About GRMA & Shop Local Raleigh:
Unless you run a small- to medium-sized accounting firm, the motivation for starting your own business probably had little to do with wanting to use your skills as a bookkeeper. You wanted to use your talents as a graphic designer, or a craft beer brewer or a vintage shop owner.
So it’s only fair that you might have been spending your time on logos, microbrews or scouring flea markets rather than becoming an expert in the potentially complex world of digitally managing your business’s finances. But lurking beneath the perilously cluttered face of the app world are tools that could be useful to you, and a modest investment of time up front could save you a headache down the road.
Here are five tools to check out:
Greater Raleigh Merchants Association Announces:
2012 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade
The Greater Raleigh Merchants Association (GRMA) announces their 68th Annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade to be held on November 17, 2012 at 9:40am in downtown Raleigh.
Applications are now being accepted for all parade entries. Registration will close on September 17, 2012. Visit http://grma.org/christmas-parade/parade_schedule.html for the full parade schedule. If your group is interested in having a float, classic car, helium balloon, walking group or other entry, please visit the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association website: http://grma.org/christmas-parade/application.html and submit an online application. No applications will be accepted after the September 17 deadline. Applications are chosen based on realtionship to theme, creativity, entertainment, and community appeal.
It is a unique franchise saving customers time, hassle and money. Typically the small to mid sized businesses do not get any pricing breaks – until now! InXpress, a unique shipping experience, is coming to town! Small and mid sized customers get discounts and personalized customer service, usually only reserved for the Fortune 500 companies. InXpress is teamed up with world class carriers such as DHL, Con-Way, SAIA, Old Dominion and many more. The concept is brilliant: the carriers do all the pick ups and deliveries, while InXpress does all the extra mile customer service and invoicing. Customers get reliable on time delivery from carriers like DHL, multiple options on a single invoice with one contact, personalized local customer service, and all at tremendous discounts. DHL is the world’s largest and most experienced air express network that offers international expertise, including next day to Europe. “We’re excited about bringing this premium product to our customers!” says Joe Bennett an InXpress franchisee in Raleigh. Companies get the reliability of these world class carriers and the personal attention of a local franchisee. Joe adds: “Our customers may not be in the Fortune 500, but we give them discounts and service as if they were.” The US’s network of 70+ InXpress franchisees has just expanded into our town!
2012 Pinnacle Business Awards:
Call For Entries
The Greater Raleigh Chamber is now accepting entries for the 2012 Pinnacle Business Awards. Honor your company's success during National Small Business Week with hundreds of your business peers at this prestigious event. Awards presented include:
2012 Pinnacle Business Awards
Your company deserves to be recognized.
Visit www.raleighchamber.org/pinnacle for applications and award criteria. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, March 5.
In the New Year, Harrington Bank want's to thank you for your support to our locally owned community bank. Starting next week you can move your accounts to Harrington Bank and be entered to win UNC vs. Duke Basketball tickets, a Nook tablet, or a Keurig Coffee Machine. Every dollar in Harrington Bank stays here in our community, so thank you for helping us all grow! If you have any questions about what account is right for you or someone you may know, please give us a call.
Morgan G. Southerland
Photo: News and Observer
SCOTTY MCCREERY WILL SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL OF THE 2011 WRAL-TV RALEIGH CHRISTMAS PARADE ON NOV. 19