by Jordan Green

Hand to Hand returns for the holidays

A Hand to Hand Holiday Market is scheduled for Dec. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at Bin 33 in downtown Greensboro. The website advertises the offerings as “hip, handcrafted goods, underground art and vintage finds from some of the best regional and outer-space artists, designers, crafters and collectors this universe has to offer.” One of the aims of the Hand to Hand Market, in its third incarnation since March, is to build community. Vendors include APK Printworks, Belle Terre, Blissful Whimsy, Brandtridge Handcrafts, Costanza Wears, Earthen Soul Ceramics, Epoch Renewal, Flying Pig Pottery, Fuzzy Leaf Felting, Good Girls Studio, Gremlina Vintage and Handmade, Heart & Craft, Jordan Grace Owens, Little Owl Handmades, Mi Scusi Handmade, NeedleNoodles, Nasilla Vintage, Plastic Flame Press, ReBloomed, Reciprocities, Riverbasin Outfitters, Shed Letterpress, SquackDoodle, the Gnome Shack, the Sly Giraffe, Tin and Twine, un Original American, Verabelle, West of Paisley and Witch Hazel Handmades.

Also on Dec. 4, the Greensboro Cultural Center will host a Holiday Crafters’ Market from 1 to 6 p.m. featuring vendors from across the Piedmont, who will be selling handmade birdhouses, Christmas tree ornaments, notepads, note cards, hair accessories, picture frames, hula hoops, jewelry, holiday gnomes, soaps, art and decorative boots. — JG


Winston-Salem has been ranked as the secondbest digital city in America for cities its size. The Center for Digital Government released its rankings of top digital cities last week and the Twin City tied for second with Salt Lake City, Utah among cities with a population of 125,000 to 249,999. This year’s accolade marks the 10th year in a row Winston-Salem has made the Top 10 rankings based on the use of information technology by local governments, according to a press release. Winston-Salem’s digital initiatives in the past year include a new, cloud-based e-mail system, which eliminated a dozen servers and the need for staff support of the e-mail system; an increase in the use of smart phones and mobile devices increased the efficiency of city employees out of the office; a new paperless system for employee evaluations improved the efficiency of evaluators and the Human Resources staff; an initiative with Forsyth County to share geographic information system functions; and new links on the city’s website to engage citizens in the annual budget process. High Point also made the Center for Digital Government’s Top 10 list of best digital cities, seizing 10th place for cities with a population of 75,000 to 124,999. — KTB

Small business contracting seminar to be held in Greensboro

The city of Greensboro hosts a seminar to help small businesses take advantage of contracting opportunities with the city, GTCC and Guilford County Schools on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Nussbaum Room at the Central Library. The event is free. For more information, call the Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 336.387.8322 or Kathleen Hoskins Smith at 336.373.2674. — JG