Friday, February 12, 2016

Upstate S.C. Area Tech Innovator Calls for Biometrics Acceptance in the U.S.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Integrated Biometrics LLC, developers of the smallest, lightest, most reliable FBI-compliant fingerprint scanners in the world is urging the GOP Presidential Candidates Debating February 13 in nearby Greenville to lead the nation toward greater acceptance of technology solutions to border security problems. The company is issuing this call to action following Senator Ted Cruz’s remarks during a recent nationally televised debate in New Hampshire expressing his desire to implement a biometric tracking system as part of greater efforts to secure the U.S. border.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Destination Imagination Seeking Exhibitors for World’s Largest Celebration of Creativity

KNOXVILLE, TN -- Destination Imagination (DI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), arts and social entrepreneurship challenges, is now accepting exhibitor applications for the Global Finals 2016 Innovation Expo. Held on May 25-27 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Innovation Expo is a celebration of creativity, innovation and education for all ages. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to engage with more than 17,000 students, teachers, STEM industry experts, parents and additional attendees through a featured exhibit space.

NC IDEA Opens 21st Grant Cycle with Statewide Info Sessions

DURHAM, N.C. -- NC IDEA, an organization committed to supporting entrepreneurial business innovation and economic advancement in North Carolina, announced today that the organization’s twenty-first grant cycle will open on February 15th. The upcoming cycle will kick-off with a series of information sessions being held throughout North Carolina. Interested applicants may attend any of the following information sessions being held in-person and via webinar. Interested parties can confirm their attendance at any of these sessions, and others looking to be scheduled, by visiting and following the registration link on the homepage.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CED Announces Life Science Conference Demo Lineup

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), the largest and longest-running entrepreneurial network in the country, today announced that over 50 of North Carolina’s most disruptive companies have been selected to demonstrate breakthrough life science innovation at the CED Life Science Conference 2016, March 1-2 in Raleigh. Companies will be exhibiting in the Innovation Room, giving all conference attendees access to network with these emerging entrepreneurs.  

Cintas Location in Greensboro, NC to Receive the Highest Safety Designation

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today announced that its location in Greensboro will receive the Carolina Star on Thursday, February 11th. North Carolina OSHA awards Carolina Star recognition only to businesses that have met very detailed and comprehensive safety requirements.

WFU School of Business Unveils Game-Changing M.S. in Business Analytics

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A new Wake Forest University School of Business program designed to educate professionals in the high-demand field of business analytics has been approved by the University’s Board of Trustees. The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program will welcome its first class in July 2016.

Technimark Launches New Healthcare Division to Grow Its Medical Component Manufacturing Services

ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Technimark, a global manufacturer of custom rigid plastic packaging and components, today announced the launch of its new medical division, Technimark Healthcare. Technimark Healthcare’s launch follows Technimark’s recent acquisition of Ci Medical Technologies. The new division expands Technimark’s healthcare business by combining its global footprint, technical capabilities and financial resources with Ci Medical’s blue-chip customer base and decades of experience in the healthcare market, including product development, scientific molding, contract manufacturing, assembly, packaging and logistics.

South Carolina Business Recruitment Tops $4.2 Billion in 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina posted another solid business recruitment year in 2015, with capital investment recruited to the state topping $4 billion. From January to December 2015, the state won 150 economic development projects, totaling $4.21 billion in capital investment and 17,280 jobs by new and expanding businesses. Reflecting South Carolina’s position as a manufacturing stronghold, the manufacturing sector comprised 56 percent of new jobs, with 9,680 manufacturing jobs recruited in 2015. Additionally, the sector accounted for $3.6 billion in capital investment recruited, representing 86 percent of the annual total.

Monday, February 8, 2016

NY Times Author Says Robots Will Have Disruptive Impact on Jobs

by David Menzies

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The machines are coming -- and they want our jobs. That's according to New York Times bestselling author Martin Ford who addressed the crowd at the 31st Annual Emerging Issues Forum: FutureWork at the Raleigh Convention Center hosted by the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Institute for Emerging Issues. Ford, a computer designer, software developer, and author of both Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future painted a somewhat bleak outlook for the future of the U.S. economy as it grapples with the onset of machines beginning to replace not only manpower but brainpower.