by Jordan Green

Local impact of US figure Skating championship projected at $30

Spokane, Wash. set the all-time attendance record last year for the US Figure Skating Championship, with 158,000 heads, and Hill Carrow, chairman of the championship this year, would like to see Greensboro top that number when the event comes the coliseum on Jan. 22-30. In comparison, the most recent ACC tournament drew 96,000. Carrow said the championship is projected to book 10,000 hotel room nights — second to furniture market — and 9,200 have already been spoken for. He pegs the local economic impact at $30 million. ed Wolverton, president of Downtown Greensboro Inc., and other civic leaders who met at the Greensboro merchants Association on Tuesday discussed the possibility of setting up a temporary ice-skating rink in downtown similar to one erected in Raleigh last winter that would operate around the time of the holidays and the championship, drawing attention to the center city.

A Mode St start in the music business

A Po box, a phone number and a Greensboro privilege license are a good place to start for any business. What comes after that is largely the outcome of hard work, determination, adequate capital and the right timing. Unstoppable Record Management Unlimited, a talent agency, has covered those three bases. “We’re looking for new talent in the area to give people the exposure that they would not otherwise get” in the fields of “R&B, jazz, blues, rap, country and western — the whole gamut,” said business owner Rosetta Daniels, who acknowledged that, like a lot of companies in the business, hers isn’t in a position to make a lot of guarantees to artists.

“We don’t have much incentive, just encouragement,” she said. At a minimum, she said, the agency can offer aspiring artists access to a studio and a listening ear.. “It’s a new business looking for new artists,” is how Daniels summed up Unstoppable Record management Unlimited.

Greensboro cosmetology school holds open house

The Hair Design School holds an open house on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at Empire Beauty School in Greensboro for aspiring hairstylists. The school cites figures from the Us Bureau of labor statistics projecting a growth

Monitoring the economic pulse of the Triad in the industry of 20 percent between 2008 and 2018 and the fact that there are 19,990 salons in North Carolina as reasons people should consider training in cosmetology. The empire Beauty school is located at 2001 E. Wendover Ave. For more information, visit

Retirement community to break ground for expansion

Whitestone, the retirement community formerly known as masonic & eastern star community, holds a groundbreaking on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its 43-acre campus on south Holden Road in Greensboro for a $35 million planned expansion. The campus will add 81,390 square feet in new residences and rebuild all common areas, including the Linville clubhouse and the dining room. Among the areas to be added, renovated or rebuilt are a coffee and sandwich caf’, a game room, a library, a beauty salon and spa and a pharmacy.

New dance center opens in Winston-Salem

The Winston-Salem Festival Dance Center opens at Stratford Towers, located at 205 s. Stratford Road, on Aug. 15, and classes begin in September. The nonprofit dance center is funded by the Arts council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth N

No economic news is bad news

In case you haven’t looked for a job lately, tried to take out a small business or home loan or looked at a sales report, the national economy remains dismal, and North Carolina’s part in it is par for the course. chapel Hill economist John Quinterno writes that last month employers across the nation eliminated 131,000 more positions than they added. The loss of 143,000 census jobs made the largest dent. Without the anomaly of those temporary federal jobs, the national economy would have added a meager 12,000 jobs. other government workers in federal, state and local positions took a hit, too, with 59,000 additional positions evaporating. The largest gains were reported in manufacturing, education and health services.

“The reduction in temporary census hiring in July exposed just how weak the labor market really is,” Quinterno said in a prepared statement. “The job market appears unable to stand without the crutch provided by policy actions, and jobless individuals across the country simply are abandoning the labor market.”