Business: Local and State

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 06:49 PM

Master baker brings taste of France to Durham

Benjamin Messaoui, who earned the distinction of Master Baker after studying in Paris, has been baking for 35 years. And now, after 10 years as a head chef at Raleigh-based Neomonde, he’s opened his own business in Durham. Messaoui opened The French Corner Bakery, at 2005 North Pointe Drive, last month and said he’s astounded by the reception it has received.


Jan. 25, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

The Buzz: Code school opening downtown

Astro Code School, developed by Durham web application firm Caktus Group, is set to open in March.


Jan. 25, 2015 @ 06:19 PM

Business briefs: Durham ID, Weejee Learning

Durham Innovation District named finalist ... Weejee Learning earns GSA OK. ...


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:24 PM

UNC to invest in own startups; BOT sets $5M fund

UNC-Chapel Hill startups will now have access to $5 million in funding after the university’s Board of Trustees (BOT) announced a new fund Wednesday.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 06:18 PM

Durham business owner arrested on tax charges

Pharis Hugh Lambert, 63, of Trotter Ridge Road, was charged on Jan. 20 with one count of embezzlement of state property, one count of embezzlement of Durham County property and four counts of willful failure to file return, supply information or pay tax.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 05:06 PM

State unemployment claims fraud costs $2.7M

From April 2013 to November 2014, the N.C. Division of Employment Security (DES) detected 105 fictitious employer schemes through 672 fraudulent unemployment insurance claims.


Jan. 20, 2015 @ 06:49 PM

‘Ultimate haberdasher’ leaves behind clothing legacy

Polo jackets, tweed, loafers and Oxford shirts — the style made popular on college campuses throughout the country — brings one family’s name to the minds of many: Julian. Milton Julian, known as Chapel Hill’s “ultimate haberdasher” and the brother of Maurice Julian, passed away last Saturday at the age of 96.


Jan. 19, 2015 @ 06:17 PM

CoLucid raises $37.1 million to further migraine treatment development

Durham-based pharmaceutical company CoLucid has raised $37.1 million through Series C stock offerings and will use that to develop its migraine treatment.


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 06:29 PM

The Buzz: Grants to help Ninth Street facelift

The City of Durham will award $70,932 to 13 businesses in the Ninth Street district as part of a streetscape project.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:39 PM

The Buzz: What's on the menu?

Chapel Hill restaurants plan special menus.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 01:59 PM

Gov. McCrory eyes public/private tech hub

Gov. Pat McCrory wants North Carolina to compete with Silicon Valley and the Boston region in technology and innovation, he told the UNC Board of Governors Friday morning.


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:49 PM

PARK CENTER: RTP forges new direction with The Frontier

A year after purchasing the property, Research Triangle Park opened its first building in the Park Center development Thursday. The space, called The Frontier, is a 142,000 square-foot mix of offices, co-working spaces and free meeting areas.


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 06:19 PM

Morinaga America Foods seeks job candidates for Mebane plant

In anticipation of the opening of its new production facility in Mebane, Morinaga America Foods will hold two information sessions for people interested in careers at the factory. Scheduled to open in March, the company needs production operators, production supervisors and quality technicians. These positions will have pay ranges of $10-$20 per hour.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 05:09 PM

Duke seeks to stop generic drug incursions

After a federal appeals court ruled in June that its existing patents for an eyelash growth treatment were invalid, Duke University was issued a new patent in December. Now, along with California-based Allergan Inc., the university is using the new patent to fight other companies seeking to make generic versions of the eyelash drug.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Cree sues competitor to protect patents

Cree has filed complaints with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court for the Western District against Feit Electric Company and its Taiwan-based supplier, Unity Opto Technology regarding LED lighting products.