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Alcohol: Raise glass for NC business

By Erica Batten. With a growing population and a business climate that is increasingly favorable to beer, wine and distilled spirits production, North Carolina, once known worldwide as a center for tobacco production, may have found a new ​economic ​drug of choice. And like the large, leafy plant that once dominated the state’s economy, the ​alcohol​ […]


Toll lanes are likely to help interstate commerce in SC

By Dave Vieser. While much of the discussion concerning the I-77 toll lanes has been concentrated on the impact on residents and commuters, they will have a profoundly positive impact on trucking between Charleston and Greenville, SC. South Carolina is already stepping up to the plate, says Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett. “South Carolina is […]


Growth takes a highway here

By Kate Stevens. If you thought the roads seem more crowded or that new neighborhoods are sprouting up faster than ever, you’re right. Two studies released this spring have shown the Charlotte metro area is one of the most popular destinations for interstate relocations. Between 2010-16, four counties in the Charlotte metro area—Mecklenburg and Cabarrus […]

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Newsmakers Breakfast: How SC is going after our freight

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett and former Lake Norman Chamber Chairman John Hettwer will be in the hot seat(s) at Business Today Newsmakers Breakfast May 17 at The Peninsula Club. The topic during the audience-driven question and answer session is South Carolina’s growing advantage in interstate commerce. Both men are active in the anti-toll leadership, […]


Growing tech segment means work at home, sharing space

By Beth McLaughlin. Jobs in the tech industry grew 6​ percent in North Carolina in 2016, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association, CompTIA. “A 6 percent job growth means North Carolina added over 11,000 jobs last year,” said Steve Ostrowski, spokesman for CompTIA. “That’s the second highest percentage growth rate in the country for 2016, […]


Shoe retailer hires pair

Julie Barr and Kim Auman-Fanning have joined Rack Room Shoes and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, sister companies owned by Germany-based shoe retailer The Deichmann Group, as human resources director and loss prevention director, respectively. Barr succeeded Susan Winstead who retired after 24 years of service. Barr was vice president of HR at Bank of America Merchant Services. Auman-Fanning succeeded Johnny […]

Novant recognized by UN

May 11. Novant Health has been granted “special consultative status” by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It means Novant can actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as on the international stage in the areas of women’s and children’s health, poverty and food security. Programs include women’s heart health, domestic and […]

3 Kannapolis employees on top boards

Three City of Kannapolis employees have been elected to serve in leadership positions for their respective professional organizations. Gary Mills, director of Parks and Recreation, has been elected to serve as president of the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association. Tina Cline, director of Human Resources, has been elected to serve as an officer on the board of […]

Credit Suisse expansion means 1,200 new jobs

May 9. Credit Suisse will expand its Research Triangle Park campus operations, creating 1,200 new jobs in North Carolina over the next several years. Now that HB2 has been repealed, the company plans to invest $70.5 million at its current campus in RTP to accommodate this expansion. “We opposed HB2, which was at odds with these […]


Wilson spices up Small Business Week

May 5. The water’s fine in the Lake Norman small business community, but you have to be willing to get your feet wet. That was the takeaway message at the fifth annual Small Business Week Lunch and Launch, held Tuesday at The Peninsula Club. Tricia Sisson, co-owner of The Range in Cornelius, said she had […]

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