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Business Notebook for May 8, 2022

A roundup of business news in Fayetteville and Cumberland County


TRP Sumner executive appointed to N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants

Kelly Puryear, chief executive partner with TRP Sumner, was recently appointed to the board of directors with the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, the firm said in a release.

The association works to enhance the accounting profession and the community it serves through advocacy, connections, education and resources, the release said.

Puryear has been with TRP CPAs and now TRP Sumner, based in Fayetteville, as a long-standing partner and accountant for nearly 40 years. He is responsible for guiding the firm’s overall strategy as well as its day-to-day operations.

Partner Jason Poole said in the release that Puryear’s role as an association board member “will help continue the proud legacy that TRP Sumner has in serving our profession as many other firm leaders have done so before. Kelly’s efforts on the NCACPA board will also help guide future endeavors for them.”

Pinehurst Medical Clinic offering online scheduling initiative

 Pinehurst Medical Clinic now offers online scheduling for acute primary care and new primary care patient appointments.

 Pinehurst Medical Clinic said it partnered with DashSelf by Relatient to make scheduling appointments as easy as possible. Patients may schedule, change or update appointment information online from any device, according to a release.    

 The online scheduling initiative will expand to other areas in the coming months, the release said.

Cumberland County Schools to host job fair

Cumberland County Schools is hosting a job fair Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Crown Agri-Expo Center.

The district is hiring for certified and classified positions, including teachers, teacher assistants, Child Nutrition staff, computer technicians, mechanics, plumbers, HVAC technicians, bus drivers, and more.

For more information, go to hr.ccs.k12.nc.us.

Fayetteville receives communications awards

The city of Fayetteville was recently recognized at the North Carolina City & County Communicators’ 2022 Excellence in Communications Awards Ceremony. The communications team received two first-place and two second-place awards.

“The city of Fayetteville has an outstanding team of communicators who earn multiple NC3C awards each year,” the city’s corporate communications director, Jodi Phelps, said in a release. “These awards demonstrate their creativity and commitment to telling the story of our city ensuring residents are engaged and informed.”

The city and Cumberland County received a first-place award for the Multi-Platform Marketing Campaign for the 5 for Friday campaign. The “Brave the Fire: Educating and Engaging with Personality” entry submitted collaboratively with the Fayetteville Fire Department received the General Use on a Single Social Media Platform first-place award. The city’s rebranding of the city flag and city seal received a second-place Branding/Logo award. “The Wonder of Christmas in the Park” won a second-place Single Social Media Post award.

 The awards were announced April 28 in conjunction with NC3C’s 2022 Annual Conference in Greenville.

 Local educator named district Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year

Tiffany McMillan, a business and marketing teacher for Cumberland Academy Virtual School, has been named the 2021-22 Cumberland County Schools Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year.

McMillan graduated from Campbell University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She joined the Cumberland County school system in the 2014-15 school year as a data manager at Seventy-First High School, the school system said. 

She is the founding Career and Technical Education teacher for the Cumberland Academy Virtual School, the school system said in a release. The school system said that in the midst of the pandemic, McMillan taught more than 300 students in one semester. She also provided one-on-one and classroom tutoring, the release said.

“Her students are always engaged,’’ CAVS Principal Tremaine Canteen said in the release. “Ms. McMillan has the power to ‘dissolve the screen’ in a virtual learning environment and make them feel like they are face-to-face.’’

McMillan will represent the school district in the Sandhills regional CTE Teacher of the Year process this summer.

FTCC center to host free seminar for nonprofits

The Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business at Fayetteville Technical Community College will host a free seminar Saturday aimed at helping new and developing nonprofits.

The seminar, called “How to Build a Strong Nonprofit Organization,” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon in FTCC’s General Classroom Building, Room 114, at 2817 Fort Bragg Road.

Cheryl Campbell, department chair of FTCC’s business programs, and Kent Hill, director of the CIES, will speak at the event.

The seminar will include information on how to organize as a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status, how to maintain compliance and tips for strengthening existing nonprofits to better serve the community, FTCC said in a release.

There will be an emphasis on organizations that work with the homeless. It is part of the city and county’s effort to alleviate homelessness in the area, the release said.

Seated is limited. Register and reserve a seat at  http://tiny.cc/ftccSBC.

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