Local Business Enters Chambers of Commerce for Huntington Beach & Newport Beach

 Junk Smiths has long been a dependable business for the people of Orange County and Southern Los Angeles, having always been rooted in the Huntington Beach and Newport Beach communities. Now, Junk Smiths proudly announces that it has joined the Chambers of Commerce for Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

Junk Smiths is happy to unite with other local Chamber of Commerce members to learn more about the Huntington Beach and Newport Beach markets and to improve the many ways the business serves its community. Businesses that are members of the Chamber of Commerce establish themselves as reputable and trustworthy tentpoles of their respective industries. Junk Smiths always aims to hold the trust of the local community through professional services and now as a certified Chamber of Commerce partner.

In addition, Junk Smiths looks forward to closely networking with businesses that may need junk removal services the most, such as property management companies and real estate companies. Junk Smiths hopes to cultivate close, rewarding relationships with these businesses and the individuals who drive their success.

Above all else, being a member of their local Chambers of Commerce is another way for Junk Smiths to cultivate a greater connection with the communities of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Because of this, Junk Smiths could not be more delighted to collaborate with that community on a deeper level than before.

Junk Smiths looks forward to meeting with Huntington Beach and Newport Beach neighbors at Chamber of Commerce events.

Junk Smiths

Sean Smith

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Father and son duo Sean and Norton Smith, owners of Junk Smiths in Huntington Beach, CA.

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Local Nonprofits Join Forces to Provide Internship Opportunities in the Career Field of Digital & Social Media Marketing

 Digital Saturdays is a collaboration between Milagro Center and GBDCEI Center for Workforce Development, Entrepreneurship, and STEAM. The program provides professional development for Palm Beach County students interested in digital marketing. Beginning on Saturday, April 23, and the following four consecutive Saturdays, the interns recruited and paid by the Milagro Center, will report to GBDCEI to learn and execute digital marketing campaigns for local businesses and nonprofits. The interns will use GBDCEI’s mobile entrepreneurship, leadership, and training computer bus as a staging area to create and post social media content. “The program is designed to meet young people where they are and guide them on using social media and digital marketing positively,” said Gray, Founder of GBDCEI. “We focus on leadership, professional, and entrepreneurial in addition to global citizenship,” she continued.

Local nonprofits and small businesses interested in increasing organic content for their social media campaigns are welcome to come out and interact with the interns. Interaction includes taking photos and videos together, ink, sharing, tagging, and following each other. Interested parties should contact GBDCEI by sending an email to info@gbdcei.com.

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Local Artisan Marmalade Maker Wins Prestigious Award In Global Competition

LOS ANGELESMarch 28, 2022PRLog — Los Angeles artisan gourmet food producer Sleepers Gourmet has reveived a Bronze Award for their Bee Happy Marmalade and a special commendation for their Desert Rose Marmalade at the International Artisan Marmalade Awards/

Bee Happy is loved for its trifecta of locally sourced Southern California organic Lisbon, Eureka & Meyer Desert lemons melded with fresh ginger, and clearly, the judges agreed! They were very impressed with the marmalade’s appearance, color, consistency, aroma and flavor.

Desert Rose, one of the Sleepers’ newest marmalade flavors, features a trio of tree-ripened Coachella Valley grapefruits steeped with delicate rose petals to create a taste that’s uniquely sublime.

Tthe Marmalade Awards received a record-breaking number of entries this year, with over 3,000 jars from more than 30 countries worldwide. The  jars are judged by an expert panel including food writer Dan Lepard, Fortnum & Mason Grocery Buyer Sarah Metcalf, and David Atherton food writer and winner of The Great British Baked Off 2019.

Founder of the Awards Jane Hasell-McCosh says: “I hope that Sleepers Gourmet will have huge success with their marmalade both locally and further afield. The quality of artisan marmalade has never been higher and I am so proud of our award winners this year.”

Owner Christina Sleeper says ‘We are so pleased to have won this award against such strong competition from all over the world. I have been making marmalades for more than 30 years and personally have always thought that it is some of the best marmalades we’ve ever tasted, so it’s nice to have the Award to prove it!’

