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Klear Optix eyes growth in Kannapolis

April 4. Klear Optix, a med-tech startup, has leased  500 square feet of lab and office space in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building at the NC Research Campus. Launched two months ago by Concord resident Ramazan Benrashid, Klear is involved in developing “smart” contact lenses. One project for Clear is “scaling up” a material so that […]

NC Trans secretary picks Mercator Advisors to review I-77 contract

March 31. A company that was part of a team led by Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras and Zachry Construction Corp.—to develop the first phase of the Trans-Texas Corridor—has been selected to review the I-77 Express Lanes contract. NC Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said Mercator Advisors will conduct an in-depth, outside review. Mercator has not been involved in the $650 […]


Aquesta expanding outside of NC

March 30. Aquesta Bank has hired a market president for Greenville, SC where the Cornelius-based financial company will expand with an office, commercial and retail lenders and a branch. Russ Williams has joined Aquesta Bank as the new SVP Greenville Market President. He has spent almost 32 years in banking and has a record in community bank […]


‘Shark Tank’ coming to CPCC

March 20. If you’re an entrepreneur and you’d like to pitch your business on “Shark Tank,” the CPCC, Small Business Center is where you need to go. CPCC  is offering free workshops to entrepreneurs in the weeks prior to the official April 29 audition with the ABC-TV casting team. Approved pitches will be featured on a future episode […]

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Visit LKN has new video

March 20. Visit Lake Norman, the local convention and visitors bureau, debuted its first destination marketing video recently at the annual awards luncheon at the Peninsula Yacht Club. The video highlights signature attractions, events, lake activities and dining in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. The destination marketing video is part of VLN’s sales and marketing plan. The […]

Unpopular Cintra deal rolls through public opinion, financial close.

NCDOT will launch independent review of I-77 toll contract

March 16. By Dave Yochum. The NC Department of Transportation will hire an outside firm to undertake an “independent comprehensive review” of the 1,345 page contract between the state of North Carolina and Ferrovial-Cintra, the foreign conglomerate that landed the 50-year, $655-million deal to build toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville. “The plan is that […]

Catawba College, NCRC partner on new database

March 13. Catawba College Information Systems class is creating a searchable database to help the North Carolina Research Campus  and the scientists at its eight university research centers target their business development efforts to companies in need of nutrition research. The students, all from Catawba’s Ketner School of Business, will spend their spring semester on […]


Craig Smith new sales director at Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep

Craig Smith, ​g​eneral ​m​anager of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, was recently promoted to ​s​ales ​director over the dealership and its sister store Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Together, the dealerships sold 4,800 cars in 2016. ​He​ has been with ​the dealership​ since 2003​. “I’m looking forward to the new challenges presented by managing […]

NC State’s online MBA ranks in Top 20 worldwide

March 9. NC State’s Jenkins Professional Online MBA program in the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management is No. 18 among the Top 20 programs worldwide, according to the Financial Times’ 2017 ranking of global online MBA programs. NC State placed 11th among U.S.-based institutions and was the only North Carolina-based MBA program listed in the ranking. This […]


Downtown Concord continues to attract new retail business

By Joe Habina. As a new restaurant owner in downtown Concord, Jason Pressley has a taste for competing for stomachs with other establishments in the neighborhood. “In my opinion I would rather be in a cluster of really good restaurants,” said Pressley, the owner of The Grill at 11 Union. “You get people to come to […]

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