Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech Assisting Local Entrepreneurs

Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech Assisting Local Entrepreneurs

Starting and operating a small business is hard work. Did you know that there is a local resource that exists with the primary purpose of helping you achieve business success?  Learn more about Forsyth Tech’s Small Business Center’s free services here.

Forsyth, Stokes County Partners prepare to help address North Carolina Skills Gap

Forsyth, Stokes County Partners prepare to help address North Carolina Skills Gap

Workforce development partners from Forsyth and Stokes County are looking for businesses to visit as part of the “1,000 in 100” initiative, a statewide effort to match the needs of local companies with skilled employees.

Learn more about this initiative here.

Food & Beverage Site Certification

Food & Beverage Site Certification

WSBI’s 99 acre site, adjacent to Herbalife’s manufacturing facility, was one of three sites in North Carolina to be selected by Duke Energy to undergo Austin Consulting’s Food & Beverage Manufacturing Certification Program. This program is used to differentiate sites that are optimal for food and beverage companies, thereby abbreviating the vetting process and reducing companies’ perceived risk for choosing one location over another.  WSBI has successfully completed this program for the Winston-Salem Business Site and is now on a short list of distinguished sites around the United States for future food and beverage build-to-suit opportunities.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s Historic Headquarters

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s Historic Headquarters

This past Friday (6/27), the iconic R.J. Reynolds building in downtown Winston-Salem was purchased by a real-estate developer out of Philadelphia, PA. The PMC Property Group will spend an estimated $60 million in converting the office building into mixed-use space. Learn more about this exciting project here.

Big Snow? Not a Problem in Winston-Salem

Big Snow? Not a Problem in Winston-Salem

The winter of 2013-14 will go down in the record books for many cities around the country, whether it’s for cold temperatures, snowfall, or both. Record-breaking snowfalls in Detroit and New York along with ice storms covering Dallas and Atlanta had many cities scrambling to keep roads cleared and business operating.

Here in Winston-Salem, we proudly claim to have a great climate for business. Many people are drawn to the area because of the beautiful four-season climate, without having to suffer through an extreme winter full of ice and snow. But that doesn’t mean we never see snow. Most of the time it’s a nice little dusting, but once every few years or so we happen to get a big storm. This winter, we had a storm that rivaled record snowfalls. For nearly 36 hours the city experienced a mixture of winter weather, from heavy snow to sleet and freezing rain. In all, we had about 6 to 8 inches of snow covering Winston-Salem and the surrounding area. Luckily, our city was prepared. Within 24 hours of the snowfall, the primary roads were mostly clear, thanks to a DOT that has things under control. A crew of snow plows, motor graders, salt spreaders and brine trucks are able to clear 400 miles of major arterial roads and 245 miles of residential side streets within a 24 hour period.

What does this mean for local businesses? It means that companies can be up and running, staying at the height of productivity, even after a major winter storm. And it means that people who can’t imagine winter without snow will find our area a perfect place to relocate. While we don’t get a big snowfall every year, it happens just often enough to satisfy the snow lovers. And the beauty of it is, you get to enjoy building a snowman with the kids one afternoon, and still get back to work the next day.