Biz Roundup: Local accountant Tyler Black honored for skills in accountancy exam – Reuters

SALISBURY — The American Institute of CPAs recently awarded the 2021 Elijah Watts Sells Award to a Salisbury accountant at Alan F. Burke, CPA, PA.

Tyler Black was the recipient of the annual award, which is given to candidates who pass all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination on the first try with a cumulative grade point average of over 95.50.

In 2021, more than 72,000 people sat for the CPA exam, with only 57 meeting the criteria for the Elijah Watts Sells Award.

Black had previously worked as a speech therapist for 12 years before changing careers. After studying for her early career at Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she began prerequisite work in accounting at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in 2017 and earned a master’s degree in accounting from St. Joseph’s College of Maine in 2020 while working full time and being a mother of two young children. In August 2020, she started working as an accountant with Alan F. Burke, CPA, PA in Salisbury.

EGGER organizes a job fair in Linwood

EGGER Wood Products will host a job fair Wednesday from 4-7:30 p.m. at its Davidson County plant at 300 Egger Parkway, Linwood.

Priority positions include maintenance technicians and mechanics paid from $26.50 per hour and production operators up to $20 per hour.

The job fair aims to fill positions for full-time production operators, maintenance technicians and mechanics to work a 12-hour rotating shift at its late-stage particle board production plant. cutting edge technology. In addition to a competitive salary, EGGER also offers training and development opportunities, growth potential, and excellent benefits such as healthcare, 401K, and company-wide PTO. Interested candidates should bring an up-to-date copy of their resume and be prepared for on-site interviews.

Applicants are encouraged to complete pre-applications at Those who did not submit an online application prior to arrival will be asked to complete the application on a mobile device from their phone. Interested candidates who cannot attend the job fair will have the opportunity to submit their resume from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.

For a complete list of open positions at EGGER, visit

The Rowan Arts & Ag tour is scheduled for June 4

CHINA GROVE — The fourth annual Rowan Arts & Ag Tour will take place June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Rowan Chamber of Commerce and Rowan County Extension Office hosting the event.

The self-guided tour is a free event for families and includes 10 farms, businesses and a school garden partnered with over 20 artists to showcase the best of Rowan County’s farming and arts communities. Attendees will see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, learn about farm life, and purchase farm produce and artwork.

This year’s tour focuses in and around the China Grove area of ​​Rowan County. Each year, the chamber committee on agriculture selects a different part of Rowan County to feature.

The stages of this year’s tour are as follows:

• LLGoodnight and Sons, 605 Saw Road, China Grove — celebrates 75 years in business as a farm/food store and greenhouse. “Pie in the Sky” Food Truck and Bluegrass Music will be featured at noon.

• Circle D Farms, 350 Saw Road, China Grove — rotational grazing in action with sheep and cows.

• China Grove Roller Mill & Farmers Market, 308 N. Main St., China Grove — learn about Rowan County’s rich agricultural history; buy local produce at the Farmers Market.

• Goodman Farm Supply, 338 N. Main St., China Grove — old-fashioned hardware and food store.

• Mainstreet Market Place and Meeting Place, 306 S. Main St., China Grove — hydroponic vegetables and entrepreneurial development programs.

• Millbridge Elementary Outdoor Garden, 155 Ed Deal Road, China Grove — visit the school’s outdoor garden.

• Ranchside Veterinary Clinic, 2365 Brown Road, China Grove — farm animals.

• Patterson Farm, 3060 Millbridge Road, China Grove — a behind-the-scenes tour of family farm distribution and packaging.

• John Weddington Greenhouses, 1975 Miller Road, China Grove — flowers and plants for your garden.

• Douglas Vineyards, 7696 Freeze Road, Kannapolis — local wines and Big City Bites Food Truck.

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US Department of Agriculture invests $40 million to expand rural business marketing opportunities

RALEIGH — U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the department is investing $40 million to help create a new and better market Opportunities for rural businesses and residents of North Carolina.

“Rural America’s economic success has long been the foundation of our nation’s economy as a whole,” Vilsack said. “Under the leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris, the USDA is prioritizing investments in jobs, businesses, and entrepreneurial opportunities in rural America. The investments we’re announcing today demonstrate just how committed the USDA remains to helping people in rural America create new and better market opportunities for our country.

The funding will help a diverse rural America keep its resources and wealth at home through skills training, business expansion and technical assistance. It will also help businesses hire more workers and reach new customers, open the door to new economic opportunities for communities and people who have never had access to essential resources and financing, and help entrepreneurs. and business cooperatives to create jobs, expand businesses and find new and better markets for the goods they produce.

According to State Director of Rural Development Reginald Speight, the USDA is investing in two state programs specifically designed to create economic opportunity for people and businesses in rural areas. The programs are the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program.

North Carolina Economic Development Partnership CEO Named to Federal Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

RALEIGH — The CEO of the North Carolina Economic Development Partnership has been named to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Christopher Chung was nominated by United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and will serve a two-year term beginning June 1. He is joined by 31 university leaders from across the country; science, technology, engineering, math, business, and non-profit organizations, among others.

NACIE is a federal advisory committee that advises Secretary Raimondo on ways the federal government can advance the nation’s economic growth through innovation, technology, job growth, enterprise development, and equity. . The council’s first task is to develop a national entrepreneurship strategy that will establish the United States as the world’s leading country for startups, innovation and emerging technologies.

“North Carolina has seen immense growth in economic development over the past few years, and Christopher has led that charge,” said Gene McLaurin, chairman of the EDPNC board of directors. “He will represent North Carolina well, and his knowledge and experience will be an asset to the board. I know I can speak for the board when I say I am delighted he has been appointed to NACIE.

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