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

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 [...]
Business Happenings Eastern NC Business/Networking Events & Workshops Dec. 2017 (12/1/2017) - 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 take place around the five-county area — Franklin, Nash, Johnston, [...]
Small Business Saturday 2017 is Nov. 25 (11/24/2017) - The Saturday after Thanskgiving is “Small Business Saturday.” It is designed as a day encouraging holiday shoppers to spend their money with small businesses, drawing attention to the Mom and Pop shops and locally-owned businesses [...]
Ribbon cutting at Knightdale Chamber's Red Ribbon Showcase on November 16, 2017. Photo: Nadia Ethier New Knightdale Area Businesses Recognized at Chamber Event (11/17/2017) - By Patrice Bayyan, knightdalechamber.org The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce held its quarterly ribbon-cutting ceremony for small businesses at Knightdale Station Park on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The Showcase is held each quarter by the Knightdale Chamber of [...]
DreamFest 2018, Wilson, North Carolina. Source: Upper Coastal Plain Business Development Center‎ Apply to DreamFest 2018 for Opportunity to Attain A Business Dream (11/17/2017) - DreamFest 2018 is A “Shark Tank-like live event”. Whether you decide to compete in the business plan competition and oral presentation to a panel of judges, or just attend in support of your favorite local small business start-up [...]
Source: Knightdale Chamber of Commerce, NC Knightdale Chamber Announces Small Businesses at Nov. 16 “Red Ribbon Showcase” (11/12/2017) - By Patrice Bayyan, knightdalechamber.org The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce will hold its quarterly “Red Ribbon Showcase” — a group ribbon-cutting ceremony for new “small business” Chamber members. Members and the public are invited to come out to the Showcase [...]
Hurricane flooding. Source: North Carolina Department of Public Safety. $15 Million Program Available to Help Small Businesses Affected by Hurricane Matthew (10/25/2017) - Small Businesses Can Now Apply for Additional Disaster Recovery Assistance Small businesses affected by Hurricane Matthew should apply now for $15 million in financing from the North Carolina Department of Commerce and nonprofit lenders, Governor [...]
Four NC Communities Are Seeking Amazon’s HQ2 Project (10/23/2017) - Community leaders in four North Carolina locations are hoping Amazon will choose them for the company’s second headquarters site. Last month, Amazon announced its intention to locate a second headquarters facility somewhere in the United [...]
Business Happenings Eastern NC Business Events and Networking Nov. 2017 (10/23/2017) - 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. Some events are organized by SCORE at area locations. SCORE — the [...]
Excelerate Experience 2017 postcard Excelerate Experience 2017 Partners with Wake Tech Center for Entrepreneurship & Dress for Success Triangle (10/23/2017) - By Laura York, Big Buzz Media Excelerate Experience 2017 is a one-day event designed to educate, motivate, support and inspire entrepreneurs and small business owners by sharing proven business building insights and skills in an environment [...]
Cover of the report, “Offshore Shell Games 2017: The Use of Offshore Tax Havens by Fortune 500 Companies,” jointly published by Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and US PIRG Education Fund. Study Highlights Danger of Near 0% Tax Rate for Profits Booked Offshore (10/19/2017) - ITEP/PIRG Report Reveals at Least 366 Corporations — 73 Percent — in the Fortune 500 Operate One or More Subsidiaries in Tax Haven Countries A new study released October 17, 2017 highlights the widespread use [...]
LendingTree: Top 10 Cities Spending Within Their Means. Source: PRNewsfoto/LendingTree Spending Within Their Means: Greensboro NC Doing Better Than Most (10/3/2017) - LendingTree®, the nation’s leading online loan marketplace, has released the findings of its study on how well residents in the top 50 US metropolitan areas are spending within their means — or aren’t. LendingTree looked [...]
Business Happenings Eastern NC Business Events and Networking Oct. 2017 (9/24/2017) - 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. Note that regular Chamber member meetings or semi-closed leads groups, are [...]
Vendor Opportunities -- The Grey Area News Eastern NC Vendor Opportunities Oct-Nov 2017 (9/23/2017) - Events listed below include vendor opportunities; events may be added as they come to the attention of our editor. To become a vendor at any of these events, see the included links to the organizers [...]
Source: National Nurses United Nurses Condemn Police Assault on Utah Hospital RN for Advocating for an Unconscious Patient (9/2/2017) - National Nurses United today criticized the actions of Salt Lake City police officers for assaulting and arresting a University of Utah registered nurse for advocating for an unconscious patient in late July. In a press [...]
Business Happenings Five-County Area Chamber/Business Events in Sept. 2017 (8/31/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, and local businesses/organizations hold educational events and provide free business training and networking. Note that regular Chamber member meetings or semi-closed leads groups, are not [...]
Domino's Pizza and Ford Motor Co. are launching an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery. Source: Ford Domino’s® and Ford Researching Pizza Delivery with Self-Driving Vehicles (8/29/2017) - Domino’s Pizza and Ford Motor Co. are launching an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery. As part of the testing, researchers from both companies will investigate customer reactions to interacting [...]
Vendor Opportunities -- The Grey Area News Upcoming NC Festivals Offer Vendor Opportunities (8/23/2017) - Events listed below offer vendor opportunities at these public, or ticketed, events. See included vendor links for requirements, fees, and schedule. Note that events may fill their vendor spaces far in advance; check with organizers [...]
Wendell Public Works Wendell NC “Hometown Heroes” Recognized (8/10/2017) - Universal Chevrolet Honors Wendell Fire and Public Works Department Employees By Lee Spitznagel, Universal Chevrolet Wendell Fire Department and Public Works employees were treated to a meal this past Wednesday. As part of Universal Chevrolet’s commitment [...]
Downtown Farmville, North Carolina. Source: The Farmville Group Farmville NC Investors Plan Shark Tank Interviews Day (8/3/2017) - By Bert Smith and Jamin Dixon, The Farmville Group Farmville Sharks are hungry to bring innovative and entrepreneurial retail ideas to their downtown business area. The “Sharks” — seven local business people interested in helping [...]