Business briefs, April 10

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 04:59 PM

Bella Bean Organics expands delivery
DURHAM – The online farmers’ market company Bella Bean Organics is expanding home delivery of produce, eggs, meat and specialty foods outside of the Piedmont into North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., in May, according to a news release.
Since purchasing Bella Bean Organics in 2012, Coon Rock Farm owners and entrepreneurs Jamie DeMent and Richard Holcomb have increased the product selection, geographic delivery footprint and customer base of the business, according to a news release.
The farm provides produce, meat and eggs to Bella Bean Organics as well as to more than 500 community-supported agriculture subscriptions, five farmers markets and to its downtown Durham restaurant, Piedmont.
Bella Bean sells products from about 50 local farms for products ranging from African collards and oak-grown shiitakes, to bacon, grass-fed beef, heirloom turkeys, sustainably caught seafood and rbGH-free milk.
It also offers flour and heirloom grains, a gluten-free line of products, artisan breads, nut butters, and locally roasted coffee and tea harvested in South Carolina.
Orders for Bella Bean Organics are requested by 5 p.m. on Fridays. They’re delivered the following Tuesday or Wednesday. A $20 minimum purchase is required. Find out more or place orders at

Cree honored with four other N.C. companies
DURHAM – Durham-based Cree Inc. was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy along with four other North Carolina companies with 2014 Energy Star Awards, according to a news release.
The awards were given to 127 organizations for their “commitment to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.”
Salisbury-based Food Lion, which is part of the Delhaize America, and Winston-Salem-based Hanesbrands Inc. got Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence awards. Winston-Salem-based Nationwide Marketing Group and Sanford-based Pentair Aquatic Systems got Partner of the Year awards.
Durham-based Cree got the Excellence Award, which is given to honor an organization’s “specific activities to promote energy-efficient products, homes or buildings.”

IBM exec to keynote NCTA tech conference
RALEIGH -- The N.C. Technology Association is holding its State of Technology conference May 16 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham.
The opening keynote will be delivered by Jerry Cuomo, chief technology officer of IBM’s WebSphere business.
Other speakers will include Joe Colopy, CEO of Durham-based Bronto Software, Tim Campbell, information technology director for SAS, and Josh Jewett, chief information officer for Family Dollar.
The theme of the conference is “Preparing Your Business for the Mobile Revolution.” It will showcase companies integrating “disruptive mobile technologies.
There will also be breakout sessions covering mobile strategy issues including mobile workforce, information technology consumerization, utilizing analytics for mobile business intelligence, digital marketing, mobile security, and mobile infrastructure.
A complete list of panelists and their respective breakouts can be found at