Volume 3 Issue 22: Apr 19, 2024


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Apr 25, 2024

Endless opportunities: GFBJ examines mentorship programs offered by institutions of higher learning throughout our seven county coverage area

For many young professionals, their future begins with a foot in the door. Mentorships, apprenticeships and working one on one to learn an industry can be enough to spark an entire career. Institutions of higher learning throughout the Greater Fayett ...

Apr 25, 2024

Engineering a workforce: FTCC provides a wide variety of career-focused programs for high-demand skills in engineering & applied technology fields

FTCC’s Engineering and Applied Technology academic programs range from expected offerings like a vast air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology program, to a recently devised curriculum in the Mechatronics Engineering program. Photo prov ...

Apr 25, 2024

Feeding passion: The story of downtown restaurant Circa 1800 and the devoted individuals leading it along the way

Brandy Puczylowski became the owner of Circa 1800 in January of 2013. She has over 30 years of experience working in the restaurant industry. Photo provided by Circa 1800Popular downtown Fayetteville eatery Circa 1800 has been serving the commun ...

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Kennon Jackson
The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

The Arts Are Big Business in Fayetteville & Cumberland County! The Arts Create and Support Jobs, Generate and Sustain Revenue, and Build Community Vibrancy.

Posted Apr 1, 2024
The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County recently participated in the Arts and Economic Prosperity (AEP) Survey 6, an economic and social impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry. According to this study, Arts a
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Apr 25, 2024

Lessons for a lifetime: Fayetteville industry and business leaders reflect on the mentors who helped them early on and left a lasting impact on who they are today

Pictured left to right: Dr. Y. Sammy Choi, Bianca Shoneman and Ralph Huff share about the mentors who helped them develop into the strong leaders they are today. Photos provided by WAMC, CSDD and Ralph HuffEveryone starts somewhere and before th ...

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Big help for small businesses: City of Fayetteville's Commercial Corridor Exterior Grant Program is working to revive and refresh small businesses

The Custom Concepts Body Works building located at 525 Cumberland St. is one example of successful utilization of the program. Funds can be used for paint jobs, window work and new signage for the businesses along with other exterior improvements. Ph

Boots to Business: The SBA’S entrepreneurial education and training program is open to active duty service members, Veterans of all eras and military spouses

 to L: Fayetteville Veterans Business Outreach Center Business Counselor Julius Cook, Small Business Center Director for Central Carolina Community College Terri Brown and VBOC Director Robin Livingston stand together following a successful B2B

Happy May, happy Mother’s Day!

The month of May is here and I can’t believe how fast the year is flying by! That being said, fathers, husbands, daughters and sons, it is important that if you’re reading this that you are aware that Mother’s Day is only two days away at the time of