Sandy Gegax and her team at Spring Arbor of Apex Senior Living celebrate their recent Large Business of the Year Award.  They received the award at the Apex Chamber's Annual Banquet on October 24, 2013 for their outstanding community involvement and commitment to Apex as a long-standing Chamber member.


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Apex Chamber of Commerce Lays Out Vision, Honors Businesses at Annual Banquet

Cary, NC—The Apex Chamber of Commerce has recognized two local businesses for their outstanding commitment to the Apex community, and celebrated three citizens following years of service and stewardship to their town. The Awards were presented at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet on October 24th at Prestonwood Country Club.

The annual event is a highlight for Chamber members, and this year it included an elaborate dinner and trivia provided by Team Trivia. The ballroom came alive with laughter and networking as Town and business leaders united for a night of fun and fellowship.

Incoming Chairman Nicole Loeffler laid out the Apex Chamber’s vision and mission as the organization moves into the 2014 year, placing emphasis on goals such as promoting members’ business development, enhancing member education, facilitating economic development, and being the advocate, voice, and source of information for local businesses.

Dawn of Health Chiropractic was the recipient of the Small Business of the Year Award. This award is presented to a small business that represents the town in its support of both the community and Chamber initiatives. Dawn of Health Chiropractic’s Dr. James and Kimberly Strunk were recognized for their continued partnerships with local businesses and commitment to the Apex community.

The award for Large Business of the Year was presented to Spring Arbor of Apex, a senior living community whose Apex location has served as a local steward through an extensive volunteering program, focus on the personal growth and fulfillment of their residents, employee wellness programs, and their consistent efforts to partner with other businesses in Apex and surrounding areas.

David Newton of The Small Business Benefits and Services Mall, was awarded Ambassador of the Year. The Apex Chamber Ambassador Team works diligently to welcome new members, assist them in making connections and utilizing Chamber benefits throughout their membership, and Newton was praised for his unfailing commitment to his responsibilities on the team and within the business community as a whole.
Capping off the night was the Citizen of the Year Award, presented to Laura Gaddis, and the Louis C. Smith Hall of Fame Award, presented to inductee Jack Lewis, Retired Police Chief with the Apex Police Department. Gaddis was recognized for her longstanding commitment to Alzheimer’s research after her mother’s battle with the illness, including raising more than $1,600,000 through her store, Guardian Angel Thrift. Lewis was recognized for his service to the Apex community and his leadership within the Apex Police Department during his tenure there.

Outgoing Apex Chamber Board Members were also recognized at the event. Outgoing Board Members are: Tim Fasolt (EMC Corporation), Roy Tempke (Rex Healthcare), Mark Wilson (Cambridge Village), and Jeff Hasting (Hastings Farm Supply).

The Annual Awards Ceremony is a time for both celebration and reflection on the year, and an opportunity to explore goals and challenges for the upcoming year. The Apex Chamber would like to thank our event sponsors, Crown Trophy of Cary and All About Benefiting Seniors for their partnership in this event.

2014 Apex Chamber of Commerce Award Winners (back row) Ambassador of the Year David Newton, Small Business of the Year Dawn of Health Chiropractic Dr. James and Kimberly Strunk, (front row middle) Louis C. Smith Fall of Fame Inductee Ret. Chief Jack Lewis, Citizen of the Year Laura Gaddis, and Large Business of the Year Spring Arbor of Apex director Sandy Gegax.  Winners are pictured here with Board Chairman Nicole Loeffler and Past-President Dave Cozzarelli (left) and Apex Chamber Executive Director Graham Wilson (right).



For more information, contact:

Lisa Higginbotham

5 Star Awards Receives Small Business Retailer of the Year Award


5Star Awards, Inc. received the Small Business Retailer of the Year award for 2012-2013, presented by the Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) at their Annual International Awards Market in Las Vegas earlier this year. “This award is presented annually to one small and one large retailer among ARA’s worldwide membership, and we were honored to have been chosen as the Small Business Retailer of the Year,” said Lisa Higginbotham, company president. The award “Honors a retailer who exemplifies sound business practices, integrity, and builds healthy partnerships with customers and suppliers,” according to the criteria for the recognition. Some of the points brought up during the presentation that went into the judge’s decision were 5Star’s “stellar website, dedication to the awards industry, recent expansion from a home-based business into a 2,000 sq ft facility, and active involvement with the community.”

“I create awards for a living, and am used to making people happy and making my customers feel good, but receiving an award myself is just not something I am used to,” said Higginbotham when interviewed for a feature article about 5Star that appeared in the ARA’s monthly Recognition Review publication.

For more information, contact:
Angela Jamison
Communicopia Marketing Services
(919) 827-1689

New Hope Valley Railway Offers Halloween Train Rides October 19 & 26

Haunted Caboose and Family Activities Highlight this Year’s Track or Treat
(Bonsal, NC, Sep. 24, 2013) — The New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), annual Track or Treat Halloween train rides scheduled for Saturdays October 19 & 26, 2013, will feature new haunted caboose tours and activities for all ages. Additions, both scary and not-so-scary, have been made to the live, interactive Halloween scenes set up along the 8-mile train ride.
New to the rail yard are two walk-through haunted cabooses that will be open for tours during the family friendly event. One caboose will be converted into a candle-lit witch’s home, where she’ll consult her crystal ball for information about her young visitors.
The other will feature a mad scientist whose caboose has been transformed into a laboratory. Kids will enjoy making his smoke-filled Boo Bubbles disappear while learning the science behind how bubbles are formed.
Visitors are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and partake in the photo opportunities upon entering the rail yard through a giant monster mouth. They can even have their photos taken as a princess, mouse, Frankenstein, clown or ghost in a large cut-out photo board.
“Track or Treat is like no other event in the Triangle,” says long-time train enthusiast and volunteer Dave Chasco. “We offer unique Halloween train rides, haunted caboose tours and interaction with costumed characters throughout our rail yard.”
“Upon arrival all kids will receive a toy Monster Repellant to ward off any scary creatures during their visit and a personalized Certificate of Survival as they exit,” Chasco adds.
In addition to haunted caboose tours in the train yard, visitors will ride in open-air passenger cars pulled by a diesel locomotive that travels past a haunted house that emits loud cracks of thunder and bolts of lightning.
A steam engine will chug by them on a second set of tracks enveloped in heavy mist, spooky décor and making eerie noises. Crops of craniums, live witches stirring smoking cauldrons and a headless brakeman are a few of the other characters to be encountered during the hour-long ride.
Rides depart at 4:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Saturdays, October 19 and 26.
Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased online at
More information is available at

Attendees will enjoy an open-air passenger car ride through an 8-mile route filled with creepy interactive characters and spooky scenery along the track.
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Spooky decorations will cover the pathways, rail yard and haunted caboose tours during the New Hope Valley Railway’s Track or Treat event.
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About New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR)
The public is invited to visit The Triangle’s Train in historic Bonsal, North Carolina, located just 10 minutes south of Apex off of U.S. Highway 1. Trains generally operate one Sunday each month beginning in the spring through the end of the year. There are also special Halloween and Santa trains as well as themed events, charter and group train rides, opportunities to operate a train and birthday parties in an historic caboose.
The North Carolina Railway Museum, a collection of antique train cars and an elaborate G Scale model garden railroad are also part of the NHVR grounds along with a gift shop. Visit


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Local Marching Band reaches out to Elementary and Middle School Youth

The Apex High School Marching Band is well known for representing Apex, N.C., throughout North Carolina in marching band competitions every year. The marching band has created a new way to encourage youth to continue to be involved in music through high school.

