Bridal show Sunday at The Cotton Company

WAKE FOREST — Brides-to-be in any stage of wedding planning are invited to attend the Boutique Bridal Show at The Cotton Company, 306 S. White St., this Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Also hosting the event are La Cosa Bella Events and CE Rentals, who have gathered area event...
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Business Briefs – Feb. 6, 2014

Jackson graduates with highest honors Eric Jackson, founder of Redeeming the Tune Piano Service in Rolesville, recently graduated with highest honors from the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology in Bozeman, Mont.  The school, which is the largest in the world, has graduates...
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Capital One most complained-about credit card company

RALEIGH — North Carolina consumers file more complaints about Capital One than any other credit card company, according to a report released recently by the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) Education Fund. The report, which looked at data from the Consumer...
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Louisburg College president citizen of year

LOUISBURG — Louisburg College president Dr. Mark La Branche was named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce during its annual banquet and meeting Jan. 16. He was nominated by Kathy Harrelson, executive director of the United Way of Franklin...

Learn how to raise business capital the right way

LOUISBURG — Vance Granville Community College will host a free seminar on raising business capital Jan. 29 at the Franklin campus, 8100 N.C. 56 in Louisburg. Entitled ‘Raising Business Capital: FAQ’s for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesspersons,’ the session will be conducted by...

Reverse raffle tickets available

WAKE FOREST — Businesses, organizations or individuals who purchase a $125 ticket buy a chance to win up to $10,000 at the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Reverse Raffle & Auction, March 21 at the Renaissance Centre. The purchases provide an opportunity to make an...

MBA program ranks highest in N.C.

RALEIGH — The Professional Online MBA program at N.C. State’s Jenkins Graduate School of Management placed 36th nationally in the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Business Programs rankings released today. It is the highest ranked North Carolina-based online MBA...
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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...
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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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Hall-Wynne makes generous donation

FRANKLINTON — Franklinton Baptist Church was the grateful recipient of a $20,000 Ahlborn-Galanti Angelus organ, donated over the holidays by Hall-Wynne Funeral Services. When Mark Higgins, president of Hall-Wynne, learned the the church’s previous organ had become obsolete, he...
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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...
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Get to know Rotary at lunch Jan. 23

WAKE FOREST — The Wakefield Rotary club of Wake Forest invites those interested in joining a service organization to a free Get to Know Rotary lunch Thursday, Jan. 23, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the TPC Wakefield Plantation, 2201 Wakefield Plantation Drive, Raleigh. Wakefield Rotary...

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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Charity brewing

WAKE FOREST — From left, White Street Brewing Company (WSBC) owner Dino Radosta gives Laura Terry, director of the Franklin County Boys & Girls Club, a check for $1,500. The money is profit he made from selling a beer that was the winner of a homebrewers challenge in April....
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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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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...
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Window winner especially creative

WAKE FOREST — The winner of the Downtown Wake Forest Christmas window decorating contest is Creative Shears at 125 S. White St. Lumpy’s Ice Cream at 306 E. Wait Ave. came in second, with For Old Times Sake, the vintage and antiques store at 223 S. White and B&W Hardware, 232...
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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...