New Winston-Salem Program Helping
Women Launch and Grow Businesses

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (June 28, 2016) – A new local initiative has been launched in Winston-Salem to help women launch, fund, and grow businesses. innovateHER, headquartered in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, was created to empower local women by offering programs and services focused on entrepreneurial education, startups, and business growth.  The nonprofit project, which began offering services in June, is housed in the Flywheel Coworking space and is being made available through a fiscal sponsorship from the Flywheel Foundation. The program kicks off its event series in July with its signature innovateHER Weekend Workshop, a ‘bootcamp’ for aspiring and existing business owners.

“Women entrepreneurs experience very unique challenges and barriers to entry and business growth”, shared Winston-Salem resident Fay Horwitt, who is spearheading the project. “In 2015, North Carolina dropped to 20th in the country when it came to woman-owned businesses’ growth in employees and ranked even lower – 45th – in terms of revenue growth. There are a number of external and internal factors that affect this trend; innovateHER has been created to help local women navigate these barriers and experience growth.”
innovatHER will initially offer workshops, one-on-one coaching, networking and web-based resources for local women founders. In its first two weeks of operation, the initiative has served over fifty women through its office hours, weekly email blasts, and Facebook networking group.  Local entrepreneur Karen Cuthrell, has already seen results from her innovateHER coaching sessions. “My experience with InnovateHER has been phenomenal. They are developing a strategy for us that will continue our organic growth as well as prepare us for investment.”

The group’s efforts have already attracted sponsorships from the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, Forsyth Woman Magazine, as well as the Flywheel Foundation and a strategic partnership with the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center, all of whom are are eager to help women achieve greater success in business and grow diversity in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. “innovateHER is a great addition to our community”, stated FTSBC Director, Allan Younger. “Women need to know about and access the resources available to support their success.” 

The services being offered are also in direct alignment with the nonprofit call-to-action in the 2015 Economic Security Report issued by the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem which encouraged organizations to support women in bridging the gender wage gap through programs that focus on career choice, education/skills, networking, mentorships, and/or preparing for leadership and management positions.

The initiative hopes to facilitate a network of local women entrepreneurs that are supporting, learning from, and investing in each other. Raina Haque, who owns a local intellectual property law firm, extols the importance of the network. “My law firm was supported and built from the invaluable mentorship and championing I got from a community of woman entrepreneurs and other woman professionals; every woman should have that opportunity. innovateHER is a great source of education and empowerment.”

That emerging network is set to gather July 15-16 for the first innovateHER Weekend Workshop. Special guest speaker for the event will be entrepreneur, author, and former WFMY and WGHP news anchor Carol Andrews; the featured presenter will be local business phenom, Vikki Spencer, known online as the “Mom Whisperer”. Additional speakers will address topics spanning both business and personal success. Spencer is excited about the potential impact of the weekend experience for participants.  “This weekend aims to build relationships while providing resources, answers, direction and encouragement. It is an ‘an open arms, come as you are, and test the waters’ opportunity to invest in their future.”

The innovateHER Weekend Workshop begins with an evening session on Friday, July 15 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm and continues with a full day on Saturday, July 16 from 8:00am to 9:00pm. The registration fee is $30. Additional information can be found and tickets purchased online at www.innovateHER.org.

About innovateHER
innovateHER is a nonprofit initiative on a mission to foster economic development in North Carolina by creating, equipping and supporting local communities of women entrepreneurs. They are commited to supporting regional ecosystems by helping female-led businesses launch, grow, create jobs and become major contributors to their local community. Through these efforts they hope to help women across the region overcome systemic, cultural, and financial barriers to sustainable business success.  innovateHER is located at 525 Vine St., Suite 210 in the Flywheel Coworking space.  The phone number is 336-671-6261.  . The web address is www.innovateHER.org.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Fay Horwitt at 336.671.6261 or email at fayh@innovateHER.org."