Apex Band Carnival
Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Apex High School Campus
1501 Laura Duncan Rd., Apex, NC 27502

The Apex High School Band Carnival is an opportunity for elementary and middle school students to see what music is all about at the high school level. The carnival provides a venue for them to get a sneak peek at what's ahead and encourage them to continue with music. This family friendly community event is by far the largest outreach project to the elementary and middle school students of any local high school band program.

The Apex Band Boosters intends for this carnival to become an annual tradition for the Apex community. The high school, just around the corner from downtown Apex, is a great location for a community carnival. Much like the Cary Band Boosters has grown its now famous community event, Cary Band Day, the Apex Band Boosters intend to grow the Apex Band Carnival year after year.

The Apex Band Boosters is a 501c3 organization. Net proceeds from this event support maintenance of instruments as well as the purchase of new instruments, uniforms and other expenses that accumulate over the years for the marching band. The Band Boosters (via band fees) pay the direct expenses accumulated by the band — such as transporting three chartered bus loads of students and two trucks to each competition. But because the band students are playing instruments that are decades old and uniforms wear out over time, the band boosters created this event to help defray some of those long-term expenses of a band program of this size and success.

This Apex Band Carnival has two purposes: It not only helps the band boosters monetarily, it also promotes music and dance to Apex youth. It is important to not only promote the band program to students, but to remind their parents that music benefits a student's overall education in so many ways. The band boosters are currently working with businesses, local youth performing groups and music teachers in the area elementary and middle schools to foster the love of creating music.

The Apex High School band program includes over 200 students participating in a variety of bands: two concert bands, a wind ensemble, two jazz ensembles and an award winning marching band that travels across the state representing Apex in marching band competitions. All of the bands are directed by the talented and dynamic Paul Rowe.


About the Apex Band Boosters

The Apex Band Boosters is a 501(c)3 non-profit tax-exempt organization dedicated to supporting the high standards exemplified by the Apex High School Band. In addition to entertaining at various sporting and community events, the band promotes education and encourages the next generation of musicians through outreach and recruitment at the middle school and elementary school levels with events such as this family friendly carnival.



The Apex Chamber and First Flight Federal Credit Union Announce Partnership-Apex, NC

The Apex Chamber of Commerce and First Flight Federal Credit Union are excited to announce a newly formed partnership that will enable Apex Chamber members an opportunity to join and take advantage of the many membership benefits of First Flight Federal Credit Union, for free!

“First Flight FCU is thrilled about partnering with the Apex Chamber and the potential the partnership brings for new individual and business accounts,” stated John Purcell, SVP of Retail,  “First Flight FCU has served the state of North Carolina since 1952, and we are pleased to bring our products and services to the Apex Chamber members.” 

Through this partnership, Apex Chamber members can now open an individual or business membership share savings account with an opening deposit of at least $25 to start enjoying the array of financial products and services available to First Flight FCU members including:  savings and checking accounts that are tailored specifically for your individual or business financial needs, competitive rate loans and deposit products including, consumer loans, real estate loans, money market accounts, IRAs, and certificates of deposit.  In addition to these products, First Flight offers a fully interactive eBranch that allows members to keep track of their finances the easy way 24 hours a day 7 days a week! Within First Flight FCU’s eBranch members can: view and track all of their spending in one place with one password, pay bills, pay friends, transfer money, deposit checks, and more!

To celebrate this new partnership, First Flight FCU is offering an account opening special of a $25 Rock Harbor Grill gift certificate (Rock Harbor Grill is located at 121 N. Salem St. Apex, to any new personal or business membership accounts opened as well as a limited time certificate special with the details found either on the Apex Chamber’s website under the “Hot Deals” link or at!

“I look forward to meeting and working with more Apex Chamber members,” said Rodney Wallace, Financial Center Manager of the Cary Location, “Chamber members can either visit our branch located at 1815 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, Suite A, (across from Wake Med) or call us at 919.859.2943.”

The hope for the new partnership is that Apex Chamber members can improve their financial profile utilizing the financial tools, products, and services available at First Flight FCU. 



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Contact: Angela Bush




Apex Chamber Board of Directors Endorses Wake Co. School Bond


APEX, N.C.  (August 29, 2013)-- The Apex Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted on Wednesday to endorse the upcoming 2013 Wake County School Bond.  The proposed building initiative is a $939.9 million plan funded partially through the $810 million October 8 bond referendum and partially from existing funds from a recent bond sale and other county revenue.


A great education system is the foundation of our community, thus as business leaders we support the school bond in order to maintain the excellence of our schools,” Dave Cozzarelli, Apex Chamber Chairman said Wednesday.  


Wake County is identified as one of the fastest growing regions in the country, with demand for space in its public schools being a persistent issue.  The bond addresses the need for both renovations to existing schools, and additional space for the growing population of students. The plan will result in 11 new elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools to serve a student growth of as many as 32,000 by the 2020 school year.  In addition, extensive renovations will take place at six existing schools, and most of the remaining schools would benefit from upgrades.


Nicole Loeffler, Apex Chamber Vice-Chair said, “Our business community values the strength of the schools in and around Apex. The Chamber supports the bond because it will continue to ensure that our children have the resources they need for a successful future.”


About The Apex Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Apex Chamber of Commerce is to advocate for the business community and promote a vibrant and engaged membership.

Founded in 1958, the Chamber has an engaged operating group, motivated volunteers and a dedicated professional staff poised to implement progressive programs that aid in the profitability of its members, build a better economic community, develop future leaders and enhance small business development and growth.

Located in the historic Apex Depot (built in 1914 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the Apex Chamber of Commerce has been serving the business community and citizens of Apex, North Carolina for half a century. To learn more about the Chamber and its initiatives call 919.362.6456 or visit


Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Awarded $10,000 by TIPPER TIE, Inc.

