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by Jordan Green

Monitoring the economic pulse of the Triad

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED AT GTCC

The 2103 Spring Into Creative Career Strategies and Solutions symposium, hosted by the Guilford County JobLink Career Center, takes place at the Sears Applied Technology Center on the main campus of GTCC in Jamestown on May 21 from 8 a.m. to noon. Joyce Richman, a writer who focuses on career development, is the guest speaker. Job seekers may register for the symposium at guilfordjoblink.com or by calling 336.373.5922. — JG

HIGH POINT YOUNG PROFESSIONALS MEET FOR HAPPY HOUR

The cliché about success has some truth to it: About 95 percent of it is showing up. Sometimes young people at the start of their careers disdain networking as a superficial exercise in self-promotion. But networking is an important component of success. It can build durable and meaningful relationships and lead to opportunities. And it’s fun. Paradoxically, the way to do it is to show interest in other people rather than worrying about how you stack up. In that vein, High Point Young Professionals hold a happy hour at Southern Roots in Jamestown — this should tell you that the association’s geographic focus is loose — on May 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — JG

LUNCHTIME PANEL DISCUSSION ON HEALTHCARE REFORM SCHEDULED

Premier Bank presents a panel discussion on healthcare reform focused on helping employers strike the right balance between managing healthcare costs and providing good benefits on May 22 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association, located at 23 Oak Branch Drive.

Panelists include Steve Neu, a vice present at UnitedHealthcare of the Carolinas, Allyson Labban, a partner in the healthcare practice group at Smith Moore Leatherwood and Slade Lewis, an employee benefits consultant at Craft Insurance. Lunch is free, but space is limited, so confirm with Jane Andrews Nelson at 336.398.2321 or janelson@ premierbanknc.com. — JG

GREENSBORO BUSKERS CAN NOW REGISTER ONLINE

Musicians who want to play on the streets of downtown Greensboro can now apply for a busking ordinance online at greensboro-nc.gov/buskers. City council recently approved an ordinance to allow licensed street performers to play in select areas of downtown between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. The permit costs $10 and requires a criminal background check. Serious felonies would bar someone from obtaining a license, city spokesman Donnie Turlington said.

Some local musicians and interested street performers have said the ordinance is too restrictive and should allow people to perform without obtaining a license or paying a fee to encourage art, which they say helps create vibrancy downtown. Some council members and downtown organizations, like Action Greensboro through the Pop Up Promenade and Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan, have encouraged busking and live music downtown in the last year.

YES! Weekly Editor Brian Clarey would really like to field an office boy band — the limit per group performance, though all need licenses, is five people. I make better money tapping keys at my desk, thank you. — JG

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