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Our friends at CaryCitizen gave us top billing in This Week in Cary Business. Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Hal Goodtree. 

Cary, NC – Business is picking up steam in Cary and the surrounding Triangle. Here are a few news items and business events of interest to both entrepreneurs and titans of industry. (more…)

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Meet Shelli Mayfield – Cary Innovation Center’s First Resident

Cary, NC – Social media has become a crucial part of any marketing plan in today’s business structure. Shelten Media understands this time-consuming task can be overwhelming for a small business owner so they are there to help. They are experts at designing, launching and maintaining your social media presence on the web. They have extensive knowledge of how to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Google+, Flickr, blogging, and all the other emerging social media channels that are used to create market awareness.

They believe that your customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Their entire team of social media specialists is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of their business is from repeat customers and referrals. They would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best social media services in the industry.

The Cary Innovation Center welcomes their first resident, with many more to come. Come visit Shelli and her team and learn more about what they can do for you. Shelten Media is a rapidly growing business gaining clients in many different industries.


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Business Mentoring for Entrepreneurs

Cary, NC – Approximately 26,000 new companies are formed each year in North Carolina. In that same year, over 23,000 companies fail due to poor management and operational mistakes. The statistics are worse in rural and minority populations. This means that good ideas go to waste along with the grant and investor funds that helped get these companies started. As a result, the potential growth of revenue and new jobs is also lost.

If we had assistance for entrepreneurs who are struggling to create successful businesses, the failures should decline considerably. Entrepreneurs should be seeking out business mentors that can help them through the early years of their business. That’s what the Cary Innovation Center offers.

The Need for Entrepreneur Assistance

North Carolina has a comprehensive array of entrepreneurship education programs throughout the community college and university systems including various other private and public organizations. The problem is that we have little help for entrepreneurs once they have completed these programs and actually try to start a business.

The issue is that all of these entrepreneurs have need of business management and leadership expertise including:

  • Business strategy and planning to make sure their business is focused on a viable market with a winning product and/or service that has a competitive edge
  • Forecasting and financing ensuring that sales plans are realistic and that cash is well managed
  • Operational discipline and judgment to increase the chances of success by making fewer mistakes
  • Industry connections that can help accelerate the business and its operations
  • Start-up company experience that can instill the wisdom of what it takes to really start and manage an emerging business

Entrepreneurs often do not know where to turn to perform even the most basic things in creating and managing a business. They need help with such issues as:

  • Putting the legal and regulatory infrastructure in place for the company along with the necessary human resources programs
  • Financing the early months of the company in order to cover start-up costs, capital equipment and operating expenses, all before the company is cash flow positive
  • How to accomplish technology transfer and apply for patents and trademarks
  • Getting the necessary skills in place to execute their marketing and sales plans
  • Establishing industry relationships that will further enable sales and operational efficiency

The Cary Innovation Center Connects the Dots for Entrepreneurs

For the majority of the companies that fail, the missing ingredient that could have ensured their success is basic business operations “know-how.” This is the void that the mentors from EntreDot fill at the Cary Innovation CenterEntreDot provides business mentoring to entrepreneurs and helps them make the right decisions as they start and operate new companies.

EntreDot is a non-profit organization designed to increase entrepreneurs’ chances of success by providing them needed business wisdom, resulting in increased revenue as well as job growth. They identify potential high-impact businesses and support them through their early stages of business development. EntreDot matches the needs of these emerging entrepreneurs with their seasoned business executives who establish long-term mentoring relationships and are available whenever needed. Their services include:

  • Advising entrepreneurs on the viability of their business ideas, helping them to get on the right track from the beginning
  • Identifying research to understand their market opportunities, creating the in-depth understanding of their customer that is needed
  • Developing an effective business model and business strategy so they know how they are going to make money
  • Identifying marketing, sales, prototyping and financing needs to make sure the company has the right infrastructure to accomplish their sales goals
  • Helping establish appropriate business infrastructure so that the company has the necessary legal and regulatory infrastructure in place
  • Advising them on business operations so that the right support is in place for sales and customer support
  • Dealing with marketing and sales issues so that the hundreds of issues that always come up are properly dealt with
  • Identifying the needs for protecting intellectual property so that the company is not exposed to losing their differentiation and barriers to entry
  • Providing management guidance for their business decisions to make sure they are both thoughtful and effective
  • Referring entrepreneurs to business resources that will help them in both operations as well as reaching out t new customers and partnerships

Contact us at the Cary Innovation Center to learn more about how you can become one of our members and take advantage of our mentoring program.

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Cary Innovation Center Signs Lease

Photo by Hal Goodtree

The Cary Innovation Center is getting closer to the day we are open for business. We signed our lease with Ogle Enterprises. Lots of improvements have been made to the offices (painting, more furniture, carpet coming). We are getting the internet service and telephone system set up as you read this blog.

We have had a great deal of interest from entrepreneurs who would like to become a resident of the facility and take advantage of our business mentoring services as well as the many events, seminars and programs we have planned.

We are at the Center quite often, getting ready for our opening. Come on over to meet the team. We want to meet you all, especially entrepreneurs and people would like to be our sponsors.

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Small Businesses Make Downtown Cary Buzz

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Hal Goodtree. Republished with permission from

Cary, NC – This past year, we have reported on Downtown development with an eye to what the Town of Cary has purchased and developed.

In this article, we take a look at the independent businesses now open in the core area of downtown – chiefly Academy and Chatham Streets. (more…)

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Sports: Cary Invasion Sets 2012 Season

Sports: Cary Invasion Sets 2012 Season

Story and photo by Hal Goodtree. Republished with permission from

Cary, NC – The Cary Invasion, Cary’s pro basketball team, has set the schedule for its second season. The first home game is April 1, 2012.

