The December 2022 Business North Carolina highlights four enterprises selected as Small Businesses of the Year in an annual competition that drew more than 75 entrants. Independent judges and staff selected Core Technology Molding of Greensboro, Firsthand Foods of Durham, Speckled Paw Coffee of Mount Gilead and Seaview Crab of Wilmington as symbolic of the grit, drive and creativity required to develop effective small businesses. The edition also features a report on the state’s top doctors as selected by their peers. Specialists in 62 categories are cited as a service to readers looking for the best medical care. Most of those doctors work for large institutions, but Ed Martin’s story features a veteran Charlotte primary-care physician who has chosen to remain independent. Sticking with the health care theme, the Pillars feature spotlights Bob Greczyn, a medical insurance industry leader for decades. Another feature story describes Debbie Rice’s strategy as a third-generation auto dealer in Greensboro. Other stories explain the frenzied efforts by lawyers to attract plaintiffs harmed by Camp LeJeune’s contaminated water; how an extended-stay hotel pioneer is building a new brand and the success of alcohol in the November elections.