Business: Local and State

Jul. 16, 2015 @ 06:11 PM

ConnectHome: Initiative to link public housing residents with free Internet

Residents of Durham public housing units will receive free access to high-speed broadband through a nationwide initiative that will impact 275,000 households. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department secretary Julián Castro visited the T.A. Grady Recreation Center to make the announcement Thursday and said the ConnectHome initiative will provide about 2,000 households here with access to Google Fiber.

Jul. 16, 2015 @ 05:59 PM

Unpaid subcontractors protest outside new hotel

Saying they are owed back payments, subcontactors and their families plan on protesting at the new Residence Inn on West Main Street until it opens, likely on Monday.

Jul. 15, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Merck grant to fund Durham Tech STEM boot camp

Durham Technical Community College has been awarded a grant of $22,500 from the Merck Foundation through its “Neighbor of Choice” program to support a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) “boot camp.”

Jul. 15, 2015 @ 05:39 PM

Free parking bid by Ninth Street retailers fails

After a failed effort by Ninth Street merchants to raise money to sublet a city pay-to-park lot and provide free parking to customers, the merchants have elected to use the money they did pledge to market the area instead.

Jul. 14, 2015 @ 04:18 PM

Hospice facility to honor UNC professor

Developers broke ground Tuesday on what will be an 11,000-square-foot hospice facility, yards away from the UNC-Chapel Hill medical office building that is under construction in Chatham Park.

Jul. 12, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

Career briefs: ENTTEC Americas, Silverspot Cinema

ENTTEC Americas of Hillsborough, Silverspot Cinema of Chapel Hill announce new hires.

Jul. 12, 2015 @ 03:23 PM

Business briefs for Monday, July 13

Durham center acquires Raleigh facility ... Durham schools extends 403(b) benefits

Jul. 08, 2015 @ 05:27 PM

Budget threat to downtown development groups

A provision in the state Senate’s budget bill could threaten tax districts that fund downtown development and provide other services.

Jul. 07, 2015 @ 07:05 PM

Joe’s Diner closes to focus on commercial kitchen

A bedrock of revitalization in the Angier-Driver corridor has served its last meal.

Joe’s Diner, which opened five years ago, has closed but the space will reopen later this month as an expansion of its commercial kitchen and commissary, owner Joe Bushfan confirmed Tuesday.

Jul. 07, 2015 @ 05:54 PM

Crescent completes, sells Main Street property

Crescent Communities has completed construction of its apartment complex Crescent Main Street at 704 15th St. near Duke University’s East Campus.

Jul. 07, 2015 @ 10:06 AM

Burt’s Bees’ namesake, co-founder dies at 80

Burt Shavitz, co-founder of Durham-based Burt’s Bees, died Sunday at the age of 80.

Mr. Shavitz, whose image as a bearded beekeeper still adorns several of the brand’s products, remained involved as a spokesperson and “champion of the brand” until his death, said marketing director Mariah Eckhardt, who has worked at Burt’s Bees for the past nine years.

Jul. 05, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

The Buzz: Magazine calling for Made in the South award submissions

Regional magazine Garden & Gun is seeking submissions from Southern businesses for its annual Made in the South Awards.

Jul. 05, 2015 @ 03:36 PM

Career briefs: iRT makes new hires

innovation Research & Training (iRT), a Durham-based behavior science research company, has added Jared Cooper, Maaike van Rest and Ashley Webb to its growing team of professionals.

Jul. 05, 2015 @ 02:14 PM

‘Chapter Three’

 When Sin Yu moved to North Carolina from South Korea in 1974, he worked a variety of jobs, from welding to textile manufacturing.

But it took only several years for him to find the right fit, which led him to have his own business by 1985.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

State Employees Credit Union buys iconic Chapel Hill HQ

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina plans to sell the 39-acre area housing its five-story headquarters building to State Employees Credit Union for $35 million.