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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...
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Companies that screen social media may lose out

RALEIGH — Research from North Carolina State University shows companies that screen the social media accounts of job applicants alienate potential employees — making it harder for them to attract top job candidates. In some cases, social media screening even increases the...
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‘Meet’ applications now available

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for vendors, performers and downtown merchants for the May 3 Meet in the Street festival. Presented annually by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, Meet in the Street offers a day...
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Business Briefs — Nov. 21, 2013

Wake Forest Area Chamber news •Tonight (Thursday), Business After Hours is sponsored by Focus Design Builders and being hosted at the chamber offices, 350 S. White St. •Year End Using Quickbooks, a free class for chamber members, will be Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the chamber...
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Dirty Days ahead?

Downtown group wants to hold spring festival. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — With the success of the annual Meet in the Street and Mardi Gras festivals in mind, the Downtown Wake Forest (DWF) board of directors wants to add another event to the mix. Dirt Days would kick off the...
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CCBI requests public comment

RALEIGH — City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI) is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), a credentialing authority seeking to improve the delivery of public safety services. To maintain this accreditation, a team...
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Heritage receives 10 Parade awards

WAKE FOREST — The Heritage neighborhood was the star at the annual Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County Parade of Homes banquet Oct. 16, winning 10 of 16 judged homes and selling 10 of the homes before the Parade closed Oct. 20. For the first time in Wake County...

Free calls to Philippines for TWC cable phone customers

NEW YORK — Time Warner Cable (TWC) announced Tuesday that all calls placed by its Home Phone and Business Services customers to landline and mobile numbers in the Philippines will be free through Nov. 30, and is retroactive for all calls placed since November 8. “It is a...

Does the cost of living vary by where you live?

You Decide by Dr. Mike Walden Each month the federal government releases new cost-of-living numbers. Technically, the numbers show the change in the cost of living, also known as the inflation rate. Recently, the inflation rate has been rather modest, rising between 1.5 and 2...
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Commerce secretary visits Novozymes

FRANKLINTON — N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Allred Decker toured Novozymes Nov. 6. Decker visited the Franklinton plant to learn more about Novozymes’ business, see the work first-hand and understand how it potentially positively impacts the state and world. Among...

Daffodil Days at Heritage marked

WAKE FOREST — It’s going to be a beautiful spring at Heritage, the master-planned golf community in Wake Forest. On Oct. 26-27, more than 100 families from the community joined together to plant 2,000 daffodil bulbs. Families registered for bags of five bulbs, which they planted...

Congrats winners!

WAKE FOREST — Congratulations to Lucia Jewell of Wake Forest and Anne Marie Mulhern of Youngsville for winning a free, one-year subscription to The Wake Forest and Franklin Weekly newspapers at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo.
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Stay at Home Senior Care celebrates 10th anniversary

WAKE FOREST — Family-owned Stay at Home Senior Care celebrated its 10th anniversary with a Caregiver Appreciation Day Oct. 9 at Heritage Golf Club. Deborah Bordeaux, the business owner, recognized a number of employees with service awards. “It blessed my socks off,” said one...