SALISBURY — The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce will host guest speaker Helen Little at its final Power in Partnership event of the season May 19 at 7:30 a.m. at Trinity Oaks, 728 Klumac Road.
Little is originally from Rowan County and currently lives in New York. She is a nationally recognized speaker, most notably for her “Leadership Next: Be An Original” speech. She is a media personality, writer, speaker, coach, model, meditation teacher and lover of life with a professional background that spans over forty years.
Little launched her career at a radio station in Chapel Hill while a student at the University of North Carolina. Building on her experience, she then joined the staff of WSTP and WRDX in her home town of Salisbury. She now occupies offices, homes and cars throughout the Northeast as the midday personality for 106.7 Lite FM in New York and is the nation’s most listened-to non-union radio personality.
Little can also be heard on the iHeartRadio digital network which serves millions of people and hosts the public library podcast of which she is the creator, host, writer and producer.
Leadership Rowan Class No. 29 will be graduating at the May PIP and the event is sponsored by Duke Energy.
The reservation deadline is May 17 at noon. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. The price includes the cost of breakfast and the program. Contact the Chamber for reservations at 704-633-4221 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.rowanchamber.com.
HMC Tax Group Partners with New Healthcare Management Consultant
SALISBURY — HMC Tax Group announced the recent addition of Charles Whaley, CPA, CHBC as a new partner.
HMC Tax Group is one of four affiliates of Salisbury-based Healthcare Management Consultants.
Whaley joined Healthcare Management Consultants in 2015 and is the Director of Tax Services. Whaley holds a bachelor’s degree from NC State University and a master of science in accounting from Appalachian State University. Whaley lives in Salisbury with his wife, Lauren, and their two children, Margaret and Banks.
State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners Approves Salisbury Locals for NC CPA Licensure
RALIEGH — The North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners announced April 21 that it has approved 125 people for CPA licensure in North Carolina, including two people from Salisbury.
Robert Little and Michael Patch, both from Salisbury, were named to the list.
A candidate for CPA licensure must pass the Uniform CPA Examination and meet state requirements for education, work experience, and character. CPAs licensed to practice in North Carolina must renew their license annually and complete at least 40 hours of continuing professional education each year.
Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Presents Excellence in Communications Awards for 2022
SALISBURY — The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce recently received an award for communications from the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
The Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives presented the 2022 Excellence in Communication Awards at its Staff Leadership Development Conference held last week at the Beach House Resort in Hilton Head Island, SC . The Communications Excellence Awards recognize outstanding communications efforts by the North Carolina and South Carolina Chambers of Commerce.
Communications were recognized for advertising and marketing, campaigns, electronics and publications. A prize is awarded to the chamber with the highest score in each of the four categories based on the size of the following chambers of less than 700 members or more than 700 members.
The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce won the award in the electronics category for chambers with over 700 members for hosting its 95th Annual Meeting and Virtual Power in Partnership.
Entries were judged on originality, design, quality and results achieved. Entries reflected communications efforts undertaken or completed in the past 18 months.
Rowan County unemployment rate drops slightly in March
RALEIGH – Rowan County unemployment rates improved slightly from February to March, from 3.7% to 3.6%.
Unemployment rates, not seasonally adjusted, fell in 85 of North Carolina’s counties in March, rose in three and were unchanged in 12. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 8, 7% while Orange County had the lowest at 2.4%. Fourteen of the state’s metropolitan areas saw rate cuts and one remained unchanged. Among metropolitan areas, Rocky Mount had the highest rate at 6.1% while Durham-Chapel Hill had the lowest rate at 2.8%. The statewide unadjusted March rate was 3.6%.
Rowan County’s rate was higher than its neighbors. Davie and Stanly counties both had rates of 3.1% and Davidson, Cabarrus and Iredell had unemployment rates of 3.2%.
Compared with the same month last year, unseasonally-adjusted unemployment rates fell in all 100 counties. All 15 metropolitan areas in the state saw rate cuts during the year.
The number of employed workers statewide, unadjusted for seasonality, increased in March by 55,989 to 4,903,187, while the number of unemployed fell by 3,303 to 182,334. As of March 2021, the number of employed statewide rose by 234,982, while the number of unemployed fell by 77,108.
The next unemployment update is scheduled for May 20, when the state’s unemployment rate for April 2022 will be released.
Novant Health Presents Rowan Medical Center with Equity in Healthcare Award
SALISBURY — Fourteen of Novant Health’s hospitals, including Rowan Medical Center, have been recognized as “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the country. civil rights organization.
In North Carolina, Novant Health represents nearly 80% of facilities in the state that earn this distinction, with every facility receiving perfect scores.
Novant Health continues to cultivate a diverse, inclusive and equitable culture by providing:
• Integration of a diversity, inclusion and equity lens into strategic business imperatives.
• A strong commitment to our mission of identifying and eliminating health care disparities to deliver a remarkable patient experience and equitable health outcomes for all populations.
• Ongoing diversity, inclusion and equity training for all Novant Health team members, including providers.
• Web chats and open forums to enable open dialogue between team members on topics related to diversity and inclusion, health equity, COVID-19 and social injustices.
• Enterprise resource groups, which are an important part of the diversity, inclusion and equity strategy. BRGs are organized around a common identity such as age, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, veteran status, etc.
This 15th anniversary edition of the Health Care Equality Index marks the fifth year that participants have received a numerical score based on their LGBTQ inclusive policies and practices. ESW participants received scores in four criteria: foundational policies and training, LGBTQ+ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and patient and community engagement. The HEI continues to show incredible growth in the number of healthcare facilities adopting and adopting LGBTQ inclusive policies and practices. A record 906 healthcare facilities actively participated in the survey.
For the fifth consecutive year, Novant Health was also named one of America’s Best Diversity Employers by Forbes, ranking 242nd in the country. Of the 500 employers that were on the list, only 40 are hospitals and health systems, including Novant Health.
Forbes has partnered with a market research firm to create the annual ranking of America’s Best Diversity Employers. The list was compiled by surveying 50,000 Americans working for companies in all industry sectors with at least 1,000 employees. Respondents were asked to anonymously rate their organizations based on age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation. Respondents from minority groups were then asked to nominate organizations other than their own.
The Top 500 Employers list not only features the most endorsements, but also the most diverse boards and executive ranks and the most progressive diversity and inclusion initiatives.