Scholarship, engagement events, job website and more

Aug. 18, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

A Cameron woman was one of just three people nationwide to win a professional scholarship intended to help women enter trade industries such as landscaping, plumbing, appliance repair and more.

Jenna Dickens, an office manager and customer service representative with Aire Serv of the Sandhills in Sanford, won the Woman in the Trades award given out by The Dwyer Group, which is a parent company of Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning.

The $1,500 scholarship is intended for women to use to pursue further education in traditionally male-dominated trades, in the hopes of rising through the ranks and possibly eventually owning their own business. The Dwyer Group’s board chairperson and CEO is a woman.

According to a press release from the group: “Sales rose steadily earlier this year for Aire Serv of the Sandhills, thanks in part to Dickens’s weekly online coaching sessions with fellow employees. Her foundation of hard work and dedication, learned while growing up on a farm, guides her in promoting customer satisfaction.”

In other news...

• Modern. Southern. Romance: Sanford’s Belk department store is inviting all those engaged couples out there to the store next Sunday, a week from today, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. People who come to the free event can speak with certified wedding registry specialists for advice on what items they’ll need for their new home and life together, and there will also be prize drawings for cash, gift cards, jewelry, and travel packages.

• Clip back your back-to-school budget: Through various contests, people can win Apple products like laptops and headphones, or up to $150 worth of school supplies, from Great Clips. The hair salon chain is also letting people in on a variety of other sweepstakes. For more information, visit and

• Help others with back-to-school prep: Capital Bank has partnered with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s BackPack Buddies Food Drive in Chatham and Lee counties, in addition to other local areas, to support local families and schools. Until Thursday, people may drop off donations at any Capital Bank location during business hours. Each branch will have a list of the recommended donations, but most food items or school supplies are welcome.

• New resource to find jobs online: The N.C. Department of Commerce has a new website for job seekers and employees looking for workers to get connected. According to a press release, “is a no-fee service that provides several benefits to job seekers and employers. Job seekers can search through job posts pulled from thousands of websites and receive alerts through e-mail and text message. Employers can post jobs to find the talent they need, as well as take advantage of real-time labor market information that will assist them in making competitive offers to recruit high-talented workers.”

• Business fluctuations: In the past week, four new corporations formed in Lee County — D&B Global, Dixon Plumbing, Down South Music Festival and Sancoast — and no corporations with withdrawn or dissolved.

Have business news? Contact Will Doran at or (919) 718-1217.