Steve Smith leads shopping spree
MATTHEWS – Carolina Panthers legend Steve Smith took 20 children on a $200 shopping spree Aug. 14 to snag backpacks and apparel for the new school year at Academy Sports + Outdoors.
The outreach was in partnership with The Steve Smith Family Foundation, which provides hope to those in need while promoting family health and preventing domestic violence.
Academy Sports + Outdoors carries a wide range of apparel, footwear, hunting, fishing and camping gear.
Students benefit from homebuilder’s supply drive
CHARLOTTE – David Weekley Homes hosted its fifth annual School Supplies Drive in 18 cities across the country.
In Charlotte, more than 4,500 school supplies were donated to HopeMatch, a nonprofit that provides personalized services and encouragement to underserved families.
Erin Blackmore, director of HopeMatch, thanked the homebuilder for filling in the gaps that would have had to come out of pocket.
“I appreciate David Weekley Homes for encouraging us to take the time to give back to our local community,” said Preston Nowaski, senior sales consultant with David Weekley Homes in Charlotte. “The donations will help many students have a successful school year and build a strong foundation for a great future.”
Area firms make Inc. 5000
CHARLOTTE – Profit Advisory Group and LBA Haynes Stand were among companies from southern Mecklenburg and western Union counties to land on the Inc. 5000 list.
The list ranks the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the country.
Companies making the list included:
• South Charlotte: ORC Utility & Infrastructure Land Services (#663) & Axiom Path (#1,082).
• Matthews: Profit Advisory Group (#3474) & LBA Haynes Stand (#4291).
• Indian Trail: Zentra (#1,728) & Spangler Restoration (#2,349).
• Waxhaw: Bluechip Retail (#1,138).
Chuck McShane, vice president of business analytics and data for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, tweeted of the list: “54 companies across 19 industries & 7 #cltregion counties made the 2019@Inc 5000 list of fastest-growing privately held companies. The list is diverse in size, too, with companies ranging in revenue from $2 million to $2.3 billion.”
SmartAsset: Selling home is easier here
MATTHEWS – Matthews ranked as the easiest place in North Carolina to sell a home, according to SmartAsset.
The New York financial technology company considered factors, such as average years living in home, average homes with negative equity, homes decreasing in value, average days on market and home costs as a percentage of income.
Other towns to make the list were Durham, Graham, Carrboro, Raleigh, Charlotte, Cary, Archdale, High Point and Greensboro.
Visit https://smartasset.com/mortgage/mortgage-calculator#northcarolina for details.
Chiropractor joins local firm
MATTHEWS – Having been a chiropractic patient since childhood, Dr. Mike Smith learned early on how important regular chiropractic care is to achieving and maintaining a proper balance in the body.
Now with Matthews Family Chiropractic, he practices the latest techniques to provide for patients’ needs. He has spent the past eight years studying the human body and how to properly assess the root cause of his patient’s discomfort, pain and dysfunction.
Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in health science from Trine University in 2015. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus in 2018.
Call 704-845-0699 for details.
Blair becomes Matthews finance director
MATTHEWS – The Town of Matthews hired Beth Blair as finance director.
Blair, who moved to Matthews four years ago with her family, served as chief financial officer for Charlotte Works. She has worked as senior vice president of finance at Child Care Resources during her 40-plus years in finance and accounting.
“Beth has extensive financial experience and impressive skills that will help lead the town’s finance department,” Town Manager Hazen Blodgett said. “We look forward to Beth’s work to continue the town’s strong reputation for responsible and transparent government accounting.”
Blair said she’s excited to join the Matthews team.
“I am looking forward to working with the staff, town leaders and our community partners as we provide the resources our citizens and business owners want and need,” Blair said.
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