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Calling all New Hanover County nonprofits: Applications are open for Work on Wilmington 2022

September 13, 2021

Wilmington, NC — Work on Wilmington is an annual, all-hands-on-deck community service day that mobilizes over 1,000 volunteers to tackle projects for local organizations. On April 23, 2022, community members will volunteer for 4 hours to complete approximately 30 projects across our community.   If you are a (nonreligious) nonprofit, governmental organization, or school in New Hanover…

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CAMS’ Tara Armstrong Takes on New Role as Director of Vendor Relations

September 10, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC — Community Association Management Services (CAMS), an industry leader in community association management throughout the Carolinas, is pleased to announce that long-time Community Manager Tara Armstrong is taking on the new role of Director of Vendor Relations. Tara has been with CAMS for nine years and in that time has proven herself to…

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Dosher CEO to Retire, New Chief Executive Officer Appointed

September 10, 2021

SOUTHPORT, NC — Dr. Brad Hilaman of Dosher Memorial Hospital has announced his plans to retire in December, stepping down as CEO and Chief Medical Officer. Dosher today announced that its Board of Trustees has appointed Lynda Stanley as President and Chief Executive Officer. This leadership transition will become effective upon Dr. Hilaman’s retirement in December. Dr.…

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CFCC Announces Major Gift Supporting Nursing Students

September 9, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC — Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce a significant expansion of support for CFCC’s nursing program and its students through the leadership gift of Dan Saklad, in memory of his wife, Sheila. Gifts to both the Cape Fear Community College Foundation and NHRMC Foundation ($400,000 in total) will support two major initiatives.…

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Developer Plans Cold Storage Warehouse Space Near The Port Of Wilmington

September 8, 2021

A developer is planning to add cold storage warehouse space on property near the Port of Wilmington. Cold Summit Development looks to bring nearly 460,000 square feet of cold storage space in two buildings to property owned by the port off Raleigh Street, officials with N.C. Ports announced this week. Recently, the N.C. Ports Authority…

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Piedmont Natural Gas reaches rate case agreement with key groups in North Carolina

September 8, 2021

Piedmont Natural Gas has reached an agreement with consumer and industrial groups in North Carolina for its rate review request, filed in March of this year. Piedmont plans to implement the increase in November 2021, with the average residential customer in North Carolina paying about $5.50 more per month, or $65 more per year, subject…

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CFCC to Announce Significant Expansion of Support for its Nursing Program, Thursday 9/9 at 11:00 am

September 8, 2021

Cape Fear Community College will host a press event on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 11 a.m. to announce a significant expansion of support for CFCC’s nursing program and its students. The event will be held in CFCC’s Union Station Auditorium, room U170. CFCC’s nursing programs are continually ranked among the best in North Carolina. Last year, the…

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Cooper Vetoes Bill Protecting Privacy Rights for Charitable Donations

September 8, 2021

By Donna King, Carolina Journal Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a measure that would keep charitable donors’ personal information private. “This legislation is unnecessary and may limit transparency with political contributions,” Cooper said in a statement as the reason he rejected the privacy measure on Friday. The text of Senate Bill 636 would have prevented governments from…

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Major Anniversary Approaches for N.C. Right-To-Work Protections

September 8, 2021

By Mitch Kokai, Carolina Journal “The right to live includes the right to work.” That simple statement opens the text of a state law that has helped boost North Carolina’s economic competitiveness for nearly 75 years. The state will mark the milestone 75th anniversary of its right-to-work law on March 18, 2022. “Research continues to…

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UNCW Surpasses 18,000 Students, Topping Previous Enrollment Record

September 3, 2021

UNCW reached a significant milestone as the fall semester started, enrolling more than 18,000 students, the largest student body in the university’s 74-year history.  Preliminary enrollment data show 18,031 students for the fall 2021 semester, including a record 3,542 graduate students. Undergraduate students account for 14,489 of the university’s enrollment. The university also saw an…

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15 Semifinalists Compete for the “Coolest Thing Made in NC” Title

September 3, 2021

Rich variety of products reflects North Carolina’s diverse manufacturing industry Recently, the NC Chamber announced the 15 semifinalists competing to be named the coolest thing made in North Carolina. Presented by Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., the statewide online contest began with 68 nominees, and after the public submitted 18,000 votes, the top 15 were…

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Blue Cross NC and NC State Team up on Online Program to Help Members Stop Type 2 Diabetes Before it Starts

September 1, 2021

Program will help members achieve healthier lifestyles and save on medical expenses. Expands Blue Cross NC’s efforts to prevent and fight diabetes. DURHAM, N.C. — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is working to stop type 2 diabetes in its tracks by offering members the lifestyle-change program Eat Smart, Move More,…

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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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