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Rowan Public Library offers free, monthly computer classes on beginning to advanced topics. Classes are hands-on and are free and open to the public. All classes are approximately 90 minutes long. March’s class will be Blogging for Beginners. Learn what exactly a “blog” is and how you can create and use one to share anything from recipes to resumes. This class will focus on using Blogger, but other blog-building sites such as WordPress and Tumblr will be discussed. This class will be offered at all three branches of the Rowan Public Library: South Rowan Regional (China Grove): Monday, March 17, 2014, 7:00 pm East Branch (Rockwell): Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 1:00 pm* Headquarters (Salisbury): Thursday, March 20, 2014, 9:30 am *Registration is required for the class offered at the East Branch. This program is part of the 411 Community Read partnership with Cabarrus, Stanly, Davidson, and Rowan Counties. For more information or to register, please call April Everett at 704-216-8229.
Look at that face! That smile! How can you not respond to that?
The little girl in that picture is Brinley Williams, and despite that beautiful appearance, there is something very wrong that you can’t see.
Brinley has a serious health disorder. I won’t try to explain what it is, but I don’t really understand it. I just know that her mother, Julie, told the Salisbury Post that it involves her arteries and veins not getting the blood where it needs to go and it can cause Brinley to have seizures.
There’s a link at the bottom of the story if you want to see what four year old Brinley is fighting.
This precious little girl has had to travel for surgeries and consultations, and treating it has become very expensive for the family.
I do know Brinley’s father. He’s a sheriff’s deputy in Rowan County, and he’s had a few close calls of his own, but I think his concern over his daughter’s health trumps them all.
So here’s the deal; the family would like for you to lift Brinley in your prayers. And I think you should pray for them as well.
And there’s something else that you can do on Saturday; you can take part in a fundraiser.
A gun raffle will be held Saturday at 10 am at Lead Chunkers in Rockwell. Those folks are pretty nice, too, but that’s beside the point.
Tickets for the raffle are only $1, and all proceeds go to help with the medical expenses.
You can buy tickets at Lead Chunkers, or just call Sue 704-202-6378, or Helen at 704-431-8954.
The gun is a Bushmaster ORC Carbon 15. Honestly, I have no idea what that is, but that’s not important, and it’s probably something that’s really nice.
What is important is that you can help this family with your prayers and your dollars and it’s really easy.
The winner will need a valid ID, will need to be at least 18, and will have to fill out all the paperwork that comes with acquiring a gun.
So there it is, plain and simple. Now go do something good!
The competition is sponsored by Catawba College’s Ketner School of Business as a way to promote entrepreneurship and an understating of the business planning process for Rowan County residents.
The competition invites participation in one of three categories – 1) high school, 2) college and 3) adult and each division competes for a $1,000 first place prize, a $500 second place prize and a $250 third place prize.
There is no registration fee and competitors may register online beginning March 1st at www.catawba.edu/bigidea.
Participants will be asked to submit a broad summary of their business concept online. The top three competitors in each division will be assigned a mentor(s) who will help guide and refine their business plan development. A completed Business Model Canvas, along with a two-to-three minute video pitching the business idea, will be submitted to the judges for final review and ranking.
Dr. Pam Thompson, KSOB interim dean, said she sees this year’s competition as “the first annual.”
“Eric Page’s visit to Rowan County that was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce added rocket fuel to our competition,” Thompson said of the Big Idea Business Plan Competition. “After his visit, we were able to introduce our idea to a group of influential people who support it. Our goal is to educate students and adults about the benefits of entrepreneurship and starting a small business.
“We want to sow the seeds of entrepreneurship for the future Ralph Ketners in our county,” she concluded, noting that a generous grant from Mr. Ketner made possible both the competition and the $1,750 per division prizes.
Posted: Feb 28, 2014 9:32 AM EST Updated: Feb 28, 2014 4:56 PM EST Dr. Phillip Frank, a visiting professor of marketing in the Ketner School of Business and co-chair of the competition with Thompson, explained the mentoring aspect of the competition makes it unique. “It is in line with Catawba’s core values and our mission of providing an education rich in personal attention.
“We designed the competition to be supportive to anyone interested in beginning a business. We have mentors and judges representing leaders and activists from top business, government, educational and non-profit firms in the area who will help and encourage participates in their business pursuits. Rowan County is rich in innovativeness and character, and we hope that these types of events will serve to stimulate these ideas into actions.”
Winners in the Big Idea Business Plan Competition will be announced at an awards ceremony slated at 6 p.m. April 30th in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ketner Hall on Catawba College’s campus.