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SENC real estate market remains strong in November

December 9, 2020

The real estate market in southeastern North Carolina remained strong through November, according to statistics released by two local REALTOR® associations. Brunswick County’s real estate market remains on a red-hot record pace, according to the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®, with last month’s numbers including the highest number of homes sold in November on record. “Our market has remained incredibly strong and consistent despite the adversity 2020 has thrown our way” said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. “Pending sales are up, homes are selling for more than the asking price, and we are only $72 million dollars away from hitting $2…

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31% of Americans Would Rather Go into Debt Than Borrow From Loved Ones

December 8, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than half of Americans borrowed money from or loaned money to a loved one within the past year, according to a November 2020 LendingTree survey of more than 2,000 Americans. Nearly a third of Americans would prefer to take on debt rather instead of asking friends and family for money. Key Survey Findings: Lending between friends and family is a common practice. More than half (53%) of Americans have either borrowed from or loaned money to a loved one in the last year. On average, lenders fronted $1,497 and borrowers asked for $1,067. Nearly a third (31%) of Americans would rather go into debt…

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Cooper announces statewide curfew, additional restrictions effective Friday, Dec. 11

December 8, 2020

RALEIGH — Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced additional new restrictions in response to COVID-19. According to a press release from Cooper’s office, the order: Requires people to stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and takes effect Friday, December 11 and will be in place until at least January 8, 2021. Requires restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, personal care businesses and more to close at 10 p.m. Travel to and from work; to obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services; or to take care of a family member is exempted. Cooper and N.C. Secretary of Health & Human…

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Atlantic Packaging Announces Fishbone Recyclable Can Carrier System

December 8, 2020

WILMINGTON, N.C., — Atlantic Packaging recently announced the launch of a recyclable can carrier system, Fishbone, to replace plastic ring handles. The Fishbone beverage carrier is a curbside recyclable, biodegradable, and performance tested product that will eliminate single use plastic from beverage packaging. Single use plastics are a known threat to our environment, generating millions of tons of unnecessary waste every year that makes its way into our waters and breaks up into microplastics. These microplastics disrupt entire ecosystems and cause great harm to turtles, wildlife, sea birds, and the marine life that ingests them. Fishbone replaces single use plastics with paper-based…

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N.C. Business Roundup: Dec. 8, 2020

December 8, 2020

by Frank Williams The following highlights noteworthy business news from across North Carolina. Raleigh-based Shanahan Law Group merges with Nelson Mullins: Shanahan Law Group PLLC, a prominent business law firm in Raleigh, has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as of Dec. 1. Former federal prosecutor and four-term Raleigh City Councilman Kieran J. Shanahan founded Shanahan Law Group in 2001. Including Shanahan, nine attorneys and three paralegals from SLG made the transition to Nelson Mullins, whose Raleigh office now has a roster of 30 attorneys. Click for more. Inc. Magazine recognizes SAS with Best In Business award: Cary-based SAS has been…

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Health care and business communities join forces on COVID-19

December 7, 2020

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA), the North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Group and the NC Chamber have come together to strongly encourage the public to follow public health guidelines in order to help protect our communities against COVID-19 and keep businesses open. View a video from leaders of these groups: https://bit.ly/working-protecting. Wearing a mask, observing physical distancing and washing hands frequently are simple steps to mitigate the risk of transmitting the coronavirus and help ensure the health and safety of our community as we go about our daily business. Businesses,…

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Wilmington-based PPD Recognized as a Best Place to Work in Greater China

December 7, 2020

WILMINGTON, N.C. – PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq:PPD) has been named one of the Best Workplaces in Greater China™ by Great Place to Work®, a global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures that provides executive advisory and culture consulting services to businesses, nonprofits and government agencies. The honor builds on the announcement by PPD to adopt a new Mandarin company name in China to reflect its continuing growth in the country. PPD has more than 20 years of local experience in the Asia-Pacific region, including extensive drug development and research capabilities in greater China. The company’s clinical operations cover China’s entire geography…

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North Carolina’s Southeast Welcomes Barnhill, SynTerra as Investors

December 4, 2020

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. — Two leading business names are making significant commitments to regional economic development as North Carolina’s Southeast welcomes Barnhill Contracting and SynTerra Corporation to its roster of private investors. The addition of the two companies brings technical expertise, seasoned leadership and financial resources to the organization’s mission of attracting new jobs and businesses to Southeastern North Carolina.   “Since the very beginnings of our organization more than 25 years ago, partnerships have been the fuel driving our results,” said NC’s Southeast Chairman Jeff Etheridge. “We’re proud to add Barnhill Contracting and SynTerra Corporation — two storied North Carolina…

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Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® raises nearly $60,000 to provide bicycles, tricycles and scooters for Brunswick County Children in need

December 4, 2020

SHALLOTTE, N.C. – The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®’ 2020 Holiday Giving fundraiser, previously known as Bucks 4 Bikes, reeled in $59,252, nearly $15,000 more than 2019. The fundraiser, which is held in partnership with Brunswick Family Assistance, collects donations from BCAR members and other Brunswick County residents and businesses to provide bicycles, tricycles and scooters to less fortunate children in Brunswick County. “This year’s Holiday Giving fundraiser surpassed all expectations,” said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO, “2020 has been a whirlwind, and there is no better way to end the year than by putting smiles on the faces of 500…

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Carolina Journal politics week in review, Nov. 30-Dec. 4

December 4, 2020

by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed. School COVID testing: North Carolina is launching a program to help public schools test symptomatic students and staff. The state will provide free tests to public schools who apply to join a new pilot program. The state will receive 3.1 million tests from the federal government by the end of December, State Department of Health and Human Services leaders said during the State Board of Education meeting Thursday, Dec.…

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