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Business Notebook for Oct. 16

A roundup of business news in Fayetteville and Cumberland County


Southern Regional AHEC’s Lester to receive preceptor award

Dr. James Lester, a faculty member at Southern Regional AHEC, has been selected by family medicine students and faculty at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine to receive the 2022 North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Community Preceptor Award.

The NCAFP Community Preceptor Award was based on Lester’s outstanding work as a community preceptor, his dedication to preparing future family physicians, his commitment to teaching and sharing his passion, Southern Regional AHEC said in a release.

“Preceptors help students translate theoretical learning into actual understanding of what clinical practice looks like,’’ the release said. “While serving this role, the experienced family physician develops leadership skills, stays current with knowledge and best practices, and connects with the next generation of physicians.’’

Lester will be recognized at the NCAFP Awards Lunch in December.

Jalisha Pone joins Methodist as senior director for development 

Jalisha C. Pone has joined Methodist University’s Institutional Advancement team as senior director for development, the university said in a release.

Pone, a Cumberland County native, will oversee the development and execution of donor engagement strategies that advance the overall departmental and university objectives, the release said.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity for the MU family,” Pone said in the release. “I look forward to strategically guiding and working with the team as we intentionally move the needle forward.” 

Pone has two bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s in public administration from N.C. Central University.

She previously worked with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, serving Lee, Harnett and Chatham counties. She served as associate director of development at Fayetteville State University for four years. Most recently, she served as director of development for student affairs at NCCU before being promoted to director of development for the School of Business at NCCU, the release said.

“Jalisha’s collaborative approach and her strengths in strategic planning make her an invaluable asset for MU as the university enters a new phase of major fundraising initiatives to build the endowment, among others,” R. Gregory Swanson, vice president for advancement at Methodist University, said in the release.   

N.C. DOT to hold small, disadvantaged business workshops

The N.C. Department of Transportation is inviting small and disadvantaged business owners to upcoming workshops where they can learn about how to work with the state agency.

The state DOT will host the workshops at locations across the state on Oct. 22. The meeting for Divisions 3 and 6 will be in Room 108/114 at Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2817 Fort Bragg Road.

Businesses will have an opportunity to meet with Transportation Department staff and learn about the contracting opportunities available through the state agency. Each year, the agency advertises and awards contracts for construction, maintenance, emergency work, mowing, litter pickup, dead animal removal and traffic control.

Disadvantaged businesses include small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses. 

“Our agency relies on hundreds of contracts from many smaller firms all around the state,” Chris Peoples, the department’s chief engineer, said in a release. “We want to help grow small businesses in North Carolina, and they can help us build and maintain our growing transportation network.”

All of the meetings are from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Outreach webpage.

Charcuterie board workshop set for Nov. 15

The Better Living Series “Healthy Choices for Charcuterie Boards” workshop is scheduled for Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension office.

Participants will learn how to make a small board using fresh, low-calorie meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. Supplies will be provided, a release said.

Registration and the $20 fee are due by Nov. 10. Class size is limited.

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For more information, contact Susan Johnson at 910-321-6405 or email  susan_johnson@ncsu.edu.

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