Funds will be used to support the construction of 16 new homes in Apex, North Carolina.


Apex, NC, August 26, 2013 – Habitat for Humanity of Wake County announced that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 from TIPPER TIE, Inc. Habitat for Humanity, a global charity that builds and repairs homes using volunteer labor and donations, has been in operation since 1976. The organization’s partner families purchase the homes through a no-profit, no-interest mortgage loan. With over 1500 local affiliates in the United States and another 80 national organizations around the world, Habitat for Humanity is driven by the corporate vision “A world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

The contribution was supported in part through a new matching grant initiative by the philanthropic arm of TIPPER TIE’s parent company, Dover Corporation. The Dover Foundation helps to support not-for-profit organizations, causes and/or projects that benefit the local communities in which its Operating Companies are located.

“At TIPPER TIE, caring is a core value – from our employees and their families to our customers, business partners and certainly, as evidenced here in our local community,” said William G. Roy, Vice President. “We are quite proud to be owned by a company that shares this critical value in the days where we so often hear about the ‘cold corporate giant.’ This opportunity to impact lives has added significance for us because it is in Apex, North Carolina -- home of TIPPER TIE for more than 40 years.”

Gary Lowden, Sales Director and coordinator of the volunteer effort, added: “We are grateful for the work of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and pleased to partner with them to bring this opportunity to our community where our contribution, and the volunteer labor from our employees, will directly benefit several local families in need of affordable housing.”

“We are honored to be selected for this major partnership with TIPPER TIE,” said Kevin Campbell, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.  “The financial commitment is so generous and we look forward to building new homes for families in need with TIPPER TIE employees.”



TIPPER TIE is a multi-national business partner, providing its customers with solutions that offer the best cost of ownership for the processing and packaging of valuable goods. A premier company in clip packaging, TIPPER TIE also manufactures a variety of processing equipment including bowl choppers, emulsifiers and portion fillers. With a long history in the food industry, TIPPER TIE is also a trusted partner to manufacturers of packaged explosives, adhesives, sealants and other industrial products. TIPPER TIE is headquartered in Apex, North Carolina. Additional information is available on the company’s website at

About Dover

Dover Corporation is a multi-billion dollar diversified global manufacturer. For over 50 years, Dover has been providing its customers with outstanding products and services in industrial technology that reflect the company’s commitment to operational excellence, innovation and market leadership. The company focuses on innovative equipment and components, specialty systems and support services through its four major operating segments: Energy, Communication Technologies, Engineered Systems and Printing & Identification. Dover is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois and employs nearly 34,000 people worldwide. Dover Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.” Additional information is available on the company’s website at




October 3rd, 2013

Burkes Outlet is coming to Apex NC with the opening of its new store in the Beaver Creek Crossing Center on Thursday Oct. 3rd.  The new 23,000 square foot store is located at 1541 Beaver Creek Commons Drive, Apex, NC 27502.

A Grand Opening Celebration will kick off on Thursday Oct. 3rd with a weekend of big giveaways. Apply for a Burkes Outlet credit card and you will have a chance to win either a $500 or $250 shopping spree.  Join the One Card loyalty program and be entered in the $250 shopping spree.  Come see our friendly, convenient new store where you will find fresh and new name brand fashions, home goods, shoes and accessories for a lot less!


Our History

Nearly a century after opening our doors, Beall's Inc. continues to serve our communities with the spirit of pride and appreciation first shown by Robert M. Beall back in 1915. In 1987, with the start of the Outlet business in retail, his son E.R.Beall decided to open the first Beall’s Outlet in Florida. The concept was a hit and the Outlet division has been growing ever since. Currently within the Beall's Inc. portfolio, there are over 450 Outlet stores and 70 Department Stores that cover 13 states, with sales over a billion dollars annually. The Outlet division conducts business under two different names, Beall’s Outlet within Florida, Georgia and Arizona and Burke’s Outlet for all other locations.


Who Are We?

We are a convenient and welcoming store where everyone can find the styles and brands they want all at lower prices. We are continually offering fresh assortments of fashion apparel, shoes, accessories and homes goods, making shopping for the family easy, affordable and rewarding.

We are the shopping solution for the entire family. More Brands! Big Savings!

Burkes Outlet will be offering departments and assortments that include a full Family Footwear Department, expanded Home selection which includes Domestics, Home Furnishings and greater breadth and depth in all Apparel categories.  The store will include top name brand fashions at savings up to 70% off other stores prices. 


Our Mission

We are a customer-centric, family focused organization with a relentless desire to deliver exceptional value.

We want to thrill our customers with an ever changing offering of the latest brands and fashions, in a bright and casual shopping environment, while delivering friendly and consistent customer service.


Burkes Outlet Stores are a division of a family and employee owned corporation, Bealls Inc, which operates Bealls Outlet Stores in Florida, Georgia and Arizona and Burkes Outlet Stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Store programs include the One Card Loyalty Program which incorporates Monday Club, a shopping program that entitles customers aged 50 and over to a 15% discount off all purchases every Monday.   Shoppers not yet 50 save 15% on Fridays, as members of the Friday Club. The One Card program also includes a $5.00 coupon for every 200 points you earn. See any store associate for more details or to sign up. _____________________________________________________________                   Please contact Jim Simpson at 941-744-4364 for further information, or by email at


CONTACT: Kokila Amin                                                                                                 

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August, 15 2013




APEX Officials and Community Members Celebrate Biodiesel Availability at

Re-Opening Of Crown Express Mart

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Notes Newest Location in Triangle Area to Offer B20


APEX, North Carolina (August 15, 2013) – Crown Express Mart celebrates re-opening today as the newest location in the Triangle Area to offer B20, a renewable biodiesel blend that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. The celebration will showcase the many benefits biodiesel has to offer consumers with the support of Apex officials, Mayor Keith H. Weatherly and Apex Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Graham Wilson, and alternative fuel experts Piedmont Biofuels Vice President Lyle Estill and at North Carolina Solar Center’s Clean Transportation Program Manager Anne Tazewell.


Biodiesel is the first advanced biofuel to be produced on a commercial scale with over 1 billion gallons of domestic biodiesel produced in each of the past two years. The alternative, renewable and biodegradable fuel derived from fats, oils and greases diversifies America’s fuel supply. Apex’s efforts to expand the transportation fuel sector promotes biodiesel’s ability to decrease dependence on foreign oil, lower fuel prices, create jobs and improve air quality in North Carolina.


“Biodiesel proves advanced biofuels are effective in diversifying North Carolina’s transportation industry; a fuel source that can help contribute to our future energy mix,” said Lyle Estill, Vice President of Piedmont Biofuels. Estill will be accompanied by a 2014 Chevy Cruz, a clean diesel vehicle, to demonstrate the benefits and compatibility of B20.