- A Press Release

WE NEED A NAME??? Public Asked to Name GPD’s New Bloodhound Puppy

"GREENSBORO, NC (June 29, 2016) – Members of the public are asked to help the Greensboro Police Department name its new bloodhound puppy. The newest recruit  will be trained to search for missing persons and track suspected criminals.
“We think that getting our community members involved in naming this puppy will be fun, and a great way expand our community outreach,” said Sgt. Doug Tabler who supervises GPD’s K9 section. “It’s an opportunity for people connect with our newest K9 recruit from the very start of her career.”

Votes can be cast on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GPDBloodhound, or in person at GPD’s tent downtown during the ‘Fun Fourth’ event.  The new puppy and her handler, Officer Kenny Jones, will be at the tent to meet the public from 2 – 5 pm.
Votes will be tallied on July 8.

“I am excited to bring this new hound in to our K9 team,” said Jones. “When she is fully trained, she will be able to help people who cannot help themselves – such as elderly people who may be in distress, or lost children.”  Jones and his dog will train, work, and live together for years to come.
The department’s K9 handlers have selected four possible names for the female puppy. The names are in honor of women who have blazed trails in law enforcement history.
Name choices are:

·         "Izzy", after Isabella Goodwin, the first female police detective in 1912. She spent years working long hours as a police matron, however, her fearlessness in the face of danger and penchant for undercover work helped solve the most outrageous and brutal bank heist of the time, earning her a promotion to police detective.
·         "Georgie" after Georgia Ann Robinson, the first African-American female police officer in 1916. She was an active volunteer in several community organizations around Los Angeles prior to being approached by an LAPD recruiter about joining the agency. She accepted the position as a jail matron and eventually began working juvenile and homicide cases.
·         "Ally" after Alice Stebbins-Wells who is considered to be one of the first female police officers in the United States. She petitioned her city government for the opportunity to become a police officer in order to help women and children victims of crime. Wells was hired by LAPD in 1910, and assigned as a juvenile officer. The publicity surrounding her hiring paved the way for many other cities to hire female police officers.
·         "Sully" after Mary Sullivan, the first female homicide detective in 1918. She went undercover regularly for the homicide squad, and even spent weeks in the Harlem Prison in the guise of a prisoner to crack a murder case. In 1926, she became the first Director of Policewomen in the nation. She abolished the title "police matron" for female police officers, and ensured female law enforcement  officers would receive the same pay as patrolmen.
The nine-week-old purebred bloodhound puppy was donated to GPD earlier in the week by Officer Tammy Bybee, a patrol officer with the Duck, NC Police Department. 

The pup’s handler and trainer, Officer Kenny Jones, is an 18 year veteran of GPD who has been handling K9 since 2010."

- A Press Release


Lee Todhunter, interim director of Bennett College Center for Global Studies (right), is in the Center of Global Studies at Bennett preparing for the trip to China.  She is accompanied by Ebony Small of Greensboro, a journalism and media studies major who will be traveling with the group.  Also in the photograph is Hsia Pei-An, a Chinese Instructor at Bennett.

GREENSBORO, NC — A group from Bennett College which includes 20 students will travel on an all-expenses-paid trip to China to conduct research, become immersed in the culture and learn more about clean energy as part of the 100,000 Strong Initiative by the Wanxiang Group, a multinational automotive components group headquartered in Hangzhou, China.

The group will depart the U.S. on June 30, 2016 and return July 14, 2016.  The students will be accompanied by Lee Todhunter, interim director of Bennett College Center for Global Studies; and Michelle Linster, dean of the Division of Sciences and Mathematics.

 The program is designed for female students who are interested in learning more about the application and development of clean energy.  The Bennett College students are expected to conduct clean energy research projects in collaboration with participating Chinese female students during and after their return to the U.S.  They will be required to submit their research reports one year after completion of the program in China.

 “Over the last three years, 155 Bennett students have engaged in an international exchange, making our strategic goal of global acumen a reality,” said Bennett College President Rosalind Fuse-Hall.  “This work certainly enriches the life of the campus.”

