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University City

Police community relations awards: Nominations are open for the 36th annual Police Community Relations Awards, sponsored by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee.

The awards recognize officers and work teams from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for building positive, problem-solving relationships with individual residents and neighborhood groups.

During the past 35 years, Charlotte-Mecklenburg community members have nominated more than 3,000 officers. Residents in the patrol area, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools personnel, groups and individuals may make nominations. To nominate an officer or team, visit the Community Relations Web page at or call 704-336-3056 for a nomination form. Send your nomination information to The deadline is April 1. Awards will be presented May 14.

UNC Charlotte

Startup ventures to compete: The Charlotte Venture Challenge business innovation competition will take place March 31-April 2, in partnership with the Southeast Venture Conference.

The competition is open to early-stage companies from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Commercial companies compete in one of four categories: new energy and high tech; IT and informatics; health IT and biotech sciences; and general, which includes consumer products. Student teams will compete in either graduate or undergraduate student ventures. Applications must be submitted by noon March 3.

Organized by UNCC’s Charlotte Research Institute and Ventureprise, the competition connects early-stage companies with mentors, investors and corporate strategic partners. More than 600 companies have participated since the competition began with five teams in 2001. Since 2012, cash prizes totaling more than $150,000 have been awarded.

Charlotte Venture Challenge will lead a series of workshops for registered startups beginning Feb. 3, preparing participants for the March 31 finals.

Prospective challenge participants should submit applications online at Details: Devin Collins, 704-250-5753 or

Leadership learning for women in business: MetLife Foundation and UNC Charlotte today will establish a “Women in Business” leadership program in the university’s Belk College of Business.

Women continue to face more obstacles than men in securing employment and promotions for equal pay, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The goal of this program will be to better equip female undergraduate business students with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to confidently enter leadership roles.

The Belk College’s Student Center for Professional Development will manage the program, to begin this year. Highlights will include exclusive workshops, networking events and speaker opportunities, where students can learn from successful women leaders in the Charlotte region and underscore important topics for working women. A women’s student organization also will be created so that students can apply learned skills and practice leadership among their peers.

Students who participate in the program will have the opportunity to connect with mentors in business and will be encouraged to complete internships to propel their careers in business.