During the mid-day, one hour long event, Apex citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions and explore the benefits of biodiesel and diversified fuel programs, reap the benefits of a celebratory price cut on B20 and enjoy a free scoop of Breyer’s ice cream to keep cool. 


The B20 fueling station helps The Triangle boast more biodiesel pumps than anywhere else in the state with three in Raleigh, two in Durham and Apex as the latest addition. Crown Express Mart is proud to join the ranks of fueling stations offering alternative energy options in an effort to keep costs down and improve air quality for the Apex Community.


About Biodiesel:

Derived from fats, oils and greases, biodiesel is biodegradable, non-toxic, and safer to handle than petroleum-based diesel fuel. When used in a diesel engine, biodiesel creates less air pollutants and less greenhouse gas emissions. Biodiesel blends of 20% (B20) and lower are generally safe for diesel engines. Consumers should make sure that it can be used in their vehicle without causing any damage and/or voiding the manufacturer's warranty. For more information, visit: or


Prime Mortgage Lending, Inc.
320 N. Salem Street, Suite 300
Apex, NC 27502
Contact: Matt Mathosian
Phone: (919) 249-4139/cell: (561) 235-6980
July 8, 2013

For Immediate Release

(Apex, NC) July 8, 2013 – Prime Mortgage Lending, Inc. has opened a new office in Jacksonville, Florida. This new branch will mark the 8th location nationwide.

The Jacksonville branch is managed by Alan Craft, a loan officer with more than fifteen years of experience. Originally from Kentucky, Alan has been in Florida since 1996. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in finance and is a huge FSU fan. Alan officially became part of the Prime Mortgage Lending team in mid-May and says the transition was seamless. “The office opened in record time and business is going very well. Plus, an added feature is that my office is adjacent to Weichert Realtors, which makes the selection and purchase of a new home easy and convenient,” says Craft.

According to Matt Mathosian, CEO of Prime Mortgage Lending, “Prime Mortgage Lending has been serving Florida clientele since 2011, but without a brick-and-mortar branch. There is enormous potential in the area and we are now on the ground and running and ready to provide mortgage services with outstanding customer service.”

Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in Florida with an estimated population in 2012 of 836,507. It is located in northeast Florida and is 25 miles south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles north of Miami.

About Prime Mortgage Lending

Prime Mortgage Lending, Inc. is a lending institution founded in 2005 by John Rodgers, an Air Force veteran, and operated by CEO Matthew Mathosian. Prime Mortgage Lending employs more than 34 people across the country and prides itself on providing high quality financial services to the public.

The company is presently licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Montana, Kentucky and Virginia. Their main focus is VA and USDA loan products, but they also offer their clientele Conventional and FHA loans including MCC credits in the State of North Carolina.

Prime Mortgage Lending, Inc. prides itself on delivering the best products to their clients with competitive rates and superior service. For more information, visit


Restaurants in Cary and Garner Break Generic Sports Pub Mold

Back in the Day Cafe, which opened on New Year's Day, surrounds you with memories of childhood. No matter if those memories are of The Fab Four and Twister or Madonna and Teddy Ruxpin. A dining room that's a virtual museum to American popular culture of the '60s through the '90s is sure to stir pangs of nostalgia.


In keeping with the motif, the restaurant is family-friendly. There's even a kids' corner, where children (and the occasional dad) can entertain themselves with vintage Atari games on an old RCA console TV.


But you won't be catching the big game on a big flat screen. Back in the Day Cafe is not a sports pub.


If you're craving sports pub fare, though, you're in luck. You'll likely get a chuckle or two in the bargain as you search for your favorites among an extensive list of dishes whose whimsical names are inspired by the same pop culture as the decor.


Wings? Here they're called West Wings after the TV series that debuted in 1999. They're fried naked and tossed in your choice of seven sauces, from classic Buffalo to tequila-orange barbecue.


Nachos? You'll have three variations on the theme to choose from. Miss Piggy, say, where pulled pork is the star of the show. Or Cheeseburger Cheeseburger: ground beef, bacon and cheddar.


Burgers? Ten grilled-to-order options, including Blues Brothers (blue cheese and Buffalo sauce) and Hawaii Five-O (pineapple and teriyaki sauce).


Dogs? I Dream of Weenie is a foot-long with pimento cheese.


Sandwiches? Just about anything you can imagine, from Freebird (marinated grilled chicken) to My Sharona Bologna.


Sandwiches, burgers and dogs come with your choice of sides. I'd skip the fries, which tend to be limp and greasy. Go for the onion straws instead.


Other options include a Cuckoo for Coconut Shrimp appetizer and an entree list that leans to comfort food such as Eddie's Meatloaf and Aunt Bea's Fried Chicken.


Lighter appetites and vegetarians are well-served, too, by an ample selection that includes California Craisin Salad, Popeye Pasta (spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and portobellos) and a veggie burger.


Back in the Day Cafe is owned by first-time restaurateurs Keith Baldi and Cindy Townsend. Judging by the crowds, it looks like they've scored a hit.


Baldi is even looking ahead to long-term success. "Twenty years from now, we may even put up a picture of Justin Bieber on the wall." OK, maybe that's pushing their luck a bit.

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By Greg Cox - Correspondent



APEX, N.C. (June 17, 2013)—Locating members of the Apex Chamber of Commerce is now as easy as pushing a button on your Smartphone, thanks to a new app launched by the Apex Chamber.  The Chamber has launched its new MyChamberApp, a Smartphone application used to promote member businesses to other members and the community at large.  The application is a free download that gives users access to business locations, listings, and contact information on the go.  The application is another added-value to Chamber membership for local businesses, providing additional visibility to generate more business.  Members will benefit from potential customers easily accessing their listing, and the general public will be able to shop local and shop Chamber member businesses in good standing through this application. 

To download the app, a user simply searches for “MyChamberApp” on their Smartphone, downloads the free app, then sets “Apex Chamber of Commerce” as the default chamber.

“The value of membership with the Apex Chamber just increased 100%,” said Paul Levering, Board Member and Membership Committee Chair of the Apex Chamber of Commerce, “This mobile app puts our members’ business information in the palm of customers’ hands when they need it—when they are out and about, ready to buy.”

“The versatility of this app means that anyone looking for goods and services from members of the Apex Chamber of Commerce can easily find the closest business,” said Graham Wilson, Executive Director of the Apex Chamber of Commerce.  “It is going to be a valuable tool for anyone who either lives in Apex or does business here.”

In addition to business locations and listings, Chamber members can utilize the application to run specials and hot deals, post events, and keep informed of Chamber happenings. 

