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NC startup funding rises 71%

Led by a huge surge in funding for life science companies, North Carolina’s entrepreneurial companies raised $426.9 million during the first half of this year – up 71 percent from a year ago and more than double the total from two years ago.

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Upcoming: Small-business networking events

Durham’s Chamber U: How to Understand and Connect with New Media: Sept. 16, 8:30-10 a.m.; Chamber offices, 300 W. Morgan St., Suite 1400, Durham; contact Mable Rogers at mrogers@durhamchamber.org; register and get more information at http://bit.ly/1VSvK69.

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Create a productive, loyal dream team

It’s no secret. Happy employees oftentimes result in productive, loyal employees. I’ve found some things matter more than others when it comes to creating a dream team. These factors can be broken into three categories: the employee, the environment and the leader.

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Upcoming small-business events

Men’s Health and Business Network’s Meeting: Sept. 8, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Sola Coffee, 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh; For more information, contact Howie Shareff at howie@youcallthisyoga.org. Register at http://bit.ly/1EFrUsF.

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Rank high with good content

We’ve all heard the saying, “you must give before you get.” This mantra is especially important when it comes to ranking well within search engines like Google or Microsoft’s Bing. Ranking well in a Google search by producing keyword-heavy content and exploiting tricks like invisible text is no longer an option.

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Joshua Logan talks about demographic changes impacting the gardening business

Joshua Logan, grandson of the man who founded Logan Trading Company, discusses how demographic changes in Raleigh have affected the family gardening business. The shop celebrates its 50th anniversary on June 20. Joshua and his sister Leslie Logan Brown will assume full management of the business when their parents retire this year. Video by Mary Katherine Wildeman, mwiderman@newsobserver.com
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Joshua Logan talks about demographic changes impacting the gardening business

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North American video takes its final bow

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