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Thrifty Office Furniture Expands Presence in Cape Fear Region

December 14, 2020

Wilmington, N.C. — Thrifty Office Furniture has expanded, doubling the size of its Wilmington location, 5101 Dunlead Ct, #109, Wilmington. The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the growth, December 16, 2020, at 2 pm.  Thrifty Office Furniture specializes in keeping things simple, so doing business with them easy. The dedicated…

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43% of Consumers with Emergency Funds Tapped Those Savings Amid Pandemic

December 11, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C., More than 4 in 10 consumers with emergency savings have had to tap into those funds during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest MagnifyMoney survey.  MagnifyMoney surveyed more than 1,000 consumers to find out how the pandemic has affected emergency funds, looking at everything from balances to when people think they should be…

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Southeast electric providers to create advanced bilateral market platform

December 11, 2020

New technology to optimize renewable energy resources, lower costs for customers. A group of energy companies providing electricity to roughly 50 million people across a wide geographic region in the Southeastern U.S. have come together to propose the creation of a centralized, automated, intra-hour energy exchange called the Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM). This platform aims…

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Carolina Journal politics week in review, Dec. 7-11, 2020

December 11, 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. Medical bills and price transparency: Patients will have an easier time knowing what they’ll pay for medical services at UNC Health. The system will…

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Legislative leaders, governor announce deal on rural broadband funding

December 11, 2020

By John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Leaders in the General Assembly and governor say they have reached a deal to ensure $30 million for the GREAT rural broadband program. GREAT is an acronym for Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology, which provides matching grants to internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives to…

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People in Business: December 10, 2020

December 10, 2020

Hamilton leaving Cooper’s cabinet: Wilmington’s Susi Hamilton will be leaving Governor Roy Cooper’s cabinet, where she serves as Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, at the end of the year. Hamilton said she had future plans in mind, but didn’t share exactly what they are: “At this time in my career, I…

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Dosher Receives 2020 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award® for Achieving and Sustaining Excellence in Clinical Quality, Patient Experience

December 10, 2020

SOUTHPORT, N.C. — Dosher Memorial Hospital and Medical Clinics have been named 2020 Guardian of Excellence Award® winners by Press Ganey, in three separate areas. Guardian of Excellence for Patient Experience in our Emergency Department Guardian of Excellence for Patient Experience in the Dosher Medical Practices Guardian of Excellence for Quality for hospital services   The…

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Small Business Owners Remain Uncertain After Election

December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index declined 2.6 points in November to 101.4 but remains well above the 47-year historical average reading of 98. Six of the 10 Index components declined and four increased. The NFIB Uncertainty Index decreased 8 points to 90, still a historically high reading. Owners expecting better business conditions over the…

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Novant CEO receives Steven Schroeder Award for Outstanding Healthcare CEO

December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON D.C. – Carl S. Armato, President and CEO of Novant Health in North Carolina, recently received the Steven Schroeder Award for Outstanding Healthcare CEO. The award was presented virtually at The Leapfrog Group’s annual meeting. The award was created by Costs of Care, a leading non-profit dedicated to curating and disseminating insights from the frontlines of health care…

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NC Company says 2021 Food Label Trends Deliver Safety And Security For Consumers And Retailers

December 10, 2020

MILLS RIVER, N.C. — As U.S. consumers turned to takeout, food delivery and online grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic, food and beverage labeling took on fresh importance. Citing a 15-20% increase in grocery industry sales this year, and e-commerce sales up 43%, sustainable label leader UPM Raflatac found its grocery and restaurant delivery customers…

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N.C. Business Roundup: Dec. 15, 2020

December 10, 2020

The following highlights noteworthy business news from across North Carolina. Grover Gaming’s Expansion Brings 200 New Jobs to Greenville: Grover Gaming Inc., a software development and design company with offices and distribution facilities in seven U.S. states, will expand its Greenville headquarters, adding 200 positions to its existing North Carolina workforce. The company will invest…

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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.…

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Business Advice & Expertise

7 Device Settings to Change this Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2021

INE Shares Specific Ways to Safeguard Your Privacy & Keep Hackers at Bay CARY, N.C., – Thursday, January 28th is Data Privacy Day, the official global initiative that aims to provoke dialogue and empower people and companies to take action. Millions of people have no idea how much of their personal information is being collected, stored &…

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Is the Written Word Becoming a Lost Art?

January 27, 2021

When I was a college student at N.C. State University in the early 1990s, communication professor after communication professor emphasized that writing was the most important skill for an aspiring public relations professional to develop. I was fortunate that writing had always been one of my strong suits, and I’ve worked to develop that skill…

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The “R” in RPIE

December 17, 2020

During the course of my public relations training, I’ve studied a four-step process dubbed “RPIE.” The four steps are: R = Research P = Planning I = Implementation E = Evaluation. The research phase is intended to ensure that a client or organization builds its campaign based upon valid assumptions and informed insight, not guesses…

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Opinion & Commentary

OPINION: Higher Costs Won’t Help Economy

February 25, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — If you think the cost of living is too low, I bear good tidings. The Biden administration and its allies in Congress, regulatory agencies, and state governments across the country are working nonstop to raise the cost of food, shelter, energy, and education. Help is on the way! Embedded in…

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Opinion: Burr, Tillis both pay political price for defending Congress’ role

February 23, 2021

by Mitch Kokai – Carolina Journal If I want to raise a conservative friend’s blood pressure these days, I’ll ask him what he thinks about North Carolina’s senior U.S. senator, Richard Burr. Many are angry at Burr. Most disagree emphatically with his Feb. 13 vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment…

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OPINION: I Thought Blacklisting Was Bad

February 17, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — I’ve never really been a victim of cancel culture. But that’s not to say my critics haven’t tried to make me one. I began my syndicated column in 1986. It ran initially in a couple of newspapers in eastern North Carolina, then spread to dozens of others over the ensuing…

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