Apex Chamber President Dave Cozzarelli said, “I'm thankful to Paul Levering and all the volunteer members of the Membership Committee for working so hard to add value to our members.  This new app will drive more business into our members’ doors, especially if they take to time to provide ‘Hot Deals’ which is part of the application's capability.   



About the Apex Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Apex Chamber of Commerce is to advocate for the business community and promote a vibrant and engaged membership.

Founded in 1958, the Chamber has an engaged operating group, motivated volunteers and a dedicated professional staff poised to implement progressive programs that aid in the profitability of its members, build a better economic community, develop future leaders and enhance small business development and growth.

Located in the historic Apex Depot (built in 1914 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the Apex Chamber of Commerce has been serving the business community and citizens of Apex, North Carolina for half a century. 

To learn more about the Chamber and its initiatives call 919.362.6456 or visit


June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

June 6, 2013

With Gov. Pat McCrory’s declaration of June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month in North Carolina and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, it is important to raise awareness within the local community in order to make an impact not only in the state but also the nation.

“While people may recognize signs of physical abuse, it is often mental and financial abuse that occurs and goes undetected,” says Amy Natt, a certified geriatric care manager and owner of Aging Outreach Services, a full-service elder care firm with offices in Southern Pines and Cary.

The latest U. S. Census statistics show approximately 14 million U.S. adults age 65 and older and 19 million U.S adults aged 18 to 64 have a disability, which increases their susceptibility to abuse. Elder abuse and neglect occurs when a family member, caregiver or individual trusted by the elder, intentionally creates risk or does harm to that elder.

With the more than 10,000 baby boomers turning age 65 everyday, this group is the largest growing segment of the population making the need to combat elder abuse and raise awareness even greater. By 2050, U.S. Census data predicts there will be more than 19 million age 85 or older.

With a growing population of elders, it is often impossible to have exact numbers of elder abuse reports because many go unreported; however, the latest studies have revealed that females elders are more likely to be abused than their male counterparts and that the older the elders are, the more likely they are to be abused. Research has also shown that those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are at a greater risk of being abused. Older adults may not report the abuse because of fear of retaliation or because they are embarrassed, or because they lack the physical or cognitive abilities to do so.

The impact of elder abuse impacts not only the elder with additional medical costs or personal financial losses but also increased expenditures by county, state and federal entitlement programs.

“An alarming number of scams now target older adults with false claims and promises, hoping to tap their financial resources,” says Natt. “Sadly, we have seen many cases of abuse that occur within a family. A lack of resources, caregiver stress and fractured relationships can contribute to this as well as a history of past abuse.”

With raised awareness through education and initiatives like Elder Abuse Awareness Month, elders can be safer in their communities.

“Abuse occurs in many forms, and as a society, we need to have an awareness and become advocates for our elder population,” says Natt. “After all, we are all aging and someday, it may be you who needs a voice.”


About Aging Outreach Services:

Aging Outreach Services (AOS) is full-service elder care firm serving south central North Carolina with offices in Southern Pines and Cary. Through AOS Care Management, professional and certified geriatric care managers help clients navigate all the aspects of aging. Through AOS’ accredited caregiver registries, Moore Registry and Connected Care-Cary, clients can choose pre-qualified and pre-screened caregivers for home care services from two to 24 hours per day. For more information, call 910-692-0683, 919-535-8713 or visit



by Angela Bush

CARY— The 2013 Apex Chamber Business Expo promised to be far from typical. This year the event was held at Prestonwood Country Club, using the convenient location to draw in visitors from both Apex and Cary.

The Chamber adopted an innovative, open-plan layout for the grand ballroom that encouraged visitors to move freely about the space and linger comfortably at more than 50 exhibitor booths representing the variety of industries that Apex has to offer.

Exhibitors benefited from this inviting layout by enjoying more quality face time with potential clients, making it a win-win. Melissa Van of All About Benefiting Seniors said that often at expos businesses have to draw people into their booth, but not this year.

“I had many attendees seek me and my services out,” said Van. “By the end of the event I had landed six coffee or lunch dates for the following week. I left the event with the realization that there is plenty of synergy between the business people in our area.”

In addition to showcasing products and services, the Expo was designed to have other benefits to exhibitors and attendees, including a networking breakfast focused on business to business connections as well as an educational workshop on leadership in the workplace given by Dr. Jonathan Cordell, President Optimum Performance Business Consulting.

The sell-out crowd is a sign that business is still booming in the area and Chamber member businesses continue to invest in their marketing strategies.

“What I’ve noticed is that my clients are starting to get creative,” said Olivia Scott, co-owner of Promotional Partners, a marketing and promotional product firm located in Apex. “Instead of having a separate budget for employee recognition and another for company branding, they are mixing it up.”


Read more: Apex Herald - Chamber moves expo to Cary




by Angela Bush

The Apex Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed U.S. Rep. George Holding to its annual Wake Up Apex event held at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.

The breakfast and town hall session, sponsored by L.G. Jordan Oil Company, was attended by town officials, Apex Chamber Board of Directors and membership for the opportunity to speak face to face with the freshman representative.

After hearing Holding’s priorities for his first term, citizens and business owners spoke with Holding about how upcoming legislation and policy would affect their business as well as the path forward for positive change in Washington.

Holding fielded questions on a variety of topics such as healthcare, tax reform, foreign policy, and the democratic approach of the freshman class of representatives and how this could improve Washington.

“We are excited and proud to have had Congressman Holding in Apex,” said Mayor Keith Weatherly. “His insight, enthusiasm, knowledge of the law and willingness to create changes in Washington is refreshing. It is clear he plans to take a rational approach toward solving the myriad of problems in our country.”

Following the program, Holding joined Weatherly, Town Manager Bruce Radford and Apex Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Graham Wilson on a tour of Apex to view its recent progress and discuss future goals.

“It is not every day your US Congressman comes to town,” said Radford, “Representative Holding pledged to assist the Town of Apex in any way he can. We will take him up on that offer if and when we have needs from Washington.”


Read more: Apex Herald - Holding visits with business community


Promotional Partners, Inc.

101 East Chatham Street

Apex NC 27502


Apex Company Provides Education Related to Creating Powerful Brand Identity

Promotional Partners, Inc owner Olivia Scott CAS-certified advertising specialist, was interviewed recently by staff writer, Jennifer Vishnevsky BSAI writer for international trade publication Advantage Magazine an ASI- Advertising Specialty Institute publication. The June 2013 edition focuses on promotional marketing education for consultants within this large internal industry around the topic of building brands. Vishnevsky’s article titled “Create A Powerful Brand Identity” features 4 distributors who provide their own insights and expertise for building strong brand identity, including local Apex HUB company Promotional Partners .  Citing strong recognition of major brands icons such as Coca- Cola and Face book Vishnevsky probes for answers with her industry experts to the question of how to achieve a “powerhouse” brand. She asks distributors for their knowledge of brand development and promotional advertising to address the growth and awareness of a companies’ brand. The feedback from her panel of experts underscores the value of the brand relationship between the promotional providers, aka the distributor, to their client base to create successful marketing campaigns.