The Invasion: Reloaded

The Cary Invasion, the brainchild of local entrepreneur and sports developer Mark Janas, played its inaugural season in 2011 and won the CBL (Continental Basketball League) championship.

Now, the Invasion is in a new league (Tobacco Road Basketball League) and much else remains up in the air. How many players wil return from last year’s championship team? Coach MarQus Johnson has been spotted tagging along with Janas, so it’s likely he will be returning as coach.

Home games in 2011 were played on Coach Kay Yow Court at Herb Young Community Center downtown. Individual games each brought a couple of hundred visitors to downtown Cary. Games were exciting with players from Div 1 college programs, experience in the European leagues and the NBA-DL system.

2012 Cary Invasion Schedule

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Date Visitor Home Time
3/30/12 Cary Team Macleem (Fayetteville) 7:00 PM
4/1/12 Carolina Cary 7:00 PM
4/7/12 Cary Wilmington 7:00 PM
4/13/12 Cary Fayetteville 7:00 PM
4/14/12 Big Texas Cary 7:00 PM
4/21/12 PrimeTime Cary 7:00 PM
4/22/12 Wilmington Cary 7:00 PM
5/11/12 Fayetteville Cary 7:00 PM
5/12/12 Cary Carolina 7:00 PM
5/19/12 Carolina Cary 7:00 PM
5/26/12 Cary Fayetteville 7:00 PM
6/1/12 Queen City Cary 7:00 PM
6/2/12 Cary PrimeTime 5:00 PM

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Restaurants: Bosphorus


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Cary, NC – The Downtown restaurant scene in Cary is always changing. The new “in” place to eat lunch: Bosphorus. The food is fantastic, the service and experience are classy and comfortable and the price is right.

Lunch at Bosphorus

I’ve been wanting to get together with my friend and District D Town Council Representative Gale Adcock for some time.

“Let’s eat downtown,” she said. “Ever eat at Bosphorus?”

I hadn’t.

Bosphorus is tucked into the Northside Station shopping area on Harrison Avenue right near the railroad tracks.

Go Turkish

The restaurant serves Turkish and Mediterranean food. Many of the dishes are reminiscent of Greek food, but have a Turkish twist and a different name.

I had the Gyro Platter (pictured above). The salad was very fresh, the meat tasty and the bulgar pilaf a treat.

A Nice Room

A big part of the dining experience is the room. Bosphorus is small – I’d call it cozy. Gale and I sat in a booth that afforded privacy but still had a sense of being in a place with other people.

The tablecloths are white and the food is served on china with cloth napkins and cutlery.

Quality Service

It’s a family affair at Bosphorus. Gale told me the dad is in the kitchen and the son serves the customers.

The son did a fine job – attentive when we needed him, low key, friendly. No rush, no fuss.

Nice Touches

Bosphorus served up a couple of nice touches for lunch. The meal starts with a basket of crispy home baked Turkish bread. Gale described it like a pizza crust.

After the meal, our waiter brought us a glass of tea. It was just the right exotic touch to make the meal special.

Good Value

Gale would not let me buy her lunch. Some nonsense about being an elected official.

The tab came to $8 a piece.

Open for Lunch and Dinner

Bosphorus is open for lunch and dinner and offers take-out.

The menu has about 20 warm and cold appetizers. Foodies will enjoy the variety of authentic Turkish cuisine including:

  • Cigar Bourek (Sigara Boregi) Feta cheese mixed with parsley, chopped onions rolled in Special filo Dough and fried. Served with marinara sauce.
  • Falafel Vegetable patties made of Chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, onions, spices and cooked in vegetable oil. Served with tahini sauce and tomatoes.
  • Fried Eggplant & Green Pepper (Patlican Kizartmasi) Fried Eggplant and green pepper, served with marinara sauce and yogurt with garlic.
  • Sauteed Liver (Ciğer Sote) Chunks of Beef liver’s sautéed with onions, garlic, salt, herbs and crushed pepper.
  • Sea food Guvec (Deniz Ürünleri Güvec) Shrimp, Calamari, daily fresh fish, sautéed with mushrooms, tomatoes, green or red peppers, garlic, special spices, topped with mozzarella cheese and baked in oven.

There’s also salads, kabobs, Beyti and about a dozen Turkish pizzas.

The food is fresh and nutritious with lots of interesting uses of vegetables. The menu is fairly extensive – something interesting and tasty for every taste, I’d say.

A Bit of Geography & History

The Bosphorus is the connecting waterway between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea in the western part of Turkey. The Sea of Marmara connects to the Mediterranean through the Dardanelles Strait.

The waterway comprising the Dandanelles, Marmara and the Bosphorus are considered the diving line between Europe and Asia.

Since forever, the Bosphorus has been the crossroads of the world. Ancient civilizations grew up along this primary route for trade, war and ideas.  3,000 years ago, Jason and the Argonauts sailed the Bosphorus in pursuit of the Golden Fleece. The Trojan War took place on the banks of the Dardanelles.

Istanbul is on the southwest bank of the Bosphorus. Before it was called Istanbul, the city was known as Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman empire. And long before that, it was called Byzantium and was the capital of the eastern Roman Empire.

That history is important, because all those people needed to eat. They brought with them cosmopolitan tastes and the best dishes in the world.

You can enjoy that historical food legacy today, in downtown Cary NC, at Bosphorus.

More Info

You can see the menus and more on the Bosphorus website.

329-A North Harrison Ave
Cary, NC 27513

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Sundays open for dinner. Closed Monday.

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