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A toy with a message
Wake Forest’s Sylvia Southerland, in photo, launched Wrist Over Pets Saturday at The Factory. The toys, with names like Nobullee, the Anti-bullying Bull (above) are designed to teach educational and life skills. She’s also using artistry by Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club kids Amiyan Lane, Chloe Farrow and Jessica Nguyen. For more info, see wristover.com.
CenturyLink receives awards
CenturyLink is the recipient of five Cisco Partner Summit Global awards, including Service Provider Partner of the Year, Service Provider Services Partner of the Year, U.S./Canada region, Managed Service Partner of the Year, U.S./Canada region, Architectural Excellence: Data Center, U.S./Canada region and Federal Partner of the Year: Civilian Organizations, U.S.
Sam Pyrtle vice president, sales manager
Fonville Morisey named Sam Pyrtle as vice president and sales manager of the Youngsville office.
Pyrtle is a graduate of N.C. State University. Prior to joining Fonville Morisey in 2009, he worked in hospitality, specializing in the management of small luxury hotels.
He is working with the sales associates on a business growth coaching program that helps sales associates achieve that next level of success.
Rolesville Chamber of Commerce news
Save the date: Rolesville Chamber of Commerce Community Business Expo will be in the new Rolesville High, 1099 East Young St., July 23. A ribbon cutting for the school will take place at 3 p.m., followed by the Expo at 4. To participate, contact the Chamber at 919-562-7069 or visit rolesvillechamber.org.
Manufacturing forum July 18
Franklin, Vance and Warren Counties, in combination with Vance-Granville Community College and the North Carolina Institute for Emerging Issues, host host a Manufacturing Works forum with discussion focusing on manufacturing in our community. The forum will be Thursday, July 18, from 8-10:15 a.m. at the VGCC civic center, 200 Community College Road, Henderson. It will consist of a panel to discuss manufacturing topics that are important and relevant to business. There will also be breakout sessions to get input about how to best align the needs of businesses with educational systems.
Panelists include Sharon Decker, secretary, N.C. Department of Commerce; Dr. Stelfanie Williams, president of Vance-Granville Community College; Mike Hess, Senior manager, science and technology, Novozymes North America Inc.; George Rusincovitch, vice president of manufacturing, Vescom North America; Todd Wemyss, general manager, Glen Raven Inc.
Register at tinyurl.com/ManufacturingWorksForum.
Sponsors sought for Business Summit
The 2013 Business Summit, organized by the Vance-Granville Community College small business center in partnership with the Granville County Chamber of Commerce, the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce of Warren County and the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the VGCC civic center.
With the theme, Knowing What’s Vital to Your Business Today, the event will include discussions on health-care, branding, marketing and leadership. The Business Summit features not only guest speakers and informative presentations, but also opportunities for area businesses and organizations that co-sponsor the event to tell attendees about their products and services in an expo setting.
VGCC and the chambers are currently seeking sponsors at various levels, including Presenting Sponsor, Gold Sponsor and Silver Sponsor.
The deadline to become a sponsor is Aug. 15.
For more information, call VGCC Small Business Center director Tanya Weary at 252-738-3240 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.