by Jordan Green

Grant money available to support downtown Greensboro retail

Downtown Greensboro Inc. is offering matching grants of up to $25,000 to renovate buildings for retail use, including for flooring, walls, plumbing, wiring, heating and air conditioning, according to a recent press release. Restaurants, nightclubs and offices are ineligible. The Greensboro City Council approved the grant earlier this year. The funds come from a surtax assessed on property owners in the downtown business improvement district, which provides much of the funding for the nonprofit. With a fund established at $250,000, the program is equipped to finance about 10 grants.

Winston-Salem salon holds job fair

Genesis Salon & Spa in downtown Winston- Salem holds a job and community fair on July 10. Owner Ebony Coles said the salon is looking to fill six stylist positions and two to four nail technician and makeup artist positions. Aspiring professionals will have the opportunity to demonstrate their talents in front of a panel of judges, and potentially land jobs or win prizes. Coles said the fair will also provide a forum for vendors to sell products. Proceeds from the event will benefit iCan House, a Winston-Salem organization that seeks to help those with autism and other social challenges. The salon is located at 1010 Brookstown Ave., and the event begins at 3 p.m.