Scott speaks to the crafting of their 2012 re-branding efforts for Promotional Partners, Inc. as an indicator for how to overcome common challenges in selecting new logo designs. After completing year 5 of business it was time to provide a brand makeover for their own company. Scott shared strategies for how they developed a logo design adaptable to any product or campaign by capitalizing on their knowledge of imprinting while working with the constraints of a long company name. Besides changing their logo to a more contemporary design that offered flexibility, Promotional Partners launched their new website during the same period. By using a unique promotional direct mail package as an introduction to their new brand identity they were able to provide their own client base with a personal case study for brand introduction.

Brand education is a key distinguisher for Scott’s company. Through collaboration with clients, Scott conveys that properly applied, promotional products amplify one’s message. “It really helps when they (client) understand that their can be a reason and a purpose behind the products selected”. Scott also addresses the importance of developing new brand guides with the designer and a promotional consultant working as a team commenting that “ the promotional consultant is aware of brand imprint challenges that often a graphic designer can not foresee; presenting challenges for the clients in the future when they are ready to order products with their new branding”. She also encourages her own clients that are re-branding to consider the impact of their internal brand image; Scott notes “walking into a business that is rich with brand images on the walls, floors, conference room, employee apparel and personal desk spaces creates a solid reflection of that company to the visitor reinforcing their brand awareness.  “So often I walk into a new business relationship and find that I could be sitting in any business office space because facility and employee branding has taken a back seat.”  

Scott who is also a board member with the Apex Chamber of Commerce was interviewed by staff writer Aliana Ramos for the Southwest Wake News in response to the May Apex Chamber Expo. When asked to respond to how companies are using branding more effectively in our current economic climate, Scott responds “What I’ve noticed is that my clients are starting to get creative,” she said. “Instead of having a separate budget for employee recognition and another for company branding, they are mixing it up (allowing their traditional marketing budgets to also incorporate employee recognition).” Companies used to buy awards to recognize good employees, she said. Now some of them are coming to Scott to buy duffel bags, hats, shirts and other items that feature their company logo as a way to say “thank you” to employees (while providing brand identity in the work week and their leisure time).” 

Peter Kylne, a Raleigh SCORE counselor with over 20 years of business management experience was quoted in the June 4 News  & Observer article “A Vendor Can Sink You Or Save You”  as saying, “Obviously pricing is important, but then you have got issues of delivery and availability if products, quality of product”. Trade publications such as Advantages and industry affiliations such as ASI and PPAI, who are designed for ad specialty industry, promote the advantages of a distributor relationship as a key indicator to the successful outcome of promotional advertising. When asked about the reason Scott’s company is part of ASI and PPAI she replies, “Our industry promotes a rich environment of product education and trust in the purchase of safety compliant products for a distributor’s clients everyday. Distributors are able to access stock prior to orders, confirm shipping costs and delivery options prior to ordering as well as working out critical imprinting issues before receiving the printed pieces for distribution: achieving a place where were ideas get results”.

For more information contact, Olivia Scott- President/owner


Media Contact:

Glenn Gillen, APR

(919) 674-6020 x146


S&A Cherokee Wins Best in Show Bronze InSpire Award

Agency Recognized with Awards in Seven Categories


Cary, N.C., May 2, 2013S&A Cherokee, a full-service communications company, took home the Best in Show Bronze InSpire Award at the InSpire Awards Banquet held May 1 at the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill. The firm’s entry “Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion Returns to Raleigh” received the top designation after receiving a perfect score from judges.


Sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of Public Relations Society of America (NCPRSA), the InSpire Awards honor the region’s best efforts in public relations and communications. Bronze InSpire Awards recognize tactics or components of campaigns, while Silver InSpire Awards recognize entire campaigns.


The Best in Show Bronze InSpire Award capped off an eventful night for S&A Cherokee, which also received one Honorable Mention, six Awards of Excellence, and five Best in Category designations. This is the fifth straight year S&A Cherokee has won multiple InSpire awards.


For 2013, S&A Cherokee won in the following categories:


Media Relations – Bronze Award of Excellence, Best in Category, and Best in Show for “Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion Returns to Raleigh”


Video News Releases/Satellite Media Tours/Internal/External Video Programs – Bronze Honorable Mention for “Town of Cary Community Investment Bonds Video”


Public Service Announcements (PSAs) Television, Radio, Print – Bronze Award of Excellence and Best in Category for “Town of Cary Community Investment Bonds PSA”


Research and Evaluation – Bronze Award of Excellence and Best in Category for “University Dining – Red, White and U Dining Satisfaction Surveys”


Events and Observances – Silver Award of Excellence and Best in Category for “Athleta Grand Opening at Streets at Southpoint”


Public Affairs/Public Service – Silver Award of Excellence for “Community Investment Bonds Public Information Campaign” (joint submission with the Town of Cary)


Integrated Communications – Silver Award of Excellence and Best in Category for “Band Together NC Promotion and Branding”


“The Triangle is a very competitive market for public relations and communications services, which makes it especially meaningful to S&A Cherokee to have received awards in so many different categories,” said Chuck Norman, APR, owner/principal. “To be recognized for media relations, video projects, research, event planning, public information campaigns and branding speaks to the excellence and diversity of skills of our staff.”


For more information on S&A Cherokee, please call (919) 674-6020 or visit Follow @sacherokee on Twitter.




About S&A Cherokee

Delivering intelligent communications, S&A Cherokee is a full-service communications company providing public relations, advertising, marketing, event planning and custom publishing services. In 2009, S&A Cherokee was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. Originally founded as Smith & Associates in 1982, the company is based in Cary, N.C. In addition to its consulting and event planning services, S&A Cherokee publishes national and regional magazines such as Auto Remarketing, SubPrime Auto Finance News and Cary Magazine, as well as customized client publications. For more information, visit or call (919) 674-6020.





Prime Mortgage Lending, Inc.

320 N. Salem Street, Suite 300

Apex, NC 27502

Contact: Matt Mathosian

Phone: (919) 249-4139

Cell: (561) 235-6980


April 2, 2013


For Immediate Release


Prime Mortgage Lending Opens New Branch in LINCOLNTON, NC 

(Apex, NC)  April 2, 2013 – Prime Mortgage Lending, Inc.  is pleased to announce a new office is opening in Lincolnton, North Carolina.  Prime Mortgage Lending is licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Montana. The new branch will mark the 4th location in North Carolina and will increase the Prime Mortgage footprint to the Piedmont region. The Lincolnton office expands services to Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba, Cleveland, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties in North Carolina.

