Business Ledger

Kate Horton

Auto Care Clinic
The Auto Care Clinic in Front Royal has announced it has donated $1,093 from its fundraising campaign held during October to benefit the Cleveland Clinic to support Dr. Vincent Touhey’s Research Fund to develop a vaccine to prevent breast cancer.

With the assistance of Carquest, which donated brake pads and shoes, the Auto Care Clinic donated 10 percent of a total brake repair bill to the Cleveland Clinic.

The repair shop is one of about 150 independent auto repair shops across the nation that participated in the Brakes for Breasts fundraiser. In the past six years, these shops have raised over $366,000 and 100 percent of the funds raised went directly to support Touhey’s research fund.

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in Winchester, a senior independent living community established in 1987, has been awarded for the fifth consecutive year a five-year term of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC).

The CCAC is the nation’s only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities. Information: 540-665-5915 or visit www.carf.org.

BK Connected Solutions
Kate Horton, president of BK Connected Solutions, a small woman- and minority-owned company in downtown Winchester, has been selected to participate in the New Virginia Scaling 4 Growth program.

Of the 140 applicants, Horton is one of 16 candidates chosen to participate in the inaugural program lead by Interise on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Interise is composed of a network of industry professionals, government officials, instructors and students/peers with experience in economic and business development and transformative learning processes.

During the program, the small business owners selected to participate will be challenged and given opportunities to explore their growth allowing for managed success. The program is designed to provide support and guidance in many areas such as business strategy, financial analysis, accessing capital, marketing, sales strategy, talent, contracting, growth plan and mentor groups. Horton was also one of four chosen for a case study that will be measured over a time period of three years.

Shenandoah University
Karen Abraham, Ph.D., has been named Shenandoah University’s interim dean of the School of Health Professions. She will begin her new position on Jan. 3, serving through the 2017-18 academic year.

Abraham serves as the university’s fellow for academic excellence and professor of physical therapy. She previously served as director of the university’s Division of Physical Therapy from 2008 to 2015 and has been a member of the faculty since 2001.

She succeeds Timothy Ford, Ph.D.,  the university’s first dean of the School of Health Professions, who moves on to serve as chair of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Abraham is an orthopedic therapist with a special interest in women’s health issues. She has used her background in basic science and pain research as a foundation for her research projects in women’s health physical therapy.

She has been a member of the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1996 and has served as a member of many of the section’s task forces and as an investigator in several grant-funded studies.

Abraham has a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a doctorate in anatomy and cell biology from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She has completed the Education Leadership Institute Fellowship of the APTA.

DuPont Community Credit Union (DCCU) has announced plans to expand its presence in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community with the construction of its fourth Harrisonburg location. The new office will located on the corner of Stone Port Boulevard and Stone Spring Road in the new Stone Port Development area near Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Construction is set to begin this spring and will open in late 2017. Information: www.mydccu.com.

Grassland Council
The 2017 annual meeting of the American Forage and Grassland Council will be held Jan. 22-25 in Roanoke. There are two registration options, full registration for the entire conference or a one-day registration for the Producer Day on Jan. 23. The theme is “Turning Grass into CA$H: Opportunities in Grassland Agriculture.” Included will be workshops on mob-grazing, beef cattle, dairy grazing and more. Information, registration: www.afgc/annual_conference.php.