Business briefs

Mar. 15, 2013 @ 06:29 PM

NC IT job growth down in February

RALEIGH – Information technology job openings were down about 25 percent in February compared to the same month last year, according to a N.C. Technology Association report.

The association’s “IT Workforce Market Analysis and Job Trends Report,” sponsored by The Select Group and based on a survey by SkillPROOF, said there were 3,720 job openings in February. That’s down from the month last year, but up about 4.5 percent over January.

The report called the growth “tepid” and said it may suggest employers are cautious due to possible upcoming federal budget cuts.

“The impact of the sequester is unknown, but negative speculation may weigh on employers’ minds,” the report said. “It is safer to postpone hiring and lose potential business than to hire prematurely and face a financial loss.”

Forward Fellows applications due Sunday

DURHAM --- The deadline is Sunday for the first Forward Fellows program that aims to help social entrepreneurs build businesses that solve social problems.

The program by Bull City Forward and HUB Raleigh is sponsored by partner companies including Vivisum Partners, Burt’s Bees and the Snyderman Foundation, according to a news release.

In addition to a monthly stipend, fellows will receive leadership training, access to a support network, guidance from their sponsoring partner and feedback.

Fellows commit to regular meetings with their sponsoring partner, working with them for 10 hours a month, and to being an ambassador for the social venture sector in the Triangle.

Applicants must have a tie to North Carolina.

Entrepreneurs can submit entries through midnight on Sunday at