 During the two-week trip, students will participate in seminars on the history, language, social and economic development of China and the teachings of ancient Chinese philosophers.  The seminars will also address the development and application of various types of clean energy in China and visit clean-energy related facilities.  The students will tour the cultural attractions in China and attend sporting and entertainment activities.

This program is supported by the 100,000 Strong Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that was created as a result of the U.S. State Department initiative of President Barack Obama that called for 100,000 American students engaging with China.  Wanxiang partnered with the City of Chicago to set up the first program.  Other colleges the group has partnered with include the Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Lone Star College, and the Congressional Black Caucus and two delegations of students from historically black colleges and universities.

“This program provides an immersive experience, exposing our students to the culture and language of the most populous country in the world, and allowing them to gain valuable research skills that they will bring back to Bennett to share with the entire campus,” said Todhunter. “Fully funded opportunities are rare and Bennett is so fortunate to have formed this partnership.”

 "I am so grateful that I will have this opportunity, to go to China at no cost and bring back knowledge about clean energy,”  Shani McMichael, sophomore  from Dayton Ohio majoring in  psychology with a Spanish minor.  “This will be my first time traveling outside of the country.  I hope to gain knowledge on how Bennett can reduce its energy costs.  The dedication from Ms. Todhunter is tremendous.  We are grateful to her.”

The Bennett College students traveling to China include:

 Tyler C. Binion, Antioch, TN
Ajana Blackwell, Mooresville, NC
Alexis Branch, Upper Marlboro, MD
Tiara Campbell, Atlantic City, NJ
Rochelle Givens, Atlanta, GA
Kiarra D. Harris, Jamaica, NY
Ka’la Hill, Upper Marlboro, MD
Ayana Kilpatrick, Dewitt, NY
 Marshae S. Kirkpatrick, Pittsboro, NC
Toriell M. Lewis, Greensboro, NC
Esther Maxy, Raleigh, NC
Shani McMichael, Dayton, OH
Ophelia Murray, Philadelphia, PA
Brianna Shields, Norristown, PA
Ebony Small, Greensboro, NC
Chelsa Tubbs, Greensboro, NC          
Nia Watson, Capitol Heights, MD
Jaiza Wesley, Greensboro, NC
Deja Willis, Mooresville, NC
Cassidy Lyric Wise, Los Angeles, CA"

- A Press Release

Eastern Music Festival faculty artists kick off 2016 chamber series on June 27


"(GREENSBORO, NC) – Eastern Music Festival’s faculty artists kick off the 2016 Eastern Chamber Players series on Mon., June 27 at the UNC Greensboro School of Music, Theatre and Dance Recital Hall at 8 p.m. The program, containing works by Mozart, Debussy and Dvořák, highlights the core of the series: an opportunity to present masterful classical repertoire composed for small ensembles.

The Eastern Chamber Players are made up of EMF’s dedicated and talented faculty teaching-artists and friends. During this season’s series, EMF’s faculty will be joined by notable performing artists such as pianist Marika Bournaki, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and New York Philharmonic principal violist Cynthia Phelps.

EMF concertmaster and 20-year veteran of the Festival Jeffrey Multer and EMF principal flutist Les Roettges curate the 10-concert run. Highlights of the series include performances of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (July 5), Nos. 4 and 6 (July 12), and No. 5 (July 19); the Fauré Piano Quartet in C minor with guest artist Cynthia Phelps, viola (July 18); Suite for Saxophone and Guitar by Alan Hovhaness (July 19); and the Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor featuring Awadagin Pratt, piano (July 25).
Concerts are scheduled for four Monday performances in UNCG’s Recital Hall (June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25) and five Tuesday performances at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium (June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26). In lieu of a Monday night performance on July 4, there will be a special Sunday matinee on July 3.
About Eastern Music Festival:
Eastern Music Festival stands among the country's premier summer music educational programs and most imaginative performance festivals. With a 55-year history of both artistic and educational excellence, EMF attracts artists, students and audiences from around the globe to Greensboro each summer during its five week festival. EMF’s 2016 performances begin on Monday, June 27 and continue through Saturday, July 30. Concerts are presented at Guilford College, UNCG, High Point University, Appalachian State University and in venues throughout the community such as Temple Emanuel, Greensboro’s First Presbyterian Church and in public libraries. Over 65 performances, workshops, seminars and master classes will be presented.

