Here and there: North Carolina’s approach to virtual medical care    

During COVID-19, limited building occupancies, social-distancing regulations and heightened sanitation standards are making virtual doctor appointments increasingly common. No crowded waiting rooms, no swapping oxygen with strangers; just laptop-to-laptop from the kitchen counter. The rise in virtual medical care has forced health care systems, patients, and billing and insurance companies to evolve — and quickly. […]

Shuckin’ sustainability

North Carolina’s 322 miles of ocean shoreline accounts for a massive slice of the seafood industry pie, with fishermen reeling in an estimated 45.8 million to 53 million pounds valued at $77.9 million to $86.6 million from 2016 to 2019, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. A recent study from the N.C. Sea […]

Reader feedback on workforce challenges and opportunities in N.C.

Recently, BNC asked readers to provide feedback on relevant topics that address the hurdles N.C. employers and economic developers experience when it comes to navigating and benefiting from the state’s workforce-development system. What does the N.C. business community need to do in terms of improving the workforce in North Carolina? What are the challenges? Here’s some […]

Highs and Lowe’s in Iredell County   

Lowe’s is taking home improvement seriously in Iredell County, where it has been based for 18 years. Call it hometown improvement — a building/ supply streak. “Having Lowe’s headquartered in Mooresville has brought incredible opportunity and growth in all areas of our town,” says Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins. “An interstate exit near Lowe’s corporate campus […]

Big hopes for small businesses

Pisgah Forest, an unincorporated town in Transylvania County 2,100 feet above sea level, is known for waterfalls, mountain wilderness and terrific hiking trails. It sits at the northeast corner of Brevard, a 30-minute drive from Asheville. For 53 years, the Hawkins family has run the nearby Pisgah Fish Camp, a popular restaurant on Deavor Road. […]

She said, she said: An interview with the women of EDPNC

March is Women’s History Month.  Many top economic development jobs in N.C. are held by women. The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the public-private group that powers business recruitment and growth, employs several dozen women. With help from EDPNC communications director Mary Wilson, we’ve compiled words of wisdom from some about their work and […]

Strengthening rural counties

North Carolina is blessed with thriving metropolitan centers, billion-dollar medical and technology hubs and gorgeous scenery from mountaintops to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also a state in which 80 of its 100 counties are classified as rural, with a combined population of 2.2 million. The economic health of many rural counties is a concern given […]

Atrium’s top 11 execs had total comp of $26M in ’20

Atrium Health disclosed its executive compensation yesterday with a release to the media noting that “because of our strong leadership, Atrium Health has stood strong and showed extraordinary agility in navigating the unknown and unprecedented.” The not-for-profit authority, which mainly competes with Novant Health in its key Charlotte and Winston-Salem markets, said it provided a […]

Pinnacle Financial CEO’s tale of success

Quick quiz: Which $34 billion asset bank with more than 700 employees in North Carolina is ranked the 14th best place to work in the U.S. by Fortune and has stock that has returned nearly 430% over the last decade? Quick answer: Pinnacle Financial Partners, a Nashville, Tenn.-based company that bought BNC Bancorp in 2017. […]

The axeman cometh: 5 questions for Walt Gray

Walt Gray is the business development manager for Waccamaw Lake-based Council Tool, a manufacturer of hatchets, axes and hand tools. The company recently received some international recognition by providing the hatchet of choice for World Axe Throwing League Champion Ryan Smit this year as well as 2019. Ryan is a big fan. Here’s what he […]

David Ravin’s path to apartment-industry leadership

David Ravin, one of North Carolina’s most active apartment developers, gave a fun talk about his career during a virtual seminar this week sponsored by UNC Charlotte’s business and architecture schools. He showed some deprecating humor, noting that it took him five years to earn a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Charlotte university. One […]

Urban, rural divide exacerbated by internet access

Some rural areas in North Carolina have been getting faster internet service, but improvements haven’t happened fast enough for some folks. If you want to get a county commissioner going, ask about the internet, and you may learn in detail where it is slow, and how it is holding back economic development. I believe that […]

Op/ed: Let’s step it up for health care workers

Raleigh communications company owner Chuck Fuller wants the N.C. business community to pick up its efforts to assist health care workers who are feeling overwhelmed by the pandemic. He sent this email to many N.C. trade association groups last week. The purpose of this email is to ask you to reach out to your membership […]

Sponsored: DEFTECH: Linking innovation to tough government problems

This content is brought to you in partnership with the North Carolina Military Business Center. The North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH) is a state-funded entity of the North Carolina Military Business Center. DEFTECH connects the North Carolina Innovation Ecosystem (business, university, community college, public/private partnerships, investors, and North Carolina military bases) with emerging […]

The Pilot LLC purchases Walter magazine from McClatchy

Frank A. Daniels Jr., chairman of The Pilot LLC, announced today that the company has acquired the assets of Walter, Raleigh’s arts and culture magazine from Sacramento-based McClatchy, owner of The News & Observer. “We’re excited to bring local ownership to Walter,” says Daniels, a Raleigh native and The Pilot’s chairman and majority owner. “Raleigh […]

Sponsored: Employers explore overhauls to employee benefits to preserve jobs and budgets

This content is brought to you by Gallagher, a global insurance broker, risk management and consulting firm helping business, communities and people face their futures with confidence for more than 90 years. Gallagher’s 2020 Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey shows how organizational priorities pivoted from talent attraction and retention to business continuity, safety and compliance in the wake of COVID-19. […]

5 questions for Chip Baggett

This week, Chip Baggett, J.D., became the new executive vice president and CEO of the North Carolina Medical Society after a nationwide search. Baggett has been at the NCMS since 2007, most recently as senior vice president for advocacy and associate general counsel. Throughout his tenure at the Medical Society, he has effectively advocated on […]

N.C. small business centers play big business role

Every big business starts as a small business.  Mark Zuckerberg in his dorm room in Cambridge. Steve Jobs in his parents’ Silicon Valley garage.  Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque (yes, Albuquerque.) Although they typically don’t get a lot of attention, small businesses are a substantial part of our economy. Most of the businesses […]

Charlotte’s Butin wins PR kudos

Charlotte’s Butin PR was named one of the nation’s 100 elite public relations agencies in a recent survey by PR News. Butin formed in 2005 and focuses on food and beverage, travel and hospitality, and technology with clients including Buffalo, N.Y.-based Rich Products (whose brands include SeaPak and Carvel ice cream), Florida’s Space Coast Office […]

5 questions for Rent Ready CEO Jonathan Kite

After a six-year tenure at Microsoft, Jonathan Kite joined forces with two fellow UNC Chapel Hill graduates to found Rent Ready. Since 2014, the Charlotte-based company has been providing make-ready services for the apartment and rental industry including painting, cleaning, carpeting, drywall repair and counter and tub resurfacing services at communities across Charlotte, Raleigh and […]