Thursday, October 23, 2014

Biotechnology Research, Business, Education and Strategic Policy Non-Profit NCBiotech Awards Nearly $900,000 in Quarter

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded $885,586 in loans and grants the during the first quarter, July through September. The awards programs support life science entrepreneurship, technology commercialization and growth, and lay the groundwork for major add-on funding. In fact, the Center tracked more than $13 million in outside funding raised by previous loan recipients during the quarter. This quarter’s three Small Business Research Loans committed a total of $750,000 to fund research that advances small life science companies’ development of commercially viable technologies/products.

Law Firm Moore & Van Allen Moves Research Triangle Office to Perimeter Park

RESEARCH TRIANGLE, N.C. -- The Research Triangle Office of Moore & Van Allen PLLC relocated on October 17, 2014 from its space on Davis Drive to its new offices in the Perimeter Park corporate campus on Carrington Mill Boulevard. The office reopened in its new home on October 20. The Firm’s Research Triangle attorneys and staff now reside within a custom-designed space in Perimeter Three, Duke Realty’s newly-constructed 245,352-square foot, six-story Class A office building in Perimeter Park.

Entrepreneurial Support Organization CED Marks 30th Anniversary with $2 Million #OnTheRise Campaign

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), the largest and oldest entrepreneurial support organization in the country, today announced that it has already raised $800,000 toward a three-year, $2 million entrepreneur-led campaign to support the success of high-growth companies, attract investment and promote the Triangle and North Carolina nationwide. The #OnTheRise campaign will officially kick off Thursday night as CED founders, leaders and entrepreneurs gather to celebrate CED’s 30th anniversary this year. “When it started 30 years ago, CED was the first of its kind -- and an idea way ahead of its time,” said CED President Joan Siefert Rose. “Today it has become the largest entrepreneurial support organization in the country, which is a testament to visionary founders and the board members who furthered that vision over three decades. And now, successful entrepreneurs who have benefited from CED’s network are stepping up to provide leadership and ‘pay it forward’ for the next generation starting and growing companies in the Triangle.”

Constant Attention to Detail Key to Reputation Management

by David D. Menzies
When people talk about reputation management in the business world, many C-level executives, small business owners, and mid-level managers think of it in terms of marketing and branding. Trouble is, reputation management is actually something every single person within a business or organization needs to understand at a very basic, everyday level as it pertains to protecting and enhancing a brand throughout email, phone, and face-to-face communications. Without this understanding, your daily business operations can have lasting negative repercussions for your business without you even knowing it. For example, take a recent week of client support, business operations, business development efforts for my consultancy Innovative Public Relations. I sent out emails to 72 different people I knew (not counting replies and back-and-forth conversations) and 14 people I did not know. Additionally, I sent out two press releases for clients reaching over 400 media contacts. Phone-wise, I called a total of seven different people; again, a light week for me. Still, think about it: 493 people were exposed to my name and brand in just one week. If you average, say, 400 people a week for an entire year, you are looking at nearly 21,000 people who I would have proactively contacted, not to mention the hundreds/thousands over a course of a year who would have reached out to me on their own.

WizIQ Introduces Learning Management System

APEX, N.C. -- WizIQ, the online education company with 300,000 active educators and 3.7 million registered learners, today introduced the WizIQ LMS -- a powerful all-in-one learning management system (LMS) that sets a new standard for ease-of-use, convenience and affordability. The new WizIQ LMS is the only fully-integrated, cloud-based social learning platform tailored for the needs of a new generation of learners. Colleges and universities, high schools, and training and tutoring centers can use the online learning platform to quickly create and deliver self-paced, live online or blended courses -- without the need for third-party plug-ins or added costs to support advanced features.

Chris and Anna Rosati, Fred J. Davis Receive NC Public Service Award

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA) has announced that the North Carolina Public Service Award is being presented to Chris and Anna Rosati and Fred J. Davis in recognition of their outstanding service to, and support of, their community coupled with their dedication to the betterment of mankind. North Carolina’s banks presented the award at their annual Management Team Conference. “Chris and Anna have set a positive example for us all by making a difference in the lives of others,” said Thad Woodard, president and CEO of the North Carolina Bankers Association. “Their commitment to public service is inspiring. They are an incredible couple who have spread a web of kindness and have motivated others to perform tremendous acts of compassion for the greater good of humanity.”