The new branch offers two highly experienced loan officers skilled at pairing the right mortgage for the client based on their personal circumstances. As a trusted lender, Prime Mortgage Lending has provided a wide range of mortgage options to clients with professionalism and integrity for more than a decade.


According to John Rodgers, president and owner of Prime Mortgage Lending, “The Piedmont area is a new market for us. With its proximity to the Charlotte metro area, we are eager to expand our company and offer superior service and customer support to even more clients with this new branch.”


The Lincolnton branch will be managed by Traci Dellinger, who brings more than

15 years of mortgage experience to the table and Shelli Jenkins, a loan officer with 11 years of experience in the industry.  Dellinger and Jenkins are natives of the Lincolnton area and are also sisters.  Jan Hoyle, who serves as an administrative assistant, is their mother. All three women were formerly with American Family Mortgage founded in 2006 in Lincolnton, NC.

 “We are truly a family business and are thrilled to have the support of a larger, established lender, with the same values,” says Dellinger.  With Prime Mortgage Lending’s in-house underwriting and closing procedures, we can maintain our high standards as well as keep as much of the remaining processes local.”

Lincolnton, North Carolina is a small town in the Charlotte metropolitan area with a population of approximately 11,000 and growing. Established in 1785, Lincolnton, like Apex, NC has numerous historic landmarks including a thriving historic downtown district.


About Prime Mortgage Lending

Prime Mortgage Lending, Inc. is a premier lending institution and was founded in 2001 by John Rodgers.  Today, Prime Mortgage employs more than 32 people, across the southeast and prides itself on providing high quality financial services to the public. 

Based in Apex, North Carolina, Prime Mortgage Lending is owned by President John Rodgers and operated by CEO Matthew Mathosian.

Prime Mortgage offers loan programs that include: purchase, refinance, debt consolidation, home equity loans, second mortgages, and personalized home improvement loans tailored to the buyer’s unique situation. For more information, visit

Media Contact:

Brenda Steen

Steen + Associates

Communication Strategies

(919) 632-4713




Local Company is highlighted in international and local publications


Promotional Partners was recently featured in international publication Advantages Magazine. In the March publication editor Kathy Huston interviewed owner Olivia Scott for strategies other industry distributor would find beneficial for addressing sales challenges. Advantages is a trade publication for the ad specialty industry via ASI, Advertising Specialty International, dedicated to providing relevant education to ASI members that will grow their company. ASI is an membership organization with an over 50 year history providing research, publications, marketing tools and connecting suppliers and distributors in the ad specialty industry. As part of a monthly feature Advantages seeks out stories for how the distributor relationship is helping clients solve problems with strong relationships. Promotional Partners story underscores the importance of strong supplier-distributor relationships to solve challenges; in this case challenges created from simple human error. Distributors within the ad specialty industry are challenged by internet sales, yet those transactions do not have the connection and accountability developed in business relationships, as Editor Kathy seeks to provide strategies to the membership to help grow their business. Read the article with this link:

Additionally, local Independent business are adapting to the marketplace, sharing space with larger “big box” choices. In the case of ad specialty advertising, Promotional Partners, Inc. offers benefits and services that are not associated with internet sales providers. In seeking to capture the pulse of the local business community the Apex Chamber of Commerce generates an annual member directory to connect local business with the host of resources offered by Apex Chamber members. The 2013 publication focuses on how local independent businesses are driving the economy in their niche. Promotional Partners, an ad specialty business located in historic downtown Apex was featured in the publication. The dedication to community and the commitment to excellence in their industry have contributed to their growth. Owner Olivia Scott is Apex only certified advertising specialist (CAS) and when asked about her company she replied

“Our knowledgeable and experienced marketing team helps focus client objectives on strategic product selections that showcase their message effectively, which leverages their brand to a specific target audience”.  

Apex is the third largest municipality in the triangle. A vibrant business community is essential to a strong economy. When asked about the importance of relationships and the role of small business in Apex, Immediate Past President of the Apex Chamber Jeff Hastings had these remarks: “In a small town like Apex, small businesses are at the heart of the community. Through involvement with the Chamber and other organizations, Hastings Farm Supply has been able to spread the word throughout the community about our business. We appreciate companies like Promotional Partners that help in our efforts to assist local companies and non- profits alike. One such non-profit relies on Hastings Farm Supply to supply shirts for a fundraiser. Without the support of Olivia and Promotional Partners, we would be unable to guarantee an on time delivery of a much needed product. We are also able to offer farm and pet supplies with the value added service of knowledge and experience. This helps keep our dollars local while offering a pleasant local shopping experience. “

Copies of the publication can be picked up at the chamber office and local Apex Chamber businesses in the area.





(Apex, NC) –February 22, 2013—New venue, new prizes, new attitude.  That is probably the best way to describe the 2013 Apex Chamber of Commerce golf tournament.  In addition to holding the tournament at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, this year the Chamber will be offering four big prizes for a player who makes a hole-in-one.  The prizes include two vacations and a chance to win a new car.  The tournament will be held Monday April 8.

“We thought it was time to change it up a bit, add a little more sizzle,” said Graham Wilson, Executive Director of the Apex Chamber.  “This is one of our biggest member events of the year, and we wanted to offer our members the best golfing experience they could have.”

Modern Woodmen of America is the Premiere Sponsor for this year’s event.  Other sponsors include Prime Mortgage Lending, EMC, MLB Construction, L.G. Jordan Oil, Time Warner Cable Business Class, Wake Med, BB&T, Rex Healthcare, Manning & Fulton, Wells Fargo, Progress Energy, Rogers Insurance, Suntrust Bank, Waltonwood, Vantage South Bank, Kraft Family YMCA, Chick-fil-A, Cary Living Magazine, ReMax/Cat Kearns, The Beer Dispensary and Bojangles.

The golf tournament is an integral part of the Chamber’s foundation.   For the past 25 years, this event has been the largest fundraiser for the Chamber and serves to help members become deeper stakeholders in the Chamber’s overall success.  Members enjoy the exposure and networking benefits the golf tournament brings to their business, and the Chamber considers the tournament a paramount event for its goals and initiatives in working for the business community.

The tournament is open to Chamber members and their guests, and sponsorship and playing opportunities are still available. For more information on joining the Apex Chamber of Commerce or to sign up to play, contact the Apex Chamber at (919) 362-6456 or


Apex Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Teachers

APEX, N.C. (February 20, 2013)-- The Apex Chamber of Commerce and its Education Committee honored Apex Teachers of the Year for their outstanding performance and commitment to students with a recognition event this week.  The teachers, who were selected by their respective schools, enjoyed a delicious lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse and kind words from Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly, School Board Member Susan Evans, and Area Superintendent Clinton Robinson in appreciation of their hard work and dedication to their students.  The Apex Chamber honors annual award-winning teachers each year, stressing the importance of quality schools and teachers to the future of local commerce. 

