Big Happenings In Raleigh!

Downtown RaleighThis is an exciting week in Raleigh! You may just not know it!

For those reading this that live in the Triangle, we know that Raleigh tops the list of multiple “Top Ten” type list. (You can see the latest news and list here.) However, you might not of some of the events this week designed to help enhance Raleigh.

On Wednesday evening, the first “Innovation Meet Up” was held. This meet-up is designed for people who want to share their ideas on innovation in Raleigh and learn more about action items and ideas generated at the Innovation Summit that was held on January 18, 2012. The Raleigh Innovation Summit was designed to create a unified vision for the City’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. The discussion topics included:

  • Creating an Innovation Center in Raleigh
  • Branding Raleigh as a City of Innovation
  • Creating Public/Private/University Partnerships
  • Attracting more funding to the region

You can continue to follow the discussions on this by going to their website or following #InnovateRAL on Twitter.

Ignite Raleigh 3Ignite Raleigh 3is being held on Thursday evening at the Lincoln Theater. Ignite events were originally conceived as technology variety shows, but they have grown into much more than that. Ignite is about ideas. Ideas can change the world. And it takes less than five minutes to spread one. Each presenter gets five minutes on stage with 20 slides that rotate automatically after 15 seconds. You can continue to follow the discussions on this by going to their website or following @IgniteRaleigh on Twitter.

Innovation and Ideas are just not the new buzz words but needs to be focused on how we grow the local marketplace and economy. These two events are just the begining of further improvement and great growth.

What are some ways you have seen Raleigh (and the Triangle) grow and what would you like to see?

–J. Nolfo helps companies understand their market and customers though a variety of market research strategies. He has over ten years of experience of market research for strategic planning purposes. He is the Director of Research at Rhino Market Research. He shares his thoughts about market research and business concepts with his blog “Pensare…Understanding Market Research in Business“. If you would like to discuss this blog or how J. can help you understand your market and customer needs, email him at

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