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During this trying time, we are striving to focus on the positive impacts that our families, clients, and vendors all around us are making in their communities. Sanders Ford, out of Jacksonville, NC is doing great things to service their neighborhood. At Sanders Ford their vision is to be looked upon by their employees, customers and the community as an honest and caring company. Last week they brought their mission statement to life as they provided a free pick up lunch to anyone in need. They gave out BBQ sandwiches, chips, and water to those who have been financially hurt or impacted in any way due to COVID-19. We are so honored to see one of our customers out in their community caring for those around them. If you want to learn more about Sanders and what they are doing in Jacksonville, NC, click the link below. https://lnkd.in/etK-hpF

Seemingly every facet of our lives has been impacted by COVID-19. Our supply of day to day essentials has been put under stress. One of the amazing clients we serve, Quality Custom Distribution, is an all-star in delivering food products to restaurants that you frequent.

As food service and distribution companies adjust to COVID-19 guidelines, Quality Custom Distribution associates are supporting customer food donations from Chick-fil-A, Chipotle and Starbucks.

“Over the past few years, Starbucks has been partnering with local food donation centers across the U.S. and in support with QCD, has been able to donate the excess food to those in need,” said Erin Kristek, Managing Director, U.S. Distribution CDC Network, Starbucks Supply Chain Operations. “As we manage through these unprecedented times, we have been able to leverage these existing relationships and QCD’s expertise in food distribution logistics to support our communities, ensuring ‘no food is wasted’ and providing the support that is needed most.”

“During COVID 19, with the help of our providers such as QCD, we were able to redistribute surplus and fresh food to those who are in need,” said Jimmy Shah, East Region Senior Manager for Starbucks Distribution Operations.

We have the pleasure of working with so many amazing businesses coast to coast. As we began to reach out to our client family to check in and make sure everyone was safe, we began to see a powerful theme: people helping people all over.

Larry H. Miller Auto Group is a new and preowned dealership group serving the western United States. LHM Dealerships now sells 18 different automotive brands at more than 60 store locations. Community is a large part of the LHM mission. The group serves their communities through their philanthropic groups including Larry H. Miller Charities, the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation, the Driven 2 Teach program, and community events. One of their dealerships recently provided breakfast and fun activities for a class of second graders from a local elementary school. This event was put on to raise awareness for National School Breakfast Week and all proceeds went to the school’s snack program. We have recently partnered with some of the LHM groups to outfit their staff with branded apparel. We are honored to work with a dealership group that has so many locations serving their local communities. Find out more about what they are doing here: https://www.lhmauto.com/

Go solar with Cape Fear Solar Systems. Cape Fear Solar Systems is currently ranked as the number one installer in Southeastern, North Carolina by Solar Power World. Cape Fear Solar takes pride is in their highly qualified team and in providing the highest quality of craftsmanship, products, and material. They have designed and installed over 1000 systems in the local Wilmington, NC area.

By choosing solar their customers are reducing their energy bill, as well as making a positive impact on the environment. We have had the privilege of working with Cape Fear Solar on their apparel for the past 3 years. Just like them, we take pride in our work by providing quality gear for their team. Find out more here. capefearsolarsystems.com

Optimum Fire & Security is your one-stop shop for fire protection and low voltage requirements. They are based in North Carolina and provide services in many states throughout the U.S. Being a locally run company they treat their customers like neighbors and ensure they are all provided with reliable customer service. Quality and integrity come first. \

With strong military roots, Optimum Fire & Security’s goal is to hire veterans. By doing so they have achieved a fifty percent veteran labor force. They pride themselves on employing men and women who have served our country. Over the past years, we have had the privilege to partner with them in producing apparel and promotional products to outfit their staff. Check them out more here. https://lnkd.in/eefgvih

Without Limits started with a simple mission, to “help people believe in themselves.” That mission grew from a small coaching division for runners to an apparel brand and now a constant reminder that you can live without limits. Their tag line “embrace the challenge” is all over shirts, signs, and stickers giving people the encouragement every day to face what life brings, one day at a time.

