Business Notes for July

Speed network with the Charlotte Chamber

CHARLOTTE  – The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce invites area professionals to make face-to-face professional connections at its July 11 speed networking event at Costco, 500 Tyvola Road.

Participants can increase the quality and quantity of new business contacts in a format that puts them in front of numerous networking prospects and peers. A continental breakfast and door prizes are included. The event is free for chamber member and costs $25 for others.

Details: kvitale@charlottechamber.com

Charlotte Douglas unveils terminal expansion

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Douglas International Airport opened a $23 million terminal expansion June 29.

The 60,000-square-foot-expansion includes a security checkpoint, office space and customs recheck space. Airport officials say the five-lane security checkpoint should reduce security wait times because the checkpoint will serve passengers traveling to all of the airport’s five concourses.

USDA announces

$7 million in farm grants

at Huntersville greenhouse

HUNTERSVILLE – The USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program announced June 25 it will provide 450 farmers and business owners with more than $7 million in grant funds.

Thirty-one of those recipients are located in North Carolina.

Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville served as a backdrop for the announcement. In 2009, Metrolina Greenhouses received a combined grant and loan from REAP to construct a wood boiler heating system to supplement and replace its use of natural gas.

The wood burner is all digitally controlled by a complex system with ever-changing numbers and can heat up to 7 million gallons of water at one time.

The burner last year produced 187 BTU of heat, about half of what it did the previous year due to the mild winter.

Visit www.usda.gov to learn more about the recent grant funds made available to North Carolina business owners.

Bank of America funds paid internship for area student

CHARLOTTE – This summer, Bank of America has chosen a local student to participate in summer internships at nonprofit organizations and businesses throughout Charlotte.

North Carolina ranks eighth in the country for teen unemployement, according to a Bank of America press release. These job opportunities, the press release stated, seek to offset this issue and underscore the bank’s commitment to investing in Charlotte’s future workforce.

Charlotte resident Imani Dixon will take part in the bank’s Student Leaders program, completing an eight-week internship at Freedom Schools Partners. The internships provide students with valuable work experience while also supporting nonprofits with extra help this summer.

Dixon, a rising senior at North Mecklenburg High School, plays and coaches volleyball and participates in the school’s debate and speech team.

In addition to internships, students also travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in the national Student Leadership Summit in July where they will further develop their leadership skills, network with other students from throughout the country and participate in a service project. ”

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