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Archive for July, 2012

Wingate Hendersonville MBA Info Session

Wingate University is holding a MBA Information Session for the Hendersonville Campus on Wednesday, July 25th.  Participants can learn more about the MBA program and the application process for the upcoming Fall semester.  Details on the upcoming session and contact information are below.

Location:  Hilton Biltmore Park
  Wednesday, July 25
  6:30 pm
: *There is still time to apply and enroll for Fall

Contact Information:
Mark Bryant


Mechatronics Exploratory Workshops Scheduled

Blue Ridge Community College will begin offering courses in Mechatronics starting this fall.  The program will advance efforts to open career opportunities for students while connecting skilled graduates with local advanced manufacturing employers.

Mechatronics is a dynamic field that changes daily with rapid improvements in technology and computer systems.  The program will involve working with highly automated equipment, computer interfacing and simulation software.  If you like to see what things are made of and how they work using both your mind and hands, you will enjoy this program.

On July 23- 26, Blue Ridge Community College will be offering exploratory workshops to those interested in exploring a career in Mechatronics.  The sessions will be held from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm in the Continuing Education Building, Room 122.  For more information contact Blue Ridge Community College at 828-694-1788.


E3 Kicks Off in Henderson County

Three Manufacturing Operations Awarded Grants to Pursue Program

The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development is proud to announce that Cane Creek Cycling Components, Clement Pappas and Manual Woodworkers & Weavers have been selected to participate in E3: Economy, Energy, and Environment.  E3 is a pilot program facilitated by NC State University’s Industrial Extension Service. The initiative brings together private and public organizations to advance process improvements, carbon footprint analysis, energy use plans, business excellence practices and worker safety measures to support NC manufacturing.

The program started in Henderson County following an introductory meeting sponsored by Duke Energy in May 2012.  Over 20 manufacturing representatives gathered to learn about the E3 process and consider submitting their company for inclusion in the program with a competitive grant.  With strong interest from several local industries, follow-up evaluations and site visits concluded with the selection of three local industries.

“We are extremely excited to participate in this program,” stated Jim Clarke, CFO of Manual Woodworkers & Weavers. “This opportunity will assist our operation in our ongoing efforts to evaluate current production practices and identify areas for improvement.”  During the 4-6 month assessment period, NC State University and partner organizations will work together to customize the evaluation process for each company’s individual needs.  According to Pete Szelwach, Plant Manager for Clement Pappas, “The E3 initiative is a perfect match for our company.  We continually work to improve our manufacturing processes and believe this program will allow us to continue to set new benchmarks in the beverage industry.  This program will demand that our staff be highly engaged in the process and work closely with the E3 leadership team to identify creative solutions to improve our local facility.”

At the conclusion of the assessment, allies from the E3 leadership team will present a final report to each participating employer.  The recommendations identified in the debriefing will allow participating companies to prioritize areas for improvement.  Each company has committed funds in advance of the program to implement identified recommendations.  Following the conclusion of the 2012 program year Cane Creek Cycling, Clement Pappas and Manual Woodworkers & Weavers plan to volunteer time to participate in a Green Business Council that will allow each company to share results and provide feedback to peer manufacturers.

The Henderson County E3 Leadership Team is comprised of representatives from:

Blue Ridge Community College
Duke Energy
Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development
NC Department of Commerce
NC Division of Employment Security
North Carolina State University, Industrial Extension Service
NC Small Business Technology Development Center
Waste Reduction Partners

The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Inc. is a 501(c)6 organization that works to: retain and attract quality jobs; solicit new business compatible with the assets and values of Henderson County; promote Henderson County’s business image; assist expansion of existing companies; and enhance Henderson County’s overall quality of life.  For more information on the Partnership visit www.hcped.org.  If you would like more information about E3 please visit www.e3.ies.ncsu.edu or contact E3 Statewide Coordinator, Anna Mangum at (919) 515-1080.

Navigating Healthcare Reform

With any legislative change and reform, there come many questions and concerns for individuals and businesses. HCPED is pleased to announce that two member organizations have upcoming events to help answer questions regarding healthcare reform and implications for your business.

On Tuesday, July 17th  from 9:30-11:30am, join Morrow Insurance Agency at Xcel Sportsplex as David Smith, winner of the NAHU 2011 William G. Wetzel Excellence in Public Speaking award, will share his insight and knowledge on the subject. This complimentary seminar will help employers better understand what they are expected to do over the next two years.  Space is limited, RSVP to www.morrowinsurance.com/healthcarereform or call 828-694-6191.

On Thursday, July 19th from 6:00-8:30pm, The Van Winkle Law Firm will be hosting a similar event at MAHEC. This event targets physicians, hospitals and medical practices. For more information visit www.vwhealthcare.com or call Teri Watkins at 828-258-2991 to RSVP.



Live Streaming video of our presentation will be available from your computer at work or home. Join us on Thursday, July 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the following website: http://video.mahec.net

NOTE: Please test your computer’s access to our Live Streaming video before the event by downloading and following our step-by-step guide: