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The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is hosting a health care forum on Oct. 16 to answer questions about how the new healthcare law will affect small businesses.
Wally Dawson, managing principal of Digital Benefit Advisers, and Walker Wilson, director of Health Policy at Blue Cross Blue Shield Of North Carolina, will outline the key points of the law, discuss the steps business owners must take to be in compliance and answer questions.
The Health Care Forum is from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary. Cost is $30. Reservations needed by Oct. 11. Find out more here.
DURHAM Motorco Music Hall recently announced a plan to start serving food under a partnership with local chef Chris Holloway, owner and operator of Pitchfork Provisions on Duke University's West Campus and a former head chef at Southern Season.
Margaret McNab, a Motorco spokesperson, said the music hall's owners are making good on their original intention to open a kitchen in the business on the corner of Geer Street and Rigsbee Avenue in Durham.
“Basically, it is part of the natural development of the business,” McNab said.
McNab was unable to provide more information about the venture, such as what kind of food the restaurant is planning to serve, when the kitchen will open, and how that will impact food trucks that often park in front of Motorco and its neighbor Fullsteam Brewery.
Meanwhile, KoKyu owner David “Flip” Filippini said Sept. 29 will mark the last day the truck will be parked at Motorco.
Fillippini, who is rolling out a second food truck this week, said he plans to launch a month-long fundraising campaign on Kickstarter Oct. 1 to raise funds to open a restaurant at a yet-to-be determined location in 2014.
Fillippini said he plans to keep the trucks circulating around the Triangle before and after he opens the new shop.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is looking for area businesses, incubators, venture capitalists, educators, thought leaders and others who play a role in the Triangle's entrepreneurial culture to participate in a venture that seeks to tell the Triangle’s story as part of a national dialogue that profiles unique entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Small-business optimism remained flat in August, dropping 0.1 points from July for a final reading of 94.0, according to the National Federation of Independent Business’ monthly survey.
While the total reading showed little change over the month prior, a look at the individual indicators reveal inconsistent details.
The Support Center, a nonprofit that aims to provide loans and financial training to small businesses and start ups, has been awarded a $1.5 million low-cost loan from PNC Bank as part of the organization's participation in a U.S. Small Business Administration pilot loan program.
The funds from the deal will allow the Raleigh-based Support Center to provide loans of up to $250,000 to small businesses through the Community Advantage 7(a) Program, a three-year SBA pilot loan initiative. The program is federally guaranteed and offers funding to small businesses that might not otherwise qualify to receive a loan.
"This will greatly help small companies grow and thrive, spurring local economic growth and creating jobs," said The Support Center's president and CEO Lenwood V. Long.
The Support Center started its lending program in 2010 and was chosen to participate in the SBA's loan program earlier this year.
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Shop Talk is having a breakfast, and you could win $10,000 in advertising if you attend.
Come learn how to attract customers using targeted marketing, branding, social media, blogging, search engine optimization and more.
We'll have local marketing and public relations professionals on hand to offer advice and answer your questions.
Our panelists include:
JIM TOBIN, founder and president of Ignite Social Media in Cary.
NATALIE BEST, executive vice president and director of client service at French/West/Vaughan.
VALERIE K. FIELDS, entrepreneur and chief P.R. Pro at VK Fields and Co. PR PROS.
DAVID CHAPMAN, CEO and chief strategist at 919 Marketing.
KAREN ALBRITTON president of Capstrat in Raleigh.
Registration is $10 and attendees will be entered to win $10,000 worth of online and print advertising from The News & Observer.
The event, sponsored by The News & Observer and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, will take place Sept. 19 from 7:15-9:30 a.m. in the McDaniels Conference Room, located inside The News & Observer at 215 S. McDowell St. Free parking is available in The N&O's parking lot on the corner of Martin and South McDowell Streets.
For more information, contact Jessaca Giglio at 919-829-4649 or email@example.com.
Space is limited. Register here.
Google named Cary the digital capital of North Carolina in an eCities initiative that seeks to recognize communities in each state embracing the power of the Web to grow their business.
Honey’s Restaurant and Catering in Durham will close Sunday.
“We are officially closing the doors at 3 p.m. on Sunday,” said Buck Dickerson, owner of the 24-hour diner that has been serving the Bull City for more than 50 years.
Last year, Dickerson learned that Holmes Oil Co., which owns the Honey’s land and building, is planning to take a different direction with the property at the busy intersection of Guess Road and Interstate 85.
Small-business optimism rose .6 points in July, according to the National Federation of Independent Business' August Small Business Optimism Index.
The report, which was released Tuesday, indicates that two labor market indicators improved and are moving toward normal. However, only 9 percent of respondents think that now is a good time to expand their business, an indication that owners are uncertain about their company's future.