Beyond the Festival, EMF produces and presents Fringe series and other programming throughout the year.

For more information about Eastern Chamber Players and the 2016 EMF season,

To purchase tickets or for ticket information visit our website
or call Triad Stage at 336-272-0160."

- A Press Release

Arts Splash Concert on July 10 features The Legacy Motown Revue

"Summer is here! Which means the High Point Arts Council’s annual Arts Splash summer concert series is about to be in full motion. Help celebrate the kick off of this year’s Arts Splash on Sun., July 10, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Mendenhall Transportation Terminal in High Point with The Legacy Motown Revue. Arts Splash concerts are free to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic. 

To start on a high note for this year’s anticipated Arts Splash lineup, The Legacy Motown Revue will be performing some of the legendary music that helped shape music for many generations of listeners. The Legacy Motown Revue, which is headed by Stan Stigall, takes listeners on a journey back to the days of The Drifters, The Coasters, The Jacksons, Earth Wind & Fire, The Temptations, and many more legendary groups that had a heavy influence on the music of today. In addition to paying tribute to music that always deserves to be remembered, The Legacy Motown Revue takes their performances to the next level with their horn section and synchronizing dances and vocals. 

The Mendenhall Transportation Terminal is located right in the heart of downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Avenue. If there is a threat of rain, call 336-889-ARTS after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday to get the latest update on the event. For more information about this year’s Arts Splash concert series you may contact Clint Bowman at 336-889-2787 ext. 26 or at programs@highpointarts.org."

- A Press Release

The Shalom Project announces The Big Chill annual fundraising event Sunday July 17th, 2016, 3-6pm Grace Court Park

"Ice Cream and Music Lovers alike will enjoy Winston-Salem’s biggest National Ice Cream Day event, “The Big Chill”, featuring dozens of homemade ice cream samplings from participating community organizations and talented musicians from our city. The fun filled, family friendly festival, presented by The Shalom Project, will run from 3pm until 6pm at Grace Court Park on Fourth Street with all proceeds going to support the programs and initiatives of The Shalom Project.

The day’s events include fun for all ages. Live music will performed by Laurelyn Dossett, The Matt Kendrick Trio and Nishah DiMeo.  A kids fun area will have games and activities hosted by the Summer Non Profit Interns of Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate Institute. Local foodie celebrity judges, Michael Hastings of the W-S Journal, Ciska Weber owner of Café Gelato and Janis Karathanas of Providence Restaurant and Catering, will judge their favorite flavors.  Homemade ice cream will be sampled, presented by many community groups and religious organizations as well as the newly opened Providence Restaurant. And this year, we are happy to announce that Publix Super Markets has signed on as a corporate sponsor, not only making a generous first time donation but also bringing their delicious ice cream to share. Community leaders will be sitting on blocks of ice making calls to get donations in before they get too cold.  

“We are excited for another successful event on a beautiful summer day to raise funds and awareness for the work of The Shalom Project and are grateful to our friends who are participating in the event. We are hoping for a large turnout from the community to share the fun with” says Lynn Brown, Exec. Director of The Shalom Project. The Shalom Project continues its work of challenging the cycle of poverty in Winston-Salem through its various programs that assist with basic needs, the Circles program that trains and mentors families as they work their way out of poverty, and its Peter's Creek Community Initiative, working to revitalize Peter's Creek Parkway through lobbying for change and improvements along this busy thoroughfare and main artery of our city.