This year's honorees were:  David Zies of Apex High School, Mike Hosterman and Marcia Dale of Laurel Park Elementary, Erin Duffy of Salem Middle School, Jamie Gray and Manu Pinkus of Salem Elementary, Amanda Kearns and Hilarie Erb of Baucom Elementary, Jennie Jones of Lufkin Road Middle School, Paige Hutto of Apex Middle School, Rachael Stauffer and Rhonda Oliver of Olive Chapel Elementary, and Kelly Nuckols of Apex Elementary.  The honorees were joined by their administrators and Chamber staff and Board Members.

College Nannies + Tutors generously sponsored this event, and Modern Woodmen of America sponsored beautiful engraved crystal paperweights provided by 5 Star Awards for each teacher as a show of appreciation for their achievement.   The Apex Chamber thanks Promotional Partners, Cloer Vineyards, Spring Arbor of Apex Assisted Living, WakeMed, Girl Scouts- NC Coastal Pines, and Connected Care Cary for their goody bag donation items for our teachers.

About the Apex Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Apex Chamber of Commerce is to advocate for the business community and promote a vibrant and engaged membership.

Founded in 1958, the Chamber has an engaged operating group, motivated volunteers and a dedicated professional staff poised to implement progressive programs that aid in the profitability of its members, build a better economic community, develop future leaders and enhance small business development and growth.

Located in the historic Apex Depot (built in 1914 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the Apex Chamber of Commerce has been serving the business community and citizens of Apex, North Carolina for half a century. 

To learn more about the Chamber and its initiatives call 919.362.6456 or visit




Apex Town Council Approves Incentive Guidelines for Businesses


APEX, N.C.  (November 28, 2012)-- The Apex Town Council has unanimously approved new guidelines regarding incentive grants for economic development in Apex.  These guidelines will be used by Wake County Economic Development and other agencies and will be shared with businesses that are interested in either relocating or expanding in Wake County.  Under the new guidelines, the town will consider each opportunity on its individual merits and any incentives will be at the sole discretion of the Apex Town Council.

The purpose of the guidelines is to expand economic development opportunities for the Town of Apex that will diversify or expand the tax base, offer improved employment opportunities for its citizens and promote the economic growth and welfare of the local business and industrial community. The guidelines were drafted with input from the Apex Chamber of Commerce and were endorsed by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. 


About the Apex Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Apex Chamber of Commerce is to advocate for the business community and promote a vibrant and engaged membership.

Founded in 1958, the Chamber has an engaged operating group, motivated volunteers and a dedicated professional staff poised to implement progressive programs that aid in the profitability of its members, build a better economic community, develop future leaders and enhance small business development and growth.

Located in the historic Apex Depot (built in 1914 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the Apex Chamber of Commerce has been serving the business community and citizens of Apex, North Carolina for half a century. 

To learn more about the Chamber and its initiatives call 919.362.6456 or visit



Apex Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Businesses

and Citizens at Annual Awards Ceremony


Cary, NC—The Apex Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Awards Ceremony on October 11th at Prestonwood Country Club.  Two local businesses were recognized for their outstanding commitment to the Apex community, and two citizens were celebrated following years of service and stewardship to their town. 

The annual event is a highlight for Chamber members, and this year in included an elaborate dinner and a casino night with proceeds benefiting the Kraft YMCA’s We Build People Campaign.  The ballroom came alive with laughter and networking as Town and business leaders came together for a night of fun for a worthy cause.

The Rusty Bucket was the recipient of the Small Business of the Year Award.  This award is presented to a small business that represents the town in its support of both the community and Chamber initiatives.  The Rusty Bucket was recognized by Outgoing President Jeff Hastings for their support of small business and their exemplary commitment to their community through numerous charitable drives.

The award for Large Business of the Year was presented to Cambridge Village of Apex, a growing company whose Apex location has served as a steward to their community by providing care to local seniors and welcoming local citizens and the community at large to become involved in their programs and initiatives.

Capping off the night was the Citizen of the Year Award, presented to Horace Johnson, and the Louis C. Smith Hall of Fame Award, presented to inductee Mike Wilson, Assistant Town Manager.  Mr. Johnson was recognized for his longstanding commitment to numerous civic and community organizations, most notably The Apex Lions Club, and also for his commitment to senior wellness programs at Spring Arbor of Apex Assisted Living for the last 10 years.  Mr. Wilson was recognized by Town Manager Bruce Radford for his devotion to the quality and healthy growth of the Town of Apex for its citizens.

Outgoing Board Members and Ambassadors were also recognized at the event.  Outgoing Board Members are:  Bill McClung—Capital Paving, Jacque Priddy—First Citizens Bank, Tom McCuiston—McCuiston Law Offices, Oral Wise—WakeMed, and Bonnie Holt—Wells Fargo Bank.  Outgoing Ambassadors recognized are:  Jim Vogel—IMU Social Media, Rick Frye—Insurance Service Center, Don Fowler—Inspro,  Lisa Wilder—Wilder Communications, Bonnie Ferrari—Nationwide Insurance, and Tori Scuderi—Primrose School of West Cary.

The Annual Awards Ceremony is a time for both celebration and reflection of the year, and an opportunity to explore goals and challenges for the upcoming year.  The Apex Chamber would like to thank our casino event sponsors: Apex-Cary Insurance, Sophie & Mollie’s Boutique, AABS, Walgreens, Spring Arbor of Apex Assisted Living, MLB Construction, Carolina Custom Kitchen and Bath LLC, and Crown Trophy of Cary.

For additional information on the Apex Chamber of Commerce, please visit




Membership Celebrates at Savor Apex 2012

Apex, NC (September 19, 2012)-- The Apex Chamber held their annual Savor Apex Member Appreciation Party to celebrate their valued membership.  Local restaurants provided delicious tastes of their most popular entrees, appetizers, desserts, and drinks for guests to enjoy under tented seating in the Apex Chamber parking lot.  Chamber members were able to network, enjoy a "taste of Apex," in a fun, music-filled atmosphere.  Highlights included a steady crowd of attendees, including Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly, Town Manager Bruce Radford, and members of Town Council.

Don Fowler, Jeff Hastings, and Mayor Keith Weatherly

Chamber members James and Kimberly Strunk, Juliet Malit, Sharon Galluzzo, David Newton, and Betty Ann Crump pose for a quick picture during the Savor Apex festivities.

Guests enjoy the sights and sounds of Savor Apex.