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NC Retail Merchants Applaud Reform of the Business License Tax

Raleigh, NC (May 29, 2014) - The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) (, a nonprofit trade association, applauds the North Carolina General Assembly’s action to fix the business license tax inequity that has plagued job creators since the late 1990s.

Today, with bi-partisan support, the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed HB 1050 “Omnibus Tax Law Changes” that will repeal the Privilege License Tax in North Carolina, effective July 2015. Originally intended to help local governments know who was doing business in their towns and cities, in recent years this business tax has instead become a revenue source to fund budget shortfalls. The General Assembly has reigned in an archaic tax that was never envisioned to get to these levels and, in many cases, exceeded the municipality’s taxing authority by levying these taxes based on gross receipts with no regard to profit or services provided to the business.

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Media Partners Wins Six Measure of Excellence Awards from VSHMPR

Raleigh, N.C. (May 29, 2014) – Media Partners, Inc. (MPI), a full service media-marketing agency, won six Measure of Excellence awards at the Virginia Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (VSHMPR) conference last week in Charlottesville, Virginia.  MPI received the awards for its marketing efforts on behalf of Centra Healthcare in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Two of the six awards were named superior. One award for radio advertising for Centra Senior Care was a 60 second radio spot that zeroed in on the rehab service of neuropathy treatments.   Another superior award recognized Centra’s Nursing Annual Report, an internal publication that showcased a year of nursing achievements.

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Raleigh, N.C. (May 21, 2014) — Transitions LifeCare, formerly known as Hospice of Wake County, will dedicate a new memorial garden on its Raleigh campus this Saturday.  The veteran’s garden will ensure future generations never forget the many sacrifices that secured the freedom cherished in the United States today.  The dedication ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday May 24th at 250 Hospice Circle in Raleigh.  Special flag ceremonies and military medleys will salute veterans, and participants will share stories while dedicating a garden designed for reflection and respite.

Transitions LifeCare has a straightforward mission to serve, but fulfilling it is anything but simple.  Each patient has a unique life story and a unique set of needs, and this includes America’s veterans.  As Memorial Day approaches, Transitions LifeCare marks the holiday by dedicating a sacred place to honor veterans, their families and their loved ones.

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Media Partners Wins Two Inspire Awards from NCPRSA

Raleigh, N.C. (May 8, 2014) Media Partners, Incorporated (MPI) received two Inspire Awards from the North Carolina Public Relations Society of America.  The awards were presented last night at a banquet emceed by Deborah Morgan of WRAL-TV on the campus of North Carolina State University.  MPI received two bronze awards.

The first award recognized Hospice of Wake County (HOWC) and a campaign called the Power of 10, speaking to the real impact 10 additional rooms will offer Hospice as demand for services increase in the five counties it supports.  MPI’s creative work shows both the space and the services that will be available with community support positioned as: “It’s only 10 rooms, yet they have the power to changes lives exponentially.”  Campaign materials offered testimonials and visuals to show supporters what the expansion will look like.  Content offered surprising facts about growth and how vitally important it is for HOWC to expand in order to service residents.

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Hospice of Wake County Celebrates Service to the Community with 35th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser

Raleigh, NC (May 1, 2014)—Hospice of Wake County (HOWC) celebrated their 35th year of service to the community on Thursday, April 10th at their annual dinner and fundraising event. Three hundred and sixty people attended this year’s event at the North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.  In just one night they raised over $195,929 to provide care and support to individuals suffering from terminal illness, and their families.

According to Special Event Coordinator Kelly Hughes, the annual dinner is always highly entertaining, inspiring and successful.  “This is an exciting time for us with planned growth and expansion of our hospice care.  And it’s important to remember that this type of event brings so much more than money; it provides peace of mind and grief support, as well as emotional and spiritual support of our patients and family members.”

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