For more information call 
Marsha Strauss or Laurie Kenyon, The Shalom Project , Phone: 336-721-0606

- A Press Release

Greensboro Encourages National Night Out Participation with a Kick Off Party

"GREENSBORO, NC (June 28, 2016) – Neighborhoods throughout Greensboro have historically reserved the first Tuesday in August to celebrate National Night Out, an occasion to send a strong message to criminals letting them know that residents are organized and fighting back to reduce crime.
To get more neighborhoods involved in this celebration, Greensboro first responders are hosting a National Night Out Kick Off Party on Sat., July 16 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at Skateland South at 3801 N. Church St.
To encourage more neighborhoods to register for the 33rd Annual National Night Out and establish Community Watch Groups, Greensboro police, fire, Guilford Metro 911, Crime Stoppers, and other partners are hosting a free fun-filled Kick Off party to spotlight the city’s commitment to public safety. The event is designed to be both fun and informative. It features demonstrations and equipment displays, informational booths, games and activities for kids, music, and a free cook out. Skateland North has also offered free admission and free skates to the first 100 youth (age 18 and below) who participate in the kickoff event.
Any neighborhood can participate in NNO. Traditionally, residents showed their support for NNO by turning on their homes’ lights. Many communities, however, make the night an opportunity to get to know their neighbors and police better. Communities participating in NNO are encouraged to register their event with GPD in order for officers and other officials to stop by and meet community members.
“National Night out is a way to bring community members and police together in fun, casual settings,” said Police Chief Wayne Scott. “The safety of our city depends on teamwork among our officers and the people they serve. National Night Out helps build that sense of teamwork.”
Last year, The National Association of Town Watch presented Greensboro with an award for its participation in NNO. This is the twenty-third consecutive year the city has earned national recognition for making communities safer through police-citizen partnerships.
Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is a unique crime/drug prevention designed to:
  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local crime prevention programs
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
Effective crime prevention, however, requires more than a one-night event. Year-long Community Watch programs have been proven effective in reducing crime and improving quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the city.
“The best way to prevent crime is for people to get involved in their neighborhoods,” said Scott. “Strong neighborhoods are safer neighborhoods. Community Watch programs can be powerful organizations to improve the quality of life in a community.”
Community Watch programs enlist the active participation of citizens in partnership with the police to get something done about an immediate problem, and problem-solve on future goals. It involves:
·         Citizens using crime prevention practices to protect themselves and their property
·         Neighbors getting to know each other and working together to prevent crime
·         Citizens being trained to recognize and report suspicious activity
To learn more about National Night Out, or to start a Community Watch program in your neighborhood, call your Community Resource Officer, or the Office of Community Engagement at 373-2636.
To register for NNO, and to request an officer at your event, go to the www.gsopd.org or contact your Community Resource Officer. Don’t know your Community Resource Officer? Find your neighborhood in the “Our Communities” section of the site.

The kickoff event supports Chief Scott’s strategy expanding community outreach efforts to better connect with Greensboro’s residents and businesses."

- A Press Release

Man quickly caught after robbing First Citizens Bank

Brandon Christopher Dunn
"At approximately 10:34 a.m. on June 28, officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department responded to the First Citizens Bank located at 1920 Peace Haven Road on a reported robbery.  Moments earlier, a suspect entered the bank and demanded money from a teller while threatening the teller. 

The suspect fled the business with an undisclosed amount of currency.  No employees or patrons of the bank were injured during this incident.  Employees of the bank were able to obtain a description of the vehicle that the suspect fled in.  Minutes later, officers located the vehicle in the 2000 block of Polo Road.  The offender was arrested without incident. 

Brandon Christopher Dunn, 23, of 1130 Idlewood Court in Winston-Salem has been charged with Common Law Robbery and is currently being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.  A court date of July 14, 2016 has been set in this matter and a booking photograph of Brandon Dunn is attached to this Public Record Release. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800."

- From a Police Report