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Workshop helps small businesses find their way

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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From time to time we all need a point in the right direction. On Wednesday, local small business owners got the guidance they’ll need to navigate towards recovery.

The North Carolina Office of Economic Recovery and Investment organized a panel of experts to answer the questions of small business owners.

Part of the workshop focused on helping underutilized businesses learn how to compete for government contracts.

“They’ve been left out in the past, they have not been utilized to their fullest potential, and so it is our job to get the word out there. There’s recovery funds out there, and this is how you access them,” explained Deborah Cannady of the NC Office of Economic Recovery and Investment.

About 100 business owners turned out for the discussion.

Experts advised the owners how to find their niche, make sure they can provide the services they promise, and run their business efficiently.

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From time to time we all need a point in the right direction. On Wednesday, local small business owners got the guidance they’ll need to navigate towards recovery.

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Suspected armed robbers arrested at Monkey Junction Walmart

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Two men with handguns robbed a customer using an ATM at the Bank of America at Tennessee Avenue and Carolina Beach Road about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

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Suspected armed robbers captured at Monkey Junction Walmart

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Two masked men with handguns robbed a customer using an ATM at the Bank of America at Tennessee Avenue and Carolina Beach Road about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

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Topsail delays beach nourishment project until 2010

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

By Amanda HutchesonStarNews Correspondent

Topsail Beach commissioners voted 3-2 Wednesday to apply for financing to execute its interim beach nourishment project in 2010.

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Violence at area housing projects

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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Shots fired at one housing project in Wilmington have residents all shook up. Enough that they’re beginning to question their safety. Rankin Terrace resident Kristy Anderson says, “To me the disregard for life is unbelievable out here.”

According to police, the male victim was dropped off at the Rankin housing projects to buy cigarettes. As he was getting back into the car, two men between the ages of 17 and 20 started asking him for money. The victim refused, and the suspect hit him in the head, then shot him in the leg. Sources say the incident may have been gang related, because the two suspects were wearing red bandanas over their faces. Police are calling it an armed robbery. “How much money could he have really had, to take someone’s life,” says Anderson.

What concerns neighbors the most is the fact that it happened in front of young children, and innocent bystanders. Anderson says, “My younger kids saw the whole thing, they were witnesses, they were out here, and in their minds, they think it’s ok.” Michael Krause of the Wilmington Housing Authority says, “Any criminal activity puts all our residents at risk, whether they’re old or young.”

In the past few months, the Housing Authority has been taking steps to further protect their residents. One of the ways is contracting Wilmington police officers specifically to patrol the projects. Krause says, “I would hope that seeing a greater police presence would deter any residents from doing anything that would cost them to not only go to jail but lose their home.”

Anderson just wants to let her kids play outside without having to worry about their safety. “If one of my kids would have gotten hurt, I would have lost it,” says Anderson.

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A shooting at a Wilmington Housing Project has neighbors concerned. It happened at 12th and Rankin Streets, just as the sun went down. Police are calling it an armed robbery.

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