Biz Roundup: Rowan County unemployment rate improves slightly in October – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY – Rowan County’s unemployment rate improved slightly, from 3.8% in September to 3.7% in October, according to data released last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Unemployment rates fell in 83 of North Carolina’s counties in October, rose in eight, and remained unchanged in nine, with 13 of the state’s 15 metropolitan areas also seeing better rates. The Charlotte metropolitan area’s rate improved from 3.7% in September to 3.6% in October. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.8% while Orange County had the lowest at 2.6%. The statewide unemployment rate improved from 3.8% to 3.6%.

October’s unemployment rate is not seasonally adjusted, which means seasonal hiring trends have not been taken into account.

Rowan County’s unemployment rate has been falling steadily over the past few months and October was no exception. Rowan County’s unemployment rate in October 2021 was down 3% from its October 2020 rate of 6.7%. Of the county’s 66,167 people, only 2,427 were unemployed in October, which had the 56 lowest unemployment rate.

Rowan County’s improving unemployment rate was a factor county upgraded out of most distressed level in the state’s annual economic distress rankings for 2022.

Rowan County’s unemployment rate remained higher than that of neighboring counties. Stanly and Davidson counties both had an unemployment rate of 3.4% while Cabarrus had a 3.3% rate and Davie was recorded as having a 3.2% rate. Iredell had an unemployment rate of 3.5%.

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Auxiliary Board Announces 2022 Leaders

SALISBURY – The Auxiliary Board of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center recently announced its leadership for 2022.

At the November 18 board meeting, outgoing president Nancy Linn recognized Carole Simmons as board chair for 2022. Linn served two consecutive terms and led groups during the pandemic, which posed many challenges for the hospital, its employees and its volunteers.

Jane Creech will be the first vice-president and Linn will be the second vice-president. Toni Kenerly will be secretary. Zandra Spencer will be treasurer.

New board members are Dottie Clement, Jane Rowland, Grace Campbell and Barbara Sechler, who will join active life members Carolyn Hood, Barbara Wagoner, Blanche Glover and Carole Simmons. Gussie Ryan has been recognized as an Honorary Life Member.

The Auxiliary was organized in 1976 and exists to help meet the needs of patients and their families. With donations of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the helper provides aid to the needy, gifts to comfort children and helps the hospital with major equipment purchases.

Under the direction of Sandy Morrison, the hospital’s gift shop volunteers help return the shop’s profits to help the hospital. The hospital gift shop offers flowers, stuffed animals, drinks, candy, and other merchandise. The Gift Shop Committee is chaired by Lou Hamilton with Deputy Chair Sherry Wall.

The auxiliary is now at the heart of one of its main fundraisers: the Tree of Hope project. Donations are received this year by Teresa McKinney. The Tree of Hope fundraiser takes place every holiday season and dates back over four decades. People can donate to the Tree of Hope in exchange for a light to be placed on the tree in their honor or in honor of someone they choose.

Carolina Caring strengthens home health services with new nurse

SALISBURY – Carolina Caring has added a new nurse practitioner to its ranks.

Based in Catawba County, Carolina Caring is a nonprofit health care provider specializing in programs that provide relief from chronic and serious illnesses. It provides service to an area of ​​12 counties which includes Rowan.

Carolina Caring has added Melissa Beaver to her home visiting program. Beaver received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Appalachian State University and a Master of Science with a concentration in Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioners from Southern University in Savannah, Georgia. She obtained her certification as an adult geriatric nurse practitioner from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

She comes to Carolina Caring with 22 years of experience in the health field including over three years of experience as a Board Certified Practitioner and has worked in multiple settings including hospice and palliative care. palliative care. In addition to working with the Carolina Caring House Calls program, Beaver will also serve the organization’s hospice program.

“I love going to my patients’ homes and spending time with them,” Beaver said in a press release. “We get to know each other on a more personal level than in a practice, where patients can sometimes feel rushed. “

Beaver is a proud wife and mother of four. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

For more information visit or dial 828-466-0466.

Local businesses organize festivities with a gift of toys and free food

SALISBURY – About two dozen local businesses are teaming up to throw a holiday party and a toy giveaway for the less fortunate.

Browns Athletic Apparel will partner with other local businesses to host “Christmas on Innes” behind its store at 1917 W. Innes St. on December 18 from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Tranise Brown, owner of Browns Athletic Apparel, said free food, music, drinks, Christmas carols and a gift of toys will all be part of the event. Shoes will be distributed to those who need them but cannot afford them. Dance team Prancing Pearls will also be performing.

A toy donation drop box will be located at 3005 S. Main St in the days leading up to the event. More information on ‘Christmas in Innes’ can be found by calling Brown at 754-249-9048.

Deadline Approaches for Small Businesses to Apply for COVID Help from the SBA

The US Small Business Administration continues to accept applications for its COVID-19 economic disaster loan program until the end of December, but SBA officials are encouraging businesses to apply as soon as possible.

Since its inception, the COVID EIDL program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to support our small businesses still reeling from the pandemic, has approved nearly $ 300 billion in emergency aid. The SBA says there is still funds available.

The program will continue to accept applications until December 31 and will continue to process them until the new year while funds are exhausted. However, the SBA may not be able to process targeted advance EIDL loan applications submitted near this deadline due to legal requirements. Targeted Advance Requests are intended for businesses in low-income communities that have fewer than 300 employees and can demonstrate a reduction of more than 40% in their revenues. The SBA encourages businesses that may be eligible for a targeted early loan to apply by December 10 to ensure adequate processing time.

“The COVID Economic Disaster Disaster (EIDL) and EIDL Advance Loan programs still have billions of dollars to help small businesses hit hard by the pandemic. More than 3.8 million businesses employing more than 20 million people have found financial assistance through SBA economic disaster loans, ”said Patrick Kelley, associate administrator of the Capital Access Office of the SBA. SBA, in a press release. “Key improvements have been made to the loan program that will help businesses across our country recover and get back on track. “

The SBA will accept and consider reconsideration and appeal requests for EIDL COVID requests received by December 31 if the reconsideration or appeal is received within the prescribed timeframe. This means six months from the denial date for reviews and 30 days from the deny reconsideration date for appeals – unless funding is no longer available.

In September, Isabella Casillas Guzman, administrator of the SBA, announced improvements to the COVID EIDL program. The main changes announced included increasing the COVID EIDL cap from $ 500,000 to $ 2 million and implementing a deferred payment period that gives businesses two years before they have to repay their loans. Guzman also extended the qualifying uses of the funds to include early repayment of commercial debt and payment of federal commercial debt.

Companies interested in applying can visit to learn more about the eligibility and application conditions.

Small business owners can call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-833-853-5638 (855-440-4960 for the deaf and hard of hearing) or email [email protected] for assistance additional. The center is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Multilingual representatives are available.

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