The N.C. Indian Business Association, a newly-formed group of owners and operators of Indian businesses, will hold its first meeting next month at Pembroke State University, .

The group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 in Room 225 of the university's Classroom North Building.The agenda will include election of officers and development of by-laws.

The purpose of the association is provide support for Indian businesses, facilitate the exchange of experiences and ideas and to growth, according to a group press release.

Membership is open to owners and operatores of Indian businesses, individuals who share the association's goals, a others selected for specific purposes. The group will also publish newsletters, conduct seminars and workshops providing business education, provide training and information, and offer leadership and networking opportunities.

To register for the meeting, send $5 to Wanda Burns-Ramsey, N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs, 325 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, N.C. 2703, or call (919) 733-5998. The deadline to register for the conference is Nov. 26.

The formation of the organization is largely due to interest generated at the 15th annual North Carolina Indian Unity Conference held in March, the group said.

H.B. ``Ben' Hartley, senior counsel with the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, will be keynote speaker at the second annual Triad Accounting Forum Thursday at the Airport Marriott.

The forum is an annual meeting of the Piedmont and Northwest Chapters of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point Chapters of the National Association of Accountants.

Collectively these organizations represent approximately 2,500 members. Some 500 of them are expected to attend the forum, which will begin at 1 p.m. with seminars, and conclude with a 7 p.m. banquet.

Hartley's address will be, ``The 101st: Taxes in the Congress That Almost Didn't End!'

For more information on the forum, contact M. Allen Wilson of Arthur Andersen & Co. at (919) 378-1445.

Piedmont Land Co., a Kernersville retail commercial developer, has announced new tenants and tenant relocations involving several of the company's Triad properties.

TRL Inc. has opened a 2,600-square-foot office in Burlington's Piedmont Business Center on Interstate 85. Straders Pizza has opened a 1,368-square-foot restaurant at Newtown Square on in Winston-Salem. K&R Cleaners of Advance, has relocated to Newton Square. It will now operate as Newton Cleaners, and will offer a drive-through pickup service.

Carolina Telephone has relocated offices in the Century Center II in on Arbor Road in Kernersville to allow for expansion.

In Graham, Denise Covington has opened a 1,200-square-foot maternity and casual wear store on Main Street Square.

Terrance J. Smith has been named senior vice president-worldwide service quality at American Express Travel Related Services, the company announced last week.

Smith, 50, will assume responsibility for global quality planning and customer service performance. He will work with American Express markets worldwide to insure continuous improvement in service to its customers.

Smith has been with American Express 11 years, most recently as senior vice president, Platinum/Gold Card operations, Southern Region Operations Center, where he was responsible for the credit, customer service and data processing operations for all Platinum and Gold cards in the United States.

Thunderbird Technologies of the Research Triangle Park announced last week that it had successfully tested low-cost and high-speed computer circuitry.

``The real breakthrough is that we have been able to demonstrate supercomputer performance with a technology that is most frequently associated with personal computers,' said Albert W. Vinal Jr., founder of Thunderbird.

The circuitry operates at speeds in excess of 398 MHz at room temperature.

``if we do a good job developing and implementing this, we will leapfrog many of the expensive methods by maximizing a conventional low-cost technology to levels that previously were considered impossible,' said W. Andrew Grubbs, president of Thunderbird.

``In the near future, Thunderbird's circuitry could enable affordable desktop computers to have the power of today's multi-million dollar supercomputers' Vinal said.

The high-speed wavers tested at MCNC (formerly the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina) use silicon, do not require special cooling or air conditioning and can be produced by existing manufacturing facilities, the company said.

Delta Airlines said its revenue passenger miles in October declined 1.1 percent to 4.8 billion and its load factor of 55.26 percent was down from 59.99 percent.

The airline said its lower 1990 traffic figures reflect the fact that Eastern Airlines, its major competitor out of Atlanta, has resumed operations after shutting down several months because of a strike and bankruptcy filing.

Meanwhile, American Airlines said its October revenue passenger miles of 6.62 billion were up 5.3 percent. Its load factor of 61.4 percent was down from 63.5 percent.

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