Business briefs

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 05:22 PM

Black women leadership group to hold lunch
DURHAM -- Black Women In Business, a new professional development and connection group for black women leaders, will hold a session called “Personal Branding For Leaders” on Oct. 8.
The speaker at the lunch will be Olalah Njenga, CEO of YellowWood Group LLC. She plans to give practical advice that participants can use in their professional lives. 
The purpose of Black Women In Business is to enrich and celebrate the talents and skills of black women leaders through online and live events focused on professional development. 
The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at AICPA in Durham. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $21 for registration by Wednesday and $27 for registration after that. For information and to register, go to  

GSK lands anthrax treatment supply deal
DURHAM – British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline announced Thursday that it has landed a four-year contract to supply an anthrax treatment to the U.S. government for use as a counter measure to a potential bioterrorist attack.
The contract is with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a release from the company.
Under the terms of the deal, the company will provide 60,000 doses of its inhalation anthrax treatment raxibacumab to the government over four years at a value of about $196 million.
Raxibacumab was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December of last year. It has not been approved outside of the United States.
Since 2001, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified anthrax as a Category A biothreat, the release states.

SCORE to hold disaster readiness event
CHAPEL HLL – A disaster preparedness seminar for businesses is scheduled to be held in Chapel Hill on Thursday in light of the flooding in the town this summer.
The event is being organized by Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, and the Carolina Club. It will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Carolina Club on Stadium Drive in Chapel Hill.
The presentation will be made by Bob Boyd, President and CEO of Agilitiy Recovery, according to an email from Kristen Smith, the chamber’s vice president for advocacy and engagement.
“It is really important for our businesses to be prepared, not only because it’s important for all businesses to be prepared, but also in light of the unprecedented rainfall our community had on June 30 of this year,” she said in an email.
The seminar is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register, go to

RDU gets grant for Terminal 1 rehab work
WASHIGNTON, D.C.—The Raleigh-Durham International Airport was selected to receive a $2.7 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to complete the second phase of a Terminal 1 rehabilitation effort.
The renovation work will be done on the Terminal 1 air carrier apron where planes load and unload passengers, and where airplanes are stored and refueled, according to an announcement from the office of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.