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Business Briefs — 3/22/13

Unique Transportation, Inc. earns national certification
Vale-based Unique Transportation, Inc., a company owned by Michelle Johnson that specializes in freight brokerage and logistics management, has received national certification as a women’s business enterprise by the Greater Women’s Business Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
The WBENC is the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States.
WBENC’s national standard of certification, implemented by the Greater Women’s Business Council, is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier and vendor diversity programs.

Lincolnton Bookstop to close
Sandra Dobbins, owner of Lincolnton Bookstop on East Main Street in Lincolnton, announced this week that the store will be closing by the end of May after four years in business.
Dobbins wrote in the announcement to customers that “economic circumstances beyond our control” are behind the closure.
“The world of books and reading continues to evolve, and the sale of used books is becoming a thing of the past,” Dobbins noted.
The store will stop accepting trade-ins on April 10.

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