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PWLA Awards 7 Scholarships

i Jul 18th Comments Off by

On July 16, 2014, the Chamber of Commerce Professional Women’s Leadership Association awarded 7 scholarships to Women who are continuing their education toward a rewarding career. The luncheon was held at Bentwinds Golf & Country Club in Fuquay-Varina. There were approximately 60 attendees which included: the Scholarship recipients, their families, Chamber Executive Director Tommy Broadwell, Chamber Director of Member Services Lynanne Fowle, Chamber Board Chair Lisa Schreiner and fellow Board members, Chamber Ambassadors, Fuquay-Varina Mayor John Byrne and Commissioner Blake Massengill, Fuquay-Varina Town Public Information Officer Susan Weis, PWLA members and their guests, and the PWLA Steering Committee.

Kathy Buchanan, owner of Insurance Matters was the table Sponsor, Duke Energy Corporate Sponsor representative Beth Stevenson, and Janice Eury, facility Sponsor representative. The PWLA thanks everyone for their support and making this event special. Following are the recipients -

FVHS Business Scholarships:

Dominique Mayer/$500 Scholarship
Sedona Hilt/$1,000 Scholarship
Elise Schubarg/$1,000 Scholarship.

Patriotic Scholarships:

Madison Bickford from FVHS/$1,000
Arianna Pappas from Southern Wake Academy/$500

Wake Tech Scholarships:

Amanda Crenshaw/$1,000 Outreach Scholarship
Eugenia Levert/$1,000 Mature Outreach Scholarship

If you’d like to learn more about the Professional Women’s Leadership Organization visit their page here.

Photo courtesy of Phil Roche Photography.

Get Your Business Mentioned in the News & Observer

i Jun 23rd Comments Off by

Did you ever wonder why some local companies are routinely mentioned in the news and others companies have never seen their business name in the trusted old black and white columns of the News & Observer?  The main reason smart Fuquay-Varina businesses land positive media coverage in the newspaper is simply because they took a few minutes to send a press release to their local paper.

While I could write pages upon pages of detailed instruction on the topic of how to write a successful press release –including effective headline techniques, Associated Press style preferences and paragraph structuring—let’s face it you are busy running a business and I would bore you to death after reading a page or two of public relations theory and application.  So, I have decided to make this article simple and to the point.  But I promise if you take a few minutes to follow the below listed steps—you will garnish some free publicity for your company, and who knows maybe even see your brand’s “name in lights”. (more…)

Video Production Company Wins 2nd National Telly Award

i Jun 19th Comments Off by


Fuquay-Varina, NC – May 2014 – The Telly Awards has named Amazing Studios as a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their piece titled NCSSM and Technology. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

“NCSSM and Technology” highlights the North Carolina School of Science and Math’s use of technology and how a partnership with Lenovo and Stoneware is helping them prepare students to be successful after graduation. (more…)

S&A Cherokee Wins Four 2014 Hermes Creative Awards

i Jun 4th Comments Off by

S&A Cherokee, a full-service communications firm, was recently notified by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) that it has won four  2014 Hermes Creative Awards.

S&A Cherokee’s Hermes Awards haul for 2014 includes the following:

  • Platinum Award, Product Launch – Atiz, Introducing the Scandock
  • Gold Award, Writing/News Release – SearStone Receives Licensure, Welcomes First Residents
  • Honorable Mention, Pro Bono – Band Together NC Promotion and Branding
  • Honorable Mention, Website Overall/Employee Benefits – RPG Solutions Website


Top 2014 Summer Injuries to Avoid For a Healthy, Injury Free Summer

i Jun 4th Comments Off by

With summer just around the corner, FastMed Urgent Care, the largest urgent care network in North Carolina, has released its 2014 summer injuries and illnesses list along with tips for enjoying a healthy, injury free summer.

“FastMed sees patients visit our urgent cares for these common injuries and illnesses during the summer months in North Carolina,” said Melvin G. Lee, MD, Chief Medical Officer, North Carolina. “This list is designed to help individuals and families in the communities we serve to be proactive when planning their summer excursions.” (more…)