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by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green

CITY OF GREENSBORO SETS UP ONE- STOP SHOP FOR DEVELOPERS

The city of Greensboro’s new Development Services Center located inside Melvin Municipal Office Building holds its soft opening on Wednesday, but its grand opening will take place on Jan. 3. The center is designed as a one-stop shop to streamline approvals of development projects by allowing applicants to avoid running all over town to the offices of disparate departments.

“Whether you are a developer of a new housing complex or a resident building a new garage, there are certain plan reviews and inspections you need from us, and that is where development services comes into play,” City Manager Rashad Young says in a special message posted on the web page for the new department. “Now, every department that could conceivably have input into a permit or building plan is in one centrally located office. We believe you will find this one-stop service a more efficient way of doing business with us, and it will allow you to further develop your business in Greensboro.”

The new department draws its personnel from the planning, engineering and inspections, transportation and water resources departments, and is staffed with employees with expertise in soil erosion, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire prevention. — JG

TWIN CITY SAM HARNESSES SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

Kristen Daukas has always utilized cuttingedge technology in her work with small businesses, so when she started her new sales and marketing firm, Twin City SAM, last year, it was only natural for her to expand into social media.

“I don’t want people to think that’s all I do, but the focus of business is on digital marketing and social media marketing,” Daukas said. “It’s an inexpensive way to market your business, and many of my clients are social businesses like restaurants and retail shops.”

Daukas said she’s always gravitated to matching the latest in technology with the needs of small businesses. She was an early adopter of webinars, a one-way webcast with limited audience interaction, as a marketing tool. Daukas also achieved success utilizing e-mail newsletters while working for a Pennsylvania software firm, which spurred her interest in social media.

“The secret is to use all these tools to drive people to the same place,” Daukas said.

After moving back to North Carolina, Daukas became a one-person operation, launching Twin City SAM last year. As her business continues to grow, Daukas said she will need to hire a sales staff to handle new clients.

“I’ve exceeded my expectations,” she said.

“It’s a great feeling to do something I love with people I love and make a living at it.” For further info on Twin City SAM, visit twincitySAM.com. — KTB

TOWN OF LIBERTY LANDS NEW FACTORY

Americhem, a company that makes additive solutions for the polymer industry, will open a new factory in Liberty in Randolph County with a pledge to create 71 jobs and invest $22.6 million, according to an announcement on Monday by the office of Gov. Beverly Perdue. The state of North Carolina has made a grant of $225,000 from the One North Carolina Fund to close the deal. — JG

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