Business briefs, April 22

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 10:58 AM

Durham tech start-up raises new investment dollars

DURHAM -- VacationFutures Inc., a Durham-based tech startup behind a website that’s designed to connect vacation rental property owners and managers, has raised nearly $205,000 from investors.

They raised $204,992 from angel investors, said company co-founder Mickey Kropf.  He said they’re looking to use the money grow the company’s sales and marketing team in the United States and abroad.

The company has launched a website to help connect property owners and rental property managers at a time when he said vacation property management firms have lost market share to websites that allow property owners to connect directly with renters.

They have developed a website where rental property owners can list their properties and receive up-front offers for income and services from rental management firms.

He said hundreds of homes in the United States, Central America, Western Europe, and India have been listed on the site, and more than 80 vacation rental managers have registered with the online service.

VacationFutures is now a team of five. They’re working out of offices in downtown Durham at American Underground, Kropf said. They have one person on their team who is working out of Atlanta.

N.C. Mutual to host ‘Because We Care’ forum

DURHAM – “Because We Care,” a forum by The Black Women’s Agenda and AARP May 3 at N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co.’s headquarters, will focus on providing resources for black women and their families.

According to a news release, this is one of a series of free forums being held around the country to give black women resources and tools to help them to take better care of their loved ones and themselves.

It will be from 2 to 5 p.m. May 3 at the company’s offices at 411 W. Chapel Hill St. in Durham. N.C. Mutual is a forum sponsor.

To RSVP, call 1-888-902-3011 extension 9560 or go online to the website Admission is free, but there is limited seating.

Rich Dad Education workshop to be Thursday

DURHAM – Rich Dad Education is holding a free financial workshop in Durham on Thursday.

The session will focus on how to be smarter about money, create additional income, build long-term cash flow and prepare for a financially secure retirement.

The goal of the training is to empower the average person to take control of his or her financial future by applying the principles Rich Dad Education founder Robert Kiyosaki outlined in his international bestseller “Rich Dad Poor Dad.”

The workshop will be from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at The Millennium Hotel at 2800 Campus Walk Ave. in Durham.

To register, call 800-473-9215 or register online at Kiyosaki will not attending the event. Additional products and services will be offered for sale.