by Jordan Green

New center will host massage-related specialists

Positive Touch Triad opens its doors in High Point on Wednesday. Owner Donny Frazier says in a press release that he hopes the business “will become an incubator for massage therapists and health experts alike.” The office on Penny Road will also house specialists in reflexology massage and weight loss assistance.

If you’re still employed in Greensboro, you’re probably doing better

Greensboro ranks No. 1 on Forbes’ recent list of American cities where Americans are getting richer. That’s based on a median income jump from $48,900 to $53,400 by people with college degrees who have held on to their jobs through the recession. The Nov. 16 article by Lauren Sherman posits that “Greensboro might not be the best place to find a steady job. But if you’ve already got one, chances are you’re doing better than you were a couple of years ago.” The article does not examine whether the pay increases are correlated to company’s downsizing and compensating surviving employees for taking on additional responsibilities.

For perspective, consider that the median income for college graduates in Greensboro is lower than the national average, and unemployment is a point higher. But Greensboro’s slow economy tends to be more stable than many of its peer cities. “It has something most cities with higher median incomes or reliance on construction don’t: an economic backbone supported by businesses in the insurance field, manufacturing and education,” Sherman writes. “These industries might not be growing rapidly, but they aren’t disappearing either — so for now, a steady income is better than a high income.”

Merchants and restaurateurs team up to bring shoppers to downtown Winston-Salem

The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership is attempting to boost commerce through a reprise of its Nutz About Downtown promotion, which is designed to create synergy between the UNC School of the Arts’ production of The Nutcracker and downtown restaurants and shops. People who attend the play can present a ticket stub at participating restaurants in downtown Winston-Salem to receive discounts on meals. Downtown merchants are also providing discounts. The promotional effort runs through Dec. 31.

Free clinic provides legal advice to small businesses

The NC Lawyers Entrepreneurs Assistance Program will hold a free small business clinic at the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro on Dec. 15. The program recruits lawyers across the state to provide pro bono legal advice to low-wealth entrepreneurs and helps “address legal barriers to economic development in North Carolina’s low-wealth communities,” according to a press release. To sign up for the clinic, visit Slots for the event are limited.