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Biz Roundup: Chamber’s Power in Partnership breakfast booking deadline approaching – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — The deadline to reserve is noon April 19 for the Rowan County Chamber’s Power in Partnership breakfast on April 21.

The event will be held at 7:30 am at Trinity Oaks. Keynote speakers are Tom Loeblein and Tim Norris of Healthcare Management Consultants, who will present “3 Keys to a Healthy Organization.” The event is sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Loeblein is the President/CEO of Healthcare Management Consultants and joined the company in 1992. He is a Certified Healthcare Business Consultant, a founding member of the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, a Kolbe Certified™ Consultant, and a Certified Healthcare Professional. financial planning.

Norris is Vice President and Managing Partner of Healthcare Management Consultants, Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience in human resources, organizational development, succession planning, and strategic planning at the Fortune 500 corporate level and with small businesses. Norris is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resources Certification Institute, as a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Society for Human Resource Management, and is a Certified Consultant in Healthcare Enterprises. Norris is also a Kolbe Certified™ Consultant and has completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Master Coach Training program.

The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. The price includes the cost of breakfast and the program. Contact the Chamber for information on reservations or sponsorship opportunities at 704-633-221 or

The last Power in Partnership will take place on May 19. It will be the Rowan Leadership Graduation and will feature nationally recognized leadership speaker, Helen Little. The PIP program takes a break in the summer and will resume in September.

The US Secretary of Labor signs an agreement with an Austrian official at the EGGER facility in Linwood

LINWOOD: US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited Linwood last week for a ceremony at EGGER Wood Products during which he and Austrian Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs Dr. Margarete Schramböck signed a memorandum of understanding to expand apprenticeships between Austrian companies and companies with Austrian investment. companies in the US to promote job creation in both countries.

Austria invested a total of $17.18 billion in the US in 2020, supporting 33,500 jobs mainly in the areas of industrial equipment, software and IT services, according to a press release.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo also signed the memorandum of understanding between the US Departments of Labor, Education and Commerce and the Federal Ministries of Digital and Economic Affairs, Labor, Education , Austrian Science and Research.

“Registered apprenticeships are a proven model for workers and employers creating pathways to high-paying, middle-class jobs,” Walsh said in a news release. “The association will help promote the establishment, growth and diversification of registered apprenticeship programs. Through these programs, we can increase foreign investment in the US and expand opportunities for American workers.”

The ceremony at EGGER Wood Products in Linwood, the Austria-based company’s first manufacturing facility in North America.

EGGER is an Austrian company that started a registered apprenticeship program in partnership with Davidson-Davie Community College, based on the experience with the Austrian apprenticeship model. The EGGER program has 30 apprentices currently enrolled and plans to enroll an additional 12 apprentices this year alone.

“The signing of this MoU reinforces the strong bilateral relationship between Austria and the United States and recognizes the added value of Austrian-style apprenticeships in the United States,” said Austrian Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs Dr. Margarete Schramböck, in a news. release. “Apprenticeship programs benefit our economies and societies, secure a talent pool of skilled workers, and can positively influence a company’s innovation and productivity capabilities. I am very happy that the Austrian apprenticeship model continues to inspire other companies in the US.”

Specifically, the MOU will promote the exchange of ideas and best practices to expand apprenticeship programs in both countries. The US currently has similar MOUs with Germany and Switzerland to establish new apprenticeship programs, increase awareness of opportunities, and create career paths for registered apprentices.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate improves in March

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in March was 3.5%, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from February’s revised rate. Seasonally adjusted means that seasonal hiring patterns were taken into account.

The national rate decreased 0.2 percentage points to 3.6%. North Carolina unemployment rate decreased 1.7 percentage points from a year ago. The number of employed persons increased by 25,123 during the month to 4,853,239 and increased by 191,889 during the year. the number of people unemployed decreased 9,880 during the month to 177,303 and decreased 80,734 during the year.

Total seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment, as compiled through the monthly establishment survey, increased 18,100 to 4,712,800 in March. The main industries that experienced increases were construction, 4,200; education and health services, 4,000; manufacturing, 3,200; government, 2,200; professional and business services, 2,000; leisure and hospitality services, 1,100; other services, 1,100; information, 1,000; and financial activities, 700. The main industries that experienced decreases were commerce, transport and public services, 1,300; and mining and logging, 100.

The next unemployment the update is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, when the county unemployment rates will be published for March 2022.

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