We have been working with Without Limits for the past 9 years and are continually seeking to develop the best race apparel and performance gear that athletes are excited to wear every day. Whether it is super soft hoodies, race tees, or running and cycling socks we love producing apparel that is made for the challenge ahead.

We’re honored to work with a brand whose DNA is to never give up, and to keep fighting through the blood, sweat, and tears to reach your goal. If you want to find out more about Without Limits and how to get involved in one of their events, find a running coach, or purchase some of their rad apparel, check out this link! https://lnkd.in/eUpnWM3 

Innovate, Optimize, Repeat. This is what Dan, De, Chaz and their team of Automation Professionals and Engineers have done for years at Global Process Automation.

For 24 years, Manufacturers have trusted GPA to be stewards of their processes to maximize efficiency, attain optimal ROI from their assets, and protect their operational technology resources, while also helping their clients increase profitability.

Over the years, we’ve been honored to support their branding through various mediums – from their uniform-apparel, engineers’ work packs, to the swag they use out in the field and when at industry-events.

What you see is what you get with GPA – a group of people with a sense of humor and a sense of accountability. No politics, no bureaucracy, just plain hard work & integrity. They are a family inside & out, and treat all those they partner with, the same. https://lnkd.in/eKF-Esd

One of our Penske Automotive dealer clients, Toyota of Turnersville, has been serving the Turnersville, NJ community for over 12 years. As one of New Jersey’s top auto dealerships, they are focused on exceeding their customer’s expectations. In 2017, Best Companies Group named Toyota of Turnersville one of the 100 Best dealerships to work for. They were also recognized by Automotive News as one of the Best Dealerships to work for in 2018 and 2019. They truly leave every car buyer smiling and saying, “I love Toyota of Turnersville!” Jason Skinner, General Manager, states that his goal every day is to make Toyota of Turnersville “the BEST DEALERSHIP IN THE WORLD to WORK, BUY, LEASE or SERVICE your vehicle.”

We have had the honor of working with Jason and his team for many years, they are always a pleasure to work with and we are extremely thankful for their partnership

Our friends at Wilmington Brewing Company are living out their dream while bringing the community closer together, one craft beer at a time.

Wilmington natives, Jon and Michelle Savard found their passion for brewing while attending college in the great craft beer city of Asheville. Years later, the dynamic duo moved back home and opened the 11,800 sq. ft. Wilmington Brewing Company with 15 rotating taps and a fully stocked homebrew supply shop “For People Who Drink Good Beer”.

Enriching the community is paramount for the team at Wilmington Brewing Company. They host events such as free running clubs and donation-based yoga classes to benefit schools and community partners in the Wilmington area. With the amazing events and great craft beer, there are no shortage of reasons to visit and support this passionate group. Learn more about their story and taproom at https://lnkd.in/e88rHRd

One of South Eastern North Carolina’s favorite races is back for its 11th consecutive year. The Wilmington Marathon, formerly Wrightsville Beach Marathon, is just around the corner on Saturday March 21st. This year 4000 runners will compete in the 5K, Half & Full marathon courses with the Full marathon spanning across the great city of Wilmington from Pier to Port. Starting at Wrightsville Beach, the Full participants will make their way to the riverfront of downtown Wilmington.

This event has had great success in benefiting the greater Wilmington community over the past 10 years. To date, the Wilmington Marathon has contributed over $400,000 dollars to local charities and volunteer organizations in the area along with many schools through their volunteer efforts race week. This year in addition to announcing the new Pier to Port racecourse, race director Tom Clifford announced that the event will continue its title sponsorship thru 2022, with New Hanover Regional Medical Center to “Make Healthier Happen”.

We have had the great honor to partner for a decade with Tom and Without Limits to produce amazing race swag for this event. If you have not already signed up it’s not too late, here is a link to find out more. https://lnkd.in/eBTqErj