Business briefs, April 29

Apr. 28, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

Duke Regional names president

DURHAM -- Katie Galbraith has been named president of Duke Regional Hospital, effective May 1.

She has served as Duke Regional’s interim president since Sept. 30, and was formerly the hospital’s vice president.

In addition to her work at Duke Regional, she served as the president of the board for Lincoln Community Health Center from 2010-2013.

Galbraith has held various posts at Duke Regional since 2001 ranging from marketing and business development to hospital operations.

Prior to joining Duke Regional, she was the public relations manager for Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center. She has also worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer.

Galbraith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s of business administration degree from Elon University.

Galbraith succeeds Kerry Watson, who left Duke Regional last year after a decade of leadership within the Duke University Health System.

LunaPops to be sold in Harris Teeter

DURHAM – LunaPops will be sold in the frozen food sections of 180 Harris Teeter stores in eight states and in Washington starting May 1, the Hillsborough-based company announced.

The business, which focuses on small-batch production of pops made with artisanal ingredients, launched six years ago out of the back of a store in Wilmington.

In November 2011, LunaPops moved its operations to the Piedmont Food and Agricultural Processing Center, a food manufacturing incubator in Hillsborough.

Moving to the incubator gave LunaPops access to commercial freezer and refrigeration space as well as services.

LunaPops still makes its pops by hand and in small batches of just 28 at a time. But now, instead of individual customers selecting their favorite flavors from a cooler, boxes of four pops each are loaded by pallet onto large trailers backed up to the door of PFAP for supermarket distribution. 

Black Women in Business to hold leadership event

DURHAM -- Black Women In Business, a professional group for black women leaders, will host its May leadership event from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 13. The event will feature

Ursula Dudley Oglesby, president of the cultural brand Dudley Beauty Corp. 

The conversation, “Measuring Success Like a CEO: Track the Right Things, Work with the Right People,” will center on how to set up for success. 

The session will be at the headquarters of Mechanics and Farmers Bank. 

For more information go to: The deadline to register is May 9. The cost is $32 for guests and $25 or free for members, based on membership level. The meal and program materials are included.

2014 State of Durham Economy breakfast targeted for June 3

DURHAM – The 2014 State of Durham’s Economy Breakfast will be June 3 at the Durham Convention Center.

Presented by the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the breakfast will offer a chance to learn about Durham’s economic outlook and what economic development partnerships and opportunities will mean for businesses and residents.

Coffee and registration will be from 7 to 7:30 a.m., and the program and breakfast will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Individual tickets are $60 in advance and $65 each after May 9. Proceeds will benefit small business development and the Durham YouthWork Internship Program.

Triangle green home tour targeted for May

DURHAM – The Green Home Builders of the Triangle will hold the 2014 Green Home Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and May 10-11 at new or remodeled homes that have been certified to be “green.”

This is the ninth year of the tour, which is self-guided. To be considered “green,” homes must meet certain National Green Building Standards in categories including site and lot design and development, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor envi­ronment and air quality, and the homeowner’s education about the operation of the home and features.

A kick-off reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at BuildSense at 502 Rigsbee Ave. in Durham. There will be another kick-off in Raleigh.