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N.C. Small Businesses Say Financial Assistance, Easier Access to Pandemic Relief Sources Needed

January 13, 2021

New survey reports concerns as COVID-19 continues to impact the state Raleigh, N.C. – Most North Carolina small businesses remain open but have seen revenues decline in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to results from a new survey of North Carolina small businesses released today by the Department of Commerce. The report also shows more than half of the respondents to the survey have taken advantage of financial assistance programs and that such programs remain crucial, including the need to better connect businesses to the programs that remain available. The survey was conducted by the Department’s Main Street and Rural…

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General Assembly will deal with pandemic, budget, redistricting, and more, Locke experts say

January 13, 2021

by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service Lawmakers are returning to Raleigh, and they have a loaded agenda.  The legislative session begins Wednesday, Jan. 13, when lawmakers will deal with the pandemic, pass a budget, complete redistricting, and tackle needed reforms. Republicans remain in control of both chambers, but they lack the numbers to override any vetoes from Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper.  John Locke Foundation’s government affairs team on Monday, Jan. 11, told listeners at a virtual Shaftesbury Society event what to expect.  Republicans still aim to restrict the governor’s powers under the Emergency Management Act. They tried to trim…

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Wilmington Lawyers Devlin Horton and Nick Mendez Establish Personal Injury Practice

January 13, 2021

Wilmington, NC — Wilmington attorneys Devlin Horton and Nick Mendez have established Horton & Mendez, PLLC, a Wilmington law practice focused on personal injury and wrongful death. Having worked together for a large firm representing insurance companies, the partners bring valuable insight to their clients’ cases, with critical understanding as to how insurance companies investigate, evaluate and defend claims.  Horton & Mendez, PLLC, opened on January 11, 2021, and is located in Wilmington’s Soda Pop District at 705 Princess Street, or online at https://hortonmendez.com/. “Our experience in handling personal injury cases from the insurance company’s point of view gives us unique insight…

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North Carolina Ports Partners with the Scoular Company to Expand Agricultural Opportunities

January 12, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. – The North Carolina State Ports Authority is excited to announce it is expanding capabilities to better support the North Carolina agriculture industry through a partnership with Scoular. North Carolina Ports on Tuesday received approval from the North Carolina Council of State for a land lease to develop an agricultural transload facility on the Port of Wilmington. Council of State approved the long-term lease for Scoular to develop an at-port facility that will receive, store and load agricultural products. “We are excited to work with Scoular, a company that has more than a century of experience in the agriculture…

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Carolinas AGC Announces CAGC Foundation Board of Trustees

January 12, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C., — Carolinas AGC (CAGC) is pleased to announce that the 2020 CAGC Foundation Board of Trustees will extend its service throughout 2021. The CAGC Foundation Board is made up of the following members: Chair: Meghan McPhail-Ketterman, Contract Construction, Inc. Treasurer: Tana Lee, Richland One School District CAGC Chair: Casey Schwager, Sloan Construction Company Secretary/President & CEO: Dave Simpson, CAE, Carolinas AGC Trustee: Traci Strickland, HardHat Workforce Solutions, LLC Trustee: Claudia Dodgen, Crowder Constructors, Inc. Trustee: Chad Webb, Barnhill Contracting Company – Building Division Trustee: Sidney Rex, W. B. Guimarin & Company Trustee: Mike Hall, Hall Contracting Corporation Trustee: George Wightman, Central Piedmont Community College Trustee: Steve Strokis, National Renewable Energy Corportation Appointed Young Leader: Dale Schmidt, State Utility Contractors, Inc. Staff Liaison: Betsy Bailey, Carolinas AGC It is…

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ECS Announces Chief Operating Officer Appointment

January 12, 2021

Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) is pleased to announce Leo J. Titus, Jr., PE, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the ECS Group of Companies effective as of January 1, 2021. A member of the ECS team since 1997, Mr. Titus holds more than 30 years of experience in geotechnical and construction materials engineering, special inspections and environmental services, and has led ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC as the Subsidiary President since 2008. “Leo is an outstanding addition to the corporate leadership team,” said Tony Fiorillo, President of the ECS Group of Companies. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and…

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Andre Minor Named Dosher Chief of Staff

January 12, 2021

SOUTHPORT – Andre Minor, MD has been elected Dosher Memorial Hospital’s Chief of Medical Staff for 2021-2022.  Dr. Minor, who is an internal medicine physician with Dosher primary care practice Dosher Medical – North Howe in Southport, has practiced medicine in Southport for over 30 years.  Dr. Minor was chosen by physicians and other medical providers of the hospital.  Others elected to the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee include Dr. Jessica Bocook, Vice Chief of Staff, Dr. Joseph P. Hatem, Chair of the hospital’s Department of Medicine, and Dr. Robert Zukoski, Chair of the hospital’s Department of Surgery.

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Report: Airports Contribute $61 Billion, 373,000 Jobs to N.C. Economy

January 11, 2021

RALEIGH – North Carolina’s publicly owned airports contribute $61 billion to the state’s economy each year and support 373,000 jobs, according to a report released by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation. Airports and aviation-related jobs also provide $15 billion in personal income and contribute $2.5 billion in state and local tax revenues every year, based on 2019 data. The report, North Carolina: The State of Aviation, highlights the pre-pandemic economic impacts of the state’s public airports and the related aviation and aerospace assets that support North Carolina’s aviation economy. NCDOT creates the report every two years to…

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NFIB Statement on Nomination of Isabel Guzman as Small Business Administrator

January 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), issued the following statement on behalf of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center Executive Director Karen Harned following Isabel Guzman’s nomination to lead the Small Business Administration: “This has been a challenging year for small businesses and the government has relied upon the Small Business Administration to facilitate financial assistance to Main Street more than ever before. We welcome Isabel Guzman, the nominee to lead the SBA, as she knows the needs of small businesses well. Her record with our members in California demonstrates she has extensive knowledge of the SBA and lending issues. We…

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Small Business Job Growth Continues in December

January 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Small business job growth continued in December, but the gains remain uneven as certain sectors of the economy are slowing due to state-mandated business closures and consumer resistance to spend, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. “Small businesses continued to prove that they are the engine of the economy as we closed a chapter on a challenging year,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. “Owners continue to manage various obstacles related to the COVID-19 pandemic but are doing their best to remain open and continue hiring employees.” Small businesses increased employment by 0.3 workers per firm on average over the…

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