Small business – winner: Ship shape

Raleigh native Zach Clayton has built a $10 million digital-marketing business. Three Ships has grown into three divisions with dozens of employees.



Best doctors
Peers recommend North Carolina's best doctors in 31 specialties from A (allergies) to V (Vascular surgery).

Picture this: Glitter galore

Nobody does Christmas like Charlotte’s Zimmerman family, who’ve logged 49 Yule fests known as the Southern Christmas Show.

Centurions: Front page

Beast of Bladenboro to Hurricane Matthew, Bladen County’s newspaper tells stories of its corner of eastern North Carolina.

Small business – runner up: Alpha, then Omega

A Pilot Mountain general contractor, Omega Construction Inc., benefits from the collapse of a larger peer.

Small business – runner up: Mother superior

A homegrown beer business, Mother Earth Brewing, buoys Kinston’s burgeoning foodie reputation.

Small business – runner up: Dollars in collars

2016 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR RUNNER-UP:  2 HOUNDS DESIGN INC. Manufacturing Headquarters: Monroe President: Alisha Navarro Employees: 36 Founded: 2003 Projected 2016 revenue: $3 million [...]

China’s N.C. love affair

Huge investments in computers, pork and, possibly, ag chemicals have made China an integral player in the state’s economy. Can Sino-American relations withstand growing signs of strain?

Western: Koch is It

Billionaires Charles and David Koch are pledging $1.8 million to Western Carolina University and $3.7 million to Wake Forest University to study economics and happiness

Charlotte: Concord jets

Concord Regional Airport is accelerating its plan to offer an alternative for flight space, opening a $6.5 million, 25,000-square-foot terminal in October.

Triad: New Salem

Winston-Salem will improve a stretch of Business 40, now rebranded as Salem Parkway.

Triangle: Wegmans wades in

Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans Food Markets will open its first North Carolina store in Cary, with three additional Triangle locations planned.

Eastern: Chipper shippers

The N.C. State Ports Authority’s ability to recover quickly from the loss of a key client is sparking joy at the state-chartered agency.

NC trend: Read all about it

After the state’s largest independent newspaper sold to GateHouse Media, only three locally operated daily papers remain.

NC trend: Powder power

As ski season lifts off, Beech Mountain Resort is led by a third generation of Costins.

Travel and tourism round table: Mostly sunny

North Carolina’s tourism industry is growing despite having to weather recent storms.

Grateful giving: Making Scrooge smile

Share Your Christmas, a Durham program, creates holiday happiness for hundreds of needy children.

Money talk: Capital gains

Strategies learned at BofA helped Gene Taylor turn Capital Bank Financial into N.C.’s biggest community bank.

Free + clear: Beyond the core

Suburbs and small towns, with two-thirds of state voters, retain big political clout.

Up front: Wrong again

To hear Donald Trump and the Rev. William Barber tell it, a whole lot of rigging is going on. The Kinstons of our nation might agree.

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