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Business Briefs – Jan. 23, 2014

Heritage sale prices up The master-planned community of Heritage in Wake Forest and Rolesville closed 2013 with average new home sale prices up 16 percent over 2012. As a whole, 2013 recorded new home closings 10 percent above projections as well as list-to-sales price ratios at...

Wake Forest looks to honor enviromentalists

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board is requesting nominations for the 2014 Green Medal Awards of Excellence. The Green Medal awards recognize individuals, groups and businesses that promote good environmental stewardship and excellence in service, while...

N.C. charitable giving stressed last year

RALEIGH — North Carolinians dialed back their charitable giving in 2013, while still giving more than during the worst of the recession several years ago, according to new statistics from the N.C. Secretary of State’s office. The just released 2012-13 North Carolina Secretary of...
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Business Briefs – Jan. 16, 2014

Horse farm open house Sunday Serenity Grace Farm in Franklinton will host an open house Sunday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The farm, founded by A.J. and Courtney Schneller, offers therapeutic horseback riding, as well as cart and wagon driving for all ages. Visitors will learn...
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Old bank repurposed

YOUNGSVILLE — The Hair Vault, aptly named as they are occupying a historic building that once housed the Youngsville bank, celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting Jan. 4. “We are so thrilled to be here,” said owner and cosmetologist Jessica Stapleton. “We’ve lived here 13...

Holding Requests Federal Audit of RHA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After reports by a local newspaper regarding executive salaries and compensation practices at the Raleigh Housing Authority (RHA), U.S. Rep. George Holding released the following statement: “At a time when our nation is over 17 trillion dollars in debt — the...

Beware of patent trolls

RALEIGH — North Carolina consumers and businesses should beware of patent trolls trying to charge high fees for using everyday office equipment. Patent trolls are businesses that don’t invent or manufacture anything. Instead, they acquire patents and then try to make consumers,...
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Business Briefs – Jan. 9, 2014

Estate planning workshop •Jim Staples, financial advisor with Edward Jones, and Keith Shackleford of Warren Shackleford Attorneys, in conjunction with The Prudential Insurance Company of America, will host a free comprehensive estate planning workshop Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at...
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Libraries to help new businesses in the new year

RALEIGH — Wake Libraries is collaborating with SCORE (score.org), a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses, to offer a business series during the winter. The programs are free but registration is required. To register, call the library of interest. All...
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Gobbler’s Run raises $35k

From left, Jessica Bullock, Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club director, and Cat Redd, race director, show off a new permanent sponsor board provided by Capital Sign Solutions for the annual Gobbler’s Run 5K. The November race included more than 2,000 participants, a number of...
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BBQ pit opens in Wakefield and Blockbuster closing sale underway

Out and about by David Leone WAKEFIELD — It always starts with the No. 9. I had a craving the other day for a Jersey Mike’s sub called the Club Supreme, loaded with roast beef, turkey and bacon, with mayo, vinegar and all the spices, so I jetted over to the Wakefield Commons...
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Long receives SBA award

RALEIGH — Lenwood V. Long, Sr., was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Leadership Award by the U.S Small Business Administration at the SBA N.C. district awards luncheon Dec. 3 in Charlotte. President/CEO of the Support Center, a Raleigh-based Community Development Financial...
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Learn how to start a business

HENDERSON — Vance-Granville Community College’s Small Business Center will hold a free seminar, Ten Steps to Starting a Business, Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 6-9 p.m. at the main campus. Instructor Jess McLamb will cover information needed prior to starting a new business, including...

Wake County named healthy employer

Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) named Wake County the 22nd healthiest employer at its third annual Healthiest Employer of the Triangle last week. The awards recognize companies and nonprofit entities that commit to making wellness a priority while proactively shaping the health...
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FokusLabs joins WRC

The Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRC) announced that FokusLabs has entered the non-profit’s new Commercialization Center.  FokusLabs, which was  announced this week as a winner of the NC IDEA Grant, is building a patent-pending wearable device designed to help...
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The perfect cup for coffee

Uncommon sense by David Leone A friend of mine has created the perfect cup of coffee. Make that the perfect cup for coffee. You might have heard about it by now; he’s been garnering some attention in the past weeks, online and in area press. Wake Forest resident Dean Verhoeven...
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Chris Leith helps raise $1,680 for Wakefield Wolverines football

RALEIGH — Driving rain did not stop Wakefiled High families and fans from participating in the Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser Nov. 1 for the school’s football program.  Ram Truck brand contributed $20 for each test drive of the 2014 truck of the year – Ram Truck. Chris Leith...
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Tacos with panache

New restaurant highlights Latino culture, food. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Wait times to get into Gonza Tacos Y Tequila at The Factory Friday were 20 to 25 minutes. That’s significant, considering the Mexican and Colombian restaurant just opened last week. One of those who went...
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Apply now for internships

NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until Dec. 16 to apply for one of up to 65 paid state government internships available for summer 2014. All internships will begin on May 27 and conclude on...
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SPCA collecting donations

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) of Franklin County is collecting donations to raise $10,000 by Dec. 31. The money raised helps with the low-cost spay and neuter program, the Pet Pantry, and low-cost vaccination clinics. Checks may be...
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YMCA exceeds campaign goal

WAKE FOREST — On Nov. 14, the Kerr Family YMCA hosted its annual We Build People celebration, where community members gathered to honor the collective efforts of the 2013 We Build People Campaign. The campaign goal was $387,000.  With a report of more than $414,000 raised, the...
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Business Briefs – Dec. 12, 2013

Smith selling Shop Sauce Keith Smith, president of the local Pete Smith Automotive Group, has a new line of business selling his family’s favorite homemade barbeque sauce appropriately titled, “Shop Sauce.” Shop Sauce is featured as a North Carolina barbecue sauce through t...
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Business Briefs – Dec. 5, 2013

Brookdale donates Thanksgiving meals Carolina House Wake Forest was one of eight Brookdale Senior Living communities that helped provide Thanksgiving meals to seniors living alone or otherwise unable to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Above, Shana McCrimmon and Ashley...
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3Phoenix breaks ground… again

Up to 110 employees with $100,000 average salaries will be hired. By David Leone  WAKE FOREST — In a still sluggish economy, tech company 3Phoenix is doing three things right. They hire skilled workers, seek out defense contracts and build things faster and better than the...