Biz Roundup: City center restaurant reinvents itself and adds Creole dishes – Salisbury Post

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SALISBURY — What was once known as Umami Downtown has a new name and new menu, under the direction of owner Jasmine Mohamed, who strives to bring authentic Creole and Asian dishes to the city.

The restaurant opened in October last year, but due to a lack of staff, something had to be done to keep the business afloat. Mohamed began cooking Creole dishes which she prepared for her family for years in the kitchen of the North Main Street building, and from there the newly acclaimed Jasmin Creole cuisine was born.

Among the items added to the menu is okra.

According to Mohamed, there is more to come and she is looking to grow every day.

The restaurant still offers some of the family business staples on the menu, including specialty coffee, assorted boba tea, banh mi sandwiches, rolled ice cream, and poke bowls. Customers now have the opportunity to try chicken wings, sweet potato dishes and rich desserts.

“The community is responding well,” Mohamed added. “They like us to change it up a bit.”

Vendors are invited to participate in Salisbury’s College Night Out

SALISBURY — Potential sellers are invited to join Downtown Salisbury, Inc. for its annual college night, scheduled for August 18 from 5-9 p.m. at Bell Tower Green Park.

During College Night Out, Salisbury town center welcomes and invites students from local colleges Livingstone College, Hood Theological Seminary, Catawba College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and new teachers in the Rowan-Salisbury School System for games, activities, food, networking and more.

This year, College Night Out is accepting vendors to join in the fun. Not only is this a great way to introduce students and new educators to businesses, shopping, dining, and entertainment, but it’s also an opportunity to give them access to the many resources available from the center’s partners. -city, such as banking options, health, culture, arts, employment and volunteering. Participants are encouraged to provide any information regarding employment or internship opportunities.

Businesses interested in setting up College Night Out can visit www.downtownsalisburync.com under the events tab to complete the College Night Out vendor request form. Places are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications must be sent before July 22. Salisbury Town Center staff will confirm supplier acceptance by email given on the application form by 26 July.

North Carolina Named Best State for Business

CNBC has appointed North Carolina as the top US state for business.

Governor Roy Cooper joined CNBC’s Scott Cohn at the Oceanic at the Crystal Pier in Wrightsville Beach for a live broadcast where the winner was revealed.

“North Carolina is the best place in America to do business and the main reason is our people,” Governor Cooper said. “It is a great honor, and we will continue to work with our state legislature, businesses, education officials and employees to build the talented workforce and resilient infrastructure needed to support the well-paying jobs of the next generation.”

The CNBC study examines 88 metrics in ten competitiveness categories. North Carolina performed well in the Economy, Access to Capital, and Technology and Innovation categories. North Carolina has made the top five three times since 2017.

“To say North Carolina had a banner year in 2021 would be an understatement,” said Gene McLaurin, chairman of the North Carolina Economic Development Partnership board. “Our economic development successes would not have been possible without the collaboration between Governor Cooper, the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, EDPNC and other partnerships public and private. Through this collaboration, we have been able to create an award-winning business climate that the world’s top companies want to experience and use for their own successes, as well as North Carolina successes.

Since Governor Cooper took office in 2017, North Carolina has announced more than 95,000 jobs, including at companies like Apple, Vinfast, Toyota and Centene Corp. This historic recruiting success in rural and urban North Carolina continues to add value to manufacturing, and clean energy industries are already thriving here.

“North Carolina is proud of its economic success which continues to be recognized nationally as CNBC’s Best State for Business,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “Last year, we announced more than 24,000 new jobs and investments exceeding $10.1 billion from forward-looking companies in areas such as biotechnology, computers and electric vehicles. Our success is based on many factors, including our central East Coast location, top-notch quality of life and low operating costs, but our greatest asset is our diverse and highly skilled workforce, supported by our world-class education system. We will continue to focus on creative partnerships for talent development as we evolve to meet the demands of existing, new and future employers like Apple, Toyota and FUJIFILM who call Carolina home. North.

Governor Cooper focused on developing and training a strong workforce. In May 2021, the Governor launched the Longleaf Commitment Community College Grant Program which ensures that recent high school graduates from low- and middle-income families will receive at least $2,800 in federal and state grants to cover tuition and most fees at one of the state’s 58 community colleges . In July 2018, the Governor announced the Finish Line Grant Program to help community college students facing unforeseen financial emergencies complete their education.

In October 2021, Governor Cooper launched the North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grants, an $805 million investment in the state’s early learning and care programs. These funds have helped child care centers recruit and retain children and help parents return to work.

Governor Cooper has focused on supporting businesses during the pandemic, developing partnerships to ensure workers and consumers can visit businesses safely. It has also invested resources to help businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, providing direct cash support to the hospitality industry through the Business Recovery Grant Programand keep women and minority-owned businesses afloat ReTool NC program.

Investments like these have helped North Carolina be among the lowest COVID-related deaths, as well as the lowest job losses per capita during the pandemic. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, North Carolina’s economy fully returned to the level of employment and GDP it enjoyed before the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-2021, well ahead of the nation, and North Carolina’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level in 22 years.

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