Morning briefing: Tuesday, March 11, 2014


People who want to become smarter should know about Wake Forest Innovation Quarter’s “Lunch & Learn” program. Basically, you register, show up, grab a bag lunch and sit for an hour listening to someone with a passion to share specific knowledge that has wide-reaching applications.

Today’s tutorial more or less captures the idea of the Innovation Quarter and the “knowledge-based economy” that Mayor Allen Joines loves to talk about. John Ujavari, a program specialist with the North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center, speaks on the theme of “Funding Commercialization — Focused Research & Technology Development.” He says that the federal government spends more than $2 billion in research grants, which reach small businesses through partnerships with universities and other for-profit and nonprofit entities, adding that “the programs represent perhaps the largest single source of early stage, non-dilutive funding for small business in the US.”

The program takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Wake Forest Biotech Place auditorium.

At 11 a.m., the Winston-Salem Chapter 63 of International Ikebana provides a demonstration of Japanese floral arranging at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro. Curator of Collections Elaine Gustafson gives a tour of Bugs, Beasts and Blossoms: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Lenoir Wright Collection.

Admission’s free for the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament practice day at the Greensboro Coliseum.