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        With hospitals and other health care providers being forced to delay elective or routine medical procedures because of the pandemic, the health care industry has experienced a major blow in both jobs and revenue over the last couple of months, especially the dental industry. Health care employment in the U.S. declined by 1.4 million, leading […]


        John Loyack is vice president of global business services for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the nonprofit organization that performs a variety of critical economic-development functions on the state’s behalf. John leads the EDPNC teams responsible for helping North Carolina manufacturers sell more exports, supporting the growth of existing businesses across the state, […]


        Raleigh hotel owner Darryl Parrish says N.C. Gov. Cooper needs to improve the state's reopening strategy


        A rezoning petition filed with the Charlotte City Council details the latest plans for the headquarters of David Tepper's new Major League Soccer franchise. 


        This week, Dr. Jennifer Troyer, who has served at UNC Charlotte in various interdisciplinary roles for two decades, was appointed dean of UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business. Later this summer, Troyer, a professor of economics whose expertise is health care, will become the seventh dean in the college’s nearly 50-year history and the first […]


        Nearly two weeks after Gov. Roy Cooper detailed his three-phase plan for reopening the state, he announced yesterday that he plans to modify North Carolina’s stay-at-home and transition into Phase 1 starting Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m.  So what does that mean, exactly? -The order allows retail businesses to open under certain restrictions: They […]


        Ally Financial is among the 29% of businesses transitioning their summer internships online due to the coronavirus pandemic.


        After several weeks under a stay-at-home order, Gov. Roy Cooper announced plans this week to transition into Phase 1 of his three-phase reopening plan for North Carolina starting Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m. The new order allows retail stores and other businesses to open under certain restrictions. With N.C. schools closed for in-person instruction […]


        This interview is brought to you in partnership with UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center — also known as EPIC.  EPIC prides itself on preparing students and the future workforce for any situation that could impact the energy sector and electric grid. Formed through private and public funding in response to the need to […]


        Katherine is the director of research for the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association where she leads the research efforts of one of the largest commodity groups in the state. Katherine grew up on a small family farm in eastern N.C. where a love and appreciation for agriculture were instilled in her from an early age. […]


        North Carolina appears to have lagged in PPP participation as small businesses rush to claim emergency funds during the coronavirus pandemic.


        Four state lawmakers from across North Carolina gave a sobering report on how the coronavirus pandemic has slammed their local economies during a videoconference this week sponsored by the NC Chamber business promotion group. N.C. Rep. Pat McElraft of Carteret County warned of widespread, forced sales of beach property because of a lack of renters […]


        Ed Weisger Jr., president and CEO of CTE (Carolina Tractor and Equipment) in Charlotte, sent this letter to Gov. Roy Cooper this week. It follows similar pleas by N.C. business leaders to the governor, asking him to take more aggressive actions in reopening the state’s economy. CTE employs 1,500 and is among the state’s biggest […]


        Thomas Dempsey has founded and led several North Carolina-based companies in the outdoor industry, including SylvanSport, a Brevard-based company that manufactures popular compact RVs. As a creative industrial designer, his past work includes products in the medical and outdoor-recreation fields that have been featured by hundreds of media outlets. He lives in Transylvania County. We […]


        It's only a matter of time before North Carolina's rural counties face the brunt of the coronavirus impact, says Patrick Woodie, president of the N.C. Rural Center


        Bob Luddy has been among North Carolina’s most outspoken conservatives for decades, having helped finance various political campaigns and organizations. He’s also among the state’s most successful entrepreneurs, having built Raleigh-based CaptiveAire Systems into a 1,450-employee company with seven manufacturing plants while also helping start charter schools that enroll 5,000 students at about a dozen […]



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        Photo courtesy of Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. The above photo of company executives was taken before social distancing efforts started. Cabinet manufacturer GoldenHome International plans a North American headquarters in Concord, investing $86 million and adding 257 jobs over the next five years. The company, which is the U.S. subsidiary of China-based Xiamen GoldenHome, is looking […]


        Health care workers serving coronavirus patients aren’t necessarily covered by the state’s workers compensation laws. That needs to be changed immediately, contends Matt Harbin, a shareholder  at The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin and a member of the American Association for Justice and the Workplace Injury Litigation Group. He is also past-Chair of  the […]


        Bank of America is facing a class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of small businesses saying they were illegally rejected access to emergency federal funds during the coronavirus pandemic.


