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Business Notebook: Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce names new CFO


A staff report

Jenny Proctor is returning to the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce as its chief financial officer, according to a news release.

Proctor also will be a member of the board of directors, says new chamber CEO and President Nat Robertson.

Proctor has experience in office management, accounting and administration. She previously worked at the chamber for seven years and was director of operations when she left in 2020.

Proctor is a graduate of Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in accounting and business management. She has worked with nonprofit organizations in advertising, sales, budgeting, and employee coaching.

Proctor succeeds Kimberly Dixon, who left the position for another job.

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City, county, FSU to participate in Procurement Week for business owners

The city of Fayetteville will participate in Fayetteville-Cumberland Regional Procurement Week on Monday through Thursday, according to a city news release.

In celebration of National Procurement Month, business owners can learn more about doing business with major institutional purchasers in the area, such as the city, Cumberland County, Fayetteville State University and Fayetteville Public Works Commission.

The schedule includes:

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, 433 Hay St.: Kickoff Mix & Mingle with city, county and university purchasing managers offering tips on procurement opportunities.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 955 Old Wilmington Road: Small business vendor readiness workshops to meet purchasers.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1073 Murchison Road: Small business vendor readiness workshops on bid work.
  • Thursday at 1073 Murchison Road: Power of Purchasing panel, 3:30-4:15 p.m.; meet the purchasers panel, 4:30-5:15 p.m.; Purchase Marketplace, 7:30 p.m.

The Purchase Marketplace is a vendor fair for business owners to network with major local purchasers. Participants must bring business cards and capabilities statements, the release said.

Visit FSU’s Entrepreneur and Business HUB events page to register. For more information, call 910-672-1107. 

Gray’s Creek High School educator is CTE Teacher of the Year

Ashley Long McCullen, the agriculture teacher at Gray’s Creek High School, has been selected as Cumberland County Schools Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year, according to a news release.

McCullen’s colleagues say she meets all students where they are and pushes them to be their individual best, the release said. She has organized community service projects for the school’s Future Farmers of America chapter including Adopt-a-Highway and a Giving Tree for students in need.

McCullen organizes students in teams to care for animals on campus while teaching problem-solving, grit and teamwork skills, the release said.

McCullen will represent Cumberland County in the Sandhills Regional CTE Teacher of the Year process this summer.  

Fayetteville PWC receives 2 United Way Spirit of North Carolina Awards

United Way of Cumberland County has awarded Fayetteville Public Works Commission the 2022 Spirit of North Carolina award for building momentum and sustainability through its leadership and employees, according to a news release.

PWC has modeled a dedication to community service through fundraising, volunteering and advocacy, the United Way news release said. This is the 17th year in a row PWC has received an award for its dedication to United Way and the community.  

Carolyn Justice-Hinson, PWC communications and community relations officer, also won the United Way Community Ambassador award, the first year the award has been presented. She was recognized for helping spread United Way’s mission within PWC and in the community, the release said. She serves on the United Way board and chaired the “Over the Edge” fundraiser on March 11.

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