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New Survey Finds Nearly 50% Of Hospitality Workers Consider Switching Jobs For Better Workplace Technology

September 20, 2021

Approximately one in five employees felt unsafe at work because of faulty walkie-talkie radios, and more than 70% of workers have resorted to using personal smartphones on-the-job because of radio malfunctions RALEIGH, NC — A new survey examining hospitality employees’ satisfaction with their company’s current walkie-talkie radios has found close to 50% of workers would consider…

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North Carolina’s August employment figures released

September 17, 2021

The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 5.2 percent. North Carolina’s August 2021 unemployment rate decreased 2.5 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 17,609 over the…

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43rd Anniversary U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament welcomes spectators with live entertainment and food vendors

September 17, 2021

SOUTHPORT, N.C. — The 43rd Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament will be Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 at Brunswick County’s Dutchman Creek Park at 4750 Fish Factory Road. The U.S. Open is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast of the United States and part of the SKA (Southern Kingfish…

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Brunswick County again sees higher real estate prices, tight inventory in August

September 17, 2021

Year-to-date sales up 44.5% compared to 2020 SHALLOTE, NC — Brunswick County’s residential real estate market once again saw increased prices and low inventory in August. While total sales volume was slightly down in August, total year-to-date sales volume is up 44.5% compared the same month last year. “On the surface it might seem like…

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CFCC Detention Officer Graduates Exceed State Standards

September 17, 2021

CFCC Course Offers Training Above State Requirements WILMINGTON, NC — Cape Fear Community College celebrated the graduation of its most recent group of Detention Officer Certification Course (DOCC) students on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Four students from New Hanover County and one from Sampson County participated in the five-week course and passed the state exam. Offered…

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Center expands access to infusion treatment for COVID patients

September 16, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center, now part of Novant Health, has secured permission from the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation to open a designated COVID-19 infusion center to treat high-risk patients who have tested positive for the illness.The outpatient monoclonal antibody infusion is a one-time treatment for newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients who are…

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Josh Hallingse named Vice President of Small Business Development and Business Retention for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

September 16, 2021

Wilmington, NC.— The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce welcomes Josh Hallingse as the new Vice President of Small Business Development and Business Retention. Hallingse will begin at the chamber on Monday, November 1, and report directly to the President & CEO, Natalie English. As VP of Small Business Development and Business Retention, Josh Hallingse will be overseeing the attraction,…

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UNCW Joins Statewide Consortium to Develop Human Performance Technologies and Services for Nation’s Military

September 16, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — UNCW, in collaboration with more than 25 North Carolina-based academic, industry, nonprofit and state government organizations, will join the North Carolina Center for Optimizing Military Performance, a new consortium tasked with developing world-class human performance solutions for the nation’s military.  “Our university is home to a growing base of military affiliates – current…

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Duke Energy announces notice of redemption of all Junior Subordinated Debentures due Jan. 15, 2073

September 15, 2021

CHARLOTTE, NC – Duke Energy Corporation today announced that it has issued a notice of redemption for all of its outstanding 5.125% Junior Subordinated Debentures due Jan. 15, 2073 (NYSE: DUKH) (CUSIP: 26441C303) (“the debentures”) at a redemption price (“redemption price”) of 100% of the principal amount thereof plus accrued and unpaid interest to but excluding…

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Brunswick County REALTORS® participate in Habitat for Humanity Southport build

September 14, 2021

SOUTHPORT, N.C. — A group of Brunswick County REALTORS® recently joined together to help Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity build a new home in Southport. The REALTORS® got their hands dirty while putting up new siding on the home and getting walls up for a new shed. “Thanks to the Brunswick County REALTORS who came…

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Message from Chancellor Sartarelli: Fall 2021 COVID-19 Updates from UNCW

September 14, 2021

Dear Seahawk Community:  Earlier this summer, when we announced a COVID-19 indoor face covering requirement to begin the fall semester, we indicated that we would provide you with an update on its status by or before Sept. 17. Since then, as the campus leadership team added layers of health and safety protocols to expand pandemic…

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UNCW One of Three UNC System Schools Ranked Among the Top 100 Public National Universities by U.S. News & World Report

September 13, 2021

UNCW is one of only three UNC System schools among the Top 100 Public National Universities for 2022, according to a new list of “Best Colleges 2022” from U.S. News & World Report.   This is the third year that UNCW has made the publication’s Top 100 list of national public universities, following the university’s elevation in 2018…

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Business Advice & Expertise

Lessons Learned from 20 Years in Business

July 26, 2021

I have a hard time believing that Pioneer Strategies is celebrating 20 years in business this August. On the one hand, it seems like I just started the firm, but on the other hand, it’s hard for me to remember doing anything else. Anyone who has been in business for more than a few weeks…

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Don’t Confuse Them with the Facts

May 27, 2021

We’ve probably all heard the saying, “don’t confuse them with the facts.” When I Googled the phrase while writing this article, I found another article entitled “My Mind Is Made Up. Don’t Confuse Me with the Facts.” In his timeless classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie said that when you directly tell…

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Paint Your Own Barn

April 23, 2021

Over the course of my career, I’ve seen far too many organizations allow a reactive mindset and slow response time to hamper their public relations efforts. One organization (we’ll call it Company One) was subjected to a barrage of criticism from other organizations that were affected by one of Company One’s decisions and chose to…

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Opinion & Commentary

OPINON: Labor Force Shouldn’t Be Shrinking

September 23, 2021

By JOHN HOOD North Carolina’s economy has enjoyed a substantial recovery from the depths of the Great Suppression — that is, from the COVID-19 downturn of 2020. Most businesses are back up and operating. So are schools and universities. More employees than ever before are working from home. That’s had positive consequences for worker satisfaction…

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OPINION: Income and Poverty Facts Matter

September 20, 2021

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH, NC — The income of the median American household fell by nearly 3% last year as the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent regulations shuttered many businesses for months, closed others for good, and forced still other employers to cut back on hours and wages for the people they still employed. Or so…

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OPINION: Biden’s Mandate Goes Too Far

September 15, 2021

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH, NC — I got the COVID-19 vaccine shortly after it became publicly available. I did so because I was persuaded that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risk. Over the subsequent months, the case for vaccination has only gotten stronger. While the delta variant is easier to spread than prior…

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