Business happenings/events, and related coverage for Eastern North Carolina and beyond.

Portion of the booths set-up for 2017 Expo. Photo: Kay Whatley Knightdale Chamber Adding ” Shop Local & Buy” Sales to 2018 Business Expo (4/23/2018) - This year’s Knightdale Chamber of Commerce business expo is adding a “Shop Local & Buy” component. In addition to the networking, face-to-face business interactions, and public walk-through, some vendors will be selling their local products [...]
Solar panels on Staten Island Target. Source: Solar Energy Industries Association Corporations Are Leading US Solar Surge (4/20/2018) - America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users. This [...]
Source: Patrice Bayyan, Knightdale Chamber of Commerce, Knightdale, North Carolina Knightdale Chamber “Citizen of The Year” Announced: Barbara Poole (4/16/2018) - Barbara Poole, Co-Founder Poole Funeral Services Named Knightdale Chamber’s 2017 Citizen of the Year By Patrice Bayyan, Knightdale Chamber of Commerce The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce held its 45th-annual Membership Banquet & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, [...]
Dan River power plant, Duke Energy, Helicopter coal ash flyover. Photo credit: Sanjay Suchak. Citizen Groups Voice Concerns as NC DEQ Tries Hasty Weakening of Coal Ash Rules (4/4/2018) - Citizen groups from across the state on April 4, 2018 submitted comments objecting to parts of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s proposed coal ash rules that would undercut the rights of North Carolina [...]
Business Happenings Eastern NC Business Events in April 2018 (4/3/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, and local businesses/organizations hold educational events and provide free business training or networking opportunities. Events listed below may take place in the five-county area — [...]
Status of Women, NC highlighted. Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington DC Status of Women in US Fact Sheet Gives North Carolina C-grade (3/31/2018) - On March 28, 2018, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released fact sheets on the economic status of women in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Ranked at 31st in the nation, [...]
Knightdale Chamber of Commerce Logo, Knightdale NC. Knightdale Chamber Seeks Award Nominations In Advance of Annual Banquet (3/16/2018) - The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce will hold its 45th-annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The chamber is seeking nominations of local citizens for awards to be presented the evening of the [...]
US Citizenship and Immigration Services NC Labor and The H-2B Temporary Visa Drawings (3/14/2018) - On February 21, 2018, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H-2B cap-subject petitions for the second half of fiscal year 2018. During the first five business days USCIS received approximately 2,700 H-2B cap-subject [...]
Life Changing Transplant Foundation mission. LCTF is based in Knightdale NC. Source: Gail Richburg LCTF Summer Extravaganza & Walk/Run Fundraisers Seek Sponsors, Vendors, and Bike/Car Clubs (3/8/2018) - By Gail S. Richburg, Founder/Executive Director of LCTF Life Changing Transplant Foundation (LCTF) was formed in March of 2008. The foundation was birthed from my own personal experience of being a liver transplant recipient. I [...]
GE Aviation Adding 146 New Jobs in Western North Carolina (3/1/2018) - Expansion in Buncombe and Ashe Counties Brings an Investment of More than $100 Million GE Aviation, a global manufacturer of aircraft engines and components, will create 146 full-time jobs over four years at its facilities [...]
Business Happenings 2018 Eastern NC Business Events in March 2018 (3/1/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, and local businesses/organizations hold educational events and provide free business training or networking opportunities. Events listed below may take place in the five-county area — [...]
Farmville, North Carolina Downtown Business District. Source: The Farmville Group Farmville Sharks to Hold Spring 2018 Business Oriented Shark Tank Event (3/1/2018) - Deadline for Business Applications is April 6, 2018 By Bert Smith, Farmville Sharks Investors Group Farmville Sharks are hungry to bring innovative and entrepreneurial retail ideas to their downtown business area.  We have pulled together seven [...]
Wake Stone Corporation sign. Source: Town of Knightdale, North Carolina Knightdale Accepts Land Donation for Rec Center, Athletic Complex (3/1/2018) - On February 5, 2018, the Knightdale Town Council accepted a land donation to serve as the future home of a Knightdale Recreation Center. Wake Stone Corporation provided the gift of ten acres to assist town [...]
AGU Testimony Given on Ending Harassment in Science (2/27/2018) - Early on February 27, 2018, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Executive Director and CEO Chris McEntee delivered testimony before the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology during a hearing entitled “A review of Sexual Harassment and [...]
