Some news items of interest to the Charlotte small-business community:
3-D printing at The UPS Store: The UPS Store at 401 Hawthorne Lane in Charlotte is the franchise’s first store in North Carolina to offer 3-D printing to customers.
Capable of producing items such as engineering parts, architectural models, camera fixtures and more, the retailer hopes the service appeals to inventors and startups looking to create prototypes, artistic renderings and promotional materials.
A how-to video, which can be found at bit.ly/1nPQCYk, explains the process this way: Starting with a digital file of the image, the printer melts plastic and soluble supports, placing it in the correct locations. After it lays down the first layer, the printer moves 1/100th of an inch, laying down the second layer on top of the first. This process repeats itself hundreds of times until the three-dimensional product is complete.
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It’s a process that can take anywhere from four to 24 hours, depending on the complexity of the design, according to UPS.
Cost can range from $30 for a small, simple object to several hundred dollars for a more complex object.
The Charlotte store owner is Andrew Oreste. Reach the store at 704-370-6030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In local franchise news: The Philly Pretzel Factory, located at 591 River Highway in Mooresville, recently reopened under the new ownership of Valerie Brang and her family. This is the first store in North Carolina for the bakery, which specializes in soft, hand-twisted pretzels. The Philadelphia-based franchise has plans to expand in the state, according to the company.
Chicken Salad Chick, an Alabama-based, fast-casual restaurant franchise that debuted in south Charlotte in Carmel Commons Shopping Center on Aug. 5, announced plans to open a second location in uptown Charlotte.
It will be at the Bank of America Plaza at 101 S. Tryon St. The chain anticipates an October opening. Owners of both locations are Julie Beville and Michelle Singleton of SingBev Hospitality LLC. They also run three Chicken Salad Chick restaurants in Greenville, Lexington and Columbia.
What kind of owner are you? Statistically speaking, small-business owners can be divided into four categories, according to a 2014 Small Business Market Survey by Infusionsoft, a small-business sales and marketing software company.
“Legacy builders” rely on family and friends to help run their companies. The others:
• “Freedom seekers” who work from home.
• “Passionate creators” who said they always knew they would run their own company.
• “Struggling survivors” who are solopreneurs.(Raleigh) News & Observer