Realtor Leigh Brown donated the $5,000 charitable gift prize she won for being named "Link Leading Lady of the Year" by 107.9 FM to Habitat for Humanity International's efforts to provide shelter for Haitian earthquake survivors.
Parks Chevrolet - Charlotte will support the Harrisburg Parks and Recreation Department with baseball equipment, instructional clinics, a monetary donation and a chance to raise $10,000 more through a Chevy vehicle giveaway fundraiser.
The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative breakfast will be 8-11 a.m. April 23 at the former Cabarrus Bank building in Cannon Village.
Chamber members interested in sponsoring the event should contact Tina Anderson at 704-260-8126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will host these free seminars:
"Business Startup": April 1, Kannapolis Train Station.
"Low-Cost Marketing": April 13, North Campus, Salisbury.
"Savvy Socializing & Networking": April 20, Kannapolis Train Station.
"Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter: How To of Social Media": April 29, Cabarrus Business & Technology Center, Concord.
"Implementing Green Processes": May 18, Kannapolis Train Station.
Green Tax Credits: May 25 at the Kannapolis Train Station.
Iredell County Mooresville
Owners Robbie and Amy Suggs on March 11 opened a retail outlet of their formerly web-only Carried Away store, which sells personalized, "eco-chic" gifts that have been repurposed or can be used in place of something that would normally be disposed of.
The store in Morrison Plantation sells such items as market totes used in place of grocery bags; acrylic wine glasses, party trays, ice buckets and drink pitchers used in place of disposable items for outdoor entertaining; wine toppers made from drawer pulls, pendants made from Scrabble pieces and cheese trays made from wine bottles.
The store also sells a fashionable travel collection, Sally Bags similar to Miche purses; drink coozies, hair accessories, badge/ID holders, fashionable totes for Kindles, hand-painted fishing lures, personalized car tags, handmade picture frames and baby items, Lake Norman-themed items, wedding/bridal party gifts, and gift baskets.
The store can personalize almost every item it sells, either with embroidery or vinyl lettering.
Carried Away: 139 Marketplace Ave., beside Gourmet on the Run; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; 704-664-GIFT (4438); www.CarriedAwayofLKN.com.
Businesswoman Gwen Moore recently opened a full-service insurance agency called The Other Insurance Agency LLC at 542 Williamson Road, Suite 4.
Moore is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of her other business at the same address, Payroll Inc., a full-service accounting and payroll solutions firm for small to midsize businesses.
Mecklenburg County Cornelius
Aquesta Bank and NASCAR driver Greg Biffle raised $6,124 for the Cornelius Animal Shelter, thanks to local business sponsors and drivers in the first Aquesta 500 on March 9.
The race was on a remote-control track in the parking lot of the bank's headquarters at 19510 Jetton Road.
Business sponsors and drivers each committed $500 to the shelter, including Jim Engel of Aquesta Bank, Jack Salzman of Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep, lawyer Bob McIntosh, Jared Goodrum of J.D. Goodrum Contractors, David Pickens of PSI Control, Kenny Habul of Lake Norman Marble & Granite, Lee Cornwell of PostNet, Greg Wesson of Lake Norman Co., Dave Ferguson of The Growth Coach, Mark Adkins of the Waterfront Group and Andy Cooke of Cooke Rentals.
Sponsorship deadline is Wednesday for the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Business Expo on May 13 at Central Piedmont Community College's North Campus, 11930 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville.
Owner Beth Peterson has moved The Mustard Seed to 16024 Davidson-Concord Road.
The store sells indoor and outdoor decorative wrought iron, including wall hangings, urns, trellises, arbors, benches, tables and fun yard art.
The Mustard Seed also sells painted furniture, trunks, shelves, Turkish pottery and antique Persian carpets.
The home-improvement side of the business offers interior design, interior and exterior painting, flooring, custom cabinet and furniture painting. Outdoor construction includes pergolas, fire pits and outdoor kitchens.
Customers interested in home improvement can visit the store or call for an appointment.