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ACE Education Hike-a-thon & Basket Raffle

Come hike the trails of Camp Agapé on November 7th and help raise money for ACE Education! For just $25 ($75.00 max for a family of 5), each hiker will receive a t-shirt, lunch, and access to all of Agapé’s beautiful woodland trails. In addition to lunch, there will be donuts, bagels, coffee and hot cider to start the day, as well as plenty of snacks and water on each trail. While you’re here, be sure to check out our basket raffle. $1 a ticket gives you the chance to win a theme basket of your choice.

To register, contact Jessie at aceed2@agapekurebeach.org or 919.552.9421. All money raised at this event will be used for ACE Education (Agapé Center for Environmental Education). To learn more about this program, please visit us at www.agapecenterforee.org.

Camp Agapé is located at 1369 Tyler Dewar Lane, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Open Sky Group Nominated to Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine recently ranked Open Sky Group on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

145 companies from North Carolina made the Inc. 5000 – see the list here.

Curt Sardeson, President of Open Sky Group, says, “It’s an honor to have made the Inc. 5000 listing to help recognize Open Sky’s continued growth in providing WMS and WLM software to our clients. Our focus remains the same as when we started the company, which is making our clients happy by helping them get the most from their software investment.”

“The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident.”

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 18 to September 22) is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000

Methodology

The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2014. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/5000.

About Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 13,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

Saving Lives starts with YOU

Even though the Relay For Life of South Wake’s event is over, the American Cancer Society must continue raising funds to meet the needs of patients, their caregivers, and their families. During the next few months, approximately 12,605 people in North Carolina will hear the words “you have cancer.” These people and their families may need information, transportation, or some form of support that the American Cancer Society can provide.

We need your help to ensure the resources the need are available, especially during the early stages of the cancer journey. To find out how you can help, please contact Ashley Wickline at ashley.wickline@cancer.org or by calling 919-302-4557.

Eating Well on a Limited Grocery Budget

The Community Market Co-op & Fuquay-Varina Parks & Recreation Co-host Free Community Workshop

Fuquay-Varina, NC-May 12, 2015 – Eating a healthy, nutritious meal can have many obstacles for people, but money should not be one of them. As recently as 2014, 46 million people were on SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) and millions more live on limited grocery budgets.

To help with this daily challenge, The Community Market Co-op is co-hosting “Good & Cheap: Eating Well on a Limited Budget”, a FREE community event, with the Fuquay-Varina Parks & Recreation Department on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00am12:00pm at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center. Professional Chef, Cherisse Byers of FoodamentallySound.com will provide cooking demonstrations, tips and food tastings during the event. Based on the cookbook Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown, this program will showcase how to cook simple, nutritious and good-tasting food for just a few dollars a day, how to shop seasonally to extend your grocery budget and which pantry staples to stock in the kitchen.

Designed for people on tight budgets, particularly those who receive SNAP benefits, Ms. Brown’s book focuses on how to cook with whole foods without relying on over-processed foods that are low in nutrition and, contrary to popular belief, can actually cost more. The book also serves as a resource of ideas, delicious recipes and helpful tips for those looking to feed themselves or their family healthy foods.

In addition to the demo and food sampling, various door prizes, such as copies of the Good & Cheap cookbook, gift baskets of cooking supplies donated by volunteers and supporters of The Community Market Co-op, and tokens from the Fuquay-Varina Grower’s Market will be given away during the event. All attendees will have a chance to win, but those who pre-register will be entered into the drawing twice.

The event will be held at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center at 820 S. Main St. Fuquay Varina, NC, 27526 in the Jimmy Johnson Room. To register for this FREE event, contact Fuquay-Varina Parks & Recreation at 919-552-1430. Seating is limited to the first 80 attendees who register.

About the Community Market

The Community Market Food Co-op will be a full-service, community-owned grocery store serving Southern Wake, Harnett & Johnston counties, offering a wide selection of high quality, fairly-priced and fairly traded products. We are dedicated to supporting local farmers and producers while bringing the community together through delicious food, sustainable products, outreach services, and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.TheCommunityMarketCoop.coop.

The Gilbert Company Chooses Open Sky Group and JDA Software WMS & WLM Solutions

RALEIGH, N.C. and Scottsdale, AZ, March 10, 2015 – Open Sky Group (Open Sky – www.openskygroup.com), a consulting company specializing in the implementation of Warehouse Management System (WMS) software, and JDA Software, Inc. have partnered to bring The Gilbert Company, a leading third party logistics provider (3PL) specializing in the retail sector, a comprehensive supply chain software solution that includes JDA Warehouse Management, JDA Warehouse Labor Management, JDA Inventory Visibility, JDA Third Party Billing and JDA Parcel, deployed by Open Sky Group.

The Gilbert Company has been an established warehouse, distribution and transportation services provider to the retail industry for more than 25 years. The company serves customers nationwide across three market segments: big box, specialty apparel and footwear and their vendors. Superior customer service levels, anticipated growth and the ability to stay ahead of the retailers requirements were key drivers,” said Richard Gilbert, Owner of The Gilbert Company. “We looked at many WMS products and implementers over several months. We chose Open Sky Group because of their talent – they are attentive, responsive and very knowledgeable. We chose JDA WMS because of its robust and adaptable features. We’re confident we’re in good hands with the combination of Open Sky Group and JDA, and we’re looking forward to successful go-lives on the east and west coasts this year.”

“We have a long history of 3PL experience so we understand Gilbert’s business needs very well and know exactly where their evolving needs are and how to best solve them,” says Curt Sardeson, President of Open Sky Group. “Our ability to quickly and accurately configure and implement a WMS with complex client billing requirements was a critical factor in our selection and we’re looking forward to doing just that for The Gilbert Company, enabling them to better serve current customers, as well as launch new business more quickly and easily.”