5 questions for John Loyack

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, […]

5 questions for Jennifer Troyer

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 […]

N.C. kicks off three-phase reopening plan Friday

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 […]

Five questions for SylvanSport CEO Tom Dempsey

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 […]

Bob Luddy wants a return to normalcy, ASAP

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 […]

Chinese cabinetmaker crafts big Concord expansion

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 […]

N.C. legislators should protect health care workers

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 […]

NC REALTORS president shares thoughts on COVID-19 impact

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 […]

NCDHHS to help pay for child care for essential workers, give bonuses to child care programs

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 […]

Communications software company Bandwidth to add 1,165 workers in Raleigh

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 […]

State trade group works to rescue hospitality industry

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 […]

5 questions for Thomas A. Stith III

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 […]

5 questions for James Patterson

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 […]

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Sponsored: Q&A with WGU Program Mentor Shauntae Jordan

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 […]

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