BIZBRIEFS The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce hired Timothy Downs as its vice president of economic development in late January. Timothy previously served as executive director on the Craven 100 Alliance, Craven County first publicprivate economic development partnership, and as a city attorney in Dayton, Ohio. The Durham and New York-based advertising agency McKinney promoted Gretchen Walsh to the newly created role of managing director of its Durham office. Gretchen has been with the firm since 2004 and has worked with highprofile clients such as eBay, HP, MTV and Nasdaq. Stirling Ultracold, a leading biotech manufacturer of ultra-low temperature freezers, hired Tommy McNeill as its regional sales director for the Southeast in February. Tommy graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Business and has worked for companies such as MediPurpose, TIDI Products and Pfizer.
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Organic energy drink MATI introduced three new, zero-calorie flavors – raspberry mint, lemon ginger and grapefruit – in late January.
Tevano Green and Paul Mojica launched UnBound, a startup that seeks to create coworking areas in existing businesses, like breweries, that have unutilized space. Durty Bull Brewing Company is among the area businesses taking part. Salon Del Sol opened a location at the Shops at Erwin Mill in January. In March, Zaloni, a data management software, moved its corporate headquarters to The Frontier in Research Triangle Park. Zaloni also hired three new executives: Brent Fox as vice president of customer success, Stacey Robinson as vice president of engineering and Sean Ward as chief revenue officer.
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public and private tours of craft breweries and distilleries, closed at the end of January.
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In a recent study published in the PLOS One Scientific Journal, researchers for Duke Health say that targeted blood tests could show if a patient has narrowed or blocked arteries, key risk factors for heart disease. Rapid Results Fitness, owned by Betsy Collie, pictured right, celebrated its 11th anniversary this year. Duke University researchers have discovered an antilaser that efficiently absorbs electromagnetic waves. The research first appeared online in the Advanced Optical Materials journal.
Tap the Triangle, a Durhambased company that provided
Matt Gladdek, Durham Downtown Inc.’s director of policy and planning and its director of government affairs, left the group in January. He is now the executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership’s board of directors. Myra Wooten formerly the director of marketing and communications at the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, left the organization in February to join Fidelity Investments.
Downtown Durham Inc. released a study on business diversity in Downtown Durham, reporting that less than 4% of all downtown businesses were minority-owned and that the 2008 recession disproportionately hurt minority-owned businesses. The organization also laid out its recommendations to bridge the gap between white- and