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Small Businesses Rally for United Way

(L-R) Maggie Whitman, of Perfect Balance Physical Therapy, Brittany Marcum of Perfect Balance Physical Therapy, Steve Pulliam of United Way of Transylvania County, Dawn Rouse of Perfect Balance Physical Therapy, and Saunders Grommesh of United Way of Transylvania County celebrate at the third annual Small Business Rally reception.

This is the third year that United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) and Perfect Balance Physical Therapy (PBPT) have collaborated to present the Small Business Rally for UWTC. The rally provides small businesses with an opportunity to show public support of local United Way programs and initiatives.

Recently, Perfect Balance and United Way co-hosted a networking reception for businesses that have committed to this year’s sponsorship rally. The group celebrated raising money specifically for United Way’s Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund.

Starting March 1, PBPT pledged a dollar-for-dollar match for the first 10 businesses that join the Small Business Rally for the first time with a $150 pledge. These matches effectively double the impact of each investment in United Way’s local programs and initiatives.

So far, 16 new and returning businesses are participating in the rally. There is room for six more new businesses to join and activate the $150 match from Perfect Balance and United Way.

Participating businesses, so far, include: Allegra; DD Bullwinkel’s Outdoors; David Jordan, LegalShield, ID Shield; Ecusta Credit Union; Entegra Bank; Fisher Realty; Jason Gurley State Farm; Meredith Baldridge State Farm; RS Rover, LLC; Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations; Norma Clayton Realty; Perfect Balance Physical Therapy; Renew Spine Center, Ham Chiropractic Center; Self-Help Credit Union; White Squirrel Realty; and Workout Anytime.

"One of the most important things we can do as small business owners is to invest in the community we serve. A healthy community of individuals is essential to a healthy small business community,” said Perfect Balance owner, Dawn Rouse, PT, CWT, CMPTP.

“Rallying together, small businesses can create BIG change,” said Saunders Grommesh, Resource Development Director for United Way of Transylvania County.

Small Business Rally participating businesses are visible in a variety of ways, including in print and social media, on UWTC’s website ( ), and recognition at United Way events.  Interested parties should contact Grommesh at 828-882-8822 or  for details on joining the rally.

About Perfect Balance

The mission of Perfect Balance Physical Therapy (PBPT) is to create programs that serve patients by integrating all facets of the body into their treatment. PBPT achieves this mission through a combination of highly-skilled therapists and a team-oriented environment that fosters health, trust, and confidence with their patients. The practice’s therapists are known for helping their patients decrease pain, restore mobility, and ensure their independence without surgery or prescription medications.

Learn more about PBPT as a community leader and their team of therapists at  Call (828) 966-9036 to learn more about specialty services or make an appointment.

About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, adult day care, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. 

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit  or

GREAT things happen when we LIVE UNITED for our community!  ###