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SCC Presents Trauma & Critical Incident Seminar

sccnewsiconStanly Community College (SCC) presents The Bobby Smith Story on May 8th from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Providence Church of God, 12474 NC 24-27, Locust, NC.

Bobby Smith, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, was blinded after being shot in the face at point blank range and lost his daughter, Kim, eleven years later in an automobile accident. After these tragic events in his life, he realized his calling was to prevent others from suffering alone through traumatic times. Mr. Smith travels the world speaking on how to deal with the aftershock of traumatic events. Averaging 120 speaking engagements per year, Mr. Smith has impacted over a million people worldwide with his story. Specific topics of discussion will include: Police Personalities, Police Officer Areas of Stressors, What is Critical Incident, After-shock, and the Five Levels of Anxiety.

Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree in education, and a doctorate in counseling psychology. He is the author of two books, Visions of Courage, the Bobby Smith Story and his latest publication, The Will to Survive.

This event is open to the public with an admission fee of $65.00 and is free to sworn NC Law Enforcement, Fire or EMS personnel. Please contact David Burpeau at 704-991-0238 or email him at <a href=""></a> for more information. To learn more about Bobby Smith you may visit his website at <a href=""></a>.


Contact Us News Archives The Muse SCC-TV Channel 21 home :: college information :: Small Business of the Year Finalists Have Been Selected

sccnewsiconStanly Community College’s (SCC) Small Business Center (SBC) and the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce have announced the following companies as finalists for the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award – Bushwackers Landscaping, Falling Rivers Art Gallery, Seven Oaks Doors and Hardware, Inc., and Tarheel Auto Sales of Locust.

Judging was conducted by a panel of community members who reviewed each application based on the criteria of stability and growth, innovation, response to challenge, and community service.

The following are a synopsis of each application:
Bushwackers Landscaping was started in 1997 by Chad and Rebecca Little and each year since, the business has grown. They have expanded from a home-based business in Stanly County to being able to purchase property and construct an office and shop on Highway 52 in Richfield. The relocation of the business has allowed them to expand their business and reach out to the people of Stanly County offering new jobs to the community with the continued growth of the business.

Like most businesses, in recent years, Bushwackers has had their share of economic challenges. As a result of these challenges, they have implemented new advertising ideas, developed ways to service equipment internally and re-negotiate purchasing supplies and equipment. Additionally, finding ways to develop new revenue streams has led to some “hardscaping” services that include outdoor kitchens, patio area, fireplaces and water features.

Bushwackers has fully embraced new marketing innovations that include utilizing social media, developing a new website, attending regional landscape and garden shows and constructing a building with an outdoor showcase. Bushwackers is community-oriented sponsoring many organizations, including helping in the creation of the Richfield Veterans Park. Their Christian faith and belief dictates that it is their responsibility to support others, whether it is in a time of need, or just to give back to the community.

Falling Rivers Gallery opened in 2007 and has doubled its sales since the first year of operation. They currently host the work of nearly 30 local artists who help staff the gallery. Over the past two years they have expanded the education mission to include more art events and host art shows for numerous local schools and colleges.

Because of minimal revenue sources, the Gallery does not have a great deal of promotional dollars. To overcome this obstacle, they have partnered with various non-profit agencies like the United Way, Lifespan Services, and Friends of the Stanly County Library to boost awareness of the Gallery and events.

Since the inception of Falling Rivers Art Gallery they have been subsidized by a local LLC. Due to economic conditions, the Gallery had to develop a new business model, whereby, they were able to limit the risks of various funding partners and have now become more self-sufficient and confident in their ability to grow.

Along with the Stanly County Arts Guild, the Gallery provides communication about artist opportunities including sources of income such as program, demonstrations and workshop instruction. The Gallery participates in many civic events including the Albemarle Downtown Business Association, Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation and has a yearly Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event that helps promote the local economy. Other civic events and Gallery partners include: Stanly County Animal Rescue, North Stanly Middle School/High School Art Show, Pfeiffer University Art Show and Relay for Life.

Ed Shimpock and Foreman Rushing established Seven Oaks Doors & Hardware, Inc., in February of 1989. Shimpock, who had previously been employed as a lock manufacturer for nearly 20 years, recognized a need to service the door and hardware market.

Since that time, the company has grown to include commercial grade hardware, doors and frames, electronic access control, and keypad and keyless entry door locks, just to name a few. The service area includes the Carolinas and South Central Virginia.

The company, which has leveled off following a decline in 2009 and 2010, responded to the economic challenge by increasing their marketing efforts and expanding the product line to include electronic access control.

Seven Oaks Doors & Hardware, Inc.’s management style, which empowers the employees by allowing them to make important decisions at any level, as long as they feel comfortable doing so, is something the company prides itself on.

Shimpock is a member of multiple community boards and associations that include: Centralina Workforce Development Board, Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, West Stanly Rotary, West Stanly Business Association and Stanly County Managers Association. In 2010, Mr. Shimpock was named the “Businessman of the Year” by Stanly Community College’s Phi Beta Lambda.

Larry Baucom created Tarheel Auto Sales in 1978. Since its inception, it has expanded from a one-person operation to eight employees, increasing sales by over 500%. Tarheel Auto serves our community and region by providing late model, low mileage vehicles.

Tarheel Auto is a family affair. Larry’s son, James, began working alongside his father in 1998 and Larry’s daughter, Amy Baucom-Bates came on full time in 2009. Tarheel Auto Sales has a well-earned reputation of providing quality vehicles to businesses and individuals, with sales reaching the entire east coast and across the country. Their business philosophy is customer-centered. Larry, James, and Amy go the extra mile to make sure their customers are completely satisfied with their sales experience and the quality of their purchase.

Tarheel Auto Sales has been innovative in marketing their business by using Facebook to engage their customers with over 460 fans. Additionally, Tarheel has aggressively used their website to market their entire inventory of cars, trucks, campers and RV’s.

Larry Baucom currently serves on numerous committees and boards throughout Stanly County. He was a member of the Steering Committee which was formed to consider the incorporation of the City of Locust and now is a current City of Locust Council Member. Other committees and board memberships include: Board of Directors, Stanly Regional Hospital; Stanly Community College Foundation Board, Home Savings Bank Advisory Board and Stanly County Economic Development Commission.

The Small Business of the Year Award will be presented at the 2013 Stanly County Chamber of Commerce/SBC Small Business of the Year luncheon on Monday, May 13th at 12:00 p.m., at the Stanly Regional Medical Center’s Family & Education Center. Ticket prices are $15 which includes a full buffet lunch and may be obtained by contacting the Chamber. Each finalist will be recognized during the event with one business being selected as the overall Small Business of the Year.

The Small Business Center will conduct a three hour seminar right after the event called “Creating Raving Fans and Repeat Business” with noted trainer and author, Martin Brossman. The seminar will be a free event.

To register for the luncheon, please contact the Chamber at (704) 982-8116 or email

To register for the seminar, please contact the Small Business Center at (704) 991-0182 or email


Two-Hour Delay

Due to inclement weather, Stanly Community College will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Please use good judgment when traveling.


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