Business briefs, March 25

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 05:08 PM

Paradoxos festival to kick off in April
DURHAM – The downtown festival Paradoxos will kick off April 9 this year with a reverse-style job fair in which company executives will try to fill their job openings by making pitches to potential employees.
The schedule for the event’s next three days includes pitches from Triangle start-ups and from high school student-entrepreneurs, a ping-pong tournament, a networking party, and an “art-a-thon.”
“The goal is to better connect the entrepreneur, art, music and food communities with each other,” Adam Klein, a member of the festival organizing committee and the chief strategist for Durham’s entrepreneurial hub American Underground, said in an email. “It’s easy for each of those communities to silo on their own, and we’d like to foster collisions between and among those different areas through Paradoxos.”
The festival of more than 20 events will be hosted at venues in downtown Durham ranging from The Carolina Theatre to Pinhook, Motorco and Fullsteam.
The list of speakers includes Alice Gray Stites, chief curator and director of art programming for the Kentucky-based 21c Museum Hotels. The company is behind downtown’s proposed art-infused boutique hotel.
Tickets are $25 for access to the full festival and $15 for access to events on Thursday or Friday only. For information, go to the website

N.C. Mutual to hold annual meeting
DURHAM – Durham-based N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co. will hold its 115th annual meeting at noon Wednesday at the company’s headquarters on West Chapel Hill Street.
Company policy holders, board members, staff, members of founding families, and special guests are expected to attend the meeting.
James H. Speed Jr., the company’s president and CEO, is expected to speak about the company’s financial status.

Lenovo gets contract for 8,000 PCs
RALEIGH – State Employees’ Credit Union has contracted to buy 8,000 personal computers from Lenovo, a computer and equipment company that has headquarters in China and in Morrisville.
The computers will be assembled in Lenovo’s Guilford County operations facility in Whitsett, according to a news release. They will replace existing computers in the credit union’s 253 branches and five operations centers.