Recent News

Duke Energy to announce fourth-quarter and year-end 2020 financial results on Feb. 11

January 8, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy will announce its fourth-quarter and year-end financial results at 7 a.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 11, in a news release to be posted on the company’s website at duke-energy.com/investors. An earnings conference call for analysts is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. ET that day to discuss fourth-quarter 2020 financial results. …

Read More

Carolina Retreats purchases iconic Manteo inn

January 8, 2021

SURF CITY, N.C. — Carolina Retreats, a specialty lodging and vacation rental management company based in Surf City, North Carolina, announced the recent purchase of The Tranquil House Inn. The inn will become part of Carolina Retreats’ family of brands, which also includes Carolina Retreats Vacation Rentals, Topsail Realty Vacations, the Loggerhead Inn on Topsail Island, and The Beach…

Read More

Alcami Expands Oral Solid Capabilities with Investment in Wilmington

January 7, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Alcami, a leading United States-based contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), announced an additional $2 million investment to expand its oral solid development and manufacturing capabilities in Wilmington, NC. The investment will add a Gerteis Mini-Pactor® roller compactor and low humidity suites to Alcami’s existing 140,000 square foot campus in Wilmington, NC. The expansion, which is on…

Read More

NFIB Files Amicus Brief Supporting Small Businesses Dominion Over Their Property and the Right to Exclude Union Organizers

January 7, 2021

NFIB filed an amicus brief in the case Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid at the United States Supreme Court. The case questions whether a California regulation interferes with the “right to exclude,” a fundamental right of property ownership. Currently, California law allows union organizers to enter agricultural businesses during specified hours for a certain number of days each year. “This…

Read More

Cooper extends executive order on curfews as vaccine rollout plods along

January 7, 2021

By John Trump Carolina Journal News Service North Carolina won’t fully open anytime soon. The governor’s curfews and shutdowns will continue for three more weeks. Dr. Mandy Cohen piled on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The head of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services enacted a “secretarial directive” warning people to stay home, especially those older…

Read More

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status, Receives Kudos from NFIB

January 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Shortly afterward, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) issued the following statement on behalf of Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, applauding…

Read More

N.C. Business Roundup: Jan. 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

The following highlights noteworthy business news from across North Carolina. AvidXchange acquires Core Associates: Charlotte-based AvidXchange, a provider of accounts payable (AP) and payment automation solutions for the middle market, has acquired Core Associates, the makers of TimberScan and complementary AP solutions with more than 30,000 users nationwide. According to a press release, through this acquisition AvidXchange is…

Read More

U.S. Chamber CEO releases statement on Electoral College Vote Counting

January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thomas J. Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement ahead of the counting of electoral votes on January 6th and expected political gatherings in Washington D.C. “On November 3rd a record number of Americans voted. Their votes were counted and consistent with state law, in some cases,…

Read More

Unemployment increased in most southeastern NC counties in November

January 6, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased slightly in Brunswick, Bladen, Columbus and Pender Counties in November, while New Hanover County’s rate held steady at 5.5%. Brunswick and Columbus Counties saw 0.2% increases to 7% and 7.2%, respectively, while Bladen and Pender Counties saw 0.2% increases to 6.25 and 5.4%, respectively. Statewide, unemployment…

Read More

Duke Energy announces new head of Investor Relations

January 4, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy today named Jack Sullivan vice president of Investor Relations to oversee the company’s strategic communications with the financial community. Sullivan, previously the company’s director of corporate finance and investments and assistant treasurer, will begin leading the investor relations and shareholder services function effective Jan. 4, 2021. He succeeds Bryan Buckler,…

Read More

PPD to Present at the 39th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

January 4, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPD), a leading global contract research organization, will present virtually at the 39th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. David Simmons, chairman and CEO, and Chris Scully, CFO, are scheduled to present on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at 2:50 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time). A live and archived webcast of the presentation, along with…

Read More

U.S. Chamber hosting 2021 State of American Business event virtually on Jan. 12

January 4, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 22nd annual State of American Business event on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 from noon until 1 p.m. According to the Chamber’s website, the event will explore how a united business community can rally a divided nation around a widespread economic recovery, restore good governance, and…

Read More

Business Advice & Expertise

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…

Read More

A Refresher in Media Relations

November 17, 2020

Technology is transforming the world of public relations and strategic communication, and many now view the press release as a relic of ages past. At the start of my public relations career over two decades ago, much of my work revolved around traditional media relations. These days, more and more of our work is digital…

Read More

When Tensions are High, Think Before You Speak, Post, or Send

July 15, 2020

The events of 2020 have dramatically altered the communication landscape in which leaders must operate. This year has been so filled with crises that memes speculating on what could be next are a prevalent feature in my social media feeds. As leaders, we must understand that emotions run high during a crisis, with fear and…

Read More

Opinion & Commentary

Opinion: Trashed Capitol Should Revolt Us All

January 12, 2021

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — It was the summer of 1987 when I first stepped inside the United States Capitol to work instead of visit. As part of a summer program, I spent a couple of months interning with syndicated columnist Don Lambro. Rather than have me run errands or fetch coffee, Don sent me…

Read More

Opinion: Public backlash ensures distillers’ good deed goes unpunished

January 6, 2021

by John Trump Assigning infallibility to government action is a fool’s errand. It’s a common refrain in libertarian and conservative circles, and its truth is grounded in history, as well as the government’s continuing and ubiquitous intrusion and overreach. I won’t take credit for the aforementioned paraphrased statement because Scott Maitland said it this week…

Read More

Opinion: Tax Debates Feature Many Myths

January 4, 2021

By John Hood RALEIGH — With Democrats in charge of the White House, and U.S. House, and (possibly as of this writing) the U.S. Senate, you can expect a push by left-wing activists and politicians to repeal some federal tax cuts enacted by the previously Republican Congress and signed by President Trump. Here in North…

Read More

Sign Up

Sign Up to Receive Email Updates

* indicates required

Topics