January 13, 2015

What’s up with Banks and Hotels?

The former Mutual Community Savings Bank, on the corner of Chapel Hill Street and the pedestrian alley known as Holland Street, is being transformed into the Durham Hotel and scheduled to open in spring 2015.  According to the Open Durham website, the Corcoran Hotel was built on the site at … read more

January 7, 2015

Biogen Idec Announces New Leadership in RTP

Biogen Idec announced new leadership for the company’s RTP operations.

Machelle Sanders is taking a new role within Biogen Idec as vice president of product operations for the company’s multiple sclerosis franchise.  She will oversee the company’s multiple sclerosis portfolio from development, through launch to patients around the world.  In … read more

December 23, 2014

M&F Bank’s New CEO: Tech is Community Banking’s Future

James Sills returns to community banking with a strong focus on technology and IT security

By Elizabeth Judd

Mechanics and Farmers Bank
Headquarters: Durham, N.C.
Assets: $300 million
Retail locations: Seven
Full-time employees: 75
Founded: 1907
Website: www.mfbonline.com

A New Perspective

Recently landing at Mechanics and Farmers Bank as chief

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December 22, 2014

[photos] Legislative Forum and Holiday Reception

Thank you to our wonderful guests and award winners.  The Durham Chamber staff enjoyed celebrating the holidays with you.

Have a Happy New Year!


December 9, 2014

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Christmas Tree ChallengeKick off the holidays with the 10th Annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting celebration.

Courtesy of Durham Magazine

The trick or treaters have passed by. The pumpkin patches have been visited. Even the political ads have thankfully stopped. The holiday season is here, and that means there’s all … read more

December 8, 2014

Workshop: How are you reaching customers on mobile?

How are you reaching customers today?  Have you considered your customers that use their phones or tablets to find your products or services?

CrossComm’s Founder & Chairman is speaking in Durham next week to help businesses create new ways to drive sales and customer engagement on their mobile devices.  CrossComm’s … read more

November 21, 2014

[Photos] Durham Story Studio Premiere

The Durham Story Studio Premiere at the Full Frame Theater on Nov 18 was full of excitement. To publicly kick off the project, we hosted a group of Durham 2.0 key investors and other special guests.

So, what is a Studio Studio? It’s both a small room and a small … read more

November 17, 2014

Chamber Workforce Report Reveals Opportunities for Durham

Looking at the demand side of the workforce equation reveals not just what employers want but how they want it.  Talent acquisition and retention has been one of Durham’s key strengths for years, and, as the area grows and evolves, the we know that finding new ways to strengthen our … read more

November 13, 2014

Small Businesses Increasingly Cautious, but Anticipate a Better 2015, According to Insperity Survey

Small business owners are increasingly guarded with respect to their business activities through year-end, but many express a more optimistic view concerning their business plans for 2015, according to the most recent Business Confidence Survey released today by Insperity, Inc. (NYSE: NSP), a leading provider of human resources and business read more

November 7, 2014

Learn How to Avoid Data Breaches

At some point, your company’s data likely will be compromised.

It could be due to an outside hacker, actions of a dis-satisfied employee, or a company error.

Consider these statistics:

  • Each week, more than 10,000 laptops go missing at U.S. airports
  • 47% of adult Americans have reported having their personal
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