The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

May 20, 2013

Celebrating small businesses and continuing new ways of communicating

Monday, May 20, 2013 — Some stories are worth mentioning again.

As we love to promote success stories, we congratulate Seven Oaks Doors and Hardware for winning the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce/SCC Small Business Center Small Business of the Year award.

It was up against tough competition from Bushwackers Landscaping, Tarheel Auto Sales and Falling Rivers Gallery.

There were several interesting points brought up during the business luncheon Monday.

SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays mentioned how small businesses are the heartbeat of our economy. That is so true, as is evident by the many ribbon cuttings and grand openings we are hearing about recently. We hope this is a sign that the economy is improving.

Ed Shimpock of Seven Oaks noted on good customer service, something that is key in any business and seems so hard to find sometimes.

We sometimes get busy and don’t get back to someone right away and that is something customers will remember. It is something we all can look at improving.

Of customer service, Shimpock said: “When you help someone else get what they want, you’ll always get what you want.”

Guest speaker Martin Brossman talked of ways businesses can improve their networking and marketability, one way being through social media.

While we believe it is still crucial to get your message across through well established forms of media, we do recognize the usefulness and necessity of responsible social media in today’s workforce. Brossman noted how social media can increase networking opportunities and ways to spread your message. He said one of every seven people in the world is on social media, with 50 percent of those checking some type of it every day. (Follow us on Twitter at stanlynewspress or Like Us on Facebook.)

We always link our stories posted at to our Twitter feed and Facebook page, so even if you don’t check our website daily, chances are you might see a link to a story through one of these devices.

These are just a few of the ways businesses are staying in touch with their customers. We are evolving in the world of social media and are evaluating other ways we can help serve our readers through these methods.

But we often question whether social media is a good thing. It can be used for good, but many times it is used to spread gossip, a new “party-line” telephone if you will.

As for reporting the news, nothing beats holding a physical copy in your hand, right?

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Opinion & Letters to the Editor
  • Doug Creamer Friends and contentment

    Last week I made my annual trip up the mountain to Sparta. My friends have a secluded home near a babbling brook. Their home and property are a haven for peace. It’s a two-plus hour ride to their home that doesn’t feel that long because I look so forward to my time with this great couple. When I arrive, the conversation seems to pick up right where we left it the last time we saw each other.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thanks for the honest deed

    I would like to thank the person that found my wallet in the parking lot of Harris Teeter on July 23 and turned it in to the Albemarle Police.

    July 29, 2014

  • cleaning supplies Don't judge mothers with messy homes

    I was building shelves in my garage when a neighbor girl, one of my 4-year-old daughter's friends, approached me and said, "I just saw in your house. It's pretty dirty. Norah's mommy needs to clean more."

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • We need your help

    Hurray for the Albemarle City Council. Council plans to battle N.C. Department of Transportation’s ranking of all 13 projects in Stanly County to the bottom of their priority list. Council is setting up petitions in various city buildings for citizens to sign.

    July 28, 2014

  • Council asks veterans to seek office

    The terms of office for the leaders of the Stanly County Veterans Council ended June 30. A call is being sent to veterans council members requesting candidates for the four elective offices of the council. A meeting has been set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the DAV building. All council members are urged to attend.

    July 28, 2014

  • Mike Walden The gains and gaps in our economy

    Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jason O. Boyd Yellow journalism takes on new form, people are dumber for it

    Time to get on the soapbox for a few minutes.
    Let me clear my throat. Eh ... hem!
    People are dumb.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brent Laurenz Special election adds to the mix

    RALEIGH – A busy slate of judicial elections this November got even busier recently when Judge John Martin of the N.C. Court of Appeals announced his retirement.
    A special statewide election to fill Martin’s seat will be added to the general election ballot, joining the four N.C. Supreme Court seats and three N.C. Court of Appeals races already slated for this fall.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patrick Gannon Fake news or sign of some more trouble?

    RALEIGH – Of the three situations I can recall where agencies receiving large sums of taxpayer dollars wouldn’t divulge employees’ salaries, two of them ended badly. The third – involving a group of charter schools in Southeastern North Carolina – is playing out right now.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Almost half of America's obese youth don't know they're obese

    WASHINGTON - The good news is that after decades of furious growth, obesity rates finally seem to be leveling off in the U.S.. The bad news is that America's youth still appear to be dangerously unaware of the problem.

    July 23, 2014

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