Business Happenings 2018 Eastern NC Business Events in Late February 2018 (2/13/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, and local businesses/organizations hold educational events and provide free business training or networking opportunities. Events listed below may take place in the five-county area — [...]
Vendor Opportunities -- The Grey Area News Spring Vendor Opportunities in NC: Zebulon, Selma, and Tarboro (2/12/2018) - Vendor opportunities coming up, some for a day and some for a season. Check out options for selling your wares below. Note that in addition to the vendor opportunities listed below, information on farmers markets [...]
Source: Knightdale Next, Town of Knightdale, North Carolina Knightdale Public “Design Charrette” Starts Jan. 29 (1/26/2018) - The Town of Knightdale invites all stakeholders to a multi-day, Community Design Charrette, January 29-February 2, 2018, at Knightdale Town Hall, 950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale North Carolina. The Design Charrette is an important component of [...]
Business Happenings 2018 Eastern NC Business Events in Late January, February 2018 (1/26/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, and local businesses/organizations hold educational events and provide free business training or networking opportunities. Events listed below may take place in the five-county area — [...]
Not Your Grandparents’ Deal (1/22/2018) - By Greg LeRoy, Good Jobs First Good Jobs First executive director Greg LeRoy made the following statement concerning Amazon.com’s announcement of a 20-site short list for its second headquarters, or HQ2, location. “Amazon continues to behave [...]
Economic Forum and Forecast slide highlighting Knightdale NC population increase. Source: Patrice Bayyan, Knightdale Chamber Economic Forecast Breakfast Highlights Positive Impact of Knightdale’s Continued Growth (1/11/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor On January 10, 2018, the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Forum & Forecast Breakfast presented by PSNC Energy at Knightdale Town Hall, 950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, North Carolina. Speakers provided an [...]
NC MLK Commission Announces Grant Recipients (1/10/2018) - On January 9, 2018, the MLK Commission announced today the winners of its 2018 grants to promote leadership and nonviolence education for young adults. Out of 24 applicants, six non-profit organizations were selected to receive a total [...]
Business Happenings 2018 Eastern NC Business Events in Jan. 2018 (1/4/2018) - **Due to the snow received in Eastern NC January 3-4, 2018, note that events immediately following may be canceled. Check with organizers directly regarding weather issues.** By Kay Whatley, Editor Area Chambers of Commerce, business [...]
Triangle Tyre to Bring 800 New Jobs to Edgecombe County NC (12/19/2017) - Largest Ever Manufacturing Investment in Rural North Carolina Chinese tire manufacturing company Triangle Tyre has selected Edgecombe County, North Carolina as the location for its first manufacturing facility in the United States, Governor Roy Cooper announced [...]
Source: Conduent Conduent Chooses Raleigh for New Hub (12/18/2017) - “The Triangle” in North Carolina is home to one of the largest technology research and development parks in the world, and it’s about to get even bigger. Conduent Incorporated, the “world’s largest provider of diversified business [...]
The Press Forward logo Journalists Organize to Make Newsrooms Safe Work Environments (12/16/2017) - A group of current and former TV journalists have created a bold initiative called Press Forward, an independent and nonpartisan effort to stop sexual harassment and assault in local and national newsrooms, ensure safe working [...]
The Composite Center, run by Spirit AeroSystems, features a composites training lab where Lenoir Community College offers courses in aerospace manufacturing and composite repair. Source: NC Global TransPark. Airplane Parts Supplier to Expand Kinston NC Operations (12/9/2017) - Spirit AeroSystems, one of the world’s largest independent suppliers of commercial airplane parts, says it plans to expand its operations at NC Global TransPark on Highway 58 in Kinston, North Carolina. Spirit is investing an additional [...]
Vendors on Sycamore Street at the December 2, 2017 Pop-up Vendor Market, Zebulon NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Holiday Markets Boost Local Vendors (12/5/2017) - Local sellers of handmade goods, homemade foods, crafts, and farms found an outlet this past Saturday at two town holiday markets. Both Zebulon and Bailey NC held downtown outdoor vendor events on December 2, 2017. [...]
Rendering of the new Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Knightdale Raleigh. Source: Crown Hotel and Travel Management New Hotel to Open in Knightdale NC (12/5/2017) - A new, 110-room hotel is opening in Knightdale, North Carolina. The new Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Knightdale Raleigh is expected to open December 20, 2017 at 405 Hinton Oaks Boulevard, Knightdale NC — just beyond [...]