,
entrepreneurs, students, the design-savvy public and more.

As part of Charlotte Design Week, AIGA Charlotte is hosting a full
week of events highlighting the diversity and professionalism of the
local design community, as well as events that showcase the talents
and trends throughout the greater design industry. The events seek to
raise public awareness of the impact that all design—graphic, product,
interior, fashion, architecture, advertising, etc. has on the greater
Charlotte area and to inspire the broad spectrum of designers within
our vibrant community.

About Studiobanks
Known for producing memorable, high quality work that creates buzz and
delivers exceptional results for its clients,Studiobanks is an award-
winning digital agency specializing in interactive web development,
online marketing and mobile applications for ambitious and progressive
companies. For more information, please

Help is here for Charlotte area small businesses

Helpful financial ideas for small and medium-sized business owners in
the Charlotte area are available at an April 10 conference on the UNC
Charlotte campus, sponsored by Working Charlotte magazine.

Bob James, president and chief executive of Fifth Third Bank in North
Carolina, will deliver the breakfast keynote and John Kreighbaum,
president of Carolina Premier Bank, will offer remarks at lunch.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will open the conference with a welcome.

The Working Charlotte Business Prosperity Conference 2010 will be at
the College of Health and Human Services Building at UNC Charlotte and
will last from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10.
Informal networking will be available afterward. Natalie Pasquarella
of WSOC-TV is emcee for the lunch. The registration fee is $99.

"Our conference keying on small and medium-sized firms is geared to
help owners unlock the 'know-how' and the 'how-to' of doing profitable
business in Charlotte," said Dr. Wesley Carter, publisher of Working

"The conference will focus on cutting costs, increasing efficiencies
and driving revenue, the top three priorities for small and medium-
sized business owners," Carter said.

Nearly 20 breakout sessions, led by experts in their disciplines, will
address topics such as how to get certified for city and state
contracts, how to reduce your carbon footprint, how to avoid the six
mistakes that can destroy a business and sales strategies to blow away
the competition.

Working Charlotte is a monthly magazine and marketing consulting firm
that provides user-friendly learning geared to small and medium-sized
businesses. The monthly distribution for the regional publication is
10,000 and it is available at more than 500 locations in Greater

For More Information: Dr. Wesley Carter, (704) 992-1211,

Lawrimore Facilitates Strategic Planning Conference For Executive Veterinarian Group April 16

Innovative approaches to strategic planning will be explored April 16
in a Charlotte planning conference for veterinarians facilitated by
Buck Lawrimore, president of Lawrimore Inc.

Participants will be members of the "Small Animal EVP 2000" group, a
practice management program for veterinarians started by the
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Mark Green,
DVM, a veterinarian practicing in the University area of Charlotte, is
coordinating the conference.

"Since 2000, our Executive Veterinary Program or EVP group has met
twice a year to continue exploring issues in business management,"
Green said. "As small business owners, we deal with issues ranging
from inventory control to health care for our employees, along with
taking care of the medical needs of our four-legged patients. We know
the importance of strategic planning and preparing for changes in the
business environment."

In preparation for the event, participants have been provided with
three e-books written by Lawrimore:

• "Dynamic Strategic Planning: A Powerful Process for Real World
• "The Top 5 Success Factors of All Time"
• "Unlimited Success & Happiness"

"These e-books have already given us new insights into innovations in
strategic planning and how to achieve greater success," Green said.
"Like human medicine, veterinary medicine is constantly changing. Our
group aims to keep ahead of the curve and learn together about new and
better ways to manage our practices and serve our clients."

Lawrimore Inc. ( is a Charlotte marketing and
strategic consulting firm which specializes in serving small to mid-
size businesses and government organizations with comprehensive
services for optimal success.