Kellin Foundation winning a $20,000 award in the Future Fund of Greensboro competition Most of us are busy in our daily and work lives. Dr. Kelly Graves, Executive Director of the Kellin Foundation is no exception. So busy that the non-profit organization she co-founded in 2013 has grown 500% in the last five years! If you are not familiar with the Kellin Foundation, it is a Guilford County-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that strengthens resilience among children, families, adults, and communities through trauma-informed behavioral health services focused on prevention, treatment, and healing. The organization was also recognized as a National Child Traumatic Stress...

Yet another indicator that across North Carolina, the work being done by economic development organizations is paying off. For the second year in a row, North Carolina was announced as the winner of Site Selection magazine’s Prosperity Cup.  The magazine is the official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council. The Prosperity Cup recognizes state-level economic development agency success based on a 10-point index of criteria derived largely from capital investment project activity the previous calendar year. Watching North Carolina Bloom The fact that North Carolina has been selected two years running is not lost on Site Selection’s senior editor, Gary Daughters. Daughters...

The Federal Communications Commission has announced a third application filing window for its Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). The fund is a $7.17 billion program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. It was created to help schools and libraries support remote learning. The Program will provide funding to schools and libraries for the reasonable costs of laptop and tablet computers; Wi-Fi hotspots; modems; routers; and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons. During the new filing period, the FCC intends to award at least $1 billion in Emergency Connectivity Fund support. The...

David Jones - IT Manager of Granville Vance Public Health Meet David Jones - IT Manager of Granville Vance Public Health In 2020 Granville Vance Public Health had a problem. They needed an update to their telephone system. They were using an older Mitel in-house hosted phone system that just didn’t give them the features they required. Of course, upgrading with Mitel was one option. However, upgrading an old, outdated on-premise system would have cost them a significant amount of money. And even then, David Jones, Granville Vance Health IT Manager says, the system would still not offer the flexibility and ease...

The Human Race has been around for roughly some 200,000 years. In Greensboro, North Carolina, The Human Race has been around since 1994 and is back live and in-person on April 2, 2022. Of course, we’re talking about The Volunteer Center of the Triad’s annual fundraiser 5K where participants walk, run, or roll to support their favorite charity. After two years of being run virtually thanks to the pandemic - the event, now in its 28th year, moves to LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro. In the past, the race has been hosted at the Greensboro Coliseum and before that, at Grimsley...

From left to right: Nicky Smith, Eddie Balla, Matthew Hutton and Mitchell Smith As the owner of Carolina Digital Phone, I like to keep in touch with every facet of my business. Since I am busy with meetings and other business-related duties, I am not in the office every day. Like so many people nowadays, I work remotely much of the time. However, I make it a point to work from our offices in the historic Guilford Building on Elm Street a couple of times a week. In particular, I look forward to being in the office every Friday that I...

Progress Printing Plus Plant in Lynchburg, VA Business As Usual at Progress Printing Plus Tom Thornton says it’s “business as usual” at Progress Printing Plus where he is Director of Informations Services. However, for a business that is the largest privately held printer in the state of Virginia with a plant sitting on nearly seven acres in Lynchburg, their business is anything but usual. Progress Printing Plus was founded in 1962 by T.D. Thornton as Progress Printing. The plus was added in 2012 because the company now offers so much more than just printing to its 700 coast-to-coast clients. They like to...

How did Mandi Clift decide to become an architect working for J Hyatt Hammond Associates? “Funny story,” she says with a smile, “when I was in high school, I was just enjoying being a high schooler.” That was until a guidance counselor asked her what she wanted to go to college for. Her father told her she should tell the guidance counselor “architecture,” which she did. The counselor proceeded to tell her that she couldn’t just go to college from high school without first going to community college for a few years and developing a portfolio. “You can’t get into...

In our continuing Customer Spotlight series, we are focusing on The Greensboro Urban Ministry. Assistant Executive Director Mark Sumerford was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his busy day to speak with us. Feeding Those In Need In North Carolina, over 15% of the population don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Greensboro Urban Ministry offers free meals daily and gives out emergency groceries four days a week. The Potter’s House Community Kitchen provides a hot, nutritious lunch every day, including holidays. In addition to the community lunch, Potter’s house also provides...

Steve Worrell, Owner of Steven W. Worrell CPA, P.A., consults with various companies on accounting, technology, and management projects ranging from strategic planning to full system implementations.  He also maintains a strong concentration of tax compliance services for his client base. Steve is one of many Carolina Digital Phone customers with a story to tell. Outside of work, Steve is a Boy Scout Leader and a rock ‘n roller at heart. He has been playing in the same rock band since his days as an undergrad at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1979. As a freshman living in Morrison Dorm, he and dorm-mate...