        There are a lot of unknowns in the business world when it comes to COVID-19’s impact on various industries. Real estate is no exception. Maren Brisson-Kuester, president of nonprofit trade association NC REALTORS,  discussed how the pandemic is affecting North Carolina’s real estate industry in a brief interview. The trade group has 48,000 members representing […]


        The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced today that it has established an Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program to help essential workers pay for child care during the COVID-19 pandemic through May. The deadline could be extended further. “Our health care professionals caring for those who are sick, grocery workers who are […]


        In a time of social distancing and remote working during the coronavirus pandemic, video-conferencing software such as Zoom and Google Hangouts have become household names. Raleigh-based Bandwidth, which helps develop the communications software behind video-conferencing applications for Google, Microsoft, Cisco and Zoom, is reaping the benefits of the industry’s recent explosion with plans for major […]


        Rep. Richard Hudson of Concord shared his views of the Paycheck Protection Program in an interview. The program provides up to $350 million in forgivable loans to businesses with fewer than 500 employees and is aimed at boosting the economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. Hudson, 48, is a graduate of Myers Park High School […]


        Secretary of Revenue Ronald G. Perry announced Tuesday that the North Carolina Department of Revenue will not impose penalties for late filing or payments of several tax types, including sales and use and withholding taxes, through July 15. It will also waive penalties for failure to obtain a license, failure to file a return, or failure […]


        UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois says the university may open some dorms to COVID-19 patients and has pledged full support to county and state response efforts.


        Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order prohibiting utilities, including electric, gas, water and wastewater services, from disconnecting people who are unable to pay their bills due to the coronavirus pandemic over the next 60 days.


        Charlotte's Robinson Bradshaw law firm has added two more antitrust experts to its ranks with the additions of North Carolina Solicitor General Matthew Sawchak and Stephen Feldman, a prominent litigator in the state.


        North Carolina’s hospitality industry is reeling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as Governor Roy Cooper issued stay-at-home orders and restricted restaurants to take-out only options. Lynn Minges, president and CEO of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, says the changes have caused a dramatic change for the hospitality industry and many small […]


        Salisbury-based grocery chain Food Lion hired an additional 5,000 employees over the last week in response to increased demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.


        N.C. Chamber CEO Gary Salamido elaborates on why shelter-in-place should be a last-ditch effort for North Carolina's coronavirus response.


        The UNC System is drafting two new budget proposals to help universities affected by the coronavirus, but may impact $315M in capital projects.


        Cone Health CEO Terry Akin is incensed that North Carolina hasn’t moved quickly enough to prepare for an influx of people suffering from the COVID-19 virus into the state’s hospitals. State officials reported 29 hospitalizations as of midday Wednesday, while the state has several thousand acute-care beds. That is no excuse for not imposing much […]


        Rocky Mount-based nonprofit Golden LEAF Foundation is launching a $15 million NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program to assist businesses suffering from economic losses due to the spread of coronavirus.


        Matt Harakal, manager of Food Lion’s external communications, gave some insight into how the grocer is adapting to the pandemic in a Q&A. 


        N.C. District of the U.S. Small Business Administration Director Thomas Stith III provided us with some insight on the recent announcement regarding the SBA’s approval of North Carolina’s request for disaster relief loans due to the COVID-19 threat to small businesses in the state as well as more info related to helping small businesses during […]


        Last Saturday morning, a little bit later than I do most weekends, my dog Mulligan and I drove to our local garden center to pick up compost and organic soil in order to finish up my spring planting. By 9 a.m. on a normal Saturday morning in early springtime, the garden center would be bustling […]


        In case you live in a cave and didn’t know, Patterson is a bestselling author who has created many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School and I Funny. Among his notable literary collaborations are The President Is Missing with President Bill Clinton, and […]


        Commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield has released renderings for a new 23-story office tower in Charlotte's South End neighborhood.


        Charlotte Douglas International and Raleigh-Durham International are proactively coordinating with federal officials, but the state's busiest airports are at the discretion of the CDC when it comes to implementing any new procedures.


        This content is brought to you in partnership with DMJ & Co., PLLC. From tax preparation and reporting to consulting and compliance, DMJ & Co., PLLC CPAs and accountants offer a personalized experience for every client at all times, not just during tax time. For more than 70 years, the North Carolina accounting firm provides […]


        This content is brought to you by Gallagher, a global insurance broker, risk management and consulting firm helping business, communities and people face their futures with confidence for more than 90 years.   In the push to drive their companies forward, many leaders are channeling more resources and energy into workplace culture — and for good reason. Culture is […]


        Warren Buffett is offloading his six North Carolina-based news outlets as part of Berkshire Hathaway Media Group's $140 million sale to Lee Enterprises Inc.


        This content is brought to you in partnership with WGU North Carolina, an accredited online university offering affordable and personalized online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Shauntae Jordan has worn a variety of hats over the course of her career, with a focus on personal development and empowerment. As a program mentor for Western Governors University’s […]


        This content is brought to you by Gallagher, a global insurance broker, risk management and consulting firm helping business, communities and people face their futures with confidence for more than 90 years. Assembling affordable executive compensation and benefits — that achieve leadership recruitment, retention and motivation objectives — has always required rigorous effort. While that process has recently grown […]