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Christina Sleeper

Sleepers Gourmet



Notes to editors:

About Sleepers Gourmet:

Sleepers was founded by Christina, Lydia and Mark Sleepers with a single product and a singular passion, that delicious meals can be prepared with ease, shared with love and remembered long after the plates are cleared.

We’re proud to share our inspired and unparalleled line of seasonings, jams, teas, salts & gift baskets with you. We start with the freshest and finest California ingredients and combine them with exotic spices from around the globe. We handcraft an array of original recipe artisanal products that are loved by home cooks and professional chefs alike.

Thank you for exploring our flavorful offerings. We are constantly striving to exceed your expectations, crafting new products and seasonal recipes that spark the culinary imagination and excite taste buds everywhere.

We truly appreciate your support of our family business.

Editor’s Notes: What are the Awards?

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards were founded in 2005 to help to preserve, grow and widen one of the most British of customs – marmalade making. From small beginnings they have grown into an internationally renowned and highly acclaimed event, with support from leading companies such as Fortnum & Mason, The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers and Paddington Bear.

The Awards have humour and a life of their own and have inspired people from all over the world to get involved. In 2022 over 3,000 jars of marmalade were sent from countries as far away as South Korea, Botswana, Japan, Australia and the Philippines, while the Artisan Marmalade competition has helped to promote small producers around the world. Judged by a small panel of experts, Dalemain roundels denote marmalade of exemplary quality.

At the heart of the Awards & Festival is Dalemain Mansion, a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years and the holder of a rich archive of early marmalade recipes.

Local Business Leaders Renovating 53,000 ft² High Point Building To Create Wellness Destination

HIGH POINT, N.C.March 2, 2022PRLog — Two Triad entrepreneurs have purchased a 53,000 ft² building off Penny Road with plans to transform the corporate space into a wellness oasis for central North Carolina. Brent Allen, who owns Amplifi, LLC, and Chase Hazelwood, owner of Go-Forth Pest Control, and both prior recipients of the TBJ’s 40 under 40 award, are underway in the creation of Carolina Core Wellness, a network of local holistic and integrative wellness businesses. Patrons of the unique space will benefit from a local cafe and co-working space, and an abundance of wellness providers all under one roof. Tenants will benefit from a tight-knit referral and support network and built-in business support services including accounting and marketing from local experts.

Located at 4000 Ossi Court in north High Point, the building that will transform into a wellness community was purchased in December of 2020 for $1.6 million. The founders of CCW are currently anticipating the launch of the community in summer 2022.  The wellness hub will have the capacity to hold 30 wellness businesses.  Fourth Elm Construction and CJMW Architecture were chosen to lead the construction and design of this new space.

The Triad has many impressive local attractions such as the Greensboro Science Center, Reynolda House, and Greensboro Coliseum, but aren’t we missing a destination on this scale that supports the overall health and wellness of the Triad’s residents? None have the capacity to affect your health experience as much as the new concept in health and wellness.

Jeff Mabe, Chief Operating Officer of Carolina Core Wellness, believes that this single destination will be the area’s new blueprint for wellness. CCW strongly believes that individuals should be empowered and educated in managing their own wellness as opposed to only getting access to the standard health markers that are typically provided at conventional healthcare practices. Wellness, he believes, is multi-dimensional. Mabe and the team at CCW have taken the initiative to create a wellness destination at a single location where patients can gather to have ALL their wellness needs met, amidst the warmth of a like-minded community and cozy physical environment.

Mabe sees the Carolina Core Wellness project as both a physical and philosophical wellness community. “The physical community is quite the vision for wellness enthusiasts. Imagine a single destination where you can see a host of like-minded Holistic providers: Nurse Practitioners, Nutritionists, Physical Therapists, Holistic Dentists, Chiropractors, Counselors, Massage Therapists, Pediatric Providers, Personal Trainers, Acupuncturists, Saunas, Salt Room, float tanks, and more. Carolina Core Wellness will also house Core Coffee, a warm coffee shop also offering grab-and-go healthy snacks, drinks, and meals. Core Coffee and the adjacent CCW open lobby will provide a comfortable remote work and meeting space offering spacious seating. Additionally, CCW has a large multi-purpose room perfect for seminars, workshops, banquets, and Yoga classes.”

Philosophically, Mabe described Carolina Core Wellness as a supportive network for like-minded, Holistic providers to promote the growth of their business. And not just the providers with a CCW address. For both the physical residents of the CCW space and the members of its greater online community of providers, CCW aims to cultivate a community of idea and resource sharing, networking, referrals, and cross-promotion. ALL providers in our online community will benefit from a collective momentum to grow Non-Traditional, Patient-First care in North Carolina. The physical tenants of Carolina Core Wellness will also receive expert accounting services from Amplifi, LLC and marketing services from  Go Forth Marketing so that these providers can spend their time focusing on their patients and the growth of their businesses rather than daily administrative details.

The wellness location will be the new home of Triad Lifestyle Medicine, a rapidly-growing local intimate healthcare provider. Triad Lifestyle Medicine partners Tiffany Allen and Leah Hazelwood shared, “CCW’s vision of  easing the ability for a patient to receive the full wellness care they need mirrors our own mission to provide whole-person, personalized healthcare. We practice the power of lifestyle adjustments for healing, and this approach to healthcare requires patients to have access to a variety of wellness providers. We feel the concept of this centralized community of like-minded providers will make it easier and more encouraging for patients to seek care for all aspects of their wellness.”

When asked what led Carolina Core Wellness to undergo such measures for the health and wellness community, Mabe stated, “We believe Holistic, patient-first care should be more accessible to residents of North Carolina. We believe that these providers should find it easier to refer and network with one another. Patients should not have to drive all over the state for their various wellness needs. It should be as easy as walking down the hall. Carolina Core Wellness believes the Triad needs a community space for remote work, meetings, and events that are both welcoming and supportive of wellness. We believe in supporting the growth of entrepreneurs. If you are a wellness patient, get ready to enjoy a wellness destination like no other in summer 2022 and be prepared to have all your wellness needs met in one welcoming location!”

Whether it is Core Coffee, where you can simply enjoy a cup of coffee in a warm, cozy environment, or benefit from the other various services offered within the facility, Carolina Core Wellness wants their providers and patients to feel right at home. If you are a local provider interested in joining our community of growth-minded, patient-first providers, please attend one of Carolina Core Wellness Open Houses or reach out to Jeff Mabe directly at jeff@carolinacorewellness.com for a private or a virtual tour.


At Carolina Core Wellness our vision is to create a community of wellness providers that care for and nurture the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of those living in the Piedmont Triad area. From maintaining optimal health to coping with chronic conditions, these providers play a critical role in an individual’s wellness journey. Carolina Core Wellness provides a unique community space for Holistic providers across multiple disciplines designed to support these providers on a level that allows them to fully focus their attention on their patients – not administrative details. We are here to promote and support the utilization of this community of wellness providers and their ability to better serve patients regardless of their needs. For more information or to schedule a visit, please visit www.carolinacorewellness.com

Local Nonprofit Hires First Executive Director

 Cathy Robertson is the organization’s first Executive Director. Robertson, who has served as a long-term volunteer and board Chair, will now be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, volunteers and strategic plan of the organization. The duties are in three main categories: supervision, administration and community development. This is accomplished by working closely with the Board of Directors and Chaplain to plan events, direct programs and coordinate the ministry’s administrative operation.

More than 36 years ago, the state of NC contacted a group of local ministers in Davidson County and asked them to provide a community-funded Chaplain for the campus. That is how Davidson Prison Ministry started and has continued to faithfully fund a Chaplain for all these many years. The Chaplain coordinates all the religious services, counseling, volunteers and religious programs for the prison.

For more information, contact Cathy at davidsonprisonministry@gmail.com.


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