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Member Services

The Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC) provides its members with a variety of valuable member services and programs specifically chosen to help grocers save money and streamline their operations. CFIC is committed to providing members with valuable services that far exceed membership costs!

Employee Background Check Services

Background Direct powered by First Advantage

Background Direct’s comprehensive employment screening system is a simple-to-use tool designed specifically to meet the hiring needs of smaller companies. By choosing Background Direct, CFIC members receive a 75% discount on their set-up fee.

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Banking Services

Coastal Federal Credit Union

CFIC members are eligible to join Coastal Federal Credit Union. Coastal offers a full range of banking services, from checking and savings accounts to auto loans, credit cards, mortgages, and much more. Because Coastal is a member-owned cooperative, they can offer better rates, fewer and lower fees and several unique programs that traditional banks simply don’t.

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Insurance Services

First Benefits Insurance Mutual

First Benefits Insurance Mutual, Inc.  – The First Benefit is Customer Service

For over 25 years, First Benefits Insurance Mutual, Inc. has delivered the customer service, professional underwriting, competitive pricing and efficient claims management needed to help injured workers return to work as quickly as possible. Today, First Benefits insures 2,200+ businesses and is proud to partner with CFIC to provide quality service to grocers, wholesalers and distributors across North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. What sets us apart is our ability to deliver superior workers’ compensation coverage with a local, hands-on feel. First Benefits’ underwriters and claims adjusters are accessible and easy to work with and their loss control department will go above and beyond to help policyholders mitigate injuries.

The grocery industry is one of First Benefits’ preferred classes so, call your insurance agent to request a quote or contact First Benefits for an agent near you at (888) 393-2667.

*If you have 3 or more employees you are required by law to carry workers’ comp insurance.

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Payroll Services

Flexpay Payroll Services

Flex-Pay Payroll Services offers a complete payroll processing service and human resources database to employers of all sizes, with the flexibility to meet each business’s needs. They specialize in discovering improved processes for each client to provide the necessary employee wage payments, tax remittance, report creation, customer support, etc. All Flex-Pay clients receive unlimited training and support. CFIC members receive a waived setup fee, free first payroll process, discount in the standard payroll base fee, and free direct deposit.

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Credit Card Processing

Heritage Payment Solutions

Heritage Payment Solutions serves thousands of merchants in the Carolinas. Heritage leverages their experience to maximize the solutions that best meet retailers’ payment processing needs.

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Insurance Provider

Hodges Insurance Agency

Hodges Insurance Agency, Inc. was founded in 1951 and is a full-service employee benefits firm. Hodges has a dedicated, experienced staff to assist with all administration and serves over 250 group insurance clients and more than 1,000 individual clients. Hodges has been a member of CFIC for over 10 years and works with small- to medium-sized businesses.

Carriers available: Aetna, Assurant, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Coventry, Guardian, Humana, MetLife, Principal, United Healthcare, and Unum.

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Commercial Security

Sonitrol Security Solutions

CFIC members can receive 10% off of equipment and installation, and two months free monitoring and maintenance with Sonitrol Security Solutions.

If you are interested please contact Jeff Debonzo (919) 848-3611.

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Conference Rooms

CFIC Headquarters

Flexible Conference Room Space Available in Downtown Raleigh

CFIC’s headquarters building in downtown Raleigh is located conveniently between the State Capitol Building and the Convention Center. With flexible meeting space and a wide variety of restaurants nearby, it is a great spot to conduct meetings or training sessions. All members are welcome to reserve any one of three meeting rooms equipped to handle meetings from 10-36 people. To reserve a meeting room, contact us!

For more information on any of our member services, please contact CFIC staff